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Posts for May 2011

Dress for Summer

By Silhouettes1 · May 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

With warmer temps comes the opportunity for breaking out those lovely summer dresses. It’s good to have a few in your wardrobe that you can just put on and go.

Something like this simple v-neck dress is great for hitting happy hour, a dinner out, or a casual wedding or church service. Go with basic black or a fun color like red or turquoise.

For a light, feminine look nothing beats georgette. And cowl-necks are flattering on many body types. This plus-size dress combines both into one great summer outfit with a lovely flower pattern.

And a body-skimming tank dress like this is a lovely option for summer days at work or out on the town. Made of cotton, so it’s easy to wear on even the hottest days.

Red Carpet Style Watch: Bridesmaids

By Silhouettes1 · May 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The talk of the movies this spring has been the comedy Bridesmaids. After years of male-dominated movies like The Hangover, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, it’s nice to see the ladies taking center stage.

The recent Hollywood premiere had all the stars showing off their best looks. Kristen Wiig looked fantastic in this flowing, airy strapless gown, while Maya Rudolph rocked her baby bump in satin. I think Maya could’ve chosen a different color, and I’m not a fan of the “messy” dress (that’s what I term these kind of dresses in my own head), but she still looks great.

Ellie Kemper, another star, looked young and feminine in her black and white patterned dress, while Melissa McCarthy showed off her rockin’ plus-size curves in a stylish black dress.

Finally, check out this shot of the whole good-looking group!

Keeping Cool

By Silhouettes1 · May 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Cotton is a sweet summer fabric that “breathes”…which means it’s cool and breezy for hot days. While it’s not the same as air conditioning, picking cotton plus-size clothes can help keep you a little cooler.

A cotton stretch tank like this one is a nice way to layer an outfit. Wear it underneath an open button-down with the sleeves rolled up, under a cardigan if it’s cooler, or even by itself.

Cotton t-shirts are also a super choice for summer, and they can go everywhere. Choose jewel-neck or v-neck. Pair with jeans or a casual skirt, add some sandals and you’re ready to go!

And finally, for those times you need a cami for underneath another shirt, a cotton stretch piece like this one is great for helping with gaps, covering cleavage, or fixing something see-through.

Skirt style

By Silhouettes1 · May 23, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

With summer on its way it’s time to forego the tights and break out the skirts you can wear on their own…just throw on a pair of sandals and go!

When you’re choosing a skirt, it’s important to note which kinds look best on your body. Do you prefer loose and long and flowing? Short and smooth?  Which lengths are flattering and which make you look shorter or stouter?

A long skirt like this is great for average-height or taller women. It works in the winter or fall with tall boots, but in spring and summer, some great strappy sandals are ideal.

Another idea for women of all heights is this knee-length skirt. In gray or white this can be a mix-and-match piece, but a ton of other colors add some fun, too. This plus-size skirt works with either flat or heeled sandals or wedges.

And this piece, called a riding skirt, is slightly shorter than the previous two. It’s loose-fitting with an elastic-back waist. A skirt of this length should work for women of most heights, and looks great with heeled sandals.

Celebrity Style Watch: Pippa Middleton

By Silhouettes1 · May 20, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

In all the talk of the royal wedding, one family member has been getting a lot of attention from the press. Everyone was impressed with Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, who was her maid of honor.

Pippa (short for Philippa) is a popular socialite, which means she goes out on the town quite a lot—and there are lots of photos of her fashion choices!

Here she is in a long satiny dress with a fun abstract print. This dress is a great combo of formal but still fun at the same time.

 

I would never have recommended legwarmers to anyone, but Pippa somehow pulls them off in this outfit…short black sparkly party dress with pink legwarmers and black pumps. It’s a cool look, especially with the matching pink sunglasses.

And Pippa looked absolutely stunning at the evening wedding reception for the new royal couple. This emerald gown with silver embellishment and paired with silver heels was just perfect.

In all the talk of the royal wedding, one family member has been getting a lot of attention from the press. Everyone was impressed with Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, who was her maid of honor.

 

Pippa (short for Philippa) is a popular socialite, which means she goes out on the town quite a lot—and there are lots of photos of her fashion choices!

