How to Bag Bargains (Not Junk) At Thrift Stores

If you think thrift store shopping is too overwhelming and too time consuming, you’re missing out. Might I remind you of the time I spent $41.96 for a haul with an estimated value of $384.92? That doesn’t happen every trip, but with patience and a good strategy, you will find thrift store shopping success.

My Zara blazer from the above mentioned shopping haul

Maybe you think of yourself as a savvy thrift store shopper already. How many of the items you’ve bought do you actually wear? Honestly, as I photographed the clothes and shoes for this Friday’s charity auction, I saw several of my thrift store finds in the mix. How do you balance getting a good deal with actually getting something you’ll wear? In other words, how do you bag bargains instead of just bringing home “stuff”?

You need a plan. A strategy. Refresh yourself or discover for the first time the basics of thrift store shopping, like when is the best time during the month to go, what NOT to buy, and how to think creatively. I’m not going to re-say what’s already been said, because whether you’re a newbie to thrifting or an expert, you’ll learn some new tips from these ladies, guaranteed.

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Master The Basics

  • 12 Tips for Thrift Store Shopping by Simple Mom. This post covers the basics, like finding out when sales are, knowing your brands, and how to shop with both a plan and an open mind.
  • Let’s Go Thrifting by The Girls With Glasses (video). How to scan the racks quickly, and make items work for you. 

Know Your Deal Breakers

If you know what to say no to before you get there, you’ll find it much less overwhelming, and you’ll bring home less junk. Know your deal breakers and stick to them! 

Do Your Research

Do you know what the trends are for fall? Find out before you go so you can keep an eye out for what’s in style. Research designer brands too, so you’ll know if you’re scoring a major steal. If you have a smart phone, you can look it up while you are shopping. 

Know Yourself And What You Really Need

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You must know what looks good on you, or you’ll be led astray by the cheap prices. Find out: 
Also, don’t allow yourself to end up with another bargain black skirt when you already have five. 
So, now you won’t be bringing home items that won’t get worn because they don’t fit well, aren’t the right colors for you, are stained, broken, or damaged, not your style, not comfortable, outdated, or you already own. That leaves you with clothes that flatter your figure, make you feel happy when you wear them, are on trend, fit your personal style, are things you actually need, and that save you money!
My mantra is this: “If I’m not crazy about it, don’t get it.” If it’s just ok, it meets some of my criteria but not all, I remind myself of my mantra and I know it’s ok to leave it. 
Arianne of Simple Design has a similar mantra: “The point isn’t to just bring tons of stuff into our homes. The point is to: surround ourselves with things we love, to spend less, and to reuse what is already out in the “system”.
Read the full series Here.

Of course, eBay is also a thrifty way of shopping and reusing what’s already out there. I hope you’ll shop with me on Friday to support anti-trafficking organizations Polaris Project and 4 the 1!

Did you learn anything new about thrift store shopping today? What tips would you add? Share them with us in the comments!

Affordable Fall Style and Trends

Where I live, the weather finally started cooling off last week. Walmart is full of fall decor, and Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice latte is calling my name. It’s a little too warm to wear long sleeves and scarves here in the valley, but I went up to the mountains for a ladies’ retreat a couple weeks ago, so I got to dig out my warm weather clothes. I decided it was a good time to do my seasonal inventory, complete with pictures. 
I wrote about this closet inventory technique as part of the Fashion 101 series, basically, I’m shopping my closet, thinking outside the box and putting together some new combinations with what I already have. 
Since it’s been a while since I’ve written about what to wear, I thought I’d share some tips for dressing for fall. 
1. Camel is in. 
It used to be called khaki, tan, or light brown, but now it’s definitely called “camel.” And Loft says it’s the IN color this season. 
Loft

Well, I happened to find a pair of Khakis in the bottom of my drawer that I hadn’t worn for over a year, probably. Amazingly, they still fit. Now they’re at the height of fashion, so dig out yours too, along with your tan blazers, and keep those nude shoes.

My “camel” pants

2. Flares are in, but so are Skinnies. 
I don’t know about jeggings, but keep your skinny jeans, they haven’t been replaced by flares totally yet. Speaking of flares, 70’s inspired bells are popular, but I recommend going for something a little more conservative and classic, like a bootcut jean. Dark rinses tend to make you look slimmer, and are more versatile.

My go-to bottoms: Khakis, skinnies, and bootcut jeans

3. Go from Summer to Fall with Accessories
I love wearing this thin cotton plaid tunic in the summer, but the color is great for fall, so now I can wear it with skinny jeans and a scarf to keep warm.

Here’s another outfit I put together: a long sleeve purple tee, a gold lace cardigan, and my bootcut jeans. It’s a nice outfit as is, but add a scarf….

…And it takes it to a new level.

This scarf has a paisley pattern on the ends, fringe, and several gorgeous fall colors in it, including the same purple as the long sleeve tee. I can’t tell you where you can get this scarf, because my dad bought it for me in Afghanistan when he was stationed there. 
This teal scarf dresses up and warms up this casual grey tee and jeans. And this scarf I got at Walmart for $5. 

Besides scarves, jewelry adds a lot to an outfit. These earrings from Francesca’s Collections add a touch of whimsy to an ordinary cardigan and khakis.

Here’s a versatile necklace with lovely fall colors. I’ve been seeing a lot of chunky chain necklaces around, and also chain belts and bracelets.

Besides scarves and jewelry, accessorize with a hat, a cute purse, or a unique belt. 
4. Stock up on basics. 

I realized as I sorted through my clothes that I have a tanks and tops in the same shades of purple, teal, and cream. Stock up on basics, like tanks and long sleeve tees, in colors that flatter your skin tone and fit you well. Then, you can mix and match, and go from casual to dressy with a few accessories.

5. Go Monotone and neutral.
Pick pieces in the same hue, or similar hues, with a solid neutral base. If camel isn’t flattering on you, try
gray.

This picture again, from Loft. 
Here’s my take on the mono-color look, with my “camel” pants, a cream tank, gold sweater and white scarf. 

And here with a little more color, adding the olive green tank.

Also from Loft. 

And here’s my take on the second picture, with a light pink sweater and camel pants.
Sweater: Old Navy, $15
Khakis, Aeropastale

 6. Go bold or classic with red. 

Second to camel, red is also the “in” color this fall and winter. This is a picture of the Real Simple November magazine and the October Better Homes and Gardens. BHG had an entire article about the color red.

