Are You Unintentionally Slowing Your Metabolism?

Whether you exercise regularly and eat a perfectly balanced diet or not, everyone strives for an active metabolism.  The metabolism keeps the body energized and helps avoid excess fat storage.  Your resting metabolic rate is how quickly your metabolism works without having to do any physical activity.  Obviously, the higher the rate, the less you have to do to maintain a healthy weight.  Unfortunately, many dietary and lifestyle habits inhibit the metabolic process and could be unintentionally slowing your metabolism.

As women age, their metabolism slows, which on average leads to a yearly weight gain of around 1.5 pounds after age 40.  Luckily, you can curb some of the causes of unintentionally slowing your metabolism.  Keep these tips in mind to keep your metabolism working for you all day and night:

What to Eat

Enough Food:  The metabolism is like a fire, burning energy inside your body that requires fuel to keep going.  Without enough food, your metabolism will slow imagessignificantly.  Meals should be approximately 400 calories each, which is enough to keep the body evenly satiated for three to four hours.  Morning and afternoon snacks are important to keep the metabolism fueled as well.  And like your mother said, breakfast is essential.  Otherwise your body stores energy and slows down until it gets a new source of nutrients.

Complex Foods:  Nutrient-dense foods that also contain fiber take more effort for your body to break down and distribute throughout the body.  This extra work keeps your metabolism speedy and agile.  Fruits, vegetables and whole grains like whole wheat breads and pastas are particularly fibrous.  Sugars and simple carbs such as white bread and rice spike blood sugar and absorb quickly into the system, which is counterproductive for metabolic rate.

Lean Protein:  This is a crucial part of every meal and snack that can keep burning calories long after a meal is complete.  By adding grilled chicken to a salad, nuts to your oatmeal, or yogurt to your fruit, you can enjoy this fabulous benefit.  Avoid fatty meats and other high fat foods, such as fried foods, because they overwhelm the body.  The metabolism essentially rests when it receives too much fat while it waits for it to be stored.

Avoid Pesticides:  Toxins found in pesticides are proven to slow the metabolism and prohibit weight loss.  Buy organic fruits and veggies when possible, or peel them if organic is cost-prohibitive.

Iron:  Strong blood requires iron to improve circulation and deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.  Muscles require oxygen to burn fat and speed the metabolism.  Women lose iron through menstruation so it’s important to consume plenty of iron in your diet with foods like spinach, cereals, beans and most plant-based superfoods.

Calcium:  The nutrients in your food only work for you if it is absorbed into the bloodstream.  Calcium is one of the best elements to increase absorption of a variety of nutrients, allowing them to benefit the body, including the metabolism.  So drink your milk and eat your yogurt and cheese, ladies.

What to Drink

Natural Caffeine:  Coffee and tea are bursting with antioxidants that stimulate the metabolism.  Depending on your favorite variety, they can increase the metabolism by 5 to 12%.

clean-drinking-waterCold Water:  Drinking cold water requires the body to work harder to digest. Water and other cold foods must be warmed to body temperature before it can be used.  This simple way to speed your metabolism could buy you 50 more calories a day.

Limited Alcohol:  Alcohol severely inhibits the metabolism and causes you to burn less fat because alcohol cannot fuel the metabolism at all.  One glass of wine or one cocktail is fine, but more than that can ruin the metabolic headway you’ve made throughout your day.

What to Do

Sleep More:  The more you sleep, the more energy you’ll have throughout the day.  This encourages and motivates lots of physical activity or just more energized intention to whatever your day brings.  Moreover, when you are sleep deprived, your body uses less energy when it actually gets to sleep, lowering that resting metabolic rate.

Move Around:  Sitting for just 20 minutes at a time can lower your metabolism.  If you have a sedentary job, try to get up periodically to stretch and walk around to keep blood flowing and the metabolism churning.

Keep a Schedule:  Upsetting your circadian rhythm from jet lag or all-nighters really disrupts your cellular function and metabolic rate.  Try to eat meals and sleep at around the same times daily for a more well-balanced system.

