How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe for 2020 and Beyond

Do you stare at your closet morning after morning and think “I have nothing to wear,” while looking at dozens of pieces of clothing? How about walking into work, not feeling as confident as you can because you’ve become bored and uninspired with your wardrobe and didn’t want to put much effort into getting ready? It happens to everyone.

Clothing is a form of self-expression and it says a lot more about us than we think. According to the book that’s been called “the psychology of fashion”, You Are What You Wear, by Jennifer Baumgartner. Clothing and personal style are also things that plus size women turn to in order to cultivate more confidence within themselves. So when our wardrobe doesn’t speak to us, other things in our life like confidence, inspiration, motivation and drive fall to the wayside.

That’s why everyone, at some point—and sometimes more than a couple of times a year—needs to conduct a closet refresh. A plus size wardrobe refresh could either mean investing in new, strategic pieces to help your wardrobe feel current and fresh, or reorganizing your closet to give old pieces a new opportunity to spark confidence and joy for you.

No matter what your next step is to revamp your wardrobe, follow these suggestions to help set you on the right path and get your style game back on point in as little as an hour.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

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Usually when we lose inspiration or trust in our wardrobe, it’s because we feel like we are missing something–for example, a sharp blazer, a pair of dark wash skinny jeans or a basic white V–neck shirt. We let this idea that we don’t have the right clothing convince us that we will never be able to create the perfect outfit. Before we rip our closet to shreds, it’s important to take inventory of the things we have, the things we need and the things we would like to have.

  1. Write down a list of pieces that you would like to have in your wardrobe that you don’t think you have currently.
  2. Also write down the pieces you love and wear every day that fit you perfectly. If you have time and you’re feeling inspired, think about or write down what it is about these clothes that makes them so special. What characteristics do they possess?

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

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Before you spend a dime on a new wardrobe, you can rediscover pieces you had previously forgotten about by reorganizing and cleaning out your closet. So let’s get started! If you can, empty everything that is hanging in your closet, but keep these items close by. We are going to go through every item of clothing, so make sure to block out about an hour or two of your time to do this. After this process is complete, you should have a much better idea of exactly which garments are in your closet, and you may find yourself feeling more inspired as you uncover lost items, clothing that still has the tags on it or other pieces that might be old but have a new use in your style. As you go through your closet, make sure you are adding to your inventory list when you realize that you may need to replace damaged clothes or invest in strategic pieces.

  1. Pick a color, like black, and start hanging up all of your black items on one of the far sides of the closet.
  2. As you hang these items up, ask yourself, “Have I worn this within the past three months?” If not, do you plan on wearing it again? If yes, keep the garment and hang it up in the closet. If not, consider donating it. If you don’t like the idea of parting with clothes, place it in a box and if you go 30 days without touching it, donate it. If you go into the box to retrieve it, it’s earned a second chance at life in your closet.
  3. As you hang up clothing by color, start to also organize it by types of garments. Your closet should look something like this: [Black: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants]; [White: Dresses | Blouses | Sweaters | Blazers | Pants], etc. The reason we are hanging up your clothes by color and then by garment type is so you can get ready faster in the morning, and if things are categorized, you’ll be able to see most things in your closet as you sift through them every day to find the perfect color and garment, rather than have things scattered and get lost.
  4. When you come across seasonal garments that may be good for summer but not winter—like plus size off the shoulder tops – think about how you could style them for the off-season instead of packing them away until next year. Bringing in an off-season piece to an outfit could make a cool addition to one of your favorite looks.
  5. While you are hanging garments up, if you notice that you have a piece of clothing you have been wanting, but forgot you had—like a sharp blazer—cross it off your “need to buy” list we created in the first step.

How to Refresh Your Plus Size Wardrobe

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Now that you have a color- and garment-coordinated wardrobe, you should have a clear vision of the types of pieces you need to invest in to really make your wardrobe pop. Here is some advice to keep in mind while shopping for new additions to your closet.

