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Posts for July 2011

Celebrity Style Watch: Olivia Wilde

By Silhouettes · July 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Olivia Wilde is the female lead in Cowboys and Aliens (the latest summer blockbuster) and an up-and-coming actress who’s starred in various TV shows and movies. I thought I’d look at some of her style choices, since she’s not a name I recognize right away.

Here she is in Stella McCartney. This design and style of this gown is flattering and draws the eyes to all the right places.

Here she is at the 2009 Golden Globes…I’m a sucker for this kind of dress, and the lavender is a great choice:

And here she is in a silver dress at the launch of a new fragrance. Not such a big fan of the style here. It feels haphazard and unflattering.

Olivia Wilde fans: what do you think of her fashion choices?

Red Carpet Style Watch: Smurf-tastic

By Silhouettes · July 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, that happened.

Yes, The Smurfs movie premiere took place recently and the stars (or at least the voices) showed up to celebrate the opening of the film.

Katy Perry, the voice of Smurfette, took things to a whole new level of celebration with her short white Smurfette dress. While the design might be appropriate, the style of the dress is a bit short for a children’s movie, don't you think?

Sofia Vergara, however, looked classy in her purple beaded gown with matching accessories. I love both her dress and her bracelets.

And finally, Jayma Mays, who looks modern in a short green dress. I like the beaded embellishment and the color choice; it makes what would otherwise be a pretty standard dress pop!

Fashion Blogging 101

By Silhouettes · July 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Have you always had an interest in fashion? When you see a top that's too small, do you walk away or do you turn it into a cute scarf? Does the camera absolutely love you? Do you follow trends? Do you NOT follow trends?! If I am describing you, you just may be the next hot thing in plus size fashion blogging!

This month marks the one year anniversary of my personal style blog, Double Vision. In the past year, I have made wonderful new friends across the world, did a whole lot of shopping, and most importantly, began to see a new type of beauty in myself. All from putting on an outfit, snapping a few pictures, and then uploading them to the internet!

A Double Vision 4th of July photo. Get crazy with your pictures!

Plus size fashion blogging is a relatively new form of self expression that I think is only going to grow  in the coming years. It is vital in increasing the visibility of plus size lifestyles, thoughts, and desires. A plus size fashion blog is so much more than clothing. It is a place where a blogger can talk about their day, issues that face them as a person of size, give shopping tips, share D.I.Y. projects, and interact with a very special international community made of people who love looking great! But it can be so much more. Every blog is unique to the person behind the screen and in front of the camera.

Here's a short list of how to get started with your wonderful new blog!

Nicolette Mason's blog is a wonderful mix of fashion, lifestyle, art and culture. This girl knows how to live!

1. Have an idea

The most important thing about any creative project is the idea behind it. You can take the most professional photos in the world, but if your voice isn't unique and there is no thought behind it, why bother making it? Maybe you want to create a blog dedicated to plus size thrifting? Or maybe your blog is simply a hybrid of your fashion and your personal life. Think about what makes your perspective unique and explore it!

2. Research

Take a look at other fashion blogs-- plus size, straight size, street style, men's fashion, ALL of it! Because remember, true style has no size limits. See what you like about each blog you look at, and what you can learn from them. It's not stealing if you take an idea and make it your own!

3. Get a Camera

My go to camera is a Canon DSLR, which is wonderful, but really spendy. Not everyone has access to prosumer level equipment, and I don't think you need it! There are a lot of ways to document your outfits. Use your point and shoot with a self timer, grab a friend with a cell phone camera... Heck! Use a disposable camera if you want! Just make sure you are photographing in a well lit space, because there's nothing more depressing than not being able to see the clothing in an outfit photo. Get creative with it!

Super cute Bronny of Fat Aus uses Wordpress as her host site!

4. Sign up!

There are a lot of blog resources out there. It all depends on what you're comfortable with.

My blog is located on Tumblr, but you can also explore Blogspot and Wordpress, which seem to be the most popular hosts.

5. To network or not to network?

So you've got the ideas, the photos, and the place to put them all together, but you probably want some people to read it! Well, I suggest immersing yourself in the fashion blog community. Leave comments on other people's blogs. Join Twitter and start up conversations with bloggers. Remember, for all of the feedback that you want on your blog, other writers want it too. So give and ye shall receive!

