Talking Plus-Size Fashion with Blogger Emmi Rantakallio

Posted by on May 1, 2014

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Plus-Size Blogger Emmi has crafted a chic minimalistic style that we love.

 

Emmi Rantakallio, 22 is a plus size fashion blogger based in Stockholm Sweden. She’s working towards becoming a makeup artist and her passion for styling and creating looks definitely shows when it comes to her personal style! Emmi has a chic, minimalistic style that mixes modern tailored pieces with luxe vintage finds.

Emmi thinks that self-confidence and body positivity are crucial when it comes to fashion and creating your own style and we couldn’t agree more. We got a chance to chat with her more about this as well as how she’s cultivated her personal style.

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Plus-Size Blogger Edition: Bella Styles

Posted by on March 24, 2014

Plus-Size Blogger Bella Styles

Plus-Size Blogger Bella Styles in the Denise Dress in Ivory.

Time to get inspired by one of our favorite plus-size bloggers, Bella Styles! We’re looking at two of our top favorite IGIGI looks from her blog and her advice on where to wear it and how to look fabulous!

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The Gorgeous Larimar Dress and the Beauty of Plus-Size Dresses With Sleeves

Posted by on November 25, 2013

If I could go back in time to any time period at all, I would have to pick 1960s California.  I came across this style nostalgia video on The Atlantic the other day, and I put together an outfit inspired from the colors and shapes of 1960s fashion.  I love a bright print and I’m trying to capitalize on the remaining sunny weather (it was actually in the 60s in New York the other day!) with some equally vibrant colors. The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber was exactly what I was looking for. The stripes with the deconstructed chevron pattern has a great vintage feel and this dress will transition well into the Winter with some tights and ankle boots.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber is made from a Poly/Elastane material, which has a good weight to it, with long sleeves and an asymmetrical, very flattering, contrast draped waistband.

The long sleeves make this dress season appropriate, but I would add tights and a scarf to take it the rest of the way, and maybe add my trusty brown leather jacket for a little extra warmth.

Whenever I talk to my friends about dresses and dress details, I feel like the two things they love the most are sleeves and pockets, and those are consistently my favorite parts of dresses, as well. I usually won’t even buy a dress unless it has some kind of sleeve since, in my experience, they are way more versatile than strapless or tank dresses for everyday. Pockets are also so helpful and practical, because every now and then I would just like to slip my phone and wallet into my pocket and slip out the door without a handbag (blasphemy, I know).

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

The dress is fully-lined, which is wonderful since it keeps everything looking smooth without the need for any shape-wear.

However, many designers rarely offer these options and it’s even harder to find them in plus-size offerings. Actually, IGIGI is one of the few plus brands that to include sleeves in a majority of designs.

Many women, myself included, are self-conscious about their upper arms. Adding a sleeve to a dress and getting rid of the need for a cardigan or a jacket it such a simple detail, and yet it can make all the difference with self-confidence. For me, adding a jacket to a dress that already has sleeves is a choice and not a necessity. It enables you to be in control of your look without letting your clothes and personal insecurities dictate your style.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

I chose to style the Larimar Plus-Size Dress in Amber with simple black heels and minimal jewelry to keep the elaborate pattern the focus of my look.

Initially, I planned to wear some over-the-knee boots to keep my legs a little warmer, but since the pattern is so intense, the boots made the outfit feel a little too “costumey.” I definitely need to start looking for a new pair of ankle boots for the winter!

Putting together an outfit can be a test of patience, and you have to be willing to compromise and make changes even when you have a very specific plan in your head. Whenever I plan out my outfit the night before I rarely end up with the same look the next morning.

Plus-size women are frequently told to shy away from exaggerated patterns and to stick to strictly form-flattering, solid-colored, subdued frocks. While it is certainly true that a crazy pattern is going to make you stand out, it does not mean that the garment will be inherently unflattering.

If you’re looking for a different color palette, the Larimar dress also comes in topaz, for the women who crave a cooler color scheme.  How would you style the Larimar dress? Let me know in the comments.

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Talking Fatshion and Plus-Size Shopping With Erin Thomas of Re/Dress CLE

Posted by on November 1, 2013

It is no easy feat to go thrifting while plus-size, but Erin Thomas, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, has made it her life’s work. As a long time blogger and Internet queen, Erin has made her mark across social media and her incredibly gorgeous outfit posts have gone viral across the blog-o-sphere.

