Tips For The Plus Size Bride
You have already put a whole lot of time and effort into the planning of your wedding and now it is time for you to find the wedding dress of your dreams. When you are a bride-to-be that has a curvy figure, then it is best to find a terrific plus size bridal gown that flatters your body and gives you an incredible look. Today more than ever there are plenty of amazing wedding dresses available for the plus size bride, you simply have to know where to look and the best style to fit your particular body type.
If you think about it, any wedding dress no matter what size you are should be just right in every aspect. The perfect dress will help to bring out your very best features while helping you to disguise some of those that you would not rather have noticed. Never be afraid to try on any number of dresses until you find just the right one. After all, this is your special day so it is imperative that you are extremely pleased with how your wedding dress makes you look and feel.
When you are a bride that is bigger in the bust area, then you may want to look for a gorgeous gown that has a larger skirt, such as the ballerina style. The flare at the bottom will help to even out your large bust and completely round out the look. Additionally, if you have a larger bust line than your waist, you are considered to have what is called an apple shaped figure. This can be addressed with a neckline that is in the shape of a v. The plunge here will give you just enough of a distraction!
After you choose your dress, make sure that you have everything else that is needed for your big day. Many plus size brides will have an issue with their shoes being too tight. If you cannot find a wide size to fit your feet comfortably, then think about having the shoes stretch by a local shoe store or even your bridal shop where you purchased your wedding dress. This extra comfort will go a long way during your big day. Do not forget an extra pair of white flip flops or satin slippers that match your gown just in case your shoes do give you a hard time!
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20 Men’s Plus Size Hallowen Costumes Under $40
Last week we had a look at 20 different options for women’s plus size Halloween costumes all under $40. Of course a lady should not go to a Halloween party unaccompanied, and so today we’re listing down 20 plus size Halloween costume options for men, again all under $40!
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20 Plus Size Halloween Costumes Under $40 for Women
Since Halloween is soon approaching, I decided to bring to you some frugal options, which will let you have a fun Halloween, without breaking the bank! Below are 20 plus size Halloween costume options for women, all of which are priced under $40! Have a look at the selection below, and keep watching this space for a similar list to be published soon, focusing on men’s plus size Halloween costumes.
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How to Build a Work Wardrobe for Women
Guest post by: Elizabeth Ann West
We all have stages in our lives where our clothes just do not match our new pursuits. The most common crisis for a woman’s wardrobe is starting a new job. One huge transition is from the free T-shirt craze in college to looking professional on the job. Moving from stay-at-home-Mom or college crammer to super career woman, one truth is universally present: the funds are limited for buying work clothes. Learn the basics of building a wardrobe for work so you do not waste any part of your budget on unnecessary items.
The first step is to look at your current wardrobe and set aside any pieces that are appropriate for work. Remember to take into consideration fit when determining appropriateness. Take digital pictures with your cell phone if you need to so you can find selections in stores that pair well. This is going to be your base, and it can be as large as a few button down shirts to as tiny as one pair of black pants.
Next, figure out what you need to get through one full week of work. The best wardrobes are made of pieces that are interchangeable. Even if you are someone who generally enjoys wearing flashy prints and patterns, to build a work wardrobe it is best to pick two to three key colors that go well together. The most common color families are the cools–blues, purples, grays, and blacks–or the warms– earthy browns, tans, creams, and greens. Just beginning, pick one of the two major color families to work within so you can mix and match without revealing how limited your clothing choices really are.
When selecting pieces for the work wardrobe before a paycheck, resist the urge to get anything with loud prints or highly stylized in fashion, cut, or trim. Save the flashiness for accessories; they are a much lower cost investment in case fashion changes. Simple, flattering cuts of basic colors will pair well with accessories of all types. A baby blue buttoned-down cardigan goes well with silver or gold gemstone jewelry, or a costume necklace with a multi-colored stone pendant. A boring brown jacket comes alive with a bright earthy toned scarf hung loosely under the lapels or with a pinned costume broach.
Until real money is coming in and you set aside money for monthly additions to the wardrobe, shoes are not accessories. By starting with only one of the major color families, you should only need two pairs of comfortable but classic work shoes. Eventually, we all realize we spend so much time at the office and in our work “uniform,” it is worth the boost in happiness to wear what makes us feel good. For the beginning of any work wardrobe though, the good feeling really needs to be physical when it comes to shoes, and not emotional from the cuteness.
