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Bitte Kai Rand Merino Wool Skirt At Vida Moda

Snuggle up in a sweater

The weather continues to vex us in the U.K. but instead of hiking up the thermostat, put the seasonal archiving on hold and hang on to your woollies.

There’s nothing more comforting that snuggling up on the sofa in a large thick warm jumper. Cup of tea in one hand, remote in the other. While it’s too cold to motivate you to venture outside, keeping our knitwear around can actually help keep the heating bills down. Garments with big roll necks, stretching down to our thighs, envelope us in cosiness. Continue Reading →

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Bitte Kai Rand Chocolate Merino Skirt Vida Moda

Who will be your 2012 television style icon?

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Behind everyone’s personal style there’s a number of influences. They could be designers, artists, shops, boutiques, celebrities or people we know. However, increasingly it’s television that is the root of our style choices these days.

Traditionally, we’d pick up a copy of Vogue or other glossy mags to see what is at the cutting edge of style but nowadays other mediums are making a bigger impact on what we wear & how. We are more likely to absorb our fashion intake through music videos, movies and television programmes. It’s a phenomenon that has occurred over the last few decades. Who didn’t sport a pair a legwarmers after watching their weekly dose of The Kids from Fame? No one had ever heard of shoulder pads before Dynasty. A week didn’t go by for a hairdresser to be asked for a ‘Rachel’ cut after Friends peaked in popularity. But now there are shows where fashion is an integral part of the plot.

 

When Carrie Bradshaw made large fabric flowers a feature of her wardrobe in the series Sex and the City, women across the world sported them whilst sipping their new found tipple Cosmopolitans. Not to mention the numerous other designers and looks that particular programme boosted, Manolo Blahnick, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli to name a few. Ugly Betty is unashamedly a cat-walk wrapped around a drama. Even though Absolutely Fabulous poked fun at the industry, there was still a fair amount of showcasing and name dropping going on.

Nostalgia is playing a big part in our style influence of late also. Mad Men, set in a 1960s New York advertising agency was a welcome glamorisation of women’s natural curves. In the UK, The Hour made 1950s prim popular as well as inspiring some of us to dig up the red lipstick again. We really loved The hour and ladies if you have hips you can recreate some of the look yourself by choosing our merino wool skirts by Bitte Kai Rand! Romola Garai who played the Bel Rowley character wore some fantasic dresses and skirts in the series.

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In a more modern vein on Channel 4, This is England ’86 and ’88 have been playing out a trip down fashion memory lane, from punk to dodgy highlights and dayglo accessories.

What will 2012 have in store? We’ve already had a ultra chic start to the year with the BBC’s We’ll Take Manhattan, a portrayal of Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey’s beginnings at Vogue. You cannot fail to be aroused by the 1960s looks against backdrop of New York City. If anything, that will bring back the pout…..it can only get better from here.

Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Women With Curves

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Tulip Winter Coat by Bitte Kai Rand | Designer Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda

Brrrrr. Where’s my winter coat?

It’s been a mild winter so far but with a cold snap in our midst, it is never too late to invest in a timeless winter coat for all occasions.

Tulip Winter Coat by Bitte Kai Rand | Designer Plus Size Clothing at Vida ModaFinding a coat that will serve a few seasons means you get value for money but always look well groomed. A coat with a good cut will not only look smart but flatter all shapes and sizes, find one that enhances your best features and wonderful curves. Shorter ladies should avoid long coats, stick to a style just below your rear. Tall ladies can obviously wear longer coats but try shapes that can pull in at right places on the torso but be generous and comfortable around the hips.

The trick to keeping winter coats looking fabulous is to clean regularly according to the manufacturers instructions. Garment brushes and lint rollers are excellent to have handy in order to give your coat the once over before going out. All in all, with your coat looking so pretty and clean, you won’t want to take it off.

Classic colours such as black, grey, taupe or camel will always be in style but if you are depressed by a lack of brightness, liven up with a large, colourful, enamel broach with a motif symbolising your personality. Or you can use scarves to add colour to your coat. You can use soft scarves, long or short to great effect add an extra dash of style to your coat, plus they’ll help keep you warm!

Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Real Women

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Size 20 Tunic by Anathea at Vida Moda 2012

Why the tunic dress is your wardrobe staple

The tunic dress, popularised in the 1960′s got a make-over for the new millennium. Now it’s a staple of many women’s wardrobes of all sizes and generations.

Delicious day wear

Tunic dresses are perfect for flattering figures and showing off our best assets.

If you have killer toned calves, then find a pair of leggings, footless tights or even skinny leg cut jeans to team up with the dress for day wear. For those lucky enough to be of ample bosom, choose a v-neck or wide scoop neck with close fitting sleeves. Belts would suit tall, pear shaped figures. Fasten it fairly loose, hanging across one side. This khaki number has a small cowl neck and looks perfect with chunky boots plus would suit lots of different heights and shaped figures.

Vetono Khaki Tunic Size 20 from Vida Moda 2012

Going out glam

Convert any tunic dress to evening wear with a stylish pair of heels and semi-opaque tights for that night on the town. Or for tunic style tops, swap jeans for shiny black trousers, go boot cut for a more flattering shape.

