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1970s Fashion Redux

By Silhouettes1 · August 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I’ve written here before about the return of the 1970s in the fashion world. The NY Times recently did a piece on that very phenomenon, complete with a slideshow of the latest runway looks. I don’t know how 70s it all is (some of the women in menswear stuff looks like the 80s) but it’s definitely something different.

Here’s an example of the “menswear” look, as done by Tommy Hilfiger.

And here’s a green silk dress with bow by Marc Jacobs. I’m really hoping this look doesn’t come back. Add a permed head of hair and big glasses, and you’re talking every mom and librarian from 30 years ago.

And finally, something that really does say “1970s” …although maybe more 70s pimp than anything else. This look by Gucci includes a fox coat (purple, of course) paired with red shirt (bow, of course) and a purple skirt. Not to mention hat, sunglasses and boots.

Feel like menswear is totally 80s? Got a favorite 70s look that you want to resurrect? Tell us in the comments.

Silhouettes Does Autumn Right

By Silhouettes1 · August 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

As autumn draws near, most of us are getting rather excited to tweak our summer closets. Most of us aren't going to go and trash every summer item we have and replace it with all new clothing, but Silhouettes has some great pieces that can enhance your fall collections to be exciting, fresh and on trend for the new season!

The Safari Jacket

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Silhouettes Safari Jacket ($69)

I love love love a good Safari Jacket. They can be worn everyday as a casual jacket with jeans, layer it underneath a heavier coat or leather jacket, or wear it over a softer dress to give it a bit of edge. For example, you could pair it with a dress I've mentioned at least once before:

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Silhouettes Animal Print Dress ($59)

The flowy, summer friendly dress can be transformed into an excellent fall item by layering the Safari jacket, a scarf and a chunky necklace!

Animal Foil-Print Dress

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Silhouettes Animal Foil-Print Dress ($59)

Since we're on an animal print kick, let's talk about a dress that immediately caught my attention. Prints like this aren't going anywhere for a while, and Silhouettes is offering a great solution to a trend that can sometimes be hard to pull off. The Animal Foil-Print Dress is delightfully flashy without overpowering the wearer.

Polka Dot Long Sleeve Swing Shirt

Silhouettes Long Sleeve Swing Shirt ($49)

Polka Dots are making a comeback in a major way. Marc Jacobs has covered nearly everything in his autumn '11 collection in em, and fortunately for us, it's an easy look to replicate. There's nothing new about dots, but sometimes it's nice to get a little reminder that they're around, and the Silhouettes Long Sleeve Swing Shirt is a great option!

The Pleated Dress

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Silhouettes Pleated Dress ($89)

Preppy, Back-to-School chic isn't just a look for the kids. Pair it with a pair of loafers and a cardigan in the daytime or rock some heels for a great evening look. And try adding a metallic belt to give your waist some definition and flash.

Most of you probably have everything you'll need in your closets for your fall transition, but adding a few new pieces can totally transform your look for a new season!


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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Red Carpet Style Watch: The Help

By Silhouettes1 · August 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Summer blockbuster premieres are usually a fun way to check out fashion, just because they get so much attention. But another movie, not a superhero film or an action movie, is getting a lot of buzz right now: The Help.

Based on a very popular book of the same name, this movie tells the story of African-American women (one played by Viola Davis) working as maids in pre-Civil Rights era Mississippi, and a white woman (Emma Stone) who collects their stories. The movie premiered recently in L.A.

Emma Stone (far left), chose a Chanel dress to wear on the red carpet. I’m not a fan—it looks like a t-shirt and skirt combo from back in the day. And while I recognize the problems that a baby bump brings to choosing a dress, Bryce Dallas Howard (second from left) looks like she just stepped out of Little House on the Prairie.

Much better are the choices by Viola Davis, in a stunning red gown, and Jessica Chastain, in purple. These flattering, stylish choices make both women look fantastic. (And bonus! Style guru Nate Berkus (far right) was an executive producer.)

Celebrity Style Watch: Mila Kunis

By Silhouettes1 · August 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

She’s come a long way from playing ditzy Jackie Burkhart on That 70s Show! Mila Kunis is now a bonafied movie star, having had roles in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Black Swan.

