My Number One Outfit Tip For Apple-Shaped Women!

Hey everyone! My favorite tip or guide I use when putting together an outfit is the “column” look. You’ve seen this tip in use many times (like here and here) on this blog. Basically, you want a solid color from top to bottom which creates a longer, leaner look. I find this to be a really flattering look for our shape. Need a better description? Check out my new video!

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I’m happy to say that Debbie F. and lilmom883 were the winners of the $25 gift certificate. If you’re lilmom883, please check your email and get back to me. Thanks everyone for such a fun party! Have a great weekend ladies!

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Really, I Don’t Do This Intentionally!

Hey everyone! When I do a photo shoot, I honestly think the outfit looks good. I really don’t want bad pictures of myself out on the internet! So, I thought this top looked good in the store. I thought it looked good in front of the full length mirror in my bedroom. I thought it looked good when we were photographing. But, when I started looking at the pictures…bad.

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I’m always on the look out for a shirt for warmer weather, that gives me coverage without having to wear another layer over it. I thought this tie type shirt would do the trick. I have a cotton sweater with the similar style that I like that you’ve seen before. Why would the shirt be any different?

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The fabric is the first problem. It’s thin so it doesn’t hang well. In fact it clings and goes against my advice of “Skim Don’t Cling”.

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The color is the second problem. This tan does not do anything for my coloring. I was trying something new besides blue and black and was seduced by the polka dots!

The third problem is it has a lower neckline than I had thought. I think it makes my chest bigger. It seems that there is so much skin there and yet not even a peep of cleavage. It really emphasizes that gravity is winning!

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I’m wearing my new jeans that have changed my life (seriously on sale now) and my cute ballet flats from last fall. The toe box seems short so you might want to order a 1/2 size up. If you’re curious, the top is here and doesn’t even look good on the model. Just goes to show you that if the model can’t pull it off, probably not going to work on a curvier woman!

Today is the last day to sign up for email to be included in my birthday give-away. If you’re already signed up, then you’re already entered. I’ll announce the winners on Friday!

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4 Easy Ways To Up Your Style Game!

Hey everyone! I’m showing, in video form, how to ease into a more stylish you! I first wrote about this last fall here on how to start your own style journey, but I show the actual steps and transformation in the video.

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I sprained my ankle this weekend, so I’m filling in this week with videos and an outfit that went wrong but hopefully I’ll be fine by this weekend for some new outfits! Don’t forget to sign up for my emails so you can be entered in the birthday gift certificate give-away. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you can read it here. Feel free to share this video on your favorite social media platform if you so desire. Thanks!

Have a great week ladies!

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I Would If I Could…Dress Barn Edition!

Hey everyone! Have we all recovered from that party? Whew! That was fun!

Anyway, I did some shopping at Dress Barn and found several jackets that would work great for our shape. Like all of these “I Would If I Could” posts, these are items that I would have bought if I didn’t already own something similar or if I needed it or if I had limitless money. Even though I’m not buying the item, it’s still an item that would work well for our shape. As we know, those items are hard to find, so I’ll alert you whenever I do find something. Ignore the schmutz on the mirror please!

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This one is a really lightweight jacket and has a really flattering cut. If I didn’t already own a white jacket I totally would have bought it. I love the vertical/flattering zippers and the lapels that aren’t too big. Nancy, from the party post, also owns it and it looks great on her too. It’s also available in plus size.

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I’m also pushing myself to try on different items that I wouldn’t usually purchase, just to see how they would look. This light vest will be good for warmer weather because you can still have coverage but keep cool too.

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I think it adds a bit of glamour to anything you wore underneath. I could see it being perfect for an outside wedding or outside party — anyplace where you want to look a bit dressed up but still keep cool.

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You’ve seen me wear my military style jacket before here and that style is still on trend this season. I am wearing the clearance winter version here in the micro-suede that has that stand-up collar I really think is flattering.

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The purple one is no longer on their website though you may find it in your local store on clearance. Here is the olive-colored spring version. Dress Barn is great about larger sizes so they also have it in plus size here.

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Do you remember the beautiful floral jackets I tried on in that shop in Detroit? Dress Barn has some similar ones. Straight size version here. I just saw them on their website and haven’t tried them on but if you stop by there they might be worth a try on!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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It’s A Party!

Hey! Welcome to the birthday party! Come on in!

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Can I take your coat? Oh, look at you! Looking stylish as always! Love that outfit on you! Glass of champagne? Or mint lemonade? My two favorites!

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This is Dave. He’ll be our waiter today. You know him as the photographer/husband. Thanks honey!

Our waiter!

Come on in and let me introduce you to everyone.

This is Cindy. She was the first one here. She’s from North Carolina and don’t you totally love her shoes? Oh my gosh! She can rock the white shirt so much better than I can!

