April 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

April 25, 2017

ROMP IT UP

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As I am typing this post, I am sort of surprised that this is actually the first romper I have ever worn. I always felt like they were unflattering—especially for curvy women—and just never fit me right.

But when I saw this plus size crochet trim romper from Curvy Sense, I had this wave of hope and faith. So I took the plunge, and it turns out that I actually love it. The fit is so flattering and sexy! I love how the crochet trim comes up a little higher on the thigh and lower in the back. And the plunging neckline is also super sexy. I used some fashion tape to secure my neckline a little bit as it is pretty windy in Miami, and I didn't want my girls to fall out! I wore this out to dinner and a little stroll down Ocean Drive. The look was fun, flirty, and perfect for the occasion.

I'm wearing a 2x, which is my usual size, and it fits perfectly! The material doesn't stretch, so if you want a looser fitting romper, opt for size up!


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Photography by: Katherine Davis

Curvy Sense sent me this romper to review. All opinions are 110% my own!
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April 22, 2017

BIENVENIDO A MIAMI

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My best friend Katherine and I are currently in Miami on a little vacation. And since I have been cooped up in Chicago through most of the cold winter months, I wanted to celebrate Miami's gorgeous weather in style. Which is why the second I saw this minnie jumpsuit from Rue107, I knew I had to strut down the streets of Miami wearing it.

So that's exactly what I did today. And yeah, heads turned. But I was feeling HOT—and not because it's Miami and always above 80°. I paired the jumpsuit with criss-cross bikini bottoms, this lace ladder bralet from Torrid, and a gorgeous silver necklace. It was the perfect combo!

If you love this look, but you are a little more reserved, try a jumpsuit with mesh sleeves, or, my true advice, would be to rock this minnie jumpsuit and give it all the confidence you got! Was I intimidated rocking a completely see-through jumpsuit? YES. I told Katherine, "I might be doing too much." She replied, "Yeah and we're in Miami and on vacation, you're supposed to be doing too much!"  I'm glad I listened to her because I felt like a goddess, and every woman needs to be reminded that she is one!! This jumpsuit was my reminder.

I ordered this jumpsuit in a 1x, which is a size smaller than my usual, but it fit beautifully!

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Photography by: Katherine Davis
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April 19, 2017

NOT A DRILL: I'M WEARING A TUTU

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I've been a princess since I was born, but today is the first day I've ever worn a tutu—side note: WHERE IS MY CROWN!? hah!

For real, if you told me a week ago that I would be wearing a tutu, I probably would have rolled my eyes at you and brushed off that prediction. I love all my clothes to be form fitting, dark-colored or black, with defined lines. Tutu was not a word in my dictionary.

But thanks to Dia&Co., a personal styling service for plus size women, I'm wearing a tutu, and I like it! If I had never signed up for this plus size styling service, I may not have tried this trend and I would have never known what it truly feels like to be a princess for a day. I took a style quiz so that my stylist would know what I like to wear and what to put in my box, but I love that my stylist thought outside of the box and put threw this tutu into the mix!

I want to give you a chance to experience this magical company, too, so I have teamed up with Dia&Co. to give one of my readers their very first Dia&Co. box for free! To enter, visit this giveaway link, like my picture wearing this tutu on Instagram (@nataliexcraig), tag two friends who may also want to win their very own Dia&Co boxin the comment section of my Instagram post, and follow Dia&Co on Instagram (@diaandco). That's it!

Would you try a tutu?

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro




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April 16, 2017

#GIRLBOSS FUCHSIA TROUSERS


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I'm all about finding your clothing comfort zone, but occasionally, I will step outside of my self-imposed boundaries to try something crazy. For example, when the Victoria Beckham for Target line dropped, I didn't opt for the black dress or black trousers. Nope. I had to have the fuchsia trousers. FUCHSIA GUYS!!!!!! I don't have a single piece of clothing this bright in my closet, let alone a lipstick of the same hue in my make up bag. I keep it simple. All black everything is my sweet spot. But since plus size fashion has evolved, and now, we have more options than ever, maybe I should stop playing it safe with all-black ensembles. And with this post, I am making a pact with myself to do just that.

