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Five Must-Have Tops for Your Life

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As a twin mum and also as a woman and a writer, I have a lot of different places and spaces in my life. There are times when I need to be dressed up and there are times when dressing up is the worst idea ever. My kids, like all kids, like to make messes and I like to be able to participate or at least not lose my mind when I inevitably get sucked into their dusty fun. 

But there are plenty of moments in my life when I need to look polished and put together. For my wardrobe, the tops that I choose have to be wardrobe workhorses

 

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Here are my top five styles that are a staple in my closet.

 

1)      The Short-Sleeve Top
 Whether made of a casual material like cotton or a dressier fabric like silk, a short-sleeved top is the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. I can wear it by itself in warmer months and I can layer it under a cardigan during the fall and winter months. Nothing gets more use in my closet.

 

2)      The Button Down Top
This is another top that is a workhorse in my wardrobe. Theses tops can be made of a heavier weight material for warmth during the cooler months or it can be made with a lightweight fabric to use during the warmer months. This style is perfect for a casual weekend brunch or a work meeting. These tops look best fitted comfortably to the body. I like to get my button down tops tailored for just the right fit.

 

3)      The Twist Front Blouse
This top is a sweet mix of femininity and flair. It is versatile, fitted, and gives me the confidence I need to go from a work meeting into a date night. It can be dressed up easily with a pair of heels and is flattering on all body types. Choose it in a rich, bold color or pattern for a statement piece or choose it in a muted neutral for a laying piece to wear with any and all of your outfits.

 

4)      The Knit Top
The knit top is a piece I love to wear and layer in the colder months. It wear it under jackets, over other shirts, or simply by itself. It can be worn with a business suit, skirt, or a casual pair of jeans on the weekend. Its ease and predictability makes it a staple in my wardrobe and makes it a piece I’m never without in my closet.

 

5)      The Crop Top
Okay, hear me out. Today’s crop top is not the wild child shirt you wore when you were a teenager. Crop tops can be made out of delicate materials and fabrics and when I pair them with high-waist pants they are not too revealing for daytime. Give this style top a try in your wardrobe the next time you’re in a rut. It’s a fun exploration into something creative and trendy!

Those are my top five tops that I love as staples in my closet. What are your favourite tops?

 

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How to style your pregnant body in summer

I remember how uncomfortable I felt in most of my pre-pregnancy clothing while pregnant with the twins. I had a huge bump as you can imagine with twins, and I looked the part quite quickly. When it comes to styling your pregnant body, the most important thing to have at the top of your mind is comfort. The last thing a pregnant woman needs is uncomfortable clothing or footwear, so comfort is the key when you need to style your pregnant body, especially in the summer months as it can get very warm.

 

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Here are six styling tips you may find useful  when it comes to styling while pregnant these summer months –

 

Go for layers

Layering is a great way to feel comfortable and look stylish while pregnant. Go for t-shirts or camisoles with chiffon over tops. This will keep you feeling cool and looking effortlessly chic as this look will flatter your bump. Short-sleeved cardigans and cowls are great layers that flatter the bump while keeping you warm on summer evenings.

 

Buy slim legged maternity jeans

Make sure you go for slim legged maternity jeans to create a more streamlined look. Wearing this type of jeans will create a balanced look as your top part would need to be free.

 

Wear flats

Now this is purely common sense, but I find many pregnant women in heels and I find it crazy. The last thing your feet needs is heels while pregnant. Being pregnant is a good excuse to wear your flat everywhere, including the office, so make the most of it. Go for a couple of flats in different fabrics and designs for various occasions.

 

 

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Go a size up

I never really shopped for maternity clothes while pregnant because I didn’t like most of the pieces I saw. Also, I didn’t want to invest in a maternity wardrobe and not be able to wear the clothing anymore. So instead I went a size up! My pregnancy weight was really only on my tummy so buying a size e up worked great for me.

