Dress Me: Fit and Flare

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When you go shopping for something new what factors do you consider?  While some look for specific colors or tones, others look for items on trend or for embellishments.  However, one thing we all look for is an item that makes us look thin.  Whether it’s the right pair of jeans, the right dress, or the right underwear we want to look good in what we wear.

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The best way to look good in clothing is to shop for your size and body shape.  There are styles that fit your body type best, highlighting your best features while concealing problem areas.  Through years of trial and error I have realized that I can’t go wrong with a good fit and flare dress or skirt.  An item with a “fit and flare” cut fits tightly at the waist and flares at the thighs.

Many women have trouble losing weight in their thighs.  Targeting your inner thighs is difficult, and training can take time.  While you work to get yourself in shape, a good fit and flare skirt or dress can accent your small waste while concealing your problem area.  Express.com has several fit and flare skirts and dresses to choose from.  Find them here.  Lulus.com also provides fit and flare styles in many colors.  Shop for them here.

My fit and flare fav right now comes from Victoria’s Secret.  Find this dress, and similar styles here.

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Dress Me: Basic Black

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As much as I love color and prints in fashion, not everyone can pull off wearing them.  On the other hand, anyone can pull of black and look amazing in it.  Countless fashion sites and stylists insist that every girl needs a “little black dress,” but I don’t believe you should stop there.

On days where you’re not feeling as confident, black pieces can cover up and conceal any insecurities; meanwhile, highlighting your best features.  Here are some great staple black pieces that you can wear to work, for cocktails, or on date night:

Crop tops have been in for a while now.  I love wearing high waisted skirts, so a crop top is perfect.  This criss crossed crop top from Nastygal.com works perfectly with a maxi skirt or any high waisted skirt in your wardrobe.  Believe it or not, lace is actually very flattering.  This long sleeved lace shirt from Express hides imperfections, and creates a romantic look without much work at all.  Next, I have found that fit and flare is the most flattering for my body type.  If you have thicker thighs, fit and flare can highlight your waist while concealing your thighs.  I love the faux leather and lace fit and flare skirts from Express.  A good pair of leggings are a necessity, but a good pair can be hard to find.  I was shocked to find that the Kardashian line of leggings worked best for me.  They do know how to dress a curvy girl.

These images should work to inspire your next shopping trip.  Try some new black pieces, but mix them with color or accent pieces that pop.  If you carry most your weight on the lower half of your body, try one of these black skirts or leggings.  If you are heavier on top, a cute black top can conceal arms or tummy bulge.

My top can be found at Foreign Exchange, and the skirt is the fit and flare faux leather legging found at Express.com.