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Lindy West’s collection of essays “Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman” was a culture shock that gave voice to the frustrations and inner thoughts of millions of American women. Now Shrill is coming to Hulu as a limited run six episode series that explores some of the themes that West explores in her book like fat acceptance, body positivity, and female empowerment.

The series Shrill follows a plus size female writer who is inspired by West herself as she grapples with trying to be heard at work and trying to get better opportunities while dealing with the complexities of navigating relationships and life in general as a plus size woman.

The show will bring to life a lot of different incidents that occur in the book including the one that is still being discussed today: when West tracked down a fat-phobic Internet troll who devoted crazy amounts of time and energy to trolling her and asked  him why he did that and what he wanted to accomplish by doing it. She talked about the incident and played excerpts from the conversation with her troll on an episode of This American Life.

All six episodes of Shrill will be available to stream on Hulu on March 15th. You can watch the trailer for the show here:

Shrill: Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original - YouTube

Changing The Narrative For Plus Size Women On TV

The ShrillTV show is taking one step towards changing the standard narrative for plus size women on TV by creating an apologetically fat protagonist who is living her life and isn’t interested in losing weight in order to get validation from society or the people around here. That’s a ground-breaking position to take in an entertainment atmosphere where playing out the narrative of an overweight woman losing weight and then becoming popular and accepted and having all of her dreams come true is still the only way that plus size women are ever given main character status in a TV show.

AMC tried to change this narrative earlier in 2018 when it introduced Dietland as a limited series and gave it an aftershow to encourage discussion about the cultural issues that were raised in Dietland. But Dietland never really found its feet and AMC cancelled it after one season. By running Shrill as a limited series with a definite ending Hulu is in a better position than AMC was to challenge that pervasive narrative that the only way a fat woman can ever achieve success or be loved is to lose weight with Shrill. The lead character in Shrill is also a little more relatable than the lead character of Dietland was and that will make a big difference in the way that Shrill opens up the discussion about body positivity on TV.

In a media atmosphere where women are still getting bombarded with problematic shows like Insatiable, which really is just a masterclass in everything that is wrong with TV tropes about women, it’s refreshing to see Hulu break that mold and give women a show that promotes body positivity and opens a dialog about beauty, power, and culture which is something that really needs to happen. So watch Shrill on Hulu on March 15th and then tell us on social media what you think of the show.

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It was a blessing and a pleasure to work with Elly Mayday over the years. Everyone at Hips & Curves is deeply saddened by her loss. Elly’s light and beauty came through not only in her photos, but behind the scenes as well. Elly was open about her journey with ovarian cancer, and we were fortunate to have been given an insight into her life, to share her struggles, her optimism, her authenticity when it got tough, and her drive to inspire others. She made an impact in the world.

Along Elly’s path she acquired surgery scars. She was never shamed by these marks. She saw her scars as symbols of strength; badges won during her fight against cancer. During our last photoshoot we talked about her scars and whether she’d want them to be shown or covered. She said she would be proud to have them shown. We hope she would be proud of these images. We are proud to have known this brave beautiful soul.

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When you’re single the arrival of Valentine’s Day can cause some major anxiety. Couples are everywhere you look and every piece of advertising is designed to make you feel like you’re inferior if you’re not part of a couple. It’s enough to make you want to go to bed immediately after work on Valentine’s Day with a bottle of wine and Netflix on your tablet and not reemerge until the next morning.

But being single on Valentine’s Day can be amazing. Forget all about the unrealistic expectations and remember, everyone’s life looks better on Instagram. This year you’re on your own and you can celebrate your way. Because you have a lot of love in your life even if you’re single. You’re in a relationship with the most important person in your world – you. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for some self-care and celebration with your best friends. Let these celebratory tips inspire you to make this Valentine’s Day the best Valentine’s Day yet because this year it’s all about you:

     1. Buy Yourself Some Lingerie

Just because you’re not in a committed relationship doesn’t mean you can’t feel sexy and look amazing just for you. Buy yourself a pretty chemise or a gorgeous bra and panty set just because you want to and not to impress anyone else. Great lingerie should make you feel strong, powerful, and sexy and those are qualities that you should be celebrating every day. Have you been putting off buying some sexy lingerie until you’re in a relationship? Stop putting it off! Buy one really fabulous piece of lingerie that you’ve always wanted just for yourself.

