BlackCatPlus News

Jan 31

Move over Melissa!

Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson has partnered with retail chain, Torrid to launch her new line of plus size women’s clothing.

Rebel Wilson For Torrid includes ensembles and accessories inspired from Wilson’s signature style in movies. The brand’s all-new spring collection will debut on Feb. 7, 2015.

While on a promotional tour for her upcoming movie “How to Be Single,” Wilson told E!Online that one of her reasons for pursuing the new venture was that she wanted to see more on-trend, youthful styles. She is surprised that she could design clothing.  ”I didn’t think I’d be able to design clothes,” said Wilson. “I thought, ‘That’s not in my repertoire.’”


We hear that Wilson has been deeply involved during the designing process. Shirts that have koala and microphone prints and clothes with the word, Rebel were all her ideas.

Jan 23

Well, it is cold outside! While we are safe and warm inside, it is time to review a few of the winter coat trends we are seeing this season to make sure you are up-to-date and in style!

By now, perhaps you will find a few things on sale if you have not already and can take advantage of these great on-trend styles.

Here are the trends we loved the most!

The #1 coat trend is a the boyfriend jacket which is oversized and very flattering to the plus size silhouette as long as it is not too big so that it looks sloppy.

Photo Asos

The #2 coat trend features color and long length.  If you are short, focus on color rather than long length and splurge on color!

The #3 coat trend is the cape or shawls such as this shawl coat from Jessica London.  We love capes and ponchos and they are super flattering to the plus size woman.

Jessica London

You will also see colored fur, fringe and even faux fur, leather and mixed media once again.  Take advantage of all the sales out there to update your wardrobe!


Jan 16

Very often, the lessons of the past  can give us insight into the future. The hard work of pioneers like Susan B. Anthony, have devoted their lives to making women’s lives better.

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Susan B. Anthony, the legendary civil rights advocate and leader of the women’s suffrage movement believed strongly that women should be paid equally for doing the same work as a man and that women had an inherent right to “have a purse of her own.”

Photo: Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Ms. Anthony said,

“Woman must have a purse of her own, & how can this be, so long as the wife is denied the right to her individual and joint earnings.  Reflections like these, caused me to see and really feel that there was no true freedom for woman without the possession of all her property rights. . .This demand must be made by Petitions to the Legislature. . .”

Susan B. Anthony Diary November, 1853

It’s just an alligator purse.  But, it represents so much more than a purse.  It is the representation of the goals and aspirations of all woman-kind.  She knew that by women gaining the right to vote, it would be the beginning of the path to independence and freedom.

With independence and freedom comes the realization that we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect our “purse.”

Decide that this year, 2016, will be the year you will start planning for retirement and thinking about your future.  A recent CNBC article revealed that only 53% of women have started planning for retirement compared to 65% of our male peers!  You can use this free retirement calculator to help with planning for all of the things you may want to accomplish in the new year such as buying a new home or starting a family.



Jan 10

Emily Brickel Edelson, the talented artist behind Chic Sketch, a fashion-forward mobile app that converts photos into Instagrammable fashion sketches in a matter of minutes, has forever captured these memorable moments in time.

Below you will find The Top 10 Best Fashion Moments of 2015 from Chic Sketch – as sketched personally by Emily!

Rihanna’s Yellow Met Gala Dress

Caitlin Jenner’s Vanity Fair Cover

Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood Squad

Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid

Zoolander Take-over During Paris Fashion Week

Givenchy Comes to NY Fashion Week

Lily Rose Depp Lands Chanel Campaign

Balmain for H & M

Mishanoo Instagram Show

Grace Jones at Afro Punk



Jan 2

Here is a quick review of the hot topics for 2015 and what we hope will be front and center in the plus size fashion industry for 2016.

Since we now have talked the term plus size to death….perhaps the industry will either come to terms with the label or create a new way to discuss the plus size fashions that range from sizes 12W-24W.

Plus size models DO NOT encourage people to be plus size, they encourage people to accept themselves as they are.   I love the fact that we are seeing more and more plus size models in with other models.  It signals acceptance. I was brought up in a time when we were shamed about our plus size figures.  My hope is that the younger generation thinks differently and acts confidently without regard to size.

From Ava & Viv, Target’s new line to Melissa McCarthy’s Seven Line, and Beth Ditto’s upcoming line this year, we are excited to see as more and more designers are thinking about plus size women for all shapes and sizes.  It is a good sign.  What I am concerned about is still the lack of plus size fashions for 40+ women….


While it is hard to predict the future, I do believe the plus size industry is poised for greatness this year.  Let’s think fashion forward for 2016.

Happy New Year!



Dec 27

Beth Ditto will debut her new plus size clothing line in February 2016.   But–in the meantime she is collaborating with designer Jean-Paul Gaultier on this over-size 80′s retro t-shirt which has the image of the corset made famous by Madonna.  The front is just as cute as the back!I just think it is a bold and daring statement.  Both Ms. Ditto and Mr Gaultier have been friends for many years as Beth has walked the runway for several of his shows.

Photo: Beth

Oversize 80s-cut shirt, lithograph print with hand-sewn working appliqué corset on back. Wear with tights and style as a dress!

A portion of proceeds go to benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation.

Sizing (fits oversize)
1- 50″ chest
2- 56″ chest

You can find it at

We’d love to see more big and bold collaborations!

Fashion Flash! Check it out!

Dec 20
Holiday Fashion Flash
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Happy Holidays to All as Black Cat Plus hosts this week’s holiday edition of Fashion Flash!


