Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

It is finally time to talk about my favorite of all wardrobe staples: The black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is the “Little Black Dress” (i.e. LBD) of the every-day woman’s world. You can wear a properly tailored black jumpsuit so many different ways, which places it firmly in the ‘must-own’ column, and can justify a higher price, along with a place of honor, in your closet. My first piece of advice for finding the perfect black jumpsuit is to take on the assumption that you will not find the perfect fit right off the rack. Assume you will need to have this piece of clothing tailored. This actually makes finding this essential piece of clothing a lot easier since you can focus on style and fabric now, and worry about how it fits later.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

In my quest for my perfect black jumpsuit I had a few criteria in mind that I new would make this piece work for my body type (i.e. short + curvy!). I had this list of ‘musts’ firmly in my mind before even beginning my search. Having an idea of what you want before your start shopping cuts down on so much wasted time and frustration.

  1. Wide leg
  2. Wrap style bodice with a v-neckline
  3. Flowing fabric (jersey blend, preferably)

Thankfully, jumpsuits can be found in almost any department store, flattering to any body shape, and at many price points. My favorite places to shop for reasonably priced staples are Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom. If you choose a wide leg style jumpsuit with a relaxed fit you will most likely only need to have the bodice tailored. I suggest a style fitted to the waist, with a looser fit about the hips and thighs that either tapers nicely at the ankles, or continues in a wide, straight line from the waist. Search images with keywords describing your body type + the word “jumpsuit” on Pinterest or Google. This will give you an idea of how women with similar body types have styled a jumpsuit and help narrow down the cut/style that will look most flattering on you.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

I also suggest choosing a sleeveless jumpsuit for versatility reasons. You can always add a blouse underneath, but more of your blazers, dusters and sweaters will fit smoothly without sleeves. Bulky sleeve, ruffles, lace or trimmings on a jumpsuit can really narrow down the options for wearing it. So many more outfits can be created with a simple, sleeveless style.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Just like your LBD, your jumpsuit should be something you can pull out of your closet and wear at a moment’s notice while knowing you will look fabulous! It should be your ‘power piece,’ your ‘secret weapon’; Something that gives you that little boost of confidence because it fits impeccably and makes you stand a little taller. I love to pair shoes with a bit of a point on them with my jumpsuit because it elongates my 5’2″ to its fullest extent! I always wear 4″ heels because I’ve learned they look best on me, without hindering my ability to walk for at least 8 hours! Since almost all of my favorite office pumps are 4″ I made my best black jumpsuit with the hem to break perfectly over those shoes, which makes it easy to just pop on the jumpsuit and heels and GO! Yes, I did make the jumpsuit you see me wearing above! However, that’s absolutely not necessary and I would not suggesting doing so unless you’ve been sewing 10+ years (like I have!). Jersey fabric is extremely challenging to work with, as are fitting pants! I tried on a dozen jumpsuits that I loved and combined my favorite elements into my own design. A tailor cut out the pattern pieces for me based on my sketches and body measurements, then I sewed everything together and fitted it on my personalized dress form at home.

Below are several jumpsuits I’ve tried on and LOVED, that I would 100% recommend considering:

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

If you like the way I styled the jumpsuit in my photos here are budget conscience dupes for the accessories I’m wearing:

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Because I want to illustrate how great a black jumpsuit looks for all day at the office I took the photos in this post AFTER a 10 hour work day, as soon as I got home!

So now you know the truth! I’m a real woman who takes her own fashion advice, which is why I’m confident in passing it on to you! No, I didn’t buy this outfit with the intent on only wearing it once for a photo shoot, then do my hair and makeup, just to take photos of this look (no shade to bloggers who do that! Sometimes it’s not feasible to wear an outfit all day, then take photos of it!), so you know I’m serious!

What bloggers say: “Scouted a gorgeous, retro, architectural space to shoot this look with my crew!” 

What they’re really doing: Setting up a tripod, iPhone (w/ the timer set to 10 seconds), ring light, in their mid-90s house in the suburbs, hoping the UPS guy doesn’t deliver their latest Nordstrom Friends & Family sale parcels while they pose in front of the stairway door, attempting to catch the last rays of sunshine between 5:30 and 5:40pm, after racing home from their 9-5 😂

What do you think? Is a black jumpsuit something you agree is needed for a well-rounded wardrobe?

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I Cut Up Two Pieces of Clothing from the Victoria Beckham Target Collection!

