A few weeks ago I was invited to go to New York & Company's 2010 fall fashion preview. NY&C has always been curvy girl friendly, by carrying up to size 18 in store (which many stores don't). My only problem with NY&C is that some of the cuts and sizing are questionable. It's as if they carry the plus sizes but, they are not cut for real curvy girls that have hips, a butt, and thighs. Have any of you ever ran into this problem?
Over the past few seasons NY&C has been stepping up their style game. They have strayed away from their normal business and weekend casual looks and traded it in for more high fashion, uptown meets downtown styles. You can check out more of my review on the line on The Budget Fashionista.
Here are a few picks from their line that I thought were curvy girl worthy.
What are your thoughts on NY&C's fall 2010 collection?
A wrap dress is a curvy girls best friend. It's one of those dresses that can hide a multitude of sins while making you look like you are in your best shape. Another great thing about the wrap dress is that it has the ability to expand with you, when you've had one too many donuts. Gladiator sandals aren't going anywhere, so, what's one more pair added to your shoe collection.
It's Monday and you know what that means, it's time to recreate a slender celebrity look for the curvy girls. Today we are recreating super model Heidi Klum's chic casual black outfit she was spotted in last week.
I love that Heidi chose an animal print top to make her simple all black look more interesting. In this outfit she looks like a true New Yorker. If you are not a New Yorker, you should know that we love anything black and most importantly, New York girls love their high heels and we wear them with any and everything.
I chose this look because of it's simplicity. Sometimes we don't need to shop, we have everything we need in our closets and all it takes is for us to choose that standout patterned top (such as an animal print) and pair it with our basics. By now we all should have a black boyfriend blazer in our closets and if you don't, you need to get one ASAP. You should also have a pair of leggings, jeggings, or skinny jeans in black. Put it all together and you have one chic look. Take a note from Heidi and throw on a few accessories like a finger ring, y-necklace and a pair of cool shades and you are ready to go.
If you want to purchase any of the pieces, just click on the pictures. Except for the blazer and jeggings.
If you haven't heard by now French Elle features plus size model Tara Lynn on the cover of their April issue. I first heard the news reading one of my favorite blogs NY Mag's The Cut. As soon as I saw the spread I immediately thought she looked beautiful and like the everyday curvy girl we see walking down the street. I was slighlty disappointed in the style choices because I thought they were a little bland and safe. A fashionable curvy girl is rarely safe in her wardrobe choices. We love pushing the skinny girl fashion envelope.
Read more after the pictures
It seemed as if the stylist lacked a bit of creativity. They could have chosen a few more accessories for the cover shot. For the actual spread, I wish they had chosen more colors, prints, and better shapes. I hate when they put plus size women in anything oversized like that trench coat that Tara is wearing. When I see that I think it gives a hidden message that if you are plus size you should only wear muted colors and simple shapes. The stylist should have taken notes from some of the poplular fatshion blogs to ee what curvy girls really wear. However, I did like that they put her in a bathing suit and a few fitted pieces.
What are your thoughts about Tara Lynn on the cover of French Elle?
Just wanted to remind you guys to check out my posts for this week on The Budget Fashionista, specifically the New York & Company Fall 2010 Preview. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Below are the links to three of my posts.
I would also like to say welcome to the new readers. I hope that you will find Stylish Curves informative, funny, thought provoking, and of course stylish. Welcome! Or as Wendy would say, "How You Doin!"
Today, our celebrity fashionation is with American Idol alumni Kimberly Locke. I love the draped detailing on this dress and the rich green color against her complexion.
What do you think, is she working it or is it back to the drawing board?
It's back to being cold in NYC and boy, do I miss that 70 degree weather we had last weekend. Since it's Friday and for many of us that means payday, I thought we could keep the momentum of suggesting some really great spring dresses for you, if you're not on overload yet.
I asked my fellow blogger friend Patrice who writes a fabulous budget friendly blog called Living Fly On A Dime (I love the tasty wallet friendly recipes she makes.) to find some budget friendly spring dresses for curvy girls and she agreed.
Check out her picks:
Spring has sprung ladies and there's no better way to embrace the new season than with a flirty frock. Turn every sidewalk into your runway with bold colors, graphic prints and ruffles. The great thing about each of these looks, they're great for work or play. And even better, all of these fly pieces are under $50.
You all know I love designers that make clothes for size 4 and up. As I was reading my April Essence I came across designer Qristyl Frazier a season 6 Project Runway contestant. I checked out her website and saw that she has some amazing things for curvy girls. She designs for sizes 4-30 and has made clothes for curvy celebrities such as Angie Stone and Queen Latifah.
I love that her designs accentuate and showcase a curvy girls body and shows off the voluptuous curves that people tell us play down.
To see more, visit her website at Qristyl Frazier. She also has a directory with a list of the models that she used.
Check out some of her pieces and tell me what you think:
I think Vogue Italia may be rubbing off on American Vogue. In the April 2010 issue Vogue featured plus size super model Kate Dillon in a feature called, "A Life In Full" they also did an online feature on their website.
Dillon is a size 10 and she gets an ample amount of work as a plus size model. She has been modeling since 1992 and is one of the most recognizable faces in plus size modeling.
Here is an excerpt from the online article written by Sally Singer: After working for nearly two decades in the fashion industry, she knows better than most that when the clothes don't fit you right, move on: It's the clothes, not you. She describes her professional life thus far as Modeling 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. Modeling 1.0 began in 1992, when she was seventeen years old, a grunge beach babe from San Diego sought after by the likes of Richard Avedon and Peter Lindbergh for her beautiful face; pals with Kate Moss and the coolest stars of the post-supermodel, heroin-chic era; a size 4 or 6; and in the throes of a "nontrivial eating disorder. When I was skinny, I was really self-conscious. I felt so fat all the time." She recalls being on a shoot with a skinnier model where both felt inadequate. "If I had your face or you had my body, we'd be perfect," she recalls her colleague saying. And then Dillon remembers looking around and thinking, The photographer isn't in shape, the fashion editor doesn't eat and doesn't look happy about it, and the fashion assistant has body issues. Soon after, in 1993, Dillon had an intestinal virus for ten days. "Someone in fashion said, 'You look amazing.' I lost any faith in the belief that being pretty or skinny was better than being anything else."
checkout some of the photo shoot footage:
Hey curvy girls,
I came across a post about a new online store for the curvy girls on Big Beautiful Mess (another curvy girl blog). I love when there are new online stores for us curvy girls because it allows us to have more of a variety in our wardrobes. The new store is called Lucie Lu. As I checked out the site I saw some really good pieces that were not bland or simple. I loved that the clothes had classic silouhettes, but, offered trendy and fun detailing.
I went to the about page and this is what Lucie Lu had to say:
It is my goal to drive my brand with style, rather than size. To make as many original pieces as i can, all the while striving for great fits, wearable looks, not too young, not too old, gotta have them in my closet CLOTHES!
Clothes come in sizes 1X-5X. Here are a few pieces that stood out to me: