Dangerous Curves

Who says I can’t look fabulously fashionable?

April 29, 2010
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Hillary’s View

Who made the rule that bigger girls can’t be fashionable? We have two choices: either the “mom” look or the muffin top. I have come to terms with the fact that I no longer fit what society calls the juniors department, but does that mean I am banished to the women’s department? I wouldn’t have a problem with this if the women’s sizing chart was wacked out. I am not super wide and short torsoed, thank you very much.

I’m just going to admit it: I’m a shopaholic. However, I find it hard to get anything fashionable in my size. I just want a clothing line that is classy and youthful and well made. It’s so frustrating to walk into a store, see an outfit they claim is a size 16 and come to find its two sizes too small. The amount of times I have walked out of a store, tearing up in frustration is too many to count. I would love to meet whoever created the sizing charts department stores and designers use and give them a piece of my mind.

In my opinion, we have this sizing chart madness to thank for the plethora of eating disorders and complexes that have destroyed the lives of many. I love my body, I adore my curves, but society has ruined the way beautiful women see themselves. Would it be so hard for designers to add a couple inches of fabric here and there and end this problem once and for all?

Taylor’s Take

Well ladies, it’s time to discuss what all us curvy girls complain about: a lack of clothing choices. Every time I enter a store, I head for clothes in my size, trying to find something cute that will become a wardrobe staple, but alas, everything I try on ends up looking painted on or is nonexistent. This is especially a problem in my adopted home of Athens. With an already limited supply of clothing options, I sometimes have trouble shopping on Court Street. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some great stuff uptown, but every time I walk into a clothing store, I feel like I’m walking into some club where the rule is that your waist must be this many inches to enter.

For someone above a size 12, there is no middle ground in what you wear. You’re eternally banished to the land of high waisted, elastic banded jeans that the weird aunt wore in the 80’s. I mean, one could argue that there’s Torrid and Lane Bryant, but their fashion senses are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Torrid appeals to the young, glitter-loving generation while Lane Bryant caters to older women. Come on Charlotte Russe, American Eagle, and Abercrombie, you’re totally losing a gold mine market by refusing to carry clothes in sizes above a zero. Please think about the girls outside of the realm of what is considered to be a ‘normal’ size. We have clothing needs too.


Obviously, writing this would be repetitive. We just want a size chart that includes all shapes and body types. Is that really too much to ask?

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April 28, 2010
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Hey all, we just want to remind our loyal readers that tomorrow is the Thread launch party at 153 Mill. The par-tay is free, so come join the fashionable crowd for a night glamour and flash bulbs. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

-Hillary and Taylor

Hope to see you all there!!

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The Itsy Bitsy Bathing Suit Dilemma

April 23, 2010
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What’s not to love about the spring and summer? The sun’s out, the temperature is well into the double digits, and campus is alive with people and a variety of fun activities.  With the nice weather comes the inevitable time to put on a swimsuit. Time to see a seemingly harmless piece of clothing point out every flaw, even in places you didn’t know existed.

Having a fuller figure doesn’t make this any better. Fortunately for those of us who are well endowed, bathing suit technology has come a long way. There are a wide variety of suits that not only accentuate the positive, but cover up the negative

For those with a large bust:

Stick with a V-neck top. The v-neck instantly slims you and creates a clean line that enhances your cleavage. In case you need that extra support, and let’s face it, we can always use extra support, find a suit with a halter neck. It helps keep the ladies up and makes them look pretty fabulous too. Wide straps make the style more comfortable and once again add give your bust a little boost.

For those with junk in the trunk…and thighs:

This is my biggest problem when finding a suit. I have wide, voluptuous hips and an even wider butt. My recommendation would be to find a cute swim bottom that is in a skirt or shorts style. You can feel more comfortable frolicking in the waves while looking adorable. A skirt just provides a little extra coverage that you can’t find in a regular bikini bottom.

For those with a little bit of a tummy:

Stomach troubles don’t just come from bad dining hall food. For the girl with a little bit of a belly, there exists many a bathing suit that will work for you.  Pick an empire waist that draws attention to your bust. It has the magical affect of flattening your stomach.  Bathing suits that utilize the same material as body shapers, such as Spanx, are on the market. They give you the defined stomach without the crunches.

