Curvily Summer Trend Report: Kimono Cardis

Plus Size KimonosBB Dakota Rose and Lace, $64Simply Be Botanical Print, $60Wet Seal Dotted Fringe, $29

Without a doubt, the key item of this summer is the kimono.  Not the traditional Japanese garment, but the flowy lightweight cardigan of the same name, so dubbed because of the similar open, flowing sleeves.

It is the perfect weekend piece – throw it over a tank and cutoffs for a festival-ready boho vibe, or layer it over a bodycon dress or a fitted crop top and pencil skirt to play with the proportions of an obviously sexy silhouette.  It works just as well with jeans as it does thrown over a bikini or a sleek maillot on the beach.  If you are going to buy one trendy piece this summer, this is it.

I just found my perfect kimono, but I know from experience the search is not an easy one, so I’ve done it for you.  After a LOT of time scouring the internet, here are my top picks for plus size kimonos, along with a few that will work for in betweenies and smaller plus sizes:

Plus Size Kimonos Graphic17 Sundays Atari Baby, $19BooHoo Neon Floral, $24; Deb Monochrome Floral, $18

Plus Size Kimonos LuxeEloquii Neon Beaded,$90ASOS Curve Mixed Print Fringe, $123Anna Scholz Vintage Rose, $60

Plus Size Unique Print KimonosWest Kei Mixed Print Fringe, $78; Image Mint Floral, $20City Chic Forest Print, $78

Plus Size Kimonos With TrimH&M+ Embroidered, $35G Stage Crochet Trim, $21AX Paris Cream Floral Fringe, $50

In Betweenie KimonosASOS Sheer Long Fringe, $85Target Crochet Fringe, $12Forever 21 Embroidered Fringe, $30

The last three are all in straight sizes, but due to the open, flowy nature of the kimono cardi, there is more room for experimenting with sizing.  Don’t be afraid to just try it on if you see one you like in stores.

Have you tried this summer trend?  Which of my kimono picks is your favorite?  Fringe or no fringe?  Let me know below – I love hearing from you!

Curvily Deal Alert: Cabiria for a Song!

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This just in: One of my favorite labels, the history-making Cabiria, is currently having a flash sale at Zulily.  All three looks above are available, and for a fraction of the original price.  There is also a bold silk blouse straight from the NYFW runway.

In case you aren’t familiar with Cabiria, the luxe line helmed by designer Eden Miller was the first plus size line to ever show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  The quality is leaps and bounds above a lot of plus size clothing, with great tailoring and luxurious natural fabrics (like wool and silk).  The attention to detail is fantastic, and you can own a piece of your own for $30-$70 right now (this collection retails for around $150-$300, and is with every penny, so this is major).

So head to Zulily right now and search for Cabiria.  At these prices, the items won’t last long!  Enjoy your new clothes, and the puppy photobomb :)

For more details about my prior Cabiria outfits, click here.

OOTD: Shopping and Smorgasburging

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After a long hunt, I finally found the fringed kimono of my dreams at the Fashion to Figure sample sale last week.  For a breezy summer day of shopping and meeting up with friends at weekly food festival Smorgasburg, I paired it with red cutoffs and a black tank for an easy weekend look.

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My necklace was another sample sale score (for $2!).  While I enjoy the now-ubiquitous jeweled statement necklace style, I love pieces that make me look again.  This mix of geometric crescents and pearls caught my eye, so I had to snap it up.

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My favorite part of the outfit was definitely the kimono, though.  These flowy cardis are one of the key pieces of the summer, and are so effortless.  Fringe is another big summer trend, so I love that this combined the two.

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If you’ve never been to Smorgasburg, I definitely recommend checking it out on a cooler day, and heading there early.  We went later in the afternoon, and a lot of food stalls were either selling out or sold out and closing up shop.  We managed to snag a doughnut from Dough apiece (the BEST flavor ever – passion fruit glaze with cocoa nibs), and my husband got an amazing lobster roll.

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The Sunday Brooklyn Bridge Park location of Smorgasburg also has the bonus of a gorgeous NYC skyline view, and being located right next to one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city, Brooklyn Heights.  All in all, it was a fantastic day.

Fringed kimono: Fashion to Figure (sold out, similar here; more can be found on my Kimono Trend Report!)

Tank: Forever 21+

Red cutoff shorts: Jessica Simpson (via Marshall’s, same cut in dark denim here)

Statement necklace: Fashion to Figure (sold out, similar styles here and here)

Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (sold out, similar here)

Cap toe flats: Cole Haan

OOTD: Triple Denim

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Double denim?  Psssh!  Try  TRIPLE denim ;)

This tritone chambray dress from Mynt 1792 is definitely not something I would have tried without Gwynnie Bee – it is a bit too far outside of my comfort zone to purchase online.  I also ending up sizing up on this dress, when most of Mynt’s pieces fit me true to size.