I bought this read sweater dress last year, and I’m excited for cooler weather so I can wear it again.

In my opinion, red nail polish is classic. This is color a little more trendy take on red nails. Coral was popular last spring and summer, and this polish makes a great transition from coral to red.  It’s called Fire Coral, and depending on what you wear with it, it can look more red or more coral. Plus, it only costs $2. 

I bought the nail polish at the same time I bought the lip gloss, and didn’t even realize how well they matched until later.

If you’re worried about red being too bright on you, experiment with different shades. There are so, so many shades of red available, I’m sure there’s one to flatter your skin tone. 
If Fire Coral is too bright or orangey for you, try this set of three polishes. If you buy, all three, you actually save 50%.
If you prefer lipstick to gloss, e.l.f. Mineral Mineral Lipstick is 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes. And, it’s only $5 a tube. 
Cheerful Cherry $5

7. Make a list. 
When you take inventory, make a list of what you don’t have, but would like to get. Keep this list in your purse, so when you’re out on Black Friday, you’ll be better prepared to resist those deals on things you don’t need.

On my list, a mustard colored top. I’m in love with this color, and I don’t have any of it in my closet.

Study Break from Shabby Apple

I’m also saving up for some boots, like these from Old Navy.

What trends do you plan to partake in this fall? What are your favorite fall colors to wear?

Have you ever shopped your closet? If not, check out this post and read the “Homework” section for instructions. 


BTW: If you too are looking for a new dress, enjoy a Special Treat for the Month of October from Shabby Apple. Save $10 Off all Black and Orange Dresses

Where to Find Good Fashion Advice

As some of you may know, Blogger had some serious issues yesterday, leaving many of us without our most recent posts. As a result, the post I had in draft for today has disappeared, and it’s going to take me a little while to re-write it. Talk about frustrating! So, for today I’m taking a quick detour back to our Fashion 101 series, just to share some great resources with you.

Fashion 101


Great Posts to Read: 

Great Sites:
  • Already Pretty– Sally shares wonderful advice and helpful pictures for modest, do-able outfits, while also focusing on maintaining healthy self-esteem and body-image. 
  • Haute Lunch -You’ve already met Tara, so check out her blog for product reviews, ratings, weekly sales and deals information, trends, and fabulous giveaways.
  • The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesdays. Every Wednesday Lindsey has a link up for what I wore posts. You take pictures of your outfits every day for a week, and blog about them every Wednesday. It’s so inspiring to see what everyone else is wearing, and it gives you great accountability! Lindsey says she started it just for that reason, since she has her own business, she makes an effort to get out of sweats and comfy oversized sweaters every day. 
  • BonBon Rose Girls– these fun ladies write about trends, have lots of giveaways, share great advice, DIY projects and frugal fashion ideas. 
  • What I wore– Jessica Quirk has been documenting her life through daily outfits since May 2007. Her style is ADORABLE. Plus, she has lots of DIY’s and how-tos, plus she’s written a fashion “cookbook” full of recipes for a fabulous wardrobe!

Where do you find fashion advice? Friends, family, websites, magazines? What’s your favorite source?

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Define Basics: What Do You Really Need?

The “basics” are essential to a versatile, classy, and loveable wardrobe. And this is where I have trouble. When I go shopping, I’m easily distracted by something sparkly and I forget that what I really need is a pair of black flats.

I found this list of twelve must have basics, the bare essentials every woman needs in her wardrobe. What’s your score?

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Essential Wardrobe Staples

1. Little black dress (LBD)
2. A black suit (blazer and pants)
3. White button down shirt
4. Knee length black skirt
5. Classic trench coat
6. Dark denim jeans
7. Black pumps
8. Black flats
9. Two cardigan sweaters, one black and one white
10. Black leather bag
11. Set of pearls
12. Diamond (or small cubic zirconium) studs

Midnight Garden
Classic black dress: Midnight Garden from Shabbyapple.com

I got 7 and a half out of twelve, so almost 60%. Hmmm. How did you do?

When picking your basics, keep some of the other principles we’ve talked about in mind. For instance, if button up shirts aren’t flattering on you, look for an alternative, like the white wrap shirt below. Try googling “White wrap shirt” and all sorts of options will come up.

While some lists might include a pencil skirt as a must have basic, if you know they make your hips look too big, find a black A-line skirt or a pencil skirt with a little flair at the bottom.

  or
Adelaide and All Ruffled from Shabby Apple.

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What are your wardrobe basics, your go-to items? If you could add something to the essentials list, what would it be? 
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! (click the cupcake button on the sidebar to go there).My commenting system had some issues on that post, but with help from technical support, I found out what happened. I have all of your comments that were left with Intense Debate, so if you already entered, don’t worry! You’re still entered.


P.P.S. Is anyone trying the homework for this week ? Or catching up on last week? How is it going? 

P.P.P.S. This is technically the LAST Fashion 101 post. Having said that, I will probably do a weekend reading post with some good resources for finding more fashion advice, and now and then, I might pop in another fashion post if I feel like it. Has this series been helpful? Did you learn anything? 

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Five Questions To Ask Before You Buy

We’ve all done it before – spent too much, or bought something because we really wanted it although it didn’t fit right, or bought something just to make a bad day better. I’ve probably done all the above. You know that guilty feeling you get once you get it home, or every time you see it hanging in your closet? There’s a name for that; it’s called “shopper’s remorse.”

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Shopping can be like eating…sometimes we do it emotionally, and it’s not healthy. We need to realize that going shopping really puts us in a vulnerable place. A blog post I read on Already Pretty explained that when we go shopping, we become vulnerable to the advertisements competing for our attention, persuasive employees, the opinions of someone shopping with us, in addition to our inner voices.

One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is when the mannequin comes to life to convince her to buy the green scarf that she really can’t afford. It’s really her just imagination and her own inner voices. “It’s the only one left,” “It’s on sale,” “But it looks so good on you,” “You need it,” are the general arguments it uses to talk her into it. She gives in, but has to use multiple credit cards and borrow cash from strangers in order to buy it. Her unwise spending habits eventually catch up with her as the movie goes on.

On much rarer occasions, I’ll actually wish I had bought something that I put back on the rack. I’ll talk myself out of it in the store, and later really wish I’d bought it because it would go so well with the outfit I want to wear to such and such event. But like I said, this type of remorse happens much less frequently for me.

