Swim Fabulous with Addition Elle & SexyPlus Clothing

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to Selina, a fashionista and fellow body positive advocate. I invited her to be a guest on my blog because I thought you might appreciate seeing a different body size and shape. We featured a lovely outfit titled “Yes, That’s My Bra” (did you miss it?).

For today’s post we are very excited to share with you the “Swim Fabulous” issue, with Addition Elle and SexyPlus Clothing.

We started with Addition Elle’s two-piece vintage bikini (or fatkini if you prefer), which has a very flattering fit and makes you feel kinda like a bombshell.

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And styled it with a one-of-a-kind, handmade cape by SexyPlus Clothing, which doubles as a sexy swim cover.

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And can be worn front to back or back to front, depending on the amount of coverage you want.

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We styled it with these cute white and pink pumps, a sun hat from the dollar store (yes Dollarama!!!), her pink shades and a pink hair flower.

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And that gorgeous colorful happy necklace she’s wearing? THAT is from Siren’s Outlet on Orfus Road. You’ve gotta check it out ladies! Selina says the prices are amazing for such unique designs and statement pieces.

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As many of us often do, Selina had to step outside of her comfort zone to wear and shoot this swim suit. I was SO impressed with her radiant confidence as she posed fearlessly on residential streets of Toronto. As strangers passed on the busy street, I must say, many of them gave admiring smiles and nods of appreciation.

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And if you’re wondering about her beautiful, decadent, GORGEOUS hair, she does extensions so contact her.

I love what this shoot stood for: swim fabulous, set yourself free, enjoy summer like you did when you were a kid.

Selina is super gorgeous sexy in her bikini and so are YOU.


Bikini top by Addition Ellesimilar here

Bikini botton by Addition Ellehere

Hand-made cape by SexyPlus Clothing, available in black and white also – in store

Necklace – Orfus Road in Toronto Siren’s Outlet

Shop all Addition Elle swimwear – here


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Yes, that’s my bra. 

As a blogger, stylist and plus size clothing store owner, I know it’s important to see outfits on different body shapes and sizes. It’s how we relate, and also how we are inspired to step outside of our personal comfort zones when it comes to style. This is why I am so excited to introduce you to Selina – a fashionista, body positive advocate, and all around girly girl.

We got together to create an outfit that totally stirs things up – something amazing that pushes the boundaries a little. Once we had all accessories in place and she looked at herself in the mirror she said, “I WOULD TOTALLY WEAR THIS TO A CLUB!”. I gotta say, she was stunning. And her confidence was radiant.

Ok, so let’s go through each item.

The shoes. These are a pair of Madden Girl pumps that Selina picked up on sale at Town Shoes. Total princess diva. For this outfit, any number of pumps would have done the trick, or even a blinged-out flat if you’re not into heels.

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Next, the brassière. This is the Geo Dot Print Soft Touch Bra (Déesse Collection) by Additione Elle. And I must say that Addition Elle’s bras have come a LONG way in the last few years. Their bras are not only beautifully designed in the most lovely prints, but they are well structured and supportive. And they’re frequently on sale, so you can’t loose.

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Jewelry. This statement necklace is a piece that Selina brought from her personal collection. The coral color was a perfect way to pick up the colors of the bra, and complement her hair. Don’t be afraid of big bold pieces. The way I shop for jewelry is if I like it, I buy it. Don’t hesitate. Because when the time comes that you need a necklace to complete a look, you won’t be able to find it. That’s just Murphy’s Law.

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Next, the Perfect Crop Leggings from SexyPlus Clothing; perfect because they’re slinky soft, opaque, high waisted so they don’t ride down your bum and reach all the way under your bra. Such a simple garment but essential for completing so many looks.

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And finally, the item that makes this outfit so dramatic, feminine and FABULOUS is the lace dress cover by SexyPlus Clothing, designed by Joseph Ribkoff. A versatile piece that can be worn as shown, or over a simple tank dress (of any color I might add), or as lingerie, or as a swim cover…And yes, her bra is intentionally showing – what did I say in my last post, make your own rules right?

