Fab Four Fashion Takes on Cityline!

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Lights, Camera, Action, the ladies of Fab Four Fashion were thrilled with the opportunity to have appeared on Cityline, the country’s longest running day time television program!  Watch as we give you the inside scoop on a wardrobe staple…pants and how we make them work for our distinctly different bodies.

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Leslie’s Look

Powdered, primped and pressed, I was eagerly poised and prepped to pounce on the chance to share the Fab Four Fashion vision of fashion for all with the awesome folks of Cityline! This week’s edition was focussed on pants and I knew I had just the pants to put the “p” in perfection!

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The perfect printed pants with pizzazz is what I like to call these leopard print gems!  If you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you know I simply LOVE prins! If you’re visiting the blog for the first time, let me tell you, I’m obsessed with a gorgeous print! Having a slim silhouette, I am always trying to highlight the curves that I have, and prints go a long way toward helping me accentuate my assets. These printed pants give me more volume on my bottom half which also helps me to balance out  my broader shoulders. Plus with prints being a hot commodity this season, they are a good investment and help to diversify my wardrobe’s holdings!LOL

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Leaving the pants to take centre stage, I paired this look with this long sleeveless waistcoat in a gorgeous mustard colour and a simple white tank and accessories. What I love most about this look is that it can easily make the transition to fall by swapping out the heeled sandals for some pumps or booties and the tank top for a warm sweater. When you’re working on a budget, it’s always ideal when you have the versatility of wearing your pieces in multiple ways!

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This look combines a bit of an eclectic feel with a touch of fun and a pinch of pizzazz and I am beyond excited that I could share it with Cityline and all of you! So, if I can be so bold as to borrow from the great Humphrey Bogart:  “Cityline, I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” No?! (Wink-wink)

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Pants: Zara (old), Similar here // Waistcoat: Zara // Tank Top: Topshop // Shoes: Zara (sold out), Similar here // Sunglasses: Dedo Azu (via  Instagram @dedoazu or via  email dedoazu@gmail.com for inquiries/orders)

For my plus size perfect babes: Pants // Waistcoat or Waistcoat // Tank Top //

 

Nancy’s Look

*stands up* Hello. My name is Nancy, and I’m a 36″ inseam. Now, to all the ladies that have this blessing (we are NOT calling it a problem), how hard is it to find the perfect pair of pants?!! While cropped pants are great for us (that trend was probably invented by a fellow tallista who said: “forget finding long pants!!”), sometimes, we just want pants that pass our ankles, yes?
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The overall fashion offerings for us tall glasses of champagne have greatly improved, but most of them are still online. So you can imagine how thrilled I am when I score pants at an actual brick and mortar store! Sometimes, they are not quite long enough: that’s when developing sewing skills (or knowing a good tailor) becomes essential as we depend on the extra inches that are sometimes hidden in the hemline.

n IMG_5716Naturally, I love these pants because of the length, but I also love the details it offers like the overlapped waist and the belt that cinches said waist. These pants are from Zara where I must say that I am often pleasantly surprised; this store has now become one of my first stops when shopping for pants. Now, if only they could help us out when it comes to sleeve length!

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I paired my pants with this awesome striped bardot bodysuit. What’s great about this bodysuit is that it was truly designed for tall women. Therefore, the torso is long enough, allowing the panty part to sit where it’s supposed to and not ride uncomfortably high in the nether regions if you catch my drift. LOL. I accessorized my look with this cool geometric necklace and simple yet fun earrings. The punctuation of this look came in the form of these uber comfortable pink patent-leather pumps for a pop of color. Add a bright lip and I was ready for the bright lights. Stardom, here I come! LOL

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Pants: Zara (sold out); similar here and here // Top: TTYA x Long Tall Sally // Necklace: H&M // Shoes: Pleaser // Earrings: Forever 21 (sold out); similar here

Plus size babes can recreate my look with these pants and this top!

 

Gail’s look

50 Shades of Blue that was my jump off for my Cityline debut outfit.  Blue in all its shades and tones is one of my favourite colours so of course that had to be incorporated in my look.

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Now I, along with the ladies of Fab Four Fashion and women across the globe, struggle with finding great fitting pants, slacks, trousers or whatever you wish to call them.  Moreover, if you’re plus size and short on the height spectrum, like me, then the search is even more frustrating but don’t fret my pet, I’ve got you covered.

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Thankfully there are retailers that offer plus petite pants lines.  Eloquii the plus size online retailer I’ve raved about offers the “Kady fit” pant that I’m wearing in short, regular and tall.  Another alternative is to look out for cropped or ankle length pants.  They come in lengths that are already tailored made for you…saving you cash on alterations.