To keep yourself from wishing you hadn’t or wishing you had, stop and ask your reflection in the dressing room mirror a few important questions. 

1. Do I already have this, or something very similar?
It’s a good idea to have more than one of your basics, for instance, white or black tank tops. But how many red cardigans do you need? How many pairs of brown flats?

It is easy for us to be drawn to the things that we already own, because we like them. But we have to consider how often the new item will actually be worn. For me, it’s gray and navy blue shirts. I’m very attracted to those colors, but honestly, I don’t want to wear them every day of the week. I have to make a conscious effort to look at the same top in other colors and consider them, so that when I’m not in a blue or gray mood, I have something to wear.

2. Do I have something to wear with it?
I’m so guilty here. I tend to buy something and bring it home, only to discover that I only have one thing that goes with it. If that other thing is in the laundry, I’m out of luck. Then I have to go buy something else to match it.

Make it a habit to glance through your closet before you head out to go shopping. You’ll find it’s easier to remember what you already have to build outfits around.

And, before you get in the check out line, try to think of up to three outfits you could make with it. Can you dress it up for special occasions and down for everyday? Can it look professional and casual?

3. Is it worth it?
We know we’re supposed to buy quality over quantity, but that’s hard to do when staring at a 50% off sales sign at Target. In situations like these, we have to consider how long the item will actually last. Sure, those shoes might be cheap, but if they only hold up for a few months, it’s probably not worth it when you could invest your money in a pair that will last you ten years. Yeah, the Target shoes are cheaper now, but if you divide the cost by how long you’ll actually be able to wear them, it makes sense to buy quality.

Ultimately, you have to determine if it’s worth it. How much are you willing to spend on a dress you won’t wear very often? Is that top special enough to merit the price tag?

4. Is this the best time to buy it?
We talked before about savvy shopping. The longer you wait to buy something, the lower the price will go. But, you do run the risk of it being sold out. Have you looked for coupons for this store? Can you wait for a sale?

Also, since many of us don’t have unlimited budgets, think about what you really need right now. Tees might be on sale, but if you really need skirts, this is not the best time to take advantage of the sale.

5. Why do I want it?
So, why do you really want to buy it? Because it’s on sale, or because it looks good on you and you feel good wearing it?

It’s important to recognize when we are emotionally spending -shopping just to give ourselves a momentary high. That high won’t last, and it’s a really destructive habit. If you shop to relieve stress, you’ll just create stress by bringing financial woes upon yourself. If you shop as an escape from reality, well, reality isn’t going anywhere. And your credit card bill will definitely be real, even if it feels like a nightmare.

Image Source: 5 Ways to Control Emotional Spending

Don’t do that to yourself. You were made for more. Find healthy ways to handle your stress, anger, or disappointments. Call a friend and just talk. Take a bubble bath and do your nails. Dress up in the clothes you already have. Go for a walk or hit the gym. Write about it in a journal. Pray. Then pray some more. And trust God.

It’s Not Too Late
Returning something to the store feels like apologizing, admitting you’ve done wrong. Sometimes it needs to be done! Check your receipt to find the return policy. If it’s within a certain time frame, you might be able to return it.

If it’s a final sale, you’re out of luck. If it doesn’t fit you, doesn’t look good on you, or you already have several of the same, just pass it on to someone else. Or, sell it on eBay to get some of your money back.

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What shopping pitfalls are you most prone to? How do you avoid emotional spending? If you have other good questions to ask before you buy that I haven’t mentioned, tell us about it in the comments!


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How To Wear This Spring’s Makeup Trends {Giveaway}

Hello Beauties! I’m Tara, founder of Haute Lunch Beauty and Fashion Blog, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing a guest post for Scribbles from Emily! Today I want to show you all how to create a quick and easy makeup look that is perfect for spring and summer! 

This season, citrus, jewel tone, and pastel colors are showing up everywhere, which is great because these colors look fabulous on eyes, lips, and cheeks! Although brightening up your makeup may seem risky to some, this tutorial will help you do it with confidence and ease!

Before I get started on the application, I want to talk about the products I used to create this look. By no means do you need to use the exact same products. Any brand will do, so long as the colors are similar and the products serve the same purpose.

1-6. Eye Shadows from Tarte’s Spring Greening Palette

1. Warm Rose

2. Teal

3. Bronze

4. Pale Pink

5. Lime Green

6. Lilac

7. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef

8. M.A.C. Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Blush Baby (peach-colored)

9. Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Face Primer

10. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

11. Tarte EmphasEYES for Brows in Taupe

As you can see, eye shadow, lip color, and blush are key to updating your look this season, but there are a few other products I think are important to mention as well.

First, I want to talk about primers. If you’re like me, you’re usually in a hurry to get out the door, and adding a step to your makeup routine is the last thing you want to do. However, adding a primer to my makeup routine was one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Why you ask? Well, that’s because in the long run, it saves me both time and money! Face and eye primers create the perfect base for makeup, saving me time by allowing me to achieve the rich pigment I want from my blush and eye shadow quickly. Primers also save me money because I can use substantially less product every time I apply my makeup. If those reasons aren’t good enough on their own, priming also makes your skin and makeup look satiny smooth and keeps your makeup looking fresh all day! I think I’ve made my point. 😀

The other product I want to point out that I think many people overlook is an eyebrow pencil. This year, there is definitely a trend toward fuller, more natural eyebrows. An eyebrow pencil helps fill in thin eyebrows and gives your eyes a nice frame so they can really pop! Brow waxes and powders can be used instead of an eyebrow pencil, but I recommend pencils because they allow for easier, more precise application.

Now that I’ve talked about some important but often overlooked products, let’s dive into the tutorial! Of course, you always want to start your makeup application with a clean, dry face. From there, prep your face for makeup application with your face and eye primers, then apply your foundation and/or powder as you normally would. Now for the fun part!

Step 1: Apply Blush. For this look, I’m using a pastel peach colored blush from M.A.C., but anything similar in color will do. Apply blush from the apples of your cheeks up to your temples. Also apply a little blush to your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your jaw line to even out the look and give you a nice, sun-kissed glow! 

Step 2: Apply Base Eye Shadow. I’m using eye shadow #4, which is a pale pink. Again, any pale pink eye shadow will do. Apply this shadow from just under your eyebrows all the way down to your eyelashes. A fluff brush works best for this, but use whatever you have on hand. 

