A major look for Fall –I know it’s barely spring yet, but c’mon– is a sheath dress and an open slouchy grandpa cardigan all loosely belted with a skinny belt (put away your wide belts for a few seasons, they’ll be back, but they’re painfully naff right now).
If you can find an man’s old slouchy cashmere cardi, you’re in absolute luck,
but if not you should be able to find something that’s long and loose (note: loose does not equal shapeless) with a little poking around.
This is NOT the time for cropped cardigans, shrugs, or anything shrunken.
You’ll kill the look dead in a minute with that.
The bags from the Rochas collection are just killing me. If you don’t have a metallic bag, pick one up. They’re dead handy and glitzes up an outfit like nobody’s business.
(pictured: Eileen Fisher cardigan, turquoise sheath from One Stop Plus, Carlos Falchi gold anaconda clutch, skinny patent leather belt from One Stop Plus (click on pictures for links))
I gotta tell you, I don’t just love the skinny belts I’ve seen for plus size broads and it’s the belt that makes the outfit, so here’s a little secret from me to you. Look for double-wrap belts in straight sizes. Buy a small or an extra small —or, you know, not– and either wear it as a single wrap as is, or take it to your cobbler to have him trim it down to size.
Remember, the whole concept of this look is loose, slouchy, effortless but NOT sloppy. Make sure your dress is cut as slim as possible with as much structure as possible and of course, the better materials you use, the better the look will be.
Do you have a runway look you want to interpret or replicate for big girls? Email me! I’ll see what I can do.