The Scoop: While I tend to favor looks that are “boho LA meets Miranda Lambert chic” (yes, I made that expression up) I also have a soft spot for super feminine, body conscious looks. A cinched waist. An ankle strap heel. A thick belt. Something that harks from a different era. I’m not sure what gave me the idea that I could wear a fitted skirt with a top TUCKED IN *gasp* but I knew I wanted to try it. And… I loved it. Ok, here’s the deal. I know I have a Wilson. [aka visible tummy line that resembles the smile on the Wilson volleyball in the movie Cast Away] I also know said Wilson in question is part of my body right now. I can either deny that it is there , requiring me to hide myself in baggy styles with empire waistlines (which I do love, don’t get me wrong) or I can just deal. I chose to deal. I also work off the assumption that NOTHING about my body is offensive and should bother anyone else. If it does, that is their personal right to feel the way they way. So, I’m not gonna lie… I kinda love the way this felt. Super curvy. Cinched in. Mad Men-esque. I dug it.
Both of these items are from Living Doll LA. The brand was introduced to me by stylist Reah Norman at a photoshoot for Plus Model Magazine. While I had heard whispering before, I had never seen any of the styles in person. When I saw their printed tees, I knew I was hooked and had to have some for my own! The line makes straight and plus sizes with a junior cut to them.
Fit Notes: The skirt has plenty of stretch to it, which is great. When you take it out of the bag it looks tiny. Don’t worry, it will fit. The top is also a flowy fit and very comfortable.
Paired With: Printed skirts are new for me this summer. So far I have one from Asos that I love and this one, which has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe. I love the smokey tie-dye print. I like the pencil silhouette and invisible waistband. It’s a print without being overwhelming. It can be both bohemian and kinda rockery- which I dig. I kept the look super simple with another plus size crop top from Living Doll LA.
Here’s a truth. When you are shorter (like me) with a short torso, tops that are super cropped on other people fit me just perfect. This soft, jersey crop top is lightweight and super comfy. I’ve worn it at least five times since I’ve gotten it. Right now it comes in black and coral—which I have also but don’t love as much because the coral is more a peachy color than a bright and vivid one, which is my personal preference.
The belt is an old belt from SWAK Designs and the shoes are from Zappos.
A thought about ankle strap shoes: lot of people will say that plus size women shouldn’t wear ankle strap shoes, that they cut the leg. I think that is silly. YES an ankle strap will cut the flow of your leg—but sometimes that is ok. I happen to have really small ankles for my body so, I like to emphasis them a bit. I think an ankle strap can look feminine. If you like them, but don’t want the heaviness, wear a nude-colored shoe which always lengthens the leg.
Links for the Look:
Click here for this Plus Size Crop Top by Living Doll LA
Get your own Plus Size Tie Dye Skirt by Living Doll LA here!
These shoes are no longer available but you can find similar ones here and here.