When it comes to plus size shopping in Los Angeles, I’ve found that the best option has always been to stay at home and shop online. It is unfortunate but there aren’t a lot of options if you want to try on clothing before purchasing. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised on one of my most recent Forever 21 trips. I went into the store with the usual intention of trying to squeeze myself into their size "Large" and was ecstatic to see that not only did they have a somewhat decent sized plus section, but it was also featured in one of the front window displays!... in Beverly Hills! Baby steps my friends! I tried on tons of stuff and was excited to finally leave that store with something that wouldn’t tear upon the first Dougie I tried to teach.
This coral top really stood out to me and I loved the sheer patterned design on the back. I also liked that it was light enough for summer but still had sleeves.
I had originally planned on wearing it buttoned and loose, as it was meant to be, and pairing it over this basic short-sleeved, black dress. But when I put it on I realized it would better flatter my hourglass figure if I could cinch it at the waist. And though I’ve previously harped on my love affair with waist belts, I thought this tied-up-yet-relaxed style was a nice change. Hey Boys!!!
I like to mix things that are tight and loose together. Wearing two baggy pieces can look frumpy and unflattering, so with this flowing top I chose to wear a tighter dress underneath to show off the shape of my hips and butt while still being comfortable and not too revealing.
I threw my hair up in a messy ponytail to showcase the unique back pattern, and kept things simple by accessorizing with black shoes, a black purse, and this white plastic chain bracelet.
Photographer: Stefan Brysha
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Coral Blouse- Forever21+; Black Short Sleeve Dress- H&M; Black Caged Sandal- Halogen; White Plastic Chain Bracelet- St. Eve Jewelry, Black Studded Fur Purse- Street Level