DIY Diagonal Pleated Dress (Ankara)

Hello loves! My mission to create my own wardrobe continues with this simple and easy beauty that only took me a day to complete. I combined an ankara and ponte knit fabric to create this simple but classy dress with a twist.

I originally sketched this dress with gathers as opposed to kissing pleats but changed my mind in the process of designing it and i am so glad i did, because the pleats just look a lot more sophisticated than the gathers would have. To reduce the workload of this dress, I added the pleats to the completed dress as opposed to sewing it as separate pieces. 

DIY Flared Floral Maxi Dress

So...I've been away for a while haven't I? Don't panic but I've just been busy living life and falling in love. But I am back! And with a vengeance this time, because 98% of the content you will be seeing on this blog will be made by me, myself and I. Yes, DIY fashion! Are you as excited as I am? It was a big move making this decision but I am excited and can't wait to show you some of the stuff I have been creating. 

Let's start with this full flared, off shoulder floral maxi dress. I fell in love with this fabric at a place called vegetable market in Benin, Nigeria and knew I had to have it. Believe it or not, it is actually an African fabric called ankara, though it looks nothing like the traditional ankara. I knew instantly what I wanted to make with it and if I may say so myself, I pulled it off to a tee. The beauty about making your own clothes is the ability to get exactly what you want, how you want it. For example, I love my maxi dresses to sweep the floor but have always have issues with dresses being too long or just not long enough but those are a thing of the past now.

No patterns were used in making this dress, I drafted it free hand since that is something I love doing and I am learning more about. I am not saying that I will never be using patterns but it will be at a minimal and only if I am having problems creating something specific.

Dress: OlaMoreena(DIY)

Modern Day Cinderella: Shoes of Prey

Most of my readers know that I belong in the big foot club wearing a solid size 12, so it is no surprise that one of the most popular questions I receive is "where do you get your shoes from?". 
I understand and also deal with the frustrations of these women who struggle daily with finding beautiful shoes just because of the size of our feet. 
It's like the shoe designers have decided that if you're above the size 10/11 cut off mark, you can't possibly deserve to or have the desire to wear anything remotely feminine. We're allocated the matronly looking, boring design and colors that our grandmothers used to wear back in their days.
That is, until brands like Shoes of Prey came around and changed the game. The first time I discovered this brand, I remember browsing the website for hours, just amazed by the infinite possibilities and I ended up ordering a pair of animal print pumps.
Shoes of prey is a brand that specializes in customizable shoes with infinite possibilities so you have tons of options to create the perfect one of a kind shoe, or create a classic, or even a trendy in style piece. 
My concept for my pair of heels today was a cinderella campaign but I gave Cinderella a make over and skipped the glass slippers for a fabulous pair of glittery heels, definitely not a design that would have been available in my size anywhere else for sure. So, my fellow big footed ladies, check them out and let me know what you think! And tiny footed ladies, have no fear, Shoes of Prey carries from size 2 to 15! And, they also carry narrow to wide widths! Where else?
Designing shoes from Shoes of Prey is always an easy ordeal definitely nothing intimidating at all, as they have templates that you build on to create your very own one of a kind design.

Also, use the code "ROADTOFASHIONABLE" for a free inscription on your own design, what else would make your shoe more unique?! I love cliche inscriptions so likely you'll see something cheesy with a heart on mine lol.

True Decadence

Happy Easter!
Our savior is risen! And as we celebrate let us keep in mind the sacrifice of His death and the joy of His resurrection!

 And I am celebrating this day with this pleated, maxi, cold shoulder dress from True Decdence by Asos that is unfortunately sold out but I am so glad I grabbed this before it did!
All this dress required was a pair of statement earrings and I was good to go.

I have officially rediscovered my love for statement earrings y'all and I am in love more than ever! These gorgeous pearl studded pair was from my local FTF and I will enjoy wearing them this Summer.

