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Style Defined
Evening Wear for the Stylish Plus Size Woman
Are You Afraid of Growing Older?
You Do Have Something to Wear!
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Style Defined

By Audrey Beaulac in How to Look Stylish

Style does not happen by accident.

It cannot be clipped from the pages of a fashion magazine. It cannot be purchased at a designer boutique. Style does not follow trends. It cannot be copied, and it is never swayed by others.

Style does not worry about status. Style does not diminish with age. Style is not superficial. Style is authentic, unique and expansive.

Style is powerful.

When you define your style, you define your life.

Have you ever left the house feeling confident about your look, only to find yourself standing in front of the mirror the next day confused how to recreate that fabulous vibe?

Do you ever feel burdened by a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?

Style is not created randomly; it is an acquired skill, cultivated through careful attention to details and nuances.
Without an understanding of the psychology of color, line and design and a working knowledge of the part they play in harmonizing apparel with appearance and expression, you may be unable to express why some clothes satisfy and others disappoint.

Your style is a unique collection of distinguishing characteristics, creating awareness around what flatters you directs focus to the best of you – you immediately feel better, stand straighter and think clearer. As your focus expands, so do all the positives you choose to focus on. Your unique profile is the “how- to” of taking your essence to self expression.

Most people look to celebrities, clothing designers and store mannequins for style guidance. While these can certainly offer inspiration, they cannot replace your own internal style expert. True style works from the inside out, but in a clamorous world of contradictory information and countless choices; it is difficult to discern what your individual tastes really are.

In a huge field of choices and information - how do you edit? “What’s the right hair cut for my face, how does make-up work for me, is this really my style?” A criterion is an essential guidepost to finding satisfaction in a culture currently pushing trend conformity and celebrity tour de force.

Defining yourself and making selections that ground your image feels appropriate because it reflects you and not the next turn of the rapidly changing trend wheel.

Style is a sensibility waiting to be tapped. It’s about the private pleasure you take in knowing who you are. Once you learn the underpinnings of proportion and design, your style naturally evolves.

Dressing well is an acquired skill. Ultimately it is a private process and is at its best when it springs from the human qualities of intelligence, passion and sense of humor. It creates a mindful state where you and others see where you want to go; it attracts what you need to get there.

Style is a skill. It is a conscious process of self-discovery.

Image consultants provide you with the tools to express yourself authentically, distinctively and successfully. They help you to elevate the confusion and bring clarity.

Authenticity is energizing, economical and efficient. When you reflect your essence and intentions to the world, the world responds accordingly. When you reflect them to yourself, you respond accordingly. We claim ourselves and define our style, not only to the world, but also for the simple pleasure of being who we are.

Because Style does not happen by accident.

 

Evening Wear for the Stylish Plus Size Woman


By Jen P Carter

For plus size women, finding affordable, stylish plus size evening wear can be a pain. Instead of fashionable frocks you may find dowdy dresses, tent-like muumuu's, or basics that scream “old.” What can you do if you want to look stylish and enhance your curvy figure? Well, luckily designers and merchants are starting to realize that full figured women want to look great, and the newest styles in plus size evening wear reflect this trend. It may take a little time, but with some effort on your part and a little luck you can find high quality, affordable evening wear and still look your fashionable best.

First and foremost, you must understand the type of occasion you are attending before you can decide what type of evening wear to buy. When in doubt, ask! The last thing you want to do is show up in a floor length formal gown when everyone else is dressed in casual cocktail dresses or frilly summer frocks. A tip to remember: If the event falls after 6 p.m., these occasions tend to require more formal dress. Luckily there are tons of great new styles of plus size evening wear in stores these days that will allow you to stand out from the crowd regardless of the occasion.

Before choosing your outfit, have an idea about the type of fabrics that will look best on you. For special occasion plus size evening wear, they’re typically made out of synthetic fabrics these days. This translates into lower costs for you, and wrinkle-free attire you can wear without worry. Choose dresses or formal pantsuits made out of nylon, wool crepe, body skimming jersey or other similar fabrics. These will enhance your curves rather than cover them up. Stay away from bulky fabrics that will make you look bigger than you actually are. You want to embrace your curves, not add additional bulk!

You’ll also want to gain an understanding of how plus size evening wear fits your body. A well-fitting special occasion dress will play up your best assets while minimizing those you aren’t too proud of. An ill-fitting dress will not only be uncomfortable, but will not look very good on, either. Rather than squeezing into a dress that’s obviously too small, choose fabrics that skim over your curves. You may even decide on a dress with strategically placed details to show off your best features, like a deep V-neck or a side slit.

Plus size evening wear may seem hard to come by, but if you know where to look you’re guaranteed to find an excellent outfit for any special occasion. Designers are realizing the potential in plus sizes, and are starting to create more fashionable styles curvy girls will love to wear. You want to celebrate your shape rather than hide it, so keep these tips in mind when shopping for plus size evening wear. Not only will you look fabulous, but wearing a dress that fits you beautifully is an instant self-esteem booster. If you choose a dress that plays up your best assets, you’ll look smashing in your plus size evening wear regardless of the occasion.

