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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How can I view the status of my order?

A: Go to the Customer Service, Account Information page. This page lists all your orders. Click the date of the order whose status you wish to view.

Q: What are your shipping costs?

A: You can view an estimate of shipping costs by viewing your cart. However, final shipping costs will be displayed on the Invoice you see before confirming your order.

Q: Why do I fit into a Size 16 in one clothing line and fit into a Size 18 in another clothing line?

A: There is not a universal or standard size chart system for womens clothing in the U.S. Because of the lack of standardization, there are many inconsistencies in sizing and fit from one manufacturer to another.

Black Cat Plus is Here to Help!

To help you determine the correct fit to match your shape, Lil Black Cat Designer Plus will do its best to provide you with sizing information from each manufacturer. The General Size Chart you see below are meant to be used as guidelines to help you determine your size. When we can, we will provide individual manufacturer size charts on this page as well. Also, consult each description for additional sizing information and silhouette recommendations.

How To Measure:

Get the measuring tape!

If you have to prepare yourself, get one of our thongs to measure yourself in so you are too cute. Dance around the room in your bra and thong to your favorite tunes first. Then measure!

If you cannot manage alone, get a friend to help. It is important to have some idea of your own measurements so that you can find clothes that flatter your proportions.

To see how in proportion you are:

Measure the top half of your body from head to hipbone and the bottom half of your body from hipbone to bottom of feet. The hipbone is where the leg breaks as you stand on one leg.

To see whether you are long, short, or average waisted This is also known as the Rise:

  1. Keep your arm at your side and measure from your Underarm to hipbone to leg break.
  2. Lean sideways, find your waist. Measure the distance from the underarm to waist.
  3. Measure your waist to your hipbone/leg break.

To measure shoulder width:

  1. Clasp arms behind you while looking in the mirror. Place a straight edge from the outer shoulder corner to the edge of your hip will reveal whether your shoulders are wider than your hips.
  2. Look at your back, do you have a more rounded, dowager?s hump

Upper and Lower Leg measurements:

  1. Hip/leg break to knee
  2. Knee to floor

Bustline:

Measure the fullest part of the bustline all the way around the back.

Waist:

 

Measure all-the-way-around at the narrowest part of your torso.

High Hip:

Measure three inches down from your waist, and go all around your torso.

Full Hip:

Measure the fullest part of your hip, eight inches below your waist.

Inseam:

Leg break/crotch to ankle bone

Upper Arm:

Measure all the way around your biceps.

Arm Length:

Measure arm from shoulder to wrist.

How to Use LBC Style Guide:

What do those symbols underneath each picture stand for?

Black Cat Plus takes the guesswork out of fit, when you are sitting in front of your computer screen at 1:00 in the morning and you ask, I wonder, how will this item look on me?

What to Do?

Read the descriptions below for our six general silhouette recommendations. The descriptions help you determine the overall shape of your body. Understanding your body's natural shape is the first step.

Apple, Eggplant, Carrot, Straight, Hourglass, and Inverted Triangle are used to help you identify at-a-glance how well a garment should fit your shape. Look for your particular symbol as you are browsing through our boutique collections. Each garment will identify which shapes are recommended for each silhouette.

Happy Shopping!

Apple Shape

  • Broad neck and shoulders
  • Generous bust, round back, wide rib cage
  • Most of weight is carried around the middle
  • Shapely, slender legs and narrow hips

Note: If your bust measures more than two inches larger than your hips, you are probably an apple.

Characteristics:

  • Narrow shoulders
  • Small Bust
  • Fuller waist
  • Broad hips and ample thighs

Goal to Accentuate the Positive:

Lengthen your upper half and focus the attention on your shapely legs.

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Empire Style, Thigh Wrap, Drop Waist, Shirtdress, Shift, Sheath, and Tunic styles with a V or Oval neckline in drape-able fabrics that disguises your middle and provide an elongated silhouette. Pay attention to garments that have some gather in front, wrap, or come in a blouson style. Long Vests are also very good for this body type. Avoid anything that is too fitted or tailored.
  • No waistband or elasticized waistbands are best.
  • Open the darts on skirts and pants to make skirt fit loosely.
  • Jackets should also be long and straight in fabrics that have body. Try Mandarin Collar Jackets.
  • Side slits for jackets are a good way to provide a flowing silhouette.
  • Avoid double breasted jackets and too large collars.
  • Pair leggings with three-quarter length tops.
  • Straight skirts paired with long tops rather than bulky or pleated skirts. Try a Trumpet-six gored skirt.
  • Pants that create a straight shape are best. Examples: Narrow straight leg, Flat front, and Hip Yoke.
  • Kimono style, dolman and raglan sleeves are best.
  • Watch pants and skirts that have too much width at the bottom-- such as palazzo or wide trousers and ankle length skirts will weigh you down.

