June 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

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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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro



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June 14, 2017

DENIM SKIRT AND A SWEATSHIRT

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I am definitely #TeamCasual. However, I am also known for using the term "casual" too loosely and just rocking gym clothes. Feel me? Since I'm a recovering gym gear wear-aholic, I have been trying to create looks that are put together, but casual, and still a little fashion forward.

I love that the denim skirt is coming back into style, and I have been trying to find the perfect one to start working into my wardrobe for the summer. The search is still on, but I couldn't help but fall in love with this Daliah Skirt in medium blue from Fashion Nova Curve. The skirt is definitely #teamcasual, too, because it's so comfortable and can be worn with anything. I ordered 3X (a size larger than my usual size) in this skirt because from the looks of it online, I thought it may not be super stretchy. But I should have stuck with a 2X because the skirt definitely stretches. But beware: the Daliah skirt can be a little short if you aren't used to rocking high hem lines. I personally love the length, though.

The casual party doesn't stop there, y'all. On top, I'm wearing the Spotless Mind Top in coco, also from Fashion Nova Curve. I love that this piece is just an oversized sweatshirt that bunches at the sleeves, and because of the way it falls, it makes this piece more special. I could totally see myself rocking this top with a pair of yoga pants..... SEE?! I CAN'T STOP WEARING GYM GEAR. HELP! I'm laughing out loud as I type this last sentence because I am literally thinking, "Yeah I can't wait to wear this sweatshirt with my sweats. mwuahahahaha." I have a problem!

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a 3X in the Daliah Skirt, which is a size larger than my usual size. I should have stuck with a 2X because this skirt is super stretchy! I am wearing a 2x in the Spotless Mind Top, which is my usual size.

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June 11, 2017

BOHEMIAN CHIC

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I'm kind of weird. I love the idea of summer, but I always feel kind of uninspired when it comes to summer fashion. I face the same dilemma every year: It's 90°and I should wear shorts or a skirt. While that sounds great, I do a lot of walking since I rely on that and public transportation to get around the city. And lots of walking = lots of chub rub, and chub rub is my worst enemy. Given that situation, I should wear leggings or jeans, but then I will be hot. So, I usually throw my arms up and say, “Oh well, just aim for comfort and put on some yoga capris, a loose tank top and some sneakers.” But then I feel so mad at myself for stepping out in gym gear when I see everyone dressed so cute! Like I said, I'm kind of weird.

Well, this weekend, I pushed my limits, and put together this colorful (who am I?!) summer ensemble. I recently got these boho printed shorts from my Stitch Fix box and decided to pair them with this yellow (also comes in gray) bodysuit from Forever 21. I was heading out to a nice restaurant for brunch, so I wanted to top the look off with a burgundy duster cardigan to make it a tad more modest. I was feeling vibrant and summery in this look, until I sat down at a restaurant and noticed the under boob sweat accumulating and showing through this yellow body suit. OH. MY. GOD. I was panicking! "This is why I stick to all black gym gear," I said to myself. I ran home to change almost immediately. And for the rest of the weekend I thought about how I could combat boob sweat while wearing form fitting, thin, light-colored clothing. I wasn't wearing a bra, which was probably part of the problem, but I haven't really been able to pin point what I could do to keep under boob sweat from happening. Someone help! If you have any ideas or tricks you use to mitigate under boob sweat, please drop them in the comment section below!

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro
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June 6, 2017

EMBRACE YOUR CURVES

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I think I just found my new go-to look for a night out. The dress I currently love wearing out on a Saturday night to a bar or the club is this faux-suede lace up dress from Curvy Sense. However, I think the look I'm wearing in this post just dethroned the suede dress. Am I the only person noticing how predictable I am? What do these two looks have in common: suede and the lace up look. *sigh* When it comes to clothes and men, I guess I do have a type. But SO WHAT?! These are my favorite trends.

