Stylish Curvy Picks From Curvissa

January 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

Curvy women look best in fitted clothing.  The idea is to play up your shape. One way of showing off your figure is to highlight your waist and streamline your silhouette.  Belts and heels can work wonders for your appearance (they help show off your waist and balance your curves).  Check out some of my favorite figure flattering picks from UK Plus Size Fashion Brand Curvissa.

Pair either one of these dresses with nude heels for a sexy figure flattering look.

Contrast Jersey Dress  | Wrap Affect Dress

A white blouse is a must in any women’s closet.  Pair it with this stylish vest or simply belt the blouse and pair with jeans, skirts or slack for work.

Long Sleeve Blouse | Faux Leather Vest

Edgy leggings or dark jeans are a must have and easy to dress up or down.

Buffalo London Leggings | 5 Pocket Boot Cut Jeans 

 

 

 

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The Boom in Full-figure Bras

May 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Accessories

The Boom in Full-figure Bras

According to industry estimates, four out of five women are wearing the wrong bra size — typically too large a band and too small a cup — leaving their breasts squeezed, unsupported or spilling out. “Ill-fitting bras can cause neck, shoulder and back pain, tension headaches, breast tenderness, skin irritation and poor posture,” says Steven Chang, a family physician who writes the Daily Dose newsletter for the RightHealth.com website.

The Beginnings of the Bra Revolution
Actress Jenette Goldstein, who appeared in Aliens and Titanic and rocks a 32G herself, opened a Hollywood lingerie store called Jenette Bras to help women with “knockout racks” find pretty bras that fit properly. A well-fitting bra, says Goldstein, will make a woman look instantly slimmer and more shapely, banishing the “quadri-bust,” where the breasts spill over the top of the cup and under the armpits, giving the appearance of four breasts instead of two. A well-fitting bra also avoids the matronly “uni-bust.”

When Oprah devoted a couple of shows to her famous bra intervention, things began to change. “Suddenly, women were walking into a lingerie department thinking they were a 36C, getting a professional fitting and walking out knowing they were a 36DD,” says Dan Sackrowitz, a marketing executive with the online lingerie boutique BareNecessities.com.

The most popular bra size in America remains a 36C. However, sales of plus-size or full-figure bras — defined as a band size of at least 40 and a cup size of DD or larger — have risen at three times the rate of overall bra sales, according to the research firm NPD Group. Nearly 159 million plus-size bras were sold in 2008.

More Choices Than Ever
Today it’s easy to find full coverage in sizes DD to G and beyond in a range of colors and sexy styles, including balconette and deep-plunge styles. Department store brands are offering specialty lines in larger sizes: Playtex has Playtex Secrets, Maidenform has its Lilyette line, and Wacoal offers nearly a dozen styles that are available all the way up to a G cup.

Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant also recently introduced its new Cacique Intimates line with the tagline “so not what mom would wear.” Says Gill Heer, the senior designer for the line: “Typically, the old plus-size bra-maker only offered nude, white and maybe black. Certainly it was never considered appropriate for plus-size women to want to wear a fashion color like lilac, lime green or hot pink.”

How to Shop for a Bra That Fits
When a bra fits properly, the straps should carry about 10 percent of the weight of your breasts, with the band supporting the other 90 percent, says Goldstein. Get a proper fitting from a lingerie boutique or department store. Some fitters will use the “eyeball method,” assessing you visually before giving you several bras to try on. Most fitters, however, will pull out a tape measure and measure you right under your breasts and then around the fullest part of your bust.

The first measurement is your band size (if it’s an odd number, add one inch). To get your cup size, subtract your band measurement from your bust size; each inch represents a cup size. For example, if your band size is a 36 and your bust size is a 39, you’d wear a 36C. Sizes vary across different brands and lines, so always try on a bra before purchasing it or shop from an online boutique with a liberal return policy.

If you’re having a hard time finding that perfect fit, “sister size the bra,” suggests Alicia Vargo, owner of the online boutique Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie. “Keep the same band size but go up a cup or go up one band size and down a cup.” For example, if the band of a 36D bra fits snugly but your breasts are spilling out of the cup, try a 36DD and a 38C.

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy



Fabulous Plus Size Evening Dresses

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

Looking for an affordable, sexy evening dress can sometimes be a daunting task no matter what size you are especially one that can be worn more than once!  Well, Bonmarche Plus Size Clothing has a ton that will make you feel as good as you look with an extensive selection of contemporary apparel and accessories for women ranging from sizes 12-24.  What really caught my eye was Bonmache’s selection of sexy, sleek and classic dresses for the plus size woman.  Not only were they surprisingly affordable (leaving you plenty to snatch up a fab pair of shoes or accessories) but they truly flatter the curvy shape.  Bonmarché is UK’s largest value retailer selling affordable quality womenswear in a wide range of sizes (12-24). Ranges include casual and formal separates, outerwear, swimwear, lingerie nightwear and accessories, all designed with the real feminine figure in mind. In 2007, it launched a collection designed in collaboration with David Emanuel, the designer famous for the co-design of Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress in 1981. This collection has a slightly higher price point than the main Bonmarché range but still represents very good value for money.  Check out some of my fave’s below:

Mesh Trim Dress


David Emanuel Panelled Satin Dress

Jersey Trouser Suit

David Emmanuel Mesh Dress

David Emmanuel Printed Jersey Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

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Super Kawaii Mama – A cracking interview with a very worthy girl crush – Amelia Arsenic!
Style Symmetry – Seven Questions with Susie of Style Bubble!
Solo Lisa – Canadian jewelry line DESIGN + CONQUER puts a bold, quirky spin on the meaning of geek chic
The Coveted – Win a $250 gift certificate for Avelle (formerly Bag, Borrow or Steal) luxury handbags!
Agent Dreamer – Hearts Idil Vice
Tickle the Blog – Make your existing make-up into summer beauty must-haves!
Ono Lady – Too cool for school, NYLON magazine have just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary
Dramatis Personae – Ashe Mischief Asks Herself “Why Develop Your Wardrobe’s Color Palette?”
fete a fete – Guerlain’s new summer Terracotta lip glosses, Fard Indien, and the new Rouge G lipstick!
The Capitola Fashionista – The 15 Must Have Sandals for this Summer
Style With Anna – The Hottest Swimwear and Bikini Trends for Spring/Summer 2009
A Few Goody Gumdrops – is giving away a Hana Elite Ceramic Flat Iron for Mother’s Day. Enter to Win!
Capitola Girl – So ready for summer on The Devil Wears Etsy
Two Thousand Things – Celebrity Walk-In Wardrobes and some pictures for reference
The Curvy Fashionista – A Curvy Fashionista declaring her fashionable existence in a straight world
Fashion Grail – Get Miranda Kerr’s look for less!
Misslikey – my view on the night at Met’s
Fashion Pulse Daily – Khaki goes beyond its preppy stigma with the new Gap designer collaboration
Brick My Lane – DIY: how to make an “organic” spike Rock’n’Roll belt

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