>SPRING STYLE AT AMERICAN EAGLE FOR UNDER $40

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As plus size women we have to be creative when it comes to shopping in order to broaden our personal style. Every now and again we have to venture into straight size stores to see what new styles they have. As I advocate on this blog, sometimes you have to focus on the cut and not the size when you’re not shopping in plus size stores in order to get some of the trends and looks that plus size brands don’t carry. You never know what goodies you may find.

Today I wanted to share with you a few spring pieces that I love from American Eagle. Aside from carrying jeans and super cute tees, surprisingly American Eagle has a pretty nice collection of dresses, blazers, and bags. While I can’t fit any of their jeans because they’re all low rise and do not accommodate my voluptuous hips and derriere, I do love buying their girlie tops and feminine blazers. In case you didn’t know, American Eagle goes up to a size 18 and XXL in their clothes. For this spring season I’m coveting quite a few of their pieces to update my wardrobe and the best part is that they’re all under $40.

 1. Ikat Print Scarf, $19.50

 2. Striped Strapless Dress, $34.50

3. White Corset Tube Dress, $39.50

4. Striped Schoolboy Blazer, $39.95

5. FEED tote bag, 39.50

6. Aerie Yellow Open Stitch Nautical Sweater, $33.37

7. AE Camp Shirt, $34.50

>Z.CAVARICCI DENIM PREVIEW

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 Hey curvy girls all over the world,

On Tuesday after work, I stopped by the Crown Royal hotel on 49th street to checkout the Z. Cavaricci denim preview hosted by Plus Model Magazine and RedressNYC. The preview was an opportunity to meet with the designers and finally tell them what the plus size curvy girl is looking for in denim. The Z. Cavaricci team is making efforts to create denim that is trendy, fashionable, and most importantly comfortable. They had a few racks of jeans that ranged from skinny, straight leg, to trouser styles. They even brought in a few denim shorts just to give us a taste of what’s to come.

Just like every other preview I go to, I make sure I speak up to let these designers know what they should be doing because most plus designers are men or slim women who have their own or an old school idea about what a plus size woman wants. One of the major problems for me in plus size denim is the length. Very few brands offer jeans in ankle, regular, and tall. Most just carry regular which become high waters if you wear heels. Other issues are gaping waists, waaaay too much stretch that causes a sagging crotch, and bland washes. I mean how many dark blue jeans does a girl need in her closet. We all expressed those issues to the team who was more than eager to write all of our concerns down. The Z. Cavaricci team is also working on adding denim jackets, denim skirts, and flowy flirty dresses to their collection. I will be sure to keep you posted on that.

Plus model Alicia Farjado
The Z. Cavaricci team had plus size curvy models Alicia Farjado and Grisel Angel model a few of the jeans for us.
Alicia Farjado and Grisel Angel

Model Grisel Angel in a pair of the denim shorts which we thought were too narrow in the leg and would squish cellulite. We asked if they could loosen the leg and cuff the shorts for a better fit and look.

Grisel modeling a pair of trouser jeans
FFFW creator Gwen Devoe also stopped by the preview. You know I had to get in a groupie shot of us. I’m wearing a Kenneth Cole leopard top, Jessica London leather skirt, and Jessica Simpson lace up boots.

Stylist Steffany Bready and blogger Edwina
Bloggers Melinda and Amalia
MTV TJ Gabi Gregg and blogger Mellie from The Fat Apple

>SHOULD WE RESPECT A DESIGNERS VISION TO NOT DO A PLUS SIZE LINE OR USE PLUS SIZE MODELS?

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After viewing tons of backstage videos of NYFW I came across a video from one of my favorite blogs The Cut. Amy Odell from The Cut did a Q&A asking about the plus size model trend at fashion week 2011. After listening to comments from straight size models, stylists, and a few designers there was one comment that stood out to me. Designer Douglas Hannant responded to the question saying this, “I think plus size models are beautiful but its not my idea on the runway because I’m not doing a plus size line.”
His comment made me stop and think to myself, is there a point where we as a plus size community should respect a designers vision not to use plus size models or create a plus size line, without feeling slighted? In the creative world of fashion vision is everything. In many cases it can make or break you as a designer. If it is not a designer’s vision to do plus size or use a plus size model then we should respect that, right?

Here’s a little piece of my mind. Aside from designers losing out on big bucks by excluding plus sizes, I think many designer visions are narrow minded. Designers need to start challenging themselves and start stepping outside of the box. Inspiration is what creates visions. Maybe designers should start spending a little time with plus size women (they have them in their families too) to understand our needs and wants, then they can become truly inspired to include us and start creating lines that are inclusive of all sizes.
Share your thoughts!
                              

>FLARE LEG JEANS FOR CURVES

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A major trend that has time traveled from the 70’s are the flare leg jean. A jean that is straight through the leg and flares out at the knee. For those of you who grew up in the 70’s, we are quite sure you’re all too familiar with this trend. Whether you hated it or loved it, this old school jean is back with a new attitude and most importantly available for the plus size curvy girls. SC has picked out a few flare leg jeans that range in sizes from 0-24. Whether you like a lot of flare or just a touch, there is something for you. If you want to take the trend up a notch, be sure to rock a pair of sexy platforms to complete that 70’s look.

GAP Flare Jeans