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Plus-Size Women’s Fashion

23 Mar
Plus-Size Women’s Fashion

Ladies,

Let’s face it, plus size women catch a bad rap when it comes to fashion. Now we all know that the skinny chicks have it easier when it comes to shopping, but that’s only because it’s easier to make items that require less fabric. Often times plus size ladies settle for the cheap route instead of researching and purchasing items of quality that are timeless. Let’s get away from the mass-produced/ horrible quality items that can be purchased at Rainbow, Simply Fashion, etc. Everyone can’t wear a shirt that reads “No Boyfriend No Problem” (which in all actuality should read desperately seeking male attention).

Here are a few tips on how to look well put together and “upstage these skinny chickens”:

1. Shop places that are solely dedicated to the plus size woman: Ashley Stewart is a great store that sells quality pieces that vary between both trendy and timeless. If you’re on a budget don’t worry, they have a 30-day lay-a-way program and offer their own line of credit cards.

2. Stay away from items that toggle both sides of the fence. If they made it in a size zero and a size 20, chances are the size 20 will look horrible. If you happen to go into any store that sells all sizes and you initially see something cute in the junior section, and find it in the ‘Women’s’ section, it’s not going to look the same, at all! Find unique pieces that only a plus size woman can rock and leave the skinny girl trends to them.

3. Know your body!!!- This probably should have been first but I’m going to leave it at number three. Ladies know your what flatters your shape. If you are “knock-kneed” but love skinny jeans find the right ones for you! Yes ladies there are different styles of skinny jeans. Found out if you’re a boot-cut, straight-leg, or one of the few that can rock tapered leg jeans. And make sure you pay for the quality!!! Let’s get real, some of that thigh to thigh action will mess a cute (but cheap) pair of jeans up in a minute. And ladies, TIGHTS CANNOT BE A FULL-TIME SUBSTITUTE FOR A NICE PAIR OF JEANS!!!!   As far as tops go, please be tasteful with the amount of cleavage you show!!! No one (except your man in private) wants to see the stretch marks that reach down to your nipples while you’re at work or in a social setting. I’m not saying be ashamed of your marks/scars, there is just a place and time for that type of attire. Find tops that flatter you, I’m not saying go out and buy 100 bat-wing shirts to cover your arms just choose pieces that are of quality and can possibly translate to different settings.

4. Last but definitely not least-SHOES!!!! – Yes Rainbow has some cute shoes but your closet shouldn’t consist of their whole summer line. Invest in a cute pair of black pumps (timeless and universal) and other colors that flatter your taste. Embrace heels, they are your friend! Don’t always go for flats, variety is a must in your wardrobe.

Well that’s just a generic overview of plus size fashion. Leave your comments and suggestion that could benefit others.

www.ashleystewart.com; www.torrid.com; www.lanebryant.com; www.spiegels.com; www.macys.com;

http://www.plus-model-mag.com/

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4 Comments

Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Fashion

 

4 responses to “Plus-Size Women’s Fashion

  1. Rye

    March 24, 2012 at 5:08 am

    First, the office loves this blog…Ouch! Fred, you definitely stepped on some toes; however, I must co-sign on this one. When I was younger I was never into fashion. I would throw on a graphic tee, comfortable jeans, and some thongs (flip flops) or sandals and I was out the door. THIS WAS 12 YEARS AGO! Coming from a different perspective lady let’s learn how to dress our age, feel sexy, and stay on budget. It’s all about life style and creating your own personal style.

    We each have our own personal style whether you think so or not. It’s that personal style that leads you to the jean instead of linen or collar instead of v-neck. Find and embrace your own style! Fred said it best, “Know your body.” Ladies it is imperative that you know your body (shape and its definition). It is even more important that you not only feel good but also look good. Yes, I said not only should you feel good, but also look good. Ladies just because we feel good in that little black dress it doesn’t mean we look as good as we could. We may have a love handle or two to tuck in for that firm fitting jacket or top, or some lumps in the thigh that may need smoothing out. Whatever the problem area may be Lb (Lanebryant) has a SPANX collection by Sara Blakely that will tuck, smooth, hold, and curve all of the right areas.

