Not all tanks are created equal. There are MOM TANKS and there are 20-something tanks. Twenty-something tanks are clingy and cropped. Mom Tanks are longer and have a draping detail designed to prevent showcasing tummy bulge, bra fat and plumbers crack. Some tanks have an empire waist which is super flattering for larger chested women. The fabrication of the tank make a huge difference as well. A harder, stiff fabric adds bulk and weight. A thin, soft fabric like jersey moves with its wearer imparting a sportier silhouette.
Whatever the season, whisper thin cotton or cashmere cotton tanks are the cornerstone of a versatile wardrobe. They have zero bulk and are perfect pairing partners to any layering piece. Wear as a base under knits and blazers. Wear with jeans, trousers skirts or leggings. Layer with a scarf and long necklaces.
PIPPA MIDDLETON: CALM, COOL AND CHIC
Clockwise from top left: Topshop nude boyfriend blazer $100 \ Baublebar gem trio drop earrings $26 \ Target labworks scoop neck sweater $13.98 \ Forever21 minimalist faux leather clutch $19.80 \ H&M black pumps $24.95 \ Dorothy Perkins black circle skirt $28
Karl Lagerfeld famously stated that “sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” I agree.
The manatee of garments, sweatpants and their “leisure wear” cousins have incited a style riot that has sucked the inherent glamour from women. Every frump can attest to the magnetic urge to slip into sweats, a boxy tee and skidaddle out the door to conquer her day. It’s easy. It’s comfortable. It’s evil. Here’s why. The (non) fit is addictive. Once you make sweats and other baggy apparel your go-to garb, you will never want to trade them in for “real” clothes. And sweatpants do noone’s figure any favors. Their voluminous cut makes legs look stocky and thighs resemble tree trunks. What you wear reflects who you are and how you feel about yourself. When you approach life in unflattering clothing and just-woke-up skin, you project that energy to the universe. It is body language pure and simple.
6 COMFY ALTERNATIVES:
Clockwise form top left: Spanx Look-at-me-leggings $62 \ Gap 1969 ankle-zip legging jean $69.95 \ Old Navy chambray shirt dress $25 \ H&M boyfriend jean $39.95 \ H&M printed loose-fit trouser $24.95 \ Old Navy wrap dress $25
They may not be formally spelled out in a Constitutional Law format, but, there are most certainly rules governing fashion for Moms. Instead of a citation, you receive eye rolls from the Glitterati, which are often more painful than simply paying a fine. These “felonies” account for the majority of frumpifying fashion.
Sweet sundresses are cute. Peasant skirts too. But, to look haute this summer, it’s all about electrifying the soft, flowy silhouette with a harder edge. This means spikes, grommets, leather and a rocker-fab smoky eye. Here are some of my favorites:
ADD KICK TO YOUR LWD FOR UNDER $100
Adding zip to a basic summer silhouette is a snap. Take the little white dress. Simply layering some dramatic accessories-a floaty paisley scarf, a chunky gold spike bracelet, a marigold African inspired bag-will transform your garment into a look to be reckoned with. The best part? All products are under $100!
THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS: H&M jersey white dress $12.95
STAY COOL AND LOOK HOT IN THESE SIX ALTERNATIVES TO SHORTS
There are a lot of great things about summer: cocktails al fresco, sandals, gelato and, of course, the beach! One not-so-great thing? The pressure to wear shorts. Newsflash: you don’t have to. There are plenty of airy options that are at once chic and comfortable during scorching summer days (and even work appropriate!). Here are some of my favorites:
(from left to right) H&M harem pants $17.95 \ Topshop satin crepe tapered trouser $80 \ Zara jacquard mini skirt $69.90 \ Asos midi skirt in floral lace $54.30 \ Old Navy striped drawstring dress $29.94 \ Milly delilah dress $395
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