Hello Dotty

Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Necklace: via consignment store, $5
Shirt: thrifted, $1.50
Skirt: Forever 21, $6
Undershirt: c/o ModBod
Shoes: JCPenney, free

I thrifted this polka-dot shirt over Thanksgiving weekend. I've been looking out for one ever since I saw Diana wearing one from Modest Mob. It is sheer so I wore a black shirt from modbod underneath.

They sent me a couple items after I revealed my true colors about Utah undershirts. Oh, BOY, was I wrong about modbod... Their shirts are AMAZING. I owned a couple from DownEast Basics before and they pretty much pale in comparison to modbod's. They have the perfect amount of stretch, they're long, and they are thin enough to wear under your clothes comfortably. Be aware that these are supposed to be worn underneath your clothes so get your regular size if you want to wear it snug underneath or go a size up to wear as a regular top. So modbod please accept my virtual apology because your undershirts are BOMB. I'm never going back to DownEast undershirts!!!!

......and, yes, all the modest undershirts defenders can lay your wrath on me. But only if you're wearing modbod. I will accept none else.

P.S. Still on my all-black kick if you didn't notice.
P.P.S. Shame on you if you didn't.
P.P.P.S. Just kidding.
P.P.P.P.S. A little.

Feeling Smirky

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
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Necklace: via consignment store, $5
Sweater: Gap, $11
Shirt: JCPenney via yard sale, $1
Shoes: Franco Sarto via Marshall's, $32
Bag: Michael Kors, gift

I loved wearing this. I've been on a black kick lately because it's easy and classic. Add some gold jewelry and red lips and you're good to go.

P.S. I snagged this black button-down at a church yard sale for $1. ONE DOLLAR. I can't stop wearing it. It's SO comf. And it's a JCPenney brand. Irony? Are you there?

Loafing Around

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Jacket: c/o Collection B
T-shirt: thrifted, $5
Jeans: Gap Outlet, $26
Flats: Target, $25

One of my birthday presents to myself was online shopping. BIG DEAL. But I hate online shopping for clothes. I am rather picky with fit so I always end up returning everything. NOT THESE BABIES (shoes). Loafers are hot this season and for $20 it can't get better than that! Unless Target had leopard print ones. ALREADY SOLD. Do you own any loafers? What do you think of this trend?

Sneaker Outfits Inspiration

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Gonna be walking a lot tomorrow (today) and needed some sneaker outfit inspiration. I also need sneakers.




UPDATE:  I ended up wearing the outfit below after finding these images online. I also wore this jacket but didn't take a pic with it. I was pretty happy with how this turned out considering I hate athletic sneakers as regular attire. This may have changed my mind...but only if I can buy new kicks.

beanie c/o SLiM MotifTarget men's sweater, $8; Hane's men's shirt, $9 for 8-pack; J Brand jeans, $158; Asics sneakers, $85 (similar); Michael Kors bag

Celebrate the Red and Green in Style

Friday, December 23, 2011
Don't want to wear the obvious red and green this Christmas? Take Shannon's color tip and don teal with red instead. It says you like Christmas but only if it corresponds with your outfit. Isn't that what this holiday is all about? And presents? And returning presents to get better stuff?

Wear the complementary colors far away from each other if you are not used to wearing a lot of color. This way you can still add in other neutral colors to tone them down. Or just wear the whole rainbow.

P.S. Don't laugh. The pic on the left was one of my first outfit photos on ze blog! Oh, boy. Okay...now you can laugh.

Wear them close to each other if you want more focus on a certain area. If you are endowed on top, wear the green and red hues on the bottom. If you are fuller on the bottom, wear the green and red on top.

Eek.. Another first outfit pic.. Can you guess which one?

To make a holiday statement, COLOR BLOCK!


Try pairing darker reds and greens this season if you're feeling dark and mysterious...or if it's all you've got.


Now let's see your red and green outfits! Add your holiday outfit to the link party below. No buttons. No rules. My gift to you!