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This article was submitted by Jennifer Carter. Find more tips on choosing & buying the perfect evening gown to suit your figure.

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Are You Afraid of Growing Older?

By Barbara C. Phillips

Not long ago I received a note from a woman in her mid twenty’s expressing her fear of aging. She felt it was out of control and only keeping her from growing into the woman she is meant to be. She does not think poorly of older women, and in fact started her note with “I have seen many gracefully aged women and thought they are fantastic.” However, she then continued listing some of the things that she is fearful of such as weight gain and the loss of identity, youthful looks, attractiveness, freedom, style and personality (especially around becoming a mother.There are also those unknown fears which she sums up as the “loss of God knows what.”

Sadly, this young woman’s fears are not unfounded. Many cultures in our world are youth oriented. We are bombarded daily with advertisements to look younger, thinner and more hip. TV, magazines, and music videos dictate our hair styles, fashions, and behaviors. Not only that, but if we happen to be old enough to have gray hair or any FINE lines around our eyes, we are directed to the appropriate product to erase any signs of aging. Is it any wonder that many of us are fearful? The stereotypes around us are so misleading! We see images of “little old ladies” that may walk hunched over, are poor, and at the mercy of dishonest people. While some images show men aging with distinction, we also see women who are just old, dry and helpless. Hogwash!

While it is true that our bodies and minds do change with age, I happen to believe that we really do get better as we mature. So, allow me to address some of the fears listed above.

Loss of Identity. I’ve only, in the past few years really begun to learn who I am. I’ve come into my own. I’m more self confident than ever before (and I still have a way to go!).

Loss of Youthful looks. I’m going to be 49 in a few days. I do not wish to look like 25. Granted I don’t have lots of wrinkles (only a few very fine lines…they are staying, thank you!) and have only a bit of gray hair that I’ve been cultivating for many years.

Weight gain. Yes it’s common, but it’s not the rule of thumb. You might notice a slight change in figure even without gaining weight. There is actually a health benefit to being a few pounds heavier, rather than be very thin as you age.

Loss of attractiveness. I’ve found that my own definition of beauty changes over time. I happen to think that women are actually more attractive. There is a depth and beauty that comes only with age.

Loss of freedom and personality. I’ve heard many women say aging gives them a freedom that is just not possible when we are younger. I think this is especially true for those of us that are mothers. When we become mothers, we take on a role that is 24/7. However as our children grow, we begin to carve out time and activities that are just for ourselves.

Loss of style. While I’m not sure I understand this fear, I do know that with age, I find freedom to create who I am without the dictates of the latest, greatest fashion. Since we are more sure of ourselves, we have the freedom to experiment and play with who we are, and the image we want to put out there for the world to see. Personal Style at it’s best!

While some look at growing older as a time of loss, many women see this time of their lives differently. There is so much growth that happens as we age especially in the emotional, spiritual and yes, physical arenas. In order to make the most of getting older, it is vital that you live your life in a vibrant and healthy manner. Smile and laugh daily. Read. Eat well. Sleep well. And always engage in stimulating physical activity or at the very least exercise. Most of all, celebrate your journey through this life.

Barbara C. Phillips MN, NP, founder of OlderWiserWomen has a passion for helping women. As a board certified Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience, she has been honored to work closely with women, listening to their thoughts, questions, and concerns. It was from these conversations OlderWiserWomen was born. To learn more please visit www.OlderWiserWomen.com .

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You Do Have Something To Wear! Shattering The Myth Of Age-Appropriate Dressing

By Lynnel Hampton

I'm over 30 and I still shop in the juniors department. So why do I feel like I'm standing up in an AA meeting sharing my "problem?"

Because once a woman is on the other side of 30, a not so subtle social pressure comes to bear demanding that she suddenly adopt a dour, sedate fashion sense that leads her to shapeless, and often times ridiculous outfits which are meant to de-feminize, marginalize, and desexualize. After all, women of a "certain age" aren't supposed to wade the sexual pool anymore; they're supposed to be nestled comfortably in a marriage, moving and shaking the business world or caring for parents and grandchildren. All this while wearing clothes meant to be all function and no fun, and which unfortunately are often just that.

But there are certain of us women, primarily tail-end boomers and leading edge Gen-Xers, who are refusing to go into that good night and become invisible. You know who you are. Like me, you may still haunt the Juniors' department looking for cute outfits or, feeling the need to "look mature," but convinced there's nothing out there, you may have succumbed to the pressure opting for fussy and matronly outfits that don't do you justice. And some of you, horror of horrors, have completely gone over to the dark side and are wearing those terrible offerings from women's, which take into consideration neither shape nor style.

Well I'm here to tell you that you don't have to settle for unattractive shapeless clothes, even if you don't have a twenty year old's body anymore. (By the way, most twenty year olds don't have perfect bodies either). You don't have to dress like June Cleaver, and you don't have to give up fashion after 30, 35, or even 40. I'm going to tell you how to successfully shop in Juniors with confidence, and come away with outfits that are both functional and dare I say it cute, but won't make you appear to the world as that most derided of women, you know her, the mutton who's trying to look like a lamb. Are you ready?

