Items from this post have been gifted to me from Avenue for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
I am a firm believer in being select with fashion trends and interpreting them in a way that work for me. In other words, I am not one to hop on the bandwagon of the latest craze just because it is popular. I do enjoy looking at the new season runways and see what truly catches my eye. One trend that is so my style is abstract plaid. Oversized and deconstructed plaids have been seen on dresses by designers Wes Gordon, Victoria Beckham, and Stella McCartney. Being a creative person and an artist, I enjoy prints that have a handcrafted look to them. That was the case when I saw the Navy Plaid Fit and Flare Dress on the Avenue website. The plaid is done in an abstract painterly style that speaks to my inner artist. Not only that, it is extremely reminiscent of a dress I saw years ago at Anthropologie!
The unlined polyester and spandex dress has a beautiful flow to it with gussets on the sides to make the skirt dance when you walk. Although you cannot see the sleeves of the dress under the cardigan, they are fitted, without being tight and come down to right above the elbow. It has a modest scoop neckline and the length comes to the bottom of my knee on my 5′-5″ frame. I am wearing this dress in a size 18/20 and found it to be quite generous in fit. It skimmed over my midsection and hips nicely while coming in slightly at the waist. To further define my waistline, I added a brown belt.
Even with the Open Draped Cardigan, the plaid pattern stands out as the star. The white layer gives a little rest to the eyes from the overall print. It also creates a vertical line to make me visually taller. I kept all of my accessories in the brown and tan family with the wood link necklace, mini satchel, and nude booties to accent the dress.
While abstract plaids are being shown on the runway, I love that I can translate this dress into something incredibly wearable for my lifestyle. From the easy care fabrics to the cut of the dress, this outfit is one I can see wearing for work as well as going out to dinner. To be perfectly honest, this look is my definition of Anthropologie Style in plus size.
- Navy Plaid Fit and Flare Dress: Avenue
- Open Draped Cardigan in White: Avenue
- Wood Link Necklace: Charming Charlie
- Cognac Belt: Old Navy (similar)
- Gold Bracelet Watch: Avenue (similar)
- Faux Marble Bar Ring: Charming Charlie (similar)
- Zippered Mini Satchel: Forever 21 via Poshmark (similar)
- Peep Toe Booties: Old Navy (similar)
Today’s Postivity Note
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