plus size little black dresses for any occasion

Best Plus Size Little Black Dresses For Any Occasion

A classic little black dress (LBD) might be the most important wardrobe staple you can own.  It’s versatile.  It’s elegant.  It’s easy.  Your ideal little black dress might be casual with sneakers or it may be over the top elegant for a night on the town.

Finding the perfect plus size little black dress doesn’t have to be hard.  It’s ultimately about finding a great fit for your body and a great fit for your lifestyle.  Are you a “jeans and tee-shirt” kind of gal?  Maybe a simple cotton t-shirt dress will fit your style.  Are you a social butterfly with a booming weekend schedule? Maybe you should take it up a notch with lace, sequins, or other fun design elements.

There’s a perfect LBD for everyone, and I’ve rounded up my favorites from several of my favorite plus size brands in a variety of styles to meet your preference and budget!

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What I Wore To LegoLand - Plus Size Vacation Tips

Everything You Need To Pack For A Beach Vacation: Plus Size Vacation Essentials

We recently visited St. Pete Beach and Orlando, Florida with Kevin’s side of the family.  It was SUCH a fun trip – so relaxing and it reminded me so much of the vacations of my childhood.  We always spent a week in Florida and split our time between Disney and the beach.  St. Pete Beach was such a family friendly area, and I’d definitely go back.   We also hit up Legoland near Orlando this trip.

Unfortunately, I’ve always been quite the over-packer and this trip was no exception.  My suitcase weighed in at 53 pounds and I had WAYYYYY more options than I actually needed.  During my trip, I chatted on IG stories about how much I had packed and there was an overwhelming response that many of you do the same thing.

By request, I’m sharing today EVERYTHING I packed for a week-long Florida vacation plus what I ACTUALLY wore.  You can also find below a YouTube video where I go through each piece and describe why I loved it or didn’t love it.  Keep reading ALLLLL the way to the end to get my free printable packing list for your next trip!

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Wearing a Polka Dot Dress from Gwynnie Bee Subscription Service

Plus Size Trend Alert: Polka Dots

Let’s talk polka dots… I hesitate to call polka dots a trend given that the pattern is such a classic.  Regardless, we can’t deny that POLKA DOTS ARE HAVING A MOMENT in Spring/Summer 2019!

As someone who loves a timeless look, I couldn’t be more thrilled to see so many adorable polka dot options.  I was inspired by the dress to round up all of my favorite polka dot pieces that are available right now.  If you’re a polka dot lover like me, you’ll definitely want to check out these awesome and on-trend yet classic pieces!

Every Body Is Beautiful Campaign With Woman Within

#ad  This post is sponsored by Woman Within.  All opinions are my own.  For full disclosures, click here.

If you follow Woman Within on social media or if you receive the brand’s catalogs, you may have seen a familiar face (AKA mine) on your screen or in your mailbox recently!  I know I write for a living, but I struggle to find the words to express how special this experience has been and how honored I am to lend my voice to the message Woman Within is sharing with the world with the “Every Body Is Beautiful” campaign.

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you a bit of info about the campaign and what it means to me, give you a “behind the scenes” of the photoshoot day, and I’ll share with you the pieces I wore from the Woman Within Spring/Summer collection in the campaign.

Top 5 Closet Organization Tips From Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Five Tips To Organize Your Closet + Closet Tour

Before we dive into today’s post, I want to announce something exciting… I launched a YouTube Channel!  It won’t be replacing the blog but will be a supplement allowing us to dive a bit deeper into the things we’re chatting about here! Plus size fashion, home decor/DIY, travel, and lifestyle!

In the future, many of my blog posts will ALSO feature video content!  In today’s blog post I’m sharing five tips for an organized closet and if you scroll ALL the way to the end of the post, I’ve embedded my latest YouTube video which is a tour of my own closet!

Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Leopard Print Maxi and Lane Bryant Geometric Hoop Earrings on Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Everything You Need to Know About Bra Fit (And Special Event Details!)

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This post is in collaboration with Lane Bryant / Cacique.  All opinions are my own.  Be sure to join me at the Crestview Hills, KY store location on Saturday, April 6th from 2-4 PM where I’ll be hosting the Perfect Bra Fit Event!  There will be great discounts, free bra fittings, and giveaways!  I’ll also be there to hang out and help style you.  I can’t wait to see you and shop with you!

