The Little Things

Monday, April 30, 2012
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Korean name necklace via etsy, $30; thrifted Express blazer, $3 (similar); black Gap t-shirt, $10 (similar); skinnied Levi's jeans, $70; Ros Hommerson oxfords, $26 (similar)

I loved this outfit! I wanted to look more businessy that day but didn't want to look overly dressed up. I started with a black t-shirt and my trusty skinny jeans. Then I added oxford heels and a blazer to dress it up a little. Small details like a simple chain necklace and a tiny bit of pink lipstick finished it off. It's all in the details, baby. (I...can't believe I used the word "baby" online without referring to an actual baby...or my husband..)

BTW, this t-shirt is soooo soft and comfy! I couldn't stop wearing it the first week I got it. I had to go back to Gap and get another in pink. Unfortunately, they're all sold out now... :( But their Pure Body t-shirts are as equally soft!

Pinspired: Monochrome

Sunday, April 29, 2012
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secondhand Forever 21 blouse, $6 (similar); secondhand Calvin Klein belt, $3 (similar); vintage sweater skirt, $6 (similar); Vince Camuto heels, $76

Finally... second pinspired outfit down! (You can see the first one here.) I've been loving monochrome looks lately. It's so easy and fuss-free. All you need are nude shoes to elongate your legs and a small pops of color from an accessory (or two) and you're set! Tell me what color you can wear head-to-toe right now from your closet. I have a neon pink t-shirt I just got that I can wear with my hot pink skirt. I might actually wear that for church next week.... Thanks, me!

P.S. More monochrome looks:  black, green, black again and again, white, and black once more. I love black?

How to Look like a Librarian...Kind Of

Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Old Navy cardigan, $17; c/o Hot Magnets flower accessory; thrifted and skinnied Target high-waist jeans, $8 (similar); JCPenney heels (similar); thrifted purse, $3 (similar)

I took these pics a while ago.. like last month. I'm good about taking outfit pics as you can see from my Instagram. It's writing these posts that is the hard part. I mean, what am I supposed to talk about? I don't even remember what happened the day I wore this. And I can't recount my day today because it has nothing to do with this outfit.

So, I'll just leave you with a tip.. If you're getting tired of your tops, wear a cardigan buttoned up...but not all the way. Unbutton the first button for a sexy librarian look. If you unbutton two or more, you're just scandalous. Add a broach for the full librarian look (or a flower like I did here) but wear jeans to keep it cool.

Pinspiration 2

Friday, April 27, 2012
So I'm back? I missed you guys. What have you all been up to? I bet you were sitting in front of your computer hitting refresh waiting for a blog update.... That is my ego talking. Shut up, ego.

During my blog break, I confess.... I didn't do outfit pictures. Okay, maybe one... But, I still had to take a quick snap of what I wore and post it to the Clothed Much Facebook page. (Habit, perhaps?) Even on days I don't take legit outfit pics, I want to look like I put some effort into my outfits. And, it's all thanks to Pinterest! Oh, you wondrous thing you.. Here is some pinspiration v. quick camera phone outfit pics. Regular outfit posting will resume tomorrow! Like with a real camera and good lighting and stuff..

This is a "Modest" Blog

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
image via CEEBEE

I recently came across this blog post about modest fashion blogs and the confusion behind the term "modesty." There have been several posts like this where the author had difficulty differentiating between modesty as an attitude of humility and modesty as a code of dress. I've hardly responded to these posts mostly because I am lazy but I feel like I should to CM readers who may have wondered the same thing about me and my blog.

Like I mentioned previously, I feel there are various definitions of modesty depending on the dictionary; the individual and their religious, cultural, ethnic, familial background; the era; etc. I don't understand why all those definitions need to be applied to define a modest fashion blog.

I wonder if it would be easier for everyone if I had initially called my blog "Clothed Much | a fashion blog that doesn't show shoulders, midriff, chest, back, and covers to the knees." It's kinda catchy. But, in all seriousness, there is a reason I didn't call it "Clothed Much | a Mormon modest fashion blog." Yes, religion plays a part for me but I didn't want it to be the focus because the reason behind modest dress differs from person to person.

When I use the term modesty on my blog, I refer to the code of dress -- MY code of dress, to be exact. Person A may think knee-length skirts are immodest, while person B may think short-shorts are modest AND THAT IS OKAY. We are all different; we all have different perceptions of what is acceptable and what isn't today. That's what makes the world beautiful. I don't understand why we have to focus on these differences and think just because someone has stricter guidelines in life, perhaps dictated by religion or something else, it means they think they are better than everyone else. I...just don't get it.

