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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

Take Inventory

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

Reorganize and Restructure

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

Invest in the Pieces You Need

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.

SHOPPING NYC: Check Out the Leg Resource Sample Sale

Hello to our fellow sample sale fans. We’ve kinda been stalking this legwear, socks, and hosiery sample sale from Leg Resource for a while, waiting in anticipation of its announcement, all throughout the month of November actually, and we almost gave up hope. Thank goodness we were not let down this year (we almost chalked it up as another reason 2016 was a horrible year), because the annual Leg Resource Sample Sale is officially happening, one week away. For those not yet familiar, Leg Resource is a leading manufacturer and brand marketer of all things legwear, from some of your favorite designer brands.

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As always, this amazing sale promises designer leggings, pantyhose, tights, and socks for women, and men. In the past, we’ve taken home quite the legwear and hosiery haul, with many of our purchases starting at $1.00. That’s right, at the Leg Resource Sample Sale, you can score some amazing hosiery and legwear products at some unbelievably low prices. Some of Leg Resource’s brands include Betsey Johnson, Betsey Johnson Performance, and Blue by Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Anne Klein, Laundry by Shelli Segal, ORI, Immagine Italiana, and Psycho Bunny. And there is something for all sizes, with leggings and tights going up to size 6XL (hooray for the curvy and plus size ladies who usually have a difficult time finding tights and leggings that fit properly).

The Leg Resource Sample Sale takes places at their office from December 5th – 9th, from 9am – 5:30pm. Leg Resource is located at 390 Fifth Avenue, Suite 405 at 36th street. Please note, this is a cash only sale and we recommend scheduling out some time to go through all the sale is offering. Of course, you can just go back each day of the sale.

Will you be taking advantage of this wonderful sample sale? Feel free to share photos of your haul from the sale with us.

JCPenney & Ashley Nell Tipton Launch Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion

JCPenney has just made two major moves in plus size fashion. The retail giant introduces Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion, its first-ever plus-size fashion brand designed exclusively for full-figured women, and an all‐new, plus size in‐store concept. JCPenney teamed up with Project Runway Season 14 Winner Ashley Nell Tipton, who will serve as Boutique+’s brand ambassador and design two capsule collections for the plus-size fashion brand, to welcome the new initiatives. The launch was celebrated with a runway show at JCPenney’s Manhattan Hall location hosted by Ashley Nell Tipton.

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Check out video of her welcome message to attendees below:

The new Boutique+ Plus-Size Fashion and lifestyle collection is designed for the fashion minded millennial shopper and was conceived and created by a dedicated team of JCPenney design, trend and product experts who ensure the colors, prints, and fabrics of Boutique+’s fashion offerings flatter and fit curvy silhouettes.

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The Boutique+ clothing brand made its debut in 500 stores and on jcp.com May 1st and offers everything from maxi dresses, skirts, jeans, trousers, tops, jackets, etc. As the first designer to present a plus-size collection during the Project Runway finale, Ashley Nell Tipton is the perfect advocate to provide expertise plus-size style for the millennial woman.

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This season, Boutique+ collection features avant-garde styles inspired by the ‘70s, including femme tops and dresses infused with floral and paisley prints and vintage denim, some of which can be seen in the runway show pictures above. Trendy fashion pieces include fringe tanks, tiered blouses and pleated skirts ranging in sale price from $12.99 for a top to $39.99 for a jacket. In addition to introducing the Boutique+ brand of clothing, JCPenney also debuts “The Boutique”, their plus size fashion in‐store concept, in nearly 200 of their retail locations offering feminine silhouettes, edgy patterns, and bold colors.

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The Boutique boasts a display of plus-size mannequins to show how various outfits complement a curvy figure and features a curated assortment of classic and modern, plus-size fashions from brands such as a.n.a, Boutique+, Liz Claiborne, Worthington, Alyx, and Bisou Bisou. Shoppers should expect casual sportswear, denim, and activewear, as well as a collection of handbags, fashion jewelry, and accessories from this one-stop shopping destination.

