Ridding Ourselves of ‘Short Phobia’ with Plus-Size Fashion Blogger and Poet Cori Zaragoza

Posted by on December 25, 2013

Cori Zaragoza, 23, is a writer living in San Diego, CA and a recent graduate of San Francisco State. She loves dark lipstick, late movie nights, and some days she likes to look like a Mexican Wednesday Addams, but most importantly, she’s a radical plus-size fashion blogger and a poet.

Cori describes her fashion as a mix of David Lynch, Courtney Love, and American Horror Story: Coven. Not always flattering, sometimes skimpy, and dark. Credit: Cori Zaragoza

Cori describes her fashion as a mix of David Lynch, Courtney Love, and American Horror Story: Coven. Not always flattering, sometimes skimpy, and dark.
Credit: Cori Zaragoza

Cori was never really into fashion growing up. She says that she was kind of a weird kid and mainly wore band t-shirts and thrift store finds. However, when she moved to San Francisco for college, her eyes were opened to the much more creative side of fashion. “Everyone is so stylish in San Francisco that it gave me a lot of inspiration and confidence in myself,” says Cori.

Cori took the time to talk with IGIGI about her fascination with the on-point fashion sense of her favorite fictional characters and “short phobia.”

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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.
Credit: Nienke Tatiana Zweers

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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.
Credit: Twitter ELLE

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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