Dressing Down Cocktail Dresses

Here’s the thing, I like to dress up. I prefer wearing skirts and dresses but it often doesn’t suit the weather or the occasion dress code. So I have started exploring ways to dress down cocktail dresses and evening wear, without coming across way too extra.  Continue reading “Dressing Down Cocktail Dresses”

When The Dress Is Perfect, Except…

I love this dress so much! Except, for one thing… it shows off way too much cleavage. I love the length of the dress, the v-neck, the bodycon design, the all black with lace details, the arm length, everything! But then I realized the center is sheer and it is 100% not appropriate to wear to work, which is where I hoped to wear it most often. Continue reading “When The Dress Is Perfect, Except…”

I’m Speaking at the Fat Activism Conference!

BIG NEWS EVERYONE! I have been waiting to share this news with you all for several months but now that I finally can, here it goes… I have been invited to speak at the 4th Annual Fat Activism Conference this fall. I am so excited & totally honoured!  Continue reading “I’m Speaking at the Fat Activism Conference!”

Classic Black High Waist Pant

Personally, I love a high waist pant. I think they are more comfortable to wear and I think they emphasize the curve of a woman’s body. However, for exactly that reason, I have not always loved them. The more I embrace my body, the more I embrace wearing clothes that I used to avoid.  Continue reading “Classic Black High Waist Pant”

CLEO by Panache – The Fun Collection

As I will discuss more in my next post featuring Panache, they have a few distinct collections. This blog post talks about CLEO by Panache, which I would define as their fun line. Some might refer to it as their younger line but I don’t like defining things that way. Perhaps we could meet in the middle and call it their trendier collection. Continue reading “CLEO by Panache – The Fun Collection”

Panache Black – The Sexy Collection

Panache has three main collections; Panache, Panache Black, and Cleo by Panache. They also have Sculptresse which is their plus size based brand. This blog post focuses on the Black Collection from Panache, specifically the Ardour set. It is their sexier collection. The one made for those who want to show off a little bit. Keep in mind Panache is a large cup brand, not necessarily a plus size brand.

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You Are Not Body Positive If…

Here’s the thing, a lot of people focus on the sentence, “body positivity is for everyone” and then completely drop any critical analysis around what being body positive means. So I’ve written a post about 6 things that I have seen in the bopo community that aren’t body positive at all. In fact, some of these things are downright oppressive. I talk about the ways the movement can be racist, ableist and more. So if you really want to be body positive, make sure you never do any of these six things. Continue reading “You Are Not Body Positive If…”

Unique Vintage Wiggle Dress From SexyPlus

This gorgeous red and black polka dot midi length dress is a dream come true with its short sleeve length and hip hugging stretch. SexyPlus Clothing also stocks a longer sleeve version in black and white that is equally gorgeous. I chose the red because I am trying my best to incorporate more colour into my wardrobe as a person who is kind of obsessed with black and neutral earth tones. I like how even though this dress is vintage in design it can be worn in an everyday style by pairing it with a modern hairstyle and simple shoes. I also love how this is one of the sexiest dresses I own and yet I am completely covered, with even my normally visible cleavage tucked away. It is proof that plus size women can absolutely rock a bodycon dress at any size.

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Can Shapewear Be Body Positive?

Can shapewear be body positive? I know some of you have already decided that you know the answer and don’t need to read this, but hear me out for a second. Isn’t the desire to stop wearing shapewear exactly why body positivity was created, or at least one of the reasons why? Wearing it can’t possibly be body positive right? But is it really that simple? Given the body positive movement is so closely associated with feminism we need to prioritize freedom of choice for all people, but especially for marginalized people. We need to ensure that all women are allowed to make all the choices they want. So while for some, body positivity may mean ditching shapewear, for others it may mean giving it a try for the first time. Still, hanging this complex issue on the choice argument is not good enough. We need to look deeper than that.

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“Big & Fabulous: The Life Of Brenda Cankles”

As a person who loves reading, it is always nice to find a story I haven’t read before and I can honestly say that I’ve never read about a character quite like Brenda Cankles of Big & Fabulous. In my experience, when fat women are included in fictional books they aren’t the main character and their story is often centered around their desire to lose weight. Brenda is not such a character and that alone made her story very compelling. As a plus size lead character she is given the agency to direct the story and narrate it. It is especially nice to read about a plus size woman who not only has no desire to diet but who also loves her body as it is and always has. Compared to many of our other current pop culture examples who are obsessed with weight loss or even contracted into losing a certain number of pounds, I’d say it is very refreshing and much more fat positive. In fact, I’ve got some specific and very timely comparisons for you below.

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