What I’m Wearing: The I Don’t Have Time for Outfit Pics Edition

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I think I’ve mentioned that it’s cold outside.  Couple that with the fact that it’s the holidays and my energy and time has been wrapping up an insanely busy work season, shopping, wrapping up actual gifts, cooking and spending what limited time I have left with my family, I just haven’t had time for outfit photos.  I’m sorry if I’m letting you down!

I hope this solution makes up for it. Here’s a compilation of one of my favorite outifts from last week.  It’s not the original outfit since some of the pieces aren’t available anymore, but it’s probably a much cuter version (and if I will it hard enough, maybe this bag will become mine).

Pear Shaped Pointer: Throw a silky blouse under your sheath dress to add an extra layer of warm.  Throw your favorite statement necklace on the outside, add a fun blazer and your outfit is complete.  And the layers will help you get from the freezing outdoors to cold conference rooms to a toasty warm restaurants.

Dress: J.Crew Factory // Blouse: Mango // Necklace: J.Crew (30% off right now) // Tights: Spanx // Shoes: J.Crew Factory // Blazer: J.Crew Factory // Bag: ZAC Zac Posen // Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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How to Find a Flattering Holiday Party Dress

It’s not too late to find a flattering cocktail dress for holiday or New Year’s Eve parties if you are pear shaped.  Check out my eHow.com video with tips and tricks on finding the perfect fit.  Thanks to Ann Taylor for providing me with the location for the shoot.  This dress and more are 40% off right now so stop by the store or the site to check out their fabulous holiday dress options!

Video Transcript

Hi, this is Katie. I’m the founder and blogger of Pear Shaped Girl. We’re here at Ann Taylor today to talk about the best cocktail dresses if you have wide hips. The best dress is going to be something that’s a fit and flare style, or more A-line or an exaggerated A-line. This is a great option, because it has a scoop neck, which draws the attention up to your neck and to your clavicle, which is very flattering. Also, having something that’s sleeveless is also more flattering, especially if you have great arms that you want to accentuate. Make sure that the dress hits at the right spot on your knee and not any further down where the calf starts getting larger, or it can be less flattering. Also, if it’s too high and hits at the widest part of your thighs, that’s going to create a more chunky look. So, opt for something that brakes at the knee, that has a fitted waist, and that has an accentuated A-line or a fit and flare style.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/video_12324159_cocktail-dress-wide-hips.html#ixzz2nDZw41MT

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The Bomb Jacket

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One thing I love about this blog is that it makes me take a hard look at my closet and figure out what to wear.  The biggest benefit?  I find things I haven’t worn in years and make them new again with a little styling fun.  Take this jacket.  It’s Anna Sui for Target circa 2009 (does that make it vintage?)  I haven’t worn it but a few times and it has sat in the back of my closet for at least three years.  Thankfully, it has lasted many a closet edit and I have never given it away or sold it on eBay because I am newly obsessed with it.  You could say it’s the bomb!  Take a look in your closet and see if there’s anything you can recycle next time you’re searching for something to wear.

Pear Shaped Pointer: For ladies with hips (like me) wearing a jacket that tapers in at the waist like a bomber jacket can be a dicey endeavor.  Paired with jeans, it’s likely to cut you off in just the wrong place.  Try pairing it with a flared skirt or over a dress like I am here for a more flattering look.

Bomber Jacket: Anna Sui for Target (Old.  Similar here.) / Skirt: Loft / Shirt: Loft / Necklace: Loft (Old.  Similar here.) / Booties: Vince Camuto / Bag: Coach

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