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Plus Size Clothing for Canadian Women

Updated on December 10, 2011

Dressing for Your Body Shape

Some people believe that plus sized cothing can't be trendy. Many a woman tries her hardest to squeeze into a standard sized outfit, only to leave the change room close to tears when nothing fits. Fortunately, today there are many options for plus sized beauties with plenty to offer for casual, dressy or business events. Despite the term "plus sized" offering a bit of a blanket for bigger women, the truth is that there are many different shapes and therefore lots of different clothing that may or may not work for specific frames and builds. Finding out your specific body type can make a difference in the clothes you choose to make the most of your assets.

If your body lacks curves and is straight up and down, you're considered rectangular. Plus-sized rectangular women do best to enhance their shoulders and hips, and often look wonderful in dresses that wrap around the middle. Fitted clothes with medium or high necklines can help make you look curvy where you need some extra help. And I know it sounds crazy, but subtle shoulder pads Try to avoid fabric that clings or clothes that are too big or shapeless.

A body with a well-defined waist complimented by equal hips and bust is known as hourglass shaped. Some people say that this is the ideal body shape, as this is the quintessential image of a woman shown in the media. A plus sized woman with an hourglass body would lean towards soft and flowing fabrics and dresses with defined waistline or the use of a belt. Low necklines work great for the hourglass shape, but remember that modesty is sometimes necessary with a larger, plus sized bust.

Pear shaped body types are defined by being big through the hips and thighs with a smaller chest and waits. This is also sometimes referred to as a triangle shape. Triangular women are able to find bright and busy tops and blouses, because they want to draw attention to their top and away from their thick thighs and buttocks. Belts and other accessories can help wonderfully to define a waist, but avoid items that may make your hips or thighs look bigger. Pleated pants are not your friend!

Once you've found your body shape as a plus sized woman, finding a plus sized clothing store that you love is the next step! You can be far more confident as you learn the best ways to enhance the beautiful woman you are without feeling as though you don't fit the mould.

About the Author

Based off of the West Coast of British Columbia, Lindsay Dianne is the owner and operator of the Urban Momtographer; An All-Purpose Life Blog with a focus on healthy eating, parenting and shedding the processed life in the Canadian rain forest.

Caviar Scoopneck dress from Satin Woods
Caviar Scoopneck dress from Satin Woods

3 Fashion Tips for the Curvy Woman

by Tara Robertson

Curvy women are beautiful! Here are a few tips to help you show off those curves.

1. Accentuate the Positive

Draw attention to the things you love about your body!

Wearing the perfect neckline and a great fitting bra can emphasize a great bust-line. The perfect jeans can accentuate a fabulous booty. A new hairstyle and a bright smile can show off your beautiful face!

2. Just Say 'No' to Overly Baggy or Too Tight Clothing

Overly shapeless and baggy clothing can actually make a curvy girl look heavier than a comfortably fitted outfit. By the same token overly tight clothing can accentuate the things you would rather not show off. Try to find comfortable plus size cothing that fits well and makes you feel beautiful!

3. Stand Tall

Stand up straight! Slouching never helps anyone look better. For a little bit of extra glam you can find yourself some comfortable heels to wear. Great heels can help define your lovely shapeliness. But no matter what type of shoes you are wearing having good posture will make you look better.

The number one thing to remember though is that we are more than our weight. Don't let the number on the scale define who you are. Let your personality- all that makes you YOU- shine through and be confident in the amazing woman you are.

About the Author

Tarasview is a married work at home mom of 3. She is a virtual assistant and social media manager and you can find her at Tara’s View of the World, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Hubpages, and LinkedIn.

Beautiful Plus Size Clothing

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Abby Twist TopAmelia DressDillon Denim TrousersEnchanted Top in Blue VelvetHavana Woven BeltVeronica DressAmanda Lane DressHarlow Faux Wrap DressChamps Elysees DressExotic Mixed Print Dress
Abby Twist Top
Abby Twist Top
Amelia Dress
Amelia Dress
Dillon Denim Trousers
Dillon Denim Trousers
Enchanted Top in Blue Velvet
Enchanted Top in Blue Velvet
Havana Woven Belt
Havana Woven Belt
Veronica Dress
Veronica Dress
Amanda Lane Dress
Amanda Lane Dress
Harlow Faux Wrap Dress
Harlow Faux Wrap Dress
Champs Elysees Dress
Champs Elysees Dress
Exotic Mixed Print Dress
Exotic Mixed Print Dress
Kate Mesh Top
Kate Mesh Top

Hot Items for The Plus-Sized Closet

by Lindsay Dianne

Plus size cothing has come a long way! Gone are the days of clothing stores for plus sized women that were full of flower print jumpers. Fashion companies today know that plus sized women are looking for hot trends in clothing as much as anyone else. No matter what walk-of-life you're from, there are some things that every plus sized girl has got to have!

Under-Things

It doesn't matter if you're a size 6x or 1x, ill-fitting under garments are going to put a cramp in your style. It's absolutely imperative that you find a good number of comfortable cotton panties that you can wear throughout the week. Trust me when I say that a good pair of underwear goes a long way for setting your mood throughout the day. The same can be said for a comfortable bra. Plus-Sized women know that a bra that digs in can ruin your mood completely. That's why you should stock at least three comfortable, well-fitting bras.

