The Power of the Perfect Plus-Size Wrap Dress

Posted by on December 30, 2013

I’ve been really drawn to wrap dresses lately. I’m not sure whether it’s because the silhouette is so flattering or just because they’re so easy, but I’ve been wearing more and more of them. It’s essentially turning into my new obsession!

There’s something really great in having a dress that works for you and can be pulled into the exact position that you want. With a wrap dress, you never have to worry about your bodice falling at the right place or belting it at the perfect part of your waist, because you have total control over the fit.

Naturally, when I saw the IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple, I knew that it was another wrap dress that I simply had to add to my closet.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

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Sporting a Comfy, Casual Look with the IGIGI Virginia Plus-Size Dress in Cobalt Blue

Posted by on December 26, 2013

There’s something so cozy about a flannel shirt when it’s rainy outside and you don’t really feel like going anywhere or running those last minute Christmas errands.

The little cobalt blue lace cap sleeves are dainty and feminine while providing some coverage and allowing the dress to transition the seasons well.

The little cobalt blue lace cap sleeves are dainty and feminine while providing some coverage and allowing the dress to transition the seasons well.

I decided to wear the IGIGI Virginia Plus-Size Dress in Cobalt Blue with my favorite flannel top for the cool weather. I added my chocolate brown suede riding boots to round out the look for a casual day of weekday shopping and lunch out with a few friends. Plus, whenever I wear flannel, it always kind of makes me feel like it’s 1996 and I’m headed to a Hole concert to hang out with Courtney Love.

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Mixing Patterns With The IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg

Posted by on December 19, 2013

Tunics really are great fashion staples. They’re flattering on almost every body type and they can add length and elegance to a woman who has a shorter torso. The IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is no different. I’ve been looking for a few comfortable, long-sleeved tops for winter that I can dress up for work and dress down for lazy weekend afternoons with friends, and I found that delicate balance with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic.

I chose to rock jeans and brown leather riding boots with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg, but I'm also planning on wearing it with black tailored trousers for work, charcoal gray leggings for a movie date with a friend, and with a high-waisted leather skirt for cocktails.

I chose to rock jeans and brown leather riding boots with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg, but I’m also planning on wearing it with black tailored trousers for work, charcoal gray leggings for a movie date with a friend, and with a high-waisted leather skirt for cocktails.

The tunic is made from a Poly/Viscose/Elastane and feels like a light sweater. It was warm without being stuffy and is perfect for layering. I chose to wear a thick wool sweater with the tunic, instead of a coat, and I mixed the gorgeous baroque-inspired pattern of the top with a bold stripe on the sweater to add a modern taste. The juxtaposition of the two very different patterns worked out well, especially since the deep orange and black were repeated in both garments.

The super flattering dolman sleeves end with thick bands that can be pulled down or scrunched up to 3/4 length giving even more opportunity for customization.

The super flattering dolman sleeves end with thick bands that can be pulled down or scrunched up to 3/4 length giving even more opportunity for customization.

One of the hardest aspects of dressing a curvy body is finding a perfect balance of layers as the seasons change. Currently, I am in Atlanta, GA, where the weather has been in the 40s and rather rainy. As a result, I am scrambling to find outfits that will keep me warm outside without overheating like crazy when I go inside. When it comes to late Fall and early Winter, I am all about the light sweaters to help me transition seasons. Layering can be a little challenging when you’re plus-sized. I recommend having a light bottom layer, with your thicker pieces being the final items you put on.

The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is so light and thin that I’ll be able to transition it right into the heart of Winter and wear it underneath a loose denim shirt or a leather jacket.

The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is so light and thin that I’ll be able to transition it right into the heart of Winter and wear it underneath a loose denim shirt or a leather jacket.

When working on layering, the most important thing to remember is to buy versatile pieces. Buy thinner tops that work well together, like sleeveless collared shirts and comfortable tanks, and don’t obsess over every piece matching precisely. Boho is in. So mix and match patterns, colors, and fabrics to your heart’s content.

Layering can be especially challenging as a plus size woman because too many bulky layers can add mass and make you look bigger. To avoid this, focus on emphasizing your waist. The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg has a draped knot on the bodice, which emphasizes the smallest part of the waist, while giving some much needed shape. Tunics can look very boxy, and while a fun, exaggerated silhouette can be a really great look, sometimes it’s nice to have a little more structure. A good rule of thumb when checking your layering is to check out your silhouette before heading out. If you’re not showing off all of your curves to their best advantage, it’s not worth it.

