Defending the Classics

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Jen Anderson | 3 comments

Everyone loves classic books, movies and TV shows. Casablanca may not be your cup of tea, but there's no questioning that it's a great film. Yet when it comes to classic clothing, there's so much hate.

Sure, trends are fun. Who doesn't like the newest, shiniest thing? But for reasons I can't quite figure out, some women who like to follow the trends absolutely loathe classic styles. They won't touch an LBD unless it has at least three details that will make it out of style in a couple of years. Which is not what LBDs are supposed to be about.

plus size workwearWe use the word "classic," to describe our Vikki VI collections for a reason. They're always in style. You can let yourself fall in love with our classics because you'll be able to keep wearing them for years. The color, the cut, and the material are all designed to stand the test of time. 

Why does that inspire outrage? How is that boring? Who could complain about a dress that's perfect for channeling your inner Audrey Hepburn?

It reminds me of another maligned favorite of mine - vanilla ice cream. A significant percentage of you just rolled your eyes because you wouldn't waste your time on plain vanilla. Not in a world where you can have rocky road ice cream instead.

black plus size lbdBut let me tell you what I love about vanilla ice cream - when it's done right, with real flecks of vanilla bean and real sugar, it's complex. It has depth. It's a revelation. And when you decide to pile on the fudge sauce, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries, the vanilla flavor doesn't fight with the taste of the toppings. Not like bubblegum ice cream would.

Now consider Vikki Vi's Classic Black 3/4 Sleeve A-Line Dress. I'll admit it's hardly innovative. You've seen a million scoop necklines on plus size tops and dresses - because they keep an ample chest from looking like a ski slope. I love a scoop neckline. I refuse to get bored with any neckline that looks that good on me.

So why is this dress in my closet (or more likely in the laundry basket because I've just worn it)? It goes with every metaphorical maraschino cherry I own. Faux suede fringe vest? Check. Colorful toppers? Absolutely. That Pucci-inspired belt that clashes with everything else in my closet? It gets along great with this dress.

plus size workwearEvery beloved but neglected accessory I own goes with this dress. And my Vikki Vi Pants, and Sleeveless Shell, and you get the idea.

Classics go with every crazy trend or style we can throw at them. Or we can stick with more grounded, classic looks. You can't go wrong at the office in a pantsuit assembled from a Vikki Vi Blazer, Sleeveless Shell and Pants

Dinner with the in laws? You can't go wrong with a classic style. Job interview? Wearing classic styles make you look reliable and trustworthy. Lunch with friends on the same day you have a big client presentation and a PTA meeting? Only a classic can go to all those places.

Trends are all well and good, but when I want to intimidate people with how freaking fashionable I am, only classics will do.



3 Responses

Rosemary Coates
Rosemary Coates

April 05, 2017

I love your blog, Jen. It is so insightful for plus size women

Rosemary Coates
Rosemary Coates

April 05, 2017

I went from a couple of very early VV pieces in 1998 to a closet full now. As a Management Consultant I am on the road nearly every week. I can’t imagine how I would live without my VV classics. Always appropriate for business, easy to accessorize, and so fantastic for travel. They never wrinkle and always look professional.


April 05, 2017

Wearing vv thats over 15 y old mixed w new Solids always best. Just prefer v neck over scoop as more flattering. Prints more likely to outdate themselves except for animal prints tho have some non animal(have some old animals there too). My size changes but vv forgiving too. Wish more light weight ones dince climate change make 6 months of heat here in san antonio

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