Up Close and Personal with City Chic

City Chic OnlineRecently we introduced you to a brand new plus size clothing store, City Chic. Hailing from Australia, this store provides a wide selection of styles, and has now recently expanded it’s reach and also completely revamped it’s website. With so much going on lately at City Chic, we wanted to get to know more about this unique new store and City Chic general manager Phil Ryan, was very kind to talk to us about City Chic, who they are and what makes them one of the hottest curvy stores currently online. So what follows, is a quick interview between Pasazz.net and City Chic…

1.  Tell us a bit about the early days, and the start of City Chic. When was the store founded?
“The store was founded in 2004 and the first store was in Melbourne, Victoria. It was super exciting to be the pioneer for  the fashion forward plus size industry in Australia. The customers and the public just loved it. Once word got around we had people from all over Australia come to shop with us.”

2. What was the motivation behind opening up a curvy focused store?
“I had loads of plus sized friends and they were always complaining that they did not want to look like their mothers and wanted the latest fashions to suit their shape. We took a risk and thought that people would support the venture and they did. I love fashion and have always worked in the fast fashion area, as we are able to produce hot fashions fast, seeing the looks on our customers face when they walk out of the store with something they love and is on trend is all the motivation I need to continue on this exciting journey.”

3. What style of clothing do you specialize in, and what sizes do your clothes come in?
“We are bold, sexy, sassy and chic, it is all about the latest fashion looks and what’s HOT in sizes 14 to 24. Dresses are our best selling category, with the cuts of our dresses suited perfectly to the shape of our curvalicious customer. We offer formal and casual dresses in the latest styles and prints. We want our lady’s to look and feel sexy on a night out and on the edge of fashion for a day out with the girls. Our jeans are a fantastic cut and fabrication, with the extra stretch allowing them to suit all body shapes.”

4. Are the size cuts, tailored for the plus size figure?
“It sure is! Our design and production team have years of experience in plus size fashion. Our designer is a curvy lady who knows what works for our girls. We take the latest looks and adapt them to the plus size figure.”

City Chic JeansWhat makes City Chic clothes perfect for the plus size figure?
“We do all of our patterns in a size 16 and then grade them up from there. This gives our garments the shape you need to make the most of your curves. Many brands start in a size 10 and by the time they get to an 18 or 20 all shape is lost. Our shapes are designed in sizes 14 to 24 with style and end use in mind.”

5. What are currently your top 3 selling items?
“This changes every week, with the fashions, but right now here are the top three.

i. In the Jeans it is the Glamourazon boot cut. This is our most popular jean as it is an amazing fit and suits every shape.

ii. In dresses the Lace Bodice dress with satin trim.  This formal dress looks amazing for a wedding with classic accessories or for a night out on the town with chunky heels and OTT accessories.

iii. Tops it is the Knit Basque Chiffon, this garment is so flattering and will be back in store in a few weeks. The shape is so flattering and can be worn on a night out with some dark jeans or dressed down with lighter jeans.”

6. You recently revamped your online store completely, and also expanded your shipping reach. What’s new in the revamped site?
“We looked at of all the best websites in the world and developed a cutting edge website that says fashion and is bold sexy sassy and chic, like our clothes. The functionality is much better so it is easier to navigate the site to find what you want. It is also heaps easier to shop on the new site, with exceptional levels of security for payments.”

City Chic Dress7. Where do you now ship to, and what brought about this expansion?
“We ship to the USA, UK, Canada, NZ and Australia. I get to travel the world with our design team to get inspiration for our range and I have not seen anyone giving the curvy women the latest fashions like we do at city chic. We have had such a positive response from the customers in Australia, we wanted to bring this to the world. We think curvy women everywhere should look and feel sexy, and that’s what we do! We also offer a free return service to all of these destinations if you are not happy with the fit or look, to take the risk out of shopping on-line!”

8. What exciting new things are coming up at City Chic in the next 3 to 6 months?
“In April we have our second Designer Dress Range from Billion Dollar Babes coming into store, with 4 formal dresses that are absolutely amazing. It is the first time a high end Australian designer has done work with the Plus Size industry. Our first range in November 2008 was a great success and this one looks even better.

Boots are being added to the range in April. These are custom made in 2 styles, heeled & flat; for the woman who struggles to find boots that will do all the way up. We have shown our store team and they love them. These will be our next hottest items. Each week we have new deliveries of the latest fashions from around the world, so check out the website each week to see what’s in.”

