Hi, I'm Natalie...
I am 5'2 and a size 18, which means I am petite AND plus size. Those two sizing terms might seem like polar opposites, but full figures come in a variety of shapes and sizes—one of those being short! As a petite plus size fashionista, it has been extremely difficult to fit into fashion and find clothing made for my body. But I'm here to share my petite plus style tips with you and to show the world that short, plus size women belong in fashion!
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PLEATED DOWNTOWN

Ever since I donated this pleated faux-leather skirt a couple of years ago, I have been craving a more sophisticated version of it. I found the skirt at a boutique in St. Petersberg, Florida in 2015, but faux leather is having a huge moment right now, which means that I can find this style just ab…

FROM HEAD-TO-TOE

I haven't written anything for my blog in a while because I have been busy traveling and working on side projects, but I am really looking forward to what's coming for Natalie in the City. While I have been busy plotting my next move behind the scenes, I have also been trying to elevate my…

HOLIDAY, BUT MAKE IT EDGY

Having this blog has really allowed me to challenge my style and try trends, colors, and fits that I wouldn’t regularly indulge in. And I have all of you to thank for that. If it weren’t for you pushing me on social media to embrace bold trends or reassuring me that fuchsia is my color, I would pr…

THIS IS 28

Today is my birthday! Usually, I feel kind of "meh" about my birthday—and as I type this the night before, I still kind of do—but this year is different because it was the greatest year I have ever had. I unexpectedly lived out most of my dreams like attending New York Fashion Week, trav…

THE PERFECT PLUS SIZE LBD

I have this one dress that I wear for literally anything and everything. It's so versatile that even if I wore it five days in a row, no one would notice. While the dress can fit in with many styles and be worn to most occasions because of how I style it, it's truly the way the dress was m…

I FOUND ADORE ME LINGERIE AT KOHL'S

I love that now more than ever, plus size women have many options when it comes to finding clothing that fits their curves. But many of the inclusive sizes and plus size brands live online. While there still are huge retailers that have a storefront or a spot in the local mall, they don't alwa…

UNDER ARMOUR LAUNCHES PLUS SIZES

It's an exciting time in the plus size community as another brand has begun catering to full-figured women. Under Armour has recently debuted its plus size collection, and I got a first-hand look at some of the pieces from the line. The line isn't as extensive as I would like it to be, but…

PLUS SIZE PETITE WIDE LEG PANTS

As a petite and plus size woman, I rarely ever find skirts, pants, or dresses that fit me the way they were designed to fit the average person. Almost very time I make a purchase, I'm making alterations. And being a plus size woman makes finding clothing that fits a short figure even harder as…

HOLIDAY SHINE

It wouldn't be the holidays without sequins? Amirite? If you're no stranger to Natalie in the City, you know that I love sequins all year round, but I especially love them around these wintry holiday months because no one will give me the side-eye for being "too extra." Yes, I st…

SKYSCRAPER DRESS FALLS SHORT

You can probably tell by the title of this post that this dress reminds me of a skyscraper—maybe it's the lines or the structured illusion the paneled dress creates. But unfortunately, just like my last blog post, this is another outfit fail for me.

I had the highest hopes for this ASOS Curve …

DOES CBD HELP WITH ANXIETY?

I guess I have struggled with some form of anxiety my whole adult life, and maybe even in my teen years. But my anxiety has become more prevalent in recent times because I am juggling a lot. On top of a full-time job as a magazine editor, I also run this blog, which may seem like it's not a lo…

MIXED FEELINGS

If one dress could accurately describe my current situation, it's this one. I was so attracted to this Curve Plisse Mix Sweat Dress months ago when I saw it on one of my Instagram friends, and when I scrolled past it on ASOS last week, I decided to purchase it. Here's the thing: it looked …

I WENT ON A SHOPPING SPREE

One Tuesday morning, I was feeling rather...adventurous (we will just say that). I decided to go on a shopping spree and order a bunch of things I wouldn't usually wear. I was so excited for my packages to arrive, and I was feeling very optimistic. But when everything arrived...my enthusiasm l…

PREPARING FOR THE WINTER TUNDRA

It gets cold here in Chicago, real cold. And unfortunately, winter is hitting us a little early this year. Last winter, when I was going to the gym with my boyfriend at 2 AM I was reminded that I needed heavy-duty workout gear that I could wear both outside and at the gym during the winter season.

PLUS SIZE FAUX SHEARLING COAT

I felt myself shiver today. Even on the coldest days, rarely am I ever “too cold.” Maybe it was the way I was dressed—not practically, as usual—or the wind chill, but today felt like winter. I really don’t mind winter, in fact, I’d rather have it than summer on most days. And this year, I’m especi…

LOVELY IN LEOPARD

By now, you shouldn't be surprised that I have been wearing more animal print than ever before. The previously shunned prints have made their way back into my life, and I have been loving how much life leopard adds to my wardrobe. Leopard is the must-have print of this season acting as both a …

GOLDEN HOUR

I have never ever had the opportunity to take photos during "golden hour," but I have always loved sunset photos because the lighting is diffused and warm, which gives the photo a vibe unlike any other. So I recently trekked up to my rooftop during sunset to snap these beautiful photos.

RAIN-COATED

I don't think I have ever owned a raincoat—until now. I guess I have never really needed one or I thought they were kind of excessive. I usually go for a cropped moto or leather jacket when it's raining, and then I transition to a winter coat because here in Chicago, we barely have an actu…

MY DREAM WORKOUT SET

I can't even tell you how long I have been searching for saucy looking gym gear. When I stumbled across Kelly Rowland's new line for Fabletics I saw my favorite shade of green, and then I laid eyes on this Fearless set. From the metallic leather-like side panels to the matte cropped hoodie…

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