Monday, August 16, 2010

Curvy, Confident and Chic

Ok Divas, it's time to usher out the lightweight fabrics of summer and get ready to greet the crips fall air.  As fashion enters the Fall Season,  plus size fashion designers bring the hot curvy girls styles out which give us the chance to look stylish and feel comfortable in our own skin.  This Fall you will see pronounced shoulders, saturated colors, and lot’s of animal and graphic prints.  No matter your fashion budget or what size you are, you can always look trendy and stylish 365 days a year.

Raquel Fire Print Jumpsuit | Monif C.
Raquel Black Jumpsuit | Monif C.

Nelli "Ruched" Purple Dress | Monif C.
Naomi High Shoulder Dress | Monif C.

Military Bolero | Ashley Stewart
Jeweled Denim Jacket | Ashley Stewart

Premium Denim Black Skinny Jean | Ashley Stewart
Printed Animal Destructed Jean | Ashley Stewart

Layering is a HUGE trend for Fall so as we move into this late summer/early fall transition period the idea is to take some of your more classic summer looks and layer them with more substantial Fall pieces like light weight cardigans, sweaters, and belts. Layering is a simple way to ease into Fall mode during this time and is definitely lighter on the pocket book. Here are a few tips on how to transition some of your "fav" summer looks into new fabulous fall looks.

Let’s start with the ever so popular vest and trouser summer work wear look that we have seen everywhere. For the late summer/early fall transition period try switching the vest out and adding a light weight cardigan over a classic collared shirt. Add a pair of spectator pumps and you are fall-fabulous.

The “fav” white summer dress. With this look you want to layer it with a longer style cardigan and add a stylish waist belt. Throw on some boots or some bright colored patent leather heels and you are set.

For your favorite summer skirt (plaid is big for fall) and blouse look, try layering the top with a light weight cardigan and some opaque tights. These pieces will instantly turn this summer look into fall. Throw in a patent leather handbag in a darker color and you are ready to go.

How about the basic Khaki pant and blouse look? For this look try adding a solid color light weight v-neck sweater over the blouse and add some chunky large bangles to spice it up.

Above, from left: Fitzwell Stirrup Wide Calf Boot, $121.97, available at Zappos; Old Navy Women's Plus Fleece Moto Jacket, $34.50, available at Old Navy; Target Juniors' Plus-Size Pure Energy Skinny Jeans, $29.99, available at Target; Eileen Fisher Stretch Silk Tank, available at Nordstrom.

Above, from left: T-Bags Leopard Print Blouse available at Saks; Type Z Brilliant Flats, $58.50,
available at Zappos; Torrid Black Banded Miniskirt, $28, available at Torrid; Cooperative Felt Boater Hat, $34, available at Urban Outfitters.

During these hard economic times we all want fabulous items in our wardrobe that give us a certain amount of bang for our buck. So when shopping, always choose more classic and less trendy pieces for your wardrobe. In turn you will extend the value of your clothing and they will do double-duty and easily transition into great looks for the following season.


  1. That military blazer is killing me....omg! Im in love....u so have a new! :)


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