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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How to Wear A Coatigan as a Top

Well, despite the intriguing title suggesting some elaborate secret technique, it’s actually so simple I’m almost embarrassed to say….

Just belt it.

I defined what a coatigan is in my previous post, and when I was putting this look together, with the help of plus size blogger and stylist Annika of The Stylish Reid, I didn’t feel like wearing a top. Straight up. So she suggested belting it and it totally works. Sometimes you just don’t feel like coordinating and layering.

You just want to be comfortable, look good and go.

And that’s what this look is all about.

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This gorgeous Fall look is by one of my new all-time fav brands, Point Zero Curvy. A well established Canadian brand who recently embraced the plus size market with their Curvy line. And I love it. The pieces are everyday wearable, and they’re anything but basic. Each piece, although casual, has some cool detail that just makes it special.

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Annika selected a basic wide black belt and we pulled the coatigan tight to wrap over my bosom. This would have been totally appropriate for a casual office look, but would also work for delightful weekend window shopping, while slowly strolling and sipping hot chocolate.

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I’m wearing the Point Zero Curvy super soft faux suede leggings and caramel boots to highlight the browns in the coatigan.

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I hope you enjoyed this look and invite you to kick up your Fall style while keeping it comfy and simple.

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Special thanks to Annika for styling this look and taking these photos.

Stefanie xox


Point Zero Curvy Collection, also available at SexyPlus Clothing

Point Zero Curvy Coatigan

Point Zero Curvy Faux Suede Leggings

Caramel Wedge Wide Calf Boots – vintage, similar Wide Calf Boots

Wide Elastic Belt – available in store at SexyPlus Clothing


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What is a Coatigan?

New terms are being added to our vocabulary all the time, and fashion is no stranger to making up words to suit a trend. I’m not sure when it was born, but “Coatigans” are all over the place, and this year, Addition Elle made a beautiful one.

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So what, exactly, is a coatigan? Well, it’s like a cardigan, but less structured and somewhat slouchy, with no closure. Not as in a bad breakup ‘no closure’, but without a zipper or buttons like a coat would have. It’s the perfect item for the transition into Fall, before the weather gets too cold. And if you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out! From office casual to cottage life, it’s haute style meets cozy.

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I particularly like the long-line coatigans like this one, which create an ultra chic look.

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They’re great for climbing on benches and taking blog photos.

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I totally fell in love with the unique pattern on this one, with the dark grey touches on the sleeves and the back.

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I had to size down and go for the 0X, and it’s still really generous; so definitely go one or two sizes down if you’re thinking of getting it. I went monochromatic with one bold colour for this look because the print on the coatigan was busy enough.

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Styled with a cool faux leather pendant that can be worn on the white or the black side.

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Threw on my trusted thigh-high wide calf boots and perfect leggings to complete the look.

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Have you gotten into the coatigan trend? Send me pictures – I’d love to see your style!

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Here is the coatigan on the catalogue model, and on plus size sensation Tess Holliday. Love how she belted it!

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Thanks for reading and for your continued support. And special thanks to Lisa from the blog @mustangsallytwo for taking these awesome pics for me!

Till next time, rock your curves and believe in yourself.

xox Stefanie


Coatigan by Addition Elle $85

Cobalt Cami by SexyPlus Clothing $32

Perfect Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing $32

Venus Wide Calf Boots by SexyPlus Clothing $149

Necklace by Addition Elle – on sale, in store only

Purse by Botkier – vintage


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Say hello – again – to Suzy Shier

As a woman in my forties, I grew up with Suzy Shier. Eventually though I stopped shopping there as my chubbiness turned into real plus size. I would walk by the display windows and wouldn’t bother going in, or I’d wait on a bench when my slimmer friends shopped gleefully. 

Until now. 

They recently introduced plus sizes and I had the chance to see some of their pieces in action at their plus size fashion event hosted by Dare Magazine about a month ago. So say hello – again – to Suzy Shier!

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Here are some of my change room try-ons…

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I mostly tried items from their new plus size line. Surprisingly, I was also able to fit into some of their extra large styles from their regular line, like the window-pane tunic and leggings I am featuring in this post.

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Being someone who is confident in my curves (with the help of a little shapewear to feel supported), I liked the tight fit and length of this gorgeous tunic sweater, and the little draw-string detail on one side.

