How is it October 30th already? I feel like it was September 1st yesterday, and here we are moving into November. This week I am kicking off my “Thankful” series. This November all of my posts will have a common theme, in each post this month I will be sharing my thoughts on thankfulness, this may be ideas on how to show others you are thankful to have them in your life, or just a quick blurb on something I am so thankful to have in my life.Today I am sharing a review of this Yours Clothing dress and boots.
Have you checked out Yours Clothing before? I LOVE sharing garments from YC on the blog, this UK based brand has SO MUCH stock and options for the curvy girl. There is literally something for everyone! To read more about YC on my blog click HERE, HERE or HERE.
Where are my girls with wide calves at? I am soon happy to share some fantastic OTK boots with you, these are a faux suede and they accommodate a wide calf(my calf is 17 inches and there is room to spare), I am 5’6″ and these come up well above my knee. I have worn them with dresses and leggings and they are a really subtle way to dip your toe into this trend. I love this trend especially for the colder months, I need coverage but I hate having to give up my short dresses thats where OTK boots come in. They look so chic, and give you that coverage that a ling dress or pant would provide. I am sharing the exact pair I am wearing but the stock is low right now, so I have linked a similar pair from YC below.
I was specifically looking for a dress that would be great for a dressier Thanksgiving/Holiday event to share, but the dress had some criteria it had to meet first. This Blue Vanilla Curve dress fit the bill perfectly. I loved this dress for holiday gatherings because it ISNT TIGHT. This swing style dress has a lot of style but girl you can eat in it and be comfortable. The deep V/choker neckline adds a some flirt to dress that flows away from the body for a universally flattering fit. The trendy shoulder detail keeps this piece current and on trend. The polyester/elastine blend fabric has a great weight to it, and some nice stretch. I also really love that this piece isn’t red, orange, brown or green. This is a dress for the girl that wants to look dressed up, comfortable, and loves darker colors and not the classic “holiday color palette”.
Do you follow Yours Clothing on Facebook? This is my favorite social channel to keep up with what YC is up to, I love seeing what stores are opening and their Face of YC contest!
I am so thankful to be able to share my fashion finds with my readers and followers, without you Curls and Contours wouldn’t be what it is. Two years ago when I first started Curls and Contours I took a leap of faith, I told myself that with enough ambition and grit I could create something that could help and inspire others. And today as we move into another holiday season, I am so thankful to have you all in my life. Thank you for stopping in at Curls and Contours. It means more than you know.
This post was sponsored by Yours Clothing, as always all opinions are my own.
This week on the blog I am sharing three fall dresses from SWAK Designs. I love being able to share new brands with you, especially brands that are made in the USA AND so size inclusive! SWAK offers a size range from 1 to 6!! All the curvy babes can wear SWAK, they offer a multitude of styles and are always coming out with different silhouettes and patterns.
The first dress that I am sharing is the Heather Wrap Maxi dress, this woven maxi is a true wrap style you untie it it under the bust and take take it off or on like a jacket or button down shirt. This gives the dress so much versatility, and allows you to create a custom fit. This dress is 100% polyester, so its super light, and anti wrinkle. I am wearing the 1, and found that the bust was a little big. I am not a girl that layers cami’s under outfits, you could easily solve the big bust area with a cami or with a little pin under the ruffle. Something fun and different about this piece is that the large ruffle around the neckline actually serves as the sleeve as well, I like this in particular because that means the dress will layer seamlessly under a jacket. You can just pull the ruffle up and add a jacket without any sleeve lines.
Style Tip – When working with a dress with an all over print keep your accessories simple and subtle. To keep the pattern of the garment from overwhelming your frame go with classic accessories that streamline your look.
