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


Is it possible? Yes, in fact, I can actually dress this plus size black floral party dress up and down as much as I like! Don’t believe it? Read along to see how I styled this dress for work, a wedding, a Sunday brunch, and even more!

I work in a business casual environment where you could find people wearing anything from pantsuits to jeans and a button up shirt, but I like to err on the side of business attire with a playful touch. I love pairing this plus size black floral party dress from Sydney’s Closet with a fun blazer, like the one I’m wearing with mesh sleeves. Pairing the dress with a business casual piece makes the garment practical for a day at the office.

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Photography by: Rorie Raimondi
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When you get a wedding invite, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many of my friends it’s, “WHAT DO I WEAR?!” The underlying rule is to never out dress the bride, but unless you show up in a wedding gown, I doubt that will happen! However, I still want to look stunning at this wedding—even though it isn’t my day. That’s another reason why I love this dress. While it’s not a body con dress, it’s still so flattering and hugs my curves in the right places. It’s fun, flirty, and classic, and I can totally wear the dress to a few weddings in a row by changing around my accessories, and no one would notice! The dress comes with a black wraparound shall, which you could wrap around your shoulders or tie around your neck!

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And now onto my favorite activity of the weekend, BRUNCH! My go-to brunch spots vary from pancake houses (and sometimes McDonalds) to chic, French bakeries—in the words of my best friend, “My interests are broad, okay? And on this Sunday, I stopped by Maison Marcel in Chicago for some fresh croissants and a cappuccino. And since the café is definitely not a pancake house, I went full-on glam for it. I paired my Sydney’s Closet black floral party dress with a sequin blazer and some pearls.

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While these are just three ways that I wear my plus size black floral party dress from Sydney’s Closet, there are many other ways I could wear it and a variety of events I could wear it to. Since it boasts a monochromatic color scheme and a versatile floral pattern, I could rock this dress at a company or family holiday party, a cocktail event, a fashion show, and to a black-tie event. For my high school and college girls out there, this dress could also make the perfect homecoming look!

SIZING INFO: Based on the sizing chart, I sized up two sizes to a size 22, because I know how formal dresses don’t have much stretch in them. However, I actually would have been fine with a size 20. The breast area of the dress has more than enough room for the ladies!

Thank you to Sydney’sCloset for partnering with me and sponsoring today’s post. Sydney’s Closet aims to “size up glamour” by offering on-trend plus size special occasion dresses in sizes 14-40! Phyllis Brasch Librach, President and Founder of the company, started Sydney’s Closet after learning how hard it was for plus size teenagers to find prom and homecoming dresses through her daughter’s very own experience. The reality is that one in every four high school girls and six out of 10 women in the U.S. wears a size 12 or larger. Over the last decade, the company has dressed tens and thousands of plus-size teens and women across the U.S. Thank you for supporting brands that make Natalie in the City possible

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