STEPPING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE | 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 25, 2018

STEPPING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

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A year ago, I vowed to try new things when it comes to fashion. You see, I am very much a creature of habit with my wardrobe. If you glided your fingers along the clothes in my closet last year, you’d feel many different textures and fabrics, but you’d see only one color: black. However, when I started boldly sporting bright florals and neon hues, you, my readers, went absolutely crazy! The people I was meeting out on the streets were saying, “Girl! You should wear more color, take more chances, try that daring cut!” And so, I decided that was what I had to do. But my embracing of color transcended beyond just adding more vibrancy to my wardrobe and before I knew it, I was wearing clothes that went against every rule I had previously made for myself.

And this look, which I found in Gordmans’ plus size department, is a prime example of my newfound carefree and open-minded approach to fashion. I first started shopping at Gordmans when I lived in Idaho, and when I moved to Chicago, I was happy to learn that there are a couple of store locations just outside of the city! Find the nearest Gordmans to you here: Find my Gordmans! My favorite thing about the store isn’t just that they get new merchandise every week, but I also love that they have a huge plus size department. I’ve seriously never seen a bigger plus size section in a store that wasn’t solely selling plus sizes. So, shout out to Gordmans for that! Shall we get onto this rule-breaking look?

Broken rule #1: Don’t EVER show your stomach
It’s no secret, plus size women have always been told that they should cover their stomach. And while I’ve never agreed with that rule, I have always felt self-conscious about my tummy. So, I’m freeing the tummy with this look, and I’m loving it! I took this gorgeous Angie cold shoulder blouse and knotted it at the front to show off my midriff. You could also wear this top tucked in or bloused out. Y’all know I love a versatile look!

Broken rule #2: Plus size women shouldn’t wear baggy clothes—they aren’t flattering! I have to admit, I applied this rule to my wardrobe up until I tried on these gorgeous Angie pants. I always felt like baggy clothes—especially pants—really covered up my body and made me look heavier than I was. But I decided to take a walk on the wild side and embrace these bohemian-style pants. I never thought I could pull off a bohemian look, but I feel like this outfit totally put me into a new style category, and in perfect timing for summer!

I topped off the look with a dainty gold necklace and Kensie sandals, both of which I also scored from Gordmans! This entire look cost me less than $50! Can you believe it? 

Gordmans told me that because they want to offer their shoppers the lowest possible prices on merchandise, they watch their competitors’ prices and adjust their prices to beat them. But, with their huge assortment of merchandise, sometimes they don’t catch every item. If you find a lower price somewhere else on any item you found at Gordmans, they will match the competitors’ price and they will give you a $5 Gordmans gift card! All you have to do is show the competitor’s current ad, website or a receipt featuring an identical item. Learn more about Gordmans’ Lowest Price Guarantee (http://www.gordmans.com/guarantee) program! It’s pretty cool—especially if you shop on a budget like me!

You’ll find some of your favorite brands and trends at Gordmans just like I did with this look, but if you are planning a shopping trip, make sure to invite me… because I can’t stay away! 

Thank you to Gordmans for sponsoring this post. I am a huge proponent of brands that promote inclusivity and sell high-quality, well-fitting clothing. All opinions expressed in this post are 110% my own! Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make Natalie in the City a possibility!
Photography by: Rorie Raimondi
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