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December 16, 2013
Since we are officially in the Holiday season, I find myself subconsciously gravitating towards outfits that have a little bit of a “Christmassy” flair to them. This is the time of year when we can wear as much red, green, and gold as we want. Plus, shiny fabrics and lots of glitter are highly encouraged, which is a big bonus in my book. If I could dress everyday like I was about to adorn the top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, I would be ecstatic.
I paired the IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress in Jade with a leather jacket and boots, but it would also look amazing with a cardigan and kitten heels for a more office appropriate look.
However, the IGIGI Neve Plus-Size Wrap Dress in Jade was a great, sexy, and understated option for a Holiday dinner that my friend’s work was having without looking too over the top. I’m not trying to dress like Mrs. Claus here (even though she clearly was the one running stuff at the North Pole, #respect).
Jane Janeczko on
December 13, 2013
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an amazing blog post by Ramou Sarr on “Hello Giggles” about things that you should never say to plus-size women. Among these gems were platitudes like “Do you want to cut carbs with me?” and “Have you tried [X workout]?” Ms. Sarr was right on with these and in honor of her sparkling wit, here are a few of my own “rules” based on real-life experiences and conversations.
Jane Janeczko on
December 12, 2013
I really have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I absolutely love hanging out at the mall and scrounging the clearance racks for great deals, but on the flipside, when you are a plus-size shopper, it can be rough finding cute, affordable clothing options at your local stores.
Sometimes local boutiques can have more variation in sizes than the mall. Credit: Steve Snodgrass
That does not mean that plus-size shoppers should or can only shop online, it just makes it that much harder for plus-size women to have the same fruitful, enjoyable shopping experience as straight-size women.
Speaking as someone who has relatively few friends who are in the US size 16 range and above, it can be a little disheartening to go shopping with people who can essentially walk into any store they want and buy an outfit off of a mannequin (and I don’t mean the amazing mannequins at Debenhams).
In honor of that struggle, I have made a list of my top six shopping tips to help you shop with your straight-size friends at stores that might not stock your sizes.
Jane Janeczko on
December 11, 2013
Cara Hill, 36, lives in Wellington, New Zealand and works as the marketing and audience development manager of a live theatre. Cara believes that life is short, so you have to make it count with no regrets. She loves to travel, have adventures, have fun, meet new people, try new things, and challenge herself – all while wearing fabulous frocks, of course! Cara is also the blogger behind “I Like Pretty Clothes,” where she showcases her eclectic feminine style.
Cara first really got interested in fashion when she discovered the body positivity movement and began to follow more plus-size fashion bloggers. Cara says that it made her realize that she could wear anything that she wanted and she didn’t have to be left out of fashion anymore because of her size.
Cara took the time to chat with IGIGI and talk about shopping, rocking some great petticoats, and dressing up everyday.
Cara describes her fashion as a little bit retro-inspired, femme, and colorful. Credit: Cara Hill
Jane: What is your process when you go shopping?
Cara: I’ve always loved to shop, but I think I’ve only become good at it since I discovered fatshion blogs. Before, I would just buy clothes at random without thoughts of what I would feel particularly good in, or an overall style or aesthetic, and without thinking about what was already in my closet. Now, I go for shapes and styles that I know I’ll feel good in, and I buy things that will work with what is already in my closet.
Cara always wears dresses or skirts (“no pants, no way!”), unless absolutely necessary. Credit: Cara Hill
Jane: Where do you get most of your fashion inspiration from?
Cara: There are so many people across the internet and around the world that I really admire for the way they dress and carry themselves: Tanesha from Girl with Curves, Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Tess Munster, Jerilinn (who spoke with us recently), Gabi Gregg, Brittany from Style So Far … just to name a few.
Jane: Do you have a favorite piece in your wardrobe or a favorite outfit?
Cara: That is a tough one; can I only choose one? Well, too bad, I can’t, so here are my favorite things: I have 11 petticoats and I love them, I wear one nearly every day; I have two winter coats – a fabulous bright green with faux leopard fur collar and cuffs, and a fabulous swing coat in all over faux leopard fur – they are both amazing; and finally, my swing dresses – no matter how bad of a day I might be having, as soon as I put on one of those dresses, I feel like a million bucks!
Cara is a fan of feminine, retro-style dresses. Credit: Cara Hill
Jane: What advice would you give to women who are struggling to find clothes that inspire them?
Cara: Sometimes you have to take risks on things – you know that dress that you love but your first reaction is to say, “Oh no, I could never wear that!” Well, why not? Give it a try. You can’t write things off until you try them, and you might be surprised. You should be good to yourself, and part of that is allowing yourself to feel like you deserve beautiful clothes. Treat yourself to that dress you love, even if you don’t know where you would wear it, and then find some place to wear it – even if it’s just to the mall or out for dinner or something normal like that. You don’t need a special occasion to dress up. I wear a fabulous dress or skirt and a petticoat almost everyday, and I really believe that it helps to improve my mood, outlook. and self-esteem when I wear fabulous clothes.
This blogger believes dressing up each day can help improve your mood! Credit: Cara Hill
If you want to dress like Cara, she recommends checking out the IGIGI Neve Wrap Dress in Jade. The color is beautiful and the wrap style is perfect to wear to work or for a client function. She says to pair it with black kitten heels, a great statement necklace, black stud earrings, and a great handbag.
In the immediate future, Cara is going on a 3 week trip to Tanzania, so she can go on a safari in the Serengeti, spend some time lounging on a beach in Zanzibar, and explore the big city of Dar es Salaam. Otherwise, she is going to continue to live and work in the lovely city of Wellington, and travel whenever she can!
To keep up with Cara you can reach out to her via her blog and, as always, comment.
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December 10, 2013
There are a lot of really amazing plus-size models. Everyone can now officially accept and acknowledge that, especially now that they’re evening landing cover shoots for major fashion magazines. However, there is some debate about what makes a plus-size model a plus-size model, and for good reason.
Many of the plus-size fashion models that we see do not appear to look plus-size even though many of them have measurements that allow them to fall in and around a US size 12. After all, models are tall, and 220 lbs. on a 6’2” woman is going to look a lot different from 220 lbs. on a 5’2” woman and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone’s body is different and while that can be frustrating, it’s also pretty great because bodies, all bodies, are awesome and deserve to be celebrated.
Leah Kelley really burst on the plus-size modeling scene when she modeled some of pal and fellow plus-size model Robyn Lawley’s swimwear line. Credit: Instagram @leahkelley