When I first starting writing about fashion, Summer at Curvy Couture was one of the first brands to reach out to me. I instantly felt a connection with her positive attitude and take on fashion. Summer encouraged me to step outside of my lingerie comfort zone a few times of the past year and I will always appreciate her for that. But like so many relationships in the plus size fashion realm, it remained a virtual one; that is until my recent trip to California with my mom when I was able to meet with Summer and visit the Curvy Couture HQ located in the LA Arts District in person!

Both my mom and I got a rundown of every product that Curvy Couture makes as well as a peak at upcoming styles. I didn't know much about the process of making bras but we certainly learned a lot about how these are made specifically for plus bodies. Let's talk about this mannequin that's molded from an actual woman's body?! This made me so happy to see and I would love to see a mannequin like this in stores.

My mom and I both got fitted by their resident fit expert and to our surprise, we were both wearing the wrong size. In house, they have every size of the black matte t-shirt bra to try on for fit purposes and when I tried on the 42D, it fit like a dream. 

I also mentioned to Summer how I loathe strapless bras and she encouraged me to try out the Strapless Sensation Multi-Way which can be worn seven ways. I ended up taking off the bra I was wearing and wearing this strapless for the rest of the day so that should tell you just how comfortable it was! It features silicone on the top and bottom that keeps it from falling down and it doesn't dig into my sides or back. 

Thank you again to Summer and Curvy Couture for having us! 

After the tour, my mom and I walked around the LA Arts District which was full of bright colored murals. I was wearing a pair of Marimekko for Target plus size shorts so you know I had to capture the look! 

I have still only been wearing shorts for a few years so buying them online is scary for me. The plus size Marimekko for Target pieces were online only unfortunately (but not surprisingly) so I had put these in my cart online three times before ultimately not buying them. When I was in store, I stumbled upon an XXL which they stock in their straight size section. I'm currently a size 20 on the bottom so I tried them on to see if they would fit and they did! The fabric of these is not stretch but there is elastic in the back which is usually what I require for shorts to fit both my thighs and waist. This roller-coaster Target shopping experience really proved to me why Target (and other mainstream retailers) really need to stock more plus size items in their stores. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

Marimekko for Target Plus Size Shorts, Target 

Black Cotton Crop Top, Charlotte Russe

Short Gold Chain Necklace, Ready to Stare

White Flatform Sandals, Rue21 (similar)

Thick Frame Cateye Sunglasses, Ready to Stare

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