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • Select neutrals, subdued and dark for bottom and soft and muted for top.
  • For tops use loose fitting and unstructured style and fabric.
  • Lined fabrics for Jackets, Skirts, and Pants are best.
  • colors in loose fitting styles rather than tiny print which gets lost.
  • Use fabrics that are soft and flowing which drapes nicely.
  • Watch fabric that is bulky and stiff. Jersey, raw silks, in generously cut styles will work great for your shape.
  • Avoid any detailing which draws attention to your lower half and small detailing which can get lost.

 

Accessories:

  • Choose soft, colorful scarves.
  • Wear the large style jewelry?choose a signature brooch or pendant, earrings and necklaces to accent any outfit. Watch the length of pendants that they do not accentuate the stomach area.

 

Inverted Triangle

Characteristics:

  • Broad shoulders
  • Medium to Fuller Bust
  • Average waist
  • Narrow hips and long, shapely legs

Accentuate the positive:

Focus attention below your waist:

Emphasize your slender hips, long shapely legs to downplay upper torso.

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Shirtdresses, Coat Dress, Dropped Waist and Tunic, Sheath, and Wedge Dress are styles that accentuate your lower half.
  • There are many options in Skirts and pants: From Flared, Straight, Gored, Circular, A-line, Trumped, Wrapped skirts all styles of pants can show off your slender hips and legs.
  • Use the masculine/feminine contrasting silhouette to your advantage.
  • Raglan, Kimono, Dropped Sleeves are good to draw attention away from your square shoulders.

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • Use color and medium to large prints for your bottom half.
  • Select neutrals, subdued and dark for the top half.
  • Lined fabrics for Jackets, Skirts, and Pants are best.
  • Use fabrics that are soft and flowing which drapes nicely.

Accessories:

  • Dark colored belts with simple buckles.
  • A man?s tie worn around your waist for a unique look.
  • Choose plaids, stripes, geometric, abstract print scarves will flatter your shape.
  • Wear the large style jewelry rather than the tiny, delicate style jewelry.

Eggplant- Shape

The majority of women fall into the eggplant shape category.

Characteristics:

  • Long, thin neck
  • Narrow shoulders
  • Small Bust
  • Defined waist
  • Generous lower half?hips and thighs

Note: If bust measures more than two inches smaller than your hips you are probably an eggplant.

Goal to Accentuate the positive:

Focus attention to the upper half of your body and downplay lower half of body by:

 

  • Balancing wide hips by broadening shoulder area
  • Hinting at a well defined waist
  • Use darker colors on bottom and brighter on top

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Empire Style disguises your lower half and accentuates your top half.
  • In addition:
  • Wrap, Coatdresses can work if it is semi fitted through the hips, Duster, Sweater Dress, Trapeze?A-line Tent, Shirtdress, Tunics?worn open or make sure it fits over the hips, Vests, Safari, Single Breasted Blazer, Hooded Anorak?cinched at middle to create waist definition.
  • Semi-fitted, tailored, and high-waisted all focus the attention to your top half. Avoid anything too short or too tight on the bottom.
  • Make sure your top covers the broadest part of your lower half and ends below your buttocks or above the hipbone if you are short.
  • Make sure skirts and pants have a loose fit around the hip and thigh areas. Lycra or spandex is great for comfort and fit.
  • Have waistbands with some elastic and knife pleats and open tucks to ensure a loose fit on your lower half garments.
  • Good styles to try for skirts: Gored, Pleated, and Wrap. Pants: Tapered, Flat front, Stirrups, Harem.

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • Select feminine florals, paisleys, polka dots, check, or muted abstracts.
  • Use fabrics with texture on top and soft, loose-fitting, and fluid on bottom.
  • Avoid any detailing which draws attention to your lower half.

Accessories:

  • Use belts to accentuate your waist.
  • Scarves can be worn diagonally and draped.
  • Delicate jewelry suits your slender neck and draws attention to your upper half: Semi-precious stones, antique jewelry and refined designs will pull any outfit together.

Carrot Shape

This is a variation of the Pear. This shape has a fuller waist.

Characteristics:

  • Narrow shoulders
  • Small Bust
  • Fuller waist
  • Broad hips and ample thighs

Accentuate the positive:

  • Focus attention above your waist:
  • Balance wide hips by broadening shoulders

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Empire Style, Trapeze, Shift, Tent and Tunic styles that disguise your middle to lower half.
  • Skirts are great for this shape. Make sure you do not wear an ankle length skirt as it will make you look shorter.
  • However, make sure skirts and pants have a loose fit around the hip and thigh areas.
  • Bottoms without a waistband at all would be the best choice.
  • Can also have elasticized waistband as well.
  • Straight pants are best.
  • Watch pants and skirts with too much width at the bottom such as palazzo or wide trousers and ankle length skirts.