Size 20 Tunic by Anathea at Vida Moda 2012

Accessories make any tunic dress look dazzle, especially if you match your pieces. A pair of simple, elegant but long drop earrings teamed up with a pendant necklace will finish off any look. Or find a pair of nude patent heels and matching clutch for a look that is bang on trend.

Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women

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Do You Love or Loathe Red Carpet Opulence?

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The film and television industry award season is in full swing. It’s the playground for designers and fashion queens to make a statement and, in some cases, make history with that all important strut down the red carpet. The main event being, whether we like it or not, the Academy Awards, 26th February, 2012.

Everyone remembers an Oscar fashion story. Usually it’s the big mistakes, Björk’s unfortunate swan outfit, Cher’s several attempts to show us she’s defied age and gravity not to mention Helena Bonham-Carter’s apparent lack of a stylist (or at least a good one). There are some important lessons to be learned. But when the stars of the moment get the glamour right, they can define an era and set the high street on fire with replicas. In reality, none of us dress like that every day, some of us only dress like that a few times in our lifetime. So why do some of us subscribe to this extreme theatre of chic? It would be totally unrealistic to get the sewing machine out and sport a floor length chiffon number à la Michelle Williams in the local nightclub but the colour inspired a whole range of orange for Spring/ Summer 2012.

For those of us who are red carpet junkies, it’s not envy making us drool over the conveyor belt of gowns floating down the runway (well maybe a little). It would be totally unrealistic to get the sewing machine out and sport a floor length chiffon number à la Michelle Williams in the local nightclub but the colour inspired a whole range of orange for Spring/ Summer 2012. are the fashion choices the film and television professionals have made in the hope they may be picking up a prize on the world stage. A well crafted, well styled dress and overall look can make careers. Not only for the actress or designer but for stylists, publicists and just about everyone who had a hand in putting together the look. Collectively, these teams of fashionistas are artists in their prime and an insight into their creative world is fascinating. It’s not totally unreasonable to pick up nuances of style for ourselves, things most of us can pull off, a bejewelled clutch bag, nude patent heels, the latest ‘up do’ for our hair.

The trends on the red carpet this year, so far, have been slightly understated. As in Kate Middleton’s style choices, the colours are neutrals or dark, the cut’s simplistic. This is most likely to emulate the precarious economic times we are living in, vulgar displays of luxury would appear distasteful. Which begs the question, what will the Oscars bring? Maybe someone will revive the ‘safety pin’ dress to demonstrate thrift.

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Go glow! Complete your look with spectacular skin

The secret to a great look is healthy looking skin. Winter is a cruel season, icy winds, central heating and fatty comfort food. Spring is round the corner, so here’s some tips to kick the winter look and bounce into a better season. Continue Reading →

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Knitted Scarves at Vida Moda | Jungle Loopy Scarf

Ruffle Scarves and Loopy Scarces at Vida Moda

Add a ruffle scarf or a loopy scarf from Vida Moda to accessorise your outfit.

At this time of year a lot of the clothes we wear are darker colours, but scarves can add colour and interest your winter outfits. Vida Moda stocks handmade designer ruffle scarves and loopy scarves. Both of these knitted scarves will add texture to your outfit and of course colour for a touch of vibrant expression. The ruffle scarf is longer and can be worn in two ways: looped round your neck or hanging straight. Wearing it straight will also help to visually lengthen your body shape.

The loopy scarves are are made from the same yarns as as the ruffle scarves but the knit is looser and little freeform to give these knitted scarves a lovely texture which is a little abstract and quite modern. The loopy scarves are shorter than the ruffle scarves and are best worn round the neck.
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I love these scarves and three of them, shown above, (Jungle, Snowflake and Rose) are exclusive to us at Vida Moda, they look fabulous, their visual texture is different and the colours I’ve chosen are exciting and can be worn with a variety of clothes. The yarns used in these knitted scarves are 100% acrylic so they are easy to look after, very fashionable, light to wear and snug.

Our range of knitted scarves for women are perfect for making your own fashion statement this winter and will break up your dark winter colours. Our ruffle scarves and loopy scarves are handmade in the UK and if you’d like to see us stock them in further colours please do let me know and we’ll discuss it with the lady who makes them!

So don’t delay, visit Vida Moda to see our select range of knitted scarves for women today!

Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women

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How do you like your Hosiery?

After some thought I’ve added a small collection of Hosiery to our collection. Have you ever bought supermarket tights in what you thought was large or extra large only to find that the waist only comes up to your hips or the crotch is half way down your thighs?

Plus size tights are a definite must have and I’ve sourced a make that caters for larger hip sizes, which I am pleased about. My other major consideration is what price range to offer. For me there is nothing more annoying that donning a new pair of tights that have cost me £12.00 only to stick my fingers through them. Therefore, I’ve gone for lower priced tights that are suitable for every day wear.

Also, at this time of year when we’re all wearing longer length skirts and boots we want comfortable, well fitting tights that do the job. I hope you are pleased with my selection. We have plain 15 and 20 denier tights, Opaque’s, Fishnets and Hold Ups – all in plus sizes. If you’d like to see us stock more variety please do let me know! As always, I welcome your comments.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women

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