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And these leggings are my new fav! They’re so Olivia-Newton-John with their shiny fabric and super sleek fit. I wear a size 16 bottom, and their XL leggings were perfect. In the plus sizes, they had quite an impressive selection of bottoms in many seasonal colors and cool fabrics.

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My new favorite red corset-style wide calf boots were a bold compliment to the otherwise neutral tones in this outfit.

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And to polish off the look, I added my Tuxedo Cardigan with mesh bottom detail from SexyPlus Clothing. Long cardis are everything this season and I hope they’re here to stay because they provide a dramatic, elegant finish to any outfit.

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This gorgeous tribal statement necklace was the final touch. I seriously felt like a million bucks in this outfit and wish I had had more to do that day than shoot for this blog LOL!

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Special thanks to Annika of the The Stylish Reid blog for shooting these photos. xox


Tunic (size XL currently available and only $32) and shiny leggings (size XL currently available and only $20) by Suzy Shier

Suzy Shier Plus Sizes

Red Corset-style wide calf boots by SexyPlus Clothing (sizes 7-12 available)

All wide calf boots by SexyPlus Clothing

Tribal necklace by Addition Elle (in store only)


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Be true to you

Over the years, despite my passion for fashion, my casual style turned into yoga pants and a hoodie because there was such limited selection in casual styles out there. Can anyone relate? But as I’ve said before, we’re living in a good time for plus size fashion and beauty diversity. With more and more brands recognizing that curvy girls want chic, sexy styles and the same cute clothing that is available in regular sizes, we’re getting more selection and greater accessibility – and THIS allows us to express ourselves more authentically.

One brand that I am so totally in love with is Point Zero and their new Curvy line because it allows me to be myself: casual, but chic. They’ve taken all the current trends like faux leather detailing, burnout fabrics, cut-outs, open backs, lace, sexy animal prints, and made them in plus sizes.

Take the t-shirt I’m wearing for this look. It’s long enough to be worn as a tunic, and it has some dramatic style and color with a romantic printed message “Light sleeper but a sweet dreamer”.

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I paired it with this leatherette cuff cardigan and voila, I have a casual chic, even office appropriate look, that started with a t-shirt.

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And these leggings are like pants because they’re made of this thick ponte fabric with leatherette detail.

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Throw on a belt if you prefer a silhouette defining look…

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You may have also noticed those amazing red boots. I’ve been searching for a cool red flat wide calf boot since forever and my dream came true this year when I found these. Designed by Boots By Pamela, they have a sexy lace up, corset-style back. They literally kick up any outfit and make me feel powerful.

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So be true to you ladies and don’t be afraid to express yourself through fashion. Coming up next on the blog, ‘Saying hello again to Suzy Shier’. Special thanks to my Mom who took these fab photos!!! xox

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Dreamer T-shirt by Point Zero Curvy (available in store at SexyPlus Clothing)

Leatherette Cuff Cardi by Point Zero Curvy

Moto Leatherette Leggings by Point Zero Curvy

Wide Calf Corset Boots by SexyPlus Clothing


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Ode to the *FAT* Biker Babe in All of Us

There’s always been a part of me who’s a real sexy biker bitch – in my head, that is. I always drool over chicks who can pull off this bad-ass look. But somehow it never worked for me. I don’t know if it’s because of my weight, height, age, or NONE of the above – but I guess I’ve felt at times like I wasn’t supposed to wear this kind of look. Time after time, over the years, I would get a catalog of new arrivals from some store, showing sexy models in ripped jeans and leather jackets with combat boots, or I’d go into stores – even plus size stores – and see this type of look on display. I would try them on and think to myself, as I looked at my reflection in the fitting-room mirror, “Who am I kidding? I feel like a fraud. I can’t pull this off!” And I would abandon ship every time, feeling discouraged and cheated.

Until I put THIS look together that is – and forced myself out of my comfort zone. And that’s the key really – doing something that isn’t natural or comfortable – sometimes it works, and sometimes…we grow from it.

A few weeks ago I attended the Melissa McCarthy plus size clothing launch hosted by Penningtons and wrote about that in a previous blog (and Instagrammed about it). In addition to the fabulous pieces I got from Melissa’s line, I forced myself to try on some jeans because I was determined to do something different. Plus I saw them on plus model Sarah Taylor and was inspired to do the damn thing (she just made them look so good!).

