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    A+ Wardrobe Tips for Curvy College Girls

    Plus Size Fashion Tips for College GirlsGuest Post by Carol Montrose

    Perhaps you’ve heard that real women have curves. The truth is that women come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they receive equal representation when it comes to clothing styles and sizes. The curvy girls out there know that it can be hard to assemble a sensational wardrobe when you’re nowhere near a slender size 2 (or even a 10). And when you’re getting ready to head to college, you want a closet full of garments that help you look like the serious student and the adult woman that you are. So here are a few tips to help you find the individual pieces that will have you looking your best on campus.

    1. Fit Matters

    Did you know that wearing baggy, oversized clothes will only hide your curves and make you look bigger? So ditch the boxy t-shirts and sweats that you live in during the lazy days of summer and go for clothing that is both fitted and flattering. Some of the sexiest women around have curves for miles and they’re not afraid to show them. Christina Hendricks, Queen Latifah, an Amber Riley (just to name a few) are all proof positive that it is possible to wear fitted outfits that show your curves and make you look fantastic.

    2. Jeans

    This everyday item may be hard to shop for when you’re plus sized (or even just curvy). But with more companies creating “curvy” styles, you may have an easier time of it. Look for versions that have a straight leg or boot cut as well as a mid-rise (rather than a low-rise that could lead to a muffin top, even if you don’t have one normally). And always remember that a pair that fits everywhere but the waist can easily be taken in at an alterations shop; for a little extra cost you can have a pair of jeans that’s custom fitted.

    3. Tops

    It’s all too easy to reach for a t-shirt when you’re late for class, but these shapeless garments will do nothing to help you look like a lady. Instead, seek tops that are still comfortable but offer a little added value. Consider jersey knit as an alternative to regular tees; it’s super comfy but drapes better than standard cotton tee material. Look for gathering or a band at the waist to emphasize your narrowest part, with a flare to the hip (no longer or shorter).

    4. The LBD

    Don’t think that you have to squeeze into a smaller size in order to wear the little black dress. Every girl should have one in her closet, and the only requirement is that it makes you feel amazing. Of course, if it makes you look amazing, that’s a step in the right direction. So here are a couple of things to look for. The most figure-flattering shape will nip in at your natural waist and then flare out into an A-line skirt, effectively hiding any potential problem areas. You may also want to opt for a V-neck to elongate your neckline, a wide strap for extra support (of the girls) and a hemline that hits at or just above the knee (to accentuate the length of your legs. These are the hallmarks of the perfect LBD. Then class it up with some pumps and a pearl necklace or go casual with flats and a colorful cardigan.

    5. Accessories

    Don’t underestimate the power of a few well-placed accessories to pull a look together. This could include jewelry, hair accessories, bags, shoes, and virtually anything that embellishes your outfit. Just be careful not to go overboard. Follow the old fashion adage; before you leave your dorm room, remove one piece of jewelry.

    Carol Montrose writes for where you can design your own custom clothing at affordable prices.

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    Posted by Sarah - August 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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    JD Williams Revamps Website & Launches Autumn 2011 Collection

    JD WilliamsJD Williams, one of the UK’s leading home shopping companies and online retailers of women’s plus size clothing in sizes 12-34, has re-launched their website with a brand new look and feel for their latest Autumn 2011 fashion collections.

    Bringing together great value for money pieces for the fuller figured woman, the new women’s clothing range offers an affordable fashion collection for women to quickly and easily update their look for the new season with the latest styles for the autumn and winter months on a budget.

    From coats and knitwear to jeans and dresses from both their own brand line as well as names like Joanna Hope and Changes by Together, the new plus size clothing collection has something for all occasions and individual styles, making use of this season’s key looks and shades that make easy to wear and versatile additions to any wardrobe.

    There are also new footwear styles for the season too including practical winter boots, stylish ankle boots and also introducing evening shoes for the party season too, with many in a choice of foot and calf widths too. Shoppers will also find new lingerie collections too with bras in A-JJ cups and 34-56 backs as well as some K and L cup bras too, while the latest lingerie pieces offer briefs, nightwear and shapewear in sizes 12-34.

    JD Williams have also launched a Petite collection for autumn 2011 too, which has been designed for women under 5ft1 with a selection of trousers, skirts, dresses, tops and coats in shorter lengths, offering petite plus size women the perfect fit when it comes to shopping online.

