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{Five Five} Fall Dresses for the Curvy and Petite

Hi Ladies!

Fall is easily my favorite fashion season. The variety of colors, adorable styles and ability to go bare-legged makes dressing so much fun! I picked the dress below to represent fabulous fall dresses, because it incorporates all the things I love: a bright color, a-line shape and a leg-lengthening above the knee hem. All are perfect for most body types. As you peruse the options below, don't forget that any off-the-rack dress is just the starting point. A tailor can make your dress truly special.

{What I Wore} Fall Flowers In Bloom

Hey Fabs!

One of the things that I love the most about fashion is that sometimes you come across pieces that you think really aren't your style and you get amazingly surprised.

That was totally the case with this Carmen Marc Valvo dress. I mean I ordered it because I wanted to try something new but honestly I didn't have high hopes for it. Even when it arrived, I loved the color but I was still not too sure about the shape. But once I put it on, ahh....smiles.

Dress | Jacket (s/o similar & a gorgeous one in white here) | Wedges (similar &  here & here in taupe)


{What I Wore} Layered Capes

Hey Fabs! 

It's no secret that I am obsessed with capes. And after purchasing my faux leather cape & reviewing my cape inventory, yes you read that right, I realized that there were two styles I hadn't rocked yet; a suede cape (like this one) and a long caped dress (although I do have this short cape maxi dress).

So when I saw this red Adrianna Papell caped sheath dress, which I had seen previously in black and white, I knew that it was finally calling for me to take it for a spin. I mean tis the season for delicious red dresses, no?

And I figured if you are wearing a caped dress, what could be better to wear over it than another cape?

Dress (more color/length options here) | Faux Leather Cape | Pyramid Purse | Studded Pumps (last see here)

{Fashion} Star Wars Fan Girl Style

Hey Fabs! 

Even if you are not actually a die hard Star Wars fan, you have to admit that the long awaited return of the epic saga is kinda exciting, right?

And of course it's always fun to show off your fan girl status and there is shortage of ways to do so. There is something for everyone in your tribe, from your pets to your wee ones and of course your curves.

Here are six tops that I would totally rock. They range from classic to cheeky to sexy.

Star Wars Fan Plus Size T shirts
1 | 2 | 3| 4 | 5| 6

I love the kitsch of the Darth Vader Ugly Christmas Sweater, which totally reminds me that I need to start planning how I am going to beat my "Merry Thickmas" sweater from last year.

And how fab is this cold shoulder embellished top? It definitely gives Star Wars a new meaning (hahaa). It comes in 3 colors but this one is my fave. And "The Dark Side Made Me Do It" is already one of my regular excuses ;) so this shirt is a no brainer.

May the (fashion) force be with you!


{What I Wore} Faux Leather Cape + Teal Faux Leather Dress

Hey Fabs!

I fell in love with this faux leather cape and faux leather skater dress the moment I laid eyes on them & immediately purchased them. So wearing them together felt like kismet. Like a meeting of two long lost BFF's.

Can we take a moment to discuss this cape (which comes in size 8-20 but it's a cape, so you might have a bit of leeway with the sizing). But it's no secret, I love capes. Like really love, love them. If I could get away with wearing them all year round, I totally would.

And this cape, well it is truly the cape to end all capes. It is such a great piece that can go from dressy to casual like how I wore it here. While I did find this faux leather fringe cape and a couple of possible options on ebay, I am so surprised that other popular brands have not produced a similar piece. So, major kudos to Violetta by Mango for being so fashion forward. Now, I just need it in red.


Plus Size {Fashion} Pick of The Day: The Perfect Red Dress #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs!

I am so in holiday season mode and this Luxe By Carmen Marc Valvo Shadow Dress completely speaks to that. I love this beautiful color, which they are appropriately calling poinsetta but it also comes in sleek, classic black & either color would easily go from work to after work holiday party.

Red Plus Size Dress Holidays Christmas
What say you? Are you lovin' this dress?

Shop this dress HERE!

Check out the previous #PlusSizePicks HERE!


{Shopping} The Best Jeans for the Curvy Petite

Hi Ladies! 