Whether you choose to wear red and green or not, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Last Minute Gift Guide: 10 Under $10

Thursday, December 22, 2011
AKA what my cheapo family can get me this Christmas. Everything on this list is mandatory. Let's make it happen, Cap'n.

  1. hair elastic that doubles as a cool bracelet, $4.99
  2. orange lipstick, $8.99
  3. cool mugs for sipping hot cocoa, $10
  4. colored tights, $9.09
  5. cozy wool socks, $8
  6. nail polish, $2.80
  7. dry shampoo, $5.99
  8. smell good body washes, $7.99
  9. POLAR BEAR slipper socks...POLAR BEAR!!!!, $9.99
  10. cosmetic bag that could double as a clutch, $7.80

Chop Chop

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
So earlier this week I mentioned on Twitter that I was cutting my hair off. And I had (have?) all the intention to.

I've been trying to grow my hair out with the least damage as possible so I haven't been blow-drying it or straightening it. That means a lot of natural hair going on. My natural hair is straight with weird waves from stupid cowlicks around my big face. It's sufficient but not pretty. That's why I've been waving/curling my hair a lot. I used all sorts of methods to get the wavy locks:  sock bun, twisted buns, two Sailor Moon buns, French braids... (Hehe, BUNS.) But they don't last and I have to do it all over again the next day. #lazy #canigetanamen

..which is why I decided to get a permanent wave yesterday. Aaaand it sucks. They messed up the hair on the top of my head. I guess it didn't hold properly during the perm so it's still straight while the hair underneath is wavy. I would take a picture but I'm not wearing a bra make-up. I'm going back on Friday to get some more waves on top. And then chop it all off. Not sure which style yet. Depends on which one my stylist won't shoot down. WAIT. It was all of 'em. ...I'm leaning more toward the ones on the left. But which one... I'll probably decide last minute and then change my mind a few times more.


P.S. Kari recently got the chop chop! So adorbs, right??

Make A Holiday Flower Pin by Kristina

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The holiday season calls for something a little fancy, a little extra...and flower pins are the perfect touch to any holiday ensemble. You can use lace, tulle or chiffon fabrics for flowers like this...anything that can have heat applied to it without burning. You simply want the edges to melt, not go up in flames. HA. The measurements can be as small or large in diameter as you want, but the for this tutorial, the measurements given will make a four inch flower. 


Bumblebee Perhaps

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Top:  thrifted, $1.50
Skirt:  modified, Forever 21, $7
Shoes:  Marshall's, Franco Sarto, $32 (similar)

Over the Thanksgiving holiday up in Sac-town, I was able to snag a few goodies for myself including this school bus polyster top and these wedge lace-up booties. More to come later! And don't worry... I ended up tucking the front of my shirt later in the day. I can't not tuck. I think that one time was a fluke. Are you a tucker? ..or a let-it-all-hang-out-er?

BTW these shoes are COMF...like forrealz. I wanted to get green ones from Old Navy but they are sold out. #whitegirlproblems #waitimnotwhite #thisisnttwitter #stopit #noyoustopit

If they were good enough for Robin Hood and his Merry Men... by Erica

Monday, December 19, 2011
Hello, my name is Erica. I blog at North Meets South and I freakin' love tights. They are the bright, beautiful, silver lining on that dark, cold, hated cloud known as winter. Not only do they keep your legs warm, but also they can add a lot of pep to your outfits. Functional AND fashionable?!?! Can those contradictory ideals actually co-exist in a small piece of nylon? Why yes, my friends. They can, and they DO. Here are some of the ways I like to wear tights:


To spice up a colorless outfit.

When it's cold and rainy (or I woke up late), I have a tendency to reach for mostly black outfits. Colored tights are an easy way to make those bland outfits a tad bit interesting. Not too mention all the comments about your brightly-colored legs are fun.


To create a crazy colorful outfit.

Who said color-blocking was just for the spring/summer? Keep blocking those colors all winter long!


