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Dress Up: 12 Spring Dresses To Love

Every April since 1839, the Friday before the Crabbies Grand National at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England becomes the fabulous celebration of style known as the Aintree Ladies Day.  This early spring day is dedicated to three things: horseracing, fashion, and fun --much like our own Kentucky Derby in May, but much more fun and carefree than the more formal races at Ascot. 

Ladies from Liverpool and beyond flock to the races in amazing dresses and hats to watch the races and compete in the Aintree Ladies Day Style Contest that nets the winner a new car and a few thousand pounds in prize money. 

What's not to love about an excuse to get dressed up and feel feminine and fancy?  Spring’s cheerful palettes and soft fabrics combine with great lines and on-point trends in this collection of plus size dresses inspired by the well-dressed ladies of Aintree. 

Bright, tropical colors, modern florals and crisp whites were the themes of the day. Even the gentlemen dressed to match in bright, bold and whimsical prints. Hemlines ran the gamut, but the number one accessory was a great smile as women celebrated a day out with friends. 

There are only 16 days left until the Kentucky Derby! I hope the gorgeous dresses below inspire you to gather some good friends, maybe even a mint julep, for our own American celebration of style and horseracing with great dresses and of course, fabulous hats! 

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1. Donna Morgan Plus Size Julie Chiffon Dress

2. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On The Boardwalk Dress

3. Fresh Produce Plus Size Sunburst Dress

4. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Seamed Sheath Dress

5. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Maxi Dress

6. Karen Kane Plus Size Funny Dot Cascade Wrap Dress

7. Alejandra Sky Plus Size Juissa Maxi Dress

8. BB Dakota Plus Size Hilary Dress

9. Rachel Pally Plus Spaghetti Wrap Dress

10. Calvin Klein Plus Fit & Flate Slim Pleat

11. Calvin Klein Plus Scalope Eyelet Dress

12. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Photoreal Fit & Flare Dress

If you choose one of the great dresses featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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HUE Leggings for Easy Everyday Style

We’re all about effortless style, particularly when the weather heats up! That’s why we love the easy and oh-so-comfy leggings and pants from HUE. Imagine being able to walk around as if you’re wearing pajamas or your favorite lounge pants, all while looking completely stylish and put together. HUE leggings make your everyday style as comfy as it cute, and for that, we’re big fans!

Below are some of our favorite leggings styles from HUE and tops to pair them with as we make our way into summer:

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Skinny “Jeans”

HUE “Original Jeanz” Legging

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Breezy Tunics

1. Lucy Love Kenzie Tunic

2. Free People Shibori Magic Printed Pullover

3. Maison Scotch Cute Printed Tunic Top

 

 

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Printed Skimmer

HUE Floral Chill Rayon Jersey Skimmer

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Solid Tees & Blouses

1. Sam Edelman Dolman Sleeve Flounce Tee

2. Splendid Slub Tee

3. BB Dakota Annerose Woven Top

 

 

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Crop & Capri

HUE Original Jeans Capri

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Tank Tops & Camis

1. French Connection Isla Ripple

2. BCBGeneration Double Layer Tank Top

3. Alternative Linen Slit Back Tank Top

 

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New Brand Spotlight: Lightning Bolt

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Born in Hawaii and inspired by surf culture at its purest form, Lightning Bolt is a clothing brand that is, at its core, a symbol of the inherent passion, energy and connection to nature that surfing provides. It celebrates the individuals who live the surf lifestyle as a canvas of pure self-expression.

Their range of premium t-shirts, board shorts, hoodies and sweatshirts is designed consciously and with function in mind. While Lightning Bolt is always evolving, the brand is always committed to its ethos—A Pure Source.

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8 Must-Haves in Fashion Footwear for Spring-Summer

If variety really is the spice of life, then this season’s hottest shoe trends are destined to keep your spring and summer months extra spicy! As the weather heats up, our need for cute sandals and shoes definitely moves up on the style priority list. From metallic stacked heel sandals to easy-to-wear strappy flat sandals, the fashion footwear landscape is full of fabulous styles to complement all your warm-weather outfits.

Below are a few of our top shoe trends to wear now and well into late summer!

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SLIDE SANDALS

Easy style and all-day comfort is the name of the game when it comes to one of the season’s most sought-after sandal styles. This simple design looks great paired with mini dresses, distressed shorts and topped off with a carefree vibe. 

Featured style: Sbicca Admiral


CUFFED ANKLE STRAPS

We love pairing our cuffed skinny jeans with sandals featuring a noteworthy ankle strap. This style also looks fantastic with your A-line dresses for all those spring and summer weddings and other special events!

Featured style: GX by Gwen Stefani Adams Sandal

 

MINIMAL FLAT SANDALS

Whether it’s paired with a bikini and cover-up or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, the minimal thong sandal is one of those styles that lends itself to easy grab-and-go wear every day!

Featured style: Chinese Laundry Glitterati

 

METALLICS

Give your casual looks a hint of glam with shiny metallic finishes that read like neutrals, making them super versatile for plenty of outfit pairing options. 

Featured style: Dune London Jordann

 

ESPADRILLES

Done high on a wedge or low on a slip-on sneaker, the espadrille never fails to make a major splash every summer. This classic detail is quintessential warm-weather style at its finest.

