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Plus-Size Expert

Our Plus-Size Fashion Expert Felicity knows that size doesn't matter... fashion is for everybody! So put down that celery stick and get fashionable!

Felicity's Fabulous Fashion Finds

There have been so many great movements in the fashion industry lately that I thought I would dedicate this column to a few of my favorites….

Funky Purses

I love to accessorize a good outfit into a great one! Adding little touches can brighten up any clothing. There has been a great trend towards smaller funky colored purses as of late. You can find them in a huge range of colors and fabrics from hot pink satin to turquoise velvet. Take a look at some of the Inge Christopher beauties at Syd & Sam ( and the Inca and Bindya collections at BlueFly ( I took matters into my own hands last week and made my own. It is so simple and you have total control over fabrics and colors, so there is no way to lose!

Turtleneck Sweaters

As far as I am concerned, there is no better way to stay toasty warm in the cooler weather than with a big, fuzzy turtleneck sweater. I found my two favorites at J Crew ( for about $48 and Old Navy ( for $26. I am a big fan of the brighter colors in these as well as the neutrals. Depending on the fabric they are made of, you can wear them with everything from jeans and kackis to skirts and dressier pants. For those of you out there with significant others, there are many "hidden" advantages to owning a turtleneck or two as well!!

Ballroom Skirts

These are just fabulous if you are looking to hide some baggage down under! Since they are usually a bit "poofy" and unrestrictive, you don't have to worry about wearing any uncomfortable undergarments (can we say the Girdle of Death?) to smooth you out. I grabbed mine from Notations designs, which can be found at many major department stores for a fairly reasonable prince (mine was about $45 on sale). They can be totally glam and dressed up with a fancy-shmancy beaded top or played down when paired with a simple t-shirt or twinset. Shoes also have limitless options here. If you are not a big fan of monstrously tall heels, ballerina flats would look killer!

Animal Print

My fascination with leopard and cheetah print has quickly turned into an obsession. After sticking my little tow into the wonderful world of animal prints with a tame pair of shoes, I'm ready to dive in! I recently scored a fantastic leopard faux fur jacket too! The key to wearing any animal print is simple: moderation. You simply cannot wear more than two small pieces (say, a pair of shoes and a matching bag) or one key item (like a shirt, dress or jacket). Nothing says Halloween like a girl in a full cheetah ensemble!

Pashmina Shawls

I realize that not everyone has the bank account to afford one of these beauties, but they are well worth the investment. Every fashion diva has those nights when you don't want to wear a jacket because it will (gasp!) totally ruin the look you're going for. You look outside and realize that it's about 40 degrees and going sans jacket is not an option. Grab the shawl! There are stores out there, Lane Bryant for example, which can offer you a cheaper alternative for around $50.

Unfortunately, the difference is terribly noticeable. If you're looking for a newer look, try out the faux options. A genuine pashmina will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 from a high-end department store (Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor's, etc.). It is a staple that can be worn for years to come. Remember that dress that you refuse to wear because it shows off your arms? Pashmina to the rescue!!!

Yes there are all amazing pieces--Well I hope you try some of them if you haven't already!


Check these other great articles from our Plus-Size Expert:

Claustrophobic Closet Clean-ups6/18/01
Fancy Formal Frocks3/29/01
Mainstream Sizes Expanding: A Clothing Revolution or Just an Experiment?2/15/01
All Your Questions Answered10/23/00
Trendy Dressing for the Cooler Weather9/25/00
Big, Beautiful Bathing Beauties5/29/00
Sizzling Summer Style5/22/00
Sporting the Sporty Look!1/25/00
Tackling the Clothes Closet Clean Out1/04/00
Self-Esteem: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are12/20/99
Felicity's Fabulous Fashion Finds12/13/99
Fashion for the Party Girl on a Tight Budget11/16/99
Formal Fashion without Looking like Aunt Fanny11/08/99
Attitude: The ESSENTIAL Accessory10/11/99
Felicity the Fabulous Full Figured Fashion Fanatic10/04/99

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