TBSD: That Black Sweater Dress

I am such a late bloomer when it comes to girly stuff. For example, my hair accessories addiction started out when I was fifteen or sixteen? Yeah, that age. Now that I have been part of the college crowd, my classmates have greatly influenced me with the way they dress and most of them are into dresses recently.

Currently, the dress everyone is gushing about is the black sweater dress. Who wouldn’t? This is a simple black dress but can be worn in different ways. I have been trying to look for one but I just could not find the right one for me. I know it’s just black but still, it is like finding the right partner, you need to know that you just fit.

Resultly has got this whole range of black sweater dresses that you can choose from. They have got Forever 21, H&M and Lulu’s black dresses that will be perfect for you and me. They have different cuts and styles that make it unique for each person. Round-neck, low-cut, turtleneck and cowl-neck are some of the style designs that you can pick and see if it suits your body type.

I am going for the round-neck dress just like what Nicole Richie picked.

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I like her whole outfit. I think I can pull this off too and wear it in one of the parties organized by the university. Since its black, the color is very slimming. I can pair it off with my silver or faux gold jewelry. Actually, the dress is pretty much a blank canvas that you can paint with how you want to – floral, checkered, asymmetrical and psychedelic accessories, dependent on who you want to be on that night or day.

Fabfashionfix.com has a basic rundown of what pieces of clothing can you pair off with your black sweater dress. I like the suggestion of wearing slim-fit jeans with your sweater dress. Though I am being influenced to try out dresses, I am still stuck with the maxis or the long dresses. I am not that confident with my legs so in order for me to be in the trend with this black sweater dress, I can match mine with jeggings, leggings or probably stockings.

I think I can also wear this to class. I might opt to get the low-neck cut as well because that will definitely be perfect for parties or for those days when you just want to be extra pretty in class (because you have a hottie seatmate). I saw an article in Glamour.com about layering for winter (which you can do too with your sweater dress) and who better to demonstrate this but none other than Anne Hathaway who was wearing a Chloe black sweater dress. She was wearing black over black over black.

All I can say is I am totally sold for this dress because not only is it flattering but it is also very versatile since there a ten ways and probably more on how you can wear this dress with style.

Rockin’ your Cropped Sweater

Gone are the days when the biggest hit in fashion was your granny or dad’s sweater. Since almost everyone is into showing off how fit they are the latest trend to take over the fashion streets is the cropped sweater.

Just like the 90s when the midriff tops were the style staple and most of the girls were showing off their belly buttons then. The cropped sweater is like that but with longer sleeves. However, having looked around and dug deeper, I saw a still photo of Liv Tyler in one of 90s movie, the Empire Records wearing the cropped sweater.

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She wore it with a plaid mini-skirt showing off her very flat stomach. Imagine, we are now in the new millennium and this style still holds true today – even the website Style Logical agrees with me.

This fashion trend slowly faded because of the fact that you only pair it with so little pieces in your wardrobe – plaid skirts, pants and shorts, that’s it. Now, there are a lot of options on how to rock your cropped sweater like wearing it as a layer for your long-sleeved top.

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Your top has a cotton fabric which can only provide you 0-2 in the warm-o-meter. However by adding up a cropped sweater to your outfit, your warm-o-meter goes up from 0-2 to 4-5, which is good. Cropped sweaters like those found in the Resultly app are snug fit; you won’t end up looking as if you have gained weight on your sweater. This look also lets you be a trendsetter without having to bare your belly (most especially if you do not have amazing abs to flaunt).

Now, if you have what it takes to show off those four or six-pack abs that you have, you can wear the cropped sweater on its own and pair it off either with an pencil skirt, which is currently a popular choice in both celebrity and non-celebrity world. I guess it is because the skirt highlights the figure that you have waist down and at the same time it has a simple and clean cut on the waist, which also gives focus to your abs. I have found a lot of cropped sweaters the Resultly app I mentioned above. Check them out here! You you can pair off with the pencil skirt. Pumps or pointed stilettos will be best worn with this outfit.

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Another style option is to tuck in the sweater. If you have high-waist pants or skirts, tuck it in like how this fashionistas did it with her Zara cropped sweater.

Mix and experiment what you think works best for your height and your figure. Just remember, layering or not, these cropped sweaters should provide you with warmth as well.

Show Off Your Shoulders

Don’t be afraid to show a little bit of skin, even in the winter! A great way to stay semi-warm while simultaneously showing a little bit of skin is to wear off the shoulder tops. I love off the shoulder tops because you’re not completely covered, but not completely exposed or freezing in the winter. I love the long sleeve over the shoulder tops. I like the regular length tops, but I also have been recently into the cropped over the shoulder tops. One of my favorite stores to get the trendiest clothes that’s better quality than Forever 21 but only a little pricier, is a British store called Misguided. I found an adorable off the shoulder top that’s cropped. Here’s the link if you want to purchase it. You won’t be able to resist because its so cute and cheap! (And its on sale right now :))

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I love this combo of the high waisted skirt and the cropped off the shoulder top. This top is great to pair with high waisted shorts, jeans, joggers etc. I would suggest it for a night out of course. When you have the combination of the off the shoulder and crop top, the exposure reserves it exclusively for a perfect night out top.

As for a day outfit and more of a summery and bohemian off the shoulder top, I love these type of tops:

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This lovely top is from Asos and is perfect for a summer concert, summer day, or anytime of the year if you go to a warm destination for vacation. I love the elephant print on this top and the small fringe pieces lining the bottom of the top. The only thing I would be concerned with for this top is whether or not it would be one of those obnoxious off the shoulder tops.

Let me first explain to you an already well known fact as to why you have to be extremely careful when buying the right off the shoulder top. One of my biggest pet peeves is having to adjust my clothing every few minutes so 1) It feels comfortable 2) Lies/looks like it is laying correctly on your body. For example, have you ever had those pair of jeans that you had to pull up every few minutes or that tight shirt that kept on slowly crawling up your belly as you walked. Well, I’m sure that you’ve also had that off the shoulder top that kept on going ONTO your shoulders. This naturally caused the bottom of the shirt to be shorter and looked super awkward on.

I can’t tell if this top is one of those off the shoulder tops that stays “off” the shoulders or if it will simply be a nuisance. Well, there’s only one way to find out. Well actually two. Either buy it and try it on, or look at reviews (which may or may not exist).

I actually ended up purchasing both tops because both were very affordable. The Asos top actually ended up being perfect. No shoulder sliding mid wear, and the bohemian look is just so much fun. If you’re looking for other off the shoulder tops, check out a list of them here: http://www.result.ly/Search/off%20the%20shoulder%20tops

Evening Wear on a Budget

Out of the many clothing options out there, evening wear is perhaps the most expensive. This type of fashion is more costly than other pieces because the details are more complex, the materials are of higher quality, and more work goes into production. But, despite the high cost, you should never need to settle for less or look better than you should. There are methods that you can employ for when you decide to purchase a new outfit. Below are a few tips on how to find formal wear on a budget so that you won’t feel your bank breaking.

Determine What You are Willing to Spend

The first step is to determine what you are willing to spend. You’ll be better able to choose an item when you are able to assess whether or not it fits into the bounds of your budget. You don’t want to keep your budget too small because you will end up reducing quality, but you also don’t want to make it unreasonably large because you’ll pass up good deals.

Mainstream Department Stores

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The first place that you should check for beautiful pieces that fit into your budget is your local department store. This approach is best during big sales, such as after the holidays or at the end of the season. To maximize the chance that you’ll get a good item, you want to also get there at the beginning of the sale because items tend to go very fast. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to find a designer item for a good deal.
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The alternative option is to review products online. Starting a search or getting a recommendation from a friend about their favorite online stores can help you start deciding upon an online store. Online stores are great because you can simply input your measurement and then easily decide upon products that will flawlessly fit you. In addition, online stores are convenient because you don’t need to waste time visiting a mall. To increase the chance that you will find a good deal online, check the discount section and also do a search for the online store’s coupons. Depending on the month, online stores tend to have an array of promo codes you can add when you check out your order.

Overall, the world of evening fashion does not need to be closed off to you because of your budget. There are many methods out there that can help you find beautiful items for a great deal.

Buying Clothes Online – How Do You Deal With The Size Issue

Buying clothes online can sometimes be a gamble, especially if you are ordering from a brand new website that you have never dealt with in the past. If your wardrobe is made up of various sizes then placing a clothing order online can be very tricky since you do not have the opportunity to try on the clothes beforehand, or view the actual item for yourself. And even if you tend to wear the same size, different stores and different brands will often vary in size, making it even more difficult to get the right fit. Fortunately many stores will offer a reasonable return policy, however if you need a particular clothing item in a hurry, you could end up with a major problem. So how do you deal with the sizing issue when you are shopping for clothes online?

Get The Correct Measurements

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If you have ever ordered the wrong size of clothing in the past then you know all too well how sizes can be misinterpreted across fashion brands and online stores. A size 10 in one pair of jeans may feel like a size 12 to you, or the size Small women’s shirts could fit like a Junior’s size small. The best thing for you to do when it comes to dealing with size issues is to measure yourself for accuracy. This will allow you to go by your measurements when buying clothes instead of your dress size. You should measure your bust, waist and hips when ordering clothes online. Measure around your chest for the bust area, around your belly button for the waist, and around the area right at your hip bones for the hips.

Misses, Juniors, Women’s – What’s The Difference?

Clothing stores both online and off will have sections devoted to the various sizes that are available. Many of us have seen the Misses or Junior’s section in stores and while it may be common knowledge for some, there are plenty of ladies out there who get these sizes confused from time to time, especially when ordering online.

Misses is the classic sizing for women’s clothing and uses even numbers to categorize the fit of the garment. Most apparel is available in size 2, 4, 6, or 8. These items are usually designed for hourglass figures and have more room in the hip and bust area. Junior’s clothing is denoted by odd numbers and are made for slimmer or boyish figures. Then there are also Women’s sizes which are for larger or full-figured frames.

