I know the web and your inbox is JAMMED this week with sales to end all sales…and yes, I'm here to tell you about another other one! But this company is different, and one you can feel good about shopping. Peach is a small, women-founded, mission-driven company, so it's not just about clothing (though I do love the clothes)... but it's fashion as a force for good.
As the coronavirus crisis keeps millions of children from the school meals they depend on, Peach is doing what they can to help. Through December 17th, Peach is donating 5% of all proceeds to No Kid Hungry. This is shopping you can feel good about.
EVERYTHING site-wide is 30% off, including already marked down sale items, so this is the best time of the year to stock up on essentials or try something you've been eying. Here are my tried and true favs:
Happy Thanksgiving Week 2020. I'll spare you the platitudes about how different this year looks, and just tell you how thankful I am for you -- for this community of wonderful, positive and supportive women, and for the chance to #justgetdressed with you all;)
Every year I do a big holiday gift guide, and you can find that HERE.
I also know that many of us are cutting WAY back on gift-buying. I know I'm being very selective about what I buy and bring into my house. I've been in a major declutter and purge mode and the last thing I want to do is negate all those efforts.
I'm feeling a bit of relief that my kids are basically “grown up” and that I don't have to buy toys, video game stuff or anything plastic. Phew. For those of you who do…my blessings to you;)
My plan this year is to draw names with my family of 6 and each person will be responsible for doing a really fun, creative and thoughtful stocking for the person they draw. Then I'll give the guys cash, since that's all they “need” anyway.
As for my gifting choices, I'm also making an effort to spend my dollars with other small businesses who are being hit hard this year and will appreciate the support more than some other not-to-be named ginormous retailers. My motto is this:
Shopping and subscription box services are popping up everywhere, and Stitch Fix is the one most people are familiar with...probably because they do a really good job...for the most part.
Let's start with what I LIKE about Stitch Fix.
It can be a great way to freshen up your wardrobe, try new things you may not otherwise try, break out of a rut and discover new brands that aren't on your radar.
Now for what I see as the downsides. Buying a bunch of what I call "one-offs" it can be a great way to build a wardrobe of nothing to wear.
This "slow drip" way of shopping makes it so you're constantly buying a few pieces here and there. Problem is... they don't necessarily make sense or help you get dressed each day. I think it's more effective to shop LESS often and get more things at one time and have everything make sense.
Having a list and a plan, ladies...that's the key...so you can check things off and be DONE - and always have what you need - so you can #justgetdressed.
My biggest issue these box services is they can make it easy to settle for "fine".
I see a lot of closets with $68 tops that in theory are fabulous - unique, cool tops that are a great find...BUT maybe it doesn't fit, or the color is off...but you keep it because it gets you to the discount level or it helps justify the $20 fee, or it's just easier to settle.
A closet full of FINE is not the goal. And most importantly, a closet full of "fun" tops doesn't help you get dressed if you don't have the right pants to wear with them;)
So I think Stitch Fix (or any of the other similar services) is a great way to have fun with clothes (and these days especially- if it's fun, I'm all in;) and try new styles and REFRESH an already fabulous and functional wardrobe.
But I don't see it as a good way to BUILD a fabulous and functional wardrobe.
So what is?
Having a list and a plan...and ditching the willy-nilly shopping.
And that's what I give you. We'll be starting up for winter on December 1st with a focus on having a CozyChic Winter/Holiday Season. Be notified when my next Style System launches by clicking here:
Ladies… you know I’m all about using style (and #justgetdressed) to enhance your life – so I want to share 3 things I did in the past (and still have to keep in check) that completely wasted my time (and money).
My hope is to help us be aware of this cycle and these habits so we can still have fun with style and fashion, but keep our wits about us at the same time.😜
So here’s what I used to do..can you relate?
1) Back when my kids were younger, I used to kill time waiting to pick them up from practices, etc. by walking the aisles of TJ Maxx, Target, etc., picking up $19.99 tops and other “stuff” that caught my eye.
