Tyra Banks is sort of a polarizing figure. Some people love her, some people hate her. Personally, I’m just fascinated by her. The supermodel has been criticized for her fluctuating weight over the years and the tabloids have been quick to jump on her whenever a picture surfaces of her looking less than Victoria’s Secret-runway-ready.
What I do respect Tyra for, however, is her unapologetic “girl power” vibe that she tries to exude via her different media outlets. In fact, her very memorable “Kiss my fat a**!” speech that she gave in a 2006 episode of “The Tyra Show” was named as one of TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. In my humble opinion, the honor was well deserved (you can view the entire monologue below).
Plus-size model Leah Kelley recently did an interview with ELLE where she talked about the modeling industry and the somewhat silly, and very arbitrary, plus-size moniker. It was a great interview; however, the response that the interview got – or rather, the response that the pictures accompanying the interview received – was rather negative.
This was the offending tweet and image. Credit: Twitter ELLE
In the process of promoting the interview, ELLE tweeted an image of Kelley (above) with a link to the interview, and their followers were not impressed with her “plus-size” title.
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
I feel like everyone occasionally has a morning when they walk into their closet, stare at all of their clothes, and just think, “Wow, I have absolutely nothing to wear.” On mornings like that, I usually gravitate towards fun, flirty patterns to try to break up the monotony. I stumbled across the IGIGI Neve Plus Size Wrap Dress in Multi while browsing the Internet and it was a complete impulse decision since I thought that the pattern might be too bold, even for me.
A dress with 3/4 sleeves, maybe a light cardigan, and flats tends to be my work uniform on most days, so whenever I can make it a bit more interesting with a fun print, I’ll jump at the chance. The abstract pattern on the dress and wrap-style are great details and the shape of the dress is perfect, since the empire waist and a-line skirt are flattering for almost every body type. The color palette adds a great 70s-inspired feel and is so on-trend for the winter.
Spoiler alert: I ended up loving the pattern once it was on.
A true wrap dress is universally flattering on every body-type. The adjustable waist allows you to put the emphasis on the smallest part of your body, which for me, is directly underneath my bust. I chose to leave the tie in the back of the dress and just tie it in a bow, but the tie on this dress can be wrapped around multiple times to give a more belted look.
Personally, 3/4 length sleeves are my absolute favorite when it comes to dresses and tops. I don’t mind going sleeveless, but I very much prefer to have some sort of sleeve, especially in the winter, so I can have a little more coverage and not feel too self-conscious about showing a lot of skin at the office.
The IGIGI Neve Plus Size Wrap Dress in Multi runs on the longer side, so be prepared to rock some heels with it, or just lean into the longer length and make a statement. I opted for flats.
While it never hurts to go shopping a try on a bunch of different sizes, there is something utterly satisfying and relaxing about finding a great plus-size brand that you can buy without worrying about stretch or fit. Whenever I really need some good old-fashioned retail therapy I usually look over at IGIGI’s offerings to check out their newest collection.
The IGIGI Neve Plus Size Wrap Dress in Multi is a Poly/Elastane, which glides over your body and hides any bumps or lumps that you don’t want to showcase. It’s so flattering and SO comfortable.
I chose to accessorize the IGIGI Neve Plus Size Wrap Dress in Multi with simple, pointy-toe black flats, a bold red lip, and (since it’s been raining so much in NYC) my trusty umbrella. Since the pattern is funky, I didn’t want to go too crazy with the accessories. I felt that the dress worked really well as a stand-alone piece. However, I would also style this dress with a long black cardigan, black ankle boots, a chunky watch, and my favorite, multi-layered silver chain necklace for a different look. The black cardigan would be enough of a distractor that I would feel inspired to throw on some more bling.
I’m not much of a heels person, especially for the office, since I have to catch the subway to work, but this dress would also be absolutely perfect for a pair of chunky, vintage 70s heels to really go all out with the retro vibe.
