The above is EXACTLY what I am wearing. I have linked so affordable options in the post below, to get the same look at a better price point.
A year of blogging has gone by for me, when I look back on my first fall as the creator of Curls and Contours, I can’t help but laugh at some of the work I put out there for the world to see. My sense of style(and confidence) has continued to develop over the past year, and as I move into my second fall as the creator of Curls and Contours I really can’t wait to see what happens. Its these moments as a style blogger that are really something special. THIS DRESS is so gorgeous, its perfect for date night, brunch, a casual wedding reception etc… It is amazing to me how one beautiful piece of clothing can help your confidence sky rocket. For me these types of pieces help me focus in on the best parts of me, and not just physically but mentally too. Its like I can see the girl that I am on the inside when I wear this dress. Is that crazy?
With such a loud “Look at me” pattern, I knew that I needed to keep my accessories on the simple side. I went with a nude wedge, my new clutch :), and some tortoise sunglasses. I have talked about this style of dress before, a true wrap dress will cross over in front of you, and requires a belt to keep everything in place.This dress is a wrap but I don’t need to do the wrapping, they stitched the front together so you can just pull the dress on (so easy) and then tie the belt where you would like.
A little fashion history
The original wrap dress was created by the iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg. In the 1970’s Diane von Furstenberg arrived in New York with a suitcase full of what would be known as one of the most iconic dress shapes of all time, the wrap dress. With a v-neckline and a soft jersey fabric this dress is universally flattering to women of all shapes and sizes. DVF was the creator, but luckily for the rest of the world, this dress has be created and re-created by designers for all types of bodies, and tastes.
This particular dress came from Curvaceous Boutique, a fabulous store located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Curvaceous Boutique carries so many different wrap style dresses that I couldn’t count them all. The best part? They are made specifically for the plus size woman. No need to hide in black shift dresses ladies, a fun color pattern in a ultra flattering cut will always keep you comfortable and confident.
This post was sponsored by Curvaceous Boutique, thank you for working with Curls and Contours 🙂
Funny story…I have been pining after these two Clare V clutches for months and months(the foldover and flat Clare V leopard calf hair), I really really wanted one of these bags to add to my collection for the Fall. But they were back ordered almost everywhere, I even tried to have my SA at Nordstrom transfer one of the bags in for me to look at(which by the way was a bust). I was on the hunt, watching reviews, shopping around, checking out new and used places on the internet that had the bags. I finally, decide that I was going to just purchase the foldover clutch and make it happen. SO the day that I bought the foldover I happened to be driving by my favorite resale boutique. I had time so I popped in and YOU KNOW WHAT! They had the flat clutch in the case, can you believe that, I mean what are the freaking odds. So obviously I bought the flat clutch, with a vow that I would return the foldover (which I paid FULL price for).
Somehow in less than 24hrs, after months of kicking the bag(pun intended) I had become the owner of not one but TWO Clare V leopard clutches. So I made a plan, I was going to review the bags and compare them to each other, and blog about it. I really would like to make a youtube comparison video, but I have no clue how to do that(work in progress).
Ok, first things first, this bag is GORGEOUS. I know you have seen it on a million bloggers and fashionistas and there is a reason why. Its gorgeous, and a super trendy neutral, the calf hair is ultra soft and each bag is unique because it is made from natural fibers(leather). What I love about the foldover clutch is the handbag feel it has. Yes, its a a big square but once you drop your stuff into it and fold it over you have a this awesome super soft and slouchy handbag that just screams take me out and carry me around. I have worn this bag with patterned dresses, flowy peasant blouses, and just your basic LBD and booties.
I know your like “But Anne what fits in this bag?” I will tell you quite a bit.
