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?

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Moving Free with Mirabai.

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.

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!

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.

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.


Jan 30

If you are one to shy away from a vest–WAIT! Reconsider! There are so many great choices in the market today, that you will be able to find a plus size vest that is perfect for your silhouette.

We have found three reasons why you need at least one vest in your wardrobe.

  1. They conceal where you want and accentuate the positive.
  2. They provide layering without all of the bulk.
  3. They provide the opportunity to mix and match.

You will find with a longer vest such as this Comfy USA Crinkle Vest that you are able to conceal problem areas and put the focus on your best features.

Don’t be afraid to try a vest with some embellishment and texture.  This Comfy USA Jackie Vest is lightweight and comfortable and great for a traditional look!

Don’t forget lace this season.  For the Beach, for work or a night out, a lace vest can go from day to evening in a flash.  Take a look at this lace zip vest as a wonderful addition to any wardrobe.

Don’t be afraid to add at least one vest to your collection this season.  Go for long or free flowing style if you are not sure.  You’ll be in style and on trend!

Check out Fashion Flash with Menopause Makeover.

Jan 24

Congratulations to Glee Star Amber Riley for launching her plus size eboutique, Rileyland Fashions!  The site sold out but is restocking so be sure to check back soon.

She is an advocate for plus size women and talks about the importance of having confidence and a healthy body image as a plus-sized woman.

Amber said that she just wanted to show young girls that you can be active and flaunt their curves at any size.  She added that plus-sized girls should not let anyone tell them they can’t do certain activities like dancing.

We are looking forward to seeing what Amber has in her boutique!   Congratulations!

Check out Fab Over Forty for this week’s fashion flash!

Dec 30

As the New Year approaches, I always  take stock of what we have done this past year both personally and professionally.  I am excited about the direction of plus size fashion as it seems that progress is being made, slowly but surely.

Photo credit: hownowdesignFoter.comCC BY-NC-ND

This year, vow to try new color combinations and styles.   Mix and match as you define or re-define your personal style.  For a great glitzy, glam look try metallics such as this Art of Cloth Zoya Glimmer Tunic in Meteor.

You’ll see lots and lots of lace this season, into next Spring and Summer! Try a lace tunic such as this Comfy USA Lace Tunic! Great for a New Year’s Eve Party at home!

Vow to try something different this year starting the New Year off with a Bang!! You’ll love the results!!


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Barbara Hannah Grufferman of The Best of Everything After 50 for more tips for the coming year!

Dec 27

Like people, should Barbie’s come in different shapes and sizes?  Wow! What a concept!!  What do you think?  See below!

On Facebook the group, Plus Size Modeling posed the question and nearly 40,000 people liked the concept, but some disagreed with certain features.

Dec 14

As an advocate of plus size fashion, I am always looking for new retailers or retailers who have decided to enter the plus size market.  I love their edgy on-trend style and look forward to seeing what styles the design team will choose for the plus size women.

Photo: Violeta by Mango

Popular Spanish retailer, Mango has decided to enter the plus size market in a big way starting with its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign with plus size fashions and accessories to its largest markets of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and Spain, with e-commerce available to shoppers across Europe, Turkey and Russia.

I can only hope that Violeta by Mango will come to the U.S. as well and join brands H&M and other retailers in serving the plus size market.   And, soon.

Fashion Flash from Fabulous After 40.




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