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Outfit: 2 Ways To Style A Body Con Dress

Redstreak Girl wearing Fashion to Figure Body Con Dress


Today, I share with you 2 ways to style a body con dress.

For me, wearing a body con dress is a big deal. I can at times be overly self-conscious and insecure about showing my curves. So, to get dolled up and pose some where public for a photo shoot in a body hugging dress kind of rattled my nerves. I kept checking for strangers who were walking by and when they got close I would stare at the nearby cactus trying to avoid eye contact. Sure I felt like the only thing between me and a stranger’s naked eye was a piece of jersey fabric but how is this any different than a t-shirt?

Honestly, when I look at myself in the bedroom mirror with this dress on I like what I see! I feel cute, sexy, and curvy! I feel powerful, despite my thighs, booty, and VBO (Visible Belly Outline). How could I NOT take pictures of my powerful sexy self?

So for this outfit post I’m sharing with you not one but two ways to style a body con dress!



Styling A Body Con Dress

Now, I’ve never worn a body con dress and didn’t really know how to style it. My first instinct was to wear a long cardigan wrap but I had no such wrap to match the beautiful dark blue fabric. I also figured this sort of goes against the idea of wearing a body con dress. Now a body con dress is rightfully named so because it takes some guts and confidence in oneself to wear this type of dress. This is because the material of the dress is clingy and hugs all the curves. Rather than try to hide my curves, I decided on some accessories that would highlight the beautiful color of this dress and my curves.


 Outfit 1 Details

3/4 Body Con Dress from Fashion To Figure

Wide Belt from Lane Bryant (similar)

Strappy Mini Wedges in Gold Metallic from Torrid

Bauble Necklace from Lane Bryant

Katie Medium Satchel in Sand Crocco from 88.EightyEight Handbags

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue

For this first look, I styled this dark blue jersey dress with gold accents. I like the strappy wedges, chunky statement necklace, and this totally vegan satchel from 88 Handbags. I completed the outfit with an obi wrap belt to help me keep my posture.

Now, this satchel is an eye catcher with it’s faux leather and the color is a great highlight to the bold blue body con dress. The satchel is roomy with pockets for my everyday essentials: cell phone, makeup bag, wallet, planner, and more. It’s cute and a great accessory to add to my closet. If you’re looking for a new purse check out 88 Handbags and get 10% off with my code “RedstreakGirlA”.

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue

I actually received this gorgeous 88 Handbag and the Fashion to Figure dress in theCURVYcon platinum swag bag! Now I don’t purchase handbags often and so I was shocked that I received a handbag valued at $100 in my swag bag and the FTF dress is valued at $38.90! Wooh! I know I’m slacking on publishing my review of theCURVYcon and the platinum swag bag up. But it’s coming, I swear.

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue


Outfit 2 Details

3/4 Body Con Dress from Fashion To Figure

Studio Lace Biker Jacket from Eloquii (similar)

White Skinny Belt from Torrid (similar)

Beaded Tassel Necklace from Lane Bryant

Ankle Strap Wedges from Lane Bryant (similar)

Redstreak Girl wearing Fashion to Figure Body Con Dress


For this second look, I went for a blue and white color combination. I also tried to think of how to style this dress with just a tad more coverage perhaps for someone wanting to try a body con dress but nervous about all your curves being out there. This white lace Eloquii jacket provides upper body coverage and the color blocking draws attention to both the slim fit of the skirt and the intricate lace detail of the biker jacket. I also think a chiffon duster would look cute over this body con dress and provide some booty coverage.

Redstreak Girl wearing Fashion to Figure Body Con Dress


The Eloquii jacket was also one of the swag items for being a platinum attendee at theCURVYcon! This jacket is sold out but I found a list price of $145.90! Wow, can you believe it?! I’m really excited to tell you what other swag Eloquii gave platinum attendees so make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive notification when I update the blog.

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue


I mentioned at the start of this post that I was nervous about taking photos in this dress in public. What would people say to me? Well, glad to report that no one said anything directly to me. One person on a bike actually apologized for getting in the way. But I did notice that my confidence changed through the photo shoot. In the first set of photos, I was a bit nervous and used my purse as a security blanket to strategically hide my belly. But as the photo shoot went on I felt powerful and that I could do anything!

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue


Body Con Dresses And Fatshion

I love this body con dress. I’m already thinking of other ways to style it and where I may feel most comfortable wearing it to (baby steps!). But while I’m accepting of my body and how this dress looks on me I know there are probably strangers (and possibly people who aren’t quite strangers) who would say this dress is not for my body. I can imagine voices spewing all kinda of fat-shaming rhetoric (why is it that I can even imagine these things!). There are bloggers and fatshionistas whose body con outfits have helped me realize that clothing and fashion is for everyone. Below is a picture of me kicking fat-shaming rhetoric’s ass!

Redstreaek Girl Wearing Fashion To Figure Body Con Dress In Blue


But while the plus size movement has done wonders to bring fashion forward clothes in sizes for fat curvy people, like me, the pictures that are encapsulating this wonderful movement are of similar silhouettes – hourglass figures of fit curvy women (e.g. Ashley Graham). Now, I love Ashley Graham. She is inspiring and has an empowering message for body acceptance. Her message helped me realize that I can be sexy at any size. But, I also empathize with calls for the plus size movement to be more inclusive of various body types and that includes the curvy women with a belly.

Part of my body love journey has been to embrace my full body, belly, lumps and all and perhaps my photos are my small contribution to help shift the culture of the plus size movement to be inclusive of fatshion and the various body types of fat people.



