Kaleidoscope Top

This multi-tone Kaleidoscope top is from City Chic Online.

I know if I spent any length of time looking at this top my eyes would go wonky but I just love it. I love the mixture of colors especially the grey and pink but the white really brings it all together to give the pattern texture. It is also a pretty good price at $24. This top is from City Chic Online and they do deliver to Canada — they have some nice swimwear if you are looking too.

This multi-tone Kaleidoscope top is from City Chic Online.

This Kaleidoscope top is cute on its own with coordinating peek-a-boo bra straps for a casual summer day in denim shorts or dressed up with trousers and a summer blazer (dig out the grey suit).

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Summer Loving

Tara Lynn in a plus size skater dress from Addition-Elle.

Addition-Elle is showing us some summer lovin’ with their whopping twenty-one page look book featuring top plus size model Tara Lynn in captivating prints, rich colors, and figure hugging styles.

Plus size model, Tara Lynn in a flower print chiffon blouse from Addition-Elle.

The rich green of the cuff capri pants is a perfect match for the floral chiffon blouse. With cute outfits like this there is no reason not to bare our arms and look good doing it.

Plus size floral pants from Addition-Elle.

Floral print pants are just not going to go away but when they are mixed with solids I think I can live with that.

Plus size flower blous from Addition-Elle.

More chiffon and more floral prints, proving that plus size women can “work” those large prints (and white pants) too.

Plus size flower print skirt from Addition-Elle.

When it comes to floral I actually prefer accent prints like the one on this mirror print pencil skirt. It is a very classy look for the career woman. Pretty without being distracting.

Plus size white sheath dress from Addition-Elle.

As is this white linen sheath dress. Wear it alone on warm days or put a bright jacket over it when it is cooler.

Tara Lynn in a plus size skater dress from Addition-Elle.

Speaking of brights, I love the rich color and texture of this eyelet skater-like dress. So pretty. Going to be a wedding guest this summer?

Tara Lynn in plus size swimwear from Addition-Elle.

And we are left to cool down poolside with this gorgeous tankini. The above photos are only a glimpse at what to look forward to, check out the Addition-Elle site for the full look book which also features Ashley Graham and Georgina Burke. New stuff continues to become available between now and mid-May.

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Mint and Black

This plus size mint top with black accent strip and roll-up sleeves is from Addition-Elle.

For me, mint on its own is a pretty bland color but add some black it and really begins to sizzle. Addition-Elle has this cute sheer mint top with black accents on their site in sizes 14 to 26.

Plus Size Roll-Sleeve Shimmer Blouse, $60

Plus size mint sheer top and cami from Addition-Elle.

Personally I prefer the “roll-sleeve” rolled instead of unrolled like they have in the first photo.

This plus size sheer mint blouse is from Addition-Elle.

The cami you see here does not come with the blouse and is sold in the same color or many others — black would look equally fetching.

Adjustable Tank, $25

Plus size mint cami from Addition-Elle.

Do you have any mint in your closet?

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Remember Dusters

Plus size sheer duster from Ulla Popken.

If you remember “dusters” then you are getting to be a certain age. Guess what, you can dust off the ones in your closet and start wearing them again. For those who may not be familiar with dusters, basically it is a long jacket, the most common ones these days are sheer.

If you got rid of them long ago then you can find pretty ones like this one at Ulla Popken in sizes 12 to 34.

Plus size women's duster set from Ulla Popken.

The one shown here is actually a three piece set that includes the coordinating cami and duster and a pair of pants, all for $159. If you do not want a three piece Ulla Popken has a few other duster sets that do not come with pants to choose from.

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Print Tops from MiB

Plus size Tops from Making It Big.

Making It Big (MIB) has been around for many years. When they started out their clothing was what I would call boxy but the last few years they upped their game and started bringing things in in the right places for a more tailored look. Their new spring line of tops is a bit iffy, though. The cuts are good but some of the pattern choices are not, they are something I would expect for a different price point. That being said, MIB is not without merit as I did find two tops I really like.

The plus size Lola Crossover Top with cross hatch pattern is available in sizes 3x to 7x for $99:

Print plus size top in cross over fashion from Making It Big.

The plus size Milan Tunic is a nice mixture of patterns and solids available in sizes 3x to 7x for $95:

Patch work tunic in plus sizes from Making It Big.

As you can see the sizes at MIB are unique, one of the reasons I love them is because they offer a higher size range for a market of women that are often ignored by retailers. Have a look and maybe you will find a gem or two that speaks to you.

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Scarlett & Jo London

Plus size red top with studs from Evans.

Evans launched a new collection with a “fun and flirtatious” style called Scarlett & Jo London. Currently there are only twelve pieces, mostly dresses and tops. There is nothing really exciting about the line but I do have a few favorites:

Plus size tops and dresses from Evans.