The point of my blog wasn't to be all HEY LOOK AT ME I'M MODEST AND YOU'RE NOT AND I MAKE IT LOOK SO GOOD. Maybe that's what some people got out of it, but to me it was more HEY LOOK AT ME I CAN BE MODEST AND FRUGAL AND LOOK GOOD BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW HOW BEFORE. And I'm still learning.

Yes, I'm hurt that people have called me hypocritical for having a modest fashion blog, but does that mean it's the end of Clothed Much? Probably......not. BRB.

Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Just wanted to take a quick moment to let you know about a video I did with The Girls with Glasses for Earth Day along with Natalie and Joy! I shared my resolution to help Mother Earth:  you'll totes never guess.... #sopunny Check. it. out!


What are you going to do to help the Earth?

BRB

Monday, April 16, 2012
Hello,

I'm going to take a little break from the internet this week. If you've emailed me in the past month and I still haven't gotten back to you, I'm sorry. Just some personal things that I need to take care of first. I know - so selfish! I'll be back soon.

In the meantime, check this out... I'm on Instagram!!! Follow me at.... you guessed it.. @clothedmuch.


P.S. Follow Kristine and Kari on Instagram too:  @kristineorpolly, @kari_s.

Confidence by Melissa

Saturday, April 14, 2012
image from CEEBEE

A friend directed me to this article a couple of weeks ago called “How to talk to little girls," and it changed the way I talk to all the adorable little girls I meet. The article says that the first thing little girls hear most often is how cute they are, and who can blame you when you see any adorable child. But, the author points out that “teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything.” This got me thinking about what my dad would say every time I came downstairs in a prom dress, Sunday dress, dance costume, and when I stepped out in my wedding dress. He would say, “Melissa, it’s not the dress, it’s the girl in the dress.” But my dresses were so glamorous, so beautiful! Of course it was my dress!

It wasn’t until I sat sweating through my suit thinking about how I could impress the interviewer across from me for my future career that I realized:  It wasn’t my suit. It was the girl in the suit. What could I say to this woman to make her believe I would be a good candidate for her school? She had me on paper, all my grades, extracurriculars...everything. What else did she need? Me - who was the girl in the suit? Needless to say, I bombed that interview. My confidence had flown out the door right before I had stepped into her office. What was left was a Banana Republic pencil skirt with a feminine suit coat, black nylons, black kitten heels from Macy's, and Gap white button-down with a total dud standing in them.

As women we have so much to be confident in. I think many times the way we dress reflects the way we feel about ourselves, hope to feel about ourselves, or how we want others to perceive us. I think the most important thing we can do is dress to express who we are:  amazing well-rounded people who have much more to offer the world than our pretty faces. I know I dressed up when I went to take a hard exam. Expressing my confidence in how I dressed always helped me remember I was smart, I had studied, and, most importantly, I could do this. Now, I dress to express me - all of me. So, how do you dress up your confidence?

Dangerous Granny Territory

Friday, April 13, 2012
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gold necklace via Nordstrom Rack, $5 (similar); thrifted Gap chambray shirt, $3 (similar); thrifted floral skirt, $3; thrifted bag, $3; Vince Camuto heels, $76

I got this skirt at a thrift store I've always driven by on my way to work but never considered checking out because....well, it was just one of those drive-bys, you know? But I was walking to who knows where back when and ended up passing by it and went in to take a look. It's just a run-down, small, family-owned thrift store. Super cute. Anyway, I sifted through all the junk and found this gem of a skirt. I remembered Shannon's recent floral trends post and had to snatch it up! It is bordering the line of granny and kind of stylish. (I don't dare say high fashion... Okay......high fashion.) You know it's ugly and fabulous. I have to make sure I style it right.. It would be very easy to cross that granny line.... You guys will have to keep me in check. Deal?

Pleated Pencil Skirt Tutorial by Sarah

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Hi, I'm Sarah from The Winthrop Chronicles and so happy to be here with you today. I am a former NBC reporter turned stay-at-home mom and avid blogger. I love spending time with my three little ones and documenting it on my blog. I also love to craft and am getting a bit more brave with the sewing machine.

