10/17/12

Guest Post: Curvy Fashionista Essentials for Under $50

Today's guest post is brought to you by the lovely Tyra of Thrifty Tyra.com! She brings to us her top three essentials that every curvy fashionista should have in their wardrobe- for under $50! For more great cheapalicious fashion tips and deals, check out Tyra's blog, or follow her on Twitter and on Facebook!

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It can be difficult to be curvy and chic in a fashion environment where thin is in. There are some great pieces to be had that accentuate your curves. Dare to be fashionable and different by flaunting that fabulous body!


I’ve put together my top three choices to create a sexy office look or date night essentials that every curvy woman who shops in the plus sized department should have.  These items are all $50 and under that you can mix and match to dress up or dress down your look.


Pencil Skirt


This is a hotly contested item among plus sized ladies. Many argue that a tighter garment will just look more bulky.  This couldn't be farther from the truth. A pencil skirt, when fit correctly, can be incredibly sexy. It’s got a 40’s feel to it and hugs your curves, accentuating the narrowness of your waist.
Do: Go for a thicker band top if you don’t like accessorizing with a belt. If you go for a narrow waistband, accessorize with a large belt around the narrowest part of your waist to emphasize your hourglass shape.  
Don’t: Buy a skirt that is a light color. Go with a darker color on your bottom half otherwise all attention will be drawn to your derriere.


Shown: Pencil Skirt by Torrid: on sale for $34.50


Cardigan


The word “cardigan” may seem a little old fashioned but a nice button down sweater is one of the best pieces in your wardrobe to have. A good cardigan dresses up a more casual look and can fix poor fashion choices. There have been many outfits saved by a good button down cardigan. Whether it’s a showing bra strap, the movie theater too cold, or your top is too low- the cardigan is your best friend.
Do: Buy a cardigan in multiple colors. Accessorize with a pin or go with an embellished version (beaded collar, fancier buttons, etc.)
Don’t: Buy a cardigan you can’t button up! Too many women think, “Oh, I always wear my cardigans unbuttoned so it’s okay if I can’t button it over my chest.” Wrong! There’s going to be that one day where you need to button up and now you’re stuck.  A little looseness is okay- you can always belt it.


Shown: Animal print long sleeved cardigan from Macy’s for $44.98



Shape Wear


Just because you don’t see it on the outside doesn’t mean it isn’t affecting your fashion look. Shape wear is important for certain styles and outfits to keep the dreaded “muffin top” at bay. There are plenty of shape wear styles to choose from, depending on the area you’re trying to shape. I personally like a high waisted short with tummy control for when I wear dresses and control top tights aren’t enough.
Do: pick shape wear depending on your activity and outfit. There are great microfiber options that are still breathable and comfortable to wear.
Don’t: pick shape wear that will restrict your movement.  There is such a thing as too tight and over the hours you’ll be in wearing your outfit, it can get quite uncomfortable.



Shown: Spanx In Power Shaper from Lane Bryant for $38.00



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