With boots.

Knee-high socks do NOT work with my fatty calves. They are just too tight and give my legs an anaconda squeeze! Tights, on the other hand, are just perfect. No chafing from the boots, and no tugging or adjusting the socks. It's boot heaven!
Even with pants.

No need to give up cropped pants just because it's cold! Wear tights with your pants, and your ankles will thank you.




Please tell me that you are now madly in love with tights, or at least slightly tempted to get some. If you already obsess over them like I do, tell me, how do you like to wear them?

Hot Magnets for MEN Giveaway (CLOSED)

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Don't know what to get your guy this holiday season? How about a set of cufflinks? Hot Magnets just launched a men's line of cufflinks. But they're no ordinary cufflinks. Since they're magnetic, they can be worn on any men's button-up shirt. No French shirt? No problemo. Simply put them over the buttons on the shirt sleeve, slip the inner magnet piece inside, and your man is instantly Mr. Monopoly. I mean, isn't that every woman's dream man?


If you're feeling charitable this season, Hot Magnets is donating $1 to UNICEF for every new Like on their Facebook page starting now until the end of this year. So get Likin' to get into the holiday spirit.

To make this giveaway special, Hot Magnets will work with the winner to personalize the cufflinks with their own pictures!
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AKA Comfortable

Friday, December 16, 2011
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Scarf: eBay, $7
Cardigan: Korean boutique, $13
Shirt: dress I cut into a shirt, Gap $8
Skirt: dress I made into a skirt, Forever 21, $5
Flats: JCPenney, free
Bag: garage sale, vintage Gucci, $3

This was one of those outfits that came to me naturally and then I remember why I have a fashion blog in the first place. 1) It's comfortable. 2) It's loose (AKA comfortable). 3) I didn't have to shave my legs (AKA comfortable). 4) Do I really need a fourth reason?

I'm not used to wearing my shirt out like that. I'm a chronic tuck-everything-in-er. But sometimes you need to let loose. And by sometimes I mean after a big sushi dinner. And cake. And hot chocolate. OH, YEAH.

LBD with Colored Tights

Thursday, December 15, 2011
I got a reader question about how to style this J.Crew LBD with colored tights for holiday parties. (Perfect timing with this week's RBM, eh?) I also have a hard time styling LBDs and usually keep dressorizing (= dress + accessorizing) pretty simple so I hope that is what you're looking for, Sara!

J.Crew, $188

classy legs

One of the easiest color combos is to go classic all black or black and white. To make it more modern, add pops of color. I went with soft colors with the white because it's not exactly white but more champagne. For the all black ensemble, I mixed lace with rocker chic shoes to offset each other. But since they're both black, they'll blend in together.




the blues

The only colored tights I was able to work with were blue/purple tights. I think because they are closer to black so the stark color difference won't hurt people's eyes. I added white/ivory/champagne shoes with similarly colored jewelry to make the legs the focal point. If you're going to wear color, better make it stand out!




quirky feminine

I love these striped tights! I knew these cute red flats would go perfect with them. This would be best for a more casual party with friends since it's so playful. You could add any stud earrings to this outfit if you think it's lacking in jewelry. But I thought the black pouf belt was simple but statement-worthy as a lone accessory.




leopard edge

If you're feeling wild (Ha ha, get it?), wear animal print tights! Wear them with black shoes so the tights can speak for themselves. I went with cute bows to offset that wild side. Add chains to keep the bad girl look or add romantic or cute jewelry to keep it feminine.




nerdy cute

I thought of Tania when I created this outfit. I kept it simple with earth-tone colors and minimalist accessories.




everything else I didn't use





tips

  • When going for color, you can either focus on one colorful accessory with neutral fill-in accessories or combat the color with more color.
  • Keep it simple with an LBD. That's what makes them so classic! Don't over-do on jewelry with bright colored tights. Do one or the other.
  • If you're going for a certain style, play around with it! Don't go completely cute and feminine. Throw in some chain necklaces or black leather booties.


