How to Find a Wedding Gown for your Unique Curvy Figure

Style #2009WWe come in many shapes and sizes, but when it comes to shopping for a wedding dress, dresses are usually directed towards thinner brides.  How does a curvier bride find a flattering dress that enhances her figure?  Use these tips for a happier shopping experience.

Choose the Right Style
There are flattering styles for all body styles.  If you’re a curvy woman with a pear-shaped body, stay away from this:

  1. Empire Waist wedding gowns: These gowns head straight down — straight down to your hips, that is.  Stay away from A-line gowns.  They don’t flatter your curvy physique and emphasize your thighs.
  2. Mermaid wedding gowns: These are a bit too snug on pear-shaped bodies.  It makes curvy bodies look bloated and out of shape.

For pear-shaped bodies, try a loose, simple gown.  It should have a nice, wide flair.  If you wear a sash, make sure it’s on your waistline so it flatters your unique curves.  Best wedding gown styles: Ball Gown, Princess or A-Line.

If you’re an apple-shaped woman, finding a flattering gown that doesn’t emphasize your midsection is tough.  Here’s what you should stay away from:

  1. Mermaid wedding gowns: This draws attention to your midsection.  Avoid it if possible.
  2. Sheath wedding gowns: Sheath gowns are a straight, long gown which flatter thinner, longer body types.  This is a bad choice for apple-shaped women – avoid it if you can.

An apple-shaped woman should try gowns that flare out significantly.  It minimizes the midsection and gives the illusion of pear-shaped curves, flattering the body.  Best wedding gown styles: Empire Waist, Ball Gown, A-Line or Princess.

Choose the Right Texture
Believe it or not, a gown’s texture makes the different between a beautiful, curvaceous bride and a frumpy, heavy bride.  For both body types choose lightly textured fabric.  Avoid beading if you can.  You want to keep the design minimalistic so that it adds depth, not distraction.

For ball wedding gowns, make sure the design isn’t a dark color.  Keep away from flowery textures and avoid top-heavy textures.

For A-Line or Princess wedding gowns, make sure the design is emphasized in the middle to flatter your figure.

Empire wedding gowns should have a light texture.  Make sure it’s simple but elegant.

Style #1640WChoose the Right Neckline
Choosing a bad neckline is very unflattering for your chest.  If you have a large chest, choose these necklines:

  • Queen Anne
  • Strapless
  • Scoop
  • Square
  • Sweetheart

If you have a medium-sized chest, choose these necklines:

  • V-Neck
  • Spaghetti Straps
  • Scoop
  • Square
  • Sabrina

If you have a small chest, choose these necklines:

  • Jewel
  • Bateau
  • Sabrina
  • Spaghetti Straps
  • Strapless

Bring these tips with you when you shop for your gown to ensure a happy, easier experience.

Hair How-to's for Plus Size Women: Tune Into Tuesdays

In this episode of her ‘Fat and Fabulous’ video series, Anne moves away from the actual clothing and instead gives tips on hair styles and how to get a great style to suit your face. This episode is actually Anne’s response to a few viewer questions she received.

Save 50% at IGIGI

IGIGI are celebrating St Patrick’s Day in a big way this year! They are currently running a massive sale, letting you shop and take 50% off already reduced prices! That makes way for some big savings indeed.

I’m sure a lot of items are currently flying off the shelves, so if you have your eye on anything, hurry and shop while supplied last.

To get your 50% savings, make sure you use coupon code greatsavings at checkout. This sales ends on 18th March, 2009. So hurry and shop at IGIGI today!

Just In: Wow Styles from OneStopPlus

2009 is the year of the “Wow!”. Shop hundreds of new items from a number of new brands now being carried by OneStopPlus:

Of course, all your tried and true favorite brands are still being carried at OneStopPlus! Everything in sizes 12W to 44W, just the way we like it.

Here are a number of my favorite pieces from these new brands:

ellos TM slimming tunic - BLACK, GREY PRINT, RED
Ellos Slimming Tunic

ellos TM smocked tunic - GREY, MAROON, WHITE, BLACK
Ellos Smocked Tunic

__ellos TM Print tunic - BLUE PRINT, BERRY PRINT
Ellos Print Tunic


Embellished Tank - ORANGE, VIOLET
Embellished Tank from Taillissime


Striped Blouse - BLUE STRIPE
Striped Blouse from Taillissime

Frugal Fridays: Plus Size Swimwear

The weather is finally starting toget warmer in Malta. The sun is shining more often and I don’t have to wrap up too much to keep warm anymore. This slight change in temperature has me already longing for the summer months, and has also inspired me to start looking at this year’s plus size swimwear trends. So I thought it fit to start giving you all a couple of ideas on what’s available at leading swimwear store, at conveniently frugal prices.

So here are my picks for today:

Pink Passion Plus Size Sarong Front Swimsuit
Pink Passion Plus Size Sarong Front Swimsuit
Price: $24.00
Available in sizes: 18W to 24W
A very cute and stylish one piece swimsuit featuring a comfortable soft cup bra. The sarong front camouflages any flaws you prefer keeping to yourself. The added mesh control panel slims your silhouette.

Penbrooke Caribbean Garden Plus Size Tankini Swimsuit
Penbrooke Caribbean Garden Plus Size Tankini Swimsuit
Price: $29.00
Available in sizes: 18W to 24W
This exotic swimsuit features a soft cup bra, thick straps for extra support, center ring for gorgeous  detailing and a high waisted brief. It will comfortably fit up to a D cup.

