Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Every summer I feel like a find a different version of ‘Kitty’ in the fashions that are available. I forever find myself trying new styles and colour combinations I wouldn’t have thought of before, so here are a few of my favourite looks I’ve worn recently!
This dress from ASOS has become an absolute fave right away. This particular version of the dress is out of stock, but they’ve had it in a few different prints now so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for it. I love the oversized slouchy fit, and the button up detailing. It feels very Courtney Love in the nineties and it makes it a really comfy dress to throw on and look cute in. Bonus points for my posing pooch Ashen.
This bardot dress is from In The Style Curve who are a brand that are newer to the plus size world but introduced their range including up to a size 28, which is a good start! Bardot tops and dresses are absolute wardrobe staples for me, I tend to wear them with my bralette straps visible and channel my inner Alabama Worley in True Romance.
This one is a smidge too short for me, at 5ft 11, to wear without anything underneath but it’s nothing a jersey pencil skirt couldn’t solve! I love showing off my shoulders, they are a part of my body I really love and I think flashing shoulder skin can feel really sexy.
Wearing all pink is something I never thought I’d do, but after seeing Nerd About Town and our own Amanda Apparel both rock all pink and look so good I had to try it. This is a totally different look for me and I felt really cute! The pink pleather jacket is really old and from Matalan but I still find myself wearing it constantly, and the dress is one I won in a competition on Twitter, it’s Lady V London for Yours Clothing.
And finally, monochrome and red. I live for monochrome looks anyway, but add a flash of red and I can’t resist. This red denim jacket from Navabi is the softest denim I’ve ever come across, and I find myself reaching for this to throw over anything and everything, but over a monochrome look it’s my absolute fave. It’s such a classic, and the colour pop just brightens everything up for summer.
And if you can’t tell from the photos, Converse sneakers are also 100% one of my summer wardrobe staples. I’m literally wearing them with every look! Sandals can be really cute, but sometimes you just need a bit more coverage whilst still keeping your feet cool and a classic pair of Chuck Taylors is the way to go.
What summer looks do you find yourself reaching for?
The first time I saw a photo of Megan Kimberling I was besotted right away. It was a photo of her stood in the middle of a highway, nude save for a black jacket and high heels. Her stance is powerful and she stares right into the camera lens. Kimberling is a plus size model, an actually plus size model. She has a figure that so many of us see in the mirror, but never see in the media, and she is demanding that the world makes that change.
An alternative model in every sense of the word; from her tattoos, partially shaved head and canary yellow hair, to her completely atypical plus size figure. Most plus size models have a very similar figure: a traditional hourglass, large breasts, they wear corsets and have flat stomachs and curves in the ‘right places’. Kimberling is a bad ass. She breathes life back into a stale industry and she is the plus size model we’ve been asking for. I’ve written several articles about my problems with certain high profile plus size models like Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence, so I just had to introduce you to my new favourite model.
First of all, tell us a bit about yourself! Who is Megan Kimberling?
I am actually a pretty normal person. I live outside of Los Angeles, CA in Long Beach in a cute little apartment seven blocks from the beach. Originally, I am from the Pacific Northwest, hailing from the Washington-Idaho state line area. I grew up in Eastern Washington on an old farmstead, and then did my undergrad studies at the University of Idaho in North Idaho. After studying music theory and radio/TV/digital media production, I moved to Southern California to try my hand in the music business. Decided that wasn’t for me in that way, and went back to school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA.
After obtaining a degree in Merchandise Marketing, I did a few odd jobs here and there before finding the company I am currently at. Yes, I have an office day job and I love it! I am a product developer for a small company that specialises in private brand collections for theme parks and pet brands. Modelling has been my glorified hobby for three years now, and it has been an incredible rollercoaster of emotions the entire way.
In a sea of size 12 models masquerading as plus size, your work is an absolute breath of fresh air! How did you get into modelling?
