The glamorous world of fashion can be vicious at times, especially when you don’t fit in its mold. Its ever-growing body image issues and how it impacts the way women, and even men, feel and dress in their day-to-day lives are still hot topics of debate. However, fortunately we can find some who are campaigning to break the body image stereotypes within the industry. Motivated by their own personal experiences, we see many bloggers paving the way for fashion enthusiasts with different body types.
So The Week brings to you, style bloggers helping prove a very important point: You certainly don’t have to look like a model to be fashionable and feel good about yourself.
Tall and curvy
At 5 feet 10 inches and falling within the XL-XXL category, Tanesha Awasthi has earned quite the reputation for being the tall plus-size blogger who knows how to impeccably dress her curves. Tanesha is actually one of the world’s top influencers of plus size women.
Founded in 2011, the Tanesha Awasthi brand includes an award-winning blog, social media and YouTube channels with over 1.4 million followers. She not only provides outfit inspiration, beauty tutorials and styling tips but also a glimpse into her lifestyle as a wife and a mom. Her work really reflects her passion to support the body positive and women empowerment movements so much so that she is regarded as a principal digital influencer who is breaking the fashion’s size barrier.
Petite and curvy
Darlene is a petite and plus-size fashion blogger at five feet three inches. Though she is also a corporate professional, her spunky personality has garnered many fans as well. Her blog caters to the modern-day career woman and there are plenty of professional looks to seek inspiration from. But not only does Darlene dress the part, She shares her experiences as well.
She is a frequent blog contributor to Plus Model Magazine and has been featured in HuffPost Style, BuzzFeed, Bustle and many more. Her mission is apparently to teach teens to find their own unique style so that they can feel good in their body size and shape. She is also passionate about helping girls find their voice. Her blog, Suits, Heels and Curves believes in doing its part in redefining and encouraging to women to overcome their insecurities.
The average Joe
In his biography, Kevin shares that he started his blog after a shopping trip that unfortunately left a bad taste in his mouth. Ever since then he apparently vowed to never feel that insecure or ashamed of his size again. Even men who didn’t look like Channing Tatum had the right to indulge in and enjoy fashion.
So he started this blog, posting outfit looks to inspire and show men of size that they too can be stylish regardless of their limitations. Thus Notoriously Dapper has become a body positive men’s fashion blog that displays daily looks to inspire all. Kevin seems to truly view fashion as an outlet to express himself to the world. Even his daily looks are in tune with the ongoing trends so whether it be the shirt, pants, shoes or accessories, there are plenty of ideas to try out here.
Tall and slender
It wasn’t many years ago that Alicia Jay also had an incredibly frustrated fashion life. She shares that everything was either too short or too long in the crotch or just plain non fashionable. After endless terrible options, she thought tall girls around the world needed a spot to vent. Thus we now have tallswag.com.
Quickly her blog turned into a place to not only find style inspirations, discuss fashion but also talk about the “fabulous tall lives”. As Alicia puts it, “she wants to laugh, cry, share, grow and look ridiculously fierce together.” If you’re a tall girl struggling to find clothes that work on your frame, then follow Alicia for some great tips. Since the fashion blogger stands incredibly tall at six feet six inches, chances are she has been through worse problems than you.
Slim and Short
On one hand, Jean is famous for her enviably slim figure but on the other hand, she is pretty short. Standing under five feet tall, there is no way of sugar coating this fact. But this fashion blogger never allows the height disadvantage to come between her classic and crisp sartorial choices. Jean is very detailed in her reviews of the petite-friendly clothes that she features in her blog. It is bound to be incredibly helpful to readers with similar body types.
After all, this blog started as a means for her to share her experiences while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flattered her figure. This blog also aims to share fashion suggestions and solutions for women who want to look stylish and feel confident at any height or size.
Plus size men
Founded by the extremely talented and funny Zach Eser this is a fantastic online resource filled with submissions and posts from plus size guys across the Internet. You can find fashion tips, outfit ideas, grooming advice and generally fun conversation with users participating in chats and offering opinions on a variety of style topics.
It’s also a great community that focuses on promoting various body types and dismantling body image discrimination – the reason many reputable men’s style websites and magazines have hailed it as a fashionable force for good. ChubbyGuySwag too call themselves a safe space for the fashionable men who don’t fit into the mass media’s image of the “ideal” body type. It is doing a great job of bringing savvy tips, fashion advice, and visibility for plus-size men.