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So, I paired my perfectly fitting navy blue pants with this dolman sleeve pastel blue shirt.  The neat thing about this shirt is that the front part is made of a viscose blend lending a raw silk like look while the back portion is made of a cotton blend for maximum comfort and breathability on hot summer days.

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Now what outfit would be complete without accessories!  I love this mixed media choker style necklace and this fold over clutch is the perfect size to hold all of my bits and bobs.

Top: Forever 21+ (sold out) Similar here or here //Pants: Eloquii // Clutch: ebay.com // Necklace: Zara (old) Similar here // Shoes: Zara (sold out) Similar here // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Options for my tall divas are: Shirt: J.Crew // Pants: J.Crew

Judy’s Look

When Cityline reached out to Fab Four Fashion about doing a fashion segment on pants, I was so excited! Honestly, I jumped out of my chair at work and went to hug Gail LOL. Soon after I came back to reality and realized that finding the perfect pants that fit my curvy frame was not going to be an easy task. I’ve seen it all with pants and been on countless searches for the right pair.

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For my body type the 2 main concerns when finding a great fitting pant are:

1- A pair of pants that fit the largest part of my body which are my hippie hips.

2- A pair of pants that don’t have the awful gaping at the back.

Let’s face it pants are an essential piece that every woman needs in their wardrobe. To avoid the problem area (hips and waist) when choosing pants I tend to go for pants that have partial elastic in the waistband.

 

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This time around the search finally paid off.  Yay!  I found this great pair of ¾ purple peg trousers from ASOS and the best part is that I got them on sale for 30$!  I just love scoring big!  When these pants arrived, I ran to the bathroom at my work place to try them. I was so anxious to see if my areas of concern were under control.  I couldn’t have been happier when I tried my pants and they fit me perfectly.  There was no gaping at the back and they fit perfectly at the hips.

These pants are a great addition to my fall wardrobe, they are so versatile I can wear them to work with a nice shirt, I can dress them down with a cute pair of oxford shoes and a sweater. Nevertheless I feel that these hot purple pants are perfect for Fab Four Fashion’s TV debut!

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To complete my TV debut look, since I love colour and I believe colours should be worn all year long, I paired my purple trousers with my ¾ sleeve hot pink top from Zara.  The finishing touches were a pair of blush coloured pumps and a nice necklace to elevate this daytime look to the next level. Lights, Camera, Action- Judy is ready for her close up!

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Pants: ASOS // Top: old Zara find similar here // shoes: Aldo // necklace: (old) Ebay find similar here

For my tall Glamazon Babes : pants and top

Till next time!

Signed,

The Fab Four

Ode to Eloquii: Part 2

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I’m still waxing poetic about one of my favourite plus size online retailers – Eloquii!  As I mentioned before, Eloquii is like the BCBG of the plus size fashion world offering fashion forward styles froms sizes 14 – 28.

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With this look I paired yet another Eloquii crop top with the Kady Fit pant from Eloquii.  What I ADORE about Eloquii is their attention to detail and committment to creating garments that really work for a curvy woman’s body.

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For most women the idea of finding a great fitting pair of pants can be quite daunting.  For me, when I would finally find pants that accommodated by generous hips and derriere, the waist of the pants would be HUGE!

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Don’t even get me started on the length of hems on trousers.  Needless to say I would leave the fitting me frustrated. However, Eloquii offers their Kady Fit pants in sizes short, regular and long and more importantly for me, the atttention to the cut of the pants means that I’ve got room for my hips and behind without the ugly gaping!  Woohoo!!

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I’ve completed my look with what I like to call a little “Frosting”- that being this gorgeous statement necklace from Stella & Dot.

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So, if you’re plus size perfect like me and in search of a great fitting pair of pants head on over to Eloquii and let them hook you up!

Crop top: Eloquii (sold out) Similar here // Pants: Eloquii (Kady Fit) // Clutch: eBay.com // Pumps: Office UK (sold out) Similar here // Necklace: Stella & Dot (old) Similar here

For my plus size tall divas, the Eloquii Kady Fit pant comes in tall- hooray!!  For my slender tall bombshells here are some pant options for you: J. Crew  or ASOS Tall

Until next time,

Gail

Wedding Flow

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It’s the season for tying the knot, getting hitched and exchanging vows and saying “I dos”.  The ladies of Fab Four Fashion look forward to celebrating friends or family members who have found that perfect someone to start a new life with! Join us as we give you the inside scoop on what we’re wearing to formal or casual nuptials.

