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Posts for November 2010

Cute under the covers

By Silhouettes1 · November 26, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Sleepwear is just fun. I love picking out new pajamas and nightgowns and thinking about what to wear when the weather gets cold. It’s great to be warm and cozy in bed on a cold night!

With sleepwear, you don’t have to worry so much about looking “cool”—you can just pick whatever is comfortable and cute. (Also, pajamas are a great gift idea for family members or good friends.)

This night shirt comes in a wide variety of prints, with lots of fluttery feminine detail. I like the drawstring neck and the woven cotton texture.

Another (longer) option is this sleep dress—same feminine detail, just a little more coverage. This one also comes in a variety of prints and is super comfortable.

For lounging and relaxing before bed or over morning coffee, this waffle terry robe is warm and cozy. I like the texture and softness.

And if you’re looking for pajama pants, check out these plus-size lounge pants. So many prints to choose from! You can cuff them or leave them long, and they’re great for sleeping or just hanging around the house.

Winter Work Wardrobe

By Silhouettes1 · November 24, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

With the onset of chilly weather, it’s time to think about updating your winter work wardrobe. Basics like black pants, neutral colored sweaters, boots, and a coat are all important things to have so you can mix and match. Here are a few other outfits you might want to invest in—and then mix the pieces up to create multiple options.

Wide-leg drawstring pants with ruffled sleeve sweater:  These super-comfortable pants are perfect for work or at home—you can wear them all the time. Pair them with something like the ruffled sleeve sweater for a more professional look, or add a fitted top and cardigan for days around the house.

Tweed drawstring pants and tweed cascade jacket: These pants and jacket provide some building blocks for a ton of outfits! For wearing them together, just add a colorful turtleneck or other brightly colored blouse underneath. Separately they’re great neutral pieces that will go with almost anything else in your professional winter wardrobe.

Colorblock dress: This one isn’t pieces, but I still think it’s a great option. It’s very elegant and flattering, with an a-line shape and style, and the cobalt color blocks mixed with the black are striking. I recommend this for work or any kind of fancy social occasion.

Stylin’ Sweaters

By Silhouettes1 · November 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I went shopping recently and was amazed at the huge variety of sweaters on the racks and shelves. Sweaters are the “in” thing this year for sure. Long sweaters, sweater dresses, flowing cardigans—they’re all out there and they’re all in style.

Check out these plus-size sweater ideas:

Open-front cardigan: your classic, basic long cardigan (in black or print). Wear it with jeans or pants and a fitted top. This is a perfect look for winter.

V-neck tunic: This long tunic sweater is great over leggings or jeans. It’s both stylish and cozy, great for snuggling by the fire or going out on the town.

Cascade cardigan: A lovely feminine cardigan available in a variety of fun colors. This sweater offers a twist on the basic cardigan by adding the trendy, flowing cascade style.

Knit V-neck: Another classic sweater, this can be paired with a belt or button-down for a more tailored look—or just wear it with jeans for a casual day.

For more sweater options, go here.

Skirting the Issue

By Silhouettes1 · November 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Even though it’s getting colder, long skirts can still work as part of your winter wardrobe, provided you pair them with tights and boots or other practical shoes. It’s fun to wear skirts, so I hate to give them up just because it’s chilly.

Here are some of my favorite kinds of skirts to wear in the winter:

Ballet skirt: This long, flowing skirt is a classic piece to wear to work on a cold day. It’s elegant and feminine and fun.

Stretch skirt: A pretty piece that’s long (but not as long as the ballet skirt) and looks fabulous with tall boots. The swing style is one of my favorites.

Tweed riding skirt: Tweed is very trendy right now and this skirt is the perfect vehicle to show it off. So classic and perfect for fall and winter days—and as usual, great with the boots.

For more plus-size skirts to wear during the winter or the summer, go here.

Checking Out Coats

By Silhouettes1 · November 17, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

A winter coat can cost major money, but when you get a piece of clothing you’ll wear for years, it’s also a really great investment. Plus, you get what you pay for when it comes to coats. So don’t be afraid to indulge a little – it's worth it.

This button-front coat is a simple, classic option with a refined twill weave. It’s basic but stylish and will go with every outfit, formal and casual.

The portrait collar jacket is another great option. The collar adds some fun and style to an otherwise simple gray wool coat. The faux leather trim is another cool detail that makes this coat stand out.