    The newly redesigned website and brand new plus size fashion collection for Autumn 2011 is available to buy online now. You can also choose to pay now or spread the cost by paying on your account. Visit JD Williams website: .

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    Posted by Sarah - August 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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    Queen Latifah Launches the Queen Collection on HSN

    Shop the Queen Latifah Collection at HSN! Last Saturday 27th August, Queen Latifah launched her brand new clothing and accessory line, which she has aptly called the Queen Collection. This collection is now available exclusively through HSN (the Home Shopping Network).

    This has been a long awaited collection; I know that many plus size women look up to Queen Latifah for her sense of style and confidence, so this Queen Collection will be very much welcome within the plus community! Having said that, I was slightly disappointed to see that the sizes of most items in the collection go up to just 3XL: this will surely leave some women disappointed, especially seeing the gorgeous styles available in this collection.

    I’ve browsed around and so far I am loving the Suede Moto Jacket with leather trim and the Sequin Tim V-neck Tunic. I do hope more styles are added on to this collection, and more importantly it is expanded to cater for women sized over 3XL.

    Besides sweaters, jackets, dresses, jeans, leggings and ponchos, the Queen Collection also includes a variety of stylish handbags and accessories.

    So, what do you think of the long awaited Queen Collection?

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    Posted by Sarah - August 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

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    Guess Who’s Wearing IGIGI Lately?

    Gabourey Sidibe Wearing IGIGI

    The wonderful Gabourey Sidibe was this month spotted strutting her stuff wearing a fabulous IGIGI dress. Show above attending The Cinema Society & Altoids screening of The Weinstein Company’s “Our Idiot Brother” in New York City, Gabourey is wearing the Iliana Knot Dress in purple from IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel. I love the look… what do you think?

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    Posted by Sarah - August 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

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    5 Ways To Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

    Kiyonna Little Black DressThe little black dress, or LBD as it is oftentimes referred to, is a staple item in every woman’s wardrobe. You will find an LBD in the majority of women’s closets, and for good reason. A little black dress can take you lots of places; it can be casual, can be perfect for a cocktail event or party, and it can also work for the office. The trick is knowing how to accessorize it well.

    Let’s face it, every woman loves a little black dress because it also helps disguise any bumps, and is the perfect dress for those days when you’re feeling bloated.

    To truly make the most of your little black dress, you have to know how to accessorize it. You can really create a completely different out every time you wear your little black dress, if you know how to accessorize it properly. So below are 5 ways how you can accessorize your little black dress to create a different outfit every time you wear it.

    1. Add a Belt

    This is one of the easiest things you can do to spice up your little black dress, and it can also be the most effective a belt can really give a whole new look to your dress. You can wear a thin belt, in a striking color or even animal print. Though if you want to be bold wear a wide belt in a color such as red, or even in an animal print. Now that will really create a different look, and it will also flatter your figure as it will tuck in your waist, helping to create a more define look.

    2. Wear a Scarf

    This is a trick I like to use when I need to add a little bit of chic flair to my little black dress, and this works very well for a sophisticated office look. Grab your favorite scarf, it can be a silk scarf or even a chiffon scarf, and wrap it around your neck. You can wrap it slightly tightly if you have a define neck, though if you’re like me and your neck isn’t really that long, I suggest you keep it loose. You can leave the loose end of the ‘tie’ to one side. Opt for a scarf with a bold color or print for a more striking look.

    3. Put On Bold Shoes

    Now since I love shoes (my husband likes to call me a ‘shoe-aholic’) this is my very favorite way to accessorize a little black dress. Find a pair of high heeled bold color shoes, think of colors like blue, pink, red, green or orange. Actually, simply pick your favorite color! Or if you are really adventurous, pick a pair of animal print shoes. Now although I mentioned high-heeled shoes, if you are not comfortable with wearing them, you can opt for something more manageable like a kitten heel, that does the trick too. The important thing is to add that touch of bold color or print to your LBD.

    4. Choose a Striking Handbag

    Now this idea is perfect for someone who doesn’t like wearing bold shoes, or prefers to wear simple flats with their little black dress. You can still add a touch of color, or even animal print, to your look just by wearing a striking handbag. Choose a small or larger style handbag depending on the event, though definitely choose one in a bold color.

