Alight Opens New York Boutique

Ladies living in New York will be very pleased to get to know that has now opened up a boutique in Long Island, at the west end of the Morton Village Shopping Center in Plainview, NY. I have always called the online plus size ‘mall’, due to the vast selection of items and labels it makes available. So I can only but imagine the vast choice made available through this brand new boutique.

For ladies who may not really be comfortable with shopping online, and who are in the area, the opening up of this store is great news! The store currently carries a collection of junior and contemporary plus size fashions, including tops, dresses, jeans, skirts, as well as gown for those special occasions.

How To Get There
The store is located on Old Country Road 1/2 mile from NY 135, the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway/NY 135 can be reached from the Northern State Parkway, the Long Island Expressway or the Southern State Parkway. From the Northern State Parkway or the Long Island Expressway head South on NY 135. From the Southern State Parkway take the North exit for NY 135. Please note that when traveling Westbound there is no direct access to NY 135 from the Northern State Parkway.

From the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway exit at Old Country Road East – exit 10. Proceed 1/2 mile to the Morton Village Shopping Center.

Store Opening Hours

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
  • Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
  • Thursday: 11am – 8pm
  • Friday: 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 6pm
  • Sunday: closed in February

For further details visit

Hat tip to Glen at Full Figure Plus for the news!

Find Out What Flatters Your Shape

Just a short post to let you know about an interesting, and free, online stool which I came across today called MyShape. This new site, which I’ve just registered to and I’m currently finding my way around, helps you identify what type of shape your body is, and based on that gives you fashion suggestions. It helps you find out which particular clothes will fit well and flatter your figure, and also those which don’t.

I’m rushing off to continue experimenting with the site a little bit further, and will give you a more detailed roundup on my take on it later on, but so far it looks like an essential fashion tool, especially as an online shopping aid.

Hat tip to Meieli at for this!

Watch Out for the Missphit Spring/Summer Collection

I have just been given a sneak peek into what is coming up Missphit’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection, and I must say I am impressed!

Ever since I was introduced to the Missphit clothing line I was immediately impressed at their attention to detail, style and most of all quality. And as time passes by the Missphit line continues to impress me as it grows and matures to include more and more designs. Their styles are up to the minute, and most of all figure flattering.

I can’t wait to show you what’s in store for you ladies from them, but you’ll have to hang on a while longer!

See 'Fat Pig'

If you live in the Salem, Oregon area, then you might be interested in going to see Neil LaBute’s latest play entitled ‘Fat Pig’ which opened last week at the Salem Repertory Theatre. As the reports, LaBute chose this title precisely to make us feel guilty just by saying the name of the play, and therefore getting us into the whole mood of the play. Director by Rhett Luedtke this play toys with our sympathies, engages our emotions and keeps us off balance in this romantic comedy/drama about an uncertain young man and his plus-size girlfriend.

This play will be showing until 2nd March, 2008. Find out more about it and purchase tickets for the show if you’re interested. I’d love to go and watch, but obviously I am way out of the area. If you happen to actually go and see this play, please let me know about it and how it was by commenting below!

Ideal Stores for Mother of the Bride

Plus size mother of the bride outfitThe carried a plus size related fashion Q & A recently, which I wanted to point out to you ladies, as I am sure it will come in handy to some.

In this feature, Jane is asking for some tips on choosing the perfect plus size mother of the bride dress. Fashion writer Deborah Friedman answers responds to her dilemma and suggest taking a look at jackets from Nordstrom (within their plus size department), as well as items from Belk at Carbtree, Eileen Fisher, Karen Kane, Anne Klein or Ralph Lauren.

These are great suggestions, though I would like to add my own two cents to this. Sydney’s Closet has a wonderful ‘Mother of the Bride/Groom‘ section within their online store, which includes some beautiful choices. So Jane, if you are reading this, do take a look at this collection as well, as you might find the perfect outfit here, at a great price.

$10 Swimsuits with Free Shipping has today launched an excellent sale on a limited selection of plus size swimsuits. They have chosen 4 gorgeous swimsuits from their collection, and they are literally giving these away at only $10! What’s more, you also get your swimsuit delivered to you for free, as they are also throwing in complimentary shipping and handling. All you need to do in order to take advantage of this offer is use coupon code 5495SFA upon checkout.

This promotion is set to run until supplies last, and by the looks of it that won’t be a very long time. So if you’re looking for a figure flattering swimsuit, do take a look at these! Here are the chosen swimsuits, which can be yours at only $10:

Plus size swimsuit
1. Forget Me Not One Piece Plus Size Swimsuit by Beach Native
This gorgeous one features a soft cup bra which provides both support and coverage. The great tummy control lining flattens your stomach to give you a smooth and streamlined shape. A sexy final touch is the tie halter top.

Floral curvy swimsuit
2. Flowers in July One Piece Plus Size Keyhole Back Swimsuit by Beach Native
Another beautiful and very colorful piece. This again features a soft cup bra for comfotable support. The all over pattern works great as it camouflages any flaws you might want to hide. The keyhole back prevents slipping straps, whilst the high neck provides a streamlined silhouette. This piece also features the tummy control panel which slims the waist.

