Oct 30

Earlier this week, big box retailer Walmart listed plus size Halloween costumes as “Fat Girl” Costumes.   Social Media went crazy and the company apologized for the insulting label.  The web site noted that it was not clear how the wording ended up online and immediately removed the heading.




Mistakes can happen but that is a big one!

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.


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.

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.

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.