Target Launches Plus Size Workwear line | In the News

This must be the year of clothing lines for Target. They have recently announced that they are going to roll out yet another in house clothing line , Prologue. Unlike many of the other lines that it has recently rolled out, this particular line has a workwear and size inclusive focus. Keep scrolling for details and my top picks.

The size range is larger than usual Target’s initial , running from xs-4XL. The max Bust/Waist/Hip measurements are 57/53.5/59 respectively. These measurements lend themselves to be accomodating for many body types and sizes.

The Prices are very affordable. Everything is $50 and under , making for a affordable work capsule.

Many of the pieces are cut in a way that are #corneroffice ready. I love the sleek designs and the simple but effective cuts. I wish there was just a bit more color. Basics don’t always have to be blacks, whites and 50 shades of gray. An orange pant or even a cream blouse would have made this entire collection pop a bit more. But I understand the practicality of keeping the color palette simple. I also wish that all pieces in the 95 piece collection were offered in all sizes.

Overall, the collection is a very strong debut. It gives very “grown woman” full of staple pieces that are far from boring. The line releases Sept. 14 and you may a piece or two soon on the blog. Which piece is your favorite? View the full collection here and tell me what you think.

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Spring is Here! : Online One Stop Shop expands to include Top Brands | IN THE NEWS

Spring, an online retailer, has served as the place to get your hands on hundreds of clothing brands without opening 1000 web tabs. As of June 2018, that list will now include some pretty familiar names in Plus size retail. 

 

In the few years since Spring's inception, Plus size fashion has exploded onto the mainstream. Spring has decided to reflect that according to the following quote:

Spring is committed to an inclusive shopping experience, offering the largest catalog of products, unparalleled value, and world class customer service for all customers

The ability for plus-size women to shop the most stylish brands in one great experience is severely limited; we hope to change that. Our goal is that all women feel represented on Spring, through our brand assortment, campaign images, and end-to-end experience.
— Katherine Prime, Spring's Chief Customer Officer

 Now their general sizing runs to a size 28 and  3X. I checked the largest sizes (26/28) to see if there was truly inclusivity or just a handful of frumpy pieces to check that inclusive box. The Verdict? Mixed. There are over 200 offerings, but 90% comes from 2 stores-- Eloquii & Hips and Curves. However, I won't write them off just yet, They are still compiling and one of the main reasons Eloquii is dominating the Pus Size market is because they offer stylish pieces that no one else does. I'll be on the lookout to see if any other retailers are added soon. 

 

What do you think of the new expansion to plus size awareness? Would you shop at Spring? Let me know in the comments?

 

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Karl Lagerfeld Stitch Fix Rant | In the News

I'm not going to waste your time and make you think I'm over the moon about Karl Lagerfeld. I'M NOT. He is no stranger to tactless comments about plus size women you can find here. He's never been a fan of plus size women and since, this plus size woman hasn't been a fan of his. He has however, decided to venture into the Plus size industry in a recent collab with Stitch Fix.  The collab , per fashionista.com, is detailed as follows:

"Karl Lagerfeld Paris (KLP), the eponymous, accessible brand the German creative icon launched in 2016 as part of his branded empire, began offering 15 classic feminine styles — think tweed blazers, pearl embellished knits, floral printed midi skirts — for Stitch Fix starting in April, with a refresh in May, followed by a new collection of fall options in August. Prices range from $39 to $148 (mid- to low-range prices compared to Stitch Fix’s existing offerings) and include sizes 1X to 3X and 14W to 24W."
The sudden appeal to a lower end price and larger bodies is keeping on trend with the exploding profits in plus size wear. I searched and found some pieces for review below

Lagerfeld should have stayed where he was. Many of these pieces look matronly and underwhelming. There are some redeeming pieces , but overall I'm not impressed. I love that some plus size bloggers have made it work with cute ensembles, but it's a strong no for me. Plus you would have to subscribe to stitch fix to even have access to the pieces and see the rest of the collection

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I know the tone of this blog is decidedly negative, but I believe it is warranted. What gives? This is yet another example of someone who obviously hates larger bodies , but wants their money. NO thanks. You can keep your ugly clothes and I can keep my money. What are your opinions? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

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Royal Wedding Fashion| In the News

The world watched as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle yesterday in celebration of love. While many people focused on the music, guest list and the wedding dress, I was focused on the great weddings fashion taking place as the guests walked in. It was a great day for modest fashion and I was excited to see the parade of fascinators that topped off the great parade of pomp and circumstance. Let's dig into the top picks. 

