Achieving the “Cool Girl Look” with Harem Pants

I’m not gonna lie, harem pants are a little hard to pull off. Between the baggy fit and somewhat awkward length they are not the most flattering of pants. However, they do say “yeah, I know I’m cool.” I recently had someone ask me about the tops that pair best with harem pants so I thought others might struggle with the same thing and it might make a good post.

You may notice that I’ve pushed them up my leg a bit in these shots, rather than leaving them to fall naturally – as in the picture above. This is because where it falls on the leg really matters when it comes to achieving the most flatting result. I personally like to have a good amount of room between my shoes and the hem, but others might find that they prefer them hem to almost touch their shoes.

The takeaway here? Play with it. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again -personal style is all about the details!

This particular pair is pretty old, but you can still find them in a few patterns and sizes on Poshmark and ebay. It’s a style that Free People keeps offering in different variations. This one is currently on sale and has a lot of great reviews! Just note, many of the reviewers suggested sizing down.

I’ve spent plenty of time on the web looking for the perfect top to wear with these pants and I’ve tried numerous types of tops with them and here are my top picks: a bodysuit (the exact one I’m wearing – love how cheap it is! Although it is quite thin so be warned. Here’s a shaper option), a crop top (on sale!), or a tucked in tee or tank. The key is to highlight the waist since the pants are billowy and lack structure.

If you’re not stick thin it’s also important to wear a heel with harem pants to achieve the most flattering result. I’m wearing these and looove them! So affordable and surprisingly comfy. BTW these sunnies are a fav of mine and they are half off right now!

I used to think bodysuits were only for for those with “perfect bodies.” I now realize there’s no such thing – if you don’t believe me ask a friend you think has a perfect body and they’ll likely tell you multiple things they don’t like about their body…sigh.

I say wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to branch out. Fashion should be fun!

Clothes really do affect one’s attitude – look at these poses! I was obviously feeling the cool vibe of this look.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you come back soon! Lots of love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

All Out Comfort Without Sacrificing Style

Like any other girl I have days when I just want to be as comfortable as possible. I very rarely sacrifice comfort for a cute look anyway, but certain times of the month (ahem) I want to basically live in my pj’s (you can probably relate!). In order to avoid looking like I actually am wearing pajamas I usually reach for my absolute favorite leggings, an oversized tee, and a plaid shirt.

If paying $50+ for leggings scares you (I get it, I thought that way at first too), keep in mind these are thick enough to avoid the dreaded VPL, they suck you in without being uncomfortable, and they are equally suited to working out and lounging. Tip: check Nordstromrack every so often, they usually have quite a few discounted Zella options. I am allergic to paying full price and I’ve scored some great deals there!

This plaid shirt is made by B.P. (Nordstrom’s junior line – nope, I am not ashamed to shop the juniors section in my 30’s) and no longer available, but if you have the budget for it PAIGE and Rails make awesome plaid button downsCaslon, Sanctuary, and American Eagle are my go-to’s as they are at a lower price point, but still high quality.

I discovered Free People’s 757 tee a few years ago and fell so hard for the style that I bought it in 5 (!!) colors when they went on sale. Sadly they are no longer widely available, but this one (70% off!) and this one (I have it in white and love it!) are also great options. This particular one was a Poshmark find – I’ve had such great luck finding items there that are out of stock at the major retailers.

It’s funny how often people tell me I’m “dressed up,” yet I’m wearing the most casual of outfits. Seriously, what’s more casual than jeans or leggings and a tee? I think they’re reacting to the fact that even my casual clothes have a little something special about them. I know myself well enough to realize that even my most basic clothes have to get me excited if I want to actually wear them. Do you find yourself returning to the same  favorite items over and over as well?

IMO the highest style achievement one can make is getting to the point where they enjoy wearing – and feel confident in – everything in their closet. I am proud to say I am finally there and it’s ah-mazing! How do you feel when you look in your closet? If you could use a little help developing your personal style or refining your wardrobe give me a shout in the comments. I’ve developed a workbook you might find helpful.

