How To Dress For Church

On Saturday nights, I find myself being very careful about which clothes I pick out for church the next day. I am very aware of the shape that I have so I intentionally pick out clothing that doesn’t draw too much attention to my figure. I am all for body positivity but I feel that there’s a time and place for everything and I just don’t believe that church is a place you should flaunt it all. (that’s just my opinion) But, if I’m being honest, I can’t say that every pencil skirt or pair of slacks that I pick out conceals my shape. That’s just hard to do. I’m a size 3-4 there’s no way I’d wear a size 6 skirt just to cover my shape in church, NO! I believe that’s unnecessary. I refuse to wear clothes that will swallow my petite figure, but what I will do is wear a blazer that comes down lower enough in the back, that way everything isn’t all out there screaming for unwanted attention.

A ruffled blouse and leather pencil skirt that comes below the knee. This style is perfect for church and work.

Within the last few weeks, these are the styles I wore to church. Even when I wear dresses, it comes to a certain length right above the knee or below but not ever too high. It’s all about respect. I know we’re living in a day in age where “if you got it flaunt it” but there’s a time and place for everything and church isn’t the place.

Blazer, lace crop top (which is actually see through but I’m wearing a black camisole underneath) and high waisted black slacks, black stockings and black pumps. Great outfit for church or a business meeting.

Now there’s nothing wrong with showing your stylish side but always do it with class. Everything should be done in moderation. If all you have to wear is bodycon dresses, then wear a longer blazer to take the attention off of your shape in the dress. The blazer should stop at least at by your hips. A blazer can help you with a lot of styles you may want to wear in church. Purchase one that’s universal that you can dress up or down and accessorize it differently each time with a brooch or pearls to give it a different look each time you wear decide to wear it.

Like I did with this blazer + bodycon dress. This is a great transitional outfit that can take you from church to brunch.

 

 

The Pro + Con of Overshopping

After getting ready to attend a few events, I noticed something about myself. I tend to shop my closet first because nine times out of ten, there’s something new for me to wear in there. I have a closet full of clothes I haven’t worn, which is a pro and a con. The pro is, I have lots of stylish items and I don’t have to actually do any real shopping for a while. The con is, at times,  I over shop and forget what I have.

I tend to over shop when I’m preparing for a vacation or I’d shop while on vacation. In each one of the pictures below, I purchased each item while doing one or the other shopping for vacay or on vacay.

My motto as of lately: Shop in advance and when it’s time to attend an event, you don’t have to search for an outfit to wear at the last minute.
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I needed something to wear to a charity brunch and of course, I shopped my closet, first. I purchased this dress in July of this year from a boutique while vacationing in DC. I finally got the chance to wear it after 4 months.

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I purchased this dress in March 2017 prior to my vacay to Belize. I didn’t get the chance to wear it then but finally, I wore it in Oct 2018 to a Women’s Brunch.

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I was blessed with tickets last minute to the Beyonce & Jay Z concert. So, of course, I needed something fab to wear. Shopping malls aren’t my thing anymore especially when it’s last minute shopping, so, I shopped my closet. I purchased these sequin shorts prior to vacationing to Belize in March 2017. I didn’t get the chance to wear them while there so I finally wore them in Sep. 2018.

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Personal Style: Tomboy Chic

Let’s chat about personal style. Did you know that every last one of us has a personal style? Think about it, each one of us can think of at least one clothing item that makes us feel comfortable and confident. That one thing could be a pair of jeans or your favorite t-shirt because you love the feel of a comfortable cotton T-shirt that you can dress up or down. Here’s my thing! I am girly and extremely feminine so my personal style would be considered as Sexy and Classy. When I was about two years old, I started wearing my mother’s heels around the house. I played dress up in her clothes, smeared her lipstick all around my face and drenched myself in some of her finest perfumes. So naturally, as I grew up, I became attracted to all things feminine and girly and that hasn’t changed. I am still the same way but over the years, I’ve added a few more looks to my personal style.

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Hence, what I’m wearing here. This style is called Tomboy Chic because of the leather jacket and distressed boyfriend jeans. I’ve always been a distressed jeans type of girl BUT I wasn’t always boyfriend jeans wearing girl. I always preferred my jeans tight and high waisted but now I’m trying out these lower and loose fitted jeans. The reason they’re called boyfriend jeans because of the baggy style, similar to the style of jeans your boyfriend would wear. I think it’s fun to switch up your look every now and then while allowing yourself to try different styles. Fashion and having a personal style should be fun and not taken too seriously, to the point where you’re over thinking it. Just remember what I always say, you can look good in anything as long as you’re wearing confidence and a smile.

