Wednesday, January 18, 2017

3 Ways to Elevate Winter Basics




PUMPS // CARDI // GIRLFRIEND JEANS // CROSSBODY // SCARF

In today's post, we are going to be talking Basics they are truly an underrated but essential part of your closet. If you are anything like me you are guilty of buying inexpensive basics and honestly it's not the way to go. The fact is that basics never go out of style and if you're stocked up on them you will never have to say "have nothing to wear" again well almost never.

Invest in basics in neutral colors 

Why? Typically neutral colors form the basis of most outfits hence they are the most worn. When you invest in them they last longer and wear better. Cost per wear, you need to spend your money, think higher grade cotton's and wools luxury fabrics like Cashmere aren't your thing. An added bonus your overall outfit will look more expensive.

Go monochrome 

Why? Wearing a color head to toe always looks Chic, its power dressing at its best. You look well put together, its ageless, sophisticated, typically slimming and if you took advice number one and invested in your basics you also look well dressed.

Invest in Tailoring

Why? Unless you're investing in luxury brands or have a fit model chances are you'll need to tailor structured basics. Everyone needs a Basic black coat preferably in two lengths, and a basic blazer in a neutral color. Although it's an extra expense making that investment into the fit of piece by tailoring them will make all the difference and completely elevate your look.

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This look is comprised of basics and this is my "am trying but not really trying look" perfect for a warm winter day. Rather than lug a heavy coat I opted for a Knee length cardigan, a basic black tank, some basic distressed Jeans and the star of the show Lace up Pumps.

Why this outfit works: I played with proportions, a trick that makes any outfit look smart and I stuck with the same color palette.

I've learned the hard way that basics are a cornerstone especially when trying to style my trendier pieces. Here are the basics I've invested in this winter so far a striped Turtleneck, Knee length cardigans (in gray and black), Ankle boots in black and in a Printed neutral ( worn Here), heeled Over the Knee Boots finally๐Ÿ˜ญ (worn Here). I also plan on investing in more Chunky Knits, definitely more sweats (thanks athleisure trend), flat Over The Knee and ankle boots.

Do you invest in Basics? How do you elevate them? What stores do you got to to get them?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 Plus Size Outfits to Try in 2017


2016 was definitely an interesting year for me ( see Best Moments Here) it had its share of High and low's I'm sure I'm not alone, but that's not what today's post is about. As the title says we are here to talk about Outfits.  Just like last year instead of sharing my favorite Outfits, I will be rounding up yours. 

Hands down I believe this Outfit was the most loved of 2016. These are the best looks from 2016 according to the Chicster's on Instagram (thank you for over 41,000 likes). As we grow and build the Chicster community (collective) it's important to incorporate others perspective, so let me know which outfit is your favorite (out of the 5) in the comments or if you had a personal favorite that wasn't included!!

Pssst come back Friday for a post on my Top purchases of 2016 ( Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle ) and my thoughts on why you just might need them in 2017.


This Sweater and Pleated Midi Skirt Combo was a hit on Instagram and as of today date, you can get both the Top and the Skirt for under $60. I got the Skirt in a size 18 (I shoulda gotten a 16) and I purchased the top in 14 (very stretchy). SEE ORIGINAL POSTS HERE


This Wiggle Dress comes in so many colors on Asos and even in the Curve section this particular Dress is under $45. However, you better Hurry because there are limited sizes (get it Here) BTW I am wearing the Dress in a size 16 if your in-between sizes with hips and a butt go up in size. So who is ready for wedding season? SEE ORIGINAL POST HERE



Unfortunately, this Skirt was sold out before I wore it and I've received many compliments and comments about this look. This is one of my favorite ways to wear a Crop-top especially when you have a tummy just pair it with a MaxiSEE ORIGINAL POST HERE



If you are following me on Snapchat you know how I stalked and lamented about these Zara sandals because they had sold out. To my supreme delight, they came back in stock and I picked them up. Detailed sandals like these just make even the simplest things (like a T-shirt dress) Pop. The Zara sandals are sold out see similar Here   



You guys were all aware of my slight obsession with Off shoulder pieces, so when I saw this Midi dress in burgundy with ruffles at Fashion Nova I was like yes, please. To make it further fall appropriate I added open Toes booties. To shop similar dresses visit Fashionnova.com and used CODE XOCHICHI for a surprise. SEE ORIGINAL POST HERE

Alright that wraps up the Top looks for 2016 

So what was your favorite look and did it make it? 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How To Style (Wide Calf) Over The Knee Boots





SWEATSHIRT // JACKET // TURBAN // OTK BOOTS
Happy New Year Chicsters this the first official post of the year ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ I have to be quiet honest transitioning back to work this week was rough (was it for you?). If you are following me on Instagram, Youtube or Snapchat you know the struggle Ive had, trying to find Over The Knee boots that are in style, come in a size 11, and fit my WIDE calf

Im happy to say Ive found a near perfect pair and #IMGRATEFUL ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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I decide for my first outfit that I do one for the gram aka the young ones lol. I paired my OTK boots (currently over 50% off HERE) with a distressed mens sweatshirt from HM (similar on sale HERE), an old thrifted camo Jacket (similar) and a velvet turban from Asos. Ive literally been wearing this turban non stop for the last couple of day its a stylish alternative to the basic Beanie (GET IT HERE).

HACK
 If your tall ( or in my case Tallish 5'8")  and you cant find OTK boots that are actually Over the knee then pick up these mock OTK Tights to create the illusion that they are higher up.

TIP
 BTW if you do end up getting the mock OTK tights size up at LEAST 1 size if not 2 especially if you have a butt.

So how do the boots fit?
Im glad you asked, when I first received them they felt a little snug but loosened up pretty quickly; they have a side zipper so your foot can easily slide in. They also feature laces on the back that you can customize for a better fit. They are a stiletto heel ๐Ÿ˜ก however they are pretty comfortable in my opinion. The boots are wide calf and moderately wide with friendly; my calves measure at 18" and they fit with room.
I hope I answered all your questions leave any further question down below in the comments and ill be sure to answer.

Ive got some exciting changes coming up so stay tuned for those UPDATES and as I reiterated HERE I want this site to be a RESOURCE and that will the underlying theme for the YEAR. Make sure to come back Wednesday for another post (Hint: Best of 2016)

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