Step 3: Apply Eye Shadow to Lid. For this step, I’m using eye shadow #5, which is a lime green! To avoid fall out, dab the eye shadow onto your lid before blending. I like to use a thick eye shadow brush with short bristles for this step (such as M.A.C.’s 214 Short Shader Brush), but again, use what you have.

Step 4: Apply Eye Shadow to Crease. Here I’m using eye shadow #2, which is teal in color, to line the crease of my eyelid. To avoid getting too much shadow by your tear duct, start in the middle of the crease, then work your way in. After you’ve lined this half, go to the outer corner of your eye (think of an imaginary line from the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye- this is where you want to start this time) and finish lining the rest of your crease. To finish, simply blend the color from the crease up a bit (approx ¼ inch) on the outer edges of your eyes. This three step eye shadow application is very versatile and helps your eyes look big and beautiful! 

Step 5: Apply Eyeliner and Mascara. For this look, I used a silver green eyeliner from Sephora and Physician’s Formula PlentiFull Mascara in black-brown. This season, using colored eyeliners is definitely trendy, so don’t be afraid to try out a few new shades. Plus, eyeliner pencils last a long time, and are often inexpensive! To line your eyes, start in the middle of your upper lash line (never line inside your lash line as this could cause eye infections) and work your way in, then go to the outside of your upper lash line and work your way back to the middle. On the bottom lash line, just start at the outside and line to the middle of your eye. Lining only the outer half of your lower lash line will make your eyes look bigger than if you line them all the way. Finish off by curling your lashes and applying a coat of mascara. 

Step 6: Fill in Those Brows. Using my Tarte EmphasEYES brow pencil, I filled in the outer edges of my brows since they are a little sparse. Be sure to use a brow pencil that is approximately the same color, or one shade darker, than your brows. Also, be sure to smooth out those brows with a brow brush once you’re finished filling them in! 

Step 7: Line Your Lips. For this step, I’m using an Ulta Contour Lip Pencil in Rose because I’m going to use a coral colored lip gloss. Using a lip pencil that is slightly darker than your lip gloss will help give a nice, defined look to your lips, which is especially important when using light colored lipsticks or glosses.

Step 8: Apply Lip Gloss or Lipstick. This season, bright, opaque lip colors are definitely in! There are many opaque lip glosses available now, such as the coral colored gloss I’m using from Revlon, but lipstick will work fine, too. Fill in your lips with color, and if you do use a lipstick, finish them off with a thin coating of gloss to give them some shine!

The finished look: 


Here is a closer look at my eye color so you can better see how I applied and blended the three shades: 

Now that you know how to create this look, you can play around with different colors to create fun, flirty looks that are perfect for spring. For example, here is the color scheme I used…

But you could also use this pastel color scheme to create another beautiful look: 

This latter color scheme uses the same pale pink eye shadow (#4) as a base, a lilac eye shadow (#6) for the lid, and a rose eye shadow (#1) for the crease. I would combine this eye color combination with a watermelon colored gloss and a slightly darker blush, such as Benefit’s Dallas, which is a rosy bronze.

As I hope you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to look beautiful and trendy! This entire look took me less than 10 minutes to create, and I used products I already had in my makeup drawer. Even if you don’t have some of the colors necessary, you can pick up a few new eye shadows, new blush, and some new lip gloss for less than $20! I hope this tutorial gives you the knowledge and confidence to try some fun new makeup looks this season. Thanks again to Emily for inviting me to share my love to makeup with you all, and good luck with this week’s homework!

xoxo- Tara 

Emily here: Tara, thank you so much for this very thorough and informative post! I’m glad I knew an expert I could call on to write about this topic! I don’t know about the rest of you all, but I sure learned a few things. Tara manages to share great tutorials, tips, and inspiration several times a week, while going to school for a PhD in psychology. In fact, today she’s defending her Master’s proposal! Be sure to check out Tara’s blog and cheer her on, and check out the wealth of information in her archives!

For your information:
Here’s where you can find the products Tara used, and some similar ones:

Real Colors Smolder-Eyes Shadow Palette Trickster
Blush Rush
Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer
Beautique Brow Pencil Natural Blonde
Homework
So, I was really looking forward to last week’s homework, but I got swamped with my class projects and didn’t actually have time to do it. I’m guessing something similar might have happened to you too. So, if you’d like to still do last week’s homework challenge, go for it! I’d love to see what you come up with!
In case you do want to do last week’s challenge, I’m keeping this week’s homework simple. As simple as 1-2-3-4.
1. Wear one clothing item that you haven’t worn since you bought it, or that you haven’t worn for a very long time. These items can be called closet orphans. Here’s a fabulous post on wearing those orphans from Already Pretty.
2. Wear two jewelry items all week. Yes, even on those ordinary days. Earrings count as 1 item, so you could add a necklace, bracelet, ring, or any combination.
3. Wear three different types of bottoms this week. I wear jeans almost every single day, so this week I’m going to try to wear jeans, shorts, and a skirt or dress. The purpose of this is just to get us out of our clothing ruts.

4. Wear four different styles of tops this week. If you tend to wear tee shirts every day, this one is for you! Mix up your sleeve length, add a button up, go sleeveless, or whatever else you can come up with!

To give you some accountability, snap a picture of yourself in the mirror, or of your outfits. Choose one to share on the Scribbles facebook wall, or make a collage of them and share it with us.

This Week’s Giveaway

If today’s post made you wish you had some new makeup, this week’s giveaway  is your chance to get some for free! I’m giving away:

An e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick from Eyes, Lips, Face (e.l.f.) in lilac petal. You can use this color stick as lipstick, blush, or eye shadow! 
e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color in Nouveau Neutrals. These colors flatter a variety of skin tones and the neutrals match with almost any outfit. 
e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish in clear, and another one in Passion Pink.
And in case you’d rather pick out your own colors, one reader will win a $10 
What can you get with $10?  A LOT. You could get powder, blush, mascara,  eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, nail polish, concealer, an eyelash curler and a makeup brush all for $10. E.l.f cosmetics is proud of offering quality cosmetics at unbeatable prices, and it seems that they always have some sort of promotion going on. I just bought one of their e.l.f. Essential Get the Look Sets sets for $5, and it had five items inside. I’ve loved their mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and I’ve used an eyelash curler for the first time in my life since it came in the set. 
Today only, if you spend $15, you can get a free mini makeup kit that contains 27 different items by using the coupon code MINIFREE. But if you’d rather wait and see if you’ll win this week’s giveaway, there will probably be another coupon code by then!
One reader will win the All Over Color Stick, two nail polishes, nail buffer, and the Nouveau Neutrals eyeshadow. A second winner will receive the $10 gift card!
Here’s how to enter: 
1. Leave a comment on this post. You can let us know what your makeup routine is, or what you hope you’ll win. {1 entry}
2. Follow Scribbles From Emily blog. Leave a comment if you do!{1 entry}
3. Share this giveaway on twitter or facebook. Be sure to tag Scribbles From Emily! {1 entry for each}
4. Do this week’s homework. Any one of the four options works.{10 extra entries!}
By the way, the three winners from last week are:
Evianne, Pawsitive Life, and Bean! 
Congratulations!
Happy May everyone!
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How To Shop Savvy

