Plus Size Outfit of the Day: Bella+

Last weekend I was in Montreal for the inaugural Montreal Plus Fashion Week, an event created and directed by Emily Roy (blogger and entrepreuneur). In addition to a fabulous fashion show and star studded networking event, the 3-day show included a market place where guests could shop the boutiques and designers featured on the runway.

I scored this lovely lace babydoll (soon to be available at SexyPlus), and styled it today with a pink lemonade cami and crop leggings. Feeling so pretty and feminine! And it goes to show you how when you shop and support vendors, you can score something sweet like this.

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Babydoll by Bella+ (soon to be available at SexyPlus)

Cami and crop leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Necklace by My Beaded Designs, sold at SexyPlus Clothing (vintage)


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Blushing Goddess

This post is a special one because I actually collaborated with my one and only sister, Melanie Chin, to make it happen. I wanted a different landscape for my next feature, and she suggested the equestrian centre where she coaches. How lucky am I to have a sister who works with horses?!

This is the beautiful Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship, nestled in the picturesque Ontario countryside, in Orangeville.

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Although totally inadequately dressed for riding of any sort, my Joan Maxi Dress by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs) was perfect for posing, being admired and being a Goddess among these beautiful, graceful horses.

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Joan Plus Size Maxi Dress

As you can see it’s a little too long and I would definitely need to get it shortened, but the good thing is that it can accommodate many of my taller plus size comrades.

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It is such a graceful dress and hits the spot in all areas of design elements that are important to me:

  • v-neck: check! Reveal a slight décolletage, and showcase a nice statement necklace
  • sleeves: check! Lately I’ve just been a little less comfortable being bare-armed, so I am gravitating towards sleeves. It may only be for a season, and for no good reason, but it’s making me love these kimono style, barely there sleeves.
  • empire body: check! Empire waist help to define your silhouette and in my case as a petite plus size woman, they give me the illusion of a bit more height.
  • back tie: check! Always nice to be able to cinch the look to your own silhouette. Kinda makes the dress customizable, and the long sashes add a nice detail in back.

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I coordinated this look with a thin yellow belt, which is unexpected but blends nicely with the soft, happy, feminine, palette. And one of my favourite statement necklaces showcasing oversized flowers in pastels of coral, yellow, pink, and lime green.

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A summery laser-cut wedge kept the look light. And the beauty next to me, well, her name is Jewel and we love her.

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I often hear that petite gals feel that they can’t wear maxi dresses, and although I always respect any personal choice and preference, I hope they don’t feel that way because of height. Ain’t I proof that petites do the Maxi justice, even if we have to carry it a bit? Have I earned the title, Blushing Goddess?

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The Joan Maxi Dress is also available in other colours: charcoal, cranberry, turquoise, navy, green and black. SWAK is excellent at offering affordable, trendy plus size clothing that is meant to be really lived in.

Special thanks and love to my sister Melanie Chin, who was so enthusiastic in setting this up, and for her superb photography. She’s a pretty amazing woman, not to mention my mud hero.

She is always so supportive of me and my endeavors even though we live and work in very different worlds. She is also one of the most established, commended and gifted riding coaches in Ontario.

She can be contacted here for riding lessons.

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Joan Maxi Dress by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs)

Belt by Ricki’s – last year

Necklace by Aldo Accessories – last year, current selection here

Wedge Sandals by Maurices – last year, similar here

Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing


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Plus Size Outfit of the Day: Feminine Gladiator

Today’s plus size outfit of the day makes me feel like a feminine gladiator, with this beautifully trimmed geo-lace pink blouse and the caramel gladiator sandals. A basic black legging keeps the focus on the other details. I brought in the browns with this heart necklace, and that’s it! Ready for the games 🙂

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Blouse by Addition Elle – only this colour left online (pink may be available in stores) and I am wearing the size 16

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Leggings by SexyPlus Clothing

Sandals by Ardene – last year, similar here


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Plus Size Outfit of the Day: Casual Regal

I love strapless maxi dress, especially semi-fitted ones. While some shy away from fitted, curve-defining styles, I find they work best for me (yes, despite my apple shape and visible belly outline). This one has a slight a-line shape and empire waist. I paired it with a black bolero to make the look a little less revealing and for some coverage given the still chilly temps here in Toronto, Canada.