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Come and meet Carol Ann from Idaho. I’ll let her tell her own story: “You might remember that you told me to ease in to wearing my style changes by wearing them to lunches or dinners. That was the best advice. I’m feeling much more comfortable and today I’m actually wearing one of my outfits to work for the whole day! So far so good. Thank you, Julia! I feel like It’s liberating to let go of being self-conscious!” Plus, she brought her dog to the party! I love that!

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Some of you may know Susan. She is another blogger who really helps you construct an outfit and shows you the good and bad. Her blog is Over 5o Under 20  and she has been a good friend to this blog and blogger!

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Susan also brought her friend Ann. Ann is looking fabulous and check out the necklace! Beautiful!

Birthday Party!

Let me introduce you to Nancy. She’s the one with the beautiful smile. She’s from Kentucky and was deciding between two outfits, this one she ended up wearing, but also one with the exact same jacket I tried on at Dress Barn and will be showing Friday in a “I Would If I Could” post. Great minds think alike!

Here is Leslie from Michigan. She is a good friend in real life and though she’s not an apple-shape (actually quite slim) she learned to love tall boots and to go for a long and lean look. I’m also pushing her to try more edgy outfits too (sssshhh, don’t tell her!).

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This is Kay from Corpus Christi, Texas. She’s wearing an old top but it’s totally on-trend with florals this spring and just didn’t want to miss a good party! She must just look at my cold weather outfits and laugh and laugh!

This beauty is Rhonda. She is a good friend in real life too and has always been stylish. She’s also the baby here since she just turned 30. We were friends before I figured out this fashion thing and I was always so impressed with her style and her use of colors! She also knows how to make an entrance!

Blog Birthday Guest!

First, I want to thank my beautiful models here who took a step out of their comfort zone and sent me pictures of themselves. I’m very touched by your trust to send a picture to someone on the internet! It’s so nice to see all of your faces for a change! I will be sending you all a token of my appreciation.

Second, I want to thank all of you ladies out there. I didn’t know what this blog would become or how it would evolve or how it would be such a part of my life. I took a jump and you all were there to catch me. I would not still be doing this if it weren’t for all of the comments and emails and lovely words I receive from all of you!

For my guests attending out there, I would like to give you a party favor for coming to this birthday! For me to know who’s attended, please sign up for my email list by next Wednesday, March 29 and I’ll randomly be picking two guests to receive a $25 gift certificate. If you’re already signed up for the email, then don’t worry, you’re already entered. As you all know, I never will sell or give away your email.

And I know your presence is my present, however, if you want to give this blog an additional present, please share your favorite post to Pinterest or Facebook. It’s easy. All you have to do is go to the bottom of your chosen post and click the Facebook symbol or the Pinterest symbol and it will go to your account. I want more women to know this corner of the internet is here and you well-dressed ladies are my best ambassadors to help spread the word, so thank you!

So, everyone mix and mingle. Talk fashion. Talk books. Talk movies. Drink champagne. Eat potato chips. Eat cake. Thanks everyone for coming and we’ll do it again next year! I’ll go turn up the music!

 

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Pretty and Casual For The First Day Of Spring!

Hey everyone! So, another new pair of jeans I had resisted but now can’t remember why! Look! I’m even sitting comfortably without a button popping open and I can still breathe!

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Last week (here) I disclosed that I finally tried maternity jeans for our shape. I had stubbornly been avoiding them but really had no good reason to not try them. Of course, they fit perfectly and were comfortable and have opened up a whole new world for comfort and style.

First Day Of Spring Casual | www.whenthegirlsrule.com

Here is another pair. These are not expensive so I thought I’d try the distressed trend since I have a really hard time spending money for clothes that are already ripped! These have become my grab and go jeans for running errands or running out to the store because they are so easy to wear. It’s available in plus size here.

First Day Of Spring Casual | www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I have been wearing my white jacket a lot this winter (you’ve seen it many times on the blog which means I’m wearing it even more in real life) and when I went to grab it a couple of weeks ago I just couldn’t do it. It’s like when you just can’t eat another M&M even though you’ve happily been eating them without a thought. Luckily I found one really similar in style in this spring color though they also have white. It’s by Calvin Klein and I’m finding their design is really flattering and I can zip it up! The same brand of my old white jacket (Apt. 9 from Kohl’s) has a really pretty dusty pink that I may have to check out!

First Day Of Spring Casual | www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I’m completing this spring transition by wearing my flats which look really cute with cropped or ankle length pants. It’s still cold here, so right now only my ankles are getting exposure but as the temperature rises so will my pant lengths! My flats are a year old but here and here are some similar ones.

FYI: The light blue blazer from the half girlfriend/half blogger post has been added to the Macy’s website and is available here!

