Monday, October 18, 2010

all around the mulberry bush.

sweater: Urban Outfitters, top: Ann Taylor Loft, belt: thrifted, skirt: NY&Co, tights: Target, shoes: Shoe Carnival
Oh dear, I borrowed these lovely mulberry-colored opaque tights from my sister while I was home for fall break and now I'm not quite ready to give them up.  I'm in an awkward transitional stage with my wardrobe right now and trying to make warmer weather pieces last a bit longer before I stash them away.  Solution?  Throwing some opaque tights under a short skirt keeps bare legs toasty for at least the time being.  Same thing goes for sleeveless blouses, just add on a sweater.  I started buying lovely transitional pieces towards the end of summer in darker colors which I knew would still look appropriate once the weather became cooler.

There are so so so many things I find to be flattering about this outfit.  First, there is a vertical pleating detail in the blouse that has an elongating effect on the torso.  Look for vertical-oriented details (pleats, stripes, ruffles, etc.) to give a longer, leaner appearance.  Second, the pockets on the sweater curve inward towards the body, which gives the appearance of an hour-glass silhouette and accentuates the waist.  Third, skinny, braided belts are a great way to just bring it all in.  Just another way to bring you closer to that awesome hour-glass shape.  Fourth, opaque tights in darker shades have a slimming effect on legs.  Black tights are a trust-worthy piece, but don't be afraid to get creative!  Look for shades like navy blue, indigo violet , or maroon. 

So, go out into the world, honeys, and get yourself some opaque tights!
You won't regret it.


  1. this is my favorite outfit yet! love it! seriously making me want a pair of those tights!

  2. Emily!!! I really like your blog so far. I'm absolutely clueless on how to dress in a cute flattering way so your tips are a godsend. Can't wait for more and those tights are killer! :D

  3. Your blog is good, keep it up!!

    I'm gonna follow you now, check my blog out and it'll be great if you could follow me too!!!

  4. thanks melissa! I am so glad you are finding my tips useful.

    &thank you meekay! I am now following your blog, too.

  5. beautiful blog!! Will follow you!!
    xoxo Lauren

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