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Celebrity Style Watch: Olivia Wilde

By Silhouettes · July 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Olivia Wilde is the female lead in Cowboys and Aliens (the latest summer blockbuster) and an up-and-coming actress who’s starred in various TV shows and movies. I thought I’d look at some of her style choices, since she’s not a name I recognize right away.

Here she is in Stella McCartney. This design and style of this gown is flattering and draws the eyes to all the right places.

Here she is at the 2009 Golden Globes…I’m a sucker for this kind of dress, and the lavender is a great choice:

And here she is in a silver dress at the launch of a new fragrance. Not such a big fan of the style here. It feels haphazard and unflattering.

Olivia Wilde fans: what do you think of her fashion choices?

Red Carpet Style Watch: Smurf-tastic

By Silhouettes · July 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, that happened.

Yes, The Smurfs movie premiere took place recently and the stars (or at least the voices) showed up to celebrate the opening of the film.

Katy Perry, the voice of Smurfette, took things to a whole new level of celebration with her short white Smurfette dress. While the design might be appropriate, the style of the dress is a bit short for a children’s movie, don't you think?

Sofia Vergara, however, looked classy in her purple beaded gown with matching accessories. I love both her dress and her bracelets.

And finally, Jayma Mays, who looks modern in a short green dress. I like the beaded embellishment and the color choice; it makes what would otherwise be a pretty standard dress pop!

Fashion Blogging 101

By Silhouettes · July 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Have you always had an interest in fashion? When you see a top that's too small, do you walk away or do you turn it into a cute scarf? Does the camera absolutely love you? Do you follow trends? Do you NOT follow trends?! If I am describing you, you just may be the next hot thing in plus size fashion blogging!

This month marks the one year anniversary of my personal style blog, Double Vision. In the past year, I have made wonderful new friends across the world, did a whole lot of shopping, and most importantly, began to see a new type of beauty in myself. All from putting on an outfit, snapping a few pictures, and then uploading them to the internet!

A Double Vision 4th of July photo. Get crazy with your pictures!

Plus size fashion blogging is a relatively new form of self expression that I think is only going to grow  in the coming years. It is vital in increasing the visibility of plus size lifestyles, thoughts, and desires. A plus size fashion blog is so much more than clothing. It is a place where a blogger can talk about their day, issues that face them as a person of size, give shopping tips, share D.I.Y. projects, and interact with a very special international community made of people who love looking great! But it can be so much more. Every blog is unique to the person behind the screen and in front of the camera.

Here's a short list of how to get started with your wonderful new blog!

Nicolette Mason's blog is a wonderful mix of fashion, lifestyle, art and culture. This girl knows how to live!

1. Have an idea

The most important thing about any creative project is the idea behind it. You can take the most professional photos in the world, but if your voice isn't unique and there is no thought behind it, why bother making it? Maybe you want to create a blog dedicated to plus size thrifting? Or maybe your blog is simply a hybrid of your fashion and your personal life. Think about what makes your perspective unique and explore it!

2. Research

Take a look at other fashion blogs-- plus size, straight size, street style, men's fashion, ALL of it! Because remember, true style has no size limits. See what you like about each blog you look at, and what you can learn from them. It's not stealing if you take an idea and make it your own!

3. Get a Camera

My go to camera is a Canon DSLR, which is wonderful, but really spendy. Not everyone has access to prosumer level equipment, and I don't think you need it! There are a lot of ways to document your outfits. Use your point and shoot with a self timer, grab a friend with a cell phone camera... Heck! Use a disposable camera if you want! Just make sure you are photographing in a well lit space, because there's nothing more depressing than not being able to see the clothing in an outfit photo. Get creative with it!

Super cute Bronny of Fat Aus uses Wordpress as her host site!

4. Sign up!

There are a lot of blog resources out there. It all depends on what you're comfortable with.

My blog is located on Tumblr, but you can also explore Blogspot and Wordpress, which seem to be the most popular hosts.

5. To network or not to network?

So you've got the ideas, the photos, and the place to put them all together, but you probably want some people to read it! Well, I suggest immersing yourself in the fashion blog community. Leave comments on other people's blogs. Join Twitter and start up conversations with bloggers. Remember, for all of the feedback that you want on your blog, other writers want it too. So give and ye shall receive!

There are a lot more nuances to blogging, but this is just a starting guide. Take your time, and enjoy it!

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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.

Summer Shape

By Silhouettes · July 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Sometimes I wonder how so many of us make it through the day while living under all of the weight we carry. But don't worry, I'm not talking about actual physical lbs. I'm talking about the overwhelming pressure to hide, reshape, smooth and contort our bodies into a slightly more aesthetically pleasing shape. We're so terrified of our own jiggling bodies that we will do anything to hide them.

We've all been there. Standing in the lingerie department, trying to understand how the supposed 2xl full-body shaper that looks like it could fit around one leg is supposed to go over our ENTIRE body. From there you begin to question simple tasks such as eating, sitting and even going to the restroom (if by some miracle of physics I get that thing on, I'm not gonna want to take it off). And once you do get this bad boy on, you notice new bumps and features that could use a little shaping action of their own. By the end of your shopping day, you're covered head to toe in spandex and hoping that your big night out is liquid free and standing room only.

Constantly hearing that horizontal stripes or bright colors will make you look fat can really do a number on your willingness to try anything new at all. I don't know about you, but, nothing is going to actually hide my tummy or fool people into thinking that I don't have super meaty thighs. My belly moves when I walk, my arms jiggle when I dance, and I can't expect that wearing all black will somehow magically disguise these facts.

Look! Stripes! And no one looks far or awful at all! Check out the Cascade Cardigan in the Silhouettes Shop, now!

Now, I don't want you to think that I am anti-shaper or smart style decisions that emphasize your best features. I have my personal safety blankets (shapers included!) that allow me to feel even the slightest bit more confident in the outfits I wear. But now that the summer has finally geared up and wearing my favorite layers upon layers is no longer an option, I have to start to reevaluate how to be confident in my summer skin. When everything makes you sweaty, you're probably not reaching for the spandex in the back of your underwear drawer.

I am still trying to figure out how to wear shorts without tights underneath. And tank tops? WITHOUT a sweater? That's going to take me ages. But I want to try. And really, what matters most is that we're all outside enjoying the sunshine and our loved ones. So I encourage you to take some chances this summer. Try pairing your favorite skirt with a new top that you're a bit nervous about. Go to the department store and get some perfume samples that make you feel extra sexy. A new shade of lipstick looks great with a pair of nerve wracking shorts.

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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.

Red Carpet Style Watch (Part 2): Emma Watson

By Silhouettes · July 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Emma Watson deserves her own post as we take a look at the dresses and looks she chose for the Harry Potter premiere. Here she is in London’s Trafalgar Square at the British showing. She’s wearing Oscar de la Renta, and I love the embroidered bodice and the messy-ruffled skirt. (If you’re going to do ruffles, this is how they should be done):

For the New York premiere, Emma chose another fitted bodice and ruffled skirt, but I don’t like this dress nearly as much. It looks as though she pulled the skirt up and it got unevenly stuck in her waistband.

She also chose a fiercer look for the NYC premiere, with her hair slicked back and darker eye makeup.


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