  1. Stock Up on the Basics – You can never have too many foundational pieces because they are so versatile and are also worn a lot more than statement pieces. Plus size tunics can be a staple in any look and almost every season so don’t be afraid to stock up on them.
  2. Don’t Be Afraid to Indulge in Accessories – Accessories have a lot more power than we give them. They can make or break an outfit, as well as take it from one style to the next. If you notice you’re running low on accessories that could diversify some of the basic items you have in your closet, think about what pieces you may need and prioritize spending for those as well.
  3. Keep Quality in Mind – While we may always be on the hunt for the best bargain, the greatest value for you is within the longevity of your clothing. Invest in high-quality plus size jeans that fit you well, feel comfortable and will last. If you need to splurge on a high-quality item, make sure that it’s something that can be worn for many different occasions and with different outfits. For example, you’ll definitely want to purchase a pair of dark wash skinny jeans rather than velvet plaid leggings because the jeans are classic, and they will carry you through many seasons and multiple years. Whereas the leggings will be trendy for a season and then they will just collect dust in your closet.

Now that you have an organized closet that is easy and efficient to navigate and you have identified the pieces you need to enhance your plus size wardrobe, you should be feeling inspired and ready to dress to the nines.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

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The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

Shop These Holiday Deals: More Black Friday & Cyber Monday Savings

We’re at the beginning of the gift-giving season and anyone who has had to budget knows you can’t pass up a deal. We are in the time of the biggest deal time of the year for holiday deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the time to stock up on some great holiday gifts for everyone on your Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hannukah lists. We’ve already shared some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and we’re here to share some more.

Whether you’re looking for more tech gifts, gifts for the fashionista or beauty addict on your list, we’ve got the savings you NEED to know about. Check out these from Skyroam, Carlisle-Etcetera, Armani Beauty, Tweezerman, and Milani Cosmetics.

Skyroam Solis X WIFI

Skyroam Solis X WIFI Black Friday

Stay connected to your friends and family even if you’re far away from them with the Skyroam Solis X connectivity device. This grab-and-go, palm-sized global Wi-Fi tool will keep you connected whether you’re traveling for business or just trying to keep the family at peace on road trips and where wifi isn’t typically available. This personal WiFi goes wherever you go. Check out Skyroam’s awesome Black Friday holiday deals below:

Save 30% off the Solis X Black Friday Gift Set with Solis X Global WiFi Smartspot, Travel Case, Multi-Connector Cord, and 5 Daypass card (reg. $285.00).
Save 35% off the Solis Lite Black Friday Gift Set with Solis Lite Global WiFi hotspot, Powerbank Kit and 5 Daypass card (reg $185.00).

CARLISLE Etcetera (IN-STORE ONLY)*

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*The Black Friday promo valid in-store at Carlisle outlets only. In NYC, head over to 423 West 55th St to enjoy 75% off applicable on Fall & Winter merchandise. Exclusions may apply. Valid now until 12/1/19.

Giorgio Armani Beauty (ONLY on www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com):

Armani Holiday Sales

This Black Friday weekend use code TURKEY20 and code CYBER20 on Cyber Monday for 20% OFF ALL ORDERS. The offer has no minimums but it excludes Holiday sets, Holiday LE, eGift Cards and Armani Prive. Check out the must-have Armani holiday deals below:

  • Spend $50+ For FREE 2-Day shipping and 2 Samples
  • Spend $100+ For 6 piece Gift with Purchase
  • Spend $150+ For your choice of LIP SET (Full-size Lip + Mini) OR EYE SET (Full-size Eye + Mini)

On Cyber Monday, with code: CYBER20

  • Spend $50+ For FREE 2-DAY shipping and 2 Samples
  • Spend $100+ For a MYSTERY LIP GIFT
  • Spend $150+ For a MYSTERY BEAUTY DUO SET

Tweezerman (ONLY on www.tweezerman.com)

