Outstanding Outfit Bloggers

Playful Style with Exuberant Curls

46-year old Diane Capozzi is an Entertainment Agency Office Administrator who documents her outfits over at Fashion on the 4th Floor. Her exuberant curls are the first thing I noticed when I found her blog, and they are an integral part of her casual and playful style. Diane has no trouble switching between feminine outfits and Tomboy or Sporty Luxe looks. She rocks a suit, and firmly believes that age shouldn’t define what you should or should not be wearing.

“Even though I’ve stayed pretty stubborn and rooted in my tomboy aesthetic, over the past five years, I’ve experimented with more girly and sexy pieces with my looks. I’ve added ruffles, plunging necklines, vibrant floral patterns, frilly off-the-shoulder tops and yes, heels. I’ve just found a way to incorporate those into ensembles that feel more like me versus getting sucked into mimicking a trend head to toe.”

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This is a marvelous example of Angie’s dress over flared crops formula. Diane is wearing an elegant denim fit-and-flare dress over white cropped kick flare jeans. The dress hits her just above the knee, a length that works well here for our 5’ 9 1/2″ blogger. The short sleeves and faux belted panel on the dress create structure, while the dark denim makes the white jeans look extra crisp. Dainty ankle strap sandals with a block heel help lengthen the leg line, should you need it. Opting for pastel pink footwear instead of white or metallic is a little unexpected and adds a subtle touch of colour. A white watch, silver bracelets, and Diane’s gorgeous curls are all that’s needed to finish off the look.

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Black leather over-the-knee boots are the centre piece of this polished casual look. Diane is wearing them over mid-blue skinny jeans. This creates a low contrast between the jeans and boots and eliminates horizontal lines on the leg. She’s paired the jeans with a pale blue ribbed top with black piping on the sleeves and a faux leather moto jacket with faux fur collar. The boots together with the jacket bring soft edge to the outfit. The short top and jacket make our blogger’s gams go on for miles. The textured jacket, faux fur collar and ribbing on the top add great textural interest. Her blue satchel matches the top and works beautifully with the black and dark blue. Sunnies in the same icy blue are the quirky finishing touch.

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Doesn’t this marvelous plaid suit make you smile! Going with a large check pattern in grey and purple makes for a playful dressy look. The cropped tailored pants and tailored blazer create a streamlined silhouette. Diane wears them with a feminine flared sleeved top in a matching purple. The swingy silhouette and gauzy material with see-through detailing around the neckline and frilly stand-up collar add girly softness. Pairing the suit with silver metallic flat loafers amps up the dressy factor. The floral brooch in silver with complementary pink echoes the silver shoes. Soft pink lipstick and nail polish complete the look.

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For this breezy Summer look, Diane has paired black shorts with a printed tunic. The tunic is a poncho style in a lightweight fabric with abstract floral pattern accentuated with a double striped detail along the hemline. To create structure and to not obscure the short shorts, our blogger has cinched the waist with a studded skinny belt. The faux leather shorts are perforated, which adds textural interest. High-heeled studded cage sandals toughen up the look. The pretty floral pattern and flowy tunic silhouette offset the hard-edged vibe of the shorts and footwear. Silver rings and thin silver bracelets complement the black and white colour palette.

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Diane elevates a simple shirt and jeans outfit by adding a bustier top. Our blogger is wearing the crisp white button-down untucked over on trend cropped kick flare jeans. Popping over the bustier corset top with flirty bow detail creates gentle curves and works well with her dark curls. The high-heeled pointy toe booties in dove grey are low contrast against the mid-blue jeans and lengthen the leg line. Diane wears her hair up to showcase glam silver earrings. A compact and playful Iris Apfel satchel is an unexpected way to add some pattern into the mix.

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Marigold with pastel pink, white and light gold makes for a delightful colour combo! I haven’t seen many knit tunics lately, and this is a good one. The tailored fit, ribbed knit and short sleeves create a streamlined yet comfortable silhouette over the white ankle length skinny jeans. Braided ankle strap clog sandals in light gold add a touch of shimmery polish. Diane’s soft pink scarf adds pretty flourish and amps up the dressy casual vibe. As always, our blogger’s fabulous curls are the gorgeous cherry on top.

What do you think of Diane’s playful style? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out the rest of her wonderful outfits on her blog, Fashion on the 4th Floor.

