A blog dedicated to plus size women who enjoy a classical and preppy lifestyle.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ava & Viv: A Review

Ava & Viv Review
dolman blouse // white print blouse // jean jacket // chambray dress

I finally made it into Target to get a better look at the Ava & Viv line. I had a read a few other reviews and the amount of product in stores ranged widely, some had only three racks, others had around eight. I looked at the collection in two stores: Huntington, WV and Wheeling, WV. The pictures for this post were taken at the Huntington store.
Ava & Viv Review
An overall view of the Ava & Viv section.

Huntington had around six-seven racks of clothes. There was one rack that was right out in front that was advertising the line, but you had to search a bit to find the rest. Wheeling, on the other hand, had over ten racks full and it was all up front and center, which was nice.
Ava & Viv Review

As mentioned everywhere else, there's nothing new in this collection that hasn't been seen before. Every plus size section sells jean jackets, dolman tops, thin maxi skirts, and open cardigans. Why is it so hard to add buttons to a plus size cardigan? At least there's some color in the line.

Ava & Viv Review
lightweight jacket // open cardigans // maxi skirts

As boring as the line may be, the fit of the items is very good. The jeans I tried on made me look incredible. I tried the bootcut pair in a dark wash. The denim--and I use that term lightly--had a nice color and the whiskering wasn't horrible. I should note that the pockets on the back are large, and this detail is important. The smaller the pocket, the larger your rear looks. The short sleeve blouse above also fit really well. It wasn't just a polyester tent. For the fit alone, I recommend looking at Ava & Viv. Yes, it's a bunch of basics but they're well-fitting basics, and that's important for any wardrobe.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Prep'd Picks | Dress Colorfully


I need lots of color and I need it now. It's almost April and it's still pretty gray and brown outside, although there's been lots of sunshine and the occasional flurry. I can't wait for the red buds to turn the hillsides a soft pink or watch the daffodils to nod in the breeze along the Ohio River. Since I can't get color outside just yet, let's see what colors we can wear to lift spirits.

Lands' End marl sweater | I featured this sweater on Instagram last week and let me warn you: it's highlighter yellow. I haven't been able to find--nor take--a picture that did the color of this sweater justice. If you're craving a serious dose of bright color, this sweater is a great pick. Also? It's currently $19.99, a fantastic price. There's also a lavender version I've considered picking up.

Colorblock dress |  Pink and orange were my signature colors in high school and I still love the combination to this day (my bedding is currently pink and orange, even). The colorblocking and the faux wrap detailing on this dress really make it stand out. I also love the fact it has sleeves, so I don't have to rustle up a blazer or cardigan. This would be a fanastic Easter dress that could also work for the office.

Green one-button blazer | Green and white is another one of my favorite color combinations, it just seems fresh to me. I love the bright green and the shape on this blazer, and it would pair well with the white pants shown above, as well navy or gray. 

NYDJ Henley blouse | I'm in a lavender mood and this blouse stood out to me. Lavender is more versatile than people think, for some reason nobody seems to pay it any attention.

Pink eyelet skirt | Eyelet has long been a popular fabric for spring and summer, but there is a massive explosion of it this season. I've seen it in all colors and shapes everywhere, not that it's a bad thing. I really love the hot pink color on this skirt, and yes, I would wear it with the green blazer for a Lilly-esque outfit.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Plus Size Lookbook is Here!


Plus Size Lilly Pulitzer for Target
Plus Size Lilly Pulitzer for Target
Not to mention shorts, wide leg pants, swimsuits, jumpsuits, maxi dresses & more!

I know from emailing with many of you that there's been a lot of hesitant excitement for this collection. My biggest fear was that the collection would be phoned-in; a weak watering down of the straight sizes. However, that fear is unfounded as the collection looks amazing. There's plenty of styles and patterns to choose from. Have I even mentioned the bags, scarves, or home goods?

