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Fashion and Style For The Full Figured Woman

If the average US women is 162.9 pounds, and wears a size 14, how did fashion brands and retailers ever get the idea that anyone over a size 10 could not be fashionable? Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens would have been horrified with the dimensions of the average runway model and the Venus de Milo would probably have been rejected by standard modeling agencies.

Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was certainly not waif -like, and Superwoman Lynda Carter was never shy about her curves. Rock and roll’s Queen sang the praises of the “Fat Bottomed Girls” in the 1970’s and even U2 had to admit that “Big Girls Are Best.”

So, why should it be that fuller figures are not accepted in the fashion world? Well, if Full Figured Fashion Week is anything to go by, things are changing. Here’s some expert style and fashion advice for the full figured woman.

Work To Play
According to Lawrence Zarian, a.k.a. the Fashion Guy, a white tailored French cuff shirt and a brick red sweater duster are must haves for every day fashion. These pieces can be worn separately, or paired with neutral colored boot cut slacks and a thick belt for waist line definition.

Jacket

The Icon Collection
Inspired by the runways of Fashion Week Milan, Paris, and London, the Icon Collection offers sophisticated women more savvy fashion choices. Try some black harem waist pants with a grey off the shoulder top for a touch of elegance; pair with a riding coat and signature jewelry pieces. Zarian ensures that harem pants can be a great look for fuller figured women, as long as it is balanced with a full cut top. The riding coat will lend the illusion of a sleek silhouette. See Jennifer Hudson modeling her new harem pants for inspiration!

Mad Women
Although the finale is behind us, the influence of the TV show “Mad Men” is still very much alive. The character of Joan Holloway, portrayed by Christina Hendricks, combines curvy with vintage in the hit show, putting the pencil skirt and skinny belt back on the list of “must have” items.

Christina Hendricks

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Pair your classic tweed pencil skirt with an electric blue light weight sweater; something with a ribbed waistline can be very flattering. Top with a leather jacket for a modern twist on this 60’s look and grab a croc bag to complete it.

Beyond the Workplace
If you’ve got a dinner date planned after your nine to five shirt is over, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go home and change. You can wear your turtle green key-hole neck dress with your faux leather belt topped by a cardigan for a chic workplace look, and strip off the cardigan and belt before dinner. Grab your croc bag and you’re good to go.

LBD
No female wardrobe should be without the little black dress, regardless of size.

LBD

A black drape front dress is a great sexy look, and don’t forget to show off those shoulders. As for jewelry, Zarian says, “The hottest trend right now is to double up on your cuffs and bump it with bohemian pieces.” He recommends a back smoothing bra for a smooth, shapely look.

What other items do you think belong in the full figured wardrobe? Let us know your version of sexy!

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Fashion For Work, Play and Travel

The modern woman wears many hats, and for each hat, there should be a number of corresponding outfits to suit the situation. After all, it would be a fashion fans pas to wear your party dress when donning your work hat or your power suit when we are wearing your party hat: mistakes in line with wearing white after labor day or wearing black panties under white pants. That is why it is so important that we have separate outfits for work, play, and travel. Here are some ideas for outfits to go with each of your many dimensions.

Work

Work outfit

Tailored
For a tailored work look, you want to emphasize a strong silhouette, adding structured accessories. Consider an all white look with a Banana Republic top and matching tailored slacks. Add metal cuffs to the wrists with a matching statement ring. Add a classy neutral clutch with coordinating Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Suits
When it comes to suits, you can mismatch separates or keep your pieces together. Try Diane Furstenberg blazer with matching pants in a beautiful ochre tone. Layer it it with a silky button down blouse and some cat eye sun glasses for a power look. Finish with a geometrical Proenza Schouler Clutch, delicate choker and showstopping Calvin Klein sandals.

Play

Woman in sequin dress

Sequins
For women, the ultimate playtime clothing would have to be the party dress. You can’t go wrong with black sequins, and Ashish is the name in sequined dresses. Match with killer heels.

Classic
If you’re looking for a more demure classic approach, you may want to try a Lanvin. Try a one shoulder design with a structured ruffle and figure hugging pencil skirt in a neutral beige. Add a colorful clutch for a color contrast.

Athleisure
If you want to wear your yoga pants all day long, fashionistas say, “Go ahead!” Invest in pieces which combine fashion with function., like Vie Active’s compression tights with moisture wicking performance. Accessorize with a pair of sleek sunglasses and a structured leather jacket to keep things classy.

Travel

Woman in trench coat

Mixed Prints
Travel clothing can be tricky. You need to be comfortable and practical, yet you need to arrive ready to make a statement, and running through airports in stiletto heels may not be the best idea. One way of maintaining comfort and style while traveling is by sticking to soft fabrics and bold prints. Why not go for an Alberta Ferretti multicolored printed shirt with blue and white multi patterned pants? Add a panama hat for an add of mystery and keep the jewelry to a minimum. Complete your look with Robert Vivier patent flats and brightly colored Globe Trotter suitcases to complement your color scheme.

Classic
Add and air of intrigue with a gray transparent Maison Martin Margiela trench coat. Layer over a white shirt and tailored slacks and pack the rest of your fashions in a Bettega Venteta suitcase.

What are your go to looks for work travel and play? Let us know how you dress for all your adventures!

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