Gang, meet one of my oldest and dearest friends, Sarah:
She also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous and hysterically funny and you guys are going to LOVE her. Anyway, her youngest (she has 3!!!) is only 20 months old and Sarah has found herself in that nothing-to-wear-and-in-between-sizes phase which is just so annoying. Is is worth spending money on clothes at this point? And to complicate things further, Sarah has a perfect hourglass figure, so she has to choose trends carefully. So we cruised over to Target to see how well we could do on a small budget.
Because Sarah is an hourglass, it’s important that she be able to show off that waist. So we wanted to find a really good base layer that we could dress up/down.
Target’s Ultimate V-Neck tee was…OK. We liked how it showed off her waist, but the v-neck was too high, making the whole thing mumsy.
wearing: Target’s Ultimate V-Neck Tee
Next up we tried Target’s Ultimate Scoop Neck tee. Shockingly, we liked this better. The color and wide stripe had a cool French-girl vibe, and it still shows off Sarah’s waist. (NOTE: We tried this same tee in solid colors and didn’t like it. The blue-and-white-stripe is the way to go.)
wearing: Target Ultimate Scoop Neck
Our fav layering top was actually Target’s Long and Lean tank. Basic, yes, but also flattering, easy and cheap.
We liked this one a lot.
Want to see what we did with this tank top?
1. With a Crop Top
I handed Sarah the cropped sweater and she visibly recoiled. “Is that…a short shirt???” she asked, nose wrinkling in confusion. So we agreed: She would TRY ON THE SHIRT…as long as she could also sport an 80’s high pony. Done.
wearing: MSC Cropped pullover
Cropped tops are not always a curvy-girl’s best friend, but in this case it works because Sarah’s waist is visible. (Looks good, but didn’t come home with us. Cute or not, Sarah has declared her body a crop-top free zone. Ah, well.)
2. Under a Kimono
We loved this combination, and tried it a few different ways.
Here’s the date night version (same tank, BTW, just in black).
Also?? OVERALLS. Well played, Target. WELL PLAYED.
3. Monochromatic With Comfy Cargos
Sarah has this terrible habit of wearing the world’s least-flattering sweatpants to school pick-up/drop-off. She made the mistake of picking me up from the airport like that one day and I may have gasped OUT LOUD. Normally, I am not phased by loungewear but THERE IS A LINE. You know? Soooo…..maybe this instead? I mean these pants have to be almost as comfy as horrifying sweats, right?
A Few More Tops We Loved
wearing: Textured Sweatshirt in black (This top will look best a bit fitted on hourglass girls – Sarah’s wearing a M)
wearing: This Free People knock-off is sold out online, but they do have the black faux-leather version (with sweatshirt sleeves)
Dresses and Such
We liked the sexy ruching on this simple maxi dress:
wearing: Mossimo ruched racerback maxi dress
This dress is a thicker material than we expected (think: sweatshirt)
The surprise of the day was this romper. RAWR.
No but seriously.
wearing: Women’s Sleeveless Jumpsuit
Putting It All Together
And here are a few outfit ideas we played around with….
Another One For School Pick-Up
This is literally a sweatshirt, sweatpants and sneakers. SOOOOOOO easy. But so seriously cool!! SARAH ARE YOU LISTENING???? LOOK AT HOW CUTE YOU LOOK!!!
An Easy, Everyday Mom-Uniform
Classic and simple. Love the stripes to add interest and the updated take on sneaks. If a moto jacket is too boxy and/or short, it won’t work for hourglass figures, but this one drapes well along the body, despite the longer length.
For The Playful
If you are dying for a pair of overalls but are worried about hips, the key is to layer something over the overalls to visually slim the hips. We played around with kimonos earlier in this post…but a cardigan works just as well. (This cardi is not Sarah’s color, but we loved the graphic print.)
Ok – see how the bib of the overalls cuts in at the waist? Yeah – that’s good. And now see how the line of the cardi shaves off a bit of hip? Voila! (And OMG Sarah’s boobs look fabulous.)
wearing: long and lean tank, Target overalls (not the same color…these things have been popping in and out of stock online so keep checking back), Junior’s Boyfriend Cardigan, quilted slip-on sneakers
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One last comment on the black sweatpants: they’re FABULOUS. Sarah and I both bought a pair (I completely forgot to grab that fab pair from the Nordstrom sale), and now all of our friends (and my Mom!!) have rushed out to Target in pursuit of the comfy and flattering black sweatpant. Annoying that they are sold out online…but I’ve got some pretty high hopes for these. Cute, right? Cheers to cheap, flattering sweatpants!!!
Sarah, you babe, I freaking love you.
ps. Target has some seriously cute jeans 40% off online, but I’ve yet to see them in stores. Anyone have any feedback? I especially love the look of the mid-rise moto gray denim legging, the regular denim moto legging, the deconstructed skinny boyfriend, and the high-waist flare.
I like pictures, so here are the jeans in question: