Bathing suit season is quickly approaching which can cause anxiety for some of us ladies. For many years I would avoid wearing a bathing suit and when I did, I would only wear a suit with a skirted bottom. I honestly thought the skirt was hiding my thick thighs and bodacious booty (it wasn’t lemme tell ya! LOL) So while on my cruise last August, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go without a skirted bottom. This was the first time I had ever conjured up the nerve to venture out without a skirted bottom. At first I was scared because my security skirt/blanket was gone but after a while I completely forgot about it. After that I decided to never go back to a skirted bottom. Uncovering my lower half was another step in accepting my body, thick hips and all!
Now that I’ve “liberated” my hips (lol), I’m looking for new swim suit for the Summer. Plus size swim wear has come such a long way. Now there are chic, trendy choices for suits that still provide coverage and support. There are now bathing suits with fun prints and bold colors to reflect your personality. Below are a sample of some of the fantastic options out there. Which one is your favorite?
Although Spring arrived nearly a month ago, the temperatures didn’t catch on until the past couple of days. Since last Thursday, Philly has been basking in 70+ degree temperatures which has recharged my love for all things color. Although there is a cold front is on its way, I’m taking full advantage of this wonderful day by wearing all my favorite Spring colors!
What are your favorite Spring colors?
P.S. If you are interested in a Jibri skirt here are some of my takes: the skirts are TRUE TO SIZE, so definitely read the description of the skirt and check out the size chart before you buy. Jibri does custom sizing, so send your measurements for a custom fit (I believe there is no additional charge for custom orders but double-check just to make sure). Also if you’re not a fan of high waist skirts, ask if she would be willing to make the skirt with a natural waist. I absolutely love my skirt! I’ve been waiting for a plus size designer to make a Chartreuse colored midi and Jibri didn’t disappoint at all! The construction and fit of the skirt was just what I wanted.
Skirt: Jibri (here)
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins (sold out)
Shoes: Nine West (here)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (old)
Clutch: old cosmetic bag!
“With this collection we wanted to portray a feeling of effervescence and grace — an image of a woman who enjoys life and isn’t afraid to show it through what she chooses to wear.” says the IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Design Team.
When I found out that the tutu was going to be the next 30+ Style Collaboration, I was like “no way Jose!”. I’ve seen multiple bloggers looking wonderful rocking a tutu but I couldn’t see myself doing it. I’ve accepted there are some trends that are just not for me (me and harem pants will NEVER mix!) and I had put tutus in that category….until now. As we all know, sometimes rising to a challenge helps us to grow as a person. Participating in this collaboration helps me shatter the myth that women over 40 don’t have fun with fashion…yes we do! We like to be on trend just like everyone else! Dont let that “dressing your age” crap stifle you and stop you from looking your absolute best. Remember….STYLE HAS NO AGE OR SIZE!
Check out how the other bloggers in the 30+ Collaboration styled their tutus!
I think it’s safe to say that white shoes can very polarizing…you either love or hate them. I’ve been on the fence about white shoes for years. Lately white heels have made a fashionable comeback which has renewed my interest in them. So when I found these cute Marc Fisher kitten heels marked down from $69 to $40 at Macy’s I had to scoop them up!
Blazer: Lane Bryant (here)
Cropped Pants: Talbots Woman (here)
Shirt: Lane Bryant (very old)
Shoes: Marc Fisher (bought the last pair in the store & couldn’t find them online…SORRY!!!)
So if you are looking to add a white pair to your Spring/Summer wardrobe, below are a few of my favorites!
First I want to thank everyone who submitted suggestions in my last post. I meant so much to see how many people have taken interest in my blog. So again… thank you!
Finding the right skirt for your body can be tricky. For me over the knee skirts don’t work because of my shelf booty. After having people tell me that they could see my Spanx from behind, I had to give them up. So when the midi length trend ushered in a few of years ago, I quickly jumped on it. I had finally found a skirt length that worked for my body. Midi skirts are a classic wardrobe staple and is perfect for someone who doesn’t like short skirts but still wants to show some leg (ME!). They are flattering on women of all sizes and ages. Now that the midi is here to stay, you can find them in a variety of colors and prints. I like dressing up my midi’s with a blouse and dressing them down with a t-shirt and denim jacket. Next time you wear your skirt, pair it with a cool sneaker or a peep toe pump for some variety. If you are a little on the short side, a midi might be too long but try one anyway. You can always have it hemmed to the length you desire. Remember, fashion “rules” are meant to be broken. Wear what feels good to YOU!
Ever since I stumbled across Etsy months ago, I’ve become smitten with stores like Clutched and Covered, Love Cortnie (wonderfully handmade clutches),Jibri (fashion forward plus size clothing that will make you swoon!) and many more.
Now that I finally found a good seamstress, I’m always on Etsy looking for fabric for more projects. During one of my searches, I came across Chimzi Fashion and instantly fell in love with the fabric of the skirt I’m wearing today. The wonderful mix of primary colors was definitely what I was looking for. I’ve been wanting an African print skirt for a while now, so it felt good to finally make it a reality. Trust me, this beauty is gonna be in heavy rotation this upcoming Spring and Summer!
Are you a fan of Etsy? If so, what are some of your favorite stores?
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Old Navy (old)
Turtleneck: Gap (bought last Fall)
Skirt: Custom by Curvy Urbane
Shoes: Nine West