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Beyonce Concert Outfit Breakdown

I wanted to go with more of an edgy sexy look instead of my normal sexy and classy style. 

This is the break down of what I wore:

Denim Hat- I love denim and I just had to have this denim snapback hat from H&M. On the front of the hat stitched in blue reads ‘Odd Behavior.’ Adding the snapback was a last minute decision but I’m glad I did. It add a fun masculine look to my edgy style and went perfectly with the shorts and boots. 

On Saturday night for the first time ever, I attended Beyonce’s concert along with my girl Portia.

I wanted to go with more of an edgy sexy look instead of my normal sexy and classy style.

This is the break down of what I wore:

Denim Hat- I love denim and I just had to have this denim snapback hat from H&M. On the front of the hat stitched in blue reads ‘Odd Behavior.’ Adding the snapback was a last minute decision but I’m glad I did. It adds a fun masculine look to my edgy style and went perfectly with the shorts and boots.

Distressed Shirt- My love for anything distressed runs deep. I’ve always wanted to wear a distressed T-shirt and found someone local to design it in a matter of a few hours before the concert. I was going to go to Wal-mart and pick up a shirt I could get distressed but instead, I decided to shop my closet and came across this T-shirt. I immediately brought it over to the designer house and within a matter of minutes, my outfit was finally complete.

High-Waisted Denim Shorts- I very, very seldom wear shorts. OH! But when I do, this is the outcome. Purchased from H&M as well, size 6. What I love most about this pair is the spandex material. It has the same spandex stretch as my favorite H&M pants.  I love a good pair of denim that’s affordable & hugs you in all the right places.

Boots- The highlight of the night, purchased from GoJane.com. I styled my entire look around these boots. I knew I wanted to go for an edgy look and felt these over the knee tie up denim boots would give me that exact look I was going for.  These boots run true to size. Part of me wish I would’ve purchased a half size up but overall, I am happy with them especially since they fit my thighs. Over the years I’ve had problems with finding a nice thigh high boot because none of the pairs I tried on gave me the fit I was going for. These exceeded my expectations and just to think I was contemplating on sending them back.

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Why I Took A Social Media Break + How To Style a .74 Cent Blouse.

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on personal growth along with getting accumulated to being back in NOLA. While on this personal growth journey, this is what I’ve been up to:

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on personal growth along with getting accustomed to being back in NOLA. While on this personal growth journey, this is what I’ve been up to:

Just curious, is it me or do you all realize it’s a lot of information/distractions out there? I mean I love all the info such as what to do & the how to’s etc., but lately, I find myself pulling back and just doing me. I had to unsubscribe from a few emails because I felt myself going into information overload. I deleted the Periscope app from my phone because I was getting way too many alerts and each time one of my favorites would get on I would join in too. However, I was getting off track with my goals and deadlines I had set for that particular day. I noticed I was wasting a lot of time on social media mainly Instagram and although it’s how I grow my business, personally I just needed a break. I needed a break from waking up checking my Instagram, throughout the day, checking my Instagram & before bed, checking my Instagram. I just had to tell myself that it’s not that serious. I needed to focus on my next move, transitioning into a new season and just living in the moment. Now, I’m waking up and centering my thoughts, thinking about how I can grow my brand, who can I help in business & what I can do today that my future self would be proud of instead of overwhelming myself with tips and advice from the “experts.”  

Sometimes, pulling away from social media could be a good thing especially since we all know it’s not going anywhere.  I made a list of a few things I would like to focus on more. One is this blog; I started blogging about 6 years ago and to me, I feel as if I should be further than I am. While on this Instagram break, I realized what’s the main problem and that is: I am not consistent with posting blog posts as I am on social media. I had this blog before Instagram was created and I had to ask myself, why are you neglecting your first love? There’s no excuse at all. NONE would be good enough! All I could do is learn from the past and work on becoming better. I have everything I need to grow my brand, my blog and my social media presence I just need to take it seriously and do the work. Taking this time away from Instagram made me take a hard look at myself, my brand, my business, and my goals and although I’m not where I want to be, I am definitely on my way.

