Oct 23

Who doesn’t love to shop for Shoes?!  This season you’ll find the top shoe trends that are flattering to the plus size woman.  The focus this season is on heel height – where the flatter heel is making a come-back – embellishments from fringe to buckles and boots that are over-the-top.

You will see more flats this season than ever before.  Everyone from celebs to professional women are wearing flats to the office so that they can be comfortable.  However, plus size women do not have to compromise style.  You’ll find plenty of options this season.  Think animal prints, ethnic prints, bright colors, sparkle accents and even textures from lace to appliques that are on trend.  Check out these leopard print flats from Anne Klein.

These boots are made for walkin’ for sure this season! You will see every length boot from the most popular ankle boot to the over-the-knee high boot from flats to heels. Remember the key to wearing boots is to balance out longer legs with knee high such as these boots from Rose Petals or over the knee styles in matching hues to your wardrobe.  Shorter women can elongate their legs by wearing a high heeled boot or wedged boot.

As an alternative to the spiky heel, try a wedge style shoe with an easy, slip on style that is so comfortable on your feet.  You’ll also see the ever-present Mary Jane shoe with a twist.  Mary Jane on flats, platforms, heels, wedges, pumps and more.  Check out these great slip ons called the Reef Mayuta with their woven, aztec pattern.

Reef Mayuta Tx

The sneaker has made a come-back.  Unlike Spring where white was the “it” shoe color, you will see women of all ages wearing fun and funky sneakers.  You’ll have many patterns and colors to choose from this Fall from hot pink to leopard prints to stripes and more!  Check out these Reef Winter Wall Shoes.

Like many plus size women, if you have a wider foot, don’t fret and don’t try to squeeze your foot in a smaller size and be uncomfortable.  Look for shoes  in wide widths and boots with a wide or extra wide shaft to fit your calves.

 

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Oct 16

This fall, plus size fashion model Emme returned to her alma mater, Syracuse University, to launch “Fashion Without Limits,” a design initiative that promotes a competition to create size-12-plus designs with the hope to encourage designers to design for plus size women.

The Syracuse University contest requires students in their junior year to design an evening dress for Emme, with the winning design revealed at the conclusion of the spring semester. The winner will receive the 12+ Emme Award and $500, and Emme will wear the winning design to a red-carpet event.  As part of the contest, she also had dress forms donated in a size 16, 18 and 20 so fashion students can practice designing for fuller figures.

 

Photo By Thomas Iannaccone

The university is also organizing a panel on the plus-size market’s potential, on Nov. 20, at the Fisher Center in New York.

Congratulations to Emme who has been a trend setter from the beginning of her career.  Back in the 1990′s she was the face of Revlon and the first plus size model for the company.

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Oct 9

 

If you recall, the Glamazons came to fame in season 2 of the NBC hit show “America’s Got Talent” when they rocketed in grand fashion from auditions to the Top 8 out of 10,000 contestants. For 8 weeks in a row, 25 million viewers watched and voted for the Glamazons.

Their mission to show the world that talent comes in all sizes hasn’t changed, but the group has evolved. It is now the new generation-Tina, Kenya, Emma, and Megan-that make up this unbelievably dynamic group. The Glamazons are strong, sexy, curvaceous, songstresses who have traveled the world promoting body positivity while busting out their signature dance moves. Movie Star is the newest original single from The Glamazons, available on iTunes October 14th.  Fashion forward, innovative, revolutionary, a radio ready pop group sensation: The Glamazons.

 

Movie Star, written by Michelangelo Sosnowitz and produced by Lemon Shark Productions, will be available on iTunes October 14th, 2014.

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Moving Free.

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Oct 5
Fall Fashion Flash 2014
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Welcome to the Fashion Flash for Fall 2014.  We have some great posts for you this week. Read on!

Over50feeling40 fashion blogger, Pamela Lutrell, has been asked many questions lately about her skincare since she is not looking so over 60 after all.  Check out her one year post from last summer when she began to chart her one year progress using a fabulous new line of products.

