You asked. We listened. You wanted more plus size events that showcase clothing for your fabulous physiques. Today is your lucky day.
We have entertainer Ann Lopez picking from a host of events that cater to your specific fashion needs. Ann has worked as a television producer and actor, and has dabbled in all aspects of the entertainment industry, although it is her compassion and big heart that has garnered her the most attention. In 2005, she donated a kidney to her then husband, George Lopez. She has since partnered with the organization Donate Life, which facilitates organ donations for those in need.
And now, she’s here to get you to enjoy fashion like never before. It’s time to fill your wardrobe with flattering, trend-right garments with a little savvy guidance from a woman who understands the challenges of finding the right pieces of clothing. Now’s your time to shine.
Read the Q&A to learn more about dressing for your curvaceous shape.
Q: What are the top three tips you would give to plus size women who want fashions that flatter their shape?
A. Know your body type and what looks good on you. Look at your body without judgement or emotion and analyze it. Experiment and find out what accentuates the positive and minimizes the negative. Also be realistic…the only people who look like supermodels are supermodels.
Wear your size! Nothing is worse than seeing any woman in a dress or jeans that are too tight for them. And the reverse is true, an outfit shouldn’t be swimming on you. Tight or too loose clothing will make you look bigger than you are.
Spanx and a good seamstress. I love my Spanx or any type of garment that smooths the bumps! Men wear them too! When I used a stylist for the first time, she taught me that everything needs to be altered to fit properly for your body type. Taking excess material off the sleeves of your jackets will give a better fit. I don’t do this to all my clothes but definitely for work and cocktail/black tie clothing. When you know you look good you feel confident and sexy!
Q: Are there any patterns or colors that you think plus-size women should avoid?
A: Hey if it looks good on you..wear it! I love color and I’m starting to branch out from my Los Angeles all black “uniform”! I think bigger can be bolder! Have fun with accessories. My friend and jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino has great bright bold pieces that I love to wear. Personally I try to stay away from a dark top with a light colored skirt or pants. It just doesn’t work for me. That goes back to knowing your body!
Q: What is your most prizes wardrobe essential?
A: For me it is a great black jacket in a great fabric. I’m busty and I don’t like the girls on display! A wonderful jacket or blazer that flatters my bust line and gives me a smooth line is essential. I wear jackets everyday! I love a jacket with a miniskirt to show off my legs. I’ve got great gams!
Q: What plus-size celebrities do you think dress best for their figures?
A: I adore the way Queen Latifah dresses. She always looks amazing. Oprah too. They are the gold standard for plus-size dressing. Amber Riley from GLEE always looks so great on the show. Her outfits are cute, hip and sexy. Amber has confidence and sass and I love that. She really is a role model for young plus-size women. Singer and Actress Jill Scott always looks great. On the red carpet Melissa Mc Carthy and Octavia Spencer have been fabulous! Both ladies have really been very glamourous. I want Octavia’s lilac dress from the Golden Globes! Adele at the Grammy’s was flawless in Giorgio Armani. She looked so timeless and classic. I want those dresses too!
Q: Tell us a bit about Donate Life. Why is it so important to you?
A: Six years ago I gave a kidney to my then husband George Lopez. He was born with a congenital defect that overtime had caused his kidneys to fail. Giving George the Gift of Life, as we in the transplant community call it, had such a profound affect on our family. George was truly healthy for the first time in his life. I vowed to become an advocate for living organ donors and to educate the public on living donation.
I’ve partnered with Donate Life because we have the same goals. Donate Life facilitates high performance donor registries; multi-media donor and live donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors. This year we are our goal is to register 20 million Americans as organ donors!
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