The Importance of Sleep

sleepSleep is one of the most basic human needs.  It’s unlikely you’ll forget to eat or wear clothes, but sleep is one of the most neglected areas of health.  Sleep is essential for many functions of the body, from supporting vital organs, to making you look and feel refreshed.  Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night for full body recuperation and to reap the maximum benefits of sleep.  Today we’re diving into the importance of sleep for four areas of your health and wellness:

Brain Power

Brains are somewhat like machines – they need to power off for awhile to re-charge.  The brain isn’t actually “off” during sleep, but it is resting in very important ways.  Your brain is making new connections and repairing itself from a hard day’s thinking.  By getting the recommended amount of sleep, your brain will be sharper and better able to handle daily demands.  Sleep improves concentration, mental clarity and focus that supports everything from greater cognition and problem-solving, to quicker response reactions when driving.  Sleep also reduces headaches because you are better able to deal with stress and anxiety.


Sleep is vital for heart health on several levels.  First, it supports every aspect related to the heart including stable blood pressure levels, lower bad HDL cholesterol levels, a steady heart beat and improved circulation, all of which lower risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.  Sleep also prevents the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes the heart to work harder unnecessarily.  Moreover, a better night’s sleep gives your immune system a boost.  Immune defense is not only essential for staving off colds and infection, it also plays a major role in disease prevention, including heart disease.

Happy Go Lucky

You’ve probably noticed that sleep makes you happier and conversely, not sleeping makes you rather miserable.  Sleep is a natural mood elevator because the body has had a chance to rejuvenate itself.  Whether you realize it or not, daily stressors take a toll on your entire system and it needs time to rest and recoup.  Sleep allows you to better deal with life’s challenges and view the world optimistically without constantly breaking down over small issues.  Furthermore, sleep helps build and maintain better relationships.  When you are more pleasant to be around, you’re less likely to start arguments or project your crankiness on others.  Plus, you have more tolerance and compassion towards others, which they will surely notice.

Full Body Boost

One obvious benefit of sleep is that it gives the body more energy for daily activities.  That means you can attack your day with intention and purpose.  It also means you will have more energy for exercise and physical activity, whether you hit the gym, play tennis or are chasing your kids around the backyard.  Sleep improves many elements of exercise, including stamina, endurance, strength and your threshold for pain, as well as the time it takes for muscles to repair after workouts.  Beyond energy for exercise, if you’re trying to los weight or maintain your healthy weight, sleep keeps hormones in check to advance your goals.  When you don’t sleep your body produces more ghrelin, a hormone linked to hunger, and you make less leptin, the hormone that makes you feel satiated.  When ghrelin and leptin are off-balance, they can not only increase your desire to eat, but increase sugary snack cravings too.  Here’s another great full body benefit of sleep:  it piques your interest in sex!

Making sleep a priority is crucial for your health in a variety of ways.  Just like taking your vitamins and getting all your steps in each day, ensure sleep is part of your daily health routine.

Full Figure Superstar full of Full Figure Fashion: Spotlight on Cristela Alonzo

Watch out, there’s a new superstar in town.  Her name is Cristela Alonzo and this breakout star is proving to be a role model to many.  As the first Latina to create, write, produce and star in her own sitcom, Cristela is breaking down barriers in more ways than one.

Cristela casualBorn and raised in a Spanish-speaking home in Texas, Cristela grew up watching American television.  Her favorites were always sitcoms and that’s how she learned to speak English.  Even when her family could not afford food, her single mother always made sure they had television to keep her kids inside and away from danger.  Cristela was beyond fascinated with what she saw and quickly studied much more than just language.  She came to understand American family dynamics and how they differed from her own life, and she fell in love with comedy.  Her happy spirit was always spreading joy – and sometimes song too – even to her mother who was often gloomy over their family’s hard life.

All that happiness paid off as Cristela went to college and eventually found her niche as a clean stand-up comedian.  She pulled much of her material from her own life as a Latina, full figured woman.  Although humble, Cristela felt compelled and responsible for representing Hispanics authentically to the world.  And she does it with a lot of familiar humor that is relatable and laughable to many cultures.  Her hit show Cristela about a Latina who lives with her extended family and works at a law firm is unique and popular.

cristela-alonzo-abc2Cristela also embraces her curvy body as part of her show and comedy through full figure fashion.  For work scenes, her on-screen character has a signature style of trendy empire-waist dresses topped with a cardigan and classy costume jewelry.  At home her character is more laid back in curve-hugging t-shirts, casual jeans and the currently stylish fitted lumberjack plaid button-down.  She’s also usually donning her famous dimpled sly smile after popping off her customary zingers.

