Here's the thing, I am always a little reluctant when a designer collaboration hits the plus market. Not because we don't need it, want it or deserve it. But mostly because it isn't always executed properly. BUT, when I heard Tracy Reese was doing a plus collection (up to size 32!) with Gwynnie Bee, there were no reservations. Keep reading to find out why I knew this would be amazing, what pieces are my favorites AND how you can be closeting them for FREE!
After working with Gwynnie Bee (in many) different capacities, I've come to trust in their passion for advancing the plus industry. With an array of designers, a full size run from 10-32 available to closet and multiple collaborations now under their belt, it's clear their mission to provide plus women with options that work for their lifestyle has only just begun!
When I heard they were partnering with Tracy Reese on a collection, I was literally freaking out. Tracy Reese is notorious for marrying practicality with a feminine, colorful dresses. She founded her brand over 20 years ago and has consistently produced collections filled with pops of color, fun prints and feminine silhouettes. And, with each collection, she has sent a juxtaposed option down the runway. Something beyond her branded, known formula- just to shake things up a bit. To see the same approach taken with her plus collection is refreshing. A perfect blend of fresh feminine pieces and low-key practicality. Now THAT is something I can get on board with!!!!
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This Deconstructed Plaid Off The Shoulder dress had my name written all over it! Lightweight, comfortable, off the shoulder, slightly oversized and easy to wear! YES on all accounts. And, while I don't always navigate towards a print or color option- this seemed wearable enough even for neutral/black loving me. I sized up to a 3X as I didn't want the fabric to hug on my midsection and will say the 2X would have been 100% fine. I'd suggest you stick with your standard sizing, at least for this dress. The fit (aside from it being a bit big) was great, it felt amazing on and looked beautiful! I got compliments even as I was out taking photos!
Quality, structure, fabric choice, fit - all spot on w/ this collection. It's a must try if you're a GB member. And if you're not a GB member, what are you waiting for? Try. Wear. REPEAT! Click the link above to try it out, hassle (and cost) free for 30 days!
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