Slip Dress Chronicles

Recently, in my online shopping endeavors, I decided to revisit an old-time favorite – Forever21. Forever21 was one of the first places that I ever shopped for plus-sized clothing. I guess you can say my plus-size coming of age! I enjoyed their clothing and was super impressed by their trendy clothing. I had not yet discovered sites like ASOS or even Target for that matter. But I definitely frequented Forever21’s plus-sized section. I had ordered things here or there but not at the rate of the other stores. HOWEVER, something told me to go on the app to peruse, and I am glad that I did. This dress screamed at me! I purchased it right away and so far absolutely no regrets!

Slip dresses have been on trend for a little while now, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. There is so much versatility in a slip dress but also a sense of simplicity as well. You can wear it in so many ways, and you don’t need very much to look your best in these sorts of dresses. Throw on a pair of heels (if it is warm enough), and you have an effortlessly classy look. Slip dresses also provide a little sexy but like not anything overt. They often feature a slight dip in the neckline, which creates an excellent cleavage exposure that isn’t over the top. I’ve seen many styles of this dress; short, long, side-slits, dipped backs, and in a myriad of colors! I am officially dubbing slip dresses, a wardrobe MUST.

Plus-sized honeys, well honeys in general, when you rock this dress, do it with the utmost confidence. So, if that means wear shapewear, then wear it! I absolutely wore shapewear for this dress, and I am not ashamed. No, it isn’t tight, but I wanted it to look a certain way, and I accomplished that. Also, Happy Woman’s History Month! Last month I got to celebrate what it means to be black, and this month I’m celebrating what it means to be a woman. Remember, be unapologetically YOU. There is only one of you. Love the body that you were given and praise your flaws. Actually, I’m changing “flaws” to a unique blessing. Flaws implies that there is an imperfection, I know you are PERFECT. Being a woman is so unique and unappreciated in society at times. Be proud of who you are and flaunt it, not just this month, but every month.

Slip dress with a black turtleneck and black booties. Yes, I’m in uncomfortable shoes again. They are undeniably cute, and I don’t mind suffering (I’ll go get some Dr. Scholl’s inserts soon). Love this whole look, someone told me I looked like an artist that exudes good smells and good vibes. I’m happy with that!

Slip dress with a leather jacket and sandals. Alright, so the skinny on these shoes is; I’ve had them for about 3 years, and they are still in style. This is the effortless look I was talking about earlier. Throw on the dress, some cute heels, and a jacket, and you are looking like you put some real effort into your outfit.

Slip dress with a graphic t-shirt, Van sneakers, and a denim jacket. This jacket has honestly appeared all over my blog, it’s just that cute! But back to the dress. So versatile that you can throw anything under it or over it and have a whole new outfit. It’s like the ultimate repurpose-r.

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I’m Still a T-shirt and Jeans Kinda Girl!

T-shirts are just as important to me as jeans. Jeans are staples in my wardrobe, but t-shirts are my most comfortable wardrobe items. People who see me in real life know that my wardrobe is all about comfort. I will only sacrifice comfort in times of dire outfit necessity. It is appropriate to wear a dress with sneakers at times, but not every time. So, in that case, I’ll sacrifice comfort. But otherwise, I rarely do. Thus, t-shirts are at an extreme level in my clothing collection. I am always on the hunt for a great slogan shirt, especially on that will help promote a business. I’m also still on the hunt for band t-shirts. Not a big “band” person but I like the look of those shirts. I get my shirts from all over, but there is nothing like the great fit of men’s t-shirts. Women’s t-shirts are often cut to fit a woman’s curves, and while I am grateful for even having those options, I prefer the fit of men’s t-shirts.

My challenge this week was to create 3 different outfits with some of my favorite t-shirts. Usually, I wear my t-shirts with jeans and sneakers or Uggs in the winter, but I wanted to show that you can make a t-shirt versatile. You guys know I am BIG on trying to showcase that you don’t have to shop extensively to look great. Go through your closet and drawers and revamp things that you haven’t worn in a while. In this case, the only recent purchase was the boots in the last outfit. Everything else was purchased months ago, or I’ve worn in before. Like I said before, I got real bills, and I cannot always afford to go buy the newest releases. I find it imperative to create beautiful and fashionable looks without spending an arm and a leg. In the future, I would like to do a blog post about my shopping process.