 

Here she is in a long satiny dress with a fun abstract print. This dress is a great combo of formal but still fun at the same time.

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I would never have recommended legwarmers to anyone, but Pippa somehow pulls them off in this outfit…short black sparkly party dress with pink legwarmers and black pumps. It’s a cool look, especially with the matching pink sunglasses.

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And Pippa looked absolutely stunning at the evening wedding reception for the new royal couple. This emerald gown with silver embellishment and paired with silver heels was just perfect.

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Star Style Watch: Natalie Portman (Pregnant edition)

By Silhouettes1 · May 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

With her award-winning performance in Black Swan and her recent pregnancy and engagement, Natalie is one of Hollywood’s most-talked about stars right now (not to mention the major crush of every straight dude in his early 30s). She’s got her own cool sense of style and she shows it off around town and on the red carpet.

Here she is showing off her baby bump in a sweet pink dress at this year’s Golden Globes. I love the pale pink shimmer of this dress, plus the red rosette as an extra embellishment.

Here she is on the red carpet in a fabulous rich purple dress. Her makeup, shoes and hair just work so well with this look.

Her bump is clearly getting bigger in this photo. I don’t love this look as much as the others. Her yellow lace dress isn’t flattering, nor is it a particularly great color on her, especially with the underlying gray. And she looks tired and uncomfortable (understandably, of course).

Read and Review

By Silhouettes1 · May 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

One of the best things about shopping on the internet, in my opinion, is the ability to check out what other people are saying about the product you’re purchasing. Of course you sometimes have to weed through reviews from people complaining about irrelevant things, or competitors who are just out to trash talk, but reading some user reviews can really give you a good idea about what’s up.

For example, reviews on this tiered maxi dress. Most of the reviewers have positive things to say about the fit and style, but a couple mention the way the dye ran when they bought it. Another reviewer soaked the dress in cold water to solve the dye issue. All of that info in just a few reviews!

This peasant top got a couple of reviews explaining that it’s sheer and requires a cami—a good thing to know when you’re planning to buy.

The best reviews are ones that give the positives and negatives of any item while providing an overall impression. Often people who are dissatisfied are the only ones who write reviews, but if you really like something, it’s definitely worth telling others. You can read more about how to write a good review here.

Remembering Mia Amber Davis

By Silhouettes1 · May 16, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

When news broke that plus size model, actress, editor and advocate, Mia Amber Davis passed away last week, it quickly became clear what an influence she had on the world and how greatly she would be missed. The blogosphere blew up with lovely comments about how Davis was as beautiful as she was kind, giving and intelligent.

This instant outpouring of love prompted me to quickly look up Davis' very impressive body of work, and it became very clear, even through the internet, that she was indeed a one-of-a-kind woman. This heartfelt personal account of Davis' life in Plus Model Magazine, which Davis was editor-at-large, was especially moving.


In reading that article and doing some research on Davis it became very clear that one of her greatest messages was to love ourselves and embrace every curve we've got. We are all beautiful women, and no one should be able to take that away from us.

When someone dear passes and we are consumed with grief, it is important to take a moment to remember all of the amazing things that person has done in life, and to continue talking about the issues they cared about. Mia Amber Davis' message will live and flourish if we stand up and make sure the world knows how gorgeous, precious, and worthy of respect we all are.



In this absolutely MUST WATCH video clip of Davis on CNN she discusses the impact of implications of sizism in our country and the "war on obesity".

"Sizism is the last acceptable prejudice.  If you see someone who's overweight, automatically they're the reason for America's problems in the health care industry?  That's absolutely not true.  I know plenty of people who are normal size, who are straight sizes as opposed to plus size who have health issues.”

-Mia Amber Davis

In honor of Mia, and for the future wellbeing of every Body in this country how can we fight this type of prejudice? It seems like such an uphill battle when something as simple as sitting on an airplane can be a challenge for many of us. Is it as simple as flashing a smile at the next judging stare that someone gives you? Wearing what you want in public, not what you’re supposed to wear? Not being afraid to do something as simple as eating in public?

