Fashionable Clothing For Plus-Sized Shoppers

In the past, many women who had fuller figures had to settle for dowdy and frumpy apparel that was far from "trendy." Things are rapidly changing, however, as the plus-size market becomes bigger and more and more focused than ever on providing consumers with fashionable clothing at highly competitive prices. Today's plus-size clothing brands target female consumers who are generally between the sizes of 14 and 32. These brands design all types of clothing for consumers, whether dresses, pants, sweaters, jeans, tops, skirts, activewear, leggings, bras, lingerie or pajamas. People who are looking for the hottest clothing styles that are straight off the runway can feel comfortable turning to many of the modern plus-size stores out there.

Some of the most prominent and popular plus-size stores in existence include Torrid, Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant. While the clothing at Torrid is generally focused on a hip young crowd, the styles at Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant concentrate on professional women. Their styles are still chic and suitable for fashion-conscious women in city settings.

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While it's easy to find plus-size stores at shopping centers all around the world these days, it's also extremely easy to find them on the Internet. Many reputable online fashion stores like www.navabi.co.uk specialize exclusively in plus-size clothing for women. Many well-known online stores also have designated sections for plus-size women.

Finding attractive plus-size clothing that fits properly not only used to be a hard task, but it also used to be extremely expensive for consumers. Thankfully, plus-sized customers these days can enjoy budget-friendly prices that are on the level of other clothes. People with fuller figures no longer have to spend an arm and a leg putting together stylish and attractive outfits.

Plus-size consumers who prefer shopping at brick and mortar stores for their outfits don't have to worry, either. It isn't uncommon for people to feel uncomfortable when they can't try on outfits they're interested in. Many leading brick and mortar discount retailers offer extensive plus-size selections. Target is an example of a store that features a sizable range of plus-size attire, specifically sweaters, jeans, jackets, blouses and dresses. Some people feel dismayed when they notice the lack of variety available at some plus-sized stores. The clothing options in Target's plus-sized section, however, are dazzling. People who browse the plus-sized clothing selection at stores such as Target can experience the convenience of numerous exciting choices for all occasions and situations.

This year's spring and summer fashion

As spring approaches and the weather gets warmer and sunnier, it is finally time to start thinking about spring and summer outfits again. With the lighter evenings and warmer weekends, come more opportunities for social summer BBQs and garden parties. Spring and summer are the perfect season for social outdoor gatherings.

Summer trends for 2013

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With the arrival of the warmer weather, it is not only time to start thinking about summer home decorations, but also about what to wear during the milder days. As the weather in spring is often still changeable, spring jackets can be a useful and stylish option for preparing for all eventualities. As temperatures rise, the fashions become more revealing – choosing the right pieces to flatter your figure is the key here to looking your best this summer.

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Zalando 2

Looking at the summer trends for 2013, there are definitely a few defining features that can already be made out. Some of them indicate that the minimalist black and white monochrome will be one of the the defining summer trends this year. Other trends include the return of floral prints, graphic pop art elements and turquoise one-piece-dresses.

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These trends can also be found in Zalando's women's clothing selection, which allows for a unique and individual mix of styles. Spring-Summer 2013 fashions are all about making a statement and expressing your individual sense of style.

Activewear

Working out is no excuse to let your style slip. A chic workout outfit should be transformational; make you stand taller and conquer the world (and the gym) one set of reps at a time. Make sure your gym bag matches your wardrobe in the fashion stakes and simultaneously feel better when you catch sight of yourself whilst doing those last few stomach crunches.  

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Spring Jackets

Finally it looks as if we might soon be able to ditch the heavy coats we've been wearing, for what seems like an eternity. Spring is just around the corner and as we approach the throes of warmer weather, it is time to shed your winter outerwear and sport something lighter. An easy-breezy jacket or light overcoat is the perfect replacement to see you through this part of the season, while it still feels crisp and temperatures are feeling less than Mediterranean (but we live in hope). Come rain or hopefully shine, these coats and jackets will see you through.

 

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Geometric Prints

The trend for Spring/Summer 2013 is geometric prints, so be ahead of the game and wear them now to ease you gently in to Spring.  The resurgence for bold patterns comes hot on the heels of 70s style, largely thanks to  Hedi Slimane's collection for Saint Laurent last season but can be easily achieved by taking select pieces from designers and the high street.

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Rianna Phillips

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Whistles

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Peter Pilotto

Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

Apparently Valentine's Day isn't all about the fairer sex (who knew?) so this year, why not forego the clichéd Valentine's gifts and buy something he'll really appreciate? Whether he is a self-proclaimed style expert or needs some encouragement in the grooming stakes, these gifts are sure to put a smile on his face (and ensure you get something even better next year).
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Snow Street Style

I'll readily admit I'll do a lot of things for fashion. But I also love being comfortable and being able to feel my toes each time I leave the house. Recent heavy snow and cold temperatures throughout the UK has brought the eternal fashion question to the fore; how is it possible to look stylish and stay warm during inclement weather? Although having to contend with the elements isn't always easy, embracing layers and textures means a sprinkling of snow doesn't have to get in the way of a great outfit.