Cristela+Alonzo+Disney+ABC+Television+Group+ZmegudmshnBlOn the red carpet, Cristela’s personal full figure fashion style is a little more sassy and but just as chic.  She knows how to dress her curves in cross-over tops and dresses, v-cut blouses, jackets that hit her body at the perfect spot and curve-loving jeans.  With just a hint of sexiness and a lot of class, Cristela’s positive, wholesome act doesn’t just describe her comedy.

Her inner and outer beauty, combined with her effortless style, is just another way Cristela is breaking the mold of what a modern day superstar can be.  We’ll keep watching, Cristela, if you keep inspiring us with your fashion and making us laugh.




8 Unexpected Valentine’s Day Surprises for your Sweetheart

Psst…Here’s a secret: Valentine’s Day is not all about sex.  Spending quality time with your husband or boyfriend can be just as intimate, stimulating and loving as making love itself.  Fortunately, you have an entire day to pack it all in!

We believe Valentine’s day should be full of the unexpected joyfulness that represents you and your man as a couple.  If you’re still struggling with what to do on the day of love, we’ve got eight Valentine’s Day surprises that may be perfect for you and your sweetheart this year:

young-couple-dancing-2012-08Take a Dance Class:  Nothing gets the juices flowing like dancing.  This full-body experience will get you and your beau in sync.   Even if you aren’t the best dancers, let lose a little and let the rhythm guide you.  The closeness of being in each other’s harms and moving your bodies together is just what this holiday is all about.

Make a Meal Together…In Your Undies:  Cooking together stimulates many senses at once.  And if you do it in a bra and panties, it will stimulate a few more.  Making a meal is an activity that requires joint decision making and teamwork, two important qualities of your partnership. Plus, doing anything half naked is a lot more fun!

Partake in an Extreme Adventure:  If dancing and cooking don’t really do it for you, maybe something a little more extreme is in order.  Take the plunge and try something heart-pounding together such as skydiving, parasailing, race car driving, spelunking or bungee jumping.  See who is the biggest dare devil in your relationship.

flowerGive a Plant:  Traditional Valentine’s flowers fade, wilt and eventually die.  That’s not representative of your love!  Buy your honey a beautiful flowering plant that will last much longer, perhaps one you can plant in your yard this spring.  Like your love, you can nurture it together.

Have a Change of Heart:  Have you been holding on to something that is causing tension in your relationship?  Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to let it go and give the gift of a changed heart.  Maybe you’ve been resistant to a change your partner suggested or trying new things.  Show him how much you care by giving his ideas a chance.

5044 blackGive Him a Sexy New Bra:  Ok, ok, not for him to wear!  Buy yourself a beautiful new sexy full figure bra from and wrap it up for your man.  Trust us, he’ll love this gift once you’re in it.

Give From the Heart:  Spending time with your loved one doing something for others is an awesome way to spend part of your V-day.  Volunteer at a shelter, clean up a nature preserve, visit a hospital or give blood – It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is helping others from the heart.

Go To the Park:  More than wild activities or wining and dining, perhaps what you need most is a little R&R.  Strolling through the park or having a picnic is a wonderful way to kick back and relax on a beautiful backdrop with the person you love.  There’s nothing like nature to rejuvenate the spirit, including the spirit of love.

Sexy Full Figure Bras for Valentine’s Day

Your heart may be ready for Valentine’s Day, but is your bra wardrobe?  As if you needed an excuse to buy new sexy full figure bras, Valentine’s Day may be the greatest occasion for such a purchase.  And if you’re looking for the best selection of sexy full figure bras including sensual lace, Valentine’s red, blushing pink or just plain adorable bras, you’ve come to the right place.  Leading Lady is your destination for sexy full figure bras this Valentine’s Day.