Finally, to avoid buying “just the deals and steals,” write out the work wardrobe pieces you are looking for before you go to the stores. A small note with the number of slacks, skirts, and tops with specific color types will help you avoid a hodge podge of clothes once you are home. Sure, two of the shirts you bought were only $5 each, but perhaps they only go with one pair of pants. When one of the outfit pieces goes out of commission, either from snagging in a car door or an unfortunate coffee spill, and it puts TWO major pieces of your wardrobe on the “injury list.” It is vital when you have little to work with that all the clothing works in at least two different combinations.
It is very easy to let the excitement of a new job bleed over into buying clothes for that first week. A budget for each item will also help because it will prevent you from talking yourself into “deserving” a flashier or designer piece of clothing. Remember, until you actually start working, you have the time to really hunt and only settle for the clothes that fit perfectly, look great together, and give you the most options come Monday morning. One day you may need a bit of happiness from the clothes you wear to work to give a little motivation, but you shouldn’t need a work wardrobe to fill this role until the enchantment of “new job” wears off.
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Aussie Plus Size Model Returns from the Big Apple for Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival
New York Based Model, Elizabeth Green, arrived in Sydney, Australia to star in the FIRST EVER plus size fashion parade at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (RSFF).
Elizabeth was the celebrity model at the city chic parades to be held at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival event at Martin Place, on Thursday, August 20.
City Chic is a brand that designs high street fashion for young curvaceous sassy girls who are a full size 14 plus+!
Green was signed with premier modeling agency Ford Models New York in 2008 and has worked in the Big Apple for major clients including Macy’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenny, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant and various magazines.
She says, “the Plus-Size market in the United States offers a different look and feel to Australia. With the Australian market strongly focusing on offering items that are young, sexy and on trend. I’ve always wanted to buy garments I look and feel hot in that are similar to those my slimmer friends were purchasing and with city chic’s collection now I can!”
“For example a highlight of the city chic parade will be the launch of exclusive Ed Hardy designs for plus size girls!”
Her Australian Agent, Darrianne Donnelly owner of BGM model agency, says, “Elizabeth represents a coup for the ongoing debates surrounding the fashion industry. Sizing up at a healthy size 14, she is breaking middle ground in an industry obsessed with measurables”.
Donnelly continues, “Having spent her formative years being told to ‘slim down’ she left the glamour of modeling to pursue her English studies at Macquarie University. However, it wasn’t long before she was asked to return to the circuit.
The industry was changing and magazines began requesting curvier girls”
Elizabeth rebranded herself as a ‘plus size’ model and began appearing in local campaigns for Bonds, Lovable and three television campaigns for Kellogg’s Special K cereal.
Before going on the books of Ford New York, Elizabeth went to Milan.
“Sure I drew comparisons to Megan Gale, and hey who wouldn’t be flattered by that? However, people would comment on how beautiful they though I was but also said they thought I was too big to be a model.”
“I found this confronting as the average size Australian woman is now 14 to 16. However, determined to model in Italy I became a ‘taglia piu forte’ – a plus size model and worked successfully in this market.
Green concluded, “I’m delighted to be back in Australia and to be the celebrity model for city chic at the inaugural plus size parades at RSFF.”
The Curvy Catwalk at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival
Earlier this week we gave you an update on how plus size models in Australia made history when they appeared on the catwalk of the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, wearing various stylish pieces from City Chic. Today I wanted to give you more of a glimpse of what actually hit the runway that day, by presenting you with some exclusive images from the actual show. Enjoy! (Remember, click on the images to view a full size version of the photo.)
Frugal Fridays: Plus Size Halloween Costumes for Women
I know it’s perhaps too early to start thinking about Halloween, but hey it’s never a bad thing to be prepared for an occasion right? So today we’re taking a look at a selection of plus size Halloween costumes for women, which will have you looking wonderfully festive, while being very mild on your budget.
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Plus Size Models Make Australian Fashion History
Blitzing the runway at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival for city chic, on Thursday 20th August, in Sydney, Australia. The line up included Aussie plus size super model from New York, Elizabeth Green.
Eighteen size 14,16 & size 18 models blitzed their skinnier sisters out of the water with the first ever plus size fashion parade held at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival on Thursday 20th August 2009.
