Big Arm Muscles: The Clothing Challenge

For many plus size women finding tops, shirts and blouses that fit around the arm muscle is challenging.  Some women do carry weight on their arms.  Arm muscle measurements can vary from a circumference of 17″ to  27″ (and more).  It that not a challenge?  Fashion designers are not interested in focusing on fit at the arm muscle.  Are you kidding me?  Their priority is boobs, waist and buttocks.  Make a dress that works the girl.

Then there are clothing suppliers online that think opening a hole in a bed sheet with some details is fashion.  It is not a solution for anyone.

Arm muscle room does not me enlarge the arm hole.  Larger women do not grow wider arm holes, so the cut is the same.  The point is at the center where the arm muscle would be made can be wider.  Therefore butterfly sleeves can be a good choice.  The fabric floats across the arm gentle.  Most of the time it is not a tight fit.  In fact, butter fly sleeves can add drama.

Cap sleeves?  A choice.  Yes, if you are ok with showing your arms.  Most women after 40 tend to lose their battle with gravity.  Things are not so elastic.  In fact, a cap sleeve vs a sleeveless tank will take the eye off the arm muscle.  But, it is important the fabric at the sleeve is solid and not busy.

Another choice can be a wide flare sleeve that ends with the sleeve open at the bottom seam.  Here a cotton with some spandex will help with fit or a rayon with lycra will add comfort, too.

Often women with larger arm muscles will wear a tunic separate, light jacket, shawl or shrug over their top.  This really makes an outfit more interesting and dramatic.  It brings texture and change.

It’s hard to tell from online photos if a top has sleeves that will fit you.  It is best to call customer service.  If that does not help then  read the reviews.

The 5-minute Pick: What is Precious?

Here is a challenge!  If you only had 5 minutes to evacuate your home and all your loved ones (family, friends and pets) were already safe what would you take?  I used to think of this question often over the years.  As a kid, I picked my Barbie dolls; then as a teen it was pictures of my BF.  During my college years it was my passport, bank book and jeans!  (I wanted to travel the world, which I eventually did.)  Now as a mother of a 3 year old son all of that has changed.  I first would take my parents wedding toasting cup.  It was used by the bride and groom during the 19th century to toast each other.  It presented to my mother at their 22nd Wedding Anniversary by my father.  I loved the sentimentality my father took to purchase this gift for her.  Now I have used up a minute because it is front and center in our living room.

The next minute I would use collecting as many framed photos of my wedding, husband’s college graduation day, the first 12 months of my son and me with my parents and siblings.  I do not have any of these images on a laptop or in a cloud.  However, after writing this maybe I better!

So now I am down to 3 minutes which would give me time to grap my laptop and iphone.  I have lots of music on both and images of things I love or thought I do!  I also has addresses and recipes.  However I could get these off my dropbox.

With 2 minutes to go I would head for the closet!  I have been collecting plus size tops for over a decade.  My search for cotton and jersey shirts with a 3x fit has been quite challenging.  Most women’s plus size clothing stores tend not to cut past a 1x or 2x.  I have read size charts for a 3x but it does not really fit my size.  So, I would grab as many tops, shirts and blouses as possible.

Beyond that I would head out the door as fast as I could run!

Remember to Look Down! Shoes Are People, Too!

When is comes to finishing a fashion or outfit look do not forget to look down!  Why?  Your feet are just as important as your clothes.  Just because you bought the most awesome top, shirt or blouse does not mean your finished.  Complete you look with a coordinating pair of shoes.  When it comes to plus size clothing finding the right garment can be challenging.  My fashion tip here is to buy your clothes first.  Try the dress or top on for fit.  Next wash it! If your new garment still fits to your liking then keep it.  Add it to your clothing collection, BUT now go out and find a pair of shoes that will match.

Online shopping for clothing and accessories is almost mandatory from a fashion point of view.  We are all so busy so just give yourself a break and search the internet.  To help you out here I recently found some great shoes on Etsy.com.  The artisans and various sellers offer a wide range of shoes.  If you look through their categories you will find bridal to casual shoes.  In fact you can have a custom order made to match your clothes!  That is pretty awesome, yes!

