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Women’s Shaving: How to Get the Best Shave

shaving-legs-2You’ve probably been shaving since your teens, but are you doing it right?  Razor burn, cuts and dry skin are among the most common shaving problems women face.  But these can be issues of the past if you follow our simple shaving guidelines on how to get the best shave every time.

Exfoliate Before Shaving:  Razor burn and unsightly bumps, especially around the bikini area, can be significantly reduced if you remove dead skin before shaving.  Make it a practice to exfoliate your legs and bikini line twice a week and at least one day before you plan to shave.

Use Shaving Cream:  Many women skip this important step to save time but it can severely dry out your skin.  Look for a shaving cream or gel that is alcohol and fragrance free.  If you find yourself in the shower without shaving cream, hack it with conditioner.  But never use soap as it can further dry out your skin.

Use the Right Razor:  5-blade razors are the current gold standard and tend to get the cleanest, finest shave.  However, women with sensitive skin may want to stick with a 3-blade option that usually causes less irritation.  Never use a cheap single-blade razor.  These tend to result in more cuts and bumps.

Replace Razors Often:  Disposable razors or blades should be replaced every 5 to 10 full double leg shaves.  When blades become dull, they are less effective. This often leads to women adding pressure to the razor and cutting themselves.  And blades can trap bacteria that lead to infection.

Don’t Share Razors:  You may be tempted to snatch your guy’s razor but that’s not a good idea.  Razors designed for women are just as effective for traversing a woman’s curvy legs.  Sharing razors can spread germs as well.

Shave at the Right Time:  Shaving at night is a better choice because your legs swell overnight, causing some of the hair to retreat.  Plus, you get to hop in bed with silky smooth legs that will make you feel great.  Also, shave 10 to 15 minutes into your shower to allow your skin to soften.  This primes your legs for a closer and less tender shave.

Treat Razor Burn:  Warm compresses can help reduce redness, irritation and bumps from razor burn.  Also apply lotion to moist skin after every shower, whether you shaved or not.

Now that you know how to get the best shave, we wish you silky smooth legs this summer and always.

Health Screenings for Women

Maintaining good health often requires early detection and intervention through regular health screenings for women.  Even without symptoms, women may have the early stages of medical conditions that can grow into more serious health problems if left untreated.  Early signs of skin cancer, diabetes and heart disease, among other health concerns, can be addressed with great success.

To keep you in tip-top shape, the following are the recommended health screenings for women:

Physical Exam/Wellness Check-up:  Women should visit their primary care physician every 2 to 3 years for a physical exam.  This is a time to complete many of the tests below in addition to discussing your physical, mental and emotional health with your doctor.

Blood Pressure Test:  Blood pressure should be checked at least every 2 years beginning at age 18.  It is likely that you will have your blood pressure taken any time you visit your doctor for check-ups or sick visits so you’ll be able to track your normal blood pressure levels.  You can also do a self-test at many drug stores.

Cholesterol Test:  With a simple blood test, you can keep an eye on this huge risk factor of heart disease.  Starting at age 20, every woman should have a cholesterol test every 5 years.  For those with family history of heart conditions or other risk factors such as elevated blood pressure, tests should be done more frequently.

Blood Glucose Test:  Women age 45 and older should have their blood glucose levels checked every 3 years.  This will help determine if you have an insulin imbalance and may be diabetic or pre-diabetic.  Anyone with risk factors of diabetes should be tested earlier in life and more often.

Body Mass Index (BMI):  BMI shows the relationship of bodily fat based on weight and height.  This test is generally done during physical exams and is a helpful indicator of obesity and risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.

Pap Smear:  A pap smear is a cervical cancer test that women 21 to 30 years old should have done every 3 years.  Those over 30 should have a pap smear and an HPV test done every 5 years.  Women who are sexually active before age 21 should have a pap earlier.

Mammogram:  Self breast exams should be done monthly beginning at age 20.  Clinical manual exams should be done every three years between the ages of 20 and 40.  After 40, clinical breast exams should be done every year and mammograms should be done every 1 to 2 years depending on personal risk factors.