Thank you! I got into modelling while I was running a photo studio in Downtown Los Angeles. I sat around watching models, photographers, hair and makeup artists, and stylists day after day. One night, while I was sitting with about four photographers, I mentioned that I had considered trying it out. They turned to me with blank stares until one said: “and we are just hearing about this now?” So I did a fashion shoot at the studio with hair, makeup, and styling. The photographer’s girlfriend was also a model and was looking through the raw files; she asked me how long I had been modelling. When I told her “this is my first shoot,” she responded with, “you should keep doing this.” So, I did.
After about a month of promoting myself as a model, I was approached by photographer J William Washington and his wife to participate in their series called Lady19. Lady19 is a project filled with artistic nude images of shapely women (all over size 12). When they asked me to participate, I had never shot nude, let alone consider doing it. I consulted some friends in the industry and all came back with an astounding “YES.” The experience was fantastic, and I decided that I wanted to pursue fine art modelling for my career.
You’ve been really outspoken about your issues with most of the mainstream plus size models like Ashley Graham, so who are the plus size models we should keep an eye out for that you love?
Yes, I have been outspoken about a lot of mainstream plus models because of their shady politics. Now, this might upset a lot of people, to find out that I don’t follow many plus models, that I’m not inspired by many plus models’ work. I find that the models I’m aesthetically attracted to tend to be “oddballs” and don’t fit into typical agency standards. I love models who push boundaries and don’t have standardised bodies. For those reasons, I don’t follow a lot of plus models. I find that when I follow numerous plus models I start feeling shitty about myself because I don’t look like them, I don’t have the follower count, I don’t have the engagement they do. No one wants to feel shitty about themselves. For mental health reasons, I have had to cut a lot of plus models out of my social media.
The plus size people I look to aren’t “models” but are beautiful people, and people who inspire me. Take a look on Instagram at @abbeymag, @thoughtscaughtinmyfro, @sdvvintage, @wearyourlabel (clothing brand, but they feature wonderful bodies), @kobi_jae, @nickholliday, and @ushshi. My all-time model crush is @alexundone on IG. She is a straight size model, but inspires me to push my body in directions I didn’t know were possible. Simply put, she is a fantastic model.
Your modelling work is a wonderful combination of editorial fashion, artistic nudes and boudoir work, what is your favourite kind to do?
I love shooting artistic nude. It is freeing. There is no clothing to worry about, no uncomfortable undergarments, no standards to reach for clothing your body. When I shoot nude, there is just me – and that is pretty great. Most of my shoots are actually very intimate with only me and the photographer. I find this allows me to fully put my trust into the person behind the camera, and lets me just be myself. I forget about my lumps, bumps, curves, cellulite, stretch marks, and whatever else society deems unacceptable, and I just pose. I want people to see my body as it exists.
Personally I adore your artistic nude work, your body type is so similar to my own, seeing it in art fills me with glee! Why did you decide to start doing nude modelling?
I discovered that I was much more comfortable shooting nude. Styling became a breeze, and the anxiety that came from trying to fit my odd body into clothing that truly wasn’t ever meant to be on a body like mine was torturous. I was scared shitless at first because my body isn’t “ideal.” How would people like me? Is my work any good? Does my body shape effect my work? How much ridicule will be under for doing this? After about a year, the questions disappeared because of all the fantastic support I was gaining. Women were sending me messages and comments about how they had never seen their body shape represented in photos. That hit hard. There are people out there that have been trained to think their bodies aren’t worthy of existing because society doesn’t allow them to be photographed. I felt like I needed to be the change I wanted to see in the world – if I wanted to see fat bodies existing, I was going to show them a fat body existing beautifully.
Where are your go-to stores to shop? Your style is so eclectic and alternative. And I’m in lust with your yellow hair!
