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School Daze: 12 Looks for Back-to-Cool

As much as we all hate to face it, summer is almost at an end, which means the start of a new school year, new classes, new teachers and best of all, updated clothes, shoes and bags! 

I loved and hated going back to school when I was younger. The latter reason was because, at that time, there seemed to be this weird belief in the fashion industry that if you were a curvy girl you wanted to look like a 45-year-old woman who dressed for a very dull office environment. I skillfully dodged cameras most of my middle and high school career unless I was wearing something I had designed and made myself. Thankfully today we have great designers who know that curves come on women of all ages and lifestyles. And with that, they bring us young, fun and funky pieces that hug and flatter those beautiful curves this fall.  

What are some of the hottest trends for back to school this year? Trendy jeans in skinny and boot cuts, tunics in soft fabrics that feel as amazing as they look, and hi-lo hem dresses that can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways. Furthermore, we’ve got updated plaid button-downs (in fabrics other than flannel!), rompers, cardigans and, of course, basic tees in silky-smooth cottons. Mix these with great outerwear in warm fall colors, on-trend boots, and a stylish alternative to the traditional backpack. That’s it — you’re ready for a great school year! 

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  1. DKNY Jeans Batik Print Romper
  2. BB Dakota Gaston
  3. Karen Kane Long Sleeve Hi Lo Dress
  4. Marika Curves Mix Up Tunic
  5. Vince Camuto Serengeti Cinched Waist Rumple Anorak
  6. Columbia Camp Henry™ L/S Shirt
  7. Terramar Short Sleeve Scoop Top W8790W
  8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Erin Cuffed Ankle in Khaki
  9. Levi's® 315™ Shaping Bootcut
  10. Levi's® Mid Rise Skinny
  11. Herschel Supply Co. Market
  12. Steve Madden Exclusive - Damiannn

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Opposites Attract: 12 Sharp Looks in Black & White

Karl Lagerfeld once said, "Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means." The perfection of a high contrast look is hard to put into words, but we know chic when we see it. Wearing head-to-toe black and white is probably one of the easiest ways to achieve a put-together look by mixing and matching basic pieces. Whether you’re dressing for work, for fun or just for relaxing at home, nothing feels better than knowing you look amazing. 

Combine a great contrast with fabulous fit and fabrics, and you have a major win. Personally, I love the simplicity and clean lines you have when mixing black and white; it echoes the feeling of satisfaction I get from seeing black words fill a blank page as I write. For others, black and white reminds them of an old Western, where you always knew the good guy was in a white cowboy hat and the bad guy was in black. Whatever the reason, I hope that you are as big of a fan of this classic and clean combination as I am, and that you enjoy this week’s picks.

If you’re feeling fabulous and fierce in the looks 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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  1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Roll Sleeve Blouse
  2. Vince Camuto Plus Size Serengeti Sleeveless Spotted Lynx Blouse w/Solid Trim
  3. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Cold Shoulder Blouse
  4. Jag Jeans Plus Size Paley Boot Leg in White
  5. Steve Madden Plus Size Aztec Scallop Fringed Topper
  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Printed Wide Lege Pants
  7. Karen Kane Plus Size Crossover V-Neck Dress
  8. Kiyonna Sugar and Spice Dress
  9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Sleeveless Lace Dress
  10. Bedhead Plus Size Notch Collar Pajama
  11. Tommy Bahama Plus Size Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up
  12. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Hammond Knits Pajama Set
     

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Wrap Dresses for Every Occasion

If we had to pick one dress silhouette that we could classify as universally flattering, it would have to be the wrap dress. There’s just something about that figure-enhancing front drape that makes it so easy to throw on for any occasion to give you an instant dose of pulled-together style.

Below are a few of our picks to illustrate just how versatile the wrap dress can truly be:  

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For the Office: 

1. Calvin Klein Ribbed Sweater Dress

2. Karen Kane “Geo Dot” Cascade Wrap Dress

3. Kenneth Cole New York “Chantal” Dress

For a Night Out:

1. Adrianna Papell Floral Print Faux Wrap Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress  

3. Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique Galaxy Print Draped Sheath

For Casual Days:

1. Kuhl “Grace” Dress

2. Smartwool “Maybell” Dress

3. The North Face “Joice” Wrap Dress


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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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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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Find the Best Maxi Dresses for YOUR Body!

We are smack dab in the middle of maxi dress season and some of you may be thinking, “With so many choices, how do I find the best one for me?” I am here, my lovelies, to give you a heads up on how to pick out the right maxi dress for a flawless look all season long.

For my busty sisters, a V-neck or racer back maxi with ample straps or sleeves is a great the way to go! They show off the "girls" tastefully, and still give you the ability to wear a supportive bra! Try not to rely on strapless maxi dresses too much unless you have an awesome strapless bra; otherwise, your "little women" will sit lower on your chest than you'd like, causing you to lose your waistline.

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1. O'Neill Dean Dress

2. Rachel Pally Xena Dress

For my curvy fashionistas, don’t let society tell you that prints, bold colors and fitted maxi dresses aren’t the way to go. Plus size does not have to equal boring! Wear your prints, bright and bold colors, and rock a body conscious, hip huggin' maxi! However, make sure you are putting your best foot forward when doing so.

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Space Dyed Maxi

2. Lysse Plus Size Maxi Dress

When you are going for a figure-flaunting look, be sure to wear the proper under garments. We big gals tend to have a little extra movement when walking, and Spanx shapewear is great at smoothing out and slimming up your silhouette. Try it under a drop-waist, A-line maxi that flatters every curve. Keep in mind that nice flowing maxi dresses are also a great option for most types of figures. Here are a few examples of awesome maxi dresses for the curvaceous!

For my petite ladies, hi-low maxi dresses are great for lengthening your overall look. With the hem cut in the front, you elongate your legs and create the illusion of being taller, even when wearing flats!

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1. BB Dakota Kase Dress

2. Karen Kane Hi Lo Contrast Hem Dress

For my athletic ladies, the more feminine the better! Opt for maxi dresses with ruffles, lace, and chiffon to soften the body and create curves.

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1. Adrianna Papell Long Deco Bead Blouson Dress

2. Tbags Los Angeles Beaded Halter Maxi

If you are a little shy about showing your arms, look for an off-the-shoulder look or a simple short sleeve. You are still creating a gorgeous look while staying comfortable!

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1. Culture Phit Ayden Dress

2. Bailey 44 Joni Dress

Lastly, for my skinny misses, you could pretty much get away with anything, so go all out! Don't be afraid to try sleeveless, printed, body-conscious maxi dresses this season!

I hope this helps to keep you looking chic and comfy in the maxi dress of your dreams this season! Happy maxin’!

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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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Polished: Spring Dresses for Every Occasion

Spring weddings, seaside vacations, al fresco dinner dates, nights out on the town… This season is brimming with opportunities to wear beautiful dresses!

We’ve rounded up a few of our recent favorites to give your spring wardrobe a nice dose of feminine style:

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1. Nally & Millie Lace Dress

2. Kenneth Cole New York Hilary Dress

3. Hatley Shift Dress

4. KAMALIKULTURE V Back Neck Maxi Gown

5. Karen Kane Reverse Seam Carolyn Maxi

6. 525 america Ruffle Maxi Tie Dye Dress

7. Calvin Klein Printed Matte Jersey Maxi

8. DKNYC City Jersey Sleeveless Draped Dress

9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Fulham Stripe Dress

10. Allen Allen Tie Dye Dress


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