“Fatty Deschanel” is a blog about two sisters living in the San Francisco Bay Area who love clothes. Blythe and Emma Tai, also known as Ms. and Ms. Deschanel, started their fashion blog “Fatty Deschanel” in the spring of 2013 in Emma’s dorm room.
Emma, 20, enjoys speaking in her outside voice and stalking boy bands. Blythe, 25, is a young go-getter who works part time as a classical musician, serves on nonprofit boards, and cuts her own bangs.
Both ladies are hard at work when they’re not blogging. Blythe is a marketing and editorial writer for an internet start-up and Emma is sophomore at a top research university, but the two lovely ladies took time from their busy schedules to talk with IGIGI about their fashion inspirations, thrifting, and their experience of running a fashion blog together.
FD earned its name from the sisters’ enthusiasm for She & Him and fringed hairstyles. Credit: Fatty Deschanel
Jane: How do each of you describe your personal fashion aesthetic?
Emma: I like to make an impression with my clothing; subtlety is not my forte! Red hair is my signature, and my current faves include crop tops, chambray, and 90s-inspired fashion.
Blythe: I always try to dress like a proper lady. I would describe my style as feminine with retro influences. I’m usually found in a skirt, closed-toes shoes, winged eyeliner, and a cardigan.
Jane: When did you both start getting interested in fashion?
Emma: I’ve always been an individual when it comes to getting dressed. In middle school I was a big fan of bright outfits. I wore a lot of rainbow tights and bright dresses accessorized with DIY earrings. From there my style matured (slightly).
Blythe: I was the first-born daughter, and my parents were very kind to dress me in pinafores and eyelet blouses inspired by our mother’s Scottish upbringing. I’ve always liked the promise of a makeover, and I’ve done a gradual self-makeover or two in my life.
Blythe is fond of her small collection of vintage finds from local consignment shops and thrift stores. One of her recent favorites is a pale pink vintage nightgown inherited from her grandmother that she wears as a blouse or dress. Credit: Fatty Deschanel
Jane: Who are your biggest fashion inspirations?
Emma: I enjoy drawing ideas from my Tumblr dashboard, as well as from girl bands like Little Mix; I admire the styles of all of those girls.
Emma’s favorite wardrobe item is her vintage American flag Converse that one of her friends picked up for her at a flea market. Credit: Fatty Deschanel
Jane: What advice would you give to women who are finding no love in their wardrobes?
Emma & Blythe: It’s easy to get in a sartorial rut, especially if, like us, you don’t shop a lot. Try reworking the clothes you already have to create new looks. Emma is a fan of DIY-ing inexpensive T-shirts to create trendy crop tops. Every now and then, we look at our wardrobes as a whole and try to wear old clothes in new ways. Wear mini-dresses as tucked-in tops, try new color combinations, or add layers to transition a summer item into winter. One thing that stands in the way of a lot of women finding their personal style is self consciousness. Don’t be held back by your view of your body, perceived image, or the fear of standing out. Wear what you see your ideal self wearing, and pursue that full force.
‘FD’ understands that shopping is a difficult experience for many women. They’ve learned through trial and error what styles, cuts, and fabrics suit their bodies. Credit: Fatty Deschanel
If you want to dress like Emma, she recommends picking up the IGIGI Leigh Plus-Size Lace Dress in Gold. It’s very ornate and she has a soft spot for lace dresses. She would wear it with black heels, dangling black, door-knocker earrings, nude lips, and winged eyeliner. Blythe, on the other hand, recommends the IGIGI Melina Plus-Size Dress in Charcoal/Gold. She’s a big fan of the brocade and says that she would accessorize with a wide black belt and pumps, burgundy lips and nails, and a pale gold brooch bobby-pinned in her hair.
Blythe and Emma plan to continue being good at everything, loving life, and blogging regularly, but they want to leave everyone with some important words of shopping wisdom: “Don’t put too much emphasis on a single outfit; instead, find pieces in a style or color that you love on your body and want to wear all the time. Self-confidence is key.”
To keep up with Emma and Blythe you can check out their blog “Fatty Deschanel” and leave your love in the comments.
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