 

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Dress by Pennington’s – this year but it seems to be sold out online (wearing size 0X)

Necklace by Addition Elle – last year

Bolero by SexyPlus Clothing -last year

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Curvy Expo 2016

It’s the year of curves, and I am so excited to introduce you to Curvy Expo:

  • A one day event to celebrate curves.
  • A fashion show featuring Canadian top models, with every look on the runway featuring sizes 12 and above.
  • Exhibitors showcasing everything for the size 12+ community.
  • Curvy blogger meet & greet.

It’s all happening Saturday, May 14, 2016 starting at 10am till 6pm, with fashion shows at NOON and 4pm. I had the chance to speak with founder Meghan Bradley, and here’s what she had to say about her passion that inspired the creation of the expo, her thoughts on beauty, and a why this is so important in the Canadian landscape.

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Q. Why did you create Curvy Expo?

Meghan: I always imagined what it would feel like to go to a mall as a size 6 and have every store cater to my size.  I have never been a straight size so this is something I have never experienced.  I wanted to create a mini mall environment for the curvy woman where everything was in size 12+.  All the vendors at Curvy Expo are selling/promoting plus sizes, the attendees are fellow curvy women and we can all experience that feeling of having everything that is available to us, we are taking over the mall, so to speak, even if it is just one day.  We would finally be in the right place at the right time!

Q. Why do think Canada needs this?

Meghan: I think we have to make plus size accessible, available and own the term.  I am tall, I am blonde, I am plus size and I have brown eyes.  To me, the plus size term is simply one of the many descriptions I use to define myself.  Society has put the stigma on the word, but I think we need to re-claim it, own it and re-define it to what we want.  Plus size is sexy, it is confidant, it is fit, it is feminine.  Canada needs a show like this so that we can all celebrate our size and enjoy all that the world has to offer plus sizes.  We need to come together and feel good about ourselves and being plus size is not a term we are afraid to use.

Q. What’s in it for the curvy consumer? Why should they attend?

Meghan: Going back to the average trip to the mall, the plus size customer gets offered very little.  Even if you are on the smaller side of plus, size 12, 14…your size is still limited and shopping is no fun.  The curvy consumer will benefit from learning what curvy retailers have to offer in their size and see the selection that is available to them.  Plus size fashion has come a long way and the styles are on trend and they fit the curvy woman’s shape.

Curvy fashion isn’t about concealing your shape, it is about celebrating it.

She will feel that her size is just as beautiful and she has just as much selection, if she knows where to shop.  There are also two big fashion shows, one at noon and then the show is repeated at 4:00 p.m. – There will be over 60 looks in each show from swim wear to bridal and everything in between. The curvy consumer will meet some of her favourite bloggers and enjoy free seminars.  There is even a Zumba class!

Q. How do you define beauty?

Meghan: Beauty, for me, is the woman that owns it.  She holds her head high, she walks with confidence and she knows exactly who she is.  She has her own style and she is content in herself.  When I meet women like this, I know I am in the presence of a beautiful woman!

Q. How does Curvy Expo support the plus size woman, the industry and small businesses serving this market?

Meghan: Curvy Expo is for everyone in the plus size industry.  Whether you are the leading national retailer or an independent boutique, you have a place at Curvy Expo.  It is important for the women attending this event to get to know all that is available to her in her community.  Local shops, national shops and everything in between.  There are also services at the show like Lady Luck Pin Up who specializes in photographing women of all shapes and sizes.

