Ziza Boutique Part 2

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The ladies of Fab Four Fashion are back with another look at the great options found at Ziza Boutique!

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Leslie’s Look

Want to make a statement at work? Show ‘em who’s really boss? Then this look is DEFINITELY for you. Fun, funky and still boardroom ready!

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The “sexy secretary” cobalt blue tie neck blouse has a little funk to it with the voluminous sleeves but still caters to a corporate environment. The colour catches their attention, so you can hit ‘em with that innovative idea, that risky venture or even get them to buy in to a new way to do business.

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The culottes are perfect for us tall girls. You never have to worry about hemming, they’re supposed to be short!lol This classic grey colour is brought to life with it’s wide leg style and when combined with this funky snake print belt and bold blouse is killa!  Who said conservative needed to be boring?

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To complete my look, I added a pair of grey suede boots and a printed coat, because every boss needs a cool coat and now I’m ready to take on the lions in the boardroom den!

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Blouse: Ziza Boutique // Culottes: Ziza Boutique // Coat: Zara // Boots: Zara //

For my curvy ladies : Blouse // Culottes or Culottes// Coat

Judy’s Look

js-img_1823Going to Ziza Boutique is always a fun adventure, you never know what great gems you might find there. On our latest trip I found this red dress which I’m obsessed with.

The dress is the dress of all dresses lol, I never really dived too much into red coloured clothing, but thanks to Ziza Boutique I’m sold. I recently wore a stunning red jumper also from Ziza boutique, see previous post for details here.

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This fabulous red dress is called the Jade dress and its perfect for work, corporate events or other social functions.  You name it, and this is the dress. This dress is fitted  and knee length, with a belt which helps accentuate the smallest part of my body which is my waist.

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The best part of the dress is the sleeves. Yes honey the sleeves are puffy which takes this dress to the next level of slaying.

To conclude I wore my dress with my black studded pumps and to jazz up my style I wore my printed clutch from Papaya & Co.

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Dress: Ziza Boutique // clutch: Papaya & Co // pumps: old (similar here)

Dress for my tall Sister: Here

 

Nancy’s Look

Ziza Boutique has done it again. The lady boss behind this boutique goes to the ends of the earth (literally!) to find unique pieces that will have you standing out without having to worry about a”who-wore-it-best” competition with others in attendance at your event.

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This dress has the classic fit and flare silhouette that is sure to add curves right where you want them. The pleated bottom adds volume while being a nice twist. Also, the dress comes with the fantastic belt that further accentuates my waist.

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And when you say “pointed flat collar”, I say, “find a beautiful necklace to accentuate it!”. So if you’re wired like me, you’ll be happy to know that gorgeous necklaces – like the one that I’m wearing – is also available at Ziza Boutique! Talk about a one stop shop.

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I finished my look with these fuchsia pumps for a pop of color – you know me by now, yes? This dress is a great versatile dress which will get you from church to work in 2.5.

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Dress: Ziza Boutique // Necklace: Ziza Boutique // Shoes: Aldo (old); similar here

To the plus size bombshells who would like to recreate my look, check out this dress here!

 

Gail’s Look

This mini dress from Ziza boutique is the cat’s meow.  This light weight dress is super comfy, features bell sleeves and is quite versatile which is as you all know a big plus for me. One could wear it with faux leather pants, over the knee boots or as I’ve done hear with these fishnet stockings from Berkshire!

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I paired the dress with this houndstooth coat to break up all the black and keep things interesting.

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The icing on the cake of this look are these black block heeled shoes that are also from Ziza boutique.  The shoes feature a zip up closure at the back and lace up in the front.

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Dress: Ziza boutique // Coat: Forever 21 Plus (old) similar here or here  // Shoes: Ziza boutique // Fishnet stockings: Berkshire hosiery

For my tall divas here are some options for you: Dress or Dress or Dress // Coat

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Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Fall with Eshakti Part 1

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We have sung the praises of eShakti in previous posts seen here and here and we will continue to do so!  We love when manufacturers and retailers provide fashionable options for women of all sizes – now that’s fashion democracy at its best!  Founded back in 1999 by B.G. Krishnan, eShakti strives to offer fun fashion forward styles which can all be customized for your body at an affordable price.  Now that’s a match made in fashion heaven!

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Judy’s Look

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When it comes to fashion for all and every fit, Eshakti is here, and I couldn’t be happier to collaborate again with them. This time around I chose this simple mustard fit and flare, knee length dress.

I chose to get my dress customized so I can get the waist adjusted to my body, and to get the fit and flare look I was going for.

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I don’t know how many times I can stress the fact that I tend to gravitate towards pieces of clothing that I can wear in so many different ways. This dress is so versatile I can wear it in the winter with a pair of over the knee boots, and can wear it in spring and summer with sandals.

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Last but not least, for this look I paired my dress with my printed blue and beige coat that I scored at Old Navy, on sale a few months ago. I added a fur collar just because everything looks better with fur, and I added my leopard print stilettos.

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Dress: Eshakti // Coat (Old Navy) find similar here // Fur Collar: Find similar here // pumps Sam Edelman: find similar here

As I mentioned before this dress is available in ALL sizes so tall babes it can be yours too.  Here is a coat option in tall for you though which just so happens to be from eShakti as well – Coat

Nancy’s Look

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Fashion democracy at its best indeed. When you see how seamlessly eShakti seems to navigate the fashion-for-all world, I really have to wonder if most retailers will eventually follow suit. I for one sure hope so!

