Vegas, Baby! Night #1

I just got back from a week in Vegas…and I’m exhausted!!! Most of the time was spent working…but I did get to go out and play at night! I loved loved loved Vegas and was glad for the chance to get GLAMOROUS! My first night out, I went to see the Cirque du Soleil show, KA. It was beautiful…like a dream…but also action-packed with a lot of aerial stunts and martial arts-themed movements.

Sometimes it’s hard to find sexy, going-out clothes for curvy girls, so I was thrilled when I found this maxi dress to wear to the theater with a bolero for some added warmth. Even with the horizontal stripes, I think it was flattering to my shape. The gathering at the bust-line helped the fabric move easily across my mid-section (the dreaded “roll”!). And, the low cut showed off my girls. lol.

Also…I love the colors in this dress! It makes me think of the desert…I paired it with gold hoops, an animal and stone print necklace, and a knuckle ring (that you can’t really see in the pic). I also went with a bold red lip-which was my theme for the trip. (Ignore my horrible hair…I’d been working all day and had under 20 minutes to get ready!)



Got my picture with one of the performers! HOTT.
At the end of a long night…so tired, but had so much fun! 

Dress: Dots
“Instant Sleeves” from LucieLu
Necklace and ring: Dots
Earrings: Forever 21
Clutch: Chinese Laundry
Lipstick: Ruby Woo from Mac

Have you been to Vegas?? What did you wear when you went out on the town??

Mad Men Fashion Picks for Curvy Gals

Mad Men fashion is all about the dresses and pencil skirts. Here are a few styles I’ve run across that are evocative of the era and fit for curvy, full-figured women. Let’s rock those curves, ladies!

1. Anna Sholz-Tailoring Pleat Shift Dress
2. Igigi Pencil Skirt in Bordeaux
3. Torrid Hells Bells Black Satin Dress
4. 1928 Gold Pen Necklace (Just like Joan’s!)
5. Kiyonna Siren Satin Dress-Retro Floral
6. Kiyonna Tudor Tweed Skirt
7. Nordstrom-Adrianna Papell Floral Wrap Dress
8. Igigi Epiphany Top in Magenta
9. Simply Be Simply Voluptuous Dress
10. Simply Be Bespoke Black Pencil Skirt
11. Simply Be Bespoke Ultimate City Dress-Red

Number 3 is definitely my FAVORITE! I wish it came in a bright color like purple or royal blue, but black is sultry and hot…perhaps too hot for the office! What do you think?

Please share your Mad Men fashion finds!

The Mad Men Guide to Dressing for Curvy Gals

In my previous post, I mentioned how much I loved Mad Men fashion and how it’s perfectly suited for full-figured women. Here are a few basic rules for interpreting Mad Men fashion in everyday wear.
1. Pick a strong statement color. If wearing a dress, go for a solid, and if wearing separates, stick with shades of the same color, but in different textures. Jewel tones are always rich and sultry, and all over prints work if you’re going for a later 60s style.
2. Choose styles that belt at or near your natural waist. If you go too high, you’ll venture into empire waist or baby-doll territory, and you’ll ruin the hourglass lines you’re going for.Always, always wear a belt! It accentuates the smallest part of your middle and amps up your hourglass figure.
3. Rock the pearls, statement earrings, brooches, and signature necklaces (like Joan’s golden pen necklace).
4. Try out a 60s inspired hairstyle…Try a messy beehive, or experiment with teasing and side ponytails until you find a style that “feels” 60s-ish.
5. Look for portrait collars or boat neck styles…they draw attention to your face, and generally lay nicely over your bust, creating a ridiculously flattering look.
6. Skirts should reach to the knee or just below, and they should be A-line, or pencil skirts–if you’re going for a Joan look…Full skirts and shirtwaisted dresses work for Betty looks. 
7. Add a modern element/touch to the outfit so that it doesn’t look like you’re on your way to a costume party. Shoes are an easy way to modernize the outfit…pick an animal print or those with a funky color or texture.
8. Wear a red lip–even if it feels too bright. Red lipstick was a trademark of the era, and thank God, it’s back in style again.
Check back every Monday for my series called…Mad Men Monday! I’ll be regularly debuting work-appropriate Mad Men inspired outfits.
Until then…xoxo

Mad Men Fashion for the Curvy Gal

Who doesn’t love Mad Men fashion? Especially for us fuller-figured girls, it’s been wonderful to see larger chests and fuller hips gain–well, if not popularity–then at least recognition in the media. We are seeing Mad Men fashions pop up everywhere.

In August, Banana Republic will debut their Mad Men capsule collection. Sadly, it won’t be available in our sizes, ladies. And, truthfully, the pictures I’ve seen of the collection pretty much neglect the factors that made the 60s-era fashion all the rage.

I mean, look at the model in the grey suit–she can’t even fill out the bust of that jacket. These stick figures actually do the clothes a disservice…and manage to make them look plain and unoriginal. I’m not the only one who thinks this either, lol. A headline at Gothamist.com reads, “Banana Republic Brings Mad Men to the Racks–Sans Racks.” This seriously cracked me up…because it’s so true! All of the models are ridiculously flat chested with little-to-no curves at all.

And Gail over at Retro Rack (who focuses on vintage fashion) also comments on how the BR line definitely does not accomodate the curvy physique that defines the era–and the show.

Even though the BR line is disappointing, I still love the Mad Men fashion and know that our full-figured bodies can rock this style the way it’s supposed to be rocked!

So, in my next post, I’ll share some “rules” for Mad Men dressing for the curvy girl. If you are rocking the 60s fashion, send me a picture to post at stylepluscurves (at) gmail (dot) com.

Akira’s First-Ever Plus Size Fashion Show Review, Part 2

Here’s the video I promised showing the final walk of all the looks from Akira’s Plus Size Fashion Show. It’s a bit loud with all the cheering, but it’ll give you a quick look at the clothes.

Also, if you’re wondering what I wore, here’s a few not-so-great pictures:

I came straight from work, so I’m more conservative than usual.

Shirt: Forever 21+
Vest: Dots
Pencil Skirt: Lane Bryant
Red Wrap Belt: Savvy Seconds (local Chicago resale shop)
Bag: Coach
Shoes: Vince Camuto (my favorite black suede pumps!)

Amber from Style Plus Curves

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