Outfits Plus size

Florals For Spring? Groundbreaking.

I finally found the box containing all of my favorite clothes in my storage unit yesterday. Although this specific floral dress is new to me, via Gwynnie Bee, it looks much like almost everything I brought home. Five loads of laundry later, with all of my floral prints, blue, and chambray fabrics hanging to dry, I sensed a theme. Have I become that predictable?

In many ways, yes, my style is absolutely predictable (especially in the spring), but the clothing choices provided to plus size women have always been predictable. I’ve become so comfortable with wearing prints that when I was asked to bring “neutral tones” for a recent photoshoot, the best options I could scrounge up were grey, black, and chambray. Almost everything I own is either printed, bright, or black. As a size 28, much of my style wasn’t determined by choice until recently, but I absolutely chose to add this navy floral print dress from Single Dresses to my Gwynnie Bee closet.

Since I’m not entirely comfortable with my body at the moment, this faux wrap style doesn’t make me feel self-conscious due to its generous sizing. It’s the perfect silhouette if you’re fuller in the middle like I am, but if you’re smaller on top the faux wrap style might be too overwhelming. Since we’re still in the midst of unpredictable spring weather, I couldn’t help layering this dress with my denim jacket. I wear it with everything these days. Although I feel like the moment surrounding pins has peaked, I’ve been getting compliments around town on mine, and I love the personalized touch.

Outfit details

Floral dress: Single Dresses Empire Faux Wrap Dress in Navy Floral (via Gwynnie Bee)

Denim jacket: Evans Indigo Denim Jacket

Red pointy-toe loafers: ELOQUII (color no longer available, black & silver still are)

Handbag: Henri Bendel (style no longer available, similar here or here)

Earrings: Gorjana (style no longer available)

Rose gold cat eye glasses: Warby Parker in Louise Metal

By Sarah Conley

Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole.

As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas.

When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.

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