Getting Ready for Vacation!

Hey everyone! If you are a regular reader you heard me mention here that I am taking a trip to Sonoma. Well, I am heading out there on Sunday and I have this outfit packed and expect to be wearing it during the 90 degree days since it is a great outfit for the heat. It’s supposed to be in the 50’s at night so we’ll probably be wearing lots of layers then or just hopping into the jacuzzi!

Summer outfit for big bust and apple shapes

It’s a simple cotton tunic over a simple khaki skirt both from JJill and tunic available here and here though skirt seems to be sold out. I usually wear my graphic t-shirts with this skirt but my t-shirts tend to be tighter and sometimes I just don’t want that much exposure.

Summer outfit for big bust and apple shapes

Looking at these pictures, I think I would pull the upper strand of the necklace so it was lower than the shirt collar. And though I like these long necklaces because it breaks up our beautiful canvas of bust and midlife-middle you must be aware of the dreaded boob lasso!

Summer outfit for big bust and apple shapes

So, after Sonoma I will be heading up to northern Michigan for a family vacation, so I won’t be posting until the beginning of August. I will, however, be posting on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to follow my travels. I do plan on writing a post about Sonoma because it will be a week of wine tastings, food tours, jacuzzi and shopping! My kind of vacation! See you all in August!

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My Perfect Summer Sweater

Hey everyone! This sweater is my go-to sweater for summer. It fits me really well because the length of the hem hits me at a flattering spot with the hem angling downward and it has 3/4 length sleeve, both of which are flattering traits for a top (never mind I can’t button it–I never intended to and I’m an apple-shape so buttoning never occurs to me anymore). It also has some structure in the back with a bit of waistband where the knit is different so it is more fitted. I have the same exact one in cream too and wore it in this outfit.

apple shape summer wear

But, the best part of the sweater is the little notches up near the collar bone. It adds visual interest and really draws the eye upward towards my face, I feel. As much as I love this sweater, and wear it at least once a week, it really only works with a shirt that has a neckline that doesn’t interfere with the notches. Luckily, it’s camisole and tank top season and those work perfectly. The camisole is black and white striped but is showing up on my monitor as distorted, hopefully not on yours.

apple shape summer wear

I do always try to show you items that are new and/or in stock at stores, but unfortunately, this one is no longer being made by White House Black Market. But, when looking for a similar sweater, keep in mind the reasons why this sweater works: the hem length, the angled hem, the 3/4 sleeve, the structure with the back waistband and the notched collar. Even though you can’t feel it, it is a heavier knit but not bulky.

apple shape summer wear

And, of course, throwing in these leopard print shoes that I am wearing often because I’m finding them so fun and easy to pair with outfits, though they are old and no longer in stock from Clarks.

apple shape summer wear

Halogen camisole herehere and here. Skirt from J Jill here and featured in this post here.

So, I hope this helps you find your perfect summer sweater if you don’t already have one. We were back at the Broad Art Museum for these photos again if you hadn’t already guessed. I am really enjoying finding interesting places to photograph for you all. Take care until next time!

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Soft Cotton for Comfort!

Hey everyone! Today I’m wearing a comfy summer outfit of all cotton and sporting the wider-legged pants that are supposed to be the up-and-coming look for pants. Supposedly the skinny jean look is on it’s way out though I still like mine and may continue wearing them until I am laughed at!

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Pants are from JJill here and on sale. Sweater is from Prairie Cotton and has to be purchased through a brick and mortar store, I believe. Here is list of shops from their website.

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I am not really a khaki kind of person but I bought this pair because I was looking for something soft and cool to wear in the summer as a change to tighter-legged pants or bare legs. Sometimes you just want a bit more coverage or the air conditioning is too cold for skirts or dresses and bare legs.

wide leg pants for apple shapes

This sweater I bought last summer at a little shop in Harrisville in northern Michigan called Coming Attractions. It’s one of those cute stores that have a mix of jewelry, clothing and bags that you can’t find at bigger stores and seem to focus more on local artists and designers and smaller clothing companies. I love those kind of stores because you can get such unique items. Plus, I’m usually on vacation when I go into a place like that so my vacation-shopping is very different than my regular shopping!

wide leg pants for apple shapes

And besides showing the side view of the outfit, this image shows the fun tile I’m standing on in the shape of the state of Michigan. Each tile represents a county and it even shows the upper peninsula which often gets left out of images of the state. This is at Michigan State University’s gardens, now becoming my favorite place to do these photo shoots.

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Getting Through the Summer in Style!

Hey everyone! This is a simple summer outfit. It’s not that exciting or groundbreaking and I wouldn’t even really say it’s “blog-worthy”. It’s just one of those outfits that can help you get through the summer heat.

comfy jeans for apple shapes

The shirt is old, very old from Kohls, but one I wear a lot in the summer. First, the armholes don’t show my bra which is hard to find in a sleeveless shirt (I have no idea why. Even if you had a smaller bust the armhole would hang low? No idea). It also has this pleated fabric in the bust area to distract the eye and create a flattering v-neck. I usually don’t buy these kind of tops with the unnecessary pleating and rouching, but when I am wearing one plain shirt because of the temperature, I would like to get some assistance in covering some of the curves. The fact that the shirt is black also helps the eye not dwell on all of my voluptuousness!

comfy jeans for apple shape

I haven’t shown these jeans before but I love them and wear them a lot. They are Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) and they’re made with some stretch everywhere. A bonus for my apple shape is they fit my waist without sliding down. They’re also at my favorite ankle length and the fabric is thinner for warmer temperatures. Jeans are here and supposedly less bright colors are in style for the season, but I say pick whatever you want!

comfy jeans for apple shapes

I’ve had a couple of questions about the shoes because I also wore them in the last post here. They are really old, at least 7 years, from Kohls. They are from Sonoma brand and the great thing about them is they look like you’re wearing heels when really the incline is so slight. They have about a one inch platform and about a 1 1/2″ heel. They are the most comfortable heel I own for summer. I’m always on the look out for this silhouette in a shoe now because I know they work so well for me. These poor shoes have been repaired twice but I keep wearing them because they’re cute, comfy and perfect for the warm weather.
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So, keeping things light and simple for summer to stay cool but still look pulled together!

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Testing out a Reader’s Advice

Hey everyone! If you’re new to the blog or you don’t read the comments, I’ll fill you in on today’s outfit inspiration. In this post here one of my readers, Bettye, commented that a cool way to get through summer without adding layers was to wear a printed top. She claimed that a printed top wouldn’t look as unfinished as a solid top if you didn’t wear a scarf or “third piece” (vest, jacket, sweater, etc…). The print would balance out the fact that you’re actually only wearing two pieces of clothing. I hadn’t heard that advice before and, in the spirit of making this blog work for anyone with a similar shape, I decided to give it a try.

Tunic for apple shape

Bettye’s right! I feel this is a complete outfit and don’t miss another layer over the top. Usually, when I wore this tunic, I would wear the sweater vest shown here or a jacket of some sort.  This summer outfit didn’t seem to need anything. The pattern disguises some curves I’d rather not highlight and the fabric skims my body.

Tunic for apple shape

The detail on the neckline, I think, helps elevate this top so it can stand on its own. It has some sparkly rivets and the neckline has a dramatic shape so it looks like it’s made to be the star of the outfit, rather than a supporting actor.

Tunic for apple shape

Tunic is old from White House Black Market but they always make this style in different patterns, so current style is (sold out when I went to post) here, but look for new patterns in the future when the weather starts to cool down again.

Tunic for apple shape

Pants from JJill here and on sale!

Tunic for apple shape

So, thanks to my wonderful readers and commenters. I’m totally into sharing knowledge to help us find clothing and outfits to look fabulous and confident. Feel free to comment with advice and I’ll test out what I can. We’ll spread this knowledge!

These photos were taken at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid and is an art sculpture in itself.

Linking up with these ladies at Shelbee on the Edge, Not Dead Yet Style and Happiness at Midlife

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