A Simple Guide to Wearing Lace

Lace is an intricate, timeless fabric that always imparts an air of elegance to anyone who wears it. When shopping for a vintage lace dress, there is more to consider than simply which style is the most beautiful. This guide will help you navigate the gorgeous vintage styles you may encounter and help you find the perfect fit for your fashion sense.

Types of Lace

Alencon

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Alencon lace is a delicate fabric with French origins. Characterized by floral patterns embroidered upon a sheer net background, this elegant fabric is extremely common when it comes to vintage lace dresses. It often lends itself to creating a beautiful scalloped edging on the hem of dresses and gowns made with this fabric.

Chantilly

downton-abbey-tea-party-gown-in-ivory-by-natayaChantilly lace is nothing short of classic and sophisticated. Also created in France, this light, gauzy lace features complex floral patterns that are incredibly pleasing to the eye. Often ornamental, this fabric is frequently used in high-quality vintage lace dresses.With that said, it also exists frequently in modern fashions as well, especially when it comes to bridal fashions.

Guipure

lace-floral-western-shawl-by-marrika-nakkGuipure lace always makes a statement. Often featured on vintage lace dresses from the 1950s and 1960s, you can identify this lace by spotting its trademark beautiful and bold patterning. Thicker than other vintage laces, it has a crochet-inspired look that often covers a simple, elegant lining.

How to Wear It

Dresses made of Alencon or Chantilly lace are lightweight and delicate. The fabric is like a beautiful spiderweb that harkens back to a more sophisticated time. Vintage lace dresses featuring these intricate fabrics will make you feel like a classic beauty. Pair these incredible dresses with other ladylike accessories, like vintage-inspired hair accessories, a clutch purse, and the perfect pair of T-strap heels.

Vintage lace dresses featuring a Guipure lace overlay tend to have a more modern and contemporary style than dresses made from French-inspired laces. This lace tends to lean slightly more casual than other laces, making it more appropriate for everyday wear. With that said, lace always is inherently more sophisticated than other fabrics, so wear it with care. Because of the bold pattern, be sure to keep the rest of your accessories subdued so that they compliment – instead of overwhelm – your look.


Guest post written and provided by Wardrobeshop.com

Best Athletic Apparel for Full Figured Athletes

It goes without saying that having some fashion-forward yet functional athletic apparel in your wardrobe may make you more motivated to hit the gym. We’re not just talking about cute patterns or bright colors, either — but the kind of pieces that also practically address all of your needs during a sweat session. If you’re a curvy woman, there’s a specific set of requirements your fitness apparel needs to meet to make the cut. But there’s no reason why you should compromise on style just to accommodate your body type.

Whether you’re looking to nail that warrior pose, train for a half marathon or boost your boxing skills, you deserve to look — and feel — good doing it. Luckily, we rounded up some of the best fitness apparel from size-inclusive companies, from flattering tanks to supportive sports bras.

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Best basic legging

The brand Addition Elle has been around for more than 30 years with the motto “fashion democracy in sizes 12 to 26.” NOLA is the company’s partnership with body-positive supermodel Ashley Graham, and it includes a vast array of eye-catching activewear for plus-sized women. You can’t go wrong with the Nola Run Sculpting Legging Capris — they boast compression technology and a wide-waistband, which helps with shaping from the waist down, smoothing and flattering your hips, stomach and legs. To boot, the body mapping on these leggings promise increased ventilation so you stay cool and comfortable throughout your sweat session.

Best long-sleeved pullover

Katie Kozloff is a former fitness trainer who noticed that plus-sized clients in her classes were struggling to find stylish workout apparel. So she founded her own line, Katie K Active — and every single design is fit on plus-sized models to ensure they’re flattering. The Propel Funnel-Neck Pullover is an ideal layering piece for workouts during the cooler seasons, with 4-way stretch moisture-wicking performance fabric and thumbholes on the sleeves to keep your hands warm. A wide bottom band and the extra length lend some coverage and contouring anti-chafe seams offer comfort and subtle shaping at the same time.

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Best sports bra

There’s no doubt that a well-constructed plus size sports bra is essential to any workout, whether you’re doing cardio, strength training or anything in between. This is especially true with high-impact activity, such as running, HIIT and plyometrics. Opt for a plus size high impact sports bra, which is specifically designed to control bounce during intense exercise. We suggest the Glamorise Sport Underwire Sport Bra, which features seamless double-layer cups for bounce reduction, moisture-wicking fabric and two-way stretch in the back for maximum comfort.

