Talk about plus-size labels inevitably leads to talk about what actually constitutes plus-size.
In fashion industry terms, plus size can refer to any size above a size 12. It’s indicative of the ludicrous idea that fashion is only about size 4, 6, 8 and 10.
In my opinion, it’s the label “plus size” that gets in the away of celebrating the great inroads this sector of the fashion industry has made in offering alternative designs and ranges aimed at women with curves.
There is a long way to go but the choices and variety available now to women of all shapes and sizes is way greater than it was even five years ago.
There are more labels specialising in larger sizes and designs suited to curves. Within those labels, women have more fashion-forward choices than they’ve ever had.
One such label is Birdsnest’s Belle Bird. I’ve been talking up Belle Bird since its inception. I love a lot about this label but I most love that its premise is not about “plus-size”, it’s about creating designs suited to women who have curves, whether they’re a size 10 or 22.
Yes, a size 10 woman with curves can often find it difficult to find styles that suit her shape as well as her size. Previously Belle Bird had started at size 12 but due to customer feedback is now offering from size 10.
Today I’m featuring a new take on a classic design – the wrap dress.
Belle Bird Belle Spot Print Wrap Dress* (I’m in size 14) | Nine West heels
A wrap dress can be a wardrobe best friend – and this one certainly goes straight to bestie status for me.
The line is perfect, with the wrap coming in just under the bust. The v-neck doesn’t gape and the three-quarter length sleeves are universally flattering.
The fabric drapes beautifully without clinging and therefore negates any need to pop on shapewear.
It’s the underwear factor that propels the dress into full versatility mode. You want to know it’s available to you to wear for work, for a wedding, for the races and for out to dinner without feeling uncomfortable about what’s happening underneath.
As for the spots? I LOVE them. My first print love may be stripes but spots do run a close third (after leopard) for putting the fun into a print.
The black and white does lend itself to a multitude of accent options. Keep it monochromatic with more black and white; opt for nude shoes for a longer leg line; or pop the outfit with a red or hot pink for dramatic effect.
Do you love a wrap dress? A fan of the dot or spot?
* This piece was gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase via these links I may receive a small commission. Full disclosure policy here. Full disclosure policy here.
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Every month in 2016 I’m giving away a $100 gift card to help freshen up your wardrobe.
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