I think every woman should experience a great runway show. Fashion can be intimidating and frustrating for plus size women, but today we have more options than ever. I've worked with some of the best in plus size fashion and industry visionary Gwen Devoe, founder of Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City, helped paved the way. A few years back she offered a panel designed especially for the everyday woman with curves. When I was asked to join the panel at the premier event for plus size fashion, I was super excited!
The stylists in this video with me are all dedicated to helping every curvy girl feel more confident about shopping, choosing what to wear and how to wear it. The panel included a few of my favorite women in plus size fashion: Steffany Bready-Edwards, Kendra Porter, Leslie Medlik, and Marcy Guevara. At the time, Marcy was the host of the "Big Girl in a Skinny World" web series for Marie Clare. We had such fun sassin' it up on a segment about Full Figured Fashion Week and shared some our favorite tips for curvy style, shopping and confidence. Today Gwen and the stylists are making big moves with a new magazine, styling curvy celebs like Gabourey Sidibie, and partnerships with retailers like Lane Bryant and Lord & Taylor. #Clapforthem
My tip: Before you go shopping, look for inspiration in fashion magazines like Marie Clare, who has an awesome monthly feature called Big Girl in a Skinny World. This may seem like an obvious suggestion but I was surprised to find that over half of the plus size women I surveyed were not likely to look to magazines for fashion inspiration. My belief is with more stylish options to choose from in plus sizes, the challenge now is for us is to define our personal style and that process begins with inspiration. Runway shows are a great way to immerse yourself in fashion and enjoy the excitement and glamour of it. #TheCurvyStylist