Fun and Flirty Dresses from IGIGI

IGIGI have this week added a selection of fun and flirty plus size dresses, which may well be what you’re looking for as a new addition to your summer wardrobe. These 5 cool and comfortable colorblock dresses are made of luxurious stretch viscose jersey, and were made with the savvy fashionista of style and substance in mind.

Have a look at these new dresses at:

  • Polka Dot Dress in Red/White with Shrug
  • Blissful Summer Days Dress in Aqua
  • Blissful Summer Days Dress in Daffodil Yellow
  • Colorblock Maxi Dress in Black/White with Shrug
  • Colorblock Maxi Dress in Red/White with Shrug

SWAK Designs Celebrate Mother's Day Too

Curvy fashion at SWAK DesignsSWAK Designs is celebrating Mother’s Day in style this year… and is also helping us find a stylish gift for our mom, at a good discount. To show their love during this special occasion, SWAK Designs are taking 15% off anything in their store!

To grab this discount, you will have to use coupon code MOM15 at checkout. Hurry though, this sale end on Monday, May 12th. Besides, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday ladies, so if you still haven’t bought your present yet, what are you waiting for?

Also to note is that SWAK Designs offers free shipping on orders of $149 or more (no coupon code required!). If you order is smaller however, no worried, as SWAK offers the $5 flat rate shipping option on all domestic orders. Pretty neat.

Mother's Day Sale at Fashion Overdose

Curvy fashion store Fashion Overdose have just launched their Mother’s Day sale. Shop now through May 12th, 2008 and save 15% on your order! For your savings to be applied, simply use coupon code FOD15AFF upon checkout. Easy peasy.

Miss NYC Plus Brings Curves to the Spotlight

Diana Mathias, writer at The Epoch Times, carried a very interesting article last week, which introduces us to Chanel Clark and the Miss NYC Plus organization. The organization was created based on the need to have an avenue where to showcase plus size fashion and models in NYC, something which had so far been extremely difficult to do.

Founded by Chanel Clark, Miss NYC Plus produced its first pageant in March of this year. During this event, women wearing size 12 to 26 where given the chance to gather at an event focused exclusively on plus size fashion and celebrating curves. The pageant proved to be very successful, receiving an overwhelming amount of response. During this event, one particular model was named winner of the 2008 Miss NYC Plus Pageant. The winner for 2008 was Nic Moore.

The next event the organization has planned is a march down Fashion Avenue during New York Fashion Week in September as “a peaceful rally so that people can see how beautiful these ladies [size 12 and larger] are,” Clark said. “We really want to make a statement.”

Definitely watch out for more updates from Miss NYC Plus over here at the scoop. In the meantime if you would like further details, do visit them at

Reminder: 1 Month Left for Lane Bryant Savings

Lane bryant savingsJust a quick reminder to let you know that the Lane Bryant coupon codes below will expire in 1 month… so if you find yourself shopping there during the next few weeks, make sure you utilize the codes below whilst checking out in order to save!

  • Save 20% on any order – Use code 000203838 at checkout
  • Save $25 on any order of $75 or more – Use code 025003819 at checkout
  • Save $50 on any order of $150 or more – Use code 025003864 at checkout
  • Free shipping on any order of $75 or more – Use code 006953829 at checkout
  • Free shipping on any maternity order – Use code 006953843 at checkout

Remember, these coupon codes expire on 1st June, 2008.

Loulou Magazine Adds Plus Size Section

Addition Elle, a leading Canadian plus size store, has come up with a new 16-piece collection designed in collaboration with Loulou magazine.

“With no mainstream plus-size magazines, many plus-size women turn to regular magazines for fashion inspiration”, says Claude Laframboise, executive editor of Loulou.

Loulou has added a plus size section to the online version of the magazine, as well as adding a supplement about curvy fashion within this month’s issue which includes various tips and information on current trends.

The 14+ section of the online magazine offers a very nice selection of reads. It includes details on the limited edition collection created by Addition Elle, a collection which you can browse through on the magazine itself. A very interesting read is the Model Q&A section with Canadian plus size model Liis Windischmann, where she talks about life, fashion and modelling. The Spring Trends 101 section is a tell-all guide to wearing this season’s hottest looks.

