Just A Little Bit of Glamour!

Hey everyone! This outfit is a bit of a departure for me. I was looking for something a little bit dressed up but not an all-out dress and heels look and this blog is always pushing me!

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This top has a built in camisole with the shawl on top. I wore a maroon long sleeve top underneath because it’s sleeveless and, well, it was February when we took these pictures. One arm is covered by the shawl but the other side is completely bare. I actually wore this with a black shirt underneath but thought it would be clearer for the pictures if I wore something besides black.

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It’s also available in black here. I’m wearing it with my leggings and booties you’re probably all sick of seeing but I still love wearing!

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This post is short because I’m in a bit of a rush, but don’t forget the invitation to the blog’s birthday party on March 22nd. If you haven’t seen the invitation details you can read it here. I’m still waiting patiently for your RSVP’s (pictures of your stylish self!). The more we have the better the party and you won’t want to miss it!

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Same Style. Different Color!

Hey everyone! As you remember from this post, I have found the “blouson” style or “peasant” style tops (with the elastic hem) to be a good solution for a top when you don’t want to wear a “third piece” over it.

Blue top that will be great for spring and summer - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

Now, I will say, I know many other tops look better on me. But, for those times when it’s warm out or I don’t want to wear a sweater or jacket over the top, this shirt works. It doesn’t cling and show every bump and dent of my midsection. It let’s my tummy hangout undercover and disguises any waistband issues.

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The lace fabric of this specific top, gives some texture to the top to cover up any stitching or hardware if you have an industrial strength bra like I do.

Blue top that will be great for spring and summer - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

It’s available here and here in an exuberant print, here in red or sleeveless here. If you like the cold-shoulder trend (I can’t get over the name – brrrrr), they have it here in white. Really, I think lots of stores will have this style if you are looking for different colors and prints. One of my favorite brands, Alfani from Macy’s, has a few options here and here that I may check out in person soon!

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Just a quick FYI, I added a video page to this blog and I’ll post my newest videos there and on my YouTube Channel. So far, I’m just covering topics we’ve already covered here and now just taking it to video form. Have a nice week everyone!

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When You Know You’ve Found “The One”!

Hey everyone! Have you ever slipped your arm into a jacket and realized you had found the one? Let me tell you, it doesn’t happen that often, but I definitely felt that when I tried this jacket on.

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I’ve been looking for a jean jacket for several years now. Either they’re tight in the arms, or don’t have much stretch to move in, or they’re cropped too short, etc, etc, etc. Yes, I do try a lot of clothing items on (it’s my job now!) so I can tell right away if something is going to fit or not, just by putting one arm in the sleeve. When I put my arm in this sleeve, I just let out a long ahhhhhhh!

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It even has enough stretch to button if I ever desired to do such a thing! It’s from the Liz Claiborne brand from JC Penney and available in a darker blue here, light blue here, tall here and crazy on sale now.

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I decided to mix this outfit up with dressy items and casual items. This skirt is such a fun skirt but because it has the glitter it can be overwhelming for everyday wear. I thought I could tone it down a bit with the jean jacket and at the same time dress up the jacket. The skirt is a couple of years old from White House Black Market and though looks structured, has a nice waistband that fits and doesn’t slide down. I think I will stop in there soon and check out some newer versions. Stay tuned!

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A jean jacket is a classic. It’s like tall boots. I think they’re here to stay and I have already worn this jacket a couple of times this week with our mild February weather, and I still think it’s “the one”!

Just a quick reminder about the invitation to my blog birthday party for all you ladies. This weekend would be a good opportunity to snap a picture in the mirror or ask a nearby relative to take a quick one. Right now it’s looking like a soiree rather than a party but I’m looking forward to all of your RSVP’s to be rolling in! You do have some time (March 18) so I’ll be sure to remind you a couple more times! Have a wonderful weekend!

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When Leopard Print Is The Neutral!

Hey everyone! If you are anything like me you’ve always associated leopard print with Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company (remember that show?) or with an aging beauty who is trying to look younger. Or maybe you associate it more with nighties and boudoir items. I’m here to declare that it’s a neutral. Like beige. Or black.

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What? I know. I originally was wearing this outfit with a blue scarf. But, I felt like I was too bright and there was too much of a carnival happening with my outfit. I pulled out this new scarf and saw how it tamed down the bright colors and made the outfit more sophisticated.

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You may remember this post where I talked about easing into leopard print starting with pumps. And really, besides gloves, I haven’t gone further with this print, so when I saw this scarf I thought it would be another easy way to ease into the print.

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I had been unaware of it’s power to calm down colors, yet add sophistication, to an outfit. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw how well it went with my new green winter coat from a couple of posts ago.

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I love this tunic with it’s flattering, asymmetric hemline. It’s also a lighter crepe fabric so I’m anticipating wearing this a lot in the spring and summer. Of course, pairing it with the ever-so-faithful pencil skirt from J. Jill and my booties  that I’m wearing out this winter!