Thank you! I have recently decided to shop indie designers and US brands (nearly exclusively). I shop brands like Sheeek By Bee (shameless plug for our new swimwear collection we co-designed), SmartGlamour, Universal Standard, RWN by Rawan, JIBRI, Monif C, Zelie For She, Yatir Clothing, Curvy Couture Intimates, and Hanky Panky (for my all time favourite undies – vintage thong!). I love custom things because my measurements are weird. I have a vintage designer in LA that I work with often for custom and alterations. My favourite vintage dealer SDV Vintage is out of Canada and she gets me treasures all the time.
Outside of modelling and the plus size world, what do you love to do?
I am, and will always be, a huge lover of music. I studied classical and jazz in college, and truly fell in love with jazz in my early 20s. The dream is to open my own jazz club one day. I don’t know when or where, but it will happen. Outside of music, I love tv shows. There ain’t no shame in my show binge game. While studying production in my undergrad, I had the opportunity to study film and television, as well. It gave me a great appreciation for cinematic arts
You’ve worked with some brands that we at She Might Be really love, including favourites Ready To Stare. Who would be your dream brand collaboration?
Ohhhh girl! This is easy. I have two: Christian Siriano and Signor Mont. Siriano is so incredibly talented; I would LOVE to collaborate with him. Signor Mont is actually bridal designer Anthony Montesano in Australia. His work is breathtaking, and I would love to be a part of his creative process.
What has been the highlight of your modelling career so far?
Wow, I never know how to answer this question. I have had the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects that fill me with great joy and pride. I would have to say the response to the swimwear collection I just launched with Bethany Calvin for her brand Sheek By Bee is overwhelming. I was lucky enough to travel to Puerto Rico with my best friend, Samantha Figueroa, and have her shoot the lookbook. Bethany was/is a dream to work with. This collection came together in about three months time, and we are both floored by the response. You find out who is in your court when you hit milestones in this industry. I found out I have an extravagant number of people on my side, and it makes me incredibly happy. (Tears of joy while typing this.)
Most recently, you’ve collaborated with independent designer Sheeek by Bee on your first ever fashion line, a range of plus size swimsuits for the small chested plus size woman! As a plus size woman who fits that description, I am so excited about it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line specifically for those of us with a smaller chest before. How did that collab come about? Tell us everything!
I haven’t ever seen a line like this before either! As a plus size woman who wears a 44B US bra, in order to find swimwear to fit my ribcage, I apparently have to be a DD cup. Both Bethany and I are small chested plus women. We connected on social media about a year or so ago when I found her designs (which are great and affordable and handmade). I complained on Facebook in a status one night after being completely pissed about not being able to fit into chest sizes the plus industry has deemed appropriate for women. She commented that we should fix it. I sent her a private message asking her if she was suggesting a collaboration, and she was.
We took inspiration from straight size fashion and trends, noting that we wouldn’t be using foam cups or underwire. We wanted something that fat women would be looking fly as hell in while letting their boobs be boobs! As far as inspiration, Bethany is more modern contemporary than I am, as I live in vintage for my fashion. We wanted to combine the two in our designs – which is exactly what we did. The tops feature a couple crop top/sports bra inspired pieces, as well as a tie bandeau straight out of the 60s. The bottoms are our take on a lingerie trend you will probably be seeing soon: the high-waisted thong. I am so in love with this silhouette.
As a plus woman with a belly, the high-cut suits I am seeing from the 90s just don’t fit my body right. My hope was that these high-waisted thong bottoms would give a lot of body shapes some love while showing off some booty. The one-piece was very much from Bethany’s brain, and she nailed it. We wanted a colour block option, and the low back, cut out one-piece was a perfect choice. I have so many people in love with it already!
Which are your favourite pieces from the collection?
My favourite pieces are the sheer blocked bottoms, with the mesh hip panels, and the tie bandeau top. I also fell in love with the long-sleeved crop top in the green mesh while in the water! It is definitely a functional piece, as well as fashionable.
Do you plan on doing more fashion design?
