How to Make Your Not So Casual Piece, Casual

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This ruffled off-the-shoulder metallic bodysuit from Chi Chi London is the ultimate statement piece. The bodysuit is from the holiday collection and I undoubtedly wore this on New Year’s Eve as well, with a faux fur skirt. The next question is how can I take my extraordinary outfit into something I can wear more ordinarily? My solution pair your statement top with a muted bottom. More specifically a high-waisted pair of faded black jeans. This allows the look to be wearable for drinks with friends or out for a nice dinner.

Another point to be made about bodysuits, is that high-waisted pants are you friend not foe. About a month ago a girl came up to me when I was working at Victoria’s Secret. She did not understand how to wear a bodysuit. She was concerned about her stomach looking weird in a bodysuit. I told her, that’s what high-waisted pants are for. This allows any-sized girl to feel comfortable in a bodysuit.

Chi Chi London is an amazing retailer with perfect formal wear. The dresses are so feminine and beautiful for any occasion. Definitely a retailer to check out for formal wear or a night out. Visit their site here.

Photos by: Dustin Abrego

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The Perfect Bodysuit Style

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Photos by: Alexandra Hollander

So I have been wanting to purchase a bodysuit for a long while now. I kept putting it in the millions of online shopping baskets I wanted and then discarding it. I just was not finding the quality I wanted at the price point I had in mind. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, when I had my first actual trip to Zara. Now I have ordered online from Zara, but I had never been inside an actual store.

As you may have noticed by now, I am a bit of a bargain shopper. There is something about getting an item that retails for $100 and scoring it for $20. When I walked into Zara, like any smart merchandiser may have planned, the most visible items were the most expensive. At the beginning of the store were the items priced $100 and over. I checked out a few cute things and scurried my way to the back to find the normal pieces I shop for online at Zara. Right as I entered the back of the store, the bodysuit stuck out to me. I’d been wanting this purchase forever and why not make it happen in my first trip ever to Zara?

There are a few tips to buying a bodysuit though. Tip 1: Make sure the material is comfortable and stretchy. When something is that tightly wrapped around your body, the last thing you want is an uncomfortable material riding up. Tip 2: I happen to have a very long torso, so opting for the large in any one piece items is a must. Tip 3: Check for bra visibility by sticking something bright underneath the fabric. I almost purchased a white bodysuit there until I realized the fatal issue with the suit.

I ended up pairing my bodysuit with a jean-button-down-pencil skirt, some killer booties and my favorite My Girl sunglasses from Quay eyewear. This look is perfect for a hot summer’s day and easy to go from day-to-night.

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