Inka of goes Christmas shopping in Barcelona/Spain. In a converted bull ring, no less.


Society Wellness shares the advice a holistic veterinarian gives to a pet owner, that applies to humans too!

Check out these warm, holiday metallic eye look for hooded eyes from Notes from my Dressing Table.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Host, was on the Today show chatting about how to beat the holiday blues. Check out her best tips.


Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at the benefits of  a popular herb in moisturizers and cleansers.


Beth from Style at a Certain Age talks about how to Punch up your holiday party duds with pink.

Take Charge Of Your Health Now! Maximize chances of health into old age. Mirabai Holland Certified Health Coach & Exercise Physiologist from offers a  simple formula.

It’s almost New Year’s Resolution time! Jackie Silver from says, “Add stop aging to your list” and she shows you how.


The holidays can be exhausting, Prime Beauty has 5 Essential Tip For Your Bedtime Routine!

Chic at any Age discusses The elegant beauty of Pearl Earrings.  Timeless!



Don’t forget the cat this holiday season!

From Black Cat Plus Blog: The SansBug Pop Up tent is a great item for every cat owner! It can be used for a mom with newborn kittens or to keep a sick cat contained or just for fun so your cat can play hide-and-seek.  The pop up tents come in three sizes for one person, for two people or with a width of six feet!  The smallest size can fit into an overhead compartment.  I must admit I was a bit nervous to put the tents together, but it is easier if you watch the video. Prices range from $49 t0 $99 and are available at

Also, a gift for kitty to enjoy is Meow Box.  Your cat will have such fun with the contents of Meow Box! Choose from three subscription options for one month, three months or six months and you will be able to have some great items for your cat to try! Pricing options range from $22.95-$32.95.  This is a fun package to get in the mail.  Box comes personalized to your cat’s likes and has a cute note for kitty inside.





Dec 11

With the winter season upon us, it becomes very difficult not to simply bundle up in a pile of blankets and sit fireside watching cheesy romantic comedies. Although the digital age has enabled us to make this vision a reality by offering everything under the sun to be delivered right to your doorstep, we can’t live off of take-out meals forever. Besides, a lot of us need to leave the house to head to work, and some of us even like to add a social element to our lives (crazy, right?).

Venturing out into the cold is a necessary evil for the majority of us, and so is the investment in a solid winter coat. But shopping for the perfect coat can quickly become exhausting. With every store showcasing racks upon racks of wearable options, it’s easier to give up before you even begin. But worry not—I’m here to help. Dredging through the endless winter coat selections, I realized that there are four major tips to keep in mind when shopping for your body type. Certain coats are much more flattering on full-figured women, and I want you to be able to B-line for the style best suited for you, making your coat shopping experience quick and painful.

1. Decide on a Color

First and foremost, think about the color you’re OK with wearing a lot. Your outerwear will outshine the rest of your outfit. So, are you looking for a sassy, bold red? Or are you more of a classic black kind of girl? Knowing the color will be a great way to visually eliminate choices at first sight, and you can then begin to narrow down your prospects.

2. Pick a Length

Do you love calf-grazing styles or is a shorter option more your rhythm? When choosing which length is best for you, consider browsing sites with plenty of images as a good rule of thumb. In addition to hosting images to help you visualize the lengths of each piece, Woman Within also provides various style guides to further display how you’d actually look with a given outfit. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.

3. Find Your Shape

Perhaps the most difficult step of all, finding a shape that flatters your figure in all the right places can be daunting. But Glamour advises we look for A-line silhouettes in a non-bulky material, and I agree. These shapes cinch us in the waist and provide a pretty silhouette that looks great atop just about any outfit.
If you still need inspiration, take a look at some trench coat and swing styles, as seen on Heavy.

4. Do What Feels Right

If you can’t imagine yourself wearing a coat with at least three outfits, consider looking at other options. Buying a winter coat is an investment, and if its trendiness outweighs its practicality, you might not be happy with it in a month. At the end of the day, you’re the one who will be wearing it. If you don’t feel your best in a coat, wait until you find The One!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Second Lives Club.

Dec 5

I was talking with a colleague of mine this past week.  She is not a plus size but does purchase plus size clothing for family members.  Her comments were very encouraging, especially from someone who is a consumer and in a sense an observer of the plus size clothing trends. Sometimes when you are used to seeing plus size clothing, it does not dawn on you that yes, there has been a progression.

The addition of a plus size model to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the inclusion of plus size models in major fashion magazines such as Elle and Vogue, the addition of celebrity lines such as Melissa McCarthy’s,  the numerous plus size blogs and mainstream designers adding plus size lines to their offerings is an indication that we have come a long way.   Plus size clothing that is made with the full figure woman in mind and is actually figure flattering is a real welcome addition.

While we still have a ways to go, it is encouraging to hear that other people are noticing it too.

Let’s see what 2016 has to offer!!


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Aging Backwards

Nov 29

Cyber Monday is almost here! Here’s a list of our favorites for Cyber Monday 2015!   Happy Shopping!!


Tadashi Shoji is 40% off! Some great buys on this site with 40% off all styles! This is the time to take advantage of a discount on that dress you have been looking at!

Diane Kennedy has a 20% off sale on all orders, except Clearance!  Use Code DKCM2015.

Art of Cloth has 20% off on all items and 30% off Holiday Plus Free Shipping.

Woman Within presents 50% off your order plus Free Shippping on orders ov $75!

Neiman Marcus has some great items for sale and from $50-$500 in gift cards! Use Code GC4YOU

Marika has 40% off plus free shipping!





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