Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Pioneers of Plus Size Fashion!

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Now, it's time for some plus size fashion fun!



Plus size fashion has really come up over the years.

Nowadays, you can find amazing clothing that will beautifully flatter full-figured women of all shapes.

Women can wear a size 12/14 or larger, but that does not mean that they all have the same body type/shape or personal style.
Like I always say, dress yourself in clothing that fit your body type as well as your personal style.

Everyone deserves to have options,no matter what size you are.
So, let's explore the plus size options...

LANE BRYANT www.lanebryant.com
Lane Bryant is one of the most widely recognized plus size brands with more than 900 stores nationwide selling clothes in sizes 14-32.
LB provides stylish, high-quality fashion in the form of career and casualwear as well as accessories, hosiery and intimate apparel.
LB has also partnered with Seven7 and DKNY JEANS for designer collections and recently introduced new styles of their popular T-shirt and Back Smoothing Bras.
You can shop online, in-store or by phone at 1.866.886.4731

SALE: Lane Bryant is currently having a holiday campaign with a 5-day Buy One Get One Free Sale (excluding panties and Spanx products) lasting through Today on everything in-store and online.



ASHLEY STEWART www.ashleystewart.com
Founded in 1991, Ashley Stewart has 100 plus stores located in urban areas from New York to Los Angeles. AS has offers their customers clothing in many different styles including classic, edgy, bohemian etc.
Check out their holiday 2010 collection.

SALE: Until 11:59PM tonight, Ashley Stewart is having a Buy One Get One 50% off as well as Free Shipping on online order of $75 or more!



AVENUE www.avenue.com
Avenue provides fashionable plus size pieces for females of sizes 14-32. Their clothing ranges from casualwear to businesswear to dressy options.
Avenue also offers undergarments from their Body collection as well as rare shoe sizes in their Our Cloudwalkers shoe brand.
Check out their holiday 2010 collection.

SALE: Avenue is giving their customers up to 50$ off on their orders plus Free Shipping when you spend $50 or more. Use AV101249 at checkout.



TORRID www.torrid.com
Started in 2001, Torrid is a plus size clothing retailer that provides trendy fashion including their labels as well as other labels such as BabyPhat and Ed Hardy in sizes 12 and up.

SALE: Only Through Today, Torrid is having a 60-80% off sale online and in-store!



CITY CHIC www.citychiconline.com
City Chic is a newer brand that provides modern plus size clothing for the plus size fashionista of different styles for different occasions in sizes 14-24.

City Chic is currently offering Free Shipping and Free Returns to US customers!



ELIZA PARKER www.elizaparker.com
Founded earlier this year, Eliza Parker is also a newer brand that provides stylish career wear, separates, cocktail dresses, and fun accessories for women of sizes 10 to 28 while focusing on flattering all body types of plus size women with the use of their PerfectFit system. Check our their classic, sleek dresses.

SALE: Running through tommorow, Eliza Parker is having a thanksgiving sale with 35% off everything using coupon code "thanks35" at checkout.



KIYONNA www.kiyonna.com
Kiyonna as just an idea, was born around 14 years ago while its entrepreneur was on vacation. It evolved into a line of classy dresses, separates and lingerie etc in sizes 10-32 with specialization in sizes 0-5X.

SALE Ending tommorow, Kiyonna is having their biggest sale of the year: a 30% off of all orders of $100 or more sale going on (not valid on wedding dresses or Spanx).


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MONIF C www.monifc.com
Founded in 2005, Monif C. is a contemporary, designer clothing line for plus size fashionistas that provide luxurious,sexy, feminine pieces such as outerwear, dresses and swimsuits etc. Shop online on their website,by phone at 212.842.1641 or in their Manhattan store: 325 W. 38th Street, Suite 207, NYC 10018



IGIGI www.igigi.com
Founded in 2000,IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is an award-winning American designer brand of amazingly stylish, contemporary women's fashions in sizes 12-32. IGIGI focuses on creating unique designs with flattering silhouettes, attention to detail and the use of beautiful fabrics.
Check out their bridal collection.

