9 Hacks For Plus Size Girls And Their Prom Dresses

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You should never let the wrong dress get in the way of a special night, especially when it comes to dancing the night away at prom. Use these top tips for plus size girls to ensure you have a stylish, yet comfortable, occasion.

1. Dress Straps

Plus size girls who want to wear dresses with straps should opt for thicker straps so that they can wear a bra underneath for additional support. Prom dresses that have thick straps are chic and comfortable, so you can still be the Belle of the Ball.

2. Strapless Dresses

If you would prefer a strapless dress, be sure to pick a full-coverage strapless bra that has moulded cups. You may also want to opt for gripper strips on the inside of the bra band to keep it in place when you hit the dance floor.

3. Fitted Dresses

Plus size girls should look for fitted dresses that nip in at the waist and show off their figure. Avoid drowning in mounds of fabric and instead pick a gown that skims the curves and shows them off. You can get cheap plus size prom dresses in 2018 at Prom Dress Shop and similar designer dress retailers.

4. Heavy Fabrics

Try to choose a prom dress in a natural, heavy fabric like cotton blends, silk, or even jersey that will hug the curves but not stick to them when you are dancing.

5. Boy Shorts

It’s a good idea to wear a pair of lightweight boy shorts under your dress in order to minimise chaffing. If your thighs are rubbing while you dance, you’re going to be in pain, and that makes for a ruined night. Wearing shorts under the dress will save your thighs, so look for a seamless pair that won’t show through your dress. You may also want to look for shorts that are moisture-wicking so they will stop you from sweating when you’re having fun.

6. Don’t Be Afraid of Short Dresses

If you have your heart set on more full-coverage on the top of the dress to support your chest, you can get flirtier with the bottom. Don’t be scared to show off your legs in a formal short dress.

7. Get Yourself Some Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided tape is your BFF, and rightfully so. You can use it to create a shorter hem in an emergency, keep your strapless bra from falling down when you’re dancing, and even to close any gaps in your dress, such as between buttons.

8. Have Your Dress Tailored

You are sure to feel far more confident in a dress that fits like a glove, but it may not happen straight off the rack. Once you’ve found your dream dress, take it to a tailor and have it taken in where you want it to feel a little closer to your body, and let out where you would like a little more dancing room.

9. Shoes

Plus size girls look great in shoes that have an ankle strap that sits just a little lower than the ankle. For curvier ankles, straps can get uncomfortable, especially when feet get hot and swollen during dancing. Look out for styles that sport a lower strap just below your ankle bone, and make sure they are comfortable and flattering on your legs.

Ensure you get the perfect dress by remembering the tips we’ve shared.

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Modest fashion trends to adopt in Summer 2017

The world of fashion is constantly in flux; something that is in vogue one year is unlikely to be so well loved the next. However, there’s a few things in fashion that are just timeless. So, as you begin assembling your Spring wardrobe, it’s worth thinking about the following trends to make sure you’re looking and feeling great all the way through to summer. Follow these basic steps, and your Spring/Summer wardrobe will be brilliant in no time.  

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Graphic prints

Why stick to block colour when you can pick clothes with great patterns? And what better time to show off your bold fashion sense than the Spring and Summer? Floral prints and patterns are in vogue at the moment, as are marbled patterns. What better way to celebrate the flowers sprouting back up than to wear a few of them on your hijab or dress? If flowers aren’t your thing though, there’s a whole world of patterned modestwear out there for you to try. If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look here.

 

Shades of summer

As the weather starts to brighten, and the days start to get warmer, it’s time for your wardrobe to get lighter. Lighter in shade, that is.  If you don’t have any already, you’ll be glad to know that there’s plenty of choices of colours out there, so you can pick what suits you best. That’s probably the best thing about pastel colours; they’re versatile enough for you to express yourself, without being too overbearing or loud. Depending on the fabric you choose, pastel colours will be suitable for a wide array of occasions too. Whether you’re looking for something for work, something for leisure, or something for everyday use, pastel colours are a safe bet.

 

Smart shirts

Just because the sun is out doesn’t mean you get to stop going to work, unfortunately! Because of this, you need to make sure you’ve got smart clothing in your wardrobe that looks the part in a professional environment. Smart tops and blouses in pale or pastel colours are exactly what you need, and many are available in a fabric that will be suitable in the summer months. To this end, make sure to buy items that are thin and airy enough to be comfortable when the temperatures really hit their peak.

 

Spring and summer materials

If you only take one thing away from this article, make sure it’s this; material thickness is very important. Make sure your wardrobe has a variance of a few different material thicknesses, the thickest for winter and the thinnest for the summer heatwave. Being lumbered with thick clothing in the summer months can be quite uncomfortable, and you’re never going to look and feel your best when you feel uncomfortable. Linen based materials are a great choice for the hotter months, and will provide some respite from the heat!