DIY Spring Cascade Jacket

It seems warm weather is here to stay loves! And nobody is as excited as I am for some sunshine, nobody!
A few months ago, I indulged in my itch to create something and hand drafted this oversized cascade jacket all by myself! Y'all know I ain't fake humble so I definitely give myself kudos for how this jacket came out because I am a baby when it comes to sewing, talk even less of drafting. I wanted something easy to throw on for a comfy yet glam look, thus the color and fabric. 
I paired my fave Spring jacket with my sporty skinnies, a lace up shirt and this super affordable rose gold heels for a chic look.
And I cannot get enough of my Neverfull GM! I know people say its a huge bag for everyday use but I adore gigantic bags and this one is no different. I just think huge bags go well with my body frame I guess lol. I have been carrying this bag everywhere and I love how I found the perfect bag organizer to give it a bit of a structured look whenever I want. If you want details on my super affordable organizer, shoot me an email!

Kimono Blues

Spring has finally sprung and I am so excited for warmer weather! 
It isn't any new news that I love the Gabrielle Union's designs for New York & Company and that I am a faithful customer. Today's look is from an old collection of hers but this kimono-esque top is one of my favorite purchases from her line.
I paired it with a royal blue asymmetrical skirt also from her line and this look never fails to draw eyes.

Sequin Treasures with ThredUp

Happy Spring everyone! Here's to hoping for better weather days ahead because I was ready for Spring about a month ago.
Some of you might not remember or be aware of this but just years back when I first started blogging, the fashion blogsphere was filled with thrifters. That was the big thing back then, thrifting. Now it's all about name brands and in trend items but back then, finding great pieces at a bargain was considered a skill but unfortunately, that skill has been thrown for new and in items.
I still hone my thrifting skills every now and then and imagine my delight when a company called ThredUp contacted me to try out their services. ThredUp is the largest online thrift store and consignment store that provides second hand and sometimes brand new pieces of clothing and accessories at a huge deal for the bargain shoppers and deal finders.
I received a $50 credit that I used in purchasing this brand new Eloquii sequin dress and a denim skirt that will be featured soon.
I love this dress so much that I would have bought this dress at full price, but to have gotten it for such a deal, you can't beat that. The empire waist silhouette makes it such an hassle free, easy glam look and I styled it with my statement gold belt and gold heels for a formal look.
Since this is a consignment/thrift store, you most likely will not be able to purchase this same dress from there but take a look at all their other offerings, as they have a very extensive plus size section.
This look is honestly waaaay overdue since I received this package a few weeks ago but work and weather have been quite an obstacle lately.
Thanks to ThredUp for their patience!

Striped & Longline

How I wish this weather would come back, it just seems like this Winter is one of the longest Winters ehver! (according to my niece lol). 
The brand I'm working with today I'm sure is pretty much a name most women who are into fashion have heard about. Their clothing has graced the bodies of celebrities and non-celebrities alike, and good news is that, unlike other successful brands, they have drastically expanded their plus section and it is growing daily. Yes, I am talking about FashionNova.
If you haven't heard of this brand, you must not be on social media because they are a fave amongst bloggers and celebrities alike and if you haven't tried them, what are you waiting for? Please do because this brand has quick, easy and very affordable items and they carry something for everybody regardless of what your style is. 

I received this blazer and pencil skirt and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to pair them together. I love longline blazers and unfortunately it seems like a specialty item for us plus sized women so all my longline blazers are usually thrifted. So when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it and kept he look very minimal with the crop top and the pencil skirt which fits like a glove by the way. I gave this outfit a pop of color by adding these hot pink heels.
I will definitely be adding some more Fashion Nova items to my closet.
Use code "OLAMOREENA" for a discount on your purchase!

Forever Florals.

I have come to a realization, I will never grow out of the love I have for florals. I have come to peace with that conclusion and I am okay with it because I love a good floral piece. This floral set  will be on heavy rotation this Spring, I just know it!

Structured Peplum

Hi there!
I absolutely love a good looking peplum jumpsuit. I mean, what's not to love? It's a jumpsuit that enhances what you want and hides what you don't. Whoever designed the first peplum jumpsuit deserves an award for sure. This is not my first peplum jumpsuit and it sure won't be my last, see here for one of my favorites!

I kept this one simple with minimal sandals but added a statement belt for some contrast to the white. I am all ready for a white party this Summer, just waiting for my invite!

Plum Dreams With Terra & Sky: Cold Shoulder & Linen Pants


Spring is knocking! And I can't wait to open the door to bold, bright and beautiful colors this season. I'm dreaming of Spring with this gorgeous purple cold shoulder top paired with soft drawstring pants from Terra & Sky by Walmart. 

