There are a few things that I take into consideration when I’m shopping
for new clothes, such as the fit, style and price.
If you, like me, are always in search of stylish, full-figured clothing at an unbeatable price, then, boy, do I have a store for you to check out. Despite the name, Forever 21 doesn’t just cater to those who want to dress like they’re barely legal to drink. They do, in fact, have a wide range of clothing, some of which you could wear for a night out on the town, but there’s so much more than that available.
You may be asking, Do they really have stuff for me? And the answer is yes. The store’s full-figured line — simply named Forever 21+ — is available locally at Opry Mills. And this isn’t your average, tiny plus-size section hidden in the back corner, either. Since the store’s opening, Forever 21+ has quadrupled the size of its floor-set, which means a lot more options for curvy ladies!
Not only does it offer a huge selection, the company also has successfully designed its clothing to fit a full-figured woman’s body. It does this by offering flattering silhouettes, different lengths in denim and tops that always hit below the button of your jeans (if not lower). All of its clothing is available from XL to 3XL, which caters to sizes 12 to 22.
Each time I step into the store or refresh my browser, I’m always impressed by what the store comes out with next. It carries the types of things that make you feel confident
, like form-fitting peplum tops and curve-hugging skinny jeans, as well as fitted blazers and skirts for the business-minded woman. It also carries a few styles of wide-width boots if you’re still looking for a pair this season!
Are you in search of a holiday
dress? Forever21+ has you covered there, too!
If you’re still a bit skeptical about heading into the store and/or you’d like to skip the holiday madness, you can always check out the website. And, Forever 21’s website carries more of each size and the site is updated as new styles are sent out to stores, so the new stuff shows up online first.
Forever21 doesn’t just have great style and fit; you just can’t beat the prices, either. It stocks
camisoles for $3.80, select blouses for $22.80 and denim starting at $14.80.
The best thing about fast-fashions stores like Forever 21 is that they are always carrying the latest trends. I tend to mix “trendy” pieces from Forever 21 with my “quality” staple items that I’ve had forever. I lovefeeling confident
and stylish, and I always receive compliments when I’m wearing something from the trendy retailer.
It’s also fun to give your own personal touch to the basics they carry. Try adding accessories and layers to put your own stylish spin on your outfit. We’ll have you looking like a model out of a magazine in no time!
Being invited to Opry Mill's blogger party was such a treat! It was fun browsing tables that were put together by the different stores and making 'holiday gift guides' with the other bloggers!
For the who, what, where on each item... just click the picture!
After graduating JPII, what did you do? University? Work?
After I graduated high school, I had to work full-time in order to live on my own and that was difficult trying to juggle an on-campus education with a full-time job. After a semester at MTSU, I decided I needed to go a different route with my education, so I went to American Intercontinental University which offers online courses. Overall it was a good decision, but it’s a lot harder than you would think to motivate yourself when there are no classroom constraints. Why the fashion industry?
I knew that I loved all things fashion during high school and I was set on becoming a fashion merchandiser for a large clothing chain. I started college with that goal in mind, but after working several retail jobs, I found out that all of my managers had the degree that I was working on, from the same college. I knew that wasn’t where I wanted to be after graduating, so I changed my major to Business Management and Marketing. Even after changing my major, fashion was still a driving force in my life.How did you get started in fashion?
I got started in “fashion” because my friends were always urging me to dress them or to share with them the latest trends or where the latest stores were to shop. After a while everyone kept saying, “You should really start a blog.” I toyed with the idea and about the time I turned 23, I did. Starting the fashion blog, A Brunette
, was one of the greatest things I’ve done (so far). It gave me a creative outlet and a voice. I knew I wasn’t going to conquer the mainstream fashion industry and that has never been my goal. My goal has always been to stay surrounded by what I love, which is fashion.
I knew I needed to get out there and surround myself with like-minded people and places, so that was the second step. I created these opportunities for myself by networking and attending fashion events throughout the city. Anytime I ran across something on Facebook, I’d show up and introduce myself to as many people as I could. After doing that, people just seemed to remember who I was and I started to build a brand for myself.
A year after I started my blog, I started working at the front desk (customer relations) of The Tennessean. I knew a lot of the editors through all of the networking I had been doing and one day I mustered up the courage to give out my business card. With that one act of courage, the world shifted. They loved my blogging voice and asked that I write a plus-size style column for them once a month. If you were talking to a student interested in a future in fashion, what advice would you give them?
No matter what your dreams are for the future, as long as you work hard, are nice to people, and you don’t give up on your dreams, you will go far. The fashion industry is not an easy one to break through, so start now. Get involved in as many fashion related things as you can and once you go to college, the same holds true. Whatever city you end up in, go out there and network with the fashion community in that area. What message do you like to portray in your fashion style?
