In the past year, I’ve been working to figure out what my personal style is. While jeans and t-shirts are comfortable, I’m getting older and have started to pay a little more attention to fashion. As a plus-sized woman, that’s sometimes difficult. While there are definitely more designers and companies catering to people of larger sizes, it’s still very difficult to simply run to the mall and pick up a new outfit. (I’ll save my Lane Bryant ranting for another day.)
For the longest time, I wore almost nothing but black and other very dark colors. My wardrobe looked like I was in a constant state of mourning. Sometime last fall, however, my outlook shifted. I decided that if I liked it, I was going to wear it. (Within reason, of course, as I’ll never be someone that wears tube tops and short shorts!) Prints and colors were no longer off-limits. I got a dress that was printed with birds. I bought a pair of teal green tights. And, somehow, I started to feel better about myself. It was such a wonderful change.
I’m still figuring out my style, but one thing is for certain: I. Love. Dresses. I haven’t bought any dresses in a couple of months, so I wanted to make a list of things I’d love to buy in the near future. I also wanted to share some of my favorite places to shop.
1. Asos Curve Skater Dress with Raglan Sleeve ($48.37) ♥
I buy clothes from Asos pretty frequently. They always have free shipping (when you spend $25) and free returns. Not sure if this holds true for standard sizing, but with the plus (curve) sizes, things run a little big. I always size down, which is an added little perk in my eyes. Who doesn’t want to wear a smaller size?
I love the simplicity and comfort of this dress. I think it’s be a great little weekend dress to wear while running errands. I would normally steer clear of the pale pink, but I think it works well with the gray. I have a similarly made dress that I got from Asos earlier this summer and I find myself wearing it often, especially on warm, humid days. With the 3/4 sleeves, I think this would be a great dress to transition into cooler weather.
2. ModCloth The Pennsylvania Polka Dress in Ruby Dots ($59.99) ♥
I have my first experience with ModCloth earlier in the summer. Though I had to return one of the dresses I bought because it was too small in the bust, I was very happy with the quality of the things I purchased. The return process was also very simple and no hassle. They offer free shipping with a $50 purchase and free returns. If you spend less, standard shipping is only $4.
I do not have even one article of red clothing in my wardrobe, so this dress would be a great remedy to that problem. This dress totally reminds me of Minnie Mouse, which makes me smile. I love that bow! I don’t normally wear sleeveless things, but I think this would be really cute with a cardigan, tights, and a pair of flats.
3. eShakti Layered Surplice Tile Print Dress ($69.95) ♥
I’ve never ordered from eShakti, but they are definitely a company that’s on my radar. Shipping charges are based on the amount spent, but seem pretty reasonable. My favorite thing about this company is the customization options. Customers can change the length, the sleeves (or lack there-of), and even the neckline of many of their dresses. You can order items in standard sizes or have an item made to your specific measurements. I think that’s amazing!
Unfortunately, this isn’t a dress that allows for sleeve customization. It’s still really pretty; I love the colors and the print. I could rock this dress with a cute cardigan and the sleeve issue wouldn’t even matter.
4. SimplyBe AX Paris Pink Blue Skater Dress ($74.95) ♥
Simply Be is one of my favorite online shopping destinations. They are also well aware of my addiction. I am always inundated with pre-approval for their new credit card every time I visit the site, in addition to friendly e-mail reminders as well. Given that I could probably choose 20 dresses from their site alone, that’s the last thing I need! Self-control: I don’t possess it. Simple Be offers free shipping with a $100 purchase and almost always has a coupon code for extra savings.
This dress is pretty far out of my comfort zone, but I still like it a lot. I don’t mind prints or bright colors, but I don’t usually pair the two together. A dress like this would be a huge step forward for me, so I’m definitely adding this one to my Christmas list. (Are you reading this, Mom?)
5. Eloquii Cheetah Fit and Flare Ponte Dress ($110.00) ♥
Eloquii is a new-ish company that I haven’t ordered from…yet. Their stuff does seem a bit on the pricey side, but hopefully that means it’s also amazing quality. They offer free shipping at $150 (yikes!) and free exchanges.
Fit and flare is one of my favorite dress styles for my body type. My hips are a little bigger in relation to the rest of my body, so super fitted dresses are always an issue for me. Cheetah is definitely not something I normally wear, but I really love this shade of blue. I like the black sides and sleeves, which I think helps to tone things down just a bit.