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All in details

It is Saturday and I am dreading a BBQ on Sunday because my very judgmental and vocal mother-in-law is going to be there.

Ever since I joined the family, she has always thought it was OK to comment on every piece of my plus size wardrobe.  I wouldn’t mind so much, except her taste is very flamboyant – she is into big floral prints and bold colors and I am much more conservative.  I always prefer classic and simple plus size clothing.

While I like to dress well, I know that “less is more” and it is all in the details for women’s plus size clothing.

That’s why I love to shop at generousfashions.com or comfortinfashion.com.   I love their stylish pieces that are so well made and the prices are so reasonable.

For every day casual or dressy pieces and everything in between, they are my “go to” source for plus size clothing.  Their items really fit my shape.

It is going to be challenging and the temperature is forecast to be 90 degrees, so it has to be just right. A quick check of my wardrobe and I know the perfect piece for a BBQ with my mother-in-law – a V-neck with butterfly sleeves accented with crinkle print sleeves and bottom band and stitched neckline.  It is classic and simple in stunning lilac, but has just enough pizzazz in the printed trim to make it perfect for a fun summer afternoon BBQ and it is machine washable 100% viscose.

I don’t know what my mother-in-law is going to have to talk about now!  This top has all the details that she loves while fitting into my style taste as well. Ha!  I can’t wait now.  She is going to be so surprised that she may be speechless for a change!  I’m looking forward to a great day.

Is Black your color? – when, where, why

You may have heard announcements at different times by the fashion industry in women’s plus size clothing that red or pink or blue is the new black however the old black is still very much with us. It’s simple and practical for casual clothing and is always elegant at a party.

Black has always been connected with glamour. It works at most occasions and goes with most skin tones and hair colors. There is a school of thought that says that black is “draining”, particularly as you get older. This common belief might explain why older women frequently wear pastels and if they wear black, they accessorize it with a casual colorful scarf at the neck. Maybe it’s because black doesn’t reflect light and lacks some illuminating property that other colors have.  It’s more about if you choose a dramatic look or a soft one, not whether you look drained or not.

Is black the boring option in plus size women’s clothing?  Designers don’t think so – black is the dominant color in most collections both in winter and summer.  There are twice as many black pieces than blue and five or six times more than brown or grey. Black has long been thought of as slimming, especially in big size fashion, but actually black makes clothing draw back and isolates the face, so it emphasizes individuality.

Has black become the lazy translation for “stylish”?  Is it evading the entire concern of expressing oneself through what one chooses to wear?  Dressing in colors can be time-consuming and complicated —there are too many variables particularly with accessories.

Of course, as with all matters of plus size clothing, a lot depends on the individual, but bright pink, orange or electric blue can be far more draining to a fair complexion than the lowly, poor old black.

Trends-Fashion-Fit: Dress Accordingly to your Body Type

Whoever grew up with the words “honey, don’t forget to pick out a trendy outfit for school today” or “Lisa, review your Vogue before class”.   Who starts a trend?  A trendy person?  There are lots of trends:  food, yoga, apps, wine and of course my favorite fashion.  Coco Channel truly had some of these best quotes pertaining to fashion, like:

That says it All for me.

  • Be you
  • Be your own trend

Especially when it comes to plus size clothing.  You can combine trends in small amounts but the most important is to know your body type first.  Take a look into the mirror.  What is reflected back you?  Is your body type any of these:

  • apple,
  • pear or
  • hourglass

Every women has a certain body type which is unique and beautiful.  Street clothing trends do not feature sizing for women over a size 14 and in fact definitely not over size 16.   That is the truth.  However they are catching up with women’s plus size clothing companies like Kiyonna. (Lane Bryant dances around trends and Macy’s sizing stops at a 2x.  I will not even discuss Express!)  Often when a skinny-trendy-fashion is introduced it does not translate so well into plus sized clothes.  The designers do not understand our proportions.  WE DO NOT GET WIDER! OUR SHOULDERS and NECKS DON’T INCREASE IN THICKNESS AND WIDTH!