 

 

What I loved most was that the conservative dress code never stopped the great style or creativity of what people chose to wear. This isn't your typical red carpet fare. showing skin is out and so are knees. They still delivered. Amahl Clooney was radiant in a canary yellow ensemble. She does simple very well with an A-Line cut and adds a flair with a simple train and veil. Expert tailoring made the difference. David Beckham maintained his sleek style with a very well tailored 3 piece suit, tails included. "Suits" co-star Gone Torres opted for an detailed floral number that complimented her slimmer figure. Her detail at the waist treated enough differentiation to stop the dress from looking boxy. 

 

The Mother of the Bride was radiant in a pale green number that packed an understated punch. I liked that she opted for 2 piece fit with a round hat that accented her loss. If you opt for a tee piece, take a note: Make sure that your dress is markedly shorter than the jacket. It will help elongate your silhouette and stop coordinates from looking too cheesy by being matchy matchy.

 

Serena WIlliams gave yall so many tips to copy, at this point, save her look into your phone right now.lol. Her look masters ruching completely. I hate most ruching because it isn't well placed. Serenas is expertly placed. Combined with the neck line, her ruching softened her strong shoulders and complimented her curvy figure at the waist. It allowed balanced to her fuller hips and bust.  Her color choice is also amazing. Brown skinned gems know that pale tones pop next to ebony hues. Even her hem length was spot on. Right under the knees works for virtually all tastes, heights and styles. Oprah represented for the full hourglass gals very well. She maintained her naturally defined waist with a simple stitched waist accent and kept it simple with tiered fabric. This allowed balance to her fuller bust so the look was not overwhelmed. Yet another pale pink against beautiful brown skin. 

Also notice Oprah's neckline was a little deeper. A higher neckline on a full bust would knock off the natural proportion of an hourglass figure. Princess Beatrice shined in a beaded blue ensemble that was not only well made, but well styled. When wearing an embellished dress, keep the accessories simple. Beatrice also got the sleeves right. If you like covered arms but don't like heavy fabric, go sheer; it's the best of both worlds. Karen Spencer wowed in a purple ensemble by adding layers and flair up top without overwhelming her body. She balanced an ornate headpiece with a simple short cape. A long cape would have been a little too much. 

Let's talk Priyanka. Sis said we will get a cute and covered slay and that we did. There is so much I could say, but I will say it like this-- always be aware of proportion and cut. They will create and save a look every time. What Priyanka does so well is allow good tailoring and construction elevate simple silhouettes. 

Which look was your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

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Met Gala 2018 | Red Carpet Review

Another year, another Met gala. But this one was a bit different. The theme was controversial "Heavenly Bodies". Many yelled sacrilege, but the Vatican gave the official approval nod and everyone made their best statements. Let's look at my top picks.

 

At this point it's like Rihanna is just inviting us to her to her slay party. She plays proportions, fabric and colors well. Wearing lots of fabric doesn't mean frumpy nor does it have to overwhelm your body. Take a tip form Rihanna and play with lengths. Long duster, short dress. Ornate head piece, simple shoes. 

Solange came with avant grade with a hint of Tyrone. lol. Her look was all black and she rocked a head piece that topped a du rag and she still served glam. She uses the same formula as Rihanna and uses atypical textures to bring out her radiant skin. I love her fearlessness. 

J.lo Is a master of making anything work in what works for her. High slit, strategic, flattering cutouts and high glam. Her trademark.  Take note. Never adjust to trends and parameters. Make them adjust to you. 

 

Chadwick is omy secret celb crush and this look just cements why. He's not afraid to take risks with his fashion or rock ornate clothing. Men can wear capes too. `The gold and white was never too much and the gold shoes were a great touch.

Lena Waithe chose to make a big statement and it paid off. Not only was her cape expertly designed, but the colors all complimented her confident look. Take a note from Ms. Waithe and never apologize for who you are.

And last but certainly not least, Ms. Cardi B. She is a glowing mother to be who accentuated her tummy expertly. Ladies with a tummy, TAKE NOTE. She added volume to the sides and added volume up top. Without prior knowledge, it would be hard to tell she was carrying a bundle of joy. She is here to stay and here to slay!

 

Which look was your favorite? Let me know in the comments !

 

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Oscars 2018 Red Carpet Looks | In the news

The Oscars 2018  happened this Sunday, and the Red carpet didn't disappoint. I noticed quite a few trends that popped up on the red carpet. Let's see the latest and greatest come together for a night of fashion and art. 

