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Talking Plus-Size Fashion with Blogger Rachel Anne Nemeth

Posted by on January 14, 2014

Rachel Anne Nemeth, 20, is a cake decorator living in St. Catharines, Canada. She admits she is a total “geek” who loves playing video games, cooking, and painting. She’s obsessed with mermaids, Disney, and anything vintage. A self-professed cardigan hoarder and a lipstick connoisseur, the plus-size fashion blogger keeps track of her eclectic, vintage style at “My Curvy Valentine” and on her Tumblr.

Rachel spoke with IGIGI about her love of all things vintage, her favorite faux leather pants, and her tips for successfully shopping online.

Rachel describes her style as cute and quirky. She likes to add something vintage to all her outfits. Credit: Rachel Anne Nemeth

Rachel describes her style as cute and quirky. She likes to add something vintage to all her outfits.
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Confidence and Fantastic Plus-Size Fashion with Kate London-James

Posted by on December 27, 2013

Kate London-James, 24, lives in Barry Island, South Wales and works as a compliance administrator for a large recruitment company. She is a confident, risk-taking young woman with a passion for beauty, fashion, and music. Kate describes herself as a very positive person and she goes out of her way to tell people they look fabulous.

Kate believes that there are far too many negative things being said to people these days and far too few encouraging, confidence-boosting things, so she likes to do her part to change this sad trend. Kate blogs at “How Kate Does Fashion” and she frequently posts her adorable “Outfits of the Day” (OotD) on her Instagram account.

Kate took the time to chat with IGIGI about loving (and more importantly, wearing) fashion at any size and learning how to develop self-confidence.

Kate believes it's important to wear clothes that you can get excited about. (Credit: Kate London-James)

Kate believes it’s important to wear clothes that you can get excited about.
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Our Favorite ‘Creepy Bubblegum Goth,’ Plus-Size Blogger Jill Perella

Posted by 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

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

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

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

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!

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Talking Body Positivity And Petticoats With Blogger Cara Hill Of ‘I Like Pretty Clothes’

Posted by 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

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

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

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

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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Discovering ‘Fatshion’ In A New City With Blogger Vanessa Vaillant

Posted by on November 26, 2013

Vanessa Vaillant, 24, by day, is a trainer for Lush Cosmetics, where she trains in brand ambassadorship and product knowledge, and by night, the Toronto, Ontario-based fashionista is an avid ‘fatshion’ blogger who has a deep love of high collars, sweaters, mermaid-esque color schemes, witchy lace, long skirts, and lots of black.

Vanessa says that she gets a lot of her inspiration from other bloggers like Erin from Zero Style Blog (who we talked to a few weeks ago), Jen from Pussybow, Kaylah from the Dainty Squid, and Reagan from Sodapop Sweetheart.

Vanessa took the time to talk to IGIGI about her awesome and creative style, and her unique fashion aesthetic.

Vanessa says that she prefers to borrow silhouettes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa says that she prefers to borrow silhouettes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant


Jane
: I usually start off most of these by asking the women I talk to what first got them interested in fashion. Did you have an exact moment when you really started to get invested in clothes, or were you always passionate about getting dressed?

Vanessa: I first got interested in fashion when I moved from Thunder Bay to Toronto. I realized there were so many options available to me, like different places to shop and thrift, as well as seeing so much great street style.  I also started reading a lot of fashion blogs and I started using Tumblr, which showed me how many great fat fashion bloggers are out there dressing in great and unique ways.

Jane: Did you have a first experience where you wore something that really made you feel excited about your body?

Vanessa: The first time I had that feeling of wearing an amazing dress that made me feel proud of my body was when I made one of my first online purchases and ordered a dress from ModCloth. It fit me really well and made me feel amazing.  It had a great retro vibe and it was one of the first times that I was wearing something that really fit me well.

Vanessa describes her personal style as librarian sea witch. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa describes her personal style as librarian sea witch. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

JaneIs there any advice you would give to women who are struggling to find clothes that inspire them?

Vanessa: I would say that online shopping and thrifting have been my best ways to combat the struggle that can come from buying great plus-size clothing options.

Jane: Do you prefer to shop online? Do you ever shop in physical stores or do you try to avoid brick-and-mortar stores for shopping?

Vanessa: I most often feel size-discrimination when shopping because I usually don’t fit any clothes there. When shopping with my straight-size friends, I often feel annoyed because they can buy whatever they want from wherever they want, and I need to take a lot more time and money to find the same types of clothing.

Vanessa is a big fan of black and high collars. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa is a big fan of black and high collars. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

If you want to dress like Vanessa, she recommends trying out the IGIGI Elizabeth Pants in black, pairing them with a high-collared shirt, a chunky knit sweater, fun socks, and a pair of classic oxford Doc Martens. Vanessa loves a good high-waisted black pant, and the IGIGI Elizabeth pants are especially nice because they can be styled up for work and also worn casually on the weekend.

Vanessa is a self-described homebody. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, listening to records, Netflix binges, and knitting. She loves biking around Toronto and taking walks in her neighborhood - The Annex. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa is a self-described homebody. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, listening to records, Netflix binges, and knitting. She loves biking around Toronto and taking walks in her neighborhood – The Annex. Credit: Vanessa Vaillant

Vanessa’s future plans are to keep living her life the way she’s been living it. She’s not one to think too much or to stress too much about the future. She recently finished up her BA in psychology, and she might pursue something else academically in the future, but for the moment, she really loves her job and she’s looking forward to the Holiday season and seeing what the new year has to offer.

To keep up with Vanessa, you can follow her blog on Tumblr or check her out on Twitter and Instagram and, as always, you can chat in the comments.

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