If you are at all like me, you have been waiting ever so patiently for retailers to start discounting to help make their final numbers for 2009. That time is now and fully immersing yourself into the world of discount shopping will help you reap the rewards of fashion finds, perfect for holiday dressing. Bluefly.com is taking an additional 15% off of every item currently on the site and offering free shipping as well.
As usual, the options for great clothing is nearly limitless, but of course my focus is finding options that will compliment pear shaped body types. My first choice is this beautiful graphic silk dress from Hale Bob (today’s price is $165.75).
By pairing this sheath with solid black tights and black boots, pear shaped gals will help contribute to the optical illusion of an elongated figure, slimmer legs and a larger upper torso thanks to the bold patter. The best feature of this dress is the “obi wrap belt along empire waist with leather center” right beneath a plunging v-neck. The belt feature will highlight the narrow waist typically associated with our luscious body shapes while the empty space left by the neckline should be filled with a great piece of Hurricane by Jane Jewelry such as the asymmetrically constructed Lucky Charms Necklace ($94):
Simple earrings and maybe a bold, black, acrylic bangle-bracelet would be the final pieces needed for fully styling this look.
Although this Nanette Lepore blazer would also work with the look , this is great National Velvet jacket ($157.25) is a great centerpiece for any outfit including jeans and pencil skirts:
Velvet is always the lux fabric for the colder months, and since winter has only just begun, you will have plenty of time to get some wear out of this wrapper.
Of course the site has every type of fashion item conceivable and I have only selected 2 great options from a list of thousands. This sale is a limited time offer that is not being heavily promoted on the web. So don’t waste any time thanking me when there are divine and fashionable bargains to be had.
The wonderful thing about accessory shopping is regardless of your body shape or size, you can always find something that works just perfectly. One such item is a great tote bag and Kenneth Cole has some amazing options. Best part about it, 40% discounts and free shipping thanks to the code “SHIPIT.”
Metallics are considered a contemporary neutral, so updating your look with a gold, leather tote has never been easier with the “tote of the town” ($199) option:
The 40% discount will be applied upon check out making this an affordable luxury at around $120. Whether you buy this brilliantly sculpted purse for yourself or as a gift, it is sure to be used day in and day out.
As a jewelry designer and writer, I find my inspiration everywhere. My sources include high end designer wares, vintage treasures, people watching, enjoying the great outdoors and scouring magazines. All the visions that fill my head have to end up in one, organized place or nothing will ever be accomplished and a notebook/journal is one of the apparatus I use.
What better place then to store my ideas regarding pear shaped fashion tips and jewelry sketches then the “Fruits of Your Labor” ($36) book from Three Sheep Studio shop on Etsy.
As a professional multi-tasker balancing in need of balancing all my creative endeavors, I have an arsenal of basic tools to keep me on track. Included are my PDA (I even walk around my house with it), colored pencils, tape and of course a notebook. When my current one featuring a retro, Mary Quant print is filled, I will need to move onwards, and this pear adorned spiral may be the thing to keep me on track.
When it comes to shopping and friendships, I do not discriminate. Any person or store stands a chance as ultimately, the source will open my world in ways I have never previously imagined. Ann Taylor is now worthy of my loyalty as how can I resist a 30% discount off an entire purchase. You can benefit from this too by entering the code “WINTER” until December 13. Then you can stock up on some great items not only for yourself, but for sharing the joy this season.
This offerings include tons of contemporary styled ruffled sweaters and tops that perfectly capitalize on the season’s must have design point. My choice is this supple-soft cashmere sweater with small, jeweled button details ($170):
The colors available range from pastels such as “shoreline” and to the neutral end of the spectrum featuring winter white, heather gray and black. This item would make an excellent layering piece that can be worn throughout the entire season and a bold bracelet such as the Heavy Metal from Hurricane by Jane L.L.C. would be the icing on the cake. The entire combination would draw the eye upward to visually accentuate our slim, Pear Shapely torsos.
Perhaps you finally got an invite to the must-have holiday event of the season and need the perfect little black dress to wear. Then this gorgeous silk taffeta ($215) will do wonders:
This online exclusive is the perfect “LBD” for pear shaped women for a plethora of reasons:
- Black: Say no more!
