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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?

29 Apr

With summer just around the corner, suddenly we find ourselves showing a bit more skin than in the colder months. Body angst can creep up unexpectedly when we find ourselves looking in the mirror and critiquing, rather than celebrating, our strong, amazing bodies.

Looking for a swim suit is just one of the modern torturous rituals that women go through at least once a year. So this year, don’t equate a fuller figure with more swimsuit coverage. Sometimes, covering more is actually less flattering to curves than the right cut and support. After all, if you are confidently rocking plus size lingerie – a bathing suit is just a glorified version with a larger audience!

Fit, fit, fit.

You can go in any direction you want stylistically speaking if you have the right fit. Fit includes the proper support and coverage. For example, a high-waisted bikini offers the same shaping as many one-pieces. Look for a swimsuit with underwire or built in support if you are larger than a B-Cup. It’s a must have, no compromise. Proper lift, shows off your waistline, too.

High waisted bikini for plus sizes

Photo Credit: Forever 21, Monif C

Just like in your plus size underwear, fit on the bottom depends on what you are looking for. If you want to show more skin, a higher cut leg is often much more flattering than a granny-skirt or a super low, fitted leg opening. The fabulous thing about a bikini is the options of separates. If you find you are one size on the bottom and another on the top, you can mix and match to get the best fit.

Your lingerie comes in all colors, so should your swimwear! Don’t feel you are limited to black just because you’re a curvy gal. Color blocked prints that diagonal at the waist are flattering and fresh.

Sexy Swimwear for Curves

Photo Credits: Forever 21, Monif C

A floral print can add interest and provide a retro feel, especially with a higher waist. Mimicking the lacing of a corset, many plus size one pieces offer control panels around the waist to streamline an hour glass silhouette, too.

Remember, the best accessory for lingerie in the bedroom is confidence, and it’s also the best accessory (besides a comfortable beach chair) on the beach!‎

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato – #Droptheplus

29 Apr #droptheplus

The controversy surrounding the term ‘plus size’ was recently brought to a head by prominent names in the fashion industry, including Australian size 8 model, Stefania Ferrario, and others like Kami Crawford. These are just a couple of the women who have banded together to demand the elimination of the term, ‘plus size’ in the fashion and modeling world. The women contend that the name is not only limiting and insulting, but unnecessary. A model is a model; a woman is a woman – no more, no less, no matter her size.

#droptheplus

#droptheplus

However, other prominent names in the plus size fashion industry, like Tess Munster and Laura Wells, embrace the plus size label because it has allowed them to brand themselves and pick up lucrative niche, as well as, mainstream contracts, while spreading the message that beauty does, indeed, come in all sizes.

Tess Holliday and Laura Wells

While some industry giants, like IMG Models, claim to no longer separately label “standard” size models versus “plus size models”, the question remains – how do stores, designers, advertising campaigns, etc delineate what goods they have to offer if the term ‘plus size’ is retired? Will stores no longer organize their clothing according to size – which is actually done to benefit the consumer.

Who wants to wade through a rack of Junior clothes/sizes if you’re 35 with hips? And why wade through a rack of zero to twelves, if you are a size 18? In today’s convenience obsessed society, it seems ludicrous to do away with descriptive size information that saves shoppers time and money.

According to Jenne Runk, “the term ‘plus size’ is just a term used to describe a body type, like tall, short, athletic, curvy, or anything else. I don’t see anything negative about it, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being called plus size. To me, it’s just a label. Some people call me plus size; some people say I’m not. It makes no difference to me. Some people call my hair brunette and some call it dirty blonde, that means as much to me as whether or not I’m called plus size. How other people describe me doesn’t define how I see myself.”

She continues to say, “I often refer to myself as a ‘large person,’ because I am, literally, large. I’m taller and bigger than many of my female friends. I simply take up more space; I’ve always been that way. I don’t care what the fashion industry calls me. If they want to call me plus size, that’s fine with me; if they want to call me a model, that’s fine, too. I’m not ashamed or afraid of my body type. I’m not ashamed or afraid of any words people might use to describe it.”

Plus Size Model Jennie Runk

Plus Size Model – Jennie Runk

Perhaps the problem lies in the perception of “plus size” women, rather than the term itself. If modeling agencies and stores transform their terminology to something with a perceived more flattering undertone (ie ‘curvy line’), will such a change suddenly radically transform the way society treats/views larger women?

While Ferrario’s frustration is understandable within the modeling world, since at a size 8 she is well within standard sizes, it seems her argument is more with the extreme standards set by the fashion world for models rather than the practical application of the term ‘plus size’ as a description for sizes above a 12.

Maybe everyone should just take a deep breath and remember the famous words of The Bard himself, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Credits:  Quotes from models taken from this great article.
http://www.elle.com/

Bon Voyage – How to Pack Your Lingerie

20 Apr Plus Size Lingerie, How to Pack

You work hard, and it’s time for a little treat. A romantic getaway with your sweetie or a solo trip is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. Packing, at least for women, can be an arduous task. How much do you pack? Have you brought too many pants and not enough shirts? Should you bring your tennis shoes? How many fancy dinner dresses are too many?