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In order to ensure perfect fit, I entered my measurements and once again, my dress fit me to a tee. The real bonus Tall Chicas is that, if the picture shows the dress being knee length, and you want it to be knee length, then it will BE knee length. What a novel idea lol.

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The dress comes with a belt that matches its beautiful geometric print, but I swapped it for a belt that was in my closet (the grays ended up going quite well!) just to have that contrast to further accentuate my waist. To keep the chills at bay, I added this camel colored maxi jacket which takes the look from nice to boss in 2.5!

The neckline, sleeve and length of the dress can all be modified. How will you rock it?

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Dress: eShakti // Coat: long tall sally // Shoes: Aldo (sold out); similar here

Plus size girls, you can get that very same dress in your very own size! If you want to pair it with a jacket as I did, check out the one worn by our very own Gail here.

Gail’s Look

This look is my ode to military chic.  When I spied this gorgeous army green dress on the eShakti site – it was love at first sight!  The first thing that popped into my head was that En Vogue remake of “He’s the boogie woogie hip hop boy of Company B!” LOL  Man, I was ready to fox trot!

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The dress is made of a comfy breathable cotton material that has a hint of stretch.  I love the faux knot detail at the neck too.  Once again, eShakti has those wonderful pockets in this dress design that I just love.

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Next came this camel coloured coat, in petite plus, with gold button -again giving off that military air!

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I completed my look with patterned pumps and gold embossed purse – now that’s a  salute to style…see what I did just there lol

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Dress: eShakti // Coat: Eloquii // Pumps: Banana Republic (sold out) similar here // Purse: eBay

Now as you ladies remember, this dress is totally customizable so, my tall glamazons, you can get this look in a size you!!!  But, here is a coat option in tall  – Coat

Leslie’s Look

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When perusing through the pages of Elle Canada magazine I stumbled across an article featuring some of the hot trends seen on the runway for fall. One of those hot trends lit a fire in my blood and I was determined to recreate it with my own little twist. The trend  was wearing pink and  yellow together.

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This gorgeous dress from eShakti, which of course me being me, I turned into a skirt is dupioni silk with a high low detail and beautiful front pleat. I’ve been noticing a lot  of pink creeping into my wardrobe of late, but when it comes in the form of a beautiful dress like this, who can resist. Image

What I love about this dress is that I could so easily where it to a wedding or special event, then to expand the “usefulness” of this piece for us ladies on a budget, you can style it with a top or jacket to wear it dinner, brunch or for drinks with the crew.

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I rocked it with this ¾ sleeve shirt in a vibrant yellow and decided to accentuate my waist with a wide brown belt. Since I love adding a little print whenever I can, I threw on my leopard print pumps, and for a little extra dash of colour (because I was feeling like being bold) I rocked this wine-red clutch to hold my bits and bobs.

And just like that, I transformed this dress from “occasion” wear to everyday gear!

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Dress: eShakti (sold out in pink), similar here or here// Shirt: Zara (sold out), similar here // Shoes: Office // Belt: Winners // Clutch: Aldo (sold out), similar here //

For my curvy ladies this dress comes in just your size since eShakti  clothing can be customized to your specific measurements! // Top //

Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Suzy Shier

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Suzy Shier is an established Canadian brand which opened its first store five decades ago. They now have over 140 stores across the country and online retailing which allow our American friends to join in on the fun. Suzy Shier gives us all the option to participate on the latest trends without breaking the bank.

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Whether you’re looking for a nice fit for the office, date night or brunch with the girls, Suzy Shier has got you covered – whatever your size! While a lot of their fab plus size collection is found online, this is the closest we’ve ever been to actually all shopping together. As such, it only made sense for us to play around in the Suzy Shier closet to show you how it works for a wide range of body types.

Nancy’s Look

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I have seen Suzy Shier around for the longest time but can’t say that I knew much about them. Discovering that they have been around for 50 years (!!!) is definitely a testament of their knowledge of women’s fashion. Finding out that they extended their collection to include our sexy plus size sisters made me even more inclined to partner with them.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the multiple options that they had available. I decided on a 70’s inspired look which could have me grooving at brunch with my girls. The fur vest is what first caught my eye. Suzy Shier does not yet offer tall options (see how I said yet Suzy Shier… please take notes!!! lol), so naturally, I fell for an option that would work for my long limbs. With that said, when I was looking for a top to wear with my fur vest, I found a black long sleeve one with sleeves that were surprisingly long!

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Plus size babes, you can recreate my look with this vest, top and jeans.

 

Gail’s Look

Suzy Shier is a brand I’ve heard of for many years bud sadly could never shop there as they didn’t stock my size.  I was very happy to learn that they now have a plus size collection that features casual, office wear, and evening pieces.

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Suzy Shier’s outerwear collection immediately grabbed my attention.  The statement coat of the season is the wrap coat and Suzy Shier’s version can’t be beat.

I love the large wide lapels and the gorgeous shade of gray is a classic that can be dressed up or down.

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So, after nabbing the coat I immediately fell in love with these faux leather pants.  What’s neat about them is that the back are made of stretchy ponti material while the front are faux leather.  To say that these pants are comfortable is an understatement.  I could wear them all day!  The cut of the pants is such that they are form-fitting but as I said before they’re very comfortable.

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So to up the sexiness factor a little I reached for this black, see through, mock turtleneck top.  If you’re a little on the shy side you can layer a tank top underneath.

