NEW POST: Snap To Attention
One of the most pervasive patterns on the runways and sidewalks seems to be camo (much to my hubby’s dismay), so when I saw this print on such a flattering pant, I knew they’d be a hit. The rough-and-tumble history of the pattern begged to be paired with an edgy top (I’m not so much a “leather and lace” person as a “leather and leather” person), and Mynt1792’s vegan-leather top seemed like a natural fit.
I’m kinda obsessed with this top; the vegan-leather front is buttery soft and feels like the real thing, and the knit back & sleeves allow for more movement and breathability (and the exposed back zipper is a nice touch).
Whether you’re looking to join a street rumble or just kick it with your girls, this outfit is sure to make everyone stand at attention.
Necklace: Ann Taylor
NEW POST: Boost Your Curvy Quotient With Sonsi!
As plus-size women we all have different levels of confidence regarding our curves. There are those who are uncomfortable with them and try to disappear into the background, those who feel okay with their curves, but want to focus a bit more on streamlining their shape in every outfit, and then there are those women who embrace their curves and are willing to try every trend.
But if you’re uncertain about your style, or your feelings about your size, you should take Sonsi’s Curvy Quotient quiz! Not only is it fun and easy, you can quickly find out what clothing will best speak to your personal style and trend comfort level. I recently took it, and found out that I am “Confidently Curvy.” While I’m not surprised with my results, it was cool seeing what types of clothes best described my curve personality.
I picked out this fabulous high-low leopard print top from City Chic and vegan leather leggings from Lane Bryant. I actually loved this look so much I wore it on my birthday! With the flattering faded leopard print stripes on the front of the shirt, and the surprising leopard on the back, the top makes a style statement, coming and going!
Find out your Curvy Quotient here: Boost Your CQ
Want to enjoy a party without even leaving your home? Then you should check out Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation Twitter party! If you haven’t attended a party like this before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just use the hashtag #BoostYourCQ to stay on top of what other tweeters around the world are saying, and hopefully connect with some new friends & learn a thing or two! Sonsi will be throwing a twitter party with tips, tricks & stories all to help you #BoostYourCQ! Plus, they’re giving away over $300 in prizes to some very lucky winners!
So, just join Sonsi’s #BoostYourCQ curvy conversation on Tues. Oct. 15 at 9 pm ET & you could win one of five Sonsi gift cards — more than $300 in prizes total! RSVP for the Sonsi Twitter party here: RSVP
Vegan Leather Pants: Lane Bryant at Sonsi
NEW POST: Urban Cat Woman
I’m a German mad scientist-umpire, and I’m calling you out.
I’m a welder that’s only concerned with my eyes, not with charring my hair.
I’m a fashion blogger at a funeral who decided leggings were pants.
I’m an urban cat woman, and this is my day off outfit.
Whatever Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story you want to back up this ensemble, pick it.
(But, if I ever get into a street rumble I think this would be a good look to resurrect. Slinky in H2T black, my hair looks even redder than normal against such a dark pallet.)
Top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Old Navy
Glasses: Warby Parker Preston
The Plus-Size Problem We Just Haven’t Solved…Yet
(This article was originally written for, and appeared on, Refinery29. You can read the original here.)
We’ve rattled off these stats before: The average American woman is a size 14. The plus-size consumer comprises 67% of the apparel-purchasing community. However, so many companies still refuse to expand their size range. In fact, they’re practically fighting against the opportunity.
From Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries’ “anti-fat” stance to Lululemon’s unwillingness to offer larger sizes, it seems that the stigma behind plus-sized fashion is still alive and well. “I understand that the process of designing and creating a plus-size range is a huge and challenging undertaking, but I have no doubt that many designers and brands don’t expand simply because they don’t want fat people wearing their clothing,” said Gabi Gregg, InStyle contributor and blogger of GabiFresh. “Most designers who don’t make plus sizes feel similarly; [Jeffries] just happened to be stupid enough to say it out loud.”
In recent news about ModCloth’s size expansion among a decent percentage of its vendors, it turned out that not all the e-commerce site’s vendors were onboard. Samara Fetto, ModCloth’s plus-size category manager and scout, explained that some designers are “just not interested in addressing this customer segment,” and in addition, “[they] don’t have resources to execute plus-size fits (people, fit models, grade rules, size specifications, patterns, etc).”
