OOTD: Tee with a Twist

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Though Sarah of a few years ago would be very surprised to hear it, I am loving the jogger trend. They are a fun substitute for denim in the classic jeans + tee shirt combination.  Much like a good pair of jeans, they can be dressed up or down, but the silhouette is fresher, and a bit unexpected (which is apparently my word of the week).

If you are skeptical about the style, just try a few pairs on to find the right fit, and then wear them as you’d wear your favorite pair of jeans.  You might be pleasantly surprised too.

Snakeprint tee: Mynt 1792

Woven jogger pants: Igigi (also worn here)

Ankle strap flats: BCBGeneration (similar)

Handbag: Botkier (similar)

The Best Unexpected Fall Color: Glacial Blue

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Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

Fashion is funny:  Just as summer days are winding down and we are starting to dream up our fall wardrobes, we will be inundated with runway after runway of warm weather inspiration during New York Fashion Week.  The Spring/Summer 2015 shows are fast approaching, but that does not mean we have to fall victim to fashion amnesia: The A/W 2014 shows were filled with gorgeous looks that will be seasonable before we know it.

My favorite moment at New York fashion week was during the stunning Kaufmanfranco show: While I was swooning over a floaty navy gown with gorgeous movement, I was caught off guard by the icy hue that followed:

Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

The color was unexpected, and an instant breath of fresh air.  Designer Isaac Franco perfectly described it as “glacial blue.”  I was instantly hooked.  The shade looked amazing in a variety of textiles and cuts, but my particular favorite was the stunning leather jacket and layered hem sheath (above).

Since the show, I have been on the lookout for a similarly sumptuous jacket in plus, to no avail.  So I actually gasped with happiness when I saw this icy blue moto jacket on the Fashion to Figure website:

Glacier Blue Moto Jacket

It is faux leather, but the details are fabulous, and the color evokes the same excitement I felt watching Kaufmanfranco‘s creations float down the runway.  It is a serious steal for the price, too – only $32!  In short, it’s a must have.  Click here to buy it before its gone – its the only glacial blue hue I’ve seen in fall plus lines thus far.  What do you think about this cool shade for fall?

OOTD: Mint and Cobalt

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I’ve always admired the look of peter pan collar dresses, but I have a hard time finding ones that don’t have a really high neckline (which can create a “wall of boobs” effect – never what I’m going for!).  So when I saw this minty confection at Gwynnie Bee, I had to give it a shot.  I was happy to find I loved it, especially after adding a wide chevron belt to add a bit of my style to the very vintage aesthetic.  I also found a new favorite color combination: Mint + Cobalt.

Peter Pan collar dress: Flutter (a Gwynnie Bee exclusive brand)

Chevron waist belt: ASOS Curve (similar)

Cobalt bag: Botkier (love their newer cobalt colorblock satchel)

Izabel mini wedges: Matt Bernson

Looks I’m Loving: Fun Prints

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One of my biggest sources of fashion inspiration is my fellow bloggers.  I love seeing how they  put looks together, and how their personal style can bring items to life.  So let’s check out four of my recent faves:  [Read more...]

OOTD: Hometown Night Out

 

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Pardon the grainy nighttime cell phone picture, but I just had to get a shot in front of this exactly-my-height mural while we were out on the town with my BFF in my hometown, Grand Rapids.  I hadn’t been back for a few years before this trip, and I was very surprised at how a once decidedly dead downtown has been resurrected to something pretty nice.  Its no New York (nothing is), but we had a great time bar hopping and checking out all the new spots.

Graphic print bodycon dress: H&M (similar here in solids; here, here and here in fun prints)

Ankle strap flats: BCBGeneration (sold out, heeled version here; similar style flats here)

Handbag: Kate Spade (similar)

OOTD: Rainbow Pastels

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As soon as I saw this amazing Jack by BB Dakota rainbow dress on the Gwynnie Bee new arrivals, I had two thoughts: 1) BB Dakota is doing their fun Jack line in plus now? and 2) OMG WANT!  I love the abstract paint print, the colors, and the floaty chiffon.   The fit is pretty true to size, too – just a smidge tight in the bust for me, but nothing that made it unwearable.  I wore it during our stop in my hometown during our roadtrip – it was perfect for warm summer’s day.  I still haven’t returned this one to GB, and I don’t know if I am going to be able to – it is just so cute and unique, and I can’t find it anywhere else.

