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About the Red Tag Diva Herself...

I am a size 20, plus sized woman. Finding great looking clothes at a great price can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I can find nice clothes but usually they cost more than I care to spend. I like finding what looks best on me at a bargain price.

I remember trying to find an interview suit. Nothing too fancy like a church suit just a basic black skirt suit or navy blue skirt suit. I went to downtown Brooklyn and started looking through the different shops. The bigger shops like Ashley Stewart, Avenue and Lane Bryant had all these summer, cropped, frilly, lets go hang out type outfits (it was summer). I finally found a suit in a smaller shop; a basic skirt suit, nothing fancy. Even though I recognized that the quality of this suit was budget, I had to try to haggle with the shop owner to get the price down to $100! I thought, this is ridiculous and passed on the suit.

I probably could have ordered something online at Chadwicks, Silhouettes, iGIGI or Jessica London, but couldn't find a skirt suit I liked at the price I wanted to pay. I remember ordering a suit online from one of the online clothing retailers; it was a pretty skirt suit on sale for about $40. When the pretty suit arrived, the fabric was cheap looking. I wore it to the office and someone joked that I looked like an airline stewardess. Needless to say I gave that suit away Or you find a nice suit and they never, ever have your size when it goes on sale I hate that!

That's why I started Red Tag Diva. I figured there are other ladies like me, who are sick of paying an arm and a leg for high quality fashion. Here at Red Tag Diva, you can find Tahari, Jones New York, Le Suit, Morgan & Co. and other top designers on a budget. I focus on the trendy, sexy, hip, classy clothes that every woman likes to wear; from the petite babe to the plus sized diva. Check back often as our quantities are limited and we update our stock frequently.

You dont have to wait for a sale event; every day is a sale day at Red Tag Diva. We have prices at up to 75% off retail for top designer apparel. I sell what I would wear myself. Which isnt always a good thing, believe me I have looked once or twice at something and said, I think I will keep this. After much contemplation, I relinquish the item but sometimes it is hard. When one of my customers drops me a note on how much they love their clothing, I know I did the right thing

Stop in a while and look around. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at: Sales@redtagdiva.com

Stacey
The Red Tag Diva



Flatter Your Body Type with Clothes Designed for Your Shape

Every woman I know wishes she were a couple of pounds lighter. We all at one time or another struggle with size acceptance, identity, self-esteem and body image, especially if you are viewed as outside the normal image portrayed by Madison Avenue. Unfortunately in our society being a certain size or weight has been incorporated into our value system. Losing weight should not be our emphasis, looking good with what you got should be your goal. Love your curves!

Whether your style is hip, trendy, sexy or classic you can find clothes that flatter your body and you dont have to break the bank. Finding clothes that fit you and clothes that flatter your figure is not as hard as it seems. Remember just because it comes in your size doesnt mean it's going to look good on you. I think we have all seen someone in an outfit that is too tight or too short and you say to yourself, what were they thinking?

Whatever style you are looking for in a dress; whether it be a cocktail dress, mother of the bride dress, evening dress, formal dress, evening gown, prom dress or special event dress make sure it flatters your figure. Or if you are looking for that special pant suit or skirt suit that you can wear as an interview suit, corporate suit or a fancier suit that you can wear as a church suit or an evening on the town suit; even if you spend a lot of money on it, it won't look good on you if it is not made for your body shape and type.

Begin by accepting who you are and work with that. While some of us want to look like Janet Jackson or Jennifer Lopez, few have that body type. There are some stunning large size divas to emulate like; Monique, Queen Latifah (I get told I look like her often) and Jill Scott just to name a few.

Below is an updated and expanded version of the body shape description that more accurately describes a woman's body:

Diamond

You have a smaller frame with narrow shoulders and back; medium, or smaller size bust and wider midriff with no defined waist. Your body carries most of the weight in the middle section. Sometimes the waist is the largest measurement around the body. You have broad hips and generous thighs. At the same time, your buttocks are flat and your lower legs are proportionately slender.

