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Sweet Autumn Shirts

By Silhouettes · August 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, it may be the middle of August, but already some schools are starting up again and people are thinking about Labor Day weekend plans…which means that fall is imminent. That also means it’s probably time to think about cool weather clothes, too.

¾ length sleeves are a perfect fall fashion choice. They’re also flattering on almost everyone. Pattern tops with ¾ sleeves work great with a pair of jeans (or trousers for a professional day at the office).

Here are some of the season’s hot patterns and styles….

A pretty plus-size pullover makes a nice fall choice, especially in this animal print. It’s loose-fitting and comfortable with a cute scoop neck.

Another option is this medallion-print tunic. The split-neck and the stylish pattern make this a great choice for days out or at the office.

And finally, this v-neck tee with ¾ length sleeves comes in so many prints that you can buy 2 or 3 and still have crazy wardrobe variety.

What’s your favorite kind of cool weather shirt?

Hair Rules

By Silhouettes · August 8, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

There are a lot of rules put on us as plus size women. Wear this color, avoid this shape, avoid this, only wear that. But the rules that frustrate me most are all about our hair. It's so hard to get the courage to make major hair changes. After all, unlike clothing, once you change your locks you're stuck with it for a looooong time.

Apparently, all plus size women should have shoulder-length hair with a side part and lots of layers to hide our double chins. But let's face it, there are a lot more options out there for our hair, and we shouldn't let age old “common knowledge” about our tresses dictate our decisions! Nothing will REALLY hide my chins or make my face look longer or leaner, so why hide it? Here are some of my favorite hair styles on curvy bodies that have inspired a trip to the salon.

Fringe For Days

I love bangs. They can take your look from flirty and cute to sultry and sexy in no time. It's all about how you cut em.

Amber Riley is rocking a straight, full bang. Yes, it does shorten her face a bit, but like I said, no haircut is going to camouflage who you are, so why not have some fun?! I love how her face is framed so dramatically here.

If you're not so into the dramatic bang, you can try a wispy, side swept bang a la Hayley Hasselhoff. You can add as much or as little hair to this type of bang, which makes it super versatile. It's great if you'd like to give a little more angular drama to your face.

Bigger is always better!


Jill Scott rocks her curly mane loud and proud. I love a head full of wild curls, and I especially love what it's doing for Jill. The balance of her hair to the rest of her frame gives her a large and in charge presence that's impossible to ignore. Hair this large can be a challenge though. Make sure you keep it out of your face to avoid the muppet look, and invest in a great conditioner and mousse! These products will help define your curls and keep frizzies at bay.

Color Knows No Size

The best thing about coloring your hair is that you can do whatever you want and if you don't like it, change it! So if you're a little too chicken to run to the salon for a life changing cut, try mixing it up with your color. Always wanted to be a brunette? Try it out! Subtle changes in the shade of your hair can alter the way your skin tone appears and give you a great glow (or make you look like a pale goth kid, which is cool too if you want it!).

Feeling really brave? Rainbow colors are all the rage right now. Grab a little pink and add it to the tips of your hair. Pull a Gaga and go bright blue! No one can stop you!

Or maybe just buy a wig. That works too.

But really, all that matters with hair is that you have fun. So you got a cut you don't like. It'll grow back!

Or really. Go buy a wig. It's fine, I won't tell.

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Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.

Stretching out

By Silhouettes · August 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Stretch jersey is one of the most comfortable fabrics there is. It’s easy to pack and it’s easy to wear, just because it’s so soft and stretchy. Like wearing a comfy t-shirt over your whole body.

Leggings are one (very trendy) way to wear jersey. These lovely stretchy leggings can accompany you everywhere—just throw them in the suitcase and go!

Stretch jersey skirts are a nice way to wear jersey, too. Choose flowing, loose-fitting skirts that drape instead of cling.

And finally, plus-size pants made of jersey are some of the most comfortable things around. You get the comfort of pajamas, but you still look professional enough for work. Capris are great for weekend wear or casual outings, while full-length pants work well for cooler days or office wear.

Fall Fashion Trend: Polka Dot

By Silhouettes · August 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Some years it’s stripes, some years it’s plaid…this year, it’s polka dot! Yes, polka dot is hitting the runways as the pattern of choice for some of this year’s fall fashion.  According to Wikipedia, polka dots began appearing on fabrics in England in the 19th century.  Since it became fashionable around the same time as the dance known as the polka, it was named after that dance.

You can get the jump on fall by trying on some polka dots with this fun plus-size swimskirt. It’s got style and coverage in addition to the trendy print. It’s also got tummy control and great support, too.

And then, as you gear up for fall, try something like this polka dot big shirt. This type of shirt works great for layering on a cool day. Or you can wear it in the cold air conditioning if you find yourself getting chilly.

What’s your favorite print?

Even More Fall Fashions Now!

By Silhouettes · August 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Summer may still be sizzling but we must not forget that Autumn is right around the corner. While most of us probably start sweating just thinking about cashmere and layering, there are a lot of great ways to slowly introduce the upcoming trends into your late summer wardrobe!

Acne, A/W 2011

Color - Rich hues, popping neons and playful color blocking still reign supreme in the upcoming seasons. While a bright courderoy pant may be perfect for a day of watching the leaves change color you probably want to avoid passing out from heat exhaustion. So instead, try throwing on a pair of colorful shorts and pairing it with a bold piece of colorful jewelry. Corals, oranges, and turquoises will all translate well from this season into the next.

 

Chloe, A/W 2011

Animal Prints - They’re baaaaack. Or did they ever leave? What was once considered too Fran Fine for any sophisticated woman to wear, Animal Prints have made a triumphant and elegant return to the scene. And in a very daring move, many are laying print upon print. If you’re going to give this one a go, perhaps try to keep your prints in the same color family. Otherwise you run the risk of looking too Tarzan for your own good.

Proenza Schouler A/W 2011

Make a Statement! - Big, chunky, attention grabbing jewelry is the way to go in the next few months. But beware ladies, jewels upon jewels might have you bordering on Zsa Zsa territory, and unless you’re going for the Most Fabulous at Green Acres title, I suggest rocking one piece at a time. These gems deserve a bit of the spotlight, so try pairing them with a simple t-shirt, or with a lightweight blazer.


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