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Push that Tush -- 50 Shades of Black

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Black is a great color to include in a wardrobe because it's so easy to match
but it isn't the only color in the spectrum.

There have been times in my life where every other article of clothing
was black...you would have thought I was a Goth.
True...black is sometimes slimming in certain outfits...
but it can also make you look like a big black box.
And if it wasn't black, it was dark enough to look black.
Dark Indigo
Emerald Black....
Charcoal Grey...
Dark Plum...

I still gravitate towards dark colors for pants
but having watched shows like WHAT NOT TO WEAR
I think I've become more 'stylish'......well stylish for me anyway.
I like wearing colors...lighter colors. ...{actually, muted jewel tones }
And I don't look bigger...I look healthier, younger, and happier.
{...let me repeat....YOUNGER...}

But one of my many issues with plus size clothing are
the horrible patterns manufacturers select for bigger sizes.
And people buy the stuff...go figure
but it's because they don't have much of a choice.
With a third of the population overweight and another third obese,
you would think plus size clothiers would see us as a great target market.

why don't they treat us like a target market?
Answer...because we still buy it and let them get away with it.

Have a great day.. emoticon

Need something to get PUSH YOUR BUTTONS today....
did you read yesterday's SPARKPEOPLE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BLOG
Is 'Shame' a Helpful Weight-Loss Motivator?
The comments are as good as the article
www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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BUTEAFULL 1/31/2013 3:07AM

    I love prints with bright colors like hawaiian prints, the brighter the better

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DRB13_1 1/30/2013 4:19PM

    black pants for me!
keep looking younger

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BAMAJAM 1/30/2013 3:32PM

  Oh--- I am another Sparker who loves black! Black always appears classic and dressy to me. With scarves being a fashion rage now, there are so many pretty colored scarves to add an attractive touch to the neckline. Beautiful scarves can really add variety to the wardrobe, and not break the bank. . .

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/29/2013 10:18PM

    I love What Not to Wear. I think that plus size clothes can be ugly and unstylish. Petite clothes can be too. Plus sized petite clothes? Don't even go there. The happiest moment of my journey was trading in plus for regular sizes. But its important to rock whatever look you have.

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-LINDA_S 1/29/2013 9:55PM

    I need to watch What Not to Wear again. Somehow I got out of the habit. I tend to favor some brighter colors. I bought a red dress recently!

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TERMITEMOM 1/29/2013 8:15PM

    Personally, I go for navy blue... And I agree that the Plus sizes come in really ugly colors!

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CHESAKAT41 1/29/2013 6:53PM

    I use to wear a lot of black when I was younger - now I wear beige jeans a lot or dark blue jeans - tend to wear sweats that are grey and flowered Henley style tops. Need a change, but at my age I am set in my ways...LOL Great blog!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/29/2013 6:05PM

  Hi Sheryl.......
Did my husband ask you to write this blog?????? If it weren't for black pants, I would have no pants at all!!!!! I do have "some" color in the tops I buy, but I have to admit, a lot of them are various patterns of "black and white."

And.....I totally agree with you re: the clothing styles, patterns, and colors available in plus sizes. I really think that there is a place there for a designer who KNOWS what will look good on those of us with plus-size figures. I wish this would happen soon.......

emoticon for another great blog. emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 1/29/2013 5:30PM

    Wow, you hit on so many things!

I LOVE my cream dress pants! They make me feel awesome. Now they are too tight and that doesn't make me feel awesome anymore!

You reminded me when I recently went into Lane Bryant. Not sure if you have those but it is a store catered towards plus size women. I actually used to shop there but I am too small to anymore. Anyhow, I was looking for shoes and thought they might have shoes. When I went in there I felt judged as they looked me up and down. Years ago, I wouldn't have said anything but as I am a changed woman.. I informed these ladies that I used to be 100 pounds heavier and pretty much walked out the door. Ironically, they were judging me and they didn't have a clue I have a whole family that I have encouraged to go to their store. Interesting how customer service works.

I am not sure why I shared that, haha! I do agree with you. Why not make everyone flattering? It must be easier to dress a flag pole...

Lastly, I am going to go read the shame article. In the last few months, I have felt ashamed that I have gained weight and no longer look 'good' in jeans. I was given so much praise when I lost the weight than now I get comments like 'Oh, you better go for a run'. Those same people offer me a cupcake and cookie. Anyhow, it makes me want to hide and not wear jeans. It's behavior seen in people that are severe obese where they try to hide from cameras and sometimes won't leave their homes because they feel ridiculed by the public.

Remember, what you've told me in the past... you are BEAUTIFUL! No matter what clothing you are wearing, you are BEAUTIFUL, inside and out!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/29/2013 5:20PM

    I like all colors and shades. I lean towards darker during seasons of fall and winter and lighter shades during spring and summer. I do were black quite often but usually break it up with one article, shirt or pants, scarf, belt, shoes being a different bolder color.