    Knowing your body will help you determine what style of clothing and material will flatter your shape best. I don’t know about you but I purchase clothes not just to cover my sexiness but to make a statement (life style), look good, and feel good without spending a lot. I love a clean crisp look. I must have solid colored bottoms, dresses, and tops with an occasional black/white or navy/white polka dot blouse (I LOVE POLKA DOTS). What I love most about my style is that it speaks for me and is versatile. For instance, I had a 1:30p.m. in-office meeting, 4:00p.m. business meeting, and enjoyed happy hour at Nakato with a couple of my girlfriends. I did all of this without thinking twice about being over or under dressed. Not only was today the first day of spring, but also a Friday and I woke up thinking about money and feeling super sexy! Nothing screams sexy businesswoman better than a nice clean firm fitted suit (pants or skirt). So I decided to wear my white bottom and jacket: a sateen stretch blazer (Avenue $80), sateen stretch ankle pant (Avenue $54), and black lace cami (Lb $39.95). I pulled it altogether with a black peep toe cone heel sandal (Lb $54.95) with gold hoop earrings (Aldo $18), gold necklace w/ elephant pendant (love , love, love elephants), and gold watch (Michael Kors via Overstock.com @ $200 shipping always $2…I love it). Today was a great day!

    Let’s talk budging for plus size clothing fred! What are your thoughts? I think everyone has a budget, and although this budget works for me it may not work for others. What do you think about cost and quality of clothes from stores such as Walmart and Target? I try to buy pieces that I can wear to work or leisure. Lane Bryant and Avenue are two prominent stores with good quality clothing. What I love most about these stores are the savings that they offer their customers. Lb offer their customers Gift Cheque coupons that allow you to get $25 off your purchase of $75 or more, $50 off your purchase of $150 or more, and $75 off your purchase of $225 or more. Believe me; you can easily spend $225 or more. Avenue always have online sales and coupons for in-store. Before purchasing from either store check the website on your cell phone for coupon codes and save that way.

    BTW Overstock.com has great deals on clothing and jewelry. Shipping is always $2!

    Ladies! learn your body shape and what looks best on you @ http://www.bodyshapefashionadvice.com

    Lb has a gift cheque for March, 5-25, 2012. Visit the website to redeem the coupon.

    Happy shopping!

    Rye

     
    • fatboyfavs

      March 24, 2012 at 5:29 am

      Thanks for your response Rye. I definitely do appreciate it. Let’s talk budget: everyone can’t afford to spend $300-$400 on one outfit so I suggest women learn to online shop. I know that most plus size women prefer to try their clothes on, but once you learn your body type you should look into sites like http://www.torrid.com. They sell quality items for less. Ashley Stewart also has a layaway program that gives you 30 days. Also ladies should pick ”convertible” pieces. As you stated, having several solid bottoms and including neutrals would allow you to mix and match until you can add more into your wardrobe. And again, go for timeless pieces more than trendy pieces. They can transfer from season to season without fear of looking out-of-date.

       
  2. Rye

    March 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

    How do you feel about purchasing clothes from discount retailers such as Ross, TJ Maxx, Walmart,Target etc.? Target is known for being the chicest of discount stores and recently Italian designers Margherita Maccapani Missoni and Angela Missoni launched their limited edition Missoni for Target line. Missoni’s clothing is known for their premium quality fabrics and can be every expensive reaching the hundreds or thousands of dollars, but it had designed a number of cheaper items for Target at extremely low prices (skirts $40, tops $14-$30). The customers response was bananas! Discount stores may be on to something sweet… your thoughts?

     
    • fatboyfavs

      March 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I feel that fashion can come from different venues as long as you pay attention to detail. You have to remember that discount stores purchase an overstock from major distributors. You don’t have to always pay full price to maintain a great wardrobe, so in my opinion I love the discount stores.

       

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