I am not going to tell you what to wear for your body type; instead this is a lecture to discover clothing that fits and accentuates your best features.  If you are a pear you have a bit of a waist and curves about the hips.  If you are an apple celebrate your body shape, because you have curves!  Now here is the secret:  the best plus size clothing you can purchase and wear is the one that looks best on you.  Let the skinny’s spend their monies on fashion that is meant to go out of style.  Instead you will always be in fashion because you have set the trend.

Now go out there and show them!  Build a clothing collection that is YOU!

Casual Plus Size Clothing for Summer Travel

Summer is almost here, and many folks are already busy making their plans for this season’s vacation. While taking some time off is always enjoyable, planning and packing can be stressful. Here are some tips for preparing a suitcase full of casual plus size clothing for summer travel.

Lightweight: Summer style should be light, cool, and relaxed – especially when you are on vacation! So bring light cotton, linen, and jersey tops that won’t weigh you down. This will also help you with the second tip…

Pack Light: Traveling is much easier when you make an effort to pack light. This is easy if you bring a few plus size separates that can be mixed and matched to create several outfits. For example, bring a skirt to wear with some of your casual tops. Pack a dressy cover-up that matches one of your tops and now you’ve created a formal outfit – and you only had to pack one extra piece!

Pack Easy: Pack items that are easy to launder and don’t require ironing. That way you won’t be stuck searching for an iron in your hotel room. Casual plus size clothing that is easy to care for also tends to be lightweight, so you can check off the second tip, too.

Casual Plus Size Clothing for Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays from Generous Fashions!

All around the world, thousands of people are getting ready for their holiday travel plans.  By train, plane, and car, relatives travel hundreds of miles to be together with their family during this special season.  The holidays are an exciting and memorable time for you to relax with your friends and relatives.  But before you can get to that relaxing time, you may run into a stressful task: packing for your trip.  What casual plus size clothing is best to bring along for holiday travel?

Keep It Simple

Over-packing is not a good thing; it will leave you stressed before, during, and after your trip.  Keeping your travel attire simple and stylish is ideal.  Plus size separates will help you do that.  Bring a few basic bottoms – your most comfortable pants and skirts – and mix and match them with some simple separates.  With just a few tops and bottoms, you can create several great outfits for your trip.   Pack some solid color pants (or 1-skirt).  Mostly likely you will have a pair of black pants, if not,  you should go ahead and purchase a pair.  Black pants as you know will go with everything and if you get a stain its easy to wash.  If you also have a navy pair of pants that is good too.  Try to say away from white color tops and pants while on vacation, unless you know you can get them cleaned.

Keep It Low-Maintenance

You don’t want to spend your whole holiday laundering and ironing finicky garments.  If you pack wrinkle resistant and wrinkle free items, you will be much more relaxed during your time with family.  Less time ironing means more time with the people you love, which is always a good thing.

Don’t let your clothing become an obstacle to a great holiday trip.  Pack simple, low-maintenance casual plus size clothing.  You’re sure to have a lovely holiday!

Wrinkle Free Casual Plus Size Clothing

Wrinkling is a pain, especially if you are traveling or in a rush.  In the early to mid 90’s, wrinkle free fabrics became popular, and now you can find a lot of wrinkle free casual plus size clothing.  How do designers manage to save their garments from the curse of wrinkles?  And why should you add some wrinkle free styles to your wardrobe?

Some manufacturers use finishing agents on their clothing to prevent wrinkles.  Others use fabric blends, combining cotton with synthetic materials to keep clothes looking great and wrinkle free.

Here are a list of some good choices:  it is best to find a blend that has 10% or more spandex or lycra.  These threads help at reducing wrinkles and maintain the integrity of the fabric.

1. 10% lycra and 90% cotton jersey

2. 15% spandex and 85% rayon jersey

3. 10% lycra and 90% silk

4.  10% spandex, 40% viscose and 45% cotton

5. 100% cotton paris

6. fabrics with tightly woven threads  tend to hold better because the sewing needle does not break the fabric

Here is a list of some fabrics that are a bit less wrinkle free.  These fabrics are still wonderful but you might have to let them hang dry or iron or take to the cleaners for pressing.  Do not shy away from them because of their maintain.  These fabrics do not cling and flow over the body nicely.

