2017 | 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 22, 2017

THE BOLD STRIPE

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Don't you sleep better at night knowing that there is a form-fitting, sexy body con dress just waiting for you in your closet, and in a moment's notice you can slip it on and feel like a total goddess? OK. This may be a little (understatement) dramatic, but I really cant express the satisfaction of having a dress that hugs every curve just right. And I'm back in my element, which is only wearing black and white. Hah! Embracing color was fun for a while, but I'm digging the black and white details of this dress.

This Enzo Knit Dress from Fashion Nova Curve is a simple, yet bold garment. I hear that plus size women should stay away from stripes—especially horizontal ones—but I'm saying, "F that!" The difference in the thickness of the lines creates an amazing silhouette, and creates a very flattering shape on a curvy figure. This dress is perfect for a dinner date, the club, or just for a day of running errands. But guess what? I also wear it to work? By pairing the dress with a chiffon-like button up dress, it makes the garment more modest, but also allows the stripes to peak through. And you ladies know that I am all about a versatile garment!

SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 2X in the Enzo Knit Dress, which is my usual size. The dress fits perfectly, however, I wish it was a little tighter. After wearing the dress all day, the material stretches out and doesn't fit as close to my body as it did at first. I would order one size smaller than usual.


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 Photography by: Rorie Raimondi
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Fashion Nova sent me this Enzo Knit Dress to review. All opinions are 110% my own!
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August 20, 2017

CHIC PALM ROMPER

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I've been trying to incorporate more rompers into my wardrobe lately, especially because I used to think they were the devil and the most unflattering garments to sweep through fashion. As more and more plus size brands are taking the trend and translating it into different variations, I'm finding that I'm more open to sporting rompers

This Chic Plus Palm Floral Romper is from City Chic. The brand also offers many of their styles at Macy's, which is where this little number came from. You all know how much I've gravitated toward tropical floral prints this summer, and I'm stoked to have another addition. While they aren't always the most functional, I love off the shoulder garments like this one. Exposed shoulders are so chic and sexy, but I just wish there was a better way to make the arms of the romper stay put. Does anyone have any magic tricks or tips? My comment section is open! 

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a size 16 in this romper, which is my usual size, and it fits perfectly! The sleeves are a little tight, but have elastic in them to provide a little bit of stretch.

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Photography by: Rorie Raimondi
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Macy's sent me this City Chic romper to review! All opinions are 110% my own!
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August 15, 2017

CRUISER

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Get used to seeing stripes because I may be sporting different kinds of stripes in my next couple of blog posts! Yes, I have been obsessed with florals lately, but I am ready to branch out and try some more patterns that I may have neglected in the past. This summer, I have really turned up my approach to fashion quite a few notches. I'm pushing my own boundaries—and the ones people place around curvy women. And this Cabin Cruiser Striped set from Fashion Nova REALLY challenged me.

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August 13, 2017

RUN AWAY WITH ME

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When I am in need of a little escape from real life, I slip into this outfit. Although I can't run off on a  tropical getaway at a moments notice, this outfit makes me feel like I'm on a beach or sipping on a PiƱa Colada poolside. And I guess that's a good enough getaway from my typical work dress pants and blazer.

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August 9, 2017

THE FIRST-EVER FASHION-FORWARD PLUS SIZE SCRUBS

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67% of U.S. women wear a size 14 or larger, but many brands neglect to offer plus size clothing to meet this rising demand. And when it comes to the medical apparel industry, the choices for more than 13 million healthcare professionals are even more scarce.

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August 6, 2017

BELL BOTTOM FLORAL JUMPSUIT

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As the days of summer are winding down, I am slowly mourning the adventurous take I have had on fashion this season. Bright colors, tropical florals, daring styles, and new trends have made more appearances in my looks than ever before. I really took some chances this summer and tried trends I told myself I never would. So I will miss summer for that reason, and also because of this Beneath the Flower Jumpsuit from Fashion Nova Curve.

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August 1, 2017

MY GO-TO DRESS FOR WORK, WEDDINGS, AND BRUNCH

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I always have to have one dress in my closet that is versatile and classic so that I can wear it many different ways and it won’t go out of style. I also want to be able to wear this dress to events as formal as a wedding, as casual as a Sunday brunch with my gal pals, and everything in between.

