Holiday Styles for Curvy Women

December 15, 2008 10:15:35 AM PST
Not since Jackie Kennedy has the wife of a president captivated the country, as First Lady-elect Michelle Obama. Many women have admired Mrs. Obama's penchant for choosing "cost-conscious labels" including local Chicago talent Maria Pinto, dress lines from Donna Ricco and modern retail stores like The Gap and J.Crew. "

"She's demonstrated that it's smart to be stylish; that strong and positive statements can be made through the right choice of outfit," says Michele Weston, Curvy Style columnist for www.divinecaroline.com. "Her fashion sense translates into great style for all of us. So, let's all be "inspired" by some looks for the women who wear size 14 and up!"

LOOK #1 Nikki

If you're large-busted by narrow from the wait down, the solution is to create balance. Want to show some cleavage? Balance the dress with something more conservative like a structured wool coat. Then change into a sexy pair of metallic shoes and bold cocktail jewelry for night

· Old Navy Women's Plus Wool Blend Long Trench Coat. Style #611569. Color ? Charcoal Grey or Black. In Sizes 1 thru 4X. Cost $65.

· Old Navy Women's Plus Silk Print Strappy Velvet Ribbon Belted Dress. Style# 610669 Floral Print. In Sizes 16 thru 30W. Cost $19.99

· BandLu.com Cardigan Tie Sweater Style Name ? Cambria Colors ? Forest Green & Black. In Sizes ? 1x thru 3x. Cost $38 .

LOOK #2 Kristin

If you've got a tummy, the best way to camouflage it is with a jacket or coats. The seams and belting help create the hourglass shape we all love to have. Add high waisted trousers in 40s menswear style go perfectly with a jewel tone satin top layered with a satin blazer.

· Old Navy Women's Plus Satin Top. Style #611561. Color ? Purple. In Sizes 1X thru 4X. Cost $19.50

· Old Navy Women's Plus Satin Blazer. Style #611574. Color ? Black. In Sizes 1X thru 4X. Cost $24.50

· Old Navy Women's Plus Curvy Wide Leg Trouser. Style #610653.Select Color -- Heather Grey. Cost $25.

For a smooth fit under these fashions, try Lipo in a Box High waist Brief w/Legs for smoothness through your mid-section

· Style #46821. Colors - Black, Chocolate & Nude. In Sizes - XS thru 3X. Cost $44.

LOOK #3 Ashley

Still choosing to stick with mostly a basic black silhouette? It always works and is so very chic. Try the Bandlu.com satin belted trench coat, from a young contemporary curvy website started by two sisters that's based in Minneapolis. If you've got a tummy, camouflage it with a jacket or coat. The seams and belting help to create that Hour-Glass shape. Choose a pair of velvet legging or opaque tights and remove your sarong skirt for a "night out with friends" for drinks this holiday season.

· BandLu.com Satin Belted Trench coat Style Name - Kendrick Trench ? Color - Black. In sizes 1x thru 5x. Cost $59

· Bice Woman Black and White Floral Dress. Sizes 2 through 24W.Style #6191068. Cost $138.

Try the Lipo in a Box Capri length bodysuit underneath trousers and long skirts for support and smoothing lines you'll love!

· Style #44301. Colors - Black, Chocolate & Nude. In Sizes - XS thru 3X. Cost $88.

LOOK #4 & 5 Rachel and Johanna

Full-figured fashionistas in search of the perfect dress for their holiday parties won't be left out in the cold when they take a cue from Michelle Obama. This Holiday season American dress collections feature graceful 40's silhouettes, sexy brilliant colors, as well as trendy Black & White with intricate details like lace and beading that enhance and flatter curvy figures.

· Donna Ricco Black Illusion Sleeve Short Dress. Style # 8187558W in black. Sizes 14 thru 24W. Cost $100. Available at Macy's & Nordstrom or Online at NeimanMarcus.com

· Donna Ricco Jewel Tone Sheath Dress. Style #8206993W in Burgundy In Sizes 14 thru 24W. Cost $158.

Try the Lipo in a Box Underwire Bodysuit perfect for curve conscious dresses to help create smoother lines. Style #46000. Colors - Black & Nude. In Sizes - XS thru 3X. Cost $76.

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