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, shares her latest work from home outfit Adore Me's ready to wear ruffle mini dress.
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, shares her latest work from home outfit Adore Me's ready to wear ruffle mini dress.

As you know, I have been picking certain days of the week to dress up—even though I am staying home to help flatten the Coronavirus curve—to boost my confidence and feel some kind of normalcy. On days where I am not feeling very confident, I will turn to clothes to improve my mood. And being quarantined since the middle of March has really been hard on my self-esteem. I have been trying to keep busy with work while also spicing things up by adding new routines and habits to my day. But I really look forward to the days where I do my hair and get dressed.

This week, I sported this bright, warm Maria Dress from Adore Me's new Ready to Wear line! I have really been lucking out with finding the perfect plus size mini dresses, which I usually have to hunt high and low for. I love that this dress is an actual plus size wrap dress because so many are "faux." Why is this important? Well, with an actual wrap dress I can control how the garment looks on my curves. I can wrap and tie it tighter or looser depending on how I am feeling. Another thing I absolutely love is the ruffle hemline. It adds a feminine touch and makes me want to twirl every time I walk to the kitchen to refill my water—or grab some Hot Cheetos. While this quarantine has been bad for my wallet, it's been great for my wardrobe...can you tell I shop when I'm stressed? I have a couple more mini dresses that I plan to showcase on NatalieintheCity.com so stay tuned! Oh, and my cute shoes are from Anthropologie!

SIZING INFO: I am wearing a size 3X in the Maria Dress, which is my usual size according to Adore Me's sizing guide (a size 18). The dress fit perfectly, but I also feel like I could have sized down to a 2X, too.


Adore Me sent me these clothes to review. All opinions are my own!
Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, shares her latest work from home outfit Adore Me's ready to wear ruffle mini dress.


Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, shares her latest work from home outfit Adore Me's ready to wear ruffle mini dress.

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