If you’ve been around here for long, you’ll know that I’m a huge Lane Bryant fan. I’ve been shopping there for years and a very large portion of my wardrobe is from there.  I’m so into a great in-store shopping experience, and no matter where I have lived over the years, I’ve always been able to rely on Lane Bryant to give me that.

I spend a LOT of time in my local store in Crestview Hills, KY, and I’m so excited to partner with Lane Bryant’s Cacique brand to host the Perfect Bra Fit event at this location.

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Wearing Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Animal Print Maxi

In today’s post, we’ll talk about a few fun things… 

  1. Everything you need to know about Cacique Intimates, Lane Bryant’s brand that offers bras, underwear, pajamas, and swimwear… including the new, inclusive size range!
  2. We’ll discuss the tips I’ve learned from the pros about how bras are ACTUALLY supposed to fit.
  3. I’ll show you the sneak peek of my new Lane Bryant outfit that I picked out especially for Saturday’s event.  When you see me wearing it… act surprised 😉
  4. Finally, you’ll get ALL the details about Saturday’s event and what you can expect.

What You Need to Know About Cacique Intimates at Lane Bryant

First, let’s talk about Cacique… it’s the intimates brand available in Lane Bryant stores and online at Cacique.com.  I have personally been wearing Cacique bras for at least 15 years, and the brand offers consistently high quality, cute prints/colors, and great fit.

Inclusive Size Range

The size range from Cacique has recently expanded to an impressive range!  There are now 86 sizes available from band sizes 32-50 and cup sizes A-K!  They also offer select styles of panties and sleepwear in sizes 0-28.  I think it’s so cool that we plus size babes can shop Cacique in store with our smaller friends now!

A Variety Of Styles For Different Breast and Body Shapes

There are a variety of styles available to meet the varying needs of women of different shapes and sizes:

  • Full coverage
  • Balconette – Cacique’s most popular style!
  • Demi
  • T-Shirt
  • Wire Free – my new personal fave!
  • Plunge – my go-to for years!

My New Bra Obsession – The Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge Bra

The Cacique Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge Bra in Black Available in Sizes 32-50 A-K

A few weeks ago, I came across the new Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge bra on social media, and I knew immediately that I needed to try it.  I bought one soon after and have since bought additional ones because I wear them daily.

I am not exaggerating when I say this new bra is now one of my prized possessions.  It’s as comfortable as a sports bra but has the support and lift of an underwire.  There is a gel channel instead of the wire so there’s never a pinch or a poke.  I’m obsessed!

I do have a smaller bust, so I’m not as concerned about support as many of my larger busted friends but I’ve spoken to several people with a larger cup size who are as impressed as I am.  I highly recommend giving a bra from the wireless collection a try… and Saturday’s bra fit event will be a perfect time to get a great deal.  More on that later!

Master Bra Fitters – Free Professional Bra Fitting In Store

Cacique trains its staff to become Master Bra Fitters.  You can always have a Master Fitter provide a free bra fit!    A master fitter is an expert in bra fit and to be certified they have to execute 100 or more bra fits!  They can not only help with sizing but can also help recommend the best frame for your breast shape… so cool!

How Bras Are Actually Supposed to Fit

I’ve learned some extremely helpful bra fit tips from the team at Cacique that I am excited to share with you and use in my own life.  Finding the perfect fit can be VERY confusing on your own but here are a few important tips as you evaluate your current bras and whether they fit properly.

  • The middle part of the bra (known as the “gore”) should sit flat on your sternum.
  • The band of your bra should fit straight across your back (no sagging down or riding up).
  • The straps of your bra should rest comfortably on your shoulders and not dig in.
  • Your breast should fit comfortably inside the bra cup, with no spillage.

Our breast shape can change much more frequently than you’d think.  It is recommended that we get professional bra fittings every SIX months to ensure proper fit.  I honestly haven’t had a fitting in years, so I’m excited to get one on Saturday and then stock up on new bras during the sale!

Event Outfit Details Featuring Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Collaboration

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Wearing The Beauticurve Animal Print Maxi from the Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Spring 2019 Collection

I recently had a fun day shopping in the store to pick out an outfit for the event.  I’m pretty sure I tried on every dress available and found SO many great options.  Stay tuned for future posts because I’ve got a LOT of cute new pieces to share with you for spring.