Tweezerman Holiday deals

During Black Friday weekend, get 10% OFF + FREE SHIPPING on all orders AND free tweezer engraving with the following deals:
$25+ Free Mini Brow Travel Set using code HOLLYGRAPHIC
Set Includes: Green Tea Mini Slant Tweezer and Hollygraphic Travel Case
$50+ Free Sparkle & Shine Gift Set using code SPARKLEANDSHINE
Set Includes: Rose Gold Shimmer Slant Tweezer + ProCrl Lash Curler in Faux Snakeskin Cosmetic Case
$50+ Set Includes: Free Complexion Prep Set using code BRIGHTCOMPLEXION
The set includes a Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner, Complexion Cleansing Brush, and No-Slip Skincare Tool in Deluxe Travel Case.
On CYBER MONDAY, get 10% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING on all your Tweezerman orders AND free tweezer engraving. Check out these great holiday deals:
$25+ Free Zebra Etched Petite Slant Tweezer using code ZEBRA
$50+ Free Glam Up Set using code GLAMUP
The set includes a Rose Gold Shimmer Slant Tweezer and Rose Gold Classic Lash

On GIVING TUESDAY, enjoy 10% OFF + FREE SHIPPING on all orders when you use code: GIVING2019, plus you get a Free Mini Slant Tweezer with all orders.

Milani Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics holiday deals

Starting today and throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday, enjoy 30% off sitewide on all products on www.milanicosmetics.com.

Inamunai African Fashion

Inamunai: The Fashionable Art From African Couture Designers

We haven’t indulged in some beguiling fashion in a while, so we’re diving right in with the exquisite offerings from Inamunai. One of our favorite things about this African fashion label is it isn’t just one brand, but a collective of wonderful African designers. You truly get experience a vast amount of talent from the birthplace of humanity. The Inamunai brand was founded by Mariam Garuba, a native Nigerian with a passion for clothes and dressmaking. Her online shop features several well-known African couture designers, whose bold style you’ll fall head over heels over. We certainly did when we first laid eyes on some of the extraordinary looks from the Inamunai runway presentation from Harlem Fashion Week.

Inamunai African Fashion

As you can see, every look from this collection boasts a unique and strong style aesthetic.  The vibrant colors and eyecatching Ankara-inspired prints enhance the collection’s chic silhouettes and bold shapes. The collection is teeming with details; you’ll find structured pieces, extravagant collars and sleeves, the juxtaposition of prints, and edgy color combinations. You’ll love the collection’s color palette of dark blues, reds, pinks, and greens. Most, if not all, of the pieces, are made from 100% wax cotton and other woven fabric.

Inamunai African Fashion

We also love the versatility of the collection. There are several looks to take you from day to night, from brunch to nights out on the town. In celebration of daring style, why not embrace the full striking attitude of the collection by layering multiple prints. The lesser courageous can use the prints as a pop of color to liven up a solid or monochromatic look.

Inamunai African Fashion

We see the influences of African fashion sent down multiple runways during fashion week every year. Alas, those are merely interpretations from mostly European designers. The Inamunai collection lets you celebrate African heritage with authentic designs from actual African artisans. If you’re looking to add this global influential fashion aesthetic to your style closet, look no further than Inamunai.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Twice Shy Earrings: Uniquely Curated & Affordable K-Fashion Earrings

There is no doubt that Korean beauty has conquered the US. You will find K-beauty brands and products in almost every beauty store. But that’s not the only Korean must-haves you must make note of. K-Fashion is set to makes waves in the Korean must-have space. We were recently introduced to Twice Shy Earrings, an international jewelry brand bringing uniquely curated and affordable earrings straight from the cool Seoul streetwear style to US fashionistas.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

Founded in April of 2019 by twin sisters Natalie and Rachel, Twice Shy offers unique styles of drop earrings, hoops, studs, and ear cuffs. With one sister in Korea and one in the US, they come together to create a unique jewelry brand; one that is a direct reflection of their own personal styles. The best part, these stunning jewelry pieces are incredibly affordable. None of them are over $20.00. Check out a few of our favorite Twice Shy Earrings below:

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Generate all the buzz with some of their best sellers, like their Beatrix Honey Hoops ($14.00), adorned with playful bumble bee charms. Celebrate the artistic part of your style with the Celeste Abstract Drop Pearl Earrings ($15.00), which features a playful shape and delicate pearl embellishment.

