It’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.
The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).
In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.
Casual weddings cover a wide range of possibilities, but a … >> find out more...
Did you know that a few pretty Spring accessories can amp up your travel wardrobe without tipping the baggage scales? Yep. It’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to traveling in style.
As it is, being part of the jet set comes with its own awesome skill set – understanding middle seat etiquette, getting the most mileage out of that carry-on space, and a carefully curated pile of tried-and-true clothes that don’t require any extra thought when they land in your suitcase.
The downside to being so streamlined however, is the lack of variety. Our favorite pieces don’t always make for the most practical of take-alongs, and packing too many extras could mean less room for treasures picked up along the way. Case in point: If I have to choose between packing tons of extra clothes from home just because and bringing home a gorgeous leather clutch plucked from the shops in and around the Spanish Steps… then I’d definitely rather have the extra room.
Good thing bright and bold accessories are an easy way to give the same old travel staples a pretty refresh perfect for any budget.
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Summer is almost here! Summer is the best time, of all the times in the whole long years in my life. That whole sentence sounded like gobbledygook which isn’t a real word but spell-check just allowed it, so who am I to judge?
Before we even really get started though, I want to apologize to those of you in the southern hemisphere. Just bookmark this post and save it for next year, and then when I’m layering and freezing and miserable, you will be able to to giggle and feel superior.
Basically, it’s win-win.
Back to the point at hand: SUMMER. Summer is the greatest season of all (to some) but I find it a bit tricky to dress for. Fall and Winter are a little easier for style because you just layer, and layer, and throw a scarf on top, and no one will ever even know you’re wearing your pajamas underneath your huge, long woolen coat because of the 15 layers on top. It’s just the way it is, and there’s no help for it.
Summer, however, leaves you naked and open to the world (physically and maybe metaphorically). Sometimes it’s trickier to dress for … >> find out more...
Do you ever find a piece of clothing that you love……”except”? That’s my shopping experience all too often. Often I find a dress I love, but I wish it was a little shorter. The perfect top, except that I’ll have to layer it with a camisole because the neckline plunges a bit too far. We’ve all been there. Luckily, though, eShakti solves these, and a multitude of other, fashion dilemmas.
I was over-the-moon thrilled when I discovered eShakti. I figured everyone knew about it, but as I’ve talked with my friends I’ve found that most of them have never heard of it. So, I’m here to share it with you.
As an online retailer, the thing that sets eShakti apart is the ability to customize the pieces you order. No joke! Let’s say you find a dress that you love on their site (and you will, because the clothes are darling). To begin with, the size range for their clothing is amazing. Most items are offered from XS-6X. Woot! After finding the size that works for you, you will be asked to enter your height. Why? Because they will custom tailor the length to you.
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It’s the first day of spring! I wish someone would let the weather in on that secret. I’m itching to pull out my spring wardrobe, but let’s be honest: I’ve probably got a few more weeks left until that can really happen. In the meantime, I’ll try to transition a few pieces, and adding scarves is a great way to do that! Luckily there are several different ways to wear scarves that won’t add bulk to a curvaceous figure.
I’ve already told you how I’ve been afraid of scarves in the past. When I finally worked up the courage to give them a whirl I tried lots of different ways to wear scarves, but quickly found that simple was best on my frame. Long lines and not a lot of fabric around the neck and face is flattering for most plus size women. Eliminate the bulk!
So here they are, 5 ways to wear scares without overwhelming your body.
Simply draping one end of the scarf over a shoulder is a great look if you’re not wearing a jacket, but still want a little bit of warmth.
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Let’s talk Spring fashion trends. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah we had a few pretty amazing days that made me feel like Spring will be here sooner than later! On Sunday we walked outside to 60 degree weather! 60 degrees! Now to some that may still feel freezing but to us and our usual 30-40 degree February, 60 is practically a heat wave. So with my wishful thinking, I decided a Spring fashion trends post was necessary. When we think of Spring and fashion, what comes to mind?! Color. Bright colors! Basically anything you would see in a flower shop is a must have.
Now once you have your pop of color, whether it be a bright top, colored denim
, or a pair of cute neon shoes, then comes the fun! Play it up with a fun print or get really brave and mix bright colors! Spring fashion trends mean having fun with your colors and patterns. It’s also good to mix dressy pieces with casual ones- similar to this dressier pencil skirt paired with a fun striped baseball tee!
A shopping list for Spring fashion trends inspiration:
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Is it better to blend in or stand out? You can do both when sporting one of my favorite fall trends that has been continuing into spring: I’m loving the camouflage fashion trend. What used to be considered “hunting attire” is actually a pretty hot look with lots of versatility. Stay with me and I’ll show you how to wear camo. You can, I promise.
Camouflage is good in small quantities. You will definitely look like you’re ready for a weekend in the mountains if you try and pull off too many pieces at once! Opt for a cute camouflage tee with feminine details paired with skinny jeans and converse sneakers. Top a pair of camo pants with a striped top, or even add a pair of feminine camouflage-print flats to black skinny jeans and a chunky grey sweater. These options all have a splash of the trend but don’t overdo it. You can also go with a fun button down camo shirt with boyfriend jeans and booties similar to my look here. The rolled cuffs and chunky necklace keep the look fresh. Watch for slightly feminine fits and avoid anything too boxy.
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Let’s talk boots. I have been dying to get a great pair of boots for years. Literally, years. The first problem I found was calf size. It took me a couple of years to realize that wide calf boots exist. That was a game changer. I started ordering boots online because finding them in stores is next to impossible. Despite multiple purchases (and returns) I still haven’t found a pair that fits. Why? Simple.
Most boots are made so that as the shoe size increases, the boot shaft also increases in width. I’m short, so most boot styles that fit my 6 1/2 sized foot aren’t wide enough for my calf. If you have a larger foot you won’t have this problem. But, if you’ve got small feet like me, you’ll have to hunt a little harder.
To determine how wide you need the boot shaft to be simply measure around the widest part of your calf. Then, look at the boot’s specs online. They will list how wide the shaft is at it’s widest, and which shoe size has that width. It’s a gamble to order them online, but it’s really the only option for a great selection.
Real life and high fashion don’t usually mix terribly well, at least in my world. I make it to the dry cleaners about twice a year, if that, and the only reason I’m wearing things that need to be dry cleaned (on the rare occasions when I do) is because my kids are old enough not to spit on me anymore.
Most of the time.
I’m not much for unwearable style because at the end of the day if I can’t throw something in the washing machine, it just isn’t going to happen. Period. But you remember when I talked about Fall Fashion in Real World Conditions back in December? The collaboration with Tide Pods® + Tracy Reese and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Washable Fashion Initiative? I’m happy to report it all went extremely well. So well in fact, the two pieces you voted for on Pinterest in December walked the runway yesterday in New York for NYFW*.
Do you see how gorgeous these pieces look in real life? Those metallic cargo pants are the cutest thing I’ve seen since, well, ever. I want a pair now, like riiiiight now, in light … >> find out more...