Happy Thursday my sweet friends!

It's been a while since I've written a post on a Thursday, around the time of the holidays actually. It was such a busy time and I was experiencing such chronic fatigue, due to the pregnancy that I just wasn't able to keep up. It seems as though my energy is back or at least more consistent, so I'm hoping to get back to my Mon-Fri schedule. Let's see how that goes! 

We're officially at the point of the winter season where we're just tired of winter and ready for spring. This is also the time of year that the weather tends to be a little all over the place, warmer spring-like temps one day, a blizzard the next, true story. Since we can't control the elements, unfortunately, we can, however, control our styling! Today, I'll be sharing some outfit ideas that I feel are perfect for this time of year, as well as some tips on creating the spring vibe effect with winter clothing. Some of these outfits are pre-baby belly in case you're wondering where the bump went, haha. Okay, so let's get started, shall we?! 

 

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love leather pants, be it leggings or coated jeans, I just love them! I feel they're incredibly versatile and can keep you warm during the winter. My favorite way to wear them transitioning into spring is with spring-like colors, such as softer hues and pastels, like the periwinkle jumper I'm wearing in the outfit above. The jumper will of course keep you warm, but the color itself exudes spring. For some added warmth, I layered a blouse underneath in a fun print. If you don't have a jumper in a lighter color, feel free to do the exact opposite. Try layering one of your sheer flowy longer blouses you typically wear during the spring and summer underneath a darker colored sweater. The contrast is so pretty and will give you the perfect spring vibe. 

Body Shape Style Tip: The longer the blouse peeks through underneath, the longer you will make your torso appear. It's a great slimming strategy when wanting to avoid attention being placed on the midsection or balancing out a chunkier knit piece. 

 

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Monochrome. If you've been a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you surely know how much I love monochrome and boast of it's flattering benefits. It instantly makes one appear longer and leaner, while look so chic all at the same time. There are a few ways to do monochrome. One way would be to work with one solid shade of a color, but mix up the textures to make it appear less one dimensional and bring it to life. The next would be to mix up various shades of the color you're working with. Depending on your personal style and taste, you may opt for a mix of neutrals or brights, the effect can really be achieved with any and all colors on the spectrum. For winter, I think grey is perfect because it has a nice calming affect. You can simply mix up darker shades of the color. Light blue accents in either your jewelry, shoes, or purse will blend perfect with the shades, since it has a blue undertone, as does grey, and it exudes spring! 

 

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Lastly, add white. Be it white pants or a white coat (off white works, too) it will instantly brighten up your look. Add in winter essentials in colorful or neutral shades, again, depending on your comfort level. If you do choose to add a dab of color, the white will make it pop even more, so you don't need to feel the pressure to go overboard with the color, a simple lip color or purse will do. If you're scared of wearing white jeans because you think they make you appear larger, pair them with OTK boots! The boots will not only keep you warm, but they have a slimming and lengthening effect, since they cover most of your leg drawing the eye up. 

 

I hope you found these outfit ideas and style tips helpful for creating a lively, spring-like, yet warm outfit this time of year! Whether you love and embrace bold colors or prefer neutrals, the effects can be created either way and I hope you learned that in today's post! Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and tell me, how's the weather right now where YOU live?! 

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my dear friends!

Most of us are aware of the fact that ruffles have been trending hard this season. It started during this past summer and transitioned into both fall and winter, and it shows no signs of stopping after seeing some of the f/w 18 collections that have hit the runways this week for NYFW. So, it's safe to say that ruffles are here to stay! What I've been noticing is that so many different variations have been showcased as a result, allowing for everyone, regardless of size or body shape, to embrace the uber feminine and flirty trend. In preparation for spring, which honestly can't come fast enough (shrug) I wanted to make your life easier (I hope) by suggesting styles that are most flattering for your body shape, so you know what will work with your body's features, since the extra fabric and overwhelm certain features, which you may or may not want. 

 

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If you wish to enhance or add some dimension (aka make your bust appear fuller) opt for ultra voluminous ruffle tops specifically around the bust area. If you're bottom curvy and want to visually maintain those curves with the tops you choose, I'd suggest an OTS or bordot style (like #3) that will help to (visually) widen the chest, which will maintain your lower curves. Some styles can make the hips appear wider or smaller by the way they're designed. 