To complete my look I added striped pumps and my beloved Alexander Wang cross body purse.

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Coat: Suzy Shier (sold out) similar here // Pants: Suzy Shier // Top: Forever 21 Plus (sold out) similar here // Shoes: Zara (old) similar here // Cross body purse: Alexander Wang

Tall bombshells – Coat // Top // Pants

 

Leslie’s Look

LIKE  A SEXY BOSS! This is how this outfit from Suzy Shier makes me feel! If you are a dedicated follower of the blog, you may have noted that I don’t often wear a lot  of lace in my outfits. Despite the fact that this has been a HUGE trend of late, I just couldn’t get on the band wagon, until now that is. This sexy number changed the game!

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I love that it is fitted and sleeveless and sports a sexy keyhole at the back. The dress on it’s own was a winner, but add in this beautiful pale pink wrap coat? Ladies, I was seeing stars!

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I love how the coat softens the black colour in the dress and causes the lining of the dress to read pink. The style of the coat is also perfectly on trend. But best of all y’all was the price! Talk about affordable. One thing I can say about Suzy Shier is they understand the definition of the word sale. They are always having great deals on their pieces allowing for a shopaholic like me to clean up!LOL

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Styling this look was absolutely effortless. Once I added the coat, all I needed was a little gold bling. Bold earrings and cuff bracelets rounded out the look, and with that , I was ready to paint the town red (or pink in this instance:-)

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Dress:  Suzy Shier  // Coat:  Suzy Shier //

For my curvy girls: Dress or Dress or Dress // Coat //

 

Judy’s Look

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I’m the first to admit I rarely go shopping at Suzy Shier. However when the chance presented itself for us to work with them, I immediately went on their website to see what I could score from their collection.

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I found this cute black sleeveless turtleneck dress, I’m happy to report that I’m quite content with it. This dress is perfect for the cold weather, I can layer it up with a nice sweater, wear it as is, or style it up for a Friday night lounge.

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For this outfit I went for the rocker chic look. I paired my dress with a leather jacket, added a touch of color by wearing it with my Kashmiri Grace Jones clutch and I’m ready to slay.

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Dress: Suzy Shier // Leather jacket: Wilson’s Leather // Clutch: Kashmirviii // Pumps: (old) find similar here) Earrings: (old) Forever21

For my tall babes – Dress or Dress // Jacket

*The folks at Suzy Shier wanted to spread the love and are offering our readers a 15% off discount code ( SUZY8SWE) to be used only online.  HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Ready for the World

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Say goodbye to beautiful summer weather? Me? Never! While yes, I will admit, I have to start thinking about where I ended up tossing my winter garb earlier this year, I am one of those people that likes to plan a little ”escape from Old Man Winter” vacation to break up the monotony of those cold winter months. Trust me, wherever I go there will be sunshine, heat and deliciously warm breezes!

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So, for those of you planning your winter getaways down south or that majestic cruise in the Mediterranean or Caribbean over the course of the coming season, this post is  for you!

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We introduced you to Ziza Boutique once before in a post earlier this summer (link), but I just could not resist going back to this fabulous boutique once again to seek out some more gorgeous, unique finds!

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This striking jumpsuit immediately caught my eye. The colour was stunning, the touch of gold in the belt so regal, the wide leg so on trend, and the length was perfect. There is even enough extra material in the hem to let it out even further if needed for my taller sistas! I also love the little details like the zipper detail at the shoulder and the sheer detail at the back.

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One thing I absolutely LOVE about this piece is that I was able to get it in a size 2, and the length is still long enough for me!!! I often find that the smaller I go in size, the shorter the length. Or, when I do shop at a store for tall women, the clothes are often not made small enough to fit me. This jumpsuit hit all the right marks for my body type; small enough, long enough and a la mode.

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I see myself rocking this jumpsuit to a wedding, a romantic (or not so romantic) dinner or special event. It’s classic lines make it a piece that can be worn time and again and, as with many pieces from Ziza Boutique, the likelihood of me finding anyone else at that wedding or special event rocking the same  jumpsuit is very, very slim!

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Accessorizing this jumpsuit was child’s play. With the gold touch in the belt, I went with all gold everything! The large oversized cuff and dangly earrings provided just the right touch of drama I was looking for.  Simple gold sandals finished off my look and I was ready for a cocktail, to eat wedding cake or a night at the symphony!

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Jumpsuit: Ziza Boutique //

For my curvy girls: Jumpsuit //

Till next time!

Leslie

Hats Off to David Dunkley!

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Ever put an outfit together and just feel like something is missing? That’s because something probably is! In a bygone era a gentile woman would not even think of leaving her home without first donning her bonnet; or spend hours at the milliners trying to find the perfect artfully sculpted headpiece to compliment her gown.  If you’re looking for THE exquisite hat or fascinator to cause a stir at your next event, one need look no further than David Dunkley!

Having studied with formal royal milliner to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, David’s creations have also graced the head of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

David is an award winning designer and is also the official milliner of the Queen’s Plate.  As you can imagine, the ladies of Fab Four Fashion are beyond excited to have had the chance to wear fascinators from David’s private collection when we walked the red carpet at the Nordstrom Opening Gala.  Join us as we chat fascinating fascinators and outstanding outfits!

Judy’s Look

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Wearing haute couture has always been a dream of mine, but when you actually get to wear haute couture on top of your head, it’s even better. Who said fascinators can’t be a strong statement piece, well let me tell you about Canadian hat designer David Dunkley.

