February 28, 2009

Monthly Round-Up - February 2009

We made it through the worst of the winter fashion doldrums in February, and now things are really starting to pick up for Spring 2009. Here's a look back at what we did manage to find:

Monthly Round-Up

Plus Size Accessories

Plus Size Activewear

Plus Size Blouses

Plus Size Bras

Plus Size Dresses and Skirts

Plus Size Dressy Casual

Plus Size Jackets

Plus Size Jeans

Plus Size Long Sleeve Tops

Plus Size Pants

Plus Size Short Sleeve Tops

Plus Size Wedding

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February 26, 2009

Igigi Plus Size Pleated Wedding Gown

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This gorgeous Eveline Pleated Wedding Gown by Igigi is made of stretch satin, with princess seams, surplice neckline and floor length pleated skirt. Fully lined; available in sizes 12 -30/32; $320.00 USD.

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February 25, 2009

Must Be Magic Jersey Dress in Plus Sizes at Coldwater Creek

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This Must Be Magic jersey dress at Coldwater Creek has a beautiful drape and fit, with ruching at the waist. Available in aqua and black in sizes 14 to 24 for $99.50 USD.

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February 24, 2009

Plus Size Svoboda Flap Pocket Stretch Jeans

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White pants and jeans are back again this Spring. I like these Flap Pocket Stretch Jeans by Svoboda. The leg is slightly boot cut, with an 11 1/2" front rise and five pockets. They are available in 14W to 24W regular and tall. $138.00 USD at Nordstrom.

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February 23, 2009

Tommy Hilfiger Returns to Plus Sizes

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I heard the rumors, but I wanted to wait and see it with my own eyes. Well, it's true, kids... Tommy Hilfiger has returned to plus sizes. From what I have seen so far, it's less logo intensive than before, so that's a plus in my book. For instance, there is this Elongated Placket Polo Shirt which sports a more subdued tonal embroidered logo crest. Available in 6 colors in sizes 1X-3X for $45.50 USD.

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February 22, 2009

Plus Size Shirred Faux Wrap Dress by Donna Ricco

DonnaRiccoWrapDress.jpg I'm thrilled that a bunch of new plus size clothes for Spring 2009 came out this weekend. One of my favorites is this cotton/spandex Shirred Faux Wrap Dress by Donna Ricco, featuring cuffed cap sleeves, point collar, straight skirt, attached ties and size zip closure. Available in sizes 14W to 24W, at Nordstrom for $138.00 USD.
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February 18, 2009

New Plus Size Dresses for Spring 2009 from Avenue

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New plus size dresses for Spring 2009 have arrived at Avenue. I like this Tiered Caycee Dress because it's simple and versatile but feminine and flirty. Pair it with a cute shrug or short jacket in the Spring, then wear with a colorful necklace on warm summer nights.

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February 17, 2009

Cacique Plus Size Bra Sale - Buy One, Get One 50% off

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The Cacique Bra Sale is going on now, online and at Lane Bryant stores. Buy one, get one 50% off selected styles of underwire, cotton, lace, balconette, full coverage and demi bras. Available in sizes 36-56, A-H.

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February 16, 2009

Chico's Earth Envy Necklace - New for Spring 2009

ChicosEarthEnvyNecklace.jpg Spring makes me think of the color green, and I love the colors in this new Earth Envy necklace from Chico's. It's adjustable from 16" to 20" in length, giving you more fit flexibility. The pendant is double sided and suspended from three strands of glass beads on illusion wire. $38.00 USD.
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February 15, 2009

Athleta Plus Size Sugar Tunic Sweater

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The styling on this plus size 'Sugar' Tunic is classic Athleta. The floral embroidery on the sleeves gives this spring weight sweater it's yogini vibe. Available in sizes 1X and 2X in 'Sea Spray' and 'Dove' colors. $74.00 USD at Athleta.com

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February 12, 2009

Plus Size Scoop Neck Tees - Wardrobe basics

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I don't know about you, but I can't dress for spring and summer without a whole mess of different colors and styles of t-shirts. They're so good for layering, as well as just cool and casual. They're great under a jacket or cardigan, but just as good alone with a pair of shorts. Scoop neck styles lend themselves particularly to dressing up with an eye catching necklace or lightweight scarf. The stretch cotton one shown above is Caslon, at Nordstrom, and is available in sizes 1X - 3X in 5 colors.

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February 11, 2009

Jjill Plus Sizes - Spring 2009 Part 2

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To continue yesterday's perusal of the new Spring 2009 offerings in plus sizes at Jjill.com, I'd like to point out a few pieces that are really versatile wardrobe staples. The first is the Washed Linen Jacket shown above. Get it in the ivory/jute color if you want to be able to wear it in the early fall as well, or go for the mist or rosebud for a pop of spring color. Available in sizes 1X -4X.

