How to Style a Dress to Flatter Your Body Type

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When I first ordered this red dress online I thought that it was the most beautiful thing I had seen.  I was wondered it wouldn’t look good on me…red never does…but I bought it anyway because it looked good on the model and I hoped it would do me justice as well.

When I first put it on I stared in the mirror thinking I had just been swallowed up by a sea of red.  It hung past my knees (thanks to my height complex), it had tons of extra material that did absolutely nothing to show off the curves of my body, and it did absolutely nothing for my fair skin tone.

Months later, in another attempt to make this dress work, I tried it on again.  This time I paired it with a pink hat and silver hoop earrings.  I started to get a bit of a boho vibe, totally something that i strive for in my everyday wardrobe.

I snapped a few pics and watched my enthusiasm die as I starred at a short girl trying to pull off a tall girl’s dress.  Then I slipped on high heel boots.  Okay, I can fake my height a bit.

There’s nothing I can do about the fact that red is not my color, but I wanted it to be so I stuck with it.

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Then I complained to my boyfriend that the dress was still drowning me.  He suggested I throw on a belt.  I couldn’t believe it but it helped!  It was like a whole new dress.  I had a shape, I had accessories to make it pop, I had heels to fix my height complex, and now I had a whole new look to wear to boozy brunches, wine touring, and classy affairs.

I wore this red dress look to a fashion event in the city and the cameras kept following me all night.  If I hadn’t of been wrapped up in finding a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s to add to my shoe collection, I might have loved it.

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I brought out the beautiful red color of this dress by pairing it with a variety of pink and brown.  Last but not least, I wore my Gucci sunglasses to make the look even more chic.

Love,

Molly

 

 

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How to Stop yourself from Buying Something you’ll Never Wear

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Ever regret a clothing purchase?  Sometimes I stare at my closet wondering how some of the items ever got in it!  Remember those partly sheer leopard print pants that you thought were so cool you just had to have them?  Now you look in your closet unable to fathom how you could have ever liked them?

Start by asking yourself a series of questions.

  1. Out of everything currently in my closet, what would I wear with it?
  2. So you think you’ll be courageous enough to sport a hot pink, open back dress to the party? Put yourself at the party.  What are others wearing? Put yourself in your closet just hours before the event, what are your options?  Does that dress still seem viable?
  3. Not sure about the item in question? Walk away.  Don’t worry you can always go back.  Hours later ask yourself, do I still want the item?  Wait til the next day, then ask yourself again, do I still want that item? Like with men, the one you can’t stop thinking about, is probably the one you should be pursuing.  If you can’t stop thinking about the clothing item, go back and get it!
  4. How long will the item last?  Is it cheap? Will it ball up or tear? Is the item seasonal or can it be worn all year around?
  5. Do I already own something that’s very similar to the item?
  6. Is there something I want more?  In the moment, a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes may sweep us off our feet, but we’re suddenly brought back to earth when we find something we love even more.  Explore your options, look around and see if you can find anything that tops that item.

IMG_019511At some point, you have to make the final decision.  Do I want this {insert wild and crazy wardrobe piece here}? Hopefully these questions will help you avoid those moments of regret after buying something that you now can’t stand.

Love,

J. Molly

5 Ways to Take Advantage of your Sleepless Nights

Insomnia is an unwelcome friend to many of us.  It doesn’t have to be all bad.  Take advantage of the quiet peacefulness of the evening hours.  No one’s trying to contact you; not by text, calling, or carrier pigeon.  You have total freedom to get done whatever you want to get done. While you may not have the energy you have during the day, take care of tasks that don’t require as much energy.

Blog – Some of my best ideas come to me at night when I’m sitting in bed, surrounded by nothing but darkness and silence.  Okay, probably not complete silence; I’m probably either listening to the quick witty banter of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore or wishing I was a celebrity with potty-mouth Ari Gold as my agent, but nonetheless, I’m spiritually ready to have all my inspiring ideas hit me at once.  My hands are poised over my laptop, and my brain’s ready for anything but sleep. Take advantage of this “me-time” by writing some of your best articles and promoting your online presence.

