Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Denim is, hands down, the most important collection that your high schooler will need to build. Check out Lane Bryant for a huge variety of cuts, washes and special edition jeans. High school is a great time to experiment with embellishment - embroidery, rhinestones and the like. And whether your teen has hit her growth spurt or is still waiting, you'll find cuts in petite, average and tall. The most versatile cut is bootcut, and Lane Bryant is known for theirs. It has a little bit of stretch to make the most of a Bombshell shape - you might want to pick up a pair for yourself while you're there!
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Striped Inverted Pleat Skirt is also a keeper. This is a skirt that you can wear now and later - with a tee shirt and flat sandals for the rest of summer, with a snuggly sweater and knee high boots this fall. Regularly $48, it's on sale for $28.80.
One (or two...or more) Target runs are usually in the cards for my weekend - picking up last minute BBQ supplies, grabbing a magazine for the lake, etc. I always swing by the clothing department just to see what's on sale - this week, I'm tempted by the Mossimo Knit Jacket (shown in teal, available in white, black and grey) for just $19.99. The puffed shoulders are a fun trend for fall, and the short sleeves make it very versatile.
Equally versatile is Mossimo's Woven Vest, also just $19.99. This vest might be hard to wear if you've got hips - but if you're cuvier on top, the gathered waist will balance out your silhouette nicely. Vests add an element of surprise to your look and layer nicely. It's shown with a tank, which is cute, but I think a long sleeved tee or button-down shirt would be even better.
If you'd rather shop online, check out Old Navy's site. They're featuring polos 2 for $30, graphic hoodies for $25 and deep v pullovers for $22.50. It's worth a trip online.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
If you are tall, your bag should follow the length of your body in order to keep your body's proportions elongated. Avoid bags that are dainty or too small - this size will cause you to appear disproportianately large. Because of your height, you can get away with carrying a bag that is wider than most without overwhelming your frame.
For those of you who are average height, keep proportion in mind but be willing to experiment. Because you fall within the middle of height extremes, your torso could be longer than your legs, in which case follow the tips for a taller woman. If your legs are longer than your torso, follow the tips for a shorter woman. The rules for you are less hard and fast, so trial and error will be the name of the game in finding the right bag.
When it comes to color, I say make a statement with one of the new neutrals: dark plum, forest green or cobalt blue. Any one of these colors will work will both black and brown clothes, and will step up your style quotient.
Monday, July 23, 2007
First thing to do is find out where she would like to go shopping. This will help you understand what kinds of clothes she likes. Yep, I said what she likes. A tweenager's wardrobe is not the place to do battle - I'm sure she's going to come up with something much more substantial that you should save your energy for. Just make sure she doesn't dress too sexily and call it a day.
Before your shopping trip, jump online or give the stores she likes a call to make sure they carry her size. It'll take a few minutes of your time but could really do a lot by way of damage control - think about how it feels when you, an adult, can't find your size in a store. Now multiply that times 12 for your young Bombshell. If the store doesn't have her size, take note of the style of clothing offered there and find a size-friendly alternative.
Expect that you'll do some of your shopping online. Popular teen stores like Gap (up to size 20) and American Eagle (up to size 12/18) offer extended sizes online only - take your little Bombshell's measurements and see if their extended sizes will fit. Another great teenage store that offers up to 3XL is Alloy. Old Navy offers clothes up to size 20 in store and up to 30 online. Maurices offers up to size 24 in store. Check your local department store for clothes from Tommy Hilfiger and Eye Shadow. Just be sure to avoid referring to the plus size department as Women's World. No middle schooler wants to shop there - just talk up the cool clothes available.
Middle school is the time for your Bombshell to start figuring out her own style. Go with the flow, share her excitement and do the necessary legwork to ensure a fun, productive shopping trip. Next Monday, I'll be sharing tips for Back to School shopping with a high schooler.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
If you’re trying to land a job in a corporate office, a formal business suit is appropriate. Black is always a safe bet, but I prefer gray. It’s sophisticated and doesn’t look as heavy as black during warmer seasons. Let your personality show through with a brightly colored scarf around your neck or a patterned shoe. If you’re applying for something in a creative field, like a graphic designer interviewing at an agency, a full, patterned skirt and blazer in a bright color might be a better choice. If a blazer or jacket just isn't for you (I feel kind of awkward in them), layer a sweater vest over a crisp button-down shirt. Equally polished.
One of my best friends is getting married in August and the bachelorette party is coming up. We’re all getting dressed up and going out to dinner and dancing. The invitation said that everyone but the bride should wear all black. I’m in my mid thirties and have a small bust and very curvy hips. Can you help?
What a fun night out! There’s nothing like getting all the girls together and hitting the town. When wearing all black, it’s essential to incorporate great details – like the Callie dress from Igigi. Because you have a smaller bust, a heart-shaped neckline will add some definition to the upper half of your body. It will also draw attention up to your face. The flouncy cut of the skirt will create movement for the bottom half of your body, which balances out curvy hips and thighs. The lace insets add a touch of glamour and delicate contrast to an all black look.
This particular dress also comes with a lace shrug to slip on if it gets cold or you’d rather not show off your arms. Accessorize with black patent leather purse or shoes for maximum impact. Have a great time!
Callie dress, $129.00 available at www.igigi.com. Photo courtesy of Igigi.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Aveda has come out with Color Conserve Foam, a lightweight product that lives up to its promise to protect hair color from the sun - the leading culprit in brassiness and fading. Using natural ingredients, like cinnamon bark and wintergreen to block the sun's rays and native proteins to increase hair's resiliency, Color Conserve Foam is worked into hair like a mousse. The texture is fluffy, the scent is refreshing (as only Aveda can do) and the results are amazing.
A friend of mine is naturally a dishwater blonde. She colors her hair a beautiful dark brown which, in the past, has had a tendency to fade within weeks. Thanks to Color Conserve Foam, she's on week 8 and still going strong.
Aveda Color Conserve Foam, $14 for 6.7 fl oz., available wherever Aveda products are sold, and online at www.aveda.com.
Photo courtesy of Aveda.com.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
One of the easiest ways to wear a metallic is with shoes. A metallic shoe works for both day and night, as long as you pair it with understated clothes. For day, pull on a bronze heel to replace your usual brown. For night, slip on strappy silver sandals with a simple white dress. Metallics can typically replace any neutral that you might normally wear: brown, black, nude.
Another way to splash on a little metallic is with nail polish. I’ve been wearing a shade of OPI polish called Toron-Toes Rose. It’s a raspberry red blended with gold – the effect is sophisticated with just enough flash to feel trendy. It looks equally great on tips and toes.
If you’re interested in making a bigger statement with metallics, look for a foil tee shirt like this one from Lane Bryant. The metallic foil design stands out from the basic tee, which can be dressed up or down, without overwhelming your look. At all costs, avoid the lame' affect so popular in the 80's.
A Bombshell works a trend by fitting it into her own signature look. Decide how to best work metallics into your wardrobe for an easy update.
Monday, July 16, 2007
At 16, all of my girlfriends would get together and go downtown to stock up on Lucky jeans and cute little Tommy Hilfiger polos. I had to rifle through Lane Bryant with my mom (no offensem Mom) for anything that didn’t look like it belonged on a 45 year old woman. My self esteem would be at rock bottom by the end of the day, and my mom would be ready to strangle me for morphing into a sullen, hateful teenager. Luckily for today's Bombshell teens, the back to school shopping experience can be fun, fun, fun.
If you're taking a teenager shopping, keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t make a big deal out of the fact that back to school shopping might be more challenging for a teen wearing sizes 14+. Focus on all the cute options available.
- Plan ahead; expect that you will have to order clothes online. Make sure they arrive in time for the big day back in the classroom!
- Go with the fashion flow; expect that your teenager will have different ideas about what she wants to wear. You focus on “appropriateness"( i.e. avoiding overt sexuality) and let her choose what’s “cool” or shows her personality.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be highlighting some of the most fun, age appropriate places to shop for size 14+ school clothes. Next Monday, I'll kick things off with clothes for middle schoolers. I have a lot of ideas to share with you, but would love to hear what you have to say about shopping for plus size teens. Any specific problems? Great shopping tips? Let me know!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
And finally, jewel tone colors will be a big hit once again this Fall. Think burgundy and wines, emerald green, sapphire blue - these colors are the epitome of lush glamour. A touch here and there, in a purse or shoe, is a great way to wear this trend. I especially like this camisole - it has delicate, feminine accents around the neckline. This is a piece that could be worn now and later, layered under a suit or a cushy velvet blazer.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
We're getting closer to perfect fit with this skirt. The length is a leg-flattering 27", no spotlight-like fading. In fact, this is the most common style of denim skirt available. But that doesn't make it the most flattering to most women.
This skirt is cut from stretch denim which will ensure a nice hugging effect to your curves. But unless you are equally proportionate throughout your shoulders and your hips (basically, a straight up and down frame) you will experience some pain with this style. For example, if you are very busty, this skirt will create a tapered effect to your overall proportion. Conversely, if you carry your curves throughout the hips and rear, your upper body will look disproportionately tiny. I consider this last skirt to be as close as possible to perfect for most Bombshell body types. The length hits just below the knee (or right at it if you are on the taller side), and is cut close to the body throughout the hips and thighs (to provide shaping and a little love to your curves). The silhouette is a cute version of an A-line. The godet inserts create a kicky, flirty hemline. This hemline is key to creating movement to the bottom of the skirt. Movement will balance out your body, whether you are busty or curvy or carry some weight in your legs. Obviously, shopping is not a 'One style fits all' situation. But keep in mind these basic ideas about denim skirts. Think more about what looks good on your body and less about what is on the rack in front of you. It may take some searching to find your perfect fit, but it will be worth it.
Product details: (from top)
Belted mini skirt, $33, available at www.alight.com.; Ranch Dressing skirt, $39.99, available at www.alight.com; Denim panel skirt, $29.95, available at Avenue; Fit and Flare denim skirt, $75, available at Elisabeth by Liz Claiborne.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Along that same vein, I'm working on a special post for Back to School shopping. I'm putting together essential information on that annual shopping ritual, with the middle school/high school Bombshell teen in mind.
Photo courtesy of www.maurices.com.
One of my favorite lipsticks is Mango by Bobbi Brown. It's a very wearable orange, reminiscent of Bombshells in the 40's and 50's. Our Bombshell predeccessors did not have the luxury of lip colors in nude, pinky nude, beigey nude, pinky lavender, etc. They had various shades of red and orange. With that mindset, I feel incredibly glamourous after each swipe of Mango. The formula is creamy, yet semi-matte - the color is very saturated and really stays in place. It's best when paired with a tan (or a touch of bronzer for the fair skinned) and mascara. Looking good won't get any easier than that!
How are you surviving the summer, beauty-wise? I'd love to hear about your summer beauty routine.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
- Denim skirt+red & white polka dot t-shirt
- Crisp white pants+blue & white striped t-shirt+chunky red necklace
- Long, red cotton skirt + white tank+ gold and blue jewelry
Allude to patriotism without actually slapping a flag on your chest. Besides, actions speak louder than words - light a sparkler, sing along with Lee Greenwood, stand up with hand over heart when you hear the National Anthem - and you'll look great no matter what you're wearing!
2-in-1 polka dot shirt from Lane Bryant, $26.50, available in assorted colors.