There are a lot more nuances to blogging, but this is just a starting guide. Take your time, and enjoy it!

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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 Shape

By Silhouettes · July 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Sometimes I wonder how so many of us make it through the day while living under all of the weight we carry. But don't worry, I'm not talking about actual physical lbs. I'm talking about the overwhelming pressure to hide, reshape, smooth and contort our bodies into a slightly more aesthetically pleasing shape. We're so terrified of our own jiggling bodies that we will do anything to hide them.

We've all been there. Standing in the lingerie department, trying to understand how the supposed 2xl full-body shaper that looks like it could fit around one leg is supposed to go over our ENTIRE body. From there you begin to question simple tasks such as eating, sitting and even going to the restroom (if by some miracle of physics I get that thing on, I'm not gonna want to take it off). And once you do get this bad boy on, you notice new bumps and features that could use a little shaping action of their own. By the end of your shopping day, you're covered head to toe in spandex and hoping that your big night out is liquid free and standing room only.

Constantly hearing that horizontal stripes or bright colors will make you look fat can really do a number on your willingness to try anything new at all. I don't know about you, but, nothing is going to actually hide my tummy or fool people into thinking that I don't have super meaty thighs. My belly moves when I walk, my arms jiggle when I dance, and I can't expect that wearing all black will somehow magically disguise these facts.

Look! Stripes! And no one looks far or awful at all! Check out the Cascade Cardigan in the Silhouettes Shop, now!

Now, I don't want you to think that I am anti-shaper or smart style decisions that emphasize your best features. I have my personal safety blankets (shapers included!) that allow me to feel even the slightest bit more confident in the outfits I wear. But now that the summer has finally geared up and wearing my favorite layers upon layers is no longer an option, I have to start to reevaluate how to be confident in my summer skin. When everything makes you sweaty, you're probably not reaching for the spandex in the back of your underwear drawer.

I am still trying to figure out how to wear shorts without tights underneath. And tank tops? WITHOUT a sweater? That's going to take me ages. But I want to try. And really, what matters most is that we're all outside enjoying the sunshine and our loved ones. So I encourage you to take some chances this summer. Try pairing your favorite skirt with a new top that you're a bit nervous about. Go to the department store and get some perfume samples that make you feel extra sexy. A new shade of lipstick looks great with a pair of nerve wracking shorts.

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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.

Red Carpet Style Watch (Part 2): Emma Watson

By Silhouettes · July 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Emma Watson deserves her own post as we take a look at the dresses and looks she chose for the Harry Potter premiere. Here she is in London’s Trafalgar Square at the British showing. She’s wearing Oscar de la Renta, and I love the embroidered bodice and the messy-ruffled skirt. (If you’re going to do ruffles, this is how they should be done):

For the New York premiere, Emma chose another fitted bodice and ruffled skirt, but I don’t like this dress nearly as much. It looks as though she pulled the skirt up and it got unevenly stuck in her waistband.

She also chose a fiercer look for the NYC premiere, with her hair slicked back and darker eye makeup.

Red Carpet Style Watch: Harry Potter Premiere!

By Silhouettes · July 20, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiered in mid-July, and everyone came out for the big red carpet event. Sad to think (if you’re a fan) that this is the last new Harry Potter event ever!

Here, author JK Rowling shows off her dress for the event. While I don’t mind the floral print, I think the style of this dress does nothing for her figure, at least from the waist down. Normally high-waisted dresses are flattering, but this one is just odd.

Helena Bonham Carter was surprisingly restrained at the London premiere, but I still don’t like her choice. The dress doesn’t really seem to fit all that well, and it’s kind of boring.

And here’s Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) in a light pink dress with a top that looks more like a shirt:

All in all, I think Emma Watson wins for best dressed at the London premiere (stay tuned part 2 when we look at watch she wore).

Fall Fashion Trends: Peplum and Mustard

By Silhouettes · July 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Even though we’re in the middle of a hot summer, fashion has already moved on to fall and winter looks. I was just breezing through some photos of upcoming fall fashion trends, one of which is “peplum.”  I’d heard this word before, but had no idea exactly what it was…so of course I investigated!

Turns out peplum is a “short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.”