5028 redWhen you think of Valentine’s Day, we bet sweetheart red comes to mind.  Red is on our minds too and we’ve got the perfect red Valentine’s Day bra for you.  It’s one of our newest color additions to our best selling Molded Padded Seamless Full Figure Bra, which comes in both underwire and wirefree.  This classic cranberry bra offers comfort and support in a fun, vibrant color that couldn’t scream Valentine’s Day any louder.  The padded cups and straps ensure ultimate blissful wearing, while the adjustable straps and four back hook-and-eye closures ensure your best fit every day.  The sweetheart neckline is great for that sexy dress you’ve been saving for Valentine’s Day or any v-cut or scoop neck top that requires a lower cut bra. You’ll surely have your man seeing hearts in your eyes with this festive bra.

NeLeading Lady's Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Braxt on your Valentine’s sexy full figure bra wish list is probably black lace.  Are we right?  Well, we’ve got titillating lace in a variety of styles that will suit your personal fashion and wardrobe.  Our stunning Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Bra and our Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra will give you the best that black lace has to offer. If you think lace is itchy, uncomfortable and flimsy, you should rethink your lace bras.  Ours are made from the softest lace that will not irritate skin.  With lined, slightly padded cups, your breasts will be supported and lifted to create fabulous cleavage and eliminate sag.  The Scalloped Lace style allows some of your skin to peek through the bra, making you irresistible on Valentine’s Day.

5048pink_hooksBut wait, lace comes in other colors too and they can be just as sexy.  Our Lace Cup and Scalloped Lace bras come in white and nude options, which may be more versatile for your wardrobe and have the same sex appeal.  Additionally, our Crossover Front Closure Racer Back Leisure Bra features lace cups in a sporty-meets-sexy style offered in pink, white and black.  The plunging neckline and racer back make it a great alternative for non-traditional tops and dresses, like halters.  And we can’t forget how adorable lace trim can be too, such as our Wirefree Full Figure Bralette, which can be worn as a bra or cami-like option.

plus size sport braFor a more subtle Valentine’s flavor, pink is a terrific choice.  We have a variety of pink bras to suit your style including our most popular leisure bras: our pink Cotton Front Closure Leisure Bra, a.k.a. The Most Comfortable Bra in America, and our rosewood or nude blush Zig-Zag Weave Front Closure Leisure Bra.  Both of these sexy pink hued leisure bras are amazing for lazy Valentine’s mornings when you intend to lounge with your love.  (Doesn’t that sound like fun!?) Or if you plan to get in a workout on Valentine’s Day, do it in a hot pink Wirefree Sport Full Figure Bra.

Nothing says, “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a sexy bra.  At, sexy full figure bras are just a few clicks away.  Happy Shopping!

Full Figure Fashion: How Every Woman Can Wear Leather

Move over biker chicks, leather is a trend that every woman can wear.  No longer just edgy and radical, leather is now super stylish and posh.  So much so that anyone with any body type or personality can pull it off.

Just like any other fabric selection or style of clothing, wearing leather requires dressing for your body type and individual taste.  Because leather can be clingy, it’s important to ensure the pieces you select are tailored appropriately for you.  Keep in mind, leather doesn’t have to be tight to be trendy and leather makes a great accent piece if you’re not ready to deck yourself in leather from head-to-toe.

michael-kors-brown-michael-plus-size-seamed-zip-front-leather-jacket-product-1-22016815-0-220532654-normal_large_flexLeather jackets are a terrific way to incorporate the leather trend into your wardrobe.  These days there are many styles that fit a variety of personalities and body types.  For women looking for a slimming effect, select a leather jacket with buttons straight down the middle or interesting off-set zippers that angle down. Plus size women often look better in a collarless jacket or thinner soft leather that won’t add bulk.  To create a broader shoulder, wear a leather jacket with detail, embellishments or texture on the shoulders.  Short fitted leather jackets that hit at the top of your natural waistline will allow you to show off your curves on top and on the bottom.

leather pantsFor a bolder look, try leather pants.  If you think you have to be a rockstar to wear them, think again.  Leather pants can be extremely chic and classy.  A relaxed fit leather pant or a jeans-like trouser pant is great at hiding problem areas.  If you have larger hips, select a classic boot cut design or a slightly flared crop pant.  Another great way to wear a leather pant is as leggings.  The thinner material will not add bulk and you can pair these with an over-sided sweater, empire-waist blouse or dress.  Alternatively, select leggings of a different fabric with a leather stripe down the sides for a similar fashion statement.  Leather pants pair best with a top of a different material but mixes well with almost any texture you desire.

leather topLeather tops can also be sleek and sexy.  Because leather is a more structured material, it naturally helps create a flattering silhouette.  Some of the hottest styles include tops with leather peplums or leather bodies and a different fabric sleeve.  This use of mixed textures and sheens offers a fun and interesting contrast.  Leather is a great fabric for all seasons, and leather tops allow you the flexibility to layer depending on the weather.  Black leather is definitely the way to go with leather tops.

