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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Dressing Boldly In Ruby Lace With The IGIGI Plus-Size Regina Dress

Posted by on December 2, 2013

For a long, long time growing up, I dressed to hide. I was always on the heavy side and it seemed that fashion had no real place for me. I was an outcast because of my weight and so I wore ill-fitting jeans and hoodies and pretty much called it a day. It’s not that I didn’t love fashion (I really did! And still do), but I just had no idea how to become part of the fashion world.

Plus-size women can be every bit as fashionable as our straight-size sisters.

Plus-size women can be every bit as fashionable as our straight-size sisters.

It wasn’t until high school when I started to spend more time shopping online that I discovered that there were designers who actually make clothes that would fit my body and were still cute. I deeply hope that in the future young girls will not go through the same struggles that I did. Every single body deserves to be respected and part of that respect comes from designers not limiting their sizes and making clothes that can fit anyone and everyone.

I now have a wardrobe full of beautiful colors, patterns, fabrics, and silhouettes that even my straight-size friends envy, but it is still easy to feel like the odd, fat girl out when I’m searching for a very specific type of dress and I see hundreds of straight size options and only one or two plus-size options.

For a day out with friends, I paired the Regina dress with my trusty denim jacket, chunky brown heeled ankle boots and a strong red lip.

For a day out with friends, I paired the Regina dress with my trusty denim jacket, chunky brown heeled ankle boots and a strong red lip.

I decided a few months ago, that I wanted needed a red lace dress. There’s something so wonderfully decadent about a lace dress. It’s classic, sexy, and utterly feminine. Lace is probably my absolute favorite material and I’m really not alone in that. It’s been a sartorial staple since the 15th century. It’s easy enough to find a plus-size dress with lace since it is so common, but I really wanted red.

A deep, mysterious, sultry red shade with just the right amount of sexy. I thought that a deep red, more of a ruby shade, would transition from Fall to Winter very well, and I knew that that shade would be ideal for  the deluge of holiday parties that will soon be upon us. That’s where the IGIGI Regina Plus-Size Dress in Ruby Argentan Lace comes in.

The dress is cut in a shift style, so it fits close to the body without being body conscious (body-con) or too tight. It  shows off my curves in a very appropriate way. It also has a bit of a longer length, so I won’t have to worry about showing too much leg at any family gatherings or office holiday parties that I choose to wear it to. The Regina dress also comes with a belt, but I chose to wear it without, since I had my coat and I didn’t want to interrupt the front line of the dress.

The Regina dress is made from a poly/elastane material which has a good stiffness to it and provides a little extra structure for women who want more control over their figure.

The Regina dress is made from a poly/elastane material which has a good stiffness to it and provides a little extra structure for women who want more control over their figure.

The Regina has a universally flattering and very classic boat neckline and great below the elbow 3/4 sleeves. It’s also fully-lined like the majority of IGIGI dresses so you don’t have to worry about wearing any special undergarments to keep everything smooth and seamless.

I finally found my perfect red lace dress.

The Regina dress can be dressed up or dressed down.

The Regina dress can be dressed up or dressed down.

Do you readers have any specific clothing item that you’ve always lusted for and been unable to find? A white blazer? A lumpy and super comfortable Irish fisherman sweater? That perfect pair of bootcut jeans? Let me know in the comments.

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Solving Winter Coat Woes With the Gorgeous IGIGI Hanna Coat

Posted by on November 27, 2013

It’s a struggle finding a perfect winter coat. I spend my winters traveling between New York and Chicago, so having a warm coat is an absolute necessity. Especially since it’s not even officially winter yet, and it’s already only about 20 degrees outside (Fahrenheit that is)! My old trusty winter coat that I bought for a steal during a post-Christmas sale at Macy’s a few years ago officially retired last year. So, when I saw IGIGI’s Hanna Coat in Navy Blue pop up on the site, I had a feeling that this could be my new go-to for chic winter wear.

Hanna Coat

The notched lapels make a statement and frame the face, so your beauty is still the center of attention, even when you’re wearing your winter coat.

I was not disappointed. The Hanna Coat is also available in black for those who are interested. I really hate shapeless, oversized coats, especially on plus-size women. Unfortunately, those comforters with sleeves tend to make up 90 percent of the plus-size coat offerings that I come across when coat shopping. The Hanna Coat has a slim cut with a gorgeous printed lining and a tie belt, so you can give yourself a defined waist.