SALE: IGIGI is currently have a thanksgiving sale ending tommorow with 15% and 25% off of select items and 50% off of all sale items with coupon code "thanks50"



ANNA SCHOLZ www.annascholz.com
Anna Scholz is a German-born designer that launched her own line of plus size clothing in 1996. Known for her bright bold prints, striking silhouettes and luxe fabrics, Anna has developed a White Label premium collection with luxury products for full-figured women as well as a Black Label diffused collection with a lower price range.



JESSICA LONDON www.jessicalondon.com
Founded in 1997, Jessica London provides quality career, casual and special occasion fashion, plus classic, easy-to-wear separates, comfortable lingerie and sleepwear to women sizes 12 to 32, & plus shoes to size 12.
JL's fashions are classic pieces (some tailored and some relaxed silhouettes) for the plus size fashionista with simple sophisticated taste.

SALE: Jessica London is currently having a 30% off of your entire order deal ending today, a Holiday bonus valid thru 12/15/2010 and Free Shipping on orders of $150 or more.



Other stores with great plus size options:



FOREVER 21's "Forever Plus" Plus Size section

DOTS' Plus Size section

DEB'S Plus Size section

MACY'S Plus Size section

OLD NAVY'S Plus Size section

NORDSTROM'S Plus Size section

So what happens after you go shopping at these plus size websites and stores mentioned above and get some great pieces...?
Then you put some ensembles together, complete with accessories and shoes.
Need help doing that? Hijabis, need help "hijabifying" these pieces for an outfit?
Ask me, I can help :)

That's all for now. Up Next, "Five Fashion Myths". OR, if there is a specific topic that you would like to see on the next blog post, email me or comment on this post.
Stay Tuned!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Celebrate In Style: HOW TO DRESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It's that time of year again...
When the holidays roll around and you have to find something to wear for those holiday parties and dinners with friends and/or family.
Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Eid, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or other holidays, you should Celebrate In Style.

THE TRENDS

The trends in holiday attire this year are sequins, ivory, blush tones,tights, glitter,lace,fur and miniskirts, minidresses, blazers, shrugs, jackets, bustier tops, one shoulder dresses.



What kind of attire is appropriate for the holidays?
Holiday attire can sometimes vary depending on your culture or traditions, but generally, if you wear something Formal or even Semi-formal, you're good to go.

*However, if you are explicitly given a dress code for an event, dress accordingly.
It's bad etiquette and super tacky to come dressed inappropriately to any event, especially if you were told how to dress prior to it by the hosts or on the invite.*

THE KEY
The key to dressing up is to add shine and switch up the fabrics.
This is the time to wear those rayon/satins, brocades, jacquards, sequins, and rhinestones on shoes, dresses, skirts, pants,shirts, purses, earrings etc in full effect without having to cover it up to keep from looking overdressed.



COLORS
Color-wise? Color is always in style. To take it up a notch for the holidays, go for all-white, all-black, a metallic like gold or silver, or rich jewel tones like royal blue, royal purple,crimson, emerald green etc paired with bold black to make a striking statement with color.



What are your clothing options?

A Skirt and Top Ensemble, with or without jacket
Try a statement top with a subtle skirt or a statement skirt with a subtle top. Don't too much with BOTH pieces, because the two will compete.
Example:
YES: A purple bustier with a black velvet pencil skirt.
YES: A silverish white sequined cardigan, black velvet mermaid skirt.



Jacket? Try a jacket to cover up your outfit if you are going from work to a holiday party so that you can switch ensembles/venues without having to stop home to change or just to add some extra flavor/shine to your holiday outfit.
Anything from blazers to boleros works here, just be sure to stay away from denim as not dress your outfit way down.



For hijabis, go with a long skirt in a cute shape and a hip length shirt or longer if you are wearing a mermaid or trumpet skirt. If you decide to tuck your top inside the skirt, be sure to wear a jacket over it that covers the goodies appropriately.