Colon Exam:  Women starting at age 50 should have a colon exam, either a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, every 5 to 10 years to check for colon cancer.

Bone Density Screening:  At age 65, women should begin regular bone density screenings.  As women age, the calcium stored in bones is depleted, causing weak and fragile bones.  This condition is known as osteoporosis.

Dental Exam:  Twice yearly dental exams are necessary for women to maintain oral health.  Many dental problems go undetected when dental exams are skipped.

Skin Exam:  Women should check their own skin every month for changes in skin tone, moles that may change in color, size or texture and any other skin irregularities.  A yearly visit to a dermatologist is recommended for women, especially those who spend any amount of time in the sun.

Stay healthy and vibrant with these important health screenings for women!

Tips for Bargain Shopping

LL bagsNow that July 4th come and gone, summer sales are abounding.  This mid-year holiday marks the decline of summer when everything from clothes to bedding to outdoor furniture goes on sale as stores need to make room for fall items.  Now is the time to capitalize on great bargains!  We’re sharing our best tips for bargain shopping so you can get the most out of end of summer sales while paying the least.

Tip #1:  Only Shop During Sales

If a store isn’t having a sale, it’s not worth shopping there.  A true bargain shopper will never pay full price and stores rarely hesitate to let you know when you can get a discount, at least to get you in the door.  So “just say no” to stores without sales.

Tip #2:  Ask for Discounts

Sales associates often know when a bigger sale is around the corner.  Ask if you should wait or if you can get the sale price in advance.  Many sales associates also keep coupons at the register so ask if they have one that will lower your price.

Tip #3:  Go back for Price Adjustments

Nothing makes a bargain shopper madder than learning an item went on sale just days after making a purchase.  When this happens, return to the store and request the difference.  Most stores will honor the new price.

Tip #4:  Shop Mid-Week

Stores know that most people shop on the weekends so that’s not when they offer their best prices.  Mid-week sales usually yield deeper discounts and you can avoid the crowds.

Tip #5:  Take Advantage of Professional Discounts

Teachers, students, military families and nurses are sometimes eligible for special professional discounts.  Research which stores offer discounts that apply to you and shop away.

Tip #6:  Use Technology for Discounts

If you plan to shop at a certain store, look on their website for coupons in advance.  You can also get sale notifications from store, brand or general (like shopittome) e-newsletters and twitter updates.  Some shopping blogs tweet sales such as @slickdeals and @dealnews.

Tip #7: Outlets don’t mean Cheaper

Outlet and factory stores don’t necessary offer better prices. Often these retailers simply carry items that didn’t sell in regular stores.  Other times lower quality items are made specifically for the outlets.  Don’t get caught in the outlet trap.

Tip #8:  Browse Now but Buy Later

Not buying everything at first sight will help you decipher what you really “must have.”  But when you shop online and add items to a cart and then sit on it for awhile without checking out, the retailer will often send a coupon to your inbox within a day or two to entice you to complete your transaction.  Pretty sneaky!

Tip #9:  Online Sales can really Rock

Shopping online can pay off.  Retailers often have much bigger sales and better prices online.  If you’re worried about shipping costs, meet the minimum for free shipping and return items you don’t want to the nearest store.  Or go into a store to place your online order for automatic free shipping.

Tip #10:  Pay Cash

Smaller retailers and boutiques may accept 3-5% less if you pay with cash.  This way they don’t have to pay the credit card transaction fee and you can save on your purchase.

Tip #11:  Get Cash Back

Sites like retailmenot and ebates offer cash back for your purchases.  Sign up for these free services and then get paid to shop.

We hope you get some great deals with these tips for bargain shopping!  Happy Shopping!!

The Negative Effects of Sitting: Why Sitting is Bad for your Health

officeL_468x654Did you know one of the very basic activities you do every day may be ruining your health?  Sitting has been linked to many health conditions to the point that is likened to the negative impact of the smoking epidemic.  Yikes!  How can sitting be as bad for you as smoking?

