12 January 2015

Are We Out Of The Woods Yet?

Those of you who know me — or who have spent time reading this blog — know my fascination with all things princess-like. I know, I know. Disney princesses have historically been bad role models, but they're improving! And besides, I think my love for all things regal stems from a desire to be pampered more than anything else (What can I say? I love a good cuddle and someone to bake cupcakes for me). Back when the Christmas market was in town, I gifted myself an Avigail Adams tiara that was so woodland fairy I honestly couldn't resist. And in the couple of weeks since, I've been waiting for the perfect dress to pair it with. Low and behold: The Jane Dress by Rum + Coke.
Everything about this is luxurious. The emerald velvet. The high-slits at either side. The sophisticated neck. For my January "Yes, Plus Size Women Can Wear..." column at Bustle, I knew I wanted to focus on slits and cut-outs — and the inspiration for that decision was definitely this dress.
Sometimes I want to feel pretty. Sometimes I want to feel casual. Sometimes I want to feel slouchy. At other times, I want to feel sexy. I feel like we often limit ourselves to one fashion sentiment — maybe because the world tells us we can only be one thing. But this dress kind of makes me feel everything. And that's a rare gem in this crazy world.
The natural decision for who to shoot me in this was obviously going to point me in the direction of Rachel Crittenden — my dear friend and a truly amazing photographer and writer whom I lucky to work with almost every day. She understands my not-so-subconscious desire to want to feel like/be a queen. And she captures that desire through her art. We shot in upstate New York at all these old estates and mansions, and it couldn't have been a better day. Mostly because she's also a princess.
There's a lot of crap that permeates the Internet — and society — revolving around all the things plus-size women can't wear. And though I haven't seen thigh-slits and cut-outs on those lists, I'm sure they're there somewhere. Because we're not supposed to show so much skin. But, alas. I am nothing if not a chunky lady rule breaker.
Get the Look:
Dress/Rum+Coke


And because T. Swift soundtracked this entire day:

8 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL. Looking stunning as always. Thigh high split? Why the heck not!?

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  2. And I love how you are teaming the stunning dress with FLATS. *rule book catapulted out the window*

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  3. Love Rum and Coke dresses, and you look amazing in this one. Love your blog, your style and yo mind. Thanks for inspire me.

    kathgame.blogspot.com

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  4. Jaw droppingly beautiful! This colour is majestic on you.

    I had literally just spied this dress online before heading to bloglovin' and opening this entry! It;'s gorgeous, I'd love to get my hands on some rum + coke pieces {hello velvet, hello mermaid sequins!} but as long as I'm not bringing inthe dough, I will not be able to shop.

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    margot

    margotmeanie.com

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I have really wanted this dress for a while now. I wouldn't have thought to wear it with that amazing tiara, but it works so beautifully. Go get 'em!!

    Cassie
    http://stylecasssentials.blogspot.com

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  6. You are rockin that green dress. Well done.

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  7. Ethereal! <3 You look so beautiful and this DRESS. o_O

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  8. I just love this dress! I would totally wear this for myself. Beautiful.

    <3
    Emory
    helloscarlettblog.com

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