Regardless of the shoe brands that have come into vogue, there are certain lines that will always have a place in my closet and on my feet. Steel toe Dr. Maartens (I still have the same pair from high school), Frye boots and Chuck Taylor Converse are part of the mix.
When I first discovered that Converse were doing a private label line for Target I was thrilled, knowing that my bargain sneakers have become even more affordable. Well now, they are super duper affordable as Target is taking an additional 20% off the entire Converse One Star shoe line. If you are looking a a pair of comfy shoes for sporting during weekend errands, long walks on the beach or even for just lounging around the house, these are it.
The shoes are nearly identical in construction with the big differences being the color selection and the predominant star featured on the shoe. But if you want to kick it old school on a budget, then at less then $30 a pair, it is worth the trial and error to see if they will work for you.
The old adage “playing with your strengths” is certainly appropriate when it comes to accentuating the curves of us ladies. Sure, granny panties and going bra-less are extremely cozy, but they will do nothing to best flatter our form. Undergarments are the cornerstone for a fully functioning and fabulous Pear Shapely wardrobe!
Comfy and flattering underwear is a must and nothing can be more depressing then thin-strapped- bikini -cut underwear digging painfully into your flesh. Although stylish, boy cut panties tend hit too low creating unflattering bulges. The solution I swear by is the Jockey Elance String Bikini.
Okay, so they are not crazy sexy, but the simple cut of the “string” will elongate the look of your leg, 100% cotton allows for better air circulation, the fabric will cover the junk in your trunk, and these babies will not ride up. Sure everyone needs cute lingerie as well, but for day-to-day use, the construction and affordability (3 pack $18) of Jockey cannot be beat.
Shopping Tip-Check Kohls.com periodically as older prints of this cut go on sale for rock bottom prices. Last year I scored several packages at half price with free shipping. Jockey.com also offers discounts on their own products so sign up for their regular e-mail blasts as well.
No matter how we workout, tone and pray, our bustline is naturally smaller then our hips. A great fitting bra with the slightest hint of padding will add a bit to the balancing equation and can help enhance another great feature of ours, our decolletage. My personal favorite is from Warner and it is called the Warner’s Bra, Satin Tuxedo Wireless Contour.
If you are one of those gal’s that always thought they could not leave the house without underwire support, this bra will prove you dead wrong. Your “girls” will be perfectly cradled and your figure will be a bit more balanced.
Shopping Tip-Never pay retail for anything, especially bras. Macy’s always has buy “two-get-one-free” sales and at the time of this posting, there is currently such a promotion. Many times those specials can be combined with additional coupon codes so keep your eyes open!
The final undergarment needed for pear shaped gals is a great body shaper. Although full body suits are convenient, I personally prefer one that can be combined with my favorite bra so I can “push-in” and “fill-out” at will. The grand mistress of these products have come courtesy of Sara Blakely and her entire body shaping line of Spanx.com.
Because of the design of this undergarment our thighs and buttocks will be smooth as glass. Our mid section will be additionally enhanced as well (the push-in factor) and the risk of unflattering back fat overhang (AKA the dreaded “muffin top” )is minimal as the sheer length of this garment ( over the rib cage) will prevent that fashion disaster.
Shopping Tip-Many large retails such as Target offer similar body shaping garments at 1/3 the cost of the original. Regardless of your choice, your best best is to try on options with the garment you want to pair it with in order to get your smoothest and most Pear Shapely figure!