 

Shop for elasticated trousers/jeans and v-neck tops

Elasticated trousers and jeans leave room to grow and are a lot more comfortable. V-neck tops and scoop-neck tops flatter the cleavage and prevent you from looking too big at the top.

 

Go for a bra fitting

Your boobs would grow at a terrific rate while pregnant so make sure you go for a bra fitting. Most people grow at least a cup size while pregnant so making sure you get the right bra size is very important.

 

7 Accessorizing Tips You Should Consider for Your Style

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These accessorizing tips are so important. When it comes to styling the perfect outfit, there’s nothing like a few good accessories. Accessories can make or break your entire ensemble, and there are countless ways you can dress any style up with a bit of curated accessorizing. The great thing about the art of accessorizing is that this is where brand labels can be tossed in the win and creativity reigns supreme. No matter what your personal style is, you can use accessories to accentuate it.  Here are 10 accessorizing tips for you to consider:

 

Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are extremely versatile: use it to add a pop of glamour to a formal outfit, or to dress up a simple, laid-back outfit. Mostly, though, statement earrings are used to bring an added dose of sophistication and attention to a particular style. Whether you opt for chunky diamond studs, large gold hoop earrings, or glistening raindrop earrings, there’s no doubt about it: a pair of statement earrings can bring sparkle and attention to your face and outfit. Check out these statement earrings on Pinterest for an idea of where to start.

 

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Throw in Some Gold

Let’s face it: who doesn’t love the elegant glamour of gold? No matter what your style is, gold always delivers. Whether you prefer yellow gold, rose gold, or brass gold, there’s an endless amount of combinations. Sometimes, subtlety works better with gold pieces, while other times, it deserves to be the center of attention. What’s most important is that you have fun and incorporate gold that matches your personality. For instance, over at Gold Urban, you can find gold emoji pendants that are equally as stylish as they are clever and fun.

 

Mix Up Your Materials

Creating a combination of materials creates a wonderful texturing style that’s unique to your look. For instance, why not pair a sleek, modern outfit with vintage accessories? The same applies for the other way around: a vintage-style retro shorts and top would pair well with up-to-date jewelry.

 

Add Color to a Blank Canvas

One of the best things about accessories is that you don’t need a new wardrobe to create new looks with the same clothes. Your black tops and dress and white tops and dresses can always be updated with eye-catching pops of color. Let’s think about that little black dress that so many women have stashed away in their closet. A pair of standout red heels and lipstick can easily transform it. Bright colors, like lime green, yellow, neon orange all achieve the same results, too.

 

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It’s Not Just About Jewelry

When we think about accessories, we tend to think of jewelry. But accessories encompass so much more than jewelry: other types of accessories you should be thinking about include purses and handbags, sunglasses, hats, headbands, and belts. Each of these can play a role in your overall look, and shouldn’t be forgotten when you’re styling your outfit. For example, if you’ve decided on a nice summer dress, why not pair it with a great sun hat that captures the essence of your dress, as well as the spirit of the summer?

 

Be Wary of Proportions

Understanding your proportions is important. If you’re wearing an outfit on the voluminous side—like a puffy dress—then it’s best to opt for muted, simple jewelry and accessories. On the other hand, if you wear something simple and sleek, it makes more sense to opt for colorful, big, and bold accessories.

 

Layer Your Bracelets

Stacked bangles are a fairly popular trend in the world of accessories. This layered style creates a textured look that be supremely elegant, bohemian chic, and anything in between. When you pair different bracelets and wrist wear together, you can create an endless stream of looks; no matter what you’re going for, it’s very easy to mix and match for different occasions.

 

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A good way to start is by picking a solid focal point for your stack of bracelets. This could be a watch, a leather bracelet, a charm bracelet, a metal cuff bracelet, and much more. The focal piece will be emphasized, while the other bracelets will accentuate it. You can also add accent bracelets that don’t exactly match, but help incorporate a different material and a touch of creativity. For example, your accent bracelets might be a stack of simple silver bangles.

 

What do you think of these accessorizing tips?

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