In a poll on the Scribbles From Emily facebook page, the majority of you said that your biggest hangup when it comes to fashion is that it’s too expensive. Agreed. When I saw that this sweet little silk dress costs a whopping $1,169, I almost choked. But that’s the sale price, it’s 65% off the original $3,340.

Floral-print plissé silk-chiffon dress by Luisa Beccaria
Luisa Beccaria Floral Print Dress on The Outnet

So yes, fashion can be very, very, VERY expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

You just have to be a savvy shopper.

Savvy?
Today I’m going to share with you my top tips for shopping savvy, both online and in store. 
Online
1EbayI just recently discovered the addicting joys of eBay shopping! After a few attempts, I won an auction of 12 new with tags or new without tags Old Navy tops for $30. Through Groupon, I got a $15 eBay gift card for $7 a week or so earlier, so with the shipping included, the final price came to $24, $2 per shirt! There is SO MUCH on there that it can be overwhelming, so here’s a couple excellent how to posts that will get you started. 

    • How to Shop on eBay from Already Pretty. I read this post before I got started, and it helped tremendously. Especially the tip about making sure you don’t bid more than you can pay, especially if you’re bidding on more than one item at a time!
    • How to Bid, Win, and Save on Ebay from Haute Lunch. I read this post after I’d started eBay shopping, and Tara shares some great reasons to use eBay, as well as some new tips that I’ve found to be very helpful. 

2. Ebates. I first heard of ebates through the Frugal Living blog community. When you navigate to stores through the links on the ebates site, you can earn “cash back” on your purchases. If you’re going to buy something online anyway, it makes sense! It’s easy to sign up, and almost every store imaginable is on there, including eBay! I haven’t used it much, and so far I only have 9 cents coming to me. But I’ve heard from a lot of other bloggers who have saved big time using it. In addition to cash back, ebates also lets you know of sales and special coupon offers for around 1,200 stores.

3. Store Websites. I have found that sometimes stores put merchandise on sale that you won’t find in the the store. Also, many times they offer special discounts and web exclusive sales. So if there’s a store I really enjoy going to, I always visit their website.

4. Email Lists. If I really like a store, I sign up for their emails. Yes, it’s one more thing cluttering up my inbox, but some stores offer exclusive email coupons, such as 50% off at Modcloth, or 40% off your entire order at LOFT. And my favorite, free jewelry with any purchase from Charlotte Russe. I love the emails from Francesca’s Collections, not only because they always have big coupon discounts, but because they’re so pretty! They’re almost like scrapbook pages.

5. Amazon. Did you know there’s actually a lot of clothing for sale on Amazon.com? I didn’t until I started reading fashion blogs, and over and over, people mentioned getting items on Amazon. The bonus of shopping here over eBay is that you don’t have to bid (even though on eBay you sometimes have a “Buy it Now” option too). Since there’s a lot to sort through, make your search as specific as you can. I’ve used Amazon to find a particular color of tank that I just can’t find in stores. Plus, if you use Swagbucks, you can earn $5 Amazon gift cards just by searching with the swagbuck search bar. 

In Store
1. Goodwill. Ok, so you all know that I’m a big fan of Goodwill. Sometimes I approach Goodwill as a hunter: I look for specific things, such as a ladle or spice rack. But other times I go as a gatherer: I browse the housewares looking for unique objects, I browse accessories and shoes, and I dig through jewelry looking for vintage finds. Now I always look through the dresses, and sometimes other clothing items catch my eye. I do not walk each row and sort through all the tops and bottoms. That’s just overwhelming to me. I only venture in there if I’m hunting for a specific top or bottom. Many Goodwills have weekly sales on a certain color of tag or a certain week number, and sometimes everything in the store is 50% off on Saturdays. Keep an open mind when you go, and you’ll be amazed at what you find. 



2. Consignment stores. Sometimes these are similar to Goodwills, but usually they sell nicer items, and sometimes they sell brand names only. To find shops in your area, look through your phone book, or try local.com. One of the benefits to shopping at consignment stores is that you can also sell your clothes there. That way you can make a little shopping money.

Here’s a great post on shopping at thrift stores: 
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3. Estate sales/Garage Sales. Here in Arizona it seems that garage sales run year round, except when it’s really hot in the summer. I have yet to go to a garage or estate sale when I actually have money to spend, but I hope to soon. I’ve heard so many stories from other bloggers about the amazing vintage finds they get at estate sales. Garage sales often run cheaper than Goodwill, and many times they are a great place to buy children’s clothes or maternity clothes. 


4. End of season sales. When the first daffodils are finally blooming, who really feels like shopping for sweaters? Not me. But, that’s when I find the lowest prices!  Each season, stores come out with their new lines, and the old ones go on sale. The longer you wait, the lower the price. I watch the store emails I get, since they always announce their new seasons, and then I know it’s time. Sometimes I might not get to wear it until next year, but then it’s always a nice surprise to get it out and wear it for the first time. I’ve bought a few Anthropologie sweaters this way; I’ve paid $20 for sweaters that would otherwise cost upwards of $80. While it can be hard to feel in the mood for buying off season clothes, get in the mindset of gathering, not hunting, and I think you’ll be very pleased with the prices you’ll find. 

I know this is just scratching the surface of being a thrifty shopper, so feel free to share your best tips in the comments, or even share links to posts on the subject. How do you save money on your shopping? What’s the best bargain you’ve bought recently?

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How to Choose Colors that Flatter Your Skin Tone {Giveaway}

I hope you all had a lovely Easter!  Brian and I enjoyed the Easter breakfast, choir cantata, and drama at our church yesterday. Brian was in the drama, and it was definitely out of his comfort zone, but he did a great job! I was so proud! 
Alright, now we are week two of our fashion series. This week we will focus on shopping, and there’s a new giveaway and a new homework assignment, but wait ’til the end of the post for that. 

