Jul 13

New trend on the horizon?   Yours, a London clothing store, has installed interactive changing rooms that compliment shoppers in a robotic voice. The store which specializes in sizes 14W-32W UK, opened this past week in Uxbridge, west London, – and has 40 stores around the UK – has installed interactive dressing rooms.

Each cubicle is programmed with a number of generic compliments which can be fired at shoppers as they try out the merchandise.

Shoppers hear a voice telling them how great they look.  In addition, there are positive quotes around the dressing room.

While this concept can be good in theory, is it more about women’s insecurities in the dressing room or more about the fit of the clothing?

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

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Jul 4

Here’s an interesting dilemma.

Many of our customers have asked whether they can “get away” with wearing tank tops when the weather gets hot.  I have noticed that the younger generation is more comfortable wearing tank tops than us older gals.  More and more I have asked them, “Well, what’s stopping you?”

I work out as well as many of my customers.  But, it is ingrained in my head the mantra, “If your arms are bigger you should not show them.”

While I was in New Orleans this past week, the weather was unbearable for this Yankee who likes to live in an Igloo.   I saw many plus size women wearing tank tops and again thought, “Well, why not? It is just too hot to wear sleeves.”

One day I wore the Diane Kennedy Mod Stripe Tunic with a slight cap sleeve.  It was just perfect in that heat and I love the band at the neckline in the back.

I think if tastefully done, I am more comfortable going out with a tank  than ever before. I did not think that the women who were wearing the tank tops looked inappropriate at all.  I thought they looked cool and comfortable and right in style with their matching capris.

We just got in some great tanks from Parsley and Sage. This Tropical Long Tank Top was a show stopper and I am proud to say I wore it alone!

Let us know what you think about wearing a tank top alone. Maybe we can start a trend!

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

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Jun 27

Most people may be under the impression that in order to be famous and successful you need to look fabulous. Size 0 clothing is wrongly taken as the statement for being fabulous. Many celebrities do wear small sizes but in reality they are not all size 0 and some of the hottest celebs wear a size 6, 8 and beyond. In order to point out that beyond size 0 is also beautiful we have looked at three celebrities that do not fall under the size 0 bracket, but at the same time are totally rocking the red carpet.

Melissa McCarthy

Firstly, we would like to introduce Melissa McCarthy to you all, although we are more than certain that you would have seen her before. Melissa is dominating both the television and the movie world by bringing fun and laughter into it. Some of the films that she has been in include Bridesmaids, Hangover Part 3 and the Heat.

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McCarthy is not a celebrity that is size 0, however she is one of the most positive images of what it is to be a happy and successful woman in Hollywood today. Melissa has not only got an upbeat personality and sheer talent, but she is also funny and a mother of two. Many of us could just appreciate how positive she is towards her body image and the way she stands up for herself in front of critics expressing opinions about her weight.

Although Melissa once used to be size 6, she doesn’t beat herself up for her gaining weight, even more – she is happier than ever with her fuller frame. She feels like she has it all and therefore she shouldn’t be negative and/or depressed – at the end of the day she has two great and healthy children, and a husband of her dreams. “Everything else is just a work in progress” she adds.

Currently Melissa is in turn to change the industry and minds of society, she is keen on making it more relevant for more woman, making it a better place to be. McCarthy has started her own line, following a refusal from Hollywood designers to dress her for Oscar’s ceremony – this is unacceptable and that is why she has come up with her line to let the woman feel happier about themselves.

 

Adele

The second celebrity who is totally talented and amazing is Adele (full name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins). Adele is a British singer-songwriter, who has won many prestigious awards such as the BBC Sound of 2008. Adele is the first female in history of Billboard hot 100 who has had three singles in the top 10 at one time. She has also had two of her albums in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 and two of her singles in the top five of the Billboard 100 simultaneously. Adele has two albums so far “19” produced in 2008 and “21” produced in 2011, and has managed to win 10 Grammy awards ever since 2009. She is more talented than many more of the other singers nowadays, she has one of the most unique voiced in the industry.

 

Adele has often been criticised for her weight by celebrities such as Karl Lagerfeld and Joan Rivers, whilst gaining support by many others by stating that she is satisfied with her weight and would not change it unless it was affecting her health, wellbeing or sex life.

Adele doesn’t want her weight and body image ruling her life, “I have insecurities, but I don’t want to hang out with anyone who points them out to me” she mentions. The dress size doesn’t say anything about the person’s capabilities. The dress size alone doesn’t make you famous or talented, it is something that comes from inside. Believe in yourself and learn to love yourself again!

 

 

Queen Latifah

Last but not least is the Queen Latifah (real name Dana Elaine Owens) known to be as one of the most influential American female rappers, singers, songwriters, actresses, models and media personalities. Her work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

 

Queen Latifah is one of the celebrities who always stresses the importance of respecting and loving our minds, bodies and souls. “When I was 18, I looked in the mirror and said, you are either going to love yourself or hate yourself. And I decided to love myself and it changed a lot of things” she said.

Queen Latifah used to struggle with her weight and has never wanted to be associated with/labelled as plus size. She thinks that such status is not fair and unintentionally devaluates the women. This is one of the reasons why she started her own collection, she wanted to allow more women being able to find outfits that fit their body size and shapes. Queen Latifah wanted to set up a company that respects all women and match their needs.

 

We women all want to look beautiful and feel good about ourselves. There are clothes there for everyone, available in a variety of sizes and styles from designer labels to high street brands. Be creative with your clothing, and ditch the black for a bright colour which will make you feel beautiful and sexy. Seek out memorable colours that you don’t see or wear every day and don’t break up the look with clashing accessories or scarves. Having your hair in a high bun is on trend and will slim your face and neck. Taking these great tips from these gorgeous celebrities will make you learn to love yourself again! So go on, dip into your wardrobe and embrace the brighter new you!