I use my LV Neverfull Pouch as a wallet, its big and I am in the market for a new wallet(hint hint Keith I know you are reading this 🙂 ) but this bad boy is working perfectly until I get something different. I have to angle the pouch to get it into the clutch but once its in its a really good fit. My phone(6 plus) and keys(I have two different car keys and two house keys on my key ring) and a lipstick(currently wearing Mary Kay Crushed Berry). All of this fits in the clutch and honestly you could probably fit more, but I don’t like to stress my bags so I keep it pretty minimal. If I were to put more into the bag, it would lose that soft folded look that I love so much. I am really strict about my sunglasses, they would fit in this clutch with the other items without the case BUT I am one of those people that believes they should be on your face or in the case. Soo…no case means I am wearing them, either on my face or on top of my head(which I KNOWWW it stretches them out but whatever). But if you don’t mind, or you have a soft sunglasses case, you would easily be able to fit you sunglasses in the bag with the other items I listed.
Ok first things first. The Flat clutch is 30 bucks cheaper than the foldover clutch and is not quite as popular as its square sister. Those two reasons are what initially attracted me to the flat clutch, not as many people had it AND it was a smidge cheaper. After doing my due diligence by looking for youtube reviews on this bag(which btw don’t exist), Pinterest stalking bloggers that happened to carry the flat clutch and talking to my Nordstrom SA about the bags I decided to order the foldover because I wanted more of a handbag feel. Now that I own both bags (oops) I can tell you this one has its own set of qualities that its sister does not. This clutch is more comparable to a pouch, its simple, easy to carry, and easier to navigate. It is the same length as the other bag but because its shorter it doesn’t hold as much. I forced my LV Pouchette into it, but then it just felt stiff. Like I said before, because these bags are made out of leather and calf hair the leopard pattern varies on each bag. The flat clutch is significantly lighter than the foldover, you can easily see that in the photos above. Now it won’t be that way for every single clutch that is out there, but in my case thats how it worked out :).
Now I hear you I hear you. “What exactly are you fitting into the Flat Clutch Anne?” lol
Inside my LV Pouchette I have a little Hobo International French Wallet to hold all my cards. I scooped it up at Nordstrom Rack in the spring for like 30 bucks, its a great little piece to go inside my LV pouch and helps transform the pouch from a little bag to a big wallet. I love it because it is leather(I have a thing for natural fibers), and I have had many Hobo wallets in the past(before LV came into my life) that are seriously freaking amazing. I have one Hobo wallet that is legit 10 years old and still looks brand new, and I carried that bitch for most of those 10 years. ANYWAYS back on topic. I can fit my phone, keys and a lipstick into the flat clutch as well. If you over stuff this clutch then it looks stiff, which is the opposite of the look you are going for with this style of clutch.
So when I happened to end up with both bags, everyone in my life was like ” Anne you can’t keep them both blah blah blah.” And honestly I did try to convince myself to sell one or return one for a hot second. But because I am a hoarder of all things girlie and fun I am keeping both, so DEAL WITH IT. 🙂
Ok, this dress is bright, its bright and crazy and has so much going on( pockets, a belt). I recently purchased a new leopard clutch, and you know that thing that happens when you get something new that you love and it just so happens to match everythhinnggg that you own. So you somehow figure out how to wear or carry that piece with everything and to you its perfect. LOL. Well currently that’s me, and luckily I was right about mixing these two patterns. The cool green of this dress pops with the warm tones of the leopard clutch. Taking fashion risks is required from time to time, I am the type of girl that sticks to the routine. I have preached on this blog before about having a “fashion uniform” and sticking with it, but once in awhile its good to shake it up.
One of the fun parts of being a fashion blogger is having the chance to try out different trends and styles that you might not usually go for. I never would have dreamed that I could pull off a dress like this, but I take it as a personal style challenge to make different pieces my own. The best part? When things come together exactly the way you dreamed up.
Are the shoes a little over the top? Maybe. Is that ok? Hell yes. Playing different color tones off each other is a great way to try out pattern mixing without going for the classic stripes and florals mix. Its ok to be bold with what you wear, its ok to be curvy and bold and confident.
Take the fashion risk, and love yourself for going for it.