There’s one great thing about a basic denim top, you can wear it a lot of different ways. Seriously, Google “how to wear a denim shirt.” You’ll find tons of examples. And I hope to be able to show you a few myself. For this post, I decided on a really casual and relaxed look. One that can be dressed up a little with shoes and accessories.
I’m wearing Lands End’s long sleeve denim shirt ($45). With a black camisole and black skinny jeans. Very basic. The shirt is not tapered as much as I would like it to be, but I can probably get it altered for my future outfits. I decided on this bronze tribal necklace from Forever 21 and my shoes are BCBGeneration (older). I’m already trying to think of how I’ll wear this shirt next.
As you can tell I’m in an animal print kind of mood, makes me feel a little feisty! Saturday night we were invited out for a birthday dinner in Downtown L.A. and I couldn’t throw this dress on fast enough. The Natural Leopard Surplice Chalice dress (courtesy of Torrid) was a perfect pick for our night out. It’s a great alternative for the normal jeans and top combo. It fit me really well, but as you can tell I did have to put a tank underneath so I didn’t show all the goods. I don’t think the hubby would of liked that. LOL! I really liked the length and how it hit right at the top of the knee. I’m 5’6, a size 16, and this dress is a Torrid’s size 1. And like always, I kept the styling simple, because it’s a bolder print. How would you have worn this dress?
Once upon a time…there was a girl who wished she could dress comfy, but attempt to be chic at the same time. Was it possible? At that time the famous brands who made the ideal basics didn’t make her size. That made her very unhappy. Little did she know, as time went on, those brands would start to get it. We want to look “comfortably chic” too!
Then one day it happened…she came across Nation LTD by Jen Menchaca. The next thing she knew…she was in love with not only their fit, but the softness of their material. If you can’t tell (LOL), that girl is me. And here I am wearing their “Oregon Tee!” If you can’t tell, it drapes but, is fitted in the arms. I loved that!
My mom decided to surprise me on Sunday morning with a visit. I knew I wanted to be super comfy that day, so I wore this outfit. I’m bummed I forgot to add my necklace. It’s missing. Booooo! Besides that, I paired the tee with my Torrid skinny jeans and these Boutique 9 Gilla sandals I snagged on Hautelook. My jewelry is from Lane Bryant. I’m loving these earrings! I have no idea why my eyes are closed! LOL!
All in all, it was an amazing “comfortably chic” day! You can find Nation LTD at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and select boutiques. If you haven’t already, take a second to check out their line. It’s filled with basics and stylish seasonal pieces. And it’s often worn by celebrities. Do you own any pieces? What do you think?
Wow what a day…I spent the entire afternoon in Downtown L.A. learning about the art, music, and history of Los Angeles. I kind of felt like a tourist in my own city. It was an amazingly beautiful day. The top is by Inspired and my boots are Dollhouse. I’m wearing Torrid’s Sophia Blue Rinsed Skinny Jeans. They fit perfectly and I love that the waist is the right cut. I’m definitely not a low cut kind of girl. Do you prefer a certain cut over the other?
I had an opportunity to hang out with some of my girls this weekend. After a long day, I didn’t want to wear anything too complicated, but I didn’t want to wear sweats out either. I decided to go with this beautiful Blue Crepe Lattice Cold-Shoulder from Torrid. I even threw my hair up in a high bun.
I love the top, but after looking at these images, I feel like I should’ve chosen a smaller size. It’s supposed to have a flowy fit, but I think it’s a little too much for my shape. Now, this is something I’ve only recently noticed. I tend to buy clothes that are a little too big for me. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing, maybe my perception of myself is skewed. I’m in-between sizes, so if I go down a size it might be a little tighter, but if I go up a size it’s a little big. I always end up going bigger. That needs to change.
Regardless, it’s extremely comfy and the color pops. Loving this blue right now and the shoulders are so sexy! If you also notice, I should have paired this with more form fitting denim. It’s crazy because it looked fine in the mirror, but the images are bugging me. LOL!
Whatever…there’s nothing like a well-deserved lesson in fashion. Earrings are from Target, bracelets are from Lane Bryant, shoes are Steve Madden, and denim is from Torrid.
Will the obsession ever end? Really? Yes, more sequins and lots of sparkle. I wore this outfit for my dad’s 60th birthday party and I felt sassy. LOL! I did!
Torrid’s Black Mesh Sequin Front Tank Top immediately caught my eye and I had to have it. The front is sheer, but adorned with sequins and beading. I love this top! I will admit this is my second time wearing it. I wore it to the Jay-Z and Kanye concert.
I’m also wearing Torrid’s Boom Boom Jeans. These stretch trousers are an internet exclusive. They’re comfy and have a little stretch to them. I ordered my size and these felt a little big. I would definitely order one size down and be careful with closure on the waist. It’s just a little button and I think it needs a little reinforcement. Besides that, I know I’ll be wearing these a lot. And the sequin obsession continues…
Do you love sequins too?
Disclosure: Torrid provided these clothes for reviewing purposes. I was NOT compensated for this post. The above is my true and honest opinion.
This was the perfect outfit for a day of shopping, eating barbecue, and more shopping. I’m always a fan of a flowy tank. Especially, when it has a knotted back where the straps meet. Now, this may seem a little difficult when it comes to choosing a bra. But you can always wear a strapless bra orrrrr one of those convertible bras with those see through straps (that are always attached) in the halter style. Just in case, like me, you need extra support. The tank is a little thin, so make sure you wear a nude bra or tube top under neath or you’ll definitely see the bra. This is the Cacique bra I wore with it.
