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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Corset

Miss Sicily

Jessica Wagner

The Hourglass 

Ciao babes!! 

I love when an outfit comes together and channels a classic style icon. 

There are a number of women I draw inspiration from for their vintage movie star timeless appeal - Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and for this post - Italian bombshell- Sophia Loren


Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.
— Sophia Loren

I love my Mediterranean heritage (my dad is 100% Italian.) Who doesn't love good food, good wine, and good family?! I like to think I possess some of the traits Italian women are often associated with: Passion. Zest. Swinging hips and pouty lips. (A love affair with food.) Full of spunk, down for fun.

Being petite, I sometimes struggle when putting together a look that shows off a womanly shape. The hourglass figure is sexy and gorgeous to be sure, but to put it bluntly, after kids I shrunk a bit up top and have little in the way of hips. Pretty much I am shaped like a little boy, straight up and down. I don't mind appearing “younger” than I am, but sometimes I want to be seen as a sexy grown woman. Ya know, bring on the spice, while keeping it classy. This is why I love creating curves, and find the feminine silhouette the most romantic

Creating an hourglass shape can be achieved with the right types of clothing and strategic placement of a belt or “cinch” at the smallest point of the waist. 

Take Miss Loren for example. I think there is something so sexy about brown eyes, dark hair and a voluptuous shape. Spicy and mysterious. Confident. Beautiful inside and out. (One of my favorite movies of hers is "House Boat."  If you haven't seen it, it's a must! 


Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.
— Sophia Loren

When I saw this look styled by one of my favorite petite fashion bloggers, I ran to the store to see if I could find the same skirt. A cinched waist is a sure-fire way to create a femme shape, and the structure of this midi skirt is everything. Keeping is simple, paired with a white ribbed tank and of course, a statement hat. 

Corsets have been appearing on the fashion scene since last spring (as seen here) and I love that this one is in a classic color for fall. It will look just as chic styled with a think knit cable sweater and low, pointed boots. 


I’d rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size zero.
— Sophia Loren

Walking around the Cleveland museum grounds, taking in the fresh air and art, I felt transported to the Italian Rivera. I’ve been calling this my “Sophia Loren skirt” and like magic, it seemed to transport me to another time and place.

Until the day I can visit the small fishing towns and stylish resort areas of Italy, I can dress to imagine walking around the with whispering rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and white washed sea side towns.

Outfit Details:
Top: H&M Ribbed Tank Skirt: H&M (Sold out, similar here) Shoes: J Crew Hat: Madewell Communitie Necklace: Kentucky Gypsy Glasses: Pac Sun Clear Aviators Bag: Reusable Shopper Lips: MAC Lady Danger 

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What style icons do you draw inspiration from? Do you have a favorite item that can transport you to another time and place? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

A Modern Take On Corsets

Jessica Wagner

Weekend Uniform {Elevated}

When I saw a casual corset top on the cover of Porter magazine's Spring 2017 issue I fell in love with Natalia Vodianova, her Chloé top, and Isabel Marant belt. On a mission to recreate this chic combo, I jumped out of my seat when I came across a similar piece at Zara for under $30. Of course I didn't buy it and it sold out! Luck has it; the eyelet-fastening top came back in stock (and still is available in all sizes!) I can't get enough of this elevated version of the white tee.

The corset is back, but not in the traditional way you're thinking – it’s being used in a street-style friendly way - cinched over a midi dress or an oversized shirt. While this garment constrained waists in the 1800s, it’s being used today for fashion purposes. (Plus, it seriously does keeps your waist in check. I am pretty straight up and down and this top made me feel like a curvacious Marilyn Monroe!)

What I love about this particular top, is it's all one piece. It's a great option for styling if you don't have a lace up corset, or the thought of styling one is intimidating. It’s a wardrobe piece that still defines femininity brought up-to-date when layered over other clothing. So, yeah, it’s actually a little tricky.

A few key points to rocking this look. Keep your makeup minimal and hair a bit “un-done.” Stick to a monochromatic color pallet. Mind the structure of the rest of your outfit – balance out the tight corset with other layers. Overal the best advice is, keep it simple. (If you need more inspo Pinterest is a goldmine and Zara has a ton of other corset options.)

I viewed this top as a chance to elevate my weekend usual – I switched out my plain tee for the lace-up corset belt, my white sneaks for my pointed white mules and layered on a white blazer instead of my duster (last seen here.) Oh, and don't forget your third piece!

The best part of elevating a regular look? A new bag for spring! I picked up this neutral tote from J&G and they are offering all my followers a special 15% off discount with the code "WEEKENDER15" at checkout!! (Shop all their handbags here.) I was on the hunt for a new "everyday bag" and picked the Madison Tote for it's metal hardware, medium size and structure. I have been looking for just the right bag to swap out from winter to spring and this is "it" for sure! So easy pair with everything, and sturdy enough to handle day-to-day use.

While not all of the trends we see at fashion week make it to mainstream, every year a handful of them do. This season, that standout look is the corset. Give it a try, and know you won’t have to be shy when going for that extra fry! :)

Outfit Details:
Top: Zara Corset T-Shirt 
Jeans: Zara (similar here
Blazer: Old (similar here)
Shoes: Zara (similar here
Bag: Shop J&G The Beige Madison Tote
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Hat: (similar here)
Sunglasses: Zara
Lips: Revlon Nude Attitude
Nails: Sally Hansen 

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