I have always loved tropical prints. So the fact that they are actually in style this year has me over the moon. I have several different ones, though I have tried to make sure that the prints and styles are different. One of my favorites has been the Take it from the Tropical Dress sold on Modcloth.
I really love the mix of colors in this one, and the fit is great. This dress has way more stretch that the average ModCloth dress. I was able to comfortable fit a 2X like I do at most stores. In a lot of ModCloth dresses I find I have to order the 3X and have it altered to fit. To give you reference, my measurements are B – 49″ W – 43″ and Hips – 54″, and I wear a 2/2X at Torrid and Lane Bryant typically. I still felt like there was a little more room to stretch.
My husband and I decided to head out on a date night recently. We went to one of our favorite local wineries. Which if you happen to be in the Central Kentucky area, I can not recommend Wildside Winery enough. They are definitely worth the trip.
After that my husband and I went to dinner at a local tapas restaurant where we had dinner on their patio. It was nice evening for a stroll.
Here is another shot of me in my dress. I thought I would include this one because it looked like I was having a very zen moment, and it shows off my eye makeup nicely.
Just a tip for anyone who goes to the link looking for this dress. It does look like they are out of stock in most of the sizes, but if you click on the size you need and click the button that says I need it, they are pretty good about restocking if enough people ask.
Who has your favorite tropical print? Have you tried this dress? If so, how did you style it?
Obsession may be a little strong of a word for what I feel for art, but I definitely have a real love for it as does my husband. In fact some of our first dates were of us double dating with my friend Jenny and her husband going to art shows. You could in some way say we fell in love over art, or perhaps through art. So I think its only natural that my love of art crossed over and encompasses some of the other things I love or feel passionate about.
So I thought I would take a moment and share one of my most recent art purchases with you. If you spend a lot of time on the internet, you may already be aware of her art, but you may not be. I recently made an order on Etsy from The Tiny Hobo.
For those of you who are not familiar, The Tiny Hobo makes art in the form of custom prints, postcard size prints, wearable buttons, and jewelry. Themes include being plus size, cats, pop culture, and geek references. Tiny Hobo, did you look into my soul and make art just for me?
When my order came in and I saw how cute the paper it was wrapped in was, I decided right then to grab the camera and snap some pictures of it all.
I love the cute pink and black polka dot paper it came wrapped in.
When I opened the paper there was a hand written note on the inside thanking me for the order. That was a really nice touch.
I got six postcard size print. Two of them were gifts for friends. I will be framing these soon. Look for pictures eventually on the my various social media accounts.
And being the crazy cat lady that I am, I had to get these. I already put these on my Torrid Denim Jacket that I just got. Hello 90’s I’m waving at you. I’m sure there will be plenty of pictures of these being sported once Fall hits.
Are there any other art lovers out there? Who is your favorite artist? Do they incorporate plus size women in their art?
Being born with breast means your life is already filled with some complications. Shopping for bras is just one of them. If you happen to be like me and have breast that are over a DD cup then congratulations, its even more complicated than it is for the average woman that can walk into Victoria’s Secret and get a bra. While choices are more limited, don’t let it get you down because we do still have options.
Before I get into talking about the options, I want to talk about what inspired this article a bit. Off an on for the last few months I keep seeing an article pop up in different Plus Size groups and forums from Nylon magazine. It is The Best Bras For Busty Women. And inevitably the conversation turns to complaints that how is this article even real since no bra sizes were included over a cup size of DD or a band size of 38. And I have to say I agree. I’m not saying the women in the article don’t have real concerns of their own, but lets show some really big chested women. We all want to know where to find strapless bras. And really over the years, this has been a constant question from various friends of mine as well. So I thought it was time to put my shopping skills to use and help all the ladies out.
Places I Highly Recommend
First I wanted to talk about the strapless bras that I have personally tried and love. They are not only supportive, but they are also comfortable. This is a hard to find combination in a strapless bra, especially the larger your bra size.
This is their Bridal Bra. They also sell on Amazon, and you can find some of their discontinued styles on there as well, including some strapless styles not on their website. Goddess bras tend to be very structured. This is why they offer such good support, but since they are not padded they are not good for wearing under thin fabrics. Best for thicker fabrics or formals. or under layered outfits. Available in sizes 34B to 50FF.