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of clothing (used or new) without altering it in some way! I love re-designing clothes so they’re uniquely mine. If you’ve been reading this blog long It’s probably not surprising to discover I had something special planned as soon as I saw what the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration looked like! From the minute I laid eyes on the scallop sleeve blouse and the shoulder bow dress I knew there was no way I’d wear them as-is off the rack, and I’d enjoy cutting them up!

Wearing Victoria Beckham for Target Dress over a VBxTarget Blouse

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The day the entire collection dropped I went online to purchase the dress and blouse. Unfortunately only the dress was sold online, so I snatched it up while my husband went to the nearest Target in search of the blouse! He knew I’d been planning this project for quite some time and actually offered to go for me when I exclaimed in dismay that I had only been able to order the dress! Truthfully I think he just wanted some ice cream and was using me as an excuse to go to Target, but I let it slide and thanked him (it was a Sunday morning and I had no intention of getting out of my pajamas that early!) After my husband brought home the blouse that Sunday I chose the exact shoes and bag I wanted to take pictures for this blog post with when the dress was done! (Side Note: One of my favorite fashion bloggers styled the original orange version of this dress with blue shoes and earrings too! Great minds think alike when you’re Southern girls!)

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I originally took the pieces to a tailor with sketches of what I wanted done, but it was going to take longer than I cared to wait for them to finish, so I ended up going back and picking everything back up so I could DIY it myself! To create my perfect dress I layered the top part of the blouse underneath the shoulders of the dress and sewed them together before trimming out the excess torso fabric. Next, I opened both sides of the dress and put in knife-pleat chiffon inserts (from an old maxi dress I destructed years ago!). On one side the insert goes from the hem to the waist and on the other side the insert goes up the length of the dress and stops under the arm. The original dress shape was a shift style, which is never flattering on me since I’m 5’2″ with wide hips, so to accentuate the new, a-line silhouette I put two tabs over the chiffon pleats on the long seam to cinch in the waist and eliminate overflow of fabric when I wear the dress belted.

Side view of dress

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Exact accessories shown: Clutch | Earrings | Shoes | Belt (Brushed gold ‘H’ on “noir/chocolat” belt)

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P.S. This post was in no way sponsored of affiliated! I just really wanted to tell y’all about this DIY sewing project!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

How does someone who doesn’t like colors other than black and white celebrate a hue saturated holiday like Easter? They DIY everything in black and white of course!

Being Catholic I love Easter; Couple that with my love of spray paint and you get my version of Easter gifts and décor! I took a plain bunny ears headband ($2) and a plastic bunny container ($2) from Walgreens and gave them a little makeover. Scroll down for instructional photos and a video tutorial 👯

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

The black and white Chanel bow on the bunny you may recognize from a previous DIY on this blog. It’s the remnants of the packaging from a bottle of Chanel perfume!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I used chalkboard paint to achieve a matte black finish.

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Would you like to get a Chanel bunny full of chocolate and treats for Easter? I know I would!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

 

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I’ve named her Miss Cocoa Couture! 🐰🍫

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

What do you think of a black and white, 1960s inspired Easter? Leave me a comment!

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Fitness Gear for Fashion Girls

Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks

As someone who isn’t a fan of bright colors, or giving up my fashion style identity while working out, it’s difficult to find fitness gear that reflects my personality! I understand the psychology behind eye catching fitness clothing (i.e. bright colors = happier mood!) but it’s the opposite case for me! When faced with bright colors I become discombobulated and unfocused, thus making my workouts less effective! I need calm tones, muted shades and a sense of serenity when working out. Recently I started the hunt for “the perfect” workout outfits for myself and realized there are probably a lot of fashion-minded girls like me who don’t wear brightly colored clothing, and as a result, don’t see the point in wearing them to exercise! After lots of searching I’ve found some great pieces and had to share with y’all! I’m watching the post office box for mine to arrive and am already so excited for everything to finally be matching! A few sets of matching, good quality exercise outfits are one of those “30 before 30” things everyone should have on their to-do list! Since I’m nearing 29 now is as good a time as ever!

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Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks
I hope your next glow sesh is as fabulous as your outfit!
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No-Sew DIY Ribbon Boxed Pillow Sham Tutorial

DIY Boxed Pillow Sham Tutorial

I’ve been seeing these elegant, crisp black and white bedrooms on Pinterest lately and especially like the ‘boxed’ ribbon pillow shams they share in common. You may be lucky enough to find a set of these black-edged shams at HomeGoods or the like, but I haven’t been so fortunate, and I’m unwilling to pay $50 -$120 for a set of these chic shams. So we’re going to DIY them! Adding ribbon boxed shams is a fast and cheap way to elevate and personalize your bedding.

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