"Fashion at the speed of life"

Sample sales are not the only shopping events vying for our dollars. We have a break down of stores from big box to international that are opening this summer.
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Charming Charlie
Corner of East 39th st and 5th ave

This big box accessories store was scheduled to open this month but with all the bells and whistles including a tv screen wall, three stories and a showroom; we probably would be lucky to see it in May.

Sketcher’s
East 43rd and 5th ave
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Where Steve Madden closed his shop, Sketcher’s is opening there’s on 5th and 42nd street. The store is scheduled to open in June.

Munji
East 40th street and 5th ave
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From Japan, this home goods store has no date attached to it but the pictures on the store front promise some interesting home accents from candles to soft lighting.

Skirts are in in all lengths: midi, mini and maxi but what length would be best for you. Now, more than ever your shape plays a role as well as personal style.
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Mini

Mini skirts full mid thigh and come in three styles: flair, pencil and tulip.

Flair skirts are great for those who love romance dressing. Flair is not for those with tummies and can exaggerate hips.

Pencil is best for all looks because the shape can be found in denim  (casual), leather  (rocker), or in knits (vintage). Go for a style with embroidery threads for glam or a lace motif for romance. However,  thighs should remain 1/2 inch apart for comfort. Note that those with an ample booty can lose length in the back. So for those with this shape stick to tulip or pencil.
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Midi
This style is tricky because it is not for those with short legs and really comes in three styles (straight, flair or pencil) with a heavy dependence on fabric choices. There is one that combines sheer with a mini skirt in a sort of hybrid midi. These is pretty difficult to wear in prints so stick to solids.

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Maxi

Maxi are best for boho, romance or causual with fabric and texture playing important roles. This shape is most flattering to all shapes by increasing length and slimming hips.

These have some new styles for 2015: high-low, paperbag waist and flair. High-low adds chic style and is great for glam dressing if you want to show legs. Flair is more for vintage and romance while paperbag waist is more casual. Standard straight is for everyone else where print takes an active role.

Hankerchief has also made a comeback but is for more daring persons. If you wear Hankerchief maxis send us a picture and you may get featured on our instagram page.

Body image Recap:

Mini – short torso, but not for thick thighs or ample butts unless knit fabric or pencil.

Midi – not for short legs, or tummies but great for pear shapes.

Maxi – great for every body shape. Get one with high low for long legs, a split for short legs and straight to floor to lengthen.

It’s spring finally (even though snow is still coming some Northern states) and there are so many trends we decided to break it down by article of clothes. Today, we are all about the pant. Hard to find in the winter but somehow , like flowers in the spring, they are now everywhere. As usually we will pinpoint the best style and dress for each pant and recommend some pairing ideas.

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Cropped Pants

These pants are come to above the ankle and are great in creating length for those with short legs. There is not good for pear-shaped body frames.

For: classic dressers, reverse pear shape and casual dressers.

Best with: blouse, t-shirts, heels.

Worst with: crop tops.

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flared pants

Not like the 70’s these pants flare is less severe so that they remain wide at the thigh giving the leg an even tone and shape.

For classic and vintage dressers and rockers who love Ziggy stardust.

Great for Apple and Square shape because it creates length and enhances the shape.

Pair with: cigar blazers, tanks, slim fit tops, cutout highlights and lace.
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Culottes

These hybrid between shorts and pants are my favorite silhouette because it works for all styles of dress depending on what it is paired.

Not suitable for square and apple shapes without use of a belt.

Pair with the staples of your dress style.

The fashion body guide

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Courtesy of britishsyle bloggers

There  are  so many trends out there that your body type and preferences should be playing a bigger part in what you wear.

We all have issues with our body but it should not hinder our choices when it comes to clothes.

So we have create this simple guide about three problem areas and what not to wear to create the illusion of the body you want endless trips to the gym nor tight undergarments.

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Pear shaped

I am unfortunate to have this shape but I have identified some clothing items that just will not work for your benefit. Here are  three bottoms to due without:

Tapered pants
I love separates and a good pant is a must have this season (pants guide pending ). Unfortunately not all pants look good on everyone.  Stay away from these pants that can make you look extra heavy in the thigh area and go for wide leg or bootcut.

