The Big Girls

For the most part, fashion magazine and large chain retailers are afraid of the big girls — any plus size model over a size 18. They are missing out but they are also taking something away from us as the viewer/shopper. Beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, and colors but there is a size range that is completely invisible. We do not get to see the clothes we love on other bodies, on larger bodies, and we certainly do not get the opportunity to admire them.

Every year Sealed with a Kiss (or SwakDesigns for short) does something new to impress me. The last few years they have been stepping up their style quota by like 100 percent and more recently they have ventured into uncharted territory by using models above the “industry” standard.

Rosie Mercado has been on my radar for a few years, I pretty much stalk her everywhere. She did an amazing editorial with SwakDesigns. Every time I see this woman I cannot help but smile. Here are a few of my favorite images from the SwakDesigns editorial:

And just this week they unveiled Tess Munster, who has modelled for them before, and who I have also been stalking on Instagram. I know, I have stalking issues. Here are a few of my favorite images from her spread:

These two women are ignored by the usual plus size clothing retailers because they do not fit the arbitrary size and proportion standards but they are incredibly beautiful woman who obviously know how to pose for a photo.

SwakDesigns is doing a fine job of offering affordable, stylish, everyday wear for plus size women sizes 14 to 36. And they are doing a fine of bringing the Big Girls into the spotlight. The larger retailers should really take notes.

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Dress City

It is dress city at SwakDesigns with so many of their growing collection of cute plus size dresses in both short and long lengths. There are lots of sizes from x to 5x to choose and many have more than one color choice.

The Short of It

Fancy prints, bold colors, lacy layers, and swinging ruffles anyone?

plus size short dresses from SwakDesigns

Clockwise:

  • Vienna Cocktail Dress, $79
  • Kara Lace Dress, $99
  • Miami Ruffle Dress (more colors, $59
  • Seville Cocktail Dress, $79
  • Anastasia Interchangeable Wrap Dress (more colors), $69

The Long of It

For maximum flutter, comfort, and playfulness. SwakDesigns has many plus size long dresses to choose from.

plus size long dresses from SwakDesigns

Clockwise:

  • Anastasia Maxi Dress Limited Edition Green, $89
  • Jillian Maxi Dress, $69
  • Cabana Maxi, $89
  • Sabrina Maxi Dress (more colors), $69
  • Felicia Reversible Maxi Dress (more colors), $79

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More Summer Tops from Swak Designs

There is still summer in the air and Swak Designs is trying to make it a little more enjoyable by unveiling a few more affordable tops to get us through the season. “Look mom, no patterns!” All five tops are under $50, are available in more than one color, and come in sizes 1x to 6x. Of the five the Serres top is my favorite with it’s cute neckline and pockets! Be sure to check out their sale section for more great tops.

colorful plus size summer tops from Swak Designs

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Plus Size Maxi Skirts

After a year of maxi dresses (which are still going strong into spring an summer) it seems like the natural progression to have maxi skirts. And it looks like we will be seeing lots of them. I can see this being an valuable piece for the plus size woman’s wardrobe that can be dressed up or down depending on the top, shoes and accessories.

The Border Print Maxi Skirt is available from Simply Be in sizes 10 to 28 for $65. It is machine washable and right on trend both with length and floral pattern. I’ve paired it with a bright tie blouse and studded glads but it could easily be paired with a lacy blouse and flats.

plus size flower maxi skirt from Simply Be

The Print Maxi Skirt is also from Simply Be in sizes 10 to 28 for $57. And machine washable (love that). The black camisole and Viva La Diva sandals finish it off. The cami can be worn as is or layered under a tank or denim shirt.

plus size maxi skirt from Simply Be

The Everyday Maxi Skirt from Swak Designs is available in sizes 1x to 6x for $39 and is the perfect casual skirt. Great for traveling. It’s paired with Swak’s cami and cardigan wrap (more great traveling pieces) but would look great with a belted tee, tunic or mens shirt.

