Snapadoo! Laughing with Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Cynthia Wilson
Posted by Jane Janeczko on October 14, 2013
Can I just say that I’m so happy that great ’90s style is making a comeback? I’ll rock a floral kimono and ripped acid wash jeans any day. Cynthia Wilson, 24, a plus-size fashion blogger from Washington state, heartily agrees with me. While I tend to gravitate towards grunge, Cynthia is all about embracing the more Blossom-like ’90s fashion with tons of polka-dots and bright colors interwoven throughout her wardrobe, all of which she dutifully records on her blog, Snapadoo.
Cynthia believes in living well, and since she is “funemployed” and looking right now, she spends most of her time getting together with friends, making delicious meals, watching her favorite TV shows, and laughing a lot. She says that she finds her daily inspiration in Leslie Knope, red lipstick, and the fat and fashionable women of Tumblr.
Jane: What advice would you give to women who are struggling to find clothes that inspire them?
Cynthia: Be angry about it! And talk about your anger and frustration with the availability of inspiring plus size clothing on places like Tumblr. There, you will find support from other fashionable and fat people who have dealt with that same problem many times before. And some of these awesome fashionable and fat people will make lists of small plus size retailers you have never heard of that might even carry that dress in your favorite print you had previously only been able to imagine wearing. Or they will teach you the best way to thrift with how-to videos or text posts geared towards plus-size shopping. There are also DIY resources if crafting up some new clothes is your thing. For me, the internet has been my greatest asset for finding the clothes that have made me happiest.
Jane: Do you have any standout pieces in your wardrobe that you always go to when you’re putting together one of your adorable ensembles?
Cynthia: My favorite pieces are my skater skirts [see photo above]. It has been hard to find a plus size full skirt for years, and they have become my version of jeans. Easy to pair with cute tops and so dang cute.
Jane: Where do you find your fashion inspiration?
Cynthia: I definitely have to give a shout out to Gabi Gregg, who changed the whole fashion game for me when I saw an article about her on BUST magazine’s website. Keiko Lynn, Georgina of Cupcake’s Clothes, and Sarah of Big Hips Red Lips are all bloggers who are also big inspirations for me.
Jane: Is there a big fashion scene around you?
Cynthia: Not really, since I am in the Pacific Northwest. I probably look quite dressed up to most of the people who live here.
Cynthia says that she feels discriminated against when stores take away or don’t offer their plus-size clothes in their physical locations. “Old Navy had the audacity to move it’s plus-size section exclusively online,” Cynthia says with exasperation. “As if it’s a bonus that I have to pay shipping for badly designed clothes that might not fit right. I am discriminated against simply by having fewer options.”
If you want to dress like Cynthia, she recommends the IGIGI Riley dress, because she’s a sucker for red with white polka dots, and the full skirt is perfection. She suggests accessorizing it with a simple gold necklace, royal blue, black, or butter yellow suede wedges, and definitely a good red lipstick. She clearly has good taste, since I recently wore the Riley dress’ cousin ,the IGIGI Makenna Dress in one of my style posts.
Cynthia plans to continue her fashion blogging [ed. note: She totally should because she has a real knack for it!] and career-wise, she is pursuing jobs in sociology or public health with a focus on data analysis. However, overall, Cynthia says that she would just like to keep having fun with her friends and wearing a lot of bright lipstick.
If you want to keep up with Cynthia, you can check in with her on her blog, Snapadoo.
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