Fashion Tips

Valentine's Day Sorted with Torrid

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! If you already have plans for the day, but do not know what to wear, Torrid’s new Valentine Shop should definitely help you choose the right items for a special night. If you still do not know what you’re doing on the day, Torrid’s pieces might inspire you.

If you are going on a dinner date, one of these cute and feminine dresses might do the trick:

Black Chiffon Red Cabbage Rose Dress Fuchsia Floral Chiffon Black Dot Bust Dress Black Pink Ditsy Print Chiffon Tank Dress

If however, you’re staying indoors for a cozy and sexy evening with your partner, the options below might help you keep things warm on a cold Winter’s night:

Red White Hearts Ruffled Bustier and Thong Set Red and Pink Sheer Mesh Babydoll and G-String Set Black Mesh and Leopard Bustier

For more plus size accessories to help you make Valentine’s Day extra special, do visit the special Valentine’s Collection available at Torrid.

Plus Size Denim Trends for Winter 2009

It just may be the ultimate in comfort fabric. Who doesn’t dream of slipping on a pair of denim pants or a cut-off pair of denim shorts when they return home from work? Denim can take on so many forms from the ubiquitous, casual jean jacket worn on a weekend outing to a long denim skirt paired with boots for an afternoon affair. Just as fashion trends come and go, so do denim styles. Here are some of the most important denim trends for winter 2009.

Riley Wide Leg Trouser JeanDark Denim
There was a time when faded jeans were the rage but the tide has turned and dark denim has been rediscovered. The advantages of dark denim are considerable. While light, faded jeans are soft and fun to wear, dark jeans are less casual and can be worn for dressier occasions. Who doesn’t appreciate the slimming effect dark denim has on the legs and thighs? A pair of dark jeans in your closet means you don’t have to dress up to go out. Just slip on dark jeans and a stylish belt, add a sweater and some cool boots or heels and you have a figure flattering, “go anywhere” look. This is one trend you can’t live without.

Weathered Jeans
Although dark denim is a force in fashion this fall, the distressed look will also be hot, particularly on college campuses. This is one time you can really appreciate holes in your clothing. In fact, you can find online videos showing how to tastefully destroy jeans to give them that “lived in” look. Holes are hot and rips are even better. Add a few stains and blotches and you have the recipe for fall fashion success.

Wide Leg Jeans
The slim, skinny jean has been the prevailing style for the past season. Although the slim jean will still have its place in 2009 fall and winter wardrobes, wide leg denim will make its appearance for those who are ready for a change. If you happen to be short or carry most of your weight below the waist, a wide leg style can visually add pounds. To offset this, wear wide leg jeans with higher heels to add height and avoid styles that have cuffs which can make legs look shorter. If this look isn’t for you, never fear, you can still wear skinny jeans this fall and look fashionable.

However you choose to wear them jeans and denim are a classic that will never go out of style. Have fun wearing the new denim trends this fall!

My Weekend Shopping Spree at Torrid

So this weekend Torrid has been running their infamous 50% off clearance sale… and so I decided it was just the right time to give my wardrobe a little update. I really just could not help myself, so in this post I just want to share with you what I grabbed at Torrid yesterday.

Black Chiffon Red Stars Flutter-Sleeve Dress
Black Chiffon Red Stars Flutter-Sleeve Dress
Original price: $57.98 / I got it for: $28.99
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably realized that I absolutely love dresses. They are comfortable, feminine, and this particular one has a very unique style and design. I cannot wait to receive it!

Black and Royal Blue Striped Sweater Dress
Black and Royal Blue Striped Sweater Dress
Original price: $47.98 / I got it for $23.99
I’ve had my eye on this dress ever since Torrid introduced it to their collection last Fall. It looks so comfortable, and can be very versatile, taking you from a casual to a more smart occasion easily.

Brown Button-Cuff Cross-Dye Short-Sleeved Jacket
Brown Button-Cuff Cross-Dye Short-Sleeved Jacket
Original price: $40.98 / I got it for $20.49
At this super price, I thought this jacket was definitely a steal. I discovered this jacket because I was looking for some cropped pants for Spring/Summer, and I found the matching pants below. So I thought, this makes a very cute set!

Brown Button-Cuff Cross-Dye Cropped Pant
Brown Button-Cuff Cross-Dye Cropped Pant
Original price: $23.97 / I got it for $11.99
This pair of versatile pants matches the jacket above. In Spring and Summer I am constantly wearing skirts and cropped pants, so I thought this makes a great find and addition for the warmer months.