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July 30, 2017

FAT BRAT: ACCEPTING THE WORD "FAT"

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I've been called "fat" almost my entire life. The word was spewed at me as an insult from kids on the playground in elementary school, boyfriends, and mean girls in high school. The word is still used to belittle me and many other women. And while I used to let it get to me in high school, I've stopped letting the word "fat" bother me. It's what I am: fat. AND IT'S NOT A BAD WORD. 
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July 25, 2017

BLUSH CULOTTE JUMPSUIT

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Don't you just love a piece of clothing that makes you feel girly and also gives off romantic vibes? Yeah, ask me that question a month ago and I would have rolled my eyes. But lately, I have been searching for femininity and romance every where. And it has totally translated into the pieces I have been featuring on my blog and wearing.

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July 19, 2017

NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROMPER

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I'm deeming this post a Fashion Nova appreciation blog post—and no, this is not sponsored! When the brand first hit the Instagram scene with it's booty hugging jeans, I was skeptical, but lately, I have been obsessed with all of the plus size options the store has. And get this, they update their clothing selections on a weekly basis. When I started looking at clothing from Fashion Nova, I became more open minded. The clothing boasted high slits, bright colors, bold prints, and showed lots of skin. I was impressed. Usually, plus size clothing is not this edgy or sexy. And in a world of loose fitting and boring plus size clothing options, I needed a little Fashion Nova to bring me back to the very reason I fell in love with fashion: Being able to express the many sides and styles of myself.

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July 16, 2017

POWER MOVES

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I spend most of my weekdays in the office—about 40 hours to be exact. So when I create an office look that I love, it's a huge win because these are the outfits that I have to wear every day. Just because I have a dress code to follow at work, doesn't mean that my outfits have to be boring and basic. For example, this ensemble totally adheres to my company's dress code, but this electric yellow neoprene pencil skirt and the bell sleeves on this elbow flounce top from Eloquii fall far from average. And not to mention that I feel like a total boss when I am wearing this look!

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July 8, 2017

KIMONO VIBES

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I have one question, WHO AM I?! I cannot believe that I have traded my all-black-everything wardrobe in for florals and bright colors. While I would have never thought this style change would have happened, I am so happy that it did. Being more open minded to different clothing styles, colors, and fits has turned me into a totally different fashionista.

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July 4, 2017

EDGY DENIM




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A major brand reposted one of my outfit photos on their Instagram page over the weekend. The likes went down, and the comments went up—and they weren't good. People quickly posted out my stomach and how it looked in a high-waist denim skirt. The lower area of my stomach, which I call my "pouch," has always been a huge insecurity of mine. I usually wear blouses and tops that cover this area, and I rarely ever tuck in my tops or wear crop tops with fitted bottoms. I get nasty comments all the time, but these ones stuck with me because I decided to embrace my "pouch" with this outfit regardless of the way I felt about it. But ladies, I'm going to keep it moving, and the only way I see fit to say "F U" to all the haters is to post another outfit showing off my pouch!

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July 1, 2017

STAR SPANGLED

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I usually post on Mondays and Wednesdays, but I wanted to give y'all a little sneak peak at my 4th of July look! I was aiming for a festive outfit, but I didn't want to be too literal with a bunch of stars, stripes, reds, whites, and blues. So I turned to Torrid for this entire look, and I hope you enjoy my take on an Independence Day outfit!

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June 28, 2017

A PLAY ON PRINTS AND TEXTURES

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I've been embracing a lot of color lately, and I realized that I actually love wearing color! Who would have thought that a girl who asks, "Do you have this in black?" would be having a blast with a new, colorful wardrobe? I never thought I'd see the day. With that being said, I am resorting back to my old ways for this post, but don't fret, there is a hint of blush in this ensemble! And starting next week, we'll be back to colorful outfits!

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June 25, 2017

TROPICAL GODDESS

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I found the secret to feeling like a goddess, and it's this dress. As soon as I slipped this maxi dress on, I felt like the baddest chick on the planet! It's off the shoulder, it has high slits, and the tropical floral print is divine. I wore this dress out while shopping, and it was definitely a head turner. One of the best feelings to me is knowing that I have a piece of clothing in my closet that can transform my mood, confidence, and day as soon as I put it on. And for me, this dress just became that garment.

