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September 7, 2022

In this months guest post I ‘m introducing you all to Anna.  She’s a fashion blogger from Pittsburgh with the most wonderful, fun sense of style.  She has a love of color and pattern like know one else and blends the two to create a quirky, bold, fun style that reflects her own personality perfectly.   I can’t wait for you to see her three looks…take it away, Anna!



Hi! I’m a Russian- American fashion blogger, born in Russia and now living in U.S which was my childhood dream. At 6 years old I told my mom that I was going to live in USA, that I will have a huge house with the beautiful arched gates and drive a cherry color SUV with a Great Dane on the passenger seat! Well, 16 years, later my dream came true!  It doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is if you want something very much it will happen to you, so keep on dreaming 😉

I’m not sure if I always was a fashionista, but I do know that I always wanted to look unique.  When I was at school I was making clothes for myself from my mom’s old stuff, and would wear my older sister’s clothes as oversized, such as a sweater as an oversized sweater dress.  Maybe that developed my love to oversized clothes? 😉   I have a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge shoe obsession (and slight print and color one) and usually I build my outfit around the shoes I want to wear.   I started my blog last December as an outlet for my creativity, and I’m glad I did.  First of all it fulfills me and makes me happy, and second of all it brings new friends and opportunities in life. The main goal of me doing it is to inspire people to take fashion risks, as I always say: ” Don’t take fashion too serious, have fun with it!”

The item I’m featuring was love from the first sight, we met at local TJ Maxx, my favorite store for the treasure hunt 😉 and I’m absolutely in love with it – a black and white striped oversized shirt dress by Free People:

An oversized button down layered over denim for a walk in the city:


I wore it as a cover for a walk in the city, I was going for a casual, comfy look, yet stylish, by adding these cool accessories :hand-painted purse and satin with beading details slippers. You can wear it as a cover with a denim shorts, bathing suit, even a dress, like I did for my date night, I wore it over a slip dress, your options are endless!

An oversized button down worn as a dress

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere 😉 – for my second look I decided to wear it as a dress for a happy hour! My body type is hourglass, but not as obvious as Kim Kardashian’s )))) closer to rectangular shape. When you are hourglass you got to accentuate your waistline, so I had this grey wrap around belt and layered 2 skinny belts over it for a pop of color, it look too blah to me. Adding my DIYd shoes and kitty straw bag, made this look more colorful and fun.

An oversized button down worn as a shirt for date night

For my third and final look, I used this shirt dress as a shirt. I’m not going to lie it was a little hard to fit it under the skirt, because I was changing in the car for this photoshoot 😉 The only thing I would recommend- make sure that your made out of very thick material, so you can’t really see the shirt under, because it’s a lot of fabric! And it gives some extra volume here and there…which I’m missing here and there 🙂

Thanks so much, Anna!  If you want to follow her (and really think you should!) you can find her here:

Instagram – @anna_maleev

Facebook – Hello Gorge by Anna Maleeva

Blogging – Hello Gorge

And if you’d like to be featured as a guest blogger on Style Studs and Lace, comment below, or get in touch here

If you’d like to see some other ways to wear a long button down or shirt, then check out these other posts:  Three ways to wear a long sheer shirt and Three ways to wear a long sleeveless button down


Hi, I'm Niki

author and personal stylist

Over the past 18 years I’ve freed thousands of women from the frustration of disappointing outfits, by showing them how to dress to make the most of their shape, and helping them build a closet that's easy to use and fun to wear.  My blog shares the tried and true tips and knowledge I've developed, to help you stop wasting money on disappointing clothes, and build a closet you enjoy wearing.

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