I’m extra excited about today’s 1 Girl, 5 Outfits post because it’s by my new friend Elsa. We met a few months ago after I moved to the suburbs. We reached out to each other via DM (I’m not sure if I did it first or if she did) and then got together for a “friend date” at a local coffee shop that lasted for, like, four hours. We immediately hit it off and clicked as friends. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for Instagram because it totally brought us together!! I was also super excited to hear that she was planning on launching her own blog (just launched last week) and knew I wanted to have her share a week’s worth of outfits. She’s got great style– that I know you guys will love– and shares her size-inclusive finds!
Hello! Elsa here. I am a 28-year-old native of New Jersey where I reside with my husband, Andrew. By day, I am an assistant at a private wealth management firm in New York City. By night, I am the voice behind @simply_elsa, the Instagram account where I focus on size-inclusive classic style with a little preppy panache. I love to entertain, decorate my home for the seasons and co-author the blog Purely Simply with my sister-in-law! My passion for decor and entertaining goes way back, I have my Master’s Degree in Decorative Art and used to be a buyer for One Kings Lane (my love for blue and white runs deep!). When I made the career switch into administration I found myself searching for a creative outlet and, in my free time, began pouring my heart into my style Instagram and blog.
Style is something that I never struggled with, but shopping was. I knew what clothes I loved, I just could never find them in my size. So, a few years ago when my weight began to change, I started searching for size-inclusive preppy brands that would help me keep my classic style. The style that truly felt like me. I’m in that grey area where I can usually wear a straight size XXL or a plus size 1X, which has made things a bit challenging. Something I have learned through this is no matter your size, you should never have to compromise quality or style just because you don’t have a certain build (and this applies to everyone). When I started to embrace my body my natural style came out so fluidly and, after a lot of trial and error, I found that I did not need dozens of brands to choose from, I just needed the right ones.
As I’ve gotten older, my style that was once seersucker dresses and statement necklaces has evolved into a more “tailored” preppy, consisting of navy, neutrals, pops of animal prints, and polished silhouettes. All completely achievable in both straight and extended sizes. When Carly asked me if I wanted to do this post (it was an immediate YES), I knew I wanted to show practical outfits that I find myself wearing on a regular basis. So, I have styled five easy and elevated looks that I hope to inspire you to style your life regardless of your size!
I work in the finance field and while I am able to wear denim to the office, I must always look put together and tidy. This easy outfit is from J. Crew! The smocked collar blouse is so comfortable, barely wrinkles and looks super polished while feeling like you are in pajamas. I pair it with J. Crew curvy fit denim, which I swear by, and my Chanel flats. My Chanel ballet flats were an investment and I definitely wear them more than any item I own. Any cap-toe flat, Chanel or not, has a timeless look that is sure to elevate whatever outfit you pull together. I love to put on this look when I want to be comfortable or might have plans after work, it is easy and transitions from day to night.
This is my tried and true look for days where I do need to wear “work pants.” It is simple, chic and versatile pieces can be mixed and matched with other items. I love this outfit because you can easily swap out the pants for a pair of denim and make it work, too. Boy oh boy do I LOVE this blouse from Tuckernuck. Tuckernuck recently extended their size range to include XXL and, while it is not a true plus size, it is a great place to start and I find their blouses to be fantastic.
The Eloquii 9-5 pants are my favorite dressy pants, they have an elastic band in the back and are tapered so perfectly for my curvy body type. You can also select your inseam! That is huge for me. I find that I wear these pants in and out of the office as much as I do denim! I paired them with my Margaux NY leopard classic flats and Cuyana tote which are both workhorses in my day-to-day wardrobe.
I am a firm believer that every woman should have a dress in their closet they can throw on for any occasion and feel great. This is that dress! I have owned it for a little over a month now and I have managed to wear it to the office, an engagement party, a wedding and out on date night. I styled it with fun and simple accessories and every time I wear it, I switch them up to give it a slightly different look. The simple turban headband is an understated nod to the hair accessories trend and these Talbots pumps (c/o) have the most adorable tortoise heel!
We are in the thick of Fall and this outfit has definitely become my autumn weekend uniform. Living in the suburbs I find myself traveling near and far to run errands so comfort is key. Whether I am grocery shopping, getting lunch with a friend or pumpkin picking, this look seems to work for just about everything. I have a few Dudley Stephens fleeces and I have to say, the Cobble Hill is definitely my favorite! DS goes up to an XXL or 18/20 (which I am wearing here) and the longer length of the Cobble Hill is definitely their most figure-friendly option for tall or curvy gals. I paired it with yet another pair of J. Crew curvy fit denim, these fun J.Crew leopard boots, and a camel hat.