At 2dye4designs by Ginger she offers flat cotton shoes.  They are made with love and sunshine!  If you message her on Etsy.com she is willing to work with your color selection.  You can use a rainbow color from your top or just pick a couple of colors to make something that is uniquely yours.  By working with an artisan to create a style matching your taste is just he best way to go.  Even better the price is affordable for a custom shoe and they are made in the USA.  A bit of a tip here:  if you can coordinate several tops, shirts or blouses in one custom shoe order you will be saving a lot.  In addition, you don’t have to go through the headache of searching the right shoe when you are in a hurry.

Best of luck and let me know if you find any interesting custom made shoes online!

Punch Colors: Interesting Combinations with Clothing

Recently I have been browsing through my google plus communities and notices that women are finding some interesting color accessories (earrings, shoes, necklaces and handbags) to punch up their clothing outfits.  Have you noticed it too?

Ok this is what I have seen.  Let me write it in a list of my color observations.

1. black and white with a punch of red

2. khaki and gold with a punch of gold

3. navy and pink with a punch of coral

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Yes I know these descriptions of color combinations are not fashion surprises, but the dramatic choices for the punch colors are interesting.

Two blog sites and fashion observers are Curvy Girl Chic and Toya’s Tales.  I have been following both of these blog spots for close to a year.  CGC is all about plus size clothing for women.  The blogger does focus on big size women under 35s and that’s ok, right?  Sure I can’t wear those looks anymore but it is fascinating to see what other women find fashionable.

Comfortable Plus Size ClothingToya Tales does a lot of blogging about fashion and art.  I love her perspective because it comes from the aesthetic position rather than the functionality – if it looks great wear it!

Recently CGC put together a navy and pink horizontal strip dress together with a coral leather shoe.  Furthermore she added a khaki handbag with gold handles.  The dress was probably a women’s plus size 16 or 18.  Her clothes looked amazing!  Who would of though navy-pink-coral color combination. But it worked.  She walked outside of the box and forced us to look at fashion through another eye.

Now on the other hand, last week Toya’s Tales did a blog spot on Aztec design.  I am truly not a huge fan of Aztec motifs, however she inspired me.  Toya found a pair of studded earrings with a color combination of black, white and red.  She then paired them up with a black and white top and pant outfit.  She finished with entire look with red pumps with a heel to kill!

Have you put together some interesting color combinations with your basic outfit and accessories?  I would love to hear from you.

All Sized Up: Some thoughts on Fit

The sizing industry for women’s plus size clothing has all of us confused.  It seems each plus size clothing store online has their own size chart.  Why? It’s because when our government first began standardization for women’s sizing it was based on men’s military uniforms.  The pattern makers just adjusted the chest area.  Then in the early part of the 20th Century mail order catalogs offered standard sizes.  The measurements were based on paid volunteers from low income families.  These women were not standard sizes but smaller in frame and lighter in mass, as compared to the average woman at the time.

It was after WWII, as the fashion houses were establishing themselves in Paris and New York another set of measurements were established.  Again the larger sized women was ignored and the slimmer ladies won the charts.  Too bad because this would have been a good time to start a true fit for women.  Plus size women would have had a history and sizing could have become standardized for the larger size apparel.

Lane Bryant did conduct a sizing survey in the latter part of the 1980′s.  It attempted to capture women across USA.  Can you imaging trucking across from New York to LA with a measuring tape?  The reasoning for their size chart was not shared with the public officially.  They introduced fit and started to cut and sew.  However, it did not take in account all women from all walks of life and weight.  But then one company cannot be everything.  Therefore, other women’s plus size clothing online stores have surfaced in between their gaps.  Making it Big tends to highlight super size up to 6x.  In addition, to that they sell tops with sleeves for women with very wide arm muscles.  Generous Fashions’ back shoulder measurement takes into account that some women are a bit thicker at that location.  They did a study that a good percentage of larger women need more room there to stretch and move.  Then there is Big On Batik who exploded on the plus size clothing scene prior to 2006 with big dresses that added extra stretch at the hips.  They realized women are often between sizes and need the give and take.