     2. Organize a Single’s Pajama Party

Hanging out with your besties on Valentine’s Day is a fun way to make sure that your friends know how much they mean to you. After all, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about celebrating romantic love, it’s about celebrating friendship too. Have all your friends over in their PJs for a grownup sleepover with wine and pizza and a John Hughes movie binge. Watching Pretty In Pink in your PJs with your best friends is a whimsical way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

     3. Do Something For Someone Else

Helping others is always a good thing to do. Volunteer to babysit so your sibling or best friend can go out with their partner or volunteer at the animal shelter reading to shelter dogs or playing with shelter cats. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few hours with puppies and kittens?

     4. Give Yourself A Spa Day

You don’t need someone else to gift you something amazing. You can give it to yourself. Give yourself a spa day at a spa that you have always wanted to try. Or at least get yourself a facial and a mani/pedi if you can’t take the entire day off work. Pamper yourself.

     5. Hibernate

If you’ve just gotten out of a really bad relationship or if you’re having a hard time on Valentine’s Day for any reason this year don’t feel pressured to celebrate. Some years it’s hard to come up with a reason to feel happy or to feel empowered. That’s ok. If you really want to just forget about Valentine’s Day do it. Just make sure you’re doing it because it’s what you want and need. Take a hot bath or a hot shower and go to bed at 6 PM if that’s really what you want to do.

     6. Send Real Valentine’s And Not Valentine’s Day Texts

Making crafts isn’t just for kids. This year construct your own valentines for your family and friends and send them in the mail. Your loved one will love getting a real handmade valentine from you. Spread the love by having a craft party and inviting friends over to make valentines of their own.

     7. Buy Some New Plants

Valentine’s Day flowers are great but when was the last time you bought new house plants? Plants are very healthy to have in your home. They clean the air and improve your mood as well as brightening up your space and making your home feel more relaxing. Skip the overpriced roses and buy yourself some new plants for your home instead.

     8. Get Away From It All

Give yourself the gift of solitude for Valentine’s Day and get out of town. Book an AirBnB by the beach or up in the mountains and give yourself a mini-vacation. Just 24 hours spent in a beautiful natural setting will give you the chance to meditate, relax, and reflect on the goals you want to accomplish this year.

     9. Start A Gratitude Journal

Pick up a pretty blank book and decorate it. Use paint, stickers, fancy craft paper, or anything else that you think is fun and festive and reflects your personality. Start a gratitude journal where you will list at least 5 things you’re grateful for every day. Focusing on the good things in your life and the relationships that sustain you will attract more good things to you throughout the year.

     10. Write Love Letters – To Yourself

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to kick off a year of self-love. Get a pretty glass jar or a vase, whatever kind of container you want as long as it’s big enough. Apothecary jars work really well for this. Then buy yourself a big stack of Post Its in pink and red and white and all the colors that you love. Every night before you go to bed write down the date and one thing you loved about yourself that day on a piece of paper. Fold it and stick it in the jar. Next Valentine’s Day read them all and remind yourself to always love yourself first.

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Social media is giving plus size women a platform they have never had before.

And the beauty industry is finally noticing and changing.

Before the rise of social media it was almost impossible for plus size women to see women like themselves in the media. In print, on TV, and in films plus size women were relegated to a handful of sidekick roles that were never the romantic lead. But social media gave plus size women the platform they needed to carve out a place for themselves in the beauty industry and celebrate their beauty. Now social media influencers that are plus size are dominating fashion and attracting millions of followers because more than 50% of women are considered plus size and they want to see women like themselves. They want to see plus size women that are look great, living their best lives, and talking about what it’s like to be a plus size woman in a world that isn’t size friendly.

And brands are noticing. More and more brands are embracing plus size fashion and beauty influencers and hiring them to promote their products. And the more companies realize that diversity and embracing all body types is good for business the more that women will see women like themselves reflected in magazines and in print and online ad campaigns. But plus size social media starts are still the heart of plus size social media impact and using social media gives them the perfect platform to connect with real women everyday.

Seeing plus size women of all sizes and shapes expressing their individuality, sensuality, and personality on social media is changing the way that culture views female beauty. As more and more plus size women refuse to conform to the long standing image of cultural beauty that is a super thin white woman it gives other women the confidence to be proud of their own curves and to develop their own unique styles instead of spending time and energy trying to conform to an arbitrary standard of beauty. What is seen becomes culturally accepted, so the more plus size women share their selfies and their stories as plus size women in this culture the more accepted body diversity is.

