In Washington, DC this week it has been hot, hot, hot! As in 85 degrees in April, hot. So as I sit in the sun, here are some trends I’m currently craving!
1. Calvin Klein Tank Stripe Maxi Dress, $99
2. Steve Madden Haywire Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $79
3. Kate Spade New York Ladan Wedges, $298
4. 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim Shirt, $198
5. BaubleBar Maya Brenner States Pendant (in the shape of NY, of course!), $130
6. BaubleBar Mini Monogram Studs, $120
What are you currently craving?
Hello all you wonderful followers of Strategy in Stilettos! Our lovely and talented Stacey A Levine herself has let me write this little post for her blog about something that is near and dear to my heart (just like this blog!) — plus-size fashion.
Good plus-size clothes are hard to find, and harder to talk about. Being a salesgirl, in one of the lovely establishments I’m about to tell you all about, gives me a little bit of insight into things that most people don’t know much about. (For a prime example of a plus-size girl having no idea how to dress to her advantage, check out yours truly circa 2009.)
Dana’s Picks: The Top 5 Stores for Curvy Girls
- Torrid – Probably the most expensive on the list, but if you shop smart, you can definitely get some good deals. I think they tend to overstock, because their clearance section always has the good stuff from last season (not just the failed experiments and rejects). I live and die for Torrid jeans, even though they don’t go on sale much, and I tend to wait for a coupon or special deal to buy them. The quality is good though — don’t rule them out because of price, because they’ll last. Torrid sizing can be a little complicated, so definitely ask a salesgirl for help (they win the prize for friendliest employees!)
- Target – “But wait!” I hear you say, “Target isn’t a plus-size store!” Don’t rule it out! Target sizes go up to XXL in most cases, if not higher (XXL = 18/20). Target always has some fun things that tend not to break the bank. The main downside of target is the fact that is has no specific plus-size section, so it’s hit or miss if you’ll find your size, but it’s still a great option.
- Forever 21 – They have a pretty great plus-size section for all the season’s trends. I tend to be a little more conservative in my clothing choices, so sometimes what Forever 21 has is a little too much for me to pull off, but I’m sure any of you avant-garde fashion lovers will definitely find a home there. In terms of price, it’s the same extremely reasonable price range in the rest of the store. Downside: don’t try looking for any of the things you find in the main store area in the plus-size section – it’s pretty much a completely different line.
- Ashley Stewart – This store is a little more “urban” than the preppy, trendy, or soft-grungy stores before it on the list. Definitely somewhere to find something to go to the club, or to the office. While their casual clothes are seriously hit-or-miss, their party clothes and career clothes are spot on. While the quality of their jeans may not be as good as Torrid’s, they put up a good fight, and will routinely go on sale about once a month for $19.99. I’ve also heard great things about the support of their double-backed butterfly bra for the bustier ladies. PS- These girls definitely know how to do a peplum right! See my New Year’s Eve dress from them, below:
Dana is third from the left, in Ashley Stewart’s black peplum dress
- Rainbow – Another store with a decent sized plus-size section, and let me tell you, most of these prices are a steal. While the clothes are definitely less quality than some of the other stores on this list (Torrid, Ashley Stewart) it makes up for it in price (example? Torrid cami = $18.50, Rainbow cami = $7). It is definitely a good place to get cheapo, fun, casual clothes that will probably only last the season. My advice: try and get the trends that you know will die out here, and the basic classics in a little better quality elsewhere. Plus, I just got my new favorite outfit from Rainbow! Check it out:
Dress and shirt from Rainbow
Dana is a senior at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Follow her on twitter @lolzkaban, or on her hilarious tumblr, Textual Harassment. Thoughts on plus-size fashion? Leave them in the comments!
Last season, I spent New York Fashion Week behind the scenes of shows like Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Theysken’s Theory, and Prabal Gurung, among many others, thanks to my internship with FIJI Water. This season I’ve had to settle for watching live streaming coverage of runway shows online while sitting through class…you take what you can get.
Today I was watching Ohne Titel’s show on live stream, and let’s just say I noticed a lot of similarities between that collection and one of my favorite S/S 2012 lines. Let’s see if you can figure it out too…
Here’s a small selection from Ohne Titel:
And now let’s take a look at some of Prabal Gurung’s S/S 2012 collection…
Is it just me, or is this Rorschach thing a little too similar to be coincidence? More NYFW coverage to come…
Otherwise known as cobalt….but who’s checking?
This weekend was my friend Lauren’s 21st birthday, which meant I needed a new outfit! The party was at a bar that she rented out, and it was tons of fun!
I was drawn to a beautiful blue dress that happened to remind me a lot of my FIJI Water @ NYFW dress. Check it out!
With July Fourth on its way, I couldn’t think of a better time to execute this DIY that’s been floating around in my head for a while: denim cutoffs inspired by the Current/Elliot star shorts!
Here are the Current/Elliot shorts that inspired this DIY:
What You’ll Need:
How to DIY Your Own Current/Elliot Shorts:
1. Pour the white paint into a plastic bowl or plate, or onto tin foil.
2. Dab the sponge in the paint, and then dab it a few times on the newspaper to make the print on the shorts less solid.
3. Place the star stencil where you choose (it helps if it’s a sticky stencil, but if not, be sure to hold in place!)
4. Dab the paint lightly within the stencil, then lift the stencil.
5. Repeat as many times as you want!
And just for fun, check out my Fourth of July nail art!