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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.

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)*

CARLISLE Etcetera black friday holiday deals

*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.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales

Shopping Deals: Enjoy These Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is almost upon us. Are you fellow deal lovers ready? Today we’re sharing some great deal to take advantage of from the comfort of your home and filled stomachs. We’re sharing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals across many market segments including beauty, wellness, fashion, tech, and more.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales

Keep scrolling down for great Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings from beauty brands like Emma Hardie, Lashify, Pausa Well Aging, and Taza Ayurveda; fashion brands Measure & Made and Ashley Stewart; Catalyst cases for all your smart device needs, and Eone, the watch that’s all-inclusive for sighted and non-sighted users.

Emma Hardie
Black Friday sales from Emma Hardie

For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, www.emmahardie.com has a deal where if you spend $96.00 (£75.00) on 2 full-size products, excluding Cloths, you will get the 2 x 15ml Midas Touch, Free!! The Emma Hardie Black Friday/ Cyber Monday weekend starts on 11/28 and finishes midnight on 12/2.

Lashify
Black Friday sales from Lashify

Lash fans should head to www.lashify.com for their 15% off site-wide with code CYBERX15. It is valid from 12/2/19 12 am to 12/2/19 11:59 pm. Free shipping for orders over $150.00.

Pause Well Aging
Sales from Pause Well-Aging

On www.pausewellaging.com, get a free starter kit ( $27.00) + free shipping on orders over $185.00. This deal will run from 11/24-12/2. On amazon – there will be a 15% off coupon from 11/14-12/2

Taza Ayurveda
Sales from Taza Ayurveda

Visit www.tazaayurveda.com for a kit deal (Nourish Regimen Trio Kit) which includes all 3 items (Eladi Body Oil, Kumkumadi Nighttime Facial Oil, and the Gandharvahastadi Herbal Digestive Supplement) at $235.00 (retail value $315). All other products will be 20% off. All of the products have free shipping throughout the year.

Measure & Made

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales from Measure & Made

The inclusive women’s apparel brand featuring FITLOGIC that takes both body shape & size into account to offer a custom-like fit. On Black Friday (11/26 – 12/1 at 12 am), enjoy a FREE fashion top with every pant purchase and on Cyber Monday (12/2 – 12/6 at 12 am), get $20 off entire order.

Ashley Stewart
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales from Ashley Stewart

The leading plus fashion and social commerce brand offers fun, trendy, and affordable curvy fashion, including everyday looks, formal attire, intimates, and more at 40% off + Free Shipping + Web Busters in an early access Black Friday sale. In participating stores, get 40% off the entire store + Friendsgiving. Online: get 40% off + free shipping + gift with purchase Tote at $80. On Cyber Monday, enjoy 50% off the entire site + free shipping + gift with purchase Fuzzy Socks at $80.

Catalyst Cases

From Nov 29th  – Dec 2nd, Catalyst cases will be discounted up to 70% off! This innovative lifestyle accessories brand has everything you need to protect your Apple and Android devices. You can enjoy up to 70% off screen protectors, waterproof cases, Apple Watch cases, and more.

Black Friday sales from Catalyst

Here are some of our favorite highlights from Catalyst’s Black Friday sale:

Catalyst Cases

70% – All waterproof cases and accessories for the iPhone 6 | 6 Plus | 6s | 6s Plus
65% – All waterproof case for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
45% – Waterproof Apple Watch Case 38mm Series 2
35% – Impact Protection cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 | S9 Plus | Note 9
30% – Impact Protection Case and Waterproof cases for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus | Waterproof and Drop-proof case for iPads (variety of sizes)
20% – Impact Protection cases for iPhone X | XS | XR | XS Max

Eone Timepieces

Sales from Eone Timepieces

This stunning and inclusive watch brand utilizes unique design markers to allow the wearer to tell time by both sight and touch. A great gift for the sighted and non-sighted. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, enjoy 15% off your order.

What do you think of these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals? Will you be taking advantage of these savings?

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.

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.

Global Movement by Tee

“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.

Global Transfusion

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.

Global Transfusion teeGlobal Transfusion tee

“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.”

Measure & Made Custom Jeans

Measure & Made Jeans and Pants: One Size Fits YOU

We all come in different shapes and sizes, each equipped with our own personal style.  So it’s no surprise that custom, made-to-measure clothing is becoming the go-to shopping option. Did you know that an estimated 68% of American women are over size 8? And even a group of women who all wear the same size can come in different shapes. These are just a few of the reason why custom, made-to-measure clothing is making an impact and why Measure & Made jeans and pants will be your go-to. They are the best fitting pants you’ll ever wear.

Measure & Made Custom Jeans Measure & Made Custom Jeans

For any woman who has struggled to find pants that fit properly, Measure & Made is your savior. As women, we are already fighting the old “one size fits all” absurdity but we’re now finding that what’s supposed to be our size, doesn’t quite fit either. We (and several women we know) are “blessed” with ample thighs, a bodacious booty, and a smaller waist; so there’s always an issue getting jeans and pants that properly fit our thighs, hips, butt, and waist.