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses 🙂

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Patterned Tunic Dress

When I find an item of clothing I love I buy it in a few colors/patterns. I can’t help myself!

This is the same Free People “Penny Lane” tunic/dress I wrote about back in February. It’s no longer available through the major retailers, but there are still a few out there that can be purchased through ebay and Poshmark.  Note: it runs pretty big so I would size down for the most flattering fit. I’m wearing a M here and a S in the red version from February. It’s a lot of material so I usually belt the M one.

I’ve listed some similar-ish FP dresses here, here, and here. There’s never a shortage of cute, boho dresses at www.freepeople.com!

I love how a good dress requires so little effort. You just throw it on and suddenly you look put together. The bonus of this dress is that I can be comfy all day long – no zippers or constricting waistbands here! However, since it’s on the short side it can show a little too much when the wind blows or you bend over so I always wear my bloomers underneath.

You can buy Free People knockoffs pretty easily these days through places like www.Milanoo.com and Forever 21, but I find that I prefer to wait for the real deal to go on sale. The extra little details are what make their items special and most of my FP pieces have held up. They just need a little care when laundering.

On that note: have you ever tried laundry wash bags? They are amazing! Anytime I have an item that snags other clothes or is super delicate (it’s great for bras, etc.) I just throw it in a laundry wash bag and wash it on cold/delicate it keeps it nice and safe. But still read those wash instructions, some materials just shouldn’t be washed no matter what.

I felt like I needed to wear my FP matador hat with this dress to go all out boho. I always run into an issue when I’m heading indoors wearing a hat…do I take it off? Do I leave it on and feel vaguely uncomfortable? What do you think? First world problems, eh? Haha!

I’ve worn this dress with many types of shoes (knee high black boots, sandals, wedges, etc.), but I think I like it best with these (cheap) peep toe booties. I was blown away by how comfy they are! I can walk in them all day long, no problem. Comfort is SO important to me. I find I rarely wear shoes/clothes if they aren’t comfortable. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I loved this spot, it’s actually only a few blocks from my apartment. I live in a great area where there are beautiful houses and amazing gardens. I am a lucky girl, it offers a never-ending supply of backdrops for my pics, not to mention great scenery for my daily walks!

While we were taking these pics we spotted a cute little hummingbird, but he had zero interest in me. He flew off as soon as I got close. Duh, right? I guess I was hoping for a Snow White moment or something. Maybe next time 😉

Have a fab day! Xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Leith Midi Tank Dress

This is such a great dress. It’s a nice weight, it can be causal or kinda fancy, and I never have to worry about bending over and showing too much! Plus the price is not bad at all and it’s available in 3 colors, including white. I got it in a L, because a M wasn’t available, but a M would have also worked (and sizing down provides a little less length).

I wore this dress more casually over the weekend with my go-to Kut from the Cloth denim jacket. I also like this one. But I also really like how it looks with heels and a leather/suede jacket too. It’s best for someone at least 5’6 IMO (I’m 5’7) due to the length and it needs at least a little heel or it can look a little dowdy/disproportionate.

I actually wore this outfit strictly to be able to wear these shoes lol. I used to be against booties with an open toe – because really, they don’t make a toon of sense practically speaking – but I changed my mind when I saw these. They are shockingly comfy and really cheap (well under $50)! I was stoked to finally wear them.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you have probably noticed that I use this bag (more colors here, currently on sale!) A LOT. I feel that you only need to own a few bags (a satchel, tote, clutch, and a crossbody) so I try to buy quality pieces in classic colors that really speak to me and take care of them. The cheap purses I’ve bought in the past just tend to languish in my closet.

I’m a recent heels convert. I used to stick to flats, but I’ve found that a little heel can actually be more comfortable and I don’t seem to get blisters like I used to with my flats. Go figure. Plus, you can’t deny they are more flattering!

I can handle anything under 4″, but anything higher I just won’t wear as they hurt! What about you? How high is too high? Or is there no such thing in your mind? I’d love to hear from you in the comments 🙂

See ya again soon (hopefully)!

Photo credit: the awesome Sarah Jordan