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Knitwear

No-one can deny that January is a long, dark, drawn out month. The glitter and glamour of December's parties are far behind us and pay-day still seems a very long way away. There is only one thing for it; combating the miserable weather with some comforting, cosy knitwear. But by taking inspiration from designers' Autumn/Winter collections, knitwear doesn't have to mean a cable knit cardigan that your Gran knitted, or an equally disastrous novelty Christmas jumper . Sister by Sibling added punk and quirkiness to their renowned idiosyncratic knitwear separates collection using oversized pom-poms as Mickey Mouse-esque ears:

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Meanwhile, Mark Fast interpreted knitwear in a much more understated fashion, using beaded overlays and chic crop tops to give knitwear a more grown-up edge.

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Make the rest of the month bearable by adding some stylish knitwear to your wardrobe.

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Zara

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

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Three Floor

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Cocktail Dresses

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A cocktail dress should exude an understated femininity that doesn't have to shout. Instead it cuts a striking silhouette and accentuates the woman wearing it, rather than going over the top with frills and flounces. Leave a lasting impression with these selected  cocktail dresses.

Inda Ink - Reiss

 

Porter bi-colour - Roksanda Ilincic

Blue Carnation Print - Peter Pilotto

Textured Fleece - Azzedine Alaia

Camo Print - Topshop

 

Statement Jewellery

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The idea of statement jewellery isn't a new one and yet, trends for these big, bold pieces are becoming increasingly radical and yet much more readily available for more modest budgets. These pieces could last a lifetime (or just one season if you prefer), but they are guaranteed to update any outfit.

Whether you are struggling with Christmas ideas for the woman who has everything, or want to turn heads during the party season, these beautiful pieces offer some inspiration. From big and  bold to dainty and geometric, dramatic cuffs and striking necklaces cheer up any wardrobe on cold, wintry days.

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Party Season Accessories

Ophelia brushed satin ruby - Rocket Dog - £47.99

The party season is fast approaching, which means so is the dilemma of what to wear for the multiple social engagements of the period. Whether you're going out with friends on the town, to a cocktail party or the office do, add some sparkle to your clothes and the celebrations.

A bright pair of statement shoes will certainly add the wow factor to any outfit. This pair from Rocket Dog are ideal.

 

If you're looking for that special item but don't want to splash out on buying out-right, Wish Want Wear allows you to hire designer clothes and accessories.

Another way to make sure you feel your best is to invest in some special lingerie, such as this set from By Caprice so you can feel great even underneath your party outfit.

Sparkle is a must to top off the perfect festive outfit and these statement tights from Mytights.com will certainly get attention.

  

British leather accessories brand Capulet solve the problem of going from the office straight to the work party, take your iPad in a glamorous clutch.

 

Fashion Focus: Antipodium

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London-based womenswear label Antipodium creates 'a sophisticated aesthetic built from a confident simplicity and capricious nature'. Already enjoying a strong following amongst the fashion elite, Antipodium is the unofficial uniform for those who want to exude contemporary and cool. Originally, the brand started as a boutique and PR and wholesale agency representing antipodean brands and has gone on to capture the market for design-led basics. Debuting their collection at London Fashion Week in 2006, the brand is now available internationally.

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Ridley tote

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Cool clothes to keep kids cosy this Autumn

There are so many cool clothes available for kids this Autumn.  I think they often end up better kitted out than us parents!  Many great value stylish items are available in the high street stores and if you can’t face getting out in the cold then you can order everything online!  

Here’s my pick of the on trend, but still practical outfits for kids this season…

Try this warm but trendy number for your tween girl…

Gorgeous No 9 top and Ralph Lauren leggings from AlexandAlexa.com

 

 

Team it with a Ralph Lauren beret or for a more purse friendly option try Matalan, they have some great products that are budget conscious and good quality.

If it’s really chilly, add a coat, perhaps this nice gilet from Zara:

 

These mid top glitter toe  shoes will add the bling your tween girl will love! They are gorgeous and available at a budget friendly price from Tesco Clothing online or in store.

And if you have a boy…

Check out Javari for great designer shoes at affordable prices, like these timberland boots:

 

Skinny chino’s are bang on trend right now (and not just the one’s parents drink to cope with the kids)…

Tesco and Matalan have a great range that are really affordable like these cuff trousers :

Matalan have a great range of hats and co-ordinating scarves too, like this adorable beanie:

And try Next for this padded gilet and check shirt to complete the look for your boy :

 

 

now go get them outside to rake up all those crunchy Autumn leaves for you !

Street Chic

Twice yearly, the fashion pack descends on the streets of London, Paris, Milan and New York and nowadays, street style is as much of an anticipated spectacle as the designer shows themselves.