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Hat Solutions for Sized Out Heads

Most hats come in one size, and some over a few sizes, which makes pickings slim for women who don’t have a head circumference of around 56  cm or 22 inches. 

My head is 52 cm or 20 inches in circumference and I battle to find a hat that fits me. One potential solution is to look in the children’s department. This works quite well with casual Winter hats like beanies and berets. But it’s hard to get dressier hats, or hats that look “grown-up” because the styles are designed for children. 

Petite Sized Hat

Every so often, a ladies hat company makes a hat in a “petite” size. The Wallaroo Hat Company did just that, and I bought the tan straw hat shown in the collection below. It has a drawstring on the inside that you can pull even tighter to fit an extra petite head. It’s very lightweight, packable, and comfortable. I’ve been wearing it daily on walks with Sam our Yorkie.

If you need a hat to fit a larger head, try shopping in the men’s department. You probably won’t find anything girly or ultra feminine, but there are lots of fabulous fedoras, trilbies, Panama hats, berets, beanies, caps, newsboys, Western hats, and straw hats to choose from. 

Every so often, you’ll also find a hat company that makes larger hat sizes for ladies. Hat company Sun Grubbies for example, offers a sun hat for a 59 to 61 cm head circumference. 

Finally, you can have hats made to fit if you have time and it’s not an urgent purchase. It’s a pricier option, but a fun one nonetheless. Feel free to share hat resources for heads that are smaller or larger than what is typically offered in retail in the comments section.

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My Favourite Eye Make-Up Products

I wear eye make-up daily because I love the visual effect. It makes my eyes look brighter, enhances the shape of my eyes and makes my arched brows look more pronounced. A strong brow line frames the face, and adds high contrast to my low-contrast complexion. I wear specs daily, and since a strong brow line works particularly well with eyewear, I pay close attention to the shape of my brows.  

For someone who adores the look of eye make-up and wears it no matter what – I am quite minimal with its application. I also stick to using the same products for a very long time, replenishing them regularly.

I currently use three eye make-up products: mascara, eyeliner, and eyebrow pencil. The exact items are in the collection below.

I use YSL’s Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Mascara in blue because blue mascara makes my green eyes look greener. I tightline the top lids with blue Laura Mercier’s Tightline Cake Eyeliner to match the mascara. I fill in the rest of my brows with brown Anastasia’s Perfect Brow Pencil. I prefer brow pencil above all other brow products because it looks the most natural on my brows. I’m not a fan of brow powder or gel. 

I don’t use eyeshadow because I think it’s too much going on with my specs, big eyes and a relatively small face. By the time I put on my bold specs, there is no room for eyeshadow. 

And last, I follow the old yet effective make-up guideline of accentuating either your eyes or your lips. Since I wear dark eye make-up, I always wear light lipstick. The fact that hubby Greg doesn’t like me in dark lipstick plays a role too. 

Over to you. Do you wear eye make-up daily like I do, and how different is your routine from mine?

Roundups

Tops & Bottoms

Fun Summer items for a range of body types.

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Summer Items

A selection of warm-weather items that covers a range of body types.

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Summer White Tops

An assortment of white tops across a range of price points and silhouettes.

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Violeta & Jackets

Larger sizes and some fun toppers make this week’s roundup.

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Assorted Items

Fun stuff to add to your wardrobe for Spring and Summer.

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Casual Dresses

An assortment of easy casual dresses for Summer, some of which can be dressed up.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Skirts, Pants & Jeans

There were some fabulous bottoms at the sale, although they were initially hard to find because the NAS assortment seemed very “top and jacket heavy”. Here’s the final rundown. 

Skirts

  • Halogen Ruffle Hem Pencil Skirt: An elegant skirt that's a good length for the office. On-trend and substantial fabric. Works well on a curvier and straighter body type. Beautiful with a tucked top. Chic.
  • Halogen Ponte Pencil Skirt: Sublime knitted tube skirt. Comfy. VERY substantial fabric. Works on most body types because it moulds to the body. Very flattering and slimming. Fitted, but not clingy. Dressy. Everyone who tried it on loved it. Back zipper detail is fab. Runs two sizes big. All the colours are nice.
  • Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt: Crisp architectural pleats that look amazing IF you have a top or jacket that works with the silhouette. Be careful that this skirt is not orphaned. Size down.
  • Vince Camuto Pin Dot Faux Wrap Skirt: An easy and comfortable tube skirt to wear with a looser top. Nice front vent detailing. Runs big. Great for travel.
  • Emerson Rose Plaid Pencil Skirt: A beautifully made graphic skirt for Team Tall. Great texture on the fabric.
  • Halogen Ruffle Hem Knit Skirt: Pretty flouncy skirt that might run a size big. Soft and comfy. Excellent swoosh as you stride. Nice with a shorter top and topper. Can absolutely be worn with dressy flats, and works as well on petites because of the tapered cut.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Pants

