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Nov 6

A few things for you to watch as the weather turns colder.

For winter color trends, you will want to take notice of colors which reflect Mother Nature and remind us of seasons past.  Shades of dried herb that is actually a lovely shade of olive, is a color you will want to have in your wardrobe as it neutralizes every complexion.  You will also want to add the luscious color of suede in tops and bottoms.

Don’t forget the ever-popular gray.  Gray is a color for every occasion that you will find in just about any separate, from cozy sweaters to fitted tops and skirts. You will find that gray adds subtle dimension to any winter outfit.

On trend for this season are items which have that 70′s inspired look!  Still going strong is anything with fringe, tie-dye and embellishments.  Not quite the full-on bohemian style we saw this past Spring and Summer, but a more refined and elegant 70′s vibe is very apparent and flattering.

For this week’s Fashion Flash, check out Chic at Any Age!

Blackcatplus
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 www.asos.com.

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.

Blackcatplus
Jan 30

When dressing for the most romantic day of the year, you want to look and feel your best while also giving a nod to this romantic holiday. Valentine’s Day is a holiday to look flirty and unforgettable, while also looking classy in something like this Ming Wang tunic and lady-like and appropriate for the occasion.

For plus-size women, don’t be intimidated by the styles and see what you can work to your advantage.  You’ll want to think out of the box as to which clothing trends will flatter and complement your curves and not get stuck wearing the same pieces that they bought years prior.

Colors to Wear

For Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid to wear pink or red. If red or pink isn’t your best color, then opt for white or black, which are still great options for the holiday. Try finding a button-up sheer blouse that is romantic and sexy. How about a sexy dress with ruching in all the right places such as this Kiyonna Flaunt Cocktail Dress.

Pair a loose tank underneath to hide the goods, and accessorize it with some gold jewelry that makes you look your most attractive. You can also opt for large gold earrings, which many men find feisty and sexy.

Skirts

Tasteful skirts are a perfect choice if you want to dress special on Valentine’s Day. They’re feminine, yet aren’t over the top, and timeless. Opt for something the doesn’t go higher than your fingertips when you put your hands down. Take a look at this Art of Cloth Bianca Jersey Mesh Skirt in Nickel and Maroon.

You can also wear a dress that is flowy and goes to your knees — some of the cutest will have large floral patterns that can be paired with a simple tank and cardigan. This screams girl next door and will make you look sweet.

Jewelry

When choosing the proper jewelry to wear on your romantic day, opt for charm bracelets in gold such as this 14k gold charm bracelet from Heavenly Treasures. These will look beautiful and can be paired with a large gold watch to match.

Perfume

Valentine’s Day just isn’t the same unless you’re wearing a flirt perfume that subtly announces your arrival. Choose something romantic and sweet, like Ralph Lauren’s Romance or Chanel No.5. These are classy and beautiful scents that you can wear on a date or when going out for dessert. Any age of woman can wear them and they’ll still be appropriate and timeless.

Pants and Flats

If you feel in the mood to wear pants on this year’s Valentine’s Day then pick out a pair that are in a dark shade and not too heavy or serious.

 

We love these new flat front ankle pants from Comfy USA.

You can wear jeans as long as you dress them up enough with your top and a few accessories. Pair the jeans with some cute flats like Tory Burch or Kate Spade. For the flats, choose pink or red if you can, and if not go for the traditional black or red. This is another clothing item that will make you look like the girl next door.

Dress Options

Perhaps one of the most acceptable and appropriate clothing items to wear on Valentine’s Day is a beautiful dress. Something casual and knee-length is perfect, paired with flats or a heel. You can choose one with a simple, floral pattern or a lace that is flattering.

With a few flattering picks on what you’re going to wear on Valentine’s Day, you’ll feel festive and beautiful looking romantic. You’ll be able to enjoy your day, and maybe even flirt a little, too.

 

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Blackcatplus
Jan 10

With the new year getting into full swing, it is a good time to evaluate the plus size market potential in order to give us some clues as to what is in store for plus size for 2012.

It appears as though fit and quality are still front and center in the minds of plus size women with having the item in line with keeping us fashion conscious as a close second and then price.

Although, it’s really hard to rank the three elements, let’s face it, if the top, jacket, skirt or pants do not fit, we won’t buy it.  As for price, that is the most justifiable element in my mind.  I can justify price if I love the item! I have had many customers do the same. We love it we wear it and we have fun with it!

Speaking of loving an item, what do you think about this Art of Cloth Abby Tunic? I love the Art of Cloth line and this is a perfect example of justifying price if I love the item!  This line is just pure wearable art and we are so glad that it has been embraced by our customers.

If the item is not on trend, we won’t buy it. My informal research with my customers has revealed  that many plus size women feel left out when it comes to two things: the retailer not carrying their size or that there is nothing to wear that is fashionable. Many are amazed that we have a whole store just for plus size.

The other element I would have to add is work-to-weekend wear.  Neon Buddha is one of our key lines that conveys this trend very well.