And guess what – this entire super-bad look is almost all from Penningtons! Over the last few years Penningtons has majorly stepped up their plus size fashion game. And wide-calf boots game. And accessories game. And lingerie game. But I digress…let’s stick to the items in this post.

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So the camo print, tone-on-tone skinny jeans I’m wearing are EVERYTHING – super comfy, super stretchy, and super BAD ASS! I’m wearing the size 18.

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Wondering about the super-hero (slightly super-villain) boots? Also from Penningtons. Yup, last year though – but the moral of the story is that you need to check their inventory often because a crazy cool style like this might pass you by and that’s just sad. So sad.

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Next – the faux-suede fringe jacket. When you’re 40-something like me, you appreciate a good Eighties come-back, and this baby HAD to be mine – especially once I tried it on and felt how stretchy and comfy it was. I’m wearing the 0X. And it’s a great price too at only $70 – WAIT – OMG – I just checked and it’s now $49 on sale!!! Crazy! And when I tried it on, celebrity bloggers Chastity of Garner Style (shown below) and Assa from My Curves and Curls saw me and also fell in love with it.

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Blogger Chastity of Garner Style

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And now my outfit gets even more interesting – you see that corset-y top I’m wearing under the jacket? Well, that’s my high waisted shapewear from SexyPlus and the new Femme Convertible bra from Addition Elle, which is now incredibly, also on sale.

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Throw on a belt and you’re good to rev your motor and kick some ass! Ok, maybe not, but I’d say I pulled off this look and finally found my very own biker babe flavor.

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Fringe Jacket by Penningtons – on sale!!!

Camo Print Super Stretch Jeans by Penningtons – also on sale!!!

Quilted Zipper Boots by Penningtons – vintage

High Waist Shapewear by SexyPlus

Femme Convertible Bra by Addition Elle – also on sale!!!

Earrings by Charming Charlie


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Melissa McCarthy Plus Size Clothing has Arrived!

As some of you already know from my over-active Instagram feed, I was lucky to attend the Melissa McCarthy “Seven 7” Plus Size Clothing launch at Penningtons a few weeks ago. WHAT AN EPIC EVENT! Elegantly catered, attended by local AND celebrity bloggers, and bee-you-ti-ful plus size clothing.

With a mini fashion show modeled by bloggers, my admiration soon turned into purchases when I saw Melissa’s line styled so expertly.

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The blogger & model line up (from left to right): Chastity from Garner Style, Gail from Fab Four Fashion, Jessica from Skorch Magazine, Assa from My Curves & Curls, Jessica from Clothes & Shit, Garcia from Flaws of Couture, Karen from Curvy Canadian, Sasha from Flaws of Couture, Sarah from Ravings by Rae and Chante from Everything Curvy & Chic.


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Superstar blogger Chastity of Garner Style and moi!

After enjoying the fashion show presented by Erica on Fashion, and schmoozing with other guests, I dove in to shopping and trying on Melissa’s new line. The fabrics were good quality and luxurious to the touch, and the fit was bang on. I fell in love with this reversible poncho – talk about casual yet chic!

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In contrast to how Assa had styled it with the black side out, and white jeans (which was so appealing), I styled it with these shiny spandex leggings (à la Olivia Newton John) and the cream side of the poncho out to show how pretty it is either way.

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Blogger Assa from My Curves and Curls showing the Melissa McCarthy line, with Karen from Curvy Canadian and Jessica from Clothes & Shit right behind.

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And I love clothing that can be worn several ways because I feel like I’m getting more mileage for my spend, right?

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Wondering what the words are? Well Melissa didn’t just put any old script font on it – she wanted it to have meaning. The words “Happy Happy Joy Joy” do indeed make me feel great wearing it.

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You can actually wear it as a top on it’s own because it covers you adequately.

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And don’t be deceived, it’s actually much nicer in person than on the website, shown below.

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I just LOVE it and I can’t wait for the weather to wear it. Thanks Melissa and Penningtons – you definately hit the mark with this lovely plus size clothing line. And again, a special thanks to my Mom for taking these great photos!


Poncho by Melissa McCarthy Seven 7 available at Penningtons

Spandex shiny leggings by Suzy Shier (I’m wearing their XL size which fits my size 18 bottom)

Studded pump by Addition Elle – vintage, similar wide width pump here


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