Z. Cavaricci Soro Destruction Denim Cropped Pant
Z. Cavaricci Soro Destruction Denim Cropped Pant
Original price: $26.97 / I got it for $13.49
As I said, I practically live in cropped pants and jeans in the hot and warmer months… which I am now longing for. The cropped jeans I currently own have really worn out, so I definitely needed an update, and at this price this looked like an obvious choice.

Grey Button Tab Cropped Pant
Grey Button Tab Cropped Pant
Original price: $32.98 / I got it for $16.49
This is a smarter pair of cropped pants, perfect for nights out, or for any formal occasions. Matched with a tailored short, or a funky plus size top, and heels, these will look fab.

Black and Red Zebra Print Drape-Neck Top
Black and Red Zebra Print Drape-Neck Top
Original price: $28.98 / I got it for $14.49
This one is a exclusive, so you cannot find this piece in stores. I thought this looks pretty sexy, and comfortable, for nights out dancing.

Mauve Floral Hawaiian Print Halter Top
Mauve Floral Hawaiian Print Halter Top
Original price: $18.98 / I got it for $9.49
This super cute piece is perfect for the summer months, and at this bargain price I just could not resist grabbing one for myself.

Multicolored Bias Stripe Floral Print Halter Top
Multicolored Bias Stripe Floral Print Halter Top
Original price: $18.98 / I got it for $9.49
Same story with this top. I thought it was very cute, and I love wearing colors and so this top and the one above definitely stood out to me.

White Sizzling Strapless Lace Bra B-D Cup
White Sizzling Strapless Lace Bra B-D Cup
Original price: $14.98 / I got it for $7.49
This was one of the best bargain of this entire shopping spree I thought. A great bra at this ridiculous price!

Well now the waiting begins! I cannot wait to receive my order and try on everything. I love shopping online and receiving packages at home. I feel like a kid opening up Christmas presents!

The 50% off clearance sale is running until tomorrow, Monday 19th January. So you still have time to shop around for similar bargains. They have a great selection of plus size apparel at great prices, so if you want to update your wardrobe a bit, without breaking the bank, you definitely have to visit this 50% off clearance sale.

Plus Size Tops: Everyday Essentials in New Styles and Colors

This week Torrid has added a collection of great new basics to it’s collections. Having a nive assortment of tops in your closet is essential, and their new collection, Torrid lets you be versatile and stylish.

Show your true colors with some of their new graphics tees…

L.A. Ink Black Rose and Dagger Tee
L.A. Ink Black Rose and Dagger Tee

L.A. Ink Grey Skull Roses and Birds Tee
L.A. Ink Grey Skull Roses and Birds Tee

Ed Hardy Black Love Kills Slowly Tee
Ed Hardy Black Love Kills Slowly Tee

Bend on trend in a designer-inspired print…

Blue Koi Rose Long-Sleeved V-Neck Top
Blue Koi Rose Long-Sleeved V-Neck Top

Red and Blue Floral Chiffon Smocked Peasant Top
Red and Blue Floral Chiffon Smocked Peasant Top

Got with layers! These great basics will keep you cute and cozy…

Royal Blue V-Neck Dolman Sleeve Sweater
Royal Blue V-Neck Dolman Sleeve Sweater

Start fresh, and get your favorite tanks in new colors…

Violet Scoop-Neck Cami
Violet Scoop-Neck Cami

So go ahead, shop the all new Torrid plus size tops collection. As always very stylish and affordable.

The Perfect Curvy Winter Coat For You

Winter coats are an expensive investment. You want quality, warmth and style. You also want your new coat to survive beyond trends for two or more seasons, so picking a classic style is best.

Choosing a winter coat with style can be daunting. You love the long coats, but you think you’re too short. You love the short perky little jackets, but you think … ahem … your hips are too wide. You love the wide and flowing three-quarter length coats, but you think you’re too short and too wide. What’s a girl to do? Well, there is a coat out there to fit every size and shape.

Black and Ivory Houndstooth Woven CoatFirstly, you need to find a coat that doesn’t pucker or pull when you move your arms, has no uneven hems and is well-constructed. Sleeves should cover the wrist and you should not feel too confined or bulky. Considering the more slim-cut styles is best for comfort.

If you’re a little curvy, round and short, don’t hide your figure behind a loosely fitting coat. The best style is one that will accentuate your waist. A belted a-line coat will do this for you perfectly.

If you are petite, a short cropped jacket will give the illusion of height. Your small frame  won’t be hidden behind a large coat. Shorter women can also wear maxi coats that come in at the waist. Straight maxis aren’t attractive on short women.

If you are tall a maxi coat is always flattering. Even women of medium height can wear a maxi. They’re warm and they never seem to go out of fashion.

