Peplum’s have been a huge trend this year and we’ve talked about it on the blog as well as shown some outfit ideas featuring peplum’s but today I wanted to talk about Curvy Girls and “The Peplum”.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that peplum’s are NOT for the curvier lady – basically their reasoning was because the peplum expands outwards this would accentuate the curves (hips, booty and even the stomach) and cause a curvier lady to look bigger.   It’s really the opposite.  Thanks to that little ruffled, extension of the peplum we are actually able to hide the stomach, accentuate our waist, balance out our bottom half (if we are blessed with a little too much hips and booty) or give us the illusion of having hips (if God skipped us on the hips and booty doses).  In my opinion the peplum actually looks best on females with a bigger bottom half.

The peplum is really a garment that looks flattering on all females. It gives us all that feminine shape and hour glass body that most women try and achieve.

The key to wearing the peplum is being perfectly tailored.  You always want to pair your peplum with something fitted.  For instance, if you wear a peplum top opt for a bodycon/fitted pencil skirt or fitted pants (I think skinny jeans/pants look best).  You really never want to pair your peplum with loose pants or an a-line skirt – the peplum already flares out so having 2 garments that are not form fitting will not be flattering.

Of course not all garments are suited for the curvier lady however this is one that is defiantly is and you should hop on board the peplum train ASAP!

Right now ASOS (of course) has my favorite peplum’s.  They have a wide range of peplum dresses, skirts, and even jackets and of course you can find shoes, pants and accessories to pair with them on the site as well.  :)

Check out a few outfit ideas:

Peplum Jacket:

Peplum Jacket: For Curvy Girls
Peplum Top:
Peplum: For The Curvy Girl

 

Peplum Dress:

 

Peplum: For Curvy Girls

 

The peplum trend will be continued through the Fall so go ahead and add some  to your wardrobe… you know you want to!

Will you be giving the peplum a try?

 

 

I’m not sure who made up the “rule” that curvy girls must wear dark, solid bottoms but I’m here to tell you that it’s totally FALSE.

I am a firm believer in wearing clothes that fit and flatter your figure however that doesn’t mean you must stick to dark colors or stray away from patterns and bold colors.

The most important thing about wearing  any pants at any size is the FIT.  That means you should be able to breathe with the pants on, the pants should not be pushing into your sides (creating the “muffin top”), NO CAMEL TOE, and most importantly you should be comfortable in them.  The pants fitting properly and you being comfortable should be your only rule when wearing pants and jeans.

Because colorful and printed trousers and jeans tend to make a loud and bold statement try to pair them with a solid top (if the jeans/pants are printed) or a more subtle toned top (if the jeans/pants are a bright color).

Most importantly HAVE FUN with it – Colors and prints add so many dynamics to ones wardrobe and can really add some flavor to your style.

My favorite’s this season have to be red trousers and floral skinnie’s!

What about you ladies, have you incorporated any printed or colorful pants to your wardrobe?

 

For the Curvy Girl: Bold Trousers & Jeans

Well Ladies, the warm weather is here and it looks like it will be staying!

I love hot weather but I don’t like being hot & sweaty (not a cute look) so I tend to opt for dresses and rompers during the warmer months as they keep me a lot cooler and comfortable.  Aside from dresses and rompers being a cooler choice I personally love the lady-like and versatility wearing dresses gives you – they are great for work and casual wear, you can dress them up and down etc. Rompers and Jumpsuits also can be worn for work or play (depending on how you style them) and I decided to add them in this mix since I’ve had a mild obsession with them lately! :)

My favorite choices can be found at ASOS, Forever 21, Fashion to Figure and Dorothy Perkins!

Check out some HOT Summer Dresses and Rompers/Jumpsuits to keep you cool, comfortable and cute the next few months.

 

 

ASOS:

100+ Dresses for the Curvy Girl featuring ASOS
100+ Dresses and Rompers for the Curvy Girl

 

Forever 21:

 

100+ Dresses & Rompers for the Curvy Girl ft. Forever 21

Fashion to Figure:

100+ Dresses and Rompers for the Curvy Girl
Dorothy Perkins:
100 Dresses Under $100 featuring Dorothy Perkins
100 Dresses & Rompers Under $100
1. Asos 2. Forever 21 3. Chictopia 4. Bloomingdales

This past weekend I went shopping on a mission to find a few things. My list included neon anything  (shoes, tops, jeans), printed maxi dresses, basic tanks, and a high low hem skirt or dress. I found my neon, my prints, and my basic tanks, but I could not find the high low hem skirt or dress.

The high low hem dress is taking the fashion world by storm. It is very versatile and can be dressed up or downn. You can either dress it up with heels or down with sneakers or flats (depending on the material and occasion). This unique hem line adds an element of surprise to your look. For those that were blessed in the booty department this style of skirt/dress is great for you. Most women that I know that are curvy have the same problem, the skirt rides up in the back. With the high low hem you do not have to worry about that problem.

During my little shopping excursion, everything I tried on was too tight, too big, or too ugly-the wrong print and color. I was getting so frustrated. My sister however was able to find a cute black high low hem dress…I was jealous but don’t tell her that lol. I went to multiple stores but the fit was all wrong or the clothes just didn’t “speak to me.”