Short answer, YES! Long answer, I would love to do more fashion design in the future. My day job is developing products from souvenirs to apparel, and so I understand the process. My creativeness wants me to get more into design with the knowledge I have. I’m not sure how or what is next, but I am definitely keeping my options open.
What’s next for Megan Kimberling?
What’s next for me is some more projects. I have recently gotten involved with a group of artists called Sketchboard Community. They do live nude figure drawing events in LA, and I will be attending my first as a live figure June 25th. I have some shoots that I have lined up for this summer, and a couple shoots I am waiting to show off. I recently worked with Gregory Prescott on an incredibly diverse shoot that will be absolutely breathtaking.
My next big goal is a printed magazine cover, so I am working toward that! I am really just focusing on taking care of myself for mental health right now, and hoping that my art follows. This Spring I was re-traumatised out on location shooting and my PTSD came back just as it ever was. So far, it’s been a successful plan, and I’m excited to see what is in store for me.
Where can we find you to follow you online?
The best way to keep up with new work is on Instagram (@megmodels). You can follow my daily rants and raves on Twitter (@megankimberling). To view a full collection of my portfolio and publications, you can find me at www.megankimberling.com.
It’s been a hot minute since we did our last round up of highlights from the plus size community, but we are back with all the best bits of June!
— navabi (@navabiFashion) June 20, 2017
First up Navabi released another of their wondrous mocked up magazine covers, this time featuring SMB fave Nerd About Town on a fake Elle. Honestly I haven’t bought a fashion magazine in a long, long time, but this cover would make me reach out and grab it!
Speaking of Nerd About Town, she’s been absolutely nailing it this month with incredible outfit posts. I could have shared any look she shared in June, but I think this co-ord is the one that really stands out to me because it’s so unlike any summer looks I’ve been seeing on plus size blogs this year. It’s effortlessly chic and also looks super comfy which is always a good thing!
Fashion Status Update – 15/06/2017 🏖Day 1049🏖 Outfit: @evansclothing pale pink strappy sandals and floral printed wrap front maxi dress by @boohooplus Accessories: grey and pink Peridot by @specsavers frames and white opal stud earrings. Cosmetics: @essiepolish Watermelon on fingers and toes. @eyeslipsface_cosmetics Happy Hour Palette and Coffee eyeliner pencil, black @dollywink_store Mascara and @superdrugloves Solait SPF 30 lip balm. Fragrance: @ritualscosmetics Ritual of Dao Body Mist Hair: loose with a braid across the front. #psootd #ootd #wearethethey #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards #iamsimplybeautiful #plusisequal #plussizehottie #plussizefashion #wearepowerful #lovemybody #lovemycurves #hottie #bigandblunt #bebodyaware #bodypositive #selfiesforselflove #pinkhair #girlswhowearglasses #stylehasnosize #beautyisnotgeneric #prettyandplus #whatfatgirlsACTUALLYwear #wewearwhatwewant #celebratemysize #IAmAllWoman #SLiNKsquad #theconfidencecorner
Can you believe that Geri has been sharing her daily outfit looks for over 1000 days now on instagram? She shares all her daily looks, from casual, to work wear, to those more glam occasions, and seeing so many day to day outfits is SO inspiring. So often we only share our tip top chic wears, when the reality is that it isn’t how we dress day to day, Geri shares it all.
One of our most adored plus size models, Olivia Campbell, released her first ever clothing collaboration with Manners Wear! It’s only available for pre-order right now, but we are already excited to see all the looks people will style the pieces with. The colours are bright and in your face, and the pieces are all classic, wearable basics that could be worn in so many ways! Bright, bold, essentials for any plus size fashionista’s wardrobe.
Our very own Georgina Grogan had us all so jealous of her holiday looks and wishing we could look so cool and hot at the same time! She was serving redhead summer perfection and I found myself checking out her instagram every day to see what she wore next.