Yes, Walmart. You didn't read it wrong, my outfit today is from a brand called Terra & Sky which is exclusively carried at Walmart. So, if you're looking for comfort combined with style, check out Terra & Sky.

Oversized Luxury: Faux Fur Mongolian Coat & Tassel Earrings

Hi guys!

This coat was not an impromptu purchase for me, not by any chance. I stalked it, overthought it, changed my mind about it, determined that I didn't need it, but it stayed on my mind for weeks and I lived with the terror that it would get sold out in my size before I made up my mind! All of this nonsense over a piece of clothing? That's how I knew, that me and this coat were meant to be together.

I have worn this coat many many times but never got around to shooting any pictures with it this Winter but it was one of my to do items before Spring so while I hate the current cold weather and crazy wind, I am glad that I still get a chance to wear my favorite coat before packing it away for the coming season.

I typically keep it really simple anytime I wear this coat, I mean just look at it, it is a statement all on it's own and it sure does not need any help to stand out. 
I actually love wearing it with sneakers for a chic, casual look and it never fails to pull in the compliments. 
As with majority of my coats, I ordered it in a size bigger just because I absolutely love an oversized coat! It's a side effect of all the Korean dramas that I enjoy, oversized coats are a way of life for them and it looks fabulous. 

By the way, can we talk about these tassel earrings? Uh...I love them! I picked them up from my local Nordstrom Rack and they only had this pair left so I am currently stalking the internet for a variety of colors, because I have a feeling they will come in handy this Summer.

She Wolf: Red Tulip Boutique

Just in time for Spring, this stunning shaggy "cardigan" arrived on my doorstep. Now the word cardigan is hyphenated for the fact that this piece of clothing is a bit more advanced than a basic cardigan. It has these little strands of silver that add such a flair to the piece, I could definitely have styled it over a little black dress for a night out. and I probably still will (when I have somewhere to go). This piece is called the She-Wolf and I can see why, it is uber glam!

Today, this cardigan was provided by brand called Red Tulip Boutique and if you've never heard of them, check them out. They're a unique brand that caters to the plus size woman and the main reason I enjoyed working with this brand is due to their uniqueness. They don't carry pieces that are available in every online boutique you can think of. I found their pieces to be creative, fun, chic but comfortable and they carry sizes 10-28!

I kept it dressy with the sheer bodysuit and faux leather but you couldn't go wrong with styling this piece.
Red Tulip Boutique is giving my readers a 10% off code (roadtofashionable10). And if you do decide on making a purchase, feel free to use it and it is NOT an affiliate link.
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Athleisure with Terra & Sky: Two Toned Jogger & Criss Cross Details

Just in case you missed the memo, athleisure is the new hot trend, and I am all for it! So is Terra & Sky with this atheisure two toned jogger which I styled with heels and the athleisure sweatshirt for a comfy but casual coffee break. 
I love the two toned jogger and the criss-cross detail at the back of this sweatshirt, it adds a little extra something to a basic silhouette and I am a sucker for little details like that. 
Skip the heels and pair this outfit with some sneakers and you have yet another #ootd from Terra & Sky

Maximum Impact: Floral Maxi & A Bold Belt

Hi there! Hope your week is off to a great start, I'm currently editing pictures while munching on some mochi balls. you haven't tried them? Don't. At least not if you do not want another addiction, I promise.

No words of wisdom for today's look, so just enjoy the pictures and see you tomorrow!

Coincidential Power Suit.

Don't you just love it when two separate pieces of clothing fit so well together you mistake them for a set? That's what happened with this "power suit" set, so don't get too excited to see a link to this awesome "suit".
Years ago when I was in college, I was a thrift store fanatic but somehow that awesome skill (yes, thrifting is a skill) got pushed aside but I am telling you, I have been feeling the thrifting bug lately. There's nothing like the feeling of finding a unique piece of clothing for pocket change. That's what happened with this red double breasted blazer. I found it on one of my jaunts to my local thrift store and coincidentally, it pairs very well with this basic pants.