From left to right:

  • Scarlett & Jo Poppy Print Dress, $75
  • Scarlett & Jo Blue Side Panel Dress, $69.50
  • Scarlett & Jo Animal Print Lace Yoke Top, $57
  • Scarlett & Jo Navy Lace Sleeve Dress, $69.50
  • Scarlett & Jo Red Embellished Front Skater Tunic, $59.50

If you are heading over there on the 14th, you can also get 20% off lingerie with the code: HEART20 and delivery is free on orders of $50 or more.

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Oh-So-Pretty Plus Size Tops

plus size print kimono top

I do not know why but when I think of Kiyonna three words come to mind classy, sexy, and oh-so-pretty. Kiyonna has been producing figure hugging designs for a decade and they keep doing it with style. The same holds true for these cute plus size Kimono Sleeved Tops which have been an ongoing trend that has been rocking our world for the last year. Kiyonna offers a few options to bring out your girly side available in sizes 10 to 32 for $62.

plus size kimono top from Kiyonna

I am not usually a huge fan of rose print but I am totally crushing on this one.

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Experimenting with Tye Dye

plus size tie dye from Making It Big

I am not a fan of traditional tye dyed garments but I definitely could get into the Diane Tie Dye top from Making It Big. On first glance it does not even look like tie dye. It looks incredibly comfie and would be great with jeans or long shorts. The Diane top comes in three color choices but I especially like the power purple (comes in black or navy too).

tie dye tops from Making it Big

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Great Top Selection

plus size fooler top from Penningtons

After I got over my mannequin love at Penningtons I was able to walk around the store and really take in their new stock. I was especially impressed with their incredible assortment of styles and colors. There were at least ten I wanted to walk away with. I snapped a few pictures while I was there:

I took a quick look online and most of the tops are there too and I imagine as the next few weeks pass more will be introduced.

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2 in 1 Blouses

plus size geometric top from Evans

I know I have gone on and on about not liking the “fooler” tops at Penningtons. BUT I could not help but like these 2 In 1 Tops at Evans (US). They are so pretty, especially the black and white one in the right corner.

plus size 2 in 1 tops from Evans

Maybe it is the patterns, I do not know. What I do know for sure is that fooler tops do not seem to be going away any time soon. The good thing about them is they take the thinking out of layering. These tops range in price from $50 to $70 and are available in sizes 10 to 28.

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Karen Kane Tops

plus size designer tops by Karen Kane

Lola and Gigi have a few new Karen Kane tops in their new arrivals and I love them all. I am a huge fan of irregular hem tops. I have a few in my closet and have actually decided to stop adding more — no need to over do it. The mesh top is so sweet, but do not be fooled, that cami underneath is an extra $25 (Swak Essential Cami) also from Lola and Gigi.

plus size designer tops by Karen Kane

  • Karen Kane Leopard Mesh Top, $89
  • Karen Kane Knit Tunic Top, $105
  • Karen Kane Print Knit Tunic Top, $125

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* Update: Lola & Gigi has closed but you can find Karen Kane tops on their official website.

Plus Size Fall Tops

plus size tops from Making It BIg

It has been a cool week here. I am so happy to have the beauty of fall around me. The red and gold trees make me happy. So does being able to layer. I am so over sweltering humidity — at least until the third or fourth snowfall and then you will hear the whining.

Making It Big (MIB) is getting ready for fall too with some great tops. They have really come a long way the last few years from offering strictly boxy to lovely patterned tops with a little shaping to them. MIB offers sizes 2x to 8x. Here are a few of my favorite plus size tops from their latest collection:

plus size tops from Making It BIg

Left to right:

  • Erika Swing Tunic, $99
  • Wool Poncho, $140
  • Morocco Tie Dye Tunic, $95 (absolute favorite!)
  • Retro Kurta Tunic, $85
  • Hailey Pleat Blouse, $89

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New From Kiyonna

plus size tops and dresses from Kiyonna

I think when I first visit Kiyonna the first thing I fall in love with is the colors: red, green, plum, maple and gold. Definitely makes me think of fall. Five of my favorites from Kiyonna’s new collection are the lipstick red bellini, the olive green sheath dress (and I am not usually a big fan of green), the plum ruched top, the maple twist dress (also in a hot magenta), and the golden cocktail dress (awesome in allover black too).

plus size tops and dresses from Kiyonna

The Nadia Knit Belini ($68) is one of my favorite layering pieces that Kiyonna has been carrying over season after season with new colors. The Olivia Sheath Dress ($118) is just so pretty and flattering with its vertical ruched bodice. The Rylan Ruched Top ($58) has the same neckline but the ruched fabric is horizontal and just as flattering and with long sleeves. The Tamara Twist Dress ($118) has so much going on, all with the fabric, a twist here, ruching there. And the Cosmo Cocktail Dress ($158) would be the go to dress for the upcoming holiday season. Despite the all over lace it is modern and polished. All in sizes 10 to 32.

I am disappointed their shipping costs to Canada are so obscene; starting at $30 for the first $300.

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