Breezy Prints

Nancy D for Fab Four Fashion

Nancy D for Fab Four Fashion

Ladies. Please do yourselves a favor and take the time to devour de deliciousness that is Dellez! This dress here is perfect in so many ways! Beautiful print; light and breezy; AND, tall ladies, it’s loooooong! Here I am wearing 4″ heels and the dress is still touching the floor! In addition to all this, the beauty behind Dellez also has brains: allow me to explain. A dash of sexy is provided to the dress via the high slit. But being mindful of wardrobe malfunctions, the creative genius equipped the dress with built in shorts to keep your lady bits nicely tucked away lol. How cool is that?!

There are limited quantities available so you can be sure to turn heads without having to worry about stumbling upon at a twinsie at your next event. You can get a great deal on shipping as well: US $10 to ship to the United States and US $15 to ship to Canada.

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Dress: Dellez // Shoes: Nordstrom

Plus size ladies, you can recreate this look with this dress or that one.

Dress courtesy of Dellez and opinions are all mine.

Special thanks to Roseline Bonheur for being my noted fashion photographer for the day!

Signed,

Nancy

Alloy Apparel

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Holiday season got you feeling blue whenever you think about what to wear to all those festive events? Well, the ladies of Fab Four Fashion have teamed up with Alloy Apparel & Accessories to showcase some amazing looks to help get you in a more festive mood. Looks full of sparkle and lace, sequins and shine and a whole lot of fire to heat up your holiday! Alloy Apparel & Accessories has a wide collection of pieces for straight and plus size, as well as pieces for those at the taller end of the height spectrum which can fit into your wardrobe for work and play.

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Gail’s Look

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… It’s that time of year again, when the holiday party invitations start rolling in and we ladies run to our closets to find that special something that will put us in a festive mood.

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This gorgeous lace dress from Alloy Apparel’s plus size line hits all the right notes.  With its short sleeves and figure hugging silhouette, it’s perfect for that office Christmas party.  Moreover, the length of this dress is spot on for me given I’m on the short side of the height spectrum.  This lovely lace dress also has a little stretch to it as well so it really does hug ones figure wonderfully.

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I love the partial open back detail found on the back of the dress so one can show just a bit more skin without being too revealing.  I paired a black moto style jacket with this dress to toughen up the look a bit.  Now I’m ready to sip eggnog and dance the night away!

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Dress c/o: Alloy Apparel (also available in Tall !) // Moto Jacket: Forever 21+ // Earrings & Cuff: H&M //

Pumps: Zara // Clutch: eBay

 

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With the Holiday season fast approaching, trying to find the perfect holiday outfit to hit those parties in style can be daunting for some. Well we’ve joined forces with Alloy Apparel to showcase a few pieces from their holiday collection, that will make everyone believe you are the Obi-Wan Kenobi of holiday fashion finds!

I’m the type of gal that likes to live on a glam high all year long, and this holiday season is no exception.  My look was all about GLAMOUR, lookking FABULOUS and being BOLD! I present to you Cookie Lyons younger sister, Chanel Lyons (for those who watch Empire I know you get me LMAO). While browsing through the Alloy Apparel website I found this lovely sequins champagne wrap dress. The dress is fully lined with a hemline ending just above the knee. The great thing about Alloy is that they cater to all sizes and you can find most items in straight, tall and plus sizes, and you know Fab Four Fashion loves companies that understand that fashion is for all.

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One thing I must say, I selected my dress size based on the size chart and was surprised to find that when it arrived I had quite a bit of room to spare.  Therefore one can conclude that for this particular item, Alloy is very generous with their sizing. Works for me, cause I’d rather my dress have a little extra room than be too tight. This is an easy fix, the solution, my fave person, my tailor and voila, problem solved. Alternatively, you can always order a size smaller and with the stretchy material you will be fine.  This dress is gorgeous, a total show stopper and will definitely be a hit during the holiday season.  My tall and plus size babes can all dive into this sassy little number too!

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To complete my Cookie Lyons’ inspired look, LOL, I chose to wear a spotted faux fur leopard print coat which is simply the business and perfect to wear on those cold winter nights. It’s big and its bold and most importantly it’s warm. To finish off my look I paired the dress with my blush patent pumps and long dangly earrings, and of course, my signature red lipstick muah!!!! Here she is the latest cast member of Empire: Cookie’s younger sister CHANEL LYONS!

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Dress c/o: AlloyApparel  // Coat: The Shopping Channel // Shoes: (old) Aldo find Similar here //  Earrings: (old) H&M find Similar here

Nancy’s Look

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For the past couple of weeks, all attention has been on what to wear to parties and rocking the best and fiercest freakum dress. Well what about those dinners with friends, or that get together with family that doesn’t need to be too formal? If you need an outfit for those occasions and your mom’s been begging you to put those jeans away, well here is a great alternative.