While those questions may never be answered, one thing you can be sure of is how to safely pack your plus size lingerie so you can maintain your sexy on the go!

1) Plan your outfits first. Lingerie isn’t just for the bedroom. It also has a functional use. And depending on your outfit, you may need to adjust your lingerie. Does a certain dress or pair of pants require a certain pair of underwear to look its best? Does a fitted white t-shirt look amazing with the hint of a lacy white bra underneath? Plan accordingly.

2) Maintain the natural shape of your brassiere by twisting at its middle and stacking the cups on top of each other. For a corset, lay it flat and stuff the cups with socks or underwear to maintain their shape.

3) Double duty. Some of your lingerie can do double duty as outerwear. A great little babydoll in a non-shear fabric can double as a top with skinny jeans and heels. A corset can peek out of a blazer for a sexy, edgy look. A robe or chemise can work as a cover up at the pool. The possibilities are endless, so get creative with your wardrobe.

4) A lingerie bag and travel size of detergent
Packing a lingerie bag is a great way to protect the fabric of your lingerie – especially if the fabric is delicate. A travel size gentle detergent is also a good idea to bring along. In case that special piece of lingerie gets a wine stain, you can wash it out immediately rather than waiting till you get home.

Remember, the perfect plus size lingerie is a great addition to any vacation. With the right undergarments, you’re sure to feel sexy, glamorous, and put together on your out of town adventure!

Spring 2015: Fashion Trends

25 Feb

Spring is in the air and warm weather is just around the corner, so it’s time to update your wardrobe with the freshest looks of the season. The Spring runway shows had an abundance of simple lines and cool, soft, natural colors. Curvy-girl friendly, this seasons look-book is less about one particular style and cut and more about evoking an overall feeling of casual romance and plein air chic, and with a palette that channels the beautiful colors of nature, you’re sure to be ringing in the first day of Spring in style. 

1) Easy Breezy Layers
Light layers of filmy natural fabrics are currently on trend for plus size fashion, according to stylists. Think cotton tank tops in creams and whites layered with sheer blue or gray swing tops or cotton peasant blouses and tunics topped with a sweater in a contrasting color. Pair these easy breezy styles with capri pants or cuffed jeans, and don’t forget properly fitted lingerie to ensure you have enough lift and support to pull off these looser, less structured looks. Lightly layered, you’re ready to spend the afternoon reveling in the sunshine or the shade.
Dress for Girls with Curves

Photo Credit: Dream Diva

2) Abstract florals
These aren’t your grandmother’s florals. This floral trend sports a less literal interpretation of Spring’s blooms. Abstract flower designs and bright patterns adorn spring dresses this season, and hem lengths are decidedly longer than in the fall. The universally flattering A-line dresses share the spotlight with longer, free flowing skirts and dresses. If you choose to go traditional with a fit and flair A-line, a waist-cinching corset underneath is sure to give your silhouette drama and old-fashioned sex appeal, while the fresh floral print will keep your look current and on trend.

Plus Size Floral Dress

Photo Credit: Igigi

 

3) Denim dreams
Soft, broken-in denim on denim looks are having a big moment this Spring. What’s so great about this for plus size fashion? Every woman has a favorite cut of blue jeans, and since the look isn’t limited to a skinny jean or a boot cut or a boyfriend, you are free to indulge in whatever cut and style best suits your figure… or your whim that day.

 

Denim for Curves

Photo Credit: Europa Woman

The key is making sure that your denims aren’t matchy matchy. Combining different washes and textures will keep you looking like a laid back goddess rather than a Denim Dan!

Victoria’s Secret in Plus Sizes?

4 Feb

Free to Be You and Me?

Recently a petition has surfaced asking Victoria’s Secret, lingerie giant, to expand their product lines to include plus sizes. The petition, started by a plus size woman, has garnered attention online and across the air waves, but the questions that beg to be answered are:

1.  Does Victoria’s Secret have an obligation to sell plus size lingerie and clothing?

2 – Are they being discriminatory – one of the petition’s main points – or missing a business opportunity – the petition’s seemingly second main point by only selling standard sized merchandise? 

Let’s examine Victoria’s Secret obligation to market and sell a plus size line.

As long as free enterprise exists in North America, businesses have every right to control their product lines as they see fit.  Victoria’s Secret already dominates a majority of lingerie sales – with sales reaching 6.6 billion last year alone. Based on these numbers and the current price of Victoria Secret’s stock, it would seem that Victoria’s Secret is quite happily reaching and meeting the needs of millions of happy customers and shareholders.

So, back to the questions:

Are they obligated to sell to plus size women?
Are they being cruel and exclusionary if they don’t?

No, and here’s why.

