What NOT to Wear to Military Functions

I’ve been inspired this week by the upcoming Air Force Ball and Miley Cyrus’s wardrobe at the VMA’s. Even if you are not a military brat or a spouse, you might at some point in your life end up at a military function. For instance a promotion ceremony or a pilot training graduation.  One rule of thumb that makes it easy is to match the person in uniform you are going with, however, make sure to always dress modestly and with class. You are a direct reflection of the person you are with, so make them look good! You can always ask yourself, what would Kate Middleton do? WWKMD.

Let’s start with the ABU or Flight Suit:

Now this is the most casual you will dress, besides of course the PT uniform. This would probably be an event like a squadron potluck or an assignment night. If you are really nervous about what to wear, I say wear a tee dress with a statement necklace. Here are some pictures for reference (pictures might be outdated):

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Oh Tom…. Ok, back to business!

If they are wearing this, you will wear something casual but cute.  This could be anything from jeans and a cute top to a sundress – so if you are not sure, wear something in between. Probably not the place to bring out your crop top or your cut off shorts, you might run into his boss or his work friends.  Also, this is what you would wear to spouse socials, such as OSC/ESC. Here are some examples:

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Air Force Blues: (This is going to look similar to a suit)

This is most likely to be worn at Change of Command ceremonies, retirements, promotions, and graduations.

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So if they are wearing this, you will wear something similar to what you would wear to a wedding – a sundress, a lace dress, a nice maxi dress, etc. I’d say avoid spaghetti straps, but a modest strapless dress would be appropriate. Some great places to shop for these occasions would be Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, LOFT, and J. Crew. As a rule of thumb, don’t get your dresses from somewhere you shopped in High School, like American Eagle or Forever 21 – not that you can’t find a good one there ( I have a few), but you are most likely OVER 21 now, wear adult clothing.  Here are some examples:

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And here is a Kate example:

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WHAT NOT TO WEAR:  These dresses all have a place, but not to an event where your military member is wearing his/her blues.

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And finally, Mess Dress:

This is the fanciest you will get, and when I say fancy, I mean fancy-fancy. I’m not talking Easter Sunday, I’m not talking holiday party, I’m talking full length gown fancy.  So please don’t show up in a sundress.  If you are nervous about wearing a full-length gown, wear a fancy short cocktail dress. That is acceptable. Just make sure to have on some sparkle, cute shoes, and a clutch. Here is what it will look like:

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It is best to wear a full length gown or a fancy cocktail dress.  No poof, no see through, no low back, no side-boob, not a ton of cleavage, and no train. We are NOT talking your prom dress.  If your 16 year old self would have worn it to Homecoming, DO NOT WEAR IT TO A MILITARY FUNCTION. Channel Kate Middleton when you are shopping.  Great places to shop are BCBG MaxAzria Outlet, Nordstrom Rack online, Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF Fifth, the J. Crew wedding section, and Rent the Runway! Here is what I would wear (and disregard the hanger straps – it seems it doesn’t matter how many times I stuff them back in, they always pop out!!! So maybe learn from me and just cut them off) :

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Here are a few more examples of what would be appropriate (disregard any trains):

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And here is what NOT to wear:

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Remember, you are a direct reflection of your spouse, your friend, or your family member – make them look good! It is not all about you and how hard you’ve worked all Summer to look good in that dress.  But YES, you can still have a lot of fun with it and be yourself, just not the Kim Kardashian version of yourself. Bring her out when you go to Vegas.

 

However, if your man is wearing this:

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You should wear this:

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I mean, obviously.

The Pregnancy Blog

DISCLAIMER: My model Lyssa IS NOT pregnant.  Only pregnant with love and a pillow.

Recently I have found myself surrounded by friends who are expecting a little one, or two. So I was inspired to do a pregnancy blog post, with the help of a friend and a pillow.

What I have realized about stylish women during pregnancy is that they do not try to hide it. In fact, they tend to wear fitted clothing to show off their bump. So my main advice to anyone trying to be stylish AND pregnant, is to wear slim fitting clothing with a structured jacket.  So, a bodycon dress with a jacket that shows off your back and slims your arms.

