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Posts for October 2009

Curvy Commentary 10/30

By Sarah Conley · October 30, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Chunky Curls writes about boho prints as her latest style inspirations.

Fat Chic points a critical eye at JC Penney's new extended plus size line.

Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too introduces us to the hardest working dress in her wardrobe.

The Pretty Pear writes about her never ending quest for boots that fit her wide calves.

Filed in: Curvy Commentary
Tagged with: plus size, style, Fashion

Blogger Spotlight: Patrice Of Afrobella

By Sarah Conley · October 29, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Patrice (pictured left) is the kind of gal everyone should have in their life. She's honest, forthright and has the most incredible spirit. Her blog, Afrobella, is written with a level of care & compassion that isn't often found in the blogosphere. She covers topics ranging from beauty, music, fashion and other passions that are top of mind that day - you never know what interesting post will be next! We had the opportunity to meet during New York Fashion Week and from the instant we met, I knew I wanted to know more about her. She offered insights into her plus size fashion sense & her hottest picks for Winter in our 5 questions with her below.


SS: Have you always been plus sized?

Yes indeed, I've always been plus sized. It was really difficult as a teenager, I didn't know what to do with myself and masqueraded my insecurity by being a total tomboy and "the friend," you know - the one boys never would consider as a possibility? But as I grew older and more confident, and went to college... I realized that I liked the way I looked. Plus size could mean sexy, there *are* boys who like curvy girls, and who needs a guy's stupid opinion to make myself feel beautiful anyway - being comfortable in your own skin is where it's at! It wasn't until college that I started wearing sleeveless tops or shorts (and hello, I grew up in the Caribbean!). It wasn't until mid-way through college that I realized my mother was right -- I WOULD look lovely in a nice skirt. Or dress. My dress fetish is a relatively recent phenomenon, but it's become a fever that isn't going away.


SS: What style/garment/etc do you wish there was more of in the marketplace?


Cute, affordable, unique dresses. I'm constantly fantasy shopping for dresses and can never find anything in my price range that I can afford, in a style that's OMG I-need-this-right-away cute. Right now I'm looking for truly cute sweater dresses and can't find anything (except for my vintage Silhouettes black mini, which I'm wearing in my current profile pic on Twitter)! Cute day-to-evening dresses for cooler weather, and tasteful, flattering dresses for hot weather. Honestly I see alot of this kind of stuff on UK fashion blogs, but it happens rarely in the US. I'm hoping we start catching up more with the UK in that respect, soon.


SS: You recently moved to Chicago, so this is going to be your first true Winter. How are you preparing?


I'm taking better care of my skin and hair, soaking up the moisture and exfoliating more! I'm plotting a big shopping trip soon -- apparently the truly thick and warm sweaters are coming out soon, but not quite yet. I gotta learn how to layer and I'm kind of struggling -- just this weekend I thought I'd done some creative and cute layering and my husband was like uh, hon....what are you doing? So it's a work in progress. My biggest mission is finding the perfect long-sleeved tops, sweaters, tights, tunics and most important of all -- boots! And then I'm looking for fly accessories to go with it all.


SS: What trends will you be wearing this Winter?


I love the look of over-the-knee boots, but for me, practicality is key. My watchword when shopping is, WWTGD?(What Would Tim Gunn Do?). So I don't go for trends that aren't timeless. I want fashion staples that can be remixed year in, year out. What I really want for my first winter is the perfect pair of jeggings (jean leggings), a thick and warm pair of sweater tights, some supafly sweater dresses and tunics, a badass pair of tall, flat leather biker boots to withstand the elements, and a truly classic leather bomber jacket to pull it all together.


SS: What are your 3 favorite items from Silhouettes.com right now?


Just three? ;)

Stretch Denim Classic Leggings - Love these in indigo

Sport Boot

Tunic Dress - the tunic, you can dress it up or dress it down. Effortless chic


Weekly Bargain - Comfy, Cozy Pants

By Silhouettes1 · October 28, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



As the cold weather begins to roll in, who doesn't dream of curling up on the couch in comfy clothes and a cup of hot chocolate? The Weekend Pant is the perfect buy, with a drawstring tie, wide legs, elastic waistband and made of 100% cotton. Not only are they super comfortable, but also very presentable so you can wear them outside the house as well! Color choices include ink, steel, and wine.

Go and stock up now, on sale for $44.00 - $49.00.

Filed in: Weekly Bargain
Tagged with: plus size, style, Sale, Fashion

Curvy Commentary 10/23

By Sarah Conley · October 23, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



Fat Chic explores the world of belted tops for plus size ladies.

The Demoiselles puts their spin on how to wear the sweater dress.

Speaking of sweaters, Le Blog de Big Beauty offers up photographic inspiration for the perfect sweater outfit.

Syrup Sandwiches lays into Karl Lagerfeld for his recent disparaging comments.

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Weekly Bargain - Cropped Jacket

By Silhouettes1 · October 22, 2009 · 0 Comments ·




Take advantage of cropped coats while you still can! The Cropped Fly Away Jacket is a perfect fall item to wear with pants or a skirt. With chic front buttons and stylish 3/4 sleeves, this number is hard to turn down! Pair it with a scarf on colder days and head out the door for a chic & easy look.

With a price as low as $89.00, what could be better? Enjoy!

Filed in: Fashion
Tagged with: Bargain, plus size, style, Sale

Silhouettes for Success: Professional Advancement Through Social Media

By Sarah Conley · October 21, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

During the past week, the Silhouettes team & I visited the Queens & Washington DC locations of Dress for Success to meet with their Professional Women's Group (PWG).  The PWG offers women served by Dress for Success a supportive and educational environment for women looking to achieve personal & professional success. In order to assist the women in expanding their employment horizons, I presented at the kickoff meeting for the upcoming Silhouettes for Success program (more on that soon!).  I introduced the attendees to the many opportunities for advancement social networks can provide. We covered Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and LinkedIn, as well as how authoring a blog can lead to creative & editorial opportunities.

What I enjoyed most about meeting the women of the PWG was the air of support & community they have created.  They share their successes as well as their failures & the key learnings along the way. They are unafraid to talk of the hard times because they know that through their own perseverance, the hard times will fade into the distance. Everyone encounters difficult periods, but life's experiences are shaped by the way you handle them.

We'll soon be sharing details about the upcoming partnership between Silhouettes & Dress for Success - stay tuned!

Curvy Commentary 10/16

By Sarah Conley · October 16, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



Fat Chic reports on Project Runway designer Kenley Collins designing a plus size line.

Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too is excited by a collaboration between UK retailer Evans & Chaka Khan.

Syrup Sandwiches creates an entire look devoted to sequins.

Young Fat & Fabulous creates a wishlist based on neutrality.

Filed in: Curvy Commentary

Weekly Bargain - Scoopneck Tunic

By Silhouettes1 · October 15, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



Looking for the perfect "go-to" item for your wardrobe? You've found it! This scoopneck tunic is a great classic that is trendy and versatile. It comes in 3 shades, magenta, grape, and black. The wide neck line, soft cotton/nylon material and long length makes this top flattering and comfortable all in one! So, on those days where you cannot figure out what to wear, this sweater is the perfect item to go-to.

At the fabulous price of $29.00, why not buy a few different colors? Happy Shopping!

Silhouettes Partners With Living Beyond Breast Cancer

By Sarah Conley · October 13, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Silhouettes® is proud to partner with Living Beyond Breast Cancer in support of their programs and services for women affected by breast cancer. 

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization, rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator, dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include LBBC.org, the Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222), conferences, teleconferences, networking programs, newsletters, publications and recordings.  Silhouettes(r) is proud to partner with Living Beyond Breast Cancer in support of their programs and services for women affected by breast cancer.

How are you supporting breast cancer awareness? Have you or someone you know been affected by breast cancer? Share your story in the comment section below.

Curvy Commentary 10/9

By Sarah Conley · October 9, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



Chunky Curlz shares her passion for all things tight-oriented this Fall.

The Demoiselles get down to the ABC's and the DD's.

Syrup Sandwiches makes a stand for equality and proves big girls can rock it too.

Musings of a Fatshionista strives for the glamorous life.

Filed in: Curvy Commentary

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