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Posts for July 2010

Seersucker Style

By Silhouettes1 · July 30, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

The word “seersucker” makes me think of old southern men in seersucker suits drinking mint juleps on their porches. I think because that’s the way it’s used in books I’ve read. But there’s a reason why people in the south wore seersucker—it’s the perfect warm weather fabric!

Seersucker is very light and made of woven cotton.  According to Wikipedia, “Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary.” (No ironing? Awesome!)

So there are plenty of seersucker options that aren’t suits!

Like this plus-size jacket. It’s the perfect warm weather jacket…if that’s not an oxymoron. Seriously, you can wear this thing on all but the hottest of days.

Next up, the pants. They do coordinate with the jacket, but you can wear them separately with a white tee or tank and still stay cool. Lightweight and very comfortable.

And if it’s still too hot for pants, the seersucker capris do the same job but give your legs some more breathing room.  Throw on a flowing white top and you are ready for the hottest summer weather.

We’ve Got You Covered

By Silhouettes1 · July 30, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Not too long ago I wrote about some bathing suits. But what about cover-ups? You’ve got to have some fun options for when it starts to get chilly down at the water, or when you’re walking from shore to beach house and feel the need for some extra coverage.

For basic coverage, I’m a fan of the plus-size hooded cover-up. There are three different colors to choose from, and it has a nice swing. I like the three-quarter length sleeves, too.

Another option, if you want something longer, is this really striking printed cover-up. The empire seam makes it very flattering, and the length makes it seem more like a fun, casual beach dress than just a cover-up. If you’re not a big swimmer and don’t spend a lot of time in just your bathing suit, this is a really good option for those days on the sand.

And finally, the tropical print plus size cover-up. This is one of my favorites, because I love the print and the color options. Plus, with the sleeves, collar, and button up front closure, it’s kind of like wearing an oversize men’s shirt as your cover-up, and I’m a big fan of that style! (Of course the printed pattern makes it much more interesting than a plain men’s button-up.)

Anyway, if you’re ready for some beach fun but haven’t picked out your cover-up yet, check these out and find the best option for you.

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Gettin’ My Date On

By Silhouettes1 · July 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Let’s hear it for hot summer nights and hot dates! I’m currently scoping out some clothes for those nights when it’s just fun to get dressed up, go out on the town, and have a good time.

This plus-size embroidered skirt is one piece that I’m really looking forward to wearing. I can just picture it swirling around my knees on the dance floor or while I’m walking down the sidewalk in a pair of high heels. The embroidery and the variable hem line are both so pretty and make this more exciting than a regular black skirt. Plus it’s lightweight cotton, so that makes it perfect for summer.

The other item I really want to try this summer is this crochet-back tunic. With the scoop neck and the crocheted back, it adds some excitement (it’s flirty), you can throw it into the washing machine, and it’s stretchy and comfortable, too.

Pair both of these pieces with a cardigan and some fun shoes, and you’re ready for a night on the town!

Life on the Farm

By Silhouettes1 · July 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I’m a girl who loves to take vacations (who doesn’t?) and summer is the perfect time. One of my cool summer trips this year is to a farm! (And I’m a girl who loves mani/pedis and high heels, so this should be interesting). Anyway, I’m excited to see my friends, help in their giant garden, bring in some hay bales (what?!) and hopefully get to pet some baby animals.

I’m going to try not to get all girly-girl about the wardrobe. But I really do want some casual clothes that would be fun and have a relaxed country feel. So I hit up the chambray section of silhouettes.com and found this plus size chambray smock that seems comfy and relaxed. I’ll wear it with jeans or capris while we do the chores or something.

The other fun shirt is this embroidered chambray square-neck blouse. I love the hippie-ish style (I’ll pretend I’m on a hippie commune) and I like the way it highlights my best features and skims over the not-so-great ones. And the fun cross-stitch detail seems very Little-House-on-the-Prairie-in-a-good-way. I will rock this one in the evenings when we’re sitting around drinking homemade mint tea and watching the fireflies.

But of course you don’t have to be visiting a farm to get some fun and relaxing plus size chambray clothes. These are casual and comfortable for everyday fun, weekends, and vacation. Just relax!

Teed Off

By Silhouettes1 · July 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

With summer weather in full swing, it’s nice to spend some time in t-shirts (and jeans, or skirts, or shorts). T-shirts are just so easy and cool – great to slip on after work or for the weekend.

But you don’t have to stick to plain colors or just white. Many plus-size t-shirt styles may be basic, but that just means they’re a great canvas for any kind of design or color you can think of. I’m going to highlight three of the silhouettes.com plus-size t-shirts that are unique, but don’t forget to check out some of the basic options, too.

This is a fun short-sleeve tee with a great graphic floral design. It comes in three colors, so you can choose between coral, khaki, and white. This t-shirt looks awesome with a pair of jeans or a casual skirt. T-shirts and skirts are a great summer pairing!

Another t-shirt option is this printed beaded tee. The beads add a little flair to the design, and if you want a dark color option with a little bit of a twist, this is the shirt you’re looking for!

Finally, this pretty jewel-neck t-shirt with the blue and green floral print pairs perfectly with jeans or white pants. Jewel necks are flattering because of the way they highlight your collarbone and drape so flatteringly.

Check out your plus size shirt options and enjoy staying cool this summer!

Boho Beauty

By Silhouettes1 · July 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

So what is bohemian clothing, exactly? I mean, I thought I knew, but I wanted to be sure before I started writing about it! So I checked: basically it’s anything with a gypsy casual flair. Ruffles and prints and flowing sleeves and skirts.

