May 26, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
In case you missed it, yesterday we talked all about the blue striped trend, aka the banker stripes. I shared some of my favorite pieces, as well as explained just how figure flattering they are and why. Well, today is a visual example of how they can be just so flattering. If you're new to The Style Contour (welcome!) I'm 34 weeks pregnant and I'm sure at first glance some of you may have not realized, well at least in some of these shots or perhaps I look smaller. It's all due to the effects of the stripes I can assure you because this mama's belly is HUGE, haha, just see this recent blog post and those side shots.
I, of course, wasn't looking to make my bump appear smaller because why would I want to do that?! Baby bumps are to be embraced not concealed. What I do want to point out is that if it makes my belly at eight months pregnant look this small, can you imagine what it can do for other parts of the body you may wish to slim down. Pretty cool, right?!
Anyway, I won't go much into the slimming effects, since we did talk about that yesterday, so in case you want to know more, do check it out!
So, now that we know that this is a trend, which to be honest I think it's more of a classic gone trendy because any type of stripe will always be in style, how do we style it, particularly a top? The easiest, most chic, and seasonal way would be with a pair of white denim or white pants, depending on where you'll be wearing your top to. It creates a nice fresh feel, pulling out the white in the stripes and allowing the light blue to pop. I mean, does it not also give you major Grecian vibes?
You can then team it up with a pair of nude or brown shoes, as I've done here. I went for a pair that has a cork wedge heel (so comfy, especially for those of you who find walking in heels uncomfortable) but you can also opt for a pair of espadrilles, which would exude the same vibe; I'm loving and wanting these.
If after your first time styling your blue striped top, you want a new and more exciting way to style it, then I suggest you inject some color, perhaps just one piece to maintain that light and refreshing vibe. I love the way light blue and yellow look paired together, which is why I've added a yellow leather jacket. You can of course add in any type of yellow piece you have. Red (perfect for this Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July) and shades of pink would also look great.
You can also go full on monochrome and style it with a pair of blue denim, either a skirt, shorts, or jeans would do.
I hope you feel inspired in some way by this post, perhaps in giving banker stripes a try this season or styling them in a different way! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!
::SHOP BLUE STRIPED TOPS I'M LOVING::
May 25, 2017
::SHOP THE POST::
Happy Thursday my friends!
If you've scrolled through Instagram, flipped through at least one magazine, or just walked into a couple of stores, chances are you've seen an array of clothing and accessories in a stripe pattern and not just any stripe, light blue and white stripes, better known as banker stripes. This particular combination is quite different than nautical stripes, which feature a navy blue and white combination. Also, banker stripes aren't horizontal, they're vertical, which are more universally figure flattering and as a result, it takes less effort to style.
Vertical stripes can make you look taller and don't add visual width, so you don't have to worry much about placement in avoiding certain areas you may not want to look bigger exaggerated. I have shared tips and tricks for wearing classic black and white stripes (see here) but if you still tend to avoid them because you feel they don't look good on you or make you feel self-conscious than I say try the banker stripes you and you just may love them!
What are YOUR thoughts on this stripe trend? Are you loving them? Have you tried them?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great day so far!
May 24, 2017
Blazer: New York & Company (similar) | Tank: Similar | Jeans: Maternity (non-maternity) | Necklace c/o | Watch c/o use code STYLECONTOUR for 15% off | Sandals: Aldo (similar) | Purse: Louis Vuitton Trevi GM
Happy Hump Day my dear friends!
Yesterday we talked about pink, today is all about red! You know, when I was in high school red was my favorite color, I literally had everything in the color. You know how some are with black, often asking, "does it come in black?" Well, I always asked, "does it come in red?" I loved it. Then I hit college and out went all my red clothing, as my style began to change. Fast forward to now and would you believe that I've only have a few pieces in the vibrant color in my wardrobe?! Yup! That's certainly going to change though as time goes on. I think the reason for my limited selection is that I'm quite picky with the pieces that are in this vibrant color because well, it's vibrant! When I know something has the potential to be eye catching in either color or design, I tend to be very particular.
As the temps continue to heighten, I think red is the perfect color to embrace. I mean, we have two patriotic holidays that encourage the use of it, Memorial Day and the 4th of July, which by the way is Baby A's due date, would you believe that?! And so, we tend to see more pieces in the color as we get closer and closer to those holidays, with Memorial Day, which is next week. That said, there are two particular shades of red that are best worn for summer because they exude that fire-y vibe and that's true red, with no undertones at all, and orang-y red, like my blazer.