Characteristics

The Diamond Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are average or narrow
Face is proportionate to the body
Neck is well defined
Ribcage is average
Bust is small to medium size
Waist is undefined, carrying the weight in the front midsection with a potential for the love handles
Flat or average buttocks
Hips are usually medium to prominent
Thighs are slightly fleshy
Lower legs are shapely and proportionately slimmer to the overall body shape

Figure's Assets

The greatest Diamond Figures assets are:

Proportionate face, neck, and bust
Balanced thighs
Shapely legs
Great arms

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Diamond silhouette, the objective is to:

Balance narrow shoulders with softly squared off shoulder pads and horizontal, broadening necklines
De-emphasize tummy and a horizontal girth
Accentuate shapely legs

Draw the attention away from the midriff section to the face, shoulder, and neck areas


Triangle

You have very full and fleshy hips and thighs. Sometimes, your buttocks can also be very full and round (although, sometimes, your derriere can be quite flat). Your face, shoulders, arms, bust, and ribcage appear to be overall much smaller relative to your bottom; you have a defined waist.

Characteristics

The Triangle Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are proportionately narrow or average
Face tends to be smaller relative to the rest of the body
Neck is proportionally slimmer
Back is smaller or average in size and is not so full relative to the bottom
Bust is relatively smaller than the lower torso
Waist is well defined due to a much more pronounced hips and thighs
Full, round, and fleshy buttocks (in some cases, buttocks are flat)
Hips are usually much wider comparing to the rest of your body and do get fuller at the lower hip line that frequently bulges outward
Thighs are full and very voluptuous
Lower legs are often proportionately heavier

Figure's Assets

The greatest Triangle Figures assets are:

Proportionately slender face and shoulders
Curved in waist
Shapely neck and bust
Relatively slim arms

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Triangle silhouette, the objective is to:

Emphasize the middle section and waist area
Visually elongate and slenderize bottom torso
Broaden upper torso with soft shoulder pads, lighter colors. and wider necklines
Draw attention to the shoulders, face, neck and arms
De-emphasize thighs and hips

Create an overall balanced silhouette


Rectangle

You have a straight up and down figure, with relatively small or medium size bust, no clearly defined waist, and moderate size hips. Your body is shaped evenly, with the fullness being uniformly distributed throughout the upper torso and lower torso; your figure has a columnar, boxy silhouette.

Characteristics

The Rectangle Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are in line with the hips
Face is fleshy with a fuller jaw
Neck is shorter with the inclination toward fullness at the nape
Rib cage is larger with the broader back
Bust is moderate relative to the whole body
Waist is undefined (often short) with tendency toward fleshier midsection
Flat or medium size buttocks
Thighs are average and tend to have evenly sized high and low hips
Legs are slender and often very proportionate to the overall body weight

Figure's Assets

The greatest Rectangle Figures assets are:

Proportionate hips
Balanced thighs
Shapely legs
Great arms

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Rectangle silhouette, the objective is to:

Create an illusion of a smaller, more defined waistline
Form an impression of feminine curves
Create a proportionate, elongated upper torso silhouette
Balance a larger rib cage

Emphasize thighs, hips and shapely legs


Oval

You have a prominent front middle section (tummy) with no defined waist, often fuller bust and sloping shoulders. Your body carries most of the weight in the middle and upper torso; you may appear to be top heavy. However, your legs are proportionately very slender and you have thinner arms.

Characteristics

The Oval Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are prominent or average and slightly sloped
Face is fleshy with the fuller jaw and cheek area
Neck is shorter with the inclination toward fullness at the nape and shoulders
Back is broader and fleshier; wider ribcage
Bust is ample; usually larger than the hips
Waist is undefined, carrying the weight in the front midsection
Flat buttocks
Hips are usually proportionately slender
Thighs are relatively thinner and only tend to have a slight fullness at the high hip.
Legs are very shapely and lower legs are proportionately slimmer to the overall body shape.