Now on to what I’m wearing because let’s be real here, this is what you came here for! So without further ado, here it is:

   I am wearing a leopard vintage top that I scored at a local thrift store for 75% off $2.95 so I paid a sweet .74 cents. Talk about a happy shopper!! This is one of those tops where you can remix it and dress it up or down.  You’ll definitely see this one in rotation on the blog. I paired it with a tan pencil skirt purchased from F-21 & I believe it was about $20. I completed my look with gold accessories: a gold choker, rings, watch/bracelets, clutch, and minimalist sandals. And of course, no look is ever complete without hair and makeup. A few days ago I got my hair braided and I must say, this is one of my favorite hairstyles. I’ve received more compliments on this style more than any other braids I’ve worn. The thing I love most about this style is the fact that it’s a cool hairstyle for these hot summer days. I don’t have to worry about lots of hair down my back and it’s off my face. I love a hairstyle that shows more of my face. This is one of my top 5 braiding styles. On my lips, I’m wearing a matte red lipstick purchased from a local beauty store.

I wore this look to church but it’s also a great style to wear to a fancy brunch.

Paris Wears:

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Style Snapshot: Leopard Vintage Blouse- Family Thrift Store. Sunnies-A’gaci. Tan Pencil Skirt & Rings-F-21. Clutch- Bakers Shoes. Choker- Boutique in LA. Minimalist Gold Sandals- Shoe Nami.

Essence Fest 2016 Recap

Essence Fest 2016 was one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended. Last year, I started working with Essence Fest as one of their social media ambassadors and each year keeps getting better.  If you follow me on any of my social media platforms especially snapchat, you were able to see how much fun I had. Be sure to follow me @ParisHatcher

Essence Fest 2016 was one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended. Last year, I started working with Essence Fest as one of their social media ambassadors and each year keeps getting better.  If you follow me on any of my social media platforms especially snapchat, you were able to see how much fun I had. Be sure to follow me @ParisHatcher

I met so many beautiful people, connected with lots of brands and also had a chance to appear on WGNO for the second time. You can check it out here.

With Kenny Lopez from “News With A Twist”

Here’s my first fashion segment I filmed in 2014, “What to wear to Essence Festival”

One of my favorite experiences was getting glam in Essence Beauty Box. I was able to pick out products of my choice ranging from skin care to beauty products. Are you familiar with Essence Beauty Box? If not, be sure to check it out here.

While visiting Essence Beauty Box I was also able to get glammed by Ebony. @certifiedfancy She curled my hair to perfection while using Kim Kimble’s products and of course I just had to go back to her two days in a row. I loved my curls.

My entire Essence wardrobe was sponsored by Glamme boutique @glamm_me_boutique. Be sure to shop these looks.

Be sure to shop these looks on www.glammme.com

 

Shoes (white pixie pumps): Sassy Soles.

How To Take Your Basics from Cool to Casual to Classy!

What’s a wardrobe without basics? Everyone from celebs to fashion bloggers seem to have incorporated more basics in their wardrobe.  What I love about owning basic items is the fact that you can create more than one style just by switching up a few key pieces. It’s really easy to accessorize and remix with other styles to create more than one look. Below you’ll see how I went from a Cool Chic Vibe to Casual then Classy all while keeping my basics the same. 

What’s a wardrobe without basics? Everyone from celebs to fashion bloggers seems to have incorporated more basics in their wardrobe.  What I love about owning basic items is the fact that you can create more than one style just by switching up a few key pieces. Below you’ll see how I went from a Cool Chic Vibe to Casual then Classy all while keeping my basics the same.

The Classy Closet Sunnies gives this style a cool vibe paired with a Kardashian by Bebe leopard clutch and a pair of fridge caramel open toe booties from Just Fab.

This is a great outfit to wear to a creative meeting.

A fresh pair of white chucks and a pop of color fedora is the perfect accessory to add to this casual style.

This is a great run to the mall outfit.

A pair of pumps can instantly take a crop top and a pair of jeans from casual to classy. It’s the ultimate classic shoe that’d never go out of style.

You can wear this outfit on a lunch date or pair it with a fedora (below) for more of a date night look.

 

H&M, Zara & Top Shop are a few places where you can find lots of quality basic items. You can also find some at Forever 21 but, I personally love to purchase from the above three stores because for a few extra dollars I notice the quality is better and my basics tend to last longer even after a few washes.