 

Author’s bio:

Katherine is a fashion lover who enjoys writing about all the new fashion related trends and matters. In her free time she watches fashion TV and reads fashion magazines to inform her about all the current and new in the industry. She is very passionate about the good quality designer labels currently in the industry and enjoys educating others about it.

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Jun 20

 

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Jun 13

Melissa McCarthy made lemons out of lemonade when she could not find a designer to design her own dress for the Oscar Awards.

 

She decided to design her own collection.  McCcarthy has partnered with designer, Daniella Pearl to create a line of plus-size clothing for women.McCarthy, who once studied fashion design at Southern Illinois University, wants to rescue other plus size women from clothes that resemble “great grandma’s table cloth, a flower garden, and F&*#ING stretch synthetic fabrics”

We can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Cindy at the Prime Beauty Blog.

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Jun 5

Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, Move on Over!

 

Swimsuits for All has done it again! The swimsuit company which offers plus size swim wear has quite the image as part of a free calendar. What a great idea to have Robyn Lawley and three other plus size models re-create the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue to show that women can be sexy at any size!

The message is part of Swimsuits for All Sexy at Every Curve Campaign which helps women realize that they do not have to look a certain way to enjoy summer fun.

Swimsuits for All asks women to submit photos of themselves in their favorite Swimsuits For All bathing suits and features the images on the company blog or Instagram account. Women from around the country have been sending in pics of themselves styling their swimwear with accessories.

 

Photo: Swimsuits For All

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

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May 31

Inga Eiriksdottir along with other plus size models including Marquita Pring, Ashley Graham, Julie Henderson, and Danielle Redman  founded ALDA (which means “wave” in Icelandic),  to promote size diversity in modeling.  Ashley Graham was the model who graced the cover of Elle Quebec June issue.  These NYC based, full-figured models  have joined forces to power their way into high-paying, high-profile jobs typically reserved for models who wear a size 2 or smaller. The women got the idea after Ford Modeling Agency closed its plus model division last summer.

The group also approached IMG Models — which reps straight-size supermodels including Gisele Bündchen and Karlie Kloss — and saw that the agency had only one plus size model and the ALDA women all signed with the agency in January.

ALDA also has plans to promote healthy self-esteem in girls everywhere through workshops, lectures and other events. In recent months, agencies have begun removing the label “plus-size” from their models and have pushed them for castings in New York runway shows as well as major fashion editorials and advertising campaigns.  While the New York runway gigs have yet to come to fruition, it may not be long.

Demand for clothing size 14 and up increased 7 percent in the past 12 months, totaling $17.6 billion in sales, according to David Riley from market researchers company the NPD Group.

Congratulations for the group of Alda women who forged their own path!

Welcome this week to Melanie from Society Wellness who is hosting her first Fashion Flash!

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May 25

Just in!

Abercrombie and Fitch is going through a re-do in many ways.  To counteract sluggish sales, the chain has decided to offer larger sizes and to change the atmosphere in the stores by turning up the lights a bit more and playing music that is not so loud and using less perfume.  According to CBS News, Company profits also went down 77 percent in the past year, while sales at newly-opened stores internationally dropped 19 percent.

 

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Interestingly enough, the retailer is also getting rid of photos of abs in its advertising by replacing the photos with images of clothes, and mannequins wearing them.

Glad to see that this chain has come to its senses!   Too bad it took a dip in sales to make them realize that times are changin!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Barbara at Best of Everything After 50.

 

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May 18

Ladylike, romantic Lace is everywhere again this season.  Think boudoir and vintage-inspired for this continuing trend.

Whether it is used as a feminine accent or an overall look, you will see lace on hemlines, in detailing on tops and bottoms, sleeves and as the key fabric in separates and dresses.

No longer is lace just for evening.  This fabric provides a seamless transition between day and night: Dress it up, dress it down and you are right in style!

The key to plus size lace separates is stretch!  Check and see if the garment has a bit of lycra or spandex to flatter your curves.   Just a touch will do!

We love these lace tunic in black from Comfy USA.  Wear a cami and pair with your favorite leggings and you are off!

Lace provides an irresistible trend this spring!

 

Check it out, it’s Fashion Flash Monday on Moving Free with Mirabai.

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May 11

Happy Spring!  We are excited to give you the latest and greatest from our Fashion Flash Bloggers!

 

Do you have  a mass of freckles on your chest?  Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog tries out different methods to get that creamy smooth  red carpet decollete.

Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks that women over 50 can actually feel more confident and pretty if they use less makeup! Here are her best tricks for looking pretty and polished in minutes!

An Osteoporosis Prevention Workout can go a long way towards protecting bone mass and preventing falls that can cause a fracture. Learn what type of bone loading exercises you should do from Women’s Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland.

Do you think you can really tighten and tone your tummy in just 30 seconds a day? Pictures don’t lie!  DivaDebbi proves you can with Mio’s Get Waisted.

We want to get you thinking about your adrenal health. The post Society Wellness is sharing to peak reader’s interest about adrenal health, because it is one of their  favorite subjects on their blog. Put it this way; are you busy, multi-tasking, or juggling what feels like a million things? Then this post is for you.

Prime Beauty keeps her peepers clean and hydrated with Tarte’s fabulous new Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE them, pinky swear!

We know we go through a lot of changes when going through menopause, but what about the changes in our skin during menopause? Fab Over Forty went to the experts to see how we can adapt to these changes.

How do you look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks? It’s easier than you think! Style expert Deborah Boland shares her tips for looking fabulous when money is tight.

 

 

Spring is in full swing!! Check out Parsley & Sage and Art of Cloth for the newest in Spring Fashions!

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