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Best tee

The name says it all: Marika Curves is all about designing activewear that allows you to embrace your figure, no matter what kind of physical activity you’re engaging in. When you’re seeking a workout top that has sleeves but is still practical for warmer weather, look no further than the Emma slimming tee, which is constructed of soft, stretchy Dry-Wik fabric as well as power mesh, which is known for its compression capabilities. The V-neck and shirred curve seams have an instant slimming effect, and it comes in a slew of both neutral as well as bright colors.

Best tank

Juno Active, which was created over 20 years ago, is specifically aimed at women sizes XL to 6X, and all of the clothing is designed using plus-sized models to make the patterns. The brand offers gear for a wide range of activities, from running and swimming to tennis and yoga, and all the prices are remarkably budget-friendly. The Stretch Naturals Long Support Tank allows for free movement in a blend of cotton and Lycra with a hint of spandex, features a chafe-free inner shelf, and it comes in a multitude of striking hues. The v-neck front and modified racerback back provide a sleek silhouette, and you can easily wear it tucked in our out of your workout bottoms, or layered under a zip-up.

Best fun leggings

Sometimes basic black leggings just won’t cut it. On days when you need a little extra dose of color and print to inspire your workout, slip on a pair by Lineagewear. The line quickly became known for its universally flattering leggings in eye-catching patterns, like the super popular watercolor leggings, which are available in sizes up to 5X and have sold out more than once. The high waist, contoured shape, angled inseam and lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric make these leggings a godsend no matter what kind of exercise you’re performing.


Guest post written and provided by Glamorise

 

Pyjama Shenanigans

My second feature, and the final instalment of this year’s #HolidayDoubleSlay with blogger, influencer and my friend Lisa of Mustangsallytwo, is here and it’s all about PJ’s!!

What a great way to end a fun and festive series celebrating plus size fashion, body positivity and the beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes. And just in case you missed them, here are links to each of the #HolidayDoubleSlay features from Lisa’s blog:

Monday – Lisa & Gail in Eloquii

Tuesday – Lisa & Me in Catherine’s

Wednesday – Lisa & Sarah in Full Beauty

Thursday – Lisa & Caterina in Torrid

The final look is a GROUP SLAY!! This segment was so much fun to shoot because A) we are undeniably adorable and B) we were all incredibly comfy! All of our looks are provided by Lane Bryant from their fantastic Sleep & Lounge collection. We selected each look ourselves, and we were so impressed by the versatility they had to offer. Each one of us was able to find something to reflect our personal style in our size.

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In the colder months, I am definitely a leggings, tunic and tall boots kinda gal, so my “Chillin’ With My Snowmies” set and knee-high socks was a natural choice. The fabric was soft, stretchy, high quality, and the size was just right (I am wearing the 1X). The socks are so fun, and they complete the look making it something I could totally wear on Christmas morning without freezing my toes off. They are now sold out, but here’s a cute alternative.

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We each shot a look alongside Lisa, the creative mind behind this entire collaboration.

Gail and Lisa:

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Sarah and Lisa:

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Caterina and Lisa:

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Bringing Lisa’s vision to life was not only super fun, but a reflection of the friendship we’ve developed and the genuine affection we have for each other.

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Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog – and yeah, we’ve already started planning next year’s: think outdoors at night, a park flooded with Christmas lights, jeans and outerwear…you’ll wanna be here for that!

For now, we wish you all the happiest of holidays, and remember what’s important: time with family and friends, a spirit of benevolence, and of course, great PJ’s 😉


This post was proudly sponsored by Lane Bryant but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these AMAZING photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

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Holiday Double Slay with Mustangsallytwo

Well the holidays are in full swing now and I am so excited to share my recent collaboration with blogger extraordinaire and good friend, Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.

Lisa’s commitment to inspiring women through her blog is tremendous and she is one of the most dedicated influencers I know. She has become an icon in the plus size fashion industry and a leader in fearless fashion for plus sizes with a special focus on extended sizes. Her blog and social media presence provide a wealth of information and insight into brands that are size inclusive, such as Catherine’s, the plus size fashion company we are featuring for our #HolidayDoubleSlay looks.

The #HolidayDoubleSlay concept was born last year when Lisa wanted to team up with some of her favourite full figured fashionistas and plus size brands to showcase beauty diversity through festive fashion – it was such a hit, and so well received by her fans and followers that Lisa decided it had to be an annual event.

I loved being a part of last year’s project, and I am so honoured to have been invited by Lisa to participate again this year. So without further ado, let’s dive in to the fabulousness that is Catherine’s and the fierce options Lisa and I chose for this year’s holiday looks.

