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Style Detail Highlight: The Paperbag Waist

Style Detail Highlight: The Paperbag Waist | Designing From My Closet

Looking through the latest fashion magazines, one silhouette that stood out to me strongly was the paperbag waist.  The highwaisted cut of pants and skirts with pleats that gather around the waist with a sash belt is not a new idea as it has been cycled through trends throughout the years.  For me, it is a cut that has always appealed to me, but in the past I have allowed insecurities about my body shape deter me away from actually wearing it.  Now that I have fully embraced myself, I am overjoyed to be wearing the fun fashion of the paperbag waist!

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One Top, Two Ways: A Floral Tank

One Top, Two Ways: A Floral Tank | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Is it just me, or is everyone anxious for cooler fall weather?  There is something so cozy about the autumn season that brings all kinds of good feelings.  And while I am not one to wish time away because I savor each and every moment, I am however looking to my wardrobe for ways I can remix pieces I already have in my closet right into fall.

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Pink Alise: Floral Print Boxy Top

Pink Alise: Floral Print Boxy Top | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

If you are anything like me, I am always on the hunt for new places to shop for plus size fashion.  When I discovered Pink Alise, I was thrilled to see some unique pieces that were different from what else was out there.  Today I am collaborating with Pink Alise to show you one of the pieces that I fell in love with: the Floral Print Boxy Top.  It is a great print with a mix of a geometric pattern and a floral.  The sleeves are absolutely adorable with a slight poof to them.  One of the features I loved about this is that although it is a boxy top, it still has seaming down the bust line and has two small slits on the front that give it shape and flare.

Whenever I get a new item into my closet, one of the first things I do is create outfits.  I lay everything out on the bed and take pictures on my phone of several outfit ideas so I can have them all prepared when I am getting ready in the mornings.  There were numerous ways I styled this mixed print top, and today I am going to show you two ways: a dressed up look and a casual look.

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What Ever Happened to the Art of Dressing?

Comfortable.

Casual.

We have all heard and probably used both of these terms to describe an outfit.  But what is comfort?  What is casual?  These mean different things to different people.

Comfort could mean both physical or mental comfort.  I think that most ladies think of physical comfort as something you can move around in easily without being poked, having to constantly adjust yourself, having something that is too confining, or having to wear body shapers.  It is also what is comfortable for what types of activities you encounter on a day to day basis.

Then there is mental comfort, like not wanting to reveal a certain part of your body or the total opposite for others.  Personal example: I feel mentally comfortable wearing tops that have a v or scoop neck to show my upper chest.  I then on the flip side, feel mentally comfortable wearing tops that cover, conceal, or hide my belly roll.Anthropologie Brilliant Bowknot Tee

Then we move on to the term casual.  Dictionary.com has seven definitions for casual, and the one I think fits this topic the best is “appropriate for wear or use on informal occasions; not dressy:”  Well that is ambiguous.  What is appropriate?  This also means different things to different people.  I recall going to my History of Fashion college course way back when and remember loving the different eras of clothing.  So not practical for today’s living.Anthropologie Brilliant Bowknot Tee

So, what do you do if you are a stay-at-home mom or an entrepreneur who works from a home office? Does it make sense to dress as though you are going into an office?  What does casual mean for those who do work in an office and then want to dress down in the evenings and weekends?  Boy, I sure am posing a lot of questions in this post!

Let me get to my point with this then.  Since the time of the “Stepford Wife” look has gone (which I love by the way, and so admire those who have that vintage or pin-up look as their personal style),  I feel like women have been trying to figure out where we go from there.  Comfort and casual has almost taken on a whole life of its own and has morphed into a sea of yoga pants and oversized tees to be able to manage the wonder woman duties we put on our plates.
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I feel like I am rambling a bit, but I hope I am making a valid observation.  This look I am sporting here is my definition of both comfort and casual.  The only reason I am focusing on this topic is because I get asked so many times by both friends and family about where I am going, especially if I am wearing a skirt or dress.  I always give them a puzzled look because I never knew that I needed a special occasion to get dressed.Anthropologie Brilliant Bowknot Tee

Has society gotten so bad that ladies need a reason to dress a certain way, put on makeup, and fix their hair that this question needs to be asked?  Here I go, more questions.  Why are we reserving ourselves to look our best only when we feel we have an audience looking at us?  What ever happened to the art of dressing?  I think we deserve better!Anthropologie Brilliant Bowknot Tee

So, with all that being said, I am going to encourage you to challenge yourself.  If you are stuck in a rut of wearing the same thing like a uniform, try new things.  I can guarantee you it will feel mentally uncomfortable looking at yourself in different clothes.  Your eye has been trained to see yourself a certain way.  I am not only saying this to you, I am speaking to myself as well.  I have been forcing myself to try on some new silhouettes that I used to flat out refuse to pick up.  Some have surprised me and some have reaffirmed that I just do not care for it.  You may even feel like you are “trying too hard” or “being too flashy”, but only because it is not what you are used to seeing when you see your reflection.  Go ahead, test the waters.  Experiment and find your style.  A little bit of effort really goes a long way and you will be surprised the positive attention you will attract!
Anthropologie Brilliant Bowknot Tee

Outfit Details:

Brilliant Bowknot Tee: Anthropologie via Poshmark seller vinigrette (similar)

Blue Cropped Pants: Worthington via Poshmark seller jillcoffee (similar)

Wood Bead Necklaces: Brass and Burlap via Poshmark (knel88)

Kai Organic Ring Set: Charming Charlie

Pink and Raffia Clutch: LOFT via Poshmark seller livluvshop (similar)

Tassel Tides Sandals: AllyOops 

 

What is your definition of comfortable and casual when it comes to dressing?

Today’s Postivity Note

Seek and you will find.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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