Happy Spring, Northern Hemisphere! I’m afraid this blog is a bit Northern-Hemisphere-centric. I’m a day late with this week’s Pr0n Plus, but I think it’s a good one. In today’s Shopping Pr0n, we’re going to look at spring wardrobe basics.
I’ll be showing plus size styles, but these are items which should and can go in anyone’s closet: a spring coat, a cotton shirt, pants, sweater, a day dress, and some cute comfy shoes.
The first thing everyone needs for spring is a raincoat. You can sing “Rain rain go away” to your heart’s content, but it doesn’t seem to do much good.
Pears/Hourglasses and apples have different needs for coats. (How do you know if you’re a pear or an apple? Do you have a defined waist? No? You’re an apple.
Look at this classic belted trenchcoat from Target. Yes, Target. For a pear or hourglass is that once you cinch the belt, it over-emphasizes what’s happening down below, and you look lumpy and heavier than you are.
For an apple, this helps define what you don’t have much of. Since there’s less inch difference beween chest, waist and butt, the belt will emphasize, not over-emphasize.
Pears (for the rest of this post, just extend pear advice to hourglasses), try something like this fun “Rainy Day Mac” from Boden.
Don’t worry about your waist – it’s not going anywhere. The key is to deemphasize the “booty area” (it’s a technical term).
By wearing something that doesn’t chop you off in the middle, you look sleek and svelte. Boden goes up to a UK size 20 (US 18ish), and they have this style in a few other patterns.
Big prints are great for plus-sizes; it’s a matter of proportion. Also, this type of tie-back, or similar wrap-dress is going to flatter lots of body types.
Every woman must must must (must) have in her closet a simple button down shirt, a pair of casual pants, and a colorful cardigan.
These three pieces can be mixed and matched with nearly everything else in your closet, will never go out of fashion, and can be bought nearly anywhere to suit your individual style.
I’ve chosen a white cotton roll-up shirt from the Gap, a pair of pants from Simply Be, and a cardigan from Pink Marzipan.
The Gap has practically made its name on basics like this; their XXL is a size 18 or 20. J. Crew goes up to a 16 on many products, as does Banana Republic.
For a lower price point, try Macy’s or Target or H&M. Oh! This summer (I think), Forever21 is coming out with a plus size line. Yay! Hopefully it will be the same kind of “knock-off trendy” as the original.
One point about this style of cardigan/sweater: it has the potential to be very cute on both apples and pears, but pears have to be careful.
If it doesn’t look right, it’ll wind up making you look pregnant. If it does look right, it’ll look cute and flowy. I’m a pear and I bought similar a few weeks ago, but the style rarely works on me.
It is my sincere belief that every woman should own at least one pair of red shoes. These Vaneli flats are very similar to a pair of Eccos I splurged on and have never regretted.
They’ve got a slight heel (much better for you than plain flats), and cushy, flexible rubber soles. You’ll get compliments on them nearly every time you wear them. Dinsquared guaranteed.
These puppies are on clearance for $54 and change at Endless. com, and they’re still available in lots of narrow and wide sizes up to a 10.
You need a pair of shoes that aren’t sneakers that are still comfortable to walk around in: to a friend’s house, to lunch, to the mall. I can wear my Eccos for hours.; these Vaneli’s look pretty comfy, too.
That’s all the time we have together today my little pr0n popcorn. I have more post ideas than I have time to do them all.
I hope to bring you a post on women’s suits, a series dressing for your body type, a series on how to make a wardrobe out of your closet, a post on coats…oy! Please stay with me, won’t you?
Until next time, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?