Josephine from Chic at any Age reports,  Launch of new FASHION magazine. 1001 style secrets to dress for your shape for autumn 2014. Read more about it here.

Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman wants to hear from you! Are you one of the millions of women who is caring for another person? Perhaps a spouse, child, aging parent or a dear friend who is ill? Women are the prime caregivers in this world, and we often put our own needs last. Her new book will help change all that. But she needs your help. Find out right here how to tell me your story to include in her book.


Deb from No Nonsense Beauty Blog says, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  making it the right time to answer a  question about a potential  link between Retin A and breast cancer.

We talk many times about how we personally need to update our looks and this time a cosmetic company did the updating. Kari from Fab Over Forty is quite impressed with these new Estee Lauder palettes and packaging look.

Have you ever done a cleanse or detox? Society Wellness likes the idea of a more moderate, long term, holistic approach. Find out why in this post.

 

Second life coach Ruth Gantman recommends foods that will help decrease wrinkles by naturally increasing your hormone levels. 

 

 

Have you tried to pick a coin up off the ground lately? What about reaching over the coffee table to scoop some dip on the other side? Remember when you didn’t think twice about those maneuvers? Sounds like decrepitude is setting in.  Or maybe you’ve just lost some Flexibility. Mirabai Holland, Women’s Health & Fitness Expert shows you how to get that flexibility back!

 

 

At Black Cat Plus, we are having fun with Fall.  Check out our Sale Page and Back Alley Bargain Box offer.

 

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Sep 25
Plus Size Trends for Fall 2014
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Fall 2014

Here comes Autumn with football games, cider, falling leaves, crisp, cool air and many reasons to sell our customers new items!  This season, plus size women have a lot to celebrate and not be afraid to try a new look!

Global Print

We will see a continuation of global, ethnic prints in statement accessories as well as ready-to-wear items.  You can’t miss the influence of tribal and eastern prints and patterns from different cultures.  Check out this Primitive Tunic from Parsley and Sage.

Geometric and Color-block Patterns and Prints

Color-blocking appears to be a mainstay this season and still going strong are geometric prints that range from bold and bright to subtle and sublime.  A plus size customer favorite is Sienna Rose which features geometric prints in the most beautiful designs and colors.  Their cut is generous and you will want to have several pieces in your wardrobe.  Featured is Plunge into the Blue top from Sienna Rose.

Animal Print

The plus size silhouette is “fur”ever committed to animal prints and patterns as they continue to be on the prowl this season.  You will see animal print in jackets, pants, tunics and accessories.   Accent with red for an outfit that makes a statement.  Check out this Harlow Faux Wrap Print Dress from Kiyonna.

Accessory Trend:  Fashion Watches.  Mix and match with every outfit!  Check out this watch from Aldo at www.asos.com.

Have fun in this great season as it sets the stage for the holidays!  Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Deb at No Nonsense Beauty Blog.

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Sep 18
Plus Size Mannequins Stir Debate
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This week Cosmo Magazine had an article on how plus size mannequins are not really plus size and served as false advertising for the target market.   Technically, most retailers think of plus size as a Size 12 and that is not really accurate.   Remember, the average woman is a U.S. size 14.

Several companies have introduced plus-size mannequins including H&M or Debenhams, a British Department Store.   But, we are a long way from getting to realistic body image representations.  Plus size is not a negative.

At Black Cat Plus, we use a size 18 mannequin.  Our customers love that it is as realistic as it can be.  Many retail establishments should take note.

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Prime Beauty.

 

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Sep 14

Applause for Pittsburgh-based e-tailer ModCloth and other plus size companies who are willing to give plus size customers what they want .  Encouraged by its initial success, ModCloth has teamed with New York-based style blogger and Marie Claire contributing fashion editor Nicolette Mason on a collection of dresses, tops and bottoms in sizes XS through 4X that will be available at www.modcloth.com in October. ModCloth also plans to direct more attention to improving its extended sizes for pants and tops.

