Shopping Tips for Plus Size Brides

ea94ccdf8349f0208cc6a220d425f346Shopping for a wedding dress can be an exciting (and stressful) endeavor for any bride. But it can become daunting when the average American woman wears a size 14, yet many bridal stores cater to a size six and don’t carry gown samples in plus sizes. Every body type is beautiful and no one should settle for anything less than their dream dress. Full-figured brides, here are some tips to keep in mind while shopping for the big day.

1. Determine a budget before shopping for a gown.
Plus-size gowns are pricier than other sizes because manufacturers charge a higher percentage for more material, beading and lace. As excited as you may be to start shopping, work out your budget first. Avoid trying on gowns outside of your price range because you’ll either fall in love with one and be disappointed by every other dress you see (even if they’re just as beautiful), or you’ll blow your budget.

If you do find yourself pining for a gown that costs more than you can afford, ask the designer if they can limit the beading to the bodice only, and skip embellishment entirely on the skirt

The 9 New Rules of Plus Size Dressing

The Old Rule:“You Should Never Wear White”

The new rule: The key to a flattering garment comes down to fit, not color, says celebrity stylist Susan Moses. “White does not make you look larger if you find the right pieces, just as black will not make you look smaller if it doesn’t fit properly,” says Moses. (The exception: On camera, wearing white can make you appear bigger.) When shopping for white clothing—Moses is a fan of white jeans and white ruched dresses in particular—avoid flimsy fabrics, which will highlight any bumps. Instead, pick materials with substance and structure; not only will they provide support, but that extra thickness will ensure your undies won’t play peekaboo whenever you’re in the sun.

The Old Rule: “Button-Down Shirts Are Unflattering”

The new rule: “Button-down shirts complement curves,” says stylist and former Biggest Loser contestant Nicole Brewer. “Look for one that has stretch and design details that create shape, like darts, ruching, and wrapping.” For an even more slenderizing silhouette, “layer the shirt under a blazer, jacket, or cardigan—it will shrink the appearance of your midsection and elongate you,” says Brewer.

The Old Rule: “Bright Colors and Prints Will Call

8 Must Have Fashion Tips for Plus Sized Women

2a6335a05d040ed78ff97052cbc5364dAnansa Sims is a model who was seen in the news-breaking photo spread and story on plus-size modeling in Glamour magazine. She is the daughter of supermodel Beverly Johnson and music producer Danny Sims. And now, Anansa will be featured in the 8-episode docu-series, Beverly’s Full House, on OWN!

To help all of the other full figured women out there, Anansa has shared her 8 must-have tips for dressing fuller figures with confidence and style!

Wear clothes that are your true size.

Clothes that are too big can actually make you look larger and sloppy. Clothes that are too small can make you look uncomfortable and trust me, no one wants to see your undergarments.

Incorporate a pop of color!Black is great, but make sure you add a pop of color into every outfit. Color will cheer you up and make you stand out.

Trend thoughtfully!

Every trend is not made for every body. Make sure the clothes you choose compliment your curves and accentuate the positives.

Don’t underestimate your undergarments!Undergarments are so important for women with curves. Do not skimp on them. Invest in a high-quality, supportive bra that will do your girls justice. Also, a smoother bra

A Plus Size Womans Guide for Shopping

Wardrobe Basics for the Plus Size Woman

Hello, my Curvy.Confident.Chic. Plus- Size divas. As we change fashion seasons (yes, Resort is already in stores and Fall is about to showcase in February), designers and fashion insiders declare a new “it” item to add to your amazing wardrobe. We see this in every fashion magazine and fashion website. As a plus size woman, you desire to look and feel as chic as the next straight sized woman does. However, before you go out and try to find the latest picks for the season, you must invest in specific wardrobe basics that will transcend all trends and fads.

Investing in quality pieces allows you to wear these items for years to come. Another benefit for investing adds stability to your wardrobe and will not need an overhaul with each season’s passing trend. The following list will help the Curvy.Confident.Chic. Plus- size woman put together a basic wardrobe for every occasion. Do not worry; every item on the list will have recommendations where you can purchase your basics!

1. Underneath it all. Before you dress your amazing curves, you must set the proper foundation. In order for your clothes to fit well and lay right, the

Types of Plus Size Shapewear and Shapewear Buying Tips

I have had quite a few of you who have asked me about plus size shapewear options. I play with it, rock it, use it frequently. If you are one who cares not for shapewear, then this post is not for you… this is specifically for those who have been looking for the styles, options, and brands that cater to the plus size woman. I have also had a few ask about plus size shapewear tips and tricks! Not only we will cover the types, but we will break down coverage, what that type of coverage will do, and how to shop for it!

So before I get into the TYPE of shapewear, let us start with a few tips, is this okay?

Plus Size Shapewear Tips When Shopping:

✔ Know the level of control you want. Light support smooths you out while firm or extra firm “corrects.” I use the parenthesis lightly because it implies that your body is wrong. NOPE. Not that at all! Bu the level will help you to manage expectations and to help you from passing out because you cannot breathe!

✔ Know your measurements and shop your size. Each brand will have it’s own measurement chart, check it

The 7 Plus Size Denim Must Haves in Your Closet

As we ready ourselves for fall, the perfect pair of plus size denim is always one of those things that are at the top of the list of must haves-the scariest and most difficult thing for women to find! This is not lost on straight size women as well! But as I was reading Glamour’s guide, I thought to do a plus size version, with a few of the places to shop, the looks, and a few more suggestions if you are bold and daring!

So what are you looking for in denim? Will this season’s trends sit in your closet? I think regardless of season these 7 Plus Size Denim Must Haves will ease your denim woes once you find them that work for you! Also, have you checked out my plus size denim guide? There I break down cuts, washes, shapes and what to expect BEFORE you go shopping!

Here we go!

The 7 Plus Size Denim Must Haves in Your Closet

Skinny light/medium blue jeans

My TRUSTY Torrid Stiletto jeans are a perfect example of denim this style that can be rocked soooo many ways.

I loved them sooo much I bought two black pair. YES, THAT good. Over the knee boots, chunky