Fashion Friday

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

Selfie Sundays

Selfie Sunday, Aug. 11: OOTD – Mixing Metallics

Hello hello! Today is another outfit of the day. The theme: don’t be afraid to mix metallics! Remember: all metallics are neutrals, so you can mix them however you want! I love pairing my gold clutch/wristlet with my bronze colored flats. I added a rose gold watch with a gold bangle, and metallic earrings to add more metallic fun! since I wanted to focus on the metallic mixing, I kept the top and skirt neutral. Though, if you take a close look, you’ll see the buttons on my skirt are also metallic! The white blouse has a bow which adds a little interest without trying to be the star of the show!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment, like, or send me outfit inspiration!

❤ Zeebs

Fashion Friday

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

Selfie Sundays

Selfie Sunday, Jul 14: The French Tuck

Season Four of Queer Eye is right around the corner. In the spirit of Tan France, I’m dedicating this post to the ever-powerful “french tuck.”

I’ve done the french tuck long before I knew that was the name. (Did I feel cool when Tan did it on Queer Eye? Why yes, yes I did…) The french tuck is especially useful when wearing billowy blouses. Tucking in the front of the shirt shows more of your legs. The longer your legs looks proportionally, the taller you look – which is why it’s one of my favorite tricks being a petite person. 

Tucking in all of the blouse risks a lumpy look from underneath the fabric of your bottoms. And we can’t have that, can we? By not tucking in the entire shirt, however, you can still have some of that free flowing feel of your blouse. When I’m wearing a t-shirt instead of a blouse (see below), I’ll roll the end of the shirt up underneath itself. This creates a bit of a bubble effect. I find this extra useful if I’m going to go out to eat. As my stomach expands from all that free bread, the bubbling of the shirt gives the illusion that the wideness is only from the shirt. Mission conceal food baby: complete. 

The french tuck can also set up a frame for a statement belt. I currently don’t have a statement belt I love or I would have included a style example. (If you know a great statement belt, leave a comment or shoot me an email!) Even a basic belt is a good edition to the french tuck. The belt is a horizontal line, something we usually don’t like to have around our midsection for fear of highlighting width. However, as you may have noticed in my picture earlier, the non-tucked portions of my shirt hang over where the belt would be. This leaves a small section of that horizontal line visible. When eyes look to it, it gives the illusion that the belt (and therefore your waist) is shorter. 

See you Friday!

❤ Zeebs

Fashion Friday

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

Selfie Sundays

Selfie Sunday, Jul 7: Outfits of the Day – Using Color

The first outfit is has a funky and casual feel. This patterned top is full of vibrant color. I adore the three quarter length sleeves. They can help create a feeling of femininity with more coverage than a t-shirt. I would wear this out for a fun casual event like a barbecue, karaoke, or a diner dinner. It can work as a shopping outfit. The sleeves can provide that perfect amount of additional warmth from powerful air conditioning during the heat of the day. The skirt is a simple a-line, easily removable in the dressing room and has some stretch to accommodate lunch! :p

The second has a more toned-down air to it. The neutral navy shorts and black base color of the blouse, the focus of the outfit is the beautiful color play in the blouse. I love the blush pink, mustard yellow, white, and red together. The sleeves are elastic at the ends, which allows me to control the exact length of the sleeves – so important, being petite like me!! Pushing the elastic up, the blouse subtly incorporates the trend of sleeve volume. The navy shorts are a little longer than short shorts of past years (Thank goodness! I don’t like feeling like I’m spilling out all day.). They keep the modest/class factor while the outfit remains casual and breathable in the hot summer weather!

The third and last is a business casual, brunch worthy ensemble. The bold yellow (a trend this summer) lace top and turquoise trousers make bold statement. I actually wore this when I studied abroad. With grey suede heels and lace top, texture is also at play in this outfit. The grey allows the pants and shirt to shine. Bold and elegant!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and these outfits served as inspiration for you! Happy first ever Selfie Sunday! ❤ Zeebs

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday, Jul 5: Using Color

Color. Pattern. Texture. Shine. If that happens to sound familiar, “What Not to Wear” from TLC used these four elements of an outfit. These four in different amounts can show personality and visual interest within an outfit. Today’s topic: color.

One of the great things about color is that it’s near limitless – even if you swear by the seasons and color wheels. If there’s a color you aren’t the most confident in or want to experiment with, use accessories! Yellow was a color that I didn’t feel the most confident in, and it’s sprung as quite a trendy color this year. I decided to jump in with a yellow necklace and hoop earrings (seen below)! The new use of bright color in jewelry expands my style comfort zone and draws attention to my face. (Which I like – and as a PSA – everyone should like their face!)

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Another option is to pick a pattered garment with a splash of a new color among neutrals or coordinating with other colors in your wardrobe. When you do this, be sure to love everything else about the piece and that its functional. If there’s something you don’t like about the piece, you’re significantly less likely to wear it. In addition, buy items that highlight areas you want highlighted. If you don’t want people looking at your ears (maybe you recently got a new piercing and it isn’t looking so hot right now) earrings might not be the way to go. If you’re self conscious about the areas that will be highlighted by the new item, you probably will avoid it. And we don’t want that!

It’s also wise to buy a less expensive piece when experimenting. “Less expensive” is, of course, a relative term. What may be expensive for one person might not be for another. With my wardrobe, I like to think of the cost of items in terms of price per wear. I use less expensive items when expanding my style comfort zone because if I end up wearing it very little, (not every experiment works out) I’ll have paid less in terms of price per wear. If it becomes a piece I wear often, I can upgrade later knowing the cost per wear will be worth it! The jewelry I mentioned (and in the picture) earlier I got from Kohl’s. The experiment of adding yellow into my wardrobe has worked, and I’ve bought other pieces. The cost per wear of the jewelry is down to dimes per wear, and I know I’ll keep wearing them for awhile!

Being my first post, (How exciting!) I should tell you that I plan on uploading twice a week: Fashion Fridays and Selfie Sundays. Fashion Fridays are, as the name suggests, fashion posts. Selfie Sundays will be more open. It could be inspiration I’ve seen from social media or other bloggers, an outfit of the day, or something about my own fashion journey! Ideally, I’ll post these the night before or morning of the day in question. I’ve also created an Instagram (@zeebstyle) where I can post, notify, and interact with you!

❤ Zeebs