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101 Swim Options for DD+

Planning a winter getaway or to show off your strong, curvaceous bod this summer?

You’re SO looking forward to it until, ugh, the dreaded search for swimwear that fit the girls.

#BigBoobProbs solved!  

We’ve put together DD+ boob-friendly resources for you.  Check out our Pinterest boards for swim and sundress options to actually look forward to. Many of the swim options come in a range of sizes, from backs 28 and 30 to 42 and some to N cups.  Just don’t risk packing them in your suitcase!

To your fabulous bod,
Melanie & Front Room HQ

White Button Down – Glamour-ous Office Inspiration

GLAMOUR-ous Office Style

Striped Shirt – Beachy Inspiration from Oprah

Beachy Inspiration from Oprah to Office


Topshop white jacket

NIC+ZOE slim fit pants

Fendi studded purse

Tildon mirror sunglasses
$34 – nordstrom.com

More Front Room


Under a blazer, tucked into a pencil skirt, half-tucked into jeans… your style options are endless when you’ve got a well-fitting button down. We get it, so you got it:


Meet the Stretch Silk Utility Shirt for DD-JJ+, your soon-to-be go-to shirt. It is done with the shiny side in so not only does it look super-flattering on but it feels ah-mazing against the skin. There is an inner tab that keeps your cuffs rolled when you want a more casual look.

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Thursday, June 11th 9:30am – 9pm
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Sunday, June 14th 11am – 7pm

Chinook Centre at the PARK pop-up shop
Main floor, next to Steve Madden close to the Apple store

Behind the scenes: how colours and trends make it into your closet

We just got back from a Spring 2016 textile show where there was LOTS of colour and a dizzying array of choices.  (Want a preview?  Head over to our Facebook page to see our pics of the colours and trends.)

Ever wondered why that dress in your closet comes in this fabric or that print*?  We’re going to pull back the curtain and show you.
(*pattern vs. print?  in fashion lingo a pattern is the blueprint for cutting and sewing the garment while a print is a fabric with multiple or repetitive colours, like stripes, plaid, floral, etc.)

Most designers get their fabrics from a fabric mill.

The really large fashion labels work with trend forecasters two seasons in advance, so they’re currently working on Spring 2017 colour directions and theme inspirations to tell the mills what to make for them.

They also customize the fabrics to their own specs or repurpose fabric meant for one application to another, like how sport fabrics like scuba got used for dresses.   It takes a substantial quantity to be able to customize this way.

For smaller designers like Front Room, we go to tradeshows and showrooms to see what the fabric mills have on offer for the year ahead. (The fabric mills also consult with the trend forecasters to decide what fabrics, prints and colours will sell best.)

The shows are chock FULL of fabric swatches and trims to go through.

showroom2  booth2ribbon

We look through thousands of fabrics each season.  We review the trend forecasts.  (At Front Room, we’re inspired by trends but not slaves to them.  If the trends are out to lunch for what we think you want, we’ll go our own way.)   We have inspiration going in to a season but it morphs as we fall in love with certain fabrics and envision new garments.

We make colour and fabric choices based on what we think is:

  • wearable (acid green is tricky for the office, large florals can overwhelm a top);
  • flattering (acid green is equally tricky for most skintones, will the fabric drape over curves);
  • modern (some prints are too retro, we want a modern or timeless take); and
  • season-spanning (Are you going to want to pull that acid green piece out in September, December or February?  Will it look dated a year from now? Will the quality hold up to being beloved?).

We’ll also consider what we’ve done before to give you fresh takes and avoid repetition (unless you’ve told us to keep it coming!).

Along the way, a specific colour story emerges to figure out which of the gazillion fabrics we’d like to use will actually make it to production.   We make our selections, order up some sample lengths and make prototype garments to see if our vision works in reality.

And that my friend, is a peek behind the design process at Front Room.  Want to know more?  Let us know in the comments below.

The first 2015 collection will be coming soon.  Can’t wait to see it on you!

