Ever put on an outfit that in theory should look great, only to find you look frumpy and dumpy? Me too. However, the simplest trick to styling an outfit and taking it from bad to fab is to tuck your shirt. Seriously. Sometimes a shirt is just fine un-tucked, especially for more casual looks, but if the shirt is too long/flowy/loose a simple tuck is all you need to dramatically change your outfit's look. I usually try an outfit both ways, then decide which is best.
I also decided to enter Chippmuck.com's Expert Shopper Contest again with this outfit. I came in 7th last time and the top five won. Help me make the top five this time by loving my look here. You can vote each day too. I seriously appreciate it ladies!
Do you see the difference?!? I probably look 30 pound lighter by just tucking this shirt in! I honestly didn't realize the power of the "tuck" until I started reading blogs and seeing what other girls were wearing. I also didn't own a lot of skirts before tucking in either, just look at "Exhibit A" and you'll understand why. Now that I realize that tucking your shirt in can make such a great change in the outfit, my skirt collection has grown tremendously, and I have a much more polished professional look too. Here are some more pictures of this look:
Cardigan: Old Navy $20 similar
Top: Target $3 (thrifted) similar
Skirt: Target $16 similar
Belt: Kohls $1.5 similar
Necklace: Loft $5 similar
Shoes: JCrew similar