Jane Janeczko 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Janeczko 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
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
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
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
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!
Jane Janeczko on
December 17, 2013
Plus-size models are making it onto the covers of major magazines, landing huge ad campaigns, writing amazing books, and generally just kicking butt all around the fashion industry. However, there is one place in fashion where there is still a near total lack of plus-size women – the runway.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, popular plus-size model Robyn Lawley told reporters that she thinks that plus-size models are generally ostracized from runway modeling and there is no real reason for it.
“It’s disappointing as I love catwalk modeling, it’s more exciting than being on a shoot so it sucks not to be included. Plus-size models are being used more in magazines and in the media but not on the runway and not by high-end designers like Prada. I’d love them to use more curvy girls but it’s like a taboo and I don’t know why. It screams lack of diversity.”
Jane Janeczko on
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).