When plus size women began to take advantage of the opportunities that social media gave them to connect with other women and subvert the traditional beauty industry they probably didn’t realize the impact that social media would eventually have. But now social media is what sets trends and leads the way in fashion and beauty and the fashion and beauty industries are struggling to catch up. Social media has given plus size women the chance to lead fashion and beauty just be being themselves and celebrating their own styles.

Now because of their efforts fashion and beauty standards are changing. More and more retailers are specializing in plus size clothing and beauty brands are promoting more diversity in their ads after realizing that expanding their definition of beauty is definitely good for business. But the plus size influencers and bloggers that are setting these trends are committed to continuing to empower women and showcase style diversity. That’s good news for women, because studies now have shown that social media can actually improve self-esteem. When women look at social media images that show women who look like them it can boost their confidence and self-esteem. So following plus size social media stars can give women the confidence to post their own photos and selfies expressing their unique style. And by doing that they will empower other women.

There’s no doubt that social media can have a negative influence when it’s not carefully curated. Trolling, especially concern trolling, is something that plus size women deal with on social media every day. But social media can be a tool of empowerment and cultural change as well. Plus size women, who are the majority in the US, are finally getting their rightful place in the beauty world thanks to social media and the women who are celebrating body positivity on social media every day. Visit our Instagram and other social media pages to see some of our favorite plus size social media feeds and submit your own by tagging us @hipsandcurves

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Even before it aired Netflix’s show Insatiable had to face the wrath of the Internet. After the trailer dropped people were immediately put off by the vibe of the show, and the premise is even worse. It’s stunningly tone-deaf attempt to create an edgy comedy and it fails on all fronts. The show follows a teen girl named Patty Bladell. At the beginning of the show, she is an overweight teen that is bullied constantly about her weight. She gets into a fight and her jaw is wired shut for a few months, during which time she can only have a liquid diet. Then she amazingly loses all the excess weight and shows up at school the next year looking “hot”. She decides to get revenge on those who bullied her by entering beauty pageants, presumably to prove that she is now indeed beautiful so now she has worth.

Insatiable | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube

The show is so wrong, on so many levels, that it’s kind of shocking Netflix even went ahead with their plans to release it. Before the show aired more than 100,000 fans signed a petition to Netflix asking them to scrap the show.  Bafflingly Netflix went ahead with the show and actually renewed it for a second season recently despite the fact that viewers and critics alike hate it.

But Insatiable is more than just a terrible show. There are a lot of terrible shows on TV at any given time. And it’s not even that it’s a terrible teen show, there are a lot of those too. Just Google the reboot of Heathers if you want to see a spectacularly bad teen show. But don’t actually watch it because it’s really bad. The reason that Insatiable is so problematic for women is that it reinforces so many tired old stereotypes and relies on so many tired tropes trying desperately to be relevant, edgy, or even just funny. It’s just a mess.

The show’s poor writing reinforces the stereotypes that all overweight women are only overweight because they overeat and if they would just control what they eat they would lose weight. When in reality there are many different medical conditions, genetic conditions, and other reasons why women gain weight and have trouble losing weight. The show also reinforces the idea that overweight women don’t deserve to have love, friendship or success but that if they would just drop a few pounds their lives would be magically transformed and they will have all those things. And just good measure it throws in some homophobic and racist stereotypes and tropes as well as misogynistic ones. It’s a cornucopia of wrong from start to finish. And the voiceover narrations, which are meant to give the show depth and denouement like the voiceovers in the classic The Wonder Years TV show just end up sounding forced and like a desperate attempt to mitigate the terribleness of the show’s character development.

