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Dressember – a month of dresses

Dorothy Perkins Fall Fashion Wishlist

Dorothy Perkins Wishlist
I really like these pieces from Dorothy Perkins. I haven’t actually ordered from the site yet but I look forward to it.
I’ve been wanting new wardrobe staples, especially fall and winter pieces. And especially since my weight loss means I don’t fit into my clothes any longer without looking silly (yay!). I ended up consigning many of my summer and fall pieces that were too large, and I’m ready to replenish my wardrobe with a few classic yet fashionable elements. Right now, I’m liking ponte knit, lace tops and dresses, collars, lipstick red, black, peplum tops, polka dots, pencil skirts, bows, and black & white color combination.

wardrobe essentials: cardigans

How do I love thee, cardigan? Let me count the ways. Today I’m going to address cardigans as a curvy girl’s wardrobe essential. Cardigans are a great way to add layers and texture to your outfit, to hide any trouble spots, to stay warm, and to add a little hint of vintage style.

My favorite way to style a cardi is on top of a blouse with either pants or a skirt. If I have a special or embellished cardigan, I wear it with a plain tank top so as not to distract from the cardigan itself. Cardigans also work really well work on top of dresses. They are fantastic work-appropriate wardrobe essentials.

When it comes to colors and prints, I love all of them. I have cardigans in sky blue, purple, light pink, turquoise, navy, and patterned ones in various colors. I don’t like to go overboard when it comes to mixing colors and patterns (ie. a floral print blouse work with a floral print cardigan is just too much print) but a little polka dot mixed with a little floral never hurt anybody. I love embellished cardigans too, whether with buttons, ruffles, or a flower or rosette.  Here are some of my current favorite cardigans.

me in a ruffle blouse and cardigan
me in a ruffle blouse and cardigan

My lovely coworker and friend Doris, who is also a very talented photographer and blogger too, snapped some photos of me today at work. She is SO good! Go check out her blog for more beautiful and amazing photography. I have to give her super duper props for standing on a chair to take pictures–she minimized my double chin, and for that I am eternally grateful.

What I’m wearing in this photo: The Limited Cardigan [purple color NLA; size XL], Forever 21 watercolor floral ruffled top [size L], Forever 21 bow headband [NLA; similar headband here], my beloved Melinda Maria moon and star necklace, and New York & Company grey a-line skirt circa 2007 and Kenneth Cole Reaction reddish peep toe sling back pumps circa 2006 [both not visible].

I simply love the look of a ruffled tank or blouse worn underneath a simple cotton cardigan. I also like cardis for their ability to camouflage problem areas like arms and bellies. There you go! There are so many ways to wear a cardigan, making it an important part of your wardrobe essentials.