Still nervous about wearing bright colors this season? Well, let me help you out. One of the reasons that I love blogging is because I get the opportunity to debunk some common myths and misconceptions about what plus size women can and cannot wear. By showcasing these styles on myself, my hope is that you will see that these “rules” have really no basis and are not to be followed. Of course, we all want our clothes to flatter our bodies but that never means that you have be excluded from trends or styles completely.
There are several things that stuck with me for a very long time that I just did not wear. The first is about wearing white denim and really white in general. I’ve always had this notion that white makes you look bigger especially if you are bottom heavy. I wonder where I got that from? (thanks media) So of course, I never wore white jeans really until I started blogging. And I know that like me, many women stay away from certain things such as bright colors, prints and even whole garments like shorts and dresses because of what they’ve been told will not flatter them. I’m here to tell you, not so!
So here I am with my size 18 bottom in a bright pink fitted pencil skirt in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. All I felt was confident, stylish and comfortable in my own skin. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zones and try something that you would not normally wear. I promise you the fear of it is all in your head and that you will realize that there was no reason to stay away from it in the first place. Live this Summer liberated, colorful and free!
Every woman needs that go-to look that can be worn across a myriad of occasions. For me, that look always starts with a plus size blazer. Blazers are traditionally seen as work attire, however they are so much more than that. Because there are various styles of blazers, it allows them to be worn in many different ways. This makes them an ultra-versatile piece. Blazers can be paired with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans and yes even shorts. They are perfect for those “in-between” moments where you don’t want to be too dressed up nor too dressed down. As classic as an LBD is, blazers are just as timeless and will never go out of style.
The Perfect Plus Size Blazer
There are a couple of things that I look for when shopping for blazers to ensure that I get the most wear possible. The first is the design and material. I tend to lean more towards blazers that don’t have a lot of structure and that a good amount of stretch. It not only aides in comfort but it also allows you to dress it up or down which widens your style options. The second is the length. I love long-line blazers that hit just at the hip. They create the perfect proportions for wearing with shorts, dresses and skirts.
So of course with it being the Summertime, I had to rock my blazer with a pair of denim shorts. You may not have thought that you couldn’t rock a blazer with shorts but I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can! It’s the best of both worlds and perfect for this time of year. The bright yellow color is on-trend for the season and I just added some leopard pumps for a fun print. A little bit a business, a little bit of casual, a whole lot of style!
Summer has officially hit in Los Angeles! All of Southern California has been experiencing a massive heat wave with record highs. With temperatures tipping over 100 degrees at it’s peak, my wardrobe has been dictated solely by what is going to keep me cool and comfortable. For me, that means a breezy dressy and no fuss style. There’s always a way to remain stylish yet still casual and this plus size Summer dress from City Chic at Macy’s helped me to do just that. I’ve really been loving City Chic’s selection of plus size Summer dresses at Macy’s wearing this embroidered tunic dress while at Coachella and this lace insert dress in a recent Instagram post. They blend light, airy fabrics with trendy and stylish designs to create the perfect look for these warm months.
As I’ve mentioned before, Summer is all about prints and tropical themed prints have become all the rave. This exotic garden pattern on this dress fits right in, making it a very on trend piece. And of course like most outfits, I have to add my own flair. That’s really what makes fashion fun is being able to style garments in your own way. The first thing that I reached for was this white panama hat. Hats serve two key purposes. First, they block the sun from directly hitting your face. Secondly, they add another style element to your look. Also, an added bones is that they are perfect for when you don’t feel like doing your hair (my favorite part). Macy’s has a great selection of Summer hats to choose from and I’ve listed a few of my favorites below.
The next thing was the shoes. These lace up sandals were the perfect accessory to complete this look. I am loving this style of sandal because it’s a bit more elevated than just your average. It adds a bit of a dramatic flair while still being very casual and easy to wear. Remember, it’s all about having the greatest impact with the least amount of effort.