Currently, Erin is working as the brand manager at the newly opened Re/Dress store located at 2678 W. 14th St. in Cleveland. Even though she went to school for studio art and psychology, Erin found her true calling working in this small, local, independent plus-size boutique.

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This oatmeal colored tulle dress with neon detailing is Erin’s favorite frock. Credit: Erin Thomas

Now that Re/Dress’ brick-and-mortar Cleveland location officially opened in September (!!!), Erin is busy working both as a brand manager and as a stylist.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Re/Dress, in Erin’s own words, “it was, from the years of 2008-2011, a HUGE, awesome, (most would say life-changing) plus size shop in Brooklyn, NY…” the Brooklyn store closed two years ago and Re/Dress took on a second life via the Internet, but thanks to Rachel Kacenjar and Erin, Re/Dress once again has an official location.

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For her fashion, Erin says that it’s Halloween all year long for her. “You never know what I’m going to step out of my house looking like. I probably freak out my neighbors on a regular basis,” says Erin. Credit: Erin Thomas

Like many of the women IGIGI has profiled, Erin finds a lot of her fashion inspirations from other plus-size bloggers. “Had I not discovered fatshion blogs, I would have absolutely NO idea how to dress myself,” says Erin.

Erin describes her personal fashion as “very costumey,” and she is a big believer in the power of dressing up. “I think I’ve been obsessed since birth,” says Erin. “My dress up clothes collection as a kid could not be beat. Even my Barbies had thirty different outfits each. I was destined to be a clothing hoarder.”

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Erin says that her moto jacket is probably her favorite piece in her wardrobe. “When I’m wearing it, I feel like a tough girl you wouldn’t want to cross, which is so the opposite of reality,” says Erin. Credit: Erin Thomas

I had a chance to ask Erin a few questions about Re/Dress, shopping, and plus-size style.

Jane: Re/Dress is really all about making a wonderful customer experience for plus-size women, but so many stores simply don’t care about their plus-size customers. Have you ever personally felt discriminated against in a store?

Erin: Yes! Without naming names, recently a large chain of very affordable fast fashion stores expanded to include plus sizes in my area. I really want to be happy about it, but they seem to only carry the most matronly pieces from the website, and the shop girls avoid the plus section like the plague. It’s like they think they’ll be fat by association or something. Shopping can be traumatic as it is; it’s even worse in a very trendy store where everything in your size is hideous and everyone is cold and willfully unhelpful to you because of the section you’re shopping in.

Jane: What advice would you give to women who are struggling to find fashion that inspires them?

Erin: Really take the time to figure out what you like, what you wish you could wear vs. what’s available to you, and the kind of image you want to project to others. Fatshion is in a great place right now. It might take some digging and researching, but there is something out there for everyone. I promise you, when you find it, the right piece of clothing will change your life.

Jane: Where do you look for sartorial inspiration?

Erin: I pay a lot of attention to what certain designers are doing, like Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Kenzo, Meadham Kirchoff, and Rick Owens. I get a ton of inspiration from pop culture. Right now I’m going through a really big goth phase, so I’m looking to Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, Sara Rue in Gypsy 83, Fairuza Balk in The Craft, and the current season of American Horror Story for wardrobe inspiration. Like I said, costumey.

Jane: What are your future plans?

Erin: I plan to continue working in fatshion for as long as possible. It’s my true passion in life! I hope to continue to expand my skill set and learn more about every facet of the industry. I’m one of those overachiever types who can’t just be enthusiastic about things, I have to be an expert. From personal styling to directing photoshoots to writing for various plus size magazines,  I’m constantly trying new things to figure out what my niche might be.

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Erin loves mixing high culture and low culture in every aspect of her life. Credit: Erin Thomas

If you want to dress like Erin, she recommends trying the IGIGI Paola Dress. “The sleeves are such a gorgeous, unexpected touch, and the shape is very vampy,” says Erin. “It reminds me of one of my fashion icons, Elvira.” Erin recommends pairing the Paola dress with a big updo, long stiletto nails, a severe cat eye, a statement belt, and some patent leather pumps.

To keep up with Erin, you can connect with her via FacebookTwitterInstagram and her Tumblr. Plus, you can always look her up on Zero Style Blog.

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