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Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey Results: Part 4

The Curves and Chaos 2010 Survey continues with part 4. This is a more in depth look at what us curvy shoppers think about the plus size fashion industry. I’d love to hear what you think about the results below.

In your honest opinion, name ONLY ONE clothing manufacturer that you think knows the plus-size woman’s body.

  1. Torrid
  2. Target
  3. Lane Bryant
  4. ASOS Curve
  5. Evans

In your honest opinion, name ONLY ONE plus-size clothing manufacturer that you think needs improvement in their plus sizes.

  1. Lane Bryant
  2. H&M
  3. Forever 21
  4. Old Navy
  5. Torrid

If there was one thing you could recommend to clothing designers about plus-size clothing, what would it be?

“We want to stand out because of our vibrant personalities and confidence, not by wearing clothes that don’t follow the current trend. Plus-sized does not mean minus-style. A size 12 or 14 model who is 5″10 is not the average plus-sized woman; carry a broader range of petite.”

“Remember, just like regular sized women, not all plus-sized women are shaped the same way.”

“We love trendy clothing too and great fit! Some plus women have a SHAPE, we are CURVY. Please make more tops and dresses fitted slightly more in top area with more generous stretch to hip areas. WE NEED MORE AFFORDABLE VARIETY OF WIDE WIDTH SHOES. FULL FIGURE GALS LOVE TRENDS TOO!ALSO, USE MORE REAL PLUS SIZE GALS IN ADS!!!”

“We love fashion too, keep that in mind when you are trying to sell us ugly floral patterns and bedazzled crap. We want everything the skinny girls can wear but in OUR sizes, its that simple.”

“That plus size women have just as many shape variations as non plus size women and need a variety of choices too. So many times designers assume that plus size women carry weight in just the hips, or just the bust, etc. It varies.”

“Don’t be afraid to use a real plus size woman in the clothing ads or online shops. It is much more helpful for shoppers to actually see what a piece of fabric looks like when it hits a curve or even a roll ;) and allows us to judge if it is in fact good for our own body type. This to me would be logical for both ends, as I will know it will look good and will order it, therefore lessening the amount of returns to your company. The world is ready to see big women, let them be seen!”

*If you’re a retailer and would like a more complete list of customer requests like the ones above, please contact me.

If you wear wide shoe sizes, name ONE retailer or manufacturer that you feel has the best selection.

  1. Payless
  2. Evans
  3. Torrid
  4. Avenue
  5. Zappos

Name a retailer or designer you wish made plus-size clothing.

  1. Armani Exchange
  2. Anthropologie
  3. Marc Jacobs
  4. Top Shop
  5. H&M

Holiday Dress Giveaway #4: Sealed With a Kiss Designs

Congratulations to Mary over at Pretty Face No Waist for winning the JIBRI gift certificate! I know she’ll look fab!

Now, if you’ve never worn a Sealed with a Kiss Designs, then you are seriously missing out! Their designs are not only classically chic, but they are so flattering and curve enhancing! I’ve tried on a lot of their pieces and I can’t say enough about them.

That brings us to the Holiday Dress Giveaway #4, here’s your chance to win the Sealed with a Kiss Design’s Plus Size Classic Dressy Dress ($59). How perfect is this dress for the holidays? Doesn’t my friend Nik (right) look amazing in it? What I love about this dress the most is it’s versatility, you can dress it up so many ways!

Available in sizes 1X-6X and in colors Hollyberry, Gold Dust, and Black Licorice, this dress will make you shine!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below (with a valid email address) telling us how you would style this amazing dress.
  • Rules: US residents only, one entry per person, unless using the extra entry, giveaway ends 12/13/10, and winner will be chosen using Random.Org. 

Extra entry:

Giveaway is Closed!!

    We Love Colors Review & Giveaway!

    Need to add a little color to your curves? We Love Colors might be able to help. They offer a rainbow of colors in their plus sized tights, 51 to be exact! I was given the opportunity to review a pair of their Nylon/Lycra tights in Charcoal ($15).These opaque tights (courtesy of WLC) matched this charcoal Forever 21 Plus skirt, that I’ve been dying to wear. I just didn’t have any tights to match. The scarf I wore even had some gray in it, so it all came together.

    Like you, I’ve heard a lot about We Love Colors, but I wasn’t sure about the quality. I found these tights to be really soft, comfortable, and durable. They come a wide range of sizes and when I first put them on I was worried they might be too big. But they never once rolled down or sagged like some tights do. They would be great for those on the taller side. But, I’m 5’6 and they were perfect for me. I can really see them getting a lot of wear in this chilly L.A. weather!

    Update: Win your own pair of We Love Colors tights!! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below (with a valid email address) telling me which color you’d choose if you win! Go here for a list of colors. 

    For extra entries (make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry): 

    • “Like” We Love Colors on Facebook.
    • Follow We Love Colors on Twitter.
    • Tweet “@WeLoveColors and @CurvesandChaos want you to win a free pair of tights http://bit.ly/eGHIdx

    Rules: Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. This is open internationally. Only one entry per person, unless using extra entries.  Contest ends 12/15/10 and winner will be chosen using Random.Org.

    **Read my disclosure policy. I was not paid for this post, the item was gifted. All of the above is my true and honest opinion. 

    Contest Closed!!

    Velvet Feet

    I don’t know what it is, but whenever the holidays roll around I have velvet on the brain! Seriously, I just featured those velvet clutches and I now I want velvet shoes! I think it has something to do with my mom dressing me when I was little. She put me in a lot of velvet. I love that lady! And now look at me lusting over velvet shoes! Drooling over all of these shoes…(click on the shoe for shopping details).