It’s Hard For Any Woman to Walk by Sephora Without Going In

When it comes to women the saying ‘Diamonds are a girls’ best friend’ couldn’t be further from the truth. A girls’ best friend is and will always be Sephora. Chock full of every beauty item you can think of it can be pretty hard to walk by it in the mall without popping in for a quick look at the latest collections and deals. Who could blame you? Everything about Sephora says come in and experience luxury at its finest so its pretty hard to turn down an invitation like that.

Get Drawn in by the Smells

The smell of makeup, of perfume and all the different cleansers and conditioners available is enough to make you want to fall asleep right there in the store and if you end up not buying anything you can always relish in the amazing smell.

Be Dazzled by the Colors

From the moment you walk in the first thing you will notice besides the smell is the variety of colors that are available for each product and the vibrancy and thought that goes into every product design and style.

Get Free Things on Your Birthday

If you are the type to always look for the freebies you can get on your birthday you will love the birthday pack you can receive if you are a beauty insider with a beauty insider card. All you have to do is sign up for free and get your quality gift every year on your birthday.

Never Run Out of Brand Options

Many high-end as well as some low-end products are extremely hard to find in stores but you won’t have that problem shopping at Sephora because they have the best brands available for cosmetics and fragrances with the best deals around. There is literally a makeup brand available for everyone from those looking for a natural look to those going for a dramatic look.

Customer Service that Won’t Stop

From the moment you walk through the doors you are greeted by store associates who are professionals at what they do. If you don’t know the best brand of makeup or style for you they are more than happy to share their knowledge and help you choose the top shades for you and your complexion.

So, whether or not you intentionally go in or you’re just drawn in by the extravagance of it all Sephora is and will always be a woman’s best friend.

So I Have A Shopping Addiction – Like That’s A Bad Thing?

You’ve got friends and family telling you that you must stop shopping, that it isn’t healthy for you, that your fashion obsession is going to destroy you. Chances are, if you are being told this kind of information, you most likely feel ashamed, unhappy, and even resentful of what your loved ones are telling you. The truth is though, you really shouldn’t let the naysayers get to you. There is nothing wrong with a woman that loves fashion and that has a shopping addiction. There are a number of reasons that you should be more proud than ashamed of who you are.

You Always Look Stylish

The main advantage of having an addiction when it comes to fashion and clothes is that you really do always look stylish. Your constant attention to the world of fashion and what is featured in stores means that you are always getting out there and buying some of the trendiest and most beautiful styles out there. It may very well be the case that those who are complaining about what you are wearing are simply jealous that you’re investing time and energy into looking great, while they themselves aren’t making any such effort.

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You Meet People With the Same Interest

Shopping isn’t only great because it introduces you to the latest fashions and styles on the market, but it is also beneficial because it expands your social circle and enables you to meet people that are like minded. Regular shoppers get to meet other regulars, helping bond strong and lifelong friendships. In addition, these friendships also help you to expand your horizon when it comes to fashion and to introduce you to more styles other than your own. So essentially, your addiction is a great way for you to meet friends.

You Have a Skill

As shopping and fashion addict, it may not seem so, but you have a key skill that many others don’t have. You most likely have cultivated a very refined sense of when stores are holding sales, when they update their merchandise, and when new trends will be featured. This type of information can be useful if you ever do decide to start your own shopping blog or website. With this information, you can feel empowered and professional, not just the shopping addicted individual that your friends and family make you out to be.

Petite Clothing is Easier Than Ever to Find-Just Look Online

If you are short you’re considered ‘petite’ by the fashion industry. Being short just means ‘not average’ which means you’re not going to find the clothes you want in a size that is going to fit you. The good news is this only applies in physical stores. Also, you’re in luck because even though a lot of stores don’t have petite clothing, a large number of online stores do. These online stores also have a far wider selection of styles, colors and everything else you might need. An average individual may never look online and may then never see all the options available. This means you get to be unique in your own style.

Finding Your Style

As a petite person you’re likely going to want clothes that are going to flatter your shape and your figure. This means something different for you than it does for someone who is taller. Online stores that sell these types of clothing understand that. Clothes made for a petite individual are cut different from ‘average’ clothes. They are cut for the shape of a petite person instead of an average one. These clothes may come in different patterns, colors or lengths to better flatter your body. You will have so many options it may just be hard to discover what your style is after all those years without choices.

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Shopping Online

For a lot of people the hassle of going to a physical store is more than they care to engage in. When you shop online you get rid of the hassle of locating the item you want, engaging with workers and waiting in line to check out. Online you are able to search for the specific item that you want and buy it without lines and without anyone pressuring you to buy more. This is great when purchasing petite clothing because you don’t waste time on the wrong clothes.

Purchasing clothes as a petite individual isn’t complicated at all. There are many places where you can locate the right clothes in the right style and size without any hassle. All you need to do is get online and you’ll find the clothes you’ve been looking for but in a style that is flattering to you. These clothes are not as scarce or as strange as the physical stores in just about every town would have you believe. There are plenty of options that you will love.