Now, more about these plus size fuchsia twill flared trousers, which have me in permanent heart eyes. I usually wear a size 16, but since I was ordering these online, sight unseen, I chose to order a size up. The material does stretch, but the waist band does not. So the size 18 fit me perfectly! The trousers were a little long, but I had them altered, and now they are perfect.

Here is my dilemma, where do I wear these pants? What do y'all think? I'm imagining blogging events, conferences, and maybe a fancy brunch? I hope I get the guts to wear these into the office one day—all of my coworkers would probably freak out. HAH!!

Also, I scored this adorable plus size finn ruffle trim peplum top from Fashion to Figure in my Dia & Co box. Dia & Co is a personal styling service for plus size women, similar to Stitch Fix, but they only cater to the plus size figure, which means you are getting clothes hand picked for your shape! You can request this top in your next Dia & Co order! Just let your stylist know!

Here's to trying new things, and stepping outside of my comfort zone!

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

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April 9, 2017

A VIBE

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When I bought this lace-up skirt from Forever 21's plus section, I had no idea what I would pair with it. A white button up? A black cape? No. No. But when I slipped on this lace bra and bow tie lace blouse, it was a natural match. Is this outfit something I would wear out on a day-to-day basis? Negative. However, I could totally sport this ensemble with a cape and have the blouse and bra peeking out from it. The look is also a quick fix for whenever you are feeling drab and want to feel sexy af! 

If you are a little more reserved, but still want to achieve that sexy edge, try this look with a black or nude-colored tank top underneath a lace blouse like the one I'm wearing. 

Unfortunately, both this blouse and the skirt have already sold out, but I have included similar options for you to shop below!

What makes you feel sexy? Tell me in the comment section below!

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

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April 2, 2017

GET CURVY WITH IT

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Have you ever had a garment that fit you perfectly and hugged every curve just right? Well, as a plus size woman, it doesn't happen often, but it just did for me. I was so excited to rip this faux suede lace-up dress from Curvy Sense out of the box and slide it on. And let me tell you, the dress fits like a glove and makes me feel super sexy and confident.

I love this dress for a night out in Chicago—since the evenings can be a little cool—because this dress is warmer than your average club dress. I love the lace-up feature along the bust—obviously because I am a freak about anything that laces up. The length of the dress is spot on and makes my booty look extra amazing! To elevate the dress a bit, I topped off the look with these faux sided fringed heels from Forever 21, WHICH ARE ON SALE RIGHT NOW! I also added my favorite necklace/choker combo. I'm wearing a 2x, and like I mentioned, the fit is spot on!

I have three other dresses from Curvy Sense that I can't wait to show you all. I'll be debuting the looks during a little getaway to Miami this month! You can stay tuned and follow along with my trip on Instagram! Unlike most of the garments I order online, every single piece I received from Curvy Sense fit me perfectly. Can I get an AMEN?!

Another reason why I have a new found love for this brand is because every garment is affordable, and I know that is really an important factor to my readers. KEEPING IT REAL: I also shop on a budget. I received an email from one of my readers last week. She was concerned and frustrated with the lack of affordable plus size clothing out there. And she also felt like the options I was showing on this blog either sold out too quickly or were too expensive. I really appreciate hearing from every single one of you, and I am so open minded with suggestions and concerns that you have! So I am making a concerted effort to monitor the shopable widgets and links to the clothes that I am wearing to make sure that if they sell out, they are replaced with similar, affordable garments for you to shop! Feel free to hit me up with any comments or suggestions below in the comment section or by email: natinthecity@gmail.com.

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro

Curvy Sense sent me this faux suede lace-up dress to review. All opinions are 110% my own!


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