OOTD: “Getting Graphic in Our Curves”
Earlier this month I posted on the new trend of “Contrasting, Monochrome Mod Black & White Prints”. In that post I featured an ASOS CURVE Body-Conscious Dress In Geo Mono Print, ($52.62). Something about this dress just struck me from first glance. Then within no time I started seeing other curvy bloggers swooning over this dress as well. Blogger Alissa of Stylish Curves even found a pic with athlete Serena Williams in a similar geometric dress. But when I went over to facebook and read the comments under another blogger who posted a pic of the dress on her page, I was a little disgusted. For some reason people think that a curvy or plus-size woman can’t wear stripes, graphic prints, etc. So with that said, I contacted fellow fashionistas Marie Denee The Curvy Fashionista, Cassandra of Curvaceous Boutique and Nekiah of From the Rez To the City all whom had posted that they also purchased this dress from Asos.
We decided to do a “Show & Style” so to speak to inform our loyal followers that for one, YES, a plus-size woman can wear prints AND still be trendy, and also the various different ways to wear this geo-print dress. In no way is this a competition between us bloggers, we are just offering styling advice and options to our readers. (The pics from each of us will be on our own individual blogs and facebook pages and then I will update this post with a collage of all of us at a later date). As for me, I styled mine 3 different ways since you can do so much with a black and white print:
(First) I styled the dress with the Asos Curve Peplum Belt ($38) and my Jeffrey Campbell like spiked pumps from Bare Feet Shoes ($60). Clutch courtesy of Target and leather fingerless gloves from Lane Bryant. Since it was raining and a little chilly outside I wore Hanes Silk Reflections Hosiery in Barely There instead of just bare legs. This look would be great for my “hippy” sistas who may want to camouflage that area. The peplum belt diverts attention from wide hips and the stomach area.
(Second) I added a faux leather vest from Lane Bryant, blue skinny belt from Dots and Torrid Cobalt Blue Lace-Up Booties (now $39.99). This look would be great for my larger-busted ladies. By adding the vest and skinny belt that minimizes the bust area but accents a smaller waist.
(Third) I wore the dress plain with just a pop of color by adding a multi-row turquoise necklace from Ashley Stewart, coordinating bracelet and Pumps from Torrid.
S/N to have a smoothed look under your dress, I would wear a one-piece body shaper