I’m also so happy that BB Dakota has listened to customer’s sizing concerns about their plus line.  When they soft launched it as Jaime last year, the sizing was all out of wack, and I actually wrote an open letter to the company encouraging them to make some changes because I loved their designs so much and wanted them to succeed.  I really appreciate a company that heeds their customers concerns, and I will continue to show my appreciation with my business.  I also love that you are offering the same straight size styles in plus, without making them frumpy or old.  Thanks for your commitment to doing plus sizes right BB Dakota!

Pastel abstract print dress: Jack by BB Dakota (via Gwynnie Bee; available in straight sizes here)

Handbag: Kate Spade (similar)

Woven flats: Blowfish

 

OOTD: Being a Tourist

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Presenting my first Canadian OOTD!  On this annual roadtrip to visit family, we decided to drive through Canada and visit Niagara Falls (for the first time since we each were tiny children).  If you’ve never been to Niagara Falls, this picture doesn’t capture how majestic this wonder of nature truly is, but I couldn’t pass up on the requisite touristy picture in front of the falls.

For a warm summer day spent mostly in car, driving through the flat expanses of Ontario, I wanted to wear something light and comfortable.  The neon accents in the Marimekko-esque top complemented the sunbleached ikat of the shorts.  The Gap carries up to size 20 online, and it is definitely worth checking out their frequent end of summer sales to stock up on shorts - they often have fun color and print options that are hard to find in plus.  I appreciate the extended size range, but I wish they’d start carrying it in stores as well (they already go up to a size 18 there, so it wouldn’t be a huge undertaking to add one more size to the floor).   A lot of people don’t even know that the sizes exists, so it would boost sales as well.

What about you?  Have you been to Niagara Falls and/or shopped the Gap lately?  :)

Floral lightweight cotton top: Old Navy (old, similar styles here and here)

Sunbleached neon cutoffs: Gap (sold out, similar cut and color here)

Pebbled leather handbag: Kate Spade (sold out, similar here)

Woven flats: Blowfish

Outerwear Perfection from Violeta, Mango’s Inbetweenie Line

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I don’t know about you, but this rainy, cooler weather has me thinking about cozy jackets.  And there is no outerwear collection I am more excited about than Mango’s new Violeta line, which focuses on “inbetweenie” sizes (US sizes 8-20).

Their Fall 2014 lookbook is filled with warm hues and on-trend separates, but I am overwhelmingly drawn to their luxe jackets (like the perfect oxblood suede and leather one above) and statement coats that are still versatile enough for every day wear – leopard is a neutral, after all.  I’m also loving the rich grey on their take on the “Olivia Pope coat,” a shape that is both easy to wear and garners a ton of compliments (I purchased a similar style in black a year before the trend hit, and it remains my most commented on piece of outerwear).

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Another way to add an instant dose of chic to any look is to top it with a wool cape – even better if it is a cashmere blend like this one.  Ever since I had lunch with blogger extraordinaire Chastity from Garner Style last winter, and she managed to make the biting cold look good in one, I’ve been on the hunt for a cape of my own.  With the clean lines and luxe material of this Violeta option, I think I’ve found my match.

You can shop the Violeta line here.  Most pieces from the Fall lookbook are not yet available, but check back often if you want something – they tend to go quickly!

What I Didn’t Buy: Forever 21 Plus

Over a year ago on Instagram, I started using my #whatididntbuy hashtag to share my thoughts on the real-life fit of pieces I tried on that I might not like for myself, or be able to afford at the moment, but someone else might love.  Many brands that offer plus sizes do so in only a handful of stores around the country, so not everyone has the opportunity to try before they buy.  Since then, I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on the tag, with many women telling me they decided to buy or not to based on my #whatididntbuy pics.  I know not everyone is on IG (but if you are, follow me at @curvily), so I am adding it to the blog.  With direct links to the product, its now easier to shop, too!

Now on to this batch of pics from my latest trip to Forever 21 in Union Square: [Read more...]

Accessory Adoration: Kate Spade Lucky Cat Clutch

Kate Spade Lucky Cat Clutch

Kate Spade Lucky Cat Clutch

I love a good whimsical accessory, and I especially love me some cat fashion, so I was smitten the moment I saw this ridiculously adorable cat clutch from Kate Spade.  I mean, look at the TAIL!

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It doesn’t get much better than that, in my opinion.  The price makes it more of a statement piece for me, but I love how the Kate Spade Fall lookbook styles it for daytime, giving it added wear-value.  #wardrobewant worthy, for sure!

What do you think of this clutch with character (pun intended)?