Expert Tips on Wearing White After Labor Day

I think we can all agree that there are a few fashion rules that can be tossed out the window.  Not wearing white after Labor Day is definitely one of them and I know I’ve been breaking that “rule” for awhile now!  Though it’s easy to wear white in a place where it’s hot all the time, I still want to feel like I’m still dressing like it’s the Fall.  So how can you incorporate the color white into your Fall wardrobe? Keith Fulsher, the dressbarn Chief Merchandising Officer is here to show us how!

dressbarn Off-White Ruffled Peasant Blouse $39.99

  • Shy away from the summery, head-to-toe white look. Try mixing bold fall colors with one white or off-white piece such white jeans.
  • Fabric is huge factor. Forget linen and tissue-thin fabrics as they are not heavy enough or appropriate for the approaching season.  Crisp white shirts, as well as those in off-white and cream are your best bets. Cashmere and other luxe sweater fabrics are also warming whites.

dressbarn Faux Leather Jacket with Peplum $59.99

  • Outwear is a great way to keep the summer feeling. Think faux leather, faux fur, cardigans and denim jackets.  And when the cold temps hit, winter white puffer jackets. Blend with deeper fall hues to stay in season.
  • Use white as an accent piece to draw attention to an area you are confident with. Think pearls, large white watch and of course, French tip manicures.
  • Put the white shoes back in the box and opt for cream, nude or ones that blend in white such as polka dots or even saddle shoes!

dressbarn Faux Fur Animal Print Vest $59.99

What about you?  How are you rocking white after Labor Day?

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How To Find The Perfect Dress For Your Body Shape

I don’t know about you but I’ve been really getting into wearing dresses lately!  Besides the fact that this season’s dresses are super cute and come in gorgeous colors and patterns, they keep you cool and looking great at the same time!  With all the options out there, it can be a challenge to find the right dress that flatters you body. I know about that frustration all too well! Having these curves and making sure my “girls” are accomodated, I can spend hours dress shopping!  Luckily my wonderful friends from dressbarn are here to save you and me the trouble!  Keith Fulsher, their Chief Merchandising Officer has wonderful tips on how to properly “dress” you body!

Tutti Frutti Ruffle Neck Dress

Pear-Shaped (bottom half of your body is larger than your upper half):

    • Think classic cut – fitted on top and flared below.  
    • All-over patterns will add to the illusion of proportion.
    • Knee-length full skirts can be very flattering as they create more length and don’t cling to the lower half.

 

Beaded Halter Bandeau Dress

Long and Lean:

    • ‘Maxi’-mize! Longer-length dresses look great on a long and lean stature.
    • Go Bold—a slimmer figure can handle bright colors and/or patterns.
    • Create curves by choosing a dress with plenty of detail; think pockets, embellishment, belted waist patterns, etc.

 

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Tiered Floral Dress

Petite:

    • Closer-fitting, but not too-tight, styles are ideal for petites.
    • Above-the-knee hems and higher-cut waists work well to elongate legs.
    • Opt for ensembles that have just one standout embellishment (pockets, ruffles or bows). Too many will read ‘little girl-ish.’

 

Ruffled V-Neck Satin Sheath

Plus Size:

    • Structured or belted dresses will best accentuate shape.
    • Be cautious of fabric; bulky will add unwanted bulge. Think lightweight.
    • Whether you choose a shirtdress or a sundress, remember to highlight your waist to create balance.
    • V-necks or long necklaces will draw attention up toward your face and neckline which creates a visually slimming look.

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Dressbarn’s Send One Suit Weekend Kicks Off Today

dressbarn Send One Suit 2011

Dressbarn, the company who gave us great tips on how to dress our best as well as some great clothing for the curvy girls, is hosting a special event called Send One Suit.  From now until Sunday, February 27, you can go to any Dressbarn location and donate any of your gently used suits, dresses, skirts, slacks, blouses, belts and shoes.  They’ve teamed up with the wonderful organization Dress for Success, to get your donated items into the hands of those less fortunate women who want to look their best as they re-enter the workforce.  We all know how important it is to dress to impress when interviewing and all women should have the opportunity to do so!  So if you have anything that you’re not using, please stop by your local Dressbarn and give your donation.  As a gift for your genorisity, you can enjoy 15% your total purchase in store!