I wanted to talk about jeans today, because it's fall and jeans = fall. It's a fact. :) I lived in Arizona for about 5 years where it was 100 degrees in October, so I could only dream of wearing denim. 

I used to love wearing jeans when I lived in Atlanta. You could even wear them during the summer, but in Arizona, that was just asking for heat stroke. So, now that I'm back in the south, I'm starting to build up my denim wardrobe. Woo Hoo!

{What I Wore} Fuzzy Pink Plaid

Hey Fabs!

As I mentioned in my last post featuring plaid, I am loving all the ways that it is showing up. And this pretty pink and black MM2 dress from my Gwynnie Bee closet is definitely a fun and stylish option.

Plus Size Pink Plaid Dress Chicago Plus Size Blogger
Dress: MM2 via Gwynnie Bee | Similar Sweater | Fergalicious Wedges (similar &  here & here in taupe)

{What I Wore} In The Grey Felt of Fall

Hey Fabs!

I have had the color grey seriously on the brain for a while now.  I spotted this fabulous Cynthia Rowley poncho at TJ Maxx a few weeks back and couldn't wait for it to be cool enough to wear it. And BONUS, it has faux leather darts at the neckline! Seriously, this piece was made for me & my style.

Chicago Plus Size Blogger Grey Cynthia Rowley Poncho Felt Hat Suede Booties Kate Spade Tote
Poncho: TJ Maxx | Booties | Similar High Waist Leggings | Bag: Kate Spade: Rent it here - Buy it here 
 Mixed Media Faux Leather Jacket: Gwynnie Bee | Belt: (s/o) | Leather Tech Gloves & I linked to other products here


Plus Size {Fall Fashion} Pick of The Day: Faux Leather Cape #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs!

I love capes and my cape collection has grown to be seriously deep over the past few years but because there are so many fabulous options this season I definitely wanted to add a couple of new ones to my arsenal. The variety of prints, colors and fabrications is exciting BUT this faux leather cape is definitely in a class by itself! 

faux leather plus size cape

It arrived the other day and it is EVERYTHING I hoped it would be!


{What I Wore} Rockin' Pleats and Plaid

Hey Fabs!

As I wrote about in my Adam Lippes for Target #PlusSizePick's post, this plaid duster was a must have.  It's obviously a great looking piece but what I was not expecting, was that it would be made of such a great material. This is definitely a cool weather piece, made of heavy weight sweater material and it has been perfect layered over my jackets on these cool Fall days. 
Adam Lippes for Target Plus Size Duster Faux Leather Culottes
Duster (s/o similar here & here) | Culottes | Pleated Top (s/o) Booties | Necklace | Bag


{Fab Five} 5 Ways to Dress Business Casual for Curvy Petites

Hi ladies!

I blog at Petite Career Girl (soon to be Curves Curls Careers), and I'm thrilled to be a contributor on Curvatude! Jaye has always been a lot of fun to chat with on Twitter and I've always loved her style. Therefore, when she invited me to "join her empire", (I made that up), I jumped at the chance! I couldn't wait to meet her fabulous readers, so here we go!


{What I Wore} Rockin' Pink For The Cause #BCA

Hey Fabs!

I couldn't let October go by without posting something about Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few years back I wrote a month long BCA series because the cause is one that is so near and dear to my heart. And while that was a true labor of love, there are of course other ways to support the cause.

In recent years more and more fashion brands have started offering products that you can purchase with a percentage of the retail sales going to various charities and that is the case with this Pink Bohemian Crochet Bellini (c/o) from Kiyonna. 50% of the sales of this bellini go to a Breast Cancer Angels.

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Crochet Bellini Plus Size Kiyonna

{Community} Welcome Merrie of Petite Career Girl

Hey Fabs!

I am so excited to announce the latest contributor to join Zadry, Sean and I here at Curvatude. Merrie is the curator of Petite Career Girl (soon to be Curves, Curls & Careers) and I love the perspective and vibe that I know she will contribute.

Check out my chat with Merrie and get to know her a bit.

{What I Wore} City Chic Cold Shoulder + Gwynnie Bee Visits Chicago

Hey Fabs!

If you follow me on social media then you know Gwynnie Bee came to Chicago for their "Inspired By You Tour" & I co-hosted a happy hour with them.  I tried on a lot of new pieces coming to the site and this dress is just one of the many fabulous frocks that you MUST closet!