 

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A common insecurity many of us women have are our arms. Many wish to avoid attention being placed on the arms and though I can and do suggest that you love and embrace your body for what it is because you're beautiful, which is very much true, at the same time, I know I'd also get a blank stare, like girl, are you serious?! Easier said than done and I get it. So, I suggest you pay close attention to the placement of the ruffles, as well as overall detail. Right now, teared ruffle sleeves are what's happening and this doesn't exclude you from being able to pull them off because you feel they make your arms appear larger. Opt for styles like the one shown above (#1) that combine a effect that can counteract the fullness and make your arms appear slimmer. In addition to the tips mentioned in the set above, when in doubt go black or navy. The dark colors will slim the entire upper body, allowing for you to freely play and experiment with the texture on the arms without feeling self-conscious. 

I hope you found my tips helpful, my dear friends, and decide to experiment with the trend this spring and summer. As mentioned, there are so many different styles to choose from that you're sure to find something that works for you and your features in a way that will make you feel and look good. Not only are ruffles a great way to add a feminine element to your look, it's also a great texture mix to add to a monochrome outfit to add depth and dimension to your overall look, the possibilities of styling are endless! 

Are YOU loving the ruffle trend? If so, what's your favorite style (one shoulder, OTS, cold shoulder, etc)?! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!


XO,

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Happy Monday, my dear friends!

How was your weekend?! Mine was full of online shopping for baby girl...a little too much shopping, but hey, you can never have enough cute baby clothes, am I right!? I'm thinking of sharing a haul either on IG Stories or here on the blog, feel free to let me know if you have a preference; I know you guys will LOVE the pieces! 

This week, I'm officially 20 weeks, I'm half way there, can you believe it!? I can't. Time is going by way too fast! I feel her kicking and she's developing a bit of a pattern with her kicks. She'll begin as soon as I wake up in the morning, after I eat, whenever I say, "baby girl", "little girl" or "princess" and when I play Baby Mozart, she loves it! She also does it when she hears Eddie's voice, how cute!? 

Since I'm at the halfway mark, I've been noticing some clothing no longer fitting comfortably. At the same time, I've noticed that there's one particular brand of denim that I own that has surprised me and surpassed all expectations in terms of quality and durability and that's New York & Company. If you're a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you've most likely realized that they're one of my most worn denim brands. I'm particularly fond of their Soho collection with the 'curve creator' design, but all of the entire is amazing. I've been wearing their jeans for years now (about 5-6) and all I can say is that for the price, they surpass the stretch and comfort of some of my higher end denim brands. 

When you're pregnant, your hips begin to widen out in preparation for birth, you gain weight, and of course, your belly grows, which can prevent you from fully buttoning up your jeans, that hasn't been my experience with these jeans (the ones I wear aren't high waisted). This is not to say that it may not eventually happen, but I've come across a few articles in which women stated they were having a hard time at 16 weeks with their clothing. 

That said, I highly suggest New York & Company jeans in general, pregnant or not. If you want to make your booty look good (who doesn't, right!?) they're curve creator is the way to go. The seams are designed in way that contours your figure and creates the illusion of a firm and toned butt, whether you naturally have one or not; they make you look and feel good. They're soft and move with you, they don't have that stiff denim feel. What's even better is that they often have B1G1 50% off or free, which is when I had stocked up on the pairs that I have; they run large, so size down (they also carry tall & petites, sizes 0-20!).  

What's YOUR favorite denim brand (both maternity and non maternity suggestions welcomed)? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far!

SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM THE SOHO COLLECTION

 


XO, 

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Coat: Anne Klein Sweater: Similar Here | Jeans: New York & Company Bag: Tory Burch (I love this one!) Boots: Nina Originals 

 

Happy Friday my beautiful friends!

These photos were obviously taken before the snowstorm we had yesterday, it snowed SO much!! I always love when it first snows, but after?! Not so much, haha. Maneuvering around it can be quite the challenge, either people are way too cautious on the road or drive like maniacs, very rarely is there a medium, haha.

Anyway, you want to know something really funny and weird? When I was in my first trimester, I hated mustard yellow, I couldn't even look at it without feeling nauseous (thankfully I haven't thrown up once!). Every time I would open my closet and see this sweater, it would make me feel so queasy, I had to shove it at the back of my closet, until now. Shortly after purchasing this sweater and wearing it once is when I started to feel that way, which is why I've only worn it once so far. Weird! 

Colors are so impactful, they can affect your mood and that of those around you, enhance an outfit, and define a specific season, though with the latter I like to break free of any limitations and wear colors I love year round, just combined with other colors and/or hues that maintain that seasonal vibe, like in today's outfit. Mustard yellow is typically worn during the fall months, but pairing it with black or navy can make it a great option for the winter. Grey and white also look beautiful paired with it, but I typically combine them when transitioning into spring and summer (check out how I styled a fall orange sweater during last year's snow storm here).