For this event, I landed on this gorgeous Beauticurve Animal Print Maxi Dress from the Beauticurve X Lane Bryant collection.  I LOVE that Lane Bryant collaborates with bloggers and influencers and it’s so fun to see the personal styles of my faves in store. This collection definitely suits my own personal style… very wearable, classic, and feminine.

I am obsessed with the length of the animal maxi dress and it feels very high quality with great lining.  If you have a smaller bust/larger hips, you can likely size down at least one size, maybe two.  I typically wear a 28 in everything at Lane Bryant and bought this in a 24.  I still have plenty of room and could probably even go with a 22 for a more fitted bust.

I’ll be pairing the dress with these gorgeous gold Octagon Hoop Earrings and black Triple Strap Wedge Sandals for the event.

I’m IN LOVE with sandals.  It is so hard to find a strappy sandal that doesn’t dig into my feet, but these have a nice, hidden stretchy band that makes them very comfortable.  Also, while they’re called wedge sandals… the wedge is very minimal so they feel like wearing flats!  I know I will be wearing them all spring and summer.

Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Leopard Print Maxi and Lane Bryant Geometric Hoop Earrings on Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Perfect Bra Fit Event Saturday, April 6th

Join Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog At Crestview Hills KY Lane Bryant Cacique Location for Perfect Bra Fit Event April 6th, 2019 from 2-4 PM

Don’t miss out on this fun event!  Come shop with me and let the bra fit experts at Cacique guide you to your perfect fit during the Perfect Bra Fit Event April 6th from 2-4 PM!

  • Hang out with me at the Crestview Hills, KY location which is in Northern Kentucky and very convenient to Cincinnati, OH.
  • The event lasts from 2-4 PM on Saturday, April 6th,  but be sure to stick around from 3-4 PM so you can enter to win exclusive prizes! WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GIVEAWAY????
  • Take $15 off every Cacique Bra (excluding clearance).
  • No worries if your size isn’t in store… you’ll be able to order online at the event and get $15 off bras at Cacique.com.
  • Are you on Facebook? If so, you can check out the event page by clicking here!

I can’t wait to see you there for hugs (if you want), selfies, excellent fitting bras, giveaways, and so much fun! 

Now I have a question for you…  When’s the last time you were fit by a professional for a bra? 

Model wearing dress from Anthropologie's new plus size line

Everything you need to know about Anthropologie’s First Plus Size Line

Recently, rumors started swirling that Anthropologie had plans to launch a plus size line and the plus size fashion community went wild!  They’ve been dropping sneak peeks and now the line is finally here!

Today, I’ll be sharing my initial thoughts on the line including:

  • An honest review – the pros and cons of the A+ By Anthropologie line
  • Favorite pieces from the A+ By Anthropologie line
  • Tips and tricks for finding pieces that fit when you’re just outside the size range for a brand

My Favorite Extended Plus Size Pajamas

I follow a lot of thin “lifestyle influencers” on Instagram and YouTube, and I always notice they wear the most luxurious, beautiful pajama sets.  Unfortunately, I can’t wear the ones they recommend because they don’t come in plus sizes but I always LOVE the way they look.

For months, I searched high and low for classic pajama sets that are available in plus sizes.  I found several cute options but ultimately landed on an incredible set from WomanWithin.com that are available in sizes 14-40!

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life in a white sweater that reads, "Be Mine."

A Roundup: All The Best Casual Plus Size Valentine’s Day Looks

Last year was the first time I really got into holiday themed clothing, but now I can’t get enough.  On Valentine’s Day, Kevin and I tend to prefer a cozy night in and cooking a nice dinner instead of going out on the town.  We like avoiding the crowds and overpriced “special” menus.  This means that for Valentine’s Day, I’m normally on the lookout for cute, casual outfit options instead of the usual little red dress!

Plus size brands have launched a lot of super cute V-day inspired options this year, and I was feeling them so much I had to round them up for you.

Introducing: Plus Size Deals of the Day!

Hello, my friend!  I’m coming to you today with some VERY exciting news.  Well, it’s exciting for me at least… and I HOPE it’s exciting for you too!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll likely know that I’m a huge sucker for a good deal!  Frugality is a big part of my own life. I hate wasting money and am not a big fan of paying full price for anything.  I’m constantly searching for sales and feel such a sense of accomplishment when I find great clothes at great prices.