plus size maxi skirt from Swak Designs

The Crepe de Chine Maxi Skirt is available from Roamans in sizes 12 to 32 for $50 and despite its dressy appearance is machine washable. It’s paired with the cambric tunic and tipper sandals from Roamans.

yellow plus size maxi skirt from Roamans

And finally, my absolute favorite from the bunch, the Denim Illusion-Print Maxi Skirt from Roamans for $80. You must check out their video to see this skirt in motion. Love it! It’s paired with a lace shirt, sling sandals and bracelet from Roamans. This skirt would look great with a denim shirt, cami and flats too. Or maybe some short western boots.

plus size denim maxi skirt from Roamans

Haven’t worn skirts in a long time because of the “thigh rub” issue? Then you should try Luvees this summer. They are the answer to they comfort when wearing skirts.

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Every Day Pieces

I love being able to look through a site and instantly find “every day” pieces. That is how it was for SwakDesigns today. Here are my current five faves that really can be worn any day of the week. Don’t they look comfy?

Vests are super hot this spring and the new Perfect Knit Vest comes in cobalt, silver, and iris. You know I like the blue right off but there is something about the iris that is extra special. This versatile vest can be worn open or fastened with your favorite belt or tied in front in a loose knot. Pair it with jeans or dress pants. Layer over t-shirts or a white shirt. Either way, it spells fun and comfort. It comes in sizes 1x to 6x for $31.

plus size vest in iris from SwakDesigns

The tunic top is another hot item and the Emma Plus Size Top is one of my favorites. There’s something so sexy and hippie-ish about the shark tooth hemline. It gives excellent coverage to wear with leggings or tights. The elastic waist gives it shape and provides a perfect base for a belt. I’d love to see an obi belt on it. I love the black but it also comes in coral blue. It comes in sizes 1x to 4x (4 is currently sold out) for $55.

plus size tunic top from SwakDesigns

I haven’t tried Swak’s jeans but their Penelope Black Skinny Jeans look like just the right amount of skinny (I don’t like them too skinny) with a mid-waist (I don’t like them too low) in front but bum coverage in back. They are available in sizes 1x to 5x for $51.

black plus size skinny jeans from Swak Designs

Forget the little black dress. SwakDesigns has this classic styled dress in chocolate. It’s perfect cut is professional for the office with pumps and bangles. Throw on some funky embellished tights and a scarf and you are ready to dance with friends. Or some pearls and stilettos and it is ready for dinner. The Audrey Dress comes is sizes 1x to 6x for $58.

plus size work dress from SwakDesigns

Purple doesn’t seem to be getting old. This power color really adds to the style of the Venus Top with it’s pseudo bat wing sleeves and wrap bodice. It works with jeans or a pencil skirt. Sizes for this top run from 1x to 6x (5 and 6 are currently sold out) for $39).

plus size top from Swak Designs

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White Tunic

This has been one of my favorite plus size shirts from Swak Designs for a long time. I love the logitudinal stripes and pleats which add depth to the starkness that can often come with wearing white. Plus-Size-White-Tunic

This 100% cotton Stephanie Top comes in sizes 1x to 5x for $36.99. Perfect as is over worn over a cami or tank; with jeans or dark khakis.

While you are there be sure to check out SwakDesigns bestsellers and blog.

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Zen Collection

I’ve been a fan of yoga for going on something like eight years. Finding comfortable clothes to do it in is of course easy for plus size chics as there are lots of comfy clothes out there. With more and more plus size women getting bitten by the yoga bug, companies are taking notice and offering clothes for the plus size yogi in mind. Plus-Size-Active-Wear-Zen

SWAKdesigns has a new Zen collection which includes a cropped pant, tank and hoodie. With choices of grey or black for the pants and turquoise or purple for the tops. All pieces are under $38 and come in sizes 1x to 6x. Since I have pets I especially like the grey for home practice. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Swak has awesome international delivery pricing.

Namaste

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