Outfit Ideas: Spring Time Blues

I saw this outfit idea from AVON featuring a wardrobe staple – the chambray shirt. It’s a must-have for spring and looks especially chic paired with leggings on the weekends or with a pencil skirt and heels at the office.

avon outfit

What an easy to put together alternative to jeans and a tee, right? So much cuter for spring too!

I decided I’d give it a try and I think it really is a cute look…

chambray shirt #instagram

The two-tone comfort flats ($35) are actually very comfortable and are a great pop of color. I wanted to bring even more color into the outfit though so I decided on a coral bubble necklace I got from Zulily a few weeks ago. I think it really completes the look!

I’m also loving these super comfy capri length leggings (2 for $20) because they are soft, comfortable, not-too-thin and a must for the weekends!

What do you think of this outfit? Is it something you’d wear for a casual occasion?

What To Wear With Leggings

Leggings

Leggings may seem difficult to pull off, but with some style know-how you can easily tackle the trend. Keep reading for our recommendations on must-have leggings and what to wear with them.

Skirts

If you normally shy away from skirts, pairing them with leggings is the perfect way to test the waters without showing off your stems. For the most flattering fit, choose a pair of leggings in a neutral shade (we like these from Yummie Tummie) and make sure they are color coordinated with your top. You can choose a skirt of any length, but we find that a skirt that hits slightly above the knee works best with this look.

Tunics

Tunics are the perfect top to pair with leggings – especially if you want your leggings to be the star of your outfit. Choose a tunic that hits at your upper thigh to avoid showing off any unsightly lumps or bulges… unless you’re a model, you want to keep your bottom half covered when you’re sporting this look!

Dresses

Fearful of the dress-over-pants trend? If so, pairing a dress with your leggings is the perfect way to try out the trend on a lesser scale. While a variety of dresses will work, we recommend shirtdresses for a casual vibe.

Flats

We’ve found that leggings work best when you’re sporting a cute pair of flats – it goes with the casual, comfy feel of the trend. If you do wear heels, opt for an ankle boot with a stiletto heel – they’ll give your outfit some edge.

Do you have any tips on what to wear with leggings? If so, sound off in the comments.

Today’s Outfit: Lydra Artistic Leggings

I found the coolest, most unique leggings on the planet and I think you are going to LOVE them!

Pins by Lydra is a new fashion label based in Melbourne, Australia that collaborates with artists, photographers, painters and graphic designers to put their artwork onto leggings. The leggings are all made locally in Melbourne by a team of lovely ladies known as the Lydra ladies.

I’m wearing Miss Valencia in a size medium – a little loose on me now that I’ve lost weight. I would say they run true to size but please consult the size chart before making a purchase.

Digitally hand-printed and hand-sewn, Pins by Lydra is a series of designer leggings that aim to showcase artists and musicians work in a unique and fun way. Being serious art and music fan, the brand also allows collaborating artists and musicians to keep a part of profit from every pair of leggings sold.

All Pins by Lydra leggings come in four sizes: SX, S, M and L. They are packaged in an intricate flat box carefully laser-cut in Lydra’a studio in Melbourne. The package can later be reused as a mailing parcel.

There is so much though behind every detail at Lydra, that it really makes you feel good about supporting this company.

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Cigarette Legging Shapewear Pants from Sassybax

Sassybax Shapewear Debuts The Cigarette Pant

Look smokin’ hot this Spring in the latest creation from leading shapewear brand Sassybax: The Cigarette Pant.

One part pant, one part legging, all parts shapewear, this genius fusion has the classic look of a svelte Cigarette silhouette, the comfy feel of a legging, and the slimming function of shapewear. The result? A sophisticated “shaping” Cigarette Pant that flatters as well as it fits. Quite simply, every woman’s newest wardrobe essential!

I’d show you how great these pants really are, but my thighs are larger than I’m comfortable advertising, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

Initially I had trouble deciding what to wear with these pants because I was looking to cover up my backside and not show off my post-baby lumps that are still lingering. Eventually, I located a great cotton tunic that looked great with these pants. I paired it with a wrap cardigan and the Sofft Valencia boots.

Available in sizes S-XL (approx 0-18) and your choice of classic black or white. They retail for $75.00 in fine department stores, boutiques and online retailers such as Sassybax.com, BareNecessities.com, and HerRoom.com.

While I love how these pants are like 3 in 1, I still don’t think I would personally pay $75 for them because I don’t think I would get enough wear out of them. I don’t wear leggings that much, mostly because I don’t feel like showing off my thighs at this point in my life. HOWEVER, if I lost the 20 pounds I need to lose, then i would wear leggings a lot more often and I would probably live in these. They are extremely comfortable, yet provide enough resistance so hold in my post-baby belly and mini muffin tops. I like wearing the waist unrolled to help slim my waistline.