The Kelly Tunic dress in the burgundy floral really is the quintessential fall print. I opted to style this tunic length dress with some over the knee boots but just as easily could have paired this look with leggings and booties. This rayon/spandex blend is super soft to the touch and cozy. SWAK designed this piece with a sharkbite hem and a swing silhouette, this creates a fun sway when you walk because the fabric flows away from the body. I opted to wear this piece off the shoulder, but if you are looking for a little more coverage you could wear this piece on the shoulder with a jean jacket!
The last SWAK dress I am sharing is the Lynette maxi in the geo print. This dress is soo versatile! The lightweight rayon/spandex knit fabric makes this piece great for now with some light layers and later on its own as a standalone piece. I styled this fun dress with a jean jacket and some fringe booties for Fall, but this dress will be in my bag headed to Florida as a bathing suit cover up/casual night out dress this December. I am such a sucker for a tribal print dress(and tribal print in general), I find the pattern refreshing and the monochrome is so easy to style. Per the usual, I paired my favortite leopard clutch with this dress its a neutral right? LOL
Check out SWAK’s fall lookbook HERE, and let me know what your favorite style is?
My love affair with little black dresses continues…In this Monday’s blog post I am sharing a new little black dress from Kiyonna. The Ciara Cinch dress by Kiyonna is a faux wrap style dress with a unique inset that creates a ruching under the bust that is flattering and attracts the eye. The fabric is a thick polyester/spandex blend that helps keep everything in place, I also found that this piece was breathable and very comfortable. The deep v-neck was very secure and comfortable, I never felt like any of my bits were hanging out or moving when they shouldn’t be LOL.
I was initially attracted to this Kiyonna piece because of the color and pattern, I love a good black dress, and this pattern felt like a great way to add some diversity to my closet. Once I had the piece on it was the fit and flattering ruching that won me over. If you have been following me for a bit then you know I am not a girl that is afraid of a tight dress for a night out, but in my day to day life I opt for comfortable luxe basics that are not fitted. I really enjoyed how this dress drew attention to my small waist but didn’t hug the rest of my body, it felt like the perfect blend of fitted and flowy. The cinched waist showed off my hourglass figure but the “faux wrap” piece across the front made me feel confident that my tummy wasn’t showing. I could see myself wearing this dress out for a few different occasions, not just a night out on the town.
I dressed the Ciara Cinch up for a date night out, with some strap heels and a tassle earring but I could also see myself pairing it with wedge booties, a cami and a long cardigan for a work ready look. I know I am always going on about the versatility of Kiyonna’s pieces but IT REALLY IS TRUE! When you have a quality garment, the styling options become endless.
Kiyonna offers this dress in multiple color and pattern options, they always seem to have this silhouette in stock because IT WORKS for curvy bodies. I scooped it up in the dot mix print, it is also available in a pressed flowers pattern, and a misty blue color. It seems that there is something for everyone with the Ciara Cinch dress!
Where my curvy babes at? I have a question for you.
When was the last time you slipped into a smart, structured dress and went off to work? I found myself contemplating this, as a plus size person why are my only options flowy and wide leg pants when I am looking to dress professional? This week on the blog I am so pleased to share three smart structured dresses perfect for your next professional outing.
In my last Liz Louize post I shared the benefits of boutique shopping(you can find that post HERE). On my visit to Liz Louize I got to chatting with the owners of the boutique(Hey Amy and Amanda!) about quality professional outfits for the plus size woman. We all felt that curvy babes in the workplace miss out on the variety of options their regular size counterparts have access to. Liz Louize happens to keep a variety of unique work ready options in stock!
It always seems to be the same outfit formula for plus size ladies- wide leg slacks, flowy top, and some sort of blazer or cardigan. And don’t get me wrong this is cute and easy, but the variety is missing. So today on the blog I am sharing my three favorite work ready dresses from Liz Louize. Lets break out of that mold and try something different!
This dress is a thick knit fabric that has a good amount of stretch. I wanted to share this dress specifically because of the fit, its so comfortable but looks so put together. The belt comes with the dress and really adds some shape and interest to the dress. I opted to pair this garment with a simple black cardigan to add an extra layer of warmth. I would love to style this dress with black tights and a blazer for a cool weather look.
