This is the season of special events — weddings, graduations, and other once in a lifetimes. You’ve been invited. you’re a guest. you want to be immortalized in the photos looking fabulous, but you also need to look appropriate. For the average person, special event dressing can be challenging in plenty of ways. You might not know if the venue will be outdoors, seated,what the weather will be, and a lot of other variables. If you are going to be traveling to this event, you’ve got to add the cost of of that (and a gift) into your budget along with your own “garb.”
Now if you’re a girl with lots of curves , getting the right outfit can be even more stressful.
The perfect “plus dress” suggestion for special events from OneStopPlus!
Recently, the Advice Sisters put together a “Get the Look” article with a dress that we thought worked for most everyone, but after we checked out OneStopPlus’s Spring preview last Fall, we were so captivated by a color blocked leather fit and flare dress by Jessica London (the white cropped jacket in the photo above is just one suggestion) that we had it on our minds all Winter long. Now that Spring/Summer 2014 is here, we’re suggesting it as the perfect “plus” for special event dressing!
We should mention that One Stop Plus has all sorts of clothing and accessories, even shoes and lingerie for curvy girls, and also for girls who might not be so curvy, but who will covet the really cute styles, many of which will fit average sized women, along with the convenience of one stop shopping at One StopPlus.com
There is just something about leather that makes everything a bit sexier, but the white leather with black accents keeps the look fresh, and Summery. The leather is genuine, but soft and thin, and the back placket holding the zipper is stretchy fabric, so it feels comfortable against your body and fits well. It is also sleeveless, so you won’t be overheated, but can pair it with a jacket. As you will see in the photos below, we paired ours with an unusual choice–a more casual black leather jacket to give it more attitude. You can “sissy it up” with a sweater, bolero, or pashmina.
The Jessica London Fit and Flare Leather Dress #: 2302-15837-1338 is available in sizes 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28 ($109.99 – $129.99)
The thing we love about this dress is that it is figure flattering for any size woman. Simply because a garment is labeled “plus” does not mean that an average sized woman cannot wear it. A lot of the items the I have seen at the One Plus previews are so adorable, I want them and I don’t care if they are meant for curvier girls or not. You just have to check the fit to see if it’s right for you. In the case of this fit and flare dress, it is leather, the real thing! Leather, if it’s too tight, can feel uncomfortable, but plus sizes tend to be cut a bit roomier in the bust. I wear tested this dress in size 12 and I am normally a regular 10 or 12. This dress in the Plus 12 was definitely roomy in the bust and the waist. A wide belt cinched it in (for me) but a plus girl would find it fit perfectly. The description says that the dress is “40″ length falls to the knee” but the one I wear tested was above that — and I am just 5’3″. A younger woman would not have had any issues with the length. I really liked the fabric back, because a dress that is leather without any fabric doesn’t give your body any room to breathe. The ponté knit back also helps it fit to your body, better. If there is a downside, it’s that leather does wrinkle, and our dress did not arrive on a hanger, and it was wrinkled. We had to work hard to smooth it out. But for the price, it’s a bargain, a show-stopping dress that can be worn again and again, changed with accessories. The simple cut is sophisticated and works for women of all ages. Leather needs to be dry cleaned.
What you put on your feet with this dress shows your personal style. For a wedding, we still think a strappy sandal like this Star Sling Sandal by Comfortview® Item #: 2316-58516-1353 ( $59.99 – $64.99) dresses up the leather for an evening wedding look. The shoes have an adjustable back and a conservative 2.5″ heel that is high enough to balance a dress, but comfortable enough to stand in and dance in. The insole is padded, and sole is non-skid. The straps are soft enough so they won’t cut into your feet. Wear these around the house once or twice before the big event, and you’ll be comfortable all night. *I like to add an additional bit of padding with another stick-on insole, just because standing and dancing do take a toll on the bottoms of your feet, and like most dress sandals, these are still marginally padded. You can also get these in silver or gold, but they’re not really metallic, more a soft sheen fabric. The sizing is full & half sizes 7-10,11,12 M,W,WW *obviously this is just one suggestion. This dress is so versatile you can wear virtually any kind of shoe or sandal you want with it, even boots.
