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Not the most exciting outfit, but it serves an important purpose

This is my favorite, “Don’t look at me outfit” without having to wear head-to-toe black. I’ve had a few days where I wanted to look like I made some effort in my outfit choice without having to sacrifice comfort or completely show my shape. It’s neutral, it’s long and it’s stupid comfortable.

The cardigan is thick and long enough to cover my bum but still have a style, and the color is a classic beige-ish-kind-of-camel shade that was surprisingly mistaken for cashmere by a friend. I don’t know if that’s a score for me or Primark because it is the furthest thing from cashmere.

Topshop Jamie jeans are my new wardrobe “must-have” because they are stretchy but hold their shape, and come in a variety of lengths. Shopping for pants in Germany is not easy if you have short legs and a wide middle because the pants here cater to thin waists and long legs. Damn German Amazons.

To give the illusion of longer legs, I always prefer to wear black shoes with black pants, especially ones like these suede ankle boots.

Top: ZARA
Cardigan: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Pretty Ballerinas

This cardigan was included in a Fall fashion haul video I recently uploaded. Check it out if you have time to kill:

A feminine fit

If there’s anything I’ve learned as a style-conscious adult, it’s that the arbitrary sizing system we have in the United States is crap and that buying clothes based on actual measurements IS KEY.

For years I obsessed over “my number.” I spent a better part of my college years thinking that I would be a much happier person if I wore clothes in the single digit numbers. I tried to squeeze into skirts and jeans that were a size smaller because it was more important to me to wear a certain number rather than something that fits.

I’m refreshing my wardrobe at the moment with more pieces that actually fit me based on my measurements, which in return make me feel more confident and put together. I’m glad eShakti asked me to review another one of their items (they were the first brand I worked with years ago!) because their mission is to outfit women in tailored clothes.

I picked this flirty dress and had the option to alter the sleeves and skirt length, but kept it as is. I now prefer dresses and skirts that hit at the knee or just below as opposed to the unflattering short skater skirts I used to cling to.

I paired it with burgundy pumps and a houndstooth crossbody for a look perfect for work, church or a dinner date.

When customizing your garment on eShakti, you can pick a standard size or put in your measurements for a custom size, as well as your height and sleeve and neckline preferences. If you’re like me and don’t own a cloth measuring tape but have a stiff tape measure in your toolbox, then I recommend using a long ribbon or string to wrap around yourself and measuring that instead.

It felt good to receive a garment in the mail that fit me right out of the box. I just spent the past few weeks sending back wedding dress after wedding dress because I couldn’t get the zipper past my back fat. This dress effortlessly slipped on and is wonderfully soft and thick for Fall and Winter. Here are some other eShakti pieces I have my eye on:

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Thank you to eShakti for inspiring this post! You can check out their website here, as well as their Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

Straight into Fall: Sammydress review

Since I am currently living on a part-time salary in good ol’ Deutschland, I can’t say no to companies when they contact me asking me to review their clothes. I mean, they give you money to spend on their website, it’s one of the most fun parts about blogging.

I picked a dress, bag, rings and a bitchin’ Shiba Inu cap at Sammydress.

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The patch is perfect and just as expected, and the cap is adjustable. It has an embroidery of the words “Hachi-ko” on the back, which is backwards and best read in a mirror. Odd stuff, but it adds to the quirkiness of the hat.

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I’m beginning to realize that I navigate towards this dress type a lot. I have several others like it in my closet, BUT THIS ONE IS PLAID. Germany and I have Fall on our mind, so I chose this girly piece to layer.

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Perhaps my least favorite part about shopping at Sammydress is having to filter the clothes by size 4XL to 5XL. The sizes cater to petite figures, so of course this dress still had its downsides. For starters, it’s too short. Thankfully the weather is in the upper 60’s at the moment so tights are commonplace.

But it also had this weird opened gap at the bottom of the buttons that was too revealing for my taste. I also didn’t like the button closures on the arm, so I removed those two buttons and sewed them to the end of the skirt.

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It also ties at the waist, and I couldn’t think of a style to tie it in besides a bow, but I’m not feeling it. I may remove it and replace it with a belt because I really do like this dress.

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I paired it with a denim moto jacket to give it a somewhat summer feel.

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The bag was perhaps the biggest disappointment. What can you expect from a $6 satchel though?

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I like the style, but the craftsmanship ruins it. The material arrived wrinkled, and the corner of the bag is caving in. It doesn’t quite have the same clean look as the product photo. I would also prefer a longer strap, or at least the option to remove this one and add my own. It’s too long to wear as a shoulder bag but too short to wear as a crossbody.

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I was much more impressed by the rings. They come in a variety of sizes and actually feel durable. I’ve bought my share of rings from Forever 21, Primark and H&M, and these are rather similar, if not a bit nicer.

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Dress: c/o Sammydress
Bag: c/o Sammydress
Rings: c/o Sammydress
Cap: c/o Sammydress
Jacket: Gap
Shoes: Sam & Libby

As I mentioned in my previous reviews of low-cost fast fashion sites such as Sammydress, it’s a realistic option for those wanting to refresh their wardrobe on a limited budget. I highly recommend measuring yourself and comparing it to the size charts for the items you’re interested in, and to remember that the quality may suffer a bit. I made a few quick fixes to make this dress more wearable and I am absolutely terrible at alterations, so it’s possible.

Thank you to Sammydress for sponsoring this post.