So what does she wear when she has to hit the red carpet or head out for a night on the town?

For red carpet wear, her color choices are fantastic. Here she is at the 2011 Golden Globes in a dark green off-the-shoulder gown with a sweeping train. I am definitely a fan.

And, at the 2011 Oscars, she chose to go purple. While the style of this dress is questionable simply because I’m afraid she’s going to fall out, she looks good and it stands out among the blacks and reds and neutrals that so many women choose.

She did, however, choose to go neutral back in 2008. Although the sequins help spice up this otherwise-plain dress.

Black dress buffet

By Silhouettes1 · August 17, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

So many choices when you’re in the market for a plus-size black dress! So you have to think about what looks good on your body, what impression you want to make, and of course, your own personal style preferences.

Some ideas:

A very flattering empire-waist dress with the illusion of a lace top. If you’re smaller on top, this dress will highlight all your best assets and skim the heavier parts—hips, thighs, etc.

Something more exciting than basic black is this foil animal print dress. Shiny, flattering and fun! (The same fabric shows up in a sleeveless boatneck.)

And if you want something that looks hot coming OR going, this dress with its softly draped neckline and the stylish back lace panel.

Do you have a black dress style you love? See more plus-size dresses here.


By Silhouettes1 · August 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

There was once a time when I thought that a few coats of nailpolish was no big deal and should not be given much thought. Sure, having some shade of red on your nails looks alright, but why bother? It's just going to chip anyways, right? This changed a few months ago when I was invited to a nail painting party at a girlfriend's house, where we ate dinner, gabbed, drank wine, and got super creative with our painting skills (we all went to art school together, so it's nice to see our degrees at work). There was something so delightful about taking a few hours out of my hectic schedule to just relax and do a little thing for myself. Now, every sunday night it's just me, my nails, and an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I couldn't be happier.

If you can afford it, take a couple of hours to just sit and enjoy the process of layering lacquer. It's a simple task that gives you a break from the hectic lives we all lead. And now, with fall coming there are all sorts of new nail trends to play with!

Barely There Color

Left to right: Polish by Essie, Dior, and OPI for Sephora

Nude polishes have been trendy for ages. They're perfect for any season and can add a subtle polish to your look. This season though, try venturing away from the light pinkish neutrals and play with grays, mochas, and khakis. And if you're feeling a bit glitzier, try layering a metallic glitter top coat over your neutrals. I'm particularily fond of Traffic Stopper Copper by Opi for Sephora.

Don't Toss Those Neons!

Nails by Sophy Robson

Neon half moons by yours truly.

This summer neons were HUGE. You could barely open a blog without seeing a neon green satchel or an almost painful to look at orange belt. But just because summer is on it's way house, you shouldn't have to trash your statement making hues. This fall, try using neon colors as an accent in your manicure. Pair it with a nice neutral and you've got a look that's both playful and sophisticated.

Red Red Nails

From left to right: nailpolish by Deborah Lippmann, MAC, and Essie

Ok so maybe I was trashing red nails earlier, but it's impossible to avoid the fact that red nails are classics for a reason. There's something so powerful about a woman who can rock a deep red nail. While candy apple reds are sweet and fun, vampy vintage reds are perfect for a fall season of climbing the corporate ladder or sipping martinis with your girlfriends.

Whatever you end up doing, remember, you can always start over! Take some time for yourself, relax, and try something that intimidates you, because who knows, you might fall in love with your digits all over again!


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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Celebrity Style Watch: Adele

By Silhouettes1 · August 12, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

She’s got a hot song, a best-selling album and she is only 22 years old! Not to mention that fabulous voice.  So how does Adele choose to dress herself for those nights out?

Here she is at the 2009 Grammy’s in all-black dress with a hot green coat:

And here at the 2009 VH1 Diva Awards. This style is fabulous on her, and the gold embroidery embellishments are amazing.

And here at the 2011 Brit Awards, again in black. As usual, this dress looks good, but it would be nice to see a pop of color in her wardrobe sometimes. Bring back the green coat!