I thought I was getting “great deals” and adding fun items to my wardrobe.
In reality, I was just spending money (that adds up quickly) on things I didn’t need and didn’t love.
2) I’d commit to purging my closet, but always ended up keeping things “just in case” or because the item was “totally fine”.
I told myself I spent good money on that item, and the thought of purging it made me feel guilty and wasteful.
3) I’d keeping accumulating and storing items until my closet was bursting at the seams – and I’d still put on the same few items day in and out.
It was routine – a habit really – that I wasn’t truly aware of until I started helping other women with their wardrobes. I was accumulating more and more, without a strategy or plan – or a real love for what was coming into my closet.
Is this a cycle you can relate to? Do you have any habits surrounding style or shopping that you want to break?
“How do I #justgetdressed when it’s well into September but the weather is still hot, sticky, rainy, and basically unpredictable???”
This is a common question I get this time of year, and today I'm sharing 4 tips to help you to get dressed and look great when the weather is changing and unpredictable:
White jeans are a definite DO: Let's say it together, “YES, we can indeed wear white jeans after labor day.” Put away linen or light cotton white pants, but your thick white denim can be worn all year round.
It’s all about BALANCE:. Just like in all forms of dressing, balance is the key. For example, when you wear white jeans, balance them with your choice of shoes and tops. Skip the flip flops or summery sandals and instead opt for suede sandals, or booties — especially in tan, taupe or cognac.
Go ahead and wear a sleeveless top or summer tee if the temps are high, but opt for more fall-ish or neutral colors to balance out the white on the bottom.
3. Combine short with long, or long with short: For example, If you’re wearing shorts or a shorter skirt, go with a long sleeve top. If you want to wear a sleeveless top, go with pants or a midi- skirt.
Summer dresses transition well into fall by adding a cardigan or jacket and booties or flats in a skin-tone shade or neutral leopard print.
4. The Power of Layering: When the weather is unpredictable and ever-changing, layering just makes sense. Make sure you have a neutral cardigan, a denim and/or twill jacket, and a versatile blazer and/or moto jacket. Any of these layers can be added to just about any outfit and not only finish it off, but also provide practical warmth and coverage.
Make getting dressed this fall both easy and fun, with an outfit formula delivered to you each day, drawn from a mix & match capsule wardrobe. Join the Fall 2020 Style System before the doors close on September 30th. A list, a plan and no willy-nilly shopping....Learn more and sign up here.
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Today I'm continuing to run with the analogy of how getting dressed (love it) and making dinner (hate it) are similar. If you missed the first post about this, check it out here.
As part of my committment to improve my Time Management skills (learn more about that struggle and solution here) I'm also trying to work on my meal prep and dinner-making skills (or lack-there-of). It occured to me that I can use the same concepts that I use with getting dressed (a skill I have nailed down) to making dinner.
Today, let's talk about 4 more ways these two seemingly disparate activities are actually quite similar, and how to avoid the pitfalls involved in both.
Similarity #2: Desperation or Rushing Rarely Results in Success
I can’t tell you how many women I talk to who have closets filled with great clothes that they rarely actually wear. Instead, they're rushing around, caring for everyone and everything else and defaulting to the same old same old clothes.
What’s interesting is that some of these same women are excellent cooks and meal planners. Each week, they sit down, make a list and decide what will be for dinner every night of the week. They scan pinterest and cookbooks for recipes and even write down the menus for the week. I am in awe of you women and hope to be like you when I grow up.
And then there’s me. When 5pm rolls around I’m left scrambling for ideas and at a loss throw together the same old same old - ususually something like pasta, jar sauce, and a salad.
There’s other stuff I COULD make, but in the moment, at 5pm especially, I can’t be creative.
This is also why you have cute clothes you don’t wear. You have the clothes, and you COULD put a great outfit together, but you’re running late, nothing special is going on, or you're feeling uninspired, so you put on the proverbial pasta and sauce.
