From a Size 4X Perspective: The Amanda Uprichard Capsule Collection for Gwynnie Bee

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fashion should be fun and accessible. ~ Anna Sui

**FYI, this is NOT a sponsored post. The opinions expressed are my own; I was not paid to write this blog post.**

I'll be honest... I never thought I'd see designer fashion available in plus sizes in my lifetime. 

Fashion has evolved leaps and bounds since I was a child and teen fashionista but until recently, I admired high-end fashion from afar. I always felt like I was in a museum looking at an exhibit that I could admire and love but could not touch.

But now because of designers like Christian Siriano who are open to designing for plus size women, that day I have been waiting for is here. 

Thank goodness for Lane Bryant partnering with Siriano and other designers like Isabel Toledo, Sophie Theallet and recently Prabal Gurung. Not only is the fashion available but it is accessible to girls like me who are above a size 24 and can't afford high fashion prices. 

Siriano has a special place in my heart. I'm not just a Project Runway junkie but I also admire his hustle in making his designs mainstream not just via clothing but shoes too. He partnered with Payless a few years ago and let me tell you... his shoes and bags are LIFE. And they're budget-friendly. 

Gwynnie Bee also has answered my high-end fashion prayers with their capsule collections with Rachel Antonoff and now Amanda Uprichard, both available in sizes L to 5X!

And with my job at Gwynnie Bee as a First Fit Model and Reviewer, I love being able to try the designer pieces and tell other women how they fit and feel. We are ALL worthy of fashion and I want to inspire women to have fun and express themselves via fashion.

The Amanda Uprichard capsule collection just launched and I am so excited about it. It's only five pieces but I love ALL 5. There's prints, there's a sporty look and beautiful colors that have me dreaming of spring. I was so happy I got to try on all five pieces and review them. 

I know how important it is to show diversity in fashion because simply we all want to know how something will look on a body like ours. I know I hate when I see a size 12 model wearing something I want to buy because I know that it will not look the same on me. There is space for that size 12 model but a range of models should be shown, especially if the clothing is offered in sizes above a 24 and 3X. This is why I take my job at Gwynnie Bee seriously.

With that said, here's a look at the Amanda Uprichard collection for Gwynnie Bee from a size 12 (L) perspective and a size 26/28 (4X) perspective - my measurements are 57-51-68:

#1: Wharton Dress in Splash Print

This dress is made from scuba fabric so it has stretch but it offers some structure. It's comfortable and fits so well. And I felt like I was wearing a piece of watercolor art.

#2: Cricket Maxi Dress in Blacklight Stripe


I loved this dress! So comfy and lightweight. Perfect for vacation or on the beach. The tulip front hem is pretty. Just be careful when sitting so you don't reveal TOO much. On me, it was a true maxi length so for taller girls, it may not hit you at the ankle. 

#3: Forever Top in Aqua

The color of this top is GORGEOUS. There's no stretch to the fabric but it still fit well and I loved the lightweight feel of the fabric. And it wasn't snug at the hips.

#4: Forever Top in Spring Tartan

For some reason, I had to size up in this top and not the aqua one. But this fit well and I love the fun take on plaid. I would pair this with jeans or a red cigarette pant and a fun flat.

#5: Game Day Dress in Black

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DRESS. It's sporty but so feminine. And it has pockets. It has no stretch but the 4X fit me well. The length is a little short for me (especially when I sit down) but I would just wear some capri leggings underneath. I also love the tie waist and how it's not snug in the upper arms.

Overall, I give the Amanda Uprichard capsule collection two thumbs up. And this makes me excited for what's next in designer fashion for plus sizes. 

If you're not a Gwynnie Bee member, you can sign up for 30 days free and try the collection yourself. Just click here to sign up. 

What do you think of this collection? Let me know below in the comments -- also feel free to ask me any other fit questions about the pieces. #fashionisforeveryone

1 comment

  1. Glad to see larger sizes at Gwynnie Bee. I like to see clothing modeled in my size too. You look great in all those styles.