>Ann Taylor Loft 2010 Summer Collection

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Hey Curvy Girls:

On Tuesday I had the privelage (Thanks TBF) along with other bloggers to get an exclusive look at Ann Taylor Lofts 2010 summer collection. Loft (formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft) is one of my favorite stores to shop in, so it’s no surprise that I liked just about everything I saw. Loft is one of those chain stores that has great quality pieces that work for just about every aspect of your life.

The summer collection did not disappoint. Geometric and animal prints dominated a number of dresses and skirts. There were clean classic nautical looks and ethnic inspired looks. As soon as I walked into the studio I immediately felt like I was about to go on vacation. Half of the room gave a beachy Miami feel and the other half gave an african safari feel.

As a curvy girl I was looking at how many of the pieces would fit and flatter a curvy girls shape. Unsurprisingly many of the pieces would flatter a curvy girl with ample hips, butt, thighs, and breast. Not only were the clothes chic, the jewelry was big and bold, just how I like it. Large necklaces with baubles, coral, and lucite complimented just about every outfit.

Dresses and Jackets are under $100

Accessories under $50

And in case you did not know, Loft carries sizes 0-18, so many of us plus size curvy girls can get in on these looks too.

Summer Collection hits stores in June

Take a look at some of my favorites:

My Favorite Accessories

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>Pleats For Curves

>One of my favorite shapes on a woman is the pear shape. I used to always wish I had a pear shape opposed to an hourglass shape, because I never liked having large breasts. Pear shape women are usually smaller at the top and larger at the bottom. You can see their hips coming from a mile away. I remember back in highschool when my first job was working at McDonalds, I had a coworker whose shape I admired everyday. She had this small little upper body and her hips would always knock over the buns as she would move around in the kitchen making big macs. She would always wear tight jeans to show off her hips and I used to think, I could never wear tight jeans with these hips.

She would walk around with confidence as the male customers would drool over her. At that time I was insecure about my large hips and whenever I saw her, I would gain more confidence about the size of my hips, because she would wear her hips with pride. As we got to know each other, we would make jokes about our hips and everytime we worked the same shift, we would say, what’s up pencil hips and then laugh about it.

I am talking about hips today because a popular trend for 2009 are pleated skirts and dresses. You have seen curvy celebrities like Beyonce wearing this trend. Check her out in two different looks

The red dress gives Beyonce a kangaroo pouch. You may not want to go this extreme if you are trying ot pull this look off in your everyday life.
The white dress is perfect. It has a hint of the trend and it actually looks flattering on the hips.
Check out these options
Pleats on hips can be very tricky. It can either add volume or not lay properly. If you have full large hips. I suggest trying this trend in an A-line silhouette.
If you are sick of A-line skirts and want to take this trend full on then you may need to go a size up if the pleats don’t lay on your hips properly.
Check out more options for:
Plus Size Curves

Skirt-Faith21, $15.80, sizes XL-2X, Dresses- Torrid, sizes 12-26