Holiday Dress Up and Down - Plus Size Edition

 Ariella Sequined Evening Gown. Navabi. $504.90

Editor's note: Below you'll find another blog post from Poplin contributor and plus size fashion guru, Jordan Richardson. 


Hello Dear Readers,

As we are now in the full swing of December calendars filling up its that time when we start looking for party and holiday festivity wear. Instead of endless sequins, I want to offer both at-home down time and out and about styles in a high and low price point.

As follows are pieces that can take a myriad of events and non-events and make them easy and memorable.


Holiday Dress Up and Down- Plus Size Edition


1. Going all out!

 Flowing Stream dress. Monique Lhuillier. Rent the Runway. $85.00 Rental fee

 Adrianna Papell Satin Column Gown with Chiffon Cape. Nordstrom. $219.00. Also in Black

For those who have a full swing party to go to, really go all out! For those looking to save a few pennies for that vacation next year try the amazing Rent the Runway options! I love love this short cutie that is avante garde and would be a mouth dropper. For those looking to invest this cranberry colored gown is timeless feeling, with great structure and lines, perfect for any age.


2. A Little Bit of Sparkle

 Metallic Wool Swing Coat. JIBRI. $360.00

 Prima Champagne Quilted Skirt. Elvi. $99.91

If you are just looking for a hint of sparkle look no further then this great metallic skirt from Elvi, which adds a little pop to anything you put it with. stick with a solid shoe, maybe in a different texture to play up the quilting. For an over layer, this great swing jacket is a statement maker without being blinding. And it being a lovely wool it will keep you warm to boot!


3. A Bit of Black

 Faux wrap Dress. Forever 21+. $22.90

 Studio Wideleg Cropped Lace Pant. Eloquii. $99.90

As usual the easiest color to mix with anything is black, and so having some staples on hand that are easy and fabulous throw on pieces, and are just the best for quick changes or going from the office. This great lace culottes would be forgiving and comfortable and could go with so much. And this simple yet ultra flattering LBD is both a great price and also can be dressed up and down for any occasion.


4. Perhaps more Casual

 Twill utility Joggers. Old Navy. $39.94. Also comes in Navy and Orange

 Zizzi Woven Detail shirt. $94.40. also comes in Burgundy

For those of us with no sparkle or glamour in most of our events except for the tree or menorah, these comfy and stylish pieces are a good everyday set of staples. These great and easy trousers offer the waistband for big dinners and cookie parties but also add a casual ease to any sparkly top or wooly sweater. This great woven top would be a great topper to any pair of pants especially metallic ones, or tucked in a great patterned skirt. Say hello to your new work horse.


5. Holidays at Home

 Wide Leg Lounge Pant. ASOS CURVE. $39.41. Top $35.83

 Lovedrobe Textured Coatigan. Simply Be. $114.99

If you areabout snuggling at home with pets and family, these comfy numbers will keep you toasty and random carolers at your door appropriate. This grey sweat suit set (top link), is not the bedazzled one of the 2000's but instead a luxe and affordable set that will keep you warm, and presentable for unexpected guests. And this lovely sweater would actually be perfect for a run to a friends house for wine or cozying up on cold mornings to let the dog out.

  Poplin Contributor and guru on plus size fashion, Jordan Richardson. Photo by Emily Dymond Photography.

Wishing you happy holidays and lots of warmth and times with family and friends.