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Plus Size City Styles

Plus Size City Styles

The Miami Look
Get it poppin’ in aquatic prints, flowing fabrics and snake-print leggings. How to get this look:

  • Blue Chiffon Watercolor Wrap Top
  • Matte Black Snake Print Leggings
  • Black Lace Hemmed Tank
  • Black Finella City Gladiator Heel
  • Silver Filigree Teardrop Earring
  • Silver Multi-Circle Link Necklace

The Los Angeles Look
I love this! Party in Malibu in a tie-dyed chiffon maxi dress and beachy accessories. Just follow these instructions to cook up this look:

  • Green Chiffon Tie-Dyed Maxi Dress
  • Gold Turquoise and Brown Bead 5-Row Necklace
  • Green Pheasant Feather Photo Print Finella Heel
  • Gold Bangle Bracelet 24-Pack
  • Hammered Silver Bangle Bracelet 12-Pack

The New York Look
Be part of it in a kimono sweater, serious silver hardware and fierce wildcat heels. Getting this look is easy, here’s how:

  • Purple Ribbed Kimono-Sleeve Sweater-Knit Top
  • White Textured Twill Flared Pant
  • Beige Wild Cat Photo Print Orsen Heel
  • Silver Dotted Oval Chain Belt
  • Silver Concentric Circle Cuff Bracelet

Top 4 Swimsuit Styles to Avoid

The beach is a great place for people watching as people of all shapes and sizes play in the sand and surf enjoying the first days of summer. No longer burdened by the heavy attire of winter, people arrive in an interesting array of swimsuit styles. Some of these beach fashions are flattering while some can be down right horrific, particularly if worn on the wrong body type. Here are some of the worst swimsuit styles you could see parading down the boardwalk, and which you should avoid at all costs:

1. The Monokini
This may be one of the worst bikini styles inflicted upon women so far, although it’s unlikely you’ll see it on the beaches of America. This is not because there aren’t people willing to wear it but because they might get arrested if they do. The monokini is really just another term for a topless bathing suit. This swimsuit was the brainchild of a European designer by the name of Rudi Gemreich who introduced this swimsuit style to the world in the mid 1960’s. Needless to say, it brought a firestorm of criticism from more conservative institutions and met with only short term commercial success, lasting only a season. Its influence is still being felt today as swimsuit designers use this principle to create skimpier swimsuits with less fabric. Although monokinis are still being manufactured, you probably won’t find them in their original form on the racks of most mainstream department stores. They’ve been transformed into bathing suits with strategic cutouts that are more socially acceptable but still a bit risqué.

2. The Thong
After Gemreich introduced the monokini in the mid 1960’s, he wasn’t finished yet. Undaunted by the lack of long term, commercial success of the monokini, he introduced the world to another ridiculously revealing bikini style, the thong. This little number was met with greater enthusiasm and more commercial success even though it still left a great deal of skin exposed. Even more significantly, the bikini thong wasn’t going to win any awards for comfort. Leaving most of the butt exposed to wondering eyes, it’s a bikini style that’s not for the faint of heart. It also requires a few trips to the gym if you’re over the age of twenty. This style is probably best worn in the bedroom.

3. Metallic Styles
There’s already enough glare on the beach. Why add to it by wearing a shiny, metallic bathing suit? Metallic styles run the gamut from solid colored suits in bright silver, gold, copper, and even a variety of metallic colors to bikinis with metallic accents. Although these styles certainly attract attention so does a metallic red fire truck. Both are probably best found off the beach.

4. Sheer and See Through
The monokini in its original form might not be around any more but you can still reveal almost everything in a sheer or see through bathing suit style. It’s nice to know there’s freedom of choice but some things are better left to the imagination.

Fortunately, with so many flattering styles of swimwear available, you’ll never have to fall victim to these swimwear disasters. When someone suggests you try one of these swimsuit styles, do yourself a favor and just say no. You’ll be glad you did.

The Perfect Summer Wide Width Pump

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I absolutely love shoes. I am a shoe-aholic and I confess to owning way too many shoes. But hey, everyone has their own weakness right?

Anyone who knows me will probably also know that I have a pretty wide pair of feet, so finding stylish and trendy shoes that fit comfortably is not a stroll in the park for me. That is why I shop in specialized stores, or at least stores which I know carry footwear for women with big feet, like me!

Wide Width Pump for Summer

Anyhow, that is a little intro into why I really wanted to share this little discovery of mine with you all. Mason Shoe, which carry a wide variety of quality shoes in a variety of widths, have just added to their collection an extremely stylish shoe, which to me will definitely be this Summer’s perfect wide width pump.