I need to change my make up routine...I also watch "What not to wear" and make up and hairstyle can make a difference in looking younger and not out of style. I need help though. Oh well such is life!

Thanks for dropping by my sparkpage the other day. It made my evening!

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EDWARDS1411 1/29/2013 4:27PM

    Read the article and it immediately ticked me off - rarely does negativity work. I call it dark ages thinking that has led to eating disorders and psychological problems for many overweight people. I live in Canada and do not remember any shame tactics used to get people to stop smoking - education about the ill effects worked wonders.

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STRINGI719 1/29/2013 3:56PM

    Nothing feels better than well-fitting clothes! :)

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DALID414 1/29/2013 2:37PM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of color emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/29/2013 2:11PM

    My son says I am the original goth. I love black and when I did the Color Me Beautiful thing I came up a Winter and black was my color. I don't look good in pastels. I look pasty and sick. When I wear black I look younger and healthy.

I don't think you are a winter which is why you probably look healthier in these other colors.

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WALLAHALLA 1/29/2013 1:57PM

    We used to love to watch WHAT NOT TO WEAR! Can't get it anymore, since we cancelled satellite to save money. It was too hard to justify it when they kept raising the rates, and we get plenty that we like to watch for $8 a month Netflix.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 1/29/2013 1:27PM

    I have black but mostly for dress-up. Normally I wear blue jeans and sweat shirts- not because I am hiding my weight-but because I am more comfortable in them. I wore jeans and sweats even when I was not heavy. As a child was the only girl in an all boy neighborhood. So I climbed trees, played baseball, war, etc and learned that long blue jeans protected your body especially if you were running in the woods were poison ivy, briers, and other stuff were. I have never been a girlly-girl. And there are different shades of blue jeans as well!

Comment edited on: 1/29/2013 1:29:03 PM

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ASHLEEWEBART 1/29/2013 1:20PM

    Fall and Winter, I continue using the darks or medium cool colors, often black or navy or brown, but fortunately I found interesting casual print jacket that introduce some accent colors, plus they contain some the color of the pants and top.

The one outfit that seems to get the compliments is black pants, black shell blouse and worn with a bold patterned black and white and grey Jacket. I use this outfit almost year round. I put away the black colors when Summer arrives, and then use a lot of basic white, or Summer blues medium blues and aqua, keeping with cool colors. Then I use red, pink, and yellow also to go with the white or denium blues.

Comment edited on: 1/29/2013 1:47:41 PM

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PATTISTAMPS 1/29/2013 12:02PM

    I have to laugh, because in the summer, my "uniform" is white capris and a pastel t-shirt. But I have a lot of dress clothes in black - or equivalent. But I love a pair of black pants, black top and a bright printed jacket over top. I do wear a lot of Chicos pants - their size 3 in Traveler's is pretty roomy - and they come in short regular and tall. Happily, I am in a size 2 now, but my 3X BFF wears my old 3's. Oh yeah - they wash in the washer, dry in the dryer and NEVER wear out. Seriously. I try to get them on sale, because they are pricy, but even if not, they turn out to be a bargain, because you can wear them through a lot of weight changes. HTH!

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GOSPARK45 1/29/2013 11:17AM

    I guess I'm the opposite of you. I didn't realize black was a color until I met my husband. I remember doing a load of laundry and everything was black. I didn't own a single thing that was black. I do however prefer darker colors for pants. Now shorts aren't so bad.
And boy do I hate the clothes they come out with for plus sizes. Who do they think we are? Our mothers? Or at least our mother's badly dressed friends. And yes we buy them because we have no choice. They are either ugly prints or plain solid colors. I love tiny flower or other prints. And the colors.. why don't they use the popular colors like the other sizes?
I know they go for the juniors most because they buy so many clothes, but we would go if they had decent clothes. I agree with you completely!
I like Kohl's. I can usually find something I like. At least they have a lot more choices than a lot of places. Maybe one of these days we won't need these oversizes. I'm getting there slowly.
What are muted jewel tones? I'm glad you're getting stylish. I doubt I'll ever get there, but I guess you can learn anything. lol.

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JUSTTERRICALI 1/29/2013 10:53AM

    I refer to most plus size departments as the "wallpaper" section. Luckily Avenue and Layne bryant have become a little more stylish, yet pricey.

I tend to wear black pants alot! ughhh. But I will try the "look younger" look. I like that idea!!

Thanks for the blogs, you are really inspiring!

