September 30, 2014

30plustyle: The $30 Challenge, Mad for Plaid




 
Blazer, t-shirt-Forever 21(old), Skirt-Lane Bryant(old)-Similar, Shoes- DSW

 Just as the drop in temperature symbolizes the change of seasons, so does the appearance of plaid in stores ever where. We are back with another edition of 30plusstyle and we are discussing, you guessed it, plaid! Since plaid can be both trendy and classic we have decided to do a $30 challenge to show you how to be on trend without breaking the bank.

I have told you my lovely readers that I wouldn’t categorize myself as a budget shopper. I do however shop when there are coupons, deals and promotions going on. For this challenge I pulled out this Lane Bryant glen plaid skirt that I got on clearance a few years back and I had never worn it. This skirt was less than 20.00 and I was so excited when I bought it.  I love glen plaid, the way it blurs the line between masculine and feminine opens the door for a ton of styling options. . With this look I decided to play up the masculine side of this print, pairing my skirt with a boyfriend blazer, graphic t and pump.  

If you are unsure about plaid or don’t know how to wear it, my best advice is to start with something small, pair it with a basic opposing item and create a look that you are comfortable with.  As with  any trend don’t invest a ton of money in your item until you are sold on the trend. So how do you feel about plaid? Do you love it? Do you hate it?

Don’t forget to check out the other 30plusstyle style bloggers:


This time we have a guest blogger, Gaelle from www.thecurvyandcurlycloset.com.

To be featured on the 30Plusstyle social media don’t forget to use the hashtag #30plusstyle. And head over to the to the 30Plusstyle Facebook for more inspiration. For consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog's URL. 

J

September 26, 2014

Suit Game...


  Look1. Jacket-Eloquii, Skirt-Eloquii, Shoes-Go Jane(Similar) Look2. Sweater-Old Navy(old), Skirt-Eloquii(sold out), Shoes-Bebe(old),       Look3. Striped Crop-Eloquii, Shoes-Go Jane, Look4.T-Shirt-Old Navy, Short-Torrid(Old), Shoes-Zara (Similar)


I used to have a love hate relationship with suits. For so long they represented what I had to wear to work and I developed a certain level of resentment towards them. I didn’t view them as fun, sexy or versatile. But over the past few years the landscape of suiting for plus size women has changed. One of my favorite new trends is the printed suit. I love that it can function more of a separate than a single outfit, allowing me to maximize my wardrobe.

I jumped all over this Eloquii suit when it dropped and decided to see how many ways I could wear it I started off simple with 4 different ways to style the suit but I could have kept going.  I also wanted to encourage y’all to restyle any suits that you have in your closet! How do y’all feel about suiting? Do you love it or hate it? What about printed suits? 

Speaking of Eloquii my Blogger Boo, Georgette of Grown and Curvy Woman and I are featured on the Eloquii Blog having a conversation about style! Check it out here.

September 15, 2014

30plusstyle: Sangria on the Rocks




Dress-BooHoo, Skirt-Old Jessica London(Similar), Shoes-Old Zara(Similar), Sunnies-Target


We are back today with another edition of the #30PlusStyle! Today’s challenge was one of Pantone’s leading colors for Fall 2014 Sangria! It’s such a bold color that I knew I wanted something flirty, sexy and feminine for this challenge. I was amazed at how much I found in the Sangria color family available in plus-size clothing from leather skirts, dresses, pants, and outerwear.

I fell in love with the dress on Boohoo’s site and was ecstatic when I saw it came in a shade of Sangria. I immediately fell in love with the bold color and ruffled top. But alas when I received the dress it did not fall in love with me, le sigh. It was way too tight around my belly and I wasn’t comfortable wearing it. I had no idea what I was going to do. I contemplated sending it back but I loved the way the top fit so much I that I came up idea to tuck into a skirt and make it a top.  VoilĂ , a look was born.  One of the things I realized that growing up plus size made me and a lot of you resourceful with our wardrobe. I spent years working with my seamstress, changing details and retooling items to create the looks I wanted. I don’t want to lose this spirit just because I have more shopping resources available to me.  Have you ever not wanted to give up on an item and end up using it for something else?

30plusstyle is still looking for guest bloggers to join us on a future post, for consideration contact us at 30plusstylecollab@gmail.com and be sure to include your blog's URL. Head over to check out the rest of the ladies take on “#30plustyle: Sangria on the Rocks “and check out our Facebook page for more #30PlusStyle Inspiration www.facebook.com/30plusstyle.

September 09, 2014

Cape Crusader



Cape Blazer-Boohoo, Dress-Asos(Similar), Necklace-UAL, Sunnies-BCBG(old), Shoes- JustFabOnline



 
When I saw this cape blazer on Boohoo’s website I knew I had to have it! I could not pass go or collect $200 until I made this amazing piece of clothing mine. Especially when I saw it in electric pink!!! It did not disappoint when I received it! I love the color and the fit of this jacket. I felt insanely glamorous and chic when I slipped it over my arms and twirled around the house (I was taken back to the days of wearing Lodon Fog capes as a little girl).

I created at least four ways to style this cape and I know that I will test the limits of its versatility throughout the coming months!  This time around I paired it with a black bodycon dress from Asos and Kara Ross statement necklace that I scored in New Orleans.

On another note the cape blazer has just been on the since this spring and I have to say it’s refreshing to wear an item when it is style and not when it’s a few seasons old as the plus-size clothing market often does! Have you ever bought something that made you insanely happy? Do tell!

J

September 03, 2014

Football and Fashion...



Look 1: T-shirt-Yellowhammer Creative, Shorts-DIY, Jacket-Talbots, FlipFlops-Havaianas, Look 2: T-Shirt-Yellowhammer Creative, Skirt-Elloqui, Shoes-Zara(old), Sunnies-Prada














There are very few things that make me as happy as football season! Here in Alabama football is more of a religious experience instead of a game. Rivalries are strong, feelings run deep and bragging rights are at stake year after year.  Representing your team during the season is extremely important tradition. Almost every store has jewelry, t-shirts, pants, sweatshirts, shoes and countless other items to help you represent your team!  I know so many people (including myself) who search the Internet for new and unique items to express their love for their team.  

As an alumnus of the University of Alabama it’s extremely important for me to combine my two loves of fashion and football to express my school pride! Numerous looks appropriate for a variety of occasions are needed to get through an entire season of games and parties.  For this post I wanted to share two different looks that do exactly that, while keeping in line with my style.  

For both looks I paired my favorite Alabama t-shirts from Yellowhammer Creative with very different pieces for different occasions. The first look is my go-to jean shorts with a crimson army jacket and Havaianas. Great for running errands, game watching or going to the game. It’s both comfortable and functional.  Appropriate for work as well as parties, the next look is a dressier. I paired my t-shirt with the red midi-skirt from Eloquii and comfy sandals from Zara.

With football season in full swing, I can’t wait to see what everyone wears! Sooo is anyone else a sports fanatic?

J
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