It’s hard to believe with the stellar programming for women that is out on streaming services right now like Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale that Netflix thought this show was relevant or a good idea. And it’s even more shocking that they renewed it for a second season. Supporters of the show say that while it’s clear the show missed the intended mark of being satire it’s not meant to be an indictment of culture but just a feel-good underdog finds success show. But the show’s potential for damage by reinforcing outdated and dangerous stereotypes and tropes about overweight women is strong, and that’s highly problematic. Netflix is pouring a lot of money into research and development of new scripted shows and the platform wants to double down on original content but if Insatiable is the best they can do the platform is going to have a hard time competing with Hulu and Amazon which are pushing the boundaries of TV and highlighting strong female protagonists and shows with diverse casts and complex character writing. So the next time you’re in the mood for a good weekend TV binge skip Netflix and this complete failure of a show and hit up Hulu or Amazon to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or another show that doesn’t once again relate overweight women to obscurity as the punchline of fat jokes and cliched tropes.

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Hips & Curves by Hips & Curves - 1M ago

A lot of women have a love/hate relationship with shapewear. And that’s easy to understand. The history of shapewear isn’t one that makes shapewear seem like a fun lingerie option. Every time fashion changed historically another piece of shapewear was developed to twist and bend a woman’s shape into the shape that was considered fashionable. Your mother or your grandmother probably wore a girdle every day from the time she was a teen until she couldn’t take it anymore. Sounds totally uncomfortable and stressful right? So it’s no wonder that in the 70s and 80s women started saying no to shapewear.

But shapewear has been forever changed by the creation of modern fabrics that use compression to smooth and provide support without requiring that you wrestle your way into them or have a second person standing by to zip them or hook them. Modern shapewear made from breathable fabrics that don’t cut off your circulation or your ability to breathe can boost your confidence and provide a lot of benefits. Consider these benefits of shapewear and you might just change your mind about embracing a few good quality pieces of shapewear as part of your daily lingerie:

Rago 6 Strap Smoothing and Shaping Garterbelt

Highlight Your Curves

The best way to highlight your curves is to choose clothes that skim your silhouette. But you can make your curves look even better with a good piece of shapewear underneath those body skimming clothes. High quality shapewear will accentuate your natural shape while smoothing you all over so that your curves look amazing. Good shapewear doesn’t hide your figure it helps you flaunt it. Some bodycon fashion dresses and jeans have shapewear built into them to really show off your curves.

It’s All About The Angles

When you go out with your friends you never know when someone is going to take a selfie or what angle they might catch you at. How many times has a friend tagged you in a photo on social media that made you uncomfortable because you didn’t like the way that photo made you look? If you’re wearing the right shapewear you will look great from any angle so you won’t need to be concerned when people are taking selfies. No matter what photo they post your silhouette will look great and you can relax when you get that notification that you’ve been tagged in a friend’s photo. And if you spend a lot of time on social media or if you vlog or you have a YouTube channel the right shapewear is essential so that you will look good no matter what angle the camera is at.

It’s Sexy

Shapewear is very sexy in a retro way and modern shapewear isn’t as ironlike as shapewear was in the past. So you get the sex appeal of vintage looking garters, girdles, and shapers without the vise like grip of those vintage shapers. Modern shapewear fabrics are thin and soft and use compression to shape instead of applying uncomfortable pressure to your body. You will feel sexy and confident knowing that you look fantastic on a romantic night in.

It Provides Support And Helps Your Posture

Sitting all day at a desk, like many people do, is really unhealthy and it can cause you to have bad posture. How often have you caught yourself slumped over your keyboard or tablet when you’re working? Too often, probably. All that slumping and sitting can make you slouch and round your shoulders. But a good piece of shapewear will make you hold your chest up tall, which will engage your abs, lift your chest, and keep your back straight and aligned so that you don’t slump forward. The gentle support from shapewear can be a big help in avoiding back and neck problems caused by poor posture.

It Eliminates Chafing

All women know what it’s like to deal with thigh chafing, especially in the heat of the summer. Wearing shapewear under light summer dresses will ensure that you don’t get caught in a Marilyn Monroe situation when the wind blows and that shapewear will eliminate thigh chafing when the temperature soars. Light shapewear leggings or shorts will smooth out and bulges on your thighs and hips too. If  you’re worried about panty lines from shapers choose a shaper that has a built in panty so that the shaper will lie smoothly and there won’t be any visible lines.

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Using the term “plus size” to describe fashion, or women, is fraught with controversy. Some women don’t mind the label and think it’s just a fashion term that denotes a particular type of clothing. Other women embrace it and are turning it into a body positive label. But for a lot of women the term “plus size” has an extremely negative connotation and they avoid using it or being associated with it. Some women go so far as to refuse to shop in the few stores that focus on plus size clothing because of the negative connotations of the term.