Human bodies are meant to be upright.  That’s why we evolved into bipedal beings – having two feet.  Our organs and bodily systems, especially our cardiovascular system, circulatory system and digestive system, all rely on us spending time standing upright.  Yet most of us spend hours a day sitting.  People with desk jobs often spend 8 to 12 hours sitting, which is defined as prolonged sitting or high levels of sitting and the most deleterious to your health.  But even those who don’t work behind a desk may be sitting too frequently when dining, watching TV or driving in a car.

Major health problems can stem from prolonged sitting.  The World Health Organization points to physical inactivity, aka sitting, as the fourth leading risk factor of death.  Kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are among the serious conditions that can, in part, arise from sitting too much.  Minor issues from high levels of sitting include joint stiffness, poor circulation, lack of energy and digestive distress, to name a few.

Prolonged sitting even affects our mental capabilities and our emotional health, and may trigger an increased appetite.  Even those who exercise regularly cannot escape the negative effects of sitting although the impact is lessened by periods of physical activity.

So how do you curb the negative effects of sitting?  Here are some tips to keep in mind:

At Work:

  • If you work at a desk, take frequent breaks.  Walk to the break room, visit a co-worker and remain standing while you chat, do a lap around your building.  Whatever it takes, get your body moving upright.
  • Invest in a standing desk that allows you to work in an upright position.  Be sure to place a mat or rug beneath your feet for support.
  • Change your sedentary meetings to walking meetings.  Chances are your associates will appreciate the movement too.
  • Always stand when presenting during a meeting.
  • Help change the culture in your workplace to encourage more standing. If everyone’s doing it, you’ll feel inclined to do it too.

At Home and Beyond: 

  • Make a point to stand up while you’re doing activities.  Folding laundry and other household chores can be done standing.  Enjoying cocktails with a friend can include standing at the bar rather than sitting at a table.  The more you stand, the better you’ll be.  And you burn more calories too!
  • While watching TV, use commercial time to get moving.  Do three laps around your room before returning to your show.
  • If you’re eating alone, stand while you eat.  Yes, if your mother were there she may scold your bad manners.  But then again, she should want what’s best for your health and that’s standing.
  • When driving or flying long distances, take standing and walking breaks.  Stretch and do simple calisthenics to get your blood flowing too.
  • Record your standing time daily and set goals to achieve.  You’ll be more likely to stand for longer if you’re reaching for a goal.

Avoid the negative effects of sitting by employing these tips for a more upright and healthier lifestyle!

Pool Exercises: Stay Cool and Fit in the Pool

On hot summer days, a refreshing dip in the pool is just what we all need to cool off.  How about using this time to multi-task by doing some pool exercises too?  Pool workouts are a great way to stay cool and get fit and toned at the same time.  Water resistance increases strength and makes for a great cardio vascular workout.  You can get a serious heart-pounding workout in for your upper body, lower body and core.  Plus, pool exercises are low impact, which is terrific for anyone with joint pain or who is recovering from an injury.  Water can be healing and therapeutic as well.

Swimming laps is great exercise but can get boring.  Instead, try these dynamic pool exercises as your summertime workout.

Aqua Jogging:  Believe it or not, jogging in the pool burns more calories than on land thanks to water resistance.  Start with regular run-like steps around the shallow end of the pool or in place.  Also try variations such as high-knees and butt-kicks to work your leg muscles differently.  Aqua jogging is a great warm-up for your pool exercises as it gets your blood flowing for cardio and loosens muscles for more strenuous exercises.

Dolphin Kick:  This elegant move works your abs and inner thighs.  Holding the side of the pool with both hands, glue your legs together and kick like a dolphin making a wave from your belly to your toes.  Squeeze your inner thighs tightly together as if you’re trying to pop a balloon and initiate the move from your abdominal muscles.

V-Sit:  Holding yourself in a sitting position in the pool takes a lot of strength and is a great cardio move too.  With your head above water, lean backwards and lift your legs up so your body is in a wide “V” position.  Keep your legs together and tread water with cupped hands at waist-level.  This one is killer on your abs.

