The Date Night Dress

Are you still looking for a “perfect” date night dress? Kiyonna has dresses that will turn heads whether it is your weekly date night or something extra special like Valentine’s Day. They have a lovely selection of styles in sizes 10 to 32 no matter what your degree of spiciness.

For the Mild
Their Essential Wrap Dress ($98) is subtle and versatile taking you from the office out to dinner, just change up your accessories and lipstick. I especially love the cobalt blue but it also comes in leopard and peacock prints.

This plus size cobalt blue wrap dress is from Kiyonna.

For the Medium
If you are more of a medium flavor then you can spice it up a notch with the Scalloped Lace Boudoir dress ($158). I love the stretch lace and all the color options but red is definitely my favorite.

I love this gorgeous red lace overlay dress from Kiyonna.

And for the Hot!

If you are feeling extra spicy there is the Stop and Stare Ruched dress ($128) to accentuate the curves and have everyone purring at your feet — yeah, I said it. This dress is all black in the back with a leopard print panel down the front.

Print panels are a nice change from all over animal print.

Spicy wing analogies aside, I think you get the picture. If you need more spicy dress inspiration check out Kiyonna’s website for a bevy of ideas. They also have a coupon code for 20% on orders of $150 or more (STYLE2014).

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* Get your plus size date night dresses from Kiyonna

Fall Peplum and Lace from Igigi

The Nicollette Peplum Dress in merlot is one of my top fall favorites so far this season from Igigi’s cocktail dresses. While the flattering peplum style is lovely, it really takes a back-row seat compared to the coordinating print and lace patterns. It is very effective at looking like a skirt and top rather than a dress. I love the contrast of the black on wine too — they also have black on mustard but I don’t care for it as much.

Plus size lace and knit cocktail peplum dress from Igigi.

This made-in-the-U.S. cocktail dress comes in sizes 12 to 32 for $180 (definitely one of their pricier styles) and is already on the Igigi website with a number of other new tasty treats for fall. Visit their website to check out additional photos and watch the movement video which really show off the lace detail.

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* Get your plus size cocktail dress from Igigi

Sweethearts and Pencils

As you know I am a fan of the traditional polka dots but what you may not know is I am pretty much a fan of any kind of dots. That being said it should be no surprise that I love the new Adele Dress with its symmetrical black and white dots within squares from Cherry Velvet with its simple pencil skirt, sweetheart neckline, and hello… pockets.

The black and white symmetrical dot dress from Cherry Velvet's retro glam dress collection.

This retro-glam dress is currently on pre-order for shipment at the end of the month. It is available in sizes XS to 3X for $149. Is that model hot or what?

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* Get your own Adele Dress from Cherry Velvet

Two of My Favorite Things

When I was surfing through the Igigi website I came across the Kinsley dress which combines two of my favorite ongoing clothing trends for women: polka-dots and black and white. You may also notice it has a similar, if not the same, waist band as the Janus dress I reviewed in the spring. So I guess that actually makes three things I like about this dress.

What's more fun that polka dots? Dots in black and white like the Kinsley Dress from Igigi.

The Kinsley dress is available in sizes 12 to 32 for $122. If you are not a fan of dots I noticed a similar style with a different print while I was there. Igigi ships internationally.

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* Get your black and white polka-dot Kinsley dress from Igigi

Mixed Media Maxi Dress

It has taken awhile for me to warm up to the mixed media maxi dresses. I think the first one I actually liked was on another blogger (won’t say who because I spent an hour searching for the post and couldn’t find it and now I am second guessing who it was). When I first saw them making their way into the catalogs they had kind of a lingerie feel to me but I have since out grown it — well most of them — some still have a lingerie feel. While I was milling about the Internet I found similar inpretations of the this style at Nordstrom, Ashley Stewart, ASOS, Forever 21, City Chic Online and Fashion to Figure. I want to put a belt on all these dresses except for the one from ASOS Curve.

Plus size dresses with a sheer maxi skirt over top of a short opaque skirt.

