All posts for the month April, 2012
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 30, 2012
Do you love the color turquoise? Me too! Unfortunately, one of our favorite colors, the color of the Caribbean Sea (which is by the way where I am blogging from right now) has been unjustly and unforgivably oppressed in the world of fashion by none other than the foulest fascist of them all: Lane Bryant! The beauty that paints the substance that covers most of our planet has been exploited and turned into the eyesore that “that horrid store” calls a dress, hanging like the repulsive rag that it is on a hanger that has become the jewel on this display! After the appalling misuse of this aqua color, you are assaulted once again with whitehead like droppings consuming the entire surface of this ankle-length ridiculous rag. While at Lane Bryant, my eyes tried desperately to run away from this thing, but tragically were torpedoed with the out of place ruffles that hung slap in the center of the chest. For a split second my mind contemplated, “why would anyone want to play a practical joke on the piquant provocative points?” There is zero funny about our bodacious boobs looking like nothing more than pudgy tasteless pierogies without the stuffing. Even more distaste is added to this drape when they pin a bib-like looking material atop the neckline, for which there seems to be no purpose except to ugly-up their customers even further. What serves even less purpose is the seam found at the midriff and finally this disgrace – what Lane Bryant calls a “dress,” is finished off with narrow straps covering the shoulders. Please people, do not displease yourselves by wearing this or anything that sports such unattractive features for any figure!
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 22, 2012
How is the world of technology transforming retail? This seems to be a sexy topic. How would you feel if you never had to walk into a store again and you could do all your shopping needs (even trying on clothes and shoes) all with the simple clicks of a few buttons? What if your [...]
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 20, 2012
If you are like me, you are constantly searching the net for new and interesting fashion – from skirts, to shoes, to dresses, and even unique, but comfy yogini wear!
Occasionally, in the midst of my fashion pursuit, I come across fascinating news and that is exactly what happened to me today! While rummaging through plus size fashion links on reddit.com, my eyes gravitated to an article entitled: “Most runway models meet the BMI criteria for anorexia’, claims plus-size magazine in powerful comment on body image in the fashion industry.” When I read that title, I admit feeling a bit uneasy because if you are like me, you probably only heard about those three strange letters at a doctors office and forgotten them as soon as you left. Plus, I always associated those alphabetic spews with overweight issues, but here it was in black and white connected to anorexia.
Then it hit me, of course this makes perfect sense, this article is describing those skinny stick figures that we see toddling down the runway! I always knew that they looked unhealthy and could never imagine why designers want them parading in their attire or even why fashioners design for negative sizes anyway.
As I contemplated this a little further, I realized that not only is stick-skinny unhealthy and ugly on the runway, but it also poses a dire danger to the minds of women (of all ages) in our community. Everyday real women (including girls of single-digit ages) are brainwashed into thinking that skinny is sexy and that must be achieved at all costs. This is a fatal philosophy that has gone airbrushed for too long! I want to share this article with you in hopes that you will take it to heart and keep your soul, psyche, and shape healthy, no matter the stereotypes you find in the world of style – because remember there always will be a degree of deception in fashion! Our job is to look again!
Please share your thoughts on “curvy scoop, ” or on wildcurves Facebook page!
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 19, 2012
If you have read My Fashion Fully Figured In French page, you know that one of my favorite French fashioners is Alain Murati, a master of camouflage for curvy calibers ranging from 14-28 (US). The pieces I am about to present have two shades of gray (not to be confused with the book ’50 Shades of Grey’). Both dresses, one ending at your ankles and the other at your knees, but wait, do not be deceived, it is not just limited to stopping at the knees. This unique garment can move up and stay in the place you find it to be according to your utmost pleasure.
Deceptive Dress: I will not keep you in suspense. Here is what you crave! The darker of the shades with a thick white, lightly-speckled stripe that escapes from the neckline straight to the hem. Remember do not be fooled, yes I realize there is not much spectacular about a wide line going from top to bottom…but maybe there is! The key to adorning our curves is always straight and long. Why you ask? Because we have the gift of curves, we do not need a designer to present them to us in their dresses!
Curvy Lesson 101: In order to find clothing to complement our curves, look for pieces that *at least have a straight cut (that does not mean the material should be narrow, it can and should stretch to conform to our shapes) or design going from the neckline to the midriff (it can be a *stripe, zipper, or the cut of the garment etc.) this will give the illusion of length to our height and force the eye to fall at just the most sexually appealing spots on our shapely bods. That is the first reason why I love this dress!
(*Note 1: “at least” because you may desire attire of various length: ankle or above the knee etc.)
(*Note 2: “vertical only,” explained in “Rag of the Day” striped dress page)
Next, a little tidbit: (maybe not so little) the noted stripe also gives a standing ovation to our provocative points (I think we all know what I mean by that! If not, send me a message on this site or on WildCurves Facebook page and I will be happy to explain).
Let’s talk about the sleeves. If you do not see anything extraordinary about them, then look again! Keep looking down till you get to the wrists and you see the cuffs- well, these actually travel behind your forearm and create hidden mini-wings. These wings shape your arms giving them a sleeker toner appearance.
My favorite part of the body and I hope it is yours too: the hips – our signature statement! Take a look at that juicy detail on the dress. Similar to what I mentioned about the sleeves, Mr. Murati does the same for our hips, but with ample wings. These wider wings smooth and lengthen the berry of our body completing and perfecting our silhouettes.
