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A Plus Size Pleated Dress

Alice & You Contrast Collar Skater Dress Zatchels baby blue barrel bag,  New Look Wide Fit Tiny Heeled Sandals

Dress- Asos Curve (out of stock- similar)

Bag- Zatchels

Shoes- New Look

This dress turned out to be cuter than I expected, I only bought it because I loved the collar but the pleating details turned out to be a nice surprise. I usually stay away from pleats because they remind me too much of the school uniform I had to wear for most of my teenage life ( it was in a flattering shade of death grey). Also, I’ve heard pleats are a big NO for plus size girls, but I think they’re quite flattering on this dress. What do you think?

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Warm Weather Business Casual

AP Warm Weather

If it were just warm out that would be one thing, but so often we spend our days in offices where the air conditioning is set anywhere from “approaching pleasant” to “meat locker” so layering is a must. I find a lightweight silk shirt picks up where a jacket leaves off. I picked up these olive chinos recently, and don’t know how I’ve lived so long without them. For those who work in a business casual-BUT-NO-JEANS!! environment, they are a wonderful alternative.

Shirt: Equipment // Tank: Eileen Fisher (also available in Plus) // Pants: J.Crew // Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Sam Edelman

 

AP Warm Weather 3

I can’t believe how heavy handbags have become over the last few years. One thing about the classic Balenciagas…they are very lightweight.

AP Warm Weather 2

If your workplace doesn’t allow sandals or open-toed shoes, d’orsay styles or open back ankle strap styles like these keep feet cooler than a closed pump, but usually won’t raise an eyebrow from the Dress Code Police.

How do you deal with dressing for the office during warm seasons?

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Already Pretty contributor Une Femme is fifty-seven, married to the same wonderful monsieur since 1995, the mother of a special-needs teenager and two hooligan dogs, a full-time administrative professional, a coffee-holic, Paris-obsessed, native Californian, and a petite and curvy femme d’un certain age. She believes that personal style is an essential form of self-expression, and started her blog, une femme d’un certain âge, in 2007 hoping to start a conversation about style for women over 50.

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Gracey Wears: Vintage Bananas

And stripes.  Today I’m wearing both bananas and stripes:

Gracey of Fashion for Giants wears a vintage banana print dress & striped silk jacket close up Gracey of Fashion for Giants wears a vintage banana print dress, a striped silk jacket & cage sandals

The dress is from a local vintage store in Portland, Billy Goat Vintage.  They have an amazing collection of items, but on my first ever visit there I saw this banana print dress and knew it was all over. I had to have it:

Gracey of Fashion for Giants wears a vintage banana print dress, a striped silk jacket & cage sandals

The jacket is also vintage, but from a local thrift store:

Gracey of Fashion for Giants wears a vintage banana print dress, a striped silk jacket & cage sandals

And the sandals, they are Steve Madden and I chose them specifically to add a modern edge to my all-vintage look.  Head-to-toe vintage is not really my aesthetic; I prefer, instead, to mix modern and vintage in a single outfit.

I did think about belting this dress, but there is so much volume that it doesn’t take well to being belted.  I also like the idea of a full, loose dress in summer.  The jacket reigns in the volume a little, but it still has the looseness I like with an above-the-knee dress.  I’m comfortable in short or tight, but rarely both at once.

It’s a different silhouette than I usually wear (I’m a fit-and-flare girl at heart) but I like it and think the silhouette works with the playful print.

Thanks for reading, All!
Gracey

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Banana print dresses on Etsy (here, here & here)

Black & white striped jacket (here, here & here)

Steve Madden sandals

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