4 Ways to Wear a Shirt Dress

February 27, 2015


Spring is on the horizon and shirt dresses are all the rave. From the New York fashion runways to your closets, this highly versatile garment can be styled many different ways. It’s one of those pieces that just looks great on everyone and is basic enough to allow for some creativity. I’m showing you 4 different looks that you can put together with just this one item. I love to do stuff like this because not everyone (including myself) can buy an abundance of clothes so if you shop smart and choose good pieces, you can get a lot of wear out of a minimal wardrobe.

These 4 outfits are inspired by the HP Pavilion x360. I am partnering with HP to showcase how the versatility of fashion can also translate to the versatility of this laptop. This is not your ordinary laptop in that you can use it in 4 different modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. The 360 degree hinge allows you to “work in notebook mode, watch in stand mode, play in tent mode and go in tablet mode.” Just as I styled this shirt dress to serve different purposes, you can also use the HP x360 to serve all of your needs. Also, HP is going on the road with Meghan Trainor to cover her entire “That Bass Tour”. You will be able to get a behind the scenes look in an “All About That Tour” documentary to see all of the elements of the tour from hair to makeup to choreography. Keep up with all the latest and greatest of the tour here:

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The first and most obvious way to wear the shirt dress is just how it is meant to be worn. Since mine is an olive green color, tans and neutrals are great compliments. I swapped out the tie for a skinny belt and added a large weekend bag and some of my favorite high heel sandals, all from the same color family.

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This second look is a bit unconventional and one that you may not have thought about before. A great way to get some versatility with this garment is to simply open it up and wear it like a light duster jacket. I went with all white underneath to give it a chic look and to not clash with the shirt dress.

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HP Look 3

The great thing about shirt dresses is that they can transcend seasons. Put a hat and some boots on and you are ready for Fall. Add some leggings with your boots and you are ready for Winter (well, maybe a California winter). Either way, it can be worn all year long.

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HP Look 4

Lastly, a casual outfit. Tying your shirt dress up can be a perfect base for a casual and comfortable look. I wanted to have a little fun with this by adding an unexpected color to it. The red gives it a little bit of a pop and adds some personality to an otherwise basic outfit.

Be sure to check out the new HP x360 laptop and follow Meghan Trainor on her “That Bass Tour” with HP!

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own.


Earn Your Stripes

February 22, 2015


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How many times have we heard as plus size women that horizontal stripes are not flattering? That they will do nothing but make us look wide? Well, I’m proof that this couldn’t be further from the truth. While I do find that thicker stripes tend to work best for curvy women, stripes should never be off limits from your wardrobe. In fact, it should be quite the opposite because stripes are so versatile. I’ve been on a color spree lately so I opted to pair this top with cobalt ankle pants but a dark wash skinny jean, ripped boyfriend jeans or even a skater skirt could look great as well. Debunk myths and look fabulous while doing it!

Outfit details:

Top: MNG by Mango | Pants: Lane Bryant | Shoes: Audrey Brooke | Clutch: H&M

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Style & Events

Black Women in Hollywood Celebration

February 20, 2015


Today, I had the honor of attending the 8th Annual Black Women in Hollywood celebration put on by Essence Magazine thanks to L’Oreal Paris who were sponsors for the event. It was an amazing time for women of color and I was thrilled to be a part of the L’Oreal team in representing beauty and excellence within this industry. Here are some of the pics from the event. Outfit details listed below!

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Vested Interest

February 15, 2015


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Even though Spring is right around the corner, it’s not close enough for us to shed some of the layers of clothing we have been piling on throughout Winter. So hold on to your turtlenecks and coats just a little while longer but there’s no reason why you can’t look cute while doing it. This turtleneck dress from ASOS has become a staple in my wardrobe. It goes with literally everything and it a great basic to have. This time around, I paired it with a wine colored fedora and quilted detailed bag from Yours Clothing. These are also great accessories to have as wine is color that is always in style season after season. To complete the look, I added a grey faux fur vest for color but you could easily swap that with a moto jacket, a duster coat or the like. Enjoy these last days of Winter, Spring is near!

Outfit details:

Hat: Yours Clothing | Dress: ASOS | Vest: Nicole by Nicole Miller | Bag: Yours Clothing | Shoes: Call it Spring

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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