I remembered seeing some cool skirts on this blog, so I made one following this tutorial. The good thing about this pattern is there is a lot of material, so you don’t have to worry about being perfect, but it can also be hard to work with so much fabric. This was definitely my practice skirt. There are a lot of things that weren't perfect with it, one of them being that the waist is too big so it sits lower on my waist than I prefer. But, once I did the waistband, invisible zipper, and invisible hemline, I felt pretty confident I could try to make my own pattern and try another skirt.


For the second skirt, I added pockets, a slit in the back, and some pleats -- all a new experience for me. I took what I learned from the first skirt to help me with some basic measurements.


So here is what I did differently for the second skirt...

Just for kicks...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Aldo Pisula, $65

I don't usually post men's fashion on here because let's face it... I know nothing about it. But we finally got my husband some new sneakers since the ones we got him from JCPenney were falling apart. I loved his choice of light blue with the yellow laces. Now what to do about updating the rest of his clothes... Small steps?

Big Hair and Take Two!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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Modest Mob blazer, $30; Target tunic, $20; silver cuff, $5 (similar); skinnied Levi's jeans, $70; Target clog sandals (similar); thrifted bag, $3

I seriously think I am living in the wrong decade because I LOVE big hair! Maybe it's because my hair is usually flat and boring. I just love volume and having big wavy hair. This is after I finally washed all the perm chemicals out. This was taken about two weeks ago and my hair looks nothing like this now... Getting flatter and flatter every day..

Anywho, here is outfit two with this printed blazer. (Remember my first try?) I think I like this one better. I used dark colors again with the blazer being the only focal point whereas the last outfit had two bright colors incorporated into it. Which outfit do you prefer?

Feeling Springy by Kari

Monday, April 09, 2012
Gap black tuxedo blazer (similar); J. Crew silk shirt; Thakoon for Target floral skirt; Gap black tights; Banana Republic leopard heels (similar); Madewell necklace; Timex gold watch (similar); Cambridge Satchel Co Fluoro bag

Recently I've been obsessing over spring trends. Florals! Neon! Pastels! Mixing Prints! I mean, seriously, check out my Pinterest boards. One look will tell you that this gal is ready for spring. Apparently, this winter has been quite merciful compared to winter in NYC last year (Snowmageddon anyone?), which I am soooo grateful for. Seriously, I uttered so many prayers when I knew we'd be moving here hoping that I would be able to survive this winter. Spring has been playing chicken and will appear and then disappear, but on this Sunday, I was glad to wake up to a bright, sunshine-y day so, naturally, I created my outfit accordingly. I was super inspired by this image of Olivia Palermo and her mix of floral and leopard during New York Fashion Week.

Guys, does this work or is it trend overload? Personally, I loved it all day long and looking at these pictures, I still love it. Will I still be donning this exact outfit a year from now? Maybe not, but that's what makes trends fun! Also, notice my new bag???? Can we talk about how long I've been drooling over this satchel from Cambridge Satchel Company? It was love at first sight and I've been trying to drop hints about this bag and then for Valentine's Day my hubby splurged and surprised me! It's such an amazing pop. It may or may not blind you if you look at it for too long - kind of like the sun, but who doesn't want to carry around some sunshine with them? Any spring trends you can't wait to wear?

Feminize by Melissa

Saturday, April 07, 2012
husband's t-shirt; heart from an old American Eagle skirt; great-grandma's belt (similar); Abercrombie & Fitch jeans (similar); wedges via Marshall's (similar)

I have almost stolen all of my husband's undershirts. He doesn't wear them, so I didn't feel bad when I decided that I love the comfy fit, but was tired of the boring white. So, I went to the back of my closet, found a skirt that I NEVER wear anymore (Seriously, it's from high school. I have a picture of me as a junior wearing it....), cut out my favorite shape, dusted off my sewing machine, and sewed it on. Men's t-shirt feminized. He isn't taking back this one. :)

Paired my new t-shirt with skinny jeans, wedges to lengthen the legs (My policy:  you can never be too tall.), and added my metallic skinny belt peeking out of my front tuck. I'm attempting this whole tuck-in-the-front-leave-the-back-untucked... Am I too late?

Admittedly, adding a fun piece of jewelry would have been a quicker way to feminize this t-shirt. What do you do to dress-up/feminize a casual t-shirt?

Pinspired

Friday, April 06, 2012
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H&M button-up shirt, $15 (similar); c/o modbod tee underneath; Target belt (similar); vintage skirt, $6; Vince Camuto heels, $76

Ladies...(and gents?) Say hello to my newly permed hair!!! It doesn't look quite as curly anymore. My hair is so virgin the first perm came out within a month. So I got another one. And in another month I'll probably have to get it done again. I think the universe is telling me I'll never have curly hair... Blasted Asian genes! Well, it was fun for the two days it was curly..