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This is probably coming to you as no surprise, I went with a sequin number! lol These pants are awesome: simple black jeans in the back and sequins in the front! The jeans half have just the right amount of stretch to ensure great comfort while the front says BAM! Here I am! lol The pants come in 32″ and 37″ inseam which is the perfect length for us long legged ladies. The sizing worked perfectly for me, I consulted the size chart and went with the size closest to my measurements. They have a snug fit but don’t dig in – none of that dreaded muffin top here!

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Wanting to mix my materials, I paired my pants with Alloy’s Caroline Lace Zip Back Blouse. I wanted my look to be more on the sassy side so underneath my lace top I wore a tube top with a sweetheart neckline. If you prefer more coverage, you can easily wear the top with a camisole. It has an interesting back, boasting an exposed zipper and fly away back detail. This is another piece that will get many wears in many different settings.

Thanks to the good folks at Alloy Apparel, you now have a great option for those informal affairs where you still want to dazzle!

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Pants c/o: Alloy Apparel // Top c/o Alloy Apparel // Shoes: Long Tall Sally

My plus size bombshells, my pants go up to a size 21, but alternatively, you can recreate my look with these pants and that top!

Leslie’s Look

The holiday season is upon us, and I for one have already been making merry at a few holiday shindigs so far! I’ve done the requisite work lunch with the colleagues, the after work dinner with friends (thanks Erum for organizing) and that oh so necessary ugly sweater party (Efua and Chris great party)!  But you always need to have a sexy little number to wear out for that special holiday event. Whether it be that fancy holiday party your significant other invited you to, or heading out to the club for a night out to shake what your mama gave you, you need to have a special piece in your holiday clothing arsenal to fit the bill. This dress, courtesy of Alloy Apparel & Accessories is my not so secret weapon.

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This dress has all the sparkle a girl could ask for without being over the top, with the elegant colour combination of black and gold to lend that air of sophistication. This is a great piece because it is so versatile. Let me tell you how I plan to rock it now, and how I plan to remix it for the future.

So first of all, I’m rocking this dress backwards, yes, backwards. For those of us ladies with a very small bust-line, we often don’t want to wear garments that draws attention to our lack of large “lady lumps”. LOL  As such, wearing this dress with the front, to the back, raises the neckline, while adding a little exposure at the back.

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The long slit on the side adds just the right amount of subtle sexiness to the dress to give people a little peep without giving away the whole show, and showing off those long gams. Now for how to keep this dress fresh and new for future events. First, I just know this dress would work fabulously as a mini! After a few wears, I plan to take it on a little trip to the tailor to take the length, up, up, up! For women on the taller side this would be an awesome option for you if the maxi length just doesn’t hit the mark.

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Second wardrobe remix I plan to do with this dress is rock it as a top! A hot leather black pencil skirt would look phenominal withthis dress (a.k.a. top). The lesson here is to think outside the box when it comes to your wardrobe pieces.

One last tip ladies, if you decide this sexy number must come home with you, try going down one size. I’m actually wearing one size smaller than my actual size and it’s just a tiny bit big, but nothing that a tiny nip and tuck won’t fix. Take your measurements, consult the size guide and go one down a size with this one.

Now I’m ready to hit the next holiday bash! I love this time of year and I’m soaking it all in: the fashion, the fun and the festive hum in the air…cause its the most wonderful time of the year!

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Dress: c/o Alloy Apparel // Shoes: BCBG (old), Similar here //

For my curvy ladies: Dress //

Right now ladies, Alloy Apparel is offering a free upgrade to Express Shipping for the holidays!!  You don’t want to miss out!

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Signing off for now,

The Fab Four

THE HEIGHT: SKIRT EDITION

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Cue the funky classic R&B track, raise the lights and get ready for action! Ladies and gentlemen without further ado, allow me to reintroduce you to “THE HEIGHT”. The Olivia Pope like “Fashion Fixers” for TALL women everywhere! Nancy brought you casual cool with those oh so sexy joggers courtesy of THE HEIGHT last week, and this week, I’m thrilled to share this mouth-watering fashion morsel with you….

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Let me start by making a little confession, not sure if you have already caught wind of this but, I have a bit of an obsession with leather.  Leather styles peppered the runways during last spring’s fashion week. These timeless classics continue to grace the pages of fashion magazines large and small and are being donned by celebs everywhere. But let’s admit it ladies, sometimes those leather pieces can just not feel worth the large-scale price tag that accompany them, and that’s if they fit our longer limbs.  Lucky for us, advancements in faux leather making technology are such that we can have access to some incredibly stylish, quality leather look pieces for less.  And if you’re like me, always on the lookout for a sexy faux leather somethin-somethin that will also work for a woman at the higher end of the height spectrum, look no further because “THE HEIGHT” has an answer to your prayers!2 - Flipped - IMG_6885 LT Edited Shop HeightI fell in LOVE with this skirt when I first laid eyes on it. It has all the elements to create the perfect daytime look, with just the right amount of sass to easily create some scintillating night-time sizzle.

