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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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Accessories That Make Your Shirt Dress Look Chic

What is it about the shirt dress that is so appealing? Is it because the image of a woman wearing a men’s shirt conjures postcoital images? After all, doesn’t the emergence of a woman wearing a shirt belonging to her male partner from a bedroom indicate an omitted sex scene? Was it Jane Fonda emerging from an interrupted six days from a suite at the Plaza Hotel in “Barefoot in the Park” that made the style so desirable?

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A “shirtdress” is a dress which borrows details of a man’s shirt such as a button front, collar, or cuffed sleeves. Because they are usually but without a seam at the waist, they often rely on a belt for definition. However, when it comes to accessorizing a shirtwaist, there are vast options for additions.

History of the Shirt Dress
Shirtdresses became fashionable in the 1950’s when Christian Dior launched his “New Look” line of couture designs. These early versions featured a full skirt supported by a crinoline. They were often characterized by a notched collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The T-shirt dress is a variation on the original shirtdress and first gained popularity in the 1960’s.

Accessories for the Shirt Dress

Belts
The greatest accessory for emphasizing the female waist, the belt is a crucial component in shirtdress fashion. Belts are available in chain, ribbon, beaded, or leather styles and complement a multitude of outfits. They are especially important in completing the look of a shirtdress because, in many cases, they are the only way to define the waist as most shirt dresses feature no seam at the waistline. Consider a bow belt for an ultra feminine look.

Belt

Bolster
Hats, fascinators, shoes, and bags. They can change your look from day to night. Whether you choose a baseball cap or elaborate fascinator, sneakers or stiletto pumps, a shirtdress can take them all on. You can use a shirtdress as a light jacket in the summer over a pretty summer dress, Keep it fun and casual with high top sneakers and incorporate feminine accessories to remain stylish.

Layers
There are several options when it comes to layering your shirtdress. You can keep it open and add an underskirt that hits right above or below the hemline to vary the fullness of the skirt. You can also use it as a jacket and experiment with proportions underneath or over. For a real head turner, consider a bustier underneath a flouncy, silky dress, adding tough rocker accessories like cowboy boots, chain belts and sunglasses.

Other Options
When it comes to shirtdress style, the options are almost unlimited. Button all the way up for a preppy look or all the way down for some sexy dishevelment. Belts can be made of any materials, and suitable shoe styles are endless. When choosing the ideal shirtdress, remember less is more. Try and avoid distracting ruffles and attached belts and make sure the buttons go all the way down. Extra touches will limit the versatility of the piece.

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Also, you might want to take the following into consideration:

Quality
Don’t skimp on fabric. Make sure the garment is durable and breathable and that buttons and seams are well sewn. Look for a specimen that is easy to care for and will last a long time.

Fit
Make sure your shirtdress is comfortable and not too tight. Look for simplicity in style and make sure you feel great when you put it on and can wear it with confidence.

Application
Make sure it will work with the pieces already in your closet. You don’t want your purchase to require more purchases.

Tell us about how you accessorize your shirtdress! We want to hear about your personal style!

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Poolside Fashion For Summer 2017

The scene. A sparkling pool area filled with beautiful sunbathers. The focus, a sharply dressed man, handsome man by the pool looking appreciatively from his lounge chair sipping a gin and tonic. You emerge from the pool in slow motion, the water glistening on your skin and slowly walk to an empty lounge chair. The man excuses himself and walks over. The rest, as they say, is history.

The summer season is newly upon us and that means its time to think about how you’re going to make a splash this year in poolside fashion. Here’s a small preview.

Tie Neck Deep Front
Do retro glamour in the one piece. Cut to the naval to reveal more or crisscross for a more modest look, and tie at the neck with a big pussycat bow. Try the Salinas Tie Neck Deep Front Swimsuit with a big floppy hat for a pinup vibe.

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Topshop Sprinkles Frill Bardot Top and Bottom
If the waves are not cooperating, this is sure to stir things up a little. Super feminine with a white ruffled bardot top patterned with black sprinkles and a white on black contrasting bottom, these pieces can be worn together or mix matched for some customizable creations. Also, great for complementing the smaller bust.

