When it comes to holiday shopping, Macy’s has been a staple in the American way of life for 15 decades. The large retailer is using nostalgia to drum up business this season as their current “Macy’s 150 Years” commercial is sentimental and sweet. Admittedly it tugs at my heart strings and reminds me of a simpler time when my family would day trip to the city during the holiday season to eat oversized street pretzels while staring at the illustrious window displays. Yes, Macy’s has been a part of my life too.
I’m now willing to embrace the retailer even more as until December 7, you are invited to save 25% off of most of your purchases at the store courtesy of the recent “friends and family” promotion. One temptation I have is stocking up on my favorite Warner’s bra at a discount, but with so many options to choose from, those necessities may become my last purchase.
Instead, this savings is better used buying holiday gifts for others. If you are in the position to do some shopping for some other pear shaped ladies in your life, Macy’s certainly has the selection we can all benefit from. Top names in fashion are ripe for the picking and using the discount code to apply to lux fabrics like cashmere is an excellent decision. My top gift choices perfect for pear shaped figures of any age is a great Cashmere Ruffled Cardigan (sale $89.99) from the Charter Club:
The item comes in a variety of bold colors such as “Honey Glaze” and “Crystalline” and there are standard neutrals as well. Classic cardigans of this ilk are a curvy gals’ friend as the piece can be easily layered and paired with a number of existing pieces in the wardrobe and feels lovely against bare skin. With the discount (not including shipping or tax) the sweater becomes an affordable $67 and a perfect gift for your mom, sister or your very best friend in the world.
If that is too rich for your blood, Charter Club also makes adorable hats, scarfs and gloves providing the extravagance of cashmere in a more affordable price range. The starting prices for hats, gloves and scarves range from $27.99-$52.99:
Of course these items are one size fits all, so pear shaped figures, apple or any other fruity gal will be able to enjoy. The options for the pieces come in the full color of the rainbow an with the 25% discount (before shipping and tax) the pieces range from $21-$40.
Do you plan on using this discount for any other type of purchase? Please feel free to post your feedback and start a conversation with other fans of the Pear Shapely blog.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines as starting November 12 for a four day period the “Gap” mothership is having their annual Give and Get discount promotion featuring 30% off your entire order (either in store or on line). Not only will you save some cash on any items purchased at the Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores and Old Navy, but the company will contribute 5% of your expenditures to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
With cooler temperatures upon us and the holiday season rearing its ugly (yet festive) head, this discount could not come at a better time. Whether you want to stock up on striped tops for your pear shaped figure , sailor pants, great affordable cardigans or find some new treasures perfect for adorning your goddess like curves, the bargains will be hard to resist.
Some new faves of mine include the must have styling detail of the season, ruffles. Many ladies may be intimidated from participating in this hot trend, but regardless of your age, size or shape as long as it is done correctly, you can rock the house. On the higher end of spending scale, Banana Republic has this adorable ruffled cardigan ($79.50):
Constructed of 100% merino wool, the sweater comes in a variety of neutrals such as Taupe, Carob Chip, Sugar Plum, Charcoal and Black. Not only will you be kept toasty warm, but you will also keep the attention on your upper torso.
Another ruffled option include this cotton cashmere blend ruffle henley sweater from the Gap ($44.50):
This sweater comes in full array of Roy G. Biv, the fabric is super soft, features subtle ruffles and would make an excellent layering piece.
Perhaps the other options are “too rich for your blood” and your wallet, well thank goodness for Old Navy and this animal friendly ruffled Faux-leather hobo bag ($29.50):
The best thing about a great handbag and jewelry from Hurricane by Jane Jewelry is that one size fits all! Since the ruffles are the main focal point, I think some great earrings like the Moony Swingtown ($59) would compliment any of these pieces:
Since it’s humble beginnings as a local shoe store in Seattle Washington, Nordstrom has evolved into a national shopping Mecca! The retailer carries labels such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, BCBG, D&G and Max & Cleo and until November 15 you can stock up on your favorites as their Half-Yearly sale is in full effect. You can choose to either shop in person or shop online at Nordstrom.com.