I found this Night Moves dress on Fashion Nova, and although it comes in plus sizes, it also comes in straight sizes, too! So all of my non-plus size baddies can also wear this dress! I love the material, which is made up of polyester and spandex. It's breathable, but it's also heavier than your typical fabric so it doesn't blow around too much in the wind. The dress also comes with an inner shorts lining to provide some extra coverage since the double slits are so high up. A downside to the inner shorts lining is that you essentially have to get naked to use the bathroom—similarly to if you were wearing a romper—but I would get naked in the bathroom 50 times a day for this dress, honestly. HAH!

If you want to unleash your inner goddess, use the code "NATALIEXCRAIG" for 15% off of your next Fashion Nova purchase! If you are totally feeling these tropical floral vibes, I have put together a list of tropical maxi dresses that you can shop below! Enjoy!

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a size 2X in this dress, which is my usual size. The dress runs true to size and is very stretchy! 

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

Fashion Nova sent me this dress to review. All opinions are 110% my own!
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June 21, 2017

WILD THOUGHTS

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After I saw DJ Khaled's new music video for "Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, I could not get Rihanna's red, cropped, off-the-shoulder blouse out of my mind! So, naturally, I ran to Forever 21, H&M, TJ Maxx, and Marshals to try and find a similar top. To no avail, I started to panic. I HAD TO HAVE THE RED BLOUSE! Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this bright red top shoved into the size small section on a rack at TJ Maxx. How crazy would it be if the one piece of red clothing in this whole store was my size and it somehow got misplaced in the small section? "No way," I thought to myself. But, I grabbed the top with my eyes closed and counted to myself "1, 2, 3....." (GUYS IT IS REALLY NOT THAT SERIOUS, BUT ALSO IT IS.) I opened my eyes, and sure enough the tag on the top said "XL." I'm pretty sure I let out a little scream.

Sure, the blouse I am wearing in this outfit is far from the one Rihanna was wearing, but it's off-the-shoulder and red, and I had nothing like it in my closet. As soon as I slipped the blouse on, I knew I had to have it. Since I did find this blouse at TJ Maxx, I don't have a link to the exact one, but I will include multiple options below in the shop widget, and here is the closet replica: Off-The-Shoulder-Top With Fluted Sleeves.

I didn't have a groovy pair of pants to complete Rihanna's exact look, but I styled the blouse with some gray, acid-wash shorts that I bought at Forever 21 Plus three years ago and a pair of lace-up block heels. I wore this ensemble out to lunch, and I was definitely feeling sexy and sassy! 

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

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June 18, 2017

DATE NIGHT LOOK: MUTED FLORALS AND TULLE

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Do you remember when I tried my first tutu? I was a little skeptical and really nervous. I usually only wear clothes that are form fitting, and I shy away from extra fabric at all costs. But when I slid on my first Society + tutu, I knew it was something special, and that the skirt would be worth the fashion risk I was about to take.

Since I ended up loving this tutu, I have been dying to incorporate another one into my wardrobe. Enter this fabulous, limited edition Society + Juliet Printed tutu! As I mentioned previously, I was a little unsure about wearing a tutu, and I can also be hesitant when it comes to wearing florals. But the Juliet Printed Tutu is the right amount of tutu mixed with florals, and the little details make it all that more special. A thin layer of tulle drapes over the floral printed skirt, which mutes the print, and gives the skirt a little bit of volume. I could totally see myself incorporating this tutu into some of my every day looks since the skirt has much less volume than the first tutu I tried, which I really like.

At first sight, I knew this skirt would be perfect for a date night look. It's romantic, flirty, and playful. And since the skirt adds a lot of volume to the look, I knew I could wear something super sexy and form fitting on top, like the Torrid bralette I am wearing. I love wearing bralettes as tops, but I can admit that they can feel a little revealing, which is why I like to wear a light coat or jacket over them, too. I have had this military style coat in my closet for years, and it always assists in some of my favorite outfits. I love that it adds another element of interest to this ensemble. Because this coat doesn't actually exist online anywhere because I bought it five years ago, I found a similar style on Eloquii.

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a size 14/16 in the Society + Juliet Printed Tutu, which was a little small in terms of the waistband. The waistband does stretch, but the satin material over the elastic waistband doesn't. I would recommend ordering a size up. Instead of pulling the skirt on like I usually do, I slid the skirt over my head, and it fit perfect (Gotta love a big booty, hah!). I am wearing a size 2, which is my usual size (28-40 C) in the Torrid bralette, and it fits perfectly!

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