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I had the extreme privilege of wearing one of the David Dunkley’s fascinators which was carefully crafted, and hand made by the visionary himself. My fascinator consists of black and white stripes, made out of “peau de soie” which is worn in the middle of the head, and at the back a few artfully placed bright pink ostrich feathers.

And what could be better than to wear such a striking piece to the official red carpet grand opening of the brand new Nordstrom store at the Toronto Eaton Centre. What a show stopper; this fascinator commends attention and yes, it is a veritable piece of art.

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Choosing an outfit to aptly compliment this skillfully designed fascinator was easy, as I had a vision of a black strapless bustier, with a long A-line satin white skirt with black polka dots. The mix of the stripes on the fascinator, and the polka-dot skirt blended so beautifully. To complete my look I wore a pair of long silver earrings and black pumps.

I’m ready to take the fashion world by storm.

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Skirt: Amazon // Top: (Asos) find similar here and here // Hat: David Dunkley // Pumps: Enzo Angiolini ( find similar here ) // earrings: The Bay find similar here

Tall sisters: Top // Skirt: Amazon (my skirt comes in every sizes and you can let go of the hem to make it longer)

Nancy’s Look

Do you like to be a show stopper? Do you enjoy seeing eyes widen as they land on you? If you answered yes, then read on – David Dunkley is for you.

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This stunning piece of millinery is not for the faint of heart or those who like being incognito. The creator of this piece loved it so much that he retired this topper to his private collection. Can you blame him? It’s simply stunning. The skillfully crafted flowers are accentuated by black feathers to create this newspaper printed chef-d’oeuvre. I tried on many amazing pieces but my heart literally skipped a beat when the master milliner pulled the ONE from a secret back room.

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This gorgeous hat in classic black and white goes with pretty much anything. I chose to carry this color pallet to the rest of my outfit. The gorgeous dress that I am rocking is made of scuba material and hugs my figure right where I want it. The cut out adds just the right dose of sexiness. If you have a wedding, birthday or just want to exercise your right to be hot, you can RENT this beauty for the weekend. No need to commit and they will dry clean it for you!

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Always needing a pop of color, I had to pull out my red lipstick.

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Fascinator: David Dunkley // Dress: Fitzroy Boutique // Sandals: Nine West (sold out); similar here

For my plus size bombshells, although Fitzroy Boutique does not offer plus size options yet we did find a similar dress options for you here: Dress 1 // Dress 2 //

Gail’s Look

Entering David Dunkley’s boutique is like stepping into a fanciful jewelry box where all the hats and fascinators on display shine bright like Harry Winston diamonds.  I have a particular obsession with hats so you can imagine that I felt as though I died and went to fascinator heaven.  I wanted to wear a fascinator that was utterly unique and feathers were an absolute requirement.  David of course, did not disappoint.

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This fascinator not only had feathers but ombre feathers at that which culminated in a collection of silk flowers which frame my face beautifully.

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With a fanciful fascinator like this I went for a rather sedate outfit.  I opted for a simple black jumpsuit from my favourite online retailer, Eloquii along with silver pumps.

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I added a simple white jacket thrown over my shoulder “vogue editor” style.

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Fascinator & Clutch: David Dunkley // Jumpsuit: Eloquii (sold out) similar here //Pumps: Zara (sold out) similar here// Jacket: JC Penny (old) similar here //

For my tall divas here are some options for you: Jumpsuit // Jacket

Leslie’s Look

ROYAL!! That is how I feel in this jawdroppingly stunning piece of millenary perfection created by the one and only David Dunkley, and this triple take” beauty of a dress from Fitzroy Boutique making me feel like a modern day Cinderella (post bippitty-boppitty-boo of course)!

While it is not often one finds me in a predominantly black outfit, when said outfit looks like this, colour be dammed!

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It’s all in the details. Mr. Dunkley (are we even sure  the Queen has not Knighted him yet because really, his hats are veritable pieces of artistry), has created the perfect blend of elegance, sophistication and a certain air of mystery in this striking black and silver head piece.  The addition of fine crystals to the floating veil and the delicate plumes add that extra touch of glamour that I love so much. In this outfit I feel like a modern day film noire femme fetale leaving a grimacing Bogey or Cary Grant wishing they never met me, yet thanking their lucky stars that they did! 😉

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Now, what would a beautiful piece of millenary confection be without the perfect accompaniment? We love to find great Canadian boutiques, and Fitzroy Boutique is a gem! Not only do they have fantastic pieces that are perfect for any occasion, they also……

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OFFER RENTALS!!!

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Ever see a dress you just love, then look at the price tag and stop breathing in case your breath accidently rustles the material to hard causing a bead to come lose or a feather to stray from its skillfully crafted perch? I know I have. Then I go into grinning idiot mode as I try to find the quickest path with the least obstacles to get me the hell outta that store!LOL Well, ladies why purchase that $900 dress if you know you will never have a chance to wear it again. For $50 – $90 you can rent a gorgeous designer dress for a 4 day period, wear it, dance in it, be the envy of everyone in it, then return it to Fitzroy and NOT EVEN HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT DRY CLEANING IT! They take care of the dry cleaning for you!

This ostrich feather dress I’m rocking, designed and handmade in the 6ix by Canadian designer Marika Brose retails for $845! But with Fitzroy, you get the look for less with a 4 day rental for $75!

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I kept the rest of my look simple to leave centre stage so to my elegant fascinator and stylish dress. I wore simple crystal earrings and necklace and wore my pewter coloured cage sandals and cuff bracelet to add a little edginess.