Orange plus size swimwear
3. Orange Fusion Two Piece Skirtini Swimsuit
This fun two piece skirtini would be a great addition to any swimwear collection. This item features a soft cup bra, which will comfortable accomodate up to a C cup. The slight V-neck gives this swimsuit a more feminine fit. The mid-rise skirt botton is 10" link and comes along with a detachable belt with plastic ring detail.

Pink curvy swimwear
4. Pink Camo Beach Two Piece Tankini Swimsuit
A cute piece, perfect for relaxing on the beach! This swimsuit also features a soft cup bra and a slight V-neck style. The bra will comfortable accomodate up to a C cup. The low rise brief bottom give you moderate coverage, and the foldover sash featured at the waist is tied to the side.

Remember to use coupon code 5495SFA when shopping for one of these swimsuits this week, to purchase them for only $10, including free shipping and handling!

5 Core Pieces For The Ultimate Plus Size Wardrobe

The following is a guest post by Sara Johnson.

Several fabulous core pieces are essential for any fashion maven’s wardrobe and for plus size women the devil’s in the details…The selection of a few core pieces, that most importantly fit one’s body and work harmoniously with one’s lifestyle will carry their wearer seamlessly through any occasion. The following are five absolute "Must Haves" in your plus Size wardrobe.

A Good Bra:
When the girls are drooping or bulging out of your current bra, you look heavier regardless of your size. 60% of American women wear the incorrect bra size, which while aesthetically unpleasing, more importantly "especially in larger busted women" means many are subject to shoulder, neck and back pain/chaffing/skin abrasions. Get fitted by a professional! Nordstroms has knowledgeable staff and free fitting services, or visit a local lingerie boutique in your area. Be prepared to make a small investment, high quality lingerie can be pricey. Pleasantly, you’ll find after choosing a quality, well fitted bra that even your least expensive garments look divine.

Wrap Sweater:
Plus size women are blessed with fab curves, but often cover them up with far too much fabric for fear form-fitting items will make them look bigger. Not so curvy girls! Oversized knits make your silhouette bigger, while curve skimming styles show off the feminine form. Skin tight styles are not flattering on anyone, but wrap sweaters that clearly cinch at the waist and have a v-neck to elongate the torso and flatter the bust, creating a gorgeous hourglass shape on curvy frames.

Dark Denim:
Dark denim, in a slight boot cut with a mid-rise is a chic essential wardrobe staple. Jeans should fit well at purchase through the hips and thighs; you can always have the waist taken in, but you can’t have the thighs let out. The mid rise (just below the belly button) emphasizes your waist and the dark rinse elongates the leg. Regardless of how popular skinny jeans may be, please AVOID! Tapered styles make most women look like an olive on toothpicks. The same is said for Capris and cropped styles; they do nothing but shorten and widen the appearance of the legs. Denim should always be approximately an inch off the ground, so consider your preferred heel height when shopping.

A Proper Fitting Winter Coat:
Time and again, women pull together a fab outfit, only to top it with a ski parka from four seasons ago. Go the extra mile and find a coat that fits and flatters your frame and style. A properly fitting coat never pulls at the bust and is most certainly "buttonable". The shoulder seams should fit AT your shoulders, not between your shoulder and elbow. The sleeves will hit you no lower than where your thumb joins your palm, however if your sleeves are long at purchase this is an easy fix for a tailor. Style-wise, chose a coat with a long line and a V-neckline, as well as an optionally cinchable waistline. Three quarter length (just above the knee) is typically the most flattering, car-length (just below to tush) is lovely on women with great legs and full-length styles create a statement look on tall women. Avoid puffy anything or fur-trimmed hoods, which just add bulk.

Slim Skirt:
The slim skirt, like the wrap top, may seem risky, but when you wear a plus size, more is not better. A full skirt will indeed cover your hips and thighs, but the extra volume will also make them look larger than they really are. Opt instead for a slim skirt, or slight a-line, fitted at the waist and hips then falling to a straight or slight a-line shape. Chose a thick, quality fabric in a neutral charcoal, tweed, black pinstripe or brown color.

The afore mentioned basics, in well tailored shapes create the beginnings of a timeless, sophisticated wardrobe, well-suited to show off a curvy physique. Add pops of color and trend focused accessories and shoes to update a timeless, chic look for any occasion!

Who is Sara Johnson?
Sara Johnson is the co-owner and product buyer at – A posh plus size clothing boutique for curvy girls. She currently works as a fashion consultant for curvy women worldwide. Come see what everyone is talking about!

Why Some Boutiques Don't Carry Plus Sizes

I read an interesting blog post by style editor Kim Crowe today, which gives plus size women and retailers in general, some food for thought.

Kim has recently been following some boutique owners around as they select merchandise for late spring/early fall deliveries. Out of the many retailers she has seen, most of them do carry their items in XXL or size 16, but unfortunately only one retailer was one which you would call totally plus size oriented. What’s happening is that plus size people don’t actually know that these sizes are available in these particular places, so they simply do not go to these boutiques. As a consequence, the retailers simply assume that there isn’t a market there for them! As Kim suggests, what this boils down to is merely mis-communication, or actually lack of communication.

