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Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Plus-Size Clothing in Sizes 12 +
What's Your Style?
We each have our
unique personal style. And we all know "plus-size" is neither
a style nor a body type. Elegant Plus is here to help
you express yourself with fashion options in a wide variety of
tastes and lifestyles, for every age and budget. From natural fiber
classics to Fast Fashion must-have trends, at all price points from
moderate to upscale designer, our easy-to-use
hand-selected Editor's Pick fashion will
help you to find the perfect outfit.
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Designer Spotlight Series
urban boho label, Johnny Was
combines easy-care natural fibers such as rayon, silk, and cotton
with vintage inspirations fused with global gypsy aesthetics.
Founded in 1987 by Eli Levite, Bob Marley's “Johnny
Was a Good Man" served as musical inspiration which is only fitting
for a Coachella fashion favorite.
A Fair Trade company, the hand crafted aesthetic and
embroidered details are prized by free spirited women of every age
group. The JWLA sister label embodies similar design aesthetics with
a slightly more casual, lived in vibe. Both are available in
plus-size styles to 3X.
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Size 1X - 3X
print dresses, tops, skirts and tops mix with vintage detail rayon
embroidered pieces in an eclectic style with simple, flowing
silhouettes. Embroidered layering kimonos and tunics are both
immensely popular, along with both shift dresses and maxi dresses.
Vintage lace details often mix as eyelet solids or French lace
trims. Both knits and wovens are available. These are
wearable, every day clothes with casual yet chic bohemian appeal.
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Plus-Size Fashion Trend
With warm weather comes the summer music and arts
festival scene, and with that comes an explosion of global inspired
fashion. This year
BoHo Chic styles have a heavy Mexican and folk art
influence. Crisp white dresses, maxi skirts, and
peasant tops are embroidered in floral or ethnic patterns.
Pattern mixing works especially well for this style tribe, with
florals, paisley, and tribal prints appearing on everything
including wide-leg palazzo pants,
leggings, and tunics.
Light, sheer kimonos in a myriad of prints are being worn
over short denim shorts and tank tops, along with sandals. Longer
art deco style dusters also work well over jeans and plain tees.
Maxi dresses have become a summer classic, and are an
integral part of bohemian wardrobes.
Eco-fashion in beginning to play a more prominent
role in fashion, generally. Bohemian styles have long favored
natural fibers which in the summer months can include organic
linen, and silk. Lace is also very important this year
with summer styles offering
crochet, eyelet, and traditional lace in both white and colors.
Bold statement necklaces are the most important accessory, in
addition to woven belts in tribal patterns and gemstone studded
western style belts.
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Are wedding bells ringing? The winter holidays through
Valentine's Day is the heart of the romantic engagement season.
curvy brides are looking for voluptuous mermaid gowns, light and
frothy tulle, and vintage lace. Tea length dresses are becoming
more popular with less formal weddings. Light tints including blush,
champagne, and silver are diversifying the traditional white and
ivory bridal palette. Some brides are even opting for bolder
colors while maintaining the fairytale quality of their wedding
Head pieces with a vintage Gatsby flavor are particularly in
demand, along with florals, crystal, and more whimsical veils.
Popular colors for
bridesmaids this year include radiant orchid purple, pale pinks,
violet, greens, and a range of blues from paler to more intense
shades. Floral prints are certain to be chosen for some
wedding parties with patterns taking central stage this fashion
season. Look for softer fabrics such as chiffon as we move towards
the spring and summer wedding seasons.
Mothers-of-the-bride and other special guests enjoy both sleeved
and bare style dresses. Jacket dresses and
evening suits, both long and tea length, are still favored by
many, but more youthful, contemporary style
social dresses are also increasingly in demand.
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Fashion Trend Report
Working 9 to 5
Work appropriate clothing can range from business casual
more formal suits depending on the field and position
held. Even in less formal office environments there can be certain
situations that may require the occasional formal option.
Dresses in recent years have become an office favorite.
Tailored sheath dresses, fit and flare styles, wrap dresses, and
jacket dresses are all popular options. Separate blazers or
cardigans may be layered over them for either arm coverage or to
provide warmth in cooler months or in air conditioned environments.
This year structured
blazers have become quite popular doing
double duty as career separates and a polished option over
weekends. Luxury items like
hand bags, and cashmere
cardigans give upscale plus size women the professional looks they
need. Mid tier designer options in
modern classic styles
appropriate for work are becoming more readily available in the
sizes 14-24W range as well.
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Plus-Size Fashion Trend
Natural Fibers &
Summer is when we reach for cool, light fashions that keep
us comfortable in hot weather. Popular choices are cotton, silk, and
linen in both classic, tailored styles and free flowing looks that
skim the body. Cotton sun dresses, tees, shorts and crops along with
sweeping maxi skirts and dresses are among the most popular.
Career women also take advantage of items such as crisp linen
sheaths and suits. Whisper weight silk is perfect for items as
diverse as wedding guest dresses and BoHo print tops, and is more
Natural fibers are popular with women who are more
environmentally conscious, but others appreciate some of the luxury
quality of these fabrics. Organic cotton and linen is
generally much more expensive to produce and therefore mainly
available in either artisan boutique designers, or upscale premium
labels. The most widely available
plus-size eco-fashion brand today is Eileen Fisher.
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Plus-Size Fashion Trend
Once the excitement of the event invitation wears
off, most women begin to wonder: What am I going to wear?!
The summer months are full of celebratory
events that call for special attire. From graduation
ceremonies to wedding invitations,
social dresses and separates are
in demand. For daytime events
florals are feminine print options. Lace is
particularly in demand this year, along with sheer chiffons and back
Sleeves are becoming more important for young and more
sophisticated women, alike. Hem lines are dropping with more
option at or below the knee in midi lengths, in addition to maxi and
full-length formal dresses.
Color palettes range from pale pinks, pastel blue,
white while pops of coral, magenta, orchid, and yellow liven
up warm weather fashion. Crisp black and white combinations
carry over from last year as a chic alternative. Navy blue is
the dark neutral of choice for
cocktail dresses, especially when black in not appropriate.
Wide leg palazzo pants in light chiffon and lace are special
occasion choices that can go from afternoon to evening with ease.
tops with sequins or beading, this look can be an elegant
alternative to dresses.
Special occasion suits are another option for more formal
Some occasions such as military
balls or black-tie evening weddings may call for something more
Evening gowns are heavily influenced by Art Deco glam of
Hollwood, with the Charles James exhibition of more structured and
elaborate gowns and the Met Ball sure to influence styles moving
into the next year. Vintage referencing is particularly strong in
formalwear whether you are drawn to flashy flapper styles or
voluptuous 50's silhouettes, options are readily available.
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