Figure's Assets

The greatest Oval Figures assets are:

Proportionately slender hips
Balanced thighs
Shapely legs
Great arms

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Oval silhouette, the objective is to:

De-emphasize tummy and to draw the attention away from the midriff section
Visually elongate and slenderize neck
Elongated upper torso silhouette
De-emphasize heavier back
Accentuate thighs, hips, and shapely legs

Visually elongate the neck and face area with the V-necklines


Hourglass

You have a very curvy shape with clearly defined waist. Your shoulders, bust, and hips are about the same width with the hips usually no more than 4 larger than your bust. Your waist could be 6- 9 narrower than the smaller of the above two. You have full and round hips, thighs, tummy, and buttocks. Your bust is medium to larger size; your lower legs are shapely and proportionately slender. Your upper arms are average in size but tend to be fleshier.

Characteristics

The Hourglass Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are proportionate to the whole silhouette; about the same width as the hips
Face has an oval, round, rectangular, or heart shape; potentially well defined chin and tendency toward a double-chin
Neck is proportionate in length with an inclination toward fullness at the nape and shoulders
Back is average and soft; medium size ribcage
Bust is medium to large, shapely and full; usually narrower or equal to the hips
Waist is well defined, gently curving in and out to the high hip
Full, round buttocks
Hips are usually soft and round with proportionate curviness to them. However, the lower hip is the widest part of the body
Thighs are full but also proportionate to the rest of the body and can have tendency toward inner and outer thigh bulging
Legs are shapely and proportionate; in most cases equal to the length of the upper torso

Figure's Assets

The greatest Hourglass Figures assets are:

Accentuate waist
Softly drape over the feminine curves of the bust and hips
Overall elongate body silhouette
Balance heavier bottom
Accentuate shapely legs
Accentuate the face, neck and décolleté area with the open collars and V-necklines

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Hourglass silhouette, the objective is to:

Harmonious silhouette
Voluptuous bust
Feminine waist
Proportionate and curvy hips
Shapely legs


Inverted Triangle

You have a top-heavy appearance, with broad shoulders and upper back as well as medium to fuller bust. Your waist gets narrower; your hips, thighs, buttocks, and lower legs are also proportionally smaller.

Characteristics

The Inverted Triangle Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders appear to be very broad
Face is fleshier
Neck is shorter with an inclination toward fullness at the nape and shoulders
Back is broader and fleshier; wider ribcage
Bust is ample; usually larger than the hips
Waist could be slightly indented with some of the weight in the front midsection
Flat or medium size buttocks
Hips are (usually) proportionally slender
Thighs are relatively thinner
Legs are very shapely; the lower legs are proportionally slimmer to the overall body shape

Figure's Assets

The greatest Inverted Triangle Figures assets are:

Smaller waist
Proportionate hips
Balanced thighs
Shapely legs

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Inverted Triangle silhouette, the objective is to:

Balance the upper and lower torso by wearing lighter colors on the bottom
Visually slenderize shoulders and bust
Elongate upper torso silhouette
De-emphasize broader back
Accentuate thighs, hips and shapely legs

Visually elongate the neck and face area with the V-necklines


Figure Eight

You display a combination of several shape characteristics that are commonly seen in the individual classic figure types. You are very curvy with the overall silhouette of the Classic Hourglass. However, you are heavier at the bottom then your Hourglass sister with very profound derriere and fuller thighs similar to the Triangle figure type. Your waist is defined, but much less indented with the possible love handles at the sides. You have a pronounced front midriff bulge, similar to the Oval figure, although in your case, the fullness is more evenly distributed throughout your body. Your shoulders are very proportionate to the overall silhouette, with the full and shapely bust. Your upper arms tend to be a bit fleshy.