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Organize your schedule for the week – Organization is key for efficiency.  Having a plan always makes me feel more productive and inspired.  Depending on how much I have to get done, I either make a general list by calendar day or list out tasks on an hourly basis.

Do some online shopping – The mall may close, but online stores are open 24/7.  You work hard during the days, treat yourself at night.  There’s nothing better than having a big box filled with new clothes arrive at your doorstep a few days later.

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Read a book for pleasure –  If you’ve ever been a writer, English major or something similar, you know what it’s like to have a pile of books you have to read. When you can’t sleep at night, take that time to read something you really want to read.  It could be something completely frivolous.  Don’t read what you have to read for school or work, read what you want to read.

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Organize your digital life – What does this mean?  Take some time that you wouldn’t usually take during the day to organize the pictures on your computer so that you can actually find pictures when you want them.  Organize your files and delete any files you don’t need anymore. Clean up your iTunes.

Have a good night not sleeping.

Love,

J. Molly

How to Make your Dresses More Versatile

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Pink Dress: Zara, Sweater: Forever 21, Boots: DSW

Pink Dress: Zara, Sweater: Forever 21, Boots: DSW

Bag: Club Monaco

Bag: Club Monaco

For yesterday’s look I took a pink dress from Zara and made it more casual by wearing a long button-up sweater dress from Forever 21.  I threw on my black cowboy booties but something was still missing, so I added a blue and white plaid scarf.  Not pictured here is my beaded navy headband that I wore as well.  To get the look you want, you need a splash of color (pink dress), a casual element to make the look effortless (the sweater dress), a show stopper accessory (the scarf), and a touch of sparkle (the headband).  Last but not least I turned to my trusty ruffed up leather messenger bag from Club Monaco so I could card around my laptop in style.

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Dress: Forever 21 Bag: Steve Madden

Dress: Forever 21 Bag: Steve Madden

The next dress I’m wearing is an off-the-shoulder blue striped cotton dress from Forever 21.  This dress can be worn with jewelry to dress it up, or with nothing to keep it effortless and sexy for a casual day strolling the streets.  I love this one because I can go from naked to ready to go out in less than one second by throwing on this casual and comfy dress and nothing else.

Thanks for reading.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram to stay updated with all the hottest looks.

Love,

J. Molly

 

Dressing with Neutrals: How to Turn Drab into Fab

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As woman with very fair skin, I understand that it’s risky wearing neutral skin-toned colors because they can easily wash someone out.  But this season we’re seeing neutrals bloom into a very sophisticated, classy statement, and so it’s time to give neutrals another go.  Here are some tips for how to wear neutrals without letting them make you look drab.

Start with a soft, boho style beige dress.  This on it’s own may do nothing for you, but it’s the accessories that you pair it with, that will turn the look around.  Pinks go very well with neutral beige, so add a touch of soft femininity to the look by wearing a tie-dyed pink summery straw hat.

Add some richness to the look by adding a dark beige tote.  If you’re going to do beige, do it up right by combining different shades of beige in one look.  The gold choker necklace in the picture above is the perfect piece to add to a neutral outfit because it’ll be sure to turn your effortless look into a statement.

What’s the number one way to add a touch of classic sophistication to an outfit?  Add pearls, of course! Try pearl stud earrings to wear during the day, or drop pearl earrings to wear out at night.

Last but not least, add a touch of color by wearing a pair of pastel blue flat slide-on sandals like the ones featured above.  Even neutral looks need a touch of color to keep them interesting.

Where can you find these hot neutrals?

Dress: Zara ($79.90), Hat: Zara ($19.90), Sandals: Zara ($59.90), Handbag: Zara, ($119.00), Necklace: Zara ($29.90), Earrings: Givenchy at Nordstrom ($26.00)

Love,

J. Molly