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Thursday, May 31, 2012

STYLE JOURNEY: STRIPE OUT



Hey curvy girls all over the world,
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
Wedges: Forever21
Necklace: Forever21
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Loft
Clutch: Mom

14 comments:

Ticka said...

You look FAB!! Love that dress!!

And I'm not afraid of horizontal stripes at all. I love them as a matter of fact!! Us curvy girls look so good in them.

Ylenia said...

I love your style and I cannot wait to grab some piece of advice from you at the FFFweek in NYC! yes, I am attending, coming all the way to Italy!!!

baci, Ylenia from Longuette

The Notorious ZAG said...

So stylish. I love the nautical disco glam look. The thin braided belt is just right. Perfect! Also, I hold your same philosophy; I never understood saying that larger women can't wear stripes. Why not exactly? My eyes have yet to be fooled by horizontal ones. You can't change the shape of your body with a pattern. That's just silly!!!

grownandcurvywoman said...

The dress looks wonderful on you! I like how you paired it with the wedges which is a classic pairing. I bought my first striped dress this year & it's one of my favorites!!!

Alissa said...

Thanks Ladies!

Carsedra said...

You look great, love the dress and those wedges!!




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Maria said...

its not just me who talks to their clothes...and shoes, bags haha - agree totally with you over stripes, i got sucked into the 'rule' over a larger chest encased in stripes being a bad idea - and i loved stripes! it has only been through this wonderful blog world where i have seen ladies looking fabulous in stripes that i once again own stripes x

MELISSA said...

Luv the dress and fit on u

Cortnie Elizabeth said...

Love the stripes on you!

xo,Cortnie
http://stylelustpages.com

Alissa said...

@Maria-lol, yese sometimes i have mini conversations with me.

Thanks Melissa and Cortnie

Myah said...

Stripes look so cute on you! You're working that dress girl!
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Jaida McKie said...

I absolutely love horizontal stripes and I've NEVER paid attention to anyone saying plus size women can't wear them because I wear them and don't care what anybody says about it! I like this dress because it's the classic navy & white combo which gives it that nautical feel and you can add a pop of color to it if you want. I have to find a striped dress like this for the summer! Cute, girl!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully put together like most of your style.

Susan Chuang said...

There are lots of different styles of wedge sneakers high top on the market, which specially offers to ladies.

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