Characteristics

The Figure Eight Figure type has the following characteristics:

Shoulders are proportionate to the entire silhouette
Face can have an oval, round, rectangular or heart shape, and
a potentially well defined chin with the tendency toward a double-chin
Neck is proportionate in length with an inclination toward fullness at the nape and shoulders
Back is larger and tends to be fleshy and full
Bust is medium to large, shapely and full; usually smaller than the hips
Waist is moderately indented, with a propensity toward the love handles; there is some fullness in the front of a midriff
Fleshy and full buttocks
Hips are usually very well defined, round and full, and have proportionate curviness
Thighs are full but also proportional to the whole body and could have a tendency toward inner and outer thigh bulging
Legs are shapely and proportionate and (in most cases) equal to the length of the upper torso

Figure's Assets

The greatest Figure Eight Figures assets are:

Proportionate bust and waist
Voluptuous cleavage
Slender lower arms
Shapely legs

Enhance and Balance

To enhance and balance the Figure Eight silhouette, the objective is to:

De-emphasize fullness of the middle torso and back
Softly drape over the feminine curves of the bust and hips
Overall elongate body silhouette
De-emphasize heavier bottom
Accentuate shapely legs

Every body shape can benefit from wearing great accessories such as scarves, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Accessorize according to the look you are trying to achieve and work with the outfit you are wearing. If you already have a wow outfit on, dont overdo the jewelry. If you have on a more classic or conservative outfit a stunning piece or jewelry or scarf can get you noticed.




Finding the Suit that Suits You by Shirley Bullington

"Two thousand dollars for one suit? Are you crazy? I dont have that kind of money to spend on one suit! Yes, I am well aware of the quality and that it is well worth every penny. I just cant justify spending that much on one garment. Oh... but I sure would love to have an Armani."

Rest assured that if you hear yourself in the above comments, youre not alone. Countless businessmen would love to have fancy designer suits, but their budget doesnt allow for it; champagne tastes on a beer budget... understood! Theres a way you can get one or more of these suits without costing you an arm and a leg. If you could buy one for anywhere from $15 to $300, and it wasnt stolen goods, would you? Read on.

Definitions about what makes a mans suit a "Designer" item vary. One eBay sellers definition is "any brand of pre-owned suit that has sold on online auctions for $300 or more." The definition continues, "See for yourself. Do a search on completed auctions for MENS SUITS. Sort High to Low in price and see what brands repeatedly come up."

Here are some of the brand names classified as "designer": Acquaviva, Barberini, Baroni,Belvedere, Brioni, Canali, Charvet, David Eden, Dolce & Gabbana, Enrico Venturi, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gene Meyer, Gianni Manzoni, Gionfriddo, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Leonardo Valenti, Luciano Carreli, Natazzi, Nino Bertini, Otello, Prada, Rossetti, Trussardi, and Versace.

Where are you going to find these suits? If you want to pay under $20, you will need to start hunting at all the thrift/second hand stores. Yes, you will indeed find them there, but you need to search. If you dont mind paying a little more, try going directly to eBay.

If you opt to hunt for your suit, here are a few simply tips for thrift stores. Dont expect these wonderfully made designer suits to jump out at you. And dont expect to find a boatload of them all in one place. It is truly a matter of treasure hunting.

Thrift stores, estate sales, storage unit auctions and garage sales will be your best hunting ground. Not to discourage you, but it wont be uncommon for you to look through 100+ suits until you might find one "good" one. The good news is that after you have a little experience under your belt, you will be able to whip through an entire rack of suits in mere minutes.

You will be able to quickly tell just by the look and feel of the garment, which ones are quality. Take your list of "designers" with you and become familiar with the brands you want.

Hint: You will probably need to have a circuit of approximately 10-12 second hard stores that you frequent, hoping to hit the mother load. If youre intrigued in the quest, shop a minimum of once a week at each locale! Your efforts will eventually pay off. If this is more work that you care to spend on finding a suit, try eBay.

Enjoy your new dashing designer suit!

About The Author: Shirley Bullington, the author, operates a
website devoted to fashion and everything related to fashion.
She operates http://www.fashionsinfo.com which is a great
fashion resource.
Last Updated: 29 Dec 2006 18:57:58 PST home  |  about  |  terms  |  contact
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