Style Snapshot: Crop Top, Jeans & Midi Rings-H&M. Fedora, Hanger Necklace & Sunnies-Classy Closet. Leopard Clutch-Kardashian by Bebe. Black Bucket Purse-Zara. Fringe Booties and Bow Pumps-Just Fab. Chucks-Kids FootLocker

 

How to Style 1 Skirt, 2 ways: Sexy vs. Classy

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here

 

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here.

Pussy Bow Blouse The ultimate Classy blouse. It’s been around since the 1940’s and was inspired by the Gibson Girls in the 1800’s. It’s the true definition of classy vintage. You can never go wrong with a Pussy Bow Blouse.

Pencil Skirt A Midi length skirt will always give you the Sexy and Classy look you’re going for.  Try one with spandex material like I’m wearing here to accentuate your curves.

Pearls One word, Classy. Contrary to “fashion rules” you can dress up a t-shirt and jeans with a pair of pearls and look effortlessly chic. Always keep a few different styles in your jewelry box to go with just about any occasion.

Pose Never take a pose for granted, it shows confidence. Always accentuate your best and be sure to wear styles that are flattering to your curves.

Paris Wears: 

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Structured Shoulder Blazer & Ankle Length Pencil Skirt

You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. –Edith Head 

Do you believe this saying? I mean do you really believe that you can have ANYTHING you want in life if you dress for it? This quote doesn’t mean you can’t have what you want if you don’t dress for it, it’s simply implying that when you dress the part you’re much more confident and in term can help you get what you want in life.

You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. –Edith Head

Do you believe this saying? I mean do you really believe that you can have ANYTHING you want in life if you dress for it? This quote doesn’t mean you can’t have what you want if you don’t dress for it, it’s simply implying that when you dress the part you’re much more confident and in term can help you get what you want in life.

Studies have shown when you look good, you feel good, you’re happier, you’re much more inspired and confident. For those reasons alone you should always put an extra effort into your appearance. For some people getting dressed and creating stylish looks comes easily, for others it doesn’t, and that’s okay. That’s what I’m here for!

Tip: Whatever you’re wearing, wear it because it’s the right fit for your body type and it’s something you feel confident in.

If you’re having trouble with putting an entire look together, start with what you love wearing most. For example, if you love to wear blazers, here’s a list of ways you can style it differently: You can wear it like I’m doing here with an ankle length pencil skirt, with a pair of jeans or with a pair of shorts for a classic chic style. The styling options are unlimited. Start off by wearing that one key piece that works for you and then you can build from there.

Like I always say, it’s totally okay to admire and be inspired by someone else’s style, but always include your personal style into your look. It’s what’s going to set you apart and it’s what makes you uniquely you.

This is a look that’s apart of my personal style because it’s classy. If you haven’t already, be sure to read the post about finding your personal style, here.

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Casual Style On Hollywood Blvd.

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, the first item would be a pair of pants next, the shoe style and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed. I must first figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. 

 

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, I must figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. Next, I would focus on the style of shoe and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed.

Before moving to L.A., I didn’t realize how laid back and casual the style is here. I believe because of the award shows and television shows that are taped here, people automatically assume it’s full out glamour all the time and it’s not that at all.

A lot of individuals has this misconception about L.A. but you really don’t know much about it until you move here. There are a lot of stylish people here but the majority of the time you’ll see people dressed very casually, wearing a t-shirt & jeans with flats and you can’t forget a pair of sunglasses. The vibe is very mellow, free spirited and laid back, which fits perfectly with the clothing style.

Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Everyone has his or her own version of what casual style looks like, and since style is subjective, no one is ever wrong.

This is my casual style simply walking across the street on Hollywood Blvd. I’m wearing a leather crop top from H&M & a pair of high-waisted pants from Forever 21. I completed my look with nude pumps from Lola Shoetique and of course sunglasses because hey, I do live in L.A. and it completes my casual style.

What’s your casual style? Remember the Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Always include your personal style in everything you wear. Only wear items that make you feel and look beautiful.

Photos by K. Scates.

Hair Stylez by Key

Style Snapshot: Leather Crop Top & Rings-H&M. Pants & LOVE Ring-F-21. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Pumps-Lola Shoetique. Sunnies & Hanger Necklace (coming soon)-Classy Closet.