Last week I took a quick hour to attend a spring fashion event at one of our local Belk department stores. The weather has been getting nicer here in Birmingham, if a bit rainy, but I’m already feeling the desire to throw on dresses and sandals!
I’m still trying to stick to a strict budget right now, so although I’ve been checking out the new styles in stores, my wallet has remained closed. Still, I thought I’d show you a couple of pieces I like, in case you’re in the market for some new duds.
First up, thanks to Belk for the fun Girls’ Night Out, including yummy snacks and a free makeup application! I had my eyes done by Jonathan Reign at the MAC counter — my favorite makeup brand! And I used what he taught me to create a look for my friend’s wedding this weekend. He was a great teacher!
Next I made my way to the plus-size section of the store. Admittedly, when I first walked up, I wasn’t too impressed. It baffles me why so many department stores put a lot of their styles for older women up front. What I mean is: Not all plus-size ladies want to wear shift dresses with jackets over them, a la the 70-year-old ladies you see at church on Easter. There’s nothing wrong with these dresses, for certain ages. But show off the younger styles as well, so you can attract a broader customer base!
Luckily, I didn’t give up after that first glance because as I wound my way through the racks, I found cuter dresses (I didn’t even look at the other clothes; I wanted dresses!). I had spring weddings and tunics to wear with leggings on my mind, so here’s two dresses I liked:
The dress on the left would be great for a wedding, shower or even work with a blazer or sweater. And while I like the tunic on the right, especially the colors, it may hug my body a little too much for my taste. I am trying to branch out and wear more body conscious styles … but I think I need baby steps!
Next up, my try-on sesh at Target to check out the new Ava & Viv line! I wrote about this new line quite a while ago, so this post is a long-time coming. I loved some of the styles, especially the patterns and colors. But the fit of some of the clothes left me a little disappointed.
Let’s start off with the so-so finds:
So I’m sure you can see my issue here. The 2X, my usual size, was snug around the middle. Sure, I could’ve left the last button open and it would’ve worked, but sometimes I wonder if that looks sloppy. So I tried the next size up:
Clearly too baggy. In the larger size, the shape just doesn’t do anything for me.
Next I tried the palazzo pants. The idea of palazzo pants has had me excited since last season, and I sadly failed to scoop up a pair from TJ Maxx that I loved, and then couldn’t find again when I returned to the store. These from Ava & Viv feel a little too wide for my taste. What do you think?
Maybe a better fitting top would’ve made a difference in my feelings about the pants!
Now, on to the successes! I did love these ankle pants, though they run a little small. I think they would go with a lot of items I already own, so I may purchase them soon! (Focus on the pants!)
I also loved this lightweight sweater, even though I usually shy away from high-low styles because I’m not sure they’re that flattering for me. This worked, though! (Sorry it’s so blurry!)
I also loved the flowy blouse you see in the photo above, on me below! This would be my #1 pick to purchase, for sure.
Finally, I loved this blazer, but forgot to take a pic of me in it! It would be a great staple for anyone’s wardrobe.
Did you like any of these pieces more than another? What are you looking for to add to your wardrobe for spring?