What’s even better, are currently running a fantastic offer. Spend a minimum of $60 with them, use coupon code cruise at checkout, and you will receive a free 3 to 5 night cruise! Isn’t that great?! Be sure to check out on their site the terms and conditions etc for this offer.

Free Shipping Still Running at Swimsuits For All

Swimsuits For All - Free Shipping

I want to post a quick reminder that Swimsuits For All is still offering FREE shipping on all orders when you use coupon code freeship upon checkout. Remember to take a note of this promo code, and use it!

How to Wear a Cardigan With Style and Panache

As the first signs of spring arrive and you shed your heavy coat to make way for lighter fashion, there are still days that you’ll need a little extra insulation when the temperature drops. Instead of bringing that wool coat out of storage, why not throw on a stylish cardigan? The cardigans of today are not like grandma’s sweaters but have a style and flair all their own. Plus, they’re so versatile! Wearing a cardigan can take you from a casual spring day on the beach to an evening out at a restaurant with great panache. Here are some tips for getting stylish wear out of the “oh so versatile” cardigan.

Choose an oversized cotton cardigan for casual spring wear
Nothing feels better for a cool walk on the beach than a tee shirt, a pair of cotton Capri pants and a long, oversized, cotton cardigan. Choose a length extending several inches above your knee for a fashion forward look. A solid color will coordinate beautifully with your other casual spring clothing. If you want a slightly different look, opt for a thick horizontal stripe in black and white or black and khaki. Don’t forget to add a chunky eclectic necklace. One made with large wood or ceramic beads will add an earthy look.

Add a belt
Petite people sometimes find a cardigan to be overwhelming. One way to give a cardigan more structure is to add an interesting belt. This can be an excellent way for a petite person to show off a tiny waist. If you have belts in your closet that you haven’t known what to do with, get them out and experiment by wearing them over a long cardigan.

Use it to layer
You can really expand the depth and versatility of your wardrobe without spending money by layering items you already have. A cardigan provides the perfect finishing touch for that layered look. Just one cardigan can multiply your fashion options many times. Try belting a long cardigan over a skirt and silk top. Wear a long, loose one over your favorite black dress. A cardigan can add a whole new dimension to your standard office attire. Open your closet and start experimenting by adding a cardigan to your usual outfits and see what works for you.

Button or unbutton?
The look of a cardigan can vary depending on how many buttons you button. If you button it all the way, you can add an interesting belt or a scarf to complete the look. For a more casual look leave it open and add some interesting jewelry at the neck line. Experiment with buttoning just the top button or two for a casual, fashion forward look. It’ll be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

It’s perfect for a cool restaurant
If you’re going out for the evening, take along a cardigan. Restaurants are known for being uncomfortably cold and you can feel comfortable and still look stylish when you slip on your stylish cardigan.

Wearing a cardigan can not only expand your fashion options it can help to give you a little extra insulation on those cool spring nights. Is it time to add a cardigan to your wardrobe?

Simply Fabulous Plus Size Lingerie Basics

If you’re looking for a set of comfy lingerie made for the plus size body, to cater for your everyday needs, then following Hips and Curves’ simple formula:

  1. Get a lace trim cotton camisole,
  2. Stock up on comfy cotton briefs, with a 10 pack,
  3. Wrap up your sexy legs with the extra special opaque stay up stockings, 2 pair pack.

And there you have it! The simple recipe for plus size lingerie basics.

New Spring Syles from Missphit


Missphit have just added a number of gorgeous and stylish Spring plus size tops to their collection. Whether you need something casual, something a bit more dressy, or perhaps something for the office, you will definitely find something to suit your needs among these new Spring styles, which are also super affordable.

Most of these are priced around only $36! Besides, you can also get great deals on many newly marked-down styles.

But that’s not all! Take 10% off your purchase of any style, including styles already on sale just by using coupon code 095PR10 upon checkout. This coupon code is valid for a one time use only per person, and is valid until 30th April, 2009. (Brand new styles excluded.)

Visit Missphit today!

Frugal Fridays: Plus Size Peasant Tops

Friday has quickly rolled by again, which means it is time for our weekly Frugal Fridays corner. If you are new to this, every Friday we take a look at a couple of plus size clothing items which have been greatly discounted, and so are simply affordable.

We figured these days, everybody is looking to spend less and save their pennies, but that doesn’t mean we have to live in yesterday’s fashions and styles! So we’re pointing your to stylish and figure flattering clothing which are also easy on your wallet!

For a recap of the previous few weeks, have a look at affordable plus sizes dresses, belts, boho chic items, plus size capri pants, gaucho pants and plus size jeans.

Let’s dig into today’s featured items, peasant tops:

Plus Size Lace Peasant 3/4 Sleeve Top
Plus Size Lace Peasant 3/4 Sleeve Top
Price: $22.99
Available in sizes: 1X (14/16) to 6X (34/36)
This comfy and stylish top gathers between two layers of delicate lace making it a perfect feminine top. The elastic at shoulders allow you to wear this top both on or off the shoulders. Available in brown, rust and teal.

White Gauze Peasant Top
White Gauze Peasant Top
Price: $19.97
Available in sizes: 0 (10/12) to 2 (18/20)
Perfect for a country picnic, this cute, stretchy peasant top has a smocked hem, sleeves and neckline with keyhole tie detail and black, yellow and red contrast stitching.

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