PANTSUIT
A pantsuit is one of the flyest things you can wear. Think Bianca Jagger- fly.
Choose a statement shirt such as one with ruffles or a rich color to wear with a monochromatic pantsuit to spice it up a little bit, with the jacket worn open or closed...and please tailor it to fit your body. There is nothing more terrible than an ill-fitting suit.



For hijabis, try a longer (just above the knee or at the knee) boyfriend blazer or a longer-length tailored blazer and be sure to choose wide leg or straight leg pants. A tucked headscarf also looks super chic.
*Check out The Limited, Avenue and New York and Company, Ann Taylor are good for these etc..



PARTY DRESS/MINIDRESS
This is a great option if you want something pretty and sassy without the length.
Choose a great dress that is one shoulder, has features like ruffles and poof or great colors.
These dresses tend to be short so do wear leggings with them or at least tights to keep the unmentionables from being exposed.

For hijabis, try a straight leg or wide leg pant with these dresses and proper arm coverage by way of long sleeves or jacket/cardigan and cute hijab style.
*Check out Dots,DEB, Akira,Kiyonna,IGIGI,Forever 21,Charlotte Reusse, bebe,JC Penney,H&M, Cache and Express...



COCKTAIL DRESS
A cheap option if you are on a tight budget this season.
Simply wear a cocktail dress/sheath dress that you already have for workwear and dress it up with tights and accessories such as long metallic necklaces, bold bib necklaces, chunky bangles, stacked skinny bangles, cocktail ring etc.
Thank you Michelle Obama for bringing "Classy" back in style.

Hijabis, if you want to wear a cocktail/sheath dress, you would have to wear a cardigan or some kind of jacket/blazer of the same length over it to cover the fittedness.
*Check out Target, Nordstrom Rack,The Limited, J Crew, Ann Taylor, New York and Company,Kiyonna, IGIGI



PANTS AND SHIRT
If you don't feel like wearing a complete suit, then just try some pants in a great cut like wide leg, in chiffon or just your regular work pants, and wear it with a great dressy tunic or other statement top, belted or not belted.



Hijabis, choose wide leg or straight leg pants and a top that is long enough to cover the goodies



THE GOWN
A long formal dress is probably one of the simplest options out there because the dress makes a large statement and then all you have to do is accessorize! Find dresses with great details and embellishments like sweetheart necklines, empire waists and bows or sashes. Bridesmaids dresses work very well here.

(minus the excess skin)


Hijabis, choose a cute hijab style and add long sleeves if the dress does not already have them with a long sleeve shirt, bolero top, cropped cardigan, blazer or shrug, etc.



Note: Please, no spaghetti straps on top of long sleeve shirts- its very tacky.
Tuck the straps in or cover them completely with a bolero or shrug.
*Check out Nordstrom, Deb,Lord and Taylor, Davids Bridal, JC Penney, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, dress boutiques...

SKIRTSUIT
Equally fly, try a skirt suit. A skirt suit with interesting details such as a peplum jacket or ruffled skirt looks amazing. Try a statement shirt or camisole under the jacket as well.
Again, with suits, its all about FIT. Go to a tailor and make it fit you perfectly to pull this off.



Hijabis, you might be hard-pressed to find a cute skirtsuit with a long skirt.But, you can always create ur own by getting a straight skirt or other cute cut and pairing it with a tailored jacket.
*Check out The Limited, New York and Company,Ann Taylor,Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom ETC..



CROSS CULTURES
Appreciate another culture this holiday season and try wearing an ensemble that is from a culture different from your own. That could mean wearing a beautiful flowing abaya from Dubai,an embellished, elaborate Palestinian thobe/dress,an elegant sari or lehenga from the Subcontinent, a royal three piece ensemble including headwrap from the Motherland etc and spice it up with accessories.
Try these great retailers, priced $100 and up.

