We just sooo loved catching up with Corissa of Fat Girl Flow! Isn’t she the cutest?! Today, we’re heading over the pond to England to bring you Bethany of Arched Eyebrow. Bethany uses her blog to share her personal style, but she is also a lifestyle blogger, sharing her travels, food, good reads, and more. And in regards to Bethany’s style? It’s a cool blend of edgy, feminine, and funky – casual with quirk. She is a plus size blogger YOU NEED TO KNOW!!!!
Meet Bethany of Arched Eyebrow!
Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg led me to fashion blogging. In 2010 I moved to Montreal with one suitcase. I was only living there for a year, so I tried to pack everything I would need for a year in that one case. By the time I moved back to London in 2011, I was so tired of wearing and re-wearing the same few outfits, so tired of having the weather dictate all my clothing choices, and it made me realize just how important fashion was to me. While I was there, I did fashion vicariously through other bloggers (early adopters like Gabi and Nicolette), and one day I showed their blogs to a friend. My friend said ‘you know you could do that, right?’ so when I was back in London with all my clothes, and access to a greater array of clothes in my size (Montreal is not super great for that, or wasn’t in 2010-2011), I started my own blog!
I blog for fun. It’s always been for fun, and I’ve had a great time with it. I was very lucky though, and in 2015 I was given a job at navabi, a European plus size fashion brand, in their marketing team. This was as a direct result of my blog!
I think I genuinely don’t have any body parts I like or dislike more than others- I think I have a pretty enthusiastic relationship with all of my body! I guess I could say my face, because I love playing with makeup.
I am at the lower end of the plus size spectrum so my answer is less pressing or interesting than a larger fat woman’s, but even I with my relative privilege am often too scared of being lectured about my weight to visit a health care professional. Doctors and nurses tend to focus, in an obsessive way, on your size and ignore whatever problem you’re presenting with. They get tunnel-vision and go on a wild lecture about your fat. This happened to me when I went for my first smear test, so they’ll really just bring it up whenever.
The great and vibrant and varied community of plus size women that I’ve met online, who have, in many cases, become real life friends.
Being reminded that people do read what I put out in the world. It’s easy for me to think that the only people who read me are my friends and family, but then you get an email or a message from someone you’ve never met before who lives thousands of miles away because they want to tell you that your words and images have gone some way to changing how they feel about themselves.
Who/what are your favorite designers/brands?
Most of my clothes come from navabi and ASOS Curve, though I also get a lot of my clothes from Monki (who are not officially plus size but make seriously oversized clothes), Zizzi, Junarose, Marks & Spencer and a small UK brand called Joanie (who make the nicest, most wearable vintage-inspired stuff for amazing prices). I’ve recently got into the Swedish brand Lindex and bought an amazing pair of teal leopard print trousers.
Mostly trousers, lots of pink, a kind of hard femininity.
Nicolette Mason, Danie Vanier, Ada who runs No Ordinary She, Hallie Swanson from Hallie Daily, Hayley Hughes from Fashion Hayley, Paty Brown from Patylicious Diary, Stephanie Zwicky.
What do you think about where plus size fashion is today versus a few years back?
It’s so far ahead, I don’t think anyone could deny that. It’s still frustrating that women at the higher end of the sizing spectrum are more often than not sized out, while plus collections often start at a UK size 16 or 18, sizes that are available in almost every single high street brand. Plus size collections need to exist for, be marketed at, and cater to the needs of women who are actually plus size.
It’s a mindset, it’s not just about the clothes.
Be sure to check out Bethany’s blog at ArchedEyebrow.com!!!
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