Nancy’s Look

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The birds are chirping, the flowers have bloomed, and love is in the air. This means only one thing: do NOT get caught out there, have your wedding outfits ready!

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There are always a number of things to consider when choosing the perfect wedding outfit, but the setting is probably the most important. For this wedding look, I opted for a long, maxi dress. But long does NOT mean boring! The satin finish of this dress brings out the elegance while the pockets and print make it youthful and fun. The deep V ensures that a dash of sexy is provided!

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I got this fantastic Taessa Chorny dress many years ago and it continues to be one of my favorites. Not only is the dress gorgeous, but Taessa is also a darling and great to work with. This is a timeless dress that comes out to play once in a while – I’d wear it monthly if you let me… LOL! I let the dress do all the talking and kept my accessories on the “tame” side…  Just a stack of gold bangles and some gold earrings and I am good to go!

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Dress: Taessa Chorny (old); similar here and here // Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (old); similar here and here // Earrings: H&M (old); similar here // Bangles Set: similar here 

For my plus size bombshells, check out these options if you’d like to recreate my look: here and here!

 

Gail’s Look

Another wedding season is upon us.  It’s a privilege to witness two people you care about come together to start a life together.  For me such a special occasion means getting to play dress up!

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I wanted to wear a bold colour and a print to keep things youthful and fun!  This purple body con dress hit the mark and perfectly accentuated by curves.

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I paired it with a bold statement necklace and dangly earrings.

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I finished the look with leopard print pumps. Voila, I’m wedding ceremony and reception ready!  Now all I have to do is flag down a waiter at the reception for a martini, shaken not stirred. LOL

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Dress: eBay.com // Earrings: Stella & Dot (old) Similar here // Necklace: eBay.com //Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

For my tall divas here are some options for you: Bardot Body con dress or Long Tall Sally Dress

 

Judy’s Look:

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I love the wedding season even if it means I’m becoming  the 27 dresses girl!  When I’m not part of the bridal party I just love dressing up for a wedding. Over the years I was fortunate enough to witness so many family members or friends getting married and just getting ready for such a beautiful event gets me all giddy.  For a girlie girl like me I love to keep it classy and chic for the ceremony, then glam it up at night for the reception.

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This year again I’m fortunate and blessed to be invited to 4 different types of weddings. Today for my wedding flow post I’m wearing a dress that I would wear for a classy intimate wedding near a winery. I was inspired to create a vineyard meets Ascot Race day look.  I’ve always loved seeing women all dressed up with their fascinator hats and white gloves.

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I wore my A-line silky polka dot black and white dress which I bought a few moons ago at H&M.  This dress is simple yet elegant all at the same time. I added my black fascinator to elevate my look and I wore my cute satin red pumps. Of course I completed my look by adding my favorite pearl necklace and RiRi Woo lipstick by MAC.  Here I come: Judy the belle of the ball.

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Dress: H&M (old) similar here // Head fascinator: Aldo (old) similar here and here // Necklace: Zara (old) similar here // Sandals: Nine West (old) similar here and here

For my Tall Babes: Dress: Asos Tall // Shoes: Amazon

Leslie’s Look

To quote Beyoncé: “all the single ladies, all the single ladies…” Have you been invited to a friend’s wedding at which they’ve promised to introduce you to that wonderful friend they supposedly have that you’ve just never happened to have met? Or that cousin coming in town from (fill in the blank) that would just be perfect for you? In that case, I say you need to up the sexy factor of that wedding reception outfit!

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For the wedding ceremony, if it is separate and especially if it’s being conducted in a house of worship, be it a church, synagogue, mosque, I know you know what I mean, I would recommend choosing an outfit that is more on the conservative side. HOWEVER, the wedding reception is code for “PARTY”! An excellent excuse to be glammed up with a touch of sexy just in case that “friend of a friend” or that elusive cousin turns out to be a hottie!

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So for my wedding reception look I went for an elegant silver sequin above the knee dress. The cap sleeve and looser fit keep it from being club gear and the silver sequins help you to light up the room! The pièce de résistance though is the dramatic back. Yes ladies, the daring open back of this dress is the epitome of sexy.  It takes the dress from a simple shift style to va-va-voom!

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Since this dress is a show stopper, I kept the accessories a bit more on the quiet side with a simple bracelet and  stylish earrings. I brought in a tiny bit of funky with these multi-coloured peep toe pumps and a not quite tamed up-do!

And just like that I’m ready to raise a glass in celebration to the bride and groom and drink a toast to new “friends” and “elusive cousins”!:-)

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Dress: Zara (old), Similar here // Shoes: Zara (old), Similar here // Bracelet: Links of London

For my curvy chicas: Dress:ASOS

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