When I first learned of Gwynnie Bee a year or so ago, they had limited items in my size. I started a subscription than quickly ended it because I couldn’t find enough items for my virtual closet that I actually wanted to try. Well, a LOT has changed over the past year, and I decided to check out their selections size 24, and there are so many more things available than I had expect.

I signed up for a subscription again, opting for the 1 item out at a time subscription to ease myself back into their program. One of my favorite pieces was the dress below, and I was super lucky because it was the very first thing sent to me. It’s the kind of item that I normally wouldn’t buy because of its tightness on the model and short hemline. This is why I love Gwynnie Bee. I can try it out without committing to the full price. It was also a brand I had never heard of before (Three Dots), so I knew it was a bit of a gamble.

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But the gamble paid off! I tried it on right away and fell in LOVE. It fit me with room to spare in the hips (my biggest fit issue area), and I loved the material and the detail at the bust.

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Gwynnie Bee allows you to buy the item at discount if it’s at home with you, and that’s what I did. I’m planning on wearing this again to a conference I’m going to in April in Chicago. I’m presenting my research on fat activist identity and blogging, and I know this is going to give me that dose of confidence I will need to get up in front of strangers and speak.

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This dress does have a couple fit faults, but they make sense for my body shape. The sleeves are a little snug and too long, and the back along the shoulders is too broad. I am planning on having the back altered and sleeves shortened. I could make do with the snug sleeves (which are slightly stretchy) if the back fit correctly. I paired the look with a black suede belt, deep red wedge heels, and a small clutch. There are many, many possibilities in styling it differently.

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The texture of the dress was really interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything like it. It’s a boucle knit and very soft. This dress also comes in a dark gray version, which I might have to try out at some point (P.S. I’m wearing the size 24 here without any kind of shapewear underneath).

theplussideofme gwynniebee 4Three Dots dress via Gwynnie Bee, Target wedge heels, ASOS suede belt (similar), Target clutch (similar)

Do you get items from Gwynnie Bee? What were your favorite finds? Any brands I should try out?

*This is not a sponsored post, and I pay for my own Gwynnie Bee subscription. However, links in this post to GB are my “referral link”, and I get credits for those who sign up for the service through it.