Here's an altenative: Quickly plan an outfit the night before, including accessories and the shoes. This isn’t an original or revolutionary idea, but besides saving you time in the morning, you can give it some thought and use some creativity because you aren’t up against a time crunch.
You do that, and I'll do meal planning;)
Similarity #3: Buying a little at a time is a bad idea
The weeks that I’m good about meal planning, making a list, and putting in an instacart order or going out for a “big shop” we eat pretty well (better). The weeks I don’t plan, or the weeks that the big shop doesn’t happen, I’m sending someone to the store for this or that....and we end spending more money on last minute take-out, or having dull, boring meals.
The same thing happens with clothes shopping.
Think of the time you spend down the rabbit hole of on-line shopping - or at the mall, TJMaxx or even Target. It's easy to get lost in the moment and realize an hour or two later that you're coming out of the haze of clicking, shopping and browsing.
Remember the Recreational Shopping we discussed last week? Yea, that. It rarely results in a cohesive, workable wardrobe.
Or a balanced, delicious dinner.
Second, adding a few items to your wardrobe "here and there" usually results in more spending. Just like with grocery shopping, $20 here, $40 there may not seem significant, but we all know it adds up.
On the other hand, when you’re doing a big grocery order, you have an idea of how much you’re spending, and you can control it in when you look at the overflowing cart (or see the amount add up on instacart). Those things you don’t really need or that can wait, are put back to keep the final bill in check.
The same happens with clothing shopping. When you do a big wardrobe shop, you can see exactly what you’re spending, and prioritize if you're going too hog wild.
Also, when you’re doing a bigger wardrobe shop, you’re less likely to buy what I call "one hit wonders" that can only be worn one way.
You can see how pieces all work together
I can wear this with that, I can put that top with that skirt. I wear this dressed up or casually. You know the drill... The items aren’t separate and removed from each other and they're versatile (my favorite adjective for clothing).
If you’re stuck in a pattern of Recreational Shopping or buying random things here and there, I encourage you to go on a 30 to 60 day shopping freeze, and then do a strategic, list-and-plan shop in the Fall. I promise, you can get by until then, and your Fall wardrobe will thank you. And of course I'm here to help.
Similarity #4: Without the right ingredients, you're sunk
Imagine if your wardrobe consisted of just jeans and t-shirts. No patterns, no accessories, no interesting details or completer pieces. It'd be pretty hard to #justgetdressed and love the way you look, wouldn't it?
The same holds true in your kitchen. If you don't have the ingredients to make delicious, interesting meals, you end up with pasta and sauce from a jar for dinner.
I realized that what I need is a Pantry Staples List as a starting point, so that my kitchen is equipped to make as many interesting - and easy - meals as possible. Of course there would be items on the list that I wouldn't buy - because I just don't like it - and that's ok. But maybe there's something on it as simple as cans of black beans, that if I have on hand all the time, I could to add to a lot of things. #duh
But it's so true... you need certain ingredients in your wardrobe too. If you only buy the basics that you wear day in and out, you’ll never have anything different to mix up your outfits, and you’ll be bored with your wardrobe and feel fumpy and uninspired to #justgetdressed.
On the flip side, if you only buy the bright and shiny objects - whether it be unique spices at the grocery store or statement tops at the mall - and you don't have the basics to cook or wear with them - that's no bueno either.
My Fall Style Transformation Program will focus on this balance and getting it right, and will include a new 50+ piece Wardrobe Basics List, similar to the Pantry Basics List I need to go find. (Have a good one? Send it to me, please?!)
But the key to these kinds of lists is to tailor them for YOU and your taste, your aesthetic and your lifestyle.
If you hate curry powder, don't buy it, even if it's on the pantry list. If a crisp white button down doesn't work fo you, don't buy it just because it appears on an Essentials List.
Makes sense, doesn't it?
Similarity #5 - Both cooking and dressing skills can be learned, and require practice
How often do I hear women say, "Beth, I was born without a sense of style. I have no idea what to wear and I'm just not good at it."