I took note from my Pinspiration post for this outfit. One down, 7 to go! I can do it!!!

Also, I really like how I tied my belt... I used my own belt-tying method but had a lot of belt left over just hanging...having a party... so I did it to the other side too. I love the criss cross action going on. I think it'll only work with skinny belts.. but try it out and let me know.

How to Groom Your Eyebrows by Stephanie

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Hi, I'm Stephanie, a hairstylist and makeup artist working out of Utah. I primarily work doing hair and makeup for brides, photographers, and in the salon, but I also spend a lot of time blogging about all things hair and makeup. If you need inspiration (or a stylist) or are just looking for hair and makeup tips, tutorials, and trends, come check out my blog!

If you know anyone in your life who does makeup, one thing they will always attest to is the importance of good brows. It's easy to overlook your brows and only focus on your eyes, but your brows will only take away from your eyes if they aren't groomed and shaped properly. I, myself, have problem brows. I used to fight and fight with my brows trying to make them have more of an arch until one day, I realized my brows look terrible with a fake, forced arch. It seems pretty obvious, but a lot of women tend to think that the more arched and the higher their brows are, the better they will look. The truth is your brows will look their absolute best when they follow their natural shape. The key isn't forcing your brows into a new and unnatural shape:  it's maintaining and grooming the shape you have, even if that shape has no arch.


To help you on your journey to great brows, I've put together this step-by-step for maintaining and grooming them. Remember that everyone's natural brow shape is different, so yours might look a little different than mine.

Goodbye, Skirt!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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fur collar via sample sale, $5 (similar); secondhand black button-up shirt, $1 (similar); handmade skirt, $2; Target sandals, $8 (similar); thrifted bag, $3

Did you guys watch General Conference this past weekend? What was your favorite? I loved the Saturday afternoon session. Probably because I was awake by then...

I thought I'd try a middle part again. Just....no. Never again. Side part from now on for this girl.. Anyway.... I saw a pin on Pinterest of a girl with a black polka dot shirt and red pants and tried to replicate. And now I can't find it.. (Boo.) I liked this outfit with the mix of colors, pop of print, and the added fur for texture. I'm also proud of myself that I DIDN'T belt it no matter how much the fashion blogger in me wanted to!! #patontheback

Also, I am selling this skirt here! There is a slight bleached stain on the front. I've been planning on redying it red but I don't think I'll ever get around to it. I made it a couple years ago. It could be worth millions in the future. Millions, you guys.

Easter Style Inspiration from the Archives

Monday, April 02, 2012
I received a reader question about what to wear for Easter this upcoming Sunday. Essence wondered what other options there were besides the typical pastel color palette we usually see on this holiday. Here are some other ways to dress up this Easter Sunday...

Florals


The first thing I thought of besides pastels was florals! Wear it with my favorite pattern combo, stripes and florals, to make things a little more interesting among the sea of pastels you'll probably be seeing a lot of.

Adding a pearl necklace will instantly class up your Easter outfit like on the left.

Don't have anything floral print? How about floral themed jewelry and accessories? If you're not ready to look like a garden from head-to-toe, keep the rest of your outfit simple and wear it in your accessories like a scarf-belt, flower necklace, or flower pin.



The Color Green


For some reason, when I think of spring and Easter, the color green comes to mind.. Just me? I think any light green would work with my favorite being chartreuse. I paired my green with a floral skirt, Kari wore hers with a striped skirt, and Kristine wore hers with a textured "skirt."

Add a pop of color for a fun little detail like a pink necklace, clutch, or belt.

Bold Print


I love this look from Kari. The dress has pink and yellow pastels in it and it looks springy but the pattern is edgy that it doesn't look so feminine. And pairing it with the lacy wedges creates a great contrast with the bold print. Create a similar Easter look by pairing a light-colored bold-printed dress with feminine details in your accessories whether it's your jewelry, shoes, or a clutch.


Bright Colors


If you're lacking in all things floral, green, and bold prints, go for bright colors! I would make sure it isn't too over-the-top since Easter isn't a fashion show. (Or is it?) Maybe one bold color like the hot pink skirt you see below with less subdued colors coordinated around it.


What do you plan on wearing this Easter? Link up below!