As well as catching the looks on the catwalks, photographers are just as keen to see real-life style in action. What better place to find swathes of inspiration than from the most fashion-forward ladies across the globe?

All white is the go-to for a minimalist look.

Miroslava Duma proves a sweater can be chic.

Jewel tones can be made even more striking by pairing with dark block colours and statement jewellery.

Leather jackets are almost a fashion staple these days, but looser shapes are becoming more popular.

Colour blocking is another trend that won't die away; freshen it up using metallics and laser cut leather accessories.

Sportswear doesn't have to be all about baggy, unflattering shapes. Wearable and comfortable, athleticism is in.

You don't need to be a model to pull off the androgynous look. Tailoring and layering makes it easy to blur the lines between masculine and feminine.

All photographs from Harpers Bazaar and Vogue

Trend Watch: Oxblood

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At the A/W12 shows a stand out commonality was deep red, with claret, burgundy and a generous smattering of oxblood. Undoubtedly the shade of the season, these brooding colours were seen at Acne, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang. Despite the less-than-appealing name, oxblood gives a luxe feel and is a grown-up take on brash red. Add depth and richness by pairing it with other jewels tones, or instantly make your outfit autumn-friendly with oxblood coloured leather.

Whistles - £35

Matalan - £12

H&M - £12.99

Yves Saint Laurent - £23.50

Topshop - £34

Betty & Betts - £25

 

Chanel - Champagne & Lemonade £795

Daniel Footwear - £169

Trend Watch: Baroque

As the weather is turning more autumnal, so are the shops and baroque is a trend that is popping up everywhere.  Minimalism is out, instead rich hues and luxe fabrics are in.

Inspired by 17th century opulence, tapestry prints and embellished bags can be incorporated to create the baroque look. Avoid going overboard and resembling Louis XIV by introducing a hint of the trend with renaissance-inspired prints, velvets and gilded accessories.

 Black and gold gives an instant baroque look Peplum top - Miss Selfridge £24.

Achieve baroque glamour with the tapestry-like fabric of this McQ Alexander McQueen (Matches £355).

Use gilded details such as this  Dolce & Gabbana (Net A Porter £185)  belt.

A more simplistic take on the trend from Stella McCartney (Browns £645).

Add drama to this Baroque cardigan (River Island £40) with skinny jeans and black heels.

These brocade trousers from Elizabeth and James (Net A Porter £310) provide high-octane opulence.

Fashion Focus: Ones To Watch

With London Fashion Week just around the corner, our attention turns to the fashion collections that will look ahead to Spring/Summer 2013. However, it is not just the names of the big players on the British fashion scene that everyone will be talking about. As well as  Burberry Prorsum, Giles, Marios Schwab and the other fashion stalwarts on the main schedule, the presentations and shows outside of Somerset House are brimming with talent and help to maintain London's notoriety as the home of innovative and ground-breaking fashion. These platforms also offer the lesser-known designers, who have often recently graduated, the opportunity to show their work to international buyers and press.

Last season, some of the designers that were dubbed the 'ones to watch' included Maarten van der Hoorst, Heohwan Simulation, James Long and Sophie Hulme.

Central St Martins alumnus, Maarten van der Hoorst, already has a Topshop collaboration to his name and has been selected as part of Selfridges' Bright Young Things, and not without good reason. His collections to date have showcased his Dutch and Indonesian heritage as well as 'transvestism and escapism'!

Heohwan Simulation is the brainchild of Korean designer, Hwan Heo, who graduated from RCA in 2007. Heohwan Simulation is a relatively young brand which is rapidly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in womenswear, from London to Korea.

James Long debuted his first womenswear collection at Fashion East AW11 and has continued to develop his instantly recognisable aesthetic, combining knitwear, leather and prints. The brand has gone on to be sold around the world and has already been featured in the likes of British Elle and Stella magazine.

Born and bred in London, Sophie Hulme graduated from Kingston University in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, collaborating with household names such as Nike and being carried by prestigious stores such as Net-a-Porter and Liberty.

Poolside Report: Swimwear

Another bank holiday is upon us and whether you will be using the extra day off to relax by a pool in a far-flung location or paddling in the local lido, you may as well do it in style. Patterns and prints are de rigueur at the moment, but classic styles are still being reinvented. Both the highstreet and designer brands offer an array of swimwear for all different shapes and sizes.

Antipodean brand We Are Handsome has been making a splash in the swimwear world recently and with their large graphic pieces, it is not difficult to understand why. Available at Matches.

 

Mara Hoffman is renowned for its geometric, african-inspired prints and this bikini is perfect for posing poolside. Available at Matches.

 

 

For the more understated amongst us, this traditional black bathing suit is given a modern refresh with a sporty zip and deep u-neck at the back. Available at Nelly.

This Topshop bikini has a classic, retro feel and teamed with some cat-eye sunglasses creates some serious old-style Hollywood glamour.

 

 

This body-con style, structured bikini from Dutch lingerie brand marlies|dekkers  bridges the gap between underwear and swimwear.