Five Plus-Size Velvet Dresses

My name is Cora, and I am a obsessed with velvet. I always have been, and this particular moment in fashion is extremely exciting for me, because velvet is freaking everywhere! I set out to write a review of the the witchy burgundy dress I shared on Instagram, and I realized the Simply Be site has so many amazing velvet dresses I wanted to share a few more with you guys! If you’re not familiar with Simply Be, it’s an incredible UK site for trendy and fabulous clothes sizes 8-28. I adore their size inclusivity, I’ve bought from them for years, and I’ve always been really happy with my purchases. They also have a men’s line that is unlike most men’s clothing that I’ve seen especially for larger men’s sizes. This x-mas I picked up several amazing Joe Browns pieces for Mr. Vintageortacky, and he was thrilled! Let me know if you’d like to see me do a review of their Men’s Line ^_^

Dress | Necklace | Boots | Belt

I’m getting started today with a dress I bought last fall, since I can write a review based on my experince. The Witchy vibes on this one are insane. I’ve worn this so many times I’ve lost count. It’s super soft, stretchy, the shape is flattering (once belted) the color is divine, and I LOVE a high-neck dress. It keeps me a bit warmer, and creates a backdrop for my jewelry. The best part? It was $31 bucks. Yep. Snap it up babes, it’s available in sizes 10-22, but I think it’s really size flexible. I have this in a size 22 but there is so much stretch I easily could have sized down, so my friends who wear a 24 or even a 26 could probably rock a 22. I wish it came in an emerald or hunter green a mustard and a navy. If SimplyBe decided to sell it in more colors I would SNAP. IT. UP.

this Blue Velvet number is serving 80’s Dynasty Vibes. You could go all-out with big curls and close toed pumps for a theme night (anyone else obsessed with 80’s style?) or modernize with a sleek ponytail and strappy sandals. How fab would this be with a white faux-fur stole? I AM DYING! If anyone buys this, please send me pictures! This gorgeous number is available in size 8-22!

This Kimono style dress is the perfect way to wear velvet this spring. The shape of the dress is so effortless and casual, but the print is a gorgeous expression of flowers and leaves. The model here is wearing silver accessories but I think a taupey gray would be equally gorgeous! Available in sizes 8-28 which is so great I wanna whoop and holler- amazing size range!

This embellished number would be equality dynamite with ankle boots, sneakers or a rainbow hue of tights. I’d personally rock this with striped tights, chuck taylors, and hot pink lipstick. I love that the shape isn’t so fussy or form-fitting, but the asymmetry and embellishment keep it from being boring. Perfect for babes who want some breathing or dancing room. Available in size 8-22

Speaking of Hot Pink the drape and color of this dress are simply to die for. Why don’t I own any hot pink velvet? I would rock this just as you see here: With Black boots and a leopard clutch. Available in size 8-22, I’d likely add fishnets in the spring/summer or leather leggings in the fall/winter to keep warm, but this is Definitely Vintageortacky Style!


XOXO -Cora

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What I wore to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra

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Hi Guys & Dolls!

A few weeks ago I went to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra in Sacramento California. Being that this was a Christmas event and my first time seeing a performance in an Arena I wanted to look fabulous but be comfortable and this dress from SWAN by Clements Ribeiro for Evans was just the thing! Chic & fun without trying too hard- that’s my goal!

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Check out that wind giving me a cotton-candy hair halo!

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Every thing about this dress screams RIGHT NOW yet is has a timeless feel to it. The Burgundy background and blue print are very in trend but I think are classic enough that this dress will be a fall staple for me for years to come. I love the little things, like the metallic threading running vertically though the fabric and the lace cut out at the shoulder. I Love this dress!

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My necklace is a Navajo White Turquoise piece my husband gave me years ago, the Scarf is a “Pashmina” with tied & fringed ends that I painstakingly tied together to make an infinity scarf. It’s soft & silky and the color makes me happy.


Up close you can see the metallic threading. My small waist is one a the things I love about my body, so I’m always happy to show it off with a killer belt. This one is from the Clements Ribeiro SWAN line for Evans. You can just barely tell but the metal is rose gold. Little details like that really make an outfit special. ootd dec 020


My bracelet is Faceted Rainbow moonstone, a birthday present from Mr VOT.

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My Makeup. I used the Tarte Treat yourself to Gorgeous Palette and MAC Viva Glam IV for this olive/cranberry party!

Outfit Breakdown & Where to Buy

Dress: SWAN by Clements Ribeiro for Evan

Belt: SWAN by Clements Ribeiro for Evans

Leggings: Old Navy Plus

Scarf: Target

Boots: Array

Jewelry: not available

*Dress & Belt provided by Evans for editorial consideration.

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