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Do Women Really Come In All Shapes and Sizes?

Only a few months back, the popular fast fashion retailer H&M received much backlash via social media for using a rather average sized model for their plus sized catalogue spread. After releasing images of a women who reportedly could wear a size medium and calling her a “plus sized model,” readers were outraged, exclaiming comments such as: “No wonder girls think they have to look and certain way,” and “you’re having a laugh!” One comment even read, “She’s beautiful and looks way better than the normal models.”

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But what does that mean, normal models? It doesn’t stop there: on calculator.net under the “Weight Loss Calculator” section you can find a body type calculator. Simply input your bust, waist, and hip measurements to find out what body shape category you fall into. Perhaps you have the shape of a banana, pear, apple, or an hourglass. It comes with the following information:

“ Please note that we only calculate the four most common body shapes for women, so your body shape may not be included among these four. In many Western countries, the “ideal” size for a woman is said to be 36″-24″-36″ 

 

Now not only do women have to worry about whether or not their size medium shirt makes them a plus sized or not, but now they have to relate themselves to the contents of a fruit basket. These are not things that women should be thinking of when they get dressed in the morning.

Women are more than their weight or body shape. We cannot change the media’s perception of the “ideal size” overnight, but we can start making a difference by ending the cattiness and competition between each other. No more skinny-shaming or fat-shaming. Once we can start to love and appreciate our bodies, we won’t be so worried about the size of someone else’s!

-Beth

BOLD

In today’s fashion world, outfits are not complete simply by adding patterned fabrics or jewelry, but rather with makeup—particularly lipstick. The trend of bold lipsticks has returned and it is not your average bright colored cherry red that has reached the make-up drawers of girls across the country, but the more matte, dark hues. The addition of any of these bold hues of lips can really make a fashionista stand out in a crowd. Something so small and often overlooked can make a difference in being noticed. More importantly, unlike adding massive amount of jewelry to an outfit, wearing lipstick looks chic yet effortless at the same time.

The bright lipsticks have seen their glory days and now can pass off as attention seeking or far too tacky when added for the wrong occasion. Now the trend has evolved (or returned to) deep plums and deep reds.  Here are a few celebrities who sport this bold lipstick look: photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 The key to a successful, powerful lip color look is to go easy on the eye make-up. Bold lips and bold eyes will make a girl’s face look too heavy and “caked-up.” If you want to do bold eyes, compliment it with a nice nude colored lipstick. A successful deep plum or red will look best with light eye-make up. You should always find a balance between your face makeup and your lips, keeping your look elegant and classy to any event. Best way to apply bold lipstick: If you’re doing anything bold, you have to do it right. A bold look isn’t bold if done messy. Personally, when applying bold lipstick on myself (especially matte bold lipstick) I prefer to use a small brush and get the shape of my lips correctly by making sure color runs all the way through to the corners of my mouth. The problem with deep plum and red lipstick is that if you mess up, it will be noticed. Another alternative is (just like 90s!) to go back to the use of lip liner to get that full color all around the lips. Sometimes, the best accessory is the emphasis on what you already have. So make those lips shine!

-Melissa

Gloom to Bloom

With Winter Gloom behind us and Spring blooms ahead, bright colors and patterns are a major must for every outfit. Orange has been significantly trendingthis season, especially at New York Fashion Week; models were seen wearing neon orange lipstick on major runways. Another style trend that has been gracing the streets is logo tees and slogan apparel; apparel with bold statements is risky yet chic, and is sure to turn a few heads along the way.

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-Megan

Vintage

I’m big lover of vintage clothing. I even own a few great pieces,but unfortunately they aren’t practical and let’s face it; there is a fine line between wearing vintage and vintage wearing you. Clothing from a different era, if you’re not careful, can come off looking like a costume. Unless you’re going to a theme party,that’s not a good thing.

Now I seek out vintage inspired clothing—classic looks modernized—and I’m happy to report amazing styles are easy to find! Thanks to celebrities like Zooey Deschanel and TV shows like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, designers are putting out retro looks that don’t appear out of place in today’s world.

Online shops such as ModCloth, Unique-Vintage, andStopStaringClothing, make it easy to replicate looks fromdecades past; while mainstream stores like Anthropologie, Forever 21, Zara, H&M, J. Crew, and many more, have sprinkled vintage inspired touches throughout their lines.

Using StyleChatMobile I created two looks.

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I love Mad Men (returning April 13th!) and adore Joan’s(Christina Hendricks) style. She always looks very sexy while remaining classy and professional; not an easy feat. To recreate this look I’ve selected a simple blue dress from ModCloth. While the dress is certainly curve-hugging, it falls a little below the knee, making it a piece you can either top with a cardigan and wear to the office, or add a hot pair of pumps and va-va-voom! For accessories I’ve selected a long tassel necklace and pearl earrings from Anthropologie, and a cocktail ring from Unique-Vintage.

The second look is more quirky, but still has a classic, modsilhouette. The bright yellow heels and tiger necklace make this simple frock (ModCloth) pop with fun. The purse (Zara) takes on the vibe of whatever outfit it’s carried with.

Though the two looks I created are 1960s inspired, lots of cute designs are coming out that borrow everything from the drop-waists of the 1920s to the bold neon of the 1980s. What looks of the past do you want in your future?

-Leigh

Flower Power

I am absolutely loving florals for this Spring and upcoming Summer season. Florals are the easiest way to give your look some color and fun, while also staying trendy. Famous model Alessandra Ambrosio was seen wearing this floral romper by Ella Moss, paired with a pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses and simple thong sandals. Her look is simple but so chic and vivid.

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I created a look inspired by Alessandra’s romper: a floral romper by NastyGal, simple chestnut gladiator sandals by Stuart Weitzman, a blush colored Paraty bag by Chloe, and some gold cat-eye sunglasses by Christian Dior.

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While this look includes mostly soft and neutral colors, it is still an eye-catcher and perfect for a sunny day!

-Lior