City Chic Cold Shoulder Dress Chicago Gwynnie Bee Inspired By You Tour
Thank you to everyone who came out! The happy hour was so much fun! As you can see from the pictures my rugrat aka my photographer snapped, there was a great group of ladies (and a few guys) in attendance and it was nonstop sipping, nibbling, socializing & laughing. 

Make sure that you check out Gwynnie Bee's recap featuring members rocking new pieces and more party pics here!

Disclosure: Gwynnie Bee provided me with complimentary access to their service but don't get it twisted, I have been a fan since they began and the opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about featured posts and my disclosure policy here. 

{Chatting Curvatude} Emmicia, Eloquii + Extended Style

Last week Eloquii set off a plus size frenzy when they dropped their latest extended sizes lookbook featuring Emmicia Bracey. I personally was so excited when I opened my Eloquii email and saw her beautiful, smiling face that I had to get to know a little more about her.
Emmicia is 28 years old, 5'8'' tall and a size 28 & she was recruited to model for Eloquii via her friend, Ashley Falcon who happens to be a stylist for the brand. Anyway, I chatted with Emmicia last week and here is a bit of our conversation.


{What He Wore} Big & Tall Baja Pullover Jacket + Gap Jeans

Hey Fabs!

As mentioned in our last What He Wore post, we are excited for Fall & putting together looks that are perfect for the crisp. cool days that it brings. So, first up is Sean rocking a baja poncho sweater jacket (lots of similar styles here) that we thrifted a few of weeks ago.

Chicago Big and Tall Menswear Baja Sweater Gap Jeans
Baja Sweater: Earth Ragz (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Clarks | Mirrored Sunglasses: (similar here and here)


{Fashion Challenge} 1 Dress. 2 Girls. 3 Ways to Rock It | High Neck Scuba Swing Dress

He Fabs!

Zadry and I are back with another 1 Dress. 2 Girls. 3 Ways to Rock It challenge and although I have already posted a look rocking this dress, I thought it would be a perfect option for both of our bodies.

This ASOS Curve High Neck Scuba Swing Dress is such a great piece. The color is such a fun pop of what I guess you would call tomato red, although most of the time it photographs pretty orange.

Whatever you call the color, I love what an easy wearing piece it is.

I didn't shoot a look featuring pants or leggings but expect to see me also rocking this over pieces like my camo & faux leather leggings.

Chicago Plus Size Blogger Faux Leather Skirt

Plus Size {Fall Fashion} Pick of The Day: Adam Lippes for Target Plus Size Plaid Layering Duster #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs!

I am not complaining about the current weather here in Chicago which has been in the 70's as of late but I am so ready for Fall and layering. So today's #PlusSizePick could not have dropped at a more perfect time for me.

Have you checked out the Adam Lippes for Target collection that went live today? It is full of fun plaid looks for everything from your pets to your table top to looks for the men in your life and I am digging it. The only bummer is that the shoes only go up to a size 10 and I wear an 11 and I would have definitely purchased the ballets flats. Sigh...

Other than that, the piece that I chose from the collection for my #PlusSizePick is this Adam Lippes for Target Plaid Layering Duster. It is perfect for layering and a great piece to mix and match with all the fabulous Fall colors.

I love the length of it and the texture on the pockets is really fun. And kudos to a collaboration collection that includes quite a few plus size pieces. I would totally rock all of these looks.

What say you? Are you loving this collection?

Shop this duster HERE!

Check out the previous #PlusSizePicks HERE!


Plus Size {Fall Fashion} Pick of The Day: Eloquii Zip Off Convertible Coat #PlusSizePick

Hey Fabs!

Today's #PlusSizePick, this funky cool Eloquii Zip Off Convertible Coat, showed up in my email this morning and I immediately clicked on it and purchased it.

For one, I am a faux shearling lover from way back but this one takes the style to another leather by allowing you to zip 2 off the sections and convert it into basically three different jackets.

Eloquii Plus Size Zip Off Convertible Coat
Shop this coat HERE!

Oh and it's currently 40% off! WOOT!

Check out the previous #PlusSizePicks HERE!

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