How would you style this dress with colored tights?

A little bit of 90s, a little bit of Fancy

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Jacket: thrifted, American Eagle, $5
Necklace: JCPenney, free
T-shirt: Shade Clothing, free
Skirt: made from a thrifted IKEA curtain, $2
Bag: vintage, $15

This is what I wore on my birthday. That's right... I'm posting it a month later! What have I been wearing for the past month? Pajama jeans. Just kidding. I'm not that classy.

I tweeted to my fellow tweeters asking if I should go fancy or just blend in. So I tried both. As you can see, I'm about to go to a 90s theme cocktail party. And that is how you ruin your birthday outfit. (This looked a lot better without the 90s denim jacket. I think. Don't quote me on that..)

Recognizing My Worth by Megan

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Hello! If you don't remember me from my first post, my name is Megan and I blog over here. I'm so excited to be guest posting about my beliefs in being modest.

When I was in high school, dressing modestly was honestly not hard for me. I was confident in myself and knew who I was. I didn’t question the teachings from my parents and church leaders to stay modest and clean. In fact, I loved developing my own style and standing out of the crowd! I never even so much as felt tempted to wear a two-piece to the pool. It just wasn't for me and I knew it.

Jump ahead about four years and my feelings changed pretty dramatically. I started feeling obligation and frustration with finding modest clothes. I would see all these cute girls with short skirts and sleeveless dresses and feel incredibly frumpy. I felt like I just had layers and layers of bulky clothes keeping me back from being able to be one of the fashionable.

Add those frustrations to a pregnancy and all of the body changes that come with it and I was miserable. I felt like this modesty thing really started to cramp my style.

I remember venting to my husband about it one day when he helped put things in perspective for me. He told me that being modest wasn’t just about tons of layering. It is more about an outward expression of my own self-confidence and respect. And when I truly understood my own self-worth, taking care of my body would just come naturally.

I took my husband’s counsel to heart and tried to change my attitude. I started enjoying finding cute, modest clothes and styling them just right. I regained my passion for quirky and eclectic designs. And more importantly, I learned to more fully love myself.

Did/do you see modesty as an obligation? How do you accept it in your own life?

The Nerd in Me by Melissa

Monday, December 12, 2011
So I have a pretty big, resounding, inner nerd. Between my love for The Big Bang Theory and the fact that I talk to my husband about teeth constantly (P.S. I am in dental school.), it comes out in waves sometimes when I have a day free of scrubs or professional wear. My inner nerd enjoys funky/funny fitted t-shirts. Does anyone else enjoy wearing story book characters on their t-shirts?

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Urban Outfitters t-shirt,Gap pants (super similar here!), Gap shoes, Aldo sunglasses (similar here)

In Los Angeles an outfit is never complete without some fabulous sunglasses! These do make me feel a little like I am playing a game of pretty pretty princess-but I love them all the same.


What do you think? Nerdy chic? Or just nerdy..... What do your inner nerds come out wearing?

Bright Pants Paired with Neutrals by Kristine

Friday, December 09, 2011
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Necklace: c/o HollyDoll; Sweater: Last Chance; Belt: J.Crew Factory Store; 
Pants: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: c/o Blowfish

The trick to wearing bright pants is to pair it with neutral colors. I mean, it's totally fun to wear them with contrasting colors (or even go for the monochromatic look), but when you just want to run out the door and not spend 5 hours figuring out what colors look good together, neutrals are the way to go. I chose to wear a gray top and tied the outfit together by wearing black wedges with a black and white necklace. Easy breezy! 

Here are a few awesome bright-colored pants for you, and the best part is - they're all under $60! My pair can be found here.  Start getting colorful with your wardrobe, ladies!


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BYU-Idaho bans skinny jeans

Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I've worn skinny jeans many a time on Clothed Much.