Cooler red shades are beautiful and of course can be worn all year long, but they don't have that much of a powerful impact as the other two, so I suggest opting for a true red shade if you have a cool undertone, which the blue red shades tend to flatter most and work best with silver jewelry. You can also wear those with an orange undertone, but I'd suggest pairing them with white to help visually brighten the skin.
Are YOU a lover of red and if so, what's your favorite red piece in your wardrobe?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as you!
May 23, 2017
Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!
A few months ago, I mentioned how pink was a growing color trend, sharing some of my favorites in the color, mainly blush pink, which is THE pink shade of the moment. Though there are many who are embracing this color trend, such as myself, there are some who have reservations and it's in due part to the possibility of pink looking a little too playful and well, childish.
I totally get it and as an expecting mom of a baby girl, nearly everything that's cute for girls is in a dominant color, PINK! No one woman wants to be associated with a child or baby for that matter, but that doesn't mean you have to write it off entirely and I hope after reading this post, if the only reason you've avoided the color because you thought you'd look too girly, you'd at least give it a second glance or chance, maybe?!
Here are some tips, which I feel will make you feel more confident when wearing the color:
::Pair It With Neutrals::
Any shade of pink will look great with black, grey, or white and will have more of a mature vibe. In this case, I'd suggest combining it with other soft feminine colors, such as various shades of purple, as it will add more playfulness to the look, which is not a bad thing at all, but if this is something you don't want, then it should be avoided.
::Opt for Structure::
Pieces that are more structured have a much more chic and sophisticated feel to them than those that are more relaxed because they look more expensive, which is never associated with ultra feminine or girly, which are often quite the opposite and are quite loose and flowy.
::Combine it with Saturated or Muted Colors::
With this tip, I believe hues are very important to consider, what do I mean by this? Darker shades of pink tend to work best with dark, jewel, saturated tones than lighter shades. The lighter hue can add that overly feminine feel, which you may not want, as opposed to enhancing the strong and bold effect that the jewel toned color has, as seen above with the teal and hot pink combination. When it comes to muted colors, such as browns and shades of green, I believe the lighter the better. It allows for the understated earthy color to come forth and the pink to become more muted, in other words, the lighter pink brings the color alive.
So what do you think?! Are you open to the idea now after seeing some outfits and reading my suggestions? I hope so! Again, when experimenting, I think the best place to start is with a neutral and as you become more comfortable, you can explore the other suggestions.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
May 22, 2017
Vest: Calvin Klein (similar) | Tank: Similar | Belt: Similar | Jeans (different rinse same collection) | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Heart Necklace c/o | Y-Necklace c/o | Bracelet c/o 30% of proceeds go to endometriosis research| Watch c/o use code STYLECONTOUR for 15% off) | Bag: Louis Vuitton Trevi GM
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
I love blazers and the chic, sophisticated, and put together element they add to an outfit, especially when the other pieces within the outfit are rather casual or simple. In fact, later this week I'll be sharing an outfit with a beloved blazer styled in such a way. However, when it's really hot out, I like to turn to different sections of my closet for some alternatives that can produce the same effect and that will be more practical for the heat that day, enter the elongated vest. They're equally chic as a blazer and are just as versatile and can often be a bit unexpected, since we don't see them worn as often as we do blazers.
Another thing I love about them is that they create a very tailored and elongated effect to the body, even more so when belted as I've done today. By belting the vest, you're tapering your waist (if you're 34 weeks pregnant like me, it re-establishes the waistline you forgot you had, haha) producing a curvaceous contour. I decided to up the chicness of the outfit by adding a gold waist belt, but you can explore various options depending on the mood you're in and vibe you're going for. If you're going the casual route, you can ditch the belt all together.
If you're petite and are thinking, "is she crazy?! I can't wear a vest like that, I'll look even shorter!" My response is of course you can! Maybe you won't go for a style that's extremely long, like a duster, or even one as long as mine, but you can wear one that's past your hip bone, extending past your but, which will in fact make you appear visually longer, since it'll extend the visual length of your torso. Just be sure to consider how the other pieces, i.e. your top and bottom work together in maintaining proportions and opt for pointed toe shoes, either flats or heels. I'd also suggest belting it because YOU get to choose where your waistline will be, you can either place it on your natural waistline or a bit higher to visually lengthen the legs, which can also be done if you're not petite and wish to produce this effect.
Have you ever tried wearing a vest in lieu of a blazer before? If your work place allows for you to bare shoulders, perhaps you can give it a try! Or you can wear a light blouse underneath the vest, you don't have to go sleeveless at all.
