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New Arrivals: Women’s Plus Size Tops

Just In, New Arrivals, What’s New and Hey, look at me I am here!  I love shopping or at least browsing the internet for women’s clothes, accessories, shoes and handbags.  I usually start at products that are New or have “Just Arrived”.  I especially do this when I am a frequent browser on a specific clothing store for big sizes.  This is a great way to discover new trends (not to say I follow trends but its always an eye-opener for me what other women are purchasing).  It is also a location to discover fabrics and basic styles.  Most clothing designers tend to use their classic pattern and adjust it.  The alteration can be at the neckline, sleeve or the body of the blouse.  I love to see their current ideas and of course will I like it (and will it fit!)

New Arrivals will be priced at full cost.  Usually, new clothes will be limited in sizes and their quantities.  Sometimes I buy a full retail price, especially if I really LOVE it and got to have it.  But like most women, I love a sale and discount.  I have found if I sign up for the online store’s Newsletter you can get a coupon at sign-up.  Sometimes their coupon is sent to you right away or it will come in their weekly or monthly eNews.  Here is a sign-up eNews site that you will get a coupon code about 48 hours after you sign up.  In fact,  they tend to send discounts up to 15% off any garments, which includes New Arrivals.

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When you go to Fashion Fulfillment’s Newsletter you have to choose. You have the choice of either Generous Fashions for Comfort in Fashion.  I find that Generous Fashions have more sales throughout the month, so I have signed up with them.  However, I have bookmarked Comfort in Fashion so I can go to the site whenever I have time.

Are there any women’s online clothing stores for big sizes that have New Items that you like?  Let me know.  I love to file a great find!

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!

Smart Plus Size Clothing for the Office

You always want to look your very best in office plus size clothing. But the sad reality is that some department stores and clothing boutiques seem to be stuck in the past. It can be hard to find smart, professional plus size clothing in sizes 18 and up. Even if you can find some outfits in your size at local stores, chances are the styles are not what you are looking for.

Thanks to online retailers and modern designers, however, it is now easier than ever before to find great professional outfits in plus sizes. Consider the following suggestions for putting together a gorgeous and impressive wardrobe for the office.

Plus Size Clothing

Stick to the Classics

Classic plus size clothing pieces look great in the office. They do not have to be trendy or particularly stunning; they get their great looks from simple colors and fashions that never go out of style. Neutrals look great, such as a white blouse under a grey business jacket with pants or a skirt. You can also use colors like black, navy, or brown. Do not be afraid to add a splash of color with a vibrant blouse or bright accessories in your favorite hue.

Office Plus Size Clothing

Stay Comfortable

You can look great in your office plus size clothing while still feeling cool and comfortable all day long. Tunic tops are a nice option since they are flattering to many body shapes but are not too tight or restricting to be comfortable. They look fantastic with skirts and dress slacks so you can mix and match them to create several different outfits.

Professional Plus Size Clothing

If you are having trouble creating the plus size clothing professional wardrobe you want, try shopping at some new online retailers to find unique fashions that fit your taste. That way you can make some lovely work ensembles that will impress co-workers, clients, and managers.

New Women’s Plus Size Clothing Ideas for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to rethink your plus size clothing wardrobe and add some lovely new color and life to your outfits. After the dark and dreary days of winter it feels great to get out lighter, brighter blouses and let spring inspire your style. There are three great ways to get a whole new look this spring.

New Color

Some women shy away from big size bright colors and light pastels. There is still the unnecessary stereotype that plus size clothing has to be black or at the very least made in dull colors. Reject those outdated ideas – bring new color into your spring wardrobe.

If you are looking to get inspired by the season, go for a floral theme. Let the blooming flowers all around you create the perfect color palette for your new spring style.

Freshen up your outfits and create a clean, bright style by complementing pastel tops with white pants and skirts. Brightly colored skirts look great too; they can liven up an outfit and create a gorgeous ensemble that is perfect for spring.

Plus Size Clothing for Spring

Plus Size Clothing for Spring

New Accessories

Bring the bright, clean look of spring to your accessories too. Chunky necklaces, bracelets, and rings in spring colors are perfect for complementing even a casual outfit. If a spring day gets a little chilly, add a pastel colored scarf to your outfit; it’s a simple accessory that does a lot to dress up your look.

Women's Plus Size Clothing with Spring Accesories

Women's Plus Size Clothing with Spring Accessories

New Style

Tunic tops look great for spring. They coordinate perfectly with cool, flowing skirts for a warm weather style that is sure to get you lots of complements. Celebrate the season by getting out of your heavy winter wear and into lightweight spring attire that makes you look fabulous.

Spring-Inspired Plus Size Clothing

Spring-Inspired Plus Size Clothing

What changes will you be making to your plus size clothing wardrobe this spring? Have you found new women’s plus size clothing designs featuring pastels or floral prints? Please let us know in the comments section.