It’s important that no matter what you wear, you feel confident. My personal style is ever evolving and for me -- clothing can almost be a costume. When I get up every morning, I ask myself, “What role do I want to play today? Who do I want to be?” and I go from there. A lot of my personal brand (A Brunette) is promoting self-love and body confidence because no matter what your shape and size, you can dress to feel beautiful. What are you working on now?
I have been given the most amazing opportunity with Gannett, the owners of The Tennessean and Nashville Lifestyles. We were tasked with creating a product that targeted the under-40, Nashville creative and what we came up with is called 12th & Broad. 12th & Broad
is a new way to experience Nashville’s creative and entrepreneurial culture through events, collaborations, and content. It’s unlike anything Gannett has invested in and it’s been incredible to see this project turn from post-it notes to an actual start-up with corporate backing. Much like writing for The Tennessean, this opportunity is another one that I made for myself by working hard, being nice to people, and following my dreams. Anything really is possible. What are your goals for your future?
I would have to say that the opportunities are endless. I do know that going forward I will continue writing my personal blog, writing for The Tennessean (as long as they will have me) and building on my career, while we continue to build 12th & Broad. I still don’t know what “I want to be when I grow up,” but if the present is any indication of my future—I’ll be happy wherever I land. How did JPII help prepare you for life after high school and college?
I have to say that leaving JPII, I was more than prepared for what was to come. A lot of my college courses seemed to repeat or build on a lot of the things I had learned in high school. I also feel like JPII built a kind of social foundation for me by requiring that we participate in extracurricular activities and that we get out there and mingle (House Games, Advisory Groups). Making us socialize and put ourselves out there at such a vulnerable age was a priceless experience that I wouldn’t have gotten at any other school at the time. Accomplishments, awards, recognition you have received?
*A Brunette (My fashion blog) has been featured online in Seventeen and Lucky Magazine.
*I am a style blogger for The Tennessean with a column featured once monthly.
*I am a founding member of The Nashville Style Collective—which is a group of elite Nashville Style Bloggers
*I am a founding member and Audience Engagement Coordinator of 12th & Broad – A Gannett Company targeting the creative Nashvillian.
It seems to me that somewhere through time, clothing lost its way. Long gone are the days when women dressed to be prim and proper. Sometimes, I like to imagine what it must have been like to live in a time when people dressed eloquently every day.
I’m a thrift shop girl, and one of my weaknesses is vintage dresses — you know, like the kind Aunt B would wear. I’ve fallen in love with the vintage silhouettes, and I love how the fabric breathes and stretches just enough. Plus-size vintage dresses are few and far between, but when I find one it feels like I’ve stumbled onto gold!
A few weeks ago, I was out and about and I was introduced to someone who told me about a boutique in Nashville that carried vintage, pin-up inspired clothing, and I was excited to check it out. Later in the conversation, she mentioned that they also carry plus-sizes, and I was ecstatic. There’s just something about vintage glamour that makes every woman feel unstoppable. Needless to say, visiting Bettie Page Clothing was on the top of my to-do list.
Bettie Page’s persona inspired the creation of this 1950s collection. These vintage pieces are kept as close to the original patterns as possible and are given a bit of a modern twist with fun patterns and hardware. All of the dresses go by a “name” such as Bridgette, and a lot of times that dress will be made with a few variations, like the color and skirt type.
Almost everything in the store is available in XS to 4X, but it’s important to keep in mind that they are cut as vintage patterns and depending on the fit, a 4X may fit up to a size 22/24. Bettie Page once said “A body is a terrible thing to waste,” and Tatyana Khomyakova, the collection’s designer, kept that in mind when designing this collection to fit women of all sizes.
Inside Bettie Page Clothing
, you will find a huge selection of quality clothing that will last forever, and the variations of dresses range from sequins to tweed, from cotton to brocade. This store is a must for those of you looking for something to wear to a special event or anytime you want to feel glamorous and sexy.
Bettie Page carries a lot of dresses, but the store also has a few vintage-inspired jackets hanging on the walls as well as some adorable skirt and top sets. The location off of Broadway also houses the Beach Bash collection, which is a bit more casual and sold at a lower price point. There also are tons of vintage-inspired accessories — shoes, belts, sunglasses and even Spanx!
Clothing alone does not define a great store; it’s also the staff, the atmosphere and the experience that’s created for you, the customer. From the moment I walked into Bettie Page, not only did I feel welcomed, I also felt comfortable. The staff is there to offer as little or as much assistance as you’d like, and they all seemed to know their brand and were happy to be a part of it.
