Thursday, June 16, 2016
I've gotten in a bit of a rut looking at the same handful of places for clothes. I keep thinking of Modcloth but often I might like maybe 10% of their offerings. However, they've been among the first brands that have truly embraced the plus size crowd so I do like to stop by, even if I'm less than impressed.
As Modcloth has grown, so has its product lines and styling, moving beyond their "shabby twee librarian" aesthetic. Sure, you can still get cutesy tees and Mad Men-inspired wiggle dresses but they've also added more mainstream pieces. All right, I still think some of items I picked out are still on the cutesy side but it's summer and hey, it's easy to get away with cutesy.
Bucolic Beauty Dress | I was really on the fence about including this dress but the more I look at it the more I like it. If you're a fan of White House Jackie style, this is a dress you need. Pair with white Jack Rogers, oversized sunglasses, and tease your hair a bit for a great summer look.
Critter Wonder Top in Raccoons | I love raccoons and think they're adorable...until they're getting into my trash. In the meantime, I'd wear this on the weekends in an outfit that'd remind me of summer camp: Minnetonka moccasins or beat-up Sperrys, khaki shorts, a suntan, and mosquito bites.
Oh, and ALL the poison ivy.
Sunday Drive tunic | You're probably already pairing this tunic with white jeans and maybe espadrille wedges. Monotonous, yes, but it's an outfit that always looks good.
Palm Breezy Tunic | This blouse is pretty similar to ones you can find anywhere but I love the vivid green. Most of the ones I seem to find are black, plum, or burgundy, even in the summer.
Girl Meets Twirl dress | This dress may make a second appearance in my next Lilly-a-Like post. Don't be afraid to accessorize colorfully with this dress. I feel that pearls would be lost against the pattern, but something bright and dare I say flashy would look great.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Good news plus size preppies! C. Wonder is back and they've come bearing plus sizes.
If you're not familiar with C.Wonder let me give you a bit of a backstory: the brand was founded on the tail end of the neo-prep movement in 2010/2011 by Chris Burch. Yes, he's Tory Burch's ex-husband. The company was notable for its bright colors, fun motifs, and the fact you could monogram just about anything in the store.
Soon after the brand began operations, Tory Burch sued her ex, claiming the merchandise was too close to what her brand sold. The brand never really seemed to catch on and it filed for bankruptcy in January 2015. The brand was sold shortly thereafter. Last summer it was announced that the brand would make a comeback on QVC with Brad Goreski as the creative director. Goreski, a well-known stylist, helped with Kate Spade's massive growth the past few years.
All clothing styles are available up to a 3X or a size 28. There's a mix of dresses, sweaters, pants, and shirts that all still bear a bit of Tory Burch's aesthetic. Actually, there's a lot of Tory in there, I think. When I found out the brand had come back this morning I rushed to the QVC website to check it out.
"Wow, this really looks like Tory Burch," I thought to myself, "like REALLY REALLY close to Tory Burch."
Not that I'm complaining, mind you.
This is the first collection for the brand on QVC.com with more scheduled for later in the year.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Within the past six months or so I wrote about buying more neutral tones for my wardrobe. I picked up a lot of black and gray and some beige and, well, I'm regretting that a bit right now. I didn't realize how bad it was until I wore a pale pink blouse to work one day.
"Wow, I didn't know you had color in your wardrobe," a coworker teased.
Eloquii capelet dress: You have to see this dress from the back, it's incredible. It comes in a few colors and would be a good choice for a wedding or other semi-dressy occasion.
Lands' End cropped chinos: These wardrobe basics come in a variety bright colors. I'm tempted to take a break from my Old Navy Pixies and give these a try.
Land' End shirred blouse: It's simply a fun, sunny shirt.
London Times shift: When you need a dress for work when you'd rather be at the beach.
Talbot's blazer: Another wardrobe staple that comes in seven colors.