My thinking is that the holiday season is right around the corner and surely there will be a cocktail party or two that justifies the purchase of a new dress to drape your girly curves. There are plenty of options for pear shaped figures to choose from, but for the money these are my favorites:
The Adrianna Papell Gathered Cutaway Halter Dress ($98.90) is simply gorgeous and will be easy to wear. The port color is divine and flattering to most skin tones, the A-line skirt will accommodate fuller swaying hips while the gathered neckline, halter top will tighten accordingly while accentuating our toned upper torsos.
If you are a size 10 or 12 (the only sizes currently available), don’t bat an eye or you will miss out on this great strapless cocktail dress from Shoshanna ($212):
Shoshanna is known for constructing tops to accommodate the “girls” and hold them in place effortlessly. Chocolate is a flattering neutral, silk and cotton taffeta is a rich fabric and the sweetheart bodice and a short A-line skirt is a classic style that will last for years to come.
Perhaps you want to wrap yourself up like a holiday gift? Then the bow detail on this Ane Klein Dress will fulfill your desire:
The dress comes in both navy/midnight or ruby. The cut is classic with a surplice neck, cinched waist and a full skirt, just perfect for pear shaped figures to luxuriously adorn themselves.
If you want to take advantage of this sale and get a bargain on your holiday ensemble here are some shopping tips to take advantage of the sale:
- Keep it simple-Bejeweled, adorned or patterned dresses may be the trend, but their longevity is short lived as “hot” items become cool very quickly
- Go for quality fabrics- Regardless of the designer label, silk and cotton are much better fabric choices the poly/spandex
- Solid Colors- With a high quality, solid color garment you can wear your dress to a number of events and change the look with great accessories
- Accessories- the right handbag, shoes, wraps and jewelry will complete your look and of course this is my plug for Hurricane by Jane Jewelry.
The best pieces I have for holiday dressing are the Boogie Night Necklace and Constellation Earrings.
When I was a kid and going “back to school” was right around the corner, we would load up the family wagon and make the trip to Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey as tax free shopping was the bait. Over time, that rite of passage evolved to trips to outlet stores where we could scoop up savings.
When the trend first emerged, outlet stores were truly a unique and worth-while shopping experience. Now-a-days, many outlet stores are just facades for where manufactures can produce a lower price point line and sell lesser quality goods just in order to generate another revenue stream.
According to Consumer Reports “only one-third of survey respondents said outlet prices were substantially below sale prices at regular stores.” Author Ellen Rupel Shell’s further backs up that fact in her book, Cheap: the High Cost of Discount Culture, where she reveals that many retailers such as Coach, the Gap,and Donna Karan produce lower-quality merchandise specifically for their outlets.
That does not mean all is lost for those dedicated to discount shopping as there are plenty of affordable and adorable options to be found around the web. Right now Esprit.com there is a major “outlet” clearance sale going on where some online exclusives and earlier season overstock is on sale for up to 70% off. To qualify for free shipping you need to spend $30.
From great bolero cropped tops to flowing tunics like this gorgeous printed chiffon tunic ($14.99) there are plenty of great bargains for pear shaped bodies:
Use this retro inspired topper to dress up a pair of dark, sleek skinny jeans and you will draw the eye’s attention up and highlight your middle with the synch waist detail.
Pear Shapely is dedicated to the art of shopping for your figure and providing you with the best information out there. I’ll do the leg work to ensure that you can find fabulously, affordable finds for your figure. To compliment your look, my jewelry is all priced at under $100 and made in small batches so you can mix and match with your mainstream pieces and fully maintain your individual style.
When it comes to the best jeans ever for my figure, I swear by Lucky Brand and the Sweet-n-Lows. I’ve previously mentioned that the Shelby Jeans ($99) are the next purchase I will make from my shopping list. That day may be today as for one day only, November 3, Lucky is offering $35 dollars off of purchases of $100 or more.
Consider this an early holiday gift from Lucky founders Gene and Barry. If you are are in the market for a new pair of jeans, anything from the Sweet-N-Low line should do the trick. Since many of this cut of jean are under $100, another little something, something is required to get the discount.
As a big fan of animal prints, there would be no other choice but this thermal top ($49.50) for me.
