Wednesday, January 11, 2012

FROM FRUMPY TO FAB - AN OUTFIT POST

Sometimes one small change can take frumpy to fab.

I wore this ruffled button-up when I was in my first trimester. Hiding a growing belly was such a challenge, and I'm sure I looked awfully frumpy -- or shall I say awful and frumpy?


My frumpy shirt - good for pregnancy, bad for fashion.


Today, I have no pregnant belly to hide, but I do have an important interview (for another article) to rush to at the Legacy House in the International District.

I thought this shirt, with dark washed jeans, would make proper business casual wear for the interview.

To avoid looking frumpy again, I tucked it in -- there goes that one, little change -- and the outfit instantly took shape.


Tuck the shirt in - much better.

How do you take your outfit from frumpy to fab?



90 comments:

  1. That one little change makes all the difference - what a cute outfit! Love the boots, as well. I hope you rocked the interview. :)

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  2. I love the transformation gorgeous. I usually add accessories or some pumps to transform a frumpy outfit to fab.
    Great post.


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  3. You're right, it makes a world of difference!

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  4. I like your outfit the way you styles it.

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  5. Love the shirt tucked in! The whole outfit is cute.

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  6. I need to follow your tip because I wear all my clothes frumpy.

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  7. Great way to make it more stylish! I rarely tuck shirts in unless its for an interview and it has never let me down :)

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  8. So true so true! I think I might tend to choose comfort = frumpy too often though. I admit I hate to tuck in shirts, but the one small thing did make a HUGE difference in your look!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  9. WOW what a change just tucking your shirt in can make. So much cleaner!

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  10. I add a lot of jewelry... I am not a big belt person so for me its more necklaces that make it more fab or some really good rings and bracelets :)
    xo,
    LMQ

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  11. I'm in love with your top!
    -Tori
    www.fashiontrendsmore.com

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  12. you look so good!! thought I was following you!! sorry =/ Now I am!!! great blog love!

    xo Jenn

    imperfection-isbeauty.com

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  13. So right. That little change does make a huge difference! It gives it a totally new look. Sometimes I have trouble deciding whether to tuck a shirt in or leave it out. Do I want to look laid back today, or more put together? Hmmm...

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  14. throw a blazer and boots on!

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  16. The easy way? Accessorize it up!

    Okay, no... show some skin! =)

    I KID.

    You honestly look FAB though!

    xox,

    ML
    Twenty York Street
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  17. Lovely! And very simple to achieve that!

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  18. Wow! Love it! :D

    xoxo, Alexa
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  19. I like how you look on the second shot, stylish and not frumpy at all? and very skinny!!!
    I usually play with accessories to make the outfit look more stylish or chic. I love to wear big colorful necklaces or expensive gold jewelry with denim shirts or T-shirts.

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  20. What a difference the tuck made! Hope you had a great interview!

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  22. You look lovely! Hope your interview went well!

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  24. I think that you look beautiful in the first photo! I like the simplicity and natural beauty of the look.

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  25. I think you look beautiful in the first photo! I love the simplicity and elegance of the look - kind of effortless beauty. But that's just me!

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  26. love the transformation too :)

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  27. I love the effect that simply tucking in a top can do. I always do the same thing!

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  28. oh my goodness, this top is beyond cute. Love that you wear able to wear it again by simply tucking it in. you look stunning and chic. adore this post, hun. if you get a second, I'd love to hear what you think of my Gossip Girl inspired look. xo

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  29. You look so cute in this post and I actually no idea you were hiding a baby in there :) You look really pretty and I think one of the easiest ways to go frumpy to fab is to do what you did and add jewelry and a sleek bun and blazer. :)

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  30. you look so cute!

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  31. Woah, what a difference! Brilliant move to think of a way that one could reuse maternity wear.

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  32. this is a drastic change. i often do the same and tuck in a shirt, or throw on a blazer.

    [oomph.]

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  33. Small world! My mom lives in the International District!

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  34. It makes such a big difference! I use a lot of belts to since my waist. A tight fitting cardigan can help sometimes too!
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  35. wow !! just tucking in the shirt made such a huge difference !!!

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  36. Thats such a cute top !! I love the details in the neck ...

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  37. That really was from frumpy to fab! Like magic lol! I can never wear tucked in tops sadly, my tummy looks huge! *sobs*

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  38. I usually use a belt or accessorize it with pretty things! Even though I some times wear it as it is... :)

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  39. Wow, it really makes a big difference. Girl, you're beautiful.

