Torrid Little Black Dress Review

Every lady needs a littleĀ black dress. The dress that can be worn for any occasion, any time of year. I was shopping at Torrid and while I only went for accessories I had to try on a few items before leaving. This dress was one of those items, and BOY am I glad I did. This dress is very snazzy. The fact that the waist is right under the bust is very complimentary to those who are heavy busted. What I love most, is that this type of cut shows off the waist, cinches in the waist, showing off that curve. Score!

This dress looks great just by itself, or you can add a belt to make it fab. I like the belt because it really makes the waist go in. Plus, belts add more attitude to any attire.

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The shoes are a bit funky! They have graffiti on them. Perfect for an all black dress. It adds a lot of color. Of course, depending on the occasion you may not want to wear such colorful shoes. However, if you’re going out with your girls or a hot date, shoes with color are a perfect match to this dress. I wore this dress to work with a short black sweater and flat gold sandals, super cute! So you can definitely dress this up in many different ways. I have also tried this on with a short turquoise sweater, and that was also adorable. There are so many alternatives to dressing up this black dress. Black dresses give you many options.

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The dress was $68.50 and the belt was $18 at Torrid, check them out online at Torrid.com. The shoes are from DSW, and they are by Steve Madden for about $69, online at dsw.com.

Have fun dressing up your little black dress, Jewels!

Sassy Date Night Attire: Plus Size

Date night is the best night of the week, at least for me. I always try to look my cutest on this night. This is the one time during the week that I have TIME to put on makeup, dress up in a fun/ flirty outfit, and wear shoes that impress.

This outfit was very easy to put together, and you can always change up the color of the top and skirt to fit your taste, as well as the shoes.

 

This skirt can go with many things, even more so because it is black. The best thing about this skirt is that it is high wasted. With it being high waisted, you are able to wear a short blouse like I did, a long blouse, or a high-low blouse with a skinny belt across the waist. The skirt is very fitted and shows off your curves, very sassy. This skirt is regular price $29, but it was on sale for $19 at Macy’s.

The top I purchased from Forever21+. The stripes on this is so adorable. This top can be worn with pretty much anything: denim shorts, any color skinny jeans, etc. It was $14.

Lastly, the shoes are from Aldo. I had no intentions of buying white pumps when I went in there. But I tried them on because they did not have my size in the black; instantly I fell for them. They are so different from the average pointy toe pump. They have a fine point with a platform beneath it, very chic! The best part of these shoes is that I got them half off! These shoes would work well with spring and summer dresses and many colors: pastels, bright colors, and of course white stripes. Purchased them for $50.

Date night is a fun night. Have fun dressing up, and being a complete doll whether it’s with your girls or your significant other. Don’t be afraid to try something different. Wearing this fitted skirt was completely out of the ordinary for me. But I am glad that I bought it. It’s a good thing to get out of our comfort zones.

Be bold Jewels! Make statements with everything you wear! šŸ˜‰

Wedding Dress Shopping: The Plus-Size Way

Spring is here and weddings are underway. When the time comes to look for your wedding dress there are so many options to choose from. With so many dresses, sometimes it is hard to pick a place to get started with the search. Everyone has heard of the traditional style A-LINE. It is truly a classic cut and no one can wrong with this style. A-line dresses look good on anyone, but it’s playing things too safe. There is nothing wrong with going for this style dress if this style is what you are comfortable with, but before going hard core on A-line dresses explore the other options suitable to your taste and body shape. Remember, if you walk in a bridal shop wanting one thing, but end up falling in love with a dress that is nothing like the dress you dreamed of it’s ok. Do not over think or talk yourself out of a dress just because it’s not the dress you created for yourself in your head.

I work in the bridal industry and my expertise is finding women the perfect dress for their BIG DAY. I have done this for years, and there are different kinds of brides out there. Some ladies come in knowing what they want, the price, the color, and all other detail. However, many other ladies have no clue what they are looking for and how much a wedding dress cost.

Whenever you decide you want to search and find your wedding dress know before hand your budget for the dress and all theĀ accessoriesĀ that go along with a wedding dress, such as shoes, veil(s), tiara, flower, comb, alterations, jewelry, undergarments (foundations) – you cannot wear the bra you wear to work or to a work party under your wedding gown, your special day requires special under pieces too- and anything else that goes on your body for that day. You may want just a budget for your gown(s) or if you are stopping at a one stop shop a budget for all of your needs.

Once your budget has been established think of a style that you can see yourself in on your wedding day, just to get something going when you arrive for your appointment at the bridal shop. If you have no idea ask your consultant to pull A-line dresses that are within your price range and that have the detail and material you are looking for. From there see if you like how full the skirt is and other features of the dress. Then, your consultant can help you find a dress that has what you liked and know what you disliked about the dress.

