5 Summer Dresses To Chill In

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Torrid Summer Dress to Chill In

The hot dry summer, especially here in Phoenix AZ, calls for lightweight and airy summer dresses to chill in. A couple years ago I wrote about Torrid’s Floral Challis Maxi Sundress (similar) and what to wear under a white summer dress. That dress (pictured above) is still in relatively great condition and I still wear it to this day. Although I purchased that dress two years ago it still is one of my go-to dresses for the spring and summer. While Torrid no longer sells that specific dress I’ve rounded up 5 similar summer dresses that I could see myself chilling in, especially in 106° temps! I’m looking to add one of Torrid’s summer dresses to my closet and could use your feedback! Which is your favorite?

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Missing The Target: Target & BaubleBar’s #StealingNativeCulture Partnership

About a month ago, I wrote a Dear Torrid Letter about Torrid ripping off Navajo culture by selling a knock-off of the iconic Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace. Within two days Torrid apologized, agreed to stop selling the necklaces, and donated the profits to the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. Almost immediately after publishing the issue on my blog I was notified by friends and strangers of knock-off Navajo Squash Blossom Necklaces being sold at Walmart and other retail stores. Most recently, Target is profiting off stolen Native culture.

#StealingNativeCulture

A fellow Instagrammer, Marissa Gonzales, notified me about Target selling Squash Blossom Necklaces branded by BaubleBar for Target’s “SugarFix” jewelry partnership.

⛔️STOP #stealingnativeculture!!! ⛔️

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Torrid Removes Squash Blossom Necklaces ** UPDATE to Dear TORRID: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotmyTorrid

A couple days ago, on Wednesday March 22, 2017, I wrote a Dear Torrid letter to express my disappointment and discontent with one of my favorite clothing companies for selling a knock-off of the Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace (someone pointed out on Facebook that Torrid actually sold three products that have a Navajo Squash Blossom necklace feel to them). I am happy to report that today, March 24 2017, all three of those Squash Blossom related necklaces have been removed from the Torrid website. [Full statement from Torrid below].

Dear Torrid: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotmyTorrid

Torrid Screenshot Stop Stealing Native Culture #stealingnativeculture

In the days immediately following my letter titled, “Dear Torrid: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotMyTorrid“, I noticed Torrid took the following actions:

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Winter to Spring Transition Outfit

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Today’s outfit on the blog is a great example of a winter to spring transition outfit. February is a strange moment in fashion because in some places it is still winter and people are still dressing for cold weather. And yet in February, the so-called month of love (i.e. Valentines Day), I start seeing spring fashion like bright spring florals and sundresses appearing in stores.

I’m wearing a not-so-thick-but-not-too-thin black and cream dress and layering this outfit with black tights (to keep my legs warm) and a large pink vest. This outfit is perfect for today’s weather in Phoenix, which is warm during the day and still crispy cool in the evening. Since the weather can sometimes be unpredictable this outfit gives me the option to layer up or take the vest off if I’m too warm.

Here are some tips to transitioning your winter wardrobe for spring:

  • Layer up. If you are wearing a thick sweater or heavy dress, layer it with a lightweight shawl or vest. If you are wearing a tank top or thin flowy dress, layer it with a thick jacket or cardigan sweater.
  • Contrast the darker winter tones with pops of spring colors or florals.
  • Show some skin! Consider wearing nude tights or no tights at all.

 

Outfit details

Fit & Flare Taylor Dress rented from Gwynnie Bee

 Chicest Of Them All Vest (Pink) from Society+

Structured Faux Fur Charm Tote Bag from Torrid, Sold Out (similar)

Pointed White Toe Cap Heels from Lane Bryant, Sold Out (similarsimilar)

Gwynnie Bee

This fit & flare black and cream Taylor Dress is a rental from Gwynnie Bee, a clothing subscription service for women’s clothes in sizes 10-32. I actually had this dress for about 2 months because it was great for the cold North Dakota fall-winter weather. However, despite really enjoying this dress I returned it to Gwynnie Bee because winter clothes are less likely to be worn and thus worth less their value in Phoenix Arizona. Gwynnie Bee is a great service to rent those transitioning clothes that I have an occasional need for but I don’t want to outright buy and keep in my closet.