And with that, this Cinderella was ready to slip that shoe on her prince’s foot (size 13:-) What? 13’s my lucky number and I did say I was a modern-day Cinderella!(wink-wink)

Fascinator: David Dunkley // Dress: Fitzroy Boutique // Shoes: Hudson’s Bay //

For my sexy curvy ladies, while Fitzroy does not offer plus sizes just yet, this an area they plan to develop in the future so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out this beautiful similar dress you may just want to call your own: Dress //

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Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Photography: Kristina Laukkanen – Pear Studios

How to Shop Your Closet for Fall 2016 Trends

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Ladies, keeping up with fashion trends can wreak havoc with your budget but you don’t need to be Anna Wintour to be update with the fall looks of the season.  Why not shop your closet your closet to stay current with this season’s autumn trends!

Metallics

Shiny silhouettes sauntered their way down the catwalks at the fall/winter 2016 fashion week presentations. From gorgeous metallic dresses to overcoats that shined bright like a diamond, metallic finishes will be everywhere this autumn. But, ladies, these majestic metallics are not just now jumping into the scene! We saw them last season as well. Don’t be mesmerized by the shiny finish. Be sure to shop your closet first. Check out how Judy and Nancy rocked their metallics in previous seasons:

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Suits

Menswear inspired looks dominated the runway this season and we’re not surprised at all.  We’ve waxed poetic about the versatility of a suit.  From season to season a suit will carry you through from the boardroom to after work drinks easily.  Check out the suit looks that Gail and Leslie put together last year.

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Floral

Romantic, whimsical florals have captivated the hearts of the fashion world, and the ladies of Fab Four Fashion are no exception. These beautiful blossoms which dominated the runways for fall, are leaving us feeling dreamy-eyed and scouring our closets for any hint of a pretty petal.

Nancy and Judy plucked these fantastic florals from their wardrobes and will be right on trend for the fall season.

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Fur

Glorious  faux fur also graced the fashion runways for fall in a myriad of colours and patterns.  Here, Gail strutted her stuff in a full length leopard print coat and worked it.  Leslie opted for a 3/4 length sleeve coat with faux leather shorts and over the knee boots.

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Gloves

Hearkening back to a bygone era, gloves once were the mainstay in a woman’s wardrobe, not just to be worn when the mercury falls below freezing. This fingerlicious accessory is hands down one of the easiest ways to jazz up your outfit this fall. So why not consider throwing on a gorgeous pair of gloves to round out that fall fit. Judy and Nancy were ahead of the curve when they featured gloves in their ensembles last season.

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Capes

Capes worn as jackets or winter coats is another trend for fall 2016.  Both Leslie and Gail opted to include big statement necklaces for their looks last year.

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So remember ladies, shop your closets before you make a purchase this fall!

Tah tah for now,

The Fab Four

Fall into Long Tall Sally

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The sun is blazing, the humidity in tense and all signs seem to say summer ain’t going nowhere! Except one; look out the window, step outside, go for that evening walk around 6:30 or 7pm. What do you notice? The sun is rapidly disappearing over the horizon! Which in my part of the world can only indicate one thing: old man winter has us in his cross hairs!

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But before we break out the parkas, tuques and mittens, we have the blessed calm before the storm, where the chill in the air actually feels refreshing, the trees put on their version of a burlesque show by showing us what’s under all that green then “dropping it like it’s hot”, and we get to strut our stuff in our fall fashion finest! And long tall sally was my first stop for fierce fall finds!

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When I happened across this gorgeous chunky turtleneck sweater I knew it would have to be a part of my autumn collection. The thick gauge knit and colour had me thinking of hot coco and crackling logs in the fireplace. Then, I opted to go one size up and rock it as a dress (with some short shorts underneath to hide my lady bits), and I just knew it would definitely heat things up!

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Next came this stunning coat. The sleeves are actually LONG! Can we have a moment of silence for long sleeves that are actually long enough for the long limbed ladies?

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(…and one more moment of silence… 🙂

This elegant camel coat exudes sophistication and Vogue editor level glam! It’s the perfect foundation piece that a woman can wear season after season.

And where would any respectable woman be without her trusty scarf? This scarf is the perfect addition to have on those cooler fall evenings, and also doubles as the perfect decoration for that tote bag! I also just wanted a little bit of print in the overall look to add some panache!

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The final pieces to this look were this floppy hat and my black over the knee boots; and with that, I’m ready to heat things up this fall.

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Coat: c/o long tall sally // Sweater: c/o long tall sally // Scarf: long tall sally // Hat: H&M // Boots: Zara (sold out), similar here //

For my curvy ladies: Coat // Sweater //

So ladies and gents, get ready to dive into fall, because believe it or not, it’s a coming!

And I just have to say a BIG HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY to LONG TALL SALLY!!!

Tah tah for now,

Leslie xo

Les Poupounes de Luxes

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When Canadian, Montreal-based brand Les Poupounes de Luxe collaborates with Fab Four Fashion, one can only expect that “We the North” are at their very best.  Their brand’s message is “We are Montreal Born, our clothes are Canadian made, and Les Poupounes de Luxe stands for a new standard in ready-to-wear clothing uniting women of all sizes”, and Fab Four Fashion is all about that!

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Leslie’s Look

Every woman needs a little black dress (LBD) in her wardrobe. It’s one of the simplest ways to look sleek, elegant and sophisticated in one foul swoop. Now, add in a sexy front slit and some exposed shoulder action and you’ve got a winner!

