Sonsi: strong and healthy; a woman having pleasing curves; curvaceous. Are you that woman? Then let me introduce you to a new retail store that also offers editorial content for plus-size women. One part is all about shopping — clothing, handbags, shoes, and lingerie from over 80 brands. Then there's SonsiLiving, a safe haven that offers online groups, live chats, blogs, and articles covering fashion, beauty, health, relationships, and more. Start your Sonsi session by hearing Susan Moses talk about shoes, shoes, shoes.
You have to wait until Thursday to get your hands on Beth Ditto's plus-size collection, but here's a sneak peek to get you excited. If you recall, the American singer recently partnered with the Topshop-affiliated UK brand, Evans, after she performed at Topshop's flagship store in London. Disco-style sequined tunics, domino-print dresses and tunics, and draped jumpsuits are some of the sassy plus-size offerings. Beth has already been spotted wearing the domino pieces. Get a closer lookie at Beth and her collection.
There's no doubt songstress Beth Ditto is proud of her zaftig figure. After being approached by Topshop to perform at its flagship store in London, Ditto struck back stating, “I don’t think it’s fair to put my face somewhere where they would never let me in there to wear their clothes." Her wish is Topshop's command. Word got around to Arcadia, Topshop's parent company, and now the singer is set to design a plus-sized collection for Evans, a company under the Arcadia umbrella. Ditto's offerings, available online on July 9, will include hip styles such as corset dresses and cropped biker jackets. Kudos, another nod to the plus-sized gals!
The debut of Faith 21, Forever 21's new trendy plus-size line, is weeks away. Isn't that exciting? I can only imagine the mayhem it's going to cause when the line hits select stores and online on May 1. While you anxiously wait, start scoping out your favorites. Think of Faith 21 as Forever 21 merchandise in junior plus size, XL, 1X, and 2X. Whether you're a boho chick, too-cool hipster, or party animal, there's an item to suit you. It's about time plus-size clothing got a fashionable kick.
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Let's give Forever 21 a virtual pat on the back. The trendy cheap retailer has created a plus-size line to accommodate its more curvaceous customers. Faith 21 will offer of-the-moment items in a junior plus size, XL, 1X, and 2X.
Starting May 1, the plus-size collection will be available at Forever21.com, along with a few stores (Lakewood Center Mall, Montebello Town Center, Los Cerritos Mall, and Anaheim Plaza). Fret not all you non-Southern Californians; Faith 21 will hopefully launch nationwide soon. "It's normal procedure for us to test in certain markets and then roll out to the entire chain at a later date," said senior marketing manager Linda Chang.
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Evans.co.uk is a UK-based site that stocks clothes for curvy, beautiful women. There are tons of Fab clothes to sift through, and they are all stocked in sizes 14-32! Much of their Fall merchandise is on sale up to 70 percent off and they just stocked the site with their Spring collection, full of '70s-inspired daywear, lingerie, work-ready pieces, and more. Fab-u-lous.
Old Navy's Women's Plus Winter Collection has hit the real and virtual racks, and there are some luxurious items to be had. Whether you need clothes for the office, the office party, out on the town, or running errands, there's a piece or two, or three, for you.
One standout is this Smocked Knit Dress ($27, originally $40). The jade hue is so regal and the silhouette is flattering and chic. The selection also includes tweed trousers, cashmere sweaters, pencil skirts, lace tops, ballet flats, jeans, peacoats, and clutches.
At prices ranging from $8 to $80, it's definitely worth a look, or two, or three...