Spring Plus Size Picks (Dresses & Skirts)

It’s officially Spring this week, so it’s time to start thinking about how to refresh your wardrobe! I’m a huge fan of pulling out all the dresses I own in the Spring that I haven’t been able to touch all Winter long.

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I decided to do a roundup of my favorite Plus Size Spring dresses (and a few skirts!) that I’ve been eyeing online & in stores. I think Spring is the perfect time for a bit of a wardrobe refresh, don’t you agree?

Florals are an obvious  & classic choice for Spring – and these are the ones I’ve been crushing on.

FloralModCloth // ASOS // Forever21+

Peachy Pinks are going to be huge this Spring and Summer season. And luckily, they compliment so many skin tones!

Peachy PinkFashion to Figure // Torrid // Lane Bryant

You’re probably thinking, black for Spring? Yes! It’s always handy to have a black (or black and white) dress in the Spring, for special events that might call for it. And sometimes you just want to make a statement with a black dress.

BlackSpringEloquii // H&M+ // Addition Elle // Macy’s

Below are some dresses that I just couldn’t categorize but think are great for Spring (and maybe even Summer) nonetheless!

Misc DressesEloquii // Old Navy // Addition Elle

I decided to add in some super high end, pricey options for those ladies that happen to the big bucks to put down for some amazing designer pieces. I wish I was one of them!

High EndMichael Kors // Marina Rinaldi // Eileen Fisher // Rachel Pally

And finally, some skirts! I only have a few because I was mostly looking for dresses – but as I was browsing I found some amazing skirts that needed to be featured.

SkirtsASOS // Simply Be // Monif C.

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Charlotte Russe+

It appears Charlotte Russe is releasing a new plus size collection in select stores and online today (March 9th)!

The company has even created a new instagram account, @charlotterusseplus, dedicated solely to its plus size range. According to Racked.com,  Charlotte Russe, “…has enlisted four plus size bloggers, including Gabi Gregg, to help promote the launch.”

Screen shot 2015-03-09 at 4.16.34 PMFor those unfamiliar, Charlotte Russe is known for it’s trendier pieces and budget-friendly prices for the teen crowd (similar to Forever 21 and other places). But I know I’ll be checking in for pieces I might like to wear, even though I am definitely not their target demographic. I really enjoy trying to mix and match high end pieces with trendier, low-cost fashion. It makes fashion so much fun!

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Wintery Date Night

The middle of winter can sometimes put a damper on your wardrobe and your styling can take a backseat to warmth and comfort when the wintery blues start to set in. We’re finishing up January in a few days but winter still sticks around for another couple of months, so what happens when a date night comes up?

I decided to create a little inspiration style board for just such a night. I know I’m usually snuggling into my sweaters and keeping my toes warm in fuzzy socks, so to go the complete opposite, I decided to pick a dress that will show off my curves and fit the season with a wine coloring. Add a sparkly nail polish and a wine colored lipstick to go with it.

Since it’s still winter I wanted to keep my toes under wraps with these cute, basic black booties and pairing them with a gorgeous leather envelope clutch. Keeping the jewelry understated with a NYC coordinates cuff and a glittering pair of earrings. I think this outfit would work pretty well for Valentine’s Day, too!

winterdatenightDress: Caroline Plunge Neck Peplum Dress from Boohoo
Booties: Nine West Gemeza Heel Ankle Bootie
Purse: Cuyana Leather Envelope Clutch
Bracelet: Coordinates Cuff from BaubleBar
Earrings: Kate Spade Cluster Earrings
Nail Polish: Butter London in Rosie Lee
Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

Thoughts on Target’s New Plus Size Line, AVA & VIV

If you have been around the plus sized fashion community in the last few years, you’ll know that Target has received a lot of backlash lately due to its poor plus size style range and its lack of availability in their stores. Plus sized folks started voicing their displeasure on social media. It’s been a frustrating experience because I find as a plus size woman that it is imperative to be able to try on clothes before purchasing them. And only if I am familiar with a brand and how their sizing works on my body do I really feel comfortable ordering clothes online. I’m sure that is something people of all sizes like to do.

So why are plus sized women not given the chance by stores like Target and Old Navy? Instead we are banished to the realms of online shopping, hoping that they will fit, or be doomed to participate in the process of shipping back unwanted or ill-fitting clothes. However, after the previously mentioned backlash, Target has decided to step up its game and bring out a new plus-sized range called AVA & VIV, which will be available online starting February 22 and being offered in-stores  starting mid-February. I should also mention that Target is offering plus sizes in their new collaboration with Lily Pulitzer x Target that will be launching in the Spring, but only online for plus sizes.

Target has offered an exclusive look at all the new pieces at Refinery29, so be sure to check them all out there. I have selected a few of the pieces I’ll be most interested when the items hit the stores in February, take a look below. Additional thoughts on the line will also be below.

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I’m really looking forward to these four pieces. I really enjoy structured jackets and I love classic black and white stripes (priced at $27.99). The printed shirt looks great but I’ll have to see how it lays on my body before purchasing.

Jeans! I really like the jeans. Fingers crossed they fit well and flatter my figure. The shorts I’ll be trying on but I’m not entirely sold on how well they will look on my legs.

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This wrap skirt (priced at $24.99) might be my favorite item coming out. I think it will sit beautifully and it will be fun to pair with bright tops like the ones above (coral blouse, $22.99).

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The other pair of jeans (priced at $29.99) I’m excited to give a go. Target has really tried to keep the pricing low, which is something I really appreciate because as a plus size woman I’m usually spending anywhere between $60-$90 for a pair of ‘just okay’ jeans.

I’ve yet to find an chambray shirt (coming in at $24.99) that I like well enough to buy. Might this be the one? Here’s hoping! Basic tees (only $10) are a must but this is not something new at Target and have been among their plus size offering for a long time now.

So I have just a few thoughts on the new Target line. I’ll be honest — I’m not bowled over by the items. It appears to all be very similar to items that I have seen at Target before. I was expecting a bit more ‘oomph!’ from the range. I feel that Target should have come out with a bang in order to make up for this past mishaps and after tarnishing their relationship with us consumers.

However, I think they will do well with this line but in the future I hope they take more chances. I appreciate that the line will offer lower prices on basic items that need to be in my wardrobe but I won’t be making any full outfits out of AVA & VIV.

What are your thoughts? Are you happy with the new line?