Final Days for Free Shipping at Avenue

Take advantage of the last few days to shop at Avenue and get free shipping on any order of $75 or more. This offer expires in a week, on Wednesday April 15, 2009. Click here to discover the coupon code require for this offer.

Crazy for Crops

Avenue Plus Size Capris and Crops

Avenue have recently added a selection of ultra comfy and laid back Spring pants to their collection, which may be short on length but they have major style!

Here are 4 picks from this selection…

BOGO Denim Sale at Romans: Ends Tomorrow

Roaman’s has been running a great buy one get one free offer on its range of plus size denim, which is about to expire tomorrow! Buy one denim item, and get a 2nd one of equal or lesser value, absolutely free! Offer ends tomorrow 5th April, 2009, so visit Roaman’s today to take advantage of this super offer.

Frugal Friday: Plus Size Bridal Under $500

This week’s Frugal Fridays corner is an extra special one. Since I have started planning my wedding a few months ago, I have really started to realize how expensive and quite stressful planning a wedding can be! Especially if you are a plus size lady, looking for your one of a kind special dress. So I thought of dedicating this week’s Frugal Fridays corner to all plus size brides out there. I’ll be listing a selection of beautiful plus size dresses, all under $500!

Style #1505W
Style #1505W from Alfred Angelo
Price: $272.00
Available up to size 28W

Style #1797
Style #1797 from Alfred Angelo
Price: $318.00
Available up to size 28W

Style #1148W
Style #1148W from Alfred Angelo
Price: $318.00
Available up to size 28W

Style #2024W
Style #2024W from Alfred Angelo
Price: $414.00
Available up to size 28W

Style #1587W
Style #1587W from Alfred Angelo
Price: $425.00
Available up to size 28W

What's New at Jessica London? Save 30%

Jessica LondonJessica London is your complete resource for modern classic fashions in sizes 14W to 34W. Find perfect-fit career wear, fashion forward shoes and boots in wide width sizes, bras up to size 58J, feminine dresses, sweaters and outerwear that’s modern, sophisticated and stylish.

You will surely find something that is just right for you here. Just try out Jessica London and enjoy this exclusive offer only available for new customers: get 30% knocked off your highest-priced item by using coupon code JLE4125. This coupon code is valid until 31st December, 2009.

Spring Plus Size Dresses at Avenue

Spring plus size dresses at Avenue

Spring is now with us, and that brings with it plenty of sunshine (if you’re lucky!) and also plenty of great new Spring fashions for us to look through. I’m very much intrigued by Avenue’s brand new Spring collection of plus size dresses.

Get dresses to flirt with this collection, which features a mix of bold colors, fashion and fun. The sleeveless Garden Party Georgette Dress is inspired by the most beautiful garden on a sunny Spring day; whilst the Brynn Printed Dress features perfectly places pleats which ass a touch of goddess style to your wardrobe. Many more styles are obviously available at Avenue, so go ahead and look through their brand new dress collection. If you dress collection needs to be freshened up this year, Avenue is the place to head to, with prices starting at only $37.90!

Super April Offers at IGIGI

IGIGIIGIGI are currently running two superb offers… and not these are not April Fool’s jokes! These offers are real and will help you get your hands on some wonderful plus size designer clothing at greatly reduced prices.

First offer, IGIGI are offering FREE US ground shipping with any purchase of $150 and over. No coupon code is necessary for this offer to be applied.

Moreover, they have taken an additional 50% off sale items! Simply use coupon code shopnsave at checkout for these savings to be applied.

Both these offers run through this Friday 3rd April, 2009.

Curvy Beauty Tips: Tune Into Tuesdays

This is the 6th episode from the ‘Fat and Fabulous’ series put together by the young plus size fashionista Anne. Today Anne shares some beauty and make-up tips, including tips and tricks on how to care for your skin.

At the time of writing, this is the final episode I could find of this great series. Anne, if you’re reading, a big well done on the excellent series you created, and I do hope this episode is not the last one. I do encourage you to keep on adding more episode, and they have proven to be of great help to plus size women worldwide.

Get Unconditional Support with Spanx

Spanx at TorridIf finding good quality hosiery that fits well, and give your a good amount of support, is pretty much mission impossible for you, then have a look at the wide range of Spanx hosiery available at Torrid. Spanx styles include tummy control features, a comfy waistband that does not leave you out of breathe, no grid butt and a shaped foot. Lots of styles and colors available.

Look fabulous and feel firmer in Spanx shaping hosiery. Most styles are available in sizes F and G.

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