Not only is this one of the best plus size collections I've seen, it's one of the best-done Target/designer collaborations I've seen as well. I am anticipating sell outs of certain items, like the hammock, patio umbrella, and beach chairs. You'll find those on Ebay Sunday night for triple the price they were in stores. Will the plus line sell out? I think it will sell well, but I don't know about a total sell out. I could be wrong, though. It goes on sale online around 3 AM EST on April 19th. In typical Lilly fashion, make sure your account information is up to date and check out often to make sure you can get what you want.

A lot of people are going to be watching the success of this plus size line. Target and analysts are watching to see if the plus size market is actually going to buy what's being offered. Bloggers and other fashion enthusiasts are going to watch to see if it will lead to further plus size opportunities.

April 16, 2015 UPDATE: Click Here to see what you need to know before this collection goes on sale!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Plus Size Preppy Prom

Preppy plus size prom
I've gotten several emails asking for advice on picking out a preppy prom dress. Y-i-k-e-s. I haven't shopped for a prom dress in 12 years, and the few that I have seen left a lot to be desired. Hopefully the advice that follows is still good advice and doesn't make me sound like your mother.

One of the few things that hasn't changed since I was in high school is the fact you still have to order your dress anywhere from 4-8 weeks in advance of the dance, not to mention the time for alterations. The dresses I chose can be ordered online and overnighted if necessary.

General rules of preppy gown shopping:
Less is more: skin, makeup, elaborate hair styles, accessories.
If you adore that lime green poofy princess dress, go for it! 
Just keep everything else in your look minimal.

Going for a simple gown? Feel free to stack bangles up to your elbow.

I will also step up on my soapbox for a moment: don't visit the tanning beds. I worked with a woman who died from skin cancer when she was 25. The cancer was discovered while she was pregnant and  had already spread to her lungs. The seven months she was able to spend with her son she was living in a hospice facility. The #1 thing listed on her Facebook profile? "I LUV TO TAN!!!!!" Just...don't do it. Fake bake with some Jergens and bronzer if you must have that glow.

Here are some dresses that I found that I would personally wear to a formal event. I think these would be suitable for prom, military ball, museum gala, etc.:
If you're of prom-going age (or recently of prom-going age), let me know how I did in the comments, and give any other advice/suggestions that you may have!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Prep'd Picks | Florals for Spring


 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

It's still early March so it's a bit early to start proclaiming spring is here on the first day it's above 40 degrees.  I live maybe 15 miles south of the Mason-Dixon line (seriously, there's a monument) so I knew winter would maybe be longer/harder than what I'm used to.

Apparently, according to long-time locals, this winter has been harsher than most.

It's almost 60 degrees right now, and I have my windows open and am listening to birds sing in the pine trees next door. So yes, in my mind, it's spring and that means florals.

1// Kimonos are a hot trend right now and I think it'll probably stick around due to their mostly universal appeal. Most of them have been too short for my tastes, but this gray one from Lane Bryant is the perfect length. I also really like the mix of colors and it looks to have a bit of weight to it. Great for those spring days where it's warm in the sun but a bit chilly in the shade.

2// I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it on the Lands' End website and I'm ordering it for Easter. I love the length, I love the print, and the red piping on the belt is a wonderful touch. The straps do look wide enough to cover bra straps, it has a semi-deep scoop in the back that may not cover everything. I'm probably going to pick up a matching cardigan just in case.

3// This is just an overall nice tee. The cornflower blue flowers on top of  the lime Greek Key print is nice, but I also like that it has elbow-length sleeves.

4// The print on these Pixie Pants from Old Navy remind me of a purse I bought from Anthropologie probably five years ago, back before quality went to hell (that's a post for later).  Like everything I've featured today, I like the print and colors. I really like these pants because I wouldn't have to buy anything to match them. I will warn you a bit on the Pixie Pants: the stretch on them is weird. The back of them, such as in the rear, is super-stretchy. The front seems to lack stretch completely.

5// I like the subdued print and colors on this cardigan. I've also been on a big gray and yellow kick lately. I have gray pants and a skirt that would pair nicely with this cardigan. This is pretty much my go-to office look.
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