Style Tips Every Woman Should Know

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Getting dressed… We all do it. Every day, and sometimes even twice a day! Choosing an outfit is a fact of life that every person invites into his or her life each day. And while some people dread the task of picking out an ensemble, there are also some of us who welcome the challenge of choosing a look that accurately depicts our personal style and is appropriate for the occasion.

 

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For those of us who actually like getting dressed in the morning, we’re constantly looking for new ways to spice up our wardrobes and keep our style fresh. Even though it would be wonderful to be able to constantly buy new clothes, sometimes our bank accounts just don’t agree.

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Plus Style: The Kimono

“Plus Style” is a new series that will be featured on the Dose of Vitamin F blog. These posts will focus on style advice or tips for the plus size fashionista. Feel free to leave comments or email info@doseofvitaminf.com with any suggestions for what we should write about or what you would like to see more of under this category.
For the first post in the Plus Style series, my client Theresa asked me to show her a few examples of how she could wear the popular trend – the kimono.

 

Plus Style: Kimonos

Trend Alert: T-Shirts & Full Skirts

Many times there are fashion events that ask for a more formal attire than most of are accustomed to wearing when we go out. However, there has been a new trend that has made it much easier to get away with looking formal, yet trendy at the same time.
@Moguldiva at Full Figured Fashion Week. Image courtesy of @fffweek on Instagram

@Moguldiva at Full Figured Fashion Week. Image courtesy of @fffweek on Instagram

This week and weekend was Full Figured Fashion Week and the founder Gwen DeVoe wore a few styles that highlighted this trend and she looked fab!

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Exclusive Blogger Event: FFFWEEK/HSN

2015-06-18 16.37.39-1This past Thursday, I had the pleasure to attend an Exclusive Blogger Event hosted by Full Figured Fashion Week. It was a collection preview event to hear about, look at, and try on both Hal Rubenstein and Marla Wynne’s newest collections for HSN! The event was held at the Nation Design Showroom and it was a lovely and very welcoming space full of the most popular Plus Size bloggers and influencers…  and I was definitely among them as a newbie and excited for the opportunity to be in the same room.

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Peplum styled curves with a personality

The peplum is one “recycled” fashion trend that I have wholeheartedly welcomed back. I tend to think it is a great “every woman” type of item. If you have a boyish shape it gives you the illusion of a more shapely figure and if you have natural curves, well that’s even better.

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Plus Size Oh My!

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Who are you favorite top models in the world? Giselle, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss etc. Who are your favorite plus size models in the world?

Really you can’t think of any? That’s a shame, since there are so many great ones out there. Whether or not you want the plus size industry in the fashion world, guess what…. it is here to stay and it is not going anywhere!

There are enough plus size models out there now, who are in my opinion just as fabulous as a straight size model.  They are just as beautiful, just as sexy, and can sell the hell out of a garment! No they are not just modeling for Lane Bryant, which there is nothing wrong with Lane Bryant, but they are modeling for high fashion magazines such as Vogue Curvy and (in my opinion), Plus Model Magazine. The pictures in these magazines and other publications are absolutely beautiful. It sure makes me proud to have thick curves!

There are so many plus size models to choose from. Here is a just a few of my favorite ones, that you must absolutely check out their work.  Fluvia Lacerda, you have to check out this amazing model from Brazil. She is beautiful and a size 18. Fluvia does not care what her size is. She takes gorgeous shots, and you cannot stop looking at how beautiful she is. I had the pleasure of seeing her in person at this past year’s Full Figured Fashion week.  She is very sweet in person also. Also another model you check out is Maggie Brown. She is Hawaiian and really tall. I met her at 2010 Full Figured Fashion Week.  She is also another model who takes beautiful shots.  Of course there is many more such as Crystal Renn, Toccara Jones, and many more.

So stop thinking there is nothing going on in the plus size industry, when clearly there is a lot going on. If these beautiful women can concur this world and all of the prejudices, what is stopping you?

Pssst… Evans UK is coming across the pond!!

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So I only can tell you I know that the amazing Plus-size, Full-Figure, Curvy woman’s store in the UK is coming across the pond to the U.S!!.. I’m not sure how, when, or where… but I do know how you and I can be one of the first people to find out!!

We’re very excited that Evans US will be launching soon, offering amazing plus size fashion, fit to flatter in sizes 12 – 30 along with an incredible range of beautiful wide fit and extra wide fit shoes in size 6.5 – 12.5. We definitely want you to be the first to know when we’re ready to share! ~Evans.co.uk

Simply go here and fill out the necessary information and all registrations will also be automatically entered in to win a $500 shopping spree* GOOD LUCK!!!