I discovered a bunch of plus-size women’s bohemian clothes on Silhouettes.com, so I wanted to talk about them. These bohemian clothes are in the “trends” section, because they are very in style right now!

So here are the plus-size boho clothes I’m eyeing up in order to make them my very own. First, this embroidered sleeve tunic. LOVE IT! The bell sleeves are beautifully embroidered and so is the neckline. It goes great over jeans, and it’s so chic.

Second, this beautiful printed tunic. I love the hippie look and the flattering flow of this plus size tunic, especially the way it skims your curves.

And finally, this plus size boho tiered floral dress. The different prints all work together and give it a really fun (and really unique) appearance. I like the cool shirring between sections, too.

So there are some great examples of boho beauty. Embrace your inner gypsy!

“Maxi”-mum Style

By Silhouettes1 · July 21, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Oh, the maxi dress. A revival of this particular style was long overdue. These long, flowing dresses are cool, comfortable, trendy, and just all-around easy to wear. I’ll throw one on for a summer Sunday afternoon at the park, wear one downtown for an evening meal with friends, or put one on while I head out for a daytrip with friends.

Silhouettes.com features a whole selection of plus-size maxi dresses in the “trends” section that I’m currently in love with. The aqua embroidered maxi dress is one of my favorites. The embroidery is so pretty and fun! (As is the color.) There is smocking on the back and the straps are adjustable, so you can tailor it to fit your particular body type.

Another great maxi dress is this beautiful printed one. I love the design. The empire waist is especially flattering, and since the straps are wide, you can wear a regular bra.

The bra thing is actually one of the challenges when wearing a maxi dress. If you are bigger on top, you need more support than those thin straps can provide. If that’s the case for you, you should look at these two options, both of which offer fuller coverage and sleeves. The first is the Tie-Dye Maxi Dress in coral, and the second is this beautiful paisley-print peasant maxi dress. The peasant style adds a fun 60s-style twist.

See more plus-size maxi dress options here. 

Successful Accessorizing

By Silhouettes1 · July 20, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

You don’t need to visit a plus-size fashion blog to find accessories that fit. But if the plus-size fashion blog happens to have some awesome accessories, then you are in luck. And fortunately, Silhouettes.com has a bunch!

First, scarves. These are a wonderful accessory. Different and more versatile than necklaces, they look great and add color and style. The crinkled plaid is another fun scarf, but you don’t need to wait for fall to wear it. Scarves like this can easily be paired with summer t-shirts and dresses, especially if you’re going out on an evening that might be turn a little chilly.

Next, jewelry. Necklaces and earrings are key accessories that go with pretty much anything. Bracelets, especially the thicker ones like this set of 2 wooden bangles can be striking. And you can dress an outfit up or down just by adding jewelry. Try spicing up your t-shirt and jeans with this wood and chain necklace.

Finally, bags. Everyone needs a good bag (or several!) for daily use. I like the suede and patent bag for daily running around, and the leather weekender and studded canvas bag for when I feel like switching it up.

Now, go forth and accessorize!

Get Ruffled

By Silhouettes1 · July 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

One of the hottest trends right now are ruffles. So pretty and so feminine. I love wearing ruffled things when I’m feeling girly.

Silhouettes.com has a special “trends” section devoted to some very pretty ruffled pieces that work for summer and will go with you right into fall. Unlike crazy trends like leisure suits or enormous bell-bottoms, ruffles never really go out of fashion. They’re simple and classic enough to wear for months or even years!

One of the pieces I love is this crepe ruffled tiered plus size dress in pink (it’s also available in black). It fits really well and has a fun, almost “flapper” feel to it. You can pair it with heels or flats depending on the occasion.

This long, flowing, ruffled plus size Ombre skirt is another fun and cool look for summer. Spin around and make it stand out! The shading from light to dark is flattering and beautiful, and it would work great with flats or with these ruffled sandals.

Another really trendy look right now is the rosette. Like the ruffled look, it’s pretty, feminine and classic. This rosette tee is simple enough to pair with the Ombre skirt and matches beautifully. You could also wear it with jeans, another pair of pants, or a shorter skirt. For chilly nights, throw on the rosette cardigan. It goes with almost anything, especially in basic black.

Enjoy your ruffles and rosettes!

Sleep In Style

By Silhouettes1 · July 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

A little while ago I decided to make an investment in some sleepwear. Mostly I’d just been sleeping in big t-shirts, which were comfortable, but really blah. I needed a change.

Fortunately, I knew where to look for plus size pajamas and plus size sleepwear.

I’m a big fan of sleep shirts, and silhouettes.com has a bunch to choose from. I like the short sleep tee and this long sleep tee. Both are amazingly comfortable for sleeping and lounging around the house on the weekend (and, bonus, they come in a bunch of different colors, too!). Then, when I want something pretty and more feminine, I switch things up. This Flutter-sleeve gown is a nice addition to my sleepwear options. It’s long, but not too warm, since it’s cotton, and it has a the nice a-line shape that looks good on just about any body type. The Pintuck Gown is another really pretty choice. With the delicate embroidery and appliqué, it’s very delicate and feminine and fun.

And, for sleeping and laying around, nothing beats a great pair of lounge pants. I wear these plus size cotton lounge pants so much that I’ve had to buy multiple pairs. Some nights I can’t wait to get home and put these on to watch a movie and just chill.

So don’t have to limit yourself to boring old t-shirts or ratty old nightgowns! Upgrade your pajama/sleepwear wardrobe and feel great while you sleep, too.

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