How to Dress in Your 20's, 30's, & 40's

Hello, lovely lady! I hope your week has been fabulous. Personally, I've been in a constant state of sleepiness. After work each day Ricky & I have rushed back to our church to volunteer at the Vacation Bible School. This week has been both exhausting & rewarding. With that being said I needed a little help from my friends for this week's post. I've partnered with a couple of my favorite blogger babes to help illustrate dressing in your 20's, 30's, & 40's! So buckle up, here we go!

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TWENTIES

TWENTIES

If you didn't know, now you know (did you get my Biggie reference?!) I am a 20 something. People always assume I'm older based on the way that I carry myself. I feel like being in your 20's the struggle can be real. You are transitioning out of college into the professional world. Your early 20's also look far different than your late 20's meaning in your early 20's you are freshly 21 most likely still whopping it up with going out tops etc. In your later 20's you are probably settling down focusing on your career etc. So how does one simply find balance between still looking fun yet put together? Personally I am a huge fan of off the shoulder tops. They are chic yet fun also a classy way to show off a little sex appeal. Another thing that I recommend is pattern play as in mixing patterns. If you stick to the same color pallet with your prints or add a pop of animal to a basic outfit you will instantly look put together yet fun. I think it is important to know when, where you are going, & who your audience is for certain looks. I love these overalls but I keep them to the weekend or casual Friday in the office. My crop tops are worn on the weekends along with my torn jeans. I would not walk into a meeting for work in those items. Well babes, I hope this helps you my fellow 20-somethings!

THIRTIES

THIRTIES

I can't tell you exactly when and where it happened. but recently it hit me. I. Am. An. Adult. Technically I have been an adult for 15 years now, but somewhere along the lines someone said I was able to be in charge. It is a strange feeling to know that you get to make the rules now when it comes to your life. So even though I can stay up past 9 PM on a weeknight (but who really wants to do that anyways) and eat ice cream out of the carton, there is still something I struggle with. Dressing. 

 

I don't know about you, but for me being in my 30's I find it more difficult to dress than I did when I was in my 20's and teens. 30-somethings are in this weird age gap when it comes to dressing and style. We don't want to look like we are still figuring out this thing called life. I mean we are.....but we don't want everyone else to know that. However, we also don't want to look like we are getting ready to retire down in Florida either. 

 

So what is a 30-something to do. Honestly, it's going to have be a lot of trial and error and A LOT of dressings rooms and returns. Now granted, I do find some pieces I like that are "appropriate" on Forever21 but the days of super crop tops are behind us. Speaking of crop tops, if you aren't ready to let that trend go just yet don't. You just need to find a way to style it in a more sophisticated and grown up look. I personally love a crop top with a high wasted pair of shorts or jeans. Just enough skin is still peeking out to say you still got it. Add a nice fitted jacket and a pair of wedges or block heeled sandals and you will be screaming trendy but chic and sophistication.

Something else I think everyone woman in her 30's should own is at least one great jumpsuit. Again, this is an area you have to be careful with when it comes to fit and fabric choices. You can walk a fine line from bad ass boss babe and "lady of the night". I love a jumpsuit with a culotte pant or a wide leg pant. Also don't be afraid to still play with colors in prints in your 30's. If you like all black that's wonderful, but don't think because we are a little older we still can't add pops of color, or even color all over. If you couldn't tell, I love color and patterns. I actually own very little neutral pieces. 

In the end remember these three things; first it's going to a lot of work on our end to find what is going to work and what isn't; second you can still enjoy trends that you use to, you just need to find a way to make that piece more sophisticated and adult like; and finally we can still play around with color and prints in our 30's, again it's all about finding that balance between what you like and making it more sophisticated. 