I look forward to 2012 and in a few weeks revealing to you the newest selections of fashionable styles that fit and won’t break the bank!

Also, check out the Fashion Flash post for this week! The gals over at Fab Over 50 have some great New Year’s tips!

Blackcatplus
Nov 10

The fashion industry is catering to the plus size market by using larger models on the runway, such as model Fluvia Lucerda below, who was featured in a previous issue of  Plus Model Magazine and also plus size models who are featured in mainstream fashion magazine spreads.   I love to look at Plus Model Magazine and am very excited when I see models in fashion magazines.

This past year for Fashion Week, many communities decided to include both plus size models and mainstream models to show off the season’s fashions.

Linda Scott, founder of Fort Lauderdale’s Fashion Week event 12-26 decided to show both plus and mainstream models together. As she said, “When you look at a fashion show, we all do the same thing.  We bring clothes to life.  Designers need to stop separating us in these shows in Paris and New York.”

Now, that’s when we can say that change is here to stay!

 

Photo: Plus Model Magazine

As with any change in protocol, it will be interesting to see whether these practices will remain the same or increase as demand increases.

“Manufacturers are responding in-kind as well by innovating online practices, changing stocking practices, store sizes and invading niche markets like plus sized clothing to boost margins,” according to new report from industry research firm IBISWorld.

The report also says that as women have more money to spend, new clothing stores will open to meet the growing demand for plus-size styles along with locally based designers and eco-friendly fashion.

I love these kind of reports and hope that the momentum for plus size fashion keeps moving forward in a positive direction.

 

Check out this week’s featured Fashion Flash blogger at Obsessed with Shoes.  Love this site!

More as it happens. Jodell

Blackcatplus
May 19

Yes, you can wear trends at any age and size by keeping a few things in mind!

 

Remember:

The point when evaluating a trend is to wear what looks great on you and conveys who you are!

For example, some stylists caution against wearing leggings if you are heavier.  However, if your legs are your best feature, go for it! You can also look at pairing leggings or a variation of leggings which are more loose at the ankle such as these plus size shirred leggings from Chalet

with flats or heels whichever is most comfortable, or for a long tunic such as this cute, detail top from Sienna Rose which provides balance and draws the eye upward of pair with a dress such as this Neon Buddha polo dress.

Most of the women in my family wore heels, even stiletto heels to the grocery store well into their 80′s!

Age and size is not an issue.  The issue is how comfortable you are and what looks fabulous at any size and age!

More as it happens!

Jodell

 

 

 


Blackcatplus
Apr 7

This spring, fashion trends for the petite, full-figured woman are all about elongating and flattering the form.  A slimmer silhouette can be achieved through longer lines and making sure that clothes fit- this spring, tailoring is in.  Lengthening a petite form gives the illusion of more height and clothes that fit perfectly are more flattering to a curvy figure.  By following these basic guidelines you can lengthen and flatter your figure while still feeling light and springy.

Soft, flowing styles: Simple, versatile, and fresh are all components of a great spring wardrobe.  Romanticism is in with light, airy knits that drape and flatter the figure.  Check out this Floral Cape from Cover Charge–a great example of romantic, texture and a print that works!

Longer hemlines: these can actually do wonders for a shorter frame if you add some height.  This can be done by showing a little skin- in this case it would be a little leg.  Skirts such as this Comfy USA  Slim Skirt that goes to just below the knee are ideal.  You can also add in some fabulous wedge sandals to complete the look and add even more height.

Prints: While this spring is a print-heavy season, it is not necessarily always the best option for petite, full-figures.  Another option: texture can be a better option than print in certain circumstances.  If you do decide to go for prints, however, choose low contrast, monochromatic prints or smaller prints.  You can pair these with a cardigan or cover up from the same color family for a completed look.  Be sure to only have one patterned piece per outfit.

Whites and brights: White is another popular spring fashion trend, but all-white may not the best option for the petite, full-figured shape.  Instead, try cobalt blues or darker versions of the bright colors that are in this season.  Putting bold colors on top such as our fave Neon Buddha’s Slash Collar Tunic paired with darker bottoms is a great way to draw the eye up and accentuate the face.

Wedge heel: Wedges are one of the best ways to make the leg look longer.  You don’t even need to have that much of a heel, unless you want to- just enough to create the illusion of more length.  Wedge sandals such as these UGG cork wedge sandals are particularly popular this spring.

Statement accessories: Stay away from big jewelry because the contrast will only serve to make you look shorter and will add bulk.  Stick with medium-size to small jewelry instead.  Long, layered necklaces and pendants are the best option.  Accessorizing with color is always a great idea, but be sure to only have one statement color piece per outfit.  Belts are also a great way to accessorize.  In the case of a full-figure, stick to mid thickness belts that accentuate, but don’t cinch the waist.

Wider legs: Bell bottoms and flares will rarely do the trick.  This season stick to straight legs such as our most popular pant this season our super slim pants from Comfy USA that create longer lines and length.  Avoid super skinny legged pants as they serve to accentuate the fullness of the hips and butt.

