The Style Whisperer

Growing up my sister and I spent a lot of time at ranches and equestrian centres. Our Mom even let us go on a three-day overnight hike on horseback. Best. Memories. Ever.

But as we grew up, and my sister Melanie became more and more involved in horsemanship, I navigated towards the corporate world. Air conditioning, pretty clothes everyday…you get it. My sister has become one of the best coaches and equestrian experts in Ontario, and I’m so proud of her. When she suggested a shoot at Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship where she currently teaches, I couldn’t resist, knowing that the pictures would be so unexpected and romantic. She even chose a gorgeous candidate who has the bluest eyes to match my dress by SWAK Designs.

Meet the handsome Frankie, and the regal Sabrina.

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The Sabrina Maxi Dress is a winning style that SWAK has been offering for a few seasons, always coming up with new colours on the same great cut.

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With a full voluptuous skirt, empire waist and criss-cross bust, it’s flattering on so many shapes. And yes, even if you are petite like me (5’2″), you can wear maxis and totally feel like a goddess.

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I chose a skinny gold belt to accent my jewelry, but this of course is totally optional. I just like to emphasize the waistline and create more of a silhouette. And to make the look a little more formal, although this dress can go both ways, I paired it with a long cardi – something I think every girl should have as a wardrobe staple.

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And even though the straps are skinny spaghetti straps, it really doesn’t look bad with my black bra straps showing. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can get a bra in the same colour, switch the straps out for clear ones, or wear a jacket.

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The Sabrina maxi dress get two thumbs up for fit, quality and price. It comes in black, pale rose, teal and there are new colours each season as mentioned.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, for your support, and for learning to love your curves through fashion. Special thanks to my sister Melanie Chin for taking these beautiful pictures and for providing the wonderful “props”! She can be contacted here for riding lessons.


Sabrina Maxi by SWAK Designs

Long Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing – vintage, similar here by SWAK Designs

Necklace – vintage

Pumps by Payless – vintage, similar here (also available in wide width)

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


Copyright SassyPlus 2015 – Canadian Plus Size Fashion Blogger

Cool Cocktail

You’ve seen me in quite a few casual looks, because that’s how most of us dress every day. But when life presents special occasions and we get the chance to get all dolled up, where do we turn to for stylish options? Plus size cocktail dresses and formal wear is one of the most difficult categories to shop for because of its ‘slim’ availability and because of our own individual preferences: sleeves, lining, length, neckline, color, fabric – all important features that come into play when curating our very own evening look. And let’s face it, we’re so picky right?

This is one of the reasons my boutique SexyPlus Clothing offers cocktail and formal plus size fashion (in addition to casual wear and lingerie). There is very little choice out there, and even less in Canada, so SexyPlus delivers in a big, fancy, way.

For this post I wanted to feature one of my best selling styles, the Valentina Illusion Dress designed by Kiyonna Clothing.

I chose this dress because I carry most of my weight in my belly but I still like to contour my silhouette. How do you do that without totally emphasizing your mid-section right? Well, you do it by choosing a dress that offers both ruching and lining. The two together, along with shapewear, really help to create a smooth look. And I must mention that “creating a smooth look” is totally a personal preference – I have nothing against women who show their gorgeous round tummy – I just feel better holding it in a bit.

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Can you see how that works? My belly IS really there, but just a bit more blended. 

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And although I’m totally fine showing my arms in other outfits, I do prefer sleeves for a formal event.

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The lace sides help to emphasize that hourglass silhouette which is how this dress got its name “Illusion”.

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The back is full lace and lined as well.

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For kicks, I tried the look with this new faux leather jacket by our new Point Zero Curvy line and just like that, I was one of the cool kids. But in a sexy, grown up, classy kinda way.

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Ain’t gonna lie; I’m really feelin’ this look.

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This dramatic necklace was loaned to me by Lisa of the blog Mustang Sally Two, and totally glammed out the look.

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Thanks for visiting, and remember, sexy is a state of mind, so get into clothing that helps you feel good and rock your curves.

xox Stefanie

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Special thanks to the stylish blogger Lisa of Mustang Sally Two for taking these awesome pics. Check her out to see the looks she shot the same day!


Valentina Illusion Dress by SexyPlus Clothing

Vintage Faux Leather Moto Jacket by SexyPlus Clothing

Statement Necklace by Your Big Sister’s Closet (in store)

Studded Wide Width Pumps by Addition Elle (last year, similar by Penningtons here and by Torrid here)

Cupcake Crossbody Bag by Torrid


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