I hope this post inspired you and helped you think outside the box a bit more when it comes to creating a chic put together outfit! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
May 19, 2017
Happy Friday my dear friends!
Today's outfit is what I wore the other day when we had some errands to run, mainly doing some baby prep. We made a trip to the hospital to complete some paperwork and some of the ladies were quite shocked that I was still walking around in heels. It's something I often get asked in person and here on the blog and to be honest, it all just depends on the heels. Some heels have been off limits for me because they're just not practical nor comfortable, but then there are those trusty pairs I turn to all the time, which are most often from Nine West, my favorite shoe brand. These, however, aren't from Nine West, but they are still quite comfy and because of the caged design, they keep my feet in place. I also don't wear heels everyday because I mean, why? Haha, I have some comfy flats, like the one I wore in this post, which I reach for quite often.
It's funny because my mom said she wore heels through her entire pregnancy with me and actually walked into the hospital in labor wearing heels. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say, lol.
Now onto the rest of the outfit...
I've completely forgotten how much I love dolman tops, I have quite a few in my closet that I've had for years, but haven't worn often, until becoming pregnant. I would sometimes wear them with leggings and boots during the fall and winter, but that's about it. I've been finding myself getting more creative with them on the weekends because throughout my pregnancy because they're so flattering on a bump; quite honestly, I think they look great on any body shape and depending on the material of your blouse, you can even adjust the neckline to change up your look into something trendy, say an OTS top.
I also love that even though they're quite casual, they can also have a chic vibe as well when styled with the right pieces, such as layered necklaces, pendents, or statement necklaces with a pair of cute jeans. I was going the comfy route, since I knew I had a busy day ahead of me and wasn't in the mood for denim, so opted for printed leggings, which I love because they kind of dress up an outfit a tad more than your typical black leggings would.
I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready to embrace the weekend, any fun plans? My mom will be visiting again and there's supposed to be some fairs going on around the area, which we may check out.
*Quick question for all my fellow mamas, when you purchase onesie's, how much do you size up? I've been getting a ton of 3mth sizes, but I want to make sure I get sizes that will last longer. Any suggestions?! Also, thank you for all your kind, supportive, and encouraging words regarding the stretch marks I mentioned I was getting in Wednesday's post, there's hope, haha!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a great weekend!
May 18, 2017
Happy Thursday my gorgeous and stylish friends!
You may remember last year, I put together a post with my suggestions for the most flattering gingham pieces for your body type. Well, I figured it would be a great time to reiterate some points, while sharing some new style tips, as well as some pieces I have my eyes on, since the trend seems to be even more huge this time around and has been merged with other hot trends of the season, such as ruffles.
Gingham also known as check print is nothing new, it's been around for years and has somewhat of a similar feel to classic houndstooth. We tend to see it really take off during the spring because of the classic picnic tablecloth we're also so used to seeing this time of year; think of it as synonymous to spring as plaid is to fall.
To create a bold, fun, and stylish outfit, try mixing gingham with other compatible prints such as leopard, stripes, and floral. For a more seamless blend, opt for pieces that share the same or similar color combinations. For example, a classic black and white gingham top paired with black floral printed pants.
Contouring to Consider
There are many variations of gingham, choose a scale of the print that will flatter the areas you're self conscious about, so it won't deter you from casting off the print entirely. Use my post from last year as a guide for what will work with your figure, not against it (here).
Pieces I'm Peeping
So what are YOUR thoughts on gingham? How would YOU wear it? Is there a specific print you love to wear the most come spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful day so far!
May 17, 2017
Happy Wednesday my dear friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far! As mentioned on Monday, I'm in my 33 week and I'm feeling all types of emotions. I'm overjoyed about meeting our little girl, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to get dressed or do much of anything. On days like this, I typically turn to a simple tee, maybe one with a cute slogan like this tee shirt; I have to say I'm slightly obsessed with this fabric, it's so stretchy and comfy, paired with jeans and a pair of flats. I've mentioned many times why love slogan tees so much, so I won't go into much detail other than it makes up for an otherwise really boring and basic outfit. It adds a little humor and personality, which I love. Don't shy away from slogan or statement tees because you're insecure with your upper body or midsection, just opt of a style that has a v-neckline and it will help to elongate your neck and visually slim the areas, easy peasy :)
I'm also loving espadrilles this season and I love that they seem to be trending even more this year, so I've been wearing these sneaks (similar here) I've had for a couple of years now, as well as the slides I wore in last week's post (similar here). I feel it adds a cool spring texture to an outfit and makes for a nice contrast to the material of the shoe.