 

Inayah are an online fashion boutique, specialising in modest fashion. They stock hundreds of items in a variety of sizes to suit a vast array of styles: https://www.inayah.co/

 

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Easy Ways To Transition Your Wardrobe from SS into AW

So September is finally here, and the weather will soon be turning a little chillier in most places. That means that it’s time to start thinking about making the transition from your spring summer wardrobe to your autumn winter one. Read on to find out how to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Gradual

Firstly it is not necessary to pack away every last summer dress and bikini top as soon as we hit autumn. Unless you live in an area with clearly demarked seasons, then you are likely to get some warm days mixed in with the chillier ones.

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The main issue with this is that it can mean running two wardrobes side by side, while you are waiting for the temperature to change. It can get pretty chaotic doing this and make keeping up with the laundry near impossible.

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It’s a good idea to pick items from each season wardrobe that would be suitable for cooler, but not freezing weather. There is no point getting out you winter puffa jackets and ski wear if it’s still 26 degrees outside.

So go through your current clothes and see what you can make sure of. Jeans and tank tops are a good bet, as you can put wraps or jumpers over the top if it’s a colder, day.

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A leather jacket is a classic piece too that will easily fit over the top of a retro summer dress and protect you from the falling temperatures.

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Capsule

Another easy way to move your SS look into AW is to use capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a selection of a few key pieces that make up the core of your outfits. Then you can choose to embellish and accessorize them as you see fit.

A capsule wardrobe works well for that difficult time in between seasons. This is because it uses the idea of multi-purpose pieces that can be added together to create a look. That means it’s very easy to adjust what you are wearing to the weather conditions outside.

A classic capsule can be built up of as little as nine essential items. These will include three bottoms, three tops and three jackets, jumpers & cardigans. An AW capsule will also include a few on-trend dresses and a heavy winter coat for when the weather turns.

If attempting to put an AW capsule wardrobe together for yourself, you will also need to consider your accessories. You will need a neutral colored umbrella, gloves, and a scarf.

Shoes are also essential. They not only have to match as many looks as possible within the capsule, but they also have to be practical for the type of weather that you can expect in AW.

Ankles boots work well with dresses, as they give you that rock chic look while keeping your feet dry in the wet weather. It may also be worth investing in some snow boots if you are likely to experience extreme weather on a regular basis.

Layers

One of they keys to transitioning from SS into AW is to master the technique of layering. Layering is using different items of clothing to build up an outfit that looks attractive and is suitable for the weather of your climate.

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When buying layering items, you need to think carefully about their utility. Some items can only really be used outside, when the weather is really bad, like heavy woolen overcoats. If you walk to work, then this will be an essential for you throughout the AW season. However, if you drive to work, a heavy winter coat can be an expensive purchase that spends most of its time, hung up in your wardrobe.

You also need to consider the temperature of the place you spend the most time in the day. Do you work in an office where you have no control over the heating and cooling systems? If this is the case and your colleagues prefer a warmer environment you may need to put together outfits that are lightweight and cool for the day. But layer a thick jumper or jacket over the top for when you need to step outside.

The great thing about layering is that the more layers you have, the more you can take off. So you have a much better control of your temperature throughout the day.

Colours

Of course, moving from a SS to an AW wardrobe is not all about the type of clothes you pick. It’s also a chance to change up the color scheme in your closet and wear some different shade.

This season’s AW colors trends includes a focus on mainly neutral tones like rust, olive, copper and indigo blue. There are also some brighter hues in their like baby blue and bright red.

Of course, as much as we’d all like to able to wear any color that we liked, our skin tone dictates the shades that will look best on us.

That means it’s vital, before you sprint to the mall, to know what your skin tone is, and which colors will compliment it.

Luckily there is lots of detailed information on the internet. But the basics look like this. If you have a pinkish tone with blue veins on the underside of your arm, then your skin is a cool tone. If you have a more golden tone and your veins appear greenish, then you have a warm skin tone.

For the warmer skin tone types, the natural colors such as olives and coppers will work wonderfully. For cooler skin tone try to stick to anything that has a hue of blue in it. So the indigo blue and baby blue for 2016 will work well for you.

Cooler skin tones need be careful of red through. This is because there are so many different shades of red. Some start with a blue base, while others work on an orange base. If you have a cooler tone, you can wear the reds with the blue base but not the orange ones.