10 Winning Summer Dresses

Figure flattering dresses are back and they are definitely going to be the must have item for the Summer season. OneStopPlus has just added a number of curve hugging plus size dresses to their collection, and browsing through their store today I noticed they have some really stylish pieces. So I decided to pick out my 10 most favorite ones, and give you ladies a peek into their selection. Here we go:

1. Geometric Print Trapeze Dress

Plus size trapeze dress

This can easily become a favorite pick for the Summer. Featuring a nice casual length, this dress can be worn alone or with leggings. This trapeze style tank dress features a black solid trim at neckline and hem. The full and flowy silhouette makes it extremely flattering. Currently this dress is available in all sizes… so in size 14W to 40W.

2. Crinkled Rayon Dress

Crinkles rayon dress

A sleeveless notchneck dress with empire waist, featuring self band at V-neck and bottom flounce hem. The shirring at the bust and waist gives this dress gorgeous extra detail and a plus size flattering fit. Currently available in sizes 14W to 36W.

3. JL Studio™ Contrast-Hem Dress

JL Studio Contract Hem Dress

One of my favorites, this sleeveless empire-waist dress is trimmed with a complementary color at the hem. Simple and yet so stylish. The deep V-neckline is very flattering and the band of color at the hem gives this dress a unique flair.

4. Jewel-Waist Maxi Dress

Jewel Mazi Dress

Simply put, a totally fun dress. Featuring a pullover style with surplice front, this dress comes in a flowing ankle-length skirt. The shirred waist is embellished with an attached grosgrain ribbon belt studded with amber-colored faux gemstones, simply gorgeous.

5. Drawstring Baby French Terry Square-neck Dress

Drawstring baby french terry square neck dress

An item picked from the sporty drawstring collection, this plus size dress makes a great sportswear addition to your wardrobe. The perfect anytime casual dress! It is tagless to feel smooth and soft against the skin. It also features a baby French terry square-neck, an empire waist with drawstring tie and grommet trim, short, puffy cap sleeves with loose banding. It is currently availabe in sizes 14W to 40W.

6. Chelsea Studio® Ruched-waist Matte Jersey Knit Dress

Matte Jersey Dress

Accented with a solid insert at the bodice, this dress features a beautiful printed style, making a great addition to any Summer wardrobe. Currently available in sizes 12W to 32W.

7. Printed Kimono Style Dress

Kimono style plus size dress

You’ll love the ease and beauty of this V-neck dress with solid modesty inset and full, flowing sleeves. Simply stunning and currently available in sizes 14W to 34W.

8. JL Studio™ Silk Paisley Dress

Silk Paisley Dress

This feminine and flowy dress has a figure flattering empire waist and flirty high/low hem. The pretty paisley print gets a hint of sparkle from subtle metallic threads. Whilst the sparkling rhinestone ornament draws attention to the flattering shirred V-neckline. Very stylish and unique.

9. Candlelight & Champagne® Lace Trapeze Dress

Lace Trapeze Dress

Another one of my favorite, this beautiful plus size dress featured shirring and elastic back waist. The lace detail gives it a very chic flair, making it a definite winner! It is currently available in sizes 14W to 32W.

10. JL Studio™ Scoopneck Dress

Scoopneck dress

This very feminine chiffon dress has sheer short sleeves and delicate shirring for beautiful drape. Definitely a perfect choice for a desk-to-dinner dress.

IGIGI Dresses Award-Winning Author Chamein Canton

We have seen IGIGI being worn by a number of celebrities in the past, Nikki Blonsky for instance was seen wearing IGIGI fashions on more than a couple of occasions. Well, IGIGI will be expanding the list of well known people it has dresses, as it has lately provided a dress for an award-winning author.

Chamein Canton, the 2007 Reviewers Choice Award-winner for African American Romance, in fact wore a lace short dress in black/red at The Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention on April 18th, 2008.

At the convention, Canton received the award for her book “Not His Type,” a romance novel about a full-figured, size-16 woman who finds the love of her life in a New York Yankee, no less.

