Texture of the Season: Velvet

No longer relegated to holiday party wear, this plush fabric has been all over the 2016 runways.  This is one trend we don't have to wait to rock - there are so many gorgeous options in plus available right now.  Better yet, many of my favorites are on sale!

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Designer Collab: Sophie Theallet for Cacique, Valentine Collection

The latest lingerie collaboration from designer Sophie Theallet is here just in time for Valentine's Day.  The collection is equal parts  seductive (luxe lace in red and black, perfectly placed cutouts) and playful (like the nod to the French influence on the "Mon Amour" mesh camidoll).  I love the natural vibe of the campaign images too - it is refreshing to see models who aren't a classic hourglass, and who aren't photoshopped to inhuman smoothness.  I hope to see this trend continue.  

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34 Plus Size Jumpsuits for Fall

I am such a fan of jumpsuits - with just one piece of clothing, you're instantly pulled together and fashion forward.  There's a jumpsuit for every style and occasion, from laid back and casual to sleek and formal.  They've even received the Jenna Lyons stamp of approval for the red carpet.  I know from personal experience that the style can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but all you have to do is find one you love and you'll be a convert.  Fit is so important with jumpsuits, so don't be scared to try a bunch on, and send back the ones that don't fit.  Gwynnie Bee is great for this: It's where I got my 70's glam jumpsuit for Halloween(above); and in fact is how I found my first true jumpsuit love, the BB Dakota Adele.

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Bootie Season

I love summer, but around mid-August I find myself longing for fall. I want cooler evenings for long walks around the city; I want trips to the apple orchard; I want to be able to layer more than one item without spontaneously bursting into flames. Most importantly, I want it to be bootie season.  Ankle boots are a favorite wardrobe staple, and they are incredibly versatile.  There is one for every style, setting, and budget.  I've rounded up some of the best available to shop now.  Click through for everything from chic heeled booties for work to casual weekend suede to statement pieces that will punch up any outfit.  I've also included the best of my go-silhouette, the low-heeled black bootie.

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Shoe Crush: Matt Bernson Pre-Fall

Years before I started Curvily, I attended an art opening at the Matt Bernson Tribeca store with a good friend.  While I enjoyed the striking photography on exhibit, I was even more entranced by the shoes displayed on the wall - my type of art ;)  Perfectly exemplifying downtown chic, I was immediately smitten with the brand. Chatting with the designer of the eponymous line further piqued my interest. 

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Wardrobe Want: Whimsical Handbags

[Skinnydip x Felicity Hayward Lady Luck Clutch]

I've long been a fan of fashion that doesn't take itself too seriously, so the proliferation of tongue-in-cheek handbags has been a boon. These statement styles were all over the fashion week runways, and can instantly add interest to even the simplest outfit. I've rounded up some of the best options at every price point, from $10 to a sparkly $6000 unicorn (literally!). Click through and let me know which is your favorite.

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