Killa colour combos is the long and short of it’s game when it comes to today’s installment of The Long and Short of Style! Looking FIERCE at any size is the name of the game and Gail and Leslie are working their magic with sensational shades of beige and hues of rich reds!

Gail

As I mentioned in the Purple Rain post I typically veer toward more traditional colours for suits so I was immediately drawn to this beige belted suite from ASOS Curve.

The blazer is longer and hits me just past my butt. The pants were a wider leg but I had them altered to be more straight legged and hits me at my ankle. I got the pants in a size 22 and I could have gone down a size as I found the cut of the pants to be quite generous.

I wanted to jazz things up a bit by adding a different belt and leopard print pumps. I also added this vibrant red wool coat to an extra kick.

Blazer // Pants // Belt // Coat (old )// Pumps: Old Navy (old similar here )

For my tall girls here is a beige suit options for you: Blazer // Pants

Leslie

THIS COAT IS LIFE!!! Those were my exact thoughts when I first scoped it out on the TopShop UK web site. So, can I just talk to the folks at TopShop for a moment. Can you please bring more of your boutique and collections like the ones that this gorgeous coat were  a part of? Please, pretty please?

Ok, back on brief. After stalking this coat for what felt like months (my size was originally out of stock online), I finally managed to nab it (insert happy dance!!!).  I think this piece is one of the most ostentatious pieces I have in my wardrobe. And since it’s such an eye-catcher, I decided it would be the perfect piece to pair with my beige look. I know I’m often rocking prints, but if I can’t rock a print, I love incorporating different textures in one look. I feels so luxurious!!

Once I had the foil for my look in the form of this coat, this skirt came next. I love the split up the front that allows me to show a little extra leg!! That said, I’m not a big fan of the fact that you can see the lining that is bright white. I wish, when creating this skirt, they made the lining a camel colour as well. But I still love it anyway!!!lol  Next came this top which is a super simple, super cheap top from Zara that I just tied in front.

This look is the perfect definition of high-low in terms of cost. The skirt was on sale (YAY), the top was under $20 (YAY-YAY), and the statement coat was the expensive piece at just over $100 and don’t regret spending one penny!!!Watch out world, here we come!.

Coat: ASOS // Top: Zara sold out (similar here ) // Skirt: ASOS // Shoes: Office UK old (similar here )

Plus size sisters here are options for you – Coat // Skirt // Top

And that’s the long and short of it,

Gail & Leslie

Photography credit: Roseline Bonheur

There’s nothing like having a piece in your wardrobe that you can wear over and over again in multiple ways and a sexy blazer is the perfect item to do just that! Check out part 1 of our “Blazer 2 Ways” series to get the 411 on how to get the most out of your blazers!

Leslie’s Blazer Glory

Blazer: River Island (old, similar here, here) // Jeans: Zara (old, similar here) // T-shirt: Stolen from Africa // Shoes: Zara (old, similar here)

Hey plus size babes, I did not forget you!: See Gail’s look for details //

Versatility in our clothing is something we’re always looking for, so it’s no surprise that we are all about rocking our blazers is many ways as possible. Confession y’all, blazers are my standard work uniform. I’m not a morning person, so having an easy work wardrobe is crucial. I have blazers in a bunch of colours and prints that I’ve collected over the years and I wear a different one each day with some kind of dress, skirt or trouser and BOOM, I’m ready.  

This look is one you would see me in on a regular basis. Super simple, easy to put together and cute! Rocking the blazer with a great tee and adding baggy jeans, the fishnet stockings and heels elevate the look to something a little more on the dressy side. Alternatively, remove the stockings and switch out the heels for some cool white sneakers and you’re good to go!

These jeans are my go to pair right now. I love the look and the rips have been worn to perfection! I wear them ALL the time and they go with just about everything! I even like the cropped length as it means I don’t have to worry to much about the length. Though I did go up a size to get a little extra in the hem. I love Zara, but they don’t seem to give me much length in their jeans for some reason. My second fave pair of jeans that are similar to this are from Long Tall Sally. They are very similar with more length of course, but they are bit big as their starting size was 2 sizes too big for me. That said, I got’em anyway (I can’t turn down a good jean!).

With the weather beginning to change, having a blazer gives you that extra layer against the cooler nights and makes you look pulled together without even really trying! Effortless style baby! I’m definitely here for that!

