Gwynnie Bee reached out to me and a couple other bloggers to style a piece from their latest collaboration with fashion designer Amanda Uprichard. After years of honing her design aesthetic on the streets of New York and at Parsons, in 2005 Uprichard launched her eponymous fashion line from a basement in Queens. NYC party girl turned PTA mom, Uprichard channels her diverse experiences into her collection, each piece paying homage to a particular slice of her history. Uprichard says, “I draw inspiration from everyone. All kinds of women: doctors, writers, lawyers, sisters, cousins, moms, teenagers.” The A by Amanda Uprichard line for Gwynnie Bee captures the spirit of Amanda's esthetic with lively prints, bold colors, and silhouettes that are versatile and flattering. Uprichard chose favorite pieces directly from their current line and collaborated with the GB team to create the perfect collection for the Gwynnie Bee woman.
I was chosen to style the Cricket Maxi Dress in Blacklight Stripe (this is an XL, the dress is available from L-5X). The dress is a poly stretch, not transparent, not clingy. I'd say the XL fits like a 14; it's fitted in the bust but not tight and the armholes fit nice. The 1X fit like a 16/18. The armholes were gaping, the top waas longer so it bloused over the elastic waist, and the back of the dress was almost 2″ longer. I styled it for how I'd wear it in a few weeks when Mother Nature has her act together (it was 30 degrees this Sunday when we took these photos): a denim jacket for the spring breezes but a pair of strappy heels to show off the first pedicure of the season. I'm a fan of pattern mixing and instead of a solid black or pink bag decided to amp up the look with my favorite colorful clutch.
The exclusive designer collaborations are one of many reasons I love being a member of Gwynnie Bee. It's awesome to have a popular brand partner with a plus size company to work together to create clothing that is fun, fashionable, and for a plus size figure. If you'd like to try Gwynnie Bee, use my affiliate link and try a month for free!