So wherever you are in the world, one thing that should be a staple in your wardrobe is a plus size Summer dress. One that you can just grab and go at any moment’s notice and still look put together. That way you can remain cool, confident and of course trendy!
The plus size midi skirt is a classic piece that will never go out of style. Midi skirts are highly versatile and they can be worn throughout the year from season to season. Because of this very reason, they have become a closet staple. I personally have rocked a midi skirt in the Fall, Spring and now Summer. There are so many different variations of how this garment can be worn, making the possibilities endless. Plus, midi skirts look great on all body types. Because of the fullness of the skirt, it allows for the smallest part of your waist to be accentuated (and who doesn’t love that?).
This particular plus size midi skirt caught my eye because of the print. I thought that the red and white stripes were fun and that it gave off a candy striper type of vibe. Although that traditionally is not thought as being something fashionable however this circle skirt gives it a new meaning. Since we are fresh off of the 4th of July, it was only right to do a subtle red, white and blue look. This chambray top was the perfect piece to complete that theme. I tied it up to avoid having to tuck it in and to add a cute little flair. With bright red accessories to bring it all together, this midi look was complete!
For many women, when they hear the words “strapless bra”, bad experiences flood their minds. You either recall a time where you were constantly pulling the bra up to prevent your breasts from becoming subject to the laws of gravity. Or you recall the pain that you felt when your bra was so tight that it might’ve broken your ribs or stabbed you in the back, front and sides. Either way, neither are pleasant experiences. I would like to think that strapless bras for big busts are an especially high level of torture since our options are much more limited. But like all roads that have humps (pun intended), I find a way to overcome. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite strapless bras for my busty sisters that can work whether you are plus size or not. So without further adieu, let’s get into it.
Let me start this by stating that I am a G/H cup. My bust isn’t teetering on side of large, it is certifiably large. I love when I read reviews of strapless bras for big breasts and the reviewer is like a D cup. While there is nothing wrong with that at all, a D for me is probably one breast (not literally but you get the point). Naturally, as your cup size increases, support becomes exponentially more important. So something that can work for someone of a smaller cup size will not necessarily translate for me. I digress. To answer the question, YES! Strapless bras do work even for women with busts that are on the higher end of the spectrum. There’s hope ladies and I’m about to spill the tea.
One of my long-standing favorites has been the Curvy Couture Strapless Underwire Push Up Bra. It was the first real strapless bra that I owned and it supported me like no other bra ever had. I’ve had this bra for at least a couple of years now and it’s still in rotation.
Fit notes: I sized down in the band width for a more snug fit. The band width is the number and the cup size is the letter. I’m typically a 40H so I got a 38H, however everyone is different. If you are able to, I would recommend purchasing a couple sizes to make sure you get the right fit.
Judging from the over 300 favorable reviews of this bra online, I’d say it works. Brands lie, customers don’t. I’d like to think of this one as your best friend bra. It lifts you up when you are down, supports you in all the right places and is close to your heart. What more does a girl need?
Wacoal is the parent company to one of my favorite full figured bra brands, Elomi. So naturally, I wanted to try out their strapless bras as well. Again, this bra has over 400 favorable reviews online so even if you thought I was a little bias, the proof is in the pudding. This is the perfect everyday, basic strapless bra. It’s well built and does everything you need it to do in a very straight to the point type of way.
I used to do this all the time when I was wearing strapless bras that did not fit well for additional support. I still do this to this day to minimize lines when I’m wearing a garment that has thinner fabric or when I just want a little extra support (like if I’m going to be dancing). I call it the bandeau trick but it really isn’t a “trick” per say. What I do is I take a bandeau such as the one featured and put it over my strapless bra. I take out the padding since I’m not wearing it by itself and make sure that it is a tight fit (size down). It works wonders! It helps to create a very smooth surface with a little added support if needed.
So that’s all of my tips ladies! I hope that you found this post helpful and you feel more confident to rock those strapless tops and dresses this season!