Jamie Madden

Founder of The Plus Size Diva

www.theplussizediva.com

jamie@theplussizediva.com

FORTIES

FORTIES

HI! I am Nikki From Bayberry and Main. I was so excited when Gigi asked me to collaborate with her on a post about Dressing yourself at different ages. I am a 40 something woman with a  preppy style. I love wearing anything gingham and monogrammed. The best way to dress is to first figure out what your style of dress is. Next, I would figure out what clothing shapes look good on your figure. You can figure that out by  trying on different pieces. I know I look good in an aline dress because I have a bigger tummy area. I also know I need either petite or regular pant length because I am only 5’2 and 1/2” tall. One other thing I know is more flowy tops don’t look as good on me because I am bigger busted. I would say I never really dress for my age I dress for whats in style and what I like. I will say I would never wear a crop top because I know that is not age appropriate. But otherwise, I feel no holds bar and everything is fair game if it looks good on you. I hope this helps and happy shopping.

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Well fash dolls I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. HUGE thank you to Jamie & Nikki for collaborating with me! Girl power is a beautiful thing! Till next time!

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5 Things Planning our Wedding Taught me

Hello, beautiful! I hope your week is going fabulous thus far. Monday I was able to play model for the day for Next on Scene Magazine's spring issue. I can't wait to see how the images come out. I was able to work with a group of fabulous boss babes. Anyway let's get to the bridal, shall we?

There is no secret that planning a wedding is not easy. It is truly bananas how much time goes into one event that goes by within a blink of an eye. Looking back on the planning of Ricky & I's wedding, we learned 5 valuable lessons.

1. Who our real friends are- Throughout planning & even after our wedding we found out who are true friends are. This isn't always the easiest lesson to learn & it is just a fact of life that friends will come & go but it was definitely eye opening. We are both extremely understanding people & always give others the benefit of the doubt but, any kind of relationship works two ways. 

2. You can't please everyone- You know that phrase, "You can be the juiciest peach but, not everyone likes peaches". It's true! I don't like peaches. But, really R & I tried hard to please everyone but, it got to the point where we stopped worrying about everyone else & planned our wedding for us. Yes, you want your guests to enjoy themselves but, at the end of the day we paid for our own wedding so it was going to be our way.

3. How well we work together under pressure- While planning our wedding as the big day approached we decided it would be a great idea to buy a house as well. (Hello stress) During this time we really learned how well (or not so well) we would work together. In our case we made a really great team. We kept open minds & communication. This just solidified our relationship even more than it already was.

4. Time management- Like I said R & I were crazy people by planning a wedding & buying a house simultaneously. We had to prioritize. I put blogging on the back seat for a couple of months to focus on our personal lives. We also tried to accomplish more tasks earlier rather than later so when we were looking at homes we had more time to put towards that. I made countless to do lists & was constantly re-prioritizing. This was so unlike me (when it comes to my personal life). I consider myself a "hot mess" (an organized hot mess) & save everything till last minute. This time in my life I couldn't do that.

5. Budgeting- As I mentioned prior R & I paid for our wedding by choice. We didn't want to complicate things for our family & if anyone wanted to contribute, we wanted them to contribute how they were willing & able. Having a $25,000 plus wedding & buying a house you can imagine that we had to get our finances in check. We stopped going out as much, every once of our disposable income went to our wedding fund. This was super beneficial in the long run as we have carried over these habits & we are comfortably able to pay our mortgage.

Well fash dolls these are a few valuable life lessons R & I learned while planning our wedding. It isn't an easy task but remember to breathe. Put it in perspective, this is just one day. It maybe one of the most important days in your life but your lifetime with your significant other means so much more than this day. Enjoy it as it only happens once. If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me thru social media or by email (check out the contact page). Till next time babes.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

2016 Best Looks

Hello beautiful! As you may have read in my last post personally 2016 was a huge year for me. I took about 4 months off from the blog this year due to the fact that I had to take care of my health, getting married, & buying a house. With that said somehow we still managed to TRIPLE our views from last year! Holy guacamole! To close this year I wanted to recap the most viewed looks of 2016, viewed by you fabulous fash dolls.

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There you go, your top 5 favorite looks most viewed by you! Which one was your favorite?! I have some fun stuff brewing for the new year. I thank you all for reading this year, I hope you got as much out of this as I did. I wish you all a very happy & healthy New Year! Let's make 2017 amazing :)

Make sure to follow along & get social on Instagram here!