What it all comes down to is this.  You have to read each companies size chart.  Do not guess or do some wishful thinking.  It will bleed your pocket book.  Know your measurements or at least your chest, hip and the length you prefer to wear.  Then compare notes and purchase.

Have you found any particular online store that has your fit?

Clearance for women’s plus size clothing

What to look out for when you see Clearance for women’s plus size clothing!

There are many great sales online where you can save 50%, 60% or even more, but it is so important to make sure you are requesting the correct size for you.  Refer to the sizing charts provided on the site and if you have any questions about which size you should get, you are advised to call if there is a toll free number or contact the retailer through their site or their chat line.  Wrong sizes are the main reason for most returns.

Most sites are continuously adding plus size clothing at discounts which give you great quality and style at affordable prices.
Can you return clearance plus size clothing for the next size at your expense?

Yes – while sellers do everything they can to ensure your satisfaction, at better quality online retailers like Generous Fashions you can return an item(s).  While all clearance sales are considered a final sale, if you need to exchange your plus sized clothing purchase for another size that is in stock, there is usually a shipping fee involved. Please allow sufficient time for your returned item(s) to be received and processed.   Contact your retailer for details.

Shipping can be available in USA, Canada, Europe and Australia and there is a way to get free shipping for continental USA on some sites when your purchase is over $150.   Orders are typically shipped in the USA by the US Postal Service (Ground) Priority Mail with a 2-3 day delivery guarantee, tracking and confirmation available.  Faster service can usually be arranged if you contact the site.
Here is a great way to learn about sales and discounts on plus size clothing – join your favorite site’s Facebook or sign up for their eNews and/or their email newsletter.

Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing big size oversized tops

Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing big size oversized tops

An oversized top can be so relaxing, casual and has undeniable comfort value.  This year, oversized tops are everywhere.  Some have a high-low hem with the front being shorter and the rear longer.  They come in everything from floral prints to studs.  The best thing about the trend is that you can put them with shorts, trousers, jeans or a skirt and you are instantly pulled together.   But, there are some reasons to make sure you follow the style rules in your women’s plus size clothing to really rock in an oversized top.

Do

Don’t be scared to mix loose over long. Try a straight-lined skirt at a calf length and the overall oversized look will still keep its polish.

A knot can bring a casual clothing feeling to the extra-long length of an oversized top.  Some tees come with tied-up ends, or do it yourself.  Choose a slimmer bottom to balance the bulk on top.

Belt it—the simplest way to create a feminine shape with a plus size clothing oversized top is to add a belt at your natural waist.  Just be sure to wear a high-waist bottom to avoid those awkward halfway-midriff-baring moments.

Don’t

Don’t get lost in tented fabrics and loose fits – you can wear the oversized look in plus size women’s clothing without sacrificing any shape, style, or sex appeal. Don’t buy oversized tops that are bigger than the size you normally wear.  You do not want the shoulder seams down at your elbows.   Women’s plus size women’s clothing without proper tailoring are almost always going to make your body appear larger than it really is.

Plus Size Petites should avoid oversized tops that go below the hip. Shorter body frames can look even shorter with overly long plus size tops, jackets and sweaters. Tops that go below the hip on a petite figure will shorten the look of the legs.  A top or jacket that stops just at the hip bone will elongate the look.

Professional stylists plus size women’s clothing are against an entire outfit of all one pattern with no solid color to break it up (unless it is a dress).  If you want to include a patterned oversized top in your big size wardrobe, pick only one patterned clothing item per outfit.

Lovely Open Shoulder Caftan

Showing your shoulders is very sexy at any time of the year, but particularly in summer … it is attractive and keeps you cool, but most women whether big size or small, short or tall, hate showing their upper arms.

Unless you work out several times a week or are genetically fortunate, upper arms can be saggy, flat and/or flap around.  So the question is how can you get the bare shoulder look without going sleeveless in plus size clothing?

