Though I’m not plus-size myself, I’ve followed plus-size bloggers, models, and fashion news for years because I’ve always rejected the notion that fashion is an art reserved only for those with small measurements. From Nicolette Mason to Gabi Gregg (my favorites), the plus-size style inspiration is out there but by viewing mainstream media, many of those who would benefit from seeing size diversity aren’t aware that they exist.
I remember, while studying fashion merchandising in college, learning that the average American woman is about a size 14. However, the clothing industry has mostly chosen to ignore this fact and plus-size clothing options (especially stylish ones) seem slim. While some say the plus-size clothing and modeling industry glorifies obesity, I agree with the many others who say everyone should be able to buy stylish clothes in whatever size they currently are. Whether someone’s trying to lose weight or not, they can’t walk around naked and they shouldn’t be denied a wardrobe they can be confident in.
If you’re here because you’re plus-size and tired of being limited to the drab corner in a department store, I hope what you find as you read on is helpful. I chose retailers who aren’t exactly household names, but are committed to providing clothing in sizes 14 and up. The bloggers below are proof that you don’t have to be “size tiny” to dress well. They’re not dressing well in spite of their size—they’re dressing well in their size.
A few of the many stylish and inspiring plus-size fashion bloggers out there.
Kristina is curvy, trendy, and truly has a way with bold color. She’s been featured in Glamour Magazine, Essence Magazine, and more.
NYC-based Nicolette Mason has an ultra-feminine and fun style (think Kate Spade and lots of novelty accessories). You may recognize her from the Big Girl in a Skinny World column in Marie Claire magazine.
I don’t throw out the world “slay” a lot, but I do every time Gabi posts a new outfit. You may have seen her fabulous self on Good Morning America or recognize her line with Swimsuits for All.
Tanesha’s style is polished and classic—lots of work wear and put-together casual. She has struggled with self-esteem but on the road to loving herself, created her blog with the goal to “inspire unapologetic confidence, encouraging women to look and feel amazing, regardless of size.”
Rochelle has a “work it” style that doesn’t change whether she’s dressed up or down. She describes herself as “a girl who isn’t afraid to wear what she loves and to break a few rules.”
Gisella’s blog isn’t in English (she’s based in Brasil) but translate to read or scroll through photos where you’ll find a pattern expert with an artsy style and amazing hair.
Crystal describes her style as “contemporary-classic” and definitely keeps a touch of glam in her outfits, even when she’s casual.
Chastity is based in Texas and describes her style as “classic with a twist.” She’s been featured in the New York Times and Elle, and is the author of The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style.
Stephanie is a veteran on the plus-size fashion blogging scene and has been at it since 2005. She’s based in Paris and believes “style is not a size but an attitude.”
Jay has been blogging about plus-size fashion since 2008 and now mixes in a bit about motherhood. She started her blog to “connect with plus-size women who care about fashion” and has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, Huffington Post, and more.
I’d describe Kellie’s style as fierce. She’s eclectic in fashion taste, hilarious in personality, and lives life “one glamorous day at a time” in New York City.
Need a new place to shop? These stores offer stylish, unique options in plus sizes.