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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

Fashion Photography: Spring-Summer 2018 Women's Fashion

Spring Forward: TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection

Ladies, are you ready for an influx of more international luxury? Today we present a luxury Chinese Designer showcasing her beautiful women’s collection in the U.S for the first time. The first day of the spring season is a mere six weeks away and we cannot wait, especially when we get to look forward to the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection from luxury Chinese Designer and chief creative director Emerald Chen.

Emerald Chen’s TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection is one of five Chinese designers showcasing their luxury lines for the first time in the U.S via the Bandladies Showroom. Each luxury line is designed by strong, female entrepreneurs, all hoping to bring a surge of influence and empowerment into the fashion industry with their emergence into American Markets. Emerald Chen is definitely bringing her mastery of fashion with her design aesthetic.

The TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection doesn’t only pay attention to the external of the urban women, but also their inner side. The TTT woman upholds the mission of letting each independent woman find the balance of inside and outside creating fashion behaviors and urban humane landscape. We love the effortless and classic styling, clean lines, and subtle but noted details of this sophisticated collection. Another aspect we love about the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection, is the look of perpetual movement each piece has. Complimenting the female body, it’s natural movement and curves, thanks to the collection’s slight sculptural elements.

The color palette of the collection is a feminine range of dusty rose, off-white, and black which perfectly captures the duality of women – demure and brazen. We look forward to seeing more women’s fashion from Emerald Chen and what more she can bring to the American luxury market.

What are your thoughts on the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection? Are you hoping to see more of her effortless and sophisticated women’swear designs?

 

Fashion Photography: Spring-Summer 2018 Women's Fashion

By Judy Zhang Luxury Ready-to-Wear Spring 2018 Collection

It’s almost time for NYFW the Shows’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection previews and while we’re filled with anticipation, we’re so ready for this year’s Spring/Summer fashions. You see next month is when many Spring 2018 fashion begins to hit retailers. It’s the time when we can finally shop for all the stunning looks we saw last NYFW and fashion previews we attended a full season ago. We begin this round of Spring/Summer 2018 highlights with a fabulous bang, specifically the stunning collection, By Judy Zhang. Boasting chic everyday looks, elegant workwear, and luxury beyond compare, the Spring 2018 By Judy Zhang collection features unique creativity in both the materials used and functionality.

We had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know the By Judy Zhang collection at the Bandladies showroom in NYC. Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, By Judy Zhang prides itself on using the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. This collection gifts us with three design series – Sweet Punk and Profession Rock Series, Elegant Queen Series, and Extreme Luxury Series. It features figure-skimming little black dresses and black lace, which has deep roots in Sicily and tells a story of passion and love for one’s roots. The fusion of Sicilian heritage and Italian craftsmanship makes these items instantly recognizable. The collection is so beautiful, it’s virtually impossible to select less than ten favorites. We love the 3D appliques on the chic denim pieces and white shirts, the bejeweled PVC jackets, the handpainted artwork, and streamlined lace pieces. How can you not love everything!

Designer Judy Zhang is a speculative fashion rebel. Her soft external and independent heart, have been gently shown in her exquisite clothing and their details. Within the conception of fashion, Judy Zhang has always shown her “new woman’s philosophy”. Her rebellious and beautiful haute couture/ready-to-wear brand is intended to create a “category” that breaks the definition of traditional women’s clothing and merges the idea of traditional clothing into the “consciousness”.

Judy believes that Fashion design is the most direct way for women to show themselves, and she has created a lot of commanding heights in design and business areas in the last 20 years.

Is the By Judy Zhang Spring 2018 collection putting you in a spring state of mind? What are your thoughts on her collection?

SHOPPING NYC: Bandier Athleticwear Warehouse Sale

It’s officially the spring season, and you know what that means – it’s spring sample sale time. Despite some airline regulations, more and more people are adding athleisure clothing to their wardrobe for absolute comfort at work, school, while traveling, and for other social settings.  We’re always on the lookout for great deals, so of course, when we heard about the upcoming sale from Bandier, the first luxury fashion, fitness, and music boutique, we had to share. If you not aware, Bandier Athleticwear is the go-to for fashion-forward athleisure and athleticwear from around the world. Some of the designer fashion brands they carry include Adidas by Stella McCartney, Fila, Koral, Nike, Varley, Reebok, Todd Snyder + Champion, Herschel Supply Company, etc.

This annual warehouse sale returns to 260 Sample Sale’s Fifth Avenue location, located on the ground floor of 5th Avenue, between 28th and 29th street, from April 4th through April 9th. They will be offering up to 80% off on apparel, accessories, and footwear. You will walk away with some of the coolest athleticwear and sneakers from Bandier Athleticwear, at amazingly low prices., just in time for the season of getting fit and getting your summer body ready. So mark your calendars and make some room in your closet, especially if your wardrobe is a little bare from spring cleaning.