Bottom Half

Pants or skirts, it doesn't matter. It's all up to personal preference. You should always have at least three dressy, professional pants or skirts, as well as three to five casual pants or jeans. This much selection ensures that you always have a special something to go on your legs, no matter the occasion.

Tops

Shirt buying is often the most fun buying for plus sized women. It's best if you have a selection of around ten dressy tops and ten casual tops, but if your husband or boyfriend actually wants some closet space too, you may have to settle for five of each. A dressy black top and white dress shirt are both absolute must-have in plus sized ladies fashions.

Dresses

Most women love to have at least one dress for evening affairs that feels slinky and sexy, no matter their size. You should have one great article that you feel like you can rock often a black evening dress. A nice, light, casual dress is a must-have for relaxed but pretty days, and the bright sundress is a staple every girl should own.

Let's not forget that every plus sized woman needs to have a plan of attack when it comes to balancing our closet space with the clothing we want to fit inside it. If you're bringing home three new great dressy tops, see if you can donate three of your old ones to a women's shelter.

About the Author

Based off of the West Coast of British Columbia, Lindsay Dianne is the owner and operator of the Urban Momtographer; An All-Purpose Life Blog with a focus on healthy eating, parenting and shedding the processed life in the Canadian rain forest.

Festive Appeal - Be the Light of the Party this Holiday Season

Gorgeous Jewelry

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Raspberry Dazzle BraceletPurple Rhinestone BraceletMulti-Coloured Glass Floral SetMontana Rhinestone NecklaceHematite and Garnet SetForever Link BraceletFiligree Wave BraceletDarkLight SetAntiqued Teal NecklaceEmbedded Colours Necklace
Raspberry Dazzle Bracelet
Raspberry Dazzle Bracelet
Purple Rhinestone Bracelet
Purple Rhinestone Bracelet
Multi-Coloured Glass Floral Set
Multi-Coloured Glass Floral Set
Montana Rhinestone Necklace
Montana Rhinestone Necklace
Hematite and Garnet Set
Hematite and Garnet Set
Forever Link Bracelet
Forever Link Bracelet
Filigree Wave Bracelet
Filigree Wave Bracelet
DarkLight Set
DarkLight Set
Antiqued Teal Necklace
Antiqued Teal Necklace
Embedded Colours Necklace
Embedded Colours Necklace

Satin Woods Boutique- Our Story

Satin Woods Boutique is based on the dream of a passionate plus size woman in Canada. After years of purpose-driven research into what the curvy woman wants and needs in a functional and stylish wardrobe, we offer an online boutique with unparalled customer service and a stress-free return and exchange policy to ease the online shopping experience.

The need for a shopping retreat for curvy women was born out of a longstanding realization of the serious lacking in stylish and true plus clothing options in Canada and beyond, combined with reliable and steadfast service. Through the founder's own experiences of shopping from the age of 12, too many negative moments were had in bigbox plus size clothing stores and privately owned boutiques where the fuller figured woman should have been embraced and catered to. The average woman now weighs approximately 162 lbs and sports a size 14. However, we are still being offered stingy sections at the back of stores and sparse selection. This demographic is a beautiful majority yet underserved. Here, you will never have to shop in 'that section' again as the stage is all yours. We are hearing quite frequently from slender ladies that come into the storefront with their friends and family, 'I wish this came in my size!'.

Our vision for the store was also birthed through an awareness that scorn from others should never rob anyone of their sense of selfworth. We believe that no woman should feel the need to hide under oversized tees or deny themselves the right to slip into that scandalous pencil skirt or a chic powersuit because of false ideals inundating society, targeted at making women of size feel like they aren't worth the time or effort.

We have yet to hear a woman state that she doesn't want to look or feel beautiful and put together simply because she wears a size larger than 3x, where most plus size cothing lines stop. We believe every woman, regardless of size, should play into her own style and that our fresh, ontrend and limited collections will allow women to work it whether they are age 25, 55, size 12 or 40.

Confidence exudes appeal. Let's strut past those stereotypes and be stunningly beautiful!

~ Shannon, Founder

~Jeff, Owner

Add Some Sparkle to Your Season

Charlotte Cocktail Dress
Charlotte Cocktail Dress

About Satin Woods Boutique

About the Shoppe

We carry exclusively true woman's plus size clothing and nothing classified as 'junior plus' in both our online store and our storefront.

We are a true boutique in that we bring you beautiful and limited collections, exclusively in designer plus sizes. We do not order runs of products in bulk as we want your wardrobe to be unique. Gone are the days of showing up to the party in the same dress as the woman across the room.

Extended customer service hours where you can speak directly with us. We don't agree with rolling up the red carpets at 5 p.m like a lot of businesses do. We want to allow you the time to browse and contact us without tight time constraints.

We believe you deserve selection! Our generously beautiful selection of modern and classic plus size women's fashions has been hand-selected from true plus size designers to ensure a broad spectrum of styles is provided.