The fabric is a soft and gentle weave of 100% cotton, the pattern will bring the viewers eye upward, and the v-neck front is the most flattering cut for all body types.
Shopping Tip: Since this top is 100% cotton, make sure the item fits you as snugly as possible (allowing for comfort). Like all items made of cotton, the item will stretch from use, but will snap back into shape with a washing. Make sure to follow the manufacturers recommended care instructions for the longevity of your item.
I would pair these two items together, wear them with my most beaten up Frye boots, layer on top with a cropped cardigan sweater and top off with some of my jewelry. My choice for this is the handmade Princess Necklace ($79). Just so you know, I hand craft the sterling silver pendant which is the focal point of this piece:
The dangling elegance and simplicity of the All Mixed up Earrings ($42) will top off the look delightfully.
When I was a tween in Long Island, there was nothing like a back to school shopping trip to Roosevelt Field Mall. Fashions and bargains abounded and although a run through of JC Penney was always part of the ritual of finding treasures for the school year, I always left the store empty handed.
What a difference several decades has made as this mid level department store chain has learned a lot from it’s nearly 100 years of operation. Now the store features great options courtesy of the lower priced point lines of Nicole Miller, Bisou-Bisou, Charlotte Ronson and Allen Schwartz and by shopping online and entering the code SWEETS4U will save you $10 off of a $10 purchase until 10/28/09. Some recommendations for your luscious pear shaped body including this great and affordable look from C. Ronson:
My favorite piece of the ensemble is the Ombre sweater. Because the dye goes from light on top to black on bottom the color fade provides the necessary palate for a best Pear Shapely optical illusion. Additionally the belt tie is sure to show off your little middle.
I think this sweater would provide you a perfect opportunity to show off some Hurricane by Jane jewelry, especially the pieces that integrate gold filled and sterling silver metals. My styling recommendations include the Boxer Earrings ($51), Circle Choker in the Gold/Silver combo ($47) and the Lock-Her Bracelet ($58(.
Let me know if any of the jewelry interest you and I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.
It is too easy to become part of the problem not the solution, and I recently fell into that trap when I gave advice of Halloween Costume “Don’ts” for Pear Shapely Women. Although I still believe I put together an excellent list of costumes to avoid, since the big day is less then a week away, I thought I should now offer some costume ideas for curvy gals that are all affordable. Here we go:
- Belly Dancer or Harem Costume: These ensembles tend to have flowing bottoms and mid-drift cut outs that will hide your hips and show off your best feature, your awesome tummy. You can easily make your own by donning a long skirt, cropped gypsy top and tying a scarf around your hips or buy a pre-fab choice if you are pressed for time. Make sure that the bottom fabric is not too sheer and that the costume title avoids the term “sexy” in the title.
- Anything Zombie or Dead: Your old prom dress, wedding dress or even your most flattering outfit can easily be turned into a ghoulish outfit just by adding a jet black wig, some light face make up, blue eyes shadow to add some bags under your eyes and fake blood. All the makeup can be purchased for around $10 and you will be able to easily carry off the look of the dead knowing that your body is dressed to it’s best.
- Cute Critter: Channelling your favorite type of critter is easy on Halloween as all you need to do is purchase some cute animal ears and pair it with a great animal print wrap dress. All curvy gals know that wrap dresses are one of the best basic elements for dressing our curves but when donning animal print it is important to know the do’s and don’ts of the process.
- Cowgirl: Any excuse to buy a new pair of jeans should be fully embraced and any of the bootleg offerings from Lucky Brand Jean’s Sweet-n-Low collection will do the trick. My favorite are the Shelby Jeans. Just combine the denim with a Cowboy hat, fitted button down and boots (the more distressed the better) and you will be saying yippee-ya-yeah in no time.
- Bride of Frankenstein: A long flowing dress of any color is already probably in your wardrobe, you just need to get a good wig and some white face make up and voila!
- Vampire: Blood sucking vixens are always in style, that is because they are always stylish in basic black. Whether you want to couple your fangs and blood with a black outfit already in your closet or treat yourself to a new “little black dress” just for the heck of it, you can ensure that you find an outfit that flatters your curves. One such option that can serve double duty is this great jersey v-neck dress from Micheal Stars ($120). The flowing Victorian Bell sleeves will add a hint of goth appeal, while the overall shape will let your hips move freely while highlight your decolletage.
