“Place confidence in things you earn, not in things you didn’t,” says Chastity Garner Valentine, co-founder of theCURVYcon.
From bold athleisure crop tops to matching split side trousers, almost everything is priced below $50 and comes in an inclusive size range of 8 to 28.
From statement pants and long-line bombers to colorful furs, see some of Instagram's coolest plus-size blogger babes sporting killer fall trends to try out.
Imagine trying on five pairs of the same-style size 18 shorts in a small, poorly lit dressing room because each pair you try on frustratingly fits differently. Or being plus-size and needing to find a last-minute outfit when there are only a handful of brick-and-mortar stores offering extended sizes. This is just a glimpse of the problems that we curvy folks have to deal with on a regular basis. Shopping is not an easy task for most, but it’s especially challenging for those whose body type does not fall within the industry norm, aka above a size 10. I’m not going to lie — it totally sucked growing up with the amount of plus-size exclusion I faced, and it definitely played a negative role in my self-esteem . While the plus-size fashion industry is growing, we aren’t seeing enough expansion and diversity in the market just yet. With roughly 67 percent of women in the U.S. being considered plus-size, brands that don’t offer extended sizes are missing out on literally millions of potential customers — and dollars. This statistic does not even account for the large market of plus-size male customers who are also in search of fashionable clothing for their size . There are still big-box brands with the resources to make great clothing that refuse to embrace the prevalent curvy customer and invest in quality design and manufacturing. And claiming you carry plus sizes and then banishing the meek selection to an unidentifiable area of the store is just not cutting it anymore. That said, if there were a time to be plus-size in fashion, it would be now. Ever since mega-babe Ashley Graham made the cover of Sports Illustrated , many brands have jumped on the plus-size bandwagon. But some brands seem to want to cash in on the body-positivity movement by thoughtlessly creating clothing that does not actually fit the plus-size customer’s body — mainly because the designs were not researched and the patterns were not scaled correctly. Some brands are even using models who are much too small for the plus-size market, showing an unrealistic representation of the clothing. As a plus-size fashionista myself, I long for the day when brands will fully invest in and embrace their curvy customers by offering more accessible fashion. Don’t get me wrong — not everything is bad about the plus-size market right now. We have more options than ever before. There are standout brands making an impression on the plus-size community and being industry leaders. The clear winners are staple brands like ASOS and Eloquii . The online e-tailer ASOS is always offering edgy designs that push the plus-size fashion envelope and parallel straight-size designs, while Eloquii is all about quality and fit. Lane Bryant is paving the way by being super-inclusive and body positive, creating diverse ads and leading the unretouched-photo campaign showcasing women’s real bodies. (Another positive sign: The current season of Project Runway has models of all sizes.) Since the fashion industry is ever-evolving and has a lot to learn about its plus-size customers, I wanted to hear from the curvy influencers who are paving the way. I talked to crusaders including Denise Bidot , Ashley Nell Tipton , Nadia Aboulhosn , and others. Check out what these plus-size leaders have to say about their biggest fashion gripes and the brands they think are already killing the game. They, like me, agree that everyone deserves access to great fashion regardless of their size or gender, and I’m excited for the strides that the future will bring. For more style inspiration, follow me on Instagram and read my style blog, Margie Plus . Read more from Yahoo Beauty + Style: Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty .
Plus-size blogger Margie Ashcroft took to Instagram for style inspiration and spotted some perfect summer looks — from layered mesh, killer coordinated sets, and statement swimsuits.
Plus size fashion blogger Margie Ashcroft and 9 other plus-size bloggers share their favorite plus-size denim picks that don’t gap or fade and work with their specific type of curvy bodies.
Update your summer wardrobe with plus-size shorts. This season, we're seeing bold printed shorts, as well as a mix of bright and neutral tan colors.
Springtime in N.Y.C. is the ultimate experience. The light breeze and newfound sunshine paints the city in the most magical way, and you can’t help but want to celebrate with a wardrobe refresh. The warmer temperatures mean ditching winter’s faux furs and chunky sweaters for airy frocks and light layering jackets.
When Ashley Graham first graced the pages of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2015, she was modelling plus size swimwear for an advertisement (the first plus-size ad to ever run in the issue) —who knew that she’d land the sought-after cover a year later? Graham has essentially paved the way for other plus-size models to flaunt their curves in the world-renowned magazine. This year, curvy model Denise Bidot will proudly show her stretch marks in a groundbreaking, unretouched Lane Bryant swimsuit ad to be featured in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Keeping up appearances in the harsh winter weather can be difficult. The drop in temperatures makes your winter coat THE most important wardrobe purchase of the season – so choose wisely. If you have not geared up for winter yet have no fear – from faux furs to standout parkas I have 19 of the hottest plus size winter coats to shop now.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means the flurry of party invites have began to roll in and your social calendar will soon be packed! ‘Tis the season to finally wear those glam pieces in our closets deemed 'too festive' for any other season. One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to dress up and play with my look – like this ASOS full gold sequin dress with a forest green faux fur paired with thigh high booties. This year, don't be afraid to ditch your typical LBD and go for something bolder like a luxe velvet maxi or allover sequin shift.
Plus size model Iskra Lawrence stripped down to her underwear in a crowded New York subway before giving an impassioned plea to commuters about body acceptance. Lawrence posted the video of the incident to her Instagram account on Sunday night (Nov. 20) and it instantly became viral, receiving nearly 1 million views and hundreds of comments within 24 hours.
It’s quite a leap for a UK magazine to feature a plus-size star and Holliday says she hopes the shoot will help Britain become more accepting of plus-size clothing and models here in the UK. “I’ve noticed that a lot of people who criticise me are from the UK - both in the press and on social media. “Here, people just look at me like I’m a crazy person.” [Photo: Instagram/Tess Holliday via Marie Claire UK] But despite the acceptance in the US, Holliday hasn’t had an easy journey to fame.