Apr 17

A 2012 study released by The NPD Group, a leading market research company, shows that two-thirds of females ages 13 and over in America say they wear clothing that is “special sized.”  One-third of these females classify themselves as plus-size females.

So, where are the plus size prom dresses?

Black Cat Plus does not cater to that market at present.  However, we have a few styles and brands that may fit and be appropriate for the plus size teen such as this dress from Kiyonna.

If they cannot find something to wear, many teens are having to borrow a dress or have a dress made by a seamstress.  Our friends at Sydney’s Closet do a great job of catering to this market.  However, more brands need to design for this particular market which is under-served.  Let’s see who will take the challenge?

 

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Apr 6
L’eggs are Back!
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We were pleasantly surprised this past week when we received a gift basket with L’eggs Sheer Energy Pantyhose! What a trip down memory lane!  L’eggs was the first hosiery brand to have mass market distribution back in the 1970′s.  According to Women’s Wear Daily, it is ranked among the top 20 hosiery brands.

So, here’s what they did.  L’eggs Brand Inc. sent us  a kit stuffed full with all their must-have Spring essentials,  including two of the classic Sheer Energy L’eggs eggs, this season’s hottest nail polish, tinted lip-gloss, a pedicure kit and more!  What a nice surprise!

It is sure “eggxciting” to have L’eggs as we Spring Forward with the season’s styles.  With its sheer panty, lightweight hosiery fabric, these pantyhose are perfect to wear with the season’s monochromatic and pastel dresses and tuics–that range from sorbet shades of blush, violet, mint and blue.  (We always stored jewelry and other things in those eggs!)

There is a great story behind the packaging as well.  Apparently, the hosiery company has received requests to bring back the iconic eggs with the L’eggs pantyhose ever since they retired the packaging back in 1992!  And, yes!  We immediately put them on AND The L’eggs hose are still the same, tried and true hose we knew and loved back then.

 

Wait, that is not all! There is the Fabulous After 40 promotion!  Women over 21 will have the opportunity to win more than $40,000 in prizes!

The L’eggs Lucky Egg Sweepstakes grand prize winner and guest will receive a round trip to Las Vegas for a special egg hunt, a $2,000 shopping spree, a beauty make-over, and tickets to attend a Las Vegas show.  That’s not all– the grand prize winner will receive $25,000. The sweepstakes runs until April 28.  Go to www.leggsluckyegg.com and complete the sweepstakes form.

The eggs are available at Walgreen’s as well as some Rite-Aids and Wal-Mart stores.  They retail for $5.50. Go to the  L’eggs Facebook page for the chance to win weekly prizes.

Go now and enter!  And grab those L’eggs eggs before they are gone!

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

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Apr 6

We are filling in this week and have the honor to host Fashion Flash!  Take note of these fabulous posts and tips from our favorite bloggers!

 

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog has a confession.

DivaDebbi takes a look at extreme plastic surgery; celebrity style and how jarring it is when well know faces change before our eyes.

The black and white trend is going strong. Deborah Boland shares classy yet casual ways to wear this flattering trend.

Positive Living Advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks you can shop in your own kitchen for fabulous health and beauty products! Check out some of her best finds (and you won’t need your Amex!)!

Prime Beauty is ditching her black, gray and brown winter wardrobe for the brights shades of  summer. Bring On The Brights!

Getting fit can change your life! Women’s health and fitness expert Mirabai Holland shares her insight.

 

And, at Black Cat Plus, we were excited to participate in the Fabulous After 40 L’eggs Promotion! Check it out!

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Mar 29
Plus Size Shirt Chic
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This season you will see a lot of button down shirts from the tried and true crisp and clean white to an over-sized button down pattern shirt such as this popular stick print shirt from Comfy USA.  Pair your shirt with white pants for a real on-trend look.  Try a reverse button shirt.  Button the first three buttons and the remainder of the shirt unbuttoned with a cami or high waisted pant.  Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from our newest member, Diva Debbie.

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Mar 24

Today we have some great posts for you to read from our fab Fashion Flash bloggers! Enjoy!

 

 

Have you tried a monthly beauty subscription service? Cindy from Prime Beauty shows you what she got in her March Ipsy Glam Bag and why she sticks with it!

Deb  of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog adds some new favorites to her beauty tool kit.

Want happy hair? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com reminds you of hair tips you know and reveals a few you may not know.

Want to lose weight? There’s an app for that! Women’s wellness expert has the skinny on weight loss apps.

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks every woman can look fresh, pretty and modern in minutes with the right makeup in the right places. See her latest tips for looking fab over 50!.

Halfway between perfectly pretty and goth lies a new type of bloom that’s dark, moody and mysterious. Deborah Boland shares the perfect way for women over 40 to wear spring’s latest trend, dark florals.

Is a lipstick worth $49? Find out what Dana from Fab Over Forty thinks about these Tom Ford lipsticks for Spring.

DivaDebbi test drove Color WOW Temporary Root Touch-Up Kit. How did it fare compared to her usual fave root fix Gray Away? Find out here

 

 

 

 

And at Black Cat Plus, Spring is a poppin’ check out our new line of Sping items at www.Blackcatplus.com.

