i’m wearing: jbrand jeans, h&m blouse, h&m floppy hat, h&m necklace, thrifted bracelet and seychelles wedges.

i bought this blouse several months ago and for some reason i just can’t seem to make it work. i was SO uncomfortable in this outfit that i changed immediately after taking the pics. every time i lifted my arms, you could see my muffin top. i wanted to love it because i just love the mustard yellow/pale pink print so much. so my friends, i ask you….how would YOU wear it? or is this something i should add to my next blog sale?

p.s. as i look at these pics again, i’m wishing i had a pair of high waisted cream pants…ugh…if only this top was just a couple inches longer. hmmm…

33 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Neris
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 3:22 am

    the top is gorgeous! maybe add a chambray shirt underneath 🙂


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  2. Penny Pincher Fashion
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 3:49 am

    I love that top – I’ll buy it from you…haha! I have some blouses that are like this too (really short) and I always wear mine with my high-waisted jeans, trousers or tuck them into shorts/skirts. The print is too cute – don’t give up on it yet (but if you do, let me know and I’ll take it)! 🙂

  3. bravoerunway
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    I love that top, and I remember it was available around the time we both got that awesome python dress 🙂 I would suggest adding a camisole underneath, but one that is not fitted and has a cream lace trim on the bottom? Or if the lace and the print looks odd then just any camisole tucked in… I have meetings all day so I will miss the h&M marni launch today 🙁

  4. Mila @ loftyappetite
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    Tuck it into a high waisted skirt or wear a long tank or tunic underneath! I can’t get into the cropped shirt trend coming back, but there are fun ways to make it work so you can still be comfortable! Give it another try 😉

  5. Girl & Closet
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 6:04 am

    Hey girly, goodness – I SO relate… I bought the same top from H&M love the colours & pattern but just wish it was a little bit longer too! I’ve started wearing mine with a cami underneath or tucked into a high waisted skirt. You look fab in these photos by the way! xo

  6. Karin
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    Wear a longer cami underneath. Solution solved!

  7. rory
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    looooove your necklace! not a fail at all, jenn 🙂
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  8. My Dressy Ways
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Oh dear. I just bought a pretty much crop top from H&M too that I haven’t worn yet but the print was so cute I just HAD to have it! Pink and orange apples. 🙂 I was thinking of wearing it with a cami underneath, or layered over a button up. You have options. But I notice that you’re like me – we don’t layer much. There are people who are PROS at that, I’m not one of them. I think that’s ideally how we should wear a short shirt like this. Moms revealing muffin tops is NOT appealing. Lol

  9. Hilary
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Before reading to the bottom I was thinking cream skinny jeans! Then I saw your highwasted cream pant suggestion. Great minds think alike I guess.

    I went shopping this past weekend at H&M and found many of their clothes fitting akward. Same problem I have been having at Express – it is as if Junior clothes don’t fit me anymore. I wonder if there is a secret conspiracy to keep ladies over 25 out of cute clothes. LOL. Love the hat by the way!

    • jennifer
      Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

      my friends and i used to joke and call f21…forever31….um, we are now moving into forever41 territory!!! i have to go up a size at h&m…the sizes are definitely smaller junior sizes. but i refuse to give up! =)

  10. Andrea
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Cami underneath. I have a million fitted little cami’s with the built in bra’s that I put under almost everything. Adds another soft dimension to the outfit.

  11. Keely
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    The top is gorgeous! But I would feel the same way with it’s length. Perhaps you could layer it over a longer camisole or layer it over a dress so it wouldn’t show you tummy?

  12. Lyndzie
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I think this outfit looks great, I love the necklace! Maybe try tucking the shirt in?

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  13. krista
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    I would never ever guess that you were uncomfortable – you look so freakin’ pretty. I love these jeans too…J Brand are my favorite. I’m currently hooked on the Bailey fit, I scored a pair in the Mayflower wash at Marshall’s for $40!

  14. Kristin
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    That floppy hat looks amazing on you!

  15. NauticalWheeler
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I love the printed blouse & floppy hat! Has such a boho feel to it.

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  16. Fashion By Alicia
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I really like the top but hate that you are uncomfortable in it. I would try a high waisted skirt or maybe higher waisted jeans?

  17. Laura Mason
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I would wear I cami under it. I wear a cami under 98% of things I wear, dresses even, I like how they “contain” everything and give a smooth look, and keeps blouses from falling in between my chest, plus I like the safety of when I sit down or raise my arms that my tummy doesnt show

  18. Wore Out
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I like how you styled the top in this look, I especially love your hat. While I seriously doubt you have a muffin top (you are one hot mam) I think this top would look great over a maxi dress (or any simple sun dress) or over a cute blouse. Another option would be to pair this top with high waisted cutoffs for that perfectly boho beach look. Hope this helps. Happy styling!

  19. Vivi K
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    You look really great! Definetly not a fail, I love it!


  20. Anna
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    obsessed with this outfit. Love the hat. You look stunning. Thanks for sharing. I’d love if you’d check out my interview with Perez Hilton. xo


  21. Asia
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    The top isn’t too bad I think you may have solved your problem, a pair of high waist pants would be perfect or use it as a layering piece like someone suggested a chambray shirt or clash it with another print shirt or layer it underneath a cashmere sweater, but it really isn’t a bad top I just think the proportion is off for your liking so you gotta wear it differently.

  22. Jenna
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    The print IS pretty great… maybe make it into a pillow? 🙂 I have several things that I bought with the best of intentions and just have never been able to make them work. If all else fails, try repurposing.

  23. alyson
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    this is adorable! i hear ya what you’re saying though. maybe a cami underneath or a button down?

  24. Amy Shaughnessy
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    I love the floppy hat! It’s so cute!



  25. Mz Savvy Style
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 5:47 am

    I think you look amazing but I totally understand the something is off feeling – I actually had a similar post today. The colors of the shirt are great on you. Try a longer shirt underneath?

  26. Jyoti (Style-Delights)
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    Nothing adds sophistication to an outfit quicker than a floppy hat! You look so gorgeous..and I love the dreamy quality of the pics! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  27. Carly
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Popping by from Monday Mingle…
    I FEEL you on the shorter shirt style…SO many of my clients are complaining about this…but ALL the vendors are doing it for Spring/Summer…so hard to find that longer style. I would throw a tunic tank underneath so i wasn’t flashing skin…but if you aren’t comfortable, sell it!
    On another note, (after telling you to sell it, lol) the colors are GORG on you and I think it looks great…but it is always about how you feel.
    Happy Monday.

  28. April
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Like some people already said, I think tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt would be another good way to wear the blouse. Love the colors of it though!

  29. For Your Wardrobe
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    We’d wear it with a longer top underneath or with high-waisted pants. Love the colors!

  30. Nicole Feliciano
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Do you have a tank or cami you can put underneath. It’s so cute, it simply can’t languish in the closet.

  31. Amber ~ Real Girl Glam
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    When I read the title of this post and then saw the pics I thought, ‘this isn’t an outfit fail!’ but if you’re not comfortable, then it is! I really like this look. I think an easy fix is a light weight tank underneath. Then you don’t have to get rid of this cute top!

  32. Glamamom
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    LOVE the floppy hat!