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Patterned shorts for a pear shaped lady

Today is the last warm day for a while according to the forecast, so I decided to pull a pair of shorts out of the drawer.  I rarely wear shorts because as I’ve mentioned before it is incredibly hard to find ones that fit my body.  The ones I wanted to wear today were from Ann Taylor Loft, but not the curvy fit, just regular fit.  I had to do what I’ve described as “creative mending” to the waistband to get them to come in enough so they aren’t gaping a ton.  As long as I wear a long enough top it’s okay because the poorly done stitching doesn’t show through.

I’ve seen a lot of looks in magazines where the models will be wearing a blazer with shorts that I wanted to try to replicate.  While it looks good, it never struck me as practical, because if it is cool enough to wear a blazer wouldn’t you be too cold to wear shorts?  (Especially the tiny ones they show on models.)  Nevertheless, I thought it was a cute look, so when I’m in a store with air conditioning I’ll throw on the blazer, but for most of the day I’ll just be wearing the white tee by itself.

Patterned shorts and blazer
Patterned shorts and blazer


patterned shorts and tee
patterned shorts and tee

Today’s inspiration, the Today show

Yesterday morning I was eating breakfast and watching a few minutes of the Today show, when they showed a montage of Natalie Morales covering the Royal Baby saga.  In one of the clips she was wearing a lace skirt and white blouse and I really liked the look.

Natalie Morales
Natalie Morales

Realizing that I don’t have a lace skirt, I looked in my closet to see what I could come up with that used this outfit as inspiration.  I remembered a stretchy lace top I had purchased from H&M this spring, and a khaki paper bag waist skirt I had purchased several years back.  Voila!  I just threw on some high wedge sandals and the necklace I wore earlier this week and I was off.  (I probably could have used more jewelry)


lace top and paperbag skirt
lace top and paper bag skirt

The shoes:

Adrienne Vittadini Clementine Wedge sandal: DSW $69.95

Blue Crinkle Maxi Skirt

Yesterday I was in the mood to wear a little color.  The sun was shining, it was warm outside and I felt like something bright.  I decided to go with my new blue crinkle maxi skirt that I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this weekend.  I paired it with a white tee and a white linen blazer.  The skirt was so comfortable, and aside from rolling over it with my desk chair a few times, I loved wearing it.  It has a nice stretchy knit foldover top so you can adjust how long it is.  The knit lining was super soft, and the outer chiffon layer gave it a really nice look.  Super happy I found this skirt.

Blue crinkle maxi skirt
Blue crinkle maxi skirt

Where to get the goods:

Max and Mia crinkled maxi skirt – $46.80 on sale at Nordstrom

Olivia Moon linen blazer – $52.93 on sale at Nordstrom

Ecco Odense sandal – $89.90 on sale at Nordstrom

Shopping Saturday

Today I hit the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and got a few pretty good items.  The store was extremely crowded and felt a little “Bargain basement-y” but overall, there were some great pre-fall items I’m excited to wear.

In order to feel stylish and ready for my shopping trip, I threw on these white capris, a red blouse from New York and Company, and my favorite Franco Sarto sandals.  (Comfy shoes are a must for the mall.)  I’m also wearing my new necklace from Tiffany & Co from the Gatsby collection.  It was a present I got last night from my husband for our anniversary.

White jean capris and red blouse
White jean capris, and a red blouse.


Tiffany and Co Gatsby collection necklace
My new necklace


Patio Skirt

A few months back I started to get into the whole maxi skirt/maxi dress trend.  I love the maxi because it is cool and comfortable on hot days, but also keeps me warm in the air conditioning.  It works well for my pear shape, because it drapes nicely from my hips giving me a nice clean silhouette.  I can easily pair this one with my usual jean jacket, a chambray shirt, or cardigan.

Patio Skirt Banana Republic
Patio Skirt

Where to get this look:

Skirt – Banana Republic, no longer available on their website

Timeless Tank – Banana Republic $20.00

Navy Cardigan – (Similar) Gap $31.99

Classic layer necklace – Banana Republic $29.50