Sweet Autumn Shirts

By Silhouettes1 · August 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, it may be the middle of August, but already some schools are starting up again and people are thinking about Labor Day weekend plans…which means that fall is imminent. That also means it’s probably time to think about cool weather clothes, too.

¾ length sleeves are a perfect fall fashion choice. They’re also flattering on almost everyone. Pattern tops with ¾ sleeves work great with a pair of jeans (or trousers for a professional day at the office).

Here are some of the season’s hot patterns and styles….

A pretty plus-size pullover makes a nice fall choice, especially in this animal print. It’s loose-fitting and comfortable with a cute scoop neck.

Another option is this medallion-print tunic. The split-neck and the stylish pattern make this a great choice for days out or at the office.

And finally, this v-neck tee with ¾ length sleeves comes in so many prints that you can buy 2 or 3 and still have crazy wardrobe variety.

What’s your favorite kind of cool weather shirt?

Hair Rules

By Silhouettes1 · August 8, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

There are a lot of rules put on us as plus size women. Wear this color, avoid this shape, avoid this, only wear that. But the rules that frustrate me most are all about our hair. It's so hard to get the courage to make major hair changes. After all, unlike clothing, once you change your locks you're stuck with it for a looooong time.

Apparently, all plus size women should have shoulder-length hair with a side part and lots of layers to hide our double chins. But let's face it, there are a lot more options out there for our hair, and we shouldn't let age old “common knowledge” about our tresses dictate our decisions! Nothing will REALLY hide my chins or make my face look longer or leaner, so why hide it? Here are some of my favorite hair styles on curvy bodies that have inspired a trip to the salon.

Fringe For Days

I love bangs. They can take your look from flirty and cute to sultry and sexy in no time. It's all about how you cut em.

Amber Riley is rocking a straight, full bang. Yes, it does shorten her face a bit, but like I said, no haircut is going to camouflage who you are, so why not have some fun?! I love how her face is framed so dramatically here.

If you're not so into the dramatic bang, you can try a wispy, side swept bang a la Hayley Hasselhoff. You can add as much or as little hair to this type of bang, which makes it super versatile. It's great if you'd like to give a little more angular drama to your face.

Bigger is always better!

Jill Scott rocks her curly mane loud and proud. I love a head full of wild curls, and I especially love what it's doing for Jill. The balance of her hair to the rest of her frame gives her a large and in charge presence that's impossible to ignore. Hair this large can be a challenge though. Make sure you keep it out of your face to avoid the muppet look, and invest in a great conditioner and mousse! These products will help define your curls and keep frizzies at bay.

Color Knows No Size

The best thing about coloring your hair is that you can do whatever you want and if you don't like it, change it! So if you're a little too chicken to run to the salon for a life changing cut, try mixing it up with your color. Always wanted to be a brunette? Try it out! Subtle changes in the shade of your hair can alter the way your skin tone appears and give you a great glow (or make you look like a pale goth kid, which is cool too if you want it!).

Feeling really brave? Rainbow colors are all the rage right now. Grab a little pink and add it to the tips of your hair. Pull a Gaga and go bright blue! No one can stop you!

Or maybe just buy a wig. That works too.

But really, all that matters with hair is that you have fun. So you got a cut you don't like. It'll grow back!

Or really. Go buy a wig. It's fine, I won't tell.


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.

Stretching out

By Silhouettes1 · August 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Stretch jersey is one of the most comfortable fabrics there is. It’s easy to pack and it’s easy to wear, just because it’s so soft and stretchy. Like wearing a comfy t-shirt over your whole body.

Leggings are one (very trendy) way to wear jersey. These lovely stretchy leggings can accompany you everywhere—just throw them in the suitcase and go!

Stretch jersey skirts are a nice way to wear jersey, too. Choose flowing, loose-fitting skirts that drape instead of cling.

And finally, plus-size pants made of jersey are some of the most comfortable things around. You get the comfort of pajamas, but you still look professional enough for work. Capris are great for weekend wear or casual outings, while full-length pants work well for cooler days or office wear.

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