For all pertinent information on the Bandier Athleticwear sample sale, see and print out the above flyer, or see below for location, dates, and times.

LOCATION: 260 FIFTH AVENUE
(BTWN 28TH & 29TH ST.)
W/R/6 TRAIN TO 28TH ST.

SALE DATES/HOURS: APRIL 4TH – APRIL 9TH
TUESDAY: 9AM-8PM
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY: 10AM-8PM
FRIDAY-SATURDAY: 10AM-7PM
SUNDAY: 10AM-5PM

Are you planning on attending the Bandier Athleticwear sample sale? What athleisure or athleticwear items are you looking to add to your closet? Share your hopeful sample sale hauls in the comments and happy shopping.

New Year, New Style with Burlington’s Holiday Collection

We are officially into the new year, and it has us thinking what our 2017 wardrobe should be. Will our style be evolving? Will our budget allow for the new items we seek? We know we definitely want to be stylish, comfortable, and of course, effortlessly chic. With the wonderful and very affordable fashion options from Burlington’s holiday collection, we are sure to achieve our style goals. This season Burlington offers classic and key on-trend pieces that will definitely make 2017 your most stylish year yet. Take a look at some of our favorite items from Burlington’s holiday collection.

Whether you’re celebrating a new job, a new body or a new outlook on life, Burlington has the women’s fashion you’re looking for. Fall in love with the remarkably low prices of the “perfect for work” dresses and blouses, the billowy maxi skirts (we’re head over heels in love with the gorgeous printed maxi skirt featured above; amazing at only $16.99), trendsetting ponchos (like the black and white plaid poncho sweater for $19.99), cool sweaters and jackets (we love the Bomber Jacket with shirred sleeves, so affordable at $24.99), and activewear options. We also have the Sleeveless Sweater (available for $29.99), and the Denim Lace-Up Top for $21.99 on our wish list.

Want to keep your look casual and cool for 2017? Burlington’s holiday collection also boasts denim in just about every silhouette, wash, and length, great seasonal jackets, vests, and coats to keep you warm and stylish during these cold months, tops that are great for wearing alone or layering, and to die for accessories. And because these items are at Burlington, you know they’re all budget-friendly. There’s no fear of being broke in 2017 with their wonderfully low prices.

For those of you ladies planning on adding several memorable nights out on the town, you’ll love the above social dress styles like the Shimmering Cold Shoulder Dress, and the black and gold Body Con Dress, both $29.99 each. Dazzle everyone when you step out in these glitzy dresses from Burlington.

Do you love what Burlington has to offer for this season? Any favorite pieces from this collection? Have you scored a great find at Burlington? We’d love to hear. Share your thoughts in our comments below.

 

Tis the Season for Style: Adrianna Papell Fall 2016 Collection

By now you’ve started receiving invitations to Christmas and Holiday parties, and maybe a few where you get to go full glam, what are you going to wear? Luckily you’re in wonderfully stylish hands with the current beguiling offerings from the Adrianna Papell Fall 2016 Collection. With fashionable dress options (okay, we threw in their stylish jumpsuit) for daytime and evening holiday celebrations, you’re sure to turn heads this holiday season.

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Whether you’re off to a daytime or early evening fete, the above elegant looks will hit the right fashionable note every time. No matter if you’re heading to your celebrations right from the office or after a quick trip home, you will add your own holiday shine with these Adrianna Papell Fall 2016 Collection looks. We love styles like the royal and black Mock Neck Colorblock Dress, the Polka Dot Colorblock Sheath Dress, and the red Short Sleeve Sheath Dress with Tulip Skirt for those going straight from the office to the party or even an in-office holiday party. For those who do get a moment to freshen up and change out of your office attire, we adore the Colorblock Jumpsuit with Beaded Bodice, the Mirrored Lace Cocktail Dress with Fringe Hem, and the Structured Cape Sheath Dress. Of course, the above looks are merely a fraction of the stunning items you can currently find on Adrianna Papell, they offer so much more. If your holiday entertainment is more of the black tie affair, you’ll love the Adrianna Papell evening gowns featured below.

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Looking glamorous this holiday season is easy with these stunning dresses from the Adrianna Papell Fall 2016 Collection. Be red carpet ready with any of these beautiful dresses this season. Go super chic in the Column Dress with Short Cape; and turn heads in the emerald Mock Neck Ray Beaded Halter Dress with T-Back, and the vampy, red Lace Mermaid Gown. Can’t decide between a mermaid, ball gown, or column dress for the holiday, check out these and more styles from the Adrianna Papell Fall 2016 Collection by visiting their website and let your inner fashionista do the picking.