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The long parade of more than 100 fashion shows for the spring 2020 season has concluded—but we're just getting started. The first order of business is discerning the most impactful trends of the season: from artisanal crochet and graphic polka dots to a look at decades past via disco collars and '60s wallpaper prints, couture feathers, hot pants, bold neons, and many more. See which designers led the pack for each new mode and get in on the looks early by shopping them now. Welcome to what's next.
To play it safe, combine a neutral, like flax, with something bolder, like yellow. But think twice about pairing intense hues with black, which "can look dated," says designer Chris Benz. For something punchier, try two colors that are beside each other on the color wheel, such as coral and orange. Not sure where to begin? "Notice what colors you love and respond to in your decor," says Benz.
Avenue delivers women’s plus size clothing that keeps up with the latest fashion trends. That’s why we’re the leading destination for style-minded curvy women sizes 14-32. Our pieces are designed for a comfortable, flattering fit. And our size chart is there to help you choose what’s just right for you! We work hard to give you quality plus size clothing that complements your busy lifestyle at prices that won’t make you feel guilty. You’ll find knit plus size tops of all silhouettes, in modern prints and solid brights that add excitement to your wardrobe. Dress them up for work or pair them with our plus sized jeans for the weekend. Our innovative denim will enhance your curves so you can experience the confidence that comes with a perfect fit. Prepping for a night out? There’s something for every occasion in our collection of plus size dresses. They’re ready to be paired with our exclusive Cloudwalkers® wide width shoes for women—comfortable enough for those events that keep you on your feet. Of course the foundation of your look is our plus size bras and plus size shapewear. Our bra collection isn’t just solution-based, it’s pretty too. At Avenue, we know that feeling beautiful from head to toe is what makes your confidence shine every time.
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From Dolce & Gabbana's jungle-inspired collection to Max Mara's army outfits and the numerous bulky, pocket-heavy jackets seen at Hermes, Stella McCartney, Jonathan Simkhai and Bottega, there was an injection of safari-inspired fashion across the collections, which you can channel in everything from shirts and shorts to jackets and belt bags for the season ahead.
Pack away those florals next spring because there is a new print in town. Polka dots were seen all over the catwalks, covering statement mini dresses at Richard Quinn, layered up at Max Mara, given a colourful spin at Erdem and worked into ladylike looks at Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors. Whether with your workwear or for a night out, polka dots are taking pride of place for the new season.
At Torrid, we break all the rules by taking measurements on actual women, not mannequins, to create plus size fashion that's fit to perfection. Each of our collections showcases flawless looks, comfortable fabrics, and versatile trendy plus size clothing for sizes 10 – 30 (check out our size guide)… With the days getting longer, we know you’ve got places to go, and going places equals new outfits! Peep this: our sweet plus size dresses made for Sunday outings, weddings, family photos and brunch (hopefully with mimosas). And with the weather catching up with your day dreams, picture yourself rocking cute and comfy plus size jeans in a park for a picnic date or playdate. Of course with sun, comes swim season. And you’re finally going to enjoy buying a swimsuit with our fun and easy mix and match bikinis. Our entire collection of plus size swimsuits is sexy and comfortable — you’ve never felt so confident with wet hair, trust us. So yeah, your social calendar may get full, but in any (and every) event, you’re going to look and feel incredible. Don’t forget about our plus size intimates - we spent years perfecting Torrid Curve®, our line of bras in band sizes 36 to 50 (cups B through H), and gorgeous, lacy plus size lingerie that will make your heart race. From bralettes to babydolls, these sexy little pieces accentuate all the right curves so you feel totally irresistible… At Torrid, we believe a real fit in plus size fashion is life changing. It’s what you want in plus size clothing, and it’s what we do best.
Meet your new destination for trendy plus size fashion! Offering sizes 18-24, VENUS has stylish plus-size looks for every day and every occasion. With dresses, jumpsuits, and jeans that cling to the contours of your body and tops and rompers that mix and match to create crisp office looks as well as sassy nighttime silhouettes, fashion-forward VENUS clothing invites you to celebrate yourself in style.
There are some trends that may be better suited to the younger set (crop tops come to mind), but don't be afraid to embrace new waves in style that get you excited. All you have to do is find a way to work that trend into your personal wardrobe. For example, you may want to try the pajama dressing look, but find that pairing a silk sleep top paired with cropped black trousers works better for you than a full matched set. (It's a lot of look.)
VENUS carries an amazing array of trendy plus size clothing, including plus size tops, dresses, swimwear, lingerie and other fashionable items that can be hard to find. More than that, though, VENUS is about empowering you to make bold choices by staying au courant with the fashions you love. Check out the trends page to keep up to date with all the hottest new looks. Fall back in love with your personal style by shopping online at VENUS.
Crochet is getting a cool update come spring. Think ultra-feminine dresses, polished suiting, and eveningwear that feels modern with a special touch of Grandma’s handmade crochet. As the fashion industry looks for ways to become more sustainable, there’s something special about a “trend” that embraces a slow, handmade technique that can be passed down generation after generation—à la that treasured family heirloom that lasts forever.
If there's one thing that celebrity stylists agree upon it's that age has nothing to do with style. Great style is possible no matter how old you are—the key is knowing how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you. Here, we've rounded up the most helpful tips from top stylists who have worked with chic sophisticates like Maye Musk, Oprah, and Christie Brinkley. Consider this your new guide as you navigate the complex world of fashion.
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We all know that we dress one way for the beach, another way for church, funerals, weddings, etc. One would hope that as a woman matures, so does her sense of style. Gracefully say good-bye to the micro minis you wore at 16, skimpy half tops and very low rise pants that expose your midriff, seductive plunging necklines and sausage tight clothing that desperately cling to the bygone days of your youth.
While lace-up gladiators are key in the sandal game next spring, the most surprising footwear trend to come out of the SS20 shows was the boot. In what can be seen perhaps as a signal of the loosening of seasonality, numerous designers chose to accessorise their spring collections with what was previously winter-appropriate footwear. Christopher Kane did it with the cowboy, Saint Laurent made it slouchy, while Prada and Pyer Moss championed the leather knee-high and Molly Goddard and Loewe gave boots a summertime spin with an injection of bright colour.
Cathy Williamson began her blog, The Middle Page, in 2013. She says she has always had a passion for fashion and beautiful things, which is evident as you peruse her posts and “Shop With Me” page. From the photography, to the style choices she makes in her Beauty, Home and Fashion categories, Cathy is someone you’ll want to follow. Her writing makes her feel like a friend. A friend with stellar taste and whose advice you trust. Check out her Chic at Every Age fashion posts, where she partners with other bloggers ranging in age from the 20s to 50s.
Every true fashionista knows that the real clothing magic takes place when you bring in the accessories. Strategically placed, a belt can help you change the contour of a dress or slouchy top; cinch it around the waist to achieve a perfect hourglass look or well above your waist to accentuate your bust and lengthen your legs. Try a brightly colored belt that contrasts with the hue of your other clothing, and then pick up that shade in a matching handbag or hat. VENUS also carries a line of unique fashion jewelry, including earrings, chokers and bracelets, which will help you finish off your look.
A sloppily cuffed jean. An ill-fitting blazer. A dress that shows just a little too much to be referred to as "tastefully sheer." These are the things that fashion editors and stylists can spot from a million miles away. To those in the biz, the proper proportions of a crop top may be obvious, but for those seeing the trends in a magazine or online, it can be a little trickier to know exactly how to wear everything.