Zipped but not Confined

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Zipped but not Confined – see that’s the thing with jackets – if they’re not specifically made by plus size designers or brands, they often end up looking great on the hanger, but being too tight or ill-fitted when zipped. Well, that definitely wasn’t the case with the Beverly Zipper Jacket I’m featuring in this post.

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Designed and manufacturer by SWAK Designs, a brand that totally gets and loves plus sizes, the fit was GREAT and super comfortable, even zipped up.

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Now, if you’re like me and you like longer tops that go below the belly, you may be thinking how you would wear the Beverly, but when I saw it, I knew I could do a longer cami (also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing) to create a layered look. And the seams in the jacket provide a nice tapered look that outlined my silhouette.

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Throw on some leggings, like these Perfect Seamless Leggings also by SWAK and sold at SexyPlus Clothing, or some skinny jeans, and you’ve got a really nice walk-in-the-park Sunday afternoon Fall outfit. And if you’re wondering what that sexy thing is under my cami? That’s my harness bra, that I featured in a holiday 2015 post.

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The Beverly Zipper Jacket also comes in black and berry.

I hope you are inspired to try something a little shorter than you normally wear, or even a crop (which can also be layered). Thank you SWAK for always making wearable clothing for us curvy girls!

Special thanks to Caterina Moda for snapping these pics for me 🙂

xox

Stefanie


Beverly Zipper Jacket by SWAK Designs

Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing

Wide Calf Boots by Penningtons


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Yona New York

In case you haven’t noticed, plus size fashion is taking a huge leap forward. It may still be a grossly underserved market compared to “regular” sizes, but designers are taking the plunge and having fun with it.

Meet Yona New York.

Yona Love believes that beauty is not about size, but about style and confidence.

She has created a line of plus size fashion for the full figured woman who wants color, pattern, style and sophistication. Who wants to be able to express who she is through her clothing. Maybe for the very first time. Sophisticated styling based on the latest trends, structured to fit a fuller figured woman, cuts that drape, fabrics that give and designs that cover but don’t hug the body are all part of Yona’s signature style.

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This is the Kimono Dress in Floral. A unique criss-cross bosom that drapes into the skirt provides the perfect shaped silhouette without being clingy. And this is a staple in Yona’s designs – that they are office appropriate but still feminine.

It was a little loose (I am wearing the 1X, which I normally wear) so it is refreshing that their sizing isn’t on the small side like with so many plus size brands. I had to cinch the back so this is why it appears to be sweeping upward on the sides. The normal fit, as shown on the model below, won’t have this effect.

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I liked the loose kimono sleeves and the romantic floral pattern. I am wearing my shapewear because I am more comfortable feeling supported but this is definitely a style that wouldn’t require it.

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In keeping with my girly styling tendencies, I went with a laser cut wedge, coral earrings and an orange floral hair clip. To turn this into a smart work look, I would wear black heels and perhaps a black cardi or jacket, with simple gold earrings.

Special thanks to Annika of the blog The Stylish Reid for snapping these great shots. Editing done by me.


Kimono Floral Dress by Yona New York

Wedge Sandals by Maurices – vintage

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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The Style Whisperer

Growing up my sister and I spent a lot of time at ranches and equestrian centres. Our Mom even let us go on a three-day overnight hike on horseback. Best. Memories. Ever.

But as we grew up, and my sister Melanie became more and more involved in horsemanship, I navigated towards the corporate world. Air conditioning, pretty clothes everyday…you get it. My sister has become one of the best coaches and equestrian experts in Ontario, and I’m so proud of her. When she suggested a shoot at Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship where she currently teaches, I couldn’t resist, knowing that the pictures would be so unexpected and romantic. She even chose a gorgeous candidate who has the bluest eyes to match my dress by SWAK Designs.

Meet the handsome Frankie, and the regal Sabrina.

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The Sabrina Maxi Dress is a winning style that SWAK has been offering for a few seasons, always coming up with new colours on the same great cut.