Last but not least, we have to mention leather accents and accessories.  Leather fringe was all the rage at Milan’s Spring 2015 Fashion Week.  This native-esque detail is playful and flirty.  If you’re not into fringe clothes, try a fringe necklace, earrings or even an adornment to your favorite leather purse.  Leather embellishments, especially black-on-black, are very fashionable and can dress up otherwise drab black outfits.  For example, if you’re in the mood for all black, throw a black leather belt of a different sheen into the mix to break up the outfit and add some pizzazz.

Quality leather can be expensive but for the right pieces, invest in real leather instead of faux substitutes.  You’ll feel the difference on your skin and usually the clothes look better and last longer too.

So let’s see your leather, ladies!  Have fun with this hot fashion trend.  We have a hunch it’s here to stay for a long time.

How to Avoid a Wardrobe Malfunction

When celebrities do it, they make headlines, which is probably good for their careers.  When you do it, it’s just embarrassing and potentially bad for your career.  We’re talking about wardrobe malfunctions.  Those dreaded OMG moments when you realize something went horribly wrong when you go dressed before putting in your contacts.

Here are eight sure-fire ways to avoid wardrobe malfunctions in your everyday life:

5415_Black_250x2501)      Wear a properly fitting bra!  Boob bouncy, nip slip and side boob are NOT attractive.  Leave the strip tease for the bedroom and make sure your lingerie drawer is equipped with supportive, comfortable, functional and stylish full figure bras.  In the event that you do have a peek-a-boo moment, at least your friends, family and co-workers will get a glimpse of your fabulous bra and not your birthday armor.

2)      Wear underwear too.  We agree, panty lines are not desirable but flashing your privates is much less so.  If you’re wearing a tight outfit, wear very thin seamless underwear or thongs.  Sometimes boy shorts are a better choice because they hit the leg where your pants or skirt may not be as snug.

3)      Have some sheer sense.  Here’s a tip: if you are wearing something transparent, you’re supposed to wear something underneath.  One of the easiest ways to rectify see-through drama is by wearing a skin-colored slip or camisole underneath.  If the outfit will be a staple in your wardrobe, have your tailor add a permanent lining to avoid “sheerious” issues.

4)      Uncling your static cling.  It happens to the best of us.  You’re in a hurry and run out the door without doing a 360 in the mirror.  Then you feel the tug on your back-side and realize you have some major static cling.  Run a wire hanger around your clothes to absorb the cling charge or rub yourself with a dryer sheet.  You may smell “mountain fresh” for a few hours but it beats the cling.

michael-michael-kors-michl-michl-kors-pin-dot-logo-scarf-medium-1278865)      Hide spills to avoid looking messy.  When you spill coffee or drop your open tube of lipstick down your blouse, you’ll need a quick fix.  If you have a blazer, of course you can throw that on to hide the spots.  Otherwise, carry around a long thin neutral-color scarf that you can throw on should you need to cover up accidental stains.

6)      Watch out for the pits.  Deodorant is often a double-edged sword.  If you wear it, you may end up with a white mess on your clothes.  If you don’t you could stink and have embarrassing pit puddles.  The solution is to wear just a little and try an invisible variety.  Wait a few minutes after applying before putting on our clothes.  If you do get some on yourself, use a baby wipe to get it off.

7)      Use double-sided tape as the universal fix.  You can do some pretty amazing things with double-sided tape.  From holding together a ripped hem to attaching your bra strap to your tank top, double-sided tape is a multifaceted tool when it comes to fashion.

