[Guest Post] Style Challenge – formal evening wear for curvy figures

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Deepti writes:

I make $45000 a year and I want to be a Fashionista without going broke. I’m bigger than average in size (ahem, lets not discuss exactly how much bigger) but I am sick of Empire waists and Wrap dresses. I know you get what to pay for but do I really need to pay $45 for a scarf in Texas? I know my shoes are fugly but I can’t walk in anything with over a 1-inch heel without falling on my butt. I love this top and the price at Ross but its the wrong size, why the heck can’t I find this in another size here?

These are the things that cross my mind every time I shop. There are the celebrities who need to make statements with fashion, the industry folks for whom fashion is a livelihood, the retailers for whom its a business, the die-harders for whom fashion is a living thing – but what about the rest of us? The rest of us who have busy lives, tight budgets and big butts?

So keeping all those in mind, here’s my “Style Challenge” for all the Fashion Police readers. I am spending 4 days in Las Vegas for the Holidays with Friends and we’re planning a night out in formal evening wear – please keep the aforementioned curves, budget and season in mind. Happy Online-Window Shopping!

[Note from The Fashion Police: This isn’t a formal Style Challenge because as you read this, we’re actually on vacation and won’t be around to post the results. Please feel free to help out your fellow Fashion Police reader by posting your suggestions/outfit links in the comments, though!]


  • December 16, 2009


    Well, I like to look at Lane Bryant first because the price is relatively right, and they make very fashionable clothes for the plus size woman.

    This dress…
    …is sort of my personal style. Very classic, figure flattering and easy to dress up or dress down and adjust to your personal style taste…if you’re more of a metallics girl or a pearls girl…this dress will suit both looks. And it’s a super chic cocktail dress.

    I rather love this maxi dress too.
    It’s a little shapeless, but if you pair it with some huge gold accessories and some nice, comfortable sandals (gold thongs or something bright and bejeweled) you’ve got a fun, vegasy, disco looking party outfit going, and you’ll look awesome.

    Also, I would check out Nordstrom.com and Bloomingdales.com. You can get gorgeous formal dresses for well under 200 dollars that are figure flattering. I would avoid stores like Torrid, JCPenney’s, Macy’s, The Avenue…they make totally decent basics, but for formal wear, you’re just gonna get a cheap garment that looks cheap and you’ll pay the same price as at Nordstroms and Bloomingdales.

    Okay, Happy shopping!

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  • December 16, 2009




    hope these give some ideas

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  • December 16, 2009


    This website is great for help

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  • December 16, 2009


    All of these dresses work great for your event! I would check it out. They are chic and won’t break the bank.

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  • December 17, 2009


    I hope this works,
    I tried to stick with inexpensive dresses that hug the curves rather than hide them.
    You could try torrid.com and http://stores.ebay.com/jens-fashionplus. Also the more expensive stores like eshakti.com, igigi.com and http://www.etsy.com/shop/jibrionline might have something affordable in their sale sections. You can also check out fatshionista.com for store reviews and perhaps inspiration.
    .-= Genny´s last blog ..Extending the Haitus through December. =-.

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  • December 18, 2009

    patricia marianne

    have you ever thought to try ballerina?

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  • December 25, 2009

    Cynthia Lee

    Bella Vita has very cute comfortable shoes. I personally have wide feet (not sure if you do), and can walk in these without hurting.

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