· September 30, 2010 · ·
I had to travel this week, and I noticed that leaves are already starting to change on some of the trees along the highway. Most are still green—but hints of red, orange and yellow are starting to poke through.
So…why not echo those colors in your fall wardrobe?
This burgundy embroidered dress is a great choice for fall and will take you right into winter. So cute and fun! Add some tall boots and you’ll have a dynamite look that you can wear out and about, to work, or wherever.
This plus size casual shirt comes in a variety of fall colors, from stripes to florals to solids. So throw it on with jeans for a fall weekend at home.
Corduroy is a classic fall fabric, and this coat makes great use of it. Lots of colors to choose from, and the collars, pleats, and velvet accents make it look great.
Keep your eyes peeled for more fun fall colors!
· September 29, 2010 · ·
Boots! Long boots, short boots, medium height boots. How do you decide which to wear with what? Can you pair short boots with skirts? Or tall boots with jeans? How do you know what looks good?
Here are some hints:
Ankle boots are fun, but they’re one of the biggest boot challenges. Pairing them with the wrong thing can make you look shorter and wider. Cropped leggings, capris or short jeans are NOT a good choice. But ankle boots work with long leggings or tights and pretty much every kind of pants and shorter skirts. Ankle boots with longer skirts or very full skirts are not a good look.
With other kinds of boots, you have a bit more flexibility. Tall boots like these work especially well paired with a short skirt and tights. If the boots fit tightly against your calves, you can put them on under jeans, and if you wear skinny jeans (which I don’t recommend, but whatever) you can pull boots on over them.
You can also pair tall boots with dresses (not poofy dresses or formal dresses, but standard wrap or empire-waist dresses) and skirts. Many women forget that wearing boots with dresses or skirts is actually an option.
Find a great selection of boots here.
· September 27, 2010 · ·
Do you know what a shrug is? I mean, other than a lift of your shoulders when you don’t know the answer to a question?
The answer still has something to do with shoulders. A shrug is a small sweater that covers your shoulders and upper arms. Usually with three-quarter length sleeves.
A shrug is an excellent piece to add to your wardrobe, just because it’s so useful! I love to take one along with me when I’m wearing something more formal, because the shrug doesn’t cover your dress the way a full-size cardigan does. But sometimes you just need something to warm you up.
Shrugs are also good for church weddings where you want some extra coverage in the sanctuary itself, but want to show more skin on the dance floor later.
This small sweater knit shrug is very light and fun, with an open style. Covers exactly what it needs to—no more, no less. Another option is this plus-size shrug that offers more coverage, and can be tied or worn open over dresses and shirts.
· September 24, 2010 · ·
When I first noticed the legging trend was coming back, I was not happy. As a plus-size girl, I’m not a fan of tight, clinging pants, and I think skinny jeans are sent from the devil. However, I have begun to come around on the idea of leggings. I still don’t like tight, clingy pants, but worn with tunics and long sweaters, leggings can work for me. In fact, they can even look good!
These elastic waist cotton ponte leggings are a good example of why leggings are great. They’re really versatile. Pair them with a long top and a pair of heels, and you’re ready to go out. Throw on a long t-shirt and just hang out at home.
Here’s another really basic legging that goes with everything. An elastic waist makes them extra comfortable.
And finally, you can add some style to your leggings with this pair. The ankle detailing gives these leggings some flair. And, like the others, they have an elastic waist and are washable.
Try on a pair of leggings—you might be surprised that they work for you!
· September 23, 2010 · ·
Turtlenecks: some people love them, other people hate them. I personally love them, but I can see why others don’t. If you have a short neck or torso, turtlenecks can make them seem even shorter. And some people don’t feel comfortable with fabric around their necks.
BUT! I think more people would like turtlenecks if they gave them a try. They’re very comfortable and you never have to worry about gaping buttons or shirt fronts falling open. They also work well in a lot of different settings. And you can fold the necks down as little or as much as you want.
Here’s a basic plus-size cotton turtleneck that comes in a ton of colors and can go from home to work and back again. You can layer it, too, or add a skinny belt for some extra style.