 

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Four Steps You Should Take To Prepare Your Winter Wardrobe

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Winter is here. It’s time to move those summer dresses and t-shirts to the back of your wardrobe and bring your jumpers and jeans to the front. Here is a step by step guide to preparing your wardrobe for winter.

 

  1. Clear out

It is a good idea to take this opportunity to do an overhaul of your wardrobe. Instead of putting summer items that are past their best back into your closet, you should get rid of them and make more room for your quality clothes. You will find it really helpful if you divide your clothes into four separate piles: toss, donate, fix and clean. Although it can be difficult to say goodbye to your favourite things, if they are permanently stained or have holes, they should be thrown out. Be as honest with yourself as possible when doing your clear out. If you haven’t worn an item for a very long time and you are hanging on to it “just in case” it should be donated to a charity shop. If you have items that have a loose threads or don’t fit you properly, get these fixed before putting them back into your closet. Finally, make sure you include the items in your laundry basket when you are doing your clear out. Some clothes just need a wash to make them look as good as new.

 

  1. Take stock

Once you have done a proper clear out of your wardrobe you can begin to take stock of your winter items. Start from the top and work your way down. So, first think about your hats. Are they warm enough and will they go with every outfit? Ask yourself these same questions about your scarves, tops, jumpers, trousers, dresses, skirts, etc. Make a list of any items that are missing from your winter wardrobe, or items that you need to get more of.

 

  1. Buy missing items

With your list, begin to browse online for items that you might like to purchase. Have a look online at the latest styles and make an online “lookbook” for inspiration. Remember that it is a better idea to buy one good quality item that will keep you warm for the whole winter instead of lots of cheap clothes and accessories that won’t last. If you are on a tight budget, keep an eye out for sale items that have decent reductions in price. If possible try to get all your new items bought quickly so that you are fully prepared for when it begins to get freezing outside.

 

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  1. Complete wardrobe

Once you have everything you need for your winter wardrobe, you might find it helpful to organise items by colour and style. Have all your trousers grouped together and arrange them from light to dark. This will make it much easier for you to coordinate your outfits and might make your routine on those dark and chilly mornings a little quicker and easier.

 

Although it might take time, and you may need to spend a little money, getting your wardrobe prepared for winter will ensure that you are ready to brave the cold in style.

 

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Best Tips for Looking Great in a Swimsuit This Summer

When summertime returns each year, most people just want to take their clothes off to escape the oppressive heat. After being bundled up for all those chilly months, showing a bit of skin can be extremely refreshing, and taking a dip in cooling waters is one of summer’s most popular activities. Wearing a swimsuit can be intimidating when just freshly out of winter, but there are plenty of things that you can do to make yourself look better in one this year.

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Get Fit

The best tip for looking good in your swimsuit this summer doesn’t even have anything to do with swimsuit selection at all. Treating your body right is the surest way to shine in any swimsuit. By working out regularly, eating a nutritious diet, and sleeping well at night, you are always prepping your physique for the pool or beach. Focus on resistance exercises and eating lots of lean protein to get toned and sexy.

 

Hide Your Worst Features, Show Off Your Best

Even with exercise and diet, it’s not always possible to get into tip-top shape before summer. If you have body parts that you aren’t especially proud of, keep them hidden. The stomach area, for example, should be covered up if you have a bit extra to lose. Other sensitive areas including the hips, butt, and thighs can be concealed under a stylish sarong. Choose a swimsuit that offers support and structure. When it does the work for you, you don’t have to worry about looking good.

 

Consider your Height

There are certain swimsuit styles that simply look better on certain body types. If you’re on the shorter side, you should try to look taller. Two-piece suits tend to elongate the body because the midsection is exposed. Bathing suits that reveal more of the hips and butt can make the legs looks longer. Low-cut tops are also ideal for shorter women.

 

Complement Your Skin Tone With the Right Color

Believe it or not, swimsuit colors can make or break your entire look. If you have very fair skin, pale colors and whites can make you look even paler. Go for bright or richly-colored shades. If you have a pretty good tan or are naturally darker, whites and pastels will pop on your skin.

 

Spray Tans Work Miracles

Spray tans aren’t for everybody, but when done correctly, they can really give you a great summer glow. A good tan can eliminate the unhealthy look associated with pasty skin, and give your body a more defined appearance. Many salons and spas offer spray tanning services and can help you achieve that summer glow without the skin damage. Look to http://www.skindeepmedspa.com for more information.

 

Most women don’t look like Victoria’s Secret models, but you don’t have to if you want to look good in a swimsuit. Pulling off a stunning look involves taking care of your body, and knowing how to pick out the right style for your build. Everyone’s body is unique, so you’ve got to work with what you have.

 

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