8)      Be prepared with a wardrobe malfunction kit.  A fashionista is always prepared for a fashion emergency, no matter where it may arise. Grab an extra make-up case and put together your own wardrobe malfunction kit.  You’ll need:  a travel-size lint roller, a small package of baby wipes, safety pins, a scarf, double-sided tape, and a few dryer sheets. With these items, most wardrobe malfunctions can be averted.

8 Ways to Get 8 Cups a Day

Water is a basic human need that keeps our bodies functioning properly.  From head-to-toe, our bodies contain of 50-65% water, depending on individual body mass and make up.  Part of keeping our hydration in balance is ensuring we get at least eight 8 oz. servings of water a day.

lemon-waterDo you have trouble get your 8 cups a day?  You’re not alone.  Today we’re sharing 8 ways to get 8 cups a day:

Citrus Twist:  Squirting some fresh citrus fruits into your glass gives your water a tangy twist while also adding some essential Vitamin C.  Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all refreshing ways to enjoy your water.

Berry Infusion:  For a boost of sweetness, soak berries in a pitcher of water for a few hours before drinking it.  The natural sugars will infuse with your H2O for a delicious sweet treat.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries will enhance the taste and appearance of your water during a BBQ or cocktail party.  These bright berries add beauty and pizzazz, not to mention a dose of antioxidants.

Flavored Powder:  If you’re on the go and need to flavor your water bottle, try adding flavor powder.  These now come in individual servings and pack in some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with a tasty flavor.  Just be sure to find low-calorie versions without chemicals or unnatural food coloring.

Sparkling Water:  Getting sick of still water?  Try a sparkling variety.  These cost a little more than bottled water (and a lot more than tap water) but one a day to break up the monotony may be well worth the expense.  Be sure to select a zero calorie option with natural flavoring.

watery-fruits-vegetablesWater-Based Produce:  Most fruits and vegetables have high water content plus they have essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients too.  Fruits with the highest water content include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, oranges and pineapple.  Veggies that will keep you hydrated include cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, celery and zucchini.  If you eat a diet rich and hydrating fruits and vegetables, you can cross off one cup of water a day.

Water-Based Preparation:  The basis of soups, stews and hot cereals like oatmeal, grits and cream of wheat is water.  So don’t forget to count these as part of your water intake.  Eating your water is a great way to reach your 8 cups, and tasty one too.

Herbal Teas:  The myth that teas are dehydrating is simply not true.  The hydration factor outweighs any elements that may be dehydrating because teas are made primarily of water.  Drinking hot tea is another way to diversify your water intake so you don’t get bored with plain old water.  And there are endless herbal tea varieties that have a range of benefits beyond just hydration.

Set Goals:  If you make drinking water a fun part of your day, you’re more likely to reach your 8 cups.  One way to do this is to have a water routine.  For example, one glass as soon as you wake up, a glass with each meal, two glasses after exercise, etc…  You can also challenge yourself to reach water goals by certain times of day.  For instance, you can say, I’m going to have at least 4 glasses by noon.  Keep a mental tally so you know where you stand and how much further you have to go to reach your water goal every day.

Cheers x 8 to your best health and wellness!

The Best Belts for Your Body Type

Much like a fabulous full figure bra supports, smoothes and complements your wardrobe, so too can great belts.  In fact, belts can reshape, re-imagine and re-direct almost any outfit.  The key is knowing which belts are right for your body type and following belt trends that will keep you looking amazing and fashionable at the same time.

Today we’re breaking down the best belts for your body type and sharing some of this winter’s hottest belt trends:

Hourglass:  Belts can help you define your sensual feminine silhouette by drawing in your waist and letting your curves speak for themselves.  Wear your belt at the thinnest part of your waist and make sure it has some fun details such as an interesting buckle, bright jewels or a cool pattern.  Also, a dark belt on a lighter colored outfit will pop, such as a black belt on a white jumpsuit or a navy belt on a red dress.

thick-body-type-beltApple Shape:  Thick, bold belts in dark hues worn right beneath the bustline work best for an apple shape.  Forget your natural waistline and create more flattering look that will also show off your curves.  Be sure your top fits nicely without creating back bulge from your high-waisted belt.  Elastic materials work nicely for this body type.

