Start with neutral tone, but skip black, recommends Michele Weston, Curvy Style expert and columnist. Mix up the neutrals with different shades, she adds. Search out modern khaki, cotton and chino fabrics that are in shades of sand, white, ivory, tans and grey.
Don't play hide and seek with your curves, Michele advises. Instead look for silhouettes in trousers and jackets that have great fit and structure.
"This season the 'new neutrals' will make your curvy shape look svelte and you'll feel great," Michele says "You'll be surprised what giving a try a lighter and more medium neutral tones could do for your wardrobe!"
Some of Michele's favorite brands range from size 12 and up. Check out: Avenue stores www.avenue.com ; LandsEnd.com www.landsend.com (also available at Sears) for their Canvas Collection as well as the classic chinos; Lauren by Ralph Lauren for African-inspired in Khakis and also BandLu.com www.bandlu.com for feminine touches in tee's.
LAUREN KOENIG is WEARING:
Modern metallic-detail tee's that you can throw on with khaki's and a cotton poplin jacket with jewelry built in! Price: $24.90 Style #3462-1701. From Lands' End: Women's Regular Weekend Chino Slim Leg Pant 98% cotton 2% spandex. Singly welt pocket detail in back and sits lower on your natural waist in both Women's Missy and Plus Sizes. Prices range: $39.50 - $44.50 Item# Missy 38865-0AJ0 Plus 38865-3AJ4
CANDICE HARRIS is WEARING:
Avenue delivers Plus-Size Grey Neutral shades this season with a boyfriend style princess seam fitted "IVY" Jacket style for $32.90. Style #35800453
Mixed with metal and pearl necklaces and bangles.
Avenue's classic flare leg trouser in chino finish and come in Average, Petite and Tall lengths. Price $24.90. Style #20480778
Avenue's Ivory Feminine Rosette Cotton Tunic. Price $24.90. Style #34623408.
CARLA TRIPLETT is WEARING:
BandLu.com's Creme Rosette Cotton/Spandex "Karilynn" Sleeveless Tunic; can be worn as a dress with a pair of leggings or as a tunic with a skirt, trouser or jeans. Price: $34.
Avenue chain mixed-metal necklaces; throw on two or three to fill in a scoop neck tee. Price $14.90 Elastic & Bead Mix Silver and Pewter Metal Bangles various prices ranging from $5.90 - $9.90
Women's Plus Size Lands' End Original Everyday Chino Skirt. Like your favorite casual pants, but with the additional ease of a skirt. Knee length. Price $44.50 Item # Women's PLUS # 38639-9AH8
Details are important, especially a handbag. Check out the Suede Bucket Tote from Lands' End in Dove Grey. Draw cord and shoulder strap with inside and outside pockets. Price $198. Item # 38965-0AH6
TIP: CONSIDER TAKING YOUR BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET FROM FALL and THROW IT TOGETHER with black opaque tights to make your wardrobe extend farther in neutral tones
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