This is their Strapless Smoothing Bra. It can be easily worn under just about any fabric. This is going to be the one you want for more of an everyday kind of wear. It has less structure than the Goddess bras, but it still feels almost as secure. This is the one I have had the longest, and I have now worn it so long its past the point that I need to replace it. Its available in two colors. Their sizing is a little more complicates, so its best to look at the charts, but they have band sizes up to 48 and cups up to G.
Other Strapless Bras I Have Tried
These are all the brands I have also tried. There are nothing really wrong with them, they just aren’t my favorites. But all breast are not created equally, we all have different fit issues, so they may be worth trying for you.
This is their Red Carpet Strapless Full Busted Underwire Bra. It does seem to be good for lower cut dresses. For me it just wasn’t a super comfortable bra, so I tend to not reach for it first. There seems to be some discrepancy on their website as to whether this is available in two or three colors. Available in sizes 30DD to 44G.
This is their Multi-way strapless bra. They do have a few other strapless bras, but this is the one I have tried. Again there is nothing really wrong with this one, but I did personally feel the bad ran a little tighter on this one compared to their normal bras, so I end I up feeling like I can’t breath when I wear it. Its available in two colors. And their sizing is also a little complicated, but its available in band sizes up to 46 and cups up to H.
Brands I Haven’t Tried Their Strapless Bras
There are a couple of brands, that while I have tried their bras and liked them I have not tried their strapless bras. But I wanted to include them here so everyone would be aware of them as options.
This is their Luxe Bra in Black. My experience with Curvy Kate thus far has been quite good. The only downside is they are not super inclusive on the band sizes on every bra. Its better on some of the full coverage bras, but this particular bra the band is only available up to a band size of 38 and a cup size of H. Even if this bra doesn’t work for you, Curvy Kate is a brand I do highly recommend otherwise, so make sure you check out their other bras to find one that fits you.
This is not technically a strapless bra, it is their Multi-Way Bra. I have tried a couple of bras from Torrid. They don’t rank as my favorite, but they are decent bras. They are definitely worth giving a try if they carry your size range. This is available in band sizes up to a 48 and cup sizes up to DDD. – UPDATE – Apparently these bras are available up to a G cup, but were just out of stock online when I wrote this.
Let me know if I missed your favorite brand for strapless bras. Have you tried the ones I mentioned? If so, what did you think of them?Lane
I love a black and white print, and I love cats(yes, if you haven’t been paying attention, I am a proud crazy cat lady). So when ModCloth released their Creative Portrait Dress in the Cat Collage print I was already sold. (Forgive me for the grimacing face, but the sun was all in my eyes)
I was running kind of late that day, so I didn’t have a lot of time to accessorize. The only things that went with me are my fabulously comfortable wedge sandals from Sketcher. They are the Cali Women’s Rumblers – Sci-Fi Wedge Sandal. They are so comfortable because they have a memory foam footbed and the straps have an amazing amount of stretch. I also had my Betsy Johnson Pink Butterfly Sunglasses with me. These are no longer available through Betsy Johnson’s site, but the link should take you to Zulily, where they have them for the next few days.
Now back to the dress. Just a few thought and comments I wanted to share with you all about it. I ordered the dress back in late winter/early spring, but between our crazy weather here in Kentucky and just circumstances I did not have a chance to wear it till this particular day a couple of weeks ago. So, yes this was my first time wearing. I was only out for a few hours, and before I could make it home my friend noticed thread hanging on the shoulder. After some inspection, several seams are coming undone to the point I am going to have to take it to have it repaired. This is not from a tight fit or any over wear. If anything this dress is a little too loose. This is the first time I have had a Retrolicious dress, so I am not sure if this is per their normal quality or not.
My other thought is about the belt. While I love the pattern of the dress a lot, I am not crazy about the belt pattern, at least paired with this dress. I think the dress needs a pop of color. So don’t be surprised if you see another post about this dress after I have it fixed. You might see it all styled up with accessories and a different belt.
So I want to hear from you. Does anyone else have this dress? Did you have issues with the seems coming undone? Is this a brand issue or just a fluke?