Designs of Dubai www.designsofdubai.com


Diana's Fashions www.dianasfashions.com


Jalwa (Chicago, IL)



ACCESSORIES:
Accessories are another great way to dress up an outfit.
That's right, bring out the bling! Glitz it up with faux or real jewels and gems in necklaces, cocktail rings, earrings, hairclips,brooches and belts.
Hats- a big dramatic hat, or even a small hat can add that extra touch to an outfit.
Gloves- Channel Old Hollywood with a fabulous pair of gloves in a great color.
Fur- Don a fur stole tossed around your neck for an even more glamorous look.
Tights- For outfits with legs showing, try a great pair of colored or textured tights.
Purses- This is the time to pull out your dainty purses and leave the huge suitcases and workbags at home. Choose a glittery clutch, dressy chain-strap purse or even a shiny animal print rectangular wallet will do.
*Check accessories dept in pretty much any clothing store.



SHOES:
Step out in style with a gorgeous shoe like a classic black patent peeptoe, a candy colored stacked heel, or some fabulous metallic flats. Have fun with them and look for great details like bows, jewels, glitter and animal prints.
Be sure to choose a shoe that will be comfortable to wear so that you don't have to take your shoes off halfway into the party.
*White House Black Market,DSW,Target, Saks and shoe depts in various stores...



TOPPERS:
Keep your whole look classy and beautiful by wearing a great coat!
Pieces like tailored trench coats, floor length fur coats, cute leather jackets, short patterned coats, capes and velvet shawls will keep you warm but still dressy.
*Target, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Kohl's,Macy's...



*Plus Size ladies, Target, Macy's, Avenue, Lane Bryant, Forever 21, Monif C,Kiyonna, IGIGI,Burlington Coat Factory,DEB etc have great plus size options, check them out!



NOTE:
Nothing is more tragic than wearing a beautiful outfit and having trifling skin, nails,feet and hair.
Make sure your hair is done, your nails are neat, feet and skin are moisturized for a completely fabulous look.

Now, go Celebrate in Style! :)

That's all for now, Up Next, "THE PIONEERS OF PLUS-SIZE FASHION", Stay Tuned!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Skinny Girls Need Love Too!

For today, a post-between-posts to hold everyone over until the holiday attire blog post is ready...


Plus size women commonly catch alot of flack, but women of smaller sizes do as well.
Being a petite (small in size as well as stature) young lady myself, I have firsthand experience of this type of "dialogue".

Females naturally come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors.

Some women are naturally thin, some women are naturally thick...no matter what they eat. (We are not talking about females that are thin because they have unhealthy eating habits and have eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia).
Myself as an example, I love all different kinds of food and eating is something enjoyable for me. But, I stay around a size 4 because that is how I am built genetically.

If you are unhappy with your size, take the steps to change it in a healthy way OR just embrace it and dress for the size that you are.

The same rules apply, regardless of your size, about what you put on your body.
You should dress according to your body type (this includes your size, height,skin tone and your shape) and your personal style (blog post coming soon about how to determine your personal style, stay tuned...).

If you find yourself constantly saying things like "She can wear anything because she's skinny"or "You're soo skinny, I hate you!"or you stare in disgust or say "She's gonna throw that up anyway" when you see a skinny girl eating a cheeseburger, then you may have some insecurities about your own body image.

Consciously or unconsciously "hating" on other females will not make you feel better about yourself.

As a fashion consultant, I dress and give fashion advice to females of all sizes and shapes. Yes, everyone cannot wear everything. But, it is because everyone has a different body type and personal style. Therefore,realistically, certain styles of clothing are going to compliment some more than others.

Make decisions about what to wear based on yourself as an individual, not in comparison to others.

Whatever size you are, love it, own it, and dress your best!

Want to look your best, but not sure how? That's what I'm here for :)

For my beautiful plus-sized ladies, don't worry,there is a special blog post coming up soon just for you all about hot Plus-Size Fashion!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Scarf Styling Part 2!

And now, for the second installment of Scarf Styling...



"Headband"
Rock a scarf as a headband, thick or thin.
For a thick version, use a few big folds. For a thin version, fold the scarf many times.



*This style works best with rectangular shaped scarves.

"Headband" hijabi style
You can rock a scarf headband on many hijabi scarf styles such as the Two Tail, Bun, Amira, Gypsy etc. All you have to do is fold the scarf in the same way as the non-hijabi headband style and place it on top of the first scarf that you use.