An outfit encompasses much more than just clothes as accessories play a big part as well. Purses, jewelry and even stylish eye wear can enhance your look. A little known fact about me is that I actually do wear glasses. Up until now, I’ve worn them only when at home and stuck to wearing my contacts while out and about. That is partly due to the fact that I could never find stylish eye wear that was affordable. So, I just resorted to ordering the most economical option which would often be the pair that really wasn’t cute. And that was the cycle. The lack of affordable options lead to glasses that were not stylish that lead to them just being worn at home and not utilizing them as much as I should. That is until now.
I’ve partnered with a company called Zenni of whom I instantly fell in love with. They offer stylish, well-crafted glasses at great prices. The process of ordering was so simple that I could not believe I hadn’t heard of this company sooner. It’s much like online clothes shopping where you browse through their selection of frames, reading reviews and seeing what catches your eye (pun intended). I know ordering glasses online can seem difficult but they make it so easy. They showcase the frames being worn on an actual person whether that’s from the preview on the side of the screen while you are scrolling through or from the numerous customer uploads. You can even upload your own photo to preview how they will look on your face.
Tips on Ordering Your Stylish Eye Wear
Zenni has a very robust catalogue of frames so it can become a bit overwhelming at first. What I decided to do was sort by the Best Sellers which was extremely helpful. That showed me the most popular frames as well as the most reviews. From there, I was able to narrow it down to my favorites. Then, I simply called my optometrist to get my prescription, saved that in my profile for future purchases and was almost done!
The last step was in process was to measure my PD or pupillary distance. I had no idea what this meant so I googled it. It’s just a fancy term for the distance between your pupils. I later learned that Zenni actually has a video on how to measure your PD but I didn’t know that at the time. My boyfriend assisted by placing a ruler on my face so that he could tell me what the distance is. I converted it to millimeters thanks to the trusty internet and I was officially ready to place my order. The whole process once I selected my frames took no more than 10 minutes.
Things that save time and money are huge assets to me. I have a busy schedule so I like to use my time wisely. Whenever I needed a new pair of glasses, I would have to make an appointment with my optometrist, go in and search through the selection that they had there. Then I would have to wait for them to be made with my prescription and go back to the optometrist to pick them up. Talk about an inefficient use of time!
Plus, I never really viewed eye glasses as accessories because I resorted myself to the fact that I would always wear them at home. Zenni has not only put the fun back in eye wear shopping, but they have also proven to be a great resource for quality, affordable frames. I snagged two pairs of glasses each for only $23.95 (including the anti-reflective coating). That is quite literally a fraction of what I was paying before. Now, I am excited to order more frames, even sunglasses to go with my ever-changing style, something I never envisioned myself doing. I would highly recommend trying them out for yourself to start rocking your stylish eye wear!
Summer fashion is all about prints! Bold and statement prints mirror the vibrancy of the season. They allow garments to come to life and take on new and exciting forms. Part of the reason why fashion is so fun because it is constantly reinventing itself. Garments that we have come to know as staples in our wardrobes can be worn in completely different ways simply because of the print.
This season, it seems as though unconventional prints are what’s becoming popular. Garments with fruits patterns, landscapes, busy florals and more are the newest Summer fashion trends. The print in this skirt follows suit of that by combining very vibrant tropical flowers with a hint of black and white pattern. This is essentially just a pencil skirt but these elements make it much more than just your average garment.
Because the bottom half is such a statement piece, I wanted to pair it with a top that was not going to compete but only enhance. This off the shoulder ruffle top totally fit the vibe of this look. Shoulders are probably my favorite part of the body to show off in these warmer months. I just think that they are so flirty and feminine in the best ways. And of course, what would be a look of mine without a pop of color shoe?! I’ve had these pink pumps for quite some time and I am never letting them go. They never go of style and always seem to come through just when I need them.
So this season, don’t be a afraid to branch out and experiment with new and exciting prints. I know that plus size women have been told that prints are something that we should stay away from however I’m here debunk all of those myths. Try new styles and patterns and have fun with fashion!