Another option is this great turtleneck sweater that comes in four colors (including fun ones like magenta and cobalt). I like the ruching and buttons around the neck. This isn’t a very high turtleneck, so it’s easy to wear, and perfect for cooler days.
· September 21, 2010 · ·
Jeans are one of my least favorite things to shop for (well, first bathing suits, then jeans). Most women would agree. It’s not that I have a problem with wearing plus-size jeans—it’s that it’s impossible to find what I’m looking for when every store’s sizes, cuts, and styles seem to fit completely differently.
Plus, young women and older women just have different taste in jeans. There is definitely no “one size” for anyone. Young women dread being caught in what one would consider “mom jeans,” whereas older women are interested in full coverage.
And those of us in the middle? We just want to wear a stylish pair of jeans that aren’t ten years out-of-date and don’t advertise our brand of underwear to the world.
The key to good jean buying and wearing: a) shop for jeans when you’re feeling rested and good about yourself, b) try EVERYTHING on, c) don’t worry too much about the number on that inside tag, and d) stay away from anything too tight—jeans that dig into your skin, while they might make you feel slimmer, are really just uncomfortable and unflattering.
To add some jeans to your fall and winter wardrobe, check out the plus size selection here.
· September 20, 2010 · ·
In part one of layering, we looked at a professional workday outfit. For part two, we’ll take a look at weekend wear. What do you throw on for day outside raking leaves, and then take off when you come inside and start to warm up?
Leggings are always a great look for weekends, and they can be paired with any long t-shirt. Top off your t-shirt with a plus-size cardigan—this cable knit one is great—and then you’re ready to go!
Or for something a little more exciting, choose this leopard print cardigan to layer over your camis or shirts.
Layering is fun, makes it easy to control for differing temperatures—and it’s a great way to use a few pieces in multiple ways.
· September 17, 2010 · ·
It’s September, which for most of us means that cooler weather is just around the corner. We’ve had a hot summer, so fall clothes aren’t the first thing on most people’s minds, but when that first chilly morning hits, it’s nice to have a new fall wardrobe ready to go.
Chilly mornings can give way to warm and sunny afternoons, though, and that means that layering is the key to a successful early fall wardrobe. For part one, I’m going to pull together something for professional days. (Stay tuned for part two: a great layered outfit for the weekend.)
Take these flannel twill pants in gray. Add this light blue cami. And cover it all with this stripe cascade jacket. Or, choose a white cami and pair the cascade jacket with denim leggings for a night out!
· September 16, 2010 · ·
Summer is almost out the door, but I’m holding out hope that warm weather will hang on for just a little bit longer. I don’t love the heat—but I love the clothes! Sundresses, capris, short-sleeves…even just being able to go outside without bundling up.
One piece that still says summer—something to hold on to before the transition to fall—is this empire crinkle dress. So pretty! I love the casual yet classic top and the crinkly skirt. Just throw it in the washer and dryer, too—no need for special care.
These capri leggings LOOK like jeans, but they’re actually super-soft knit! They work really well underneath tunics and long tops, but they’re also actually comfortable AND fashionable. Check them out as you build your end-of-summer wardrobe!
· September 15, 2010 · ·
Have you tried a babydoll style top yet? Maybe you have, and you just don’t know it, because they are everywhere. Babydoll shirts are fitted on top and have a flowing lower half that skims the body in a really flattering way. You can reveal a little skin up top—but not your belly—and who doesn’t love that?
Like tunic tops, I’ve found that it’s best to pair babydolls with more fitted pants or skirts. Unlike tunics, they don’t work so well with form-fitting leggings (they’re usually not long enough), but they do help flatter your shape.
One babydoll style top to check out is this pretty embroidered tunic in navy. The white embroidery adds some cool detail and makes this a perfect pairing with jeans or other pants.
Another option, although not officially babydoll, is this pintuck tunic with a v-neck. It’s longer, works with jeans, pants or skirts—and it’s super flattering at the same time. This top is the kind of wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or dressed down.