It’s very fashionable, stylish and can easily be worn with both a skirt and a pair of trousers. Versatility is key in a good pair of shoes you know! You want to have them go with many outfits, not only one. Plus, the Andiamo Women’s Symphony Pump is available in four great colors: fuchsia, black, bone and blue.

And the sizes it’s available in? You’ll be very glad to learn that it’s available in sizes 5 to 12, with half sizes available from 5.5 to 9.5. All sizes are available in three different widths: B, D and E2. The price? Just $49.95. It think it’s a very fair price for a quality pair of versatile and comfortably fitting wide width shoe.

How to Wear a Flared Dress

Plus Size Sexy Elegant Halter Style DressIt’s one of the hottest looks for the spring. It’s time to give your straight dresses and skirts a breather and make room for the ultra-feminine flare dress. This fashionable little number is being made popular by such celebrities as Renee Zellweger and Eva Mendes who look chic and “oh so girly” sporting these trendy dresses. If you’ve accustomed to wearing straight skirts and dresses, you may feel a little awkward giving this style a try. The good news is once you slip one on, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

The flare dress dates back to the 1950’s when this style dominated the fashion world for several years. When you look back at photos from that era and marvel at the tiny waist lines on the women of that day, you’ll understand the magic of the flare dress. This dress style can visually shave a few inches off the appearance of your waist line. It’s particularly flattering for women with a natural hour glass shape. If your shape is not quite voluptuous enough, this dress can give you the curves you’ve always wanted. If you’re carrying around a few extra pounds in the hip area, a flare dress will skillfully hide the truth underneath feminine billows of material.

How do you choose a flare dress that’s right for you?
Full figured women should choose a flare dress in a dark color with a longer, flared skirt. Avoid one that has ruffles or too much detailing. Steer clear of bright colors and prints. Simple will be more flattering to you.

If you have a toned upper body and a firm bust line, try one of the off the shoulder or strapless flare dresses that will be so popular this spring. This is a wonderful look for a daytime wedding or a nighttime summer party. If you’re petite and slender, choose a flare dress with a little less flounce at the bottom to avoid overwhelming your small frame. This look can be dazzling on your figure type.

What’s the best way to accessorize a flare dress?
This look is so feminine and dramatic that it looks best with simple accessories that won’t detract from the drama of the dress. If you’re wearing a strapless flare dress, resist the urge to add a heavy necklace and let your neckline go bare instead. Scoop your hair up into a loose, feminine up-do and add some eye catching dangle earrings for the perfect party look. Don’t forget about selecting the right shoes. Flare dresses are perfectly suited for feminine stilettos and high heels. A backless mule type heel is also a pretty look.

Because all trends eventually run their course, resist the urge to buy a closet full of flare dresses. Buy one or two basic ones to take you through the spring season and enjoy wearing this very pretty look while it lasts.

Kiyonna's Rainbow Collection

Kiyonna Rainbow CollectionDo you need a black dress? You will definitely want to opt for a more colorful option when you see Kiyonna’s newest colorful options.

With a brand new collection of little bright dresses adorned with cleverly feminine details, you’re sure to find your dress du jour!

Here is an overview of a couple of options within this collection:

  • Tory Cinch Dress: Getting dresses will be a cinch with the styling of this chic faux wrap dress. The gentle gathering to one side and a cascading ruffle details create a slimming hourglass figure that is sure to turn heads.
  • Ciara Ruffle Chiffon Dress: This gorgeous dress features cascading chiffon ruffles, which lend s whimsical couture charm to this curve skimming silhouette. Give you classic black dress a break and indulge in a little color therapy. Strong vibrant colors balance this lightweight chiffon confection. Perfectly paired up with stilettos and a clutch bag.

Sitewide Sale at SwimsuitsForAll

Your Best Look Lily Garden Plus Size Tankini have just launched a sitewide sale, with major brands being reduced to 40% below department store prices! Now that’s some savings!

But that’s not all actually, as you can now take an additional 15% off your order. Simply use coupon code save15 upon checkout for savings to be made. With many items starting at only $19, you can get your hands on a new quality plus size swimsuit at an amazing price.

This offer is not valid on clearance items.

Ends Today: Torrid's 50% Off Clearance Sale

TorridTorrid’s 50% off clearance sale ends today ladies, so if you haven’t shopped through this grand sale yet, today is your last chance.

Everyone is on a tight budget these days, so a good deal is always welcome. During thid sale Torrid is slashing 50% off the price of all the items in their clearance section, which always includes a wide selection of stylish plus size items. And we’re not talking last season and out-dated stuff, this selection consists of up to the minute designs. Visit this super sale today.

