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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French Terry Tee, Target; Tan Scarf, Nordstrom; Nylon Striped Bag, Old Navy; Jeans, Torrid; Boots Legroom for SimplyBe; Sunglasses,Tory Burch; Anchor Earrings, Aldo (similar); Titanium Tiffany Key; Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet (similar styles); Cameo & Wedding ring. 

Hey Guys & Dolls!

It is no secret I love colorful, whimsical, playful, loud and what some might consider (gasp!) tacky clothes, jewelry, hair and makeup. It’s my signature. In my mind, I’d like to think that I know what chic and understated is, I just choose to go the other route with what I consider to be more expressive choices. The thing is, lately I’ve been liking the well balanced route. Of course I still love unexpected mash-ups, but I think a simple, matching look like this is just as nice, and deserves a little air time (blog time?).

This is look is also great because so much of it is inexpensive! There are a few pricier items, like my boots, jeans and sunglasses, but those are staples and can be worn with so many different things, so those are worth investing in. But the elements that make this pop- the scarf, the shirt, bag, none of these things are over $25. The bag was an absolute steal- it’s a dupe for the Marc by Marc Jacobs Peppy Nylon Natasha. I’ve wanted one of those bags for a while but couldn’t bring myself to pay so much for a nylon bag. The material of this Old Navy bad isn’t as refined, and it doesn’t have a designer label, but who cares? It was $22.50 and it looks and functions amazing. I also see this an auditioning this type of bag and I *might* upgrade to the real deal in the future.

On another note, I’d like to start calling my Outfit of the Day’s “Wear & Share”. I think it sounds cuter, and OOTD always looks weird and “Outfit of the Day” seems kind of long. Wear & Share is simple, and it rhymes.

Have a heathy and happy day, and just to be yourself!


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