The curvy consumer should leave Curvy Expo and feel that she has enjoyed a day that was just for her.

She found a few new places to shop, she saw styles on the runway that inspired her and she met some great bloggers and other curvy women.  She may even have a little glow, after dancing a Zumba class at the end of the day!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW AT SEXYPLUS CLOTHING IN STORE!

Where is it?

International Centre, Entrance 4.
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Free parking and accessible by public transit.

Follow Curvy Expo:

Instagram @curvyexpo

Facebook Curvyexpo

Twitter @curvyexpo

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Broad Lingerie

After seeing the grand opening of this specialty boutique mentioned by Toronto plus model, artist and actor extraordinaire, Pure Ivory (Steff Ivory Conover), I just knew I had to check it out.

Introducing Broad Lingerie, a bra and swim store for women who wear fuller cup sizes offering bra fittings in a relaxed accessible atmosphere.

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But they’re so much more than that. Owner Sam, her warm disposition and her expertise are the real gem of this place. Her passion for fit and comfort are of the utmost importance, and she knows her stuff.

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Stocking an incredible range of sizes 28-44 D-JJ, this encompasses busty women of all sizes, from quite small to plus size. And they are always open to special orders if someone is out of their size range.

In recent years I’ve been wearing a size 40D. I’ve never had a professional bra fitting, and to my surprise, Sam informed me of my true size:

“The size that worked best for you was a 40F. Along with your size, I was also taking the fact that you are petite into consideration. So while the first bra fit nicely, it was a lot of bra on your body. The other styles not only allowed for lower necklines, but were shorter and narrower in the wires so they wouldn’t poke under the arms. While size is a big part of the bra puzzle, breast and body shape are also key!”

40F! And wow, were they ever comfortable. Enveloping my entire breast and the skin to the side (under the armpit) like a glove without creating “quadro-boob” (cutting my breast in half) or pocking me under the arm, just like Sam said above.

The first one I tried was for fit purposes, and wow, what a difference in comfort and support from my traditional (ill-fitted) bras.

The second style was less sporty and beautifully designed, still with the same outstanding fit.

All the while, Sam was showing me tips and tricks on how to properly put on a bra, how to adjust the fit once on, proper strap tightness and the specific science behind breast support.

The final style, although less fashionable and flirty than the style I usually gravitate towards, was a plain, smooth but superbly constructed t-shirt bra, which is so much more than for wearing with “t-shirts”. I would choose this bra when I am wearing maxi dresses that don’t have lining, and where I don’t want the texture of my bra to show through. I would also wear this on casual days, to have proper support – because even when wearing a hoodie and sweats, support should never be compromised. This one was my favourite for comfort, support and fit. And the adjustable racer back makes it even more versatile – and yes, still super comfy.

 

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I highly recommend making a trip to Broad Lingerie at 1763 Danforth Ave in Toronto. A well-constructed, but more importantly, properly fitted bra is essential to so many things: posture, the fit of clothing, confidence. And as Broad Lingerie grows, with our support, they will be able to offer an increasingly diverse range of products from functional to fashionable, and sporty to utterly seductive.

Thank you Sam for the very special private, after-hours opportunity to experience your lovely and welcoming boutique, for your professionalism and the much-needed products you have to support us, and our precious “girls”.

Broad Lingerie on Facebook, and on Instagram

1763 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Tel (647) 725-6838

Owner Sam Conover


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Plus Size Outfit of the Day: In the Navy Now

Finally warm enough today to wear a strapless maxi, and it was perfect with my Point Zero Curvy crochet navy cardi (available at SexyPlus Clothing). It just so happens that I also have navy wedge mules from a few years back 💙👗🌻– perfect!

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Dress and necklace by Ardene – last year (yes, I’m actually wearing the XL by Ardene and I’m a fully rounded size 16/18)!

Cardi by SexyPlus Clothing (by Point Zero Curvy brand)

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