Gail’s Blazer Mashup

Blazer: ASOS Curve // Jeans: Addition – Elle (old) similar here // Shoes: Zara (old) similar here

There’s no doubt that a great fitting blazer is an absolute wardrobe workhorse. Blazers work with just about any look you’re trying to put together. We know it’s perfect for corporate office environments and looks especially chic with an evening out look.

So, the name of the game when it comes to blazers is versatility! Some of y’all may have seen me rock this blazer as part of a full suit earlier this year (In Neutral) and now I’m pairing it with distressed denim jeans. These skinny jeans from Addition- Elle are one of the comfiest jeans I own and I got them in a size 24. Not only is the denim super soft but the cut is next level!

This look is perfect for a day out with friends, just shopping or makes for a great casual office wear look…just swap out the distressed jeans for ones that do not have rips at the knees.

To jazz up my look even further, I added fishnet stockings for that extra je ne c’est quot because….why not! LOL

And that my friends is the long and short of it!

Photography credit: Roseline Bonheur

We’re back with a wardrobe remix for the zebra print dress we scored from eShakti.com. Scroll down for the 411 and click here if you missed part 1 of this 3 part style series!

Leslie’s eShakti Remix

Dress: eShakti // Overlay Tulle dress: Zara // Belt: Zara // Shoes: Office (old, similar here) //

Plus size babes, as we mentioned in part 1 of our eShakti turn-up, this animal print dress comes in all sizes and can be customized to fit your every curve! Click the link above to get the deets on this gorgeous dress!

Plus Overlay Sheer Dress: Universal Standard //

If you missed the first installment of our eShakti style remix click here to check it out! For my second look, I remixed my beautiful eShakti dress for an evening out on the town. Dinner and drinks here I come!

The sheer overlay, bold earring and bracelets give the look a more night time vibe! I`m ready to take on the town and cause a stir! Watch out concrete jungle, here I come!

Gail’s eShakti Remix

Dress: eShakti.com // Blazer: ASOS Curve (sold out) similar here // Faux leather bustier: Ashley Stewart (old) similar here or here //

For my tall sisters, as you already know, the dress is available in a size you! Here is a blazer option for you though – Blazer // Corset Belt

So, I’m back with look number two wearing the same zebra print dress form the fabulous online retailer eshakti! For this outfit I was going for a more boardroom babe look.

I added this nude coloured blazer that I last wore here. That’s what’s so awesome about having versatile pieces in your wardrobe – you can mix and match to create all kinds of new looks without breaking the bank!

To push the envelope even further I added this faux leather bustier to that wore in this post earlier this year. And since there simply was not enough zebra print in this look I added zebra pumps for good measure. And there you have it – look number 2!

And that’s the long and short of it!

Gail & Leslie xoxo

Photography credit: Roseline Bonheur

While this is a sponsored post, the opinions expressed are our own.

We are giving you some more fall trends to heat up the season! ladies, we’ve got you covered!

Leslie’s Asymmetric Essential

Top: Zara // Belt: House of CB // Skirt: Kaela Kay (sold out, similar here)// Shoes: Office (old, similar here) //Coat: Zara (old) similar here

For my curvy babes: Top // Skirt (Kaela Kay has got our plus size babes covered)// Belt //  Coat

We LOVE when we find companies that cater to women of all shapes and sizes and Kaela Kay is one of our absolute faves! Don’t think that you can’t rock your African print pieces year-round. This Kaela Kay skirt is the perfect piece to rock with boots and a chunky knit sweater when the weather really gets cold. The colours are also perfect for the season as well. But while we’re in this transition to full on fall, I opted to rock my skirt with an asymetriccal neckline top and leopard print pumps.

The asymmetrical neckline is a big trend for fall. I scooped up this top at Zara and I went 2 sizes up so that I could have a really blousie look. Ladies, don’t be afraid to go up sizes to get the right effect. Going up a size also helped me get the longer sleeve length I was looking for in this top. Again, just because retailers show you a particular garment styled a certain way, you can always switch it up. I am NOTORIOUS for wearing my clothes backwards when I think it just looks better that way on my body. It’s about making the piedces work for your body, notmaking your body work for the pieces.

I added this oversized belt to the look just to highlight my waistline, shorten the look of my torso (because I have a very long torso) and add another interesting detail to the overall look. The leopard print pumps let me get that print on print action I love, and leopard print goes with just about anything so it’s a winning combination. 