ModCloth co-founder Susan Gregg Koger and style blogger and fashion writer Nicolette Mason wear pieces from their collaboration collection, which includes sizes XS to 4X. It will be available in October at www.modcloth.com. (Photo courtesy of Modcloth/MCT) ORG XMIT: 1155711

A recent ModCloth plus fashion survey of more than 1,500 women across the country found encouraging results: 77 percent said they have a difficult time finding well-fitting outfits, and most picked words such as “frustrated” and “excluded” to describe their shopping experiences rather than more positive ones such as “excited” and “comfortable.”

In addition, Eloquii, the Limited’s plus size brand is doing its best to fill the void for trend-focused, sophisticated fashions for fuller figures by debuting new collections every two weeks.  This Fall, Lane Bryant has received rave reviews in recent months for its collaborations with Isabel Toledo, widely known as the designer behind the sparkling yellow dress with coordinating overcoat that Michelle Obama wore to the first inaugural parade in 2009.

All in all, it is a positive step in the right direction.  Plus size women are willing to pay for clothes that are on trend and fit well.

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Mirabai at Moving Free.

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Sep 4

Great News!

 

This year at New York Fashion Week plus size models will grace the catwalk.  An uphill battle to date, this marks the first time a show will feature plus size models within mainstream fashion.

The show’s organizers put out a call for plus size models to strut their stuff on the catwalk in haute couture, avant-garde and up-to-the-minute fashions by more than a dozen designers from New York City, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela.

“Fashion should be accessible for everybody no matter what size they are,” Uptown Fashion Week event founder, Albania Rosario, told New York Daily News.

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Fab Over Forty.

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Aug 22

Art imitates life or not?

Here’s an interesting anecdote that I wanted to mention.  We know that there are stereotypes we need to overcome, especially if you are plus size.

Recently, I was doing a promo sheet for a magazine that I write for.  While I was trying to find some graphics, I found it virtually impossible to find a graphic that shows a plus size woman being valued for  ”herself.”  I was not interested in graphics which depicted a plus size woman standing on a scale, looking in the mirror 25 pounds thinner or exercising.    I finally settled on the graphic below since I thought this image could be also saying that size does not matter and is a mindset.   To me, this was the least offensive.  The graphic is being used after all, for a plus size editorial and advertising promo sheet.

It is a sad commentary that every plus size graphic had a plus size woman on a scale or working out like mad.   I am so glad that I had our graphic designer CREATE what is the reality.  That plus size women enjoy full lives on their own terms.

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Diva Debbi.

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Aug 17

Welcome to the late summer edition of Fashion Flash! Read on for some great info from our favorite bloggers!

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks women have to stop being ashamed when they experience this very common condition . . . because . . . it’s NO BIG DEAL!! Check out her best tips!

 

Cindy over at Prime Beauty has discovered a revolutionary new foundation from Laura Mercier that is perfect for over 40 women! She test drove the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide and was thrilled with the ride!

Last summer, during August, fashion blogger Pam Lutrell reminded us of lessons learned from What Not To Wear? as the show began it’s final season.

Today’s post, explains one of those magic lessons!

DivaDebbi is always trying new anti-aging potions, so when her colleagues cornered her to say, “did you do something to your neck”? She had to stop and think…ah yes!…

Do you need to  you use a moisturizer with a sunscreenDeb of No-Nonsense  Beauty Blog  has the answer.


Did you know that any ailment you have ever had that has a name that ends in “itis” has a strong inflammation component to it? Society Wellness gives us some tips to support the healing and soothing of any “itis” condition.

Link for the Ten Commandments for a Second Life.  They may not be what you expect!

As we come to the end of summer, it’s time to remind ourselves to be vigilant about our health and fitness. Test your Fabulous Forever health IQ with this at home quiz created by Mirabai Holland, Women’s Health & Fitness Expert.


With the Emmy Awards coming up soon it’s time to think about red carpet. Fab Over Forty’s interview with Kate Somerville lets us in on her secrets on how the stars get their skin red carpet ready and how you can do it at home.


 

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