For fall and holiday, Ashley will introduce an exclusive JCPenney capsule collection, “Ashley Nell Tipton for Boutique+,” marking the first time that her designs have been made available by a national retailer.

Shopping NYC: Leg Resource 2014 Holiday Sample Sale

We know you’ve been patiently waiting for this amazing annual legwear sample sale and we’re happy to share the details and dates. Yes ladies, it’s time again for the Leg Resource 2014 Holiday Sample Sale where you can get your hands on…eh…legs in designer leggings, hosiery, socks, etc for women and children (plus size legwear is available as well), and socks for men. The CASH ONLY sale runs for four days and is at a new location this year. Check out the flyer below for all details

The Holiday Sample Sale will be held from Monday, December 15th thru Friday, December 19, at 29 W. 36th St., 8th Floor, between 5th Ave and 6th Ave. Call (212) 736-4574 for more information and to add your name to the list. Happy Shopping ladies

OneStopPlus.com’s Fall 2014 Plus Size Collection Offerings

Curvy girls, get excited for the wonderful fall fashions OneStopPlus.com has in store for you this year. Whether you’re looking for looks that add a punch of color to your fall wardrobe, elevate or revive any garment that’s already in your closet with new pieces or just on the hunt for chic fall looks, the go-to styles offered on OneStopPlus.com will surely delight you. Looks are seen in cool fall fabrics, updated shapes, and stunning details and embellishments. With fun and flirty must-haves from City Chic, classic casuals and sporty styles from Roaman’s, Jessica London, Woman Within, and so much more great plus size brands, the Fall leaves won’t be the only things that will be beautiful this season.

The plus size online boutique’s Fall 2014 offerings boasts dresses for both work and play, styles to take you from your office desk to dinner and cocktails. Highlights include faux leather details, mod-inspired color-blocking, dark florals, and fall staple – plaid.

Sweaters, tops, and blouses wow with their rich tones, flirty silhouettes, fun prints, and cool details. The sheer jackets are a great way to transition to fall and we can’t help but want to cuddle up in the cozy sweaters, we have a soft spot for the blue floral jacquard sweater. There are lots of ways to highlight your style personality.

The OneStopPlus bottoms offer even more ways to flaunt your style with very special details. We adore the laser cut-out detail on the faux leather flared skirt, the abstract print on the mini skirt, the sexy slit on the quilted pencil skirt, the gold hardware details on the pants and the delicate floral print on the colored denim.

Outerwear is just as cool as the season. There’s a jacket for those who love glamour, edgy street styles, classic silhouettes, fun details and color. We’re huge fans of the moto-style jackets, the puffy polka dot vests, and the divine blush pink wool coat with the vintage-inspired feminine collar. There’s much more to see on OneStopPlus and we invite all fashion-loving curvy girls to check out the photos below and visit the plus size retailer.

OneStopPlus.com’s Spring 2014 Plus Size Fashion Offerings

It’s a true fact that fashion and style knows no size and the spring 2014 offerings from OneStopPlus.com affirms just that with its impressive variety of plus size fashion. With stylish looks in plus size women’s fashion, intimate apparel, footwear and accessories, OneStopPlus is the perfect online destination for sizes 12-44W. For Spring 2014, they offer vibrant, fashionable looks from such brands as City Chic, IGIGI, Eliza Parker, Queen Grace, Torrid, etc.

We are loving the abundance of bold colors and eye-catching floral prints available to the plus size customer. A few of our favorite plus size dresses are featured above. With OneStopPlus, plus size fashionistas won’t have to sacrifice style or trends for fit.

The self proclaimed online plus size fashion mall offers much more than just clothing, plus size women can also enjoy footwear and accessories that will be a more comfortable fit, as well as some chic handbags any woman would love. Our favorite piece of jewelry is this stunning Set of Three Ribbon Cocktail Ring from Palm Beach Jewelry (see below).