Last, but surely not the least distinguishing part of this dress is the length: the radius of the hem is designed a little bit tighter than the rest of the dress, therefore allowing the wearer to pull it up or down and find the length that they desire. Yes, it stays in place due to the narrow radius of the hem.
So, you can transform this dress into knee length or a mini depending on your hip’s desire!
What have we learned from this robe (French for dress), do not judge a dress on it’s hanger! Try it on and let your curves do the judging!
Pocket Dress: The lighter of the shades, this dress is on the classical side for style and taste. A sweetheart asymmetrical neckline outlined on one side with an even lighter shade of gray giving an attractive, highlighting look to your collar. If you want to smooth and elongate your middle, this dress is right for you! The big pockets are an important addition to this piece because they take the attention away from the waist and center it closer to the hip area, but don’t worry, only very subtly. So, if you cannot decide whether or not to reveal those hips – this is the perfect dress because it does a little of both!
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 18, 2012
Do you love summer? Well if you do, then we have yet another thing in common! Hot colors seen walking down the runway in Paris, Milan, London, and New York: green, orange, red, purple, pink and a constant classic: black. So, let’s scorch up the temperature this summer when we color our curves! Here’s what should [...]
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 17, 2012
Bland multi-colored long dress with horizontal stripes from top to bottom. Here is why I consider this dress utterly nasty for the curvy shape:
1- The boxed sleeveless top is all elastic like you would find on a child’s dress. What will happen to the provocative points? They will be squeezed, pushed down flat taking away any curvy alluring shape from the non-existent cleavage. To top that off, it is tied behind the neck, which means no real support whatsoever.
2- The entire dress is tube-like with unflattering shades and horizontal stripes. A fundamental error in design for plus size fashion: horizontal stripes enlarge and bulk up everything from midriff to hips to rump.
3- The material is just blah, taking away from the young, fun look we all so crave!
4- At the midpoint, the dress has slight ruffles running to the bottom. Why the drastic change in design? Why at that particular place- the middle? In my opinion that creates an illusion of the waist line being bigger than it really is, which for me is a very big “no, no”!
5- The one and only stylish part about this dress could be the colors. Unfortunately, everything else is so detrimentally unappealing that it does not even matter!
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 16, 2012
If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ page you know that I am a writer, more specifically a journalist. Hence, I am creating this feature because fairness is foremost, even in fashion!
To be brutally honest, (no offense to anyone who enjoys shopping at these stores) I despise all of the plus size stores in this country: Lane Bryant, Catherines, Avenue, Torrid, etc. The clothing in my opinion is atrocious, wearing a potato sack would probably look better on a curvy body and feel better on our wallets as well. I have never stepped into one of these stores (except a few days ago), but just ran passed the windows in malls, been forced to drive passed billboards and blasted with advertisements while surfing the net.
A few days ago, I held my breath in horror and shame as I contemplated the unthinkable… to enter a Lane Bryant store because of my commitment to fashion fairness. How could I in all good-faith publish my opinion on clothing that I never actually touched, tried on or even looked at up close? As I asked myself this question, although knowing the answer, I took five deep breaths (like I do in Yoga), calmed my nerves and took what I thought were wide, quick steps to enter the store. When I came in I was greeted and of course that boring question was asked of me (to know what I am referring to read ‘About Me’ page)… I did not answer. I was on a mission for fashion and would not stop until I fulfilled it! I felt the walls closing in on me. Dresses hung on hangers with dotted patterns, multi-colored horizontal stripes, flowers with bland colors. White skirts with uneven hems and stars imprinted all over. Light beige pants with vertical stripes that even a camel should not wear. The material on all these items felt so grungy to the touch that it is not even worth mentioning. After all of those eyesores, I reluctantly remembered that my job was not done yet and that I needed to try some of this nasty stuff on. Grabbing a handful I ran to the dressing room. I could hear the rage in the rooms next door. Women shouting “I need another size this looks disgusting,” Why do they make the waist so small and the legs so wide?,” “Can’t they make clothes that look good!,” “I need to get out of here!”. In the middle of all of that, sobs were heard: “what will I wear to the wedding, nothing fits right.” “Why is this material bulging out like that?” “Ahhhhhhh.” I felt utter sadness because I knew exactly what they were feeling because I saw all of those same issues in the reflection staring at me while trying on those repulsive rags!
“Repulsive rags,” the title of my nasty pick of the day, was found while making my way through the madness at that horrid store!
My intent is not too, by any means, offend anyone. If you enjoy shopping at any of the above stores I mentioned, please feel free to do so and understand that this is simply a fashion blogger’s opinion. I do, however, hope that by reading my blog the women in this country, of all curvy sizes, will become more assertive in their style picks by opening their eyes and embracing their hips with the plethora of amazing European designers in the world of voluptuous fashion. Ultimately leading to confident curvy fashionistas!
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 16, 2012
This skirt will seduce your shape! Beige with a gold undertone and zig zag threading along with flapped pockets on the back, this skirt will hug and hover in all the right places. The waist on this skirt, like many of this designer’s pieces, is equipped with an invisible elastic threaded through the middle that [...]
Posted by doubledigitdiva on April 12, 2012