And how often do I personally say, "I'm just not a cooker. I have no idea what to make for dinner, and I'm lousy at it."
Great cooks aren’t born that way. Granted, many had family members who were, and that helps. But I'd say that usually they have an interest in cooking and a desire to get really good at it. Then they learn, they practice, they watch YouTube videos and acquire new skills. They try new things, learn from their mistakes and have fun cooking.
It's the same with style. There's a common myth that women are born with an innate sense of style and the ability to dress themselves.
This is simply not true. And the real problem is that it makes some women give up on style or think “why bother” because they weren't born with the special "style gene".
Nope. Not true.
If you want better style, you can have it. It’s a skill you can learn and develop.
If you want to.
I guarantee you, every single woman you look at and think, "oh she's just so stylish", has worked at it. She makes an effort, tries new things, and has honed her skills so it appears effortless. And she has the knowlege, the tools (and the wardrobe) to make it pretty easy.
Of course there are also different degrees of "good cook" and "stylish". My idea of stylish may be complete frump salad to a young NYC fashionista. Just like my idea of a delicious meal would be eh, at best to a gourmet chef.
And that's ok!
A Challenge for you!
Now that you know all the ways getting dressed and making dinner are similar, here's a challenge for you (and I'm going to do the same in the dinner-making department):
Try picking out out your outfits the night before for 5 days in a row. All of it too...including shoes and accessories.
Notice if you feel any different.
Do you wear more of what you own?
Do you look more "put together"? More polished?
Do you feel better? Have a more productive, happier day?
Are your mornings easier? Less stressful?
I guarantee you can learn what it takes to #justgetdressed and love the way you look.
And my purpose is to help you get there and to use your personal style to help you live your best life.
I love a good analogy and today I’m sharing how making dinner (one of my least favorite activities) is similar to one of my most favorite activities - getting dressed.
Believe it or not, there are many ways these two seamingly mundane daily activities are alike, and I'm going to hash them out for you over the course of the next few blog posts.
And to be clear, by “making dinner” I mean things like meal planning, grocery shopping and actually cooking dinner.
And by "getting dressed", I mean all things clothing and style related, like your wardrobe, shopping, and putting clothes on your body.
Are you still with me? Stick around...it’ll make sense, I promise.
Here we go...
Similarity #1: Without a list and a plan, you’re in big trouble.
I’m famous for going to the store out of desperation because “they” (my sons) tell me “there’s nothing to eat in the house”. I go, buy random things and then am somehow shocked when I come home with bags of groceries and not a clue what’s for dinner.
But this is how many of us shop for clothes too. Click on that cute blogger recommendation, buy that tee on sale in 3 colors, oh and that jacket is just so cute. Wait, why can’t I get dressed?
It's Called Recreational Shopping....
There's a popular term for this kind of willy nilly clicking and buying: Recreational Shopping...and it's the opposite of list-and-plan shopping (or strategic shopping) .
Think about it--- no one goes recreational shopping at the grocery store and buys chicken breasts or ground beef or salmon filets -- items that can actually be easily transformed into innumerable meals.
When we recreationally grocery shop we buy things like artichoke dip and cookie butter. 😳
In the same way, no one goes recreationally shopping for clothing and buys the perfect black pants that may be expensive but make your butt look great and work with pretty much every top you own. Instead we buy one-hit-wonder pieces that catch our eye, or our 100th pair of shoes (you know who you are;)
Strategic Shopping is Goal Oriented....and involves a list and a plan.
On the other hand, when you make a list of what you need, the basics tend to take priority.
The basics - in both food and clothing - are those foundational items that make it easy to cook dinner, and effortless to get dressed.
You add the fun stuff after the basics are covered. When you do that, making meals - and making outfits - is so much easier.
I’m working on my new program for Fall: Get Back to Basics and Transform your Stylebecause I feel so strongly about this.
What I’ve learned from working with hundreds of women over the years is that there's really no one-size-fits all list of Basics or Essentials. Your collection of Basics need to be personalized for YOU. But the categories within the Basics remains pretty consistent.
