Styling Four Plus Size Looks from One Blazer!

I have been dying to add a longline blazer to my wardrobe since I started following Lizzie Hadfield of Shot from the Street a couple years ago…and now I also drool over the outfits of Emma Hill for the same reason. They’ve both got this super cool, minimal, slightly-masculine-tailoring-but-in-a-very-chic-way thing down. They make it look effortless. Us mere mortals have to work at it a bit more…and on a round plus size body, that lean minimal look never looks quite right. But I just keep plugging away and one of these days I’ll get it! In the meantime I’m coming up with some outfits I’m pretty happy with – and this Karen Kane soft structure blazer has starred in several of them.

First I created an office look, with a black and white polka dot blouse and black cropped trousers with black loafers. I don’t know what was up with my face!

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Polka-dot blouse from Who What Wear/Target, no longer available. Similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size / Black cropped Harper trousers from Old Navy 

Adding the Third Piece of the blazer pulled the outfit together and made it more office appropriate. And, yay, face back to normal!

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Karen Kane Open Tweed Blazer, size 3x, no longer available. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. 

The second look is very casual, maybe weekending with the girls or running errands.

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Striped cold-shoulder top from Rainbow Shops, size 3x. No longer available. Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. 

Take it up a notch with blazer and scarf!

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The third look is a little more artsy, starting with a solid black base layer…(ooh, there’s That Face again!).

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Black Joan Vass Plus Tunic, size 3x. No longer available, comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. Black denim skinnies from Charlotte Russe, size 22. Booties from Avenue, no longer available. Comparable here and here. (old)/Turquoise Necklace: Vintage. Comparable here.

Dress it up a bit with the blazer over top!

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And lastly, another very casual look, but this time in pastels and white (GASP! WHITE JEANS IN FEBRUARY?!? WHAT IS SHE THINKING?? I’m thinking I can wear white denim whenever the heck I want).

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Pink long sleeve tee from Old Navy, size 4x. No longer available, comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size. White denim Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W short. 

And a blazer makes it a little less casual and a little more polished…even though it’s still basically an outfit with jeans and trainers!

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Do you have one piece that can complete many different outfits?

There’s a little video if you want to see all the outfits in action (and hear me blather on about one thing or another). If you watch and like the video I’d really appreciate if you’d give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

I’m linking up today with Emma at Style Splash and her Style With a Smile Link-up! Make sure you check out her blog and the other lovelies linking up there this week! I’ve made many new bloggy friends through link-ups…you might, too!

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One Dress: Three Outfits

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Don’t you I like your clothing budget dollars to go as far as they can?? I do! So one of my requirements for new items to be added to my wardrobe is that they must be versatile. I ask myself if an item I’m coveting can be worn at least three different ways. I try to keep “one hit wonders” out of my closet.

This is one of those items. I got this dress from JC Penney’s Boutique+ plus size line. I love the fabric and fit, it floats across my body barely touching it and has a lot of swing and movement when I walk. And it’s simple without being boring – the lace-up detail at the neck gives it a little sumpn-sumpn. And it dresses up and down very nicely. I’ve styled it here for a date look, out for a drink with friends, and a comfortable work look.

For the date look, I’ve worn it with over the knee boots and a slightly sparkly cardigan…some swingy earrings and a little arm bling.

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I would wear the next look out in the evening for cocktails with friends (anyone wanna go out for cocktails?), with my faux leather moto jacket, black booties…and dangly brushed silver earrings that I forgot to photograph. Bad blogger. Bad!

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And lastly, a comfortable work or afternoon at the coffee shop outfit. A cozy longline cardigan, low-heeled booties and this darling ring my daughter got for me.

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I’d like to thank my blogger friend Marcy of Fearlessly Just Me who took these photographs – she did a really good job, don’t you think?

What I’m Wearing:

  • Wine swing dress from JC Penney Boutique+, 3x. No longer available – comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size.
  • Black sequin cardigan, 3x, TJ Maxx (old), comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size.
  • Black stretchy-back boots, Avenue (old), comparable here and here.
  • Black Bongo faux leather moto jacket (old), comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size.
  • Black faux leather Myla booties, Avenue (old). Comparable here and here.
  • Taupe longline duster cardigan, INC from Macy*s (old). Comparable here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size.

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