- V-Neck: Perfect for showing off decolletage and drawing the eye up
- Skirt: Fuller to accommodate our swaying hips
If you are chilly, just throw on the previously mentioned cashmere sweater or a wrap you may have floating around and pair it with some exquisite jewelry from Hurricane by Jane. The pieces featuring iridescent moonstones will look just divine. Whether you want to keep it simple and just adorn a great pair of earrings like the Moony Dusters ($45):
Or want to also drape your neck with the coordinating Ring of Fire necklace ($57), I’ve got you covered.
Combined, the entire look is simple, elegant and timeless, but all the pieces are strong enough to stand on their own well into 2010. Don’t forget, Hurricane by Jane is offering free standard shipping for the holiday season, so get your order in now to take advantage of the beautiful handcrafted jewelry and the savings.
Psst, I’m gonna tell you a little secret. L.A. has a rainy season, and it is happening right now. Although the downfall is not nearly as romantic as an East Coast summer thunderstorm, the rain is needed, appreciate and with a charm of it’s own. The cascading water also provides me with a great opportunity to bust out some of my old gear and mix it up with a new purchase I have been longing for thanks to däv.
When colorful rain boots became a popular trend several years ago, I was all over it. The inclement weather of my New York City environment, made fashionable and practical all weather shoes a must for surviving and thriving throughout the seasons. However, when I moved to CA, I got rid of my collection of weather proof footwear hoping that one day I would find better suitable options. Here are some of my favorite from däv, the California based company that is an offshoot of Style West.
One of the staples in my Pear Shapely wardrobe are Chuck Taylor All Stars. They are comfy, perfect for walking and can easily be worn with jeans or casual dresses. However, they are not waterproof and will not keep my feet warm and toasty when it downpours. The next best thing are these beauties for $60:
Just like the model, I would wear these with a pair of cuffed up jeans and consider puddle jumping a worthy pastime. But wait there is more. Maybe you have a meeting where more professional attire is required. How about a rain pump for only $60?
Seriously, that is a spectator style rain shoe that will not only serve an important purpose, but will make shapely calves pop thanks to the heel. But if you want to kick it old school, they have the most adorable selection of English Styled, Sport and even Cowboy rain boots. Seriously, regardless of your rain shoe needs, this is the company for you. Right now until December 15, purchasing any three items from the entire däv collection of rain gear, hand bags and socks, will entitle you to free shipping, gift wrapping and a free pair of socks. Just enter the word “HOLIDAY” when prompted and happy shopping!
Many times dressing for your office holiday party requires an ensemble that will go from work to evening effortlessly. Luckily for many, denim is a perfectly acceptable fabric for their office jobs and thousands of stunning outfits can be developed around a great fitting pair of jeans. Operating by the assumption that you have already heeded my advice on purchasing some jeans for your pear shaped courtesy of Lucky Brand Jeans, a discount from Bebe will help affordably complete the look.
Until December 11, use code “SURPRISE” to get $10 off of $10.01 or more. You can also take advantage of a 15% discount off of a purchase of $100 until December 24 with the code “15OFF100.” The thing about Bebe is their main focus is “sexy fashion” thus making some of their skimpier items not office appropriate as ‘too much skin is an office sin.’ But some items that would work include the Jewel Bib Tunic Top for $69:
The embellished detail will bring the viewers eye upward, while the bubble hem can be adjusted to sit anywhere that is flattering. Since this if for an office party I would layer a tank top underneath (to cover some of the extra skin that shows via the criss cross back) and make sure your bra strap is not sticking out.
Lace is another detail perfect for gussying-up yourself for your office shindig. For $69 the Charming Details Blouse would add cheery flair:
This top would look adorable and would be flattering on pear shaped figures when paired with dark denim or an a line skirt and a bold cinch-waist belt. Plus, the cut of the top is demure enough to be worn to work again and again. However, please leave the head scarf behind as unless you are 3 years old, you will be one dangerously, short fashion step away from looking like the great Bettie Davis in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”:
Of course you should compliment any holiday look with some great jewelry from Hurricane by Jane! But I will be addressing that in my next posting.
During the hey-dey of designer denim, Brooke Shields proclaimed that “nothing will come between me and my Calvins.”:
Even though I tried to channel her passion, the designer prices kept me far away from the jean line. However, today may be different as the retailer has extended their big sale to last one more day. That day is now and mere mortals can now save 30%-50% off of everything on the Calvin Klein Site.