    5. Wear a Chunky Necklace

    If you prefer wearing jewelry, then this will come naturally to you. Wear a big chunky necklace with your little black dress. This will make you stand out from the crowd, and will help create a sophisticated look. Again, ideally go for something in a bold color, though something in silver or gold tone will also work wonderfully.

    So there you go, 5 ways how you can easily accessorize your little black dress to create a stylish look. But remember, your little black dress is truly like a blank canvas. Be creative with how you wear your favorite LBD and do not be afraid to try out different things.

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    Posted by Sarah - August 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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    Save On City Chic’s Lady Vamp Collection

    City Chic Lady Vamp Collection

    Have you checked out the new collections available at City Chic recently? They had added a lot of brand new items, and part of these new arrivals is the Lady Vamp Collection.

    Like all other City Chic styles, the Lady Vamp collection includes a lot of bold and striking designs. From now jackets, to military jackets, to party dressed and casual cardis, this collection includes a variety of items to suit you every day needs.

    City Chic are running a special on all purchases from the Lady Vamp collection now until 31st August, 2011. You can in fact save 15% OFF your purchase from this collection just by using coupon code 15OFFLV at checkout. This sale runs only at and until the end of the month.

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    Posted by Sarah - August 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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    Last Day: Save 30% During the IGIGI Season Finale Sale

    IGIGI Season Finale SaleHurry ladies, this is your last chance to take advantage of the great Season Finale Sale currently going on at IGIGI, where you can get 30% OFF select items.

    So head on to, browse through the special Season Finale Sale section (you will find the link for this section in the top menu). You will be able to enjoy 30% OFF the price of all items in this special section. To grab the discount, you will need to use coupon code SEASONFINALE at checkout. Remember the discount applies to items in this select category only.

    To give you an idea of what items you can find in this section, here are my favorite items, those I’m truly itching to buy:

    IGIGI Plus Size Lydia Maxi Dress in Black
    Lydia Maxi Dress in Black

    IGIGI Plus Size Lucia Lace Gown
    Lucia Lace Gown

    IGIGI Plus Size Exceptionnelle Jacket in Aqua
    Exceptionnelle Jacket in Aqua

    IGIGI Plus Size Valentina Ruffle Top in Sunkiss Orange
    Valentina Ruffle Top in Sunkiss Orange

    IGIGI Plus Size Analee Ruffle Top
    Analee Ruffle Top

    IGIGI Plus Size Dahlia Dress
    Dahlia Dress

    This sale ends today Monday 15th August, at noon (PST) so hurry ladies and visit right away.

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    Posted by Sarah - August 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

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    Evans Launches New Autumn Boots Collection

    Evans stone slouch ankle bootNew knee high boots, ankle boots, wedge heel boots and biker boots mark the start of a new season of beautiful boots available at evans.

    Online PR News - Award-winning plus-size ladies clothing retailer evans is helping women step out in style this Autumn with a new range of boots. Women visiting evans stores and will find a great range of fashionable styles to suit all tastes available in sizes un-available in regular high street stores.

    One of the benefits of buying boots at evans is they come in sizes 4 -11 with wide fit E and extra wide fit EEE. They are specially designed to give extra room around the calves so customers feel comfortable and content in their boots from the tips of their toes to the length of the rim.

    To take the guesswork out of choosing the correct size for their feet, customers can consult an online fitting guide and fitting video at This is located in the Behind The Curve area on the top bar of the homepage and shows customers where to take measurements that determine their shoe size.

    Armed with the correct size, new Autumn styles include:

    • Biker Boots – perfect for busy days out and about, battling the elements. Or simply to add a rock chick element to any outfit
    • Brogue Ankle Boots – can’t decide between a shoe and a boot? Now you don’t have to as evans has made one of it’s most popular shoes, the brogue, into a boot. Perfect for Autumn’s preppy look. Wear with leggings and an oversized shirt or blouse.
    • Knee High Boots – the ultimate Autumn boot as you can wear them with jeans as well as knee length skirts. Browns and tans are the key colours for 2011.
    • Ankle Boots – Ankle boots look lovely with jeans, offering your feet more protection than court shoes, which is ideal for damp days. Lace up ankle boots support your foot so you can wear them from day to night. The suede pairs are lovely for evenings as they’re strokeably soft.