About our guest blogger and author: Jenni Sunde is a freelance fashion writer and pop culture junkie. As one of the editors with a fashion careers blog, Jenni specializes in all things fashion-related.

From designer profiles, to careers in fashion Jenni loves to write and explore all facets of style. With her love of art and all things beautiful, she delights in sharing her sense of style from her closet to your computer monitor.

Blackcatplus
Sep 6

We have several key items to complete your fall wardrobe.  This season it is about mixing and matching from memorable prints to patterns and texture, finding easy-to-wear jackets and pants suits, selecting classic shades in neutrals to add to your wardrobe and dresses that can go from day to dinner and beyond.

As long as the print colors are true to nature, your animal print will never go out of style.  Check out Simply Silk’s Animal Print Silk Jacket with just a hint of leopard print, this jacket is timeless.

Pair with red shoes to make a statement!

Our Caribe crushed taffeta jacket fits the bill in so many ways.  It is seasonless!  This jacket is packable, comfortable,  and has a crinkle texture. Better yet! You can mix and match with your favorite skirt or pair of pants.

Need a new pant suit? Check out Brooke Chapman’s Bolero pantsuit.  Great to pack and easy-to-wear!  We just love  both the color and the style of this  Neon Buddha shirt tail jacket in olive!

Influenced by AMC’s Mad Men perhaps, this Portrait Dress from Brooke Chapman, from Canada, provides both a flattering silhouette, wonderful texture and the season’s celebrated color combo in black and white.

Here is Shannon Cooney, Head Designer from Pure and Co., and Neon Buddha discussing this season’s trends.  No matter what your shape, make your look work for you! Happy Fall!

Blackcatplus
Aug 21

It’s that time again when we look at what is in store for Fall ’10!

We are seeing three key trends that are flattering to the plus size woman.

Look for prints, lots of prints and soft, flattering colors like this Sienna Rose Top, easy-to-wear fabrics and clothing that is not too tight, allows for free movement and swings away from the body creating a flow,  almost ethereal look.

Check out my interview below with David Wolfe, Creative Director for The Doneger Group. (You’ve wondered where retailers get their information from? Here’s our secret!)

The Doneger Group is leading source of global market trends and David Wolfe who was so kind to give me a few minutes of his time,  is a leading authority on fashion, color and is also renown as a trend forecaster.

Blackcatplus
Apr 6

I was reading in Women’s Wear Daily the other day that the Misses’ Market is getting a well-deserved makeover in terms of updated silhouettes, textures and prints.  That is good to hear.

The misses market came about during the tried and true Eisenhower era when clothes were functional, predictable, matronly, a bit more on the dressier side, wearable, well-made and most important of all, safe and conservative.  (I was not even born then, how about you?) In those, days, women did not want to stand out or look too good. (I would have been miserable.) The pieces in those days,  were designed to camouflage middle aged figure flaws.

Today’s woman has a very modern mindset and busy lifestyle.  They may not be able to fit into pieces they wore in their twenties, but they still want to have an updated, modern look.  And, to reflect their beliefs and central to this change in the missy market, is comfort, fit, selection and versatility.

According to WWD, many missy retailers including Talbots, have even dropped the word “misses” from its stores, catalogs, and other corporate messaging.

Got me thinking, “Well what about the plus size market?” Where do we fit in?  If the missy market is under-going an overhaul, won’t the plus size market under-go a transformation as well?

Some may argue, but I would consider the plus size market a cousin of the missy market. Many of the styles that are done in missy are done in plus.  The misses’ market represents the largest chunk of the women’s apparel business.  It is bigger than juniors, contemporary, or designer and historically has been the least exciting and the most challenging to define according to David Moin, writer of the March 31 WWD article.  Examples of traditional missy labels include Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Klein, Ellen Tracy, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors.

There is some disagreement in the fashion world as to what constitutes misses – is it based on size, age, or lifestyle?  However, there is agreement that this category has been the slowest to change until now.

It will be interesting to see what the misses market does in terms of a makeover? A different name? Different styles? Different fabrics?

So…what is next for plus, I wonder? Can we re-name the plus size market?  I remember when plus size were depicted in half-sizes and the children’s and pre-teen plus markets were called Chubby. Eeuuw.

So, while we are transforming the missy, why don’t we throw some more attention to plus?

We need what the missy market is emphasizing: Layering, crafted looks, different fabrics, embellishments, active wear like our Neon Buddha contrast zip jacket, that is not just for being active, and career wear.  And how about these pieces in updated silhouettes and prints that represent a more relaxed lifestyle? Check out this keyhole tunic from Silk Threads.

Essential for the plus size market–or any market–is really how a trend is depicted and then executed.  Women want to buy it now and wear it now, and to have trends interpreted to fit their lifestyle, age and silhouette and to have pieces that can go at least two, if not, three seasons. Check out our Neon Buddha Yin Yang Pullover in Coral–great “twist” to a trend!

So, we will be waiting with great anticipation as to what is next for plus! Plus Size Designers..listen to our customers and respond…quickly! Then all of us will benefit!

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