“I’m wearing IGIGI’s sexy and romantic red lace dress for a sexy redhead like me and Cathy Chambers, my main character in my book. Red is for dangerous curves ahead!” said Canton.

I’ll be giving you more information about Chamein Canton, and her achievements in a future post.

Chenese Lewis is the New Face of SizeAppeal has just announced that plus size actress and model Chenese Lewis will serve as the new face of the company. In the future she will therefore be making personal appearances and hosting special events. A new print advertising campaign further depicts this new direction and features Chenese in various SizeAppeal looks.

Chenese is a celebrity whose mission is to empower women to embrace their curves, which aligns well with the SizeAppeal vision. This partnership kicks off this month with a promotion of the 2008 Flawless Calendar, the first of its kind showcasing plus size models of different ethnicities, shapes and sizes with high fashion editorial images. Chenese not only modeled in the calendar but executive produced it as well.

“I am extremely excited to work with SizeAppeal to help women understand that a curvy size 22 can be as sexy as a size 2, especially when a woman feels great about how she looks,” says Chenese.

“We want to help inspire plus-size women to embrace their curves and feel confident in their skin,” says Lauren Ricks, Marketing Manager of Sizeappeal. “Chenese is more than a plus size model, she carries a positive message and is an inspiration to many women. Our partnership with Miss Lewis and our collection that incorporates an elevated sense of style, all benefits the plus-size consumer, which has traditionally been underserved.”

Slimmer in Seconds Plus Size Swimwear

Plus size swimwearAnother one of my favorite plus size swimwear retailers,, has launched a campaign to promote a brand new line of figure flattering swim suits for curvy women called “Slimmer in Seconds” swimwear. This collection of plus size bathing suits uses special construction and fabric, in addition to eye-fooling details to create the illusion of a slimmer, and shapelier silhouette. Now that’s what I think every swim suit should be doing!

“Women everywhere, whether they are plus size or petite, want a bathing suit that makes them look good and feel great, reports founder, Susan Barone. “There is a great deal of thought and engineering that goes into suits that fool the eye and flatter the figure while remaining stylish, and more importantly, comfortable.”

Barone offers the following tips for women to consider as they formulate their swimsuit purchases this season:

  • If you are bigger on the bottom than the top: pear shaped figures benefit from calling attention to the top half of the body, drawing the eye upward. Try a one piece suit with a patterned top and solid color bottom like Always For Me Chic Collection Ocho Rios suit, or opt for a solid one piece with a deep neckline to elongate the face and neckline like Always For Me Chic Collection Twist Front Solid Bandeau. Two piece suits also work well for the triangle shape, especially skirted versions that float prettily over the legs in a variety of lengths. Look for a suit with detail that calls attention to the area directly under the bust. It is often the smallest part of the body.
  • If you are bigger on top than on the bottom, your inverted triangle shape works best with solids and/or solid tops and patterned bottoms. Bust and side shirring are wonderful illusion makers, creating a slimmer silhouette and drawing the eye toward center for a narrower look. For larger busted women, be sure to look for suits with underwire support, all around control and thicker straps. And, if your legs are one of your best features, showcase them in any of the adjustable skirt length tankinis like the Always For Me Chic Collection Athena or Goddess styles.
  • If you are a rectangle shape and want to define your waist or create curves, then take a look at bathing suits with details like piping, rouching or Princess seaming like those seen in the Always For Me Chic Collection lingerie style swim mini. Side detailing such as shirring, striping, or embroidery can draw the eye toward center to define the waist line and create an hourglass shape.
  • If you want to tame your tummy and control the abdominal area, look for suits with full liners for all around control, or spot control panels where you need it most. Also consider suits with diagonal inserts, side shirring, darting, or Princess seams. Suits with tummy control slim the mid section and create the illusion of a flatter stomach. Side shirring, wrap styles and cross over bodices can add texture that helps conceal bulges. And don’t rule out a print when considering a suit that supports and controls. Color blocks (like those on the Always For Me Chic Collection Kingston one piece ) and small, repeating patterns can fool the eye and seamlessly shape the silhouette.

Barone offers a final suggestion for plus size swimsuit buyers. “Be sure to look at the back of the suit when you try it on. You’ll want to look your best coming and going!”

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