I picked this piece out immediately while shopping around Liz Louize, I love the classic color and details on this dress. This garment felt perfectly tailored for a day at work and then with a simple change of accessories an evening out. I would style this with a blazer and pumps for the office, and then a leather jacket and some over the knee boots for after work drinks with the girls. When we shot this look, I joked that this dress had a definite “Jackie O” feel all I need is a pillbox hat, some gloves and black sunglasses to complete the look!
The last dress that I styled from Liz Louize is this black and white shimmer sheath dress. I grabbed up a red blazer to add some color, and I think it really makes the whole look pop. The red blazer lends this look a holiday feel, swapping out the red for a black topper would keep this firmly in the “It’s October not December” lane.
What do you like to wear to work? Are you a slacks and blouse girl or a dress girl?
There are so many reasons to celebrate the fall season, here in Michigan as the days turn colder and the nights grow longer it almost feels bittersweet. Like we all know what is coming, the COLDDDD weather is coming and its now its our job to get out and enjoy every bit of nice weather left to soak up. So! I teamed up with Lane Bryant to share my favorite Fall date day/night spots here in Michigan and a couple of ultra chic outfits. A little bit educational, a little bit fashionable this post has been so fun to put together.
Lets get started.
HANDS DOWN my favorite day date in the fall is to tour the Pioneer Wine Trail. This is a driving tour of nine wineries(we never make it to all nine LOL). We like to go and have a tasting and snack at each winery and then purchase a bottle from each location, this stocks our cellar for a few months and each bottle has a memory to go with it. The wineries are all located around and between Jackson and Tecumseh MI, we opt to take the back roads and enjoy the colorful foliage.
When Keith and I were first married(in the fall) we toured the Pioneer Wine Trail for our first anniversary. We purchased a bottle of wine from the last winery and decided to save it for our 10 year wedding anniversary. At the time it felt like a lifetime away, and this year we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We joked that we will be drinking that bottle in no time, and how funny it was that time has passed so quickly when we truly thought it would take forever. 🙂
My favorite outfit combination for a day full of fall themed outdoor activities is simple. Jeans, cute blouse, adorable outerwear, comfortable shoes. You are guaranteed to be comfortable, super cute and able to move about with ease. Lane Bryant just recently released their new line of super stretch skinny jeans that are so trendy, they have so many styles to choose from and they totally got in on the distressing game. Which is so exciting, plus size women need more easily accessible fashionable items Lane Bryant really went above and beyond with their skinny jeans.
Fit tip- these skinnies run a tad long(I’m 5′ 6″), and with the nature of distressing each pair is a little different from the next. Go to the store and try these on, the SA’s there will be able to help you get the right fit. I own two pairs, the ones in this photo are a 14 and the other pair I have are a 16.
Statement sleeves are all the rage right now, this one stands out from the rest for a couple of reasons. The stretchy fabric and the versatility. This kind of top is one that gets so much wear, its perfect for a day date touring wineries or tucked into a skirt at the office. I have been stalking this military inspired vest since I first noticed it on the website, I love the olive color and the soft sweater knit. Dusters have become increasingly popular these past few seasons and this year they are still popping up on almost every brands Fall/Winter rollout.
Style Tip – When styling a knee length or longer topper really consider the proportions of the rest of your outfit. Often times garments that go past your knee can have a “drowning effect” on the person wearing them. My trick is to always pair a long topper with a fitted pant and a heel. This gives me height and helps my shape to still show through.
When the weather starts to turn I want to be cozy. I find myself pulling out all my comfy knit leggings and soft blankets at home, but that look doesn’t necessarily translate to a fun date night look. For my date night look I wanted to share a twist on the usual sweater and riding boots look that so many women fall prey to this time of year.
