Monthly Archives: November 2013

Clothing Moves

I’m spending the day with family for the holiday, so here’s a tidbit from the archive!


Two of the most common questions I get on my outfit posts are as follows:

  1. There are no belt loops on that skirt. How do you keep your belt in place?
  2. How do you keep your scarf from shifting around?

Answer to both: I don’t. I don’t keep my belt in place and I don’t keep my scarf from shifting around. Because barring use of staples and glue,* I really can’t. I feel like these questions represent some of the myths that have been unintentionally perpetuated by style blogs: That some women hold the secret to a perfectly styled and utterly immobile scarf. That some body types can keep a belt in place without loops. It’s just not true, friends. In these photos I am standing relatively still after having adjusted my outfit to look as I wish it to. And even then I sometimes have to fuss with my belt or scarf after a photo or two! Clothing and accessories move around. Unless you work as a Live Mannequin, yours will shift, too. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I try to remain aware of which outfit elements might migrate a bit, and adjust them anytime I stand up from sitting. I realize that extracting stuck undies or repositioning your bra might be somewhat taboo, but very few people will huff if you tweak your belt or scarf or necklace placement. Pulling a sweater back into line or even scooting a skirt that is starting to rotate on your waistline can be done surreptitiously, too.

Naturally, there are limits. Clothing that needs constant readjustment may not fit properly, and besides that it’ll be a major pain in your hiney. Clothing that creeps up or sags down in an uncomfortable way will also make you miserable and is unlikely to fit or suit your specific figure. And many, MANY items that fit will stay put just where you want them all day long due to how you are shaped and how they are designed. But loads of other items will fit you perfectly and still need some slight adjustments throughout the wearing day.

Don’t let photos fool you: When you move, your clothing and accessories move. And you can find your own ways to nudge them back into place.

*Occasionally, fashion tape can be used to secure a belt or part of a scarf, but I don’t always bother. Belts can generally be taped and look natural, but scarves often look odd. Not always worth the tradeoff.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Ponte Fit-and-flare Dresses

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Brianna requested a few picks for ponte fit-and-flare dresses, so here we go:

ann taylor ponte dress

Ann Taylor Ponte 3/4 Sleeve Flounce Dress – was $139, now
with code TAKE40

Behold: The unicorn of dresses! Ponte, fit-and-flare, WITH SLEEVES. I love the simple styling and 3/4 sleeves, which mean this frock can be a year-round fave. The belt is not included, though you could certainly swap in your own.  Available in red, charcoal, and a deep teal in sizes 00 -18, as well as petite and tall sizes. (This similar elbow-sleeve ponte dress is available in plus sizes 0X – 3X.)


Eliza J Ponte Knit Skater Dress – was $138, now $82.80

Many fit-and-flare styles are high-waisted, but this dress has waist-shaping princess seams minus the hard waistline. Pair it with a blazer for now, and wear it through spring and summer on its own. Available in blue and black in sizes 2 – 16. Size availability varies by color. Also in petite sizes 2 – 12. (This dress comes in teal and black in sizes 14W – 26W. More of an A-line, but close! Also in petite and tall sizes.)

AGB Short-Sleeve Ponte-Knit A-Line Dress

AGB Short-Sleeve Ponte-Knit A-Line Dress – was $58, now $36.99
with code GOBBLE

Half-sleeves are better than no sleeves, and this dress could still be layered! It’s unlined and machine washable with a versatile scoop neckline. This one DOES come with the belt, but again you could always remove it or swap in a different one. Available in red, black, and plum in sizes 0 -18. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for ponte fit-and-flare dresses:

  1. Boden – Boden’s definition of “ponte” often includes a nubby knit, but they’ve got lots of gorgeous frocks in heavy doubleknits including this gorgeous one.
  2. Banana Republic – This is the season to hit up BR for ponte dresses, including cuties like this microdot pleated skirt dress.
  3. Nordstrom – As always, a great resource for all dresses, including a great assortment of ponte fit-and-flares like this long-sleeved frock.

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