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Back to Basics.

Posted in how i wear by bluewellesleyblue on November 9, 2008

Lately, I’ve been most intrigued by the most basic clothes. I spend most of my shopping time trying on basics like solid or lightly pin-striped button-downs and long, solid-color cardigans. I’m also still on the lookout for the perfect T-shirt. For some reason, the basic T-shirt has always been one of the hardest things for me to find since so many of them fit awkwardly on my frame. High neck crew-neck T shirts, especially if they’re very close fitting, are always a bad idea for me.

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My current favorite T shirt is this one by BDG from Urban Outfitters, pictured at the left. It’s a bit loose, but skims the body pretty closely, which creates a very flattering fit and the V neck isn’t overly low. I’ve heard good things. I’ve heard good things about American Apparel T shirts as well, though I’ll have to try on both the unisex deep V neck (pictured at the right) as well as the regular V neck for women before figuring out if I have a new favorite T shirt.

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It’s odd that I’ve been so into building up my collection of basic items since I usually like to dress fairly girly. Still, I like the effortlessly casual look that comes from pairing a basic T with skinny or straight leg jeans and a cardigan, if it’s cold. I also like the idea of wearing a basic white shirt with a high-waisted skirt, in keeping with the sort of color-blocked dress look that’s all over Forever 21 et al. When it’s with a slightly loose fitting T instead, it feels a little more casual and a little less like one is going clubbing, I guess. This Forever 21 example, however, is also a bit more on the wear in the daytime side, and I quite like it.

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Window-Shopping at Shopbop.

Posted in shopping advice by bluewellesleyblue on October 31, 2008

Though the exchange rate has improved for travelers from the States. British pricing is still a major deterrent to shopping for myself while I’m here. Expensive clothes here are probably going to have an expansionary effect on my shopping in the long run – an unintended consequence – since whenever I see a legitimately forty or fifty dollar top now, part of me is going to think that I would never find anything that good for that kind of price in Britain, so why shouldn’t I get it? I’ll still do my best to be responsible, of course. However, shopping is admittedly a small vice of mine.

In that spirit, I was browsing Shopbop’s selection of 70% off sale products – anything less and I tend not to be able to afford it – and before I’d clicked through even half of it, I’d seen so many things that I would totally consider buying. Here are the best of my picks.

The Karta dress on the left is now $93.60. I love the print and the cut – it hints at the sophistication of something one might wear to an inauguration, yet that floral applique makes it very young and a bit of a statement piece as well. Admittedly, as a final sale piece it is a bit of a risk. Those resin pieces that make up the flower look tasteful on the site, but it might sit differently on a real person? That Nanette Lepore little black dress is now $118.50, which is quite a steal. I can’t help but ooh and ahh over little black dresses, though I have more than enough in my closet. Both dresses are in shapes that should be alright on curvier figures.

Summer has, admittedly, passed, but simple tank tops like these will never be completely out of style. The Juicy tank top at the left is brightly colored and I love the details on the straps and hem. It now retails for $50.40 which is admittedly a bit much for a tank top, but is not that excessive if you go into it knowing it is still a splurge. I’ve only recently discovered that I can, indeed, wear white clothes – I’d avoided them throughout my high school years because white is usually less flattering than dark colors – and so I can’t resist that Ella Moss tank. It now sells for $35.10.

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Just Bought: Kimchi and Blue Babydoll.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 3, 2008

I made a fairly large purchase last week on the Urban Outfitters web site because well, there was a secret sale going on (ended on Wednesday, and then their public sale online ended on Monday). When I received my order, I was reminded about the reason why I rarely end up getting anything from that store at all.

Now I’m on the curvier side, and when you look at how the vast majority of their models have positively boyish figures, you get the idea that maybe most of their clothes would not be particularly flattering on different body shapes. I’ve usually found that to be the case, though I still shop there because I’ve bought things there that were cute on me. I’m going into Boston today to return most of the stuff I ordered.

This top is actually pretty adorable and it fits me pretty well. I like this blue color best, though I’m vaguely tempted to pick up another, probably in the gray.

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