The versatile and classic coat for all women of any shape and size is a simple three-quarter length coat  that has a nice tailored finish at the waist. It gives any women a lean and narrow look. It’s especially suitable when worn with blue jeans.

Choose colors that are right for you. Black is basic and if you want your investment to last beyond the fashion trends, it may be the right color.  Bright colors and over-the-top styling may not be good investments. You probably won’t like it next year.

Picking a winter coat is fun and there is a coat in the shops now to suit you and your budget.

Luxurious Plus Size Loungewear

Plus Size Loungewear

For many, the New Year brings with it lots of resolutions, and it’s no different at Kiyonna! However their resolution sounds better to me than what I usually hear. There is no talk about working too hard in fact, and making difficult changes.

Instead their resolution is to start living luxuriously in all instances of the day, even when lounging. Even when you are laid back, relaxing and lounging about you should wrap yourself in luxury. Because let’s face it, you deserve it!

To help us work on this resolution, they have launched their brand new plus size loungewear collection, which is definitely worth a closer look. Run around town in their chic and stylish Hollywood tracksuit that’s tailored to fir your every need.

Kiyonna is so proud of this new collection in fact, and is sure that you will love is at much, that it is putting their own personal guarantee on it. If you don’t love their new Hollywood tracksuit, they will provide you with a postage paid return label. (Returns must be made within 30 days of purchase, unworn and in their original condition of course. Domestic orders only).

Plus Size Pants Trends for Winter 2009

Although it’s fun to wear dresses and skirts on occasion, nothing feels more comfortable than a great fitting pair of pants, particularly when winter rears its chilly head. A snug pair of pants provides welcome protection against the harsh elements and cool temperatures. But pants should be more than functional. They should also pull together your wardrobe and make an elegant fashion statement that’s uniquely yours.

As with all trends, pants styles come and go making it necessary to reassess your wardrobe on a seasonal basis. Curious about the upcoming pants trends for winter 2009? Take a peek at what’s up in the world of pants for winter.

Wide Legged Pants
The big news in the world of pants for winter 2009 is the re-emergence of the wide legged pant. While it’s true that these pants can be hard to wear for people who are short and less slender, you can elongate the look by choosing a pair with a high waist and wearing them with a moderately high heel. If you’re unsure about this trend, buy a single pair in a dark, neutral color such as black that will coordinate with a variety of items in your wardrobe. Keep the lines clean and simple by wearing them with a form fitting sweater in a similar color to give a slimming effect. Try on a variety of wide legged pants before purchasing. There are so many variations on this trend that it may take some experimentation to find the pair that’s right for you.

Skinny Pants Remain
Even though wide legged pants will make their mark this winter, skinny pants will still be a hit. Women love the way these pants add the illusion of height and aren’t going to give them up so easily. You’ll find skinny pants in a variety of textures and materials including leather, plaids, and even tweed fabric. These slim pants look great with boots that end just at or above the knee. Pair them with warm, nubby sweaters and long loose tops. Throw on a fashionable belt to enhance your waist. They’re also perfect for layering. Make sure you have a pair in black and pair in a darker shade of denim for maximum versatility.

Leather Pants
Though not everyone finds it to be politically correct, leather is a hot fashion item for winter 2009, particularly when it comes to pants. With winter 2009 focusing on the “grunge” look, leather pants are a great way to play up this trend and look fashionable at the same time. The best way to wear them is to keep the lines simple and avoid overdoing the trend. Resist the urge to pair leather pants with a leather jacket or leather blouse. Instead play up the difference in texture by pairing them with a silky blouse or a cashmere sweater. The contrast of a softly feminine top against the edginess of leather gives makes an appealing fashion statement. And if you don’t approve of wearing animal skins, you have an alternative. You can now buy “vegan” leather pants made of “pleather”, a plastic form of leather substitute.

If you’re tired of wearing dresses and seek the comfort and versatility of pants, enjoy wearing the latest pants trends for winter 2009. You can be sure you’ll be stepping out in style!

Top 5 Curvy Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Cozy up in style this winter, with some of Torrid’s plus size winter essentials. This month Torrid have added a great selection of plus size sweaters and cardigans to their collection, below are my favorite five pieces.

Grey Striped V-Neck Sweater

1. Grey Striped V-Neck Sweater
Priced at : $38.00
You’re ready for whatever the day has in store for you in this rugby-inspired sweater. It featured light and dark grey stripes, a V-neck and ribbed trim on the neck, cuffs and hem. A great little piece!