IGIGI Sale of the Century Begins

IGIGI have just launched a massive sale, which they have named the Sale of the Century. At first I though this was quite a bombastic name to give to a sale. But once I saw the offers IGIGI has on offer, the name started making absolute sense, because this isn’t just any old sale. It is the sale you have been waiting for if you are an IGIGI fan (and if you’re not, you will probably become one soon!).

This sale is somewhat different to what we’re used to. It starts by offering an additional 30% off select sale items, and gradually increases over some weeks to finally reach the culmination on 5th May, when IGIGI start offering ad additional 75% off select sale items! Yes, that is 75%. The magic coupon code needed throughout this sale is SALECENTURY, and here are all the details:

  • Starting Now! – take an additional 30% off
  • Starting April 21 – take an additional 40% off
  • Starting April 28 – take an additional 50% off
  • Starting May 5 – take an additional 75% off

This grand sale ends 12th May, 2009. I suggest you start shopping at IGIGI today if you want to purchase something as a greatly reduced price and find your size. Quantities are limitied, so shop early to avoid disappointment. View IGIGI’s collection of quality plus size clothing today.

Frugal Fridays: Wide Width Shoes

We’ve looked at a variety of items in our Frugal Fridays corner over the past weeks, including plus size bridal gowns, swimwear, hoodies and tops, peasant tops, and even plus size dresses. However we haven’t yet stopped to look at selections of footwear available to us, and obviously a stunning outfit is not complete without the perfect pair of shoes. So today we’re taking a look at a small selection of super prices wide width shoes.

Price: $29.99
An easy choice for workdays as well as weekends. Features leather upper, Tricot lining and removable foam insole. The flexible rubber like sole and elastic gored center panel ensures a comfortable fit.

Laden Platform Slingback Wide
Laden Platform Slingback Wide
Price: $24.99
This chic slingback has a natural touch for spring. It features a pretty peep toe, an adjustable buckle for the perfect fit and a 4″ cork-print heel with platform. Lightly padded footbed for comfort.

Price: $19.99
Look and feel good with this richly styled day to evening dress pump. The plush foam insole and easy flex pliable composite rubber sole makes for a comfortable fit.

Price: $24.99
A tastefully updated dress pump in a super soft synthetic that is hard to distinguish from nappa leather! It features a notched vamp for a great instep fit. The smooth upper is highlighted by a shiny heel cover and the vamp cross lace.

Hilt Patent Pump Wide
Hilt Patent Pump Wide
Price: $17.99
Like the Little Black Dress, this hot pump is a closet essential. It features liquid shiny patent, a softly pointed toe and a sultry 3.75″ heel. Padded insole for comfort.

New Plus Size Swimwear Styles Launched at Torrid

Every year Torrid launches a fashion forward and stylish range of plus size swimsuit, and this year is definitely no expection. Torrid have just launched a range of colorful, trendy and stylish swimsuits for the Summer of 2009, all suit made especially for the plus size figure.

In this post I’ll be showcasing my top 5 favorite swimsuits from Torrid’s fabulous new line, though I encourage you to go ahead and visit Torrid to look at their complete range.

Black and White Zebra Print Halter Swim Top
1. Black and White Zebra Print Halter Swim Top

This has to be my favorite style at Torrid this season. It’s sassy and sexy, and will definitely help you get noticed on the beach this Summer, for all the right reasons of course! This very flattering swimsuit features silver O-ring detail on tie halter straps and a gathered empire waist. Just pair this top up with a black ruched swim short or a black swim skirt and you’ll be all set!

Black White Polka Dot Sweetheart Halter Swim Top
2. Black White Polka Dot Sweetheart Halter Swim Top
Another one of my ultimate favorites, this plus size swim top will have you looking like a sexy and curvaceous pinup girl! This halter swim top features large white polka dot print and a gathered sweetheart bust.

Black Neon Star Print Halter Swimsuit
3. Black Neon Star Print Halter Swimsuit
Be the colorful one on the beach with this trendy and fun swimsuit. It features an allover neon star print, and ruched sides with star charm ties. The molded cup shelf bra. and buckle detail at bust ensure maximum support and comfort.

Black Power Mesh Monokini Swimsuit
4. Black Power Mesh Monokini Swimsuit
Definitely a classic, this swimsuit style is always a winner, and will always having you looking hot! Thanks to power mesh side panels, this style gives a great figure flattering shape, whilst adding support and comfort.

Aqua Fuchsia Brown Olive Waffle Print Tankini Swim Top
5. Aqua Fuchsia Brown Olive Waffle Print Tankini Swim Top
This is a funky, cute and definitely colorful tankini styles swim top which will definitely help you make a fashion statement! In features a ruffle trim at the top, molded-cup shelf bra and removable adjustable straps for a perfect fit.

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