- Off the shoulder looks: a mini-history and finds (fatchic.net)
- Lace it up (fatchic.net)
- Shouldering Off: 6 One-Shoulder Dresses from ModCloth (thebudgetfashionista.com)
One of the more frustrating aspects of writing for plus size fashion is this: you know what the trends are. At least, Iâ€™m guessing most of my fellow bloggers KNOW what the trends are. Whatâ€™s popular in straight fashion always has some potential in plus fashion, and the tastes if not the worlds have begun to merge. Such is the case with the fit and flare dress. Itâ€™s in the straight fashion magazines (in part because plus size fashion has blogs, ezines, and â€˜zines, but not magazines), it is one of those straight fashion designs that transfers easily to a decent amount of curvy bodies â€“ and yet itâ€™s only starting to occur to retailers to offer it in plus sizes.
The same can be said of pinup styles, which were originally designed for women considered â€œfatâ€ by todayâ€™s extremely dubious standards.Â Yet theyâ€™re only making it into the plus-size market 5 years minimum of Christina Aguilera released that Bugle Boy video.
So, plus size fashion is always on a lag, unless youâ€™re one of those amazing seamstress types out there. The one advantage it gives plus size consumers is this: we can really, REALLY deliberate over what weâ€™re willing to adopt and what weâ€™re going to say no to. Itâ€™s not like we donâ€™t see these trends coming.
Still loving drapey, fluttery looks. When they fit just right, I feel so comfortable and yet sort of graceful. This of course is only when sitting at a sidewalk cafÃ©, in that golden thirty-five seconds before I spill my drink on myself.
Think tank top â€“ that keeps going straight past your knees. Itâ€™s a simple look thatâ€™s the summer answer to the little black dress; comfortable, but again, meant as a base on which to hang your accessories. Unfortunately, the ones with the outer pockets sewn on so you have a place for your keys and sunscreen are also the ones that are less acceptable in dressy situations. I knew someone would ask.
Find your own plus size tank dress on Fat Chic clothing search.
No stores listed have paid for their appearance in this catalog. The majority were added by the author of this blog for the convenience of herself and her fellow plus size shoppers.
Plus Size France
A note to any French readers: je suis desolee, me francais et mal.
In fact it is so bad, when I was in Paris a few French speakers actually begged me to switch to English. I think, should you wish to use this page, you may prefer to view it in Google Chrome, that has an automatic translator built in. It may, however, do more vile things to the French language than I.
If you know of a plus-size shop in your region that belongs on this list, by all means, let me know -in anglais, s’il vous plait.
Stylish wear up to EU 56.
Jean Marc Philippe
No longer appears to have web commerce – available at Navabi.
Pauline et Julie
Small collection of straight and plus clothing, presented in a side-by-side design approach.
PlumetyActually uses plus-size models.
As far as I’m concerned, you get the entire month of January to decide on any New Year’s resolutions. It gives you an opportunity to test things out and see what will work.Â Usually this time of year we are particularly beset by all those resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, have a bikini body only really achievable with surgery by around April.Â I think most of us know this is self-destructive and tends to reinforce our bad habits by making them seem like a relieving reward, so I thought I’d suggest a few alternatives to really build self-esteem.
I also recommend only choosing one resolution per year. It’s about improving your life, not about being perfect – and this way if you backslide, you backslide but you can still reset. The point of it being a New Year’s resolution is to work on it over the course of the year, after all.
Alternate resolutions to consider:
1. Add new foods to your diet.
The subconscious mind doesn’t get “cant’s” or “dont’s.” It does, however, assimilate “do this instead” which is why the technique works well on children and for affirmations. So rather than saying, “stop eating junk food,” say, “I’m going to add beans to my diet.” (Beans are high in fiber and protein. Any food will do, really.) As you find new recipes and more creative ways to eat, it will eventually displace some but probably not all of your unhealthy food choices.
This happens to be my resolution for this year. I’ve always hated beans, but I really need them in my diet if I want to commit wholesale to vegetarianism. I only recently discovered I’ve only a few times eaten them prepared properly.
2. Get used to how you look in photographs.
This is psychologically very difficult, I know. But once you conquer this you really will be on your way to self-acceptance. There will always be some person, usually a guy, who will be a jerk upon seeing the pictures and do everything he can to make you feel miserable that he doesn’t want to sleep with you. Yes, it will hurt. Yes, you will face a setback. Yes, you will have to begin again. Just remember: you have the power of delete in most circumstances where you can post your picture online, and most of the time, you can selectively delete comments. Free speech means people are free to say what they like, but that doesn’t mean you have to host it in perpetuity.
3. Get rid of all the clothing that doesn’t fit you anymore.
Do it. We’ve all been saving that one pair of jeans until we can magically fit back into it. As far as I know, getting back into the skinny jeans forever only happened to Miranda on Sex and the City, and she was fictional – and never, ever plus-sized. So pitch them on out, make some room in your closet for something fabulous be it clothing, books, or a great armoire. It moves you towards accepting yourself as you are, and moves those false carrots we dangle in front of ourselves out of your house.
The problem with all those “body positive” resolutions such as “lose weight” is that it demands you hate your body before you can love it.Â It’s almost as absurd as asking your child to be a straight A student before you show any sign of affection. Give yourself something concrete to work with, rather than forcing yourself to chase a shadow.
I’d have to say yes. There’sÂ a great discussion of it over at Big Fat Deal. I have to say, though, that my sympathies are not so much with Tyra and weren’t even when she was supposedly on “my” side. The few episodes I’ve watched of her have revealed her to be a raging, uninformed egomaniac a la Ricki Lake – and any assumption of a cause at all would only be in direct relation to benefitting herself.Â I had my guess she was going to bail, and indeed, it happened.