As a business, they are meeting and possibly exceeding their current business goals, which only includes standard sizes. It isn’t personal, it’s business.   

Are they hurting their bottom line by not expanding and marketing larger sizes?

The free market is dominated by a set of economic rules. The first being there’s a cost to every benefit. A cost-benefit analysis is pretty standard when a company is determining whether to expand or redirect merchandise. I’m sure that Victoria’s Secret – a chain owned by the same company that used to own Lane Bryant – has examined the costs and benefits of offering plus sizes and has so far decided it’s not in their best interest….at this time.

At the end of the day, criticizing Victoria’s Secrets’ business decision not to offer larger sizes makes just as much sense as standard size women criticizing Lane Bryant in the USA for not offering styles in size 0 or size 1.

Businesses fill niches.  A business cannot and should not be expected to be everything to everyone. Plus size women have a myriad of fashion options such as clothing for fuller figures and plus size lingerie today that did not exist even 15 years ago thanks to specialty stores and the Internet.  

While there is still a long long way to go in terms of society’s acceptance of alternate beauty standards, taking issue with Victoria’s Secret for only offering standard sizes really isn’t one of them is it?   Their “Perfect Body” campaign – now that’s another thing!

Winter Fashion: Keeping Warm this Winter

21 Jan Plus Size Lingerie

Brrrr! It’s the coldest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion for the sake of staying warm. This is a great time to start hitting winter sales and pick up new, plus size friendly outerwear. There are so many great choices for curvy beauties that there’s no excuse to stick with a tired out puff coat from three years ago. Besides, what’s more fun and frisky than a classic trench over nothing but your newest set of plus size lingerie? Here are some great winter outwear trends for plus size beauties, guaranteed to fight off the winter blues.

Go Bright and Bold or Stay Home!
It’s easy to play it safe and stick to blacks and grays during the winter, but when the weather outside is frightful a little bright color is so delightful! I love the longer, calf-length swing coats in bold color choices like red, cobalt blue, and green from top plus size retailers. Paired with a neutral outfit and boots or heels, the pop of color is fun and eye catching and sure to make your feel like a million bucks walking down the street.
Plus Size Swing Coat

Photo Credit: Woman Within

Tartan and Plaid
The latest trend in outwear is possibly taking its inspiration from the romantic book and now television series, Outlander. The Scottish plaids and tartans are sophisticated enough for the office but still snazzy enough to wear out for the evening over a black mini and knee high boots. If you choose a tartan or plaid coat, make sure there is some detail that breaks up the pattern to prevent transforming your beautiful curves into a block of lines and squares. I prefer any coat in plaid to be cinched at the waist for optimal curve appeal, but large buttons down the front and a tapered cut can also streamline your silhouette. And since we’re not going full-Scott, don’t forget to slip into the sassy, new plus size underwear you purchased to warm up cold winter nights!
Plus Size Plaid Coat

Photo Credit: Land’s End – Women’s Plus Size Quilted PrimaLoft Parka

Tweed
At the end of the day you can’t go wrong with a classic tweed trench coat. It’s so Breakfast at Tiffany’s that you’ll be dying to pile your hair on top of your head, put on a sexy corset to enhance your curves in all the right places, and sashay down the street in search of diamonds, champagne, and rich men.

Plus Size Tweed Coat

Photo Credit: Deb Shops

With the right underwear AND outwear, winter is definitely a wonderland!

Figure Friendly Fall Fashion Trends

30 Sep Plus Size Lingerie & Clothing

The word ‘trend’ is enough to make curvy girls tremble, but you don’t have to give up your fashion forward desires this season. Fall 2014 is full of figure-friendly trends for the plus size gal.

1.  Lace

Lace isn’t limited to the lingerie drawer, although that’s a great place to start! This season, jewel toned lace shirts, dresses, shorts, and rompers are warming up cold nights. There is something timelessly classy and yet sexy about a classic-cut lace piece, and you can experiment to find the right shape for your figure. Hourglass figures get serious va-va-voom from bandage lace dresses. A high waist lace short or romper paired with a long-sleeved silk shirt and heels is the perfect look for a romantic evening out on the town.

2.  Animal Print

Let them all hear you ROAR this fall in animal print. Pair a cheetah print knee-length skirt with a fitted black corset and moto jacket, and you’re inner fashionista will howl with glee. Remember the cardinal rule of animal print, pick one garment and style the rest of the outfit around it, so you don’t end up looking like safari road kill!

Could we just revisit the moto jacket, please?

3.  The Moto Jacket

Nothing says chic, cool, and bad to the bone in the very best way like the moto jacket. Whether you’re layering an unzipped moto over plus size lingerie for a sexy evening look or keeping it zipped up and day casual with leather leggings or skinny jeans, the structured, tapered cut of the moto jacket is your curvy girl go-to this fall. While the moto is a classic in black, intrepid shoppers may be able to find it red or purple. The bad girl possibilities are endless!

Happy Fall shopping, friends!