August 2016 | 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

August 28, 2016

CONFIDENCE & SUCH

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I preach confidence, acceptance, and self love to my readers when they confide in me with their body image struggles. But I realize that someone telling you to love yourself, doesn’t make it any easier.

Ever since I had a picture of myself in a bikini go viral on Facebook—which resulted in so many women and men reaching out to me to share their own body concerns—I have been thinking about how I respond to my readers, and how I help them through these difficult times. I portray a very confident persona on social media and on this blog, and although that is very true to who I am, I should be more transparent.

The truth is, I have the same hardships as most of my readers, and I believe that almost all women do, too. No matter how strong, confident, and “perfect” someone may seem, they have insecurities, too. We’re all human. And with that being said, none of us are prone to having doubts or feeling like we could be better or look better.

I am lucky. My journey to self love and acceptance wasn’t too difficult. As I grew up, I gradually started to accept that I was different from what was considered beauty / body goals, and that was fine, as long as I still valued and loved myself. Although I have always been confident, there are still instances where that strength is shaken. As women, we are inundated with images in the media of the way we “should” look. And while I have seen more acceptance and diversity in the media in regards to the inclusion of different ethnicities and body types, there is still an overbearing message and image that says, “You still aren’t perfect.”

It’s also difficult to be a plus size woman who loves fashion only to be shown by the industry and designers that you don’t deserve trendy, well fitted, and modern-looking clothing because of your size. Feeling sexy and confident feels like a tiresome task while swimming through layers and layers of oversized clothing that designers think plus size women want to wear. Which is why when a gorgeous piece of clothing comes along, like this dress from Dresslily, I can’t help but appreciate the designers who flip the middle finger to the notion that plus size women don’t want to show off their body. This dress, with lace detail and a plunging neckline, makes me feel unstoppable and perfect in my own way. If you need a pick me up, or a burst of confidence, wear clothes that push you out of your comfort zone and give you a new appreciation for what your body can pull off. For me, it was this dress. Hold your head high!
xo - Natalie

I'm wearing a 2x. Order one or two sizes larger that what you normally wear, this dress runs small. 

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 Photography by: Katherine Davis


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August 24, 2016

STRIPED FLORAL SHIFT DRESS


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After scrolling through my blog a couple of weeks ago and realizing that most of my outfits were all black everything, I have sort of made a conscious effort to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe. Starting with a symmetrical, neon floral top—a few posts ago—and now with this Hey-Sailor! Adele Striped Floral Print Shift Dress from Pineapple clothing. Not only does this brand boast bright colors and florals—which was perfect for my self imposed color challenge—but they also carry a wide array of sizes and styles. Up until three posts ago, I had never worn a shift dress before, but I actually love that the dress hugs my curves and then slightly flares out toward the bottom. 

Hopefully I stick to this challenge because I am actually enjoying pushing myself out of my boundaries and into a more colorful wardrobe. Have you tried something that was out of your comfort zone lately? 

I'm wearing a size 2XL. This dress runs true to size, and it does stretch. 

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro 

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August 14, 2016

LACE SHORTS

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The countdown to fall is officially on, but I am trying to embrace some of my favorite summer trends before the season ends. I have a love hate relationships with shorts—if you have thighs like mine, you would totally get it—but these lace trim shorts from Love, Lianca's summer line complete my  chic day and night outfits.

For this look, I paired the shorts with a leather trim tank top, a statement necklace, and some nude lace up mini wedges for a day out. Be sure to check back for more looks incorporating these lace shorts from Love, Lianca!

I'm wearing a size 16. These shorts run true to size. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis

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August 7, 2016

OFF THE SHOULDER

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As much as I am anticipating fall weather and fashion, I had to indulge in one of my favorite summer trends during these final months of sunshine. The off the shoulder look has been on my mind for quite some time, and I hadn't been able to find something that satisfied my trend craving—until now. 

This "fan the flames" tunic dress from Perfectly Priscilla was just what I needed, and it came in plus sizes! The number one reason why I didn't partake in the off the shoulder trend sooner was because I could not find a plus size off the shoulder dress. Every dress I found was either too baggy or too brightly colored, and you know how I feel about color—I'm always the girl asking "Do you have this in black?" 

I'm wearing a size 12/14. This dress runs small and short. Order a size larger than you usually wear. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis


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August 2, 2016

THE SHIFT DRESS

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Every woman on the go with fun dinner plans after work needs a shift dress in her closet. I usually wear dresses that hug my curves, and I'm not going to lie, the thought of a lose fitting dress made me nervous. However, I knew I couldn't shy away from this shift dress from Love, Lianca's summer line the second I saw it. The versatility of the garment is perfect for my wardrobe and lifestyle. I love that I can wear it out to a lunch with my friends or to work. And the pop of blush pink at the bottom is just the hint of color I needed to bring my mostly black-colored wardrobe to life. 

Keep an eye out for more posts featuring my personal twist on Love, Lianca's summer line. I can't wait to share all of my favorite pieces with you!

I'm wearing a size 16. This dress runs true to size. 

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Photography by: Katherine Davis

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