Flaunt and flatter that waist

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Hi. I wasn't lying about the internet part. I've been job searching...and net-flixing. Possibly in my underwear...but that's not important. When you're in a style rut or you're not dressed for days, you either want to get all dolled up or be comfortable. I went for comfort. Here is what I wore to church today. 
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I wore my DIY skirt that I made with Tania's tutorial and paired it with Tania's cardigan. I guess you could say this outfit was inspired by Tania. I thought the ruffle neckline on my shirt added just enough detail to make it interesting but not overwhelming. I followed with the almost-matching camel accessories to complement the maroon skirt.
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This cardigan hits right above my hips. With the skirt placed at my natural waist, I didn't want the cardigan to hide the smallest part of my body and create a box shape. I also don't have any cropped cardigans so I had to cut it or tuck it in. Answer: I tucked. Don't hide your waist! Flaunt and flatter the smallest part of your body by cinching it to avoid looking one-dimensional.
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Wearing secondhand H&M cardigan (traded with Tania), J.Crew Outlet tee (gift from my mom), thrifted belt ($1), DIY skirt ($2), and Old Navy wedges ($15).

114 comments :

  1. Love the color of this skirt, and how much it poofs at the hips! ^_^

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  2. you need to put a tutorial on here of how you do your belt like that! looooove it but I don't have a clue where to start...

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  3. You always put simple things together and make them look amazing, you have a gift !

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  4. totally cute!! xo- karrie

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  5. Wow i totally I agree with the tucking in...you have an hourglass shape body dear...and the skirti s lovely...

    Take care Elaine,
    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  6. Love the wedges & belt! You're so right about tucking & cinching.

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  7. Love, love, love this outfit! I love the idea of tucking in a cardigan - I hadn't thought of that! Now I'm going to have to try it :). Love the colors and little details...

    Small Time Style

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  8. oo I love the shape and color of that skirt! So beautiful!

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  9. I really like how you tucked in the sweater and matched it with the ruffled blouse...very cute!

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  10. You did a wonderful job flattering your figure with this outfit. Love those shoes by the way.
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  11. Good luck with the job search! You look so cute, I love that skirt and top, and your wedges are awesome!

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  12. pretty skirt, great tip on tucking, that outfit really flatters your body!

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  13. I think you look great. Comfortable and chic. Great selection of colors too.

    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  14. That's a nice look for church,your blouse neck-detail is amazing :) Hugs dear one >:D<

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  15. i like your layering the white top and that strips cardigan..
    you look gorgeous..

    and goodluck for job seeking..

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  16. Great skirt color and I love the bell shape of the skirt!

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  17. I love the ruffles on the top and the warmth of the tan and burgundy.

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  18. Your waist looks seriously tiny here!

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  19. I love the colour of that skirt paired with the tan shoes and belt.

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  20. This is such a well put outfit. I love how you tucked in the cardi! And I love the shoes.

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  21. i love the wedgessss ! ;)

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  22. I love this skirt it is such a gorgeous colour :) Good luck with the job hunting :)

    L x
    Half Dressed

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  23. awesome that skirt is super cute :) plus the mixture of black and white with that color is awesomeeeeeee :D

    vdcouture

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  24. you have impeccable style, I always love your outfits :)

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  25. Very cute! Comfortable and stylish :)

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  26. very chic elaine! love the poof in the skirt too :)

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  27. i love that not only did you tuck in your cardie, the shape of your skirt also gives emphasis to your waist. :D

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

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  28. This is why I felt blah yesterday...I didn't tuck in my sweater! Genius!

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  29. SO cute! And great tips, I need to stop hiding my waist, hahaha :p
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  30. I think that looks great. I'm always nervous about showing my waist as it's not my best feature. It's a definite advantage to know your best bits and flaunt those though.

    C
    xxx

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  31. that's casual?! I want to know what dolled up looks like! Great outfit!

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  32. I like the tucked in cardigan, and the skirt is very cute.

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  33. Beautiful! I may have to try this because I have some similar pieces. You always inspire me!

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  34. Pretty pretty pretty...as always!

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  35. CUTE!!!!
    haha ohi do the same when I wanna b comfy LOL =] ur not alone hun

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  36. Pretty! I love the striped cardigan. Your wedges are super cute too. Old Navy has the best!

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  37. Great advice and your waist does look teeny tiny in these pics! Don't forget to enter my Closet Clean-Out Giveaway!

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  38. i also love the necklines of both the shirt and cardi...it's kind of unexpected and fun. love it.

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  39. This is a great church outfit! And you're wearing one of my weaknesses — horizontal stripes. And I'm really going to have to try to make one of those skirts as well. Looks so flattering on you! I give this outfit two thumbs way up! :)


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  40. those wedges are my fav. and the belt. i totally feel you on accentuating the waistline... i've looked over that one too many times haha!

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  41. oh elaine, i love you! you give such sweet shout outs.
    i'm always so glad that the striped cardigan has a loving home with you--and the maroon color of that skirt is perfection.
    you look super pretty.

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  42. How clever is that? Tucking your cardigan? CLEVER. Never seen this before. And I must say, looks awesome! You are one clever lovely lady!

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  43. Gorgeous! Love the look - it definitely makes a beautiful hour glass effect. This is one of my favorite outfits on you.