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A lot of things are going to change during pregnancy (most of which I do not personally know about) but even though your belly might be growing, you still have other beautiful features to show off.  That is the great thing about a good jacket, it can give you the shape you want and help you look smaller in the places you want to look smaller, like your back and your arms, while still showing off your bump. Don’t try to hide under your husbands sweats, embrace this time and channel your inner Kate Middleton.

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What I love about this army vest is that you can add it to almost any sundress and it helps to give you that womanly figure, even when you’re not pregnant. I’m assuming your vest and jacket size will not change too much during pregnancy, opposed to other things, like pants. Also, a jacket can give you shape without adding the skinny belt over the bump…. I have mixed feelings about that look.

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This is my stylish prego work look. Stripe dress with a Floral Jacket. Loft always has these dresses, every single season, so it would be so easy to get one on sale that you could wear during and after your pregnancy. (Of course with a statement necklace to amp up the look a little)IMG_9124

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Easy and comfy.

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This look is probably my favorite, an A-line dress with a fitted burgundy jacket.

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Aww she loves her little pillow baby.

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Now this is the obvious look, maxi dress with fabulous slit, but the cropped jacket adds shape and modesty.  I know all you A-cuppers are so excited to now be C-cups, but not everyone wants to see that.  If in doubt think “What would Kate Middleton Do?” WWKMD? Not wear plunging necklines and spaghetti straps.

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Skinny pants + an empire waist shirt. Done. (My advice is to get the legging jeans from LOFT or ponte leggings with leather details, comfy and flattering – because your legs are still amazing!)IMG_9126

A wrap dress is always a good option as well. Pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy. (Think easy access for nursing or your man?) Plus it is one of the most flattering styles made for women. A wrap shirt will have the same effect, but you know how I feel about dresses. Also check out these amazing sandals with a small wedge! I suggest checking out the shoe section at Nordstrom Rack for some comfy cute sandals.IMG_9130

DATE NIGHT!! How amazing is this tight striped body con dress? Lyssa took out the bump and wore this to girls night right afterwards…. Sorry that isn’t an option for most of you.IMG_9127

Women will gain weight in all different places, and for some it is in their face, which is when a scoop or v-neck comes in handy to add length.

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Put it with a leather moto jacket to add some edge, and of course raybans.

Ok, so the bump looks really SUPER fake, but hopefully you were able to  get past that! And this is the time during our photo shoot where we got a little goofy…

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And she gave birth to a beautiful Orange cat!! THAT explains all the strange bumps…. IMG_9133

What to buy and what not to buy:

– 1-2 pairs of skinny pants (jeans/ponte leggings – unless you can borrow them!)

– Fitted Jackets

– Maxi dress

-body-con dress

-t-shirt dress

-cute comfortable shoes

-jewelry (because it is one size fits all!)

I am not an expert, I’ve just been noticing women with great style during their pregnancy and thought I would share with you!! What do you moms have to say? What are your fashion tips and tricks during pregnancy?

FALL. {Christine’s picks}

I’m a total summer girl at heart. I absolutely love shorts and sundresses but there comes a day I just want to wear my skinny jeans again without sweating through them in 5 minutes.

To me, fall fashion is pretty much the best. With a little bit of layering, I can make several of my favorite summer pieces work in the cooler weather. The right scarves, boots, and jackets can make just about anything into a super cute, put-together fall outfit. And after 20+ years in the midwest, I know layers are the way to dress for cold mornings and hot afternoons. Keep that in mind, and the fact I’m moving to Florida in a couple weeks (YESSS!), when you see some summery items in my fall must-have’s list.

Christine’s Fall Must-Have’s

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I love the color & texture of this scarf. And if I could have everything on this list, I would totally pair it with the cobalt tee.  As much of a DIYer as I am, let me just say that my at-home attempts haven’t looked nearly as adorable as this scarf.