1. Timing is everything. If you're going to haunt the junior aisles without eliciting quizzical looks from teens and twenty-somethings, you have to shop when they're not around. Weekday mornings, when school is in session, are the best times. It goes without saying that you should completely avoid the weekends. If this isn't possible, take a younger woman with you. Many women take their teens shopping in Juniors. Nobody has to know that you're really selecting outfits for yourself.

2. Stay away from extremes to avoid the dreaded "mutton as lamb'' look. Any cutsie T-shirt that reads hottie, cutie, brat, etc., looks ridiculous on a mature woman, as do sparkles, lots of ribbon, lots of fringe, you get the idea. What you're going after in Juniors is the cut or shape of the outfit. Stick with more sedate colors and smaller prints. If you absolutely must have one of those cutsie T-shirts, make sure it's plain and message-free.

3. Get a cool pair of jeans. Let's face it, while the jeans in women's are classic, and classics are great, they aren't sexy and they don't suit everybody. Despite what you've heard, low rise boot cut jeans are a godsend for most mature women. A low rise boot cut is great if you're petite or slightly overweight. This jean gives the illusion of a waist, lengthens the torso, and makes thunder thighs look smaller. Classic jeans, especially straight legs, have a tendency to make a lot of mature and larger women look, well larger. One rule for low rise boot cuts: don't get a rise that is too low (to avoid panty-peek) and opt for a classy dark indigo or black color. Slightly distressed jeans are cool too. Avoid excessive details. The dizzying array of buckles, zippers, etc., that are popular in junior jeans now will make you look as though you're trying too hard. A jean with one detail like a leather laced front is okay if you feel you have the penache to pull it off.

4. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Here's where a mature woman can really have fun. A sexy pair of boots, some strappy heels, an awesome handbag, and fun jewelry are absolute musts. Just remember that less is more. Don't wear too much jewelry or load up on accessories. A good rule of thumb is to wear one to two powerful pieces at a time. Up-to-date accessories are a great way to punch up your classic pieces.

5. Know what shapes look good on you and know what's classic. I mention this because armed with a knowledge of what never goes out of style and what looks best on you, you can choose freely and confidently from those outfits in Juniors that are mere variations on the classics. By sticking with the classic, more conservative junior apparel and avoiding youthful excesses, you can find great contemporary clothes and still look like a woman.

So, I hope you see that if you're 30 and older that you really do have something to wear! You needn't listen to those invisible arbiters of style that say you have to dress a certain way (read matronly) as you age. The trick as you grow older is to become more sophisticated---not dowdy---in what you wear. Avoid the boxy, shapeless clothing offered to mature women. Wearing a tent and thinking it will disguise your faults is a mistake that often backfires. You'll only end up disguising the fact that you're a woman, and isn't part of being a woman having the freedom to flaunt your sexuality should you desire?

Lynnel Hampton is a native of Seattle, Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington. She holds a BA in English with creative writing emphasis and is currently pursuing an MA in Communications. She is a past winner of The University of Washington's Annual Black History Month Essay Contest.

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Plus Size Womens Clothing - Having Difficulty Finding It?

More than half the women in the country fall outside what the fashion industry calls standard sizes. This is why there is a need for plus size womens clothing and designers are recognizing that need with new styles and fashions. One thing that many people so not realize is that the “petite” size rating for clothing does not mean tiny. It refers to height and many of the women who need plus size womens clothing also need the clothing in petite sizes if they are less than 5.5 feet tall.

Plus size womens clothing doesn’t mean baggy clothes to hide your rolls. With quality plus size clothing for women, you can show off your full figure with skirts and pants that fit you to a T. You can accentuate any clothing with scarves and jewellery, which helps to draw attention away from your size. You can show off your legs by wearing a knee length dress or skirt and wear a beautiful camisole inside a low cut top.

When women shop for plus size womens clothing they also shop with quality in mind. They want plus size womens clothing that will last and that they can mix and match to produce different effects. The makers of quality plus size clothing for women recognize that women in the plus sizes do need the latest styles and fashions for work clothes as well as clothing for just lazing around the house or for those special occasion.

Whatever kind of plus size womens clothing you need is readily available online. Swimwear, blazers, evening gowns, shorts, work out clothing – all of these are available in quality plus size clothing for women. The sizing chart of the plus size womens clothing site will help you get the best size to fit you perfectly. The site will advise you how the clothing is cut and that if you find yourself in between sizes whether you should order the next largest size. Since some of these retailers use a generous amount of material in the clothing they make, you may not have to do that.

When ordering dress pants in plus sizes, it is important to get the right inseam length. If you have slacks in plus size womens clothing and you don’t bother with the inseam, the result may be that you have to cut off a lot of the leg material in hemming. Then the legs of the pants will be very baggy and will make you look larger and shorter than you actually are.

The secret to looking good when you wear quality plus size clothing for women is to get the right fit. When the plus size womens clothing fits properly, you feel great about yourself and you have a glowing look that lets everyone know it.

The secret to plus size womens clothing is fit. Make sure you get it right.

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