With the holiday season kicking off in the next couple of days, my thoughts have turned towards rhinestones, sequins and metallic thread and this adorable cropped metallic cardigan sweater on sale for $47.60 would make an excellent addition to my collection:
This cardigan (please note my refusal to call it a “cardi”) can serve double duty. Not only can it be used as a layering piece over a long sleeved t shirt and jeans combo but it will be a perfect wrap for more elegant holiday attire. Either way, the sweater will add a bit of girth to your upper torso perfect for creating balance for a pear shaped figure.
Another piece that will provide visual interest on your fine upper body is this gorgeously sparkling sequined vest ($68.60):
Personally I would skip the graphic shirt promoting the line as this vest is almost festive enough to stand on its own. Of course your ensemble would be further enhanced by mixing in some jewelry by Hurricane by Jane and my choice for a contemporary accent would be the Moon of Mars Necklace ($77):
Silver and gold intertwine so you can mix and match your favorite holiday jewels and totally pull together the look. If you are interested in this piece from my collection or any other item from Hurricane by Jane L.L.C. feel free to contact me directly at HurricanebyJane@gmail.com and you will not be denied.
Today I want to proclaim my love for boots! Although I have my favorite brand (Frye forever) I often find myself dipping into other options, just for the heck of it. Unfortunately, my love affair with the footwear is often one sided. Being a pear shaped figure, I often have trouble finding tall boots with a shaft circumference that fits and properly closes over my meaty calves. That portion of my body measures a healthy 15.5″ and until recently, I felt a bit like an evil stepsister forcing my foot into the glass boot made for a slim princess.
The task of boot shopping has always been a bit of looking for a needle in a haystack and today I just got pricked in the best way possible! Thanks to Nine West and their current discount code of $20 off of a $75 purchase (plus free online shipping) I would like to introduce you to the 16″ circumference of the Dsouzar Boot ($189):
Not only will the 4″ high heels (with a 1/2″ of platform) make the average girl of 5’4″ model tall, but the boot will easily pull over my full calve.
Boots are one of the most versatile types of foot wear out there. Seriously, you can combine them with your favorite dress, skirt, skinny jeans or leggings or even cropped pants and get a seamless and flawless line. This line is the key to elongating the visual appearance of your pear shaped body and thus giving the extra “umph” needed for balancing out or fabulous figures.
Over the past couple of months, my friends have been quite curious with my obsession with all things pear shaped. All of my posse have been quite complimentary regarding the Pear Shapely blog, but honestly have no idea why I am dedicating my time to providing fashion tips for pear shaped bodies as they do not believe I have one. At this point I would like to channel my inner Doug Henning and respond with “The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.”
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten together with friends and strangers who literally made me stand up and point out what makes me a pear shaped gal as they have yet to discover the curves with their naked eyes. In their minds, pear shaped women are all extremely bottom heavy and there is no disguising the fact:
Granted, this lovely lass is sticking out her grand assets to make a point. In my mind, the point is if you do not watch what you eat, are not active and do not know how to drape your figure, all pear shaped figures have the potential of going off the deep-end.
Not so long ago myy hearty buttocks and I were known for a series of “Asscapades” that included using my butt to block air hockey pucks and mooning my friends. I was carrying an extra twenty pounds all in my pedunk-a-dunk and I wore a size 10-12 on the bottom while my top needed a size 6-8. Those two different sizes where the top measurements is narrower then the hip circumference equals a pear shaped figure.
Fast forward to now, where a change in my habits have resulted in a weight loss of over 20 lbs. My bottom now is a size 6 and my top usually fits into a size 4. No matter how much weight I gain or loss, I am a tried and true pear shaped figure.
Shopping, style and clothing have always garnered my enthusiasm and my multi-tiered career in the fashion industry has allowed me to pick up professional tricks for dressing myself. In turn, I want to be considered a resource for pear shaped ladies and will continue to share my insights and unique perspective with my Pear Shapely Brethren! Hopefully you are enjoying the experience as much as I am.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, for my pear shaped figure there is nothing like the Sweet-n-Low jeans from Lucky Brand to adorn my curves. Now until November 15, there are three styles of the cut on sale for 40% off the retail price.
My favorite are the dark wash of the Knox option:
The retail price starts at $79.50 but with a 40% discount these jeans becoming an astoundingly low $47.70. Shipping and sales tax will apply.