March 2015 | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

A PLUS SIZE LIFE + STYLE BLOG

March 30, 2015

WHAT IS SPRING TO A GIRL WITH A BLACK WARDROBE?

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I cannot be the only fashionista who struggles with her wardrobe when spring rolls around. Florals, pastels, and neon colors liven up the windows of my favorite stores, but what do I always turn to? Any article of black clothing.

Sure, I get the urge to buy something in blush or another subtle color. But for the next couple of weeks, I will be standing in front of my closet—which is mostly comprised of black leather jackets, black leggings, black blouses, and black tank tops—wondering what the heck I'm going to wear.

What is a girl to do?

Well, I have this theory. Since it is not really spring yet here in Chicago—considering that it snowed throughout the duration of "spring break."—maybe I'm just not feeling the spring spirit yet. Hence why there is not one spec of color in this OOTD.

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March 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE RUSSE PLUS X NATALIE

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If you loved my last post about Charlotte Russe's new plus size clothing line, then you're about to love this one! This outfit is also from the new line and it has me wishing for summer.

This black dress has a longer hemline, but the see-through stripes give this dress a sexy edge. Last summer, I fell in love with kimonos. However, I only liked them if they were beige or black. This bright, coral kimono made me step outside of my comfort zone and I cannot wait to see how many things I can pair it with.

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March 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE RUSSE X NATALIE

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Whenever a brand or retailer—well known or fairly new to the scene—launches a plus size clothing line, it is the most exciting thing. Curvy, full figured, and plus size women have often been left out of clothing equations as our bodies may require a little more attention to detail when it comes to designing a clothing line that embraces our curves instead of masking them.

I am so thrilled to be a part of Charlotte Russe's campaign to announce their spring plus size clothing line!

I love maxi skirts, and because the weather here in Chicago is warming up, I knew this skirt would become my new favorite piece of clothing. Unlike most maxis that are slim or loose fitting, this maxi bunches up to hit my curves and is also asymmetrical.

I also saw this denim button-up long sleeve and wanted to take a chance on it since I don't own anything like it. It made the perfect addition to the skirt as this day was sunny but a little chilly.

Check out the Charlotte Russe plus size spring clothing line! You can score some cute styles in stores and online up to a size 24/3x!

Also, I will be posting another Charlotte Russe styled outfit in a couple of days, so stay tuned!

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March 12, 2015

A LITTLE PIECE OF MAGIC

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I found this belt in a clearance basket at Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago. Although some of the embellishments were dangling off from the belt, I had to have it. I don't wear it a lot, in fact it tumbles from drawer to drawer as I struggle to find something to wear every morning.

Today I was pilfering through one of my drawers when the belt fell out. It immediately inspired me to wear something that made me feel beautiful. That is just what this belt is, a treasure that gives me a push of motivation to dress up as I'm reaching for my sneakers and a sweatshirt.

I will be graduating from college in just under two months and with that will come a big girl, big time job where I will have to dress professionally every day. While I look forward to investing in a new wardrobe and playing with new styles, I am constantly indulging in the comfort of sweatpants and UGG boots. I know this is the last little part of my young adult life where I will be able to wear these things.

But enough of my post-graduation fears! This belt is one tiny piece of my wardrobe, but it does wonders for me and somehow convinced me that today was the perfect day to dress up.

Do you have a piece of clothing or an accessory that inspires you? Share it in the comments below or tweet me at @nataliexcraig.

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