Jane Janeczko on
October 18, 2013
I recently came across a Huffington Post Style article about how more plus-size women prefer the term “curvy” over plus-size.
This statistic comes from a poll that the retailer Sonsi facilitated on their website. This poll asked 1,000 women which term they preferred and the results came in somewhat split with respondents saying 28 percent prefer “curvy,” 25 percent prefer “plus-size,” and 25 percent prefer “full-figured.”
All of those terms basically mean the same thing to me, so personally I do not have any preference. When I’m discussing fashion, I usually use the term “plus-size,” since that is the official fashion terminology for a US size 14+, whereas the official terminology for women US size 0-12 is “standard-size.” However, when I’m just describing my physical body, I don’t specify at all. It’s simply my body. It’s larger than some and smaller than some, but it’s just my body. I don’t feel a need to throw “curvy” or “full-figured” in front of it.
Curvy, plus-size, full-figured… no matter what word you use, Nadia Aboulhosn looks incredible. Credit: Nadia Aboulhosn
Jane Janeczko on
October 17, 2013
Trying to challenge societal beauty norms ain’t easy. It’s a challenge that any plus-size woman has definitely faced at one point or another, however, these seven plus-size models use their visibility as a stage for positive change in the fashion industry and increased size acceptance. These plus-size models exude confidence and beauty, even on Twitter!
Lawley, 24, became really well-known after announcing that she was going to be the very first plus-sized model to star in a high-end designer’s campaign. Thus, Lawley became the face of Ralph Lauren. She has also been the cover model for Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Australian Vogue, and Elle France. She also has a passion for food and healthy living and her food blog, Robyn Lawley Eats, earned her a book deal with Random House.
Jane Janeczko on
October 16, 2013
It’s not always easy being unapologetically proud of your body, especially when that body is not the ideal. However, my body is and always will be secondary to my self-esteem because I am not reliant on a small waist-line or jiggle-free thighs to feel good about myself.
There are so many outlets that tell women that they’re not good enough, not smart enough, not funny enough, or even worse, that they’re too smart, too funny, too confident. You have to perfectly straddle the fence between slut and saint, brainiac and bimbo, to be appreciated as the ideal, and that’s just where our personalities are concerned.
The battle against a woman’s appearance is even more alarming and unattainable, especially when you add in the overwhelming prevalence of photoshop.
Congratulations, not even Jessica Alba looks like Jessica Alba. FYI, this would be rated as an ‘under 30 percent’ alteration job. Via: The Collective
Jane Janeczko on
October 15, 2013
I distinctly remember watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model in which there was a plus-size contestant (I’m 90 percent sure it was Toccara Jones) who had been put in a shiny, sparkly dress for one of the shoots. There were the usual criticisms, such as not enough smeyesing, etc., and then there was a long discussion about how this dress was a poor choice for this shoot on the stylist’s part, especially for the plus-size contestant, since shiny fabrics always make you look bigger when you’re photographed.
Personally, I am a huge fan of shiny fabrics and of anything that sparkles. Therefore, when I see a great plus-size dress with a subtle gold glimmer like the Nezetta Cocktail Dress in Navy/Gold, there are no so-called fashion rules that are going to stop me from rocking it.
The Nezetta dress comes in black and gold too.
I picked this dress out with the intention of wearing it for some slightly fancier evenings out and I daresay it fit the bill. I wanted to really glam this dress up, but it could easily be dressed down for a slightly more casual evening out if you paired it with a motorcycle jacket and a pair of short, chunky ankle boots. The cute belt is included with the dress, but it could easily be worn without the belt as well, although I personally love the little gold detail at the waist.
The Nezetta dress also comes in a black/gold combination if you’re looking for a different color palette.
The ruched draping actually elongates your form and makes your legs look longer.
The ruching up the front of the dress and the back of the dress gives a body-con look, which is very trendy (and dare I say “sexy”), but the material has a decent amount of stretch, so it is still very comfortable.
The Nezetta dress is fully-lined, like most IGIGI dresses, so you don’t have to worry about showing any panty lines or wobbly bits.
In honor of this sparkly, shiny plus-size dress, I decided to put together a few other fashion rules that us plus-size ladies are told we can’t pull off, along with a true-or-false analysis.
1. Don’t wear clingy fabrics. FALSE – If you want to really show off your curves, a clingy material is the easiest way to do that. If you’re feeling particularly self-conscious about not wanting to show any lumps or bumps, the easiest way to camouflage that is with well-placed ruching,lined garments, and shapewear.
2. Big patterns make you look larger. FALSE - Big patterns make a big statement. Depending on where the pattern falls on your figure, they can actually be incredibly flattering, and even if they aren’t strictly flattering, there is nothing that says you can’t wear a crazy, funky, geometric pattern just because you like it.
3. Stay away from skinny jeans. FALSE - Skinny jeans are awesome. They are cute, comfy, and are basically made to be worn with tunics that are perfect for tucking into jeans, so they are absolutely perfect for fall. They are not the unequivocally most flattering jean style for everyone, but does that mean you can’t still wear them and look awesome? Nope.
4. Any intentionally oversized garments will just make you look larger. FALSE – It will look like you’re wearing an oversized garment. Oversized styles are really in right now and they essentially look the same on everyone. Are they the absolutely most flattering styles in the world? No, but if worn with the right accessories and coordinating pieces, they can look incredibly chic.
The boat neckline with the below-knee length and slight cling brought to mind a blinged-out Audrey Hepburn vibe for me so I paired it with a true, red lip and black pumps.
Whenever you’re feeling a little insecure or unsure about a new outfit that you’re putting together, the only really important question that you need to worry about is: “Does this make me feel beautiful?” Because if that is true, nothing else really matters. If you’re really struggling, however, you can always hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and send me some awesome selfies.
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.
Cynthia describes her style as cutesy and bright ‘semi-casual.’ Credit: Cynthia Wilson
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 is attracted to bright colors, anything that sparkles (she is a glitter fiend), and cute people, places, or things. Credit: Cynthia Wilson
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.”
All of Cynthia’s ensembles are colorful and fun, with a little bit of a 1950s-inspired fairy princess vibe going on. Credit: Cynthia Wilson
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.