Building your Women’s Plus Size Clothing Collection

When starting a clothing collection it is best to start simple and basic.  Yes, I know you have heard that before but it is true.  Basic and simple are the classic foundations for any plus size clothing collection.  What you will need is a simple black top, black tank, black shirt (button down with collar and a scoop or V neckline) and black pants.  Next the same in white:  plus size top, blouse, tank or cami, pant and skirt.  You want to select clothing that does not have any frills.  What I mean by this – no ruffles, no pleats, no unusual tucks or turns in the fabric.  You want a clean line.  I am not talking about a potato sack look or a box shape.  I would look for basic arm and body construction.  I recommend having several types of sleeve shirts: cap, short sleeve, elbow length, 3/4 sleeve and cuff length.  Including a selection of many sleeve lengths allows you to coordinate other clothes for different events.

When you have your basic clothing collection purchased in both black and white here is the next step:

  • try them on one by one
  • mix and match white tops with black bottoms
  • mix and match black tops with white bottoms
  • coordinate ALL black tops and bottoms
  • coordinate ALL white tops and bottoms
  • take photos of yourself wearing different combinations
  • take photos yourself with coordinating shoes
  • take photos of yourself matching earrings and necklaces

Taking pictures of yourself wearing the clothing with shoes and accessories will help you remember.  I know that many times I am in a hurry and my head is blocked as to what to where.  I use my pictures of myself to remind me of combinations I really liked.  This will be useful.  Do not hesitate!

When you have done ALL this, guess what?  It is time to add color to your plus size clothing collection.

Check out Generous Fashions and Comfort in Fashion for classic and basic women’s clothes.

The Stigma of Plus Size Clothing

There is no doubt that the fashion industry has embraced plus size clothing during the last several years. It was once taboo to produce a plus size line, but now designers are racing to create their own. More and more women are also developing their own personal styles and enjoying the new world of fashion that has been opened to them. Sadly, there is still a bit of stigma around the term “plus size” that can affect some women.

Separating women into the “normal” and “plus” sized categories seems unnecessary to some folks. After all, can’t all of the sizes just be considered normal? Although this is one argument, more women are concerned about the advent of plus sizes for younger children. It could be difficult for a 10, 11, or 12 year old girl to shop in the plus size section and then be teased or singled out by her friends.

Obviously, debates of this nature are complex and multi-faceted. What is truly important is that, regardless of what they are called, designers continue to create stylish, flattering clothing for women of all sizes. For now, that means plus size clothing. If that title changes at some point, hopefully it will be in response to the greater acceptance by society of women of all shapes and sizes.

Adding Spring Color to Your Office Plus Size Clothing

Spring is officially here, with its bright, beautiful colors and warm, breezy weather.  There’s so much to love about this delightful season!  And part of it is the lighter, cooler, more colorful fashion options.  Even when you are working indoors during the sunny spring days, you can still bring a splash of spring color to your office plus size clothing.

Colorful Tops. You might want to keep to more conservative colors at the office, depending on the dress code and general setting of the workplace.  But even in a very professional setting, you can use colorful, yet dress, blouses and jackets to update your outfits for spring.  Try plus size tunics in light greens, subtle pinks, and calm blues.  Depending on the season you certainly can add some edgy colors.  For example some tasteful shades of reds and pinks during the Valentines Day’s celebration.  When July 4th arrives spark up your clothing colleciton with some red, white and blue.  You can add a chain three strand necklace with r-w-b or a sash or scarf.  Even more simple is a handbag.  You can twist red, white and blue ribbons for liberty.

Spring Accessories. Colorful accessories help you add the feel of Spring to your outfit in an understated, but still gorgeous, way.  Beaded necklaces and bracelets in bright colors look fantastic.  Or use a bright belt to break up darker colors in your office plus size clothing.  Usually, muted or understated colors are the best.  Some choices for color accents might be turquoise, paisley, coral, honey bee yellow and pastel pink.  Of course adding any gold jewelry to these color combinations will look amazing.

Do you have any great ideas for adding Spring color to your office wardrobe?  Any interesting online stores that offer a wonderful selection of inexpensive jewelry?  We love to here from our readers so like us know!

Color Themes For Plus Size Clothing For Travel

If you have trouble figuring out what clothes to bring with you when you travel, trust me, you are not alone. Packing can be frustrating, especially if you arrive at your destination just to realize you wish you had brought a different blouse or dress with you. But if you take some time to plan out your outfits before you start filling up the suitcase, you’ll find that packing doesn’t have to be all that difficult.

I like to choose a color theme for my plus size travel clothing. That doesn’t mean that I’ll be wearing the same outfit day in and out. But it does mean that I can bring a few easy to match bottoms, like some black or khaki pants, and them combine them with several different tops. I love blue and green, so I usually stick to them when I travel. With a couple of colorful tank tops, blouses, and jackets, I’m all set for a great vacation!

Before you start packing for your next trip, take a look through your closet and see what color themes you could go with. It’s always best to choose separates that will combine with lots of different plus size clothing. And if you want to get some nice new pants or tops for your next trip, check out plus size women’s clothing stores online; they have lots of great options and will deliver your new clothes right to your home.

Here is a list of color combinations that look great together and you might want to consider.  If you have any color matches that you think are also exceptional please let us know.  Just comment below.

1. Classic:  black, white and gold

2. Safe bet:  black, white, black

3. Coral, turquoise and white

4. Gold, turquoise and coral

5. Khaki, black and white

6. Khaki and black

7. Royal blue or navy and black and khaki

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