  • Halogen Kick Flare Knit Ankle Pants: Every client, across all body types, looked great in these cropped flares. The fit and very substantial fabric are magical because they mould to the body in a flattering way. Ideal for business casual. Not clingy. Forgiving and comfy. Good price. All the colours are nice.
  • Vince Crop Stretch Wool Pants: These work well on a rectangle, inverted triangle and apple-shaped body type. They work less well when you're curvy unless you're prepared to wear them slouchy.
  • Classiques Entier Stretch Flare Leg Suit Pants: Luxe fabric and a good fit on narrower thighs and a wider waist.
  • Boss Tulea3 Plaid Stretch Wool Suit Trousers: A good fit on a relatively curvy body type. Better on straighter figures.
  • NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers: Excellent fit on a curvy body type with fuller thighs. But they work on narrow thighs and a wider midsection too. They mould to your body type quite magically. Particularly good on petites in a petite size. Extremely comfy. Size down.
  • Halogen Slim Ankle Pants: Great pants on a straighter figure, although they work on fuller hips and thighs if you're wider on the waist. Great graphic pattern.
  • Vince Crop Stretch Knit Trousers: Substantial Ponte pants that look fairly dressy. Size down, and better in the grey. Works on an assortment of body types.
  • NYDJ Stretch Knit Straight Leg Trousers: Excellent fit on a curvy body type and fuller thighs. But they work on narrow thighs and a wider midsection too. They mould to your body type quite magically. Particularly good on petites in a petite size. Extremely comfy. Size down.
  • Vince Camuto Stretch Twill Seamed Pants: Good fit on a curvy and straighter bottom half. The front seam detailing adds a dressy touch. Substantial fabric, and as fab in regular sizes. Size down.
  • Sejour Faux Leather Front Crop Leggings: Fab pair of mixed media super hero leggings to wear with dresses and tunics. Fun ankle zippers.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Jeans

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. And be sure to browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear and workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Good hunting.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Dresses

There weren’t as many fab dresses at this year’s sale, but some great looks nonetheless. Although I complain profusely about the sea of sleeveless dresses at retail, they do have the advantage of being comfortable to wear with toppers (no sleeve bunching). Many clients were happy to go sleeveless as long as we found the RIGHT topper to finish off the look. So I’ve added some great dress toppers at the end, in case you need them. Cardigans, denim jackets, wraps, capes and coats work well over dresses too. 

