LuLaRoe Irma – What size should you buy?

Image result for lularoe logoLuLaRoe.  By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of this brand most famously known for it’s buttery soft leggings.  Even if you’re not a leggings girl (like me), LuLaRoe has cute tops, skirts, and dresses also made from ridiculously soft fabric in a variety of flattering styles.

One of the reasons I was hesitant to try LuLaRoe was the sizing.  The sizes are all over the place and not consistent between styles.  You might get advice to size up or size down depending on the style.  This turned me away at first – until I realized that I am actually able to wear 2-4 sizes in each style, depending on what look I’m going for.

Say what!?

This means that even if you find your unicorn print (defined:  highly sought after to the point of obsession) in the wrong size, you still might be able to make it work.  This size 8/medium girl can wear anywhere from an XXS-XL depending on the style.  Confusing, I know, but I’m here to help with that.

Today, we’re going to talk about the Irma.  Irma is a high-low tunic with fitted elbow length sleeves.  There’s extra coverage in back which makes this top perfect for hiding your assets.  If you’re into leggings, the right size Irma can be a good compliment for them.  I have a longer than normal torso, so I’ve found that Irma’s don’t give me the coverage I need for leggings.  But they might be perfect for you.  I love my Irma’s with skinny jeans.  They also make a great layering piece under long, chunky sweaters (aka the only thing I like about winter).

LuLaRoe Irma Sizing

For size reference, I’m 5’8″ and a size medium/8.

My first-ever Irma was an XXS.  You might remember it from this post where I tried out 5 different LuLaRoe styles courtesy of the lovely Karinne Culley.  (Hop on over here to learn more about LuLaRoe & Karinne!)  I’ve never worn an XXS in my life, so I was unsure about this one when I saw that tag.  After I tried it on, I realized that what they said was true – you should size down 2-3 sizes in Irma.  Listen to the experts!  The XXS is a little tight in the arms, but the sleeves loosen up as the day goes on.  The more fitted silhouette is great for jeans and not too long in the front or back.

XS is my preferred size in Irma.  The arms fit just right, the length is good, and I have a little extra breathing room.  The small Irma gets a little looser on my bulging biceps (thank you, Fitness Blender!) and has a slouchier fit.  It’s on the verge of being more tent-ish, but not so bad that it offends me.  I really love the two tone yellow & gray on this one, so I can make it work.  This one would also be cute knotted with a maxi skirt or even over a dress.  I love making dresses look like skirts.   It’s like a little hobby of mine.  (Kidding.  Kind of.)

Last up is the size medium (my normal size), which is the largest size I would buy in an Irma.  The medium Irma is much looser in the arms and feels a little sloppy to me.  If my to-die-for-unicorn print were available only in a medium, I would still buy it, but I would have to get creative with knotting and tying to make it more flattering on me.  There’s a big difference in the back length from the small to medium – at least on me – as you can see in the photo.  It’s comfy for sure, but it feels a little big on my frame.

So, based on my *extensive* research, it’s safe to say that you can (and should) size down at least 2 sizes in Irma.  Some may be able to size down 3 sizes or just size down 1 for a looser fit.  It all depends on your preferences.  I wouldn’t recommend buying your regular size in an Irma unless you really want a loose & slouchy fit, or it’s the print that haunts your dreams.  If you’re still unsure, you can always find a consultant in your area and attend a pop-up event.  Then you can try on several sizes to determine the right fit for you and you won’t have to pay shipping.  Score!

Karinne has a Facebook sale every Thursday night at 7pm CST.  Join the group, stop by to see her new inventory, and enter to win some great LuLaRoe freebies!

Have you tried LuLaRoe?  What’s your favorite style?

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{LuLaRoe with Karinne Culley} How to Style an Amelia Dress

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Back in September, I featured LuLaRoe with Karinne Culley and she’s back again today!  I wanted to show you some more ways to accessorize and style this lovely Amelia dress.  When I started this post, I only planned on creating 3 looks.  After I started playing with this dress, that number doubled easily.  Amelia is super versatile and looks great on all body types!

Disclaimer:  I know there are all kinds of LuLa Hacks all over Pinterest, but I wanted to keep Amelia pure.  No wearing it backwards for me – I tried, but it really didn’t look that great in real life.  This is Amelia in her natural form with a variety of accessories and layering pieces – many of which I’m sure you already have in your closet.  Let’s get to it!Amelia $65

I love the Amelia because of the pockets and the zipper back which adds a little edge to an otherwise sweet dress.  I didn’t realize how versatile this dress would be!  I just assumed it would be hard to style because of the print, but I was wrong.  Oh, so wrong.  Just imagine the endless possibilities if you were to buy this dress in black or any other solid color.  My mind is blown.  For size reference, I’m an 8.  The medium fits well and I even have a little room.  I’m guessing the small would be a good fit, too.  This is how I styled her back in September.

Amelia $65

This is how I’ll be wearing her this winter.

1.  I decided to layer a semi-fitted sweater on top of Amelia.  I added the scarf to cover up the fact that the necklines didn’t perfectly match up (and because I love scarves).  This particular sweater came from Nordstrom Rack and has a red stripe down the side that perfectly matches this dress.  It’s like they were made for each other.
Similar pieces:  Sweater (lots of colors!), Scarf, Booties (lots of colors!)

2.  This outfit is so cozy.  I love a denim shirt knotted and worn over a dress.  I styled the LuLaRoe Carly a similar way back in September.  This mustard scarf is a great piece to have in your accessory closet, too.  Mustard is a actually a very versatile color (and one of my faves!)
Similar pieces:  Shirt, Scarf, Leggings, Boots

3.  I picked up this cute little Cabi cropped sweatshirt jacket at my favorite thrift store a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect with this dress.  Add a chunky necklace & a stretchy belt and you’re good to go.
Similar pieces:  Jacket, Necklace, Booties, Belt


4.  This surplice sweater that I picked up last year at TJ Maxx is another way to dress Amelia down.  You could easily add a scarf or chunky necklace to this look, too.  That v-neck is just begging for some bold accessories.
Similar pieces:  Sweater, Leggings, Boots

5.  I added a flouncy brown skirt that I’ve owned for years underneath Amelia to give her a little extra length.  Add in a cute (faux) leather jacket and scarf for a complete look.  I’m not completely in love with this scarf with this outfit – just working with what I have!  You get the idea.
Similar pieces:  Jacket, Scarf (lots of colors!), Skirt, Booties (lots of colors!)

6.  I’ve had this adorable little trench coat with laser cut detailing at the bottom for a few years, but I really haven’t worn it that much.  But I can’t bring myself to get rid of it either.  I absolutely love it with the Amelia peeking out from the bottom.
Similar pieces:  Coat, Booties (lots of colors!)

You are all invited!  I am hosting a LuLaRoe Facebook party on December 8 with Karinne that you won’t want to miss.  Karinne always has special pricing on certain styles during her parties and a roll call giveaway!  If you to join the party, just join Karinne’s group and mark your calendar for December 8.  I’ll post a reminder as the date gets closer.

Have you tried LuLaRoe yet?  What’s your favorite piece?

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