For example, a white shirt could be considered an Essential Basic. But maybe you have a big chest and hate button down shirts. Or maybe your coloring is such that you never wear stark white.
Buying a crisp white button down because it appears on 99% of all Essentials lists just doesn't make sense for you. Maybe instead, you get a flowy, woven blouse in ivory or cream that serves the same purpose, but works for YOU - your coloring, your esthetic and your beautiful bod.
Below is a collection of timeless Fall Basics ….all from Nordstrom (many on sale) and the foundation for innumerable chic, modern, looks to get you thinking about what may be on YOUR list.
This list is like the chicken breasts, pasta and romaine lettuce of your wardrobe... There’s no artichoke dip or cookie butter here.
But a wardrobe of all basics would boring and dull, and not let you express your personality...which is such an important part of #justgetdressed.
You'll learn in the Transform Your Style Program how to add accents and personality pieces to make fabulous looks that YOU love and that fit YOUR personal style.
Just like we all enjoy different meals, we also have different style aesthetics (and bodies) and I’m going to help you find, and develop your signature style so you can #justgetdressed and love the way you look.
Next week, we'll talk about 4 more ways getting dressed and making dinner are similar...including how desperation and last minute rushing, rarely ends well - in either activity. Stay tuned!
My recommendation is to focus on filling in your basics if you need to....or better yet, take a hard pass from shopping during August. Use this time to wear the summer clothing you already own, enjoy some downtime, and save your money for what your wardrobe really needs. And I'll be here to help you.
Until then, go #justgetdressed....and maybe make dinner too??😜
Timeless Fall Basic Essentials
Thanks for reading and drop me a note if you have any questions. I love hearing from my ladies!
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The concept of a Morning Routine has been around for years. I remember desperately trying to hammer a morning routine into my sons as they were growing up. Sadly, the only one that truly stuck was brushing their teeth, but hopefully as they get older and mature, they’ll catch on to some of the others. Make your bed? Put away your #$% stuff ?? One can dream....
But today I’m talking to mature, respectable, grown-up women (i.e. you;) so I’m thinking you can relate and are more interested in the topic than my sons were/are. 🙃
I’m a firm believer in the power of routine and positive habits, and during the Covid-19 lockdown I’ve made even more of an effort to create and stick to a morning routine. I thought I’d share mine with you today because I realized how truly helpful it is for me.
The way I found out how important my routine is to me was by skipping it.
For a couple days last week, I went off the rails of my previously solid morning routine, and man did it take a toll on my mood and productivity. There is a clear and direct correlation between doing my morning routine and having a better day. No doubt about it.
Don’t worry….I’m not going to tell you that you have to get up at 5am. In fact, I’m not going to tell you have to do anything in order to have an effective Morning Routine. The key is to develop one that works with your life, your sleep patterns and your personality. This is what works for me..take it for what it’s worth and design your own.
My 8 Step Morning Routine to a Better Day
Let me start by crediting Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning for inspiring me to develop a morning routine in the first place. And thank you friend and B.Styler Carol Perlman for her recommendation of the book. It changed her life, and it's changed mine as well. That said, I don’t do the exact steps Hal lays out, but the point is, I developed my own Miracle Morning Routine that works for me. Here it goes:
1. Get up One Hour Earlier than Usual
😉And by "get up" I mean actually wake up and get out of bed and vertical;)
Notice I didn't say get up at 5am. But, if you normally get up at 7, try getting up at 6. And if you’re like my son and normally get up at 11am, get up at 10am instead;) The reason for this is simple. You want time by yourself before the other humans in your world get up and start to annoy or interrupt you. Seriously though, even if you live alone, this uninterrupted time will become sacred and beloved - trust me.
And even if you love your sleep, I’m willing to bet you a cup of coffee that you’ll start loving this time even more than that extra hour of sleep (most of the time at least). It may take some time, and you may have to go to bed a little earlier, but it’s so worth it.
