Crochet To The Maxi!

A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

When it comes to the summertime there are many things to look forward to.  Some of us make plans to travel and catch some sun, others decide to stay home and enjoy those surroundings. This past month I turned 30 and the big occasion was taking place in Las Vegas! The last time I was in the USA, I was on the west coast, LA to be exact. Some of my best friends had visited sin city before and so, they made sure to warn me of the extreme desert heat!

A plus size woman wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

In preparation for a summer holiday we all tend to stock up on new clothes for the big trip. In my case I wanted to be fashionable and comfortable in the sunshine. Of course my birthday falls right in the middle of July, typically the hottest time of the year in Vegas with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees. I had a lot to consider wardrobe-wise. The aim was to have a selection of summertime options that would be comfortable, easy to wear and fat friendly! Each summer there is one item that all women tend to look for and this is of course is a maxi dress.

A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

When I saw this low cut tie-dye number from Junarose (also available at Simply Be) it was something that I really wanted to try. The splashes of blue and white would compliment many other items in my closet. I already knew that I could add my own style and flair to such an item. I tried this dress in both sizes 24 and 26; eventually opting for the 26. The V shape lines sat too high against my large bust in a 24 and so I decided to go one size bigger. We all like to explore when we go on our travels and so I thought it would be best to pair the dress with a simple pair of trainers. Las Vegas is a city built in the desert, with this in mind it was important to include a bag.

A plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

My white backpack was to help in carrying water bottles and other essentials. Aiming to protect my eyes from the bright sunshine, I borrowed Hanna’s Polaroid sunnies. Wearing this outfit I felt like a 1970s, disco diva. I really enjoyed wearing this look and found it to be extremely light and airy. The deep V cut, allowed for quite a helping of cleavage, which is fine with me lol. With my arms uncovered and exposed, it took a little added confidence to wear this one but I enjoyed myself and felt really great.

A plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and round sunglasses A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and sunglasses

My amazing friend Venice had installed some crochet curls into my hair the very day before these photos were taken. The plan was to have a heat protective style for my hair that would be easy to manage. Many women with natural afro hair are conscious of protecting their hair from extreme heat and UV rays. Unfortunately I have found that no amount of oiling my hair has prevented it from drying out in the sunshine. I wanted a stress free, time-saving style and thought that curls would be a nice way to go. Interestingly enough, human hair is usually the chosen option when wearing extensions. Crochet braid wearers tend to go for synthetic styles instead. Of course this is helps when it comes to the price tag and can save one hundreds of pounds! I selected the Freetress GOGO curl, colour 1B.

A plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids

I always select colour 1B when wearing extensions as this matches my natural shade. If I were to wear a weave or a wig, Brazilian or Peruvian hair would be my texture of choice. I have become a huge fan of crochet braids as they are such an easy style to wear and extremely lightweight. They come in a variety of curl and twist patterns and only take a short amount of time to install. Venice more than hooked me up! I thought it would be cool to include my navy bandana with this outfit to compliment the shades in the maxi-dress.

The sunshine is still here so i’m hoping that I will get a little more wear out of my summer clothing this season! I may have big hair, loud dresses and bold prints in my wardrobe but, I plan on experimenting. I find that you can surprise yourself when you just take a chance with your look!

A plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!
  1. Nichola - Globalmouse says: 15th August 2017 9:20 pm

    I bet that was one fun birthday! Love the dress, it really suits you, that petrol blue is gorgeous.

    • Mayah says: 15th August 2017 9:28 pm

      Thanks Nichola, I had an amazing time! Thanks for the compliment also x

  2. Erica Price says: 16th August 2017 7:56 am

    I love the tie dye trend, but sometimes you want something a bit classier than a blaze of colours, but this dress has everything with its limited colour palette.

    • Mayah says: 19th August 2017 3:51 pm

      Yeah I agree sometimes tie-dye can be a bit brash and loud. I really like how subtle this print is :)

  3. Kitty Morris says: 16th August 2017 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love your hair like this, what an awesome protective style! That dress is gorgeous too, I struggle with maxi dresses with my height but this looks a good length

    • Mayah says: 19th August 2017 3:52 pm

      Thanks honey. Yeah I imagine it’s harder for the taller ladies as they are just about perfect for ladies of my height. Thanks for the compliment on the hair hun x

  4. Tanya Brannan says: 16th August 2017 10:00 pm

    Your hair looks absolutely amazing, and frames your face so well! I love the dress, although I think it would be a little too low cut for me…. however worn with a bikini it could just work! Either way you look fabulous! xx

    • Mayah says: 19th August 2017 3:55 pm

      Thanks Tan, I hope you’re doing well. Yeah the hair is pretty big but i’m enjoying it lol. Yeah it a little low even for me but I like it all the same. :) x

  5. Nicole V says: 17th August 2017 3:44 am

    My daughter LOVES crochet braids! I haven’t seen her hair in a LONG time. LOL! Cute maxi dress. I like the tie dye detail.

    • Mayah says: 19th August 2017 3:56 pm

      Haha I imagine it’s getting really long underneath. It is a nice way to switch up your style and have fun without having to dye or chemically enhance the hair :)

  6. Vivi says: 17th August 2017 11:48 am

    Seeing your hair makes me miss crochet braids even more! Love when I rock curls and you’re rockin’ them well.

    Welcome to the 3-0 club and choosing Las Vegas as the place to celebrate was the right call. It’s such a party city.

    • Mayah says: 19th August 2017 3:57 pm

      Thanks Vivi, I was looking forward to joining club 30s so it’s good to be here now! Vegas was amazing, it was great to be there! :) I bet you rocked the crochet braids in a variety of styles! x