 

WHITE OUT

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The stars showed up and showed out in white! I loved the display of crisp whites was bolstered by expert construction. Jane Fonda wowed in a fitted gown that had a drastic cut out neckline. She is a good example of never letting age dictate having a striking style. Janet mock's whimsical train polished her mermaid gown. This look is perfect for you gems that have boxier frames. Mary J Blige didn't disappoint with this detailed gown. Her pear shaped frame shined with the constructed draping up top that accentuated her frame. If you are a fuller bottomed woman like Mary, follow her lead and focus the detailed from bust to hip. 

 

UPGRADED MENS WEAR

The ladies weren't alone on the best dressed list this year. The men definitely stepped up their game. Armie Hammer took a risk with his full burgundy velvet suit. The risk paid off. It offered a modern twist on the sometimes mundane world of tuxedos. Chadwick Bose man updated the tuxedo look with decorated lapels on an all black look. The added length of the jacket breathes life into the already sharp look. 

 

Texture/Draping

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Bling, feathers, flounce and more were on the menu for fashion. These gems took simple silhouettes to the next level with maximum texture. Zendaya shines, as usual, with a one sleeve draped gown. I love how she has fun with style while still having that touch of classic style. Try this in your own style journey by adding a texture to a simple silhouette . Get a sequined a line skirt; a velvet blouse. 

Which look was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Premme releases Spring 2018 collection | In the News

The Smash hit Plus size brand Premme just released their Spring 2018 offerings. It's only been about 2 weeks and some items are already sold out. Keep scrolling to see some of my top picks. Click on any picture to take you to the product page. 

 Jess Jumpsuit

Jess Jumpsuit

Overall, I think they got black and white right. I was surprised that they didn't go with the typical burst of color most lines do during spring. I think it's a smart move to put out pieces that are in classic colors in simple cuts to build up versatility.  I have my eye out for the jumpsuit and moto jacket. 

 Extra Essential Moto

Extra Essential Moto

 Plisse Pant

Plisse Pant

 Vittoria Blouse

Vittoria Blouse

Which piece is your favorite? See all the other pieces in the collection, go to Premme's page .

 

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Project Runway Ashley Tipton drops JC Penny to debut own line | IN THE NEWS

Ashley Nell Tipton is showing no signs of slowing down after her meteoric rise to proninence. At the top of the month, Ashley Nell Tipton Debut her own independent line on her website.

This comes as a surprise to many, due to her successful partner ship with JC Penny. So why the sudden departure? According to Tiption, " Working with JCPenney was quite the experience! But at the end of the day, they’re a corporation, so there were a lot of hands-on things and lots of people approvals had to go through." So she opted out and created her own unique pieces for Fall '17. The overall feel seems to be made for the trendy gal who likes a bit of edge. There are about 25 pieces in the entire Fall collection, nine of them going over $100. Check out some of the other pieces below and  the full collection here. 

 Circle Skirt

Circle Skirt

What do you think of Ms. Tipton's independent line? Do you prefer this line or her collaboration with JC Penny? Let em know!

Shein debuts Plus size section |IN THE NEWS

If you have been with me for a while you know this one thing to be true-- I LOVE SHEIN.COM. It's one of the best fast fashion sites for the plus size diva. The only problem, before now, was that it was Asian based in sizing which meant that it ran small. That has all changed since debuting its own plus size section. It's an admittedly smaller section, but so far, it's so good! Scroll for my top picks and click the pieces you're most interested in. 

 Scalloped Dress (I would wear this as a top)

Scalloped Dress (I would wear this as a top)

 Green velvet Skirt

Green velvet Skirt

The overall looks from the section gives you a vibe of Forever21 meets River Island. It has a great balance of trend and classics. It does have some typical "big girl" picks, but there are actually pieces that are fly that aren't in the standard section. Go figure. 

 Gold foil dress

Gold foil dress

 Bell Sleeve top

Bell Sleeve top

 Losse Jumpsuit

Losse Jumpsuit

 

What I love most about this is that it offers everything from formal pieces to ultra casual. It allows the plus size diva to actually have options. The sizing still needs to improve, but it goes up to about a size 20/22 or 4XL. They also give you the model's measurements which is the transparency that many online shoppers long for. You can finally see how the clothes fit what body.

 

 

Overall I give them a solid 8 out of 10 overall. Y'all might see me in a few of these picks real soon. 👀 With everything under $50, you can't beat the styles. Which piece was your favorite? Let me know in the comments. 