  • Boss Hakordia Belted Sheath Dress: A fab frock that works best on a regular or long torso with a strong shoulder line and defined waist. Wear it as a classic, or layer a shirt/blouse under the dress. Fun over cropped pants, jeans and leggings too. Impeccable quality.
  • Karen Kane Taylor Flare Sleeve A-Line Dress: An amazing dress on most body types. It's elongating, comfortable, and hides lumps and bumps. Excellent drape and good length. Comes in petites. The smallest size will fit a size US2. You are sized out if you wear a size US0.
  • CeCe Floral Scuba Sheath Dress: This dress surprised me because I thought it would be clingy. Yet, it's wonderfully forgiving on midsection extra bits. You don't need to suck in your tummy because it holds you in. Crease-resistant. Fab on a larger bust. Size up a size. Dressy and fun.
  • CeCe Scalloped Hem Shift Dress: Mod Fabness. Gorgeous shade of cranberry. Very fun dainty bow closure at the back. Comfortable. You can have Thanksgiving dinner in this dress. Size down one or two sizes.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Fabiana Dress: Avant-garde dress with clean lines and architectural sleeves. Runs a size big. Works well on an hourglass and rectangular body type. Can work on an inverted triangle and moderate apple shape too. Elegant. Impeccable quality.
  • Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress: I LOVED this dress over cropped straights or cropped kick flares. Runs at least a size big. There's one in a teal and black pattern if that tickles your fancy. Hem flounce is quite subtle. Super cute. DIFFERENT.
  • Halogen Flounce Back Shift Dress: Avant-Garde School Girl Fabness. It runs very big, is unstructured, and hangs in a straight and architectural manner. But the vertical lines offset the volume in a clever and creative way. Great layered over a long tee, blouse and shirt. Some clients liked it over cropped straights and leggings. Warning: do NOT try this dress unless you're fine with volume.
  • Classiques Entier Leather Trim Italian Ponte Knit Dress: AMAZING dress on an Inverted triangle, rectangle or hourglass. Despite the high neckline, it works well on a larger bust. My size US12 client looked killer in this. Amazing with a moto layered over the top. Sharp.
  • Classiques Entier Pinstripe Stretch Silk Midi Dress: Avant-Garde Fabness. You need to have a longer waist and be fairly tall to make this work so that the waistline hits you in the right spot. It's surprisingly good on a larger bust. LOVE the diagonal stripes. Gorgeous drape and quality. Comfy.
  • Fabiana Filippi Stretch Wool & Cashmere Ruffle Dress: AMAZING dress on a petite who does not mind surrendering their waist. Wear a wrap as a topper, or coat for the holidays. Fab with tall sleek boots or booties. Gorgeous colour. Impeccable quality.
  • Fuzzi Print Tulle Sheath Dress: An INCREDIBLE dress for a narrow body type. Tight but very comfortable. It's clingy, but drapes beautifully. The pattern and embroideries are stunning. Elegant length. Runs one to two sizes small. Impeccable quality
  • Eliza J Jersey Sheath Dress: The colours are fabulous for Fall & Winter. A good length to wear to the office, SLEEVED, and there's plenty of structure. Fitted but not clingy. Good on an hourglass and rectangular body type. Could work on an inverted triangle too. Not good on apple shapes. Comfortable, well made, lined, and machine washable. Works EXTREMELY well on a curvy plus size.
  • Ellen Tracy Pintuck Ponte Sheath Dress: Structured without the cling. SLEEVED. Streamlined and a fab length for the office. V-neck is great on a larger bust or short neck. Lovely colour.
  • KUT from the Kloth Tayanita Faux Suede Jacket: A machine washable suede jacket to wear over sleeveless tops and dresses. Super soft, drapey, and more interesting than a basic cardigan. Comes in handy and looks fab. Runs a size big. Both colours are fab.
  • Kate Spade New York textured tweed jacket: An AMAZING jacket to wear over sleeveless sheath dresses to the office or to a dressier event. It's unlined, lightweight, well made, and has gorgeous hardware. The textured fabric and buttons liven up the black.
  • BLANKNYC Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket: Gold Moto Fabness in faux leather. Runs small and works well on petites or a slight frame. Comes in dark olive.
  • Levi's Crop Military Jacket: A military jacket that is best suited to a smaller bust, and looks good worn open. The olive is brighter in person. Cropped, and fab over dresses and skirts. Interchangeable with a denim jacket. Good on petites.
  • Ted Baker London Lizia Leather Biker Jacket: Gorgeous fit and floral lining with unique rose gold hardware. Fitted with amazing fluidity. Statement collar. Impeccable quality. Versatile.
  • BLANKNYC Embroidered Faux Leather Moto Jacket: Super cute faux leather moto with gorgeous embroidery and tonal studs. Runs a size to two small. Very fitted.
  • Sejour Leather Collarless Jacket: A leather jacket that's well suited to a very curvy body type and larger bust. Streamlined and clean. Collar works on a shorter neck. Super soft and well cut. Flattering. Chic.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Tweed Jacket: A fab fit for a short-waisted, curvy hourglass or pear-shaped body type with a shorter neck. Looks as good zipped up. Lightweight, and can be layered under a coat. Nice shade of navy.
  • Karen Kane Faux Leather Patch Jacket: A well-made topper that drapes likes a dream. Substantial and just structured enough. Comes in black. Comfy.
  • Sejour Quilted Faux Leather Bomber Jacket: SUPER cute streamlined bomber jacket. Works with just about everything, and fits a range of body types. Comes in black.
  • Helene Berman Ribbon Yarn Collarless Jacket: Gorgeous business casual jacket to wear with black or navy trousers or skirts. Fab with jeans too. Looks as good over dresses. Fitted and sharp. Might run a size small. Works on a range of body types.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. And be sure to browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear and workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Good hunting.