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With a full voluptuous skirt, empire waist and criss-cross bust, it’s flattering on so many shapes. And yes, even if you are petite like me (5’2″), you can wear maxis and totally feel like a goddess.

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I chose a skinny gold belt to accent my jewelry, but this of course is totally optional. I just like to emphasize the waistline and create more of a silhouette. And to make the look a little more formal, although this dress can go both ways, I paired it with a long cardi – something I think every girl should have as a wardrobe staple.

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And even though the straps are skinny spaghetti straps, it really doesn’t look bad with my black bra straps showing. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can get a bra in the same colour, switch the straps out for clear ones, or wear a jacket.

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The Sabrina maxi dress get two thumbs up for fit, quality and price. It comes in black, pale rose, teal and there are new colours each season as mentioned.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, for your support, and for learning to love your curves through fashion. Special thanks to my sister Melanie Chin for taking these beautiful pictures and for providing the wonderful “props”! She can be contacted here for riding lessons.


Sabrina Maxi by SWAK Designs

Long Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing – vintage, similar here by SWAK Designs

Necklace – vintage

Pumps by Payless – vintage, similar here (also available in wide width)

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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Plus Size Outfit of the Day: Vintage

My plus size outfit of the day features this classic from 2010 – a beautiful, tiered floral cotton dress from SexyPlus Clothing’s early years. Talk about timeless. I love the on or off-shoulder option, and I always feel so feminine in this dress.

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Dress by SexyPlus Clothing – vintage

Sandals by Pennington’s – vintage, alternate option by Torrid here


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Pink & Coral Never Quarrel

Blogging is work – you need to deliver and brands are waiting. But sometimes, an outfit just inspires you and you can’t wait to style and capture it, like this one featuring my FAVOURITE colour combinations: pink, coral and black. Just look at my boutique logo (SexyPlus Clothing) – isn’t this colour combination dreamy?

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It always works, and never goes out of style. Combining this coral crochet sleeveless top by Point Zero Curvy with black was a no-brainer, but the look came to life when I paired it with this pink clutch by Coach and a stunning statement necklace by Your Big Sister’s Closet (both borrowed from my friend Lisa of Mustangsallytwo).

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The crochet top is a great piece on it’s own for a more casual weekend look, but works as a great shell and provides vivid contrast to an outfit. As with all Point Zero designs, the devil is in the details and I love the large chevron texture in the middle. And it’s lined – you can’t really tell but there is a layer of thin fabric under the crochet.

The superb statement necklace is something I might need to beg Lisa for when (and if) she ever gets tired of it. PLEASE LISA PLEEEEEAZZZZ!

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A basic black cardigan makes this look office ready.

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In the spirit of Spring, I was so excited to feature these new ankle pants by SexyPlus Clothing. They are SUPER comfy, stretchy, and right on trend combining both a bit of cut-out and some fishnet at the hem. Made from a cool, breathable waffle-like fabric, they are a wardrobe basic that’s anything but basic.

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So trust me when I say pink and coral never quarrel, and just make peace with these palette sisters.

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Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for taking my pictures!! Go follow her blog – she’s a fashionista on fire!

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Crochet Cami by Point Zero Curvy, also available at SexyPlus Clothing boutique

Mesh Bottom Cardi by Point Zero Curvy – sold out, alternate here

Cut-out Ankle Pant by SexyPlus Clothing

Necklace by Your Big Sister’s Closet – in store

Kitten Platform Pump by Payless Shoe Source


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Plus Size Outfit of the Day: Blue for Autism

Today’s plus size outfit of the day is in honour of Autism Awareness, and more specifically to blogger Annika of The Stylish Read who is the proud and devoted mother of an autistic child.

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Cardi and Top by Addition Elle – last year

Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Booties by Pennington’s – last year

Annika dedicated a special post about Autism today April 2. Click the image below to read.

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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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