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It’s a very rare thing to find me in all black everything. But, when all black looks like this, well then, how could I resist! The style of the dress is simple with enough visual interest to keep it interesting; but what I love about an outfit with such simple lines, is that I get to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. This dress provides the perfect foundation for that gorgeous necklace you’ve been dying to wear; those bold earrings you just haven’t found the right outfit for, but just had to buy; or those shoes that you know were super funky and not your usual, but you could just not leave them in the store!

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This dress feels great and is well made. The sizes seem to run just a tad big, but that is all good, because I can easily take this piece to the tailor so I have that “made to measure” feel.

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To accessorize my look, I wore bold earrings,  a silver cuff on each wrist, and some sexy gladiator heels that let everyone know that I came to slay!

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Dress (courtesy): Les Poupounes de Luxe // Shoes: Zara (sold out) similar here //

Curvy ladies, Les Poupounes caters to ALL sizes so this dress can be yours and purchased at the same link above!

 

Gail’s Look

This Les Poupounes suit has got me feeling like wheeling and dealing, brokering mergers and acquisitions like a stealth corporate raider!  Basically, this suit is what corporate dreams are made of.

The versatility of a great suit just can’t be beat.  It can go from the boardroom to Thursday happy hour (or as we Montrealers call it 5 a 7) easily.  Moreover, one can wear the jacket or the skirt with other things in one’s closet.  I just love when my clothing can do double duty!

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The suit features a peplum jacket with a hook and eye closure and satin lapels.  The fit on this jacket is out of this world fabulous.  Often times I have trouble finding jackets that fit correctly but this Les Poupoune gem is perfect.

I paired the jacket with this cross over hem skirt which is in a pencil style and perfectly accentuates my curves. The cross over style also allows for a little bit of leg to peak through – ooo la la.  The skirt also features a hook and eye closure as well as a hidden button.

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Both the jacket and the skirt are made of a double knit material that includes spandex so there is more give and ease of movement so I don’t feel as though I’m trapped in the suit.GT IMG_9431

I wore a salmon coloured sleeveless shirt underneath the jacket for a subtle pop of colour.  I slipped into some blush/nude coloured pumps and to jazz things up even further I added this leopard print clutch.

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Jacket (courtesy): Les Poupounes de Luxe // Skirt (courtesy): Les Poupoune de Luxe // Sleeveless shirt: H&M similar here or here // Pumps: Jessica Simpson (old) similar here (this style goes up to size 13!// Clutch: Coach similar here

My beautiful tall glamazons, Les Poupounes caters to ALL sizes so this suit can be yours and purchased at the same link above!

 

Judy’s Look

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While browsing on Instagram I saw fellow Montreal blogger @Mllgeri wearing a black jumper which suited her very well. I immediately asked her where she got it and found out it was from a Montreal based company called Les Poupounes.

It’s always nice to discover a Canadian brand that understands that women of fuller shapes and sizes can be fashionable. What you will find in their collection is the basic, classic and timeless black and white pieces that you can mix for work and various events.

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I chose the classic black shorts jumper with a satin waistline.  As I mentioned earlier, I saw it on another blogger and knew it would look good on me. What I love about the jumper is that it’s made out of a stretchy spandex material, which gives you room to breathe so you don’t feel too snug in it.  Since this fabulous jumper is made out of a thicker material, I would most likely wear it during fall and winter with stockings and a nice pair of heels.

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For this look I went for classy and fab! To accentuate my waistline I wrapped a thin leather belt around my waist, and kept it simple by adding long gold earrings. To glamorize my look, I wore my lace-up black studded sandals and grabbed my sexy beaded clutch. Last but not least, this jumper comes in every size.  Isn’t it awesome when a retailer realizes that all woman want fashionable pieces, irrespective of size!

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Jumper (courtesy): Les Poupounesdeluxe // Sandals: find similar here (Aldo) // earrings: Find similar here (Aldo) // clutch:  find similar here (Aldo) // Belt:  Asos

 

Nancy’s Look

We’ve said it once, twice, a thousand times. Finding designers that cater to all body types is cause for a celebration. Retailers and designers, please take notes! It can and is being done, and done beautifully at that.

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Les Poupounes de Luxe really personifies what Fab Four Fashion stands for. What I like most (other than the fact that they cater to us all) is that their pieces are classic, must have wardrobe staples. They are the blank canvas that will give you many different wears.

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The other obvious bonus is that you’re not limited to a “tall” or “curvy” section of their site. All items can be customized. As a lover of jumpsuits (I know that you all know about my love affair with jumpsuits), I automatically zeroed in on the Tuxedo Jumpsuit. Seeing the inseam of 32″ almost stopped me in my tracks. Since they make every piece, I figured that I would ask if a few additional inches could be added, and voila, I had this perfectly fitted jumpsuit.

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The satin at the lapel and trimming on the side pockets elevates this classic piece. The rayon, nylon and spandex combination ensure close fit without being clingy. This chic piece is a standout piece on its own, but I decided to add some gold accessories because black and gold are such a great combination. I added the belt to accentuate my waist, the bangles are my go to and the drop earrings are just too cool to pass on! Punctuate it all with studded pumps and just like that, I was ready to strut my stuff.

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Jumpsuit: Les Poupounes de Luxe // Shoes: Vince Camuto (old); similar here and here

Plus size ladies, this jumpsuit comes in all sizes so feel free to get on Slay on with this very piece.