According to The Student Review, an independent paper written by Brigham Young University students, BYU-Idaho's Testing Center recently put up a sign prohibiting anyone wearing skinny jeans to be admitted for both men and women. Advancement Vice President Henry J. Eyring was asked whether skinny jeans are in violation of the university’s honor code, which states that clothing should not be form-fitting. “It’s useful for us to realize that fashions will come and go,” Eyring answered. “There will always be some tempting new style.”

Gawker was able to get a statement from Eyring and his colleague Kevin Miyasaki. Miyasaki stated the following in an email correspondence with the author:
We have not identified "skinny jeans" as a specific violation of the dress and grooming standard. We are aware of the incident and the Student Honor Office is working with the Testing Center to address the issue.
The wording in the BYU-Idaho dress and grooming standard regarding formfitting clothing is as follows: 
"Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing. It should not have slits above the knee or be formfitting." 
The foundation of this standard comes from "For the Strength of Youth" which states, "Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner." 
The Testing Center has not made any new standard, nor has there been a ban of a particular piece of clothing. The effort of the Testing Center as well as with other employees and students is to encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.
I had been a student at BYU-I for three years and had to follow a few of its stricter dress codes such as no flip flops, no overalls (psh, easy), no shorts, no leggings, and no holey jeans. It wasn't as bad as you'd think. I did break the holey jeans rule a few times but that's because I had come from working at American Eagle where they're all about holey jeans and that's all I had.


I've been thinking about this issue for a while now. Are skinny jeans immodest? I think it depends on who you ask, how tight they are, and how much of you we're seeing.

I personally like skinny jeans and don't see myself not wearing them anytime soon. I've seen plenty of Mormon girls who wear skinny jeans tastefully. I've also seen plenty of Mormon girls who wear them not so tastefully. That can also be said about a lot of other clothing items and fashion trends.

But doesn't this fall under the Mormon clothing standard of not wearing form-fitting clothing? There are many other clothing items that Mormon women wear that could fall under this category such as fitted tops, most flared jeans (the thigh and butt area), and a lot of dresses. This may be one of the cases where since everyone else is doing it, it must be okay. Also, personal definitions of form-fitting clothing can vary from person to person; similarly with modesty.


What do you think? Was the BYU-I Testing Center in the right for banning skinny jeans? Are skinny jeans immodest?


Side note:  I've also heard of rumors that BYU-I was trying to ban messenger bags on girls because it accentuated the woman's chest when worn across the body. Can anyone confirm/disclaim that?



UPDATE 9:44 AM PST:  BYU-I made the following announcement on their Facebook page:
Wondering if skinny jeans are allowed on campus? They are. BYU-Idaho's longstanding dress & grooming standards promote principles of modesty and restrict formfitting clothing, but skinny jeans are not singled out or prohibited. In addition, the Testing Center issue reported in Scroll has been corrected and is no longer in force.

Fresh Color Combos by Shannon

Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Hey, it's Shannon back again to talk about color! It is all about color this winter. The best way to do it is with fresh new color combos. You might feel a little weird if you aren't used to it. Have complete confidence in what you're wearing and you will look great!

Cobalt Blue & Mustard


This has to be one of my favorites! This is a bright combo so you need to be ready to own the look. For this look, I found a thrifted blouse for $3. I dyed the skirt using a combo of yellow and tan RIT dye.

Teal & Red


This color combo will be a great way to put a twist on the same old red for the holidays. I tried this look with red shoes from Target and my teal clutch from ASOS. LOVE!

Orange & Purple


This is a beautiful color combo! Try the combo in a subtle way. I did it with a sweater, floral blouse, and an amber pendent.

Black & Blue



This combo is pure class. This color combo was all over the runway in Louis Vuitton's fall show. An easy way to put these colors together is through accessories. Try a blue clutch or necklace with your favorite LBD.

Orange & Green



This color combo is great for everyday. It's bright but not so bright you will be uncomfortable. Here is the combo with a silk blouse and GAP cardigan sweater.