When it comes to prints, stripes, polka dots, and leopard, are my personal staples. They are classic prints that are always in style. However, for me, stripes are my absolute favorite thing to wear. I think one of the main reasons is that so many people believe that plus size women shouldn't be caught dead in horizontal stripes. Obviously, I beg to differ. In my opinion, plus size women can wear stripes. We can wear pretty much anything any non plus size woman can.
Not to get all deep on you, but wearing a striped dress empowers me. It lets me know that I am not allowing anyone to dictate to me what I can and can't wear because of my size. This season, I went on stripe overload. I've purchased striped blazers, skirts, and a countless number of striped tops.
This particular striped dress was waiting for me. Last week I hit up Bloomingdale's for their brown bag sale and spotted this Ralph Lauren nautical striped three quarter sleeve dress. Now, this wasn't my first time seeing it. A few months earlier they had it but didn't have my size. I was disappointed but after a few weeks, I completely forgot about it. So, imagine my surprise that I see a striped dress hanging on the sales rack squashed in between cropped Ralph Lauren pants. I walked over to the sales rack, grabbed it, and say what now, it was my size. I immediately took it to the fitting room and what do you know, a perfect fit.
I held the dress up and said to it, you were waiting for me. Yes, I talk to my clothes. For my first time wearing it, I wanted to put a casual spin on it. I'm always in heels so, I thought wedges would be the right answer to creating a casual look. I teamed up the Ralph Lauren dress with a pair of metallic gold wedges that I got from Forever 21.
I had sworn off Forever21 shoes due to a pair of floral heels I got from them about a year ago. They were painful to walk in. These wedges were so cute, that I felt I couldn't pass them up, and wedges are way more comfortable than heels. I can't go wrong. Luckily, I was right. These bad boys are super comfortable and were just what I needed to create my casual nautical look.
For accessories, I pumped the look up with a multi plated gold necklace from F21, a woven skinny belt from Fashion to Figure. I utilized the usual accessory suspects such as my Michael Kors watch and straw clutch I stole from mom. I also added a stretch blue bracelet from Loft.
Before I go, let me leave you with this. Stripes are your friend. Don't be afraid.
What I'm Wearing
Dress: Ralph Lauren
Watch: Michael Kors