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KITTY_M 1/29/2013 10:08AM

  I completely agree! Why do plus sized clothes tend to be so ugly? I also used to lean mostly black and dark colors. I still do but I've been slowly integrating more color. In tops anyway.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2013 10:03AM

    LOVE the show WHAT NOT TO WEAR. I think Stacey & Clinton truely are helpful adn teach how to dress the body you have! That is so important!

There is a new show coming (or maybe it's already started -- not sure) on TLC aimed @ the plus-size fashions. Stacey & Clinton introduced the show yesterday but I didn't pay enough attention. Anyhow, it's about time!

HUGS and great blog.

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/29/2013 9:59AM

    It's always been hard to find nice looking larger clothes. Now that I'm "just fat", no longer morbidly obese, I can find nicer styled clothes - no longer polyester sacks. I still tend to like darker bottoms, but I wear brighter tops, and I got brightly colored dresses last summer. emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 1/29/2013 9:42AM

    My goal is to get out of the plus size clothing. It is rare to find something flattering for me. My pants are always black or blue, but my tops are usually red or blue, no patterns. I liked your blog once again.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/29/2013 9:26AM

    IMHO plus sizes do need more color and better patterns. I don't like the great BIG designs they have for larger sizes.

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TERRI289 1/29/2013 9:16AM

    I so agree...I don't get the whole ugly patterns thing if you are not a teenager. The petite dept always has clothes for size 2 20 year olds and clothing with horrible patterns for anyone over 35..There is no reason to look matronly at any size.

I agree, I had to push myself into brighter colors but I still prefer black pants!!

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BOOTYLICIOUS83 1/29/2013 9:09AM

    ALL of my sweatpants, my yoga pants are ALL black except one pair I wear for bed which are grey.


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/29/2013 9:01AM

    I've always been a color person. Not much black going on.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/29/2013 8:28AM

    I have way too much black in my closet. Last year I bought a pair of khaki colored slacks that flair a little. First time I ever bought pants that weren't black or blue. I received many compliments. My daughter is always pushing me to buy different colors. Old habits.....

Good for you breaking out if the dark side!

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MICKEYH 1/29/2013 8:03AM

    My favorite color is ocean color like light blue, blue, turquoise. But sometime makes me looks fat... emoticon

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MUSOLF6 1/29/2013 7:38AM

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KANOE10 1/29/2013 7:37AM

    I agree with you that the plus sizes need more color and better patterns. I used to wear dark pants and now wear red, turquoise, salmon colored pants. It is fun.

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NANNABLACK 1/29/2013 7:20AM

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MEADSBAY 1/29/2013 7:13AM

    I try sososososo hard to not wear all black!
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MALEXANDER4 1/29/2013 6:36AM

    As the mom of an overweight teen (now a beautiful mother of one) I remember the shopping trips and the tears. No teen wants to be seen in what is out there for them to wear. But I must say in the years since they have come out with much better choices. As for me....denim all the way........Now I will don a pair of capris because they hide the thighs but show the lower calf which isn't too bad to be seen. lol.

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MIRFA71 1/29/2013 6:26AM

    I love black color. And a combination of red and black is my favorite.

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BIOLGV 1/29/2013 5:58AM

    I'm with you about the patterns! It's like they WANT to make large size gals look ugly or at best ladies without fashion sense - or is it markings for better target practice? Just kidding : )

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KASEYCOFF 1/29/2013 5:32AM

    For what it's worth: I often go for darker colors / neutrals for slacks and skirts, and keep 'em cheap (tho I hope not cheap-looking, lol), and add some flair with tops. I have pullovers and knits and shirts that are somewhat more tailored, and I will spend money on another top before I will on "bottoms."

Why? Part of it is the old mix 'n' match thing... part of it is because if I'm standing with other adults, they aren't really looking toward my feet... and partly because so much of what we do involves sitting, whether it's behind a desk, at a conference table, eating meals, etc.

But you're right, it can be hard to find stylish clothes in larger sizes. Too bad we can't bring some market pressure to bear by "striking" against the tasteless stuff that's so often out there!
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MARYBETH4884 1/29/2013 5:19AM

    I agree! Why do clothing designer think plus size ladies want ugly oversized patterns on their clothing? Simpler is always better!

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COLLEENROSTE 1/29/2013 4:15AM

    your wardrobe sounds much like mine- black (or dark) foundations (pants, skirts....)

I am starting to get braver- and look fresher and younger as my shopping options expand and I find store personel that are actually helpful, even found a hair stylist that I trust to do whatever she wants when it is time for a cut- talk about feeling youthful- I never have spent a lot of time checking my reflection in the mirror so I have to trust the people around for honest feedback.... with spring coming I think we all need to embrace some colour and come out of the dark shadows--Good bye black, Hello Pink!

thanks for sharing your post emoticon let' look for a rainbow

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ARTJAC 1/29/2013 4:11AM

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