    L.A. Shopping Event: Thread Holiday Pop-Up Shop

    Thread’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop is making it’s first appearance back in L.A. after two years! That means lots of shopping! Need I say more? It will be held at the Bay Salone at 2035 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA. I am planning to be there on Sunday. I hope to see you there!

    Make your holiday to-do list a fun experience with a cocktail in your hand, great music, fashion shows, a holiday-themed photo booth, a free style lounge for seasonal demos and touch-ups, live art, food trucks and free giveaways all day long.

    You must RSVP if you plan to attend- entrance fee is $5.

    SATURDAY: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    SUNDAY: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Enjoy THREAD Show shopping all day with fashion shows at 1 and 4 p.m.

    BE Beverly Hills Launch Party

    Last night Cid from Cid Style File and I attended the BE Beverly Hills Launch Party at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. Very posh! BE Beverly Hills was introducing their new Eco-luxury line. Celebrity hair stylist Frankie Payne, who styles Kim Kardashian’s gorgeous locks, was on hand. There was an open SVEDKA bar, some celebs, yummy food, free copies of Angeleno and New Beauty magazines, and delicious cupcakes. Cid and I loved our VIP gift bags which had a bottle of their BE Inspired Shine and Repair Serum with Argan Oil. Some claim it’s a miracle product, I can’t wait to try it. I’m wearing a Spense sweater dress (Ross), Assets tights (Target), and plum round toe pumps (Kohls). 

    Beauty Buzz: China Glaze Holiday Collection

    China Glaze has been gracing nails like yours for 13 years and now your holiday can be a little more festive with their 2010 holiday collection.

    With colors like Naughty and Nice, Jolly Holly, and Little Drummer Boy, these 16 holiday shades will pretty much go with any of your party dresses. Personally, I love Ms. Claus. I’m a sucker for red and glitter.

    Made with China Clay as a nail hardener and a 400 strand brush, I don’t think nail polish lovers will be disappointed. I have a bottle of the No Chip Top Coat and it’s awesome!

    These little nail kits (top and right) would make a great stocking stuffer!

    Don’t know what the color will look like on you? Check out their Virtual Nail Studio. You get to adjust the skin tone and nail length that closely resembles your hand. So which color will you be trying?

    Dolce Vita Inspiration

    Last night Cid from Cid’s Style File and I were talking about where our inspiration to blog comes from. Personally, I’m inspired by everything around me. In fact, this post is inspired by this Dolce Vita image. They sent me an email about a sale and this Tammy Printed Sweater ($220) caught my eye. How could it not? I want this sweater, but my bargainista instincts say NO! When this happens, I look for substitutions. And f course ASOS Curve has this Pattern Wrap Blanket Cardigan ($74.21) that I want. Just another reason to love them!


    Holiday Dress Giveaway #3: $150 JIBRI Gift Certificate

    Congratulations to the winner of the $100 Lane Bryant Gift Card! Our very own Stiletto Siren of Lips, Hips, and Fatshion Tips was chosen using Random.org. Can’t wait to see what she buys! Now, on to giveaway #3!

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    It’s officially December! That’s means holiday parties galore. And you know you’re going to need a hot snow melting design created for the curvy woman! And I know exactly where you can find it…JIBRI!

    JIBRI is “a perfect combination of high fashion chic and urban street sleek sizes in 14-24. JIBRI features a variation of punk innovation, classic construction, and vintage inspiration.” Now, wouldn’t you want to own a design from this label?

    Holiday Dress Giveaway #3 is here with a $150 gift certificate from JIBRI to use on any regular priced merchandise or sample! I received this gift certificate during Viva Fat Vegas, but haven’t been able to make up my mind of a purchase. I’ve kind of been driving myself crazy about it! So, I’ve decided to give it to one of you!

    Imagine rocking this Strapless Leopard Cocktail Dress (right) during the holidays. You will definitely give those curves attention!

    To enter:

    • Leave a comment below telling me which one of JIBRI’s past collections are your favorite.
    • You must be 18 years old or older, leave a VALID email address, and the winner will be chosen on 12/6/10 using Random.org.
    • Giveaway is open internationally.
    • For only one extra entry tweet: “I just entered @CurvesandChaos #HolidayDressGiveaway for a $150 #JIBRI gift certificate http://t.co/z8MG9Pt ” (must leave a separate comment with link of tweet).
    Giveaway Closed!!

      Delightfully Velvet

      You know the holidays are right around the corner when all things velvet roll out. From dresses to accessories, it’s super luxe and often comes in basic colors like black and red. It’s definitely an acquired material, that gives whatever form it’s in a vintage appeal. If you love velvet, but don’t want wear it, how about you try carrying it. These clutches below could add some pizazz to your holiday look. That mustard Juicy Couture Gifting Bow Capsule Clutch is mine! So, are you a fan of velvet?


      Misproportioned Fashion

      Inspired by the Sejour Zip Jacket (worn here) and it’s asymmetrical zipper, I went on a hunt for a few similar pieces. The Alloy sweater (the first one) is my favorite!

      According to Dictionary.com, asymmetrical is defined as not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned. I think that’s what I love most about these pieces below. It makes them kind of a rebel in the sweater world. Kinda like us curvy girls. Always working against what is considered the “norm.” Don’t you just love fashion? LOL