NEW POST: Snap To Attention
One of the most pervasive patterns on the runways and sidewalks seems to be camo (much to my hubby’s dismay), so when I saw this print on such a flattering pant, I knew they’d be a hit. The rough-and-tumble history of the pattern begged to be paired with an edgy top (I’m not so much a “leather and lace” person as a “leather and leather” person), and Mynt1792’s vegan-leather top seemed like a natural fit.
I’m kinda obsessed with this top; the vegan-leather front is buttery soft and feels like the real thing, and the knit back & sleeves allow for more movement and breathability (and the exposed back zipper is a nice touch).
Whether you’re looking to join a street rumble or just kick it with your girls, this outfit is sure to make everyone stand at attention.
Necklace: Ann Taylor
NEW POST: Boost Your Curvy Quotient With Sonsi!
As plus-size women we all have different levels of confidence regarding our curves. There are those who are uncomfortable with them and try to disappear into the background, those who feel okay with their curves, but want to focus a bit more on streamlining their shape in every outfit, and then there are those women who embrace their curves and are willing to try every trend.
But if you’re uncertain about your style, or your feelings about your size, you should take Sonsi’s Curvy Quotient quiz! Not only is it fun and easy, you can quickly find out what clothing will best speak to your personal style and trend comfort level. I recently took it, and found out that I am “Confidently Curvy.” While I’m not surprised with my results, it was cool seeing what types of clothes best described my curve personality.
I picked out this fabulous high-low leopard print top from City Chic and vegan leather leggings from Lane Bryant. I actually loved this look so much I wore it on my birthday! With the flattering faded leopard print stripes on the front of the shirt, and the surprising leopard on the back, the top makes a style statement, coming and going!
Find out your Curvy Quotient here: Boost Your CQ
Want to enjoy a party without even leaving your home? Then you should check out Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation Twitter party! If you haven’t attended a party like this before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just use the hashtag #BoostYourCQ to stay on top of what other tweeters around the world are saying, and hopefully connect with some new friends & learn a thing or two! Sonsi will be throwing a twitter party with tips, tricks & stories all to help you #BoostYourCQ! Plus, they’re giving away over $300 in prizes to some very lucky winners!
So, just join Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation on Tues. Oct. 15 at 9 pm ET & you could win one of five Sonsi gift cards — more than $300 in prizes total! RSVP for the Sonsi Twitter party here: RSVP
Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant at Sonsi
(We interrupt your normal plus-size style coverage to bring you a short insight into New York Fashion Week, fall 2013).
I was fortunate enough to cover New York Fashion Week this season for the amazing, fashion-forward website, I Like What You’re Wearing. After attending countless shows and parties, I put together a detailed list of the runway trends that are bound to make their way into your wardrobe come fall!
You can see the original, as well as other articles, here.
This article originally ran in I Like What You’re Wearing Magazine, Issue 4.
I can’t deny it, I’ve really taken a shine to metallic hues lately. I was fortunate enough to be gifted such beautiful pieces by Lane Bryant, so there was no reason for me to feel gilt-y. Alright, alright, too many puns… I’ll stop now. I know that silence is golden.
This outfit made me feel very “Ladies Who Lunch…With Danger!” The shimmery gold sweater and the elegantly embellished skirt have a classical feel to them (albeit an updated classic), and the crocodile-embossed leather satchel reminds me of a vintage bag I would stumble across in my Grandmother’s closet. It begs to be passed down to future generations, and if I ever do have a daughter I can assure you it would eventually be in her possession. The bit of edge comes into play with the spiked rose gold collar necklace and the rose gold tipped pointy-toe heels. While the soft tone of the metal might disarm you, the sharp points will keep you on edge.
Are you a magpie for shiny style? Or do you think the sheen a big fat glitter bomb?
Top: Lane Collection gilded sweater by Lane Bryant (size 1X)
Skirt: Lane Collection glitterati skirt by Lane Bryant (size 18)
Shoes: Nasty Gal (Size 9.5)
Just call me Tiger Lady.
I know I talk up my love of animal print (oh New Jersey, can I ever escape you?) but this is taking it to a whole new level.
With being smack dab in the middle of the season and temperatures finally dipping (seriously, snow last week?), I’ve finally been able to break out my Fall fashions. From vegan leather and cable knit to plaid and oxblood, I’ve been dabbling in all the trends.
I love the shape of this pleated vegan leather skirt, and the long sleeve tiger shirt turns it into more of a fit and flare than just a… flare. With the addition of opaque black tights and a rugged high-heel boot, it ups the Fall feel and increases the badassness by just a bit.
Roar. Welcome to November.
Shirt: Walmart (Size L)
Skirt: Kirna Zabete for Target (Size 16)
Sunglasses: Street Vendor
Bag: Pat Field
Fall in Love with P.S. It’s Fashion
Happy Fall everyone!
With the onset of cooler temps come cooler clothes and fabulous fabrics. Velvety suede, buttery leather, camo hues and darker tones… Absolutely my favorite season AND my favorite time for fashion! I just can’t wait until the leaves match my hair!
Jacket: ASOS (Size 14)
Shirt: Old Navy (Size XXL)
Leggings: Hue (Size 2X)
Boots: Urban Outfitters (Size 10)
Glasses: Warby Parker
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Watch: Betsey Johnson
Lovers forever... face to face
My city or mountains
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather...
Take from me... my lace
Out of all the amazing fashion contrasts there are out there my favorite has to be leather & lace. The edginess of the tough leather paired with the femininity of the romantic lace is such a delicious contradiction it’s a guarantee to make anyone stop and stare.
I started the outfit with a lace skirt as an easy base, then added a long-sleeve button-down collared shirt in a contrasting lace pattern. The two different lace patterns help break up the outfit and prevent it from looking like a dress. I topped off the lace shirt with an edgy asymmetrical leather vest to give the outfit some bite.
I continued the leather & lace theme with an Alexander McQueen inspired clutch and black suede booties that I spiked myself! The lace clutch is one of my favorite accessories (although I wish it was slightly bigger so I could store more things), as it has a bejeweled skull four-finger knuckle clasp- it’s a clutch and a ring! And I’m quite proud of the spiked booties- I bought them cheap at Target and spiked them myself. (I bought the spikes at http://studsandspikes.com). Spiking the shoes was not that easy and it’s quite the arm workout, but I think it was totally worth it!
So get a little femme, get a little butch, and toss on some leather & lace!
Lace Shirt: Forever21
Bra: Lane Bryant
Clutch: Pat Field
Shoes: Target (But spikes added by yours truly!)
Jad Ghandour Grows Up
My sole memory of the Jad Ghandour show last season is of two adorable tiger cubs that jumped and pounced inside their cages. But the clothes…. wait, what clothes? The cubs were just so cute and funny that I have no memory of anything that was shown on the runway.
And perhaps Ghandour realized this, as this season’s show was allocated to the opulent Cipriani, nary a baby animal in sight. While the awkward double-turn on the runway seemed unnecessary, the clothes were beautiful, so maybe Ghandour wanted to make certain that they would be imprinted on your mind.
Ghandour showed a large collection, touching on everything from edgy Angelina Jolie-esq second-skin leather dresses to beaded bodice flowing brightly-hued gowns that would not look out of place on the most elite red carpets. His fall/winter 2012 collection was inspired by the screen sirens of old Hollywood: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Gandour’s interpretation of “old Hollywood” into updated, modern shapes helps prevent the collection from feeling dated and stale, and invites young Hollywood to don his dresses at their next event.