Measure & Made Custom Jeans

Any woman whose waist is smaller than her hips and thigs knows about the dreaded waist gap. Thanks to Measure & Made unique patented sizing system, Fitlogic, we found the perfect fitting jeans. How does it work? The Co-Founders behind Measure & Made, Cricket Lee and Natasha Gabrielle Lee, conceptualized and created the Fitlogic technology, fit quiz, and a size shape decimal system to come up with your personal fit identification over a 15-yr period. So you know they are serious about making sure their pants and jeans fit perfectly.

Measure & Made Custom Jeans Measure & Made Custom Jeans

The Fitlogic Fit Quiz features questions about your height, where you gain weight the most, where do your pants feel the tightest and the type of pants you’re looking for.

Measure & Made Custom Jeans Measure & Made Custom Pants

After taking the fit quiz, our perfect size and jeans shape were classified as 10.3. Measure & Made offers women’s pants, jeans, capris, and shorts in sizes 0-18. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee and next month, they’ll be extending their sizes with the addition of sizes 20-28.

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We’ll be rocking our Measure & Made jeans this week, so be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram page for our fit opinion.

Style Doesn’t Stop: Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection

Although the spring season hasn’t been the amazing weather experience we’ve been wanting, we know it will get better. We’re a bit late on highlighting this collection but we have lots of time left to wear these amazing pieces. As stated, style doesn’t stop, for anything, including bad weather. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite pieces from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection.

There’s so much to love about the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Every item is effortlessly chic and flattering, with pieces that are essential to your wardrobe. This season’s collection brings wonderful textures, wardrobe staples, statement basics that coordinate very well with each other and what’s already in your closet.

If you looking for everyday style, foundation pieces, or stylishly comfortable clothing, you will find those in the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. The majority of the collection boasts neutral colors. Expect lots of black and white, light sage, pale blues, soft pinks, and greys with pops of colors like red here and there. There are several pieces we have our eye on. The white On Board Denim Jacket is the perfect Spring topper; you’ll love the fluffy texture of the sleeveless Clip it Up Shift Dress and the coordinating long-sleeved Clip it Up Blouse with split sleeves with ties; the lightweight Plush Party Cardigan (available in white and black) that’s perfect for the office.

We also love the multitasking Dusk Dress Jacket, a modern shape that can be a topper or belted to be worn as a dress. Speaking of dresses, we must note the feminine silhouettes in the collection, available in both woven and knitwear options. The fashion options from Nic+Zoe are perfect for those who want to stay away from the overly structured style in both their work and personal lives.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the looks from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Do you have any favorite looks from this season’s collection?

How to Dress For the Job You Want Without Going Broke

You CAN Improve Your Professional Clothing Collection Without a Big Budget

Every year, there are a staggering 1,240,000,000 pairs of denim jeans sold worldwide. But while Americans tend to favor casual clothing, those garments aren’t always appropriate for the workplace. That said, having a separate work wardrobe may not always seem feasible, especially for those who are looking to move up in the professional world but don’t have the financial means to do so. However, not all is lost. There are ways to obtain a workwear collection without breaking the bank. Here’s how to dress for the job you want without going broke.

Colorful clothes on racks in a fashion boutique

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends $1,800 on clothes every year. But workwear pieces tend to be of higher quality than casual apparel, which typically comes with a higher price tag. One good thing is that more businesses are opting for a less dressy approach to the office. Approximately 57% of organizations view employee retention as a problem; this is prompting many employers to embrace a more casual work environment in the hopes of attracting more applicants and enticing them to stay. And while brands are starting to offer pieces that find a balance between casual and formal for women who work in less stuffy workplaces, that doesn’t always mean these pieces are overwhelmingly affordable.

woman looking at clothes from bestlifeonline.com

Today, the average American woman owns 30 outfits. Those costs add up, especially when the clothes are trendy or poorly made, requiring frequent replacement. Don’t assume that expensive equals quality, either; higher-end brands may still use synthetic fabrics or have poor quality stitching, which can cause the pieces to wear out more quickly. Investing in a few well-made basics over a longer period of time allows you to obtain pieces that will last for years — without spending a lot of money all at once. Opting for versatile essentials, rather than special statement pieces, will allow you to mix and match with pieces that already exist in your wardrobe and increase the longevity of your clothing in general. Neutrals may sound boring, but they can still provide a pop of color or a subtle pattern. It allows you to be even more creative with the way you put outfits together to dress for the job.

These tips will help you buy fewer pieces overall, but what about finding quality items at lower prices? You may have Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus tastes, but you might want to steer clear if you’re trying to save. Opt for outlet stores or discount shops, second-hand stores, eBay, ThredUp, and Poshmark to score some deals on clothes without paying full price. You can also sell some of your clothes on these platforms to make room in your closet and give yourself a little extra spending money. And if you’re shopping online, never check out without finding a promo code first. Refrain from impulse shopping as well, since this can quickly derail your budget. If you set aside a specific amount to spend on clothes each month, you’ll have a harder time justifying that sudden splurge — especially if you give yourself time to really consider which pieces you need to dress for the job, and which you can live without.

Sticking to a strict workwear budget isn’t always easy. It often comes down to taking your time and doing the proper research. As long as you don’t rush into any purchases, have a clear idea of what you can really spend, and weigh your options carefully, you can add some amazing pieces into your wardrobe that will last for a long time — and without spending an arm and a leg.