I am at a loss for the next step, especially with the world missing one of our most articulate and lovely advocates. But fortunately, there are so many strong women in this world fighting for our right to exist. I thank Mia Amber Davis and Plus Model Magazine for everything they have done for women of every size, and send love to Davis' friends and family during this tragic time.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


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 Essentials

By Silhouettes1 · May 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Barbeques, State Fairs, Music Festivals… Oh My! In continuation with my summery themed posts, I’d like to talk about staying cool and looking awesome in the summertime.

Warm weather can be a tricky thing to navigate. My hair gets frizzy, my face shines brighter than the sun, and finding comfortable clothing that I feel good in can seem impossible!  Now, as much as I talk about being confident in ourselves and just wearing what feels right, it can be hard without the cover of gorgeous wintery layers. It’s ok to need the safety net of a flesh-covering shirt, but you can look good and keep cool while you do it!

My favorite summer staple of ALL TIME are a good pair of cotton/spandex legging. Or several. I wear them all summer long with a pair of cute flats and usually a skirt over it (but I’m on the ‘leggings ARE pants’ side of the eternal argument…)


I love the zipper detail at the ankle of these leggings ($29). Leggings like this breathe well in warm weather, but can keep you covered if you’re not a big fan of exposing your legs. And on top of it, they will look cute with virtually ANYTHING that you pair them with!

But, if you’re a fan of feeling the breeze on your legs, I suggest grabbing this seasons hottest item, the maxi skirt. These ankle length skirts are flowy, romantic and oh so chic. They’re absolutely perfect for a date night or a music festival. Pair it with a simple t-shirt and a great pair of heels!


This super chic border print maxi skirt ($49) can be dressed up with heels and a button up blouse, or dressed down with a bright solid t-shirt and sandals. Perfect for a day of listening to music outdoors!

And my last summertime essential (for now), is the lovely and loose-fitting Kurta.


Seriously. HOW CUTE IS THIS TOP!? The Border-Print Kurta ($49) would look perfect with those leggings we talked about earlier. I love it’s effortless style and the belted waist gives the top the perfect amount of structure.

Summer weather doesn’t mean you have to hide behind bland t-shirts and flip flops. Throw on a flowy skirt or top, pair it with something more fitted for balance and get ready to have an amazing time!

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


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.

Bathing Beauties

By Silhouettes1 · May 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Swimsuit season is right around the corner, and if you had asked me any other year if I was excited about it, I would have laughed in your face.  I had always shied away from beaches and exposed skin, feeling that my size 20 frame wasn’t made for such activities. I am going to attribute this feeling to the years of wintertime commercials alerting me that I was running out of time to get “beach ready” and if there’s anything I hate, it’s showing up to the party unprepared.

This was before I started learning about fat acceptance and the idea that every single one of us is a beautiful person. No one should feel the need to change their shape to enjoy sand between their toes.

My interpretation of fat acceptance is quite simple-- every body with any amount of fat on it is a lovely body. And I even have a problem with the word “acceptance” in this situation… maybe it’s more like Fat CELEBRATION!? Celebrate your bodies, no matter what amount of fat you have on it.

Now, I’m sure this is old news to many of you, but Gabi Gregg of Young Fat and Fabulous is a gorgeous lady with amazing style. If you haven’t, I seriously suggest brewing a cup of tea and taking an afternoon to bask in her glory. Ms. Gregg recently posted some STUNNING photographs of herself in a retro inspired bikini and had this to say about it:

“you don't have to lose weight to look good in a swimsuit. I hate the message that only certain bodies are allowed to wear bikinis or be on a beach. Don't let other people dictate what you wear. If the sight of my body makes people cringe, that's their problem, not mine.” –Every Body is a Bikini Body, Gabi Gregg

I know how scary it can be taking chances like a bikini, so if that’s too much for you, perhaps try doing one thing every day that takes you just a little bit out of your fashion comfort zone. Wear the shorts that are tucked in the back of your dresser. Try going sleeveless for a day. It can even be as simple as wearing a brighter color than you’re used to… and who knows, you could be in a bikini in no time!

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


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.


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