I’m a bit embarrassed to say, that in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve never done anything on plus sized fashion. Since I have a self-proclaimed “boyish” non-curvy figure, I’ve been afraid to dish advice on something I don’t personally have experience with. Since I feel the issue is extremely important and that there’s not enough information out there, I’ve done my research and have assembled the most comprehensive guide to plus sized fashion I felt I could muster. While it may take a little more searching, you definitely can find fabulous, teen/young adult appropriate, plus sized clothes on a budget. All of the pieces I picked are under $100, so they won’t hurt your wallet too much.
I’d like to say, today there are a handful of gorgeous, successful and talented plus sized women in hollywood, but there’s certainly not enough. This past year, curvy gal Adele swept the grammy’s, Octavia Spencer won an Oscar, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an Oscar, and Amber Riley (Mercedes on Glee) looked fabulous on the red carpet, while Glee won Emmy awards. If in the most notoriously image conscious society, these women have remained confident and happy, you can to.
Here are some Hollywood role models with healthy, curvy, bodies.
The 26-year-old actress, most famous for her Glee character’s powerful voice and diva attitude, knows how to flatter her curves in bold colors and interesting textures.
Tip: Smile! Amber has the most beautiful, infectious grin that makes her look good in anything she wears.
The 22-year-old singer was the youngest contestant ever to win American Idol (she was only 16!) back in 2007. Sparks is now venturing into acting, with her first role starring in the movie Sparkle, alongside Whitney Houston. Sparks sticks to body-hugging, curve flattering fashions and likes to experiment with bold colors and designs.
The 37-year-old Mad Men actress is best known for starring as the confident, gorgeous secretary, Joan Holloway. Both Christina and her character tend to gravitate towards slim fitting, curve skimming pieces. She told Lucky Magazine, “I have to be careful about my proportions and keep it simple. What works for me is structure and something that shows my waist.”
Fun fact: Hendricks was voted “America’s Best-Looking Woman” in a 2010 Esquire survey.
At 5’8, Khloé Kardashian, who has starred in the reality shows, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloé take Miami, and Khloé and Lamar, towers over her sisters, Kim and Kourtney (and has a penchant for killer heels). In my oppinion, Khloé is by far the funniest and most relatable of the whole Kardashian clan. She favors sleek, glamorous, body hugging clothing in fashion forward shapes.
(On left) with sister Kourtney Kardashian
Where to Shop:
From what I found, the best online shops are…
Old Navy Plus
Evans (Topshop’s plus sized sister store)
*For a complete list of plus-sized stores and a wealth of information, go to thecurvyfashionista.
Finally, some looks I put together…
Trendy, Casual Look
Going Out Look
Hope this helped!
“Perfect is boring. Human is beautiful.” -Tyra Banks
Embrace your shape!