K-Fashion Brand Twice Shy Earrings

For those looking for some Seoul style, the trend-setting, funky pair of Blushing Bella Hoops ($13.50, our absolute favorite pair) will definitely sure to turn heads. We hope you’re ready for non-stop compliments because these darlings will bring more style praise than your ego can handle.

Our second favorite Twice Shy Earrings are these Yvie Pearl Drop Earrings ($17.00); you’ll love these enchanting pair of hand-shaped golden studs complimented by delicate faux pearl drops. We believe these will be very popular as they combine both an edgy and sophisticated aesthetic; plus you can’t beat this awesome price.

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Whether you’re an earring fanatic or just love jewelry in general, you’ll love all the unique earrings Twice Shy offers. You’ll instantly fall in love with heir earrings, we surely did. We promise you’ll find your new favorite earrings in no time.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Global Transfiguration: How a Simple T-Shirt Is Trying to Save the World

As we become more aware of environmental changes impacting our planet, we’re adopting more sustainable practices in everyday life. Americans use 40% less natural gas in their homes than 40 years ago. As we learn more about sustainability, this is translating into more than just energy use.

Eco-conscious company Global Transfiguration is introducing a collection of sustainable prints to allow you to wear your environmentally beating heart on your sleeve. In partnership with The Climate Reality Project, Global Transfiguration artist and founder Stephon Stewart hopes that his new line of prints will inspire change in everyday life, from the 33% of renters who move each year to the toddler just starting to learn about how the world works.

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“Earth is our only home,” Stewart explains. “This is our opportunity to change the course of history for future generations on our planet.”

His oil paintings have hit a chord with people both young and old. Featuring 16 versions of the earth in various forms, each one represents a possible future we might experience.

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For example, the fiery “Inferno” showcases a red earth meant to be viewed through an infrared radiation telescope. In this version of a future earth, carbon dioxide has done its worst, getting trapped inside the atmosphere to warm the planet to obscene temperatures. But the greenhouse effect isn’t the only thing we have to worry about.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Another, titled “Dry,” shows the earth as a potential barren wasteland. Now that the United States has hit a high of creating 4.3 trillion documents each year, this is a scary — but very real — possibility. But Stewart’s prints aren’t all terrifying. “Wet” is meant to pay tribute to the water that sustains the planet while “Gaia” honors the greenery of earth and the harmony between humans and nature.

Best of all? Part of the proceeds goes toward a monthly donation directly to The Climate Reality Project.

So far, the Global Transfiguration campaign has 16 eco-friendly T-shirts available, eight different totes, and a fleece hoodie. On the shirts, the globe rests right on the wearer’s chest, an emblem akin to the logo of a superhero doing their part to save the planet.

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“Everyday citizens can wear the shirts and feel like superheroes,” Stewart continues. “Maybe one can grow up to be the next Albert Einstein and create a new energy source.”

As such, the shirts are available in men’s, women’s, children’s, and even toddler’s sizes. In the fight to save the planet for the next generation, Stewart and Global Transfiguration hope that everyone will partake in the project and “Wear the change.”

Paris Fashion Week

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu SS2020 RTW Collection

The ready-to-wear collections are on full display during Paris Fashion Week. It’s been non-stop fashion loveliness sauntering down the runways. One of these collections is the cat’s meow. Designer Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection is literally inspired by her cats. For her spring/summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection, the silhouette is the key between her collection and the female body. It gives the audience the sensation of representing a confident and independent woman, as is her the brand’s identity. By combining luxurious soft fabric with a touch of transparency, the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection brings out the natural beauty of modern femininity, a certain softness, grace, and an ambitious and inspirational female figure.

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Recognizing the emotional impact that the right colors can have in design work, the color palette of the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection was enriched by the intensity of rainbow senses; leading to a more balanced and vibrant feeling. The embroidery technique and hand drew prints connected directly to the personal aspect of the collection, her cats. She ensures ruffles are prevalent everywhere in this collection, communicating a romantic attitude that highlighted each look.