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Dressbarn Dishes on How to Look Your Best

As you remember from my Plus Size Fashion Spotlight featuring Dressbarn, they have a great selection of clothing for us plus size and/or curvy girls!  Me and my size 16 self go shopping there quite often!  Besides gracing me with some great pics from their Fall collection, they have also given me some awesome tips for choosing the right clothes for your plus size figure!  From choosing the right skirts to defining your waist, Keith Fulsher, their Chief Merchandising Officer, covers it all!

 

 

Skirts:

  • Stick to solids (dark blue, black or grey is best) or medium-sized graphic patterns. Remember, it’s the space between prints that makes them unflattering so pick prints with overlapping designs.
  • Pencil and A-line cuts can be most flattering, just select ones that have a hint of stretch.
  • Stay away from unstructured skirts. Think fitted, not clingy, unflimsy fabric.
  • Avoid skirts that button down the front as they can bunch at certain points; skirts that fasten at the side with an invisible zipper are best.
  • Opt for skirts that hit at the knee.

Dresses:

  • When choosing a dress, remember – dark colors have a camouflaging effect whereas lighter colors attract attention.  
  • Semifitted styles are best, hugging you in the right areas. Think empire-waist, wrap dresses and other belted shirtdresses and sheaths that cinch at the waist and flow away from the body. 
  • Avoid dresses that are too loose or too fitted (including cuts that cinch the waist too tightly). 
  • Seek medium-weight knits and soft fabrics that hang well.
  • Remember, showing skin can make you appear slimmer so lower cut necklines and shorter hems may be a good investment.

If You’re Heavier on the Bottom:

  • Utilize vertical lines and patterns to create an up-or-down illusion.
  • Wear long tops (tunics) that go past your hips.
  • Wear prints on top to draw attention to your top half.
  • Opt for jackets, tailored suits, and dresses with straight, classic cuts.

 

Heavier on Top: 

  • Choose loose fitting tops that also slim down to hug the hips and waist. 
  • Opt for thinner materials, such as cotton or cotton jersey, to avoid bulk.
  • Wear one color, down to the shoes, for an overall elongated look.
  • Choose long jackets without shoulder pads to create a balanced silhouette.
  • A pleated skirt will bring the attention to your lower half, and don’t be afraid to wear shorter hem lengths.

 

Define a Waist:

  • Make the most of your defined waist by choosing styles that draw to attention to it. This could range from using a belt to cinch a dress or sweater, or opting for a pencil skirt with a bit of stretch and tucked-in V-neck blouse.
  • V-shape necklines and the tucked-in-top will draw attention to your waist. Wrap dresses are also an easy way to define a waist at the smallest part of your body.

Overall Fit:

  • Choose fabrics that don’t cling and avoid stiff or bulky textures. If you dress frumpy, you’ll free frumpy.
  • Wear proper undergarments including all-in-one shapers and control top pantyhose.
  • Baggy clothes won’t make you look slimmer. Body-conscious clothes that accentuate curves, without being clingy or tight, are most flattering.
  • Opt for empire waists or A-line styles to create a smooth, lengthened look.  Be cautious of pleats as they tend to add bulk to the mid-section.

 

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Plus Size Fashion Spotlight: Dressbarn

I hope you ladies had an awesome weekend!  This week’s plus size fashion spotlight is Dressbarn, a store that I’m sure you all are familiar with.  I’ve bought some items from Dressbarn over the years, including a nice pair of black pants for work that I needed a few months ago.  Not only do they carry regular misses sizes, they also have a whole side dedicated to plus sizes.  The clothes are just as fashionable and trendy and I can personally attest that the fits are great! I go there to find some great classic pieces for work as well special occasion dresses. My favorite thing to get from there are their dresses, especially their sheath dresses.  Those types of dresses are great for plus size women, giving you shape and definition, while hiding those problem areas! Prices are also very reasonable and they are known to have a good sale or two!

Jeweled Neckline Dress

 

Belted Sheath Dress

Rosette Dress

Metallic Brocade Dress

 
Catch up on Plus Size Fashion Spotlight:

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Plus Size Fashion Spotlight: SK Wilbur

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