My favorite date night spot in the fall is a restaurant that offers patio seating with fire places or open fire pits. Keith and I frequent a local brewery that has the best biergarten, we usually dine somewhere within walking distance and then enjoy an evening stroll over to the brewery to enjoy a pint and cozying up by there fire places on the patio. This is a social place, we love meeting new people by the fireside and just enjoying the romance of a fall evening.
I styled this tie sleeve sweater with a merlot pleated skirt and my favorite block heeled sandals. I love how cozy this sweater is, the skirt lends this whole look a feminine ultra chic feel, and the heels amp up the sexy factor without having to show a ton of skin. I am a big fan of heavy and light fabric working together, I think it creates a really chic balanced look that women usually don’t go for.
Fit Tip – Its all about balance when playing with heavier knits and silky polyester blends. You want the look to have that cozy feel but you don’t want to get lost in the fabric, don’t be afraid to size up or down to achieve the desired look. When I first pulled this outfit at Lane Bryant I had my sizes opposite. I pulled a size up in the sweater and my usual size in the skirt. After working with the stylists and playing for a bit I ended up leaving the store with a size up in the skirt, and my regular size in the sweater.
The sleeve detail on this sweater is adjustable, which I really appreciate. This sweater just went from something for date night or the weekends, to a piece that I can adjust and wear to work with slacks or skinny pants. I am not a under tank layering girl, so I didn’t add a layer between my bra and this sweater. It doesn’t bother me that my bra shows through a touch. To make this sweater more versatile you can always add a tank between the sweater and your bra.
Guys…..this is my third pleated skirt, each one is a little different so its not a hoarding issue right? LOL pleated skirts have been a part of a chic girls closet arsenal for years, but just recently have been popping up in ALL THE FUN COLORS AND FABRICS. I love the fall feel that this one has, and its so easy to wear(no spanx needed). Lane Bryant is offering this skirt in both merlot and black, the polyester blend lets this skirt stay super light and versatile.
Style Tip – Pleated skirts are being offered in a variety of fabrics and patterns this year, as the weather get colder don’t be afraid to add fun tights and booties. This type of skirt is so versatile that you can really play up your accessories to create a unique look.
What is something you love doing in the fall before the weather gets to chilly? Let me know in the comments below!
When Liz and I were in NYC this past June we toured the Avenue headquarters, there we were able to get a sneak peak at what Ave was planning for fall. Thats when I found this beauty! I have been patiently waiting for this dress to get in at Avenue and it finally haaasssss!! You know me, I am a sucker for a little black dress and while that is easy and fun it can get a little mundane. For that reason I have been trying to work more patterned pieces into my wardrobe, this dress is great for that, it definitely gives off that dark vibe that I love, but is also fun for fall and on trend with the sleeve detail.
Why this dress has all the ingredients for success this fall
Statement sleeves- this fall statement sleeves are SOOOO INNN, this dress is 3/4 sleeve with flared lace detail.
Dark Florals – the black base of this print lets this dress be great for September and for November, more about dark florals HERE
The Silhouette – this piece features a fitted bodice and a breezy rayon blend skirt, what I love about this silhouette is the ease of wear, no additional restricting undergarments needed.
With the above the knee hemline and the fun print, I am going to give this dress the weekend seal of approval. Perfect for an Autumn day bopping around town.
When wearing a busy print keep accessories simple and minimal. Always think about what part of your look you want to highlight, then accessorize with that in mind. Example- I wanted to highlight the fun print and lace sleeve of this dress, so I left my bracelets at home for the day. I don’t have bracelets fighting with the lace(getting caught in the delicate fabric) and I paired some simple black booties with the look so that the fun pattern can really shine through.
Other ways to style
As the weather continues to cool down, I would love to style this dress with a black duster vest, tights, and some boho chic booties. With the free spririt vibe this piece gives off, I would stray away from a structured riding boot.
