We all want a dress that is relaxed and lets us move with ease. But no one wants a dress that looks like a sack. What if you could have a relaxed fit, with ease of movement, and it was also the perfect travel dress? Enter my favorite Lularoe travel dress: the Carly dress.
The Carly dress is a “swing” dress that flatters our good parts and is flowing and easy with the not-so-good parts. I call her the Queen of Blurring (she will blur/hide the less-than-desirable tummy, butt, and hips). And, she can look casual or dressy depending on the fabrics, prints, and accessories. I love the high-low hemline and short sleeves on the Carly dress.
The Carly was my first Lularoe dress and is still my favorite! She is my go-to-dress for travel. As many of you know, my handsome son (John), my beautiful daughter-in-law (Sanne), and my precious two-year-old granddaughter (Ida) live in Denmark. I am fortunate enough to visit them each year for several weeks. Denmark and its people are amazing, but the plane ride is brutal.
With my Carly, a pair of leggings, a scarf, and a Sarah cardigan, I am ready for almost anything. I am adequately layered in case the plane or airport is too warm or too cold. Okay, I might need a few other things — like a few glasses of wine, snacks, 3 to 4 in-flight movies, cell phone, charger, my IPAD, a good book (in case I forgot to put my charger in my carry-on!!! which I did once!), neck pillow, eye mask, compression socks, meditation music, and maybe a cute male steward. Did I mention, I cannot sleep on planes?? Except for my first trip to Denmark when I was bumped to FIRST CLASS!!! It pays to fly alone!
Oh, yeah, back to Miss Carly.
How to Style your Carly Dress
Here are a few of the many ways to style her:
- Tied up with a knot on one side or both sides
- Knotted in the front or the back
- Belted under the bust
- As a wrap dress
- Worn over leggings
- Paired with a Cassie skirt
- Topping a Julia dress
- Layer with a Lynnae (Lularoe’s new long-sleeved top)
But the best thing of all: no matter what you do to the Carly including sleeping in it (or trying to sleep in it on a plane), wadding it up in a suitcase or backpack, spilling food down the front, having baby spit-up on your shoulder, slamming it in a door, it will look fabulous with a couple of shakes and some smoothing with your hands or a quick rinse in a bathroom sink.
The founder of Lularoe, Deanne Stidham, named this dress The Carly after her daughter-in-law Carly. Is it any surprise that it is my favorite Lularoe travel dress?
Fit: This style is generously sized; size down 1 to 2 sizes. If you size up, you can create a fabulous wrap dress. Ask me how (To follow us on Facebook, click here or contact me here). Shop our website shopbaygirls.com.
Nicole: The Twirl Dress
The Lularoe Nicole Dress: The Twirl Dress is an amazing dress that flatters all that is the girl in you, including giving it a twirl! It is fun and fashionable all in one beautiful package!
I love, love, love this dress. I wear Miss Nicole frequently because when I wear it I feel (and look) very put together. If I throw on a Joy or Sarah over her, I can go anywhere (and feel like I can conquer the world!) It also adds to my “fun factor” when I feel the need to twirl. And what girls doesn’t want to twirl now and then?!!
The Nicole dress has a fitted bodice, flattering scoop neck, mid-length sleeves, an incredible full-circle skirt. It is dressy and casual at the same time; and in a word: feminine!
The Nicole style balances out your body shape. It can do amazing things for you if you are a curvy girl like me. If you have an apple shape, the Nicole shapes the bust while giving the appearance of a cinched waist. It has superb “blurring power” for hiding any problem areas around the tummy.
The dress is a favorite for women who love ballroom dancing. Our local Argentine Tango group here in Newport has fallen in love with this dress. It is dramatic, twirly, and comfortable. Cue the music!
How to Style Your Nicole Dress
Here is a short video featuring a few of the many ways you can style the Nicole:
The Nicole dress is named after Deanne Stidham’s (Lularoe’s owner) daughter, Nicole.
Fit: This style runs slightly small. Size up one size for best results. As a general rule, the fabrics which are thicker tend to have more stretch than the lighter fabrics. Want to learn more about the Nicole? (Click here or contact me here). Shop our website: shopbaygirls.com.
The Lularoe Tunic: The Irma
The Lularoe Irma Tunic is one of the most popular styles that we carry at the Lula Bay Shopping Boutique. It is a very amazing design. After Nancy’s introduction to leggings, the Irma tunic was her first purchase. It is the ultimate top to wear over leggings.
Patrick Winget, Lularoe’s lead designer, constructed the Irma for his wife to wear with leggings. Hence the name! Although it was one of his first style pieces, it quickly became one of the company’s signature styles. In fact, many of our customers say to us, “Once you try Irma, you never go back!”
Most important of all, the Irma tunic is generously sized. It has half-length sleeves, a scoop neck, and an extra long, high-low hemline. Yahoo! As a result, the Irma is long enough to cover your bottom. With the fitted sleeves and loose body, it is perfect for any body type.
This tunic is super versatile and has the trademark Lula Bay Girls requirement of being slimming by “blurring” problem areas. The Irma is awesome worn over the Julia dress or a Cassie skirt, knotted over a Carly dress, or even worn backward! Are you height-challenged? Many of our shorter shoppers find they enjoy wearing some of their Irmas as dresses. And everyone can wear it as a swimsuit coverup.
Hold on a second! Let’s not forget where it all started: the Irma was originally designed to be worn over our famous buttery-soft leggings Our customers feel there is no beating this combination. Hands down, the Irma is the best match for leggings!
It is super easy to dress down or dress up. Either way, you will look awesome in this spectacular garment.
Finally, how does the Irma fit? When trying your first Irma tunic, you will no doubt find you are able to wear at least one size down from your standard size. Many of our customers wear it oversized in order to have the flexibility to style it several ways. When shopping, look for a pattern or color you love. From there, you can make the size work!
The Lularoe Joy Vest
Oh! The pure joy of wearing the Lularoe Joy Vest! It’s one of our all-time favorite layering pieces.
To “pull together” any outfit, look to the Joy vest. It is the perfect way to achieve a great layered look any time of year. The Joy is lightweight and flowing with flirty, side slits.
The Joy will add length to your overall look which helps to “blur” areas you want to hide. (We all have them!)
The possibilities for styling the Joy vest are endless: over leggings and a tee; dress up your favorite pair of jeans; coverup over a swimsuit; add sparkle to a holiday outfit, and tie together patterns or colors. The Joy is available in a variety of fabrics including lightweight sweater fabric, silky draping rayon, and even stretchy lace.
Sizing is relatively simple. Begin with your regular size, and then try going up or down a size also. The determining factor for what size will work best for you is the dimensions of the armholes. If you usually wear a medium, you can likely wear anywhere from a small to a large in the Joy. Some Joys are stretchy; others are not.
The Joy is named after Deanne Stidham’s (Lularoe’s owner) sister.
Add some Joy, Joy, Joy to your life! Become vest obsessed!
To pair with other beautiful Lularoe clothing, check out the Nicole dress here or the Carly dress here. You can shop for the incredible Joy and other great Lula pieces on our website shopbaygirls.com.
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