Color Ideas:

Bathing suits obviously come in a plethora of colors and patterns.  The rule to picking your perfect color is simple: when you want to emphasize a particular area, pick a fun print that will draw attention to your favorite asset. When it comes to keeping something under the radar, pick a solid color that doesn’t make someone’s eye jump to it. When in doubt, pick black. It makes you look both slim and sophisticated.

So where can you find the best swimsuit for you? Here are some ideas:






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Fashion Spotlight: Amber Riley

April 21, 2010
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Amber Riley plays the sassy and strong Mercedes Jones on FOX’s hit show Glee. On the show, I have to say that Mercedes often dresses like a clown, wearing every color and style mashed together. Luckily, Riley does is not a graduate of the Mercedes School of Fashion! Last night’s Power of Madonna episode featured Mercedes in a hot purple tank and black blazer. I found myself envious of how amazing she looked and wondering if I could rock something so fierce.

The thing I love about this woman is that she is so comfortable in her own skin. Always smiling and looking fabulous stops people from thinking about the extra few pounds you have.  Yes, this is a fashion blog, however your personality and confidence in yourself is your best accessory.

The look above is simple and perfect for college style. A long tank and dark washed jeans are basics and and easy way to look great.

A few days ago, I came across this tweet from the Glee star, “It’s not about just the outside. Our spirits are what make us beautiful. Puttin on a nice dress and some makeup is just icing on the cake.” Could she be anymore awesome? Next tweet: “Big girls are sexy too, and don’t let them tell u any different! I’m representin!!!” True story right there.

Now, if you’re a fan of her style, here are a few tips:

  1. Try jewel tone dresses and bright tees. You’re going to pop in a crowd for sure!
  2. Get a really classic black blazer or versatile jacket to pair with dresses and jeans. It’s a great piece to invest in and will work for almost any occasion.
  3. Skinny jeans and booties are must. Flares will only make you look short and wide.
  4. Go for an empire waist. It will show off your bust and give you a waist.

– Hillary

Trends come and go…zipper details

April 20, 2010
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Taylor’s Take:

I used to be an avid fan of Project Runway. I’d watch every episode and stay up late on a school night just to catch it, knowing that I’d be miserable the next morning when I woke up at six. The one dress that really stood out to me was Jeffrey Sebelia’s green and white dress loaded with zipper details. It seemed like a revolutionary idea at the time, but today, it is a commonplace trend. You can hardly go into a clothing store and not see a dress, t-shirt or even shoes that has a zipper running from top to bottom. Although I think the zipper dress is cute and fun, I also think that it’s nothing more than a trend. It seems like a novel idea to throw a zipper onto the front of a dress now, but if the trend keeps up at this rate, people will easily tire of it. The zipper detail is just a stepping-stone to edgier trends. Fashion is always evolving and the zipper will wear out its welcome.

The Zipper Trend

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Hillary’s View:

I find the zipper detail trend just that: a trend. In a few years, the trend will fade and fashion will move onto bigger and bolder ideas. Investing in a trend is probably not the smartest idea, especially on a college budget. That being said, it’s now time for me to say this: I love zipper details. I got my own zipper dress at Target for a little less than fifteen dollars, which I feel was a smart purchase.  I have a general rule when it comes to trends and shopping in general: never spend more than twenty dollars on an item of clothing.

The zipper trend

courtesy of Hillary Johns

I stumbled upon this dress over spring break, and the best part is that it satisfies several trends in one. The hardness of the zipper detail mixes with the soft floral and the fitted waist of the denim skirt gives the wearer more shape. It was the perfect buy for spring.

General Consensus:

Trends are ever evolving; the zipper dress is just one of those things that will inevitably get lost in the shuffle of fashion. It’s a wonderful, flirty look for spring, but it’s not timeless. It doesn’t have the lasting appeal of the cardigan or a sturdy pair of flats. It’s impractical to go out and drop big bucks on this trend, so shop around. You don’t want to be caught next season with a zipper dress that just doesn’t cut it anymore.

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Spring Awakening: Accessory Do’s and Don’ts

April 17, 2010
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Let’s face it; it’s not always fun to be the curvy girl. We’re left out on certain skinny girl trends like the bikini or Daisy Dukes. To be the curvy girl, you have to find clothes that accentuate your positive qualities, like a tiny waist to a great face. While clothes are important, accessories give them that certain finish that every outfit needs. Accessories, just like clothes, have rules that need to be followed so you look your absolute best.