Kmart Fashion Spring 2013 Collections

Ready for some more affordable and stylish fashion options for spring? We hope you are because that is exactly what Kmart’s various collections offer for spring 2013. Your wardrobe will rejoice when you add looks from Attention, Bongo, Route 66, Sophia Vergara, Dream Out Loud, Jaclyn Smith and LYS.

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Bold, bright colors, eye-catching prints and patterns are just a few of the spring trends that make up the flirty, feminine looks for women. Favorite looks include a Slit elbow, dolman sleeve, colorblock dress featured in neon green/grey and peach/fuschia, a crepe de chine blouse with rolled up sleeves, smocked waist (perfect for accentuating your curves) and a bold stripe pattern and a floral print maxi that will take you from a summer afternoon lunch to an party.

BONGO

For spring 2013, Bongo introduces some hot denim…..no longer will it be just your basic blues. Looks to keep an wye out for – Bold floral and tropical prints give denim shorts and jeans fun new life, tie-dye adds an array of cool colors and fun wash effect, denim chambray shirts get a bit of sparkle with rhinestones and a chiffon shirt is spiced up with colorblocking, a high-low hem and a keyhole back.

ROUTE 66

It’s color galore at Route 66 for spring 2013, the collection is brimming with bright tones, from sorbet colors in colorblock and ombre to bold neons, Route 66 has got hues covered.

SOPHIA VERGARA

Affordable and sexy still lives on in Sofia Vergara’s collection for spring 2013. Bold and colorful prints like the ikat print of the high-low dresses, tropical-print halter maxi dresses, sexy snakeskin printed blouses and floral camis are sure to wow fashionistas everywhere. There is no doubt the bold intimate apparel collection is sure to get the attention its meant to and her accessories collection will charm you.

DREAM OUT LOUD

Feminine floral prints are seen in several categories – pants, dresses and accessories, edgy touches include metallic coated stretch jeans, handkerchief hems, and lace looks.

JACLYN SMITH

The Jaclyn Smith collection has some chic choices you this spring – bold color and prints liven classic silhouettes, not-so-basic styles feature repeating animal drawings, t-shirts are dressed up with sequins and bags and shoes range from subtle hues to bold, eye-catching colors.

LYS (Love Your Style, Love Your Size)

LYS offers some of today’s hottest trends for the curvaceous woman – fun prints as seen in the chevron print maxi dress, bold colors and the high-low silhouette accompany classic and basic styles.

Behind the Scenes with Vivere Spring 2013 Collection

Who says full-figured fashion can’t be chic, sophisticated and sexy! For Vivere’s sophomore collection, femininity, tailored elegance, and refined structure are punctuated throughout in bold hues making today’s modern full-figured woman a very fashionable one.

I got a chance to go behind the scenes of Vivere’s Spring 2013 Collection photoshoot with designer, Sabrina Gibbs (in grey) and fashion stylist (and Author of The Wow Factor launching Feb. 2013) Jacqui Stafford (in white) as model, Katya Zharkova, was photographed in various looks.

The young, fresh collection features sleek lines, masculine touches, a stylish, relaxed sensibility without being casual and amazing proportion and fit. The looks also extend your wardrobe by making excellent mix-and-match pieces. A favorite was the hot pink Paisley Tuxedo Pant with red side pinstripe

At the event, we were asked to style one look for Katya to be photographed in and you can see mine below. I chose the Madison Cropped Silk Blazer, Chelsey Riding Pant and the gorgeous hot pink and cream Amy “Double Lapel” Blouse with side slits. I added a pair of pearl earrings and ring to highlight the cream in the blouse – the result is an uber-feminine and flirty menswear silhouette

I’m no stylist but I’m happy to say my look was a big hit with both Sabrina and Jacqui (major ego boost). Ladies, keep an eye out for these wondering looks coming to you soon. Visit www.vivere-shop.com for more information and follow Vivere on Twitter at @Vivere_Shop.