Backwards Flying Lunge:  Pool exercises aren’t only for the core and lower body.  Stand in a lunge position in between the shallow and deep end so you are submerged up to shoulder level.  Bring your arms completely in front of your body until your palms meet.  Push water backwards with cupped hands until they reach beyond your back.  Quickly jump up to switch your lunge to the opposite leg and repeat.  You’ll feel this one on your shoulders, chest and back as you use these muscles to thrust through the water.

Kick Line:  If you ever wanted to be a Rockette, this a good exercise for you.  In the deep end of the pool, tread water with one leg forward and the other straight under your body.  Hold this position for 5 seconds and then quickly switch legs kicking the opposite leg forward.  You should feel this dance-like move in your core and all throughout your legs.

d017cf5cd56e29716ca745dc1871b3caSideways Leap Frog:  Water jumping catches a lot of resistance that makes moves even harder than on land.  In the shallow end, leap sideways landing in a one-leg squat with the other leg raised.  Hold the position for a few seconds and then straighten both legs into a standing position.  Repeat alternating sides.  We bet your quadriceps and outer thighs will be screaming by the end of it.

Poolside Sit-ups:  With your legs folded over the side of the pool and knees bent around the edge, let your upper body float on your back.  Lift yourself into a sit-up position.  On the downward motion, bend as far back into the water as possible.  Then come back to the surface and repeat.  Try variations including movements that twist your oblique muscles.

Make a splash this summer with these pool exercises!

The 3 Best Plus Size Bras for Summer

Summer is a time to step out of your everyday routine and engage in exciting new experiences.  Between spending time outdoors, taking time off to relax and enjoying summer events, this season should be awesome, memorable and fun.

To take full advantage of everything summer has to offer, you’ll want to make sure you’re dressed from head to toe for comfort, support and style.  And that starts from the intimates out.  Leading Lady is your destination for plus size bras for all occasions and today we’re sharing the 3 best plus size bras for summer.

Leading Lady's Cotton Front Closure Leisure BraComfy & Cool:  Cotton Front-Closure Leisure Bra

Known as “The Most Comfortable Bra in America,” this leisure bra is the most perfect summer bra in our collection.  One of the worst bra problems during the summer is chaffing and rashes from synthetic materials, sweat and improper fit.  Avoid these issues with our cotton front-closure leisure bra made from ideal warm-weather fabric and offers a snug, lifted fit.  The light cotton/spandex blend allows maximum breathability on hot summer days and is soft and smooth on your skin.  The front-closure makes dressing a cinch and the wide lightly padded shoulder straps ensure tremendous support for the breast and back.  In fact, this bra is so comfortable you can wear it all day and all night.  Plus, this bra features an adorable beveled trim and comes in a variety of fun summer colors and prints including polka dot and peacock.  So stay comfy and cool in our cotton front-closure leisure bra this summer.

plus size sport braSporty & Supported:  Wirefree Sport Full Figure Bra

Our wirefree sport full figure bra is fabulous for getting outdoors for sports and exercise. This light-to-medium impact sport bra supports your active summer lifestyle with a low bounce fit and no-slip wide straps that disperse breast weight across your back and shoulders.  The cotton fabric is breezy and absorbent to keep you cool and dry during exercise, sports and other outdoor summertime activities.  Available in floral and animal prints and vibrant summer colors, you may feel like “living” in this bra all summer.  Finding a great full figure sport bra isn’t always easy but Leading Lady has you covered in our wirefree sport full figure bra.

Plus Size BraSexy & Stylish:  Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra

With warm weather we all feel emboldened to show a little skin in summertime.  Our scalloped lace underwire full figure bra is a fabulous way to do that with class and style. The plunging v-cut scalloped lace neckline shows off sexy cleavage tastefully.  The beautiful lace overlay and unique cutaway reveals a hint of skin while still offering full coverage.  This sexy and stylish bra will make you (and anyone else who may see it this summer) feel confident from the intimates out.   But you don’t have to sacrifice fit or comfort for this elegant style either.  The lightly padded straps help lift and support breasts and the 4 hook-and-eye closures in the back ensure a perfect fit every time.  And if you’re thinking lace = itchy, think again.  Our soft lace is anything but harsh on your delicate skin, which adds to the sensuality of this sexy summertime bra.

