This palm-print Dorothy Perkins dress ticks almost everything I want in a summer dress. It features an adorable but not over-the-top print, wide straps (I can wear a bra!), perfect knee-length (I can wear bike shorts under to prevent chub-rub), breathable fabric. It’s just perfect. The only thing it doesn’t have is pockets, but I’ll let that go because the rest of it is so fantastic.
It’s a great plus size summer dress and I wore it on a hot sunday to run to the farmers market to buy some gorgeous fresh veggies and flowers. The photos are inside because my partner S who usually takes my pics is out of town - I think they still turned out well!
I hope you all had a beautiful weekend (and a long one for my US readers).
Palm-print Dress - Dorothy Perkins - Size 16 Tall, Available here
Shoes - Dansko, Size 42
Necklace - etsy, gift
Pyrite Bracelet - Truss and Ore
Gold stack bracelets - Nordstrom Rack
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Lipstick - Revlon Audacious
Animal Print and Stripes and Brunch
Sunday brunch in the neighborhood calls for a summer spin on a favorite outfit. These new bermuda shorts from the plus size line at target are just the right length for me to feel comfortable (I don’t care for short shorts or capri styles).
Of course I also had to try out my new animal-print glasses from SelectSpecs. These adorable frames with lenses were under $20! What a bargain!!! I highly recommend them for those of you who wear a lot of glasses and like to have variety.
Stripe shirt - Topshop maternity, Sz XL
Denim shirt - Forever 21, Sz 1X
Black Bermuda shorts - Target, Sz 16
Shoes - Sam and Libby for Target - Sz 11
Bracelet - Forever 21
Necklace - Forever 21
Onishi Gray Bag - Valhalla Brooklyn
Animal print Glasses - SelectSpecs Savannah
A sprinkle saturday
Can you believe this gorgeous plus size maxi from the pure energy collection at Target? It’s such a great piece for summer. The lining stops at the knee, so the dress feels so breezy floating around your legs as you walk. My two best pals and I went bra shopping in the suburbs of Chicago. We ventured out to amazing bra shop called Tina’s Closet. Tina, the owner fits every single customer. And not only does she do a great job of fitting, she also customizes bras as needed. The stock is overwhelmingly great. She has bras stacked up to the ceiling and she picks everything out. My friend L is in between band sizes, and her bras are all getting taken in - and it’s only a $5 additional charge! She also has a great selection of plus size (and straight size) swimwear. I bought a perfect Wacoal strapless and a demi-cup t-shirt bra by panache. Highly recommend the experience if you’re anywhere in the chicago area.
Before shopping though, I stopped by gaslight coffee and got this absolutely perfect sprinkle donut and a big glass of citron green iced tea. YUM!!!
Print Maxi Dress - Pure Energy from Target - Sz 1X
Rose Quartz Necklace - LovelyMusings
Black wood earrings - local shop
tiny diamond necklace - dana rebecca
Silver sandals - comfortview
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Gwynnie Bee the “netflix” for plus size clothes
I was wary at first - I didn’t think they had a really well-rounded selection and items seemed not really my style. However, as they’ve grown and expanded, I am happy to report that I just absolutely love them.
I do the 3-items-at-a-time option which is perfect for my needs. A lot of my work wear has been gwynniebee and I’ve already purchased two of the items I’ve received (you have the option to buy items for much less than retail and they usually offer additional discounts and sales too!)
This is a Jessica Simpson cap sleeve floral print dress. It’s super cute and fits so well. I paired it with some tights and my go-to waxed denim moto jacket from H&M. Perfect for spring!
If you haven’t already checked out the month-free trial of Gwynnie Bee, I would love to encourage you to try! Referral link here*.
Floral print dress - Jessica Simpson via Gwynnie Bee, Sz 1XL
Black tights - Target, Sz 1X
Doc Martens - via nordstrom rack, Sz 11
Waxed Moto Jacket - H&M, Sz 16
Sunglasses - SEE Eyewear
Purse - Forever 21
moon earrings - Topshop
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A mix of retro and modern is a fun way to enjoy the beach this summer.
Check out this Wanelo story I created with some adorable Modcloth pieces - this cute plus size cherry-print swimsuit comes in a variety of sizes up to 26. I’ve paired it with black/white accessories and gold jewelry. And sometimes you like to put your cherries away, so there’s a great cute plus size black sheer cover-up with cut-outs for a sweet beach look.