Monday, August 29, 2011

Branch out: Shop the Men's Department

Many women's wear trends originate as men's wear, yet the on-trend options in the women's department are limited and often don't cater to plus size women.

So, why not try shopping where the trend originated?

Men's departments often have better clearance sales, higher quality materials, and a larger variety in fit, han the woman's plus department.

Styles to look for:
The Boyfriend Cardigan

The Canvas Sneaker

The Chambray Button-Up

  Items pictured above can be found at

I usually target "metro" men's lines (for example Bar III at Macy's or Kenneth Cole Reaction) that have slimmer cuts and trendy colors. I also take shirts in at the waist if I want a more tailored look.

I wore a men's Kenneth Cole Reaction Chambray tucked into City Chic high-waisted shorts for lunch with my grandparents at the Jersey Shore. When paired with bold, feminine accessoreis, the look reads relaxed and effortlessly chic (Although my belt was a bit askew =).

Shirt: Mens Kenneth Cole Reaction / Shorts: City Chic / Flats: MICHAEL Michael Kors / Necklace: Forever21 /

Shop the Look:
 Shorts - City Chic / Shirt - Kenneth Cole Reaction from Macy's / Belt -, / Necklace - topshop / Shoes - MICHAEL Michael Kors 

Images from, Macy' and

And remember, no one has to know you found the piece at the men's department, unless you tell them!

Happy Shopping!

xx Jess

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Forever21+ Makeover

Found myself in NY unexpectedly this Thursday with only daywear, so I ran to Forever21 in Times Square to do a quick (cheap) makeover for night!

I found fantastic wide legged sheer black trousers, a great striped shirt with a racer back and a fabulous necklace to boot!

Pants $22, Top $19, Necklace $10: Forever21 / Sunglasses Cole Haan / Belt: Topshop / Purse: Vintage / Sandals: Same Edleman / Earrings: Kate Spade New York
I <3 NY

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Burnt: The LYS Jumpsuit

I picked up this Kmart Love Your Style (LYS) jumpsuit while attending Full Figured Fashion Week in New York. Check out model Elizabeth Seifu rocking the same jumpsuit at the blogger brunch.

For only $29.99, it packs a major punch for the price!!

Jumpsuit: LYS from Kmart / Shoes: Isola / Necklace & Earrings: Kate Spade New York / Bracelets: Vintage & Forever21 / Watch: Ann Klein

Monday, August 1, 2011

Curvy Girl Clothing Swap

For all my New York based curvy girls who want to revamp their wardrobe, check out Sweet Roll Entertainment's Curvy Girl Clothing Swap!

Six Take - A Tale of Six Cities

For this six take, my fellow curvy bloggers and I will posting outfits inspired by our individual cities:

Jessica / Too Many Sequins /  Australia
Karen / the Curvy Canadian / Toronoto, Canada
Sarah / Queen Sized Flava / Montreal, Canada
Rikke / Sticky Sweet Danish / Copenhagen, Denmark
Yolanda / Diva in Deep Thought / Baltmore, USA
Jessica [me] / Philadelphia, USA

My outfit is inspired by the the Philadelphia based TV show, American Bandstand, a hugely popular dance and music show hosted by Dick Clark from 1952 to 1989.

 The local of this shoot was the Philly Diner with an authentic 1957 Ford Fairlane.

Photo credit: My sister, Liz.

Pants: ASOS Curve / Shoes: Vincent Camuto / Neclace: BP of Nordstrom / Earrings, Bracelet & Ribbon Barrette: Vintage, "borrowed" from my mother / T-Shirt: American Apparel / Watch: Anne Klein