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Special thanks to Les Poupounes de Luxe for the fantastic pieces.

Further thanks go out to Roseline Bonheur for the flicks!

Tah Tah for now!

The Fab Four

CARIBANA

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The biggest North American festival most commonly known as Caribana is here and Fab Four Fashion is ready to jump and wave.  Ever heard of the expression “Hair done, nails done, everything did” if yes, you are ready to see our party outfit ideas.Grp Edited IMG_6618

 

Nancy’s Look

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I don’t know about you; but we ready, we ready, yeah we ready, we ready, ready, ready, ready, ready (those who know, know, but for those who don’t know, I didn’t all of a sudden start to stutter, I’m borrowing the words from Bunji Garlin… lol).

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Caribana is the time of year when you leave all your inhibitions at the door and just get on’ bad! And I’m here for that. I’m a day party kind of girl. I enjoy a great rooftop, having the sun beaming on my skin, dancing to good tunes while waving my Haitian flag and sipping on some delicious beverages. So for a day party, instead of reaching for a freakum dress, I’ll go for something more playful.

This piece right here fits the bill perfectly. When I heard it calling my name tucked away hidden in between racks, I thought that it was a cute A-line dress and I worried that it was going to be on the short side. But lo and behold, it’s not a dress, it’s a romper!

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It has all the winning elements: low scoop back, pockets, a great print, need I say more? The romper is made of polyester so while the material is “stiff” enough to hold its shape, its light weight enough to allow you to bust a move!

Since this romper is a stunner, accessorizing it was a breeze, I just added a dash of gold on my ears and my signature bangles and I am ready to whiiiiine, get ready to whiiiiine (again, those who know, know, and for those who don’t these are words of wisdom from my girl Alison Hinds. LOL)

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Romper: H&M (not on the website but check your neighborhood store!); similar here // Shoes: Aldo

Plus size girls, I know that you’re getting ready to back it up! You can do so in this romper or that one.

Leslie’s Look

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Let me see your rag…let me see your flag!!! Another fun and exciting Caribana weekend is about to hit the 6ix and I could not wait to limber up, do my stretches in anticipation of working my waist to some sweet soca “rydims”!! Of course, what would all these fabulous fetes be without an equally fabu outfit to make sure I keep up with the sizzle being laid down in the tracks. This look is for the grown and sexy women who know how to “get on bad”, but always leave ‘em wanting more!LOL

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This look is all about being cool, comfortable and allows for the flexibility of whining down without any wardrobe malfunctions or potential peep shows!LOL  The fit is perfect in that it hugs my waist, but flows away nicely into a wide leg that gives me an extra sway to my walk! Now tall girls out there, I scooped  this jumpsuit up at Zara, and normally they are amazing at making their pants and jumpsuits with a good length in the inseam. I can usually buy an extra small size and still at my height of 5ft 9in wear at least a 4 inch heel (or higher). This was not the case with this jumpsuit. I had to let out the hem completely to be able to rock it with my high heels.

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This look was so simple yet so elegant. The colour makes it impossible for you not to get noticed and for those women who like easy outfits, it’s a jumpsuit so no need to work out that perfect pairing of top and bottom.

Accessorizing was a breeze. I wanted to be glam, so I wore a bold statement necklace and a rose gold cuff. My nude shoes rounded out the look and with that, I was ready to jump and wave!

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Jumpsuit: Zara (sold out), Similar here // Shoes: Office //

For my oh so sexy curvy ladies: Jumpsuit or Jumpsuit or Jumpsuit//

 

Gail’s Look

“….And I feel like I just win a million dollars!”  The lyrics to a beloved soca song by KES The Band always gets me ready to jump and wave during Caribana aka JUMP UP to us West Indians!!!  From wonderful island rhythms to delicious West Indian food like roti, I just love this time of year!

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And what would Caribana weekend here in the Tdot be without great parties to attend with equally great friends.  For my Caribana party look the watch word was sultry!

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I chose this sage green front knot body con dress with a plunging neckline.  Hey, its Caribana one has to live a little LOL.  I added this gold bodychain to accent the plunging neckline that I just love!

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To complete my look I added nude pumps and even more gold accessories.  Now I’m ready to dance the night away with my peeps!

Dress: Boohoo Plus//Gold Bodychain: Forever 21 (old) similar here // Pumps: Jessica Simpson (old) similar here//Cuffs: Forever 21// Globe clutch: eBay

For my tall glamazons here is a dress option for you: Dress 1// Dress 2

 

 

Judy’s Look

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Caribana is fast approaching, and while we try to hold on to the last few weeks of summer to take advantage of our outfits, we can also pay homage to one of the biggest Caribbean parties of the year!

This year my Caribana vibe is calling for sexy rompers, shorts and jumpers. For a nice evening rooftop party, my outfit of choice is this sexy romper I got from ASOS.  I’m always a fan of prints or geometric graphic prints.

I copped this romper on sale.  I loved the white and black print, although I was initially concerned about the length.  However this romper wasn’t too short, most importantly my peaches were fully covered.

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This romper allows me to jump and wave, and more importantly whine up and twerk a little bit LOL. The long sleeves are perfect for the cool summer breezes on the rooftop, because when I’m out for Caribana I don’t like walking around with a coat.

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What I like the most about my romper is that it transitions very well from day with a cute pair of flats, to evening with a nice pair of heels.

