Finding Unusual Fashion Inspiration with Nienke Tatiana Zweers

Posted by on December 24, 2013

Nienke Tatiana Zweers, 20, is a full time industrial design student in her second year at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. Nienke describes herself as a dreamer who gets lost just a little too often, but luckily, those are most often the times where Nienke finds inspiration through new people and places she gets to discover.

Fashion has a very important place in Nienke’s life and she is a firm believer in the power of a really great outfit. Finding the perfect thing to wear can change your entire mood and outlook on life. She shows off her rocking, mood-changing ensembles on her blog, Lace and Lovehandles, and on her Facebook page.

Nienke took to the time to talk with IGIGI and discuss her unique fashion aesthetic, and her fearless devotion to dressing outside the box.

Nienke cites Lola (Lindsay Lohan) in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" as her biggest fashion inspiration.Credit: Nienke Tatiana Zweers

Nienke cites Lola (Lindsay Lohan) in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” as her biggest fashion inspiration.
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Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Lands Huge Beauty Campaign

Posted by on December 23, 2013

Robyn Lawley is an utterly flawless goddess. I could write articles upon articles (and sort of have) about her unapologetically body positive, thigh-gap hating soul, and I’m really not the only one.

The 24-year-old Australian plus-size model has gotten her share of headlines this year. In June, Robyn was awarded Model of the Year during the Full Figured Fashion Week and her awesome anti-thigh gap editorial on The Daily Beast just went viral a few months ago, gaining her a lot of new admirers.

Robyn Lawley on Ellen

Robyn Lawley went on Ellen in early November to discuss the changing shape of fashion.
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Commenters Think Plus-Size Model Leah Kelley Is Not ‘Plus Enough’

Posted by on December 20, 2013

Plus-size model Leah Kelley recently did an interview with ELLE where she talked about the modeling industry and the somewhat silly, and very arbitrary, plus-size moniker. It was a great interview; however, the response that the interview got – or rather, the response that the pictures accompanying the interview received – was rather negative.

This was the offending tweet and image.  Credit: Twitter ELLE

This was the offending tweet and image.
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In the process of promoting the interview, ELLE tweeted an image of Kelley (above) with a link to the interview, and their followers were not impressed with her “plus-size” title.

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Mixing Patterns With The IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg

Posted by on December 19, 2013

Tunics really are great fashion staples. They’re flattering on almost every body type and they can add length and elegance to a woman who has a shorter torso. The IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is no different. I’ve been looking for a few comfortable, long-sleeved tops for winter that I can dress up for work and dress down for lazy weekend afternoons with friends, and I found that delicate balance with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic.

I chose to rock jeans and brown leather riding boots with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg, but I'm also planning on wearing it with black tailored trousers for work, charcoal gray leggings for a movie date with a friend, and with a high-waisted leather skirt for cocktails.

I chose to rock jeans and brown leather riding boots with the IGIGI Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg, but I’m also planning on wearing it with black tailored trousers for work, charcoal gray leggings for a movie date with a friend, and with a high-waisted leather skirt for cocktails.

The tunic is made from a Poly/Viscose/Elastane and feels like a light sweater. It was warm without being stuffy and is perfect for layering. I chose to wear a thick wool sweater with the tunic, instead of a coat, and I mixed the gorgeous baroque-inspired pattern of the top with a bold stripe on the sweater to add a modern taste. The juxtaposition of the two very different patterns worked out well, especially since the deep orange and black were repeated in both garments.

The super flattering dolman sleeves end with thick bands that can be pulled down or scrunched up to 3/4 length giving even more opportunity for customization.

The super flattering dolman sleeves end with thick bands that can be pulled down or scrunched up to 3/4 length giving even more opportunity for customization.

One of the hardest aspects of dressing a curvy body is finding a perfect balance of layers as the seasons change. Currently, I am in Atlanta, GA, where the weather has been in the 40s and rather rainy. As a result, I am scrambling to find outfits that will keep me warm outside without overheating like crazy when I go inside. When it comes to late Fall and early Winter, I am all about the light sweaters to help me transition seasons. Layering can be a little challenging when you’re plus-sized. I recommend having a light bottom layer, with your thicker pieces being the final items you put on.

The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is so light and thin that I’ll be able to transition it right into the heart of Winter and wear it underneath a loose denim shirt or a leather jacket.

The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg is so light and thin that I’ll be able to transition it right into the heart of Winter and wear it underneath a loose denim shirt or a leather jacket.

When working on layering, the most important thing to remember is to buy versatile pieces. Buy thinner tops that work well together, like sleeveless collared shirts and comfortable tanks, and don’t obsess over every piece matching precisely. Boho is in. So mix and match patterns, colors, and fabrics to your heart’s content.

Layering can be especially challenging as a plus size woman because too many bulky layers can add mass and make you look bigger. To avoid this, focus on emphasizing your waist. The Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg has a draped knot on the bodice, which emphasizes the smallest part of the waist, while giving some much needed shape. Tunics can look very boxy, and while a fun, exaggerated silhouette can be a really great look, sometimes it’s nice to have a little more structure. A good rule of thumb when checking your layering is to check out your silhouette before heading out. If you’re not showing off all of your curves to their best advantage, it’s not worth it.

When layering, it’s also important to keep the accessories minimal. I threw on some oversized sunnies, but other than that, I’m accessory free. The mixed patterns and vibrant color in the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg add enough detail to this look for me. I didn’t feel the need to add a necklace or sparkly earrings. As Coco Chanel said, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” When you’re layering this is even more accurate. Personally, I always look for pieces with intricate details because I love a good sparkle on a collar or an interesting embroidery pattern on a sweater even more than I like a statement necklace.