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  40. I like it untucked too! you're cute! xo
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  41. Yeah it is funny how tiny changes like that make a big difference! I just found your blog and I think it's really cute! I hope you will be able to check out my blog too, it's a personal style and fashion blog from England. I would love it if you could stop by! Thanks! :) :)

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  42. Accessories... always accessories! You can cutesy it up, sassy in up, or add so edge with just the right touches in the right places! Love the shirt... tucked in! =D

    xoxo Jessa

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  43. Loved the post-I often use brooches and belts to glam up some boring outfit :) :) And hey I am your new GFC follower :)

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  44. really loved the post!!! I often use jazzy belts or cute brooches to glam up some boring outfits :)

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  45. I love it. The top is actually quite beautiful.


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  47. I usually style shirts that are frumpy with a waist cinching belt. I love this trick. You look great!

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  48. Wow that really makes a big difference! I really like your professional look: clean and classy!

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  50. haha! thats cool! i always wondered if women would reuse their pregnancy clothes after they gave birth. but i didnt think so. but you did a great job transforming it. it looks great !

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  52. Goes to show that a simple action and a small tweek in your outfit can make such a difference!
    I usually tuck my tops in to go from frumpy to fab as well! I think simply adding a few accessories (jewelry or a killer pair of shoes) does the trick too!

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  54. It's funny that a little thing can make such a difference! You just look so fashionable with that tucked in shirt!

    Sam

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  55. oh you are adorbale. following!

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  56. simple things ha :) you look lovely! x

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  57. ahh! that shirt is SO me!
    i agree -- you can never go wrong with a simple outfit, i.e. skinny jeans and a tucked in shirt with flats/moccasins. i like making it "fab" by adding a big scarf or gorgeous necklace.

    take care!
    -alexandra
    http://alexisinodak.blogspot.com/

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  58. Your too cute to look frumpy! And I definitely feel you about the trimester thing and working out shirts to not look frumpy. The shirt is very cute and it looks great tucked in. I tend to do a half tuck and add some accessories to help with outfitting :).

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  59. you look gorgeous! simple yet shic... and love the ruffles on your top. i go from frumpy to fab by tucking my shirt in... wearing some great accessories... and great fitting skirt or trousers. :)

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  60. love the tucked in version soooo much more, your quite right.........xx


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  61. If i'm being honest, you look pretty FAB in both pics :) but yes, i prefer the tucked in more. Great post! Amazing what little alterations can do to the same outfit!

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  62. You're a true beauty! I love the outfit!

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  63. Thank you for your comment, just checked out your blog and I love it :) Definitely love this look, prefer it tucked in! Looking forward to more posts xx

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  64. A great silhouette a lot of times will streamline your overall look to negate the frumpiness. Hope the meeting went well :)

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  65. Ooh, I really love that blouse! And actually, I like it the "frumpy" way too. It's a pretty casual look.
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  67. Who knew that tucking the shirt in would make such a big difference.

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  68. I have a shirt like that I'm going to have to try that :)

    I usually take a shirt like that (they're longer on me I'm very short) wearing them with some black leggings and black pumps, putting a belt around my waist. Makes it from frumpy to girly, while still super comfy!


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  69. U have such cute outfits!! The shirt looks sooo lovely!

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  70. um, not only do you not look frumpy. you also don't look pregnant. in fact, you don't even look like you have indigestion. so relax :)
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  71. Great outfit pics! To make an outfit Fabulous I always add heels. It is great to meet another Seattle blogger!

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  72. little things can do much. That's a great difference. Well done!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  73. I love tucking in blouses! They slim me down and add definition to my waist/hips! I find that belts and cardigans are great toppers to finish off a look.

    Kim

    www.aprettythought.com

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  74. It is funny how a simple tuck changes everything - great business casual look dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  75. I don't think you look frumpy at all in the first picture. I like the boho, slightly-unkempt look. :)

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  76. To change my outfit from frumpy to fab I either try to make things look more fitted with a belt, or I add a couple of accessories and of course heels :)

    Seriously though, heels make an outfit change drastically!

    xoxo, maria
    www.paintedREDDD.blogspot.com

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  77. I really love this look. The top looks so much better tucked in, it makes a huge difference!

    vonnie <3
    ohsovonnie.blogspot.com

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  78. Love the whole look! you truly took it from Frumpy to fab! great job you look beautiful!

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  79. so cute! i love the shirt! i hope your interview went well! ;-) tara

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  80. Neat how that one little change can turn out to be a big one, isn't it? I love the ruffles!

    I find that something as simple as changing the jewelry or adding a scarf can totally transform an outfit!

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  81. I love the look of tucked in blouses - it's classic.

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  82. What a difference - mine: red or berry lips! or a pair of heels

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