Don’t be intimidated by these babies! When i received them in the mail, I thought “OMG! These are small enough to fit my 4 year old!” They literally look like that had gone through a shrinking machine and definitely were NOT for adults! However, I decided to be brave and try them on and I’m glad I did. They are incredibly stretchy!!! They fit me perfectly.

Overall, I would say if you wear leggings and skinny pants, then you will absolutely LOVE these pants! They are they only leggings you’ll ever need. They are an investment piece for sure.

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Try Flared Jeggings for a Jegging Twist

Do you love flared jeans?  Do you live in your jeggings?  How about combining the best of both for the ultimate jean experience.  Flared jeans are back, and jeggings are here to stay.  I recently bought a pair of flared jeggings and I LOVE them!  They have the suppleness and comfort of jeggings, as well as the no-fuss, no-fly, no button detailing, with the stylish edge of flared jeans that give you the feeling of more coverage and really more pairing options.  Flared jeggings work just as well with a shorter sweater or top as they do with a tunic or long sweater.  There’s just something “over exposed” about not covering your backside if you are wearing plain jeggings.

Express.com has a nice selection of Flared Jeggings starting at $59.90, and Shopstyle.com also has some great cuts and washes.

Flared Jeggings by Free People

So if you’re not comfortable with super tight jeggings that really hug your leg, try the flared style for more comfort, or just a different look.

Fall 2010 Fashion Trends: Jeggings, Leggings and Denim Stretchy Pants

I wasn’t a fan of skinny jeans at first, but came to love them and embrace the style as I found ways to make it work on my body.

The denim skinny jeans have evolved into a type of legging that are now called “Jeggings” and can be found in most stores for less than $50! They are a super soft and stretchy version of skinny jeans that can be worn like jeans or like leggings, giving you more versatility.

(When I’m not pregnant!) I like wearing mine with tunics, blouses, long sweaters and blousey tops. I found a fabulous pair of Super Stretch Slim Leg Maternity Jeans that I wore a lot during the first and second trimester of my pregnancy.

I can’t wait till I can get back into all my non-maternity pants, including my favorite jeggings!

If you don’t have a pair, you really should try them. Don’t be afraid!! You don’t have to worry about showing off your thighs… just pair them with a top the hits mid thigh and wear a belt at the waist to accentuate the hourglass illusion.

Denim Leggings / Jeggings for Under $50!

 

Will you try jeggings or denim leggings? What will you wear them with?

Fall Trends: Details- Lace

Fashion is always in the details– never more so than this fall when the emphasis is on classic, streamlined style.

Lace is everywhere right now, notably showing up on some luscious-yet-pricey pumps from Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQueen.  It’s part of the big Victorian look that’s been trending for a couple of years now, and the most current way to wear it is in chicly-styled ensembles that reflect the clean aesthetic of Fall 2010.

A couple of thoughts to remember about lace:

  • To keep things from getting out-of-control prissy, focus on the texture of lace.  Emphasize that by adding other interesting textures to your outfit; think corduroy, velvet, patent or embossed leather, and chunky jewelry.  Soft ruffles can also work.
  • Lace has some connotations, so remember that color is key.  For example, white lace always suggests bridal, so wear it with caution.  Same goes for light pink, which can come across as little-girlish.  And while nothing is sassier than a splash of black lace, don’t pile it on unless you’re dressing for the boudoir.  Keep an eye out for lace in unexpected colors, like fawn, bronze, plum, champagne and navy.

A few pieces I like along with some quick wardrobing ideas from my fantasy closet over at Polyvore.com.

Lace- Afternoon Wedding


Marc New York brown lace ‘Fawn’ belted cap sleeve dress
at Bluefly.com ($195 marked to $117)  Shown with Aerie Ruffle Back Cardigan, Nine West Nanda2 Pumps, Matthew Williamson Embossed Clutch, and Dorian’s Faux Black Pearl Jewelry.

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Lace- Casual Office

Gianni Bini “Rochelle” Leggings Dillards.com ($28) and Steve Madden Ruffled Faux Leather Jacket at Nordstrom.com ($78).  Shown with French Connection Dress, Jeffrey Campbell Boots, Dalia Labasi Labradorite Earrings, and Sondra Roberts Tote.

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Traditional lace might seem to frilly for your personal style, or it might not be practical for your lifestyle.  If so, you can still hit this trend by adding crocheted or filigreed items like the ones shown in the next ensemble or by wearing two-dimensional representations of lacy texture as in the cool burnout tee below.

Lace- Weekend Brunch

Vanilla Sugar ‘Morocco’ Burnout Tee (Petite) Nordstrom.com ($42), Gabriella Rocha Maguaire Scarf at Zappos.com ($69.95), and Sterling Silver Filigree Cuff Bracelet at Amazon.com ($90 marked to $59).  Shown with Spiegel Corduroy  Blazer, Fifi & Elvis Equestrian Boots, Ksubi Raw Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff Tote.