Stop Matching; Start Coordinating

Growing up in a Cotton Ginny culture, or Au Coton in Montreal where I was raised, getting dressed was all about matching. Your leg warmers matched your sweater and your earrings and your headband – you get the idea.

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As I’ve matured though, I’ve refined my personal style and learned to coordinate my outfits, instead of mindlessly matching. And coordinating is where your personal style really gets a chance to affirm itself.

This outfit is so simple, but coordinated to provide interesting contrast, texture and rich colour.

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Instead of reaching for another blue item to match the blouse, or a white or black item to match the leggings, I went totally wild and put these two together. Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly ‘wild’ but let’s go with unexpected and the result is totally refreshing.

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The shirt is long enough to pair with leggings and just falls loosely around the hips. Shirts like this are essential for casual chic looks. You may find them square or boxy looking on the hangers, but I encourage you to give them a try when you see them. Some are surprisingly shapely and flattering without being clingy.

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Throw on your fav wide calf boots or booties and your look is complete. And oh, for the jewelry, try ‘coordinating’ too – instead of instinctively matching. You might be surprised by the stylish outcome. For this outfit I opted for a simple tri-coloured gold pendant.

There are so many ways to pull off this look – just pick a shirt and a pair of leggings that don’t match!

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Special thanks to Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid for snapping these winter fresh photos for me.


 

Shirt by Torrid – sold out, similar here or here

Leggings by Addition Elle – sold out, similar here

Wide calf boots by PayLess – purchased in store in Canada, shop online here

Teardrop Pendant by Michael Hill


 

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Legging Winning

I don’t think I own a single pair of pants. Shameful? Maybe, but I just really prefer leggings. They are super comfy, flattering on many shapes and sizes, and just so perfect with seasonal tunics and sweaters. I wear mine with shapewear for two reasons: 1) I feel supported and 2) the shapewear provides a bit of friction to help prevent the leggings from sliding down.

And how exciting that more and more stores are offering leggings with cool prints (lace effect, tribal, seasonal) and different fabrics (cotton, spandex, ponte, leather look and even sweater knit!).

For this post I am featuring a pair of chocolate brown ponte* fabric leggings with side leatherette racer stripe from Point Zero Curvy (my new favourite casual affordable plus size brand).

*Ponte is a thick, stretchy, polyester/rayon/spandex knit that feels wonderful and keeps its shape. Note: Ponte is a nice option if you are self conscious about cellulite showing because it’s thick enough to smooth things over 🙂

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This style has a thick elastic waistband which is both comfortable and provides stability.

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This look, styled by Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid, is casual but rich in textures and conveys the harvest mood of Autumn.

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I could not resist my adorable faux-fur vest, also by Point Zero Curvy brand, that I have worn maybe too many times already, but that I shall wear more because BECAUSE! Isn’t it obvious?

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Here are some cool leggings offered this year by Point Zero Curvy.

Faux Suede Pull on Leggings

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Crackle Faux Leather Leggings

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Moto Leatherette Detail Ponte Leggings

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Lace Print Leggings

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Tribal Print Leggings

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So, I hope you embrace leggings and show off your curves too! Special thanks to Annika for styling this look and taking these lovely photos!

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Thanks for reading,

Stef


Ponte Knit Brown Leggings with Racer Stripe by Point Zero Curvy sold at SexyPlus Clothing

Other leggings by Point Zero Curvy here and here

Faux Fur Vest by Point Zero Curvy

Shapewear by BodyWrap sold at SexyPlus Clothing


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Affordable Casual – Canadian Plus Size Fashion that Makes Cents!

Ok, so you’ve seen a lot of me in dresses – yes, I’m a girly girl – but I also rock some serious leggings in the Fall and Winter months. In fact, I kinda live in them so I need variety. My favorite basic black pair are from SexyPlus Clothing here, but I’ve recently discovered these awesome, super soft and comfy printed ones from the Point Zero Curvy line, also available at SexyPlus.

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They fit like a dream. The high waist stays in place and they are just uber luxurious to the touch. Loving the tribal print. For this post, I styled them with the Velvet Embellished Cold Shoulder Top also by Point Zero Curvy. With a loose flowy fit, and a touch of edgy sexiness with the cold shoulders, the outfit was definitely casual yet stylish.

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I styled them with these strappy heels as well as with boots to show you the transition you can make into the colder weather.

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But I didn’t even mention the best part!!! These gorgeous pieces are so affordable for the quality and fit – they make total CENTS! The top is $48 and the leggings are $39. And this is standard for the new AFFORDABLE CASUAL COLLECTION at SexyPlus – always priced between $29 and $69 – never higher.

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My fab statement necklace just brought the outfit up a level.

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Tribal Print Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing (Point Zero Curvy Brand) – in store at SexyPlus, available online soon

Embellished Cold Shoulder Top by SexyPlus Clothing (Point Zero Curvy Brand)

Necklace by SexyPlus Clothing – in store only

Wide Calf Over-the-knee Boots by SexyPlus Clothing


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