I can't believe we're into the tail end of September and I've not written here in weeks. Steve and I went to visit his parents in New Jersey, and then I headed out to Montana for meeting with my friends at ENELL. I guess it's no wonder the month has flown by.
Coming at you today with what is hands-down one of my favorite dresses of the year. This is saying something because I've felt great about a lot of outfits so far in 2019!
I didn't really know of this brand before came across it in an Instagram ad earlier this summer when I then bought this dress (back in June, I believe.) It's a sister brand of faith-based Altar'd State, which has been in the news lately for the lack of diversity in their influencer/press trips. I have a big problem with that, so I'm not sure I'd be super pumped to order from them again. After all, I'm a plus-sized, multi-racial, non-religious, middle-aged woman. (WOW, that's a lot of hyphenates!) I'm not really their ideal customer if I look at their social media! Nevertheless, this dress made me feel beautiful. I do hope they take the criticism about their lack of diversity seriously and work to improve it.
A year ago when I was frantically searching for honeymoon outfits, I had in my mind that I wanted a pleated dress very similar to this. I searched high and low and couldn't find anything in my size, which seemed ridiculous considering it's not a super tailored fit. So when I happened across it, I grabbed it.
Unfortunately, since I purchased it so long ago, it's no longer available in most sizes. If you're a 14-16, they had one left on major, major sale. Consult their size chart before buying – they have their own names for sizes (14-16 is size “Amazing”), which I'm not a fan of, but the size chart is a good guide. I'd say this runs large, so if you're an 18, you might be able to do their small size. They also have it in smaller sizes at Altar'd State – looks like it's available in black in an XS. Why the smaller sizes don't have made up size names is beyond me.
Photos by Emily Moseley
I also wore this dress to Misters for MS, a fundraiser here in Louisville for the National MS Society. I'm on the planning committee for the event, and would love if you saved the date for next year: July 18, 2020!
It's still hot as blazes here in Kentucky, but I'm chomping at the bit to breakout fall fashion! Also for those who have asked, I'm currently working on my wide calf boot suggestions for 2019. The options are still rolling out, but I'll have it up as soon as I feel like the list is comprehensive enough.
I hope you had a great September so far. If you're not already following me on Instagram, I share nearly daily updates on my Stories!