Undergarments can be sensually stylish and exposed when tastefully coordinated with your outfit.

See how nothing is actually showing but so much is implied? That’s sexy.

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Isn’t she gorgeous? 

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This post wouldn’t be complete without sharing Selina’s “beauty bible”, a Victoria’s Secret pouch filled with essentials like mascara, Taylor Swift mini perfume, Sephora mat stain lipstick, makeup wipes, eye brow pencil. She takes it EVERYWHERE not because she has to, but because she wants to. If a dash of this and a touch-up of that makes you feel good anytime, anywhere, then it IS good.

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I really loved working on this project with Selina, and I hope you enjoyed the outfit and seeing a guest curvy gal (5’8″, size 20/22) on my blog. And ladies, Selina is not a professional model; she’s just a girl who has learned – and makes a concerted effort – to treat herself kindly, to spoil herself occasionally, to look at herself in the mirror and think nice things. It’s all part of her commitment to loving herself.

And that hair!!!! Selina provides professional extensions so get in touch with her if you want to experience movie star tresses.

Please comment below – did this outfit inspire you? Could you wear an outfit showing your bra? I would love to hear from you. And I kinda dare you. 😉

xox

SassyPlus Stef

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Lace dress cover by SexyPlus Clothing – available in store in sizes 14 and 18

Perfect Capri Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing – here or full length here

Addition Elle Bra – Geo Dot Print Soft Touch Bra, Déesse Collection here

Addition Elle entire lingerie collection here

Madden Girl Pumps at Town Shoes – sold out, shop current selection here

Photography by me! 


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Moroccan Triple Sec

This outfit is like a shot of liqueur – warm and smooth going down, with an assertive burn, like Triple Sec. That’s how I think of the Skylar Dress by SexyPlus Clothing featured here: a strong brick orange background infused with a bold Moroccan print create the full-bodied color palette for this crisp summer ensemble. 

Sometimes I start with the shoes, or even the necklace, and build an outfit based on that. But in this case, the dress itself was the Pièce De Résistance. 

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This zesty strapless number features a unique side HI-LO with a wide, flirty ruffle hem. It’s super flattering light-weight rayon fabric is easy to wear – I swear! It’s not clingy, so it’s a good summer style that doesn’t require shapewear.

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The bust has a light ‘blouson’ style with an elastic waist. I like to define my waist so I added a thick navy blue stretchy belt. Here’s the thing – I didn’t like the buckle on the belt (it was so outdated, which was to be expected since it was thrifted) so I clipped an orange hair-flower over it. Voila. Looks all intentional doesn’t it?

SASSY 2 FINAL-8Next, to bring in the blue tones, I chose my Addition Elle blue & black statement necklace and bright blue cobalt pumps from Payless.

Notice that the belt, necklace and shoes are different shades of blue and yet they still compliment the outfit? An important technique to note: when getting dressed, many of us have a tendency to “match” rather than to coordinate. Coordinating forces you to step outside of your comfort zone but yields some pretty striking results that are wonderfully, uniquely you.

Because I’m a romantic and long for the days when women paraded themselves in immaculately coordinated ensembles, I couldn’t resist the tangy mango hat.

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I chose a playground to photograph this outfit because I wanted to culminate the essence of fashion and fun, but truth be told, my spiky heels were sinking into the ground so this location made no sense at all, but doesn’t it look good? Seriously, this outfit would have been ideal for a summer BBQ (on more solid ground), an afternoon at an art festival, having a Sex In The City style lunch with friends….The point is that you can take a casual dress and make it ‘haute’ with your accessories, your footwear, and of course your attitude.

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I toast our curves and the fashion to celebrate them!


Skylar Dress – custom made and available ONLY at SexyPlus Clothing – here *SPECIAL OFFER* Use code SKYLAR to get 30% off this dress now! 

I am wearing the 0X and I wear a size 16 normally. Sizes 0X to 3X are available. 

Belt – thrifted

Pumps (last year) by Payless – similar options here and here and by Heels.com here

Necklace (last year) by Addition Elle – similar here

Hair flower and hat by Ardene – here and more in store

Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography


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