There is a perception in the general public that “plus size” is not as good as “straight size” or the usual tiny range of fashion sizes that can be found in nearly every clothing store and on every runway. “Plus size” has become synonymous with “unattractive” in the minds of many consumers so of course women try to avoid it. And it also can have a damaging effect on a woman’s self-esteem, not to mention making it really difficult to find great looking clothes that fit. But estimates now say that as many as 70% of American women wear a “plus size”, which is usually a size 12 and larger. If 70% of women are size 12 or larger shouldn’t “plus size” be considered the standard for fashion?

Another argument in favor of abolishing the term is that giving a clothing line a label as a “plus size” label immediately means that it will cost more than similar clothing that is made in smaller sizes. This “fat tax” has been imposed on plus-size women ever since plus-size clothing became commercially available. The same clothing design made in the same material but made in a larger size instead of a straight size usually costs more. Just in the last year a British clothing store was found to be charging plus size customers up to 30% more for clothing items above a size 16. While some people make the argument that women who wear bigger clothes should pay more because of the cost of extra fabric critics of the “fat tax” and rational human being who can do math hit back to that saying that the tax is only applied to women’s clothing. Men don’t usually pay more for bigger clothing, and people that wear smaller clothing don’t get discounts because their clothing uses less fabric. The price increase only applies to women that wear larger sizes and because of that it’s discriminatory.

The majority of women who fall under the “plus size” umbrella think that the term should be gotten rid of. It has such a negative image that women in general shy away from using it. Haven’t we evolved far enough as a society to acknowledge that women come in all shapes and sizes and that all of those shapes and sizes are equally valid? Can’t we just call women’s clothing “clothes” without denoting a size?  Some retailers are starting to do just that by offering clothing in a range of sizes that includes larger sizes without any additional cost and without labeling the clothes “plus size”. Some retailers even allow women to pick a design that they like and customize it to fit their unique body with custom necklines, sleeves, hemlines, and other alterations without increasing the cost of the garment.

Regardless of what side of this issue you’re on there’s not doubt that there are a lot of feelings and emotions tied to this debate, which is one reason why people get very emotionally invested in the topic. Some women feel that reclaiming the “plus size” label is a way to reduce the stigma of “plus size” and make it a more inclusive term. But other women think it’s demeaning and designed to make women feel bad about themselves. It certainly seems like it’s time to get rid of this outdated label and move forward with a new more inclusive fashion world that embraces the idea that all women deserve to look their best and express their unique personalities with the clothes that they choose. But until that happens women can help boost each other up and celebrate their bodies by embracing the “plus size” label and spreading body positivity on social media and in society so that plus size women continue to grow their sphere of influence in the fashion world.

What do you think of the term “plus size”? Do you embrace it, or do you want it gone? Connect with us on social media and tell us what you think.

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Dietland premiered in June and instantly hit a nerve. The show is a TV adaptation of a novel by Sarai Walker and it’s about a plus size woman coming to terms with her body and sparking a revolution in the way that people look at beauty, body positivity, and what it means to be plus size in American culture. Piggybacking on the Me Too movement and the general cultural focus on female anger and female empowerment that is sparking discussions about acceptance, Dietland gives plus size women the heroine they deserve in the fabulously flawed Plum Kettle.

Dietland Series Premiere EXCLUSIVE: The First 15 Minutes of the Opening Act - YouTube

Played by Joy Nash (who modeled for H&C back in the day!) the lead character Plum is at first a mousy plus size woman who tries her best to simply be invisible and not take up space in the world. She is a ghostwriter for the fabulously fashionable Kitty Montgomery, who is the editor of a popular teen girl magazine called Daisy Chain. She is trying to save up enough money to have weight loss surgery. Like many women she has bought into the myth that her life will be perfect once she can fit into the perfect little red dress and that all her problems will disappear along with the weight she wants to lose.

But over the course of the ten episodes that make up season 1 Plum transforms from a woman that is actively seeking to disappear into a woman that has finally found her voice and is using it to call out double standards and the societal constructs that keep women down. The journey is not an easy one though, and some of the experiences that Plum goes through and the epiphanies that she has are almost painful to watch because they are experiences that are so achingly familiar to any plus size woman in this society.