With these plus size bras, you’ll keep things comfy and cool, sporty and supported, sexy and stylish.  Be sure to have all three to complete your summer wardrobe!

Manicures and Pedicures: The Hidden Dangers of Nail Salons

courtesy of prairiestylefile.comFinally we’ve shed the cracked, aged appearance of our wintertime skin and we can show off our beautifully manicured hands and our smooth, painted toenails in our fashionable sandals.  It’s certainly one of the perks of summer.  But before you head out for manicures and pedicures, educate yourself on the hidden dangers of nail salons.  Bacteria, toxins and other hazards may have a negative effect on your skin, nails and entire body.

Today we’re exposing where the hidden dangers of nail salons are lurking so you can protect yourself before your next manicures and pedicures.

The spread of bacteria and fungus in nail salons often begins with the tools nail technicians use repeatedly on each customer.  Metal tools should be sterilized thoroughly in an autoclave, which uses steam and pressure to disinfect materials.  Alternatively, the tools can be soaked in a liquid disinfectant for 20 minutes between customers.  Other supplies such as nail files, wooden cuticle sticks, buffers and pumice stones or blocks should be discarded after use on a single customer.  Most salons do not follow that procedure so it’s wise to bring your own supplies.  Also, ask nail technicians to wear gloves to prevent microbes from spreading.

Many customers enter salons with nail fungus like athlete’s foot, which can infect other customers and spread quickly.  Serious bacterial infections can also come from manicures and pedicures including hepatitis B and MRSA, according US News and World Report.  Bacteria breeds in warm water and dark, moist pockets such as the foot and hand tubs that nail salons frequently use.  These containers should be sterilized between customers.  It’s wise never to put your feet in a jetted foot tub when the jets are running.  This pushes all of the germs from the jets into the water where your feet are submerged.

When bacteria and fungus are present at a nail salon, they can linger under your nails or enter your bloodstream through small cuts in your skin.  If a nail technician accidentally nicks you with nail scissors or cuticle clippers, you are at higher risk for infection.  Even nail filing can cause small scrapes on your skin where bacteria can penetrate.  Never go to a nail salon for a pedicure with freshly shaved legs as razors create micro-tears, and if you have any open wounds, avoid nail salons until they heal.

Beyond potential fungal or bacterial infections, there are other hidden dangers of nail salons that you may not have considered.  Have you ever noticed some nail technicians wearing face masks over their noses and mouths?  The fumes of many harsh nail products can cause respiratory conditions when inhaled.  This is one of the reasons why pregnant women are encouraged to avoid nail salons.  And those toxins aren’t only inhaled; they are also absorbed through the skin.  Even polish contains a number of chemicals and dyes that can be damaging to the human body.

Additionally, the drying lamps that help prevent smudges are actually UV lights.  Much like the sun or tanning beds, these lamps expose you to dangerous UV rays, not only on your hands and feet, but your entire body due to proximity.  If you plan to sit anywhere near the UV lamps, wear sunscreen.  Or skip the lamps altogether and let you nails air dry outside the salon.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants beautiful nails this summer?  These warnings aren’t to deter you from getting manicures and pedicures altogether.  Rather, be informed and make smart choices when it comes to your health.  Look for licenses that indicate that your salon is up to code and watch what technicians are doing to clean tools and their work stations.  If you are dissatisfied, speak up.  Don’t go to crowded salons as they may get sloppy when they are working too fast to churn customers in and out.  Also, you may pay the price later for going to cheaper salons.

Show off your hot nail colors this summer but stay smart and protect yourself from the hidden dangers of nail salons.

