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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“Fit Mom” Maria Kang Clashes With Curvy Girl Lingerie Owner Chrystal Bougon

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Last weekend, you might have seen “Fit Mom” Maria Kang chat with the owner of Curvy Girl Lingerie Chrystal Bougon on CNN. Previously, IGIGI mentioned Curvy Girl Lingerie in a blog post about their bid for a Superbowl ad.

The full interview here for your viewing pleasure:

However, if you don’t want to watch the thoroughly frustrating five minute segment, here’s a brief summary and some history behind this little feud.

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Plus-Size Model Tara Lynn Graces The Cover Of ELLE Spain

Posted by on December 4, 2013

A few weeks ago, I made up a list of some amazing body positive plus-size models and I was incredibly remiss in not including the lovely Tara Lynn.

Tara Lynn

Tara Lynn on the November 2013 cover of ELLE Spain. Credit: ELLE Spain

Even if you haven’t heard the name Tara Lynn, you probably saw her striking features in the Spring 2012 H&M Campaign. Most recently, however, the Seattle-born model just appeared on the cover of ELLE Spain with the headline “El Exito de una Mujer Real,” which translates to “The Success of the Real Woman.”

She also has an editorial spread inside the magazine shot by photographer Xavi Gordo and styled by the Creative & Fashion Director of ELLE Spain, Inmaculada Jimenez.

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What Guys Really Think About Fashion ‘Trends’

Posted by on December 3, 2013

If you don’t spend much time on social media, you may not have seen a recent article featured on the Huffington Post called “23 Trends Guys Hate (But Women Love).” It appeared in the Style section and it quickly became a heavy traffic piece, earning a lot of page views, hundreds of comments, and thousands of Facebook shares.

The 23 trends ranged from peplums to leggings to hair bows, and each “trend” (keep in mind that that term is being used loosely) was punctuated with comments from various men who had been asked to sound off on what they like and don’t like in the wardrobes of their respective friends and girlfriends.

The very concept of seeking a man’s validation for your clothing choices is inherently problematic. I firmly believe that as long as you are comfortable, happy, and confident with your wardrobe, there is no reason to change it. Believe it or not, boys – women do not dress for you when they’re planning their outfits. In fact, there’s a great blog that the HuffPost article linked to, called The Man Repeller, which is run by wonderful women who don’t give two hoots what guys think about their outfits.

In case you’re wondering what a man repeller is, check out this convenient description on the blog, because trust me – it’s a good thing.

Since I feel like the HuffPost article may have been unkind to boykind (surely not all of their judgments are that ridiculous and offensive), I copied the list down and sent it to the boys in my life to get their impressions. This is what they said:

1. Peplums

Peplum top

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“What is a peplum? Is that like that shirt you were wearing at that thing on Friday? Yeah, it was nice.”

“A cheerleading uniform? Like “pep?”

“Kim Kardashian wears those a lot. They’re pretty hot.” [ed note: It's true Kim K. does wear those a lot].

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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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