The show doesn’t shy away from hard topics either. It takes on the very current sexual attitudes of toxic masculinity and sexual assault. Plum eventually joins Jennifer, a radical group that is tied to the deaths of rampant sexual predators, and she struggles to figure out how to balance her feelings of righteousness and rage with justice and compassion.

Plum is fabulously flawed and watching her go through a maturation process similar to a second adolescence but one where she accepts and celebrates her body instead of being ashamed, is cathartic and painful at the same time. As of today, Dietland has not been renewed for a second season yet. However, the ratings were average for an AMC scripted show that isn’t The Walking Dead and there is a good chance that because the show is so culturally relevant at this time that AMC will renew it. Series creator Marti Noxon has a three season plan in mind for Dietland if AMC chooses to renew it. Noxon is known for being part of some heavy hitting female focused shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and recently HBO’s dark but glorious serial Sharp Objects.

Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler

Dietland is exactly the smart and culturally on point show that plus size women need to boost their representation on TV and also to explore issues that only plus size women face. But what makes Dietland truly unique isn’t just the show, it’s the aftershow. AMC pioneered the art of the aftershow by giving The Walking Dead fans a chance to talk about the episode they just watched and issues related to it. It was so successful that now almost all AMC shows have their own aftershow, including Dietland.

Dietland’s aftershow is called Unapologetic and it’s hosted by Aisha Tyler. Unapologetic is the chance for Dietland fans to talk about the issues raised by Dietland and explore them in a modern and real cultural context. Some of Aisha’s guests have included series creator Marti Noxon and some of the cast as well as body positivity activists and feminists like Roxanne Gay, Tess Holliday, and Gloria Allred. Host Aisha Tyler leads in depth cultural conversations about the view of feminism in this culture and the experiences that women face every day as well as political and cultural topics. It’s a witty, smart, and no-holds-barred conversation that is relevant to all women, but especially to plus-sized women.

While waiting to find out if Dietland and Unapologetic will be back for season 2 you can stream the entire 10 episodes of season one of both shows over at AMC now. Check them out and join the conversation by telling us on social media what you thought of the shows and what topics you’d like to see them tackle that women and plus sized women deal with every day.

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If you want to make sure that your Halloween costume is popping in photos for your social media feed but you’re stuck when it comes to great costume ideas don’t worry. With the right basic pieces you can put together multiple costumes for a fantastic photo shoot that will give you the kind of social media ready photos that you want to share for Halloween. If you are not sure yet what costume you want to create or you have so many ideas that you can’t choose one all you need are these five basic pieces and you can create dozens of different costumes and looks that are ready for Halloween parties and social media:

Stockings Or Tights

Stockings or tights can really pull an otherwise basic outfit together and take it to the next level. Take a plain black dress and pair it with black and purple striped tights or black and white striped tights and add some whimsical makeup and you’re a Tim Burton character. Or wear thigh highs with back seams and a simple black wiggle dress and pin curls and you’re rocking that pin up girl look. Fishnet tights, worn alone or over other tights, are a classic Halloween accessory and add a bit of sexiness to otherwise plain outfits. Invest in several different pairs of tights and stockings so that you have lots of options, and so that you’ll have some backups in case you get a run. The right stockings and tights will take an outfit and transform it into a Halloween look.

Gloves

Just like stockings and tights gloves are a fun way to pull together an outfit into a costume. Since most people don’t wear gloves on a regular basis they’re a fun addition to a costume that will make you feel more festive and add a lot to your outfit. There are so many different kinds of gloves that you can choose from that you can add a pair of gloves to any costume. Short lace gloves, fingerless leather gloves, long satin opera length gloves or even fishnet gloves are all good gloves to have around. Gloves are not that expensive so you can afford to get several different kinds. That way you can change up your Halloween look for photos and create a different mood or look in different photos.

A Corset Or Cincher

Callista Steel Boned Corset with Buckles

Accentuating your silhouette is always a good idea when you’re taking photos, especially photos for social media. So adding a waist cincher or wearing a corset as part of your costume is a very smart way to make your silhouette look great in photos. And a corset or a cincher will make sure that you look good from any angle. That will give you a little more creative freedom when it comes to choosing poses and themes for your photos because you will know that you can play with perspective and angles and you will still look great. Corsets can turn any Halloween outfit into a feminine and romantic costume. And waist cinchers can work miracles when it comes to take an ordinary dress or costume and recreating it as a sexy costume. Cinchers in materials like latex and PVC add a little dark edge to a costume while cinchers and corsets in classic materials like silk, brocade, and lace look feminine and sweet.

