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Las Vegas for the Curvy and Plus Size Woman

Las Vegas for the Curvy and Plus Size Woman

The first things that come to mind when I think of Las Vegas are pools surrounded young, thin, beautiful women in tiny bikinis being oogled by young men during the day and clubs filled with these same young women in skin tight dresses and sky high heels at night. In reality, Vegas is much more diverse than that.  The streets, casinos, restaurants, and pools are filled with people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Read More »

What to Wear for a Romantic Weekend in Vegas

Dress from Igigi.com

My husband and I will be making our annual visit to Vegas in October so deciding what to wear has been on my mind for weeks; ok maybe months. It’s the only trip we take without the family, so planning a fun and romantic trip is top priority. We usually stay at Excalibur since it’s close to New York New York and MGM, but this time we decided to treat ourselves and will be staying at Treasure Island. We had such a blast at Kahunaville last time, we wanted to stay close by. Oh, and this time we’re actually staying two weekends in a row; my husband will fly in and out for work. This trip is our opportunity to decompress and have some fun as a couple, so we’re planning on taking in Zumanity and Beacher’s Madhouse; Zumanity is a must for an couple spending the weekend in Vegas – check it out if you haven’t seen it! Top off those plans with some sight-seeing and fine dining and we have the perfect weekend. This great mix of activities requires some fabulous fashion. Since finding stylish plus size clothes can be challenging any day, I started my search early ... Read More »

Conference Style: What to Wear in Vegas in the Fall

Dress from Eshakti.com

The whole idea of traveling to a conference is enough to make many plus size women nervous and if Vegas is the destination, it can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared. I’ve made this trip several times now and can give you some tips on what to wear and how to get there comfortably. Vegas is a blast no matter your size if you go prepared. I’m heading to Vegas in October for my annual trip to Pubcon. It’s a marathon 4 days of learning, networking, and partying. And walking – lots and lots of walking. Did I mention the walking? Pubcon is something you should train for, like a marathon. I don’t recommend taking a pedometer, it’s more likely to be discouraging versus motivating, especially after a couple days. The days start early and nights run late; it’s really better to focus on the overall experience versus the details of how many miles you’ve put in and how few hours of sleep you’ve had. Trust me, it’s all worth it or I wouldn’t go back year after year. This year, we’ll be staying at Treasure Island and the conference is at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Travel Let me ... Read More »

Tips for Flying as a Plus Size Woman

Tips for Flying When Plus Size

I’ll be the first to admit, having not flown for a number of years and gaining some extra curves, I was more than a little nervous about dealing with airline seats again after hearing all of the horror stories in the news. I searched for advice all over the web about how big seats were, how much could you potentially weigh and still fit in a seat belt, and what the deal was about these airlines making you buy a second seat. The reviews and advice were highly varying and left me feeling all the more anxious. Estimates of 16” to 17” wide seats made me ever so worried as a woman who carries much of her weight in her hips and bottom. So having braved the world of flights several times recently, I thought I’d share my real life, current airline experiences with you in hopes that it will help you be prepared and feel as comfortable as possible. First of all, let’s set the basic parameters that I’m speaking from in case you’re a new reader of Style Audacity. I’m a curvy pear shape overall with a typically mother of three tummy that just never quite rebounded, wearing ... Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Thick Fashion

Thick Fashion is a Passion

Thick Fashion Search Trends Thick is quickly gaining popularity as a term to describe plus size women. After holding steady between 2004 and 2008, we see a steady rate of increase through 2011, followed by a quickly increasing rate of adoption through 2013.   The top searches hint at the ethnic association of the term, with a few miscellaneous results included due to the highly general nature of the term.   Thick Fashion Search Trends When adding fashion to our search on thick, we find a highly fluctuating search history between 2006-2013. Some of this may be due to adoption of other words within the plus size industry gaining momentum, such as curvy. However, it is directly coorelated with thick girls fashion, indicating that its adoption has a strong correlation with a younger demographic. /p> A quick Google search for Thick Fashion reveals a number of social media pages and personal blogs that feature primarily African-America plus size women, though not exclusively. This finding is consistent with the geographic findings on the term thick. Which of the terms popular in the plus size industry do you identify with most – plus size, curvy, thick, fat, or bbw? Share you thoughts ... Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Fat Fashion

Fat Fashion - Not only possible, but fabulous!