The jeggings were amazing…as always. They fit great and weren’t too low, they sat above the belly button. Yay! I’m not a fan of low cut jeans! And they have a nice stretch, but still have the denim feel. These run pretty true to size. The 18 fit me perfectly. These are also in the regular length. The Sopia Jegging also comes in extra short, short, tall, and extra tall. Don’t you love the variety? I’m 5’6 and these are still a little long. Regardless, I can see me wearing them a lot!
What do you think of the JET tank and Sophia jeggings?
Disclosure: The reviewed items were gifted by Torrid. The above is my true and honest opinion.
I guess this HOT weekend was one with a lot of firsts. For example, I haven’t worn a floral romper since I was kid. I was really surprised when Torrid sent me their Floral Ruffle Tube Romper ($48.50). I don’t even think I would of purchased this for myself.
Doesn’t it kind of look like a dress? I was happy there were no malfunctions while wearing it. And you have no idea how happy I was knowing that there were pockets. It was roomy and pretty comfy, but after wearing it all day the elastic in the tube top kind of starting irritating me. There is also an elastic waist, which gives it shape. I threw on this skinny braided belt, my You by crocs wedges, gold hoop earrings and bangle bracelets, and my Forever 21 sunglasses. It was sooooo hot on this day and this jumper kept me nice and cool!
Disclosure: The clothing and shoes were gifted in this post. This is no way affected my post. The above is true and my honest opinion.
Don’t mind the glare in my eyes, I was running out the door to an event. I did make sure to snap a photo of some pieces Torrid had sent me. Yes, I did get the package that day. Thank goodness, because I didn’t know what I was going to wear. And since this was a casual L.A. happy hour, I thought this would be perfect.
I’m wearing Torrid’s Feather Print Tube Top and Source of Wisdom Black Luxe Skinny Jean. The top is really light and has a little cinching under the bust, which I liked because it gave me some shape. I think the best thing was the fact that it didn’t fall down every second like some tube tops do. Now, the skinny jean is really soft and you know I love a stretchy jean. They aren’t heavy and thick like normal denim, which I appreciated, because it was pretty warm.
I kept the accessories simple with Bongo earrings from Kmart, bracelets bought at a yard sale, and a ring I got in Downtown L.A. for $1! My shoes are by Jefferey Campbell (Nordstrom Rack), I love the back of the heel. For some reason it makes me feel fierce!
Disclosure: I was gifted the clothing from Torrid and earrings from Kmart. This by no way affects my review. The above is my true and honest opinion.
This dress is so feminine with it’s golden paisley design, beads, and sequins. I know you can’t see them (sorry), but there are adjustable spaghetti straps under my hair. Which I loved! There is a side zipper, but I didn’t even need to unzip it. The dress just slid over my head for a perfect fit. The empire waist is my favorite part to this dress. It’s so beautiful. Of course I paired it with my Avenue bangle bracelets and these gladiator wedges (for comfort value, because I was going to be cooking).
I must warn you to be careful with the beads on the chest part of the dress. I was brushing my hair and the comb knocked off a few beads.
I will be honest, I have never shopped with Midnight Velvet. But, I instantly fell for their contemporary pieces (misses and plus sizes), accessories, shoes, jewelery, health and beauty, and home products. It’s definitely a shopper’s paradise. Make sure you check out their partner site, Monroe and Main. I’ll definitely add them to my shopping list.
Disclosure: The dress was gifted by Midnight Velvet. The above is my true and honest opinion.
I was invited to the Latin Billboard Awards and red carpet, courtesy of Telemundo. One of my first thoughts after receiving the invitation, (after, “OMG! I could meet Espinoza Paz or Pitbull!”) – was, “What in the world am I going to wear?!”
A smart friend recommended I contact Monique for advice and Monique did me one better – she hooked me up with CityChicOnline.com. They asked me to pick a dress, so after consulting about a dozen friends about three different dresses I liked on their website, the choice was obvious. Overwhelmingly my friends said the Ruffle Victoria Dress with black skirt and fuchsia top would compliment me best based on my body type, coloring and the type of event.
The first one I received didn’t fit and I almost panicked, but Monique calmed me down and had City Chic send two more sizes, which they sent right away. The dresses arrived in time and thankfully one of them fit well. I had the top part taken in a little around the bust to reduce cleavage and to hold me more snuggly – but it would have been fine without the adjustment.
This particular dress seems to run small – so you may want to order a size or two larger than you think you should. Part of this is because the silky skirt fabric is kind of unforgiving and you don’t want it too tight if that’s a problem area for you. The top of the dress is absolutely gorgeous – from the almost hot pink color to what I call an “artichoke leaf” texture.
If your décolletage, shoulders and back are something you like to show off – this dress is definitely for you. I loved how much skin it showed up top so much that I didn’t wear a necklace so I could keep it open visually. Everyone complimented the design and color of this dress and I felt comfortable in it. The top part holds you in and up which gives the appearance of a good figure.
Accessories: I paired my dress with a black scarf I already owned to cover my upper arms and to take it from fun party dress to something a little more elegant. Shoes: A classic pair of black pumps or simple strappy kitten heels would work perfectly. Don’t try to wear this with footwear that is too complicated visually because it distracts from the dress. The bag: A simple black clutch. Jewelry: Again, I tried to keep it simple to make it more elegant. I used some small “diamond” earrings and a matching ring. Hair: This could work with hair down or up. I pulled mine back and slicked down the front.
One Last Tip: Make sure you have an assistant when you’re getting dressed – you’ll need someone to help zip you into it.
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Author bio: Tracy López is a writer living outside the D.C. Metro area. Her blog, Latinaish.com, examines cultural differences she discovers as she navigates life in a bicultural, bilingual family. She can also be reached via Twitter @Latinaish.
Disclosure: City Chic provided the dress for review. The above is the author’s opinion.