Beach #EMbody. Because your BODY is READY for the BEACH.

Hello new readers and familiar fans!!! I am thrilled to announce the launch of my plus size fashion blog, SassyPlus!!! I’ve actually been blogging for a while, but not at full capacity, and as a plus size woman who has learned to celebrate my curves through fashion and see my present beauty, I realize that I need this platform to share this passion with you.

Most of you know me as the owner of the plus size boutique and online store SexyPlus Clothing, which was founded in 2009 and is now located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. While I am proud to offer a very special and diverse selection of plus size fashion and lingerie at SexyPlus, I also recognize that every girl needs variety to create a complete wardrobe. I believe that we need a little of this, and a little of that. Some pieces are an investment, and some pieces are disposable  – we need both and a little in between. And this is why my new plus size fashion blog SassyPlus was created.

For my first post, I wanted to destroy, like I mean obliterate, the notion that any body needs to be “ready” for the beach.

YOUR BODY IS READY FOR THE BEACH.

Now, saying that and actually getting your body to the beach in an ever-so-revealing swimsuit is easier said than done. I know. I understand.

It’s the most revealing and intimate piece of clothing a woman is allowed to wear in public. No wonder it’s intimidating.

And despite all my confidence, and literally making a living advocating for beauty diversity and body acceptance, I’m still human, and I’m a girl, who sometimes finds it easier to see the beauty in others than in myself.

I remember in grade school I would intentionally FAIL the swimming portion of phys ed because I could not fathom the idea of wearing a swimsuit in front of everyone. True story. Instead I did detention.

However, determined to see this through and launch my blog with the utmost blogusto, I garnered all my confidence and courage on behalf of ALL of us, and decided to do a “Beach Embody” issue for my inaugural blog post, because after all,

to “embody” is to take ownership right?

I also wanted to tell you about my Canadian shopping experience with regards to plus size swimwear and provide some resources to help you find the right one because you also have a #beachEMbody and you’re ready for the beach, right? RIGHT?? Of course you are!


So, my first swimsuit is this absolutely lovely swim dress from Always for Me (based in the United States).

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While this particular ruffle front style is no longer available, I also have the Twist Front Bandeau Style (shown below) and it is almost exactly the same, with the same awesome fit, but without the ruffle down the front. I highly recommend this style (as seen in “O” magazine). It comes in pink, plum, aqua, brown, red, lilac, black, and a beautiful new floral here. I love the multi-wear feature: where the strap can be worn as a halter, criss cross, or not at all. And it comes in sizes 16W to 26W, for $89 US. It has a slightly padded bra and tummy support. I am wearing the size 18W in this shot, and while the 16W fit, it was a little tight (I wear a 16 in clothing) so I might suggest going up one size.

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I put this look together by first being inspired by the main piece, the plum swimsuit, and then these sexy nude strappy wedge sandals, and coordinated the rest of the outfit based on that.

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So, add a country floral scarf, sunglasses and box cap with lace trim from Ardene and a bold pearly statement necklace from Aldo. A little fancy for a “real” day at the beach, but you get the idea.

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Swimsuit by Alwaysforme.com – similar here

Strappy Nude Wedge Sandals – sold out, similar wide width option by Penningtons here

Scarf, sunglasses and cap by Ardene – similar here or in their stores

Statement necklace by Aldo – similar here


My second swimsuit was a fatkini – yeah I said it – from Forever 21. I honestly did not expect to find such an awesome two-piece, at a ridiculously low price, that I felt so cute in at Forever 21. I was impressed. The top and bottom are each $18.90!!!

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I am wearing size 1X bottom and 3X top (because they didn’t have any 1X or 2X left). It’s a tad big and I would have liked a slightly tighter, more supportive fit, but the 3X will do. I loved the sassy cool 80’s paint splatter print, the sexy cut out side straps on the bottom, and never thought it would fit like it does.

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I recently picked up these cute & sexy strappy lace-up wedge sandals from Penningtons (also a great price), along with a bright bold pink Jessica Simpson necklace (purchased at The Bay).

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Swim top by Forever 21 – here

Swim bottom by Forever 21 – here

All Forever 21 plus size swim – here

Wide width wedge sandals by Penningtons – here

Necklace by Jessica Simpson – sold out, cool statement necklaces at The Bay and aldo at Aldo here


I desperately wanted to feature a third swim look, but could not find a third option that I liked which brings me to the part about my experience finding plus size swimwear in Canada. It was really tough.

I tried Old Navy, which was an epic fail, with their size “XL” not even coming close to fitting, and only one single item available in “XXL” which was a bikini top that did not even hold half my boob.

I searched online at The Bay, and you can search by size, and while there was a decent selection, they were not for me. Plus size search results here.

Addition Elle had a nice selection, including some super cute Jessica Simpson styles (price ranging from $95 to $156) but they didn’t have my size at the time. I’d love to hear if you have an AE swimsuit and how it fit you. FYI, their swimsuits are listed under “Clothing” for online shoppers. See their swimsuit collection here.

Penningtons had a more conservative but pretty selection. Average price $110. What about you, did you score at Penningtons? Let me know. See their collection here.

Gussied Up had quite a few options in one piece swimsuits, with the majority ranging in sizes 14-20 (and some up to 24), and around $115-$125. I did not get a chance to try these so let me know if you did! See their plus size swimsuits here.

I used to sell Monif C swimsuits at SexyPlus Clothing, but as designer items, they were priced at around $180 which is out of reach for many of us, despite their unique and beautiful design. And they didn’t move quickly enough, so I could not continue to offer them, and this is the sad reality of plus size swimwear (and fashion) in Canada for independent boutiques.

Swimsuits For All, great range of style from contemporary, to blogger inspired (recently by GabiFresh), great fit and quality and especially love their Swim Sexy collection – shop all styles here.


A note on photography and images: The images in this post have NOT been photoshopped – no rolls have been tucked, no fat has been removed. The only editing is lighting, color adjustment and smoothing of skin in some shots. Photography by the talented Rebecca Northcott Photography.


I’d love your comments and feedback so please talk to me below!!!

Thank you for reading and sharing ladies – I appreciate and love you!

Copyright SassyPlus 2015 – All rights reserved.

Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel Campaign – Hooray! But not quite.

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Photo Lane Bryant

This Lane Bryant campaign is all over social media, with the slogan‪ #‎ImNoAngel‬. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?

Click here for the ad

Hooray! But, to be honest, and this is just my opinion, from my perspective as a woman and a consumer, I love the concept of boldly and proudly featuring plus size women in mainstream media and on New York City buses, and I’m happy that the campaign is making waves because every step towards representing beauty diversity is a step in the right direction, however, I feel that these women are very similar in body and shape, and have few of what many of us unfortunately consider “flaws”, and it would have been nice to see actual diversity of shapes and sizes in this campaign – specifically – to support the message. Elle Magazine is quoted as saying that this campaign “redefines sexy”, but really, are any of us arguing that this is sexy? When it comes purely to product shots, I understand using models like this, but not when it comes to a campaign aimed at reinforcing the message of diversity. I feel there is little diversity here. And I kinda feel that it’s like a rich woman saying she’s ok with minimum wage.

But hooray again for the models, and for Lane Bryant for making headlines and drawing attention to the concept of ‪#‎beautydiversity‬ and the importance of self confidence.

Your turn