10 Ways to Save Money this Summer

Summertime should be fun-time but you don’t have to empty your pockets to enjoy yourself.  Sometimes partaking in summertime activities costs a bit of money, but there are ways to save money this summer to keep your wallet in tact.  Today we have 10 simple tips to help you save more, spend less and still have a blast this summer!

A woman rides a Barclays cycle hire bike in London.Walk or Ride Bikes instead of Driving:  Using your body’s energy rather than an automobile is much more cost-effective and healthier too.  Wherever possible, walk or ride your bike to get places you need to go.  The exercise, fresh air and sunshine are all an added bonus.

Grow Your Own Food:  Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs is less expensive than buying them all summer.  If you don’t have a green thumb, start with the easiest fool-proof plants and expand your garden over time.  Don’t forget herbs such as basil and rosemary that can freshly flavor your summer dishes without breaking the bank.

Look for Coupons and Free Experiences:  Before you go anywhere, check websites for discount coupons.  Also, periodically look for free experiences such as complementary admissions to museums, concerts at local festivals or library events.  This can save lots of money on your summer entertainment budget.

Clean AC Vents and Use Fans: Approximately 50% of household energy comes from cooling and heating the home.  Make sure your air vents are clean so your AC operates more efficiently.  When activities and weather permits, turn off the AC and cool yourself with ceiling fans instead.

 

Consider Hiring a Teen for Household Chores:  While teenagers are out of school for the summer, hire them to mow your lawn or do other household chores that you may have otherwise hired a professional to do.  The teen will appreciate the extra cash and you’ll probably pay half the price.

Water Your Lawn in the Morning or at Night:  Water evaporates faster in sunlight.  Watering early in the morning or later at night will allow your grass, plants and trees to absorb more moisture and therefore reduce the amount of water needed.

picnic-670x375Bring Your Own Food:  Stopping at a restaurant for meals when you’re out and about this summer can get expensive.  And concession stands at events are notoriously overpriced.  When permitted, bring your own snacks and picnic meals.  The extra effort and organization is worth the savings.

Leave Your Kids at Home for Efficiency:  Running errands without your kids is usually much faster and allows you to get more accomplished in one trip, saving on gas.  Also, kids tend to want things when they are at stores so avoid the confrontation by leaving them with another caregiver when possible.

Unplug Things You’re Not Using:  Household energy racks up electricity bills.  When you leave electronics plugged in, they draw energy even when you are not using them.  Unplug lamps, chargers and kitchen appliances when not in use to conserve energy and money.

Wait for End of Season Sales to Buy Things:  Clothes, furniture and other seasonal items tend to go on sale towards the end of summer.  Wait to make big purchases to take advantage of sales.  Usually seasonal sales begin after July 4 and even bigger savings are available around Labor Day.

Happy Summer and Happy Savings!

How to Wear Fringe without looking like a Hippie

those-bit-boho-soul-Forever-21-fringed-vestFringe is one of the hottest trends of the season.  It’s fun; It’s flirty; It’s whimsical; and It’s sassy.  Inspired by decades of the past and native cultures, this flapper meets hippie meets Western look is now super modern and right on target for spring and summer.

Today we’re exploring how to wear fringe to incorporate this fashion trend into your wardrobe while remaining stylish and true to this decade:

The first rule of fringe is not to over fringe.  One piece of fringe in an outfit is sufficient.  Too much fringe screams costumed character rather than fashionista.  The nice thing about fringe is that it can be subtle or bold depending on your garment and personal style preferences.  Wispy, delicate fringe offers a more feminine look while thicker fringe strips add volume and dimension to your clothes.  The trend calls for a mix of both in your wardrobe but still, just one piece at a time.

Fringe piping on blouses and skirts is a terrific way to wear this trend.  Short to medium length dangling fringe elongates the torso and legs and creates a breezy look as the fringe sways with movement.  This fun detail on a blouse adds an interesting feature and can jazz up any hemline to take a skirt from “ho-hum” to “wow-wee!”

