Happy Saturday everyone, I hope you have had a great week and the last couple of weeks have been good to you. As I mentioned in my last post I won’t be posting as often during my busy time at work. However, I am really sorry for not posting sooner. Life has been really hectic these days and the weather has not been cooperating with me at all. I have tried to shoot looks the last 3 weekends and every time it snows or is way too cold for a spring time look lol. I managed to sneak this one in a few weekends ago, but I was freezing when I was done so it was one and done.
I am excited for today’s post because I get to feature yet another new brand – Universal Standard. US has been around for a few years now and although they carry up to a size 28 I was never quite sure whether their pieces would fit me so I had been hesitant to give it a try. But when I was in New York in September I had the chance to attend an event at their showroom and see the clothes up close and personal and try some pieces on.
US focuses on creating essential pieces for every women’s closet in sizes 10 to 28. The brand was born when co-founder Alex was talking to her friend and co-founder Polina about having nothing to wear to an event. Polina thought that because Alex lived only 2 blocks from 5th Avenue that she could easily have many options to choose from. Then size 18 Alex took her to a department store and showed her the plus section that was located on the furniture floor and let’s just say the rest is history.
They also strongly believe in giving their customer the quality and service experience that they deserve. Each piece is designed with the perfect fit in mind, even the most basic T-shirt goes through months of iterations because everything from the cut of the sleeve to the curve of the hem is designed with you in mind. If you have the opportunity to visit their showroom in NYC or Seattle you can have a consultation with a stylist and their online customer service is top notch.
They also have the Universal Liberty Fit Program. Its based on the philosophy that whether you’re a size 6, 16, or 26, weight fluctuates. It can go up and down creating not only an emotional roller coaster, but a financial burden as well. So with this program if a piece from their core collection no longer fits due to size fluctuation, they will replace it with your new size, within a year of purchase, for free. And the pieces that are exchanged and returned through this program will be laundered and donated to charities supporting women trying to return to the workforce to make their and their families’ lives better such as Dress for Success and First Steps.
There is so much more that I could tell you about this brand but I will save it for another time as I have some more goodies coming my way. So you better stay tuned! I was lucky enough to have the Director of Fit and Design show the collection to me and go over the fit and make recommendations about what to try. It was such a great discussion and you could see how passionate she was about the work they do. Of course not everything I tried fit me but that is true for any brand. My body shape just doesn’t work with some styles. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised given the quality of the fabrics and some items are made of non stretch fabrics.
This is the Geneva Dress, a US staple piece. It’s an elevated t-shirt dress that is made from Peruvian cotton that has built in stretch. It is designed to resist pilling and hold its shape. It is also colourfast to prevent fading. It is important to keep things like this in mind when looking at the price point. This dress retails for $120 USD but that is because it is made to last, this is not fast fashion.
I love that it has short sleeves so it can be worn all year around by simply adding a layer in the colder months. It also has a unique asymmetrical draped hem which works with your curves and gives it a unique vibe and visual interest. The dress is available in a variety of colours. I chose this vibrant yellow because well I like colour and yellow makes me happy. In terms of fit I am wearing the size 26/28 and was happy with the fit. It definitely accommodated my pear shape.
I am inspired by colour, print and patterns and the unique looks that I can create when I combine them. The great thing about patterns and prints is that they will bring together colours that you wouldn’t normally think would go together on their own. I love when I pull out a piece like this wrap and realize the looks that I can create. The wrap is from Full Beauty and is unfortunately sold out but I loved the classic plaid vibe and the soft cozy fabric. I also loved that it is a true plus size wrap that actually covers us, none of this one size fits all business! I did find you a great cotton alternative with the same colour scheme that would be perfect for spring. I think I have to buy it myself, the link is below.
This pumpkin orange cardigan is a favourite new piece of mine. I love the length, the soft fabric and the short sleeves. It is also from Full Beauty and unfortunately sold out but I found you a great alternative in the same colour. I am hoping they restock this staple. I am wearing the 30/32 which is typically what I would wear at FB.
To complete this look I added my simple go to metallic flats from Lane Bryant and my classic navy Coach satchel with my white fur pouf. But my favourite accessory has to be these earrings from SexyPlus Clothing. The combination of the marbled mosaic like stone and yellow fringe really popped against the dress and made this look. They totally scream Lisa.
Overall I am impressed with what Universal Standard has to offer and am looking forward to trying more. And don’t think you can only wear certain colours at certain times during the year, it is all about how you style them. I already have ideas on how I would wear this for summer.
Dress by UNIVERSAL STANDARD | Sweater by FULL BEAUTY (alternative here) | Scarf by FULL BEAUTY (alternative here) | Shoes by LANE BRYANT (alternative here) | Earrings by SEXYPLUS CLOTHING | Bag by COACH (alternative here) |