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A Sweater and Leggings? Pants? Jeggings?

Hey everyone! I’ve been trying to add more color and pattern to my wardrobe. I have so much black and gray that I can’t justify any more! However, when I look for a pattern and different color, I want to be able to wear it with all of that black and gray!

Spring Sweater for Apple-Shaped Women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

This sweater plays nicely with both colors. Plus, I think the colors and light cotton knit will work for most seasons. It also has that lovely waterfall collar, or fly-away collar, that I find so flattering. It is just the right weight to hang straight without clinging and the horizontal seam in the back gives it some structure and makes it more fitted. It’s available here in plus sizes.

Spring Sweater for Apple-Shaped Women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

To start lightening things up for spring I added my light gray boots and a light gray shirt (look! I’m figuring out this pattern-mixing!). I had originally pulled out my black tall boots and my black turtleneck. I just couldn’t do it. I’ve worn them so much this winter and the day was so sunny and warm! I needed something lighter plus these boots are so comfortable, I really look for any opportunity to wear them.

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I’m wearing pants from several years ago that, too me, are almost leggings, but not quite. They are the stretchy fabric, but they’re thicker and not as tight as leggings. I think of leggings as thick tights or like running pants. These pants have a sewn seam/pleat in the front which pushes them into the pant category. I don’t care to show my behind in them and they don’t have any pockets for added coverage, but they fit well in front and I don’t feel the need to cover my crotch with a longer shirt. I find with most leggings I feel the need to cover to about mid-thigh, but these feel more like pants where you could wear a shorter top.

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These pants look similar and have a nice wide waistband if you’re interested in the same brand. I’m still trying to figure the whole leggings vs. jeggings vs. stretchy pants thing. For one, you buy the jeggings in a package (like tights) so you don’t even get to try them on. How do you ladies differentiate between pants, jeggings and leggings? I don’t know. Right now, I’m just basing it off of my comfort level. If I figure it out, or if one of you ladies have already figured it out, enlighten us! Happy Monday everyone!

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Found: Great Blouse for the Spring and Summer!

Hey everyone! I want to show you a top style that is in the stores now that really works with our shape and will be great for spring and summer so you can run out and add one or two to your wardrobe!

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I was totally ignoring these “peasant style” or “blouson” tops (elastic at the hem and flowing fabric) figuring I would look like a balloon in them, but I forced myself to try one on and am so glad I did!

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

It has the elastic at the bottom of the shirt so it slips over your middle, without clinging to the sides, and camouflages your midsection. The elastic hem hits just below my tummy which is the most flattering place to end and it stays in place. It has the elastic at the hem of the sleeves too so you can pull them up to your elbow and drape so they become a 3/4 sleeve which is also flattering.

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

The fabric is light enough that I wore a camisole underneath but that means that these will be good for spring and summer and you won’t feel compelled to wear a third piece (a sweater or jacket) over the shirt. The one tip I would give is that whatever bottoms you wear with it, make sure it’s not too loose and flowy. I could see the elastic wrinkling a skirt that has a lot of fabric, so a tighter or heavier fabric (like jeans) would look best.

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

The other detail I love about this top is the pattern. I’ve read that there are certain pattern sizes women of a certain age or a certain size shouldn’t wear. Supposedly, too small of a print ages you and makes you look bigger but too big of a pattern makes you look ridiculous and like you’re trying too hard. Whatever that may be, this pattern jumped out at me and really feels like a great size for a pattern for my size and age.

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I can’t find the regular size online but the top is available here if you’re tall. Available here in plus sizes. Here is the version with a button down collar instead. Here in a watercolor pattern and here in two other colors. I’m wearing an XL in the misses size. They are from JC Penney’s Liz Claiborne brand, so you might have better luck at your local store and I cannot recommend them enough for the upcoming warmer months. I even bought a second one in blue that I might show here on the blog.

Great spring blouse for apple-shaped women - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

Wearing it with my booties and ever faithful purse (similar one here) and one of my beloved pencil skirts.

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A Long Skirt and Asymmetrical Sweater

Hey everyone! Another long skirt outfit, though so much better than last Friday’s outfit. Unfortunately I had returned that skirt a couple of weeks before I posted the outfit so I can’t try out all the suggestions (though I have seriously considered going back and giving it a try!).

A Different Long Skirt - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

It started to rain while we were taking these photos so I’m a little bit cranky in them and there aren’t many to choose from, so bear with all the variety of backgrounds and the impatient face.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the sweater before. I really love wearing it with leggings and tall boots this winter because it’s so comfy and easy to wear. The asymmetrical hem adds visual interest and it hangs nicely, so much so that I don’t feel the need to always wear a third piece. You’ve seen the skirt before here and the jacket here. I’m wearing, of course, my new black booties that you’ve seen a lot this winter.

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I definitely like this length of skirt better with booties. The booties look so much better with a long skirt than tall boots because they don’t wrinkle around the ankles like the tall boots. They stay nice and structured and your ankles look slim rather than wide and wrinkly.

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A woman on the go! Anyway, I’m wearing this blue color more often because Pamela of Style Yourself Confident did my colors and this color is at the top of the list of complimentary colors. So, while I wait to receive your pictures for my blog birthday party, I will be studying my colors. Thanks Pamela!

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An Invitation!

Hey everyone! Wow! Friday’s post elicited a ton of great analysis and suggestions. If you haven’t read the comments, do so now because it is a wealth of information on how to improve that outfit. I was bowled over by all of your perspectives and opinions and helpful, practical fixes for the outfit. Which got me thinking…

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I know some of you have learned some outfit ideas and tips and techniques from this blog and many of you already knew them. I know you also are really appreciative of seeing how I style something and when I share something I find that would looks good on our shape. I also know many of you have a pretty good sense of style already or are developing your own style. But, really, I know my main purpose here is so you can see someone who looks like you dressing stylishly and feeling confident. So…

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My one year anniversary of this blog is coming up March 22nd. My blog birthday gift request from all of you is for you to send me a picture of yourself in an outfit that somehow you were inspired by from this blog and I will post them here on the one year birthday. Maybe you bought something I recommended. Maybe you copied an outfit. Maybe you started styling your existing clothes differently because of what you learned here.

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Scary, I know! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, I know! Remember, all of these times when we push ourselves it only takes 15 seconds of bravery. Just put on that outfit and take a quick phone image in the mirror or ask a relative or co-worker on a day when you are feeling particularly sassy. Quickly hit the share button and email me. I will just say your first name and town/state you’re from. If you’re really shy, I can crop the picture to not show your face (but let me see!). I promise I will only use that image once on the blog for that birthday post.

Send your image to my email, julia@whenthegirlsrule.com by March 18th. Let me know if you want your face shown or not. Tell me what town or state or country you’re from if you want. If you would like to elaborate about your outfit in anyway tell me that too. Don’t worry, I will keep reminding (bugging) you all until then!

Now, don’t leave me hanging here with a sad blog birthday party of one. Besides the comments, blogging is so one-sided. I want to continue to have discussions and conversations and the sharing of knowledge. I want to show women who are not models, who are over 25, who have had full lives and who still want to look good in an outfit! I want to show the world that even though we are ignored by fashion and our shape is rarely designed for, that nevertheless, we persist!

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No Shortage of Teaching Moments Here…

Hey everyone! So, if you’re a regular reader, you know I post outfits even when they don’t look so great, so we can all analyze the outfit and learn from it. Whether intentional or not, some outfits that seem good in my head (and even in the mirror!) end up being bleh. See this outfit.

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I almost didn’t show these photos. This jacket you’ve seen before here and has worked in several outfits. It’s a cute, black faux leather, with some nice design details that hangs well open and actually zips, so I wanted to feature it zipped, expecting another successful outfit.

Not crazy about this outfit at all! - www.whenthegirlsrule.comJacket available here and plus size (on sale!) available here.

I actually went out looking for a skirt to go with this jacket. I envisioned a print in black and white, on the long side, that would be a smart addition to the outfit. Somehow, something went wrong with this combination.

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Honestly, I can’t put my finger on it. Is the skirt too light of a color? Or is the pattern not bold enough to stand up to the deep black jacket? Is the skirt too long? Does the side slit make the skirt wider than it actually is? Or is the fabric too lightweight (thanks to the wind for showing that)? Maybe the skirt is just too big for me? Or is this all in my head and really it looks fine?

Not crazy about this outfit at all! - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

I’d love to hear your thoughts because this was an unintentional teaching moment but I’m not really sure what it’s teaching!

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I Would If I Could…Floral Blouse!

Hey everyone! I’m back with one of my dressing room posts where I show you something that would look great on a woman with an apple-shape and a big-bust though I didn’t actually purchase it and bring it home, though I was tempted!

Cute Blouse for a big bust and apple shape - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

This really pretty blouse is from JCPenney. Yes, I loved it and yes, it looked great on me, it’s just that I don’t have an occasion to wear this blouse and I don’t have a bottom half to go with it, except jeans. They even have it in plus size.

Cute Blouse for a big bust and apple shape - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

It’s navy blue with white and tan flowers, though they have it in several other prints and colors. It dips lower on the sides and has the really pretty cuffs.

Cute Blouse for a big bust and apple shape - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

To me, it seemed like a shirt for a more dressed-up affair, so I could see it paired with a long skirt and boots. Or you could go totally casual and wear it with jeans (either white or dark-washed blue). It fit well in the bust though I was at the max (36HH). It glided well over my midsection with no evidence of my waistband from my leggings showing through. The flounce at the bottom gave it some trendy fun ruffles without looking too young.

Cute Blouse for a big bust and apple shape - www.whenthegirlsrule.com

Like all the other items in this series, I would buy it if I had unlimited funds and unlimited closet space and many more fabulous places to wear them. But, perhaps one of you ladies are looking for something like this and have many more fabulous places to go! I hope so!

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