How would you accessorize the Marissa Plus-Size Tunic in Nutmeg? How do you layer? What are your tips for transitioning your wardrobe into the Winter? Let me know in the comments.

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Our Favorite ‘Creepy Bubblegum Goth,’ Plus-Size Blogger Jill Perella

Posted by on December 18, 2013

Thank goodness for amazing plus-size fashion bloggers. Honestly, I know that I would be lost without them. It wasn’t until I discovered the amazing community of fabulous “fatshionistas” on the Internet that I really started playing with my personal style, taking fashion risks, and pushing the envelope.

Jill Perella, 21, of Philadelphia, is a salon coordinator and fashion design student, as well as one kick-ass plus-size fashion and lifestyle blogger at Death Before Diet. Jill took the time to talk with IGIGI about being a bold, beautiful, unapologetically plus-size woman trying to break into the fashion industry.

She describes herself as a loud, tall, chubby, outspoken 21 year-old with more sass than most. She likes to spend her days volunteering at animal shelters, making clothes, making friends, and making people’s heads turn.

Jill has heard people describe her style as "creepy bubblegum goth." Credit: Jill Perella

Jill has heard people describe her style as “creepy bubblegum goth.”
Credit: Jill Perella


Jane
: How would you describe your personal style? I love seeing the outfits you post because it seems like you’re never really tied any particular aesthetic.

Jill: I would have to describe my fashion as, above all, ever-changing. My style is an outlet of how I feel, so it changes every day. Every hour, even.

Jane: What first got you interested in pursuing fashion? It must have been pretty big since you’re planning on pursuing fashion design as a career.

Jill: My mother first got me interested in fashion, most definitely. She always had a very quirky sense of style. For example: she will wear a totally earth-toned outfit, but peeking out from her clogs will be the funkiest rainbow-colored socks you’ve ever seen. She is also the queen of cute scarves, and sometimes wears two at a time. Little quirks like that taught me to be free with my fashion, and do what I like.

Jill's wardrobe staples are her 6 inch black platform shoes and her 80-year-old floral silk shawl handed down to her from her great grandmother. Credit: Jill Perella

Jill’s wardrobe staples are her 6 inch black platform shoes and her 80-year-old floral silk shawl handed down to her from her great grandmother.
Credit: Jill Perella

Jane: Who are your biggest fashion inspirations?

Jill: My biggest fashion inspirations are the late Isabella Blow, Justin Tranter, Barbie, Wednesday Adams, my friend Shawna Farmer (founder of Chubby Cartwheels, but she’s pretty much my life inspiration), and the females in the cast of Full House circa the 1990s.

Jane: What advice would you give to the plus-size women who have trouble finding clothes and feel that fashion has left them out?

Jill: I’d tell them to, first of all, never give up. Finding clothes (especially if you’re over a size 10) can be super frustrating and difficult, but never impossible. I always do lots of looking around until I find something that makes me feel good, confident, comfortable, or powerful. Sometimes it takes minutes, sometimes it takes hours, but I don’t give up. After you find one amazing piece, the feeling kind of sticks with you, and it becomes easier to find more stuff. Eventually, you end up feeling inspired on your own.

Jill says that she has dealt with size discrimination on more than one ocassion. Credit: Jill Perella

Jill says that she has dealt with size discrimination on more than one ocassion.
Credit: Jill Perella

Jane: Have you ever felt unwelcome in a store or been a victim of size discrimination?

Jill: Unfortunately, size discrimination happens to me all too often, but if I’m being completely honest, I can’t remember the last time I was discriminated against in a retail store. I mainly go thrift shopping, where there is such a wide range of clientele that I kinda fly under the radar, which is harder than you think with pink hair. When I’m in a chain retail store,  the employees (which are predominantly women) are exceptionally kind to me and usually compliment my hair or clothing. It might be the fact that I pride myself on being super polite and always smiling, but yea, they’re pretty nice! Who knows what they say when I’m not looking, though.

Jane: Is there anything special that you do to get an extra boost of self-confidence? Or is there a specific circumstance in which you feel really great about your body?

Jill: This might sound pretty vain, but I feel that way every day. It took me about 19 years, but I feel proud of my body all day, every single day. I grew up being constantly told that the way I looked was bad and wrong, and spent my entire life trying to change it. I realized a couple years ago how damaging and uncalled for body negativity is to young people, and ever since, I’ve been actively trying to change that through my blog, and through radical self-love. One of my favorite phrases is, “Your body is the house you grew up in, don’t burn it to ground.”

Jill believes in dressing however you want, not how people tell you to dress. Credit: Jill Perella

Jill believes in dressing however you want, not how people tell you to dress.
Credit: Jill Perella

If you want to dress like Jill, she recommends trying out the IGIGI Karina Wide Leg Pants in Navy Blue. Jill loves high-waisted pants and they are notoriously hard to find. She would accessorize them with a black, long-sleeved crop top and an oversized scarf.

Currently, Jill is  studying Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and after she gets her degree she will start working towards having her own plus-size fashion line. Ultimately, she wants to dedicate her life to showing people how beautiful, divine, and worthy they are, not just superficially making them “look good for a fat person,” which is something that plus-size people are told far too often.

If you want to connect with Jill, make sure you follow this sassy blogger on her Tumblr, Death Before Diet!

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