 

 

 

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Mar 15

We have been wearing the SONSEE tights and they are perfect for every plus size figure!

The tights are made in Italy and they don’t roll, they are not tight or uncomfortable and we have no problems hand washing and wearing them over and over.

From the web site…

• 3D & 360 degree elastane stretch technology allows SONSEE Woman hosiery to fit the lower legs, thighs, hips and waist without sagging, bagging or the dreaded “muffin-topping.”
• An Anti-Roll Waistband so hosiery can be worn high or low on the waist.
• Extra reinforcement at the thighs for greater durability.
• Unlike shape-wear – our product is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colors.

Sizing goes by dress size.  The tights got here in a matter of a week.  They are not heavy, hot or uncomfortable.  These tights are really great and can be worn with any of your tunics.  Try a Comfy Tunic such as this Stella Tunic, great with these tights!  Also, check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Prime Beauty Blog!

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Mar 5

Department store chain, Target has been quietly removing its plus size section.  Apparently, plus size shoppers have noticed that this section is gone and wondered why.

Signs say, “Big Changes are Coming.”  No pun intended, I hope?

A spokesperson for Target told Blogger Jezebel that they are getting in a new plus size line, but sales associates are not sure when??

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Barbara at Best of Everything.

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Mar 2

Each year we predict our Top Five Trends which work great for plus size:

 

 

White/off-white/cream

Turquoise

Black

Lace and Embellishment

Red

We’ll check back in to see how well we did!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from No Nonsense Beauty Blog.

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Feb 21

 

Fashion trends come and go so quickly it can be hard to keep up. But there are some wardrobe staples that are always in style, year- after-year. By mixing trendy pieces with a few classic essentials, you can have a wardrobe that always looks on trend.

 

The first item on the list: a classic trench coat. A trench coat is great during changing seasons when you don’t need a heavy coat, but still need something to protect you from cooler air. The trench coat is a classic look that will add style to your overall look.

A white shirt is eternally stylish and classic. It can be dressed up with a pencil skirt, pearls, and heels to go to the office. Or give it a casual weekend look by rolling up the sleeves and wearing it with your favorite pair of worn in jeans.  This Neon Buddha Artisan Shirt is a new twist to a classic favorite.

 

Layering pieces such as this Sympi cardigan can become vital in cooler weather when you need added warmth.

Ballet flats have been a favorite of classic fashion icons for decades. They look both cute and casual and work with any look. A neutral color will go with any outfit, but you should also try ballet flats in a variety of colors to add a complimentary splash to your look.  We love these Atillio Guisti Leombruni Quilted Ballet Flats at Nordstrom.

 

Pencil skirts have been a staple of the office wardrobe for years, but this classic piece can be worn for other occasions too. Pair it with a T-shirt and flats for a casual look, or dress it up for a party by adding sparkle or lace. A pencil skirt adds sexiness and shows off curves, making it a piece that looks great on any woman.

 

Leather jackets add an edgy touch to any outfit. Wear it to a party over a girly dress to add toughness to a sweet look. It can always be worn with jeans and a T-shirt for a casual Rebel Without a Cause look. A good leather jacket will only get better with age as it’s broken in and if it’s taken care of, it will last you forever. Don’t be afraid of making an investment on this piece!

 

Chances are you need a good coat to get you through winter’s chill. So why not invest in one that will last you years and never go out of style? A wool coat will keep you warm, and you can find one in variety of colors. A neutral such as brown or black is a good bet, but colors such as red or green can also be classic while adding a touch of color to your winter look. Or go with a white coat to match the season!

Another wardrobe essential is a good tote such as this Michael Kors Susannah tote from Macy’s. Every woman needs the right bag to carry her life around in, so invest in a piece that will last you through many seasons. Leather is a good option that will stand the test of time, but other sturdy fabrics such as canvas will also last for a long time. Choose a tote in a color that coordinates with most of your wardrobe and you’ll never have to worry about your bag matching your outfit.

Nude shoes add length to legs and work with both casual and dressy looks. A pair of nude heels will make your legs look super long and sexy with a little black dress. They can also be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and a T-shirt for a more casual, but still super sexy look.

 

A shirt dress is another classic wardrobe staple that can go from day to night, weekday to weekend. A shirt dress looks office appropriate with a nice pair of heels and a leather belt. Or pair it with flats or sandals for a casual look. A shirt dress can also be worn other ways, such as unbuttoned and layered over another dress.

 

With these ten wardrobe essentials, you can be both stylish and classic year after year. Some pieces may require an investment up front, but they’ll pay for themselves as they last you through many seasons without ever going out of style.

 

Victoria Fleming loves being a stylist. She often writes about the tips and tricks to a fresh and flattering wardrobe for the everyday woman.

Also, check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Fabulous After 40.

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Feb 14

Zac Posen, who has dressed stars such as Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Julie Bowen, Gwyneth Paltrow and more stars has teamed up with David’s Bridal to create a line of high fashion, yet affordable wedding gowns in sizes from 0 to 26.  The gowns have a romantic flair that include such fabric as lace, tulle and satin. All of the gowns are featured on David’s Bridal web site.

 

Photo: ABC Good Morning America

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Jackie at Aging Backwards.

 

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