Till next year!

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

xo Gigi

Ring in the New Year in Style

Hello beautiful! I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. I can't believe we are moving on to 2017, time flies when you are having fun. This year I hit major milestones in my personal life; I married my best friend in June, welcomed our fur child Audrey to the family in July, & we bought our first home in August. Not to mention I was diagnosed with a tummy issue in April which I am finally starting to feel like a normal human again (Praise God). Despite the obstacles faced in 2016 I feel completely blessed.  This past year has been amazingly awesome yet wild all in one & I wouldn't have had it any other way. 2017 I am ready for you.

This year the hubs & I will be celebrating the last moments of 2016 by having a little shindig at our humble abode with some of our favorite people. I will be sporting this lace two piece skirt set which I absolutely fell in love with. I paired it with my black stud pumps. I love how the top is scalloped providing extra coverage compared to a typical crop top.

Do you have your NYE look picked? This night is the perfect opportunity to pull out your lace or sequined numbers (or your most comfiest pajamas if you are staying in). Whatever you do I wish you a very happy & healthy New Year.

Till next time Fash Dolls!

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

xo Gigi

P.S. There are some major happenings coming up (cough new site cough) so follow along on Instagram @fashology  :)

 

Casual Chic

Hello beautiful! Welcome back to the Fashology holiday outfit series. Today I am chefing up some outfit inspo for the casual girl. Not all of us find tights or heels comfortable & that's okay, maybe your event doesn't call for dressy attire. You can still be festive yet comfortable.

This outfit is casual chic with skinny jeans as the base. I suggest wearing a top that is a "holiday" color, this could be red, maroon, green, black, etc. I topped off this ensemble with a faux fur vest. I feel that a good faux fur vest will always take any outfit to the next level. Dig the hat? Good news for you, a friend of mine is making these & they will be going on sale soon. Until then feel free to give her Instagram a follow @kuronne.co .

I would wear this look to a low key holiday party, causal Friday, or just for any day! I hope that this has given you some casual chic outfit inspo for the holiday season. Not everything you wear this month has to be covered in sequins.

Well fash dolls till next time.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

Gigi xo

 

Sleigh Girl

Hello beautiful! Happy Holiday season to you & yours. I am not going to lie to you I have been a bit more of a hot mess lately than usual lately. If you have been reading a long you know that I am an assistant buyer for Metrostyle catalog & let me tell you this time of year is cray. Between prepping for our summer '17 photo shoot & setting up fall/winter 2017 I have just been tired. I don't think the fact that it gets darker out early helps my cause but I am also notorious for always being on the go then crashing. Anyway this isn't a sob story or a rant, I just miss you all! So I am getting my positive pants on & am ready to conquer the rest of this year with you.

My next few post are going to be brought to you by the holiday season & hope that they give you some outfit inspo. I bought this tulle skirt for Ricky & I's engagement photos & other bridal events but I am not the type of shopper to buy an item for just one use. I have paired this Carrie Bradshaw inspired skirt with a flannel, tights, & my fav cheetah pumps. I'm going to wear this outfit Christmas day to my mum's for brunch then to my in law's for dinner.

I know this season can get kind of stressful but try your best to enjoy it. Take a deep breathe & try not to over commit to events. I know we can all experience FOMO (fear of missing out) but sometimes you need to take a minute for yourself & truly enjoy the magic of this time of year.

Anyway fash dolls till next time! Stay sassy + God Bless :)

Gigi xo

Help me, Help you

fash-logo Happy Monday Fash Dolls! As I celebrated the Fashology second blogiversary last week I decided to put this little survey together. Help me, help you. I want to make sure that I am delivering you awesome content that you want to read. Please take a couple short minutes to complete the survey in the link below.

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Thank you in advance babes, I really appreciate your time! I started this blog to inspire women to establish a wardrobe they feel most confident in & to dare my readers to try new trends in their own & unique way. You are beautiful & so special, don't ever forget that!

Well dolls we'll chat more tomorrow.

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo