Skinny My Jeans, Please!

Do you ever wake up in the morning sometimes and look in the mirror and just say to your yourself. “I have a pretty nice body.” Of course, every morning isn’t that way, but you get atleast one feel good body moment a month. Well, yesterday, I had one of those mornings. It was casual Friday at work and I woke up feeling so good about myself that I grabbed my skinny ankle zipper jeans with a white collared shirt and my favorite black blazer that I bought at the gap. I put on my beige snakeskin 4 inch Nine West pumps and Michael Kors (Another one of my favorite designers) shades and walked to the train station listening to my summer anthem “Diva” by Beyonce on my ipod. In the words of Kanye West, ” You could’nt tell me nothing.”

Of course I took a slow walk to the train because whenever I think I look cute and I try to walk fast, I seem to miss a step and trip over my feet. Whenever I trip, I always think about Jerome from Martin and I say to myself, “I’m too smooth to be embarrased.” But, I still feel stupid inside.

I don’t know what it is about skinny jeans but, I just love them. They accentuate your hips and I swear they lift your butt. When worn with high heels you can’t help but to get your Naomi Campbell walk on. Skinny jeans on a big butt, wide hips, or thick legs, brings a hint of sexiness when worn with the right top. Unfortunately, all skinny jeans are not made equal so be sure to take heed to my tips below:

1) If your hips are the most prominent part of your body (I say let it all hang out), but if you are not at that level of comfortability with that part of your body, you should wear a top that hits you at the top to mid section of the hips. This will make it look as if you lost a few inches in your hip area and it gives you a nice proportion and balance.

2) If you have a big butt and you want to show it off, get a pair of skinny jeans with back pocket designs or try a colored pair of skinny jeans. These are great from Dereon for $69 sizes 1/2-11/12 and the fushia skinny pants from Tripp jeans at Torrid.com for $48 sizes 12-24

Or if you have slim legs and want to pum up the size of your butt, Alloy has a great pair for $29.50 and they come in sizes 1-25.

3) If you want to de-emphasize your rear a simple medium to dark wash looks great, but make sure to get a top that will jazz up(old school word) the jeans. Forever 21’s plus size line Faith 21 $38 sizes 12-24

4) If you have thick thighs take it easy on the tightness of the skinny jeans. Make sure you look for a pair that has a soft cotton spandex blend and feel or twill.

Many fashion stylist will tell you that if you are curvy you should skip the skinny jeans and wear straight leg jeans. Or if you are curvy never wear ligh colored pants. It is my belief that you do not have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans and as you continue to follow my blog, you will find out that I ignore fashion rules because fashion is supposed to be fun and creative and not restrictive. I agree that you should buy items that flatter your bottom, but I disagree with having a wadrobe witht he same cut and style of clothing. I say shake up your wadrobe and try some of the new trends.

>Kill the Empire

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Last week on my lunch break I took a walk to Papa Johns pizza shop. As I was walking back with my $1 slices I was dying to rip in to, I saw a group of women just hanging out. As I walked by, one of them looked me up and down and said, “Damn, everyone is pregnant this summer.” I was wondering who she was talking about. So, I did like the rapper T.I and I turned my head to the east and didn’t see anyone by my side, I turned my head to west, still no one in sight.

I thought to myself, she’s not talking to me. So, just as she did, I looked myself up and down and behold I saw the puffiness from the pleats and sure enough, I was looking at least 4 months pregnant. The horror!

Whenever I buy clothes, I analyze them to death to make sure it is the right item for me. The dress I had on was a pink dress I purchased at Ann Taylor Loft (One of my favorite stores for work and weekend clothes). The dress has a rounded v-neck and an empire waist that hits under my bustline with light pleating. Now, normally, I try not to buy empire waists because I do think they make you look pregnant. After just having a baby, looking pregnant is the last thing I want. I obviously failed that mission this time.

When I got home from work, I did a ten minute analysis on the dress and tried to figure out, how did I manage to look pregnant in this dress. Of course, the obvious is to cut back on the Papa Johns, but, even when I see people with flat stomachs, they still manage to have little baby bumps as well. Then it hit me. All Empire waists are not created equally. Especially when you are trying to camouflage a stomach.

Below are my tips to avoid my incident from happening to you:

1) If you have a round puffy stomach, you may want to avoid pleated high cut empire waists. Instead go for a smocked empire waist that hits in the middle . Its like cutting the stomach in half. Like this one from American Eagle on sale for $11.95 comes in sizes XS-XXL. I am purchasing this one today.

2) If you have a flat stomach (and yes you can be plus size with a flat stomach) the higher smocked empire waist that hits right above your bustline flatters the best. Like this one also from American Eagle on sale for $11.95 also comes in XS-XXL

How silly of me, this is the pink dress that was wrong for my belly. Its at Ann Taylor Loft, also on sale for $29.50. Comes in sizes XS-XXL

Kill the Empire

Last week on my lunch break I took a walk to Papa Johns pizza shop. As I was walking back with my $1 slices I was dying to rip in to, I saw a group of women just hanging out. As I walked by, one of them looked me up and down and said, “Damn, everyone is pregnant this summer.” I was wondering who she was talking about. So, I did like the rapper T.I and I turned my head to the east and didn’t see anyone by my side, I turned my head to west, still no one in sight.