Shade and Shore Halter Bikini Top and Bottom
They say there’s something for everyone, and this bikini may be just that thing. This Target Shade and Shore Line bikini offers size selections ranging from 32 A to 38DDD and comes in a push up or bandeau style. It’s bright tribal pattern is also right on trend for 2017.

Triangl Gigi Bikini
It may be crocheted, but it definitely doesn’t look like anything your Grandma would make. In bright yellow, this eeny meeny teeny weeny bikini screams summer fun.

Print swimsuit

Printed Waves Swimsuit
It’s all about quality when it comes to the Maria Hoffman Printed Waves Swimsuit. Its high cut sides, low cut back, and digital stained glass print may exude pleasure, but the SPF 50 treated fabric talks business for the serious swimmer.

Bettini’s Strappy Halter Top and Cheeky Bottom

This one combines the old and the new with a traditional vintage, gingham print on an ultra modern design. Check out this strappy, sexy take on the halter lace up with this two piece style of the season.

Marrakesh Cutout Top and Puka Puka Briefs
With the high neck and sturdy design of a sports suit and the daring cutouts of a high glamour gown, you can’t miss with this Mikoh Style. This suit combines elegance and sexiness in a navy two piece with a little peekaboo on the hips and neckline.

One-piece swimsuit

The Alix Nautilus Convertible

How about a convertible this summer? The Alix Nautilus Convertible swimsuit is for the girl who just can’t seem to make up her mind. Swimming with the parents? Go one piece by buttoning the high rise bottom to the bandeau top. Looking to make a big splash? Leave the bottom off for a traditional bikini.

Convertible One Piece Swimsuit
So, we’ve all been there, We want to wear a strapless number for an even tan, but when we get in the water, we find the neckline at out waste line. Well, the Ted Baker Layaya Convertible one piece solves that problem with a built in halter neck to anticipate all your wardrobe malfunctions.

What are you doing for poolside fashion in 2017? Let us know your ideas for your water side wardrobe!

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The Perfect Accent Pieces for Any Woman’s Wardrobe

A flash of a silver chain, the elegance of a well-placed belt, the glimpse of lace from under a flowing skirt. So fleeting, yet so effective. Why is it we still talk about the pearls Sienna Miller wore on the red carpet months after the event? The Henry Mendel necklace draped down the back of Thandie Newton’s gown at the Golden Globe Awards? Natalie Portman’s 1910 vintage earrings or Michelle William’s velvet choker?

Fashionistas know that it’s sometimes the small things that make the biggest statements. If you want to say so much by adding so little, here are some fashion accents you won’t want your wardrobe to be without.

Loafers

Snazzy Loafers
If you’re looking to jazz up an outfit without compromising comfort, try adding some snazzy loafers. Think silver and gold metallics or flashy bold colors. If heels are more your speed, go for a pair with a little elevation. Isaac Mizrahi’s New York Kimmie loafers lend the perfect amount of height to complete a well tailored look.

Big Blowsy Scarf
If you want to make a statement, a big flowing scarf can be just the thing. Try something with a mixed pattern. The Loft Brocade Print Scarf features a combination of solids stripes and graphics in warm bold colors that will make any outfit memorable.

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The Clutch
While shoulder bags and cross bodies can be fun and easy, when it comes to fashion, you can’t beat the clutch. The bold and most classic of all purses and handbags, the clutch completes an outfit without interfering with sleek lines and tailored cuts. When it comes to clutches, its all about color and detail. Olivia and Joy’s green Gallery Clutch brings on the edge with gold studding and elegant closure.

The Silk Scarf
One of the most versatile pieces, the silk scarf offers a host of fashion possibilites. Tie it in a bow around the collar of a button front for some mod appeal, tie it to your purse, or wear it as a turban to channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor.

Fingerless gloves

Fingerless Gloves
They sure worked for Madonna in the eighties! Fingerless gloves add just the right amount of bad girl to any outfit, plus you can still text! Leather, lace, or wool, wrist length or sleeve, fingerless gloves can capture any style from punk to sporty to glam.

