Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shop BTR’s shoe buyers’ fabulous picks for fall

Get inspired with BTR’s shoe buyers’ picks and take your outfits from simple to simply striking! Our fabulous footwear buyers have combined forces and put together a sublime assortment of spectacular shoes. From boots to heels, they’ve created events you’ll absolutely adore.

Heavenly Heels

Don’t let a casual night out take away from your style. Whether you’re heading out for a drink at your local bar or dinner with some friends, add a chic flare to your jeans and T-shirt ensemble with these trendy 3-toned suede heels.

Wild Wedge

For those daring creatures who want to make a loud statement, like Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, these leopard wedged heels are for you! Spice up a tedious day at the office by rocking these edgy wedges with a neutral toned outfit and you’ll be sure to make heads turn.

Funky Platform

For a night out on the town, create a look that exudes a sexy sophistication with these fabulous black booties. Depending on your mood, throw on a sultry black dress or a tasteful skirt and allow the gold heel to add a modish flare to your look.

Fab Riding Boot

For bold babes with edge, you’ll want to pick up a timeless pair of black leather riding boots. Whether you’re headed to the office or on an excursion with friends, throw on these boots with a pair of jeans, a trendy top, and a fashionable sweater to create a look that exudes a subtle confidence.

Sweet Sandals

For undeniable elegance, check out our delicate ivory sandals. Match these sandals with your favorite dress and a pair of tights et voila! You have just created a sweet look they won’t be able to resist.

Shop the events today and get the look that has your personality written all over it!

Buyer’s designer shoe boutique and Top fall footwear trends

America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson picks her top fashions and accessories for plus-size women

She revolutionized how we see plus-size women and she proved to the world that you do not need to be a size zero to be a successful model. As the Cycle 10 winner of America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson has taken the fashion world by storm.

From having her own shopping site where fans can shop her jewelry and candle line Supermodel, to having her own dating website for plus-size beauties, the luscious model has shown that good things come in all shapes and sizes. She’s modeled for CoverGirl, Forever 21, Saks, Seventeen, Vogue, and many more.

Whitney takes her position as a role model very seriously – she’s teamed up with the National Eating Disorders Association, donating a percentage of profits from her companies to the cause. She is passionate about helping young girls improve their body image.

Shop Whitney’s fashion and accessory picks October 24 to October 31 on My Curvy Closet and read her Q&A to learn more about this confident fashionista.

Q: You’ve come quite a long way since winning Cycle 10 of ANTM! Congratulations on your successes! Of all the projects you have going on right now, which one are you most passionate about?

A: Thank you so much! That’s a tough question. Obviously, I am passionate about all of my projects or I wouldn’t be doing them, but if I had to pick one, I would say that my work with the National Eating Disorders Association inspires me the most. Not only does my company (Supermodel) donate a percentage of our proceeds to the NEDA, but I also speak at universities all over the country on healthy body image. These speeches, as well as meeting young people and hearing their struggles, that is what keeps me motivated in every aspect of my life. Modeling can be difficult. Starting a company in a recession is not easy. Traveling the world alone is trying. Every time that I speak, I am moved by my fans and their stories. Without them, I don’t know that I would have the strength to do all of this. Making a difference in their lives is my passion.

Q: You’ve helped so many plus-size women feel better about themselves after you won – what types of clothes make you feel your best?

A: You really have to find the balance in fashion. I fly almost every day, so comfort is really important to me. That being said, I refuse to buy sweatpants for the fear that I might actually wear them. I love stretchy dresses that accentuate my waistline. They’re great for day or night and they’re so comfortable! I also try to buy eco-friendly, organic, or sustainable (like AlliStyle) fabrics when I can. Not only are these better for the planet, they’re also way more comfortable! I always love finding great accessory pieces. Any cheap dress can look like a million bucks with the right accessories.

Q: We’re excited to have you choosing your top fashions and accessories for BTR! What’s your number one style tip for plus-size fashionistas?

