Achieve a Vintage-Inspired Look with IGIGI Plus-size Dresses

Posted by on September 10, 2013

I am an absolute sucker for any and all vintage inspired pieces. Ideally, I would like to have a closet full of vintage pieces, but it is rough finding any actual vintage pieces above a US size 4. There is the occasional Etsy shop that specializes in plus-size vintage wear, but overall if you are looking for a genuine thrifting experience as a plus-size woman you are simply out of luck, unless you are visiting a thrift store that specializes in plus-size garments and there are unfortunately so few of those. When I put on the IGIGI Makenna dress for a brunch date with a few of my friends, I knew that I had finally found the perfect 1940s pin-up dress that I had been searching for. When you are plus-sized sometimes vintage-inspired pieces can be the best alternative to actual vintage.

The gorgeous plum color of the dress is absolutely stunning on and the small red polka dots add dimension. I threw on a long strand of pearls and added classic black pumps to finish the ensemble with a subtle cat-eye for the full vintage look.

The gorgeous plum color of the dress is absolutely stunning on and the small red polka dots add dimension. I threw on a long strand of pearls and added classic black pumps to finish the ensemble with a subtle cat-eye for the full vintage look.

This dress is fully-lined and the poly/elastane fabric literally glides over the curves in your body, emphasizing the waist while floating away from the stomach. When you’re a plus-size woman, it is sometimes a crutch to shy away from form-fitting garments and look for more boxy, shapeless tops and dresses that hide your figure.

While, there is nothing wrong with wearing a comfy oversized top from time to time, it is important to remember that a structured dress will always be more flattering than a tented top. Many women, plus-size or not, keep a certain number in their head that they have to reach before they’ll splurge on that special dress. For example, “when I lose my 15 lbs. I will buy that red dress I’ve had my eye on.” This is so infuriating to me. Dress the body you have, not the body you want. Your body, with all of it’s imperfections, is perfect exactly the way it is.

The dress has elastic around the neckline which I almost never see, but it is an absolute godsend for busty girls since it makes sure that there will be no accidental slippage.

The dress has elastic around the neckline which I almost never see, but it is an absolute godsend for busty girls since it makes sure that there will be no accidental slippage.

The hardest part about rocking a cute dress is actually forcing yourself to try it on. When I am getting dressed, I almost always check my outfit by taking a quick mirror selfie to see how my outfit looks on. Honestly, it is almost always exactly how I envisioned it and it usually gives me a reference for when I’m trying to find shoes and accessories to match. It also never hurts to have a good friend or a significant other’s opinion when you’re trying something new.

A common fashion misconception is that black is always slimming. While, I am a huge fan of all things black (I would wear a darker color if one existed) and one of my friends once told me that I could be considered a fashion nun for my all black ensembles, it is important to remember that a black sack dress is not going to be universally flattering. This plum dress is an updated version of a LBD. A cute, form-hugging patterned dress is always going to be more flattering than wearing the fashion equivalent of a black garbage bag. Show off your figure a bit and don’t be afraid to be the center of attention. Wearing a form fitting garment can be the biggest boost of body confidence, especially when you’re used to wearing oversized, baggy clothes.

The ties on the sleeves are a great customization tool since you can tighten or loosen them depending on your personal comfort level.

The ties on the sleeves are a great customization tool since you can tighten or loosen them depending on your personal comfort level.

When trying to get yourself excited about a new outfit, here’s a little check list of questions to ask yourself to get you inspired when getting dressed:

1. Is this something that I would normally wear? More often than not, fashion risks can really pay off! Stepping outside of your comfort zone, whether it’s with a crazy pattern or an open back top, can yield the highest rewards.

2. Am I comfortable? If you’re uncomfortable in your new outfit, you do not have to wear it. Confidence is your best accessory and if you’re going to spend your entire day adjusting your outfit and longing for a hoodie it is not worth it.

3. Do I feel beautiful? When I feel beautiful, I do not care about what anyone else thinks. Be brave, be courageous and you will be beautiful.

Vintage-inspired looks can be utterly feminine and thoroughly flattering, be on the lookout for dresses like the IGIGI Makenna dress to add to your wardrobe. What’s your favorite vintage style? Tell me in the comments.

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