- Disco Diva- The bell bottoms of the 70’s were a great find for balancing out the bottom of a pear shaped woman and all you need to do is go to a thrift sure where plenty of options suitable of a costume can be yours for just a couple of bucks.
- Pirate Wench: When Pirates ruled the world and women were wenches, corsets were the haute fashion choice and by adding this accouterment to your ensemble over a flowing black skirt, white t-shirt, head scarf, eye patch and hoop earrings, your waist will get the cinch needed to highlight your curves.
- Fairy Princess: If you spent hours previously shopping for your prom or wedding dress, then you have a perfect fitting garment for your shape just hanging in your closet. Just combine the flattering garment you already own with wings (that can be bought for as little at $1 at your local dollar store) and a wand and voila! If you don’t have either of those garments floating around, just put on your favorite cocktail dress and you will be good to go. Don’t forget the body and face glitter!
- Naughty Librarian or School Girl : To make these costumes work, do not buy a pre fab “sexy” combo as it will be anything but that. But by raiding your own closet or even those of your closest pear-shaped friend, you can easily come up with some affordable options perfect for your figure.
The key to having fun while in costume is to ensure that you feel comfortable in the amount of skin you show plus the theme you have chosen. That is why incorporating the clothing you would normally wear is your best option. Have a great holiday and feel free to let me know what spooky look you sported.
By this time, we all know that dressing our pear shaped body is a labor of love and that sometimes good old-fashioned “smoke and mirror” techniques can help give us the added oomph that we crave.
Striped tops accented by great jewelry are one of the tricks of the trade as the combination will give the illusion that our upper torso is broader then our bottom. Pairing a great sweater or shirt with a pair of dark denim jeans, black pants or even a solid pencil skirt are all some great ways to drape your Pear Shapely figure. Plus complimenting the stripes with the Coco Chanel Inspired Pearl Before Swine Necklace ($86) from Hurricane by Jane will make the look completely yours:
As always, Bluefly.com has options and this Cashmere Striped Bubble Sweater ($123.99) will do the trick:
The ribbed waistband, will allow the garment to sit right above your hips, accentuating your whittled middle, the bubble effect will add a slightly fuller silhouette to your slim top portion, the stripes will work their magic and the cashmere will add the necessary “yummy” factor.
Menswear is currently a huge trend and I always keep some staples in my wardrobe. With a Striped Cashmere Sweater Vest ($139) available on Shopbop.com we can also balance our figures:
Depending on your mood you can just add a layering t or a white button down. Mix and match with all the aforementioned bottoms, and you will be good to go. The illusion is the same, it is just another twist on the look.
When trying something new, breaking the $100 range may not be a realistic goal. Never fear as the Gap always has affordable options. I’m totally digging this Striped Crew Neck Sweater ($44.50):
Out of all the lined toppers out there, this shirt will provide the best optical illusion for balancing out your figure courtesy of all the white space around your shoulders and chest (our two most narrow points).
From bargain retailers like Forever 21 to designer discounter happy places like Loehmann’s stripes are plentiful, flattering and affordable. Feel free to share your favorite finds with me, as I love hearing about a good shopping score!
The Armani Exchange website is offering an automatic 20% discount on purchases over $100 plus free shipping (expires 10/26/09). Combine it all with the additional code of “EXTRA10” and you can save another 10%, thus making pieces from this line affordable. My favorite item for a pear shaped body are the Marled Wrap Cardigan ($88):
The topper is 100% cotton and comes in an array of neutral colors. With a belted waist, a wide shawl color and a length that won’t cut your thighs visually in two, it will balance out your fabulous figure.
A pop of color from a classic ribbed t shirt ($22) will bring some fun into the mix:
Plus buying both pieces together will bring your total over $100, ensure you get all the qualifying discounts. With your spare cash, visit Hurricane by Jane and buy an affordable and adorable pair of handmade earrings to mix with the ensemble, like the Swingtown Earrings ($32):
The complete look will be just devine!