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Next, these Simpatico Stretch Flare-Leg Pants have a glorious drape and a chic flare silhouette. The grey is lovely for Spring because it grounds the airy pastel colors nicely. Also available in black, in sizes 14W - 28W.

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February 10, 2009

Plus Size Spring Fashion at Jjill.com

JjillDoubleLayerTop.jpg I've always liked the way the clothes at Jjill capture the essence of serenity and comfort with their tranquil hues and clean lines. Their affinity for natural fibers adds vitality and texture, lending a grounded, earthy flair. Unfortunately, the plus sizes are available only online. I have seen plus size items at their outlet stores, so if you happen to live near one, you could go and get a feel for how the clothes work on your body. One of my favorite items from the 2009 spring collection is this linen blend double layer pullover. The fit is body skimming, ending at mid hip. Available in sizes 1X - 4X in 4 versatile colors.
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February 9, 2009

New Blue Attitude Collection - Spring 2009 at Lane Bryant

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Transition easily from winter blues to spring flings with the New Blue Attitude collection at Lane Bryant. You know how this time of year is... you'd like to freshen up your wardrobe and get out of the big sweaters, but the weather is not cooperating just yet. The pieces in this collection are versatile enough to herald the arrival of Spring, without looking like you just came back from a tropical vacation and forgot that you live in Chicago. Layering short sleeves with jackets and cardigans will keep you from freezing in the cool morning temps, but allow you to sneak out to bask in the afternoon sun at lunch time.

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February 6, 2009

Spring '09 Plus Size Fashion - Caroline Rose at Neiman Marcus

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In my quest for the latest in plus size fashion, I get really frustrated with the way that clothing companies do their marketing. Specifically, I HATE when the clothes aren't even shown on a 'plus size' model (that's another topic - don't even get me started, folks.) How in blue blazes am I supposed to tell what this piece of clothing is going to fit like on someone who has, oh, i don't know, actual flesh?? Please! If you're out there and paying any attention, designers, please know that there are women out there who want nice, fashionable clothing, who are willing to pay good money for it, who are not a size 0.

Okay, done ranting for now. Here's a pretty spring ensemble by Caroline Rose at Neiman Marcus. The crinkle jacquard shirt and shell are made in the USA of imported French material, and create a warm monochromatic effect when worn together. The white linen pants feature a straight leg cut and elastic waist. All available in sizes 1X - 3X.

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February 4, 2009

Freya Millie Full Figure Bra - Bringing Pretty Back

FreyaMillieBra.jpg It strikes this plus sized fashionista as ironic that full figure bras are usually available in ugly and uglier. Throughout history, the ample female form has been celebrated and revered. Not until recently has the hard, athletic body replaced the softer curvier physique as the standard of beauty. Such standards do not respect the individual and the natural variation of body types, all equally as valid as another. Don't swallow the message that you don't fit that standard, and therefore have to hide in matronly undergarments. It's not easy, but you can find some truly beautiful and supportive bras, like this Freya 'Millie' bra at figleaves.com, available in all sizes up to 'G'. And remember, if it doesn't fit, it's the clothing that doesn't fit - not your body. Peace out.
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February 3, 2009

Monthly Round-Up - January 2009

Welcome to the Monthly Round-Up for Plus Size Fashion, January 2009. Over the past month, we've seen a little of this and a little of that; jeans, dresses, tops, and we covered the holiday sales. There are still a lot of clearance sales going on, so be sure to check them out. In February, we look forward to getting into the Spring 2009 fashions full swing.

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Monthly Round-Up

Plus Size Accessories

Plus Size Activewear

Plus Size Blouses

Plus Size Coats

Plus Size Dresses and Skirts

Plus Size Dressy Casual

Plus Size Jackets

Plus Size Jeans

Plus Size Long Sleeve Tops

Plus Size Pants

Plus Size Party Dresses

Plus Size Short Sleeve Tops

Plus Size Sweaters

Plus Size Wedding

Wide Width Shoes

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February 2, 2009

Plus Size Paisley Tee by Athleta

AthletaPaisleyT.jpg This double layer plus size paisley tee is a great cotton top that's not too bulky. The bottom tank layer is slightly longer than the top tee layer. Great for yoga, and other athletic activities. Available in green, brown and pink in sizes 1X and 2X at athleta.com
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February 1, 2009

Terry Bicycles - Great Source for Plus Size Cycling Gear

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Terry Bicycles specializes in bicycling gear for women, including plus sizes. For example this Plus Size Touring Jersey sports a more relaxed fit, without sacrificing all of the technical elements that one would expect to find with a high-quality jersey. Available in sizes 1X - 4X.

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