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Thanksgiving style tips + a GIVEAWAY preview - Evolved Mommy

Dress Barn bomber jacket on dressing room door

What's this fabulousness?

As a blogger I often get pitches from companies wanting me to talk about their products. 90% of the time I ignore them, but a couple of weeks ago I got one that really caught my attention for a couple reasons:

 

  1. It contained useful/relevant information (read: It had REALISTIC FASHION tips for fall)
  2. It was from a store that I would NEVER shop in, but the picture had a dress that I instantly FELL IN LOVE with. What???

So I emailed the PR rep back, which I almost never do, and asked if they’d like to do a sponsored post. Some of the PR people I work with are less than friendly (and generally condescending when they figure out I’m in Arkansas), but this one was awesome. She was responsive, friendly and excited. Her attitude helped me decide that THIS was a company I wanted to do business with.

Also, she offered me free clothes. I can be bought when it feels good. No shame in my game, ladies! Who is this fabulous shop?

Wait for it…

Dress Barn.

Ok. Wait! Don’t click away yet. Look at these pictures and read the fashion tips from Keith Fulsher, dressbarn Chief Merchandising Officer. I promise it’s worth the four minutes of your time. I love these tips for Thanksgiving Day, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be going with the “Comfort Queen” look.  

No matter what type of celebration, there’s no reason why the turkey should be the only thing well-dressed on Thanksgiving:

  • The Indulger (go on, have that second slice of pie)

If you plan to ditch the diet for a day, be sure to wear clothes that won’t show how stuffed you are:

Dress Barn Missoni style zig zag print sweater dress

This is the dress that started it all. I love the Missoni-style zig zag print.

Dress Barn brown boots fall 2011

Pair that dress with these boots!

  • Empire waist dresses will be your best friend, especially when paired with tights and tall boots, which will create a slimming effect
  • If dresses aren’t your thing, opt for an open-front blazer will to keep eyes away from the midsection
  • Jeans should have a bit of stretch to keep you comfortable while in a food coma
  • Lighter fabrics mean less bulk
  • The Do-It-All-Herself (cooking, cleaning, setting the table—she’s a solo act)

Not getting any support from friends and family? Keep your look (and tone) cordial.

Dress Barn cranberry blouse fall 2011

If you spill cranberry sauce on yourself no one will ever know!

Dress Barn black knit pencil skirt fall 2011

Almost everything at Dress Barn is stretchy whether it looks like it or not.

  • Since you’ll be on your feet running from one thing to the next, opt for chic, yet comfy flats
  • It’s going to get hot in the kitchen, so select loose, lightweight materials
  • Patterns will help hide any underarm sweat marks
  • Don’t wear anything with hanging embellishments or wear dangling jewelry as it will only get in your way when cooking
  • A shorter length skirt with tights will help keep your cool
  • Tuck in your shirt if possible to prevent it from getting dirty and to make yourself look put together while being in five different places at once
  • Opt for darker hues in case of a spill or splash
  • The Comfort Queen (If football watching is in your future)

Just because your celebration is laid-back, doesn’t mean your style should warm the bench.

Dress Barn beautiful, comfortable fall 2011 blouse

Even those of us who are completely lazy can look good on Thanksgiving

Dress barn skinny jeans fall 2011

NEVER EVER EVER did I think I would own a pair of skinny jeans, but these right here are comfy AND, NO LIE, they look good on!

  • A stylish, loose shirt and a great fitting pair of jeans will score big points
  • Opt for satin shirts, chunky knit sweaters or capes
  • Skinny jeans tucked into a pair of boots or paired with flats will win over your guests

These tips are definitely doable. And I needed a good fall look for our upcoming family pictures. When I emailed Nadia (awesome PR rep) letting her know that I needed to turn this around fast because I wanted to find something that I could wear in my already scheduled family pictures with the super-busy Kim Ginn at Sweet Portrayal Photography  she made it happen right away.

This was a big gamble for me because I had seen her great PR pictures, but my perception of Dress Barn was that it was going to be aisle after aisle of matronly church dresses. You know, the ones that look like a top and bottom, but are actually connected as one piece. GAG!

Putting my family pictures in the hands of a store with the word “barn” in the name was waaaaay outside my comfort zone, but lately I’ve been trying to do things that are a little less comfortable. Scary, right. Next thing you know I’ll be zip lining or wearing jeggings.

Come back tomorrow for my special giveaway announcement!

(And to see the photos from my shopping trip to Dress Barn)…

Dress Barn Rogers AR entrance

Here we go...

Comments

  1. I like everything you’re showing here, especially that jacket. I’m pretty sure you’ll win me over.

  2. Believe it or not, a lot of my dressy clothes come from Dress Barn. Every time I go in there, I HATE the fact that they have “barn” in the name, but I consistently find things that fit nicely and are age-appropriate. (Some of it is older than I prefer, but none of it is teeny-bopper, so I dig that!) I was just looking online today and eyed that striped dress!

    • I have to say every single thing I put on my body in that store was comfortable (and, but comfortable I mean unexpectedly stretchy). I’m no fan of synthetic fibers and there were some uber-polyester pieces that I flat refused to try on.

  3. I admit I have a not-so-hot impression of Dress Barn so I look forward to seeing your stuff!

    • I felt pretty much the same way. Just no reason to go in. Might as well have been called the Slacks Cabin. I look forward to reading your thoughts tomorrow.

  4. Julie

    I have never been inside a Dress Barn, but those boots with that dress might prompt me to visit. Nice job, Steph!

    • Julie,
      That dress is what lured me in, too! ;)
      I’m like to moth to a light bulb right now with zig zag patterns. Thanks Missoni!

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