As a curvy or full figured bride there are certain styles that bring out your curvy figure to show off your silhouette in a beautiful way. Sometimes while we’re shopping we want what we see on theĀ manikinĀ on us, but everything that Zoe Saldana, Rachel McAdams, or Taylor Swift wears we all can’t. The beauty of this life is that we are all different. No one is like the other person, so never beĀ disappointedĀ when Taylor Swift looked better in a dress that you hated yourself in. You just have to keep looking for the one right for you. My top styles that I like to see curvy and full figured brides in are ball gowns, empire, drop waist, trumpet, and A-line. You are probably wondering why A-line? While A-line is a safe choice, it is also a classic cut that you can never go wrong with and some are just too beautiful not to consider. On the list of styles I did not include mermaid and sheath. I am also not a big fan of trumpet either for full figured women, but if it is the right dress the silhouette looks fabulous.

BALL GOWNS

Ball gowns are very flattering on the waist. They make the waist appear smaller, and if you have wide hips it will not draw attention to them.
Ball gowns are very flattering on the waist. They make the waist appear smaller, and if you have wide hips it will not draw attention to them.
On this ball gown the waist is brought a little further down on the dress. This cut is referred to as the "natural waistline". The natural waistlines shows off more of your waist and causes your torso to look longer and leaner.
On this ball gown the waist is brought a little further down on the dress. This cut is referred to as the “natural waistline”. The natural waistlines shows off more of your waist and causes your torso to look longer and leaner.

EMPIRE

On empire waist dresses the waist is higher up and under your breast. This dress is great to hide your waist if you are looking to do that because it is high up and flows down.
On empire waist dresses the waist is higher up and under your breast. This dress is great to hide your waist, if you are looking to do that, because it is high up and flows down.
This is an empire gown with sleeves. This empire dress is more fitted in the waist than the one above, but a feature that all empire dresses have is the attention it draws to your breast and away from the waist.
This is an empire gown with sleeves. This empire dress is more fitted in the waist than the one above, but a feature that all empire dresses have is the attention it draws to your chest and away from the waist.

DROP WAIST

Drop waist is a combination of two things: A-line and fit & flare. It shows of your waist beautifully and has a full skirt. What makes it different from a mermaid and trumpet dress is that it stops at your hips then flares out.
Drop waist is a combination of two things: A-line and fit & flare. It shows off your waist beautifully and has a full skirt. What makes it different from a mermaid and trumpet dress is that it stops at your hips then flares out.
Empire dresses are very romantic. They are fitted in the waist to show off your curves, but also remain traditional with a flared skirt.
Empire dresses are very romantic. They are fitted in the waist to show off your curves, but also remain traditional with a flared skirt.

TRUMPET

Trumpet dresses allow you to show off your hour-glass figure or pear shape. I do not recommend this style for busty women that do not have proportionate hips. This style dress is all about proportion
Trumpet dresses allow you to show off your hour-glass figure or pear shape. I do not recommend this style for busty women that do not have proportionate hips. This style dress is all about proportions. The sash on this dress brings in the waist more. Adding a sash to any style except empire (it will not look right and most likely clash with the jewelry already on the dress) makes the waist look even smaller.
This is a true trumpet dress. The dress is fitted all the way past the hips and flares out mid-thigh. The skirt looks like the horn of a trumpet. Compared to the one above there is a difference in the waist. Notice that this one does not have a sash and the difference the sash does for the waist on the one above.
This is a true trumpet dress. The dress is fitted all the way past the hips and flares out mid-thigh. The skirt looks like the horn of a trumpet. Compared to the one above there is a difference in the waist. Notice that this one does not have a sash and the difference the sash does for the waist on the one above.

A-LINE

A-line dresses are the go to dresses. You can tell a dress is A-line by the way it makes an "A" from the chest down.
A-line dresses are the go to dresses. You can tell a dress is A-line by the way it makes an “A” from the chest down.
This dress is an example of why even though A-line dresses are safe they are still sometimes the right choice. They are all over figure flattering. The difference between an A-line gown and a ball gown is the skirt on an A-line dress is not as full as the one on a ball gown.
This dress is an example of why even though A-line dresses are safe they are still sometimes the right choice. They are all over figure flattering. The difference between an A-line gown and a ball gown is the skirt on an A-line dress is not as full as the one on a ball gown.

These are my top style picks for curvy and full-figured brides. Always have an open mind to styles you never imagined, you never know you may end up with a trumpet even though you walked in thinking you would walk out the bridal shop with an empire. The possibilities and choices are endless at a bridal store. Pick a dress that you will not regret ten years down the line, and don’t pick one you think your daughter will wear twenty some years down the line. It’s your dress for the day that begins the best days of your life.

Have fun dress shopping Jewels!

Here are a few places to start your shopping that carry plus size gowns:

– David’s Bridal

– Alfred Angelo

– Impression Bridal

– Your local bridal shops and boutiques should have plus sizes dresses as well