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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

White, all white, white outfit, this can all put panic in the minds and faces of many of us, lol, and I totally understand why because it can be quite intimidating to wear white for a number of reasons. 

First, white jeans have the reputation of being unflattering, showing every little lump, bump, and valley on our legs and butt and what woman likes that? NONE! Regardless of your body shape or size, often times white jeans have a different fit and feel than regular blue denim because of the dye used, which makes finding the perfect pair that much more difficult, as if finding regular blue jeans that fit amazing isn't hard enough! The challenge doesn't often stop with jeans either, any other form of white clothing can be challenge because if not lined, we risk showing everything underneath, so many of us resolve to just skipping white all together.

Another reason many of us dread white is because well, it highlights everything and even if we find a piece of clothing that isn't see through and fits right, it brings attention to the entire area worn. There's no safety, unlike our beloved black. 

With all that said, I still encourage you to have high hopes in finding the right white pieces and seek to wear them! It's such a light and refreshing canvas to work with, allowing any and every print or color to truly pop and it instantly brightens the skin, too! The key to feeling confident in white is paying close attention to the style, fit, and other elements you add into your outfit to tie everything together. 

For example, if you're self conscious about your legs, you most likely would feel tempted to avoid white jeans. This shouldn't be so! I challenge you to find a pair that fits your body well and style it with tops and/or blazers that will also add interest to your outfit, balancing out where attention is being placed. 

If the opposite is true for you and your self conscious about your midsection, babe, try wearing a light and airy white blouse that's not tight, giving off all the chic vibes, like this one. You see, there are options ;) 

For a full break down on how wear all white for your body shape, check out this blog post from the archives, as well as this post on selecting a flattering LWD (little white dress) for your body shape as well. 

Today, I decided to add my favorite floral printed blazer to dress up the outfit a bit more and exude spring and added in a blend of rose gold and gold accessories for a soft touch of daytime glam. 

I hope this post inspired you to embrace white this summer! You may need to start off slow with just a white top or pair of jeans and as you begin to feel more comfortable, you can try a full on white outfit ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!

 

*I've linked up with Straight A StyleRosy Outlook, & Elegance and Mommyhood. Stop by their blogs to join the linkup, too!  

XO, 

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Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!

As the weather begins or continues to (it's been rather inconsistent for us here in Connecticut) warm up, we find ourselves reaching for our easy breezy pieces, though some aren't so easy to reach for, one of which are shorts. Finding a great pair shorts should be easy though, right?! Unfortunately, that's not often the case, like with jeans, there are things to consider when shopping to ensure a flattering fit and I'm sure you're nodding with agreement having had a struggle in finding the perfect pair, I'm with you in that and because I know a thing or two about works and what doesn't, I figured I'd share some, what I'd like to believe, helpful tips with you to make the search that much easier. 

KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE!

When it comes to finding the perfect fit in anything it's super important that you are aware of the body type you have. Sure you can wear whatever the heck you want, BUT there are certain styles and details that will further enhance your natural figure and then there are those that don't do it justice. Most women are self conscious about their arms, midsection, and thighs, which, unfortunately, hinders them from wearing clothing that exposes those areas, even in the heat of summer. You may be one of those women and if you are I'm here to encourage you to wear the shorts! I have cellulite and stretch marks (pre-pregnancy) on my inner thighs and knees and have worked out rigorously for nearly 11 years now and still have cellulite and I still wear shorts because it's actually quite common, so don't beat yourself up about it.

If you don't know what body type you have, I have a video (and oldie, but goodie, which you can watch here) which you can help you determine it. If after watching you're still stumped, message me those numbers and I'll help you figure it out! 

 

LOOK FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS

Now that you've already watched my YouTube video and have identified which body type you have, let's make note of the details to look for that will help flatter your body and make it that much easier to step outside the house in those shorts! 

 

APPLE SHAPE

You've got legs, girl, so embrace them and show them off in styles that draw attention to them! That means short shorts are okay, of course going along with what you feel is most comfortable and appropriate for you. Do keep in mind that if you do have a fuller midsection, which is one of the characteristics of this shape, that the shorter you go, not only is attention drawn to your legs, but to your midsection, too. So, my advice would be to avoid styles there up high around the upper thigh area. Styles that have cuffs, distressed details, and any sort of design that draw attention to the shorts is what you want to go for, as they're the most flattering for your legs. 