I wanted to showcase an outfit that was versatile and professional – in that it could be worn for the holidays but could also be repurposed throughout the rest of the year, and be representative of me as a business owner. The matching Moto Jacket and Ponte Skirt from their Curvy Collection was a great place to start. Both fit extremely well and the ponte fabric in both pieces made them very comfortable and easy to move in. The jacket zipped up easily and I love the silhouette shape it provided. And let’s face it, it is a total boss babe look.

 

Next, to throw in some rich colour and contrast, I chose the Drape Front Top in scarlett, and because I am petite, I tucked it partly into the skirt to balance out my torso with the length of the skirt. The beauty about this top is that it is long enough to wear with leggings as a tunic on someone short like me (at 5’2″ I’m a petite plus, and guess what, Catherine’s offers a petite line as well!).

Here’s is a full view of the top.

It was easy to find the perfect accessories to complete this look. I chose the Gilded Cranberry Bracelet Set, the Ipanema Faceted Necklace and the Night Mood Cluster Earrings. They brought the look together making it festive but still fitting for day or night.

I also was completely obsessed with Lisa’s super fun and girly look. I mean, seriously, she never misses a beat when styling a look, from head to toe, from her adorable earrings to her magical shoes. Do head over to her blog to read about her look here.

Our thinking was holiday office party, work appropriate but still festive, and I think we delivered very well, thanks to Catherine’s!

Please enjoy all of Lisa’s #HolidayDoubleSlay looks on her blog, and get ready for pyjama shenanigans from all of us on Friday, Dec 8!

This post was proudly sponsored by Catherines but all opinions are my own.

Thanks to Katie of Katiuska Idrovo Photography for these amazing photos – it was my first time meeting and working with her and she was as delightful and professional as she is talented.

Follow me on Instagram here.

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Stef

 

Fall Style on Point

As some of you may be aware, in 2016 SexyPlus Clothing partnered with Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo to curate a collection from the Canadian-made Artex line sold at the boutique. Well, the 2017 Fall collection is sophisticated, functional, soft and super stylish.

Here is the “scroll” print in two different styles, the sweater with removable cowl neck collar and silhouette design, and the tunic with macramé sleeve detail. I love both, but I just had to have the sweater because of the silhouette peplum-esque shape.

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Which one would you wear? Do shop Lisa’s Artex collection, click here.

Sleevey Wonders Changes Everything!

Have you heard? My amazing boutique SexyPlus Clothing Sleevey Wonders is now offering Sleevey Wonders!

So many women are shy to show their arms – and that’s ok. Because body confidence and fashion is about dressing in whatever way that makes YOU feel good. So if having some arm coverage makes you feel prettier, then you rock those arms however you see fit.

The team at Sleevey Wonders understands that women of all sizes are looking for fashionable and sexy options for their wonderful arms, and boy do they deliver. Transform any look AND get arm coverage with these reversible wardrobe fixers. Wear under any garment to make it look like the sleeves are a natural part of the top or dress without covering it up! Wear front to back or back to front for different necklines. Made by women who understand women and who also cater to plus sizes.

Sizes 14/16 to 24/26 available in most colours and styles in lace, mesh and jersey, on or off shoulder. There are so many styles, colours and fabric options! I’ve gotten such great feedback from so many women so far, and I am so thrilled to provide something so simple that makes women feel so wonderful.

Here is am wearing the long sleeve trellis style, and it looks so cool with my dress.

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Shop Sleevey Wonders here and let me know how you like ’em!

Ambrosia

It’s been a while since my last post, but I am so proud to bring you the Ambrosia. This dress, by one of my favourite recently relaunched brands, IGIGI, is quite spectacular.

When you love a bodycon (a form fitted style that outlines your curves) like I do, but you also are a little self-conscious of your tummy, ruching is your friend. Ruching is a style of pleating that has become popular in recent years, and the reason it is embraced is because it camouflages the area it covers. So if you are drawn to bodycons, but you’re a little shy about your mid-section, look for dresses with ruching, or better yet, try the Ambrosia itself.

With a slightly off-shoulder design, and a sweetheart neckline revealing a slight décolletage, the Ambrosia is a sexy yet still sophisticated cocktail, dinner or date option.

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Given the time of year and approaching Spring weather, I decided to style it with a cream coloured wedge sandal and accessorize with ruby and cream accents.

The large Ruby Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set elevates the look to a more formal level. And the Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff provides a layer of elegance and ties in with the sandals.

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The Ambrosia dress comes in black and teal as well, in sizes 14-36.


Ambrosia dress by IGIGI, also available at SexyPlus Clothing

Ruby Topaz Multi Chain Faceted Teardrop Crystal Necklace Set by SexyPlus Clothing

Sophie Multi-wear shawl by designer Joseph Ribkoff by SexyPlus Clothing

Sandals by Maurices – vintage


Special thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.com for taking these pics for me.

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