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • Use color and medium to large prints for your top half.
  • Watch too angular geometric prints and lines. Try muted if you like the look.
  • Select neutrals, subdued and dark for bottom and soft and muted for top.
  • Lined fabrics for Jackets, Skirts, and Pants are best.
  • Use fabrics that are soft and flowing which drapes nicely.
  • Watch fabric that is bulky and stiff.
  • Avoid any detailing which draws attention to your lower half and small detailing which can get lost.

Accessories:

  • Choose soft, colorful scarves.
  • Use shawls to accent and drape.
  • Wear the large style jewelry?choose a signature brooch or pendant, earrings and necklaces to accent any outfit.

Hourglass Shape

Characteristics:

  • Overall curvy shape
  • Medium to Fuller Bust
  • Well-defined waist
  • Pronounced Buttocks
  • Narrow hips and long, shapely legs
  • Everything is in good proportion

Accentuate the positive:

Focus attention to your waist by using high waisted styles and colored belts.

 

  • Use soft, drape-able fabrics. Take care not to hide your structure in oversized or loose fitting styles.
  • If necessary, de-emphasize bust line.

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Use semi-fitted styles in fabrics that drapes well in a T-shirt Dress, Semi-fitted Tunics especially if you are on the short side, Pullover Dress, Wrap Dress, Halter or Tank Dress.
  • Soft necklines and collars are great for this body type: Shawl collars, Cowl, Turtleneck, Round Necklines, Sweetheart Necklines, Strapless, Off shoulder styles, and Gathered necklines.
  • There are many options in Skirts and pants: Jeans and pants with Tight waistbands are good to show off curves, Tiered skirts only if you are taller, straight, wrap and sarong skirts. If your derriere is protruding, wear skirts with an unbuttoned jacket, cardigan, or soft jacket.
  • If you have a larger bust, go for raglan or kimono sleeves.

 

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • For fitted styles seek out stretch fibers, such as Lycra, or spandex, and drape able fabrics in knits, jerseys, silk, chiffons, satin, velvet, and rayon.
  • Monochromatic tones for tops and bottoms to accentuate your balanced silhouette. You can take advantage of medium to small scaled prints. Watch stripes and Geometric shapes.

Accessories:

  • Belts are great for your figure. Contrast the belt colors to draw attention to your waist.
  • Take a scarf and wrap it around your waist.
  • Use antique, pearls, precious, or semi-precious stones.
  • Choose plaids, stripes, geometric, abstract print scarves will flatter your shape.
  • Take jewelry and pin it to a scarf tied around your waist.

Straight Shape

Characteristics:

  • Upper and lower torso are wide
  • Average Bust
  • Undefined or short waisted
  • Flat bottom and slender legs

Accentuate the positive:

Slenderize and lengthen the upper half and disguise a large rib cage

 

  • Deemphasize your waist and draw attention to your legs.
  • If you fall into the short-waisted category, think long torso.

Silhouette Suggestions

  • Simple, Loosely Fitted Dresses are good for your shape. A Sheath Dress, Shirt Dress, Thigh Wrap, Shift, Tunic, Princess Dress, Duster, Wedge Dress, Drop Waist, Slip Dress, or Coat Dress can disguise your middle to lower half.
  • Avoid anything that gives a boxy or full appearance.
  • Tailored pants, jeans, hip huggers, stirrups, tights are all great to wear. Pants: Straight Leg, Stirrup, Hip Yoke, and Pleated Front.
  • Jackets are long, loose, and straight. Long Vest, Sweater Coat, Safari Jacket, Mandarin Style.
  • Tops with a V or U neck are good.
  • Can also have elasticized waistband that drapes well over abdomen.
  • Skirts without a waistband or with a dropped waist help to lengthen your torso. Watch waistbands that are high, tight fitted because they will shorten and broaden your upper torso and focus attention on your waist. Skirts to try: Straight, Tapered Baggies, Inverted Pleat, Wrap, Trumpet, Gored, Hip Yoke, Modified A-line.
  • Pair long with short?a long jacket and short skirt to elongate your shape. A long top with narrow pants or skirt to slenderize.
  • Watch fabrics that are body hugging.

Print, Fabric and Detailing Features:

  • Medium to large scaled prints with good color contrast.
  • Houndstooth prints, pinstripes, glen plaids, chevron, geometric pattern or linear abstract patterns are good.
  • Avoid small, flower prints.
  • Use fabrics that are soft and flowing which drapes nicely and are not clingy?a bit of Lycra or spandex is fine.
  • Medium weight fabrics are best such as jerseys, knits, challis, and silk.
  • Avoid dainty detailing which draws attention to your lower half and small detailing which can get lost.

Accessories:

  • Narrow and Contour Belts in a blended color of dress or top and worn underneath an open jacket and buckled loosely if you like to wear belts.
  • Overblouse tops.
  • Loosely draped scarves in stripes or abstracts.

Wear the large style jewelry in geometric designs. Wear earrings that are flat and clustered.