Drop Earrings
A glimpse of a strategically placed shining stone can never go wrong, especially if its near your face. Baroque earrings, costume or real, will make any woman sparkle. Pick up some beautiful Bon Voyage stunners in vintage blue and green to make your eyes pop.

What accents do you think no wardrobe should be without? Let us know how you make your fashion statements!

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2017 Prom Styles Teens Will Love

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Anyone who has ever been to prom night knows that it is not about what you do at the prom, it’s about what goes on after. In fact, from the way proms are portrayed in American culture, it might be disappointing if your prom night turned out anything less than a version of “American Graffiti,” complete with cruising, drinking, crashing, and fumbling around in the backseat. Of course, we all know that, however we end up spending this right of passage, it will end up memorialized in selfies and Instagrams, so what you wear will be just as important as what you do while you are wearing it. Here are some 2017 prom styles that will ensure your dress, as well as your night, will go down in history.

The High Halter Neck Line
If you want to steal the show at the prom this year, try a high halter neckline, low cut down the bustline to the navel. Not for the faint of heart, try a long Jovani fitted ensemble in a creamy white or midnight blue with strategically placed see-through lace and glittering beads.

Short and Flirty
Just because its formal doesn’t mean it can’t be short. Why not be bold in a short taffeta dress? Try a Sherri Hill with high halter neck and beaded bodice flaring into a pleated skater skirt.

Woman in short dress

Two-Piece
If you want to be very on trend this year, go for a two-piece gown with midriff exposing top and fitted skirt. You can pull off a Primavera Couture dress with a bead embellished crop showcasing a high neckline and hip hugging jersey skirt with a matching belt or an A- line skirt for a classic silhouette.

Mermaid dress with tulle skirt
For something sexy and classy, don a dreamy Morilee strapless mermaid dress. Complete with a floral embroidered dotted bodice, this figure hugger flares daintily into a tulle skirt above the knee.

Long and slinky
You can never of wrong with something long, slinky, and shiny. A classic version by Sherri Hill features a v-neckline and thin straps with a long train to make a stunning entrance. The iridescent sequins in alternating linear patterns will guarantee a glittering evening.

Teen couple

Ball Gown
Of course, there is no girl who has not wanted to dress up like a princess at one point in her life, and why not use prom night to take advantage? Go ultra feminine in a jewel embellished bodice with a multi- tiered organza full-length skirt. Try a pretty pastel for a true Cinderella look.

A line
Channel your inner Scarlet O’Hara with a traditional Tiffany prom dress with a plunging v- neckline. Dainty straps complement a lavishly embroidered bodice and the satin A- line even features side pockets for quick cell phone access.

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Putting Together A Vintage Inspired Ensemble

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What comes up when you think of the word vintage? Is it raiding mom’s old closet for her purple lace minidress with the tasseled scarf? Is it Lucille Ball with her pillbox hats and caped jackets? Is it Taylor Swift carousing with the Kennedys in Cape Cod in a polka dot bikini? Or is it Zooey Deschanel with her mod girl platforms and Anita Pallenberg bangs?

Whatever your definition of vintage, it has to be head to toe. No matter what era you harken back to-the hair, the earrings, the shoes – they all have to be perfect. That’s what makes vintage so much fun! Here are some ways to put together a great vintage inspired ensemble.

1950’s
If you want to get a 1950’s vibe, think Danny and Sandy crooning “Summer NIghts” on the bleachers of Hollywood High. It’s white t-shirts with motorcycle jackets and tight jeans for the guys, with pedal pushers and saddle shoes for the girls, poodle skirts and ponytails for the malt shop and a strapless evening gown with ballerina flats for the prom.

1960’s
Time to let the “freak flag fly.” The 1960’s brought the Beatles and the Beatles brought the revolution. The beehive hairdo was replace by longer hair for men and women alike. For a 1960’s ensemble, bell bottoms and minis with white vinyl “go-go”boots are a must. Look at pictures of Twiggy for makeup inspiration, noting the pale lipstick and dark liner. Accessorize with peace signs and experiment with paisley.

Man in vintage fashion

1970’s
Did someone say glam? Loads of lip gloss, blush, and mullet hair-dos scream seventies, as do glitter, disco shorts, spandex, headbands, and roller skates. Denim was paired with more denim and the pantsuit was worn by members of both sexes. Afros are a great 70’s staple, and so are wrap around skirts worn over leotards, although they were not very conducive to using the toilet (probably why the style did not outlast the decade.)

1980’s
“And you may ask yourself, ‘Why such a big suit?'” Those who remember the eighties will remember David Byrne, The Talking Heads and the power suit with the big shoulder pads. Channel “Like A Virgin” era Madonna for fingerless lace gloves, rosary style necklaces, big hair, and bangle bracelets. Men can rock vests and 501’s and don’t forget the Boy George bowler hat.

1990’s
The 80’s gave way to the 90’s with bare midriffs, baggy pants and designer athletic shoes and sneakers. Bomber jackets, still on trend today, were all the rage with hooded sweatshirts and chain wallets. It was all about gangsta chic and colored hair in the 90’s, along with the explosion of henna tattoos.

Of course, there are many more decades to cover! Which is your favorite? Are you feeling “Great Gatsby” or “Greatest America Hero?” Let us know!

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Styles That Work For Sophisticated Urbanites

When you hear the term “sophisticated urbanite”, what comes to mind? Gunmetal eyeglasses, shopping-and-meatballs at Ikea, an Emanuel Duca sterling silver necklace? According to the Urban Dictionary, a sophisticated urbanite is someone who is “urban and city-ish, but still sophisticated, with an impeccable sense of taste. No one ever questions their fashion choices.”
But what exactly earns you the title? If your goal is to become a sophisticated urbanite, Vine Vera shares the must-have brands for your ascent to glamour.

Urban girl with hat

Givenchy
Givenchy’s elite designer houses have just released a fashion line catering to lovers of street wear, called Resort Wear. Men’s fashion choices give relief from suits with black bomber jackets, loud prints, ski hats, and athletic sneakers. Ladies may prefer to try the platform lace up booties over-knee highs with a short black mini. Sweat pants, trench coats, and leather jackets round out the collection.

Patricia Manfield
Italian designer Patricia Manfield is known for her sporty and sleek street looks. She brings new meaning to athleisure with a tennis outfit and matching, “Tennis, Anyone?” logo sweatshirt paired with dress shoes and a bomber and she can also do a mean maxi dress.

Karl Kani
Look for the Karl Kani hip-hop fashion line to make a comeback in 2017. Carl Williams started the line at the age of 16 and went on to receive the “Urban Fashion Pioneer Award” in 2002. Look for women’s sports bras, leggings, cropped cameos, and long sleeved shirts for the modern lady. Men can expect logo hoodies, snapbacks, caps, and bucket hats.

Girl leaning against wall

Alternatives to Skinny Jeans
Lose the skinny jeans? Perish the thought! They look great on everyone, go with everything, and always hit the fashion mark. However, every once in a while, we need to get the skinny on the unskinny. Here are some alternatives you may be seeing in the near future.

Demi-Boot Jeans
Featuring a flared bottom cropped above the ankle, these give you the opportunity to show off some really killer shoes. Try it with some lace up boots like Kate Bosworth did!

Rolled Up Jeans
If you still favor a vintage look, you can roll up any kind of jeans and look great, It’s comfort meets chic with a designer bag and cool boots.

Girl in denim jeans

Slit Cigarette Jeans
If tight is the way you roll, cigarette jeans are a great look for great legs. You can rock these everyday for some casual class.

Denim Overalls
Seventies baggy or modern body hugging denim, overalls are always a crowd pleaser. Easy to coordinate with classic white tees, button fronts, or turtlenecks.

Two Toned Jeans
Look out for this trend in the next couple of months. Wear them as an understated alternative to prints.

Have you been designated the term “urban sophisticate” yet? Let us know what you’re rocking this year!

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