It was the first time such an event has been part of a major Australian fashion week. The event received an overwhelming response from both the crowd and the media, hailing the fact that it was about time to see gorgeous curvy women on the catwalk.
There was a definite vibe of excitement and fun in the air from the crowd and the models. The models owned the catwalk like they had been doing this for years, and there was of course city chic’s ’s closing model Laura who gave the crowd more then an eyeful when she tore off her skirt.
Phil Ryan, GM of city chic, says, ”It’s about time the fuller figured woman is represented on the catwalk. We’re proud to stage these plus size parades as we’re actually showcasing the average sized Australian woman i.e. size 14!”
“Plus we’ll be showing all the hot items for Spring 09 – available in sizes 14 – 24. These are exactly the same as the hot items designed for size 8’s and 10’s because, at city chic, we believe every sized woman should be able to wear the latest fashion”.
“Our customers are sassy. They’re bold, they’re proud and they embrace their curves.”
“Our city chic ‘role models’ are Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and our very own Ricki-Lee Coulter – all fuller figured women who are happy in their skin!”
Hot stories in the city chic collection include:
- Garden Party florals for Racewear and special events
- Rock Chick for Clubbing
- Ed Hardy exclusive items for city chic.
Check out some exclusive images from the City Chic plus size fashion show below (click image for full size view)…
Stay tuned for more exclusive photos!
Torrid, Introduces the 2009 House of Dreams Model Search Winners
Seven lucky winners will rock the runway at the 2009 Torrid House of Dreams Fashion Event to be held on September 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Torrid, has selected the seven winners of the 2009 Torrid House of Dreams Model Search, the world’s largest plus-size modeling contest. The winners were selected from over 5,000 entries from all over the US. Finalists were chosen based on beauty, style, personality, and their potential to represent the Torrid brand’s unique blend of youthful fashion, confidence and glamour. Finalists’ popularity with Torrid fans, who were able to vote for their favorite models at www.torrid.com, was also a consideration in determining this year’s winners.
As guests of honor at the Torrid House of Dreams event, the winners will be modeling original designs created by students from FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Torrid has partnered with FIDM for this year’s House of Dreams event which will be held on the FIDM campus, West Coast home of Project Runway. House of Dreams benefits The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Torrid’s long time partner in the fight against breast cancer. This event kicks off a month long Torrid campaign to support National Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
- Heather, North Pole, Alaska
- Nikki, Northridge, California
- Taylor, DeWitt, Michigan
- Daron, Vancouver, Washington
- Natalie, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
- Emma, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- April, Beaver Creek, Oregon
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Update Your Wardrobe with Well Chosen Accessories – Part 2
In the first part of this article, which was published last week, we looked at how you can select certain accessories and pair them up with existing items in your wardrobe to spruce up any outfit. Today we’re back with even more tips on this topic, which will help you stay stylish without spending too much.
The Versatile Scarf
A scarf can change the look of an outfit completely. Try wearing a scarf under a plain colored suit jacket instead of wearing a blouse. Fold the scarf around your neck and pin it carefully under the neckline of the suit jacket. You can achieve three different looks by sometimes wearing a bold patterned scarf, sometimes wearing a scarf with a tiny print, and sometimes wearing a soft pastel colored scarf.
A pretty scarf will dress up a plain straw hat. Choose a scarf that will complement the rest of your outfit. You can match the color of your scarf to your footwear, handbag, or clothing.
A large scarf can double as a sarong when you are at the beach. Tie your scarf at the waist and wear it at a long length to highlight your legs. Choose a floral patterned scarf to wear with a plain colored costume or bikini. A plain scarf will blend in well with a bold patterned costume or bikini top.
The Finishing Touches
Earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bangles will all complete an outfit. You can liven up neutral colored clothing with the addition of a brightly colored pendant, necklace, or bangle. Matching earrings will provide the final additions to your outfit. Women with curvy figures should avoid wearing small items of jewellery. A curvaceous figure will appear to advantage in large chunky items of jewellery. Petite woman can emphasize their delicate size by wearing tiny or fragile looking pieces of jewellery.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how easily you can alter the appearance of your clothing by the addition of new accessories. A few subtle changes can make a great deal of difference to any outfit. Shop carefully, so you can wear the same accessories with a variety of outfits. Save money this season by updating your wardrobe with beautiful accessories.
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