Stumbling upon stores like this one is rare, and that’s why you should pay the ladies at Bettie Page Clothing of Nashville
I haven't told anyone much about the Nashville Style Collective(because we haven't launched) but remember that name, cause you'll keep hearing more and more about it! Anyyyyyyyways, I along with six other Nashville bloggers have been called by the fashion gods (other wise known as Alicia Boswell and Will Bridges of Fashion Bytes Inc.) to come together and launch a platform for Nashville's fashion community! VERY big news to have something like this in Nashville!Fashion Bytes Inc
. is launching their newest initiative tonight and I feel lucky to be considered one of their twenty fashion heros! For the invite to the party, Fashion Bytes commissioned Joe Peters
to draw each one of the invitees as their own personal invitation. Seriously, this idea is genius and I know that everyone on that list felt honored to be apart of something so, very awesome!
Stay tuned to hear more about the Nashville Style Collective! <3
but seriously, how great is this? So, so, so flattered!
So one day last week I got an email from Gus Mayer, informing me that Christian Sirano was going to be in store to show off his latest collection. This same collection will walk down the runway at the Nashville Symphony fashion show in April. I just knew I had to go check it out and meet him. So, I brought it up to my co-worker and we decided to make an afternoon of it, inviting others to join us!
Me, Christian Siriano, Meagan Nordmann Rhodes
I would have to say that the best part was discovering that among the racks was a size 14 dress from the Christian Sirano S/S 14' collection! I mean, meeting Christian was so great and he was super sweet BUT actually being able to try on one of his gowns, while he was there will be something I'll always remember!
Christian Siriano, GOLD PLEATED SWING SKIRT $2,850.00
Delfina Delettrez, Triple Insect Ring $ 1,885.00
Caged platform bootie, $54.99
DVF Cape, $276.00
One of these The Row bags, $500-50,000
Much like last year, we're seeing a lot of camouflage popping up in Fall trends. So let's re-visit my original post "Getchur Camouflage on
" for a little street style inspiration!
&&& Check out how I've worn Camouflage over the past year!
I would have to say that over the last several years, Dot’s Fashion has become one of my favorite, fast fashion retail chains. They offer the latest trends in sizes 00- 24 and in the price range of $5-$40, you just can’t beat their amazing selection!
Back when I went to MTSU, I was always on the lookout for trendy plus size clothing and luckily one day, while in Smyrna, I stumbled into Dot’s Fashion next to the Super Target. After just one visit, I was hooked and even when I moved back to Nashville, I would still make the trek to Smyrna, just to stop in and see the latest in what they were offering. It was almost as if the fashion gods had heard my pleas because after a few years of making that drive, I found out that Dot’s was planning on opening a second location, across from Skyline, which was less than 5 minutes from my house!
Not only does this store offer the latest trends in fashion, they also have a pretty awesome loyalty program and I am always receiving $10 off $30 coupons in my email! Shortly after opening their second location in the middle Tennessee area, they began selling some of their selection online. So if you prefer online shopping, I’d give them a look-see.
Dot’s sells a lot of your basic tanks and tops along with a wide range of denim. The chain has done a great job of providing their denim in two “fits”, both classic and curvy and are available in short, regular, and tall lengths. In addition to their variations in sizing they also offer their denim in a variety of washes and cuts, which is perfect for those of us who hate shopping for jeans.
I’m always on the search for something show stopping and I have found several of my most cherished dresses and tops at Dot’s! Their selection is one that you won’t find in other stores and the quality of the items you find at Dot’s is unbeatable. It always looks like I spent a lot more than I did when I wear something from Dot’s and I’m always receiving complements about how great the items look and fit.
A dress I purchased at Dots for under $20
A dress I purchased at Dots for under $25
A dress I purchased at Dots for under $25
A dress I purchased at Dots for under $10
Inside of Dot’s, you’ll find tons of accessories and there’s no way of getting out of the store without stopping to check out their jewelry first. The cool thing about their well merchandised and stocked selection of jewelry is that they offer both their bracelets and rings in “plus sizes”. Wider width bracelets and rings? How awesome is that? I don’t even know of other stores that offer both regular and plus-size widths in jewelry!
Looking for hosiery and undergarments? Yep, Dot’s has got you covered there too! They also have a well stocked selection of shoes, hats, and purses! It really is a one stop shop and the staff is always so welcoming and helpful. If I were you, I’d sign up for their e-mailing list ASAP and then as soon as you get that first coupon, check it out! Fashion deals so good, it’s almost like they are paying you to shop! www.dots.com
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