Stupid Plus-Size Fashion Rules: We Can Wear Stripes and Whatever Else We Want

Posted by on February 14, 2014

There are a lot of people out there in the world who have very strong opinions about what other people should wear and how other people should feel. Some people call them “fashion experts” and some people call them by what is sometimes a more appropriate title, “jerks.” When you’re plus-size, the number of fashion rules that are imposed on you go up ten-fold. Plus-size women are often giving the same offensive restrictions that people above age 30 are often given when dressing. Even the “adorkable” Zooey Deschanel gave an interview in Lucky magazine where she essentially shamed women above age 30 who wear short shorts: “Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30,” said Deschanel in her interview. “I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that right now.”

In honor of all of those so-called experts who like to take the fun out of fashion and impose stupid rules on people who dress the way they like, I aggregated some of the fashion trends that plus-size women are told they should stay away from, but can rock every day, anyway. Here’s our list of the stupidest plus-size fashion rules.

1. Crop Tops

crop top

I will not let your stupid fashion rules censor my wardrobe.

I really, really love crop tops. I have more than I know what to do with. I also weirdly think that they may be one of the most flattering clothing items you can put in your closet. If you want to wear a crop top, try pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pants. Your midriff is cute, I promise.

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Mastering The Colorblocking Trend For Plus-Size Figures With IGIGI’s Evey Dress

Posted by on January 1, 2014

Colorblocking is one of those trends that really is cyclical. It first became popular in the 1960s when fashion icons like Twiggy started playing with strategically placed color palettes in their ensembles. And before Twiggy, there were, of course, artists Mondrian and Rothko in the early 1900s. Most people are familiar with Mondrian’s abstract color fields. Designers started bringing back colorblocking in a major way on the Spring 2011 runways and for the last three years colorblocking has been everywhere.

There’s a lot of theorizing about the most flattering or successful ways to colorblock, but the most important thing is to have fun with it. Personally, I like it when garments do the work for me and include colorblocking as part of the design. So when I saw the IGIGI Evey Plus-Size Colorblock Dress in Black/Royal, I was drawn to the effortlessly chic look of the navy and black colorblocked design.

The 3/4 length sleeves and pockets make this dress comfortable, versatile, and practical.

The 3/4 length sleeves and pockets make this dress comfortable, versatile, and practical.

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The Power of the Perfect Plus-Size Wrap Dress

Posted by on December 30, 2013

I’ve been really drawn to wrap dresses lately. I’m not sure whether it’s because the silhouette is so flattering or just because they’re so easy, but I’ve been wearing more and more of them. It’s essentially turning into my new obsession!

There’s something really great in having a dress that works for you and can be pulled into the exact position that you want. With a wrap dress, you never have to worry about your bodice falling at the right place or belting it at the perfect part of your waist, because you have total control over the fit.

Naturally, when I saw the IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple, I knew that it was another wrap dress that I simply had to add to my closet.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

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Sporting a Comfy, Casual Look with the IGIGI Virginia Plus-Size Dress in Cobalt Blue

Posted by on December 26, 2013

There’s something so cozy about a flannel shirt when it’s rainy outside and you don’t really feel like going anywhere or running those last minute Christmas errands.

The little cobalt blue lace cap sleeves are dainty and feminine while providing some coverage and allowing the dress to transition the seasons well.

The little cobalt blue lace cap sleeves are dainty and feminine while providing some coverage and allowing the dress to transition the seasons well.

I decided to wear the IGIGI Virginia Plus-Size Dress in Cobalt Blue with my favorite flannel top for the cool weather. I added my chocolate brown suede riding boots to round out the look for a casual day of weekday shopping and lunch out with a few friends. Plus, whenever I wear flannel, it always kind of makes me feel like it’s 1996 and I’m headed to a Hole concert to hang out with Courtney Love.

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What Guys Really Think About Fashion ‘Trends’

Posted by on December 3, 2013

If you don’t spend much time on social media, you may not have seen a recent article featured on the Huffington Post called “23 Trends Guys Hate (But Women Love).” It appeared in the Style section and it quickly became a heavy traffic piece, earning a lot of page views, hundreds of comments, and thousands of Facebook shares.

The 23 trends ranged from peplums to leggings to hair bows, and each “trend” (keep in mind that that term is being used loosely) was punctuated with comments from various men who had been asked to sound off on what they like and don’t like in the wardrobes of their respective friends and girlfriends.

The very concept of seeking a man’s validation for your clothing choices is inherently problematic. I firmly believe that as long as you are comfortable, happy, and confident with your wardrobe, there is no reason to change it. Believe it or not, boys – women do not dress for you when they’re planning their outfits. In fact, there’s a great blog that the HuffPost article linked to, called The Man Repeller, which is run by wonderful women who don’t give two hoots what guys think about their outfits.

In case you’re wondering what a man repeller is, check out this convenient description on the blog, because trust me – it’s a good thing.

Since I feel like the HuffPost article may have been unkind to boykind (surely not all of their judgments are that ridiculous and offensive), I copied the list down and sent it to the boys in my life to get their impressions. This is what they said:

1. Peplums

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“What is a peplum? Is that like that shirt you were wearing at that thing on Friday? Yeah, it was nice.”

“A cheerleading uniform? Like “pep?”

“Kim Kardashian wears those a lot. They’re pretty hot.” [ed note: It's true Kim K. does wear those a lot].

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