See everyone Wednesday at the blog birthday party!

Linking up with these ladies at Not Dead Yet Style!

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Another Pretty Dress

Hey everyone! You can see I’m having a love affair with dresses right now. I feel like I hit the jackpot at JC Penney for finding dresses that had stretch, fit nicely and had such pretty patterns. Here is another!

My Love Affair With Dresses! | www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I’ve already shown two other dresses from JCP here and here. They are all the same style, the sheath style, and have the light fabric that hangs well without clinging. Here is the plus-size versions in coral and here in a dramatic pattern. Here are a few of the other pretty patterns they have. FYI: I wear a size 16 and they go up to size 18 before they start with the plus size versions. You’ve seen the heels before with the cute little tie and cut-out in the back.

My Love Affair With Dresses! | www.whenthegirlsrule.com

As you’ve seen this spring, fun sleeves are on-trend right now. Though I think they’re very pretty I don’t think most of them are very practical. Often it looks like they’ll be dragging in your lunch or getting caught in the car door. I’ve been looking for a version that ends at the elbow so I can avoid all of that.

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Since most of the shirts with the fun sleeves are something I wouldn’t wear alone, but instead would wear under a jacket or sweater. That defeats the whole fun sleeve purpose! Luckily, this sweater  fits all of my requirements. I’m actually wearing petite large.

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Ok, and last time I’ll remind you to please RSVP for the blog birthday by tomorrow, March 18! If you have been inspired by this blog or have learned something and now are rockin’ some outfits, then send me a picture! If you’re shy I can crop your face out and will only say your first name and where you’re from. Join me and the other ladies who have already sent their photos for a fun party on Wednesday by sending your picture, even if it’s a mirror selfie, to julia@whenthegirlsrule.com. It is going to be a fun post with a lot of different blog happenings! Thanks!

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I Would If I Could… And I Did!

[This is not a sponsored post, even though I’m using lots of exclamation points!]

Hey everyone! My girlfriend and I were in Detroit last week and found the cutest little boutique shop right next to the Detroit Institute of Arts, our original destination. This is one of those places where you can find unique clothing that you can’t find in big, chain stores. This store is called The Peacock Room. Like all of these “I Would If I Could” posts I show you items that would look good on our shape even though I didn’t buy them. However, if you’re in the area, you could potentially buy them and you’d have my full recommendation!

Anyway, this is the first jacket that I really wanted. It is a great graphic print that would go with a ton of clothing I already own. It fit well in the waist and from the back it looked adorable. Yes, and it had pockets too!

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How cute does this store look?

And then the second one. All the cuteness as above but with more color! Oh, I was sooo tempted! The brand is Luii and looks like it only sells through boutiques but perhaps they could direct you to a local retailer close to where you live.

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And unlike other “I Would If I Could” posts, I couldn’t resist all the flattering items and brought one home. Be prepared for utter cuteness! As I show you these images of the jacket, you also get a mini-tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts!

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A little bit of backstory…when I got dressed that morning I put on a sweater over this grey dress but it looked a bit frumpy and more casual than the look I wanted. Then I put my pink leather jacket on and it was shorter than I wanted and a bit edgier than I wanted. After I bought this, I immediately took off the pink jacket and wore this. It was the length I wanted, the weight I wanted and hit the right snappy casual look I was trying for. It’s faux suede on the outside but soft gray sweatshirt material on the inside and went perfectly with the dress.

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My girlfriend and I were having fun exploring all the parts of the DIA!

As you can see it has really unique sewing on the chest, which lays flat but still creates the ruffles. I know. I’m a hypocrite. I’m always saying to buy a sweater that lays flat on the chest and stay away from ruffles. But, this one has some serious magic sewing and didn’t add bulk to my chest. And the way it hangs is so flattering.

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Here’s the back. How cute is that? It’s by a brand called Magna and it’s only available wholesale. I’d love to be able to link to a place where you can buy it, but I can only find their Facebook page.

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Is this not the perfect image for this blog?

The Peacock Room had this same jacket in red (which was my first preference) but they didn’t have my size. However, if you are bigger than me (at size 16), and are looking for a step-up from a sweater but a step-down from a jacket, I would highly recommend you get in touch with the ladies at The Peacock Room and grab one because they were on clearance!

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This is a sculpture from New York street artist Swoon in the lobby of the DIA.

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This is the famous Diego Rivera mural called Detroit Industry.

So, I love shopping at the small boutiques that are independently owned because they have unique items and usually cater to a larger variety of sizes and for every age. I found these unique articles of clothing here, here and here from similar shops. I wish I could link to the actual products so you could purchase yourself, but usually these places are very helpful in sourcing them or you could see if there is a retailer of that brand near you.