To spice up my look I went for a black, white and pink, snake skin stiletto that was also purchased from ASOS.  Last but not least, since the romper has a sexy v-neckline, I thought I would add one of my favorite necklaces to accessorize my look.

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Now that I’m finally ready I can’t wait to “duck” on my soca tune “Ducking” and find my dance partner for “One Dance” by Drake!

 

Romper: Asos // Shoes: Asos similar here // Necklace similar here

For Tall fashionista: jumper

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Tah Tah for now,

The Fab Four

Summer in the City

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Summer is not only about shorts, tanks and bikinis. It’s also a great time to break out a cute summer dress or some spectacular prints and cool fabrics. The ladies of Fab Four Fashion took the plunge into summer fashion fun and are dressing up the way they do best!

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Leslie’s Look

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I love wearing summer dresses when the mercury rises above that 25 degree mark. They are the perfect  piece to where to allow the warm summer breezes to help cool you down on a hot day, and give you some breathability.

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This African print dress is one of my favourites to pull on on a hot day. The cotton material allows me to stay cool, and the flared skirt gives me maximum movement. I love this style of dress as it gives me a beautiful silhouette and gives us women the freedom of wearing any style of undergarments we like. If you want to wear something to prevent the dreaded thigh chaffing, this is a perfect piece!

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Accessorising this look was a synch. You  have the option of dressing it up or down depending on your mood! I wanted to dress it up a bit so I went for bold jewelry and high heeled pumps. Yet another advantage of this dress and the beautiful print, one has the option of wearing many different styles and colour of shoes.

And with that, I’m going to hit a rooftop party with the crew!

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Dress: Dedo Azu (Instagram @dedoazu or via  email dedoazu@gmail.com for inquiries and orders)// shoes: Office //

For my gorgeous plus size ladies: Dress: Dedo Azu (Instagram @dedoazu or via  email dedoazu@gmail.com for inquiries and orders)//

 

Gail’s Look

I love maxi dresses, and this one from eShakti fits me to a “T”.  We’ve talked about how much we love this awesome retailer in the past as their clothing is completely customizable so you’re sure to find something in a size “you”!  No one has been left out at eShakti!GT Edited IMG_4074

For me, summer isn’t summer without an easy breezy maxi (see how I made that rhyme LOL).  I love the chevron pattern on this cotton dress and the fact that it has pockets!!!!!!  I added a simple black belt to highlight my waist.GT Edited IMG_4030

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To complete my look I added silver wedges, dangly earrings and aviators because the future is so bright, I gotta wear shades!GT Edited IMG_3888

Dress: eShakti.com // Wedges: Old Navy (old) similar here // Belt: Calvin Klein (sold out) similar here //

For my tall divas, this dress can be yours as eShakti’s clothing is completely customizable!!

 

Judy’s Look

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Summer is the time to bust out the lovely colors in your wardrobe, and to be more fashionably bold with your style, without having to wear a winter coat.  Let me talk to you about a cute summery look that can take me to brunch and transition well into an after work social networking event.

For one thing, I’m always attracted to bright colors, they tend to uplift my spirit and brighten up my days LOL. If you know me by now, you know that I love wearing outfits that can transition from day to night.  For this look I went for bright and light with a touch of pop art.

 

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I wore this nice fitted yellow skirt that I got on sale a few weeks ago thru Eloquii.  Little confession though, in order to get the skirt fitted to my body, I had to get a size down. The skirt is the perfect, mid-length that comes in a scuba material which fits nicely.

I scored this yellow, pink, and blue printed top for $6 at old navy yay.  For that price I couldn’t leave it behind. The perfect summer coat for me is a cool jean jacket which can be thrown on over a summer dress, or rocked with a jumper and you are good to go. I was always on the lookout for the perfect jean jacket, and couldn’t find it until I went to Old Navy and found this one in a light blue denim. This jacket is the business! I love the light blue color and that it’s a bit stretchy so that I can actually wear a sweater underneath and not feel constricted.  Trust me, it’s the worst feeling being virtually trap in your clothes LOL.

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To add a dash of pop art to my outfit I wore my white frame sunglasses, a silver cubed necklace, my famous Kashmir clutch frame with the incomparable Grace Jones and a pair of blush pumps, and I’m ready to brighten your day while I take over the 6ix.

JS IMG_4128Skirt: Eloquii // Top: Old Navy (find Similar here) // Jeans jacket: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Pumps: Aldo //  clutchKashmir: Kashmir

For my Tall babes: Skirt & Top , Jeans Jacket

Nancy’s Look

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On any given day, you will catch me in jeans or in a jumpsuit; but every now and then, I like to break out a sweet and girly dress. This dress hits the mark on all accounts. In a not so distant past, you would never catch me wearing florals… Yet, just in the past couple of months, I’ve worn florals over, over and over again. Go figure!

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This dress is just adorable. It screams easy, breezy and beautiful. The material is lightweight and makes it the perfect piece on a hot summer day. The top part has suttle stiches which does wonders for our figure. It has a nice adjustable cross back along with a sweetheart neckline. To make this dress even more perfect, it has pockets!

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This is yet another piece that can be dressed up or down. I plan on wearing it with some cute lace up flats, but that’s not the route I took here! I decided to dress it up by wearing my dress with fushia pumps. I added a belt to define my waist and the right amount of bling around my neck.

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Dress: Banana Republic (it comes in ‘Regular’, Tall and Petite) // Shoes: Aldo (old); similar here

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Tah tah for now!

The Fab Four xo