Monday, January 14, 2013

Why I'm Glad My Husband Doesn't Write a Fashion Blog

"Cool dress," Curtis commented the other morning when I slipped on this Cha Cha Vente number from Gwynnie Bee. "You look like an aerial view of an oil spill on a lake. You know what I mean?"

Thank you. I think....

The face I assume I made when my husband said I was dressed like an oil spill

My husband has humored my many whims and fancies for years now. He is super supportive and loves me at any weight and in any clothes. He is quick with a compliment, usually without being prompted. But sometimes men just don't get it. I didn't want to look like an "oil spill"; I wanted edgy.

I would have never chosen this dress for myself a year ago (heck maybe even a couple of months ago!), but when I saw Allison wear it, I knew I needed to at least try it out. Looking back at the photos, I wish I had sized down in this particular brand, but hey, you live and learn!

Cha Cha Vente Dress c/o Gwynnie Bee

Style is always evolving and changing. I know this because I have been documenting mine for over a year now. I definitely have a much edgier, rock'n'roll style than I did when I first started blogging. But sometimes even I am not 100% convinced about a piece of clothing. That's why Gwynnie Bee is so great. I can have the piece sent to my home, try it on in the privacy of my own room, get feedback from the husband, and plan an outfit or send it back. A dress like this, while lovely, is what I would consider a special occasion or one time wear item. If I had paid full price for the dress (around $90), I would have worn it once or twice and then never again. It's not a versatile piece, and it's very memorable, so I couldn't wear it once a week like true closet staples. "Hey, you are wearing that oil spill dress again. Cool...." I think GB is worth the subscription price simply because of the variety you get to experience.


One of the biggest questions or concerns I hear from readers about subscribing to Gwynnie Bee is sizing. They offer clothing starting at Medium/Size 10, so there is something there for almost anyone. While some people "poo-poo" the very notion than a size ten is "plus size", the fact remains that the fashion industry consider it the threshold between straight and plus size. So if you are a reader toying with the idea of Gwynnie Bee and you are a "cusp-size" (10,12,14), check out Tara at Penniless Socialite. She would never in a million years be considered plus size, but she is loving Gwynnie Bee's options for her. Additionally, each item on the website has a sizing chart specific for that brand, as well as reviews. If you still have questions about fit, customer service is second to none and more than happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

And I can promise, they will NEVER say you look like an oil spill!

Note: I do have a free subscription to Gwynnie Bee and receive a commission on all new subscribers who mention Hems for Her when signing up.  However the choice to wear the clothes and which pieces is all mine, and I promote and support Gwynnie Bee because I honestly believe in the company and the service they provide.  Good people, good company, and good fashion for plus sized and cusp-sized women!

19 comments:

Heather Boschke said...

haha - that's so cute :) I am obsessed with this dress - I LOVE the bright colors and that you paired it with bright tights - too awesome!
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Sharon S said...

Haha, an oil spill?! I think the print is pretty awesome!

-Sharon
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Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen said...

Oh I LOVE how you styled this dress! I guess I see your husband's idea of an oil spill, I remember as a kid squirting dish liquid on the wet driveway to see "rainbows" and it's like that too! But you look fabulous, and I love how your style is evolving, rock star!

Brianna McDonald said...

I was thinking more of the rain radar map we have going on now, but it's definately a neat dress. I think you got your edgey look just right.

One Step Father said...

I mean "oil spill" in the best possible way. Like Allie said, it's the rainbow sheen you get when oil is on water. You look so good, somebody needs to go clean off some otters!

ashleigh said...

Actually, in fashion a size "6" to "8" is what is used for plus-sized models. SINGLE DIGIT NUMBERS. I worked at Deb for years and the 6 and 8s are what we used on our "plus size" mannequins :( I like this look, and I do agree you could have seized down. I do LOVE the blue tights. They totally make this for me!
-Ash
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Always Maylee said...

Haha, I love what your husband said. Granted, no woman wants to look like an oil spill, but he meant it as a compliment and he's trying! I think the dress is really cool, I love the print and the colors. You look super cute as always!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Feathers & Freckles said...

Haha, that is totally a comment Kev would make if I wore that dress. Whatever... It is such a fun, unique print! Love it with the bright tights :)

grownandcurvywoman said...

Some men get it, some dont! LOL
I dont think you look like an oil spill. Kudos for you for stepping out your comfort zone & expanding your style. You look super cute!

Tara_St said...

I think it looks more like one of those heat sensor pictures that you always see on those ghost hunting shows...haha. Whatever it looks like, it's a lovely print and you look bad ass. Thanks for the mention! A year ago I would have never dared to say I fit into plus sized clothing or broadcast my size all over the internet...but now I'm throwing caution to the wind and I just don't care about labels and sizes.

Tara
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Kim Roche Simpson said...

Cute, cute dress. And Love the earrings!

Annie said...

What a fun dress Katie! And Curtis' comment made me laugh...I get what he means, but in the best way because you look fabulous :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Marie_McGrath said...

Hahahaha I definitely agree that men sometimes just don't get it, but their hearts are usually in the right place so all is good. I definitely think you look edgy and AMAZING in this outfit! I love how you paired the bold dress with bold blue tights. Also, I'm loving your hair more and more everyday. You look stunning!


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Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Oil spill! Hahaha omg. Well, you look rocking, and I love that first picture of you.

Audrey
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Tashia @HipsandHangers said...

GB is definitely encouraging me to try new things! Also their customer service has been fantastic (I had a shipment go missing and they refunded me for half the month!). I get what your husband means about the oilslick, but I don't know if I'd ever use that to describe a piece of clothing! Oilslick or not the dress looks great on you!

Carrie said...

Great stand-out print! I'm glad no animals or ecosystems were harmed in the "oil spill" ...

Gwynnie Bee sounds like such fun, I'm hoping they add a petite division! :)

Cheratra Yaswen said...

When I saw this dress on Wardrobe Oxygen, I showed it to my boyfriend and "oil spill" is exactly what he said too!!! It kind of ruined it for me, eh? http://sublimemercies.blogspot.ca/

Matt Baker said...

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Katie Frost said...

I agree that 10 is not a plus size, but straight sizes are tailored on a completely different schematic that leaves no room for butt, boobs, or tummy.Being on the cusp of plus size is sometimes really frustrating.

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