Never Wear a Choker

Chokers conquer up images of everything from punks in dog collars to hippies with a leather rope and a peace sign dangling at their throats. For the curvy girl, a choker cuts your neck in half. It can create the effect of making your face fuller and therefore adds an unwanted extra dimension to it. Chokers are for jokers.

Emphasize Your Killer Waist

If you’re like me, your waist is smaller than your hips and not only is it annoying to find jeans that don’t gap in the back, but making sure your shirt doesn’t just hang on your body. Buy a skinny belt in a basic color like black or brown and wear it at your waist. Not only does it give you a nice shape, but it also adds a little extra to the outfit you’re wearing.

Avoid Super Thin Bracelets

Us girls love bracelets. They’re shiny, come in lots of colors and styles and are just plain super cute. Alas, bracelets that are too thin may make your wrist look bigger. Just one super thin bracelet creates the illusion that your wrist is bigger than it is. By wearing chunky bracelets or lots of bangles, it makes your wrist look smaller in comparison to their size.

The Right Sunglasses Make an Outfit

Thankfully, the ultra huge sunglasses trend is dying a slow, fair death. Sunglasses not only protect our eyes; they can also be a piece of true statement fashion. The bigger the sunglasses, the rounder your face will look. Wear a medium sized pair of glasses in a square shape. They accent all the right features. Don’t forget, a pair of wayfarers makes every outfit.

– Taylor

Coming soon: Should you invest in the zipper trend?

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Spring Awakening: Wardrobe

April 17, 2010
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time to shed your winter layers and emerge confident and ready for the sun. It’s time to put away the dark tones of winter and search the sale racks for your new spring look. For me, this season is going to be all about being comfortable and being stylish in my own way. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of hiding behind thick sweaters and knee high boots! I loved my winter wardrobe, but I’m obsessed with my new spring essentials:


No matter what your size, I think the one must have in every girl’s closet this spring has got to be denim. Capris, skirts, Bermuda shorts, and long jeans are the obvious; but I recently went out of my style comfort zone and bought the most amazing chambray tunic from Old Navy. I thought the fact that the shirt was shapeless would work against a fuller figure, however when I put it on I couldn’t feel more confident and comfy. Belt it and add the right jewelry and I’ve got the perfect outfit for a night out with my friends. The best thing about denim: it’s great for almost any occasion, especially in the warm months ahead. Experiment with different washes and accessories for a class-to-night look.


In the dreary Athens winter all I wanted to wear was head-to-toe black, and that’s all I saw around campus. Hiding behind leggings and sweaters, girls faded into the background, but now that the sun is shining it’s time to pack away the oversized and dark. Nothing flatters better than black; it hides all your imperfections and makes you feel five pounds smaller. However, nothing will make you stand out more this season than wearing dark tones! Lighter, softer colors won’t hide you like black, but why should you want to hide? Blush tones and light washes will give you a youthful look and bring you out of that winter slump.


Living in Ohio, I can honestly say that I have experienced all four seasons in one week. It’s so important to have that perfect lightweight coat or cardigan that can transition from day-to-night along with the seasons. It’s time to put away your North Face, ladies. Trench coats a fabulous for this time of the year! I adore my trench from Old Navy and the Tower Collection by London Fog just released a line of easy to care for jackets through QVC. If you think you can’t rock the trench, try an anorak or cropped jacket. Faith21, Forever 21’s plus size line, is a treasure trove of jackets and sweaters for any occasion.

One more thing…

Remember, just because you have a fuller figure does not mean that you should wear the loosest clothes you can find. Go for the more formfitting look! You may be pleasantly surprised at how much it can change the way you see yourself. Your most important accessory should be confidence. If you are confident in what you’re wearing, it will make a big difference in how others see you.

– Hillary


April 12, 2010
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Welcome to Dangerous Curves, Thread Magazine’s blog for the girl with a little extra. We’re your blogging fashionistas, Hillary Johns and Taylor Evans, here to bring you the newest ways to dress up your figure and feel confident doing it. Stay tuned for our posts in the coming days…

Hillary and Taylor

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