Fat Fashion Search Trends Fat fashion first made it’s appearance as a notable search term in early 2005 and has maintained a relatively even search volume over the years, with the exception of April 2012, which had no real correlation to plus size industry and was actually caused by the Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) Arts & Fashion Week. While some members of the plus size industry are working to reclaim the word “fat”, overall reception from the plus size population overall has not been particularly positive. This is the first time in researching the plus size, curvy, bbw, thick, and fat fashion and style search results that we see men enter the top and rising searches in a big way. A quick Google search on fat fashion delivers links to a number of plus size fashion and body acceptance blogs, social media pages. Notably, some of these results are targeted men as are some of the ads on the results page. It would seem that fat is a word that men are more comfortable with using in search than women. Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Plus Size

Plus Size is a Plus

Plus Size Search Trends The term plus size has been holding pretty steady in terms of search for the last 9 years now, showing only a notable increase in the last year and a half. Given that the term is heavily tied to clothing and fashion, this increase is likely due to the recent increase in plus size designers, retailers, and media coverage of the industry. The term is familiar to searches across the globe, with a particularly high level of use in the United States and Australia looking at Google Trends. The term is almost solely associated with clothing across the world. A quick Google search for curvy today reveals page after page of plus size retailers and designers offering an ever growing selection of fashions for today’s more demanding plus size woman. Note, I said woman, as these pages are almost solely filled with retailers targeting the female consumer. Fashions for larger men fall under completely different terminology. What do you think about the fact that above ideal sized women are referred to as plus size while men are not? Share your feelings in the comments! Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Plus Size Style

Plus Size Style - Time to Rock Your Curves

Plus Size Style Search Trends Plus size style gained momentum right along with plus size fashion as a search trend in 2012-2013. While one would think that plus size fashion and plus size style would pull similar search results, there are actually some pretty significant differences. Plus size style has a strong association with vintage clothing and the pin up style. Pin up style, with its beautiful curvy women, is experiencing a strong revival as plus size women find support for their curves in historical images and with modern photographers. Vintage dress style are well suited for a curvy body shape, so many plus size women have found a renewed passion for these designs. This vintage trend has undoubtedly brought about the popularity of ModCloth and eShakti, who offer a wide selection of vintage inspired designs, in the plus size fashion community. Plus size style also has a strong association with the plus size bridal industry, which is also seeing strong growth as plus size brides demand more trendy styles and options from designers in both the high and low price points. A quick Google search on plus size style reveals a number of popular retailers including Kiyonna, Lane Bryant, ... Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Curvy Fashion

Curvy Fashion Rocks

Curvy Fashion Search Trends 2008 brought about the adoption of curvy fashion as popular language for women searching for looks that suited their curves and personal style. It was the beginnings of a body acceptance revolution that continues on today. As women of all sizes battle eating and other disorders, claiming the language that references to the feminine form regardless of size is a powerful and necessary step in putting an end to size shaming for women and girls on both the low and high ends of the size scale. And while curvy is often found associated with what has otherwise been termed plus size fashion, it is also being widely adopted across social networks by women and girls of all sizes to celebrate the natural curves of their bodies. It is after all, something we all have in common that makes us uniquely feminine. Looking at the top and rising searches for curvy fashion, I can’t help but smile. It’s a term being applied in a really positive way across generations and sizes. A quick Google search today reveals a wide variety of size 12W+ retailers advertising their apparel and a wide variety of blogs, magazines, and social media ... Read More »

The Language of Plus Size Fashion: Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Fashion - Boring No More!

Plus Size Fashion Search Trends 2013 has clearly been the breakout year for plus size fashion. For years and years the search volume has remained fairly steady in the USA and then toward the end of 2011, things started to change and kept changing. Plus size women gained their collective voice through social media and the internet and designers and retailers started listening. The message was loud and clear – we want more options, we want them to be designed for plus size bodies, we want quality fabrics, and we want a variety of price options to meet the budgets of all income levels of women. The statistics on America’s growing waist line also served to justify investments into this target market and within 12 months the plus size fashion landscape was shifting quickly. The demand for plus size fashion in the US is strong from coast to coast and includes all of the expected metro areas and top cities. Fashion Bug and Fashion to Figure stand out in the top searches as a branded retailers. Other top searches show the growing popularity and interest in plus size blogs, fashion, and stores. A quick Google search shows a wide variety ... Read More »