When layering, it’s also important to keep the accessories minimal. I threw on some oversized sunnies, but other than that, I’m accessory free. The mixed patterns and vibrant color in the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg add enough detail to this look for me. I didn’t feel the need to add a necklace or sparkly earrings. As Coco Chanel said, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” When you’re layering this is even more accurate. Personally, I always look for pieces with intricate details because I love a good sparkle on a collar or an interesting embroidery pattern on a sweater even more than I like a statement necklace.

How would you accessorize the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg? How do you layer? What are your tips for transitioning your wardrobe into the Winter? Let me know in the comments.

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Getting Ready For Holiday Parties With The IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress In Jade

Posted by on December 16, 2013

Since we are officially in the Holiday season, I find myself subconsciously gravitating towards outfits that have a little bit of a “Christmassy” flair to them. This is the time of year when we can wear as much red, green, and gold as we want. Plus, shiny fabrics and lots of glitter are highly encouraged, which is a big bonus in my book. If I could dress everyday like I was about to adorn the top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, I would be ecstatic.

I paired the IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress in Jade with a leather jacket and boots, but it would also look amazing with a cardigan and kitten heels for a more office appropriate look.

I paired the IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress in Jade with a leather jacket and boots, but it would also look amazing with a cardigan and kitten heels for a more office appropriate look.

However, the IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress in Jade was a great, sexy, and understated option for a Holiday dinner that my friend’s work was having without looking too over the top. I’m not trying to dress like Mrs. Claus here (even though she clearly was the one running stuff at the North Pole, #respect).

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Dressing Outside My Comfort Zone With The Denise Dress In Ivory

Posted by on December 6, 2013

There are certain clothing items that plus-size women are told that they should not wear, like tight white dresses, shorts, crop tops and body-conscious (body-con) skirts and dresses, but there are always ways to make clothing work for your body regardless of your weight.

If there’s a really cute pair of shorts that you want to rock, a flippy miniskirt that you’ve been dying to try out,  or a tight white dress that you’re curious about wearing – go for it. The most important thing in your wardrobe is your confidence – so as long as you feel good, you’ll look good.

The dress is fully lined, so you don't worry about any unwanted lines from your undergarments peeking through and ruining the beautiful line of the dress.

The dress is fully lined, so you don’t worry about any unwanted lines from your undergarments peeking through and ruining the beautiful line of the dress.

For a long, long time, I shied away from wearing white altogether, since I was told time and time again how white makes you look wider, bigger, and emphasizes every bump and line. However, when I saw the Denise Dress in Ivory, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try something completely new and outside of my comfort zone.

When I got the dress in the mail, I immediately slipped it on and it fit like a second skin. I paired the Denise Dress in Ivory with a fitted black blazer and high black heels to balance out the skintight winter white dress for a night out in New York City and it looked amazing. Plus, I got quite a few compliments (even from a few strangers), which is always a sign of a great outfit.

The material is poly/viscose/elastane and it feels somewhat like a really nice formal shirt with a decent amount of stretch.

The material is poly/viscose/elastane and it feels somewhat like a really nice formal shirt with a decent amount of stretch.

I’m a big fan of white dresses (even after Labor Day) and right now, all white outfits are incredibly popular, albeit impractical. The black trim on the Denise Dress in Ivory makes it a little more versatile. A couple tips to remember when wearing a white dress: nude-colored undergarments are the way to go when wearing a white dress, even if your dress is fully lined like the Denise Dress in Ivory. When applying your makeup. it’s better to put on your dress first and then throw a button up on over it, so you can keep your ensemble pristine. And my final, most important white-wearing tip is to select a shade of white that flatters your skin tone. The Denise Dress in Ivory works for me because it’s not as harsh against my pale skin as a true white.

I wore my hair up in a crown braid, which is quickly becoming a favorite 'do of mine and with a strong red lip to contrast the black and white ensemble and set it off nicely.

I wore my hair up in a crown braid, which is quickly becoming a favorite ‘do of mine and with a strong red lip to contrast the black and white ensemble and set it off nicely.

The lace detailing around the neckline and the beautiful sleeves trimmed with scalloped eyelash edges provide a nice juxtaposition with the more severe black princess seams that run along the front and back of the dress.

There’s always a way to make any article of clothing work for you, regardless of your body type. I was a little nervous about giving so much emphasis to my midsection, so I selected a black, one-button blazer to cover up my tummy. There are tricks and tips for every tricky, taboo style item.

If you want to wear a crop top, try pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or jeans. Body-con skirts look amazing with dolman sleeve tops, and body-con dresses with leather jackets make me swoon. Don’t be afraid to wear tight-fitted clothing and take fashion chances. The magic always happens outside your comfort zone.

Life is way too short to worry about following fashion rules. What do you wear when you venture out of your comfort zone? Tell me what you think, readers!

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