Fashion To Figure, I Love You

As a plus-sized woman, even a woman in general, I’m always on the hunt for the next best thing in fashion. I like to stay current, so I follow the best bloggers, the most relevant fashion lines, and I have literally downloaded every single app. I am always looking for something to wow me and something that I can easily create outfits in my head for. Side note: I should probably do a blog post where I style things, I couldn’t easily create an outfit. Anyway, I stumbled upon Fashion To Figure quite a few years ago when I was looking for an outfit for my aunt’s wedding. I followed them until they closed all the stores and then was super excited when they reopened them under New York and Company.

FTF is an exclusive plus-size brand. They got from a 0 to a 4 or 5 for specific clothing and up to a 24 in pants. The is an excellent range for apparel. They are always up to date on their trends and release new clothing every week it seems like. They have workwear, swimsuits, beautiful seasonal dresses, lovely tops, the greatest bodysuits, cute sets, lingerie and intimates, and jewelry. I have a few issues with their sizing, which isn’t a big deal. I can really wear anywhere from a 0 to a 2 depending on the material and the make. It makes shopping online (which is pretty much all I do) kinda difficult. Returns are relatively straightforward, though; I usually take it to the store closest to my home. The other issue is that they don’t currently have an app. Other than that, I have NO problems with FTF. Their clothes are of quality, and their prices might be a little high, but the store consistently has sales. Navigating the website is also very easy.

Loves, before we get into these beautiful clothes, I had a few things to say. We are all watching the news and silently freaking out about the COVID-19 virus and the issues surrounding it. I just wanted to remind you all that every moment in life counts. 2020 started off rocky for me, I don’t know about you guys, but I did not expect life to hit me so interestingly. If I’ve learned anything from 2020 so far is that life is full of surprises, and some of them aren’t going to be enjoyable. Kobe Bryant’s death shook everyone to the core and made it so that people started questioning everything in life. COVID-19 is bringing about the worst in people and also causing people to carpe diem. All I’m saying is, if you want something in life, go for it. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to fall into your lap before you make a change.

Do the things that make you happiest and waste no time on things that interrupt any part of your peace. Don’t talk about it to anyone, don’t brag about your plans, don’t put on for the ‘Gram, do it! Live more life, laugh more, cry more, smile more, enjoy it. If you love someone, tell them. Shoot your shot with your crush. Go on that vacation that you always wanted (I know I said you don’t wait but wait until it’s safe to travel to some of these countries). Do everything before it’s too late. Alright, I’m hopping off of my soapbox. Let’s get to these clothes.

Olive green, puffy-sleeved jumpsuit with snakeskin booties. This jumpsuit is now a staple in my closet, and I’ll wear it every year for the rest of my life probably. It is so comfortable and cute! There are such lovely details; the sleeves tie at the wrist, and the legs tie at the ankles.

Tie-dye mesh dress with transparent wedges. I am so sorry; this dress was completely sold out online the last time I checked. Do you know what ruching does for a body? Absolutely amazing thing! This dress was very flattering, and I was very comfortable wearing it around town. I can’t wait until they release another color!

Polka dot surplice top with coral slip skirt and transparent heels. This top is very low cut in the front, I had a bit of a hard time BUT super cute. Very comfortable and springy. I’m really into polka dots these days. Don’t judge me. The bottom of the top isn’t tight, but it’s more fitted than the rest of the blouse.

Olive green off-the-shoulder cargo dress with platform Fenty Pumas. Listen, if you love this dress as much as I do, go buy it now! This dress was absolutely one of my favorite items that I have ever purchased from FTF. The details are impeccable, and I love that it’s off-the-shoulder and not a regular collared dress. I decided to wear these sneakers because I wanted to dress it down just a bit. When I do wear it again, I’ll probably wear less chunky shoes.

#letsgetthroughthistogether

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.

#LetsGetThroughThisTogether

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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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 »

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 »

Sweaters and Skirts

Okay, so, it is 2020, and we are doing our best to make this year everything we want it to be! So, remember last year when I wore that gorgeous, white skirt from Target? One, the skirt was an absolute hit! Two, I fell in love with skirts and decided to purchase a lot more. I was afraid to wear skirts because I felt like my area of difficulty (tum-tum) was going to be highlighted even more. But when I wore the white skirt, I found that there were ways around it, and I was not going to eliminate an entire trend just because of my confidence. So, how I made skirts work for me is by either wearing a sweater with it or wearing a skirt with a pattern, pleating, or ruching to distract from the said problem Read More »

I Got 2020 Vision

Guys…it is almost the new year. It is nearly time to start seeing “new year, new me” on every Instagram post, Facebook status, Twitter tweet, and whatever other social platforms we use. People always say it but end up having the same year over and over and over again. I do not want that for me in 2020, and I am looking forward to creating, not a new Shanice, but a better one. Starting a new year means that you have a blank canvas to paint on and add to your collection. It doesn’t mean that you scrap the old painting and start all over. The start of a new year doesn’t mean that you have to reinvent yourself, you shouldn’t be doing that anyway. A new year should be seen as an opportunity, rather than a chance to become a new you. Carry all of the mistakes and lessons over and ensure that you make the changes necessary to create a better situation for yourself.Read More »

Long Story Short: I Look Like a Present

Christmas is literally on Wednesday, which means the end of the year is upon us, but we’ll talk about that another day! As we near the end of the year, I am going to be reflecting on certain things and just giving you guys a recap of this year. I am honestly looking forward to 2020 and what it holds for me. However, today, I am here to talk about this shirt that made me look like the cutest Christmas present ever. Also, about Christmas and what it means to me, but mostly the top.Read More »

Tips for Plus-Sized Ladies

When I first released my blog in July, I had no idea the kind of support or feedback I would receive. One of the most common comments that I received was that women never had someone to tell them or show them how to style their plus-sized bodies or what to wear in general. I understand and can sympathize, trust me! My body changes and has changed over the past few years, I had to learn to dress my body and know what’s right for me. So, I wanted to share my growing knowledge with you guys. Now I usually gear my posts toward plus-sized women, but this can go for any size woman or even men. Read More »

Deconstructed Suit

Hello, and welcome back to my blog page. Today we’re going to be discussing suits. Okay, I couldn’t last with the seriousness too long. Well, we are going to be talking suits, specifically one suit, so that part was genuine. BUT Hello everyone, how are ya? I hope your week was awesome, mine left something to be desired that’s for sure! This week I decided it was finally time to wear the suit that I had been holding on to for quite some time. I’m not really super into suits, but I have seen the rise in trend over the last year. So, I thought I would show you guys how I styled my suit together and separately. Suits are not in my regular work repertoire, but I have an intense fascination with wearing a suit to a formal event with some type of lacey bodysuit and some sky-high stilettos. That’s going to stay a fantasy for a while because me and sky-high stilettos do not typically work out, I do the weird buckle that Kevin Hart talked about in his comedy special.Read More »