 

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White House Black Market debuts Plus Size | IN THE NEWS

On October 24, White House Black Market tossed their hat in the Plus Size ring with the release of a Plus Size line . According to the company, “From day one, White House Black Market has been about women — it’s a brand born of women, led by women and dedicated to serving women — so it was a natural fit to expand into Plus so they can make every woman feel confident and powerful to take on their day,” After viewing what they have to offer, I will say that they may be an up and coming contender in the Plus Size arena. Keep Scrolling for my top picks and details.

 Pull Over Sweater

Pull Over Sweater

The Plus Size line is offered exclusively online (Insert eye roll) but it goes up to a size 24W , which translate to usually size 26 or even a smaller 28. The price range is lower to mid level range, with the most expensive piece being $226. the overall feel of the collection is definitely Fall and Holiday inspired. 

 Rose Print Fit-N-Flair Dress

Rose Print Fit-N-Flair Dress

 Fringe Dress

Fringe Dress

Pros: I appreciated that they tapped into some of the current trends this season with the velvet, fall florals and reds. They also have multiple cuts of pants and not just one type of dress. The effort and true variety is refreshing. They also have a pretty good balance between standard , classic cuts and playfully styling the trends. 

 Faux collar wrap vest

Faux collar wrap vest

Cons: Some of the cuts were not aligned with the usual you expect from WHBM, which is more of a tailored polished look similar to Talbots. I'm also weary of some of the use of florals. I love the red rose print, but the other florals are honestly borderline scream "ugly big girl clothes". 

 Deconstructed Sequin Jeans

Deconstructed Sequin Jeans

 

Overall I am pleased that a quality brand like WHBM is offering more inclusive pieces for plus size women. This new trend of expanding into larger sizes, is promising to me and you should check out the rest of the pieces here. Let me know which one was your favorite. 

 

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Dressbarn rebrands themselves as Roz & Ali | IN THE NEWS

Another day, another company revamp. This time it is the plus size staple company Dressbarn. Originally started in 1962 as a discount clothing store. Through the years, it has come to be one of the few places plus size women could count on to provide clothing up to sizes 24 and beyond. Now? They are moving in a new direction. 

 

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Pictures courtesy of amarillo.com

Dressbarn is now aiming to rebrand with a new name and a new look. Roy and Liz is Dressbarn's answer to a push for the ever growing luxury/boutique industry. According to Dressbarn's CEO George Goldfarb, Roz & Ali "is fashion designed with our customer in mind — a place where the entire experience is hers for the shopping.” This will include not only the boutique look, but experience like in store stylists more curated styles. They have already rolled out in 11 states and will be finalized by April 2018. The reception remains to be seen.

I must say that I am presently surprised with this recent revamp and I can't wait to see how they will fully change their format. This new change, in my honest opinion, is much needed and overdue. This is just one of many revamps in the staples we have come to count on as plus size staples. What do you think of this revamp? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Kate Spade and Keds Unite!

Kate Spade expanded her girly chic empire with a collab with a comfy shoe staple-KEDS. This time around they have a holiday themed collection and Kate does not disappoint. Keep scrolling for pics. 

 

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The Classic kids get a girly spritz. Many of the shoes are covered in varying range of colored sparkles and classic Kate Spade New York Prints. My favorites are the Polka dot and silver pairs. Kate puts her classic spin on the shoes with her signature spade on the back vibrant color pairings for her prints. 

The collection prices range from $44 (on Sale) to $99, so pretty affordable. Going up to a size 11, these cuties are up for grabs and available for everyone. Tell me which one is your favorite in the comments. 

Tracee Ellis Ross to collab with JC Penny on New clothing line | IN THE NEWS

A new exciting collab is right around the corner! Tracee Ellis Ross is teaming up with JC Penny and debuting a full clothing line. Much lauded for her looks on and off the red Carpet, Tracee has cemented herself as as stylista in addition to being an actress. I am very excited at the thought of being able to essentially shop her creativity. Let's have a closer sneak peek look at some of her offerings. 

 

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All pictures courtesy of glamour.com

In true Tracee fashion, the preview cements her quirky mix of classic and fashion forward pieces. According to reports, she will also have accessories and home items in the 40+ piece collection. Some highlights are definitely the "Glow" dress and the modern tuxedo. The best part of all? It will go up to a size 3X and may include the entire collection IN STORES. Tracee is definitely outdoing herself for her debut collection. 

When it comes to this line, Tracee herself was very careful to think carefully about what style and fashion meant to her. "I feel that clothing can be your armor and also your joy. I sort of [go] between the two: Sometimes it’s how I protect myself and sometimes it’s how I express myself. I feel like this collection has both—the tux is sort of your armor, and the "Glow" dress is your joy. Everything falls somewhere in between on those."

I love the fact that many of her pieces are oversized and yet inclusive to size other lines often ignore. (The 3X + crowd.) And since this is a celeb collab, yo won't have t worry about the back of the store treatment. The line releases November 12. What pieces are your early faves? Let me know in the comments. 

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Top Picks | Talbots End of Season Sale

Talbots creeped into my inbox this morning and broke my heart. They released news of their Red hanger Sale and man is it great! There are some great, quality pieces with just enough variety to make your work week chic. I'm moving across the country in the next 10 days, so I can't order, but that doesn't mean I can't look.lol. I've picked some of my favorites and they are included below. Just click directly on the picture that interests you and it will lead you to the landing page. Keep scrolling and start clicking!

Which pick was your favorite? I personally looooove the blazer with the fur collar.I'm a sucker for a faux fur. If you're still in the mood, feel free to check out my own moving sale here. I have some cute, quality pieces that any stylist would love to add to her closet. 

 

 

BET Awards: Best Dressed | IN THE NEWS

The BET awards were held this Sunday in Los Angeles,California. I love the BET awards because the fashions always run the gamut, never leaving a dull moment. Although I do appreciate the performances ( The New Edition tribute was my favorite part!) and congratulate everyone who won the awards, I want to focus on of course the fashion. I'll pick just a few of my absolute favorites. Keep scrolling to see who made the cut.

CARDI B

Cardi B is making a splash in both the rap and fashion game. This look did not disappoint. She kept it very sexy with her signature plunging neck line.  I love this look because of the boldness of the red, her choice to go monochrome and the ability to make it pop even more with a platinum blonde bob. She chose to keep accessory simple and I agree.  The suit speaks for it self and she does a great job at pulling it off.  Congrats Cardi B!

 

ISSA RAE

Issa Rae has become more and more stylish by the day and this look is proof of it. She chose to do something that many people do but in a way that most don't dare to try. She took a classic blazer as the focal point of her look. She chose such vibrant colors and didn't back down by simplifying her accessories or hair. she kept both just as bold all the way through. This made something that was probably going to be more casual and bumped it up to glam, making it perfect for the BET awards. the only thing I would have changed would be the color of the shorts. Otherwise this look is on point.

 

LIL MAMA

Little mama is going through a style evolution and I am absolutely here for it. she's always been a gorgeous woman,but now she is embracing this effervescent glam style.  I cannot get enough it.  She chose to take this classic number and make little more sexy with a split goes up high and a neck line that goes down low. The metallic platform heels polish off this look in a way that I think many should take note of.

 

Leslie Jones

Now you know I had to give props to the lady in green! Leslie Jones is not only the host of the show, but she also rocked the red carpe.t She is owning this look. For those of you who have slimmer hips or don't have a well-defined waists, she has maximized her leg real estate and maximized her cleavage. This adds volume to her body in complementary places. She has chosen to make this a sexy look and keep it funky in a way that only she can. she has also kept it simple with the accessories.  This vibrant green is making her deep toned skin pop even more.  

 

SKAI JONES

Sky Jackson is officially on my "Can do no wrong style" list.  This girl just gets it.  She has the ability to not only dress for her age, but keep it fun, fashion forward and keep you guessing.  I love the appliqué lips that form a print. She is always able to make things pop and this look is no different. I am actually looking for this dress in my size ASAP.

Which look was your favorite? Is there a look you loved that I didn't mention? Tell me in the comments below. 

Nubian Skin Introduces 'Curve' Line for Plus Size women | IN THE NEWS

The day has finally come. Nubian Skin has released the first of many hosiery products for their plus size Clientele. If you are not familiar with Nubian Skin, let me happily be the first to explain who they are. Nubian Skin is a hosiery company started by a black woman,  Ade Hassan, to fill a void for women of color. Nubian Skin provides a true nude to women of color that can match their various skin tones. As a classical singer, hosiery is a staple in my wardrobe, so I looked to support this company from the beginning.  But when I searched on the site, I soon realized that the offerings were not in my size, so I resolved to stick with my usual black tights. Now that she does include plus sizes (up to 58 inches!!!) I am so thankful to hand her my meager doubloons for a great pair of stockings. Check out the range of colors below.

I believe I am closer to Cinnamon than berry, but I will purchase both and let you guys know how it turns out. For $15, it's worth it. Check out their other items on their websites https://www.nubianskin.com. (They will be adding bras up to G cups soon!)

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