Outfit: What I Wore To theCURVYcon 2016 – Torrid Skater Dress

So, last month I went on this AMAZING birthday trip to New York City to attend theCURVYcon 2016. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve most likely seen my outfit (thanks for the follow!). If you don’t follow me on Instagram (why not, you should *wink*) or if you missed the photos then you’re in luck because today I’m sharing the details on my Torrid Skater Dress outfit!

As a reminder, this is part 2 of a four-part series detailing my experience at theCURVYcon 2016. Last week I gave a recap of the Gwynnie Bee x theCURVYcon2016 VIP Party and here is what else you can expect to come!

  • Recap: theCURVYcon 2016 And All That Jazz
  • What Came In theCURVYcon 2016 Platinum Swag Bag

Learn more about theCURVYcon 2017, which is taking place during New York Fashion Week in September 2017!


I love her Redstreak Girl at theCURVYcon


theCURVYcon 2016

theCURVYcon 2016 was a two-day event, one-day longer than it was in 2015 (which I did not attend). Unfortunately, I did not make it to Day 1 of this year’s theCURVYcon due to a traveling conflict and moving between hotels. I did catch some highlights on theCURVYcon’s Snapchat the morning of and I am sad that I missed it. Day 1 kicked off with a morning group exercise session and was followed up with shopping in the vendor hall. I had planned to attend Day 1 and even packed my Lane Bryant Livi Active workout clothes. While I missed out on Roz the Diva (I’m so sad I did!) and other activities, I did get my workout on as I lugged my 50-pound suitcase up and down the subway steps and across Manhattan.

When I finally made it to theCURVYcon for Day 2, I realized I had picked the perfect outfit for a day of happiness, inspiration, motivation, and a bit of rebellion! Day 2 was filled with panels of curvy bloggers talking about their brands and blogs, retailers answering questions about designing clothes for the curvy women, and more! But more on who said what and what I took away from the day in my next blog update.

Redstreak Girl at the Curvy con steps


What I Wore: Torrid Skater Dress

When I was planning on what to wear to theCURVYcon there were way too many options for me to consider. Should I wear bold colors or prints, an elegant cocktail dress, or a fancy top with slacks or jeans? Do I want to wear cute heels, flats, or should I wear sneakers (I wasn’t sure how much walking I would be doing)?

I had packed different outfits and a bunch of shoes, and figured I would make a decision the morning of. I selected my favorite Little Black Dress (LBD), the Torrid Skater Dress, because of its versatility. I can dress it up or dress it down simply by switching out my accessories and shoes.

Outfit details

 High Neck Skater Dress from Torrid

Belt from Torrid (similar)

Celine Ballet Flats – Merona from Target

Button Flare: Blue Bird Pinups & Native Missfit

Turquoise Bling: Necklace, Earrings, & Ring (personal collection)


The Torrid Skater Dress is a fun LBD. I like this dress for a few reasons:

  1. This dress is fun to accent with colors! I particularly love the turquoise accents because I get to wear my Native bling! But I have accented with various colors: gold, hot pink, navy, and silver.
  2. This is a high quality dress with texture and weight! When I tried this dress on in the store, I was surprised by how heavy the dress was due to the textured fabric. I like this type of fabric because I know it’s durable and perfect for everyday use! I also don’t have to worry about my dress easily blowing up in the wind (oh it still can flow upward but it just takes a really strong gust of wind).
  3. The skirt of the dress fits me just right! I love skater skirts. I really wish I had discovered skater skirts in my high school days. Skater skirts though can be just a tad too short and don’t always provide me with enough bum coverage. However, the skirt of this dress has more than enough fabric to provide an awesome twirl while covering all my assets.

Enjoying @thecurvycon! #theCurvycon #hereiam #fatgirlscan #torrid #torridfashion #torridstyle @torridfashion

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Turquoise Bling & Button Flare

So, I went with the Torrid Skater Dress for one other reason. It was the only dress I packed that let me style it up with my turquoise bling and button flare. Being in New York City and at this high fashion event, I wanted to highlight my Native culture through my outfit, while also showing my rebellious side.

Plus-size fashion is rebellious. This unique culture within the fashion industry is defiant to mainstream norms of what fashion should be (i.e., #Effyourbeautystandards), calls on the inclusion of all body types in the industry, what large bodies can do (i.e., #fatgirlscan), and also calls on clothing designers to include plus sizing in their designs (i.e., #plussizeplease).

I suppose part of this rebel nature is what draws me to the plus-size fashion movement (aside from well the logistics of actually needing clothes that fit me). I’m an activist and while calling for the inclusion of larger bodies in the fashion industry isn’t the same as calling for positive representations of Native American people in media or demanding a stop to the exploitation of Native sacred lands, there is a similarity in that both groups – Native activists and plus-size individuals – are seeking acknowledgement and a response to their calls.

To that note, I featured two of my favorite groups, the Blue Bird Pinups (represented by the blue bird) and Native Zinestress (represented by “Native Misfit”), on my outfit. These buttons were the perfect addition to my outfit, tying in aspects of fashion, pinup style, and Native feminism. Be sure to check out these two awesome female-led and female empowering groups! I actually had a third button that I was going to wear, “Indigenous Resistance,” but I misplaced it during the morning rush [insert sad face].


Redstreak Girl at the Curvy con 2016 platinum pass


I had a great time at theCURVYcon 2016 and my outfit was the perfect way for me to express my individuality. Can you tell that I’m excited to share with you what I thought of theCURVYcon 2016?

So, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you can receive blog updates direct to your email! In my next blog update I will share with you what I took away from theCURVYcon as well as my overall thoughts about the event! Learn more about theCURVYcon 2017, which is taking place during New York Fashion Week in September 2017!