Monday: Wrap It Up

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ann taylor necklace
dress detail
igigi wrap dress
gold bangle bracelets
gwynnie bee 1

Dress: IGIGI c/o Gwynnie Bee
Necklace: c/o Ann Taylor (similar)
Bracelets: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Lauren Ralph Lauren, c/o Soft Surroundings
Shoes: Michael Kors
Bag: Hobo (similar)

I love wrap dresses – easy to wear, flattering to the figure, chic and stylish. However, I don't currently have one in my wardrobe. So when I saw this one on the Gwynnie Bee site I had to try it out. I know about IGIGI and owned some pieces of them when I was plus sized, but didn't know they also carried pieces for us women who are on the cusp of plus size. This is a 12, and I know it's a bit bigger than regular 12 since it's 12 Woman, but as you see it fits nicely. Not only that it is MADE nicely. Fully lined so no see-through and it doesn't cling, a well-constructed wrap that lays flat and cinches properly, enough fabric in the skirt (and nice weight) so it doesn't fly open on a breeze. I did use a safety pin to hold the neckline closed, but if I were taller I don't think that would be an issue. I love how the waist is a different complementary fabric – what a nice detail!

If you missed my last post, check it out. Gwynnie Bee is a pretty cool program where you can borrow clothing for a reasonable monthly fee. I will be featuring several pieces from Gwynnie Bee in the next couple of months!

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  1. Lynne DeVenny
    September 11, 2012 / 11:33 am

    Alison, this dress is simply stunning, almost like a work of art. It’s that beautiful.

  2. morsecode (karen)
    September 2, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    I love this dress. I loved it when you first posted it and find myself coming back to the post today. If I remember correctly in your initial Gwennie Bee post you mentioned that GB would facilitate purchasing an item if you really loved it. How does that work, though, in a case like this where the dress is no longer available?

    • September 2, 2012 / 12:24 pm

      It’s worth it to contact Gwynnie Bee but they cannot confirm or guarantee that they can help buy pieces.

      • morsecode (karen)
        September 4, 2012 / 6:23 pm

        Ah, ok. Thanks for the information. I guess I misremembered

  3. August 25, 2012 / 11:04 am

    I am one hundred percent lusting after this dress after seeing you in it. You’re killing it girl! Loves!

  4. Kristen P
    August 24, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    I actually gasped. That is so, so pretty on you! The colors are magnificent.

  5. Kyla
    August 22, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    This look so beautiful! I love it!

  6. Low
    August 22, 2012 / 10:20 am

    this dress looks so fabulous on you!

  7. The Lapsed Victorian
    August 21, 2012 / 6:07 pm

    You look so va-va-VOOM in this dress! I don’t purchase from IGIGI very often, but this post makes me want to give them another whirl.

  8. Sonia
    August 21, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    I’m late to the party, but agree with everyone else–You. Look. Fantastic! I like the sassy look in the first photo, like a model’s face on the runway! The colors on this dress are perfect for any season and the fit looks comfy!

  9. Di
    August 21, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    Due to no longer working outside the home, well… I simply never have a reason to put on a pretty dress. Back when I DID, I recall that wrap dresses were almost fun to wear and easy as well. This print totally makes the dress. Love it!

  10. slou117
    August 21, 2012 / 11:48 am

    The dress looks GORGEOUS on you!

  11. Emily
    August 21, 2012 / 9:04 am

    This would be very cool with those teal shoes of yours. (For me the black accessories play down the fun of the print!)

  12. Marie
    August 21, 2012 / 8:17 am

    One word FAB-U-LOUS. This photo of you has inspired me to dress up today, as mom of two toddlers it means alot. Thanks Alison!

  13. Knitsewmuch
    August 20, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    Love the colors. Very pretty dress and flattering.

  14. Mel
    August 20, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    What a great idea! I work from home and live in a rural area, but I do occasionally have social events or vacations that require a wardrobe. It’s always seemed such a waste to buy a full wardrobe and then pay for dry cleaning. Never mind that I have to travel through two towns to find a dry cleaner…

    As expensive as it may seem at first glance, I think it will save me money! This is awesome. I’m so excited!

  15. August 20, 2012 / 8:15 pm

    Love the colors!

  16. Jacinda
    August 20, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    Really flattering style! and the looks look great as well.

  17. Lisa A Walter
    August 20, 2012 / 6:14 pm

    Gorgeous dress…looks great on you.

