Plus-size spring dresses with grown-up hemlines

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Universal Standard dress

I have heard the grumbling and I am listening: I need to be better about including on GOACA clothes in sizes that reflect the whole of my readership. Mostly I’ll do it by including options in regular posts instead of ghettoizing them as I am here, but I figured this might be a nice start. And please, because I am new to this, and because there are so very few plus brands I like, do pass along the names of designers you think do it well. One brand I absolutely adore is Universal Standard—their clothes are so cool I wish they came in my size—and this shirtdress is a prime example: just totally exactly right. It also comes in black, but the white is so damn crisp.

Eloquii dress

I an not a huge fan of off-the-shoulder looks—and it’s a trend that seems to have taken over this season—but this is so breezy and pretty.

Lafayette 148 dress

Just a fun, poppy floral.

 

Maria Rinaldi dress

The neckline here is absolutely stunning, and the silhouette is so elegant and classic.

Rachel Pally dress

A classic black wrap dress is just ease personified.

Eloquii dress

I love a shirtwaist dress, and the eyelet here is a nice touch.

Eloquii dress

I am all over this print.

Universal Standard dress

A highly wearable, so-chic cocoon dress from Universal Standard.

Did you never have kids?

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Me and my favorite baby, Gino

As most of you know, I didn’t, and will be writing about that in the book, because the fact that it I’m not a mom has shaped who I’ve become as an adult in some important ways. To those of you who also didn’t get around to parenthood: was it by choice, circumstance, or—like me—some complicated combination of the two?

My favorite tee is being discontinued

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Maureen Lewis, my dear friend who manages the Zero Maria Cornejo boutique in New York, is the person who clued me in to the wonders of the J. Crew Vintage Cotton Scoopneck T-Shirt, and it is she who just informed me that it is soon to be no more. A salesperson at J. Crew recently told her they’re phasing out the tee, and with decisions like that, I can see why they’re in trouble. Not all of you agree that this is the best tee of all time, but I love its lightweight-ness and its deep scoop neck, and am—if not bereft—then at least very, very irked. They were just running one of their 25% off deals (they’ve got another one going today), so I ordered four, in white.  I shall treat them like tiny gods so that they’ll last forever.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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