Dressed-Up Draping

Well, hello again!

Since I’ve been working on a summer research assistantship, – which has consisted primarily of completing a bibliography for a professor’s book manuscript – I haven’t had too much time for personal academia-related stuff. That being said, I’m working here and there on overcoming what I call “DPA” or Dissertation Prospectus Anxiety, so be on the lookout for a post on that later this week!

I’ve been in a shopping kinda mood lately – maybe it’s the stress from the assistantship or the fact that I’m turning 30 this weekend? – so I’ve been more fashion-oriented this past week and a half. Between running around with the munchkin, heading to school for office hours, and working feverishly on my assistantship duties, I’ve been trying to keep my outfits as minimalist as possible. Ideally, I’ve wanted my looks to walk the line between professional and stylish so that I can transition seamlessly from a day out with Inés to a study break later in the day.

Using staple pieces like a pair of tailored black jeans, I’ve focused on being minimalist on bottom while choosing easy, draped shirts on top with delicate accessories. I’ve found this combination to be fairly foolproof and perfect for any professional or casual occasion.

Here Are Some Tips on Creating The Perfect Draped Look:

  • Find the Right Fit: Whenever I shop for bottoms, I do my best to avoid focusing on size. While I may be a 2 or 26 size pant in bottoms from one store, I could be a size 6 or 28 in another. Whenever I shop, I always grab at least two sizes of the same pant – the size I think I am and one size larger. Always hold up the pant and inspect the material since a “jegging” jean material might fit a size smaller than you’d normally wear. Take the time to try each piece on and walk back and forth to look at your appearance in a floor-length mirror. This will help you gauge which size looks best on your body. Fashion tip: If you have a tapered-leg jean that’s too long, tuck the excess material up and under to create the illusion of a perfectly tailored length.


  • Go Slouchy: I’ve recently discovered just how flattering and chic it looks to choose tops in one size larger than I’d normally chose. While I typically have purchased only XS in the past, I find now that I’ll grab the Small or Medium instead. Wearing shirts that are slightly slouchy give the appearance of a relaxed, effortless look that makes you appear put together without all the fuss. If you want to wear a form-fitting piece, go for it! Just always make sure to pair tight pieces with a more relaxed one to avoid looking “overdone.”


  • Add Some Structure: There’s nothing cooler than creating a look that mixes relaxed and structured items. For this look, I’ve chosen a winged, structured bag in a neutral color to compliment my taupe draped top. A structured bag is not only a statement piece, it’s also perfect for travel! I use this bag almost daily to carry around my laptop when I’m heading to school or toting around my daughter’s necessary baby things when I’m on mom duty.


How do you like to shop?

Drop me a line in the comments section if you’d like additional tips on creating relaxed looks or finding the perfect fit!

Also, don’t forget to check out the links below to find pieces to create this look for yourself! Since quite a few pieces in this ensemble are now unavailable online, I’ve provided multiple alternatives so you can achieve this look at any price point! 

NecklaceShablool Pearl Sterling Silver Necklace

BottomsJ Brand Mid-Rise Super Skinny Black Jean

Heeled Sandal OptionsH&M Black Mid-Heel Sandal / Zara Leather Heeled Sandal

Shade OptionsH&M Cat Eye Sunglasses / Topshop Contrast Cat Eye Sunglasses

Top OptionsForever 21 Cream Pleated Surplice Shirt / Zara Long Draped Shirt / H&M Draped Wrap-Style Blouse

Bag OptionsZara Zippered Bag / H&M Structured Handbag / Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Bag

*Photography by my brilliant colleague, Dhrubaa de Mukherjee! Take a peek at her amazing Indian food recipes at Not a Curry!


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