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5 Spring Trends From The Perfection That Was The Lane Bryant X Isabel Toledo Fashion Show #LBToledo

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Lane Bryant is known for wearable plus-size fashion so that was a given before I attended the show. Combine a direct knowledge of what makes women look beautiful in their own skin with the artistry of Isabel and Ruben Toledo and the result is the type of fashion perfection that can be worn right off the runway. Trend after spring trend hit the floor with sass and pizzazz. Like any other show, the models were fabulous, the clothes were exciting and yes, a model did fall. The difference this time? Two of her fellow gals stopped their fierce struts to help her off the runway. No Youtube viral clip here! Read on to see some trends that all sizes can rock for Spring.

1) Color!

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So you’ve heard that color isn’t for you. I present arguments #1, #2 and #3 above. These looks show that the keys to wearing color are finding the right shades for your skin tone and the right shape for your body. The dress on the left is a silhouette that works especially well on plus sizes. Emphasize the smallness of the waist and let the fabric skim the hips for a gently sassy look. The modest neckline and forgiving sleeves mean that this outfit works for the office and out to drinks after. The purple dress offers a unique draping detail at front. When I saw this dress, the first thing I thought was that it’s perfect for those days when the tummy is not cooperating.

2) Prints from the print masters

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Isabel Toledo and her hubby, Ruben, are responsible for all the black and white stunners that came down the runway. Another myth is that prints are not for plus-sizes. They proved that wrong. Note the attention to proportion, though. The prints are small and delicate. They’re subtle and don’t take away from the overall look. Also, how impressed are we with the tunic with horizontal stripes that did not widen the body?

3) Contrasting Tones

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Nothing says fabulous fierce like strong shapes and colors. Black and white means business. Note the hints of waist that suggest shape. I love that you can dress it down with a tee and a flirty skirt or up with a strong jacket. The grey, black and ivory tunic is also a versatile piece that can be worn without pants for warmer days and with leggings or pants for the office or a date night.

4) Formal Wear

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People around me were whispering excitedly when this black dress passed us. I love the structure and security that this bustier provided. The peplum is so current and super cute. If you’re self-conscious about your hips or butt, this brings the attention away from that area and up to the waist. The flared detail at the back hem of the skirt is just epic. I mean, how sexy is that as you walk away?

5) Bridal!

bridal When I saw these two white dresses, I realized how limited the choices are for plus-size brides. Not anymore, thanks to Lane Bryant and Isabel Toledo! How perfect are those frothy hips? The detail on the second white dress is so intriguing yet stunning. This was the moment I wanted to give a standing ovation. Every bride wants to feel divine on their big day. These dresses are the epitome of divinity.

The Lane Bryant x Isabel Toledo collaboration was just stunning. It’s too early to tell if sales will illustrate the perfection it all is but judging by the response of the plus-size bloggers at the show, it’s sure to be a smashing success in stores. They were drooling! Thank you, LB and IT for the schooling in plus-size fashion. You did it and you did it well.

By Tabitha St. Bernard

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Tabitha St. Bernard is a Trinidadian sustainable designer and blogger. She co-founded and designs the Zero Waste clothing label, Tabii Just, which is made in NYC. She blogs for ladyandtheblog.com, gettinggorgeous.com, styleandthestartup.com, fitceleb.com and thexcene.com. Her personal blog is tabsonfashion.com.