Fearless Fashion: Looking Cute in Camo

Friday, October 30, 2015

"Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always 20 times better." ~ Margaret Oliphant

I've loved camo since I was a kid. I don't know why but it just called to me. But back then, camo was more masculine and I like a feminine touch to my looks. But that didn't stop me from wearing camo tees I scored at the Army surplus store tied with a knot to the side over my cargo pants and Doc Martens. Add some huge hoop earrings, a cat eye and some red lipstick and off I went. That was my signature look in college and to say I stood out among the sea of students, is an understatement.

So imagine my excitement when I found out camo was back as a fashion trend and was being paired with sequins, used in dresses and being femmed up in jackets and tops. I was Snoopy dancing for days!

And of course, Lane Bryant fed my fashion wants by offering a few camo pieces. There was a jacket I had my eye on but it sold out fast. But I did manage to score a pleated midi dress and a tee that was so dope that it is one of my favorites this fall. It says "Lipstick Diamonds Champagne" on the front and has a nice v-neck. (The tee has since sold out as well)

I wore the tee during New York Fashion Week last month and learned that red goes well when paired with camo. My red jacket and red shoes are from Lane Bryant as well. I had no idea! See, this is why it is so important to mix different colors and play around with pieces to create different looks.

Me with celebrity stylist Susan Moses, who I am blessed to know

You can shop my look above with the following links:
  • Red ponte knit moto jacket from Lane Bryant - click here (I need the blue one in my life!)
  • Lipstick tee from Lane Bryant - SOLD OUT :-(
  • Right Fit jeans (Curvy fit) in black from Catherines - click here
  • Faux Suede Ballet Flat in Venetian Red from Lane Bryant - click here (these are so comfy that I am going to get a pair in black too)

The pleated midi dress was another story. It hung on the outside of my closet where I stared at it daily. I wanted to wear it but I am always scared to wear flowy dresses because I always think they make me look bigger. And it brings back memories of being a teen and hearing how I should not wear certain things because it will make me look bigger.

Fast forward to this week... Lane Bryant invited me to their Spring 2016 Preview event and I felt like it would be great to wear something from them to the event. That's when I decided to wear the dress, pairing it with my green peplum jacket and boots from them as well. I decided to have a fearless fashion moment and I am so happy I did!

The pleats actually make my body look longer and not wider!!! Yes!

I just bought these boots in-store at Lane Bryant a week ago and I have to admit that the boots were the driving force to me finally being brave enough to wear this dress. I was so excited to find a pair of tall boots that fit my 22" calves. So I wanted to wear them as soon as possible.

I'm wearing a size 26 in the dress and it fits me slightly big on top so I could have sized down to a size 24. For reference, my measurements are 51-49-61. 

I bought the boots in a size 9WW and as I stated above, my calf width is 22". The jacket is a size 26/28.

Here's some images from the Lane Bryant Spring 2016 Preview event... I'm loving the vibrant colors they're using. I'm not a fan of yellow because it washes me out but if you can pull it off, LB is going to be having some amazing pieces. The two models below (Emma Sanders and Precious Lee) are wearing two looks from the new collection:

You can shop my look here:
  • Pleated camo dress - click here
  • Jacket is sold out  similar here from Fashion to Figure, which I also have in a 3x and LOVE!
  • Extra Wide Calf Harness Riding Boot - click here

What do you think of the camo trend this fall? 

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