What happened to good old market research, and investing in some effective marketing? These retailers need to look around an realize that, yes, the market is there. But plus size people aren’t simply going to notice you carry bigger sizes just by snapping a finger. Promote these sizes throughout the store, in local newspapers or magazines, and online on locally focused sites. There are different ways to get the word out there, and retailers should use these to their advantage, to expand their customer base to include plus sizes.

Communion Dresses: What Do Plus-Size Girls Wear?

The following is a guest post by Janet Donahue.

Communion dress for girlsCommunion dress shopping season is upon us. This can be a really fun time, but it can be extremely stressful too.

Every year we see one group stand out as the most stressed – the mothers of extra-fluffy girls. (Our customers have expressed appreciation for our term of "extra fluffy" over and over again. It’s a little less insulting and better descriptive.)

These families soon found out when shopping that there are many Communion dress choices for the typical girl who wears a size 6, 7 or 8 – even a 10. Every manufacturer of girls’ dresses turns out white Communion dresses for the spring season in these sizes.

But not all girls are these sizes. In fact, our experience tells us that a very large percentage are not!

Who is the extr-fluffy girl? She is the one who is wider than most her age. Dresses that are the right length are too snug across the chest and waistline. She is not necessarily taller (though she might be, but then she may simply need a larger size). Frequently she is a girl who has not yet begun to develop a slimming waistline beginning her womanly shape. The garment industry assumes that a girl between ages 6-7 begins this slimming phase (thus creating the sizes 6 for pre and 6X for post) when the typical baby egg-shaped belly is thought to be slimming down.

But the vast majority of girls’ bodies are not on this prescribed time schedule. There may be times when a perfectly normal girl is in a "plus" size for a period of time until she begins this slimming phase. This should be seen as a momentary situation with plenty of alternatives – if you know where to look.

And, of course today we have many young people who are simply over weight. These girls need and deserve to look very pretty for their First Communion. In fact, with the modern stigma against being over weight, I think it’s especially important that these girls look their absolute best so they feel as special and as loved as they really are. Every girl deserves to feel like a princess!

All too often the family of the extra-fluffy girl scurries from store to store desperately trying to find a Communion dress to fit. They try on dress after dress after dress in larger sizes, but they don’t fit. Why? Because as they try larger sizes to get more width, the whole dress -especially the bodice – is too long. Nothing fits right. Frustration sets in and tempers flare. Eventually they become exasperated AND the wear date is fast approaching so they become desperate.

This scenario can be avoided entirely. This year there are more wonderful choices for the extra fluffy girl than ever before!

The first thing is to assess her size situation. Does she require a plus-size Communion dress? If you find that dresses that are wide enough fit all wrong every other way, you likely need a plus-size Communion dress. If so, head straight for the plus-size dresses. Don’t spend time looking over styles that won’t fit.

And here’s a tip: you will find more plus-sized Communion dresses online than anywhere else. Why? Because brick-and-mortar stores really don’t sell enough volume to justify ordering them and having them on the store floor. And, of course, everybody wants a different style. On-line stores can cater to your special needs.

Expect to have any dress altered to fit her perfectly before her wear date. Very few people – adult or child – actually fit a ready-to-wear size perfectly. Alterations in fit can make the difference between so-so and fabulous.

And be honest. If she is very large for her age, you may need to look beyond ready to wear dresses. Very few – if any – companies are now making plus-sized dresses for children beyond size 14 plus (or 14.5); some will go to 16 plus, but it definitely stops there. Why? Because these children have a very different shape than their "regular size" peers with requirements that cannot be addressed by ready to wear manufacturers. They frequently have sloping shoulders, sloping waistlines and disproportionately (to manufacturers) sized neck/arms to the size of body. If your child is in this category, head straight for a quality custom dress maker very early and have a dress made for her that will fit her properly so she can look her absolute best. Yes, this will be more expensive and will take several months (good dressmakers are always scheduled well in advance). But this is her one and only First Communion and she does deserve to look her best and feel very special.

The best thing is always to shop early – especially when you have special sizing needs. The next important step is to go where the Communion dresses you need are readily available. Nothing is more convenient – or offers more choices – than shopping on line.

Who is Janet Donahue?

Janet Donahue writes for "Perfect Dresses & Gowns for Girls" by The Perfect Pear where they offer a wide selection of regular as well as plus-size Communion Dresses – serving you with the best possible selection and reasonable prices since 1993.

Win $1,000 Shopping Spree from IGIGI

Can you imagine being given $1,000 to spend on great curvy fashion? Wow what fun I would have on a massive shopping spree.

Well IGIGI is giving you the chance to do just that, as it is holding a Spring Shopping Spree Contest. The lucky winner will win a $1,000 IGIGI Gift Certificate to overhaul their spring wardrobe! Entering the contest is easy. All you have to do is visit their website, click on the "Win $1000 Spring Shopping Spree Details" on the top of the page, fill out the form on the next page and hit ‘Enter Contest’ button. That’s it, you’re all set!

Go enter the conest right away, and if you happen to be the winner, do come back to this post and let me know!

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