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So of course I had to open #OutfitsInOctober with a host of Black fashion bloggers. I’m OBSESSED with style bloggers. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve bought something thanks to something a style blogger had on. But, and you don’t need me to tell you this, too often Black style bloggers aren’t represented as much as our counterparts. An excuse people sometimes use are “there aren’t that many Black style bloggers.” BULL. I was able to quickly rattle off this list based on who I follow on Instagram and this is only a fraction—there are way more Black fashion bloggers than this of course (and please leave a comment with your faves below).
The season of shorts is upon us! If the thought of wearing them makes you cringe because you have no clue which ones work with your body type, read on!
Big Tummy: Look for shorts that sit slightly below the waist line–they’ll offer more comfort for a big tummy as well as give it room to breath. Avoid high waists and any short that’s too small in the waist—it’ll emphasis the size of your belly. A high waist can make your tummy look like it’s oozing out while a too small waist equals muffin top.
And out of nowhere I’m suddenly obsessed with slouchy-fit cropped dress pants in bold hues…
I love taking dressier elements and edging them out with tough accessories which is exactly what I did with the outfit I created above. I put together a pair of Marni cropped wool and silk-blend pants, added a pair of glittery d’orsay pumps (the ones used above are by Jimmy Choo but this style of shoe can be found everywhere for less) and rocked it out with a motorcycle leather jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, mohair sweater from Topshop, and a spiked bracelet from ASOS.com.
If your weekend plans call for something casual with an element of dressy, I’ve got the outfit for you! Incorporate 70s style with a flowy pussy bow blouse and wide leg jeans but to keep it from a literal 1970 translation, add edgy elements like an asymmetrical coat (like the Lendra Coat from AllSaints) and funky jewelry like a stack of bangles from Belle Noel. For shoes instead of the usual platform pump, a heeled hiking boot style is perfect to finish this look.
While trying on jeans and a gazillion other things this weekend for the two-hour block in which I occupied the second floor at Bloomingdale’s on 59th street, the very friendly and helpful salesgirl suggested I try on a pair of sequined jeans. I had to ask her how many fingers I was holding up—you know, to check to see if her vision was okay because clearly she hadn’t seen the size of my thighs and what they would do to a pair of sequined pants. I’ve known my thighs for 30 years (ok, they only started to spread once I hit maybe 22), but they look best in pencil skirts, darker colored bottoms, and with jackets or tops that don’t hit on their widest part. Shoot, I thought the red cropped Express pants Jené Luciani put me in for the Fox Good Day NY segment were outside my comfort level. Needless to say, I didn’t try on the sequin pants. Though my legs themselves are quite trim (check them out on my new personal blog, which btw, you should follow *wink*), my thighs they runneth over. Hey, every trend isn’t for everybody.
Back when I helped Rue La La present The Rue 30, I wound up having to send back the Rachel Roy skirt I bought (because my hips were held captive in it) and in exchange I got a $165 voucher to Meatpacking District’s Denim Habit store for just $65. I needed a new pair of black skinny jeans since the Paige Premium Denim ones I had loved for years died in a tragic accident. *sigh*
I knew I wanted J Brand because as a tall (5’9″) woman with long legs and juicy thighs, it’s one of the brands where every pair I’ve owned were kind to my hips and my ankles (I need length, maaaan). The lovely salesgirl at Denim Habit suggested I try the J Brand Pencil Leg (it comes in low-rise and mid-rise–I got low-rise). I normally wear a 29 waist, but since the fit on these are even slimmer than skinny jeans, I went up to a 31 so they wouldn’t look super skin tight (and I wouldn’t look like a busted can of biscuits).
These jeans are soooo awesome! The 2% Lycra are a girl’s dream and they look good on both boyish shapes and ladies whose hips don’t lie. They’re great when paired with something with more volume up top like a swing or cape coat or a flowy blouse. Because of the more tapered fit, they’re a better alternative to stretch pants as pants (grrrr). Plus the length is perfect—I still had some extra inches that on my height and shorter looks cute scrunched and on those taller than 5’9″ and up to say 6’1″ would be long enough to cover your ankles.
I will basically be wearing these all the time now. Don’t be surprised if you see me a couple of times and every time it’s with these jeans. Like, all the other jeans in my wardrobe will be pissed.