Jane Janeczko 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.
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).
Jane Janeczko 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jane Janeczko on
October 15, 2013
I distinctly remember watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model in which there was a plus-size contestant (I’m 90 percent sure it was Toccara Jones) who had been put in a shiny, sparkly dress for one of the shoots. There were the usual criticisms, such as not enough smeyesing, etc., and then there was a long discussion about how this dress was a poor choice for this shoot on the stylist’s part, especially for the plus-size contestant, since shiny fabrics always make you look bigger when you’re photographed.
Personally, I am a huge fan of shiny fabrics and of anything that sparkles. Therefore, when I see a great plus-size dress with a subtle gold glimmer like the Nezetta Cocktail Dress in Navy/Gold, there are no so-called fashion rules that are going to stop me from rocking it.
The Nezetta dress comes in black and gold too.
I picked this dress out with the intention of wearing it for some slightly fancier evenings out and I daresay it fit the bill. I wanted to really glam this dress up, but it could easily be dressed down for a slightly more casual evening out if you paired it with a motorcycle jacket and a pair of short, chunky ankle boots. The cute belt is included with the dress, but it could easily be worn without the belt as well, although I personally love the little gold detail at the waist.
The Nezetta dress also comes in a black/gold combination if you’re looking for a different color palette.
The ruched draping actually elongates your form and makes your legs look longer.
The ruching up the front of the dress and the back of the dress gives a body-con look, which is very trendy (and dare I say “sexy”), but the material has a decent amount of stretch, so it is still very comfortable.
The Nezetta dress is fully-lined, like most IGIGI dresses, so you don’t have to worry about showing any panty lines or wobbly bits.
In honor of this sparkly, shiny plus-size dress, I decided to put together a few other fashion rules that us plus-size ladies are told we can’t pull off, along with a true-or-false analysis.
1. Don’t wear clingy fabrics. FALSE – If you want to really show off your curves, a clingy material is the easiest way to do that. If you’re feeling particularly self-conscious about not wanting to show any lumps or bumps, the easiest way to camouflage that is with well-placed ruching,lined garments, and shapewear.
2. Big patterns make you look larger. FALSE – Big patterns make a big statement. Depending on where the pattern falls on your figure, they can actually be incredibly flattering, and even if they aren’t strictly flattering, there is nothing that says you can’t wear a crazy, funky, geometric pattern just because you like it.
3. Stay away from skinny jeans. FALSE - Skinny jeans are awesome. They are cute, comfy, and are basically made to be worn with tunics that are perfect for tucking into jeans, so they are absolutely perfect for fall. They are not the unequivocally most flattering jean style for everyone, but does that mean you can’t still wear them and look awesome? Nope.
4. Any intentionally oversized garments will just make you look larger. FALSE – It will look like you’re wearing an oversized garment. Oversized styles are really in right now and they essentially look the same on everyone. Are they the absolutely most flattering styles in the world? No, but if worn with the right accessories and coordinating pieces, they can look incredibly chic.
The boat neckline with the below-knee length and slight cling brought to mind a blinged-out Audrey Hepburn vibe for me so I paired it with a true, red lip and black pumps.
Whenever you’re feeling a little insecure or unsure about a new outfit that you’re putting together, the only really important question that you need to worry about is: “Does this make me feel beautiful?” Because if that is true, nothing else really matters. If you’re really struggling, however, you can always hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and send me some awesome selfies.
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October 11, 2013
It’s okay to want to be sexy. There. I said it.
No matter what your size or your age, it’s okay to want to be sexy, and it is definitely achievable, too. However, as a plus-size woman, when I put on a slinky dress or a short skirt, I feel that I am consistently put in a box – a BBW box – or at least that’s what commenters seem to tell me.
Now, for those of you who don’t know, BBW means “Big Beautiful Woman.” Well, that is true, I suppose: I am big, I am beautiful, and I am a woman. It should seem like a compliment, right? The problem where the title BBW is concerned, is that this unfortunate acronym tends to lump all plus-size women together in the same category, thereby turning all plus-size women and their bodies into a fetish, which I absolutely abhor. It is not a fetish to appreciate my body, nor is it a fetish to love me.
When a woman who is a size four dresses up for a night-out and snaps a picture of her outfit to post on Instagram, she does not receive any demeaning nicknames online, or messages from guys with usernames like “proudchubbychaser16.” Plus-size bodies, on the other hand, are either overtly sexualized or completely ignored. There is no in between, which makes it incredibly challenging for plus-size women to put together a sexy look without wondering about what type of attention it will attract.
For a night look I paired the Kaori Infinity Dress with black heels and pink and orange statement earrings.
My body is beautiful because it is my body. I would feel the same about it whether I was a size 2 or a size 32 (for reference, I am a size 14). All women are different and some women embrace the title of BBW (and they are well within their rights to do so), but at the same time, the women who hate the title of BBW also need to be respected. I hate to say it, but anything that could also be equated with a category on an adult website is not a moniker that I personally want to be associated with.
