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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

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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. 

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Rock Some Spring Denim!

The best thing about denim is that you’re always wrapped in comfort and confidence, day or night. Great jeans really do highlight our best assets -- from a great seat to strong legs, and everything in between. 

A great-fitting pair of jeans can be paired in an astounding number of ways -- dressed up with a great jacket, purse, heels and accessories, or dressed down with classic Chuck Taylors and a comfortable cotton tee. Denim capris or shorts can be pulled on over a bathing suit at the end of a day at the beach, or worn on days when you’re just zipping around town running errands.   

Denim in various washes and cuts can be rocked at every time of the year, and I’m so excited to share with you a great selection of plus size denim, from shorts to skirts to pants, that will carry you from spring through the summer. I hope you are as inspired as we are to experiment and rock denim in lots of stylish ways this warm-weather season! 

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1. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Ludlow Shorts

2. NYDJ Plus Size Briella Shorts

3. NYDJ Plus Size Dayla Wide Cuff Capri

4. Levi's Plus Size Classic Capri

5. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Skirt

6. Jag Jeans Plus Size Relaxed Henry Boyfriend


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Spring Is Here! 12 Pieces to Welcome It.

For me, my favorite thing about spring is that it is a time of new beginnings where we can re-evaluate what we’ve done so far this year, and a great opportunity to get rid of all the lumpy, dumpy clothes, heavy coats and dark sweaters. Oh, and I get to celebrate my birthday in the spring!

Something about spring always makes me want to wear dresses, preferably ones from Poppy & Bloom, BB Dakota, and Rachel Pally, spin around in circles, walk barefoot in the grass and just be outside with friends and family, whether for cocktails on a patio or at the park.

I am absolutely in love with the dusty, mature pastels many designers are featuring this year. These soft, gentle pops of color brighten your day without making you feel like a jellybean. They also transition beautifully to summer and even into the fall.  Jag Jeans capris and DKNY Jeans shorts are perfect for enjoying those concerts in the park or just relaxing as the little ones gather bouquets of dandelions and purple clovers.

Since the days start out cooler before warming up midday, I love to ease into the season with light layers and three-quarter length sleeves. The added protection from the sun is just a bonus for people who burn at the mere thought of the sun, like me!  Speaking of protection, a great sun hat is not only a fabulous fashion statement, it keeps your face and neck protected, and in the long run, looking younger for years! Round out your look this season with an incredibly gorgeous, soft pastel leather handbag, whether in a hobo bag like the one featured below from COACH, or a tote bag for the beach.

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1. BB Dakota Plus Size Parson Knit

2. Karen Kane Plus Size Lace Tank Top

3. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Eyelet and Lace Top

4. Poppy & Bloom Ladies Who Lunch Dress

5. BB Dakota Plus Size Parry Dress

6. Rachel Pally Plus Long Sleeveless Caftan Dress

7. Marika Curves Plus Size Whitney Cascade Cardigan

8. COACH Pebbled Leather Scout Hobo

9. Goorin Brothers Mrs. Davis Hat

10. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Ludlow Shorts

11. Jag Jeans Plus Size Caley Pull-on Crop Pant

12. BB Dakota Plus Size Noreen Skirt

I hope you are as inspired to leave behind the dark and dreary days of winter as I am by these pieces. If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on the blog, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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Lucky You: Great Looks to Make Them Green with Envy

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Ireland’s unique history and culture celebrated by both the Irish (and those who wish they were!) all over the world. Revelers as far back as the 1680s believed that wearing green clothing made one invisible to leprechauns and fairy creatures, and thus they would be saved from the painful pinches these creatures would bestow on those they could see. In later years, revelers took it upon themselves to pinch those not wearing green, just in case there were no leprechauns around to do it!

These days, we celebrate being Irish (or wanting to be Irish) with green beer, good whiskey, parades, and if we’re really lucky, attending a good cèilidh where we can do all of the above while dancing and drumming the night away. Of course, you’ll want to have an amazing green outfit and gorgeous green accessories to keep those pinches away. Why not look fabulous while hiding from mischievous leprechauns!

I’ve gathered a few great pieces this week to hide you from the wee folk and maybe make a few Irish eyes smile upon ye. Here’s to an amazing and fun St. Patrick’s Day for all! Enjoy amazing company, great food and maybe even some good Irish whiskey. Sláinte!