Featured style: Jessica Simpson Bristol

 

GLADIATORS

Go bold this season with the addition of an edgy gladiator sandal to your style repertoire. There are many different versions of this look, from low and classic to ones that go all the way up to the knee! Pair them with your favorite maxi dresses or cut-off shorts for a festival-inspired look.

Featured style: MIA Game

 

WHITE-HOT

It’s no secret that white is one of the season’s must-have hues. A white sandal is an easy way to infuse this trend into your everyday spring looks. Try a wooden wedge with a dash of retro style done in vibrant white leather!

Featured style: Lucky Brand Lyndell

 

FRINGE

A touch of fringe gives a fun, bohemian-inspired vibe whether you’re at Coachella . Let’s not forget the always-popular ankle boot!  We love pairing ours with mini summer dresses.

Featured style: Steve Madden Ponncho

 

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Glance Spotlight: The Look- Girls Who Brunch

Sunday brunch is one of the most anticipated highlights of the weekend, and for good reason! It’s a great time to catch up with friends over food and mimosas while unwinding in casual-cool style.

On Glance, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite stylishly laidback and chic pieces to create a foolproof look that’s perfect for enjoying a leisurely brunch with your favorite ladies. Click through the link below to see our brunch favorites in clothing, accessories and of course, shoes!

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New Brand Spotlight: She + Lo

New Brand Spotlight, She + Lo, She+Lo, She + Lo handbags, hobo bags, fashion handbags, She + Lo totes, She + Lo clutches, fashion bags, In fall of 2014, Sheila Nazarian & Laura Darrah started She + Lo, their namesake handbag line featuring easy-to-wear California-inspired designs with a distinctive edge.

Their handbags all feature custom craftsmanship using the most of-the-moment trends such as zipper details and bold pops of color.

Available in a variety of shapes, from hobo to structured totes to sassy clutches for evening, She + Lo handbags offer a funky take on tried-and-true classics. Additionally, custom-designed hardware like matte black studs, clasps and zippers give all their handbag styles an unmistakable edge that makes the She + Lo brand one to watch this season!

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5 Spring Wedding Shoes to Fall in Love With

Few occasions in life top the magnitude and grandeur of a wedding. So isn’t it safe to say that one of life’s most important events deserves a pair of shoes that are worthy of the big moment? After all, the bride’s shoes are the finishing touch to what’s more than likely the most photographed outfit of her life!

Whether you go with a pair of elegant satin pumps by Badgley Mischka, Caparros platform sandals or Adrianna Papell ankle-strap heels, look for wedding shoes that complement your dress and your personal style. It also doesn’t hurt to pick heels that you can wear again on a fancy night out with your sweetie or to attend another wedding…since you know, wedding season is really all year round!

So without further ado, below are five gorgeous wedding shoe trends we LOVE for spring.

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1. Badgley Mischka Lavender II

2. Nina Canton

3. Caparros Susannah

4. Blue by Betsey Johnson Song

5. Adrianna Papell Rebecca


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4 Brands Who LOVE (and flatter) Your Curves

I recently saw an amazing picture of a sign under a scale at a bariatric clinic in Denver that read: “This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity.  THAT’S IT.  It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love.” 

What an amazing and wonderful thing to see right next to one of the most dreaded devices known to womankind. No matter what our size, many of us spend a lot of time fretting over the numbers on the scale, rather than the numbers that really matter- the smiles we share every day, the hugs we give our friends and loved ones, or the hours we give to help others.

I personally spent years feeling that my value was directly related to the number on the scale. That is, until I learned to not only love my body for the miraculous things it is capable of. Over the years, I’ve also discovered some amazing plus clothing brands that truly understand that some women’s bodies are little more luscious and curvy than others- and do amazing things to flatter them.

There is nothing better than slipping into a fabulous piece by Kiyonna. Their cuts are amazing, the flow and feel of their fabrics are fabulous, and the fit flatters every curve while artfully camouflaging areas you might not want to flaunt.

JAG Jeans tops and bottoms utilize flattering cuts, great washes and amazing prints. I love their sophisticated take on denim that can be dressed up or down, all while defeating the dreaded muffin top! Their tops blend fabulous prints with light and airy fabrics that feel as good as they look.

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1. Kiyonna Promenade Top

2. NYDJ Plus Size Solid 3/4 Sleeve Pleat Back

3. Poppy & Bloom Spring Forward Dress

4. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size On the Boardwalk Dress

5. Kiyonna Wanderlust Wrap Top

6. NYDJ Plus Size Dora Skirt

7. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-On Crop

8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Pull-On Skirt

I don’t think I can ever say enough nice things about NYDJ and their life-changing jeans and skirts.  Cut for curves and flattering for every “asset”, their bottoms are almost magical! My personal favorite feature is the knowledge that I can chase my minions around any playground in their jeans without ever worrying about bending or squatting and showing off my underthings to the other parents.

Finally, let’s talk Poppy & Bloom, a new addition to Zappos.com. I am in total fashion lust with their gorgeous spring collection. From pinup-inspired pieces to office-ready skirts and dresses, you can’t help but feel both fierce and feminine in their clothing. They fit and flatter every curve while staying perfectly on trend.

I hope you’ll give these amazing plus fashion clothing brands a try! Their dedication to making women of all shapes and sizes feel and look fabulous is second to none, each having a great story to tell. 

If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!