Straight Shape:  If you lack curves, you’ll need to create the illusion of a waist. Belts, of course, are perfect for that.  Straight shaped women will probably want to belt clothes that other may not, including long dresses, cardigans and coats.  This cinches the waist creating a more feminine appearance.  Wrap dresses, sweaters or coats with built-in or matching tied belts can also be flattering.

Pear Shape:  You’ve got a slim waist so show it off, lady!  Belting almost every outfit can help accentuate that waist of yours.  Thin or medium belts will work best but go high fashion to really call attention to your tiny mid-section.  A belt on a pear-shape woman can also help clothes drape nicely over your bottom for a smooth, sexy look.

Petite:  If you’re on the shorter side, elongate your torso by wearing a belt low on your hips.  But don’t over power your small stature with a huge belt.  Keep it thin and simple so your belt complements instead of conquers.

embedded_plus_size_belt_tipsBelts may have been designed for function, but they have evolved into high fashion statements.  Fashion belts can be appropriate for any body type if worn in the right way and for the right occasion.  Braided belts are popular for casual attire in both solids and multi-colored varieties.  Side-tie belts or structured belts that tie and dangle are on-trend.  Depending on how they are worn, this can create a soft, feminine look, or a more formal, business-like look.  When going out for a special occasion, sparkle, bling and metallic accents are in order.  Spruce up your black dress with a statement belt or just create a more polished, chic look for an otherwise ordinary combo.

Belts are one of the simplest ways to reshape your silhouette and add pizzazz to an otherwise hum-ho outfit.  When you wear the best belts for your body type, you’ll be rockin’ your most stylish, flattering look.

The Tutu Trend: Why We Love Tutus

Most little girls love the idea of being a ballerina.  Maybe because ballerinas are the closest thing to fairies or princesses we have in real life…unless you are Kate Middleton, of course.  Dressing in a tutu as a little girl probably helped you step into a different persona – one where you felt beautiful and special and elegant and graceful.  And who doesn’t want to feel that way?

Now, as a grown woman, you still have the same wants and desires as that little girl.  Yes, you’re a bit wiser, more grounded and you probably realize a prince or knight in shining armor won’t literally rescue you.  But returning to that girlish dream may not be such a bad thing, especially when tutus are extremely trendy and flattering.

We love the tutu trend and here’s why…

Tutus are Flattering – With a fitted waistband and a full skirt, this version of an A-line skirt is extremely complimentary to many body types.  If you’re hoping to cover some full figure tuttummy bulge or a wide bottom and thighs, a high-waisted tutu can do the trick.  With thin layers, a tutu adds volume and illusion without being bulky and cumbersome.

Tutus are Feminine – Nothing says “I’m a woman” like tulle!  This version of lace is as classic as ballet itself.  In a feminine pink, white or floral design, your skirt will do the flirting for you.

Tutus Show your Best Assets – A full skirt begs for a fitted top, which will allow you to show off some of your best assets, your breasts.  No need to wear a super tight or low-cut top, but a fitted sweater or blouse will create a lovely silhouette that balances a broader skirt.  Be sure to wear a seamless full figure bra to create a smooth, sleek line beneath your top.

Tutus Accentuate Great Legs – Tutus can be short, long or in-between.  If you’ve got great legs, show them off in an adorable short tutu and some killer heels.  Short tutus should have wider flair and are often more flattering with extra layers of tulle.

Tutus Work for Any Season – In the winter, tutus can be festive and snowy. In spring, tutus are wistful and flirty. In summer, tutus are breezy and light.  In fall, tutus are transitional and edgy.  No matter what season you’re dressing for, a tutu is always in style.

tumblr_inline_n5j2ijskkx1sfmydvTutus can be Casual or Dressy – Tutus are easy daytime wear with t-shirts, button-downs or tanks.  Or the same tutu can be dressed up for an elegant night out with a sparkly blouse, blazer or trendy sweater.  Just change your shoes and your jewelry and you’re all set for day or night in your fabulous tutu.

Tutus Allow You to Move – Perhaps the easiest skirt on the planet to wear, tutus allow maximum mobility.  Don’t believe us?  Try riding a bicycle in a pencil skirt.  OK?

Tutus Help Regain Youthfulness – It’s hard not to return to your youthful princess-like passions when you’re wearing a tutu.  We could all use a piece of that joy, innocence and belief in “once upon a time” in our lives.


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