Rock it or Knock it: Christian Siriano’s Yvella Over the Knee Boot

What do you think of these boots? I love them,and they’re on sale right now for $30 at Payless (orig. $69.99) I’m actually bummed that they’re out of my size. 

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Rock it or Knock it?: Navy Blue/Black color combos

A lot of people are hesitant to wear navy blue and black together as a color scheme because of how dark both colors are. However, I love how the two colors look together, and have come up with a few outfit ideas for those of you that may be struggling with figuring out how you’d rock this color scheme.

I put together three looks that I feel can take you from day to night effortlessly. These looks aren’t over complicated, the pieces are minimal, and I personally think the looks rock. What do you think? 

Rocking Leather/Faux Leather pants

It’s that time of year where all the leather and faux leather lovers such as myself get to indulge in all of our rockstar glory! I personally love a great fitting pair of faux leather pants because you can wear them with pretty much anything! Because they’re so diverse ,I tend to get away with rocking them in both day and night settings. Here are some of the ways I tend to wear my faux leather looks.

Work place chic Leather is usually frowned upon in the workplace unless you work retail or in the fashion industry,but there are some subtle ways you can get away with it. 

  • Keep it solid and neutral. If you’re going to wear leather,let it be a dark or neutral color that doesn’t draw much attention. Don’t let me catch you attempting to wear red-hot leather pants to work!
  • Keep the style simple. Stick with pants And jackets,with no super complicated details. Avoid cutouts and ripped details that may cause management to give you major side eye due to questionable dress code violations.
  • Keep it work appropriate. Now is not the time to try out your cute and short leather shorts,or your skin tight leather leggings that look painted on. I’m sure you look fabulous but save those for evening or weekend wear,darling. Don’t slay yourself into a work write up .😒

Daytime wear

I’m in love with military style boots, well really just flat boots in general. I like to pair my faux leather leggings during the day with flat boots of any kind. It makes running errands comfy,but still stylish. As far as tops go, I love to mix and match textures while wearing leather/faux leather,so I tend to wear oversized knit sweaters or some type of flowy top. It softens up the leathery look so you don’t look like you’re headed straight for a night club when you’re simply headed for brunch or the grocery store.

I’m modest with leggings so this next tip may or may not go over well for you. I feel that if you’re wearing tights,your butt should be covered. Short tops/tight tops with tights look more like gym attire to me, and draw all attention to your backside instead of the outfit itself. If that’s the attention you want,then it’s all good. I’m just not a big fan of it and tend to look for longer tunic-like tops to rock with mine. Your curves are just as defined with longer tops,you’re just not so “ass out” as I like to say. ☺️

Night Owl Style

Stepping out at night or in the evening is my favorite time to rock leather pants,because you can be as sexy as you wanna be! That’s when I like to pair my pants with a statement heel and really strut my stuff. My signature leather pants look is almost always paired with a blazer. Blazers have the power to make any look more sophisticated,whether you’re dressed up or down. This is the perfect outfit for date night,dinner with family or friends,or a night of dancing with the girls!

How do you rock your leather/faux leather pants? Feel free to send pics to fashionistacandy@yahoo.com,I’d love to feature you here! 

5 Tips for Rocking Your Body Acceptance This Year

2017 is here, and body acceptance has taken over in a great way! Women all over are beginning to embrace the skin they’re in, and loving themselves no matter what size or body type they have. It’s truly a beautiful thing, and the fashion industry has begun to take notice. More than ever, designers are beginning to branch out adn cater to women in extended sizes, and runways have been spiced up with even more beautiful women that represent various sizing of women worldwide. Here are a few tips on how you can continue to embrace body acceptance throughout the year.

Don’t be afraid to go bold. In the past, we as plus sized women were expected to wear clothing that didn’t draw major attention to ourselves. I can remember reading tips that suggested plus size women should only wear dark colors, especially encouraging black because it was slimming to the eye. Those days are long gone, and it’s time you embrace all the beautiful hues your fashionable heart desires! Try that beautiful deep orange that’s perfect for Fall, or that hot pink shade you’ve had your eyes set on for this upcoming Summer. Don’t be afraid to stand out boldly, because darling….you were never meant to fit in. Try out different colors, both light and dark, until you decide which ones complement you best.

Mix and Match. Have fun with your style. play around with the mixing and matching of different prints to remix your normal wardrobe. Take risks you may have never been comfortable taking. Give your outfits some extra sass by color blocking or mixing different textures. Lace and leather is one of my fave mix & match combinations. It’s the feminine softness paired with that tough edge that I feel reflects my personality.

Of course, not everything can be paired, but if you experiment with different combinations enough you’ll eventually find great pairings that work for you. Don’t be afraid to check out blogs and networks (like Pinterest) for styling ideas.

Block out your critics. Although body acceptance and positivity has become more popular these days, unfortunately there will always be those that seek to make plus sized women feel insecure. Let’s face it: there will always be hurt, insecure people that will try to hurt other people with their words and behavior. Remove this negativity from your life, both on and offline.

Stop surrounding yourself with people who make you feel uncomfortable for their own amusement, and people who don’t seem to like that you love yourself just the way you are. Stop reading nasty comments aimed at those who look like you, and instead focus on those who celebrate and embrace you. You don’t have to be a finished product to love yourself just the way you are. Wear what makes you feel good, and surround yourself with people who don’t try to compromise the way you feel about yourself or your body type.

Flaunt what you love, minimize what you don’t. We all have days where we feel that some things are just off. You may have a day that your legs are looking great, but you feel that your cleavage isn’t sitting as nice as they normally do. You may feel that your arms are looking nice in the top you’re wearing, but you’re feeling like your waistline isn’t looking as snatched today. No one said that body acceptance means that you’ll think every little thing about yourself is perfect every moment of each day. Crappy “off” days will happen, and that’s okay.

Take time to play up the things you feel look great, emphasizing your strong points and simply minimizing the areas you may not feel so great about all the time. If you’re not feeling your legs today, throw on a cute pair of jeans with a stunning top. If you feel bloated, find a flowy dress that disguises your midsection and instead focuses on your legs and statement heels. Take time to make note of the things you love about your body, and the things you’d like to improve. You don’t have to stay home feeling unpretty or like you have nothing to wear simply because you’re having an “off ” day. Learn to shop for emphasizing pieces as well as minimizers to get you through each  season.

Wear your confidence. A smile is your greatest accessory. It warms any color combination you could ever come up with. I love the saying ” You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. A lot of times it’s your confidence that brings an outfit alive, and makes you stand out. Don’t be afraid to own your style choices and carry yourself like the stylish diva you are. What better way to send a message of confidence than a warm smile as you go throughout your day?