Review: A few Prabal Gurung for Target pieces

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Believe it or not, Prabal Gurung for Target is the only Target collaboration I have tried. I usually feel like the collaboration pieces are cheaply made, more so than standard Target clothing. As a fan of Prabal Gurung, I decided to order just two pieces from the collection to test out. However, upon receiving the goods I am less than impressed and ended up returning both. For reference, this is the top I ordered (in a size M), and this is the dress (in my usual size 10), and neither fit properly. See below for more fit details.

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For starters, the shirt fit very large everywhere but the arms. As you can see in the above photo, this top would do well if I was about 9 months pregnant but currently it is much too baggy. However in the arms, it was tight when I moved, and I don’t consider myself to have thick arms. Finally, the shirt was semi see-through and the lace did not sit properly on the front of the shirt but rather laid flat and created a sort of shelf look. At nearly $40, I have found much better work options elsewhere.

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Online this dress looked like it would have potential. I’m a fan of anything that has side panels as it inherently slims the body, but this dress was terrible in so many ways. First off, the material was itchy, stiff and had no stretch. The bottom had a “flutter” hem and looked childish. The band across the waist sat much too high for someone with my chest, and most importantly, the dress didn’t even come close to fitting. The above right photo shows how off the sizing is. I range between an 8-12 in dresses depending on brand and for this dress to fit I would have to order at least 2-3 sizes up. The arms were also incredibly tight much like the shirt also described above.

Have any of you tried out the Prabal Gurung for Target collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these pieces or any I haven’t tried.

Finally found: a sweater dress that flatters (and is on mega sale)

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Pim and Larkin sweater (on super sale!), Scarf from Mom, SPANX tights, Steve Madden boots

I have always found sweater dresses cumbersome and unflattering for anyone with curves. Something about the ever present bubble hem or thick knit always made me feel bulkier and less shapely. I ordered this sweater “coat” thinking it would be a fun staple for Winter to be worn over skirts and tights, or even leggings. Upon receiving it I realized that it was big enough around the hips to button all the way, and could also double as a dress all on its own!

*In other news, I hope everyone is safe and warm after Nemo! Charlotte was surprisingly sunny and warm on that day, enough so that this outfit was perfect for the weather. My thoughts go out to everyone on the Northeast!

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I wanted to get this post out quickly because this sweater dress is on mega sale on Piperlime for only $24! While it’s final sale, it is entirely worth the money and the risk. I am wearing a M and it fits great. For reference my measurements are 36-30-43 and I typically wear a 10 in pants.

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I love the versatility of this piece (i’ve already worn it lazying around the house) and can’t wait to continue to style it through Winter!

Do you have any sweater dress recommendations that have looked flattering on you?

Review: Banana Republic ponte sheath dress

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Banana Republic ponte sheath dress, Cole Haan pumps

I have always made it a rule never to purchase sheath dresses. They are often boxy in nature and provide no shape or form to the pearshape body. However, during a recent BR sale I ordered this sheath to test my theory again. I knew from experience that the ponte material was stretchy, and on the model the dress looked more like a fit and flare than a true sheath. While I was right in my assessments, this dress is a total dud and I promptly sent it back.

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Just for starters, the top is much too curve hugging to be work appropriate. I would have to wear a cardigan or sweater over this at all times and wouldn’t feel comfortable removing it. Also, the arm holes are incredibly wide exposing just a little too much side action for the workplace. Finally, the pleats in the front make me look so much heavier than I am… not somethin’ i’m looking for.

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The one saving grace of this dress is the tush area. It is surprisingly not form fitting for those of us with some extra back there, and would be completely office appropriate.

Have you tried any BR work dresses?

Andrew Marc leather jacket

Cyber Monday was really really good to me this year. To say the least, I was on my game. I have been searching for the perfect leather jacket for what seems like years. I had very specific requirements and was unwilling to settle on any one detail. I wanted a lamb leather jacket with black hardware, an¬†asymmetrical¬†hem, knuckle length sleeves with no zipper, and “biker” -esque details all around. This Andrew Marc jacket from Nordstrom fit every requirement, and at 40% off retail I couldn’t ask for more.

Along with all of the above details, this particular jacket had curved seaming along the front and back giving it a curve-hugging lady like shape; something I really appreciate as a curvy girl. I am wearing a size L and the sleeves fit with ample room for sweaters and the length and shoulders fit beautifully. The sides also come equipped with adjustable straps allowing for an even tighter fit when pulled.

And, if its possible, the jacket looks even better zipped. 100% in love. Score!

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