Cobalt really is this fall’s super hot trend (see Nina’s Cobalt post for more on that). I love how this tee mixes comfy and cute, which makes this a wardrobe necessity.

Does someone want to buy this for me?! I can’t afford it, but omg do I love it. While I carry my hot coral Kate Spade handbag with me everywhere, this bag has a little more space that I could really use, some amazing texture, and is a great neutral that will go well with any season.

Another pricier item but I can’t get over how amazing the collar and asymmetrical zip are. This jacket can basically give you 3 different looks just with how zipped up it is. I also love the lambskin on the interior, which makes it look not only HOT but oh-so-comfy.

You may be wondering how this amazing lace sundress is fall wear, but just visualize this with tall brown boots (#14 ), the asymmetrical zip jacket, and a bold scarf with a long pendant necklace underneath (#11). There you have it, a delicate, feminine and put together fall look!

I feel like the only girl who doesn’t already have a peplum top. I’ve seen women of all different shapes and sizes rocking this style. Are you curvy? Wear this to accentuate your hourglass shape. Are you more of a straight, athletic build? Wear this to create a curvier hourglass. I also love how this top’s stripes make a stronger illusion of the tiny waist.

I already have these jeans in a dark blue wash and I freaking love them. How chic are black jeans?! I am dying to get this pair and mix it with a light chambray top (#12) and neon flats (#10).

This is another example of a summery piece that works perfectly for a layered fall look. I LOVE the color and would definitely pair this with the black skinny jeans (#7), asymmetrical leather jacket (#4), and ankle boots (#17)

This top looks so casual and a little military, but that waist tie gives it a more feminine flair.

I’m dying to get these! That neon mixed with neutral trend is a great way to add a pop of summery color with a cozier fall outfit. A good pair of flats can go with almost anything, too.

This is one of our new creations made by Nina. I might have to snag one of these from her before I move. I love the pounded texture and the warmth of brass. Long necklaces like this look stunning with everything – dresses, tanks, sweaters, jackets, and peeking out from under scarves.

12. Loft Chambray Denim Long and Lean Shirt – $55

Chambray is pretty new to my wardrobe. I have this shirt in a dark chambray that I pair with black pants, colored skirts, white shorts… basically anything but denim. It’s so versatile that I want another one in this lighter wash for a bit more variety.

After scouting this out online and trying it on in the store, I finally bought this (with a 50% off coupon)! This super comfortable dress has a subtle leopard print, a figure flattering waist tie to show an hourglass shape, and long sleeves that easily roll up to the elbows for more versatility. I just wore this the other day with my new knee-high boots (#14) since it’s a shorter dress and I think that is my new favorite outfit.

Brown boots are probably the most important fall staple on my list (along with skinny jeans). The over-the-knee look is a new trend of the season that is everywhere. I wasn’t sure how the over-the-knee look would work on me since I’m only 5’3″ but since they go up to my knee and no higher, it definitely works. Nina was absolutely right in her blog post about boots that the tall, knee high boots will make you feel sexy.A quick note for those in icy/snowy climates – these boots actually do have a decent amount of tread (more than most fashionable styles) which is definitely a plus!

There’s nothing like a good statement necklace to punch up your outfit. This plum purple is so rich and decadent.

I love a good maxi and this one would look adorable with ankle boots (#17) and denim or leather jacket (#4).

True story – I had been searching for the PERFECT ankle boots for over a year. They had to go with dresses, skirts, and jeans. I’m really picky about the comfort of shoes too, especially if a heel is involved. I just bought these at an outlet (with a military discount!) and they are exactly what I was looking for. I think the first day I wore them (with a sweater dress, scarf, & leather jacket) I got 5 compliments.

More cobalt! The color is so intense, just add this to a more neutral outfit (like the beige chiffon blouse, #19) and you’ve got a stunning put together fall look.

This long and flowy top looks like it would go with skinny jeans as well as leggings. Or tuck it in to a skirt. It would need to be layered with a cardigan or jacket and scarf for cooler weather, but a great base to work with. I’d also pair this with the plum statement necklace (#15).