PhotobucketBut first, I feel like our discussion of style personality and body shape isn’t complete without talking about colors that look good with our skin tone. This has always been tricky for me. I have a hard time knowing if something is washing me out or if it isn’t “my” color. So I learned a lot from researching for this post!
To determine which colors flatter you, the first step is to find which “season” you are. Skin tones are divided into four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. 

Winter

Features:

  • You have pink or blue undertones.
  • Your complexion could be pale white, yellowish-olive, or dark. 
  • You have dark eyes.
  • You have dark hair. 

Good colors:

  • bright, striking, and pure colors
  • White, red, bright blue, bright pink, and bright yellow are good choices
  • Jewel tones, such as dark red, emerald, and teal are also flattering.
  • Avoid subdued oranges and pale neutrals, such as beiges. 
Spring
Features:
  • Your skin has golden undertones.
  • Your complexion is creamy white or peach.
  • Generally, you have blonde, strawberry blonde, or red hair. 
  • You have freckles and rosy cheeks. 
  • You have blue or green eyes. 
Good colors:
  • Warm colors like peach, coral, golden yellow and golden brown.
  • Light colors, such as pastels, are flattering.
  • Blues and greens, especially aqua and teal, bring out the red highlights in your hair and accentuate your eyes.
  • Watch out for dusty hues, such as rose or dusty blue. These can wash you out. 
Summer
Features:
  • Like winters, you have blue or pink undertones.
  • Your skin is pale and pink.
  • You have naturally blonde hair, or naturally brown hair. 
  • You have light colored eyes. 
Good colors:
  • Pastels and  neutrals with warm, pinkish undertones.
  • Lavender, plum, browns, and rose.
  • Avoid orange and colors that are too golden. 
  • You can wear bright colors as well, such as hot pinks, bright blue, and green.
Autumn
Features:
  • You have light brown, dark blonde, or red hair.
  • Your skin has golden undertones.
  • Unlike springs, you have brown or hazel eyes. 
Good colors:
  • Choose colors with gold undertones.
  • Camel, beige, gold, orange, and dark brown flatter your skin, hair, and eyes. 
  • Avoid dark colors with blue undertones, such as navy.
  • Jewel tones such as plum and teal are flattering.

Universally flattering color:
  • Eggplant.
Amethyst

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Homework
The rest of this week, we will be talking about shopping. On facebook, several of you responded to my poll about fashion hang ups, and by far, the biggest hang up was the expense. So this week, your homework is to shop your closet! 

You will need:
  • A timer
  • A clean, large, flat surface, such as your bed or floor.
  • A digital camera
Here’s how it works:
  1. Set a timer for 30 minutes. 
  2. Dump your drawers and closet onto your bed so that you can see everything you have. I know it makes a mess, but it is the best way to really see what’s there! (Don’t include your shoes or accessories at this point)
  3. In the time left, see how many combinations you can come up with. You can do tried and true combinations you wear all the time, but try stretching yourself to come up with new outfits.
  4. Snap a quick picture of each one! 
  5. After the timer runs out, look through your pictures. Pick your favorite NEW outfit, and add accessories and shoes.
  6. Take a picture of yourself wearing it, or if you’d rather not post a picture of yourself, just take a picture of the outfit. Then post it to the Scribbles From Emily Facebook wall so we can all be inspired by you! Let us know how many combinations total you came up with.
Once the picture is downloaded to your computer, go to Scribbles wall and choose “Photo” and upload. 
There are several benefits to this exercise. You get to see all that you have all together, and you will come up with new ways to wear what you already have. This helps prevent you from buying things you already have. You also might find items deep in your closet that you’ve forgotten about. 
Taking a picture of each outfit helps solidify the outfits in your mind, and gives you a visual reminder. I’ve read about women who put the pictures of their outfits into a photo album and keep it by their bed. In the morning, they flip through it and pick out what they want to wear that day. If you have trouble finding something to wear, maybe you should give that a try! 
This Week’s Giveaway
For this week’s giveaway, I actually shopped my bathroom cabinets. For some reason, people love giving me body spray. I’m just not a body spray person I guess, because I’ve never ever used it! I’m also not a hair product person, I keep my hair routine simple and use as little product as possible. So, this week I’m giving away: 

All this!

Rusk Priming Creme
Jergens sample of Cherry Almond lotion
Japanese Cherry Blossom body splash from Bath and Body Works
Japanese Cherry Blossom cooling mist from Bath and Body Works
Sun Ripened Raspberry body splash from Bath and Body Works
Two Ojon Hair Revitalizing Mists (weightless leave-in hair conditioner)
Sea Island Cotton body splash from Bath and Body Works
Love Spell body spray from Victoria Secret
Rusk W8less Plus (extra strong hold hairspray)

And, this Ralph Lauren bag.

Because no body needs that much body spray, I’m going to pick THREE winners this week. 

Here’s how to enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post answering the question, “What colors look best on you?”
For extra entries:

  • Leave a comment letting me know which three giveaway items you would most like to receive. {1 entry}
  • Do this week’s homework. {10 entries}

Out of 37 entries, Last week’s winner of the headband from Handmade and Lovely was:

Kasha Sue!

Bracey will have your headband in the mail shortly! Congratulations!

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Three Reasons to Get out of Sweats and Into Style

A couple weeks ago, I asked the question on coffee talk blog forum: Why dress well? Does it matter?
This was my post:

What do you think? Is it important to dress well, even when you’re not trying to impress anyone? It’s tempting for me to lounge around in sweats or pj’s all day when no one will see me except my husband, and I know a lot of other women, especially moms, find themselves in a similar situation. 
But, when I do dress well, I feel better about myself and more motivated throughout the day. What about you? Do you notice a difference in the way you feel or act? Why do you think that is? Is it worth taking the time to look nice? Why or why not?

I received fabulous, insightful, and honest replies from women in all walks of life:  work at home moms, moms with young kids, moms with kids on the way, women with empty nests, single ladies, and so on. I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am!

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1. For Others
Karen: I love to be comfy. I home school. I work from home. Who cares how I look???
BUT, when my husband and I were dating (21 years ago), I cared about how I looked. So, even if I don’t get there until 4:30 in the afternoon, I do freshen up and put on a little makeup (simple foundation, blush and mascara). He would never ask me to, but I know he likes that I care.