Here’s an aside for the night owls out there who are saying, no way jose' to early mornings. I guess you could do these things late at night if that works better for you. The point is to have dedicated, uninterrupted, private time whenever you can get it and make a daily routine. That said, I still think the way you start your day determines your day, so keep that in mind. #tryityou'lllikeit 😉
2. Drink 16 Ounces of Water, Right Away (before coffee!)
I fill my 16 ounce bottle before bed and put it on my bedside table. When I wake up, I have a game with myself where I can’t drink any coffee until I’ve downed the whole bottle. I take my vitamins and meds while I make my coffee and chug chug chug the water. It’s so important to rehydrate after a night’s sleep. I drink 3-4 more bottles during the day.
3. Head to My Morning Routine Hideaway
Next, coffee in hand, I head to the little loveseat in my office/living room. For me it was helpful to dedicate a particular room for this next part. It’s a spot in the house that I’ve associated with my morning routine and it’s quiet, cozy and free from distractions. I recommend designating a particular place in your house - it doesn’t have to be a private room...just a spot for you to be alone and comfortable and (hopefully) undisturbed. Be creative and make it pretty!
I start with my daily devotional, reading the designated page from this book. There's a page for each day of the year. It takes about a minute or two to read each day and I find it so powerful. I’m a Catholic, and if you are Christian and interested in having a daily devotional routine I highly recommend this book (it was a gift from a dear friend - thank you SB!) The key is to do what works for you, so take it or leave it or adapt it to fit your own beliefs and interests.
4. 5 Minute Meditation/Prayer
Next I meditate and/or pray for about 5 minutes. For beginner meditators, I love the 10 Percent Happier app by Dan Harris of ABC News (who was a very relunctant meditator like me). I also recently started to use the free Insight Timer App as it has prayer-based, guided meditations as well as every other meditation type you can imagine. I’m still a novice ...I can’t say I’m a huge fan yet, but I’m determined to use it to become more mindful, less anxious and more focused...all benefits of meditation.
5. Write Something!
Next I take 5 minutes to write in a free-style journal. I’ve tried many types of journals but for me a book of blank, unlined pages works best and I literally just scribble thoughts, stories from the prior day and things I’m grateful for. It’s very much “stream of consciousness” writing...no prompts or structure. This works for me but if you want more direction, the 6 Minute Diary looks really good. I actually plan to leave my journals behind for my kids to read someday, so that is always in the back of my mind as I’m writing. Maybe I should have a separate book for my deep, dark secrets. I’ll have to consider that;)
6. Read Something!
So at this point I’m about 15-20 minutes into my morning - tops. Next, I spend time reading. Usually about 10 minutes but sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the day. During this time I read a non-fiction book on personal development or something related to business and entrepreneurship. Some of my favorites that I’ve read (or re-read) recently include:
Have you noticed that so far I haven’t mentioned things like “check email”, “read texts” “scroll through social media”? That’s because my goal here is to AVOID doing any of those things during this Morning Routine. I know that the minute I “check my phone”, the wheels can easily go off the proverbial bus and I head straight into the time-wasting vortex. Am I perfect about this? No. But I am aware of the temptation and make a conscious decision to avoid it.
Next, I exercise for at least 30 minutes. Ever since the world came crashing down in March I started doing on-line workouts almost every day. I miss my gym friends SO much but I have to say the time and money I save has been significant. I never thought I was motivated enough to work out at home, alone - but given no other option, it’s just part of my routine. In particular I’ve gotten hooked on at-home yoga and am slowly getting better at it. I have a long way to go, but the beauty of doing it at home is that I can’t compare OR embarrass myself with others. In addition to yoga (which I aim to do everyday), I try to mix in some HIIT workouts, and I also love barre classes and go on walks/jogs a few times per week. YouTube is filled classes; it’s a matter of finding the ones that you like. It’s such a personal thing. Here are a few that I've been doing:
Speaking of exercise --- Here’s another little routine I started during quarantine...I read about habit stacking in the Atomic Habits book...and challenged myself to do 5 pushups every time I go to the bathroom. STRANGE, I know. But since I’m home all day, it’s an easy way to work them in and get stronger arms in the process. You could do standing countertop push-ups to start, and work up to real ones. You could also habit stack with something else (instead of the bathroom which may seem weird to you). Maybe everytime you fill your water bottle or enter your kitchen, or open the fridge, etc. you do 5 pushups. Or maybe alternate squats with push-ups for variety. Just think of creative ways to sneak those powerhouse moves into your day. Can’t do push-ups yet? Here’s a great guide for how to start and work your way up.