For a bolder statement, a louder, longer fringe works beautifully on vests, jackets and as an overlay to medium-length skirts.  You’ll definitely be drawing attention to the fringed area so be sure the cut of the garment is flattering and the fringe accentuates your best features.  Fringes looks best in the same color as the base piece so avoid colored fringe that doesn’t match and select even-toned outfits instead.

Steal-Splurge-Black-Fringe-BagFringe accessories are all the rage right now and a fabulous way to embrace this trend.  Bags with fringe, fringe earrings and fringe necklaces are particularly popular.  These pieces can really spice up an outfit with minimal effort.  In purses, fringe detail ranging from small tassels to full frontal fringe is right on trend.  Dangling fringe earrings can be stylish, playful and elegant, while fringe necklaces over a basic outfit can take your look from ordinary to high fashion.

fringe_heels_Finally, fringe can look amazing on you all the way down to your toes.  Shoes with fringe details are extremely stylish this season.  Side fringe, front fringe and back fringe look awesome on a variety of sandals, stilettos and loafers.  Tiered fringe cascading over a tall heel is sexy and flirty, while a small fringe on top of a regular loafer modernizes this classic shoe.

Enjoy all the “fringe benefits” of the fringe trend.  By incorporating one piece of fringe in your outfits, you’ll be super stylish without looking like a hippie, flapper or country Western star this season.  Instead you’ll look like the fashionista that you are.

Stylish Jumpsuits for Full Figured Women

Jumpsuits are a trendy and playful way to jazz up your spring and summer wardrobe.  Jumpsuits for full figured women come in a variety of styles that fit curves beautifully.  Finding the most flattering style for you may take a few minutes in a fitting room but we have some basic tips to get you started.

navy jumpsuitJumpsuit Tops

Jumpsuits for full figured women should accentuate your best features.  You have many options for the top portion of a jumpsuit including halter, strapless, cap sleeves, one shoulder, short sleeves, long sleeves, tank and wrap.  Depending on how much skin you want to show, select a style that shows your assets.  If you have great cleavage, go for a plunging neckline like a halter or wrap.  If you have broad shoulders that you want to minimize, try a wide scoop tank or longer sleeve jumpsuit.

The waistline of your jumpsuit is also important when you’re dressing for your body type.  Empire waist jumpsuits smooth and support the breasts while allowing fabric to free flow over the mid-section.  A wrap style or other tops with a matching long thick fabric belt helps elongate your look.  Women with long torsos may prefer a lower waistline that hits at their true waist of below.  This breaks up the top from the bottom and helps create a more proportional appearance.floral jumpsuit

Jumpsuit Bottoms

The bottom part of your jumpsuit can also enhance your appearance when you select styles that are most flattering to your figure.  Wide leg jumpsuit pants elongate the legs with free flowing fabric that creates a breezy look.  This style also helps balance broader shoulders and large breasts.  Tapered pants look great on shorter women or women who have slimmer legs.  A shorts jumpsuit makes a flirty summertime outfit that is great for everyday wear or as a bathing suit cover-up.  For a more athletic style, a drawstring knee or ankle length jumpsuit offers a sporty vibe.

black wide leg jumpsuitJumpsuit Colors and Patterns

One of the most flattering things about jumpsuits is that they are one piece and they offer consistent color and style on top and bottom.  But this monotone look is far from boring.  All black jumpsuits can be some of the most fashionable and slimming looks of your spring and summer wardrobe.  When everyone else is wearing a little black dress, bust out your little black jumpsuit and some gorgeous jewelry for a cocktail party or date night.  Other solid colors look feminine and fabulous too, including navy, teal, soft pink, purple and white.  Or go for a louder print, such as a large pattern, tropical fabric or animal print.  Usually matching jumpsuit belts are best as the idea of jumpsuiprint wide leg jumpsuitts for full figured women is flow rather than an interrupted, choppy look.

As always, make sure you’re stylish, comfortable and supported in your intimates as well.  Select a full figure bra that will enhance your jumpsuit style and create a smooth and lifted bust-line.  Jumpsuits for full figured women are a fun and fabulous way to show your personal style this spring and summer!

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