As a plus-size woman I cannot believe the “rules” that have been inflicted upon us over the years as to what we should and shouldn’t wear. Rules that involve hiding our bodies, and forgetting about fashion trends. From childhood through university there were no options available for plus-size girls that wanted to wear the same things as their straight size friends. The plus-size market was geared only towards the middle aged woman who obeyed the rules.
Fast forward almost 20 years and a lot has changed; it’s time to throw away those old rules. That’s right ladies, toss them all out the window and don’t look back! It will be one of the most freeing experiences you will ever have. It’s time to take control of our freedom of choice and let the world know that we can be just as stylish as any woman can. The #DaretoWear campaign embodies everything I stand for.
With this look I broke all the rules – not only did I do some major print mixing on my size 28 pear shape frame, but I went sleeveless! I love this great basic dual layered shell in a beautiful shade of blue paired with this on trend menswear inspired sleeveless tunic blouse. I loved the combination of the colours and the patterns. I am wearing a 5x in both. Want to take the look to the next level? Tie the front of the tunic at your waist; you could even go without a shell underneath! These savvy style ankle pants are a classic slim fit style with a checkered print. And let me tell you the stretch factor in these pants is amazing and they come up to size 32!
When I shot this look a straight size woman was walking by me and she stopped to say “your outfit is on point”. I have to say that put a big smile on my face. Mixing prints took me some time to perfect, but some of my favourite outfits have come from experimenting with patterns and colours. Don’t be afraid to try something new, because without risk there is no reward.
So what are you going to #DaretoWear this fall? Tag me, I would love to see it!
By Lisa Schoenberger
Photos by Stefanie Augusteijn Photography