8. Last but not least...You guessed it - #justgetdressed
I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m dressed to the shoes by 9am everyday, but that would be a big fat lie, especially these days. This new never-leave-the-house routine has definitely impacted my fashion choices;)
That said, I so passionately believe in the power of clothes (and especially accessories) that I do consciously #justgetdressed (almost) every single day. And I find the earlier I get around to it, the better my day is.
I’m not making this stuff up ladies...it matters, it's impactful and it does NOT have to be hard.
Actually I think it can and should be one of the most enjoyable things you do each day. That, my dear friends, is the missoin of B.Styled:
To help women like you leverage the power of personal style to create a better life.
So there you have it, my morning routine. Do I miss days occasionally? Yes. Weekends can be especially hard. But my goal is progress not perfection. And I find the more I do it consistently, the more it just happens on autopilot. And that’s the goal of routines and habits, right?
I’m guessing many of you already have morning routines firmly in place. I love talking about this stuff, so I’ll be starting a thread over in the private #justgetdressed facebook group where we can talk about it. See you over there!
Until then, drink your water, move your body and #justgetdressed.
Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a great-looking and comfortable option in the summer. They are also a cool alternative to shorts and a more stylish option than traditional "capris". (See more Casual, Cool Alternatives to Shorts here.)
And best of all, they'll take you into the fall as well, and can be worn casually, dressed up and to the office.
BUT, they are one of the trickiest bottoms to pull off because the success of the look is entirely dependent on balancing proportions and wearing the right top, not to mention the shoes and accessories.
So let's break down how to wear wide-leg pants, with several outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer and well into the fall too.
We're all used to full length wide-leg pants, but the crop style is another story. And I hear some of you saying, "no way, Beth - it's not happening." If you're dead set against the style, you can substitute slim ankle pants like these and still create the looks below. But remember, a style that seems crazy to you at first will start to look normal the more it's around, and this one seems to have staying power. I included some more pictures of them on various shaped and sizes at the bottom of post.
First, let’s talk about what you should look for in the pants. The pair I'm wearing above is from Peach but no longer available.( I show lots of similar options at the bottom of the post.)
Another alternative is this pair from Lands End, also in crepe, pull-on with less fabric. Available in regular, plus and petite sizing. If you're afraid that the others will be too much fabric or add bulk to your frame, these are a great alternative.
Like many wide-leg pants, the pair in the examples below is high-waisted. In general, the high-waist gives the illusion of longer legs and is most flattering when worn with a shorter or tucked /half-tucked top.
With regard to pant length, you have options. Because it's summer, I'm featuring a crop pant. If you want full length instead, the wide-leg pants need to be hemmed perfectly for your height, meaning that when you’re in a shoe, they need to be just about a half inch off the ground.
Here's a pair of wide-leg, full length trousers from Banana Republic that come in petite, regular and several colors (including navy). Long, wide-leg pants like these can make your legs look longer and they look best with a heel, even a low one. If you get yours hemmed, make sure you do it to suit the heel height you'll be wearing. They'll look best with a heel that is either pointy or shows your toes.
In the summer especially, I love the look of wide-leg crop pants. Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is the ideal length. Once you start cutting through the middle of your calf, you enter capri territory, and you know I'm not a fan of capris.