  18. Jenna
    August 20, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Alison, this look came together particularly well–the dress really flatters your coloring and you look both beautiful AND comfortable! man, now I want this dress…

  19. Mary
    August 20, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    This dress looks fabulous on you!!!!!

  20. August 20, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Ok, I signed up for Gwynnie Bee based on this post! That dress is awesome! It’s a bit pricey, but I am willing to give it a try (I’m glad there’s no contract). I’m at the low end of the sizing, so I’m hoping they’ll start to offer more clothing in my size and maybe a bit smaller.

  21. August 20, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    do you happen to have a close up of your makeup here?

    • August 20, 2012 / 3:41 pm

      Nope 🙁 It’s my standard smokey eye, but I used a taupe base shadow and olive green with the #29 Trish McEvoy tapered blending brush. This brush is AWESOME, I just swish it back and forth in my crease and a little along the lash line and it gives the perfect contour. Then I used a smaller brush (not on the Trish site but I know it’s from there, has a flat tip) to smudge some of the same olive under the lash line. Curled lashes, 2 coats DiorShow!

  22. August 20, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    omg can you keep that dress? ITS PERFECT. the color the cut the shape. Dear lord that is the hotcha dress

  23. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    August 20, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    Wow, what a pretty, and flattering dress – you are so lovely this Monday morning!

  24. August 20, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    Girl, you look fabulous!! Love the pattern, looks so good on you! x

  25. Jenny
    August 20, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    You look so cute! What a great dress on you.

  26. Little Red
    August 20, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    This dress makes you look lovely and I love the way wrap dresses look on me but I get annoyed with all the pinning I have to do at the neckline and with the belt so that I don’t flash all who cross my path.

    • August 20, 2012 / 2:42 pm

      If this dress was a petite I really think I wouldn’t have to pin at all. I had an Old Navy wrap dress I LOVED but I had to have 3 safety pins on that thing to keep it professional. It’s amazing the difference between an ok wrap dress and a great wrap dress – the right length of straps, inner ties occasionally for more modesty, enough fabric in the skirt, and no need for pins because it’s cut for curves!

  27. Candice
    August 20, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    This is a beautiful dress! Good choice, Allie!

  28. August 20, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    Wow, that is *such* a flattering dress! The fit looks perfect on you. And I want to steal that necklace! I have a hard time find genuine wrap dresses that fit, flatter, & don’t fly open. But I love faux wrap dresses & have found several that work well.

  29. Christina C
    August 20, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    This is a lovely dress and suits you so well. Definite thumbs up! I have a love of wrap dresses no matter what size I am.

  30. Sally
    August 20, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I don’t know how you manage so much sass on a Monday morning, but you look fantastic.

  31. August 20, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    I’m still not finding a wrap dress that I’ve fallen in love with! But I really love this one, i love the pattern and the length.

  32. Dionne
    August 20, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Gorgeous! Love everything about this Allie, color, length, the necklace is just the right touch. I am sooo pinning this. 🙂 (And I e-mailed Gwynnie Bee to see if they’re only available to US citizens. It’s unlikely, but I’m crossing my fingers we Canadians can be a part of this.)

  33. August 20, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    I just finished looking on the site and saw this dress and was like, “Pretty dress.” And then I saw you had a new post and clicked to see you wearing this dress. What does this all mean? I don’t know. But what I do know is that you look awesome in the pretty dress.

  34. April
    August 20, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Wow! This looks smoking hot. Great look on you Allie! You often wear a lot of warm, bright colors, but the colors in this dress also look fantastic. I could see wearing this with boots and a cardigan when it’s cooler. This dress could easily be a wardrobe staple for work.

  35. Susan H.
    August 20, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    Ooo, love that print on you. I have never thought about wearing a wrap dress with the waist that high, but this makes me want to try one.

    • August 20, 2012 / 1:03 pm

      High is nice because then it shows off the smallest part of the torso (at least on me). 🙂

      • Shoeaddict 17
        August 20, 2012 / 1:44 pm

        What if you have a belly poking out underneath that waist? THAT’s my problem and why I NEVER belt anything.

        • August 20, 2012 / 1:46 pm

          Well I’m wearing a DKNY shaping brief under this to keep things smooth, but I find that at the bottom of the ribcage it gives enough fabric before the pooch so it glides instead of sticking there and making me look as though I am in my second trimester 🙂

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