Pencil skirt

This type of skirt can be difficult to walk in if the bottom is too narrow. Looks that curve at the waist and drop straight at the legs should be more suitable.

Shorts

There is such a thing as “short” shorts. Stay away from cuts  that show too much cheek or fall mid thigh. Shorts just above the knee are perfect if fit is tight, but loose fitting styles can fall mid thigh without looking tight.

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So you have more on top you say. So shirts are more your problem area. Do not be afraid to go up one size for better fit and tailor other aspects of the garment (like sleeves to improve fit). Here are some things to avoid:

Empire waist

Nothing makes breast stand out more and increase the chance of looking top heavy then this cut. Always toted to plus size vixens as the go to silhouette  (it’s not), this shape gives the rest of your body no shape. Instead go for a top or dress that has side seams only and a little stretch. It will outline all the best parts of your figure.

Buttoned blouse

This type of shirt is said to be a staple but gapping between buttons can be a problem. If you can afford to go a size larger then do. Either roll up sleeves or have them tailored for a better fit. An alternative is to pair with a tank top and leave open at problem areas.

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Square/rectangle

So you have minimal curves? No worries. Clothes can create the curves. Sheath dresses are your enemy so opt for form fitting cocktail. Pants should be tapered and try high waisted or at waist looks. Pencil skirts are a must but do not go tight on top and hem should extend pass mid thigh. Add belts to waist for flowy blouses which are making a statement this spring.

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Apple

Dresses that flair are best. Tight fitting anything will add extra padding to the middle. Also, play with prints like floral and plaid.

I absolutely have fallen on love with the Boho style and have been mixing it with my rocker/punk style for a while now! I am so happy to see it come back in style in different versions every year! So my fellow curvy girls I have put together some cute outfits for you to try out. I don’t like ponchos on curvy girls as it just makes us look boxy so instead go for a kimono or blanket cardigan that you can layer. Leave multi tiered skirts alone as they are too cliché and can make you look older and instead go for a flowy maxi skirt or shorter flared Boho printed skirt. I hate traditional peasant tops for the same reason as ponchos and instead go for an embroidered tank or a short sleeved silk modern peasant style that opens at the neck.

curvy chic Boho style

Hello readers! We are trying out a new category called Faux or Real which will highlight designer bags that have been constantly counterfeited and if their knock off design can even compete with the real one. I am starting off with Furla ‘ Candy bag which I received recently for my birthday and had no idea the ones I see everyone toting around wasn’t the real thing!

REAL
Furla- Though the bag is made of plastic like it’s counterfeit; the plastic is very thick and not sticky and has seams that has been heat sealed. The bag comes with a gold Furla engraved padlock that locks the bag closed. There is also a “Furla Candy” hang tag and the bag also has “made in Italy” and Furla printed on it.

FAUX
The bag is made from thin sticky plastic and though it has the same shape and a padlock; the padlock
doesn’t lock the bag closed. This company decided to hang charms from their bag.

I say save up and spend the $248 for the real thing and leave the $29.99-$90 Counterfeits alone as they will more then likely break and you will have to replace them. The quality is totally worth it and you support a small luxury brand.

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Ever so often we write about new brands and websites that create unique customer experience and go the extra mile in what seems the hardest feat in fashion today: creating universal fit structures for everybody type without limitations on style and perks.

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This site is one of the few sites that offers such a rare combination,  and even though we wrote about thier tailor service and wide range of sizes before, their new crop of 2015 dresses are so versatile, they can be used for different occasions past thier moniker. Yes, they sell dresses for prom but also bridesmaids,  brides and other events. Promtimes.co.uk is worth the time to peruse and you will reel at the selection and at the prices. Everything is always on sale with up to 75% off the original price.

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The new crop of dresses have a demure elegance that seem to extend it beyond the most obulent occasions.  We love the sleek fit and the subtle addition of exotic fabrics added to unique design details similar to what celebrities wear on the red carpet.

So stop by promtime.co.uk, not just prom dresses, a variety of sizes, styles and colors with a perpetual sale that is never ending. What more could you want?

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