Now, with all that commentary out in front of me, I have to admit the IGIGI Kaori Infinity Dress makes me feel both beautiful and sexy.
The boat neckline is flattering and chic.
When I first saw the dress on IGIGI’s website, I had a feeling that it could be a great going-out dress. It looked comfortable, it is clearly convertible, since you can alter both the sleeves and the hemline with ease, and it’s black – it’s basically my ideal garment.
I styled the dress two different ways to transition it from day to night. For my night look (above) I chose to keep it somewhat simple and kept my hair up to show off my pink and orange statement earrings and threw on a high heel. My favorite part of this dress is that you can adjust the length for knee-length to a more tunic style by simply scooching the hemline up a little bit. As you can see, I went with more of a tunic length.
For my day look I wore the belt that comes with the dress, a great wide faux leather belt that adds great structure and knee length boots. It is brutal finding stylish, high-quality, wide calf boots. The pair that I am wearing has a hidden stretch panel with elastic that allows the boots to comfortably bend around my calf. However, it took many visits to the mall and returned mail orders to find this pair. Wide calf for some designers simply means an inch or two wider than their straight size boots, which as anyone with thicker calves can attest, will not actually fit a customer with wide calves. Unfortunately, the designers that offer wide calf boots rarely have multiple options available.
I firmly believe that a good pair of riding boots is necessary for any closet and these wide calf boots fit the bill.
One of my friends told me that she felt self-conscious boot shopping for wide calf boots because there would consistently be only one or two options at the various department stores she tried. Plus, she thought that the elastic bands that stretch the boots made it look even more obvious that she was wearing a wide calf boot. If you don’t want to wear a wide calf boot there are other options. Try ankle boots, a suede boot with slouch or a mid-calf boot for a similar effect. It doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you feel good wearing it.
What do you wear when you want to feel sexy and confident? Do you have a go-to dress or outfit? Share in the comments!
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October 9, 2013
I really, really dislike the whole concept of “professional attire.” I feel like it’s an excuse for people to wear their most tired gray polyester pants and worn-out white collared shirts. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with a white collared shirt (I have about seven), but they do require an extra bit of work to make them special, and those dishwater gray pants are not cutting it.
I feel like a great dress is the antithesis of a boring work uniform, and every once in while you’ll find a dress that you can wear straight from work to after-work cocktails. A sheath dress, or in this case, a modified sheath dress, took the place of my metaphorical polyester pants and gave me some swagger when I rolled into work Monday morning.
If I could have this color palette take over every aspect of my life I would be okay with that. In retrospect, this dress may have been slightly too alluring for work, but I felt so great in it I decided to ignore that fact.
As I have said before, when it comes to a perfect palette for every woman, jewel tones absolutely knock it out of the park. So when I saw the Sapphira Plus Size Dress in Larkspur Combo the purples, blues, and dark reds were calling to me. I have found myself being drawn to sheath dresses lately since I’ve been spending my days working in a professional office in Manhattan, and I just love the inherent power and structure to sheath dresses. They are just perfect for an office setting: feminine, yet totally in charge. However, I’ve had very little success when it comes to fit because all of the dresses that I’ve tried recently have been boxy to the extreme, and I have no desire to look like Spongebob Squarepants.
So when I clicked order on this beauty, I was more than a little nervous as to how the fit would turn out. I’d been feeling kind of like a one-trick pony lately when it came to dress styles, since I’d been wearing only empire-waisted, skater-length dresses. While that style is supremely flattering on me (and on all-women who have hourglass figures), there is definitely something to the phrase, “Too much of a good thing,” and I hadn’t been having fun while getting dressed. Instead, it was getting kind of monotonous.
Basically, I needed an IGIGI injection into my wardrobe stat, and this sheath dress was too pretty to turn down. However, when I ripped open my IGIGI box, I quickly realized that this dress is not a true sheath, but rather a modified one, with an extremely flattering draping detail at my waist to nip in my figure a little bit and get rid of the ultra-boxy profile that I had been struggling with. Plus, the material, a Poly/Elastane blend fabric, glides over my curves like butter and feels absolutely amazing on. It really could not be more comfortable.
I originally styled this dress with a short, cropped black blazer in addition to my classic black pumps, but the weather has been so warm lately that I threw off the blazer before leaving the house.
Since the pattern on this dress is so elaborate, I knew that too many accessories would be a bit obnoxious, so I kept it simple with silver studs and black pumps. As much as I love accessories (the statement necklaces, they call to me), there’s something really wonderful in just not having to worry about them every now and then and allowing your clothes to speak for themselves without any added adornments. It really is the mark of a well made garment.
I kept it simple with the Sapphira Dress, but how would you style it? Tell me in the comments and, as ever, if you ever have any fashion inquiries, style musings, or just questions about life, you can hit me up on Instagram or Twitter. Fair warning, there will be lots of selfies.