From left to right:

This look seems like it could be an easy do-it-yourself project if you are handy with a sewing machine. You could just make a simple sheer skirt with elastic band and slip it on over any short dress (or skirt) you have in your closet and add a belt.

New Addition

SwakDesigns just added the Paris Maxi Dress to their line.

Pink plus size mixed media dress from SwakDesigns.

Do you have one of these in your closet? How do you work it?

Plus Size Panel Dresses

Panel dresses are really hot this year; heck panel everything is pretty hot (there are some leggings out there I want too — and I am not even a legging person). I think the biggest attraction is probably because of the illusion they create in changing the silhouette. I do not see its popularity ending any time soon. Regardless I am quite fond of the style and Evans (worldwide shipping) currently has four graphic maxi dresses with panels on black.

Front Panel Dresses

These first two are panel front dresses only. These are are great way to break up the black dress and add a splash of color or design; especially if you have not been fond of patterns in the past and are starting to experiment with them.

Plus size monochrome print dress from Evans.

Plus size front panel dress with tropical print from Evans.

Front and Back Panel

My personal preference is to have a matching front and back panel. Single front panels feel incomplete to me. This first one is my favorite pattern of all four.

Double sided panel dress with graphic stripe print from Evans.

Striped double panel dress from Evans

I like the high necklines on all these dresses (a nice change from all the deep V’s we have been seeing) and almost matching keyholes in front and back of these two. The prints are interesting without being too boring or obnoxious.

What do you think of the panel look? What pattern do you like the best?

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* Get your plus size panel dresses from Evans

The Summer Gauze Dress

With the summer heat and humidity nothing feels lighter than gauze and Sealed with a Kiss has this adorable Soleil dress in white, black, and coral — all basically the same but oh-so-different. When I first saw the lookbook I actually thought they were three different dresses (different models and accessories can do that!). The first one to catch my eye was the black one, then I was in love with the white one, and oh, isn’t the coral pretty too. You get the idea. It comes with a detachable belt but I think I actually prefer it with the belt rather than without.

Plus size black gauze dress with embroidery on bodice. This $60 dress is from SwakDesigns.

Plus size white gauze dress with embroidered neckline from Sealed with a Kiss.

Plus size coral gauze dress with embroidered neckline.

This summer gauge dress is pretty reasonably priced under $60 and is available in sizes 1x to 6x. Do you have a color favorite?

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* Get your plus size gauze dress from SwakDesigns

Igigi Goes Into the Blue

Igigi by Yuliya Raquel latest collection, called Into the Blue (right up my alley), is “drenched in color and vibrant prints” for summer. Their latest photo shoot was shot outside the Cliff House in San Francisco and the featured model this time around is Clementine Desseaux who I have often seen referred to as Clementine.

The dresses are full of decadent colors, criss crossing fabrics, draping, ruching, and the pleating that we love so much was well as great pattern combinations. As usual the pieces range in price from $62 to $195. Here are a few of my favorites from the summer collection:

Let’s start things off with a little summery print on black color block. Mmmagnifique!

Print and black color block dress from Igigi.

Followed by some power purple and ruffles (already on site in azalea or jade).

Power purple ruffled day dress from Igigi.

Of all of the dresses I think this is actually my favorite of favorites. I love the crispness of black and white but the softness of the lace shoulders. The piping down the front accentuates the curves in all the right places. It has an allover vintage appeal that is so hot right now.

Black and white dress from Igigi.

Mix a little gold with your plum to add a little sparkle to your day or sheen to your night (already on site in plum or black).

Wine translucent dress from Igigi.

You cannot name a collection after blue and not a least have it covered. And they do with this delicate flowing maxi.
Plus size blue maxi dress from Igigi.

What are your favorites?

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* Visit Igigi for plus size dresses
* Take a closer look at the Cliff House

Plus Size Vintage Inspired Clothing

Never has vintage inspired clothing been so popular than it has right now; especially for plus size women. It used to be that retro dresses were only of interest to a small section of women much like Goth clothing was but it has really mainstream with a fever.