That is one of the features of Gwynnie Bee that I enjoy, I can exchange clothes quickly, hold on to them for a little longer, or outright purchase items I love. I am a paying member of Gwyniee Bee for more than 3 years and if you want to try the service you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial (thank you for using my referral link!). The 30-day subscription service includes unlimited clothing exchanges and free shipping. Gwynnie Bee also has a feature to prioritize a garment so you would be more likely to receive the garments you really want to try.

Here is a snapshot of what is currently in my closet:

Screenshot of Gwynnie Bee Closet

Accessorizing

I feel like accessorizing is an art. I generally rotate through my jewelry collection of necklaces and earrings but sometimes an outfit presents me with a question of whether jewelry is the best accessory. Take this outfit as an example. The pink vest is an accessory in and of it self (AND it has pockets!!). The belt helps to tie the outfit together if I want to accentuate my waist or not. With such a bold clothing piece I think a necklace would get lost somewhere in the large lapels. I also am not wearing jewelry in my past two outfit posts featuring this vest (HERE and HERE).

I selected this structured handbag because of the blush pink color but also because of the big black pom-pom. The pom-pom when up against the pink vest draws attention to this cute handbag, which has gold-toned fixtures. I also decided to extend the black and white colors of my dress to my toes with the white toe-capped heels. Lastly, when the vest is closed and tied together I like how the patterns of the dress peek through the pink vest, especially the hem of the dress.

 

This was a great transitioning outfit for winter to spring because I was still able to make use of the warmer dress before sending it back to Gwynnie Bee. I think not wearing tights would have helped me to not feel too hot while I was walking around in the sun. But the tights were great for keeping my legs just a tad warm while working in an office with AC. This baby pink vest was just the right pop of color against the black and white pattern of my dress.

What is the weather like where you are now? Are you transitioning your winter wardrobe to spring or are you already experiencing sunny warm weather?

Photos by: Maeghan of Maeghan Gerloff Photography.

-Nicky

Feeling Peachy In Society+ V-Neck Skater Dress

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I’m feeling quite peachy in this cute V-Neck Skater Dress from Society+ that’s perfect for your Valentines date or brunch with your girlfriends! Society+ is easily one of favorite online retailers for plus-size clothes. Not only do they have REALLY really cute clothes but they often have sales. I’m a college student on a budget and sales for cute clothes are always welcomed. More info below on their current promotions!

Outfit details

 V-Neck Skater Dress in Peach from Society+

Belt from Torrid, sold out

Bauble Statement Necklace from Lane Bryant, sold out (similar)

Flats from Franco Sarto

Society+ has some awesome promotions going on. This dress was actually purchased at the end of 2016 on a similar promotion as the Love Leap Event. I’ve been wanting a Kate Midington Skirt for a while and these promos make it hard not to snatch one! The decision then becomes which Kate Midington color/pattern to buy?!

BOGO Event

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Love Leap Event

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$100 off purchases $200+ CODE:  loveleap100

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Winter Clearance Event

WHAT: starting at 50% Off

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V-Neck Skater Dress

This dress is made of a scuba-like material but not as thick. I’ve worn dresses made of thick scuba fabric and this is pretty lightweight. It does have stretch, compared to thick scuba fabrics that may not stretch as much. The skirt of this dress has a good amount of fabric that it drapes nicely on my body. I do have a booty and was concerned about the dress swaying and showing my goods everywhere but the weight of the fabric is just enough to keep it down. However, it did ride up a tad whenever I sat down. Tights can be an important part of an outfit especially with a skirt/dress that rides up with you sit. The tights I am wearing in this photo worked for this photo shoot but did not last for the long haul. Eventually these tights did slip down by the time I made it home. So if you have a recommendation on tights for plus-size babes please let me know!

Since I purchased this dress in the late winter I accessorized with black tights, gold/black belt, and gold necklace to help it not come across as a “spring” dress. I think because of the peach color I associate it as a spring dress but I wanted to make it work in the winter as well. I’m learning that really you can make any color work for any time of the year. Except maybe red and green… I think I’ll always associate those two colors with the Christmas holiday. And maybe orange and black you know because of Halloween.

Society+ has a version of this skater dress (although it’s not v-neck) in other colors.

I didn’t realize how many outfits I have in various shades of pink. This dress is peach but it passes as pink. Pink is one of my favorite colors and so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. How about you, what color(s) clothes are in your closet?

Photos by: Maeghan of Maeghan Gerloff Photography.

-Nicky