Sam of Fatty Boom Tatty always shows me something I wouldn’t have expected, and I never expected to fall head over heels with a crochet dress that she wears in this blog post! The pink hair, the pink flowers, everything is perfection.
Curvy Kate want you to be best friends with your body and we are so here for this. Share posts in Curvy Kate pledging to be kind to your body for a whole month, and up until the 15th of July and you could win a free set, a Self Love Brings Beauty T-shirt and a tote bag!
We were all gushing over Hayley’s incredible shoot with Lace & Pearl and her beautiful words that came with it on her Instagram page. This really is one of the most beautiful shoots we’ve seen, especially with Hayley being a size 22/24! We want lots more of this!
We’ve had enough of health trolls and this post by Becky is so awesome! Why Health Trolls can Kiss My Fat Ass, is a must read.
Former She Might Be Contributor and full time bad-ass Perelandra of Pamper and Curves, wrote a really thought provoking article on Body Positivity and The Male Gaze. It’s another one that you definitely need to read, and whilst you’re there, go and read Perelandra’s entire blog because you’ll find other incredible posts like, Rejecting The Roles Of The Fat Friend And Comedy Side Kick.
It's called fashion, Brenda. Look it up ✨💁🏼✨ pic.twitter.com/1Fmrk8iJsk
— Amanda Elliott (@AmandaApparel) June 23, 2017
And just for a giggle, I can’t resist sharing this photo of Amanda Apparel. I love a fashion blogger who doesn’t take themselves too seriously!
July is already shaping up to be stellar, I can’t wait to see what our community comes out with next!
Summer finally seems to be sneaking up on us, and the sun being out brings the desire to have more skin on show in order to beat the heat. One of the areas that many of us plus size babes struggle with baring is our legs. We might worry about chub rub, about cellulite, about chubby knees and more. Chub rub can be a whole problem of it’s own, so for our top tips on how to avoid it check out our article Thunder Thighs and Chub Rub.
Today I’m here to share a whole bunch of photos of plus size babes rocking the shortest of short-shorts, and the tiniest of dresses, to show you how awesome your legs really are!
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💗💗💗 saw this top/dress on @whatlauraloves and I had to have it! @yoursclothinguk have been getting it SO RIGHT recently and I couldn't be happier. This is a piece I will be going back to over and over again this summer because it's absolutely perfect. #ucantwearthat #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizeblogger #psblogger #volup2isdiversity #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivity #bodypositive #fatandfab #bodylove #psfashion #fatshion #fatshionista #wearethethey #justmegorgeous #thisisplus #bbwfashion #bbwstyle #asseenonme #boldandcurvy #alternativecurves #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #bigandblunt #blackbloggers #fatblogger #fatbabe
And of course, I can never resist sky’s out, thighs out!
On the blog today this lush @simplybeuk mini dress! Link in my bio #plussize #psblogger #plussizeblogger #pineapple #simplybe #fblogger #fashion #fatshion #fashionblogger #thickthighs #thickthighssavelives #justmegorgeous #pastelhair #tattoo #tattooed #chubbybunny #effyourbeautystandards #skiesoutthighsout #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #minidress #mini #summer #turkey #girlswithink #inkedgirls #fashionstyle #plussizefashion #alternativecurves #plussizefashionista
Your legs are beautiful, and they demand to be set free this summer. When the heat rises, don’t hide away in leggings and jeans, don your favourite anti-chub rub remedy and get those knees out! You deserve to be cool and comfortable, and all those things that society deems to be flaws are part of what makes you unique. I’m getting my chubby knees, my eczema ridden calves, my dimpled thighs and my blotchy legs out this summer because I am worthy of being comfortable and happy… and so are you.
It’s been a hot minute since I shared a round up of my fellow plus size bloggers favourite looks, and what better time to do it than now when we are finally starting to experience some warmer weather and might need some spring/summer inspiration? I can get stuck in a rut when seasons change and always seem to panic and forget how to dress myself! So if like me you get a little season confused, here’s a whole bunch of plus size babes sharing their own personal fave looks they’ve done recently to hopefully help make you think.