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Every piece from the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection is designed particularly to stand out from the crowd. The shapes of the pieces are perfect for striking a look that people will notice and appreciate. Each detail celebrates the collection’s feminine sophistication; elevating them to the status of luxury fashion. This is a belief from the Paris-based, Chinese designer herself.

Alianna Liu’s collections are produced in France, paying attention to little details. At Alianna Liu, they believe sophistication is worth fighting for. Since 2018, Alianna has committed herself wholeheartedly to her brand; a brand for independent women, a brand all about empowerment through personal style.

This is the perfect collection for you fashionable cat ladies out there. What do you think of Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection?

Adobe Stock Pantone Color Trend Report SS2020

The Results Are In: Here’s the Pantone Color Trend Report for SS2020

Human beings love visual aesthetic and we typically put a lot more stock in it than we think we do. In fact, about 76% of homeowners feel the need to change the style of their kitchen during an in-home renovation project and that’s only one room of the house. From residence to the runway, there are trends in design and style that people tend to flow with.
Even though angsty autumn colors are on their way, let’s check out what the color trends will be in fashion and design in 2020 with the new Pantone color trend report for New York Fashion Week.

Flame Scarlet

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Want to display the most confident version of yourself? There will be no hiding when you adorn fabrics in this vibrant color. Inspired by female empowerment, this color represents determination and ambition.

Saffron

Adobe Stock Pantone Color Trend Report SS2020

Bright yellows have been on-trend for a couple of years now, but Saffron is taking it to the next level. This brilliant yellow color is the dose of fun and vitality we’ll need to make it through the cold winter months to come. If you’re one of the many businesses that haven’t updated their site in the last two or three years, using this color might be the boost you need to attract user attention.

Classic Blue

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Pantone claims that this color is akin to an evening sky “opening us up to a world of possibilities.” When you wear this dreamy dark blue, it’s up to you to make your dreams into a reality.

Biscay Green

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A modern take on the ever-popular mint color, Biscay Green reminds us of the refreshing waters of summer.

Chive

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Dark green and olive tones aren’t going anywhere with this herbal color. Try pairing it with Saffron for a neutral look that can’t be ignored.

Faded Denim

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While this color doesn’t actually have to be made from denim, this light, dusty blue is associated with easy living, the best in comfort, and taking things easy.

Orange Peel

Adobe Stock Pantone Color Trend Report SS2020

Brighter than most of the oranges we’ve seen on the market, this tangy orange color is the perfect take on your favorite fruit.

Mosaic Blue

Adobe Stock Pantone Color Trend Report SS2020

This teal-inspired shade was supposedly a favorite of the master painter, Van Gogh. A more complex blue than the other options on this list, Mosaic Blue drips with grace and intrigue.

Sunlight

Adobe Stock Pantone Color Trend Report SS2020

Spring and summer are full of bright colors, but you can’t neglect the staples. This dusty yellow color is the perfect addition to any delicate outfit. Even though your roof makes up about 40% of the visual exterior of your home, this color might even show up on home sidings as a stylish accent color.

Coral Pink

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While many think of coral hues as bright and inviting, this modern take on a coral color verges on pastel. With just a hint of warmth, you’ll be wearing this color all year long.

Cinnamon Stick

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Who says this is a spring and summer color? With fall right around the corner, this warm brown color is the perfect autumnal accent to any comfortable outfit.

Grape Compote

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You can’t go wrong with a deep purple and Pantone knows that. Mellow, intriguing, and mysterious, this dusty, dark purple is the perfect shade for a summer dress or your favorite accessories.

The Classics…

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Of course, these top colors for New York Fashion Week would be nothing without the staples. The Pantone Color Trend Report also predicted the core hues for the season. These include cool ash tones that exude sophistication and elegance: Lark, Navy Blazer, Brilliant White, and — of course — Ash.

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Were you one step ahead of the Pantone Color Trend Report? What do you think of next season’s color predictions? Let us know in the comments!