A: Do not be afraid of a size! We put so much emphasis on being the “right” size that most women would rather buy something that’s too small than go up a number. This is only going to make you look bad. If the number bothers you, cut it out as soon as you get home. Do not buy clothes that are are too small because they will only make you look bigger. Plus, some things are just cut differently. It doesn’t mean that you’ve gained weight! Accept that size is just a number and buy for the way things fit. Trust me.

Q: What are some accessories in your closet you could not live without?

A: I wear my “Teardrop sparkler” earrings from Supermodel almost everyday. Models aren’t allowed to wear a lot of jewelry and I travel so much that I tend to lose things. These look super glamorous without breaking the bank. And since I travel so often, all of my purses double as duffel bags. That’s only a slight exaggeration. Even when I get to my destination, I have to pack my purse with my modeling book, heels, and nude underwear for castings, on top of all the normal stuff a girl has in her purse. I couldn’t live without my huge designer bags. Being that I am originally from Florida, I also have a slight addiction to flip-flops. Whenever I’m allowed to take off my heels, you will find me in a pair of blinged-out Yellow Box flops. They feel like memory foam on my tired toes.

Q: We think it’s so great that you’ve teamed up with the National Eating Disorders Association – what advice would you give to young women who are interested in pursuing a career as a plus-size model?

A: Believe in yourself and have a purpose. I didn’t win America’s Next Top Model because I was prettier than any of the plus competitors before me, I won because I had a message. There will always be someone younger and prettier than you somewhere so you have to be more than just a pretty face. I always tell people to learn to celebrate what society has deemed a “flaw”. Your flaws are what make you unique and beautiful. Celebrate them, they keep you from being boring.

Keep up with Whitney by following her on twitter @RealWhitneyANTM and liking her on facebook.

Find her picks in these events: Proenza Schouler, Yoki coats, $179.99 and under and Maker’s boots

Sassy Cassy – a line of fine leather calf-fitting boots

Based on her own frustrations of having difficulties in finding boots that fit, Cassandra Rush created Sassy Cassy – a line of fine leather calf-fitting boots available in sizes 15” to 17”.

Don’t miss your last chance to shop Esprit on BTR. Shop a trend-right collection of outerwear to jazz up your cold-weather look.

So no matter what size you are, you’ll be able to own a snazzy pair of boots!

Singer Victoria Banks swears by the boots, saying, “Even though the heels appear really high, they are easy to walk in. Comfort is so important when I’m performing on-stage.”

Shop the event today to find your perfect pair!

My Curvy Closet and Dulcedo Model Management invite you to enter our Plus-size Model Search Contest

Do you think you have what it takes to be a plus-size model?

My Curvy Closet and Dulcedo Model Management have partnered to host an exclusive model search casting for up to 10 new models. Don’t miss your chance to be signed with Dulcedo and to become the face of BTR’s plus-size division, My Curvy Closet.

If you have curves and know how to flaunt them, then we want you!

When: Saturday, October 27th from 10 AM until 6 PM

Where: Zero1 Hotel / 01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal

For more information, visit the contest website.

We hope to see you all there!

Ming Wang fashions for plus-size women

Ming Wang is a much-loved label that prides itself on providing real women with easy, fashionable clothing to help them feel their absolute best. Shop today’s event and fill your closet with not-to-be missed figure-flattering styles.

Follow these fashion tips to successfully dress for a curvy silhouette:

GET BACK TO BLACK

We all know that black is universally slimming – and classic. All plus-size women should own sleek black tops and bottoms. We love this style, perfect on its own or paired with a blazer for work.

ADD A FEMININE FLAIR

Whether ruffles or lace, feminine embellishments make the focus all about the clothes! These pretty styles will have your girl power soaring to new heights. Shop this sweet ivory style today.

BE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

You might have heard that as a plus-size woman, you should avoid color or patterns, but we disagree! Every woman deserves to have some fun with fashion, and we’re all about this peach-colored geometric top.

EMBRACE ELASTIC PANTS

Every curvy lady should have a few pairs of pants with elastic waists – they feel great against the skin and are super easy to wear. These cream-colored slacks are perfect for the office or for weekend brunches with your girlfriends.