I thought to myself, she’s not talking to me. So, just as she did, I looked myself up and down and behold I saw the puffiness from the pleats and sure enough, I was looking at least 4 months pregnant. The horror!

Whenever I buy clothes, I analyze them to death to make sure it is the right item for me. The dress I had on was a pink dress I purchased at Ann Taylor Loft (One of my favorite stores for work and weekend clothes). The dress has a rounded v-neck and an empire waist that hits under my bustline with light pleating. Now, normally, I try not to buy empire waists because I do think they make you look pregnant. After just having a baby, looking pregnant is the last thing I want. I obviously failed that mission this time.

When I got home from work, I did a ten minute analysis on the dress and tried to figure out, how did I manage to look pregnant in this dress. Of course, the obvious is to cut back on the Papa Johns, but, even when I see people with flat stomachs, they still manage to have little baby bumps as well. Then it hit me. All Empire waists are not created equally. Especially when you are trying to camouflage a stomach.

Below are my tips to avoid my incident from happening to you:

1) If you have a round puffy stomach, you may want to avoid pleated high cut empire waists. Instead go for a smocked empire waist that hits in the middle . Its like cutting the stomach in half. Like this one from American Eagle on sale for $11.95 comes in sizes XS-XXL. I am purchasing this one today.

2) If you have a flat stomach (and yes you can be plus size with a flat stomach) the higher smocked empire waist that hits right above your bustline flatters the best. Like this one also from American Eagle on sale for $11.95 also comes in XS-XXL

How silly of me, this is the pink dress that was wrong for my belly. Its at Ann Taylor Loft, also on sale for $29.50. Comes in sizes XS-XXL

>Dress For Your Chest

>For all my big bosom buddies out there, I have found some great tops to get you through the summer. I know first hand how difficult it can be to stop your boobs from playing peek-a-boo with strangers.

I have always been a fan of Gap button up shirts for women who have full breasts and thick arms. The white cuffs gives this otherwise plain shirt a little excitement.

Everyone always says a v-neck is the best for large breast. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a closet full of v-necks. So, I say try a pleated neck or a crew neck with ruffle sleeves which will balance out a large chest. Check out these two from Ann Taylor.

Tip for keeping the girls in check:

If your button ups keep popping open, take them to the cleaners and ask them to put Velcro in the area it keeps popping open

Dress For Your Chest

For all my big bosom buddies out there, I have found some great tops to get you through the summer. I know first hand how difficult it can be to stop your boobs from playing peek-a-boo with strangers.

I have always been a fan of Gap button up shirts for women who have full breasts and thick arms. The white cuffs gives this otherwise plain shirt a little excitement.

Everyone always says a v-neck is the best for large breast. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a closet full of v-necks. So, I say try a pleated neck or a crew neck with ruffle sleeves which will balance out a large chest. Check out these two from Ann Taylor.

Tip for keeping the girls in check:

If your button ups keep popping open, take them to the cleaners and ask them to put Velcro in the area it keeps popping open

>Hips and Dips

>Many people think that just because you have hips and a big ‘ole’ butt that you should avoid pencil skirts. I totally disagree with that fashion rule for the curvy. I think pencil skirts can highlight the shape of your body whether you are a size six with hips and/or butt or you are a size 18. When it comes to pencil skirts, I believe in getting the cut for your butt. I remember when I was in college and I had this male friend who would call me hips and dips because my hips and butt were the most prominent accessory on my body. You could see them coming from a mile away. Although I laughed at his joke (It was funny) it made me feel a little insecure about wearing anything fitted on the lower half of my body.

Then one day, I received a compliment from a gentle men caller (I love this phrase from The Glass Menagerie), who loved that I had ‘Big Ole’ hips and a booty that I decided to show them off. Ever since 2002 I’ve been putting them on display (See pic at top left). Now for those young ladies out there with hips and dips, I suggest that you put your lower half curves on display and check out this pencil sateen cobalt blue pencil skirt from Torrid Sizes 12-26

and for my small waist big hip ladies check out this pleated tulip skirt from Forever 21 sizes XS-XL

Just let it all hang out.

Hips and Dips

Many people think that just because you have hips and a big ‘ole’ butt that you should avoid pencil skirts. I totally disagree with that fashion rule for the curvy. I think pencil skirts can highlight the shape of your body whether you are a size six with hips and/or butt or you are a size 18. When it comes to pencil skirts, I believe in getting the cut for your butt. I remember when I was in college and I had this male friend who would call me hips and dips because my hips and butt were the most prominent accessory on my body. You could see them coming from a mile away. Although I laughed at his joke (It was funny) it made me feel a little insecure about wearing anything fitted on the lower half of my body.

Then one day, I received a compliment from a gentle men caller (I love this phrase from The Glass Menagerie), who loved that I had ‘Big Ole’ hips and a booty that I decided to show them off. Ever since 2002 I’ve been putting them on display (See pic at top left). Now for those young ladies out there with hips and dips, I suggest that you put your lower half curves on display and check out this pencil sateen cobalt blue pencil skirt from Torrid Sizes 12-26

and for my small waist big hip ladies check out this pleated tulip skirt from Forever 21 sizes XS-XL

Just let it all hang out.