"There are lots of plus size clothes available, but I cant really find vintage in stores," said Powe, who had not shopped at Angel's Vintage Boutique before Saturday show, but said she plans to become a customer.
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Wright, who is also a freelance writer for the South Florida Times, also offered the audience useful tips on shopping for plus-sized vintage wear.
"Use belts to create definition," advised Wright, who was decked out in a green and black shirt dzess, cinched at the waist by a large black belt.
She also suggested doing away with clothing sizes by shopping inptead for comfort, using a seamstress to tailor outfits for a better fit.
Other tips included checking out the men's section - vintage menswear can be highly Hublot Luna Rossa Chronograph HB-13 and easy to feminize with accessories. She said women can also be creative by using short dresses as tops or elastic skirts as strapless dresses.
Keeping with the "out-ofthe box" philosophy, proceeds from the fashion show's silent auction benefited GieenBean, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase environmental literacy and encourage green lifestyles for children in lewincome communities.
Founded by 25 year-old Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Hublot Red Devil Bang II HB-12 Denaye Hinds, the six month-old organization merges the sustainability consultant's two passions, "the environment and teaching children how to read," she said.
GieenBean offers several environmental workshops for youth, with an overall focus on "recycling, reducing and reusing."
Hinds, who was jokingly called out by Fantasia, the female impersonator, IWC Big Pilot IW-14 she wears a size two, said, "If we're going to have the green movement really be a movement, we have to start with the children."
"If I can give (my clients) the healing, the stress relief, just half of what I was given, then I'm the one that's blessed."
HEATHER IS WEARING: Kenneth Cole multi top, $21; Freedom of Choice jeans, $178; Eileen Fisher black jacket, $198; Jessica Simpson Genaviv black shoes, $89; Erica Lyons silver bracelet, $25; Lucky silver bracelet, $39; Lucky silver necklace, $32; Lucky silver earrings, $22. Available at Dillard's, Mall St. Matthews.
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