GET A LEG UP (on the competition):
Hosiery adds color (should you choose that option) and attitude. We’ve chosen two openwork tights from No Nonsense (Srp. $6.59) to compliment this leather look. These styles have weaves so open, they really just add pattern to polish your legs without the weight, with stablizer panties to prevent tearing. The Gridnet tight is 94% nylon, 6% spandex and a play on fishnet. We like the large checks with leather. Another. romantic look is the Lace Floral Openwork tight. This one has a pattern of lace-y flowers. Either adds just the right amount of edge. Wear them with a black or white flat or small heel. Tights add color and style any time you want to add a special touch to a dress or skirt, or even shorts. *these tights are available in regular (not plus) sizes S/M. M/L and L/XL (XL fits up to 260 lbs) but No Nonsense tights are also available in XXL (fits up to 300 lbs) in many styles, and styles are also available in Queen. GetNo Nonsense hosiery in mass market retailers. visit https://www.nononsense.com
The Big Chill:
Special events in the Summer are often held out of doors and under tents, but the receptions are often indoors, and in air-conditioning. Suddenly, that sleeveless dress is not enough to keep your teeth from chattering. It is always wise to bring some sort of jacket or wrap to throw over your shoulders, just in case. When you are wearing a leather dress, a leather jacket seems to be a good companion piece. In addition, you can wear the jacket with other things. We thought about what would be fun to wear with this lovely fit and flare dress in white, and decided that for a bit of attitude, a zippered jacket with clean lines in a bold color (or black or white) would add a bit of flair that the more ladylike cropped jacket (shown with the dress), did not. So we’re suggesting the jacket above, which can be worn with so many other things as well. Also from Jessica London is this lovely leather jacket Item #: 2302-72611-1161 ($139.99 – $169.99) that is available in 8 gorgeous colors. We selected the black one for our photo, but any of the colors, or even white, would work equally as well. It is fully lined, but the leather is lightweight (in other words, this is not a jacket you’d wear in the late Fall or Winter), and it has a modern mandarin collar, zippers and seam details with a 26″ length ends just below the hip. The jacket is available in sizes 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32 . What’s so great about this jacket is that while is is casual enough to wear over jeans, you could wear it over a skirt to work, or of course, over your dressier outfits as we are suggesting here. As with the fit and flare dress above, it’s roomy, but as a size 12, I like the roomy fit even though I’m not a plus. If there is a downside, it’s that the zippers could be of better quality. They look good, but were stiff to zip. The leather needs to be broken it (it feels stiff when you get it) and like the dress, it arrived wrinkled. While a leather jacket — even one that is lightweight like this one — is not going to work on a really warm Summer day, it works in cold air conditioning. For an alternative, we like a colorful midweight shawl.
We are also giving you the details for the Jessica London Cropped Leather Jacket Item #: 2302-27173-1338 shown with the dress in the photo with the woman holding the tote. It’s genuine leather ($139.99 – $159.99) available in sizes 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 Item #: 2302-27173-1338. It has an open front, it’s fully lined, and is 20″ length ends above the
All that Glitters:
Recently The Advice Sisters reviewed what we think is the perfect watch to wear for all your special events and for every day, an eco-drive diamond watch from Citizen (read review). We also suggested some really special (and romantic) fragrance jewelry from Lisa Hoffman Beauty that not only looks pretty, but adds scent as you move so you don’t have to bring scent to fresh up, either (read review). These would work well with the leather we’re showcasing here.You can find Citizen Watches in many places both in retail stores and online. To learn more, visit the Citizen Watch web site at www.citizenwatch.com. Visit the Lisa Hoffman Beauty Website and also HSN and TSC where they have some special sets.
WHAT YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT ONE STOP PLUS: No sale is ever final. One Stop Plus unconditionally guarantees all merchandise. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase,you can return it within 90 days of receipt to make an exchange or receive a refund (excluding shipping and handling charges). After 90 days, they will still send you a merchandise credit certificate. Note to non plus sized women — I have shopped OneStopPlus and I’m not a plus, I am an average size 10-12. I used to think if it was a plus size it couldn’t possible be right for me, but I was wrong. Plenty of things do fit, and the shoes and accessories are really cute. So if you see something you really like you don’t have to be afraid to order. You can always return something if it doesn’t fit. Visit http://www.onestopplus.com/ to learn more.
OSP Group, through well-known brands including: Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London® and OneStopPlus.com®, offers extensive fashion collections specifically designed to fit and flatter a woman’s curvy figure—filling a niche for the 62 percent of American women wearing a size 14 or larger. The Advice Sisters also applaud OSP Group for being a long-time supporter of Dress for Success®, responding to their ongoing need for plus-size clothing by donating thousands of plus-size suits and shoes for women who have secured a job interview, or landed a new job.