Summer style is all about prints! Bold and statement prints mirror the vibrancy of the season. They allow garments to come to life and take on new and exciting forms. Part of the reason why fashion is so fun because it is constantly reinventing itself. Garments that we have come to know as staples in our wardrobes can be worn in completely different ways simply because of the print.
This season, it seems as though unconventional prints are what’s becoming popular. Garments with fruits all over them or full landscapes or very busy florals are what is the new, hot trend. The print in this skirt follows suit of that by combining very vibrant tropical flowers with a hint of black and white pattern. This is essentially just a pencil skirt but these elements make it much more than just your average garment.
Because the bottom half is such a statement piece, I wanted to pair it with a top that was not going to compete but only enhance. This off the shoulder ruffle top totally fit the vibe of this look. Shoulders are probably my favorite part of the body to show off in these warmer months. I just think that they are so flirty and feminine in the best ways. And of course, what would be a look of mine without a pop of color shoe?! I’ve had these pink pumps forever and I am never letting them go. They never go of style and always seem to come through just when I need them.
Summer fashion is all about effortless style. The ability to grab and go at a moment’s notice and still look put together is key. Summer dresses are the perfect garments to be able to do so because they do most of the work for you. The core of the outfit lies in this one piece and all that is left for you to do is add accessories. I’ve teamed up with Simply Be to showcase a couple of my favorites from their Summer dress collection. If you are not familiar with Simply Be, they are an online retail store that carries trendy pieces for the everyday woman. Their focus is on plus size fashion however they carry a wide range from sizes 8-28. I’ve been shopping Simply Be for years and have always loved that they are consistently on -trend.
So let’s get into these dresses, shall we? The first Summer dress that I selected was a denim shirt dress. I feel like some kind of denim dress should be included in your wardrobe. You can wear them casually with sneakers or sandals, or you can dress them up a bit as I have with some brightly colored heels. The options are endless. Denim has the ability to be very versatile, allowing you to wear it just about anywhere. This shirt dress is easy to wear and comfortable which checks off the main boxes for me. An added bonus is that it comes with a belt. This denim dress isn’t very fitted so without the belt, you would lose my waist a bit. The belt is able to cinch in the smallest part of your body and serve as an accessory as well.
This second dress is a quintessential pretty Summer dress. It has all of the elements that you would want in something that was suitable for Summer style. It’s bright, colorful, playful and just darn cute. The ruffle hem is feminine and fun and the floral print just screams sunshine. I added a small belt around my waist to be able to tie in all of my accessories. However, the dress really doesn’t need much of anything to be added to it. For my shoes, I went with a gladiator type block-heel sandal that I also got from Simply Be but quite some time ago. Block heels are the perfect blend of comfort and style and they are a great option for those that can’t or would prefer not to wear heels.
Check out below for some additional dresses from Simply Be that I’m loving at the moment so that you can get your wardrobe Summer ready!
How many times can one wear a kimono before it becomes too many? I’m asking for a friend. Actually, I’m pretty sure that you all know that I’m asking for me. I’m starting to think that I have a bit of a problem but then again how can something be a problem that is such a solution? Kimonos are easy to just throw on and go. You can wear the simplest of looks (like a tank top and jeans for instance) and a kimono adds instant style. Plus, many kimonos come in beautiful colors and prints, making styling easy and seamless.
So with that being said, how could I possibly pass up this beautiful garment? It just had my name written all over it. The colors are vibrant, the print is chic and trendy and the style is totally up my alley. That’s in addition to the price being a complete steal! “What’s another kimono?”, I said to myself. And I know what you’re thinking. The first sign of having a problem is denial and you would be correct however, I am merely asking a question. I see more pros than cons so of course I had to purchase it. I was able to style the kimono with pieces that I already had in my wardrobe so it was an overall win-win.
In conclusion, you can never have enough of any garment that is affordable, stylish and easy to wear. The saying “too much of a good thing is not a good thing” need not apply. Be sure to get your Summer staple to rock this season!