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Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Plus-Size Clothing in Size 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.
The black and white trend that
has been extremely popular this summer is
getting darker and edgier with shifts to all
black as fall approaches. Faux and genuine leather
are exceptionally important this year both as
contrast and monochromatic textural trims, and
as individual items of clothing such as jackets,
and skirts. Charcoal grey adds to the
smoky palette with shots of blood red and orchid
purple adding depth. Teal green and
vibrant blue are being used unexpectedly or a
subtle color layers.....
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Designer Spotlight Series
regular at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Michael Kors believes in accessible fashion for the
modern woman. His high end collections have clean, modern
sophisticated lines in a more neutral palette. Sizing
is misses, and unlike many other designers is available larger than
a 12 to a 16/18. Sizes larger than 14 can be difficult to
find, as some of the department stores choose not to carry the final
XL size, in spite of its availability in the line.
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Plus-Size Designer Dresses
MICHAEL Michael Kors
diffusion line focuses mainly on sportswear and wearable pieces that
can be worn to the office or are appealing to working women as
weekend wear. More natural fibers are being used than in the past
with contemporary styling mixing with the classics.
through many upscale department stores, the diffusion line
has expanded in recent years to include women's plus-size
14 to 24W. Separates, jeans, dresses, and swimwear are all available in
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Fashion Trend Report
Working 9 to 5
Work appropriate clothing can range from business casual
more formal suits and
jacket dresses 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. Prints and
patterns are especially important in 2014 with the unexpected mixing
of masculine and feminine elements together for fresh office looks.
Vintage silhouettes and feminine fabrics such as lace or
silk might mix with a menswear plaid or tweeds, for example.
Classic tailored career pants, often in black but menswear
patterns and other colors are also on-trend this year, are an
essential part of most working wardrobes. This year structured
blazers have become quite
popular doing double duty as career separates and a polished option
over jeans on weekends. Leather trims and separates in edgy black
are providing a sleek spin to office power dressing. Add blood red
lips or heels for maximum impact.
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.
Designer dresses for full figures are increasingly available
in this shopping category, giving executive and professional more
options than ever before. Mid tier designer options in
modern classic styles
appropriate for work are becoming more readily available in the
size 14 - 24W range as well.
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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
fall months are the lead up to the holiday season that call for special attire. From
homecoming dances to Thanksgiving dinner,
social dresses and separates are
The annual ritual of
holiday office parties provide the perfect excuse for a new
dress or outfit for many. Jumpsuits may be the most important
trend story for dressy evening events, but
desk-to-dinner dresses can also work well.
For daytime events this year
will be trending in as the weather cools.
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.
Tints from pale pinks and orchids to pastel blue and
dove grey are an unexpected statement for early fall this year.
Deeper shades of teal, purple, and blue are combining with shots of
honey gold and
spicy red as the autumn leaves turn. Blue and white
vase and china pattern prints are holding over from summer. Crisp black and white combinations
carry over from last year as a chic alternative, with
classic black dresses remaining a flawless choice. 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
balls or black-tie evening weddings may call for something more
Evening gowns are heavily influenced by the glam of Hollywood
red carpets, 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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Are wedding bells ringing?
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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