A Shaping Slip

A shaping slip is a must have for two reasons when it comes to getting great photos for Instagram and social media. The first reason is because you can wear just the slip with boots or tights and other accessories to create a sleek and sexy costume that will also give you a fantastic silhouette in photos. And the second reason is that you can wear the slip under a costume to hold everything in place and give you the curves that will make your photos pop.

A Hat Or Fascinator

Hats and fascinators or even wigs are also fun ways to take your costume to the next level and they look fantastic in photographs. From whimsical to real inspired vintage designs hats and fascinators will highlight your great hair color and be the perfect finishing touch for your costume. There is no such thing as over the top when it comes to hats or fascinators because they are such a focal piece of costumes. So go big and choose headpieces that have feathers, sequins, beading, and other embellishments to make your social media Halloween photos the ones that everyone will want to look at and share.

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There are so many great vintage looks that are perfect for Halloween. But it can be almost impossible to find those cute vintage pieces in plus sizes. Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to find great vintage clothes in larger sizes? After all it’s not like body diversity only started happening in the last ten years. Women have always had a wide range of body types, so why is it so hard to vintage clothing that isn’t tiny? Well according to this article from Racked there are some pretty interesting reasons why great vintage pieces don’t seem to come any bigger than a modern size eight.

One of those reasons is something called survival bias. The theory behind survival bias is that people only keep certain items of clothing, usually clothing that they love and that fits really well. So when people would sell off or get rid of their vintage clothing the only clothing they kept were the pieces that were the best they had. The rest of it ripped or got worn out and was eventually just thrown away. And since most plus size women in past decades had to make their own clothes those clothes didn’t survive the selection process and were tossed out. So today only the smaller or straight size vintage clothes remain.

That’s right, in past decades plus size women had to make their own clothes. Starting around the WWII era fashion designers and stores totally ignored the plus size market and only sold clothes for smaller sizes. With no stores carrying larger clothing women were forced to make their own clothing. And that trend continued until the 80s, when some designers and stores started finally carrying clothes in larger sizes. Most plus size women today know the pain of trying to find on-trend fashion in larger sizes but imagine not being able to find clothes at all that fit you in stores. Plus size women in the past had to be talented and creative in order to make their own fashion forward clothing. And if you want to create some great vintage looks for Halloween but you can’t find the right vintage pieces in larger sizes to make those looks a reality you will also have to be creative and resourceful. Here are a few tips from vintage experts to help you recreate a vintage look but using today’s modern clothing that is easier to find:

Focus On The Silhouette

If you want to create a glam 40s evening look with a long satin gown or if you love the pinup girl look from the 50s and you want to create Halloween costumes that recreate those looks focus on the silhouette and not the clothing itself. What’s iconic about those looks, or other vintage looks like the narrow hipped 20s flapper look, is the silhouette that those clothes created. So take advantage of today’s modern more comfortable shapewear to create the silhouette of the vintage look you love and don’t worry if you have to wear modern clothing that is made to look vintage. If you get the silhouette right the look will still pop.

Look For Vintage Patterns

If you do know how to sew, or you know someone who does, the best way to get authentic vintage looks is to find vintage patterns. Many vintage patterns do come in large sizes or plus sizes because plus size women had to sew their own clothing. And even if a pattern that you like doesn’t come in the right size you can always resize the pattern yourself with a little help from a pattern maker or some websites devoted to pattern making. Vintage patterns can often be found in vintage shops or on websites dedicated to vintage clothing. Your mom or your grandmother also might have a stash of vintage patterns just waiting for you to use. There are also modern sewing patterns that are made to look like vintage clothes and those you can find at any sewing or fabric store.

Rework Regular Clothing

Another way to get clothes that look vintage but fit well is to take existing clothing and add vintage elements. Vintage trims can be purchased on sites like Etsy and from vintage sellers. You can also add appliques, beading, lace and other embellishments to take a piece of modern clothing and give it the vintage look that you want for Halloween.

The post Why It’s So Hard To Find Plus Size Vintage Pieces For Halloween Looks appeared first on Hips & Curves.

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