Excited to have something new to share on the blog this week. To catch up on old posts, click the link in the bio. 💋💋 #obsessionsofafashionnerd #plussizefashion #plussizestyle #plussize #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #selflove #celebratemysize #effyourbeautystandards #stylefilesplus #fullfiguredfashion #springstyle #outwiththeold #inwiththenew #styleinspo #outfitideas #styleinspiration #bloggerstyle #instafasion #moda #asoslovescurve #fashion #sundayfunday #weekendadventures
Take me back to a few weeks ago, I'm definitely happier when the sun is out ☀️This look will be up on the blog next week! . . . . . . #psootd #psfashion #psblogger #psbloggers #plussize #plus_isamust #plussizestyle #plussizeblogger #plussizefashion #instafashion #instastyle #justmegorgeous #boldqueens #bbbg #goldenconfidence #tcfstyle #fullfiguredfashion #celebratemysize #honormycurves
I am so, so tired but I've had the best day at the #DisneyxMAC day in London! Makeup Masterclass with some fantastic makeup artists, lunch, drinks, loads of goodies, catch ups and then to see @aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, it's just been the best and I'm so lucky and thankful to have been invited! I haven't done anything 'bloggery' for so long, so this was much overdue! Thank you so much for a lovely day to everyone who was involved in putting it together and to everyone I've got to chat to and catch up with! Oh and of course, here's a little outfit shot, it's all stuff I've had for ages! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #PSBloggers #Plussizeblogger #psfashion #plus_isamust #celebratemysize #curvesreign #tcfstyle #ootd #whatiwore #wiwt #fatshion #fatshionista #fbloggers #instastyle #personalstyle #bloggerstyle #outfit #plusmodelmag #curvystyle #curvygirl #GrosvenorHotel #Jumpsuit #Denim #Aladdin #blessed #hashtagblessed
Black girls, don't be afraid to use your voice. Your thoughts, opinions and ideas are just as important as anybody else's. When you speak, speak with boldness and purpose. Have courage, be confidence and always be true to yourself. Your voice has great power; don't be afraid to utilise it when needed. You're NOT an Angry Black Woman; you're a woman who has something important to say. Your voice matters and so do you! 👑 Feeling like a Queen in this @grass_fields skirt & @eloquii top, now on the blog.👑 📸 – @fordtography . . . #goldenconfidence #beautybeyondsize #celebrateyoursize #effyourbeautystandards #fatpositive #curvaconfidence #tcfstyle #volup2isdiversity
The @monki / @monkiworld dress with red accents is divine. @blackheartcreatives / @bhcreatives necklace #effyourbeautystandards #psfashion #andigetdressed #plussize #plussizestyle #fatbabe #bodypositive #bopo #selfie #plusisamust #psootd #plussizefashion #plussizeootd #thisisplus #biggirlsrock #plusisequal #curvesfordays #honourmycurves #honormycurves #fatshionista #fatshion #fatandfabulous #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #bigandblunt #psblogger #fatgirl #fat
I am so in love with this dress Mike bought me from @boohooplus ❤️ I feel like a fairy wearing it and the details on this dress are so cute 😍 #psblogger #psbloggers #plussize #plussizefashion #justmegorgeous #thisisplus #plus40fabulous #andigetdressed #alternativecurves #fatshion #plussized #curvygirl #plusfashion #40something #fatfashion #myboohoostyle
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Today on the blog is this fab @sazzmatazz_fashion dress I won a little while ago & this lush @navabifashion red denim jacket that I'm also wearing today! More on kittyramblesalot.com #curlyhair #curlygirl #curly #psblogger #psootd #plussize #plussizeblogger #plussizefashion #fashion #fatshion #fashionblogger #effyourbeautystandards #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #alternativecurves #monochrome #stripes #navabi #sazzmatazz #ootd #fblogger #outfitoftheday #justmegorgeous #plussizefashionista #curvygirl #curvyfashionista
I am loving the vast array of different styles from these babes! From bright colours and bardot dresses to bell sleeves and bold prints, I’m obsessed. I know I’m filled with inspiration looking at all these ensembles and I hope you will be too.