One of my favorite shops with plus size offerings for both dresses and swimwear is an online shop called PinupGirlClothing. Besides some beautiful vintage inspired clothing they use an excellent array of different size models to display their garments and are a perfect example that all models do not need to be below a size 8 to sell clothing.

Here are a few of my favorites from their plus size line (ok, I know, more than few but I could not help it, doll).

Plus size pinup dresses from

From left to right:

  • The Erin Dress in lucky green, $96
  • The black Natalie Dress with red trip, $88
  • The red Ava Dress, $108
  • The pink Marilyn Swimsuit, $102
  • The white Doris Top, $52
  • The Deadly Dames Troublemaker Dress in red gingham and black, $102
  • The blue and black lace Micheline Dress, $96
  • The black and white polka dot Rita Dress, $102

At the moment it looks like they serve up to 4x but not all garments come in all sizes but I am assuming it is because they are sold out and not just because it was not offered.

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* Get your plus size vintage inspired clothing from PinupGirlClothing

The Navy Maxi Dress

I love everything about the Vivian Plus Size Maxi Dress from Igigi; beginning with its navy base, to its bright blue accent that surrounds the arms and waist, to shallow scoop neck style that is guaranteed to keep my bra covered. Since the model is 5’10″ I am assuming the length would also create a true maxi length. On the downside the dress is dryclean (or handwash) but it is so cute.

This gorgeous boat neck navy dress is from Igigi.

This is a great summer maxi dressed alone with sweet sandals for being touristy or with heels and jewelry for lunch out with the girls. The navy opens it up for being nautical if the mood suits you too.

So many dresses, so little time.

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* Get your plus size maxi dress from Igigi

Print Dresses

I have not been to the online Apple Bottoms shop in ages, probably since they joined forces with Dr. Jays. I popped in for a quick sec today and fell for these plus size print dresses.

Bias Cut Striped Maxi Dress, $47 — I know, it’s not a maxi dress but I love how it loose on top and snug on the bottom. The colors are fabulous and the bias is interesting.

Bias striped print dress from Apple Bottoms.

High Low Hem Printed Chiffon Dress, $29 — This chiffon dress is so sweet. I love the pattern and the sexy hi-low cut.

A hi-low print dress from Apple Bottoms.

Check the site too as I noticed there was a 20% off coupon.

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Visit Apple Bottoms for plus size print dresses

Do You Know Joan?

Joan is revisiting SwakDesigns and she is coming back in three colors perfect for anyone with spring fever. This plus size maxi dress with kimono style sleeves has an adjustable belt in back and comes in sizes 1x to 6x for an affordable $69.90. The three colors are black, pink berry and my absolute favorite, Jade:

The jade Joan plus size maxi dress from Sealed with a Kiss.

It is still pretty cool so I would probably add SwakDesign’s Jamie cardigan ($49) with a belt ($15), boots (Anne Klein wide calf, $125), and a touch of bright yellow polish (Deborah Lippman, $17) for luck.

Accessories to wear with the plus size Joan maxi from SwakDesigns.

When it warms up I would lose the cardi and boots for some gladiator sandals (UGG Salah, $120) and pink polish in honor of early blossoms.

How would you wear the Joan dress?

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* Get your plus size Joan Maxi Dress from Swak Designs
* Get your footwear and polish from Zappos

Portia Pin-up Dress

There is no denying that pin-up style dresses have made a strong comeback. It used to be limited to a small selection of women of somewhat like goth was but pin-up looks have been bleeding heavily into mainstream dressing especially this last year including plus size fashion. There are a number of specialty shops that have been offering strictly pinup designs for years but other designers and shops are offering them as well. Kiyonna has a cute little number called Portia which comes in two patterns options.

The somewhat traditional flower print:

Plus size floral pin-up dress from Kiyonna.

And the edgy animal print:

Plus size animal print pin-u- dress from Kiyonna.

I was attracted to the floral print first but the animal print is really growing on me especially with the contrasting red strip. The plus size portia dresses are available in sizes 10 to 32 for $128. Kiyonna ships internationally. You can save 15% off orders of $150 or more with the code BLOOM.

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* Get your plus size pinup dress from Kiyonna