Fall sweater favorites: hot trends for 2012

Ok – so it might have been hard to part with our summer dresses and sandals, but with fall fashions this fabulous, we don’t really mind making the transition, especially with all the striking sweaters available on BTR! Look for our “Fall Sweater Favorite” icon on all the upcoming sweater events to find the one that’s perfect for you. What’s hot for Fall 2012?


TREND #1:  WARM AND COZY SWEATERS

Bring back memories from your childhood with cozy cute knits. Don’t worry – these have a modern twist. Charlotte Ronson and Betsey Johnson were big fans of the chunky sweater look this season.

BTR Girl tip: pair with leather pants or embellished leggings for a fashion-forward update.


TREND #2:  GRAPHIC CONTENT

Make a statement in a graphic print sweater. Yves Saint Laurent embraced the look and so should you – it’s a simple way to really recharge your look. Shop this graphic-print style from JPR today to incorporate the trend.

BTR Girl tip: pair with black pants and accessories so the sweater really steals the show.

TREND #3:  RADIANT RED

This season, we think you should take a walk on the wild side and embrace striking crimson fashions, as seen in Donna Karan’s collections. We love this one by JPR – so feminine and sweet.

BTR Girl tip: Pair with sleek black pants and an animal print handbag for a bold, head-turning look.


TREND #4:  WINTER WHITE

From Derek Lam to J. Mendel, the Fall 2012 runways were awash with crisp winter white styles. Can’t wear white after Labor Day? We’d like to dispute that…

BTR Girl tip: Pair your white sweater with dazzling metallic accessories for an outfit that really pops.

BTR launches My Curvy Closet with blogger and fashion expert Marie Denee


You asked and we listened!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of My Curvy Closet – a new BTR category devoted solely to plus size fashions. You’ll be able to shop new plus-size events every week featuring a trendy selection of clothing, outerwear, intimates, shapewear, accessories, and footwear – at the savings you’ve come to expect.

Pleasing our shoppers is priority number one, and we are delighted to offer you the fashions you love available in the sizes that fit your curvy, feminine, and fabulous bodies.

To kick off this exciting launch, we have top blogger and plus-size fashion stylist Marie Denee picking her favorite items October 3-10. She’s committed to boosting the body image of women everywhere and her devoted following loves her for it. Be sure to stop by her blog The Curvy Fashionista, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute plus-size fashion info!

Marie’s been featured in People Style Watch, Seventeen, Vogue Curvy, and more top publications. Read our Q&A with the fashionista!

Q:  What are some fashion tips you would offer to plus-size ladies?

A: I strongly suggest to find a rule and break it. For so long we have been confined to what we “should” and “should NOT” wear, that it has taken the fun out of fashion. Now that designers are giving us options, step out of your fashion box and experiment!

Q: What are some big fall fashion trends you love right now?

A: Leather, peplums, and the gothic look! Finally, we have leather options, whether faux or real – available in fashion forward cuts and shapes.

Q: As a plus-size style expert and successful blogger, can you tell us what your main motivation was for entering the plus-size market?

A: I have been a big girl all my life. While my size has gone up and down, I have been in retail for most of my life and always saw this void and the effects this has on women. While in school, I decided to study this further and with all the information I found, I decided to start a blog!

Q: What’s the one fashion staple you think every full-figured lady should have in her closet?

A: Oooh, just one? I think every woman should have at least ONE dress that makes her feel like a million bucks. It doesnt have to be a LBD, but one that is timeless and that never fails her!

Be sure to stay tuned for America’s Next Top Model’s first plus-size winner, Whitney Thompson, who will select her favorite looks for the month of October, while sharing her exclusive style recommendations to suit every curvy fashionista.

Be one of the first to shop My Curvy Closet. Our first exciting event features apparel by Jana, a respected brand that has earned a reputation for showcasing high-quality womenswear. Jana’s design philosophy focuses on turning the latest trends into flattering, easy-to-wear fashions. Each collection reflects their signature European-inspired styling and colors. Browse these current, effortlessly-chic fashions now!

Be one of the first to shop My Curvy Closet – your one stop destination for all your plus-size desires.