    Before making a purchase at, shoppers can look at ratings and reviews by other customers who are invited to review their purchases in terms of fit, design, quality and value.

    Orders placed at can now be delivered to more than 100 countries around the world.

    While online, customers can also join the community of evans shoppers by reading our ahead of the curve area and the Fashion Fix blog. There is an option to sign up for evans newsletters to keep up to date with style advice and offers.

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    Posted by Sarah - August 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

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    Highlights of the Upcoming 2011 International Fuller Woman Expo

    The 5th Annual International Fuller Woman Expo, the 3rd in the United States, will be held on September 10, 2011 at the Detroit Historical Museum in Downtown Detroit,  Michigan.

    2011 International Fuller Woman Expo

    The International Fuller Woman Expo features products, services and seminars that give plus size women a day of education, empowerment and enjoyment.   As the largest international consumer event for plus size women, the Expo provides an excellent opportunity for businesses and organizations to target their core audience as well as reinforce their company’s image within the plus size community.

    Returning this year is talk show host, comedian and actress Ms. Kim Coles as the keynote speaker. She is best known for her portrayal of Sinclair on the hit television show, “Living Single” , a role that garnered her 4 NAACP Image award nominations. Ms.Coles is the host of the popular game show “Pay it Forward” on BET, making her the 1st African American Woman to ever host a prime-time game show.  Ms.Coles is also the co-host of  “My Black is Beautiful”, a talk show that celebrates the diverse and unique qualities in African American women.

    Highlights of the 2011 International Fuller Woman Expo Include:

    • DeLores Pressley. The 2009 keynote speaker returns to Detroit, Michigan.  She brings her impressive blend of personal and professional experience to her presentations that allow her to connect with her audience, inspiring and energizing them to take their confidence and success to the next level.
    • Plus Modeling 101 with Jeannie Ferguson. As an aspiring model, you want to know all there is to know to make it in the industry. Learn the fundamentals from industry professionals such as Brand Management, challenges facing plus models today and how to overcome them, plus model etiquette, and more.
    • Curvy Café. New this year is the “Curvy Café” where you can partake some great food in between all the networking and shopping.
    • Curves in Motion Fashion Showcase. Join sponsors IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel and in highlighting innovative, ready to wear fashions from around the world. The show presents a showcase exploding with entertainment and fashion for your curves!!  This year’s show will present a special wedding segment for the curvy bride.
    • The Evolution of the Revolution” panel discussion. Every year the Fuller Woman Expo discusses ways to elevate the plus community. This year’s topic is “Plus Positivity In A Negative Society”.
    • Plus positive Vendors. Businesses that cater to the International Fuller Woman will be in attendance from across the country. They will be bringing with them products and services that cater to the plus size consumer from the inside, out.

    Admission to the International Fuller Woman Expo is $10.  This gives you access to the above highlights.  To purchase tickets, to become a vendor or sponsor and for additional information visit

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    Posted by Sarah - August 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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    Grab an Extra 20% OFF All Sale Items at Yours Clothing

    Pink Floral Jewel Detail Maxi Dress - 30-32The Yours Clothing mega summer sale has just gotten even better. Besides adding many more items to the sale section, Yours Clothing have now knocked a further 20% OFF the price of all items on sale!

    These are the kind of bargains you can grab at Yours Clothing right now:

    • Dresses and jumpsuits from £4.80
    • Tops from £2.40
    • Shirts and blouses from £4.00
    • Crops and shorts from £4.00
    • T-shirts and vests from £2.40
    • Jeans and denim from £5.60
    • Leggings, jeggings and hareem pants from £2.40
    • Knitwear and cardigans from £4.00
    • Trousers from £5.60

    This sale has been running for a number of weeks already, in fact I already succumbed to shopping temptations during this sale a few weeks ago. You can have a look at the maxi dresses I managed to grab in fact in one of my earlier posts. The prices when I purchased these maxi dresses were already great, though now the discounts are even deeper!

    So go on, shop through the Yours Clothing mega summer sale right away and grab an extra 20% OFF all sale items. No coupon codes are required for the extra savings to be applied, and this sale runs until 18th August, 2011. So hurry ladies, and grab a bargain at Yours Clothing today! (Remember, Yours Clothing ships worldwide, and at affordable rates too.)

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    Posted by Sarah - August 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

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