Shopping for Curves with Rocio

My client Luzia treated her friend Rocio to a Shopping Appointment with me for her birthday. Rocio never buys clothes for herself and when she does, she tends to buy items in black or neutrals. Instantly I knew that this was going to be a trip where we would look for prints and colorful items that would pair nicely with her existing neutral pieces. 

After introductions and a few questions about her current lifestyle, we started shopping at Lane Bryant. Rocio has plus-sized curves so I wanted to shop in a store that had a variety of styles made just for her. While trying on the clothes we selected, I encouraged her to be fitted for a bra that would help create a structured foundation to her figure. Wearing the right-sized bra makes such a difference in how your clothes fit! While at Lane Bryant, Rocio purchased an airy white dress with a spring floral print and coordinating black belt. 

We then went to New York & Company to look for blouses and pants. I find that NY&CO has a great selection of pants that are in a large range of sizes (0-20) and hem lengths (petite, regular and tall). Their ankle pants fit great but the pair Rocio tried on had pockets that tended to gape open. I recommended that Rocio have the pockets of the pants sewn closed so that the pockets won’t gape and interrupt her streamlined silhouette. We settled on a bright turquoise pair of ankle pants and 3 blouses, and a long statement pendant necklace. 

Rocio left very excited about her purchases and I hope her enthusiasm for her new clothes continues to grow. It is a great feeling leaving a client satisfied with pieces that will help her have more of a starring role in her own life. 

Anatomy of an Outfit

Once again I was excited to have another opportunity to style Meredith – this time for the UGA Alumni Awards luncheon. My inspiration was wanting Meredith’s outfit to be professional but still evoke a spring vibe.


(Blazer, JCrew Factory; Dress, Jcrew; Belt, Target; Calvin Klein Pumps, Nordstrom)

I fell in love with a V-neck fit and flare dress from JCREW and thought it would be the perfect focal point for Meredith’s outfit. The dress had a geometric lace overlay in black and white and looked like something Meredith could continue to wear year round. I was pleased that the fit-and-flare dress had a V-neck because they’re not as common as their crew-neck counterparts. For a woman with curves and a larger bust, a V-neck balances the upper body so that the bust doesn’t become the focal point. Because Meredith had to wear red and black, we bought a white linen blazer to lighten the dress and accessorized with a skinny black belt and red patent leather pumps. Meredith was a little unsure of red shoes but I recommended a darker red that wouldn’t be so bold at a business event.

Because I’m a UGA alumna and bleed red and black, I really enjoy styling a client in one of my favorite color palettes. I look forward to creating more looks for Meredith in the future!

(Photo Credit: Meredith)