I usually have to use non-plus-size actresses as inspiration for Style Stealer (Plus!) posts because there are so few plus-size celebrity women, and even fewer ever pop up in our photo feeds. Melissa McCarthy always looks gorgeous all dolled up at red carpet events, but I was extra excited to see her dressed down a bit in this badass outfit for a recent appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” I have a feeling this look — retro band t-shirt, blazer, printed leggings, statement necklace — is the “real” Melissa, because she’s totally glowing in that “I freakin’ love my outfit today” way. Wanna steal her rocker style? Get all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
Sandra Bullock has reappeared on the red carpet recently to promote her new movie “The Heat,” and is it just me or does she look more beautiful than ever? Seriously, the girl is glowing. I’m also really digging her new look for this round of publicity: lots of black, slightly slouchy silhouettes, with an edgy vibe — in this case, that fierce leather pencil skirt. I found all the pieces to create a plus-size version of this fabulous outfit. Get the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
Earlier this year, blogger Gabi Fresh made waves when she collaborated with Swimsuits for All to launch the Fatkini. Inspired by the Harmony Korine movie “Spring Breakers,” Fresh’s collection is full of bold, bright color and fun styles. “I wanted to give [plus-size women] cuter things,” Fresh explained in an interview with The Daily Beast. “All I want for us is to have the same ability to go shopping like everyone else and have those options available.”
We loved her designs, and wanted to find a bunch more cool plus-size bikinis, but it proved a more difficult undertaking than we thought. Even go-to plus-size retailers seem to be shilling belly-covering tankinis in place of straight up bikinis. To me, the relative dearth of plus-size bikini options speaks to a larger notion — seemingly even prevalent in the plus sizde marketplace — that bigger women should cover up their bellies and be ashamed of the way their stomachs look. But plus-size women should have an equal opportunity to show off their curves in bikinis that fit and flatter them, too.
Thankfully, more and more plus-size clothiers are catching on. We found nine totally awesome plus-size bikinis that’ll look great on every beach.
What better way to celebrate the beginning of Full Figured Fashion Week (and cleanse your palette after Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant ridiculousness) than with a documentary about plus-size beauty queens? “There She Is” stars two friends, Allison and Jenny, who love everything about beauty pageants: the makeup, the hair, the costumes, the glitter.
But unlike the women who compete in Miss USA and Miss America pageants, Allison and Jenny are both a size 22. Keep reading »
Feeling like being a little bold on the beach? Then we’ve got the perfect swimsuit for you. These patterned prints will pop poolside and offer a fun alternative to the staid single-color suit you’re always seeing. You’re not boring, so why should your swimsuit be? We’ve got nine kick ass options (in sizes up to 28) to keep you in colorful company all summer long.
I’m pretty obsessed with this curve-hugging striped dress Khloe Kardashian donned recently. Those black side panels are so flattering, and when paired with lace-up stiletto sandals, the whole effect is very va-va-voom. Want to get the look for yourself? After the jump, get the shopping details on a plus-size version of Khloe’s fab dress and an affordable take on all her accessories! Keep reading »
The fabulous Mindy Kaling wore this beautiful blue and green combo to the Fox Upfront Presentation yesterday. I wasn’t able to find exact matches for her dress and belt, but this sapphire dress is so lovely, and we all know mirrored metallic pumps go with everything. Read on for shopping details so you can steal the plus-size version of this colorful look! Keep reading »
Jordana Brewster was spotted strolling around London in a lovely floral dress and cardigan combo. This pretty, put-together look would be perfect for a day at the office or even–gulp–Meeting The Parents. I found a similar floral dress and cardigan (both in plus sizes!) and all the accessories you’ll need to steal this style. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
“I would love some fashion advice. I’m on the smaller end of plus sized (14-16) and I want to get my first maxi dress. Although I am of average height I have always steered away from long dresses because I have felt like they made me look, for lack of better terms, stumpy and dumpy. I’m willing to take a style leap of faith though! My issue is I have no idea what type of maxi dress to look for. I need one that accommodates a combination of short legs, long torso, and large bust. Ideally it could transition from fairly casual office to going out after work. Any tips?” — Mad for Maxis
Dear Mad for Maxis,
It sounds like you and I have a really similar body shape, and I, too, have shied away from maxi dresses because my junior high PE teacher used to call me Stumpy and I’ve had no desire to resurrect that nickname in my adult life. But the fact is I have seen maxi dresses look truly fabulous (and flattering!) on women of all shapes and sizes, so there’s no reason for us to sit on the sidelines anymore. Let’s make this the summer of maxis! Keep reading »
I’m really excited to debut a new feature today called Style Stealer (Plus!). As much as I love putting together affordable versions of celeb outfits in our regular Style Stealer posts, I don’t like limiting these fabulous fashions to sizes 0-12, so I decided to start a weekly plus-size version. We’re kicking things off with Lauren Conrad’s foxy leather pants and breezy blouse, but if you come across a celeb look you’d like to recreate in your size, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can do! After the jump, check out all the components of Lauren’s outfit–all in plus sizes, all for $50 or less… Keep reading »