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Akira’s First-Ever Plus Size Fashion Show Review

You guys know how skeptical I was of Akira’s first ever plus-size fashion show…I couldn’t believe that they didn’t publicize it anywhere…and I couldn’t find any information about it on the Akira Facebook page or website. But, I decided to go anyway and see what it was all about.

I showed up at 7pm on the dot…but it was a while before the show got started. The staff was incredibly friendly and the vibe was supportive and positive and fun. Wine, champagne and soda were complimentary…and after a while, little slices of pizza and caprese salad bites were passed through the crowd. I had a great time mingling with some of the other people there, and I loved seeing the outfits some of the guests wore to the event!

However…ultimately, I’m not sure what the night accomplished. As far as I could gather, Akira has no plans to carry plus size clothing and I’m not entirely sure where the clothes the models wore actually came from… Many of the pieces were forgiving…meaning that a plus size gal could fit into an XL item if it’s flowy and not too restrictive. I’m glad I went and I know I made some new friends…but I do have to admit to feeling disappointed. Here’s some of the looks of the night. What do you think??

Valerie-the stylist for the show-passes some snacks to keep the crowd happy. 

Bright pants/leggings are on trend.

This was my favorite model of the evening…but the outfit is not very flattering. Belting it under the chest  makes her appear disproportional, and the sides of the cardigan bubble out in an an unflattering manner over her hips. But she, herself is gorgeous.

Again–I’m not sure if this is the most flattering angle, but she looked fabulous. The black and white graphic kimono-type top floats away from her body and the all black leggings/catsuit puts the focus on the top.

You can never go wrong with a fantastic LBD paired with a bright, gorgeous top and statement necklace.

This was an interesting dress, but I didn’t get a great look at it. It has a significant amount of draping, which artfully covers her chest and falls diagonally down her body. It was very flattering and a great color.

Classic style, beautiful color, flattering fit.

Nice color…but the fabric is clearly clingy. If you have any type of curve or roll in your midsection, this dress would not hang properly.

My FAVORITE dress of the evening!!! One shoulder, broomstick pleats…with a gorgeous rhinestone detailing on the belt. And it was the most exquisite blue!! I wish I knew where to find this dress…I would buy it in a heartbeat!!!

This is Valerie at the end of the show…She looked fabulous in this show-stopping red, one shoulder dress. Again, I wish I knew where it was from.

OK, my beauties. Those are the highlights from the show. I’ll try to post a short video of the final walk, but I have to figure out how to do it. OH…and I’ll post a not-so-great picture of what I wore to the event too.

Have a great Saturday!!!
xoxo

Outfit of the Day

The worst part about living alone is that I don’t have anyone to take my picture! πŸ™ So…I know these pictures kind of suck, but it’s the best I can do at the moment. Oh, and ignore the weird date stamp, I took this picture on Wednesday, but the timer on my camera is way off.

So…here’s me at the end of a very long day. But, I love my dress so much, I had to share. The long peplum is on-trend right now, and the graphic stripes are also in line with some of the architectural details that I’ve seen in the fashion mags lately. The detail at the bodice is my favorite, and the way the stripes interact is very flattering. I hate that I don’t have a pic of the back-it has an exposed zipper! Anyway, let me know what you think. I’ll try to get my camera act together, I promise!

So anyway, I did end up going to the Akira Plus-Size Fashion Show last night…and it was actually pretty fun…if ultimately a gimmick. I’ll post pictures and give a full report soon!
xoxo

Breaking News: Akira’s Plus Size Fashion Show…Is it a Sham?

I just heard that Akira is actually putting on its first ever PLUS SIZE FASHION SHOW!!!! You can bet your benji’s that I’m totally going to be there…

BUT…(isn’t there always a big but?)

While this seems like a positive step forward, I’m a little skeptical about the whole thing, since I tried to find out more information by visiting their website and Facebook page…and get this…they say NOTHING about it. No event notice; no publicity at all. Don’t you think that’s shady?

The only way I found out about it is because of this chicagoist.com post.

Now, the first thing that popped into my head was…NO WAY, Akira is going to carry a plus-size line of clothing???? But…after visiting their sites, I can pretty much say No to that. It looks like the event is actually sponsored, or put on by Curves (the all female exercise chain)…and Akira is just providing the event space.

Now…I could be wrong…I sincerely hope I am!!!! But, I will attend tomorrow and let you all know what I find out for sure.

If you’re in Chicago, come join me.

Thursday, July 28 at 7:00pm
Curves, Cocktails, and Clothing
Akira in Andersonville (5228 N. Clark St.) 
Free Admission

Beach Dress

I recently went to Destin, FL with my family for vacation…and had a FANTASTIC time! If you’ve never been to the Gulf and planted your feet in the warm water and sugar-white sand, you are totally missing out! We spent most of our time laying around the condo or out on the beach, but we did get dressed up for one night out…and this was my outfit. πŸ™‚ What do you think??

Dress: Forever 21 Plus
Shrug: Ashley Stewart
Necklace: Francesca’s

The bright colors and botanical motif of this dress makes it fun and easy to wear. I bought it earlier in the season, but you might be able to find it at a Forever 21 on sale….

*sigh…I’m definitely missing those beaches now!

Other Lust-Worthy Items from Nordstrom’s Plus Size

Here are some other items that filled my dressing room at Nordstrom. All on-trend for fall and totally lust-worthy!!

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Splatter Print Silk Dress 

This dress was beautiful. The bateau neckline and draped sleeves–along with the gorgeous splatter print–made the dress feel artsy and sophisticated…and it was incredibly comfortable. You could totally remove the fabric belt and take it up a notch with another (more substantial and fashionable) colorful leather belt.

The only reason I didn’t buy it was because they didn’t have my size…I think it runs a little big, since I tried on an 18W and it was too baggy. Also, it’s a little pricey for me…at nearly $160. *sigh

It is pretty though…maybe I’ll buy it online later.

Pleione Sheer Print Blouse–Birds!
I love this shirt, but finally bowed to family pressure not to buy it. The bird print was awesome and a little unexpected…you can’t tell what they are until you look closely. But my sisters said that it didn’t do anything for my curves…and they were ultimately right. It was basically just a comfy top that I would wear on a fat day when I don’t want anything to cling to my curves. I still think it’s cute though!!

Sejour Belted Cape
This little capelet is super cute, but I ultimately decided against buying it. It hit me much higher than it looks on this model. It hit me just under my waist…which left too much of my shirt showing. So, if you have a shorter torso, or smaller boobs, it might lay correctly.

Amber from Style Plus Curves

30-Something Plus Size Fashion Blogger Living In Chicago

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