We have built our business around hundreds of hours of extensive research about what the full figured woman needs and desires in a fully functionable and stylish wardrobe. This research was done by us, and not by a generic research firm that is indifferent to the Canadian plus size woman.

We understand that you do not want to be penalized with a higher price tag simply because you were blessed with curves, therefore, our price points are noticeably favourable as mentioned by many of our boutique customers.

In our online store, you will find:

Pictures of the products which properly showcase their appearance and what makes them unique so there are no surprises when you receive your order.

Thorough descriptions and observations of each item, including the fit, feel, flow and fabric contents.

If an items' fit varies from the manufacturers sizing charts, we will provide proper measurements based off of a 3x fit model and advise accordingly in our size charts provided in every item.

Fabulous Fashion for Plus Size Women

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Curvy Denim Pencil SkirtVintage Shell NecklaceGabrielle Tie DressChic Power Dress by IgigiCeleste Dress by IgigiSt. Tropez DressRetro Lace Glam DressSwept Away BelliniAbby Twist Top - MosaicLove in India Top
Curvy Denim Pencil Skirt
Curvy Denim Pencil Skirt
Vintage Shell Necklace
Vintage Shell Necklace
Gabrielle Tie Dress
Gabrielle Tie Dress
Chic Power Dress by Igigi
Chic Power Dress by Igigi
Celeste Dress by Igigi
Celeste Dress by Igigi
St. Tropez Dress
St. Tropez Dress
Retro Lace Glam Dress
Retro Lace Glam Dress
Swept Away Bellini
Swept Away Bellini
Abby Twist Top - Mosaic
Abby Twist Top - Mosaic
Love in India Top
Love in India Top

Frequently Asked Questions

1: Do you have a physical storefront?

Yes! You called and inquired about a showroom from the first day we opened our online Boutique. The support and enthusiasm inspired us and we are pleased to have opened an intimate and elegant showroom in the lakeside resort village of Port Stanley, Ontario. It is located in SouthWestern Ontario, 30 minutes south of London and an easy drive south from the 401 Highway. The address is 292 Bridge Street, Port Stanley, ON, N5L-1C3. Telephone number is 519-207-2846. Our store hours will change based on the season, so please stay tuned to our website for current hours throughout the year.

2: Why do certain styles only go up to a 24 or 3x and others go up to a 44 like the Luxe Jacquard Top?

In researching and selecting designers to work with, quality, value, style and fit were essentials we insisted on having consistently through our entire collection. In plus sizes, there is no set-in-stone sizing chart that is used by all designers and manufacturers. Each plus size fashion designer cuts things based on their own grades. We do not carry sizes lower than size 14 and we do not carry anything classified as ‘junior plus’. Please ensure you review our size charts for each item as we have provided body or garment measurements for every item.

3: Can I call with questions or to place my order over the phone instead of through the website?

We love connecting with you and we may be reached via telephone Tuesday – Sunday or anytime via email or on facebook. Our number is: 1-519-207-2846. Please see our contact us page as well.

4: I need my dress two days from now! Help!

We will work with you on a personalized shipping quote to expedite your parcel to you. Please call us for a quote. Shipping is based on weight so we cannot quote this for you until your entire order has been verified.

5: Who do you use to ship out my package?

We use Canada Post. There are less instances of border delays and additional customs fees than when using a courier such as UPS or Fedex.

6: Why do you base your shipping rates on the value of the order?

Canada Post has a base rate that is first applied and then the rest of the cost is calculated based on weight and dimension of the package. If you order one top, the size of its package will be smaller than that which would hold three bottoms and a dress. We listened during our research and know that the individual buying one top does not want to pay the same flatrate as a person who has ordered four items.

7: Do you have a mailing list I can join?

Yes. You can sign up for our mailing list by itself or you can join our free loyalty program and opt-in to receive emails that way as well. We offer a $50 gift certificate monthly to one lucky subscriber as a thank you for staying tuned with us. You may unsubscribe at any time.

8: What is the Loyalty Program I have heard about?

Please see our Loyalty Program where we have outlined it in detail.

9: Can I purchase a gift certificate?

Yes. We offer gift certificates which we will email to you. If you prefer, we can mail you a tangible one, if you would like to present it to someone in person. Both options are provided to you in our gift certificate section. We are pleased to offer you the ability to select a custom amount and don't restrict you to pre-set denominations. These never expire.

Questions? Comments?

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      Jean 8 days ago

      I have a hard time finding jeans that are long enough and fit around the waist. Would you be able to help me?

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      Judy Vanhamme 2 years ago

      I am great as a sales person and customer Service. I had my own store for 22 years. {Convience Store}

      Quit for Health Reasons, and Personal. Had the same crew for 18 yrs. I now work at Argus DST, really miss sales. I am a beautiful 65 yrs. old Full Figured Woman.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Would you ever consider setting up a home based business for selling your clothes? Where a representative showcased a selection of your clothes in various sizes available , and took orders, with payment. The representative would then send the bulk order to you and deliver the orders to her customers.