Once I got it, I knew I had to commit with the styling – if it didn’t look purposeful, this dress could easily veer into cowgirl territory (NOT my aesthetic).  So I went “full hipster” with a bowler hat and suede ankle booties – also not my usual look, but perfect for an art opening and some going-away drinks for friend, and not so far removed from my personal style that it felt like playing dress up.  As the day went on, I ended up loving the look, and was glad I pushed myself to find a way to wear it that worked for me.  I’m still not moving to Williamsburg or anything :)

But apparently I should take my all of my outfit of the day pictures in sunset lighting.

Triple denim button up shirtdress: Mynt 1792 (via Gwynnie Bee)

Bowler hat: H&M

Mustard yellow crossbody: Phillip Lim for Target (sold out, similar here from Phillip Lim or here for a lower priced option)

Faux suede ankle booties: ASOS (sold out, similar here or here for a fab Rachel Comey pair [on sale!])

 

Wardrobe Want: Pretty Much Everything from the Latest Zelie for She Collection

You guys know me.  I get excited about statement pieces. I LOVE a good bold print.  Indie plus label Zelie for She hits the proverbial nail on the head with the new “Print on Print” collection.

Zelie for She’s collections are designed and made in Los Angeles, and always sell out fast, but this is a true capsule collection with limited runs of fabric, so order ASAP if you want some of this goodness for your own.

Check out designer Elann Zelie’s Five Faves feature here to learn more about the woman behind the collection, and head to Kelly Augustine’s website for more about the fab blogger model.

OOTD: Toughening Up a Sundress

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Photo Credit: Courtney Stack

When I got this fun print BB Dakota dress in the mail from Gwynnie Bee, my first thought was to wear it with bright reddish orange flats and make it an unabashed summer look.  But when it was time to actually get dressed the next morning, I felt like making it a bit less sweet.  I decided to go with black accents, anchored by a studded black belt that I scored at the H&M sale (for $3.50!)  Their sale is insane right now, but the best stuff is definitely in stores, so check your local spot out if you can.

The fit on this dress was great (in one size up, as per usual with me and BB Dakota Plus – I recommend sizing up with them if you are busty).  It fit in the bust, waist, and hips perfectly.  I didn’t *have* to belt it in the waist, so I can definitely wear it again, styled more simply.  I could also see wearing this in the fall with opaque tights and a moto jacket.

Print sundress: BB Dakota (via Gwynnie Bee) (similar here for less than $30!)

Studded belt: H&M (in stores, similar here)

Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

Leather skimmers: Steve Madden

NYC Shopping: Fashion to Figure Sample Sale!

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Today I stopped by the preview of the Fashion to Figure Sample Sale, and I was very impressed by what I saw.  Racks on racks of clothing in sizes 1x to 3x, with lots of variety and great styles.  There are also handbags, belts, and jewelry.  And the prices are so low!  $10 for dresses, jumpsuits, purses and jackets; $5 for shirts, pants, and skirts; $2 for belts, scarves and necklaces; and $1 for rings and earrings.  Even better, all proceeds from the sample sale go to Dress for Success.  Win-win!

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I don’t have pierced ears, but I was pining over these great earrings.  This Clover Canyon-esque dress was another favorite (not in my size though – someone snap it up!)

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I was only able to stay for a short while, but I ran into some lovely women who are part of the plus size fashion community:  Rosaliz Jimenez from People StyleWatch; Marcy Cruz from Plus Model Magazine; and fabulous model Liris Crosse (modeling a FTF dress available at the sale).  They were all fantastic, and it was great chatting about the sale goodies, and more serious issues in plus fashion (like the refusal of some brands to add larger sizes, while creating a new smaller size (000).

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Fashion to Figure is taking a much better approach, offering fun fast fashion in plus sizes.  I had a great time speed shopping the sale, and ended up scoring this dress, a jumpsuit (my first!), a fringed kimono, a belt, and a ton of necklaces, all for $32!  The sale opens up to the public tomorrow, so here’s the info, and some key tips:

Fashion to Figure Sample Sale

Friday, July 18, 2014, from 10am to 6pm

20 West 36th Street, 8th Floor

  • Cash only – so stop at an ATM before you get there
  • No fitting rooms, so wear something you can change in (I recommend a tank and leggings as a base)
  • Size up if you are unsure with FTF sizing
  • And of course, get there early for the best stuff!