I’m often terrible for forgetting to accessorise, an accessory can really transform an outfit, but with summer coming I am inspired. Less layers mean I look to accessories to really bring an outfit together and make it more interesting and detailed. So here are some of my favourite accessories that I’ve seen lately that could really make your look pop!
This fantastic tiger paws necklace from Sugar & Vice is a truly quirky piece that is bound to turn heads! I can see this styled with a shirt as an eye catching collar piece, or with a simple black dress to be the star of the show. For a big unusual necklace, I think this is really versatile. One of the things I love about Sugar & Vice is that they offer all their necklaces in 16″, 18″ and 24″ lengths, so there is no worrying that you’ll need a necklace extender. They also offer their chains in a variety of finishes so if, like me, gold tones aren’t your jam you can opt for silver or black or gunmetal too. They are an amazing independent brand you should check out if you like your accessories to do the talking for you.
Plus Equals have launched a whole collection of chokers, but this rainbow sequin affair is my favourite. It’s available in a variety of colour ways and ties up with a ribbon around the back of your neck, so it will fit any neck size. Plus Equals are another indie brand making sure their wares are for everyone!
Bold waist belts are making a come back and after seeing this one on Georgina Horne I want it! It’s a caged design that could be added to a dress or t-shirt and be so on trend. It’s faux leather and available in a size 16-30.
My absolute must have for summer is a giant pair of sunglasses. My favourite sunglasses brand is Quay Australia, and I’m loving the Muse Fade design. I suffer from chronic headaches and migraines so sunglasses can’t be too weighty for me or I can’t wear them, but I always find Quay Australia ones to be surprisingly light considering their over sized frames. The faded design is so fun and a real early 2000’s throwback. They remind me of Anastasia and make me want to sing ‘I’m outta love!’.
And my final must have summer accessory is a good backpack! I love this Skinny Dip London Palm Backpack and it’s holographic material. Skinny Dip are known for their shell cross body bags, but I love a good backpack in the summer and this is just perfect.
What are your must have summer accessories?
When Plus Equals announced their new collection, all of us at She Might Be were so thrilled. They make clothing for the plus size market that is genuinely different and fills us with joy, so we had awaited the new collection with great excitement! And wow, they did not disappoint.
Every item is something I’ve never seen before; bright colours, unusual silhouettes, dramatic fabric and wild styles, I am obsessed! Have you ever seen PVC chaps before, never mind in plus size? Well you have now!
Their beloved Leni Kimono is now available in a fantastic rainbow sequin fabric that is majorly lust worthy, and there are even faux fur halter-neck tops! The silhouettes are genuinely inspired and I’m so pleased to see a brand doing something so different for the plus size market. Every model featured in the campaign is a delight too, seeing real plus size bodies wearing these designs, with rolls and bellies proudly on show, this is what we plus size babes dream of.
Plus Equals take the plus size clothing rule book and light it on fire, then throw it out the window and into the sea. Everything is attention grabbing and utterly wonderful. Brightly coloured co-ords, fluorescent pink fringing, peacock print sequins and thigh splits aaaaall the way up, this is a collection for the daring dreamer and seeing it available in up to a size 42 is amazing.
That’s right, A SIZE 42! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brand do above a size 34, and yet here is an indy brand doing a size 42 as standard and offering other sizes as a custom order at no extra cost. That’s how you do it brands! This is true size inclusivity for plus size bodies.
I can’t wait to see how people style this collection, and I really can’t wait to see what Plus Equals do next.
