//Wide-leg pants are definitely on trend and have been for a few seasons. I found a pair that I love while thrifting a few weeks ago and they are the perfect length for my height and shape. I love skinny and boot cut jeans, but these were a nice break from the norm! I’m also wearing my new Brahmin purse, which was an amazing Christmas gift. I’m in love. 🙂
Sweater, Pants, & Ring//Thrift finds; Purse//Brahmin (Macy’s); Necklace//Aldo; Cuff & Earrings//Macy’s; Belt (old)
//Another fab thrift find. It’s beginning to get a bit chilly (read 60 degrees lol) so I want to try and wear all my cute warm weather outfits before the winter chill sets in. My friend’s mom spotted this dress and passed it along, and I’m so glad she did! It fits great and the peek-a-boo back adds some playfulness to the look. I paired with Sam Edelman zip-up booties and my purple Aldo bag.
//We all know that fabulous women come in all shapes and sizes with varying styles, and this series will showcase those women, while providing inspiration to TheDivaEsq readers. Hope you all enjoy each post and share your positive thoughts and comments! Also, check out this link for some celebrity inspiration for various shapes and styles!
Next up: “Nichi” from Houston!
1) How do you describe your body shape?
–I’d describe my body shape as toned and slender. For the most part, I’m slim with a slight figure.
–My personal style I’d have to say is casual classic. It’s hard to explain at times, but my closest friends can predict what I’d wear to a general casual event. I love prints, all kinds, especially African tribal fabrics (because I’m Nigerian). Whenever I shop, I immediately head to anything brightly colored or patterned–they catch my eye first. If an outfit lacks color, I add color with makeup, earrings and other accessories. Because I am so slim, I choose to highlight my body length and silhouette in my outfits like folded hem jeans with high heels or a tailored sheath dress. You’ll never find something trendy in my closet because I like clothes I can wear years down the line and not look silly. I never liked most apparel trends anyway. I like labels and sometimes buy them but I am much more likely to purchase something because of the fit. I cannot afford for my outfits to appear ‘too big’ or loose. Furthermore, I appreciate looks that can easily go from casual to more dressy with just a change of footwear. Versatility & comfort is paramount; I don’t believe in high maintenance. I have natural hair and a lot of times, my hair plays a huge role in my style. At times it can accentuate a mundane outfit. Because I don’t like my hair touching my shoulders, I love doing curly styles like large twistouts and bobby-pinned updos from braidouts and huge high buns that look elegant. Of course no look is complete without my Aggie Ring.
-I don’t have one style inspiration, but I look to people who have similar body shape, long lean, small bust and waist with a slight figure. People like Zoe Saldana, Shaun Robinson, Kelly Rowland, and sometimes Victoria Beckham. I love stylists like Roland Mouret & Elie Saab who pay attention to slender feminine shapes in their designs.
-With my body type, most would think it’s easy to find clothing, but it can be a pain. In addition to my height, I am relegated to paying designer prices for pretty much all of my jeans. I would advise someone similar to get friendly with their tailors and become more creative. No longer is it okay to settle because it’s not your size, get it made or get it tailored for you. Get familiar with the designers and stores that make smaller clothes that aren’t skewed by ‘vanity sizing’ (the bane of my existence). Patterns and light colors give the illusion of more weight so don’t get stuck on dark and boring hues. You don’t always have to be matchy matchy either, throw a random bright color in your overall look with accessories or shoes. Highlight the positives in your body type, your face, especially your eyes, and hair. It’s all a total package.
//Thrifted top & day bag, & following with my love for versatility, an ASOS maxi dress turned into a maxi skirt
//Gap Silk Button down, J Brand skinny leg colored jeans, slim Nine West Belt, Aldo creme suede double knot platform sandals
//Abercrombie & Fitch polo, American Eagle plaid shorts, Liz Claiborne silver flats, Tiffany’s bracelet, Elliott Lucca The Sak Eco-harmony Crochet bag
//Silk Vena Cava tie top, William Rast denim skinny jeans, Aldo clutch, Calvin Klein graphite “Prive Suede’ platform sandals
//Express linen wrap dress (left) & LaRok ‘Ray of Light’ mini dress
//(L-R) Tailored lace dress from inspiration, top & embroidered minidress from boutiques
//Casual weekend look while out with a friend before my birthday celebrations. I kept the outfit color-neutral and then added a (very) bright burst of color with the flats. You can’t help but be happy and bright with these flats on!
//I can’t express how much I love statement necklaces! Here is a quick post on the main pieces I have in my collection. I try to buy different colors, though I do tend to gravitate towards gold more than silver accents. I recommend that all fashionistas have at least 1 – 2 statement necklaces in their jewelry collection. And by “statement” I don’t mean that it has to be a huge necklace that takes up your whole upper body! But one that speaks to your unique style and makes people stop and say “I LOVE your necklace, where did you get it!”
I received an email asking which stores I recommend for great, reasonably priced accessories. A few stores I suggest (some are Houston specific, others are not):
5. Express **Today Express is having a sale – 40% off all accessories!!I’m on my way when I finish this post! 🙂
6. Ann Taylor
7. Arden B
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~All good things. Jess
//Here are a few pics of a summertime-transitioning into-fall look. Emerald, Jade Green and Turquoise Blue are some of the fall trend colors and when I saw this blouse, I loved the rich color (although I go back and forth on what that exact color is!) I paired it with patterned shorts, a necklace from Aldo Accessories, BCBGMaxazria shoes, and my fave Gianni Bini purse. Enjoy!
Blouse & Shorts//Dillards; Necklace//Aldo Accessories; Love Ring//Forever 21; Shoes//BCBGMaxazria; Purse//Gianni Bini