Aside from just feeling like doing absolute nothing, I've been getting some stretch marks on the side of my stomach despite the application of the Bio Oil I discussed in this post twice a day, bummer! So, right now, I'm not too happy with this product anymore, lol, though I've still been using it twice a day, but have added in shea butter into the mix mid day, so I'm moisturizing three times a day now, let's see how that works. At the end of the day, Baby A is beyond worth it, but why not try and prevent something if you can, right?!
I've still been going to the gym, walking on an incline for about 20-25 minutes and about a 30min weight training. This has really helped balance out my hormones, which have sometimes been all over the place, up one day and down the next. I eat a healthy balanced diet Mon-Fri and allow myself to indulge during the weekends; it's all about balance and it's really helped. All of this has helped me with my self-esteem because I feel okay about the weight gain and how my body looks overall, which I think is very important because your body is going through so many changes throughout this amazing journey, and if you can do things to help yourself feel good to embrace those changes more mentally, emotionally, and physically, I think that's awesome and I'm all for it!
If you have any other (specific) questions for me regarding my pregnancy so far, don't hesitate to ask, whatever your question is! You can either ask in the comment's section or shoot my an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great day so far!
May 16, 2017
::SHOP THE SET::
Happy Tuesday my friends!
I don't know about you, but when the weather is warm or hot, I like to be able to just throw on an easy outfit and head out the door to do something fun and not spend much time contemplating what I'm going to wear. The thing is, we just can't throw anything on or I should at least say, we shouldn't, as we still want to look put together, even if it's 100 degrees outside, with a practical outfit of course. I've found that one of the things that can easily make an otherwise simple outfit appear more stylish is the right pair of shoes. You can go extremely basic, like a white tee and a pair of jeans (shorts) and add a cute pair of statement sandals and you look cute and practical for the weather.
Today, I'm sharing 11 of my top picks; I should really say so far because once I think I've found my favorites, I always stumble upon more I'd love to add to my closet and I know I'm not the only one, lol. I included a decent mix of styles to choose from depending upon your style preference, most of which I think are pretty versatile and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.
What's one way you like to "effortlessly" dress up your basic outfits?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!
May 15, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
How was everyone's weekend and Mother's Day?! Eddie was absolutely amazing and made both my mother and I brunch and dinner, aren't I lucky? Haha! He's such a great cook, but due to his crazy schedule and work hours, he's only able to ever really cook when there's a holiday, so it's always a nice little treat. In fact, for most holidays, I'd rather just have him make dinner instead of going out to eat at a restaurant.
Anyway, we're nearing the end of my pregnancy with me being 33 weeks, which I still can't believe. This is the time where getting dressed sometimes can post a challenge and you have to avoid purchasing new pieces and figure out ways to re-work what you already have in your wardrobe, especially since we've been having such unseasonably chilly weather here in Connecticut, so I haven't been able to wear dresses as much as I'd like, which are so much easier to work with.
Today's outfit is comprised of a bunch of old favorites, but I've styled them all together for the first time. You know, as much as I love shopping and wearing new clothes, it's just as good of a feeling when I'm able to create fresh outfits with pieces I've had for years. I feel that's where we can get the most creative and reflect our personal styles the most, would you agree?
When I woke up, I knew I wanted to wear a pencil skirt, but of course I was very limited in my selection because I can only fit into ones that have a decent stretch, like this jewel toned one I typically wear during the fall and early winter. The deep jewel toned color is usually associated with the fall season, so I was thinking of a way to lighten it up a bit to make it more seasonable. I've already styled pieces in this color with pink (seen here), so this time around I decided to pair it with a a white blouse and some gold accents, which I feel did the trick. So, my advice to you would be, if you too want to get the most wear out of some of your pieces that you feel exude a specific season, try and pair them with colors and fabrics that are most common with your current season to help counteract the effect and make it work.
I also want to note how flattering a pencil skirt, again one that stretches, is on a baby bump, especially when paired with a flowy top you can pull out a bit. This outfit would look just as great on anyone isn't sporting a baby bump as well. If you have a larger midsection, pulling the skirt up higher on the waist, while pulling out the blouse (preferably a v-neck) and finished with a belt would balance out everything perfectly ;)
I hope this post inspired you in reworking some pieces in your wardrobe, as well as inspired you create an outfit with a pencil skirt for an ultra sophisticated and feminine look! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!