Lastly I wanted to touch upon the coat I'm wearing, I absolutely love it! I've spoken about coats quite often this season, providing tips on what to look for when selecting a flattering style; this is one that's universally flattering. The straight cut and single breasted buttons create a nice slimming and lengthening effect to the body, making it a great option for women of all body shapes and sizes. 

I hope you found some inspiration in today's post! Is there a particular color that's usually associated with a specific season that you love to wear all year long? I also wanted to apologize for my delay in responding to comments, as mentioned before, my only symptom throughout my pregnancy has been fatigue and well, it causes me to move at a really slow pace, haha. Thank you for your patience and understanding, my friends, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!

 


XO, 

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Poncho: Similar Here Leggings: Similar Here Boots: Nine West Bag: Louis Vuitton 

 

Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

First off, I want to thank all of you for your well wishes on our gender reveal on Sunday and in Monday's post! I was so happy to be able to share that special and exciting moment with all of you! As some of you may know, we were guessing that we were having a boy, so we both wore blue and so did most of our family, with the exception of about 4 (one of which was my mom) out of about 30 people. My mom knew it from the start and you know that little "mama to be" sash I was wearing?! She made sure to get it in pink because she wanted me to be on pink team, haha. Omg, did you see Eddie drop the cake? He was in total shock, as was I. We are thrilled that we're having a little girl and you know I look forward to all the outfits I'll be styling her in ;)

Now, moving onto today's look. Since we're less than a week away from Valentine's Day, I've been adding in some outfits that are suitable for the occasion. It's not over the top, yet it's impactful and has the whole love vibe going on with the red leather leggings. The ones I'm wearing are super old, but I've linked a very similar pair, which is a bit darker (more like burgundy) but the fit is the same with the high waist and it gives off the same vibe. The waist on both of them go all the way up to the waist, which I now appreciate as it comfortably accommodates my growing bump (it's very stretchy). Prior to pregnancy, I would just fold the extended part over and it never looked bulky or anything, so it's suitable and flattering either way. I love leggings that have this feature because whether you're pregnant or not, we all have a food belly at some point and with Valentine's Day coming up, hey, you may over indulge and don't want to show the bulge, haha! Girl, there's no shame, add a flowy top or poncho with a pair of stretchy faux leather leggings and you'll look fashionable while still being practical. 

I hope you all love the look and find some inspiration in it, whether it be in the color combination, texture mix, I hope it makes your outfit planning easier! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have the most amazing day, my dear friends!

 

XO, 


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Happy First Day of February, my friends!

It's no secret that outerwear is my favorite wear! I love it for many reasons and I'm finding myself loving it even more now that I'm pregnant. It allows for me to reach for my basics on those days I'm not in the mood for much contemplating, while still achieving a bold and chic look with not much effort. This is of course a tip to apply for everyone, pregnant, not pregnant, man or woman. Outerwear can be that impactful and easy across the board. 

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Happy Friday, my friends!

I hope you've had a great week and are ready for some weekend fun! 

Today, we're talking about the sweater vest or sleeveless sweater and why I love it so much. I love it for a couple of reasons. One of which is that it's such a great layering piece for both fall and winter. 

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Happy Thursday, my dear friends!

When it comes to neutrals and basics, the first color that will often come to mind is black and rightfully so, it goes perfectly with everything and can be worn all year long. There are other darker neutrals, however, that are starting to become more popular, an alternative to black if you will, specifically navy. Like black, navy has a sophisticated vibe, in addition to a nautical effect, that reflects class and prestige, in my opinion. It may not be as entirely versatile as black, but it can often be swapped out in many of the color combinations you would typically consider black.

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Happy Friday, my dear friends!

As you may have noticed, I have a thing for obsession with faux fur. Be it coats or vests, I'm instantly drawn in when I see them and I think it's because they add an instant chic factor to any look. I tend to style them casually, by pairing them with basic tops and jeans, but they can also enhance the elegance of a dress or jumpsuit for a night out on the town. They truly are versatile! 

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Hi all my gorgeous friends!

I hope you're all enjoying the first week of the new year so far! We've been talking a lot about winter fashion around here, mostly about coats and the various ways we can up our game (see here & here). 

Today, we'll be discussing what's under those coats, our actual outfit. Though I'm all for having a coat serving as part of an outfit (it can really tie a whole look together while keeping warm).

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