I just want to live in this outfit. I’ve been buying short-sleeve button down shirts like crazy. My obsession with them started with the one in this blog post (wearing these same jeans – ugh I’m so predictable) and now I’ve acquired three more… this one and the ones in this instagram and this instagram. All from Madewell, of course (also remember you can shop all of my Instagram posts here. I try to keep this page as up to date as possible!). And these jeans are just the best. They’re under $100, have no stretch, and are flattering on everyone I know who has tried them – friends of all sizes have bought them and they look great on every single person I’ve seen wear them!
Today though, I wanted to talk a little about the notion of dressing for your body. I’m a big believer in wearing the pieces that make you feel your best, and oftentimes that means looking your best but does it really? The biggest criticism I get here is for not dressing for my body and you know what? Sometimes, that is very fair. That being said, I’ve never proclaimed to be Stacy London or the girls from What Not To Wear. When I first started blogging, I made a lot of unfortunate style decisions. I still do, sometimes. But I wear what I want and sometimes that’s a sack dress that makes me look like two sizes bigger. If you take one thing away from this post, it should be to wear what makes you happy!
Outfit Details: Madewell Central Shirt (wearing a small) // Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans (true to size) // Manolo Blahnik Nude Patent BB Heels // J.Crew Belt (similar here) // J. McLaughlin Bag (custom monogram by Hathaway Hutton)
That being said, I do try to reign it in and wear flattering pieces. My style has gotten a lot more simple this year (I blame Brooklyn – walking around in all those ruffly dresses, I’d just look silly!) and I like to think I’ve streamlined things a bit.
I think the biggest realization was some hard honesty with myself in that a lot of the pieces I love and naturally gravitate towards (specifically: anything with a peplum, anything with ruffles at the waist, any and all sack + shift dresses, most jumpsuits) don’t look that great. I started dressing (or at least trying to dress) in a way that complements my body as opposed to hiding it. Hiding behind all of those ruffles and girly layers only makes you (me) look bigger.
On top of that, fit can be a really big issue. I’m generally a size small/medium/6 but I have a very long torso and my body is naturally more apple shaped. I have skinny arms and legs and hold my weight in my stomach, hips, and thighs (and sometimes my face). So sizing is all over the place depending on the fit in the torso. Even though I’m only 5’8 (tall but not thaaat tall), the tall section at J.Crew is a godsend for shirts + sweaters.
I hate “don’ts” though, so on a more positive note, here are a few things I always feel good in!
- Short sleeve button downs like this top are great with pretty much everything. They hide my midsection and show my arms (but not my upper arms, which I’m a little self-conscious of). I love them with shorts, skinny jeans, or even boyfriend jeans like in these photos.
- I’m always hunting for cute casual day dresses with short sleeves and a nipped in waist. A good midi dress (like this one) is my favorite.
- When in doubt, jeans and a tee is always a good idea. I really love these t-shirts… they’re cut in the waist so they’re a lot more flattering.
- Structured, tailored pieces look best. Long tailored blazers (like the ones in this post and this post) are my best friend.
- Always highlight your waist. I mean, sometimes I break this rule but I know what I’m getting myself into.
What do you feel your best in? Tell me in the comments!
On another note, how dreamy is this bag? I’d had my eye on this J. McLaughlin Bag for a while (I love the woven leather!!) and they gifted me one, hand-painted by Jen of Hathaway Hutton. It’s the best… I’m taking it out to Sag Harbor with me today!
Photography by Trent Bailey.