Do you remember the royal wedding last April and more importantly, which sister’s dress can you vividly picture in your head right now? If you’re thinking Pippa, you’re not alone. People around the world couldn’t stop talking about Pippa in her flattering, form fitted white bridesmaid dress and there was an insane amount of press specifically buzzing about her backside. As many women know when it comes to revealing clothing, whether you’re covered or showing skin, there’s a fine line between sexy and Snooki (who I just learned is preggers btw. Yikes!).
And speaking of Pippa, my friend Gigi and I were shopping a few months ago and spotted a long sleeve lace dress at H & M. We both bought it and she noticed Pippa wearing a lace H & M dress almost identical. The same photo of Pippa was just featured a couple days ago in my supermarket weakness, InTouch Magazine.
I wore the white lace dress a week ago on a SF hill lined with pastel painted homes. I carefully applied my personal “revealing clothes” rules and hopefully Pippa & Princess Kate would approve~
1. Long Sleeve Dresses = Conservative
They’re a popular trend right now and if you’re totally covered on top, you can show more leg (bare or in tights). The same is true with the reverse showing more skin on top if you’re wearing a longer skirt or pants.
2. Tone down MakeUp & Accessories
I was so excited when my friend Courtney who is a Stella & Dot stylist here in the Bay Area let me shop her collection and wear this Contessa Jade Necklace. I loved the contrast with the lace dress. I also used Nicki Minaj Viva Glam Nicki MAC lipstick, but made it subtle with a light gloss. Check out Stella & Dot here or for questions, email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Take the Proper Precautions
If you’re wearing any outfit remotely revealing and there’s any chance you might slip, fall, or flash more than a smile; plan accordingly with the appropriate undergarments. In this day in age, you don’t have to be a celebrity or a royal princess to have a creeper post a photo of you on the Internet.
4. Going Nude is Still in Style
I’ve posted about nude and neutral heels in the past and I could have worn other options, but nude heels are a great understated choice for dresses and skirts in all colors and patterns. Plus, they lengthen legs and put the focus on your outfit.
Potrero Hill neighborhood~These are baby San Francisco hills but they’re still awful in heels. Photos by Thomas Delgado Photography
5. Don’t Forget about the Hair
How you style your hair is a big part of completing your look and I just discovered this quick style a few weeks ago when I read twists are the new braids for 2012. If you noticed on the Oscars red carpet, side swept hair was a hot trend on stars from Stacy Keibler to Maya Rudolph, but it’s too fancy for day time. I wanted a more carefree casual style for this dress.
Three Minute Hairstyle~Here’s what I did:
A. Brush all of your hair to one side
B. Take a small outer section and twist it around to create a loose side ponytail using your own hair as the hairband
C. Use a few bobby pins and hairspray to keep it in place. Bonus: I’m also wearing Salon Perfect lashes (#53) that still look natural during the day.
I used this little faux flower clip to help keep it in place and hide a bobby.
What are your “revealing clothes” rules? I’ve noticed everyone has their own and rules vary widely between me, my friends, my mom and of course guys have their own opinions?
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