Below you will find some great options for this unique style and they are all under $100

Summer is fast approaching and with that comes SWIMSUIT SEASON!!!!  Are we excited yet??? *cue the sarcasm*

For most women it’s hard to find the “perfect” swimsuit. (Perfect swimsuit:  A suit that we actually like, is flattering to our body and we feel sexy yet comfortable in. :))

The “finding of the swimsuit” is probably the hardest part (yes, harder then actually strutting around the beach with the suit on!) and can be really time consuming!

Here a few tips to finding the right suit for you:

- EMRACE YOUR CURVES!!! Don’t focus on what you hate about your body; focus on what you LOVE about your body (best features) – eg. A defined waist, long legs, a bigger bust, etc.

- FIT!  Make sure the swimsuit you choose is flattering to your body shape, make sure it is supportive and most importantly make sure it is YOUR size.  Most of us know what our body shape/type and size is and we know what looks good on our bodies.  Don’t let the swimsuit shopping intimidate you and make you forget all you know about dressing YOUR body – use the same “rules” (colors, cuts, likes, dislikes etc.) that you use to purchase everyday clothes when selecting your swimsuit.

- You must be comfortable in whatever suit you purchase.  If you are not comfortable in the suit you buy you will not be able to walk around comfortably and confidently (and you may even try to cover up with the dreaded t-shirt —– DON’T DO IT LADIES, A T-SHIRT IS NOT A REAL SWIMSUIT COVER UP!!!).  EXUDE CONFIDENCE!!!

If you feel comfortable purchasing a swimsuit online I’d highly suggest you do as there are many more options available (just make sure the retailer has a good return policy).

Some of the hottest swimsuits this season can be found on the websites below:

www.simplybe.com (10-28)

www.modcloth.com (up to a size 3X)

www.onestopplus.com  (12-44)

http://www.monifc.com/ (14-24)

http://www.everythingbutwater.com/ (up to a 2x)

www.oldnavy.com(up to 4x)

 

Check out some of my personal favorites:

Bikinis:

Mod Cloth: Hollywood Hills Swimsuit – Get it here

Mod Cloth – Hollywood Hills Swimsuit

Mod Cloth: Beach Betty 2 piece – Get it here.

Mod Cloth - Beach Betty 2 piece

Mod Cloth: Bathing Beauty Two Piece – Get it here.

Mod Cloth - Bathing Beauty Two Piece in Rosebud

Mod Cloth: Beach Prowl In 2 Piece – Get it here.

Mod Cloth - Beach Prowl 2 Piece

Monif C: Sao Paulo High-Waisted Bikini – Get it here.

Monif C - Bikini 2012

One Piece:

Mod Cloth: Merry Mariner One Piece – Get it here.

Mod Cloth - Merry Mariner 1 Piece

Forever 21: Ruffled Ruched Swimsuit – Get it here.

Forever 21 - Ruffled Ruched Swimsuit

Old Navy: Women’s Plus Printed One-Shoulder Swimsuit – Get it here.

Old Navy - One Shoulder Swim Suit

Monif C: “St. Tropez” Teal Fringe Swimsuit – Get it here.

Monif C -One Piece Teal Suit

One Stop Plus: Miraclesuit Escape Animal Attraction – Get it here.

One Stop Plus -Miraclesuit Animal

SimplyBe: Beach to Beach Bandeau Swimsuit – Get it here.

SimplyBe - Beach To Beach One Piece

Tankinis:

SimplyBe: Beach to Beach Two Piece Blouson – Get it here.

SimplyBe - Beach to Beach Tankini Blouson

Old Navy: Women’s Printed Halter-Keyhole Swimsuit – Get it here.

Old Navy-Womens Printed Halter

Everything But Water: Halter Tankini Top – Get it here.

Everything But Water - HalterTankini

Everything But Water: Asymmetrical Tankini – Get it here.

Everything But Water- Assymetrical Tankini

Swimdress:

Everything But Water: One Piece Halter Dress – Get it here.

Everything But Water - Halter Dress

One Stop Plus: Roaman’s Swimdress with Side Bow – Get it here.

One Stop Plus- Roamans Swimdress

One Stop Plus: Chevron Halter Swim Dress – Get it here.

One Stop Plus - Swimdress

 

(Also ladies, please keep in mind that although a retailer may not advertise that they have plus sizes it doesn’t mean that some items cannot be found in your size.  If you see a bathing suit you love find out what size it goes up to and check the size chart on the website— also check the fabric as most bathing suits are very stretchy and you may be able to go down in size. )

There are so many BOLD choices this season ( I love the high-waisted bikinis most) which style will you be rockin’?

 

 

 

 

For Curvy Girls: Hot Swimsuits

Plus size swimwear
$148 - monifc.com

One piece bathing suit
$90 - modcloth.com

Plus size bathing suit
$90 - modcloth.com

Esther Williams beach bikini
$63 - modcloth.com

Esther Williams sheer bikini
$90 - modcloth.com

Esther Williams retro swimwear
$90 - modcloth.com

Tummy control swimwear
$50 - jcpenney.com

Liz Claiborne tankini swimwear
$27 - jcpenney.com