Of course, if you’re in the Detroit area you can always shop here because there were so many more items I could have shown. And I didn’t even talk about the jewelry! Definitely look for these little boutiques near your home or as you travel because you never know what wardrobe-changing item you may find!

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the last day to RSVP for the blog birthday party. If you have upped your style game because of this blog, please send me a picture of yourself in that outfit to julia@whenthegirlsrule.com and then you’ll be at the blog birthday party! You can see more details here.

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Being Half Blogger And Half Girlfriend!

Hey everyone! So this outfit makes me feel like half a fashion blogger and half a girlfriend. Let me explain.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

If you read my WordPress interview, you know that I face a surprising ethical dilemma when writing this blog. I can make it seem like every outfit is fabulous and just came together because I’m fabulous and I live a fabulous life.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

Or I can tell you the real nitty-gritty details about how I came up with the outfit and show the failures as well as the successes. I can tell you the step-by-step instructions so anyone can get the same look. If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I always tell the nitty-gritty details and keep it real.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

This outfit shows that juxtaposition perfectly. I love this outfit. I feel like a real fashion blogger in it. I feel fashionable and glamorous and even my husband/photographer commented on how nice I looked! This beautiful jacket paired with the dramatic turtleneck, skinny jeans and booties are definitely one of the most stylish outfits I’ve worn.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

I knew the blue was going to be beautiful and I knew those notched collars were going to be really flattering. I also noticed how the jacket comes in just a bit to hint at a waist to give me a flattering look.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

Ok, done with the fashionista and now onto the girlfriend telling you the reality.

I'm Half Blogger Half Friend!

These jeans….they’re maternity jeans. Yes, I did it. It’s been brought up several times in the comments section of this blog about the advice for apple-shaped women to try maternity jeans (ugh, I hate even writing this!) and I felt someone (me) had to try this out and report back. So, yeah, I did it. The verdict? They’re awesome! They’re comfortable beyond belief. They fit well everywhere. I bought three different pairs from different brands and they all fit perfectly, comfortably, and I wish I had not been so stubborn and tried them earlier. I’ll show you the other two in later posts. They are available here and booties here.

Being Half Blogger Half Friend!

And just like these images show, I can go from a put-together fashionista to hot mess with one wind gust! However, even though I am still a fashion blogger, I will talk to you (and give you outfit advice) like a girlfriend would!

Being Half Blogger Half Friend!

To finish up this half blogger/half girlfriend post let me invite you to this Blog’s First Birthday Party! If you missed the first invitation, here’s the deal-io. I want you to send me a picture of yourself rockin’ an outfit. If you learned something from this blog or got an idea or just tried something new because of the blog or comments, please send me a picture (even if you take it with your phone) of you in that outfit. If you want, I can crop the picture to not show your face and I’ll only say your first name and where you’re from. I promise it will be a fun party post and you will want to participate! Send your image to julia@whenthegirlsrule.com by this Saturday, the 18th! The party will be next Wednesday, the 22nd. and will be a blast! Remember, I always tell the truth!

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Trying To Get My Spring On!

Hey everyone! It’s been a cold and gray week here, but I’m getting spring fever! The days are longer and I can hear the Redwing Blackbirds and the Sandhill Cranes and I saw my first Robin last week. Now is the time I really want to start to lighten up my clothes and start wearing some of the super cute spring dresses I’m seeing in stores now.

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This pretty dress is sleeveless with thin fabric and I’m considering wearing it to a wedding this summer, however, this time of the year, I need my ever-faithful moto jacket and tall boots. I love the pattern of this fabric and the armholes are the perfect size for summertime because they’re not too big, so no worries about showing my bra. Maybe designers were listening to us last summer complaining about the gigantic arm holes?

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It does have some seams around the middle, under the bust, so it gives some shape without being restrictive. The fabric is almost performance fabric, like you’d see on athletic wear, so it doesn’t cling, just glides nicely. The jacket is old (you’ve seen it hundreds of times — I can’t help it. I love it!) but a similar one is here and plus size option here, both from a brand I like for our shape.

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If you follow any fashion blogs you see a trend now of mixing casual items with dressy items. I like the idea because it gets your “Sunday best” out of your closet and worn, but calms it down for more casual outings. Same with the casual items. Wearing them with something dressier makes them more acceptable for times when they would have been too casual. This is a good strategy for getting more wear out of the items you already own.

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I’m seeing a lot of dresses in the “sheath” style that looks good on our shape. Just make sure it doesn’t have the horizontal seam at the midsection separating the top from the skirt part, since usually they make those dimensions too slim for anyone whose waist is wider. Also, make sure the fabric has some stretch so it will fit well in the bust.

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget I’m still waiting for some more RSVP’s to the blog birthday party. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out the invite here.

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