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How To: Wear a Drapey Sweater

December 9, 2015

You may have noticed a new trend around and it’s the DRAPEY sweater. 🙂 That’s definitely a trend that I can get around and that I hope stays around. These sweaters can be super flattering but they can also be very unflattering and make you look boxy, if you aren’t careful. I don’t know if the official term is “drapey sweater” but that is what I am going with for now.

This one below, from Hip Chics in Clemmons, is my VERY favorite of the season! Hip Chics has a great assortment of fashionable clothing, including beautifully designed drapey sweaters.

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I paired my emerald green Kerisma sweater with another must for the season: flared jeans. Secret: I’ve had these jeans since college (8 years ago) and have been able to bring them back out. Makes me so excited when a trend comes back and I was smart enough to save a few.

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To keep my legs from looking short, I wore ankle boots with about a 4 inch heel. Heels with flared jeans are an absolute NECESSITY, y’all. I’ve never seen flared jeans worn with flats that actually looks good. Sorry, not sorry.

I wanted to be comfortable and casual, so I kept my jewelry simple with my favorite costume-collar necklace and layered rose-gold necklaces.

Okay, so…what’s the secret to pulling off a draped sweater?

  1. The Neckline. We need to be able to see your neck, so a crew-neck is not a good thing. Having a V neck or Scoop neck makes you appear taller and draws your eyes up. If you wear a drapey sweater with a crew neck or turtleneck, you may appear block-y.
  2. The Bottom Half. Make sure you pair your drapey sweater with a corresponding bottom. For example, these flared jeans worked with my drapey sweater because they were still fitted around the waist, upper thighs and rear. If I wore wide leg jeans that were lose all the way around, it wouldn’t be a good look and I would look sloppy. When in doubt: wear skinny jeans or leggings with your drapey sweater. It balances it all out.
  3. The Rear. If you choose to wear leggings with your sweater, by all means: make sure it covers your booty and comes halfway down your thigh. It’s definitely the most flattering and won’t offend anybody. 😉
Tell Me: Do you own a drapey sweater?
Tips & Tricks

How to: Wear Leather

November 29, 2015

Here I am with my debut post and it’s all about L.E.A.T.H.E.R. Way to start strong, am I right? 😉

I am excited to officially launch my company, Styled by Madison! Please take a look around the website to see what it’s all about.

Back to the main squeeze of this blog post…leather.

I have not always been a fan of leather. At all. But this year has been different for me. For some reason, once I slid on these leather leggings, I have been obsessed with all things leather. I am here to tell you that leather can be classy and worn in a subtle way OR it can be showstopping. It’s not one or the other and that makes this stylist a very happy lady.

12065872_1513008819019978_3991118039742202498_nHere is how I am wearing leather this season. In leggings!

First rule: if you wear leather leggings, you MUST have your blouse/top of choice cover your rear end. If you don’t, it starts to get Olivia-Newton-Jon in Grease. It was cute back then and for a theatrical number but not for bumming around down or a date-night. Or actually, ever.

I paired my leather leggings with a suede short boot, a grey tunic and a tweed vest. It all worked well together because none of the clothing was fighting with each other. If you have something statement like leather leggings, you need to keep the rest of your outfit pretty simple. Otherwise, your outfit will be competing and it will not work.

Leather leggings aren’t your thing? That’s okay. You can wear leather LOTS of other ways! Here are some of my favorite ways.

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I own a skirt very similar to this one but the color is oxblood. I love to pair a leather skirt with black tights and a beautiful button down top or turtleneck. Again, it’s all about keeping it simple.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 2.55.25 PMYou can also find leather pants at lots of places these days. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but these a leather skinny pants and hug to curves but NOT as much as leather leggings do.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 2.55.52 PMAnother one of my favorites for this season, intricate leather skirts. I love the pattern on this one. I would pair it with a chunky ivory turtleneck sweater and brown boots.

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Finally, this drapery cardigan with leather sleeves has my heart buzzing. It’s great paired with jeans and boots for a casual date night out.

Looking to dive in to leather but not sure how to style it? Contact me HERE or email me (styledbymadison1@gmail.com) if you are interested in a style consultation.

Tell Me: Are you a leather lover?