Saturday, November 21, 2009
The best way to take advantage of this trend is to buy a short sleeved or sleeveless blouse and top it with a jacket or cardigan. Paired with dark denim and boots, you'll be ready for a night out on the town. Fortunately, there are many options for us larger ladies.
Sequin Knit Top
$49.50 at Lane Bryant
Burgundy Lace Top
$34.00 at Torrid
Embellished Knit Top
$39.50 at Lane Bryant
If you're not quite ready to purchase sparkly apparel, test the waters with accessories - always the best way to approach a trend you aren't sure about. This sequin scarf from LOFT is sure to turn heads:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
When it comes to winter fashion, I tend to go for more neutral pieces (blacks, browns, greys, and navys), and dress them up with colorful and textured accessories such as scarves, gloves, and hats. The great thing about cold weather accessories, of course, is that they're pretty gosh darn close to one-size-fits-all; coats, on the other hand, can be a bit more tricky.
Surprisingly, Land's End has a fabulous collection of not only generously sized, but cute, outerwear.
Below, a few of my favorites, all available in multiple colors:
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Empires are flattering on most body shapes, but it looks like this one may not have left enough room for the boobs. Definitely a contestant for order-online-try-on-and-return-if-necessary. Also available in black.
Cowl Neck Knit Dress
$48 at Avenue
Love this for night time. The rouched bodice probably is more appropriate for women who want to enhance, rather than minimize, their busts. Wear colored tights to brighten things up.
Muse Jersey Poet Dress
On sale for $64 at Nordstrom
I love sweater dresses. They're great for both work and weekend, and I promise you'll live in them if you pick up a few. Plus the material is good camouflaging certain areas.
Calvin Klein Cable Bodice Sweater Dress
On sale for $118 at Macy's
This is a good option if you like color. Contrary to popular opinion, larger prints actually look better on larger women. The bell sleeve will help with air circulation. Definitely keep accessories to a minimum.
INC Boatneck Ruffled Dress
$89 at Macy's
Monday, September 28, 2009
Chubby women tend to stay away from dresses for a variety of reasons, many of which are rectified by adding a pair of tights to the ensemble. Tights not only squeeze flabby hips, thighs, and love handles, they also make legs look slimmer, especially when they are black. Tights that are high-waisted will also eliminate lines caused by a bra working overtime.
Another great thing about the dress and tight combination is that it is so versatile. You can bring a dress and tight outfit from day to evening by adding some jewelry, a pair of heels, and dark eye shadow. Sweater dresses are perfect for a more casual look, for Fridays at work or the weekend.
A few tips for making this look work:
1. Tights are not a place so be stingy. Don't hesitate to spend a decent amount of money for a really great pair of tights that are high quality and will last longer than one wearing.
2. Tights MUST be opaque. Seeing skin will ruin the whole effect. That's why I always tend to size up when purchasing a new pair.
3. Look for a pair with a control top. Trust me, your mirror will thank you.
4. Before walking out of the house, do a few laps around your bedroom and make sure the dress does not ride up. Certain fabrics, such as denim, cause friction against the fabric of the tights, which can lead to some embarrassing situations.
5. Make sure your dress is completely free of your tights when you come out of the bathroom!
My preferred brand is Spanx (you can find plus size options at Lane Bryant, among other locations), but that is not by any means your only choice.
Coming soon: dresses options!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
That's why finding retail outlets that stock wide shoes is such a great find, and unfortunately, a rarity.
That's why I'm saying hat's off to Torrid for their pretty amazing shoe selection. Some shoes are available in medium width only, but the majority will fit women with wider feet and larger calves. Below you will see a sample of some of the Torrid footwear options. Click on an image to get more information. Enjoy!
I'm just disgusted. I went to Macy's this afternoon to go shopping for some clothes. Being relegated to the plus size section, miles away from the regular-sized shopping population, is humiliating enough. But then I saw the clothing selection and almost cried out of frustration.
It's as if designers think all plus size women are either 80 years old, completely lacking in fashion sense, or blind.
I've got news for you, Macy's merchants: I'm not 80, lacking in fashion sense, or blind. Please get stock some clothes that don't make me curse the day I was fat.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I think I'm going to stock up on a few pairs myself!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Hurry...the sale ends soon!
Younger plus size shoppers may be interested in the huge end of the summer sale happening at Torrid. The stores is cleaning out its online inventory for new fall arrivals. Look right for some of the great sales offered.
Pay close attention to their bra selection (the strapless bras are great and it can be difficult to find one that fits well!) and the bottoms, especially the jeans.
The bags and jewelry are a bit on the cheap side, but can be worthwhile if you're looking to sample a new trend but aren't ready to spend the big bucks.
Torrid is conducting its 2007 model search. As the company says, it is looking for models with "unforgettable curves and a shining personality". Models in the competition receive 20% off clothes during the event hours. Other perks include makeovers and free goodie bags!
Torrid is stopping in the following places over the next few months:
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Blazers allow you to dress up an outfit, pull your top and pants together, and add a spice of color to your wardrobe. There are a few key guidelines that should be kept in mind when buying a blazer and putting an outfit together.
1. Don't buy a blazer that is too long. Try to make at least some of your butt visible; otherwise your thighs in the back will look magnified. And no one wants that.
2. Make sure your blazer has a nice shape to it. Women should not wear straight blazers under any circumstances. Try to buy a blazer that nips in at the waist around your narrowest part; this will make you look thinner and emphasize your curves.
3. If you have large breasts, wear blazers with multiple buttons to keep the "girls" at bay, or get a one-button jacket with a button that is higher up than normal.
4. Dress up your blazer with jewelry, a lacy top, and black pants, or dress it down with jeans, a v-neck shirt, and a long necklace.
I've included a few blazers that fit the criteria in this posting - shoot me an email if you want to know where to purchase them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Nothing sets off an outfit like a great pair of shoes. There are tons of online shoe retailers out there with a variety of wide shoes to choose from. You can wear shoes like your more narrow-footed friends! The sites I recommend most frequently is zappos.com, probably the granddaddy of all online shoe shopping sites, and shoes.com.
Just My Size's playtex bras are on sale for only $13.99 per item. That's a price that can't be beat - check it out online and stock up!
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Some tips include:
Secret No. 1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.
Secret No. 2: Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin.