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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.
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