However, Fetto went on to clarify that the market is still well aware of what they’re lacking. “I’d say that everyone recognized the lack of options for plus-size women and the potential growth that can come from addressing this underserved customer segment. This was even true of those people who weren’t interested.”
With an increased level of awareness, you would think designers would be chomping at the bit to reach into this virtually untapped market. But, that’s just not the case. Aimee Cheshire, founder and CEO of Madison Plus Select, explained to us that the mainstream brands are still holding onto the idea that it’s the “high margin, skinny customer” who drives the market. “Similar to when newspaper refused to go online because people like the ‘old way,’ so too will these brands disappear as the normal once again becomes healthy and ‘plus’ loses the stigma.”
However, while we slowly watch some brands adapt to the need for more plus options, there is one brand that’s revolutionizing the approach: ASOS Curve. The collection runs parallel to its straight-size collections, and maintains the same high quality of style throughout all the sizes offered. “The main ASOS collection is fashion forward and directional, so why make the plus range any different?” says ASOS’s Curve buyer Natasha Smith. “If a girl loves fashion and wants to shop at ASOS then she wants to be able to buy the same product as our ASOS main range.”
This all leaves us wondering: What’s the truth behind the general size-expansion refusal? Are straight-size designers more concerned about being associated with antiquated notions regarding body size and fashion, or are they hoping to avoid the effort with the belief that the segment will change and revert back to what it once was? “We shouldn’t try to convince those that don’t want our business to take it,” Cheshire pointedly states. “Let’s just give it to those that want it!” After all, with so many talented designers, such as Cult of California and One One Three, willing to respond to the demands of this majority, mainstream’s loss might just be their gain.
NEW POST: Errand Runner
Errands. Love ‘em, hate ‘em, whatever, this ish has got to get done. And until I win the Powerball, I’m stuck doing my own errands. And when running around THE CITY in the summer it’s best to air on the fashionable comfort; flat shoes or sandals, breezy tops or dresses, loose cotton pants and chic sunglasses. So, do the fashion math, and it only made sense that I decided to wear my high-waist ASOS peg pants, Forever21 cropped tank top, Lane Bryant spiked sandals and Forever21 sunnies. (And of course, my almost ubiquitous neon MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody.)
So, off I went
into the great blue yonder to NYC, for a few fashion-ish errands. After a veggie lunch at Qi, we trotted off the the Paper Super Duper Market for an Imperial Woodpecker Sno-ball (birthday cake, ugh, yum!) and to check out the general scene.
jetted subwayed/cabbed our way to the Javits Center to stop by Intermezzo & ENK (thanks for the invite Seventh House PR). We wandered around from stall to stall, gawking at the dazzling dresses, stunning shoes, brilliant baubles and so much more.
Top: Forever21 (Size L)
Pants: ASOS (Size 14)
Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Sandals: Lane Bryant
You ever find something so amazing that you can’t wait to tell everyone about it? Well, the Elomi swim line is one of those things!
Made specifically for full figured women, Elomi understands the curves of a woman’s body and crafts their swimsuits and lingerie to compliment your shape, not fight it.
While I was already a big fan of Elomi’s products, I was thrilled to see they had expanded into swim. And they didn’t just dip a toe, they jumped right in, with an amazing three-piece swim system, and most importantly, the swim bra.
The swim bra fits (and is sized) just like a regular bra. It’s an amazing foundation for any swim look, allowing you to wear it as a bikini top or layer it under a tankini, one-piece or similar swim top.
Most swimsuits (straight & plus-sized) don’t offer enough support, and the larger your breasts are, the more support you need in your swimwear. Now you have a promise of the lift and comfort you need, in a versatile layer-able style.
The line comes with three different colored swim bras, a new strapless swim bra (!), three different styled bottoms (high-waist, mid-waist and skirted), and a few different patterned & styled tankinis. So, depending on your personal style & how much coverage you desire, you can create your perfect swimsuit!
I just don’t recommend swimming with a pony hair belt on.
Check out more plus-size swim options from BarePlus!
Swim Bra: Elomi
Swim Bottom: Elomi
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: St. Marks Street Vendor