Recently, some of us at She Might Be have noticed more and more comments from people who wear straight sizes saying that they wish a certain plus size design was available in their size. This then often leads to people asking us as plus size bloggers why we aren’t pushing for total size inclusivity, rather than just plus size inclusivity. There are literally thousands upon thousands more straight size clothing options than there are plus size options. Comparing what is available in a size 10 to a size 28 just isn’t possible.
When I go shopping as a plus size woman in my hometown Grimsby, there are three options available for me to shop at: Yours Clothing (and that only opens on the 28th April), Bon Marche, and New Look. Honestly, I’m so very lucky that I even have those limited options. However, if you wear straight sizes, there are over fifteen stores that carry your size! Of the three places I have available, New Look has a tiny curve section that goes up to a 24 only, despite carrying up to a 28 online. Bon Marche isn’t exactly aimed at the more fashion forward younger audience, they only sell up to a size 24, and their trousers only go up to a 31 inch inside leg. Which is nowhere near long enough for me at 5’11”.
At the time of writing this article Yours Clothing hasn’t actually opened yet, so I can’t pass comment on what they are carrying in store, but I am absolutely thrilled we are getting a physical store from them! So, if you are above a size 24 in Grimsby, Yours are your only option if you want to try anything on, whereas a size 12 can go into any store other than Yours and try on clothing.
This dress took 2 months to arrive and was the only thing I kept from this order, because I couldn’t try things on and had to rely on online shopping.
If you see a plus size design that you love, and you don’t wear plus sizes, the chances are you can find something incredibly similar in one of the hundreds of retailers available to you. A quick google, an eBay hunt, I’m certain you could find something similar with a few clicks.
I did a shout out on social media and between all the plus size bloggers I know, we could come up with about 15 different brands that had physical stores and sold plus sizes. That includes stores like New Look who have a small plus size section within their store, and indy brands that only have one location in the whole country like Topsy Curvy. It also includes brands that aren’t size inclusive, and too many of these stores only carry up to a size 24, if they even do that. To be really generous I’ve even included the likes of Primark, who do up to a size 20, and supermarkets.
Fifteen total companies that a plus size person can go into and try things on.
I started to make a list of straight size brands and before I’d even asked anyone to add to to it I was at well over forty different brands that have physical stores that people who aren’t plus size can go and try clothes on in. Not including the countless independent boutiques and stores that are all over this country that seem to only carry a size 6-16.
Everything I’m wearing here I ordered online and just had to cross my fingers would fit me.
When I plan a shopping trip, I know that I’m probably going to have just three stores I can visit, if I’m super lucky. Whereas my straight size friends can wander into any of the stores we encounter and try something on (barring any of the few dedicated plus size stores). But hey, even Simply Be sell from a size 6 these days!
So, no, I won’t fight for you to be able to buy the plus size designs you love, when you already have hundreds of options I don’t have. Plus size fashion usually ends up being behind straight size fashion anyway; so if we have it now, you probably could have had it a few years ago. No, I won’t tell the few plus size brands that actually sell clothing that fits me that they should cater for you too. It’s incredibly rare to see a straight size person telling a fashion brand that they should be more size inclusive, so why would I want my beloved plus size brands to spend less time on the clothes that fit me and make them for you as well, when you already have so much? It feels like you’ve got a whole pizza to yourself, and I’ve got a single slice, and you still want half of mine anyway.
I wasn’t sure about this dress till I saw another tall plus size blogger wear it because I couldn’t go and try it on!
In an ideal world, every brand would sell every size, they’d sell maternity and petite and tall and wide fit and more, but sadly that isn’t the case. Why should plus size folks be asking our stores to sell your size when so many straight size people won’t ask their brands the same for us? When Topshop sell anything that will fit a fat person, I’ll consider asking Yours to start including straight sizes too. One day we’d love to see every size in every store, but until I can pop into more than a couple of stores in a high street of hundreds, I’m sticking to my fight for more plus sizes.