"Amira" for everyone
This tube-style scarf is composed of two pieces and is super easy to wear.

First, place the inner layer on by placing it on your head starting at your forehead and ending at the nape of your neck. Then, place the outer layer on by pulling it over your head a few inches back from the first piece (the inner layer).
For a neat appearance, try tucking this style scarf into shirts.

Switch up inner layers and outer layers in different colors and patterns or use lace underpieces and headbands to create interesting looks with the Amira scarf.



"Crown"
The Crown scarf style is a variation of the Turban scarf.
This style is super elegant and regal. Make it casual or formal simply with a change in fabrics.

Place scarf on your head with one side longer than the other. Bring two tails to the back of your head near your neck and tie. Take the longer side and twist it and bring it around to the front laying across your forhead and then bring it back to the back and tuck under scarf or pin down.Wrap the other tail into a bun and secure with pins or tuck under scarf.



"Crown" hijabi style
This style is hijabified simply by adding neck coverage with a tneck shirt or dickie, another scarf, or a high-necked top and tucking all hair in completely.

"Two-Tail" for everyone
This cute scarf style is very flattering and really frames the face.

Place scarf on your head with two tails in front.Bring two tails behind head and criss cross at nape of the neck tightly. Bring tails back to front and crisscross. Bring left tail across the neck then up behind head towards middle and pin. Push already-pinned right side of scarf down (to keep scarf neat and avoid bunching)and brng other tail across neck to left side of the face and pin at the back of the head towards the middle.
If you are are wearing long earrings, you may want to lower the tails and pin lower in the back of the head to give more space and keep earrings from getting caught on the scarf.



*This style works best with rectangular-shaped scarves.

"Backveil"
This cross-cultural style is very fashion forward.
Worn as part of traditional headdress from various cultures, it will turn up the volume on a formal ensemble.

Choose scarves/headbands with coins, scarves twisted into the crown style, scarves braided or textured scarves as underpieces to create more visual interest with this style.

Place scarf on head a few inches from hairline and pin in back near nape of neck, letting hang down the back. Secure with a cute headband on top of scarf where hair meets the headband.
For a simple variation, use a heavier, long scarf and instead of pinning the scarf in the back at the nape of the neck, bring it forward around the shoulders. secure with small hair clips where the scarf meets the hair.





"Backveil" hijabi style
Start with an underpiece such as a bonnet cap or full scarf wrapped into a bun or pinned at the back of the neck hanging loose. Then, layer a long rectangular or square shaped scarf on top of the underpiece, a few inches from the underpiece or on the forehead where the underpiece starts, and pin the scarf at the nape of the neck, letting the rest of the scarf hang loose down your back. Secure scarf on the head with stick pins where underpiece meets the top scarf.
For a nice variation of this style, instead of pinning the second top layer scarf at the back of the neck, secure on head with stick pins and then bring around shoulders and let hang.
Add neck coverage with a tneck shirt or dickie, another scarf, or a high-necked top and tucking all hair in completely.




Again, braiding, twisting, layering, adorning (with decorative pins) of scarves and choosing ones with great colors, textures and patterns are great ways to increase visual interest in a style. Have fun with it!

SCARF BODY STYLES

Shawl Scarf
Place a scarf around your shoulders for a quick cover up or elegant addition to an outfit.



Poncho Scarf
Drape a scarf across your chest and arms to keep warm in cool weather or just to look cute.



Scarf Sash
Tie a scarf and let it hang under the bust, at the waist or at the hip to spice up an ensemble.



Scarf Belt
Twist a scarf and pull it through the belt loops on pants or jeans for a fun alternative to a regular belt.



SHOP SCARVES!
The Souq's Hijabs and Islamic Goods www.shopthesouq.com

The Souq has a large selection of beautiful scarves and in different colors, patterns and styles as well as scarf pins for great prices.
Check them out on their Facebook fanpage or order straight from the website today!



That's all for now.

Up next, CELEBRATE IN STYLE:HOW TO DRESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Stay Tuned!

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