To your natural beauty,
Melanie & Front Room HQ
More than clothes, confidence.™

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Back to the Future

The overarching theme for FW 15/16 is fresh takes on old standbys:  houndstooth and florals get digitally combined and printed on unexpected materials like fleece.  Mixing textures, prints and metals to create modern mashups, particularly on denim and sweatshirts.

Increasingly in fashion, anything goes!  The rule is there are no rules.  There are trends, of course but they are far less rigid than days gone by.


  • Denim.  Denim is a key for virtually every colour incarnation.  It is black, blue, grey, coated, flocked, metallic and trimmed with whip-stitching or fringe.  Even faded high-waisted mom jeans have a place in FW 15/16.  (Yeah, I know.)
  • The sweatshirt.  It lives the high life again for FW 15/16.  With leather, denim, with zippers, in fleece, in brocade.  (Not particularly boob flattering but I don’t care!  Either accessorize or pair with slim skirts or skinny jeans to avoid looking like the Michelin Man.)
  • Jogging pants are still big next year. (In more prints, leather and metallics.  Generally NOT paired with the sweatshirt, unless you’re rocking a leather sweatshirt with sequin jogging pants and high heels.  Just sayin’.)
  • Sporty details and materials: side stripes on trousers, fleece, sweatshirts. (Did I mention sweatshirts are big next year?)
  • Rounded shoulders on coats and jackets, especially on robe coats.
  • Peplum details on tops and jackets. (A definite DO, a very boob-friendly shape.)
  • The baseball, bomber-style jacket is big again, in more mashed-up combinations or texture, colour and sheen from blingy metallics to denim to quilting.
  • Sneakers, loafers and super-chunky heeled sandals.

*The colour forecasts I’m sharing were presented by PromoStyl at the LA International Textile Show.  Unless otherwise noted, all images via PromoStyl.

Each main colour direction each had echoes of decades gone by.  There was a deep contrast between warm, earthy, cozy colours and shapes on one hand and a cold, industrial, utilitarian palette on the other.  This goes for metallics as well.

Blue features strongly in all of them, only indirectly in denim for Details.  You’ll be just fine if you’re an all black, all the time girl too.  Ditto for shades of grey (couldn’t resist!).

As mentioned last week’s colour forecast, blush is big for FW 15/16.  While it isn’t overly represented in the images below, I certainly saw it in lots of the fabric options from the suppliers.  Certainly not all of the trends below get equal play from the suppliers.

Ccool blue, grey and black combine for a raw, utilitarian vibe (as seen in retro coveralls, overalls – also onesies (!) done in denim or coated fleece, and denim or denim-look casual suiting).

Retro-50’s gray greens combine with black and grey for an industrial feel used in graphic prints and colour blocking.


Blue, yellow, green and cork came together with a decidedly early 80’s sporty feel.


Fabrics are functional with an emphasis on sporty, technical fabrics and denim, lots of denim.   Textures are high contrast:  less finished or raw edging on denim or sweatshirts paired with sleek (but never shiny) materials like leather, coated denim or functional/athletic fabrics.   Trims are utilitarian or functional looking: lots of zippers, cording in low-sheen black, graphite and silver. Prints are graphic: windowpane checks, grids and even retro typographic with bold lines.   Coated denim in black, deep blue and metallics will carry on well into FW 15/16.

There were soft, poetic and very feminine with rounded shapes (rounded shoulders in coats and jackets) and the feel of ballet.  Soft and cozy blush pink mixed with cocoa browns with baby blue or pale yellow to contrast.


We also see a deeper hued blush mixed with softened earth tones: moss green, reddish clay, bark brown.


Fabrics reflected the cozy feel with shearling, chunky knits, fleece, and brushed textures.  Prints are also feminine, with lots of floral, garden, and botanical motifs, swirly script, and cutesy animals. Mixes well with slouchy grey flannel trousers.  Often grounded with a chunky heeled sandal with slouchy socks (if you’re so inclined).


Rich brown grounds shades of camel, gold, black and bronze – harking back to the late 1980s/early 1990’s with a prestige feel.   Leopard print goes strongt into FW 15/16, as do other updated preppy prints with animals.  Menswear checks, plaids, herringbones, and tweed make a comeback for women, as do faded florals.  They might be on a modern narrow trouser, digitally mashed up and printed on a sweatshirt or as a flocked denim print.