The Hanna Coat is wool, so you don’t worry about any drafty winds whipping through your layers. It has deep pockets, which can easily fit a spare pair of gloves and earmuffs, and it has a long length. For reference, I am 5’7” and the coat hit me about 3 inches past my knee, which means that I could wear pretty much any dress with it, without having the material poke out.

The wind was blowing hard in Central Park and it was a chilly 34 degrees when I was taking these pictures, so I was extremely happy to be bundled up in this coat.

The wind was blowing hard in Central Park and it was a chilly 34 degrees when I was taking these pictures, so I was extremely happy to be bundled up in this coat.

It also has several large black buttons up the front of the coat, which provide even more security from cold winter winds. I think navy is a great option for a winter coat since it’s slightly more unusual than black or brown, but it’s not too out there or hard to match, like red. Personally, I’m not too much of a fan of red coats, since I always took that Nora Ephron quote to heart: “I wore my red coat. Exactly once. My mother was right: Never buy a red coat, she said. ‘Because people will see you, and they will say, ‘There she is, in her red coat.”” If the writing queen of New York City said it, I won’t be one to argue.

Now, I’m seen plenty of women rock red coats, but I usually go with a neutral for my outer layers so I don’t feel self-conscious about matching. I’m sick of seeing black everywhere and my last coat was black, so I thought that the navy would be a fresher update.

Hanna coat

The coat has a very classic cut and almost emulates a trench in terms of cut.

I sized up for the Hanna Coat, since I prefer my coats to be roomier in order to layer thick sweaters underneath, and the coat runs true to size. Since the Hanna coat is wool, it’s not too heavy, but it’s still very warm. I would recommend it for women who are living in both warm and cold climates, since it would be easy to dress up or down depending on the weather. Wool is amazing that way.

What is your favorite style of winter coat? Do you prefer puffer jackets? Are you still a Northface-o-phile? Or are you more into the chic winter coat look like the IGIGI Hanna Coat? Tell me in the comments!

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The Gorgeous Larimar Dress and the Beauty of Plus-Size Dresses With Sleeves

Posted by on November 25, 2013

If I could go back in time to any time period at all, I would have to pick 1960s California.  I came across this style nostalgia video on The Atlantic the other day, and I put together an outfit inspired from the colors and shapes of 1960s fashion.  I love a bright print and I’m trying to capitalize on the remaining sunny weather (it was actually in the 60s in New York the other day!) with some equally vibrant colors. The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber was exactly what I was looking for. The stripes with the deconstructed chevron pattern has a great vintage feel and this dress will transition well into the Winter with some tights and ankle boots.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The long sleeves make this dress season appropriate, but I would add tights and a scarf to take it the rest of the way, and maybe add my trusty brown leather jacket for a little extra warmth.

Whenever I talk to my friends about dresses and dress details, I feel like the two things they love the most are sleeves and pockets, and those are consistently my favorite parts of dresses, as well. I usually won’t even buy a dress unless it has some kind of sleeve since, in my experience, they are way more versatile than strapless or tank dresses for everyday. Pockets are also so helpful and practical, because every now and then I would just like to slip my phone and wallet into my pocket and slip out the door without a handbag (blasphemy, I know).

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

However, many designers rarely offer these options and it’s even harder to find them in plus-size offerings. Actually, IGIGI is one of the few plus brands that to include sleeves in a majority of designs.

Many women, myself included, are self-conscious about their upper arms. Adding a sleeve to a dress and getting rid of the need for a cardigan or a jacket it such a simple detail, and yet it can make all the difference with self-confidence. For me, adding a jacket to a dress that already has sleeves is a choice and not a necessity. It enables you to be in control of your look without letting your clothes and personal insecurities dictate your style.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

Initially, I planned to wear some over-the-knee boots to keep my legs a little warmer, but since the pattern is so intense, the boots made the outfit feel a little too “costumey.” I definitely need to start looking for a new pair of ankle boots for the winter!

Putting together an outfit can be a test of patience, and you have to be willing to compromise and make changes even when you have a very specific plan in your head. Whenever I plan out my outfit the night before I rarely end up with the same look the next morning.

Plus-size women are frequently told to shy away from exaggerated patterns and to stick to strictly form-flattering, solid-colored, subdued frocks. While it is certainly true that a crazy pattern is going to make you stand out, it does not mean that the garment will be inherently unflattering.

If you’re looking for a different color palette, the Larimar dress also comes in topaz, for the women who crave a cooler color scheme.  How would you style the Larimar dress? Let me know in the comments.

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