Elise: I don’t “dress up” but I do try to take a few minutes (if babies allow) to get dressed, brush my hair and teeth and maybe a touch of makeup. It makes me feel more motivated to do things around the house. I also don’t want my hubby coming home and me looking like I’ve been in bed all day. Sometimes the house looks like it – so I try to have one of us put together!

Chris: Working from home, I don’t do much to myself but try to look presentable for my husband when he gets home.

If I’m doing anything social or in public, you better believe I’m getting spruced up!  I love projecting an image of being well-groomed and stylish, which is how my friends view me.  It really doesn’t take that much extra effort either.  
I mean if you have to put on pants, a shirt, and shoes anyway, why can’t it be a nice updated pair of jeans (no “mom jeans”), trendy shirt, and chic shoes?!
Glenda: I am sure I’m in accord with all the Fashionistas here will agree that even going to the store, you have to look your best – it’s essential to present a quality presence to everyone you meet – you never know who that next person in the bank line is – or how they will perceive you and your professionalism.

2. For motivation
Erin and Jocelyn: Definitely, I think its a mood boost when I wear an outfit I feel good in. I work from home so its very easy to dress sloppy, but then I feel sloppy too.

Lolli: Like others, I feel better when I look nice, and when I feel better, I am more productive. It’s amazing. Sometimes I am tempted to stay in my sweats and t-shirt, especially when I know I’ll just be working from home all day. But taking a shower and doing my make-up and putting something nice on makes me more productive, I swear.

Renee: I feel like I am “Ready for the day” as soon as I have showered and put on some decent clothes. My day always goes better like this. If I wear lounge clothes all day I end up feeling yucky and I don’t do as much. I am all about the comfort especially having a four-month old to take care of. That is why my clothes consist of a lot of lululemon gear. It is comfy yet I can run to the store and it looks good. 

3. For yourself
Happy Mum: I spend my time as a SAHM (stay at home mom) and at a barn and every day I get dressed in breeches and a really nice shirt so I don’t look too “barny” and I always do my hair and makeup. I do it for me. Just me. It makes me feel better, ready to greet the day!

Shabana: Definitely, dressing up matters. You feel better about yourself and to the world you show that you’re someone who respects themselves enough to look after themselves. I work with brands. I always feel it’s so important to put out a ‘brand image’ of yourself to people. The best way to do this is by dressing the way you want to portray yourself. If you get a bit creative and put some more thought into it, then your dressing style makes you stand out from others.

Rhi: I wont leave the house not looking presentable! I work in a drive-through coffee shop and I haaaaaaate when people come by in their fleece playboy pajama pants! Or robes! Snuggies! Slippers! It’s awful! 
I’ll admit to sometimes running out in yoga pants, but nice, clean, fitted yoga pants. Not frumpy sweats. With a cute sporty top or jacket. And my hair isn’t a mess and I’m not going ANYWHERE w/o mascara on. (and right now this happens more since I have exactly two pairs of jeans I can even sort of close with my bump) I try to look cute when my hubby gets home too, cuz nobody wants a frumpy housewife….plus I cant be hoping for any fun if I look like a mess! I hoooooope I can keep it up when I have the baby…. I’m on a serious mission to be a hot mom!!!

A simple pony tail can look chic

Jackie: I do think it’s worth it … It really doesn’t even take that much time to get dressed up if you’re just light on the make-up and have a quick but cute hairdo. Putting on clothes only takes a couple minutes unless you’re indecisive of what to wear. But what’s half an hour of getting ready if it means you get to feel good, confident, productive, what have you, for the entire day!
Amanda: I can remember when my first son was born it was hard for me to even get a shower some days. I would be in PJ’s or comfortable clothing all day and I just felt blah about myself.  It took me months to get out of this rut. 
When my second son was born I was already aware of how easy it is to fall into the blah mode.  So I made sure that I got showered and dressed into regular clothes everyday.  It did not always happen first thing in the morning but I got it done.  Not only did I feel better about myself but I lost the baby weight way faster! I definitely think that getting dressed everyday and making yourself look nice helps with your overall attitude.


Sally: I think that dressing well does wonders for self-image, confidence, and mood. It may seem like work initially, but putting in the effort to assemble and wear a fun or expressive outfit is nearly always worth the effort!


There are some common threads throughout the responses, and one of the main ones is dressing well to “feel better.” That sums up why I try to take the time every day to get out of pj’s and put on makeup. How I feel about myself changes the way I respond to others. It affects my mood and my productivity. 

So why is it so hard sometimes? Maybe we just haven’t made it a habit to take care of ourselves. We’re busy taking care of everyone else, and we think we don’t matter. Or, maybe we’re just lazy. 

I do think that there are seasons during our lives when other things take precedence. But as Chris mentioned, if you have to put on clothes anyway, why not pick cute ones? Does it really take that long to swipe some mascara? 

I’ve been wearing some makeup since I was thirteen, so the idea of not taking the time to put it on in the morning is a little foreign to me, and I’ve never been pregnant or had toddlers. So, what do you think? Is putting effort into your appearance important to you? Why or why not? 

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Does This Make Me Look Fat? How to Flatter Your Figure

Who hasn’t asked someone that before?

It called to you from across the store. That beautiful, pleated, full length skirt. It seemed like a no-brainer. But then, you tried it on. Something was just….wrong. You looked short, frumpy, and squat. What happened? Or you slip into a pair of jeans, and look instantly 10 pounds lighter. You feel like a million bucks. Is it magic?

We talked on Monday about your style personality. Today, lets delve into another crucial aspect of dressing yourself well: your shape.

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Exercise won’t change this shape. It’s more of your body’s basic structure. There are four basic types, and they go by various names. I’m going to use the most common: Apple, Pear, Ruler, and Hourglass. Once you know your shape, you can find clothes that fit you better and spare your husband from having to answer that dreaded question again!

Ruler

  • Also known as banana or rectangle, ruler shaped people resemble their name. Their hips, shoulders, and waist are about the same width, and they might have a small bust.
Apple

  • Also known as “V”, Apple shaped people are wider in the shoulders and narrower in the waist and hips, with long legs.

Pear

  • Pear shaped people have curvy hips, thighs, and backside and a small waist, medium to small chest, and sloping or narrow shoulders. This is a very common shape among women.

