Fatshionistas are big news at the moment, with the most recent photo shoot for the new Clements Ribiero capsule collection for Evans making it into the Daily Mail (where it attracted the usual ill-informed rants) and beautiful plus size model Justine Legault gracing the front cover of ELLE Quebec this month.
Personally, I think that the Clements Ribiero collection leaves a LOT to be desired – I don’t know any plus size woman who wants to wear dresses with such cheap-looking garish patterns, and I much prefer the gorgeous plus size maxi-dresses here at FatPhrocks. That’ however, isn’t the point, the point is that plus size fashion is definitely big news in 2013.
If you’re looking for inspiration, photos, fashion advice and links to interesting blogs, fashion sales, blog posts and new collections, keep an eye on these Fatshionistas and stay on-trend.
The gorgeous, talented Velvet d’Amour @VOLUP2 is one of my favourite plus size icons. Velvet is an artist, dancer, model and total plus size diva who pushes self-esteem and rocking your curves to the plus size world. She also posts fabulous pictures!
Bets, or @myarchedeyebrow is Bethany Rutter, one of the models featured in the article, an outspoken, fashion-loving curvy heroine. She describes herself as “Fat, sweet, nonmonogamous, queer, intersectional femme-inist” and her tweets are always entertaining. When it comes to fashion, she told the Mail, “All UK fashion journalism is written by slim people for slim people, so there’s almost no point reading magazines if you’re fat. That’s why the internet’s become such an important place for plus-size fashion.”
If you want ideas, and to see how the clothes you see on websites will maybe, actually look on a plus-size woman, follow Hanna @fattyschallenge. Hanna is a Finnish plus size fashion blogger who tweets lots of pictures of herself in really fab clothes. Hanna is reassuringly fashion-obsessed and her blog is brilliant too.
Anyone with an inkling about plus size fashion will have heard of Nicolette Mason. She’s a fashion writer for Marie Claire (they let fat people write in fashion magazines in America) and she tweets about fashion, feminism and food; three of my pet subjects! Catch Nicolette at: @nicolettemason
Brides to be should keep an eye out for updates from CURVES & COUTURE @curvyessex . This is one bridal boutique where the staff won’t look down their noses at you for requesting a dress that’s not a sample size 10! These guys support plus size brides and have collections for all budgets, so well worth a follow if you or someone you know is planning a wedding.
GorgeouslyFullFat @GorgeousFullFat dares all plus size people to live a ‘gorgeously full fat life’ and tweets about fashion, plus size issues and links to a very honest blog following (among other things) her life story and how she went from a size 12 to a 22 over the years via this diet and that diet. Oh, and she LOVES fashion.
The great thing about Twitter is that you can actually interact with the people you admire, and chat to them about fashion, get advice and generally get to know them. I know that I feel like I’m seeing a friend when I see Bets pop up in another online fashion feature, or read a quote from Nicolette Mason somewhere that I’ve seen on her blog. So sign up and join in, and let’s all get waving the flag for fat fashion!
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