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Fashion Friday, Aug. 30: “Basics” You Don’t Need – Blue Jeans

Yep. I said it. Blue jeans are NOT an essential piece of clothing to have in your regular wardrobe. By regular wardrobe, I mean day-to-day wear. I have blue jeans for doing outdoor work, camping, etc. However, I don’t wear blue jeans day to day.

I avoid blue jeans for a couple of reasons. If I wear a navy cardigan, blazer, top, etc, I often feel too much like a crayon unintentionally. In contrast, when I do a monochromatic grey look with grey jeans, it looks more deliberate. Overall, I find colored denim – even in neutral colors – looks more deliberate.

Second reason – double blue denim is a combo I rarely like to rock. I only feel confident in double denim when the colors or washes are significantly different. With my light denim jacket, I can easily pair it with colored denim and feel confident walking out the door.

As always, if you love blue jeans – rock them! If not, there are a plethora of colored denims out there! If jeans aren’t in your day-to-day wardrobe, chinos, slim cut cargos, or trousers are always sleek pant options.

Look out for a look book of colored denim when the weather cools down a little more!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Aug. 16: A “Basic” You Don’t Need – The Button Down Shirt

I don’t know who started the idea that a white button down shirt is a closet essential, but I’m here to tell you that under no circumstances is is necessary in a wardrobe.

When I started to get more into clothes, I watched “closet essential” videos on YouTube to learn what basic are important and must haves in a wardrobe, especially if you want to build your closet from the ground up. So many channels swore by the white button down as a key piece in any outfit aiming for a sense of professionalism or sophistication. And they aren’t wrong: a white button down can be used to add a flair of class.

That DOESN’T mean it’s necessary. In fact, for some people (like myself) its best to avoid them all together. I am a more busty and curvaceous person, which I have embraced. What I didn’t know a few years ago is that when you are curvier, some pieces of clothing in outlet stores will not be your friend. This includes the button front shirt. In a world when going up in size can be a source of shame or embarrassment (which is thankfully changing), button front shirts can be a menace. Unless cut to accommodate a bust, button front shirts will often pucker and distort around the center buttons instead of the fabric itself stretching. This means if you are bustier and a shirt fits you in the waist, it’s likely that the shirt will be stretching around the girls. To get a shirt to fit your chest, you may have to go up multiple sizes. If you struggle with body image, seeing those size numbers go up might be more demoralizing than that shirt is worth.

By no means am I saying if you are busty you can’t wear a button down shirt. You can! However, it is extremely important to remember that the number on the tag is arbitrary, and buying a larger size to accommodate your breasts and then going to a tailor to make the garment fit properly all around is probably your best bet.

Any white blouse can serve as a great alternative! My favorite white blouse is one that you saw in my most recent OOTD post. (Check it out!) Being sleeveless, blousy, and featuring a bow accent, I don’t have to worry about feeling restricted or looking unprofessional. The blousing (often not in a white button down) hides any excess tummy I might have that day or feel self-conscious about (We all have those days.). The v-neck helps to elongate the body with a sense of verticality, and the bow adds a classy, feminine detail! I feel oodles more confident in this top than I ever had in a button front shirt.

Thanks for swinging by and giving a read!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Aug. 9: Business Casual OOTD

Summer is hot, but business casual environments requires more coverage. A balanced summer business casual outfit requires some effort to not bake in the sun and not freeze in the office.

I am in love with these wide leg trousers! With a paperbag waist and light fabric, the pants flow without drowning my petite frame – and are trendy this year! Wide leg trousers are a great option in summer because they allow for more ventilation.

With a wider trouser, I always go with a more fitted top to keep a polished look. In this case, I went with classic shape top with ruffled sleeves and polka dots (a trend this summer) to add energy and lightness! The fabric is nice and breathable, and the sleeves don’t rebel when you add a cardigan to protect yourself against the overly powerful air conditioning.

I paired this outfit with my bright suede pumps to add a pop of color. The modern color in this more classic shape help the outfit to remain both fun and professional. I topped it off with a delicate necklace with various colored beads for more color with being more understated. The outfit overall is more fun than a white button down shirt and trousers, but still follows the norms of business casual.

The blouse and pant combo can carry into cooler weather with a cropped cardigan and an ankle bootie. I wore this blouse/pant combination to a town meeting with a neutral sweater and metallic ballet flat. I’ll for sure be still rocking these wide leg pants in the late autumn and winter with leggings underneath for additional warmth.

As always, leave a comment, a like, or shoot me a message with feedback! I also would welcome any outfit inspiration!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Aug. 2: Shine

It’s the post you’ve been waiting for… shine! Shine is such a fun way to add dimension. Materials that catch the light are always a great way to draw the eyes. Metallics are also considered neutrals, meaning mixing different metals is both okay and encouraged for a sense of modernity. The earrings (below) I got from Marshall’s not too long ago has gold, rose, gold, and silver. I adore these statement earrings, especially when they catch the light!

Shine doesn’t have to be super shiny or sparkly. Studding and embellishment can add a subtle element of shine. My pale pink loafers (below) have faux pearls and studding which add dimension without drawing drastic amount of attention to them. If I’m wearing a loud top or jacket, a shoe like this that adds some interest without competing is a huge plus!

But shine doesn’t have to be limited to accessories! There are metallic treatments that are put on tops and bottoms to add some sheen. The top pictured below I tried on at Marshall’s. I would’ve modeled it for you. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit properly, nor did I have pants on. (I wore a dress to the store and had no pants in the dressing room that fit. C’est la vie.) This blog does not provide that kind of show! If it had fit, I certainly would’ve snagged this top! It’s a great example of mixing shine and texture!

Thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope this examples of using shine can provide some wardrobe inspiration for you! Feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a message – I love feedback!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Jul 26: A “Basic” You Don’t Need: the LBD

Yep, I said it. The essential little black dress isn’t essential at all! 

The premise of the little black dress is/was a piece of clothing that is versatile. It could carry you from an interview or the office to date night to lunch with the girls to a shopping spree. The fact is, that item of clothing does not need to be a dress or black. 

Not everyone is a dress person, and on a windy day a dress may not be the smartest idea. A romper, coordinated set, or jumpsuit can work just as well! My black romper can work for a house party with my black high top converse or a statement necklace for a date/night out. If there’s a breeze, I don’t need to worry about flashing anyone!

Part of the appeal of the little black dress is that black has the reputation of a slimming color. Be prepared to be stunned: black being slimming is a myth. The color of the garment is far less important than the fit. A black trash bag won’t look a tenth as good as a pale of white dress in a shape which flatters your frame. One of my favorite dresses ever is my knee length white lace dress. I can pair it with a blazer for a presentation, a heel and statement earrings for a date, or a denim jacket and flats or converse for a casual day. The picture above I styled by beloved dress with turquoise heels and a big hat, great for a summer day!

As always, send me inspiration, gift my with a like, or give me some feedback!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Jul 19: Texture

We’re at the home stretch with part three of four outfit personality traits: texture! When I think about texture, my mind usually jumps to fall outfits. Sweaters, scarves, hats, fluffy socks, and coats give us a variety of texture options in the cooler weather. It’s less common in the summer, but still doable!

One option is to wear funky textured jewelry. I have a lovely necklace and a pair of earrings that I got on my study abroad in Peru which I looooooooove. Wooden textures aren’t usually seen in jewelry, and it adds a more boho vibe. Great in summer! Beaded jewelry is a great way to go, especially if you are sensitive to non precious metals. You can find necklaces and bracelets that have no metal clasp to avoid an unwanted reaction while still having fun with new accessories!

If jewelry isn’t your thing, purses and shoes are also a possible avenue! There are a seemingly infinite number of textures to choose from. There are shoes and purses that are snakeskin, leather, vinyl, clear, tweed, woven, fluffy, and everything in between. I personally love a suede shoe. I find it adds a more sophisticated feel than canvas or patent leather shoes. Faux suede can come in a multitude of colors. I currently have two pairs of suede heels: one in grey and one in a turquoise hue.  You can see how I styled my grey pumps on Selfie Sunday Jul 7: Outfits of the Day: Using Color!

Lastly, clothing garments can have texture for visual interest. A leather jacket on a cool evening or a knit tank like one shown in the picture above can add more interest than a cotton shirt.

As always, I welcome any outfit inspiration. Send me pics, social media handles, or blog information. Can’t want to check it out and be inspired!

❤ Zeebs

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Fashion Friday, Jul 12: Patterns

Hello again! Last Friday I discussed the ways you can use color in an outfit. Continuing the “What Not to Wear” theme, next I’m going to cover patterns and ways to mix them for maximum outfit interest. 

Patterns will naturally draw the eye to them. When it comes to outfits, it is best to put bold, bright, big, or busy (what alliteration!) patterns where you want the emphasis. If you have great legs, consider wearing a polka dot (or any other patterned) skirt to draw there. 

If you’re feeling brave, mix patterns to create even more of a statement! This is something I love to do on a regular basis! Mixing patterns can give fresh life to patterned clothes you always wear the same way. There are several ways to mix patterns and have them still feeling cohesive. 

  1. Use a common color.
  2. Have one geometric and one busy or abstract
  3. Size difference. 
  4. Subtle “patterns.”

These four can be used separately or together cohesively. If you have a thick striped black and white shirt and a midi skirt with a small floral pattern, you would be using ways 2 and 3 of mixing patterns. The stripes (geometric) and flowers (busy/abstract) don’t compete with each other as the same shirt and a pant with large polka dots would. 

The outfit I have modeled below (also featuring a hat I love) shows the first three ways in action. The shirt is a large floral print, while the pants have a smaller polka dot. Both garments have the color white in common. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but you can’t deny it makes a statement!

You may have noticed that the fourth suggestion has the word “patterns” in quotes. That’s because some patterns can be used as if they weren’t patterned at all! As a general rule, if a pattern looks like a solid from far away, it acts more as a neutral. The best example of this is the pinstripe. A subtle pinstripe pattern on a garment often looks like a solid colored piece from far away. Using these subtle patterns can be a great way to get you more comfortable with mixing patterns!

My example is my striped t-shirt dress with my denim jacket from Kohl’s (not sponsored, they’re just killing the clothing game this year in my opinion). The denim jacket’s pinstripe is white, which I think adds an air of lightness to the jacket. It also follows suggestion 1: using a common color! You’ll notice that this outfit isn’t nearly as bold as the previous ensemble, but the pinstripe on the jacket adds more interest than if it was a solid light wash.

Hopefully this blog post and these outfits are able to give you some new ideas and inspiration! Feel free to send me pics of your own outfits to zeebstyle@gmail.com with your name, social media handle, or blog. I’m always searching for new sources of inspiration and would be delighted to know the lovely hearts, souls, and minds reading my posts! I can’t thank you enough for your support.

❤ Zeebs