Hourglass

  • Also known as an “8” shape, people with an hourglass shape have chest and hip measurements that are similar, with a smaller waist and a larger bust.
To determine your shape, you can look in a mirror and try to guess. If you can’t tell, have someone help you take your measurements. You can measure yourself, but you’ll get more accurate results if you get help.  Measure across the fullest part of your chest, running the tape measure underneath your arms, with your arms relaxed at your sides for your chest measurement. Measure around the narrowest part of your torso: this is your natural waist. Measure the fullest part of your hips for your hip measurement. 

There’s a few variations on these types. You could be:

  • Short Waisted- the distance between your shoulders and natural waist is shorter than average (right around where your elbow hits is average) and you have longer legs.
  • Long Waisted- the distance between your shoulders and natural waist is longer than average, and you have shorter legs.

Flaws or Features?
I mentioned last Friday that history has perceived different body shapes as “ideal” at different times. Sometimes people automatically associate a particular shape with being overweight, or skinny. This is not the case! Some shapes will allow you to hide extra weight better than others, but that’s not necessarily a good thing, considering that the health risks are still there.

I’m an hourglass, but I certainly haven’t always embraced that. I got my figure pretty early, while all my peers were still relatively flat chested, and it frustrated me that I didn’t look as good in the little tees and tops and other junior sized clothing. I felt fat, and I wanted to be a ruler. But no amount of push-ups or sleeping with my bra on was making my chest any smaller! It was hard to find bras that had big enough cups and small enough bands to fit my rib cage; most department stores didn’t carry my size, and I had to settle for ill fitting bras or pay for the more expensive Victoria Secret ones. It probably wasn’t until after meeting Brian that I began to really accept and appreciate my shape and see that having a big bust and butt could be a good thing.

Like we talked about Friday, a lot of fashion advice is geared towards fixing your “flaws.” I don’t think that having a small bust, or a big bust, or short legs, or thick ankles, really are “flaws,” it’s part of how God made us. We can try to disguise our features to create the illusion of being whatever the ideal shape is at the time, or we can embrace our uniqueness and find out what fits us best, what makes us feel the best, and what we enjoy wearing the most.

What to Wear
Feel free to try these suggestions and see what works for you; you definitely don’t have to follow them all the time. Some of my favorite clothes technically aren’t supposed to look good on me. Several of you shared in the comments that the best fashion advice you’ve received was to wear what you love and what fits. Pawsitive Life said that she dislikes fashion that tries to hide flaws, instead of “celebrating the person in the clothes.” I completely agree, so hopefully these help you to celebrate your shape!

Apple:

  • Try V necklines. Avoid ruffles on your shoulders and puffed sleeves, which make your shoulders look larger.
  • Wrap dresses and tops are a great look on you, as well as tops and dresses that tie at the waist.
  • Wear skirts and dresses to show your long legs to their advantage. A-lines that flare at the bottom will balance your shoulders.
  • High waisted tops and dresses fit you well.
  • Go for jackets and sweaters that hit below your waist.
Apple Shape stylebakery.com

Ruler:

  • Wide belts look great on you; they add definition to your waist.
  • Wrap or tie tops with V necks are a good choice. Go for these over straight cut button up shirts.
  • You’ve got great legs, so go for straight leg jeans and pencil skirts.
  • Avoid bolero jackets, they tend to make you look boxy. Instead, try longer jackets that are fitted in the waist and flare out over the hips.
Boyish figure stylebakery.com

Pear:

  • Wear bottoms that are darker than your tops.
  • Avoid bottoms with pleats and side pockets, and jackets that end at your hips. Go for long or short.
  • Wear tops that accentuate your shoulders, such as puffed sleeves, flutter sleeves, or halter necklines.
  • Skinny jeans might not be the best look for you, flared jeans are more balanced and universally flattering. You could also try a boot cut. 
  • A-line skirts, dresses, and tops are great on you.
Pear Shape Sylebakery.com

Hourglass:

  • Avoid tops with too much detail around the chest if you are busty, as well as turtlenecks and cowlnecks; they’ll make you look top heavy.
  • Along with that, avoid spaghetti straps. Scoop, V, and sweetheart necklines are flattering.
  • Good bras that fit well are extremely important.
  • Accentuate your narrow waist with a belt or sash.
  • Go for fitted dresses and tops.
  • A-line skirts and dresses are always good choice, but you can also look amazing in dresses and skirts that hug the figure.
Hourglass Shape Stylebakery.com

Short Waisted:

  • Wear long tunic tops or dresses, and avoid dresses with waistbands
  • Layer long tanks underneath tops

Long Waisted:

  • Wear different colors on the top and bottom
  • Go for shorter jackets
Universally Flattering:
  • Wrap dresses. They flatter every figure.
  • Dark denim. Always makes you look slimmer. 
  • A-line skirts and dresses. That little flare in the skirt is flattering for everyone’s shape.

Sources: Fashion For Dummies Cheat Sheet, Figure Flatter, The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Slimmer

It’s important to note that sometimes suggestions might be contradictory. Some dresses suggested for hourglass figures might have spaghetti straps, and some A-line skirts might have pleats. So please don’t take these too literally! Find what works for YOU!

For more info:

  1. How to Dress To Flatter Any Figure. This article mentions 12 different types, but many of them sound like slight variations on the basic types I’ve mentioned. This article gives examples for each and some suggestions for flattering clothing.
  2. Figure Flatterer on iVillage. This interactive tool is packed with suggestions for what to wear and what to avoid when it comes to jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, tops, and even accessories. However, it is from the perspective that some features are “bad,” and if you have a certain shape, you can never ever wear certain things, which I don’t buy. With that said, it does have a lot of helpful information.
  3. Stylebakery. This site has some really helpful articles and images, and they’re very down to earth and affordable.
  4. Wendi Braswell. I stumbled across her videos on ehow, and I’ll probably share some more from her. You can find great videos from her on youtube too. Here’s a video about finding jeans to flatter your figure with some really great tips. 
  5. Shabby Apple’s Figure Flatterer. After doing the quiz, you can shop by your figure type.

What do you like about your shape? Have you always liked it?

Think about your favorite outfits. What is it about them that makes them look great on you?

P.S. Have you entered the giveaway yet?! Are you having fun with the homework for this week? Have you take your body shape into consideration with the collage you’re making?

P.P.S. To post your collage on Scribble’s facebook page, all you have to do is share the link. Or, you could post it to your page and tag @scribblesfromemily. Let me know if you need help 🙂

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