Flipping through magazines, catalogs, and look books online, BETTER YET, shopping online can be quite a challenge when the model doesn’t have the same curves like you do- or at all… and I don’t mean the plus size model not being curvy enough. I am talking about range and diversity of sizes and shapes to illustrate the cut and fit of a garment.
Now for me, I have been working in retail long enough to know where I would have fit issues, but what about those who have not? How would those women know what works for them? Interestingly enough, I find that blogs have helped this along, BUT if you do not have regular access to can always remember to check your phone? What happens then?
Not only for size issues, but having varied models in the ranges the brand offers does wonders for personal self-esteem and self-acceptance. Heck, I see it in the popularity of certain items or look books shared on the blog. When a woman sees herself looking back at her styled, looking beautiful, in an outfit never thought to wear, she receives validation that she matters, that she has permission to be beautiful, that it is okay to step out and be SEEN. Hence my passion to make sure you see these images!
Even for me, when I see other plus size women slaying it on Instagram (you tagging #TCFStyle?) I am inspired to try new things and step out of my norm. I am inspired to play around with new looks and embrace certain trends I may typically shy from. Like I have shied away from Blazers and Jackets. I used to LOVE them and then stopped, but NOW, I cannot get enough of them!
Like these here, from my Wal Mart Haul Video!
In my Miss Tina Blue Blazer and lace tank underneath- both from Walmart.
Here in my leather bomber and my lace tank both from Walmart
Or with my new teaching role, I have to tone it down a bit, but these new jeggings do wonders!
Here, I am wearing a Walmart cream top with my forest green jeggings, my Philip Lim sweater for Target, and my Bennetts Boots.
Now back to look books and advertisements. You know, there aren’t too many if at all, any current ads in beauty and accessories that feature and highlight the plus size woman- even the in betweenies!
If we could have our own way, what would your ideal look book look like?
I think this is also why Instagram and Pinterest are quite popular, as we curate our own looks and likes and loves- creating and curating our own inspiration boards and favorite looks. I think this is a step in the democratization of fashion- creating looks that wow us, inspire us, and remind us of how beautiful we are. Of how amazing our curves are. Of how much of an inspiration we are.
Curvation is on a mission to make self-expression size neutral and as part of that we’re asking YOU to participate in creating your own style lookbooks. Join me as I pin along with the hashtag on Pinterest: Curvation #LookBookForAll sharing your own plus size fashion items, role models, and inspirational quotes to Pinterest!