 


 

 


 

PEAR SHAPE

This is actually my body shape, so I'm all too familiar with trying to find the perfect pair that flatter my hips and legs without having my booty popping out of the back of the shorts, lol. What I've found to be flattering are styles that have exposed pockets, like the one I'm wearing in the thumbnail above. They provide some additional coverage to the legs without making them appear much larger than they are. Styles that have cuffs are doable, but I'd suggest avoiding those that have this detail and are tight because it can make the legs appear thicker and if that's not what you want then avoid it, if that is, go for it at least you know now what emphasizes it! Also, styles that flare out a bit into an a-line style are also flattering, as they can help draw attention away from saddle bags, if once again that's something you're self conscious about. Bermuda styles are also quite flattering and have become so much more fashionable in recent years thanks to Kim Kardashian who's notorious for wearing them and understandably so, she's a pear shape and her stylist, I'm sure, considers how flattering they are for her curves. 

 


 

 


 

 

RECTANGULAR SHAPE

This shape isn't bottom heavy or curvy, which allows for the use and experimentation of so many different styles without worrying about appearing larger or not flattering the hips, thighs, and butt. If you wish to make your butt look fuller and more sculpted, you can opt for styles that have washed out effect around the butt, which highlights the area, creating the same effects highlighting with make does. 

 


 

 


 

HOURGLASS SHAPE

You've got curves so deep, you make the ocean jealous, girl! Lol, I know that was corny, but I had to, lol! Shorts that show off your notable waist and full legs and hips are the way to go, so I'd suggested high waisted as well as paperbag styles that draw attention to both, as they're super flattering. You can also explore the same styles as the pear shape, since both have lower curves. 

 


 

 


 

Hopefully after reading my tips and seeing some suggestions for your body type, you feel more inspired and encouraged to wear shorts if you were self conscious before reading or it gave you some new styles to try out this spring and summer! I really hate the fact that there are so many women out there who refuse to wear shorts because they're ashamed of their bodies when there are so may different styles that can help conceal certain areas you may be insecure about, while highlighting and embracing the other parts you love. If you have a friend who'd find this helpful, do pass this post along because you know the saying, sharing is caring ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on May 29, 2017 under

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Happy Memorial Day Monday my dear friends!

Hopefully you're enjoying your extended weekend and have some yummy BBQ's lined up for today! Eddie had to work, but will be getting out early, so we have some plans to grill, which I'm so looking forward to :) 

Today's outfit is not what I'd call patriotic, lol, though chic! If you're looking for some Memorial Day themed outfits, feel free to check out some of my recent and previous outfits from years past hereherehere, & here

As mentioned in other posts, there are few trends I can explore right now in this stage of my pregnancy (35 weeks!) so the ones I can, I eagerly embrace. Thankfully, cold shoulders are still going strong this season, which allowed for me to wear this dress I wore last year again, though with a different and notable accessory, a baby bump, haha! I still kept a neutral, earthy color palette going this time, I just mixed up the accessories. I'm also loving the fact that straw purses are HUGE this season (this one is leading the trend and on my radar) because I've had this clutch in my bag collection for what seems like forever. They're just the perfect way to add a spring or summer vibe to any outfit, making a look more seasonable, especially when wearing neutrals or basics. 

Shifting back to the cold shoulder dress, what I love about it is that it's a style I feel everyBODY can wear. There's no other part of the body that all women will agree, for the most part, is a safe zone in terms of exposing, regardless of age, size, or shape other than the shoulders. It's one part of the body I'm sure not many feel self conscious about, so they're a perfect area to show off. Depending on how conservative you are when it comes to exposing your shoulders, this particular style is certainly doable, especially if you don't feel comfortable wearing a full on off the shoulder piece. You still get some coverage, while showing just a little skin in a way that still translates as classy. 

Again, I hope all my fellow American friends are enjoying the holiday weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by my beauties and I look forward to seeing you all in tomorrow's post! 

 

XO, 


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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!

 

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XO, 

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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!

 

XO,

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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!

 

*I've linked up with Straight A StyleRosy Outlook, & Doused in Pink so be sure to stop by their blogs to join their weekly linkups!* 

 

XO, 

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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. 

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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. 

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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...

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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. 

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