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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Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, styles Torrid's flattering Black & White Stripe Sweater-Knit Skater Dress.

I saw this Black & White Stripe Sweater-Knit Skater Dress on blogger, author, and activist Leah Vernon as she twirled in it on her Instagram stories. I immediately DM'ed her to ask her where it was from. This was back in fall, and she mentioned that she was on set with Torrid shooting a campaign, and that the unreleased dress was from them.

You can imagine the days I spent refreshing the brands “new arrival” page with the hopes of this dress magically appearing. I had no luck for a long time. Until their holiday campaign launched. I saw a mini skirt with this striped look on Instagram, and bolted to Torrid’s website. I was about to order it until I realized that it wasn’t what I had seen on Leah. She was wearing a dress...not a skirt. So I waited.

What’s the saying? “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, I got the dress (obviously)! Even though it’s way too cold to wear right now in Chicago, I found a way! I slipped on this Black Turtleneck Long Sleeve under the dress, which also made the garment perfect for work. I love the way it looks with the turtleneck, but I also can’t wait to sport it on its own. The dress totally lived up to every expectation I had of it. I love the unique striped pattern and how it complements my curves. The dress also falls at a perfect length for me—not being too long or short. The fit is also extremely flattering. The material stretches, but the waist is fitted to accentuate curves. Oh... I just love this dress so much. It will be a favorite of mine for the next couple of years!
SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 2 in the Black & White Stripe Sweater-Knit Skater Dress, which is my usual size, and it fits perfectly!


Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, styles Torrid's flattering Black & White Stripe Sweater-Knit Skater Dress.

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