If you go, tell me what you snagged.  If you are not in NYC, please share with your friends who are  - it’ll be a great event :)

Curvily Deal Alert: Extra 10% Off the ASOS Sale!

ASOS 10 Off Sale Update

ASOS is pulling no punches with their latest sale.  Now you can get an extra 10% off all sale items (some already marked to 70% off!) with the code GAME10.  This is the perfect time to try out a new brand that you’ve had your eye on – ASOS has free returns, even on sale items, so if it doesn’t work out, you won’t be stuck with it.

Below find my top picks, including brands like Carmakoma, the high end, edgy Dutch label, and AX Paris, which makes fun and flirty pieces.  One brand to steer clear of while you are perusing the sale: Club L. I recently learned the hard way that their quality is complete crap, so don’t let yourself be swayed by the cute styles and cheap prices!

Aside from Club L, I’ve had nothing but good experience with ASOS brands, so shop away!  Also check out my Under $30 sale post for even cheaper style steals.  Items go fast once the extra percent off is added, so be sure to snap up your must haves right away :)

AX Paris Perf Skirt

AX Paris Perforated Faux Leather Midi Skirt, $42

ASOS Trench

ASOS Curve Grey Trench, $85

ASOS Linen Blazer

ASOS Curve Linen Blazer, $51Carmakoma White Cutout

Carmakoma Cutout Back Dress, $131

ASOS Marble Skater Dress

ASOS Curve Marble Skater Dress,$32

Carmokoma Jumpsuit

Carmakoma Jumpsuit, $121

Lipstick Swing Dress

AX Paris Swing Dress, $47

Little Mistress Cobalt

Little Mistress Cobalt Perforated Dress, $51

ASOS Midi Sheer

ASOS Curve Sheer Panel Midi Skirt, $36

ASOS Palm Cami Dress

ASOS Curve Palm Print Cami Dress, $40

Little Mistress Floral

Little Mistress Floral Dress, $49

ASOS Print Pant

ASOS Curve Printed Soft Pant, $24

ASOS Skater Dress

ASOS Curve Sheer Panel Skater Dress, $30

Junarose Crop Moto Jacket

Junarose Crop White Moto Jacket, $59

OOTD: Sunburn Recovery

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Despite applying and reapplying sunscreen all day, I came home from my first trip to Long Beach with a nasty sunburn on my stomach and legs.  I thus ended up having a week of maxi dresses –  I didn’t want to wear anything that touched me too much, but I knew if someone bumped into my bare legs on the subway I might scream.  During this stint of functional dressing, this beachy maxi dress was my favorite.  I wore it to work with a cami to prevent *too* much cleavage, and wore it again on the weekend without the cami for a beach party on Far Rockaway (my skin wasn’t quite ready for full sun yet!)  The fabric is super soft, and the fit is easy – its a throw it on and go dress.  This style is also great for women on the petite side – I’m 5’4″ and the length was good on me, and the smocked waist makes it easy to adjust it up if needed.

Maxi dress: Tbags Los Angeles (via Gwynnie Bee, available here in straight sizes)

Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar style here)

Cat flats: Urban Outfitters (sold out, similar here, designer that started the trend here)

New Plus Size Line: 6th & Lane

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Aside from the fabulous Isabel Toledo collection, I’ve never really been drawn to Lane Bryant clothing – it just wasn’t my style.  So I was surprised to see who was behind the new plus size line 6th & Lane.  The line is more fashion forward than their usual offerings, with a mix of statement pieces (the high neck leather jacket; the asymmetrical sheer overlay dress) and wardrobe staples with a twist (like the pencil skirt with chiffon edging).

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I love that there are sharp suiting options as well – there is a real paucity of non-frumpy plus size suits.  I’d wear both the straight and wide leg pants with either of the blazers above.  With the pencil skirt, it would be an instant mix and match suit wardrobe.  The separates are working for me too: The white sheer overlay top is chic and practical – the asymmetrical accent is perfect to cover pants that are too tight in the crotch but fit great everywhere else (we all have a pair hehe)

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The faux leather pieces look great too, and the high necklines look edgy instead of stodgy.  I really want the top on the left – I can think of so many ways to wear it!20140715-081357-29637006.jpgOf course I’m loving the prints, too.  I NEED this dress, and I want both the marble print sweatshirt and the thick ankle strap pumps.  I’d pair it with a fitted black pencil skirt to balance out the volume.

What pieces are you loving?  Check out the full lookbook here and tell me your favorites below!