Monday, April 21, 2014

Plussize Peek-a-Boo Dress: Who's afraid of a little midriff?

Crop tops and midriff-baring shapes are everywhere this season, amiright? And why should we plussize girls miss out on the fun? I'm not saying that they're always the classiest look...but I was seduced by this Olivia Floral Cutout Dress from Fashion to Figure (similar here), and I knew I just had to try it...

Plussize Floral Midriff Cutout Dress on Style Plus Curves

When I saw this dress on the website, I knew it could go either way--it could have been unique and fabulous...or it could have been a total disaster. In fact, when I showed my photographer (the fantastic Meredyth), she thought it was hideous and was convinced that I would hate it!

Plussize Floral Midriff Cutout Dress on Style Plus Curves

Well, I ended up loving it--and, while she may never where it, she admitted that it looked great on. :) I think it was the subtlety of the cutout that won me over...the dramatic long sleeves, kitchy print and small peek-a-boo cutout midriff never scream, "Look at my belly!" But the combo is just daring enough to make you feel glamorous and unique...

Plussize Floral Midriff Cutout Dress on Style Plus Curves

Plussize Floral Midriff Cutout Dress on Style Plus Curves

What do you think? Will you rock the cutout midriff trend this season?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Plussize Fashion: Finding the Great White Suit

Ok, I admit it, until today, I've never actually worn a white suit... and the one pair of white linen pants I bought 6 years ago languished in my closet...unloved and unworn. But white is having a major moment right now, and I've recently had visions of bright white suits dancing in my head--so elegant, fresh and refined. Well, I will NOT be denied. When I saw the spring collection from Jessica London, I knew it was time to make the dream of the "great white suit" a reality.

Details: White Linen Blazer and White Denim Jeggings c/o Jessica London, Reddish cowl-neck top via Forever 21, Gold braided belt via Macy's, Gold glitter heels via Lane Bryant

The trick to a white suit for plussize women is to make sure the pants are streamlined...while the material is thick enough to lay nicely and not see-through. These Jessica London Stretch Denim Jeggings were just right for my shape! I like a very slim fit through the leg, and I balance the look with a looser top half. An elastic waistband makes for easy on-and-off and lays flat underneath your shirts, instead of the bulk of a button and zipper. Also, I love that they hit right at the ankle, which shows off your cute summer sandals and pedi perfectly!

I'm So Miami-Vicing it here, right???

This Jessica London Single-Breasted Linen Blazer in white has a nice weight to it and looks fantastic paired with white denim jeggings. For those of you who like a roomier, boxier fit to your blazers, this one is meant for you!  Many of my plussize gal pals like blazers that cover their bums and hang below the hips, so if that is what you're looking for, I encourage you to try this one. It does run a bit big, so I would recommend sizing down.

As I write this post, it's actually snowing here in Chicago--and YES, it's April. But I know that summer has to come eventually...and when it does, see if you can spot me in this great white suit prowling around the city!

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