How to Dress Up Your Statement Pieces For Less

The challenge many women can face with high fashion statement pieces is cost. Once you have it, what do you do with it? Wear it only once? No! When you purchase high fashion or couture pieces, you are essentially investing in a quality piece. So, how do you dress up these pieces more than once without draining your bank account or sacrificing on style?

My solution has always been to go simple, classic, and elegant with basic pieces you can find in your everyday wardrobe and pair them with a statement piece. Let that expensive signature piece stand out.

I was elated when I got the chance to style up this high fashion floral embroidered duster from Eleven60. The “Pinky Promise” A-Line Bomber is a sheer floral embroidered A-Line bomber jacket with pink trim. It is a unique, beautiful piece and perfect addition to any plus-size queen’s wardrobe.

For my first look, I went to my closet to find all shades of pink. I pulled a ribbed knit pink dress from Forever 21. The rose colored dress compliments the floral bomber perfectly. Combined with Nude Chunky Lucite Heels, rose gold mirrored sunglasses, and a rose gold bangle set from Forever 21 accessories, it makes for an elegant and chic look.

For my second look, I paired the bomber with a white Sleeveless Bodysuit and Drawstring Pants in blush to create a chic yet casual look.  I accessorized the look with a pink Satin Bow Choker and floral stud earrings.

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Both looks, excluding the bomber, were obtained at a little over $100. That’s an amazing deal considering all the clothing, shoes, and accessories I was able to purchase. And, these basic pieces can be used to achieve many more looks.

Being able to dress in the latest styles shouldn’t mean breaking the bank. Investment in high fashion pieces can be easily styled with everyday affordable, trendy, and basic pieces from brands like Forever 21.

PHOTOGRAPHY: TOMMY KIM HTTP://WWW.TOMMYKIM.NET

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Items Featured

“PINKY PROMISE” A-LINE BOMBER – Eleven60

Plus Size Sleeveless Bodysuit – Forever 21

Plus Size Drawstring Pants – Forever 21

Chunky Lucite Heels – Forever 21

Satin Bow Choker – Forever 21

Similar/Suggested Items

Plus Size Cami Swing Dress – Forever 21

Plus Size Bodycon Henley Dress – Forever 21

Mirrored Bangle Set – Forever 21

Mirrored Cateye Sunglasses – Forever 21

Glow-in-the-Dark Flower Studs – Forever 21

 

 

Facing Your Fashion Fears: From Street to Chic

As a plus-size woman, I was limited on what to wear. Whether it’s avoiding horizontal stripes, or being encouraged to wear all black because it’s “slimming”, many of us have these parameters drilled into our head that our wardrobe reflects what’s called “safe pieces”.

Wearing clothing shouldn’t be revolutionary. Rather, it’s a form of expression of your personality and style. And as an ambassador for an apparel brand, Artista Apparel, I decided to take my active wear from street to chic.

First, the circus pants by Artista Apparel are dance/yoga pants designed for style and comfort. They aren’t like leggings that form tightly to your body and curves. While I am definitely the first to flaunt my curves, it is not the only thing I consider when putting an outfit together. I think about style, comfort, and confidence when I put together an outfit.

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A big girl wearing baggy pants? Isn’t that going to hide a curvy figure rather than accentuate it? I think the end results prove that as a curvy woman, my figure will look lovely even in clothing that may be deemed to make me look bigger and, therefore, unflattering according to societal standards. Pairing the black and red Aztec print circus pants with a black crop top, heels, and a bomber jacket elevate the look to an edgy high fashion ensemble.

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The black snakeskin crop top offers a little peek-a-boo at the midriff, which I am perfectly comfortable with and actually really love. The thought of having any sliver of my tummy peek out seemed like a horrendous idea, and one I avoided at all costs. Now, I think it’s actually kind of cute.

With the right accessories, you can certainly take pieces that would normally be seen as serving one purpose and see their versatility. I wanted to showcase how versatile these pieces from Artista Apparel can be, and show the quality and return on investment in these pieces. Additionally, I wanted to challenge myself and wear pieces that are normally off limits for plus-size women because when it comes to fashion and style there should be limitless possibilities.

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Photography: Tommy Kim http://www.tommykim.net

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Items Featured

Crop Top: Black Snakeskin Crop Top – Artista Apparel

Pants: Black & Red Aztec Print Circus Pants – Artista Apparel

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I went to a Plus-Size Pool Party in LA and guess what happened?

Last weekend I attended the second stop of the Golden Confidence Pool Party tour in L.A. Created by blogger and model Essie Golden, the #goldenconfidence hashtag has taken social media by storm. Women around the world are posting pictures in two-piece swimwear, body-hugging dresses, and any fashion piece that was previously deemed off limits for plus-size women. It is certainly empowering women everywhere and here is proof of that.

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I started off low-key, sipping on my drink and eating some delicious tacos away from the large crowd. I had planned my outfit perfectly and couldn’t wait to show it off, but I was in that familiar place. Remember  your first party, the first school dance, or any social function where you have on the perfect beautiful dress, but you just can’t seem to summon up the courage to dance, talk to the boy you like, or be a social butterfly? Well, that familiar feeling crept in as my friend and I shied away on the top deck.

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But soon enough the fear started fading away as we took selfies. And, guess what? No one was looking at the two big girls taking selfies in their swimsuits.

Everyone was eating, laughing, dancing, taking selfies, and checking out each other’s outfits. Let me say this about the fashion at the party, #SLAY ! You can check out some of the amazing looks captured by Cosmopolitan.com here.

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Thanks to City Chic and Essie Golden, I was one of five best dressed at the event along with @bougie_chic , @jazzmynejay , & @cocoscurvycloset . Dare I say ultimate #squadgoals?

And, look who was featured in Cosmopolitan.com? Read the article here.

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Essie Golden’s pool party inspired me to form a community for body positive and plus-size women in Austin, TX. I told Cosmopolitan.com that women should feel like this anywhere they go. More importantly, I felt free. Free to wear what I want, wherever, dance, and just be me.

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