2009 Fashion Trends for the Curvy Girl

Everyone else is trying to anticipate what will be hot in the next year. So why not us, right? Curvy, plus-size, and full-figure girls have a lot to look forward to fashion-wise in the new year. And, as I straighten my turbin and gaze into my crystal ball I do see some definite "trending" towards timeless classics, vintage-y finds, and more structure. (Those old "flowing" tops are just about gone with the wind.) Call it the thrift-store effect, if you will. Let's take a short trip into the future and you can tell me whether you agree.

Fitted Tops
Women's Plus: Women's Plus Puff Sleeve Button-Front Tops - Pacific Blue

Military Chic
Black Fitted Lace-Up Military Jacket Blazer

Dark Blue Stretch Military Denim Skirt

Retro Frocks
Women's Plus: Women's Plus Crinkle-Chiffon Keyhole Dresses - Dove

Women's Plus: Women's Plus Cowl-Neck Dresses - Bali

Tartan, Houndstooth & Plaid

Ruffled Shirts & Pirate Style. Arrrrrghh.

Sweater Dresses
Black White Satin Inset Sweater Dress

Graphic Skirts
Red Sateen Faux Leather Trimmed Pencil Skirt

Studded Pants, like these from Apple Bottom

Dresses that look like two-pieces

Skinny Jeans, even for the non-skinny
Skinny Leg Jean

Coming up... trends in accessories!

Ed Hardy - Yes, In YOUR Size

If you've ever wanted to wear the colorful rock-inspired clothing, but couldn't find any in your size, you'll be happy to know that Ed Hardy is rolling out its plus-size line along with some hot new accessories.
The new styles can be found in major department stores and online at Torrid.com

Straight Leg Jean
Ed Hardy Missy Medium Wash Straight Leg Jean Regular

Rose Scarf
Ed Hardy Red Rose Eagle Scarf

Dragon Lady Bowling Bag
Ed Hardy Red and Black Dragon Lady Bowling Bag

New York City Tee
Ed Hardy Ivory New York City Tee

Sky Silver Heel
Ed Hardy Sky Silver Heel

Trucker Hat
Ed Hardy White and Green Lady Rose Chain Trucker Hat

Oprah: Why Weight?

Alright, we give. We've tried to ignore the chatter, but now the question must be asked: Why is so much being made of Oprah Winfrey's weight? Here is a self-made woman who is extremely wealthy, well-loved, with friends all over the world, and a talk show empire that won't quit. And yet, tongues are wagging about the fact that Oprah has gained back the weight she lost during... I don't know, whatever her last diet was. Today I was asked whether Oprah Winfrey might be considered a Brickhouse sort of gal. And the answer to that is "no", for one very clear reason: Oprah doesn't like herself the way she is. But, still, every few years Oprah claims to "get it" and off we run behind her latest diet shake, book, or expert.
Do we really need to know the status of Oprah's weight, measurements, and body mass composition? Where does all of this interest come from? I would like to join the chorus of bloggers who put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the media. But, I can't. People, please. Oprah is the Queen Of All Media and the Ruler Of All She Surveys. My personal opinion is that Oprah bears a huge portion of the responsibility here. She has made millions (and made millions for other people) by making her weight a focal point.
20 years ago, when she donned those skinny jeans and wheeled that wagon full of fat on stage, many people expressed disbelief that her weight was being made the subject of an entire episode. Admit it. That's a bit bizarre. Even worse was promoting the idea that a starvation diet was the way to take it off.
But things seemed to have changed in recent years when Oprah and the myriad of gurus riding her coattails appeared to change their focus to healthy-living. But what was all that really about, when just last week Oprah revealed she was embarrassed to now be up to 200 pounds? Is she the one who is letting her weight hold her back from living her "Best Life"?
Enough from me, though. I'm dying to know what you all think now that this little nugget has had a week or so to marinate in the news. Please share your comments!

Hot for the Holidays: Part Two

Alrighty. This is that often-hectic weekend before Christmas. But let's slow things down and enjoy ourselves, shall we? We thought we'd take a last-minute glance at some stylish looks we love for the holidays.

Calvin Klein

SWAK Designs

Fashion Overdose


Sexy Librarian Chiffon Blouse

Donna Rico
Be Jeweled Dress

Ruby Rox
Beyond Black Dress

Abby Z
Abby Z Beaded Dress

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