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Green Tartan

Missguided Plus size tartan skater dress, Zara chain embellished boots Zara chain embellished boots Oui Non necklace

Dress- Missguided

Hat- Forever 21

Boots- Zara (old) ( similar here and here or you can customize your boots with these)

Necklace- Forever 21 (sold out)

Are we bored of tartan yet? Because I’m just starting a new obsession with green tartan. I’m searching for the perfect green tartan shirt dress, so if you see something cute, let me know! Everybody else seems to be talking about Spring and bright colors but I’m still stuck in the middle – it’s warmer yet I can’t let go of dark, moody colors. I couldn’t even get myself to wear bright pink lipstick, I wiped it off and went back to a nice burgundy shade.

I talked about Missguided Plus in my last post and since then, I’ve bought two more things: the tartan dress I’m wearing and this checked maxi shirt. Both of them fit great and the quality is good, yay for consistency! Also, they regularly give out discount codes so make sure you check for those before you make a purchase.

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Tulle Skirt: Feminine Edge

Tulle Skirt

How to style a tulle skirt

Thank you very much for the warm welcome to Already Pretty! My very first post as a Contributor (Unapologetically Size 14, see here) was one full of depth and considerable feeling. Although there are many things that I feel quite passionately about, I wanted to share something light and airy this time around. Nothing says light and airy like a super poufy tulle skirt, right?! Too bad that the weather happened to be dreary and gray on the day that I wore this look… Alas, I’m moving on…

Tulle Skirt

Styling a tulle skirt: Feminine Edge

The cat is out of the bag; I am completely smitten with my tulle skirt (purchased back in 2013). In my mind there are 99+ ways it can be styled, and I just might be on a mission to document each and every one. Today I’m sharing one way, “Feminine Edge.”

How to wear a tutu

Tutu /tulle skirt styling

Tulle skirts ooze femininity. One rightly feels a sense of frilly girlhood each time it is worn. Side note: Although I ordered my skirt from a vendor on etsy, since then I have discovered tons of DIY tutorials all over the web.  They show you step-by-step exactly how to make a skirt identical to this one! I have that on my lengthy to-do list, because there are at least three other colors that I can totally see myself in.

How to wear a tulle skirt

Styling a tulle skirt with edge

Typically I style my tulle skirt/tutu with femininity in mind. But there’s no fun in staying inside ‘the box‘! I decided to step outside of my comfort zone, to target an edgy spin on things. Please check out my previous tulle skirt/tutu styles here, here, and here.

How to wear a tutu

Styling a tutu with edge appeal

My Rocksbox membership actually provided me with most of the jewelry worn here. I must say, their pieces added the exact edge factor that I was looking for! Have you heard of Rocksbox? It’s a membership-based jewelry styling service. Jeweled sets are curated for you based on your style profile, which you personalize. You can keep and wear the pieces for as long as you like, or return sets anytime, as often as you want. Guess what?! Just for YOU: Try the service free of charge for one month, by using code InMyJoiXoXo at checkout!

How to style/wear a tutu

Styling my tutu

To fully bring in the edge, I opted for reflective sunnies, studded spikes, mixed metals, a jean jacket, and rugged cowboy boots. Without further ado, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Did I accomplish my goal of “Feminine Edge”?

Until next time,

Sunnies: Bestsey Johnson | Jean jacket: Michael Kors | White top: Jones New York
Tulle skirt: Custom made | Cowboy boots: Steve Madden

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Plaid Power

I’ve been reading Aarti’s blog, Curves Become Her, for quite a while now and am overjoyed that she has agreed to become an Already Pretty contributor! She is a body image warrior with a huge heart and a fabulous sense of style. Please welcome her!

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Hello everyone!!

It is such a pleasure to be working with Sally and the team of Already Pretty contributors! I’d like to thank Weesha for introducing Sally to me and Sally for asking me if I’d be interested in this endeavour. Of course I said yes! I follow this blog ardently so this is an immense honour. Looking forward to sharing my body of work on AP.

Onwards to the post proper!

I am a bonafide 90’s chick, so plaid clothing and tartan patterns will always be wardrobe staples. Growing up as a tomboy with newly emerging curves was tricky. I felt awkward in this new silhouette and my ‘comfort clothing’ consisted of oversized plaid blouses and grunge-y, tattered, light denim bootcut jeans. Accessorised with Doc Martens, but of course, and a cropped hair cut.

Last year saw the revival of 90s fashion and with that rushed in old memories of my teenage wardrobe! So even though 2014 has passed, I feel inspired to indulge in sojourns down memory lane. Trends are fun, but I do not follow them with fervour unless something catches my eye.

So the question is, How do you keep an old trend updated? The answer: Integrate it where your style sense is now and search for inspiration.

The Look

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Plaid blouse in black and white – Asos Curve (uk 18)

skinny leopard printed belt – Cotton On (size L)

black dress with tulle skirt – Asos Curve (uk 18) 

black pumps – Rubi (EU 39)

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 With this look, I mixed the old fondness for plaid with my current feminine penchant for tulle. The addition of a darkened gold chunky necklace and the belt breaks the monochrome monotony – not like there is anything wrong with monotone, I love it. You will never see me in really adventurous footwear like stiletto heels or high platforms because of irreversible foot injuries sustained in the past. So sturdy black pump wedge heels it is.

The fit of the plaid blouse is pretty amazing and soft to touch, as plaid should be. The tulle dress actually has a spaghetti strap top with it but I have sneakily folded it away under the fullness of the skirt. I quite enjoy making my clothing multifunctional, as you will discover in later posts to come. I have shied away from tulle for years because I was under the impression that it would not flatter my figure. How wrong I was! Consider me a convert.

The purple Revlon matte lipstick that I have on is my ode to International Women’s Day and to the month of March as Women’s History Month. The colour purple is one-third of the Suffragettes’ colour scheme and it symbolises justice and dignity.

Little Details

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Are you a fan of plaid clothing and tartan patterns? How do you normally style it up?

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Having struggled with ‘weighty’ issues most of my life, I made the decision to stop hating my body and to embrace it when I turned 30. Curves Become Her is where I talk about plus size fashion, being body positive, encourage female empowerment, and share personal anecdotes. 

I am a first generation Singaporean with Indian origins. My academic background is in psychology and psychotherapy. I consider myself a writer, feminist, and activist aside from being a plus size blogger.

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