Sporty, technical/functional fabrics and shapes mix up the menswear trend.  Lots of metallic tones and accents, especially in gold, add to the luxury of these looks.


Works of Art
One subset presentation is worth noting separately as it interprets “details” quite differently.  As this colour palette is reminiscent of those used by Dutch masters (Vermeer, van Gogh) and lends itself to prints displaying unique craftsmanship and hand-detailing as wearable art.  It may be a traditional painterly-type scene remixed digitally on fleece or denim.  Another use I saw (and loved) was the abstract, hand-painted look of Japanese papers printed on a variety of fabrics.   The artistic take also heavily favours metallics.


(left: Japanese paper source here.  I have it myself!)

There is lots and lots of denim (including the mom jeans) as a preppy, sporty base:  stop there, or carry on to add fun elements of expression with a decidedly youthful, hippy-tech, techno-tribal feel.

The colour base of this entire trend is chambray and denim blues.  Then mix in baby bubblegum pink, cool red and port wine for a feel-good cool-toned palette.

The prints reminiscent of Navajo and other American Indian designs appear even more FW 15/16.  There were lots of trims in fur, feathers, leather, leather fringe, embroidered designs applied to denim jackets and jeans (90’s style side seam trims anyone?).

Watercolour prints were also a key theme of this colour palette.


We agree with the sentiment that fashion is what is on the racks at the store.  Style is how you put it together.    Take all of these with a grain of salt (after all they are also forecasting the onesie for men, in fleece and in a Top Gun-like denim flight suit) then take them and make them your own.

Let us know your favorites from this season and what you’re excited about for next season in the comments section below.

To your success,
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence.™

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Coming or going?

I just came back from a fabric tradeshow showcasing the colours, shapes and prints for the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 (abbreviated as FW) season so I thought I’d give you a quick overview.

We at Front Room are moderately influenced by trends rather than being strict disciples.  We prefer modern classics that will last a few seasons and WEARABLE colours.
Still, it is good to know when a colour that looks fabulous on you is will be deemed passé by the fashion powers-that-be so you can load up now.  You’re welcome.

With the exception of the blues, the clear jewel tones we see this year give way to warm, earthy colours on one hand and cool, even veering into cold colours on the other.  This goes for metallics as well.

The blush (soft warm pink) and oxblood to wine to plum tones we see this year are MUCH bigger next year.  Purchase with confidence to last a few seasons.

Baby bubble gum pink also has some staying power.  Next year it is opaque with a happy, sporty feel rather than some of the cartoonish incarnations of this year.  The other candy brights from FW/15 disappear entirely.

There weren’t nearly as many reds we’d expect for Fall/Winter.  It appears most often in the wine shades above and sometimes in a slightly cool, muted red.

We know navy and marine blues are staples and next year the fashion world agrees.  Shades of blue are big for FW 15/16, including the current baby blue trend colour.  That said, they seemed to stick to the true or gray side – virtually no teal or green-blues.

Brown, brown, brown.  I saw every shade of rich brown, from dark chocolate to cocoa to camel to café au lait to cork.    Ditto for the warm metallics:  deep bronze to gold and brass to champagne.

Shades of cognac but that’s the closest we come to orange or copper, notably absent from FW15/16.

Deep forest green makes an appearance to play well with the brown tones and gold.

FW clothing always brings black, grey and white, next year will be no exception.  The cool metallics were quite industrial, from black to gunmetal to molten white but without as much shine on the either end of the silver spectrum.

The new addition to the stark black, grey and white are retro gray greens (think utilitarian washed out seafoam and mint).

Next week, I’ll fill you in on how FW 15/16 colours come together in four main palette themes.  I’ll also pull the some colour samples so you don’t have to imagine what I’m talking about if colour isn’t your thing.

Let me know your favorites from this season and what you’re excited about for next season in the comments below!

To your success,
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence.™
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