Not my favorite look, just because my hips don’t need any more ruffles or overskirts attached to them for emphasis.  But for women who are bigger on top, a peplum jacket can help balance everything out.

Mustard (the color, not the condiment) is another fall fashion look that’s hitting the runways.  Get your summer tans now…mustard is a color that works best on darker skin (too pale and it will wash you out). If you’re feeling  the mustard thing, check out something like this wrinkle-resistant plus-size shirt.  Comfortable and easy-wearing, plus it comes in a variety of colors.

If you don’t think mustard is your color, you can still work it in to your wardrobe with shoes. Shoes are great way to wear colors you like but that don’t necessarily work well with your skin tone. These cute peep-toes in mustard are both stylish looking and come in one of fall’s hottest shades!

Filed in: plus size clothing, trends
Tagged with: peplum, Mustard, Peep Toe, top

Making Resort Wear Our Own

By Silhouettes · July 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

It's a fashion tradition for our favorite designers to create a more casual, relaxed collection inbetween their big fall and summer shows, geared toward the lucky men and women in the world who are planning to take gorgeous tropical vacations during the dull winter months. While I don't know about you all, the closest I'll be to a warm trip this winter is when I sit in front of a heater drinking a piña colada. It's okay though. Vacation or not, we can all take some style cues from some of the best of the new Resort 2012 collections! And the best part is, we don't have to wait for the winter.

Drench Yourself in Monochrome. Chloé's breezy, effortless ballerina style has been ruling my runway heart for a few seasons now. But this newest collections use of single color outfits makes me wonder if I could pull off the same statement! There is something so bold and daring about wearing a single color head to toe, while the mixing of textures still allows for depth in the look. Try it with any color you want!

POPS of Neon! Diane Von Furstenburg plays with extreme accents of the flourescent variety, while maintaining a relaxed silhouette. It's fun, fresh and maintains quite sophisticated. You can try this look in a number of ways, be it with a scarf, headband or a shoe. Lately, I've been rocking hot hot pink nail polish, which adds a nice surprise to my rather neutral looks.

Seeing Red. Red is one of those colors that everyone owns, but I feel like it can be daunting to wear in a new, statement making sort of way. I'm crazy about the Rebecca Minkoff shorts, and think a bright pant in any color is something we should all try more often! Sonia Rykiel gives us another take on red, and shows just how lovely a couple of stripes can be!

Sheer Madness! A recurring trend in the past few seasons has been SHEER ANYTHING! Givenchy and Stella McCartney give us another take on it, and I am absolutely in love. It's obviously not very practical, and I wouldn't suggest wearing a sheer skirt to the office, but one thing I think that could be taken away from looks like this is how many textures are being layered together. Do you have a top in your closet that's maybe a bit too transparent for your every day style? Layer it between a contrasting tank top and a cute jacket! Play around with making transparency work for you.

With all of these shows, and any other fashion event, it's important to stay true to yourself while still having fun. Inspiration comes from everywhere, so always keep your eyes open! Now go on over to the Silhouettes shop and get creative!

Red Carpet Style Watch: Transformers Premiere

By Silhouettes · July 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the summer, opened recently—which means a lot of explosions and a big time premiere.

Here’s Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley, who I didn’t really know much about. Turns out she’s a former Victoria’s Secret model turned actress. I do like her stunning red strapless dress.

And since premieres for these kind of movies happen everywhere, here’s Rosie on the Moscow red carpet:

While this look isn’t nearly as classic, I don’t hate it…well, I don’t really love the shorts under the sheer skirt. But I actually don’t mind the rest of it!

Royalty comes to North America

By Silhouettes · July 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Prince William and Kate arrived in Canada recently for a North American tour—they’ll be spending most of their time in Canada before visiting Los Angeles (their only U.S. stop). But that provides us with a great opportunity to see Kate’s fashion up close!

Kate was wearing a dress by a Canadian designer when she and William arrived on the tarmac. She looks fantastic and classy in this dark patterned sheath with matching heels and clutch.

I’m less of a fan of this dress, which she wore to a barbecue. I realize it’s supposed to be casual, but there’s something about this that just looks frumpy to me.

But there’s nothing frumpy about this outfit, which she wore earlier in the day. A very simple, classic look:


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