As my due date rapidly approaches I am haunted with this ongoing thought of my daughter coming an I lose my fashion sense or she grows up thinking I never had any.
I’ve temporarily relocated and while packing my things I started to go through clothes I could no longer fit, that’s when the thought crossed my mind what do I keep for Aria. What if she thinks my style is horrendous? What if I get comfortable walking around in soccer mom outfits? Will she view my style how I view my moms? I’ve always wished my mother had “flavor” so I could steal her stuff or she had like vintage Chanel I could fall in love with. I want to be the mom who’s daughter looks back at pictures of her and says “my mom was fly”. Or she’s baby pictures of herself an says “I was fly”.
These are the random thoughts that trickle through my head at 3am between bathroom runs and trying to getting comfortable.
How many of you go in the store to buy or subscribe to fashion magazines to keep up with the latest trends? You look through the pages and see a bunch of cute outfits you can picture yourself in, then you look at the outlandish prices, like $80 for a top made of rayon and polyester, or a pair of regular gladiator sandals for $200. Now I don’t know about you but for once I’d love to see clothing that’s affordable to the average New Yorker. With rent for a studio starting at $1300 in some places who has an expendable cash flow to pay that and then spend $80 on a shirt! The thing that gets me the most is when the magazine boost about having a plethora of “affordable” outfits. For once I’d love to see a magazine dedicated to the average woman who loves fashion but has an average budget. I want these fashion editors and stylists to pull looks together that the LPN or school teacher can afford on her salary. But alas I digress and until then I guess I’ll just post my amazeball finds!
I don’t know about anybody else but I have been on a fashion quest since I was allowed to match polka dots with stripes back in the first grade. This ongoing journey to find stylish yet comfortable outfits has deemed itself a trying fête. That age old expression “beauty is pain” appears to be reigning supreme in one way or another. Be it in a pair of killer heels
Or breathtaking skin tight jeans.
How many of us have become victim to buying a gorgeous pair of “sit down shoes” and after downing a few drinks get this rationale in your head that somehow now it’s ok to dance in these hellish heels for an hour or two. Or better yet who jumps into their skinny jeans in the morning and by the end of the day you have the button imprint on your stomach?
Well I’m tired of being uncomfortable just to look fabulous, and with the onset of my soon expanding midsection, I downright refuse to be a slave to my love of fashion (or look horrid like Kim Kardashian). So for the past month I’ve upped the ante on my search, and might I proudly say I’ve come up with some pretty good options. Now I don’t know if you’ll ride out with me on these but I’ve become obsessed with harem pants. I don’t know if it’s because of my secret love for Aladdin or the sassy comfort they possess.
Princess Jasmine “WORE” those harem pants; so I too will try to “OWN” mine. Now if you’re sitting here thinking wtf Tiff how am I suppose to rock harem pants and not look like a Williamsburg hippie?! Well my friend here are a couple of chic options:
You can easily dress these pants up for a chic office just by throwing on a pair COMFORTABLE pumps and a string of pearls (pearls add sophistication to just about any outfit). Easily for the harem weekender look simply throw on a tank and some sandals, or even a pair of “oh so comfy” wedges.
Which brings me to my next go to comfort piece; The Wedge. Now if you know me you know I’ve always been obsessed with these magnificent man made creations. Seriously, what more can you ask for in a shoe, they add height to a 5’1 stature, can be worn with everything, and they feel like you’re in sneakers all day (not even mentioning the hot wedge sneaker).
Another comfy alternative in the shoe game in case you’re not a fan of the wedge is the stack heel. These are like the wedges sexy cousin. They to can be worn with anything all day with no qualms.
Now that I’ve adorned your bottom half in comfy illustriousness, let’s move uptown. While you can never go wrong with a simple tank top; loose or fitted, I’ve found that the batwing tshirt is stylishly forgiving in numerous areas. It does this trick where it’s loose but still fitted so your figure is still defined in a not clinging way. I absolutely love it!
I’ve only scratched the surface of my search, but don’t you fret I’ll definitely keep you updated with new finds throughout the changing seasons. And in case you are wondering where you can purchase similar pieces at reasonable prices; asos.com, h&m, urbanoutfitters, and yesstyle.com are a few places.
Contrary to the weather reports, Spring is here! Even though we may encounter some flurries here or there we can’t fight the urge to update our wardrobe for the impending warmth. With that being said, lets talk about what’s hot this season; Black and White! Black and white is the simplest most classically chic combination you can wear if done right.
Adding a simple pop of color could take you to a whole new level of fashionista if done right.
It can also create the perfect silhouette. Notice all the clean crisp lines, it’ll make you feel like a tailor personally sewn your clothes on your body.
Even if you want to wear color you can’t go wrong with black and white accessories.
If you don’t have a clue what color looks best on you, remember, “It doesn’t matter if you wear black and white”!
The big and small man. You either know him, or are him. Did you ever identify with Skeelo when he sang “I wish I was a little bit taller”, while feeling rounder than the average bear? Do you tend to buy oversized clothes to disguise your size? Did you know that that just makes you look ridiculously bigger and shorter?!
While you can’t make yourself taller and becoming slim may take some time, you should love the skin you’re in. And I’m going to share some tips that’ll help.
1. The tailor is your best friend!! This actually goes for everyone; a well tailored outfit can turn you from a zero to hero. The trick is to get a piece of clothing (shirt, pants etc.) that fits the biggest part of your body and get the rest of that garment tailored to your body.
2. Never ever ever ever look at, buy, or wear pleated pants! Not only do they offend me, they offend your waistline. On that note, always wear a belt. This makes you appear thinner and taller.
3. Vertical stripes gives anyone length.
4. If you wear suits make sure the jacket has no more than 3 buttons and always leave one unbuttoned. And the jacket should be no longer than your waist.
5. Just because your bigger doesn’t mean shy away from color, it just means the brighter color should be on the smaller part of you and the darker on the bigger.
6. Let’s talk about patterns because I love them. And so can you, just know plaid probably isn’t a good idea.
These are just some tips to go by. If you need help just ask me. I wish I could’ve gotten a model for an impromptu photoshoot to display these rules, but I was pressed for time.