For a more formal look, check out this swing coat. It’s fun, feminine, and fits well over all your thick sweaters—while still looking very classy. The design details on the back are also really fun; you can make an impression as you leave a room, too!

Winter’s hottest new shade is…

By Silhouettes1 · November 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Purple is making a comeback as one of the hot colors this winter. Plum, grape and all the shades in between are showing up on runways and in fashion magazines as designers rediscover the fun and pop of purple!

There are tons of ways to work this color into your wardrobe. One easy way is to simply choose clothing that’s purple—this print trim dress, for example. This is a comfortable plus-size dress that you can pair with tights and boots for a great winter look.

Another way to enjoy purple is shoes—like these microsuede scrunch boots or these jewel wedges in purple.

And then, of course, accessories! This floral stretchy bracelet makes a fun, dramatic statement. And the stone in this beautiful sterling silver ring is an eye-catching purple that will stand out on your finger.

How do you plan to bring color into your winter wardrobe?

Kurta What?

By Silhouettes1 · November 12, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Do you know what a “kurta” is? I had no idea until very recently, when I saw what looked like a loose tunic top referred to as a kurta.

So, of course I hit up Wikipedia, and they say: “A kurta is a traditional item of clothing worn in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer….”

Well, there you go. Never say this blog isn’t educational!

This kurta has been adapted a little bit for American fashion, and it’s great. Really loose and comfortable, with its own belt for instant shape. And don’t forget the fun bold print. Just pair it with leggings or slim-fitting jeans and presto! You’ve got a great new look—and you can tell your friends just what a kurta is!

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Holiday Wear – Part 2

By Silhouettes1 · November 9, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So you’ve got holiday parties to go to, and even though you don’t want to get crazy at work events, there are definitely parties where it’s fun to get a little dressed up and drink some spiked punch, right?

Here are some of the holiday pieces designed for those times when you want to make a splash.

Get glittery in this sequined tunic top that sparkles in the light. Or, try this sequined vest over a fitted long-sleeved black shirt. Another shiny option: the gold cowl-neck satin tunic.

And this beaded shoulder tunic is fun and flirty. Wear it over a black cami and black leggings or slim-fit pants.

Show off your wild side with leopard-print dress shoes or studded tassel micro-suede boots. And add some real “pop!” with jewelry like this bib necklace set, a hammered-style bangle bracelet or an exciting bold ring.

Remember… the holidays are coming fast, so make sure your wardrobe is prepared!

Holiday Wear - Part 1

By Silhouettes1 · November 8, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

With winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about parties and dressing up! What are you going to wear to the neighbors’ cocktail party? To your significant other’s work event? To your family Christmas dinner?

We’ll start with some basic suggestions for parties where professional and discreet work best. You don’t want to be falling out of your dress at the company Christmas party—no  matter how much fun it might seem at the time!

For work and professional parties, choose simple and elegant pieces that make you look both beautiful and put together. This gold-beaded tunic is an example, as is this embellished tunic (it’s got just enough sequins to be interesting, without going overboard.)

Pair your tunics with slim-fitting black pants and then spice things up with shoes and jewelry. A pair of these boots would look great over a tighter-fitting pair of pants. Or skip the boots and get sparkly with these silver pom-pom dress pumps. Elegant jewelry—something like this necklace—will finish off your outfit perfectly.

If you prefer a dress to tunic tops, the surplice dress is a classic. And the tank dress with a pair of high boots and a long necklace is another fun option.

Stay tuned for Part II, when we get a little wild!

Perfect Pants

By Silhouettes1 · November 5, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Lately I’ve realized that I have a lot of jeans, but my pants collection is seriously lacking. And with cold weather on the way, I’m going to have to put my summer wardrobe away and start wearing pants way more often.

So I went on a pants hunt—to find out what’s in style, what’s comfortable, and what works for plus size women. Here are some of my choices…see if they work for you!

Soft Flannel Twill Pants – I chose these because they are super-comfortable while still being really polished and stylish for work. They’re stretchy, they have pockets, and they come in a bunch of different neutral colors to pair with anything.

Safari Drawstring Pants – These are also incredibly comfortable, and I really like the soft rayon fabric and the fact that they’re washable.

Gillian Grey™ Ponte Di Roma Trouser – I love the drape and style of these pants! Unlike the other two I chose, these have a button fly. The fabric is smooth and rich, and the wide leg style is very flattering.

Now I can say my pants wardrobe is slightly more complete. Check out a wider selection here.

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