1. 100% viscose

2. 100% rayon

3. 100% cotton

4. 100% cotton slub

5. Second quality rayon you should never purchase

6. rayon jersey without a blend will not hold up in the washing machine.  Stay away from this fabric.

Of course, there is so substitution for ironing.  Even a wrinkle free garment may have minor wrinkles after a wash.  But, when you are traveling and don’t have time to iron, these are by far your best option.

So, before you head out on vacation, do some shopping for wrinkle-free casual plus size clothing.  It will save you time and stress while you’re traveling and keep you looking great.

Casual Plus Size Clothing Online or In Store?

Many women find this to be quite the dilemma. Should I shop online or in store? More and more ladies seem to agree that Internet stores are better. Why?

More options – Even big department stores can’t compete with the number of options you see online. So specialty stores in the mall don’t have a chance.
Better prices – Casual plus size clothing is almost always less expensive online, even when you factor in shipping costs.
Relaxed environment – Online there are no rude salespeople, there are no embarrassing dressing rooms, and there are no crowds to deal with.

But, these advantages don’t mean you should never set foot in the mall again. There are some good reasons for you to go window shopping at your favorite local stores.

Get ideas – Clothing stores put a lot of effort into decorating their mannequins in their latest and greatest. You can get some great outfit ideas from them.
Spend time with friends – Shopping is a social event, and it’s a great chance to spend time with friends. You can window shop with the girls and then do your serious purchases online.
One of a kind sales – Prices are better online, but you never know when you’ll find a going out of business sale or an amazing clearance deal on casual plus size clothing in a local store.

Help! My Casual Plus Size Clothing Doesn’t Fit

This can be extremely frustrating. You take all your measurements. You shop online for casual plus size clothing. You find the blouse you want, you review the store’s sizing chart, and you double check your size. You take a deep breath and order. And when your new blouse gets delivered, you take it out of the box and try it on only to find… it doesn’t fit. Now what do you do?

Fortunately, you can get the right size without much difficulty. The first thing you should do is contact the store you bought your clothing from. Most online shops have customer service email addresses and phone numbers listed on their websites and on the receipts that are shipped with your items.

Let them know about the issue. They may be able to recommend a different size. If you give them your measurements, there’s an even better chance that they can find casual plus size clothing to fit you. You might have to pay to ship your original item back to the store, but it will be well worth it once you receive the shirt, skirt, or jacket you wanted in the right size.

Casual Plus Size Clothing Options Online

When you search for plus size clothing on Google, do you know what you find? A lot of nice stores, most of which are focused on younger women’s styles. And that means lots of trendy outfits the fashion world loves today, but is sure to hate tomorrow. What about casual plus size clothing? What happened to the classic styles for more mature women?

As a woman ages, she becomes wise, experienced, balanced. But she never loses her sense of fashion. So, even though she might want to move past the trend chasing habits of her 20’s, she is not ready to throw on grandma’s moo-moo either.

Casual plus size clothing is perfect for women in their 40’s and 50’s that have beautiful bodies and a keen sense of style. Many designers are now offering mature plus size clothing for women online. So if the stores you find when you search for plus size clothing are not getting you the results you want, try adding “casual”. You just might love what you find.

Plus Size Clothing Empowers Women

I love the idea of fashion as a tool for female empowerment. I think it definitely is, especially in the case of plus size women. We used to be held back by limited options, but now we can find just about any style we want. That lets us express ourselves freely and comfortably, something all women should be able to do.

Nowhere is this more important than in the professional world. Large women no longer have to wear just whatever they can find to work. Office plus size clothing in modern styles is available in local stores and from online retailers that really care about designing nice outfits for larger ladies. The old adage “dress for success” is a reality; having nice outfits gives plus size women a definite edge.

Regardless of whether you are looking for outfits for the office or just some casual plus size clothing to wear around the house, you have tons of great options. I love how easy it is to shop online right from my laptop. Ordering outfits online, having them delivered right to my door, and looking fantastic in plus size clothing… now that’s empowering!

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