In the meantime shop online and get the latest on fashion styling for your shape with the new “What’s your shape?” fit guide!

T3.. Tighter Tummy Technology!

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T3 is a revolutionary built-in mesh control panel made of a unique nylon and spandex blend that flattens the tummy and slenderizes the silhouette. The pants are made from a special blend of cotton and polyester fabric that prevents sagging and allows them to stretch for maximum comfort while maintaining a smooth shape around a woman’s curves. They also feature an invisible elastic waistband that minimizes gapping. Lane Bryant’s new T3 pants are designed to hug and enhance curves in all the right places so plus-size women no longer have to compromise on great fitting clothes. T3 denim is currently available in a boot cut jean in light and dark sandblast washes, a must-have summer capri in dark and dark sandblast washes and a flare-leg jean in a dark rinse wash. The T3 classic-fit trousers are available in black, charcoal grey, brown herring bone and charcoal berry stripe. All T3 denim jeans and trousers are available in sizes 14 – 28.  Petite and tall sizes are available online and in select stores. Lane Bryant will continue to add new silhouettes, colors and washes to its T3 collection in the coming seasons.

Flare jean front w/ T3 Tighter Tummy Technology

Flare jean back w/ T3 Tighter Tummy Technology

**DISCLAIMER** Although I love the concept and flattering technology of these new T3 products, the fit in the video does not really make me want to buy them. Also the pants look shorter inseam on the website, which again is not that appealing. I am all for finding better fits, figure flattering shapes, and getting better quality apparel for all, but I want to see where this will go. I wear and love my Lane Bryant Right Fit pants & jeans so I know that will make it work with the T3 items.

What are your thoughts?

Have you tried them on in a store?

Get your Big Sexy on tonight!!

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Could it be that in the future there will be reality shows where the full figure is being embraced instead of rejected on another “weight lose” challenge reality show? Well my friends the future must be arriving tonight in the form of a new show called “BIG SEXY” on TLC.

Here is the commercial for the premiere:

These ladies aren’t afraid to strut their stuff on the runways or at the beach. They’re living large with a single mission: Show the world that bigger is better.

The cast of the BIG SEXY:

Audrey Lea Curry

Tiffany Bank

Heather Roach

Leslie Medlick

Nikki Gomez

Make sure you tune in tonight 10/9c!! The ratings will hopefully state that there needs to me more shows like this to show that you can be a curvy woman/girl that is healthy, beautiful and successful!!

Plus size discrimination or just low on options?

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From my past work experience, I know that June, July and August are months with big deliveries for dresses… Period.

So why is it that the full-figured, plus-size, curvy figure women have been left out of this fact within most department stores and even most “plus-size” stores?

I recently had the task of searching for a dress that I could wear to a wedding. I was not in the wedding, but my duty as an usher gave me just as much visibility as the wedding party. Lack of time was the ultimate reason for my waiting until I arrived in my hometown to start my quest for the perfect dress. I am originally from Colorado Springs, CO… home of the Rocky Mountains, fresh air, and outdoor activities. The truth remains that although most people would say the Springs are a place of “healthy diet” lifestyles, there are still healthy overweight people living here and across the nation. 

No matter tall, short, curvy, or thin, we all participate in most of the same events in life. These events in life may include: date nights, black tie affairs, nights out at the club, or happy hour, and that’s right WEDDINGS!!

The mission was to find a long dress, not too flashy, something that could be worn again, dressy but casual enough to look like an “event dress”. Seemed like an easy enough request right?

I continued to keep my head up as my sister (also a curvy woman) and I went from store to store, mall to mall, “plus-size” store to “plus-size” store with the same end results… lack of options! It seemed that the buyers for all the stores thought that curvy women looking for nice dresses would only be “mother’s-of-the-bride”, elderly less fashion-focused, non shape embracing womenIt was sooo sad. The other option given by most of the sales associates was to shop online to find more “age-appropriate, fashionable, wear more than once” type of dresses. So, what you’re telling me is not only do I have to shop in the “comfort of my home”, away from society, but I also have to miss out on the shopping experience with my friends….. Thanks.

The Sears in one of the malls told us the most shocking news of the day… they no longer had a “plus-size” section….??! How do you just get rid of a category like that? No one would ever think to get rid of a petite section! I was awestruck. This fact did not shock me just because I was shopping for something that day, but more so because full-figure fashion is on the rise!

I may not be the sharpest nail in the tool box, but on profit, business strategies, market advancement don’t you increase product where you would make the most money?

In conclusion, don’t we think that everyone deserves to dress their best? Why is looking great and feeling good about yourself only equated to being “average-size”?