On display :: Twist Front Crop Top & Sleeveless Vest

Confession, I have a thing for sleeveless vests I mean, who doesn't? There's just something crisp and clean about a structured sleeveless vest. Another thing to love about them, is their versatility. You can dress them up but you can also throw them on over a pair of jeans and tee and have yourself a simple yet chic look. And I am all about chic comfort.
This time I paired it with a cropped shirt and one of my favorite jeans ever from a brand called democracy. I am telling you, if you haven't tried their jeans you need to ASAP. I am wearing one of their Ab technology pair and I love it so much I have about four pairs from this brand. So check them out and let me know what you think!

Good Jeans: Destroyed denim dress & Thigh high peep toes

This weather is playing games with me! Some days it's as warm as a Spring day that I forget that it really isn't lol. On one of those days, I wore this destroyed denim dress and luckily paired it with these thigh high peep toe boots. 

I love this dress, though it might be a little too risqué for some not only due to the cut out details that can expose some of your lady bits if you're not careful, but also because of the length. Just in case you didn't notice, this dress is well above the knees. It is definitely the shortest dress I have worn since my teenage years but the thigh highs kept me modest.

Now, let's get into this boot. As much as I would love to tell you guys that it is amazing and all that jazz, it really isn't. It is frustrating and very annoying to have your boots sliding down your thighs every two minutes and jokes aside, that is what you'll deal with if you're wearing this boot, at least that's what I dealt with. So if you've found the perfect thigh high boots for a thick thighed sister, please let me know and I'll bake you a cookie, I promise.

Shein Plus Sizes: Off Shoulder Ruffles

Hey hey! How you doin?
I'm rounding up my Shein series with this sexy number right here, this off shoulder tiered dress. I love this dress y'all! I love the tiered ruffles, I think it elevates this dress from just being an off shoulder dress. Like I said in my previous post, I was also surprised by the fabric quality of this dress,  you guys know how much I hate slinky fabrics but this dress is made from a pretty sturdy knit fabric that is well suited for the plus size figure. 

I kept to the sexy vibe of this dress and paired it with an animal print pumps and bag. 

Shein Plus Sizes: Peplum Blazer Dress

Hey hey! Ever heard of Shein? I had vaguely heard about this brand but I had no idea that they carried plus size, talk even less of having such a wide variety of plus items. So imagine my surprise when this brand reached out to me to try out some of their items. Let's just say that I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased by their offerings. 
First thing first, Shein has to be one of the most affordable brands out there now for sure. And I must admit that for the prices, I was very nervous about the quality of the products but like I said, I was very pleasantly surprised because the quality of the items I received actually rivals some of the pricier brands that I patronize.
Another thing i was worried about was the sizing, but I erred on the side of caution and went up a size for my items.

This blazer is one of the items I received. Although I refer to it as a blazer, it is marketed as a dress on the website just so you know but from the get go, I knew there was no way I was ever going to wear it as a dress so I styled it with a maxi skirt. I absolutely love the peplum details on this blazer/dress, super comfortable without losing any fashion points. 
I definitely give a stamp of approval to this brand, just be cautious with the sizing is my word of advice.

Use my code roadto20 for 20% off when you spend $59 or more! Trust me, that'll go a long way.

Crushin' On Orange

I know, I know, I am horrible at consistency, but trust me when I say that I am working on it! Life just isn't making it easy for me to be consistent with producing content. But right now, things have slowed down a bit so expect consistency from hence forth! (Yeah yeah, I know lol)

Today's look is an unexpected one, as much as I plan my outfits in my head most times, this is one that never occurred to me until the second I pulled it out of the closet. As much as I love co-ords, it is not a surprise that I love this unexpected pair together. I played with a bit of layering, which I am horrible at since I just can't seem to keep my layers looking even and symmetrical but I think I pulled it off this time, didn't I? This white vest was a last minute decision that I'm glad i made because it just added the extra touch that this outfit needed, classy with a little bit of edge.

With Love Creed

Hello world! I know I have been MIA lately but I'm working on it I promise! 

So, I'm making my comeback with this super mini valentine's day lookbook, courtesy of Shop Creed which is an online based plus size brand that really caught my eye. When they reached out to me to style some of their items, I was thrilled and just in case you've never heard of this brand, allow me to introduce you.
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