Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Peplum Party!

Shorts: White House Black Market | Top: Anthropologie {old} | Jacket: JCPenny {old} | Shoes: BCBG Generation {old} | Necklace: Betsey Johnson {old} | Bracelets: Olive + Piper {1, 2}, Crystal Dot bracelet

Let me start off by saying, I highly, highly dislike shorts. Odd huh, since I'm wearing them in this style post. My legs have always been a problem area for me and I've struggled with my perceptions of them for years, always thinking they are bigger than what they probably are. Therefore, I've always steered clear of shorts in general for fear that I would look terrible. It doesn't help that I've always had a smaller waist, which I am super thankful for, but then have what I call "hamhocks" for thighs. This year I've decided to cross the boundary line I've boxed myself in to and try and out my arch nemesis, shorts. (Side note: my mom and sister joke that I'm like Rio the bird–I like my cage and no change. Who's with me!?)

After trying a few different styles, I settled on these beauties from White House Black Market and I fell in love. I still can't believe I'm wearing these, but I love them! They are so comfortable and I've found that the right cut and material can be super flattering. Enjoy this look and I'll continue trying to cross my own personal style boundaries and showcase pieces I normally wouldn't feel comfortable wearing. After all, constantly pushing myself, even if I'm taking baby steps, brings me one step further on my personal style journey. I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Grey's Anatomy:  

“At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

32 comments:

  1. That peplum is so cute! I love it with the striped shorts and the red heels!

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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    1. Thanks Kylie! As much as it pains me to say, the shorts are super comfortable since they a made out of a ponte cotton material, and the red heels were an awesome addition. I'm partial to the dot cut out all over them. :)

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  2. Those shorts!!! Ahhh so cute. I NEVER wear anything to show my legs cause they are funny shaped and super white. I might have to be brave like you and go get those shorts.

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    1. I feel your pain girl! I'm totally NOT a shorts person, and I'll wear skirts if they hide what I call my "hamhocks". I finally realized that I was limiting myself and have since tried to incorporate pieces into my wardrobe that allow me to branch out a bit. I say go for it! It never hurts to try something new (or at least I remind myself of this constantly!) :)

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  3. Loving this look! These shorts look great on you!!
    Cheers
    Casually Chic by Monique
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    1. Oh thank you! It's definitely out of my comfort zone, but I'm trying! I paired them with a peplum top and a denim jacket that are super comfortable so I felt slightly better about them. Ha!

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  4. I usually hate shorts but the ones you are wearing are so cute, I would probably give those a try! They look flattering, too! Or, they do on you, at least :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! I would highly recommend these shorts hands down! They are soft and provide just the right amount of stretch.

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  5. I would have never thought to pair peplum and striped shorts but it totally works. Love this!

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    1. You know what's funny about that, I literally was planning on wearing a plain tank and then ran across this in my closet. It definitely made a cute silhouette. :) Thanks for stopping by Johanna!

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  6. Glad you went out of your comfort zone and wore these shorts! They look super cute on you! Loving that peplum too!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! I was definitely out of my comfort zone but by the end of the day I loved them. I think I've bought no less than 6 pairs of shorts since then. Ha!

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  7. You look gorgeous! Your outfit is so interesting to look out. I love the cropped denim with the peplum underneath. Stripes are really in right now and the pop of colour is eye catching, it finishes off the look perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Lorna! I love all things girly and the stripes paired so well with the peplum and the red peep-toes. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  8. Peplum is one of my favorite types of tops. It looks gorgeous with those shorts!! And girl, for the record, you have killer legs! xo

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    1. Thank you Lauren! Peplum tops are my all-time favorite top. I have a small waist and they really help accentuate my shape. The shorts were definitely daring for me, but thank you so much for the compliments. It's funny how we can be our own worst critics, right?

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  9. Your shoes make the outfit!! Hmmm I want red shoes now!

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    1. Thanks Eliz! I have about three pairs of red shoes in different styles and I love them! They always help to finish off an outfit and add a tiny bit of color to the look.

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    1. Thanks Erica! I threw it together haphazardly one morning, knowing I needed something to wear with these shorts. Ha!

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  11. Looking so stunning! I am a big fan of peplum but haven't tried wearing it with shorts. Maybe I'll give it a shot, thanks for the inspo! xoxo

    Visiting from the linkup. I’d love it if you can visit my blog, too. Looking forward to seeing you there: http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Abigail! I've found that a peplum tops help accentuate my smaller waist and hopefully {fingers crossed} give me an hourglass look. Ha! I'll definitely check out your blog too.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! If you ask Kacie, she'd say my closet was filled with peplum tops. I can't stop buying them.

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  13. You got great legs lady, nothing to fear! Nice post.

    Sarah
    sarahjustinestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sarah! My legs are always a work in progress in my mind, but everyone needs a goal right? :-)

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  14. OMG I feel the same way about my waist/legs! You look absolutely stunning in these shorts!!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

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    1. I feel your pain girl! When I'm shopping I'm always looking for pieces that will downplay the legs and show off my waist and when all else fails with clothing, I hit up the shoe department. I never having ANY trouble finding shoes that fit perfectly. Ha!

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  15. I think these shorts look great on you! It is always fun but scary to step out of your style comfort zone. I love you how styled these shorts with the peplum top and the splash of color heels!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I was definitely sweating while putting together the look, but I love how the peplum looks with the shorts too! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  16. Love this look! Your accessories are stunning! xo Andrea
    Boho Bunnie

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  17. Thanks Andrea! I'm really loving the arm candy trend. It's fun to just pile on your accessories and see what works together!

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