An easy way to add balance to your outfit
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An easy way to add balance to your outfit

This is about BEAUTY, Blog, style.

I’m such a queen of basics and simple outfits that I would actually describe myself as someone who doesn’t really take much interest in what I wear. But the more I think about it, and especially when I have someone picking out clothes for me, I am realizing that I actually do really care about what I wear and my…

I’m such a queen of basics and simple outfits that I would actually describe myself as someone who doesn’t really take much interest in what I wear. But the more I think about it, and especially when I have someone picking out clothes for me, I am realizing that I actually do really care about what I wear and my “personal style”.

The summertime is difficult because it gets so hot here and the humidity is at insane levels that no matter what you wear it’s hard to stay comfortable. But right now we are in this sweet spot of spring where we’ll get 75 degree days mixed with 85 degree days too.

So there’s room for a little variety.

I was at Trunk Club in Chicago during my last time home and had so much fun. You may remember this post from last year (or this one) where I got my first Trunk and since then I’ve loved the service. I got a few more Trunks after that initial one, but I held off since I knew I was going to Chicago in April. I had a bit of credit on my account, so I was excited to have Ari style me and add some nicer tops to my wardrobe.

I told her that I have 1,000,000 v-neck t-shirts and I need something a little different for the RARE occasions that I actually want to wear something different!

She brought out some great options, and some that were too much of a stretch for me, but it helped me see that changing things up a bit is nice!

So, I bought these linen pants from J.Crew Factory a few months ago and have barely worn them. I wasn’t really sure how to style them and I figured they would just be casual, errand running pants. But I threw them on with the *perfect* white v-neck tee I found a few weeks ago and was immediately brought back to my time at Trunk Club with Ari.

She forced me, AGAINST MY WILL, to do a front tuck with a top I was wearing while I was trying things on with her. Let it be known that I do not have a flat stomach. I’ve had 2 babies and there’s a little extra “fluff” right around my midsection. So doing a front tuck was something I never even considered.

But I saw how much better it balanced my outfit when I did it, and I realized that it doesn’t have to be a really tight tuck that made me feel self conscious. And frankly, I don’t own tight shirts, so it would never be so tight that I would feel like I need to suck in.

So here is how I would be most likely to wear this outfit:

It looks kind of frumpy right? There isn’t really any shape to it. I could do this with a tighter pant, but since these are loose it just looks sloppy.

And here it is with a slight front tuck:

It’s a better balance! My legs look a little longer, I think, and it looks like I have a bit of a waist!

I’m sort of excited about the challenge of switching up my typical plain v-neck tee’s for a different look with them tucked in to some of my pants! It won’t work with everything, but it helps give me fresh eyes on shirts that I’ve resolved are a little shapeless!

So here I am, about a year or two behind on the “trend”, but I’m finally seeing how it can help certain outfits look a little more. . .well . . . styled.

p.s. you can find more of what I’m wearing here! My necklace can be found here and here is another similar version of the pants I’m wearing! More about the room I’m standing in can be found here

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