👉Remember...you don't want to put a horizontal line across the widest part of your calf - and this what the traditional capris of yester-year do.
Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming. If that's the case, you can have these easily altered. If they fit in the waist and hips/rear but are too voluminous in the legs, you can have them hemmed to your most flattering length and ask to have a little bit of fullness taken out. It’s an easy fix and well worth it.
👉Tip for Petites: Instead of opting for a true wide leg with a leg opening between 22-26.5″, go for a pant with a leg opening of 17-20″
The outfits below are ideal for the office, a date, or a small get-together. As always, you can shop this post full of practical recommendations OR go to your closet and plug in similar pieces....keeping in mind proportions!
This is one of my favorite looks because it’s elegant yet casual and cool at the same time. It's the perfect use for a quality white tee that looks especially great knotted on the side or half tucked. The outfts I'm wearing above were insprired by this look.
This slub scoop neck tee has a great structure which is important. Because the pants are so full, you need a top that will help create balance. If you wear a full, flowy top with wide leg pants, you will just look wide everywhere like a square....not a good look unless your name is Bob (i.e. Sponge Bob... Get it?? 😉
The key to the top is that it be shorter or tucked/half-tucked or fitted and somewhat structured. It DOES NOT have to be skin tight (although a bodysuit would look amazing with these pants) but it also shouldn't be voluminous.
👉Remember, loose and flowy on the bottom means fitted on top. And loose and flowy on top (a tunic top for example) means fitted on the bottom (i.e. slim fitting pants, skinny jeans, etc).
The statement earrings add a splash of color and I like that they are a contrasting shade of blue, adding interest rather than "matching". A long, simple pendant necklace works with the earrings without being too much and provides a visual vertical line down the middle that is always flattering.
You could also wear nude shoes, wedges, flats (especially if you're tall) or block heels. Stay away from kitten heels or very dainty sandals, as the wide leg of the pants would overwhelm them. Again, proprotion is key!
Next, this patterned sleeveless top (from Banana Republic) is another pretty option and works well with the wide leg pants because it gathers at the waist, creating a beautiful shape. It's a pretty top for summer but could also be worn under a jacket this fall, or in the AC this summer. If you don't like sleeveless, I saw this navy floral blouse....the Banana Republic tops come in regular and petite up to XXL, and are on sale.
I just ordered the Cole Haan sandals shown. They are so comfortable and the heel is moderate in height so still flattering but easy to walk in. And don't forget your jewlery ...it makes the outfit... the finishing touch. See how I show mixed metals above? Have fun and play around with accessories.
Last but not least...a gorgeous navy monochromatic look - always a winner for looking taller and slimmer. I added accents of blush and tan, and accessories with texture to keep it from looking flat. The blouse has some texture and adds interest with the buttons and sleeve details...the key to monochromatic dressing. And the peplum waist provides shape and structure too.
That's it! I hope you found this informative and maybe you're willing to give wide-leg pants a try. They are yet another option if you don't like wearing shorts or leg-baring skirts....And, they still let you stay cool and stylish....and are so much better-looking than dated capris! (Here's another post with more ideas for alternatives to shorts).
Below are some more shopping options for them - and the sales going on these days are crazy! Let us know in the comments if this is a style you'll try and go #justgetdressed. 😉
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Since joining Beautycounter about two years ago, I’ve talked to a lot of people who want to make the switch from their products that are potentially harmful, but also want the most bang for their buck. I totally get it!
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When I first tried Beautycounter, I had a mish-mash of beauty products and didn't pay attention to ingredients at all.
I was primarily concerned with anti-aging, so I had tried a bunch of high-end moisturizers (that didn’t work), but with the rest of my products, the cheaper the better.
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More Tips for Switching to Clean Beauty Products on a Budget
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If you research the ingredients on your products (the Never List is a great resource for this) and realize a lot need to go, don’t panic. Start by switching out one or two products for safer alternatives. If you need help with this, let me know. A good rule of thumb is to either start with the product you can’t live without or the product you’re running out of.
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