Black Slogan T-shirt paired with houndstooth flared pants and leather jacket. These pants, though, right? I have loved these pants ever since I saw them a few months ago on Nasty Gal. I actually ordered the suit, but I’m saving the jacket for another day. Pairing a regular t-shirt with something so extra can be amazing! I think the t-shirt gave the pants a little dress down moment, whereas a blouse could’ve made it look super dressed up.

White slogan t-shirt paired with leopard print skirt, blue booties, and denim jacket. Okay, so, Nasty Gal has become one of my favorites. The clothes are affordable, adorable, and super trendy. I got this denim jacket (with pockets!) for almost $10 and the skirt for nearly $26. The pants from the above outfit were nearly $20! Anyway, this outfit was again super comfortable. I chose to knot the shirt right above my waist as opposed to tucking in it because I always tuck my shirts in!

White slogan t-shirt with distressed jeans, pink and black mixed print wrap dress, and black booties. I actually wore this outfit to lunch with some friends right after this shoot. The shoes, although very cute, aren’t the most comfortable items. There is literally no support, so I will need to insert some for it to be comfortable. The idea of making the wrap dress into an almost duster jacket was inspired by another blogger whose name escapes me at this moment. But adding a fun little cardigan or duster if the weather is permitting, can upgrade any t-shirt. Throwing on some (hopefully comfortable) heels is another excellent way to pump up a t-shirt based outfit.

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Jeans, Jeans, and More Jeans

So, everyone (male, female, and everything in between, is on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans. In some cases, they are too long, too short, too loose, too tight, or just plain unflattering. Jeans are a staple in every wardrobe, one because they are so versatile, two because of …jeans. I absolutely love wearing jeans with so many different things. In the past few weeks, I have ordered 6 pairs of jeans from places I never ordered from before. But the purpose of this blog post is not just to show you guys a small portion of my jeans collection, but to give you guys tips on how to find the perfect pair of jeans.

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Proud

During high school, I had many insecurities about my skin tone. I wasn’t getting a lot of male attention, and I started to think it was because I was too dark. As I grew older, I began to love the features that God gave me and decided to embrace every piece of me, from my culture to my skin tone to my hair and full lips. There isn’t anything about me that I do not find beautiful, and I am choosing this blog post and slowly growing platform to celebrate it.

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We Can Be Professional Too

As you guys know, I am currently in grad school, obtaining my master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Update on grad school, it’s tougher than I thought it would be but rewarding when I take meaningful classes. This winter, I decided to take an accelerated course, 3 weeks, 3 times a week, for almost 4 hours a day. Yeah, it was pretty brutal. But, the class or frequency of the course was not the issue. The professor was an opinionated, filterless older gentleman that definitely said a lot of questionable things for the duration of the class. One of his comments resonated with me and inspired this blog post. “I don’t hire bigger people for a certain position because they don’t look as professional when they are speaking to the public.” This sparked a comment from one of my more vocal classmates, “so, because someone is bigger, they can’t look professional?” He made no comment but sort of shook his head. Read More »

Simple Black Turtleneck

I looked through my closet a few days ago, and I realized that turtlenecks are slowly creeping their way back into my wardrobe. I had written them off in my teenage years. I thought they weren’t going to make a comeback until I realized that I bought turtlenecks without…realizing that I bought turtlenecks. That made sense in my head. Anyway, a turtleneck can be a very versatile item in your wardrobe. You can dress it up or dress it down. It all depends on how you accessorize it. Also, you don’t have to have a fancy, expensive turtleneck. The one I am featuring in this post is about 20 dollars from Target and is actually a “layerable.” The simplicity of a simple black turtleneck is an absolute staple and should be in every girl’s wardrobe!Read More »

On Trend: White Boots

Alright, first and foremost, admit I’m going to admit that I was not into this trend when I first started to see it pop back up. I thought it looked kind of old school. You know, it brought me back to moments of white church shoes in my younger years. But the more I see it, the more into it I’m becoming. It is just like wearing a pop color with an all-black outfit or replacing nude with white, which works ultimately. I decided to try to challenge myself and see if I could create 3 looks featuring white boots. I can admit that sometimes I’m not sure of what to wear with certain things, and just like anyone perfecting their craft, I do research. I was actually very pleased with the outcome of these outfits, I’m kind of happy I decided to purchase these boots. The boots are from ASOS, they are currently sold out, but I found something similar that I’ll link below.Read More »