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  44. love how your belt matches your shoes! sure does look comfy too!

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  45. Girl, can you put a bad outfit together? (hint, hint: the answer is NO) I love EVERY part of this look. Fantabulous.

    Headed to check out your skirt DIY now.

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  46. Aww, Tania is a great source of inspiration!

    I love how beautiful your first photo is with the sunlight coming in. Your outfit is so pretty.

    Good luck with your job search. I am kinda in the same boat too -- I'm trying to make a career switch in a new town. Keep us updated on your status, dear :)

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  47. Love it!
    Cinching the waist is a tough one for me!
    hmm, but now that you talk about it, I might give it a go in a feminine way soon! maybe once the weather it gets warm!
    so how r u liking LA? tell us about it!
    xx

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  48. cant believe you made that skirt! i need to try making my own :) you look great as always!

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  49. Gorgeous outfit! I love the DIY skirt. I try to make my waist look smaller also. Thanks for the tips.

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  50. Sheesh. I love every bit of this outfit. I desperately need to make one of these DIY skirts - they are darling. I love that you tucked in the cardi - looks fab!

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  51. I love this outfit! Your wedges are seriously adorable (and totally wearable). I like the tucked in cardigan and belt. :)

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  52. Ah I love the belt over the skirt like that! It looks s good on you! :)

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  53. Perfect fall color for the skirt. Love it!

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  54. love the whole outfit especially the skirt! ;)

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  55. Love this sweater, especially tucked in & belted!

    Sally
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  56. You look so pretty! I love the skirt :)

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  57. i love this look! comfy and chic

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  58. after being in a style rut i usually like to really dress up to feel like i've done something with myself. i think you look great for just a comfy look. loving that belt!

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  59. Very interesting silhouette. The striped cardi works well tucked in.

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  60. Absolutely adorable! I love everything about it. Especially like how you tucked in the cardi & belted the skirt.

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  61. We loved your blog!! Great outfit!!

    Kisses

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  62. Very adorable look- perfect to transition into September/fall! :)

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  63. Such a cute outfit, Elaine! Love, love the striped cardi with the ruffled top. Good luck with your job search!

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  64. love the ruffle neck with the stripe cardi.

    that hallway is really cool. where are you?

    hope you'll swing by ! wild-and-precious.com

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  65. Love easy breezy chic and casual style just like your outfit exudes!

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  66. Love how you tie the belt, please teach me how to do it hun, it looks pretty cool!

    xoxo,

    http://twentyyork.blogspot.com

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  67. lovely look elaine..same here, i'm job hunting too..and i love the way you did the knot on the belt.
    xx

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  68. you look simply chic in this outfit!
    love the belt too
    xoxo

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  69. Love the belt and hair held back! :)

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  70. you look fab. if i looked that good half the times i went to church i'd be a superstar hahaha. 9am church just kills me! eeks!!

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  71. I love the pairing of navy and maroon. It stops it from looking nautical like if you'd paired red.
    Oh and I adore the shape of your skirt!

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  72. Cool outfit! I love the cardigan and the way you fixed the skirt with belt ♥
    Great blog :)

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  73. love love love !!!
    i really enjoy your posts!!

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  74. I loved that you tucked the cardigan, it's great to show off a tiny waist!!
    And the skirt you made came out so well, love the color!!

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  75. You look adorable! I love the way you tied up the belt, very cute :)

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  76. Fantastic shoes, I can't believe they came from Old Navy

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  77. You always look so cute! Good luck on the job search.

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  78. I agree entirely with flattering the waist! That's essential to womenswear! Also your color combination is great! I really enjoy the look! And your blog is very nice as well!

    Mikey

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  79. Man, I HAVE to learn how to sew! I love every single thing about this look, Elaine!

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  80. Love this outfit! Looks like something I would put together! :)

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  81. wow love you darling such inspiration

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  82. Great outfit; comfortable yet still chic - you've nailed it! x

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  83. Super prretty! I love this skirt of yours. Great tip by the way. Xoxo

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  84. i love this look, you look so classy and sophisticated! great tip on tucking in the cardigan, it really does flatter your figure more :)

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  85. I think the maroon really adds something to this outfit. It's unexpected and bridges the gap between the brown and the stripes. Know what you mean about uninspired home outfits too: I'm currently wearing a towel. ; )

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  86. Love this outfit! :) love the trousers and the belt!! FAB!! :) x

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  87. Elaine, you always look so pretty and chic! I love the neckline of the top, the striped cardi, and that skirt is a gorgeous color!

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  88. You could seriously sell those skirts- they're adorable!

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  89. wonderful oufit -- love the skirt paired with that cardi and shoes!!

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  90. I love your blog. And your outfit. I'm trying to post daily outfits of me...but I don't have a good camera yet! Oops! :) Keep it up. You are awesome!
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  91. i love how every outfit of yours is put together, i especially love the knotted belt :)

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  92. I definitely do this a whole lot with the cinching! :) Nice skirt and shoes!!

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  93. you look great girl love that skirt!!! nice color too

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  94. you look great. love the shape and the color of the skirt

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  95. nice ensemble!! i love the marroOn and blue combo ALOT! your blog is so sweet!

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