How would you style this dress? Would you take it a little more structured or let your bohemian flag fly like I did?
For more on my experiences with Avenue and Loralette click…
This blog was supposed to go up yesterday but, it was my husbands birthday and our wedding anniversary so my blogging schedule got a little moved around. Date night out waits for no man! lol.
I am so excited to share some beautiful pieces from J.Jill with you! And wait for it….all of the looks I am sharing today are available in regular and plus sizes! J.Jill specializes in relaxed chic pieces that work great together or as separates. The quality shines through, and they carry XS-4X, and have a petite and tall section(can I get a hallelujah for the size inclusivity here!). What I really enjoy about these particular pieces is that they are distinctly autumn, each garment is simple and well made and gives the woman wearing them the chance to lend her personality to the pieces.
I have not styled a co-ordinate set before, and as I learned its really simple. Grab some fabulous shoes and a great bag and you are good to go! This is a sweater set, the skirt and top are the same knit fabric in a soft heather green. I love the length of this skirt, I am 5’6″ and midi skirts are either too short or too long on me. This particular skirt is the perfect midi length for me, and is one of the reasons this set is unique.
If you have been reading for awhile then you know I lead a super casual life. I don’t talk about work wear mostly because I never get the chance to actually wear “office appropriate” garments. These ponte pants are a great mix of comfort and office ready style. I styled them with a rayon blend peplum top that was a little bit snug across the bust(size up ladies and thank me later). This look would be really cute with the shirt untucked and some ballet flats, for a day at the office or in the classroom.
There really isn’t anything more versatile than a ponte knit dress, especially as we head into fall and winter. When I ordered this dress I couldn’t decide if it was an A-line fit or a swing fit, and really I still can’t decide LOL. It falls firmly in the in between, the weight of the fabric doesn’t allow it to billow the way a swing dress does, but the cut of the dress is universally flattering like a swing dress. The scarf was a gift from my hubby for christmas last year, and just happened to go PERFECTLY! Remember what I was saying earlier about J.Jill pieces? Each garment is quality and simple so that the wearer can let their own personality shine through. This dress is the perfect example of this. It has a luxe feel, but in a great color that goes with so much for Fall.
I will have more J.Jill pieces on the blog in the future, but you can look back on some fall posts from years past. HERE,HERE and HERE
This post was sponsored by J.Jill, all opinions are my own.
Raise your hand if you are a Target shopper! These days Target has become an institution for all things trendy, and it makes me so happy in my heart that they also apply so much thought to their plus size offerings!
I was shopping in my local Target a few weeks ago and was stopped in my tracks by this dress! The colors are so fricking vibrant and fresh. Side note- the photos on the Target website DO NOT do this piece justice. If you have been reading my blog for very long then you know that I gravitate towards one wonderful color(black). Its not very often that I get super excited about a bright floral dress, but this one just screams “WEAR ME ON A FALL DAY!!”
So let me paint this picture for you, hear I am giddily snapchatting my besties from this fitting room about this dress, we collectively decide its a keeper and by chance the fitting room is right next to the shoe section. Thats when I spotted these leopard booties, I MEAN COME ON. They are adorable, and just a little bit to much which is exactly what I like. Pattern mixing is always a yes for me, so naturally its leopard booties and floral dress. I love this outfit combo for an elevated weekend look.
I have been chatting up dark florals for Fall a bunch lately BUT this dress gets me out of the fashion corners that I back myself into. Lets talk about how to style this piece different ways. I will link the options below. 🙂
This dress is such a statement piece, with a small cold shoulder and higher neckline its very modest. So I would play up the sexy factor with some awesome strappy sandals and a masculine clutch.
The cold shoulder detail on this dress is very understated, but if you are concerned a denim jacket would pair so well with the coloring on this garment. I would grab some nude flats and be out the door.
Target has so many beautiful pieces right now in plus and regular sizes. I have even been finding home stuff lately that I just can’t leave the store without!!