Leopard print cardigan from The Gap
Skinny jeans from Express
Madden Girl Boots
Pink scarf from the market in Firenze.
As far as the shorts go, I feel like these were just an awkward cut all around. They seemed a wee bit big around the waist, but then snug in the crotch area, then too big again in the leg openings. I feel like these would bunch in the crotchal zone, which is precisely what I'm hoping to avoid. They were a size 8 and maybe I could have gone to a size 6, but I think that would have been even more snug in the crotch. Also, there was this weird up-flipping at the hem. And they were $39 on sale. No dice.
Speaking of size 8s, apparently The Gap has bought into the whole vanity sizing thing whole hog. I pulled these pants off the sale rack b/c they were $20 and I currently do not own any nice black pants. People, these were a size 8! Do you see how far I can pull them out? I didn't care for them enough to searching for a size 6. Not that I wouldn't very much enjoy being a size 6. I think if I keep working at it, it's a definite possibility because my skinny jeans from Express are starting to be a bit too baggy after a few hours of wear once they've been dried.
The next stop was Target. I think this is the first time a Target fitting room mirror has made me look less-than-svelte. I think it was in part because the cardigan is an XL so there was a lot more material, but the real focus of this image is the denim underwear I'm sporting. These came from the juniors' department and they were a size 9 and they were second-skin and I felt like my ass was hanging out the bottom. Again, I wasn't feeling them enough to go look for another size.
Something else I did try at Target was a romper. Last summer, I was very intrigued by rompers, but was convinced I did NOT have the correct body type for them. I grabbed one off the rack mostly just to prove a point of how unflattering rompers can be. And I was somewhat surprised at how actually flattering this one was! It was a size small and was maybe a bit snug around the waist/hip area, but for the most part, it was really cute! I may have to go back on my anti-romper platform. My only question (and this is actually a question I have fairly often) is that of shoes.
I stopped at Marshalls as well today and tried on a couple pairs of platform sandals. And I guess that is the kind of shoe one wears with this look? Or am I mistaken? As far as style goes, shoes are the one aspect that I just cannot get a handle on.