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

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.

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.


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 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 (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.

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.