Once the weather gets a bit cooler, I would throw on my mustard yellow coat as that is a colour in the skirt and mustard goes so very nicely with green. 

My peoples, I am ready for winter, spring, summer,and fall with these pieces. Versatile and stylish. Just love that killa combo!

Gail’s Checks & Balances

Plaid Suit: Target (old) similar Jacket // Pants // Snake Print Coat: ASOS Curve (old) similar here // Belt: Addition Elle // Shoes: ASOS (old) similar here //

For my tall glamazons: Plaid Jacket // Plaid Pants // Snake Print Coat

One of the big trends for this fall season is plaids in all of it’s variations so dive in and give them a try.

If you’re a regular reader of The Long & Short of Style then you know I love a great fitting suit and this one definitely fits the bill. The versatility of a suit can’t be beat.

When looking for the perfect suit here are two tips:

  1. Make sure the jacket or pants fit the largest part of you. Yes, the jacket may be large in the shoulders or the sleeves a little too long or the pants too large in the waist but a visit to a tailor can easily fix those issues easily.
  2. Pay attention to the fabric as well. Look for ones that have a little bit of stretch so you don’t feel confined.

So, for my suit look I decided to add this snake print coat – another big trend of the season for some extra pazzaz. I also added a cognac coloured belt to cinch in my waist. And with that my friends my “Like a Bawse” look is complete.

And that’s the long and short of it!

Gail & Leslie xoxo

Photography credit: Roseline Bonheur

We are bringing you Part “Deux” in our blazer series with these fabulous blazer remixes to show you how to get the most out of your classic blazer! In Part 1, you saw us rocking our blazers with our casual jeans for a more laid back look. Well, hold on to your hats because we`re turning the dial up a notch (or two) with our blazers, remixing them to take you from the boardroom to the bar for some networking and of course, cocktails!

Gail’s Blazer Remix

Blazer: ASOS Curve // Pants: Pretty Little Thing (old) similar here or here // bodysuit: Fashion nova //Shoes: Zara (old) similar here

For my tall glamazons here are options for you: Blazer (see Leslie’s fabulous blazer) // Pants

As I said in last week’s post a blazer is a wardrobe workhorse that is just so versatile. With this look I remixed my blazer to complete a boss babe boardroom chic look.

What I especially love this blazer because they cut is fabulous and I love that how the belt cinches in my waist perfectly.

So for this look I was keeping it neutral from head to toe. Gone are the distressed jeans and in their place are a size 22 neutral coloured wide leg pant. I love these pants because when I walk it looks as though I’m floating because the material is a polyester /crepe situation. These pants feature a swath of material that come across one leg and tie at the waist for a really neat avant-garde feeling.

Now you may have heard that plus size women especially petite plus size women should try to shy away wide leg pants but y’all know how I feel that shoulds regarding what plus size women should wear.

Lowdown from Leslie

Blazer: River Island (old, similar here, here) // Dress: H&M (sold out, sihmilar here) // Shoes: Zara (sold out, similar here) // Purse: Coach (old, similar here) //

For my plus size babes: Blazer (see Gail`s gorgeous blazer) // Dress

I`m a “blazer babe” because I`m totally one of those chicks that loves a hot blazer. Striped, floral, colourful or neutral I love them all! That said, for those of you who may not be into blazers the way I am, you may want to start with one that is a bit more on the neutral side like the one I`m rocking here! As you know, from last week`s post, I went more casual with that look (seen here). This time around, I wanted to demonstrate how you can layer your blazer over a cute dress to create a whole new look, one that also just happens to be perfect for fall!

I personally love when my blazers are a little bit big. That may be in part because I usually have to buy them that way to get enough length in the arms, but it is also because I LOVE to wrap them kimono style and rock them with a belt – cinches my waist and adds another interesting detail to the look!

This dress has gotten sooooo much wear this summer. I know you cannot see the entire dress here, but it`s the perfect piece to wear over and over again in many ways. Here, it provides the perfect canvas to set off this beige blazer. The print adds a ton of visual interest to the look and I love that it`s a midi. Since pleated skirts are a huge trend for fall, I`m also on trend too (whoop-whoop)!

To round out my look I pulled on my sock booties and this leopard print clutch. 

I`m now definitely ready for a cocktail!

And that’s the long and short of it!

Gail & Leslie xoxo

Photography credit: Roseline Bonheur


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