Purple Blue Green Grey Ivory Striped Deep V-Neck Sweater

2. Purple, Blue, Green, Grey and Ivory Striped Deep V-Neck Sweater
Priced at: $38.00
This is the ultimate plus size casual winter basic. This sweater features a deep V-neckline with ribbed trim, wide ribbed hem and cuffs. Pair it up with your favorite pair of jeans or black pants, and you’re all st for a casual winter afternoon.

Red Cowl Neck Short Kimono Sleeve Sweater

3. Red Cowl Neck Kimono Sleeve Sweater
Priced at: $38.00
Sweaters do not need to be boring, and plain. They can definitely be as stylish as you are, and this little red piece from Torrid surely fits the bills. It comes in a very flattering cowl neck, short kimono sleeves and a ribbed waist. Make a statement in this bold winter piece.

Gold Lurex Elbow-Sleeved V-Neck Tunic Sweater

4. Gold Lurex Elbow-Sleeved V-Neck Tunic Sweater
Priced at: $48.00
If you want to add a touch of luxury to your winter days, then have a look at this unique plus size sweater which features sparkly gold lurex. It comes with a ribbed trim on a V-neckline, elbow sleeves and wide hem. It can easily take your from day to night in a snap.

Charcoal Textured Buttonless Cardigan

5. Charcoal Textured Buttonless Cardigan
Priced at: $44.00
One of my definite favorites this season! This textured knit short-sleeved buttonless cardigan is a very versatile piece. It can be matched up with a simple top for the daytime, and even a day at the office. Though it can also be a winner with an evening outfit if matched up with stylish accessories. This curvy cardigan features a gathered empire waist and banded trim.

OneStopPlus Editor's Picks

Wear now, Wear later…wow now, wow later. These picks from the OneStopPlus fashion Editor are all timeless looks.

1. Wraps - an exclusive collection at OneStopPlus

Natalie Wrap Dress
Get fashion’s hottest wrap look without the ‘opening’ issue with this flattering faux-wrap silhouette from Avenue’s® exclusive Soft Collection.

2. Prints - functional and very chic

Animal Wrap print - BLACK CAMEL
Animal Wrap Print
Keep away the chill in this stylish and functional wrap with chic animal print.

3. Chiffon - gorgeous and flowing

Flutter sleeve gown - MIDNIGHT NAVY
Flutter Sleeve Gown
This chiffon dress could be called the “Flirter” or flutter with its feminine, flowing movement. The sleeves give just enough coverage and the rhinestone pin at the waist gives great curves.

4 Holiday Party Fashion Mistakes to Avoid

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season and for many people this means a whirlwind of parties and social events. You want to look your best at these affairs which means knowing what to wear. Sometimes wearing the most trendy, eye catching outfit in your closet isn’t the best move. Here are holiday party fashion mistakes many women make:

1. Holiday Party Fashion Mistake: Overdressing
This is a very common fashion faux pas. Instead of being understatedly elegant, some women pull out all the stops for a party by wearing the most flamboyant outfit in their closet. You don’t want to look conspicuous by being the most overdressed person at the party. When in doubt, opt for a stylish black suit or a black or neutral shade of dress and keep some glitzy accessories in your pocketbook you can put on at a moment’s notice. It’s generally more tasteful to be a bit understated.

2. Holiday Party Fashion Mistake: Dressing uncomfortably
Some parties are going to active with lots of lively music and dancing. If you’re wearing six inch stiletto heels with a narrow pointed toe which you can barely walk in, you’re not going to be able to dance or enjoy the party. You may end up spending the evening on the sidelines nursing your aching feet. Of course you want to look stylish but opt for clothes and shoes that at least allow you to participate in the activities.

3. Holiday Party Fashion Mistake: Revealing too much skin
Particularly at an office or work related party, you don’t want to reveal your hidden assets. This is not the time to pull that bustier that’s been gathering dust in the back of your closet out to wear to your company party. Neither is it the time for your micro miniskirt with the fishnet stockings and six inch heels. You’ll attract more positive attention and draw more compliments if you’re tastefully clothed in more elegant party attire.

4. Holiday Party Fashion Mistake: Overplaying the glitz
Some women use a party as an excuse to pull out their sequined dresses and metallic pants. While a bit of glitter and glitz has its place, too much can be overwhelming. When you combine a glitzy outfit with large, shiny accessories and heavy party makeup, you can end up creating an impression you don’t want to make. Try the more tasteful approach of dressing simply and adding glitz with your accessory choices. A dramatic crystal necklace and eye catching earrings can add drama to even the simplest of dresses.

By choosing your holiday fashion attire appropriately, you’ll create a positive impression with your friends and coworkers and can still enjoy all of the fun holiday events.

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