Generous Fashions has the perfect women’s plus size clothing attractive sleeveless solution – the Open Shoulder Caftan Collection.  It is based not just on what is trendy but what makes you feel comfortable and attractive.  Play peek-a-boo with your shoulders while camouflaging less than perfect upper arms!

In a cool summery turquoise, it is light and flowing with 100% viscose that is machine washable and line dry with an eye-catching print handkerchief bottom trim.

A great style trick for perfect summer days … show off your beautiful shoulders confidently and cover the upper arm.  It is a perfect plus size clothing solution!

And it is so versatile with light loose sleeves – you can wear it with women’s plus size shorts, trousers, skirts or even as a bathing suit cover up.  It goes from casual to dressy and everything in between this summer and is sure to become an essential piece for your wardrobe.  Easy, breezy summertime perfection!

So why not show off one of your best assets (your shoulders) while staying comfy and cool.  When you put away those conservative summer tops and break out this sexy number, you are sure to create an impression.
Generous Fashions has made it easy for you with this lovely Open Shoulder Caftan piece currently on sale for $29.00 and it fits sizes up to 4X.

Summer Fashion

The New York Times says it’s going to be the hottest summer – so here are some plus size clothing ideas to keep you cool! With an unlimited budget, you could likely shop all summer. Since that’s not fashion reality, we’re a bit more practical and will help you to do the same.   From date night to office-appropriate and the right getaway look, we’ve kept all of your women’s plus size clothing summer outfit needs in mind.

The temperatures are going to be hot and the sun is shining—which means there’s no better time to show off your sizzling sense of summer style than with a graceful tunic. The V with Beaded Neck and Butterfly Sleeves or the Scoop Neck with a Hanky Hem as well as the Open Shoulder Caftan in Turquoise – all of them are sure to be your personal favorites for breezy summer outfits.   Add them to a plain or classy bottom and you are all set for every occasion – from a daytime barbecue – to a hot night on the town.

When it comes to being fancy during the summer, don’t try too hard. Simple plus size clothing is best, so Generous Fashions has a collection of tunics in cotton, jersey, or viscose that balance between classic and contemporary styles.

Silky fabrics are not a good idea, as they will stick to your skin, even if you don’t sweat and never, EVER, wear anything tight. The idea in women’s plus size clothing is to find things that skim your body, not squeeze it.  Finally, add a fabulous smile, confidence and a good attitude to help not only make your day go smoothly, but your whole summer too!

You can see more Women’s Plus Size Clothing by Generous Fashions on their G + blog by clicking here.

Plus Size Clothing with Various Sleeve Styles

One of the greatest things about plus size clothing and fashion in general is that even small changes to an outfit can make a big difference. Take sleeve style, for instance. You can change the look and feel of your favorite women’s plus size clothing outfits just by changing the sleeve style of the top you wear. Of course, it is important to realize how your sleeves affect your style and to figure out which style is most flattering to your personal figure.

Short sleeves look great during the spring and summer. They are comfortable and cool during the day but still offer some coverage in the evening. It is easy to add a sweater or cover-up to a big size top if you happen to catch a chill at night. Short sleeves usually fall between the upper arm and elbow, so this is where they will naturally draw the eye.

Short Sleeve Plus Size Clothing

Long sleeves are a bit more formal and offer more coverage if you do not want to show your arms. There are various types of long sleeves, including bell sleeves that widen out towards the wrist. These can create a slimming effect for your arms. If you want a formal plus size clothing look, long sleeves are often a nice choice.

Perhaps the most popular sleeve style for women’s plus size clothing is the ¾ sleeve. They are comfortable all year round and are flattering to most body shapes. Use ¾ sleeves to draw the eye to your waist.

Women's Plus Size Clothing with 3/4 Sleeve

Part of what is great about the modern fashion world is that you can find big size clothing in all styles. If you want to add some fresh new looks to your wardrobe, consider getting plus size clothing tops that feature a variety of different sleeve lengths and styles.

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