As a fashion writer, I've had the opportunity to test drive pretty much every plus-size garment in the industry. From small boutiques to grim mall megaliths, if it comes in my size, odds are I've humiliated myself in it (not necessarily outside the dressing room) sometime in the past seven years.
|photo courtesy of Ask Miss A|
When it comes to my own closet, I keep a mercilessly small wardrobe.
Excluding intimates and accessories, my core collection rarely tops twenty pieces and --not to slide my own trombone-- I'd like to think I'm proof positive a woman with a dozen well-thought-out garments is almost always better dressed than a woman with closets and closets of nothing to wear. Plus she doesn't have to set her boyfriend's half of the closet on fire to make more room unless it's for shoes, in which case I'm pretty sure that's justifiable arson (that's a thing, right?)
To make the cut for my closet, an item must be versatile, well-constructed, not-too-trendy and if at all possible, made in the USA.
It's no mean feat for one designer to do all that and earn a majority share of my highly-coveted closet space but Kiyonna has, and they've cornered the market at about 60% of current wardrobe.
When I first started thinking about monetizing After Plumcake, I knew I wanted to be mindful of what affiliates I took on.
|Mine is in black lace with beige lining|
That's why the Amazon widget on the sidebar only has items I actually own and love. Journalistic integrity might be the only bit of integrity I have, so I'm damn well going to stick to it.
Since Kiyonna already takes up half my wardrobe and I've logged more hours in their clothes than anyone else's, the California-based boutique seemed like the natural place to start.
Yes, they sell beautiful plus-size dresses but don't fret, slimmer girls: They start at a straight size ten.
My first experience with Kiyonna was about six years ago when I bought their now-iconic lace boudoir dress. It was my go-to special event dress for five years and I devastated in it.
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|cream + cocoa lining = heaven on deeper skin tones|
Sidebar: Is there anything worse than a party dress that wrinkles and stretches over your stomach in shiny look-at-me lines the minute you sit down? Genocide maybe. And Autotune.
Unfortunately, the Boudoir is no longer with me because I'm a sucker.
I gave it to my best friend when I moved to Mexico. She didn't have a proper plus size cocktail dress and I thought my after six wardrobe requirements would be limited here.
I still regret it.
|black lace on black is very Dolce & Gabbana right now|
I'll be talking more about some of my favorite Kiyonna pieces in the next few days including the Winona hi-lo dress I had serious reservations about but ended up buying in every color but I wanted to share this hot --and rapidly expiring-- coupon code first:
Now through Midnight Pacific time on 2/28/2013, use coupon code
I don't think you can use it on Spanx (which suck anyway so whatever) or wedding stuff, but Kiyonna almost never does big coupons like this one --trust me, I check-- so go, shop and tell me what you ordered.
Payday not until later this week? Never fear, I'll have a 15% off coupon for you on Thursday.
Do you have an experience with Kiyonna? Share it with the class. If you ordered something using the coupon, come back here and gloat in the comments!