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The thing that first struck me about this gorgeous faux leather pencil split front skirt was the textured detail of the material! I simply love this as it adds another dimension to this skirt.  The added visual interest and detail of the skirt elevates the look making it just that much more funky, interesting and just plain cool! You know what the infamous “they” say, it’s all in the details, and THE HEIGHT got it all right with this saucy skirt.

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I LOVE anything with pockets and this piece does not disappoint, added to this, we have the sexy split front detail and I’m in heaven. With the midi length of this skirt on me at 5ft 9, it will definitely work for a taller girl, still keeping the elegance of the piece without losing the “sexy” factor. I know that as a tall girl, the fine line between sexy and “hmmm” can be the difference of an inch or two. But this piece, specially curated by the folks at THE HEIGHT for the sexy, tall women of the world hits all the right notes: length, design, details. The perfect fashion “do-ray-mee”!

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So, allow me to set the stage. I chose to rock this look for the evening: we’re talking, hopping around to a couple of 5 a 7 (i.e. happy hour to those not from my hometown of Montreal) for drinks and networking or just socializing. Followed by dinner at a swanky downtown spot and an “early” night. For this type of occasion, I decided to continue ramping up the funk factor! I paired my embossed faux leather skirt with a touch of fur in the form of this grey sleeveless vest. Since I really wanted to play up the look of texture and pattern, I added these strappy snake print pumps and a simple gray turtle-neck sweater.

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The “Fashion Fixers” at THE HEIGHT offer tall girls affordable, trendy and classic pieces that will fit your every inch to a “t” and won’t fall short on quality or style! They also have some FIERCE pieces for the curvy girls that will make you drool!

Ok, last confession; I’ve already got my eye on this gorgeous skirt next (seen here) and this one too (seen here). Heck, at these prices I’ll get both – must be Christmas somewhere in the world (or does that expression only apply to happy hour?LOL)

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And just so you can get in on THE HEIGHT action too, we hooked you up with a discount code! Use FABFOUR between October 22nd through October 26th and get 10% off your entire purchase!

And with that ladies, “it’s been handled” in true Olivia Pope style by the Fashion Fixers at THE HEIGHT!

Faux Leather Pencil Skirt: THE HEIGHT // Vest: BESTSELLER  // Turtle-neck sweater: Zara // Shoes: Zara // Clutch: Zara //

For my sexy plus size perfect babes: Skirt // Vest // Sweater

Signed,

Leslie

*Although this is a sponsored post the opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Fall Lookbook Part 3

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It is officially fall. The season of cooler temperatures, muted candy coloured leaves, and wood-smoke scented breezes. In this our third, and final, installment of our Fab Four “September Issue”, we bring  you layered looks to keep you styling and profiling this season!

Check out how the Fab Four “layer-up” for fall/winter 2015.

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Gail’s look

Take my breath away…who remembers that way back track huh?  This song was the inspiration for my laid back relaxed look – Top Gun baby!  Picture it, I’m strutting confidently across the tarmac as fog rolls in with me wearing a gorgeous smokey gray leather jacket with wool collar trim!  I’ve got my aviators at the ready as I board my fighter jet!  Ok so I won’t be hopping onto any fighter jet but you catch my drift.  LOL

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The jump off for this look was the jacket.  This jacket is THE JACKET OF MY WHOLE LIFE!  I found it while perusing Beyond the Rack, an online sample sale site, and had to have it.  It was tucked away in the “My Curvy Closet” section of the site.  Once again, I really like how online sample sale sites are providing PERMANENT plus size clothing selections to better serve their diverse customer base.  See fashion industry it’s not hard!

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I love the fact that this jacket is cropped as it hits me right at the top of the hip so that my God given “ass-ets” aren’t hidden. LOL

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Speaking of assets, these denim jeans are the truth!  Once again, Old Navy came through for me.  Almost all of my jeans are from this store.  Now, I know finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans can be pure hell – trust I know the struggle is real but oh so worth it.

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These jeans are jeggings with some distressing detail.  The final touches are the aviators, of course, my wedge boots and a clutch to hold all my necessities.

Mr. Cruise I’m ready for my film debut in Top Gun 2.0!

