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, talks work from home outfits and reviews Adore Me's new ready to wear collection and dresses.
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, talks work from home outfits and reviews Adore Me's new ready to wear collection and dresses.


When I work from home, I usually hop into a pair of sweatpants and a tank top or hoodie, but that was when I only worked from home twice a week. Now that I work remotely every day, I am feeling totally uninspired by my go-to look. And why is that a bad thing? Because when you look good, you feel good and you perform better. So if I am not dressed in an outfit that makes me feel confident, then I am probably falling short of my goals and not being as productive as I can be. But do I want to wear a blazer and actual pants every day? No...not a chance. That's why I have been getting creative with my plus size work from home outfits.

In the morning, I comb through my closet to find pieces that spark inspiration, but could also be comfortable with a couple of modifications. For example, this Augusta Dress from Adore Me could easily be a glamourous piece that I'd wear on a night out or during date night—outside of the Coronavirus quarantine. However, I realized that it could be the perfect dress to also wear around the house because I feel radiant and beautiful in it. The silky fabric feels natural on my skin and it moves with my curves. If I pair it with the comfiest undies and go without a bra—just keeping it real—it's practically pajamas. I've worn this dress around the house multiple times since I discovered it could be a part of my work from home wardrobe, and it's done wonders for my confidence and mood.

I've recently become a huge fan of slip dresses and skirts because they are effortlessly chic and stylish. So I was super excited to add this gorgeous plus size slip dress to my wardrobe when I found out that Adore Me was expanding beyond plus size lingerie to offer a ready to wear collection. 
There are so many cute styles for all sizes in the new collection that I was really impressed with! However, I did run into some sizing issues, that I easily fixed myself when it came to this dress. I used the brand's sizing guide to determine which size would be best for me since I had never ordered clothing from Adore Me before. No matter where you are shopping, it's really important to make sure you check the sizing guide because many brands determine their own sizing and use different terms and numbers. There is no standard sizing across the fashion industry, which is why it can be so tricky and frustrating when ordering clothes online. According to Adore Me's sizing guide, I would be a 3X, which they have coded as a 16-18. So I ordered a 3X in this slip dress and it was way too big. I should have ordered a 2X. However, I was easily able to alter the dress to fit my bust better—which is where the majority of the sizing issues were. Overall, I am so happy with this dress because I don't have to wait until I am out of quarantine to wear it!

SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 3X in the Augusta Dress, which is my usual size according to Adore Me's sizing guide, but the dress was a little large in the bust. I would size down to the 2X, which is coded as a 14-16 on the brand's sizing guide.

Adore Me sent me this dress to review. All opinions are my own!


Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, talks work from home outfits and reviews Adore Me's new ready to wear collection and dresses.
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, talks work from home outfits and reviews Adore Me's new ready to wear collection and dresses.

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