On top, I am wearing this strung out tunic from Fashion Nova Curve, which can also be seen in this post: THE ROUCHED PANT. This top is actually a tunic and can be worn as a dress, but the material is pretty thin so I was able to tuck it in to the skirt without it looking too bulky. On the bottom, I am sporting the glass city skirt, also from Fashion Nova Curve. Ladies, I cannot even begin to explain how well made this skirt is for it only costing $25. The waist fits snugs and doesn't stretch, while the bottom of the skirt does stretch, which contours your body to highlight your hourglass shape! This is definitely the outfit to cop if your aiming for the bombshell look. I wore this outfit out to a rooftop club where my friend was DJing. But before I got to the club, I was having a terrible day, and I turned to this outfit to pull me out of my rut. As soon as I put this look together, I instantly felt better, and I was ready to dance the night away! If you are in need of a little pick me up, use the code "NATALIEXCRAIG" for 15% off your next Fashion Nova Curve purchase!

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a 2x—which is my usual size—in both the shirt and skirt, and they both fit perfectly!


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Photography by: Katherine Davis
Fashion Nova Curve sent me these clothes to review. All opinions are 100% my own!
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June 4, 2017

WHO WEARS SHORT SHORTS?



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Summer has officially arrived in Chicago! While I love warm weather, I despise some of the things that come with it. As a thick chick, wearing shorts and skirts is really difficult because of "chub rub," and I know all my fellow curvy ladies feel my pain. I get so many comments on Instagram from you all asking what I do to combat chub rub. While it's almost inevitable, I have found a couple of tricks to beating chub rub and enjoying summer in shorts!

My first, and favorite trick is wearing translucent or nude tights. This is the only thing that totally keeps chub rub away, but when you are wearing open toed shoes or sandals, tights may not be the best option. I have tried a couple of brands of tights, and I found the ones I love the most. Walgreen's No Nonsense Great Shapes All-Over are the best of the best. They come in plus sizes and can support up to 300 lbs. Best of all, they are totally sheer and don't look shiny like most nude tights. Another thing I love using to fight chub rub is the ChafeZone anti chaffing balm. ChafeZone keeps your thighs moisturized to combat prevent the intense friction that creates chub rub. While it doesn't totally solve chub rub, it's great for times when you are wearing short, shorts! If you are wearing a maxi or midi skirt or dress try bandelettes. These bad boys work almost as great as the tights do, but they too, also put a restriction on what you can wear with them. Usually, Bandelettes are a no go with shorts or mini skirts.

So which method do you think I used to combat chub rub with this look? Read on to find out!

When I saw these denim fringe shorts from Forever 21 Plus, I felt conflicted because they were so cute, but chub rub seriously ruins my day. However, I decided that I would get the shorts, and put my chub rub hacks to use. So I wore this outfit to a music/food/art festival where I knew there would be tons of walking. And get this, I'm wearing nude tights! CAN YOU EVEN TELL?! I totally avoided chub rub while having fun in the sun!

Now, back to the look! I paired the shorts with this strappy crochet trim tank top from Torrid, and topped the look off with some open-toed ankle boots.

SIZING INFO: I'm wearing a size 18 in the shorts, which a size larger than my usual. The shorts do stretch, and I could have gotten away with wearing a size 16. I am wearing a size 2 in the Torrid top, which is my usual size, and it fits perfectly!

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natalie in the city, how to stop chub rub, chub rub, my thighs rub together, plus size shorts, fringe shorts, forever 21 plus, affordable plus size clothes, plus size fashion, plus size fashion blogger, Chicago blogger, midwest blogger, natalie craig, fatshion, curves and confidence, eff your beauty standards, embrace my curves, summer plus size

natalie in the city, how to stop chub rub, chub rub, my thighs rub together, plus size shorts, fringe shorts, forever 21 plus, affordable plus size clothes, plus size fashion, plus size fashion blogger, Chicago blogger, midwest blogger, natalie craig, fatshion, curves and confidence, eff your beauty standards, embrace my curves, summer plus size
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