Jacket: Beyond the Rack (old) Similar here // Tank top: Forever 21+ // Jeans: Old Navy or here // Earrings: eBay // Clutch: Zara // Wedge boots: Zara (old) Similar here or here //

For my tall glamazons here are some options for you – Jacket // Tank top // Jeans

 

Judy’s look

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I love the all black everything sexy, classy, chic look and I went for it. I occasionally struggle to find what I’m going to wear in fall.  I’ll turn my closet upside down trying to come up with something. To be honest I’m still trying to adjust to the change in temperature…I’m just not ready for the fall season. Lol

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With this look I went with the theory of less is more. This timeless look is perfect for fall and gave me that confidence without having to do too much. Investing in classic pieces is so essential especially on those days when you don’t know what to wear.

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For this look I went for a femme fatale look. I paired my pencil faux leather skirt with a simple fitted black turtle neck with a pair of black pumps and my ¾ tweed vest. To add a little excitement to my look I added a full earring cuff and my pink candy yum yum lipstick for the perfect pout.

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Skirt: Zara// Turtleneck: Zara // vest: Zara (old) similar here // Earring (H&M) find similar here // lipstick: Mac

Far my tall Conquerors : Skirt// Turtleneck and Vest

I grab my sunglasses and I’m ready to conquer the world!

 

Nancy’s Look

Tis the season for layering. Fall is so unpredictable, so having multiple layers is the best way to conquer the day. For this week’s edition of our lookbook, I was inspired by the boys! This is yet another trend of this season, but does it really ever go away though? As far as I’m concerned, menswear inspired looks are always in.

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Blazers are a fall must have. They go well with most things and, most importantly, it’s a stylish way to keep the chills at bay! I love this blazer because of its structure. I’ve had it for many years and it still looks fresh and current. I paired my blazer with this fun polka dot fitted boyfriend shirt. I can predict that this item will also have many wears!

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And finally, the star of this outfit is these booties! I found them at the Gap and did a little dance! I saw them at the store in a size 10. For an unknown reason, I decided to try them on. They didn’t fit, but surprisingly, they weren’t crazy tight! So I ordered them online in the size 11 (because of course they don’t actually carry the larger sizes in store… The Gap, please show us big footed babe some love by stocking our size in store please?!? *end rant* LOL). They are soooo comfortable, the color is awesome and I absolutely love them.

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One of the recurring comments found in the reviews section is that these boots make the feet look big. While that may be true, I came to terms with this sometime ago. Old Nancy would have returned the boots based on this alone. New Nancy says: Yes! I am tall and I have bigger feet! They allow me to go about my business and help support my statuesque frame, so I am not going to bash them! So I say, screw it, go on with your big feet! So whether it be stilettoes, kitty heels (they’ve been getting a beating lately… LOL), or shoes that make your feet look big, wear what makes YOU comfortable and happy! *gets off soap box* LOL

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Blazer: Ann Taylor (old); similar here // Shirt: Gap (sold out); similar here // Jeans: Levi’s // Boots: Gap

Plus size babes, recreate my look with this blazer, this shirt and these jeans!

Leslie’s Look

What fall/winter season would truly be a fall/winter season without a little fur, or faux fur, to add warmth, texture and panache to a look! It can be the perfect opening volley for any outfit you plan to rock this fall. Then, add a foundation of black leather and some knock’em dead booties and ladies, ding-ding-ding, we have a winner!

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The catwalks were filled with fur and leather during last spring’s fall/winter fashion week shows and these decadent pieces were a feast for the eyes that I gorged on unrepentantly! And though I had a fun filled summer, I cannot say that I regret having to dress for the cooler temperatures when I get to slip into these sexy pieces.

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The foundation of this look is this leather long-sleeved shirt that I purchased many moons ago but continues to stand the test of time. The sleeves were originally more bell shaped, but I had my trusty tailor give them a little nip and tuck. I wanted to pull a little Tracee Ellis Ross action by doing leather top to bottom recalling the gorgeous leather jumpsuit she sported for the Billboard Music Awards, so I paired the leather shirt with these faux leather pants that hug my curves in all the right places.

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Since I did not want this look to fade to black, I knew I just had to fall into the fur. This faux fur vest adds  another layer of texture and visual interest that helps to break up all the black. I added this skinny tan belt to help define my waist and my version of “Kinky Boots” that are the embodiment of   all things hot to me (ya, I guess you can say I kinda like ‘em;-)LOL

The accessories were simple: gold rectangular shaped earrings and this quilted shoulder bag and I’m armed and ready to meet cooler temperatures!

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Vest: Zara // Leather Shirt: Danier (old), Similar here // Pants: Zara // Booties: Michael Kors (old), Similar here // Handbag: Zara //

For my plus size perfect ladies: Vest // Shirt/Jacket  / Pants 1 or Pants 2

Special thanks to Roseline Bonheur for her amazing photography!

 

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Signed,

The Fab Four