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1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Neck Roll Shirt

2. Vince Camuto Plus Size Short Sleeve Artful Strokes Shift Dress

3. Alex and Ani Lucky Clover Charm Bangle

4. DKNYC Plus Size Side Ruched Blouse

5. Columbia Plus Size Zero Rules Shirt

6. Columbia Plus Size Just Right™ Straight Leg Pant

7. House of Harlow 1960 Classic Station Necklace

8. Furla Lotus Large Carryall Tote

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Bringing It In Like a Lion(ess): 10 Plus Size Picks for Spring Transition

In spite of snow currently covering 92% of the continental US (keep laughing, Hawaii, we’re still working on that giant catapult to throw a snowball at you guys), spring is moving closer and closer every day.  When it's jacket weather in the morning and too hot for a jacket by afternoon, what’s a fashionable curvy girl to do? 

This week, I’ve put together a few options that can save your sanity and your style. First off, layering is key. Building a wardrobe with beautiful "shoulder-season" pieces is a good wardrobe solution, keeping us warm but reminding us that spring is just around the corner.

BB Dakota’s fabulous Lucy jacket gives us the extra layer we need to keep the chill away, while the fabulous floral print is a subtle reminder that warmer weather is on the way. A fabulous Rachel Pally Plus dress that will transition to spring and into summer gets extra distance when paired with a great cardigan now, and a fabulous straw hat later.

Softer, more grown-up pastels keep us in a spring mindset. Try a stylish take on the sweatshirt DKNY Jeans to bring in soft color. Casual and practical outwear by Columbia will keep you warm and dry while providing a soft pop of color on the dreariest of spring days. Last but not least, great boyfriend jeans from NYDJ and more remind us spring is coming while still keeping us warm and fairly covered up.

Keep strong, everyone; spring is only 17 days away and we spring forward this weekend, so we’ll see more and more of that fabulous sunshine!

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1. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Dry Dye Eyelet Pieced Top

2. BB Dakota Plus Size Lucy Jacket

3. Poppy & Bloom Spring Forward Dress

4. Rachel Pally Plus Size Spaghetti Strap Wrap Maxi Dress

5. Roper Plus Size Vintage Floral Printed Chiffon

6. Vince Camuto Plus Shawl Collar Cardigan

7. Columbia Plus Size Sweet As Softshell Hoodie

8. Columbia Plus Size EvaPOURation Jacket

9. NYDJ Plus Size Billie Mini Boot Jeans

10. NYDJ Plus Size Tanya Boyfriend Jeans

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New Brand Spotlight: Poppy & Bloom

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Poppy & Bloom is a Seattle-based company is best known for its vibrant colors, whimsical prints, timeless shapes, and flattering silhouettes exclusively available in sizes 14- 24W. Designs are all fit-tested by a variety of bodies and designed for women who want to share their beauty with the world. 

Made entirely in the USA for the woman who knows that beauty transcends size-and that life is too short to wear boring clothes, We are excited to welcome Poppy & Bloom to the Zappos family!

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10 Plus Size Picks to Chase the Winter Blues Away

This past week, the only word most people can use to describe what’s going on outside is "freezing". That pesky groundhog saw his shadow, so here we are in the last grips of winter -- and old man winter sure wants to remind us he’s still here!

This is the time of year a lot of people get hit by the “winter blues”. This year, instead of letting the weather and the grey days get you down, why not do something to help light up your life?  Volunteer for a worthwhile cause! This time of year, it's hard to find people to walk all those adorable dogs at the local shelter- and you might just meet the new furry love of your life! Try something new with friends, or plan a “Go Away Winter” party, decorate with a tropical theme and sip margaritas and drinks with cute little umbrellas while blasting summer-themed music. You could even take a class or workshop on joy & happiness, or just go see an amazing comic with friends and laugh the night away.

While chasing away the winter blues, why not do it all in some amazing shades of blue that will leave you feeling anything but? Blues in bright, fun hues are headlining a lot of looks this season-- from rich, deep navy to brilliant turquoise. These beautiful pieces in amazing shades of blue- are sure to help you chase those winter blues away!

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1. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Raglan Chiffon Blouse

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Denim Jacket

3. Kiyonna Ciara Cinch Dress

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Long Sleeve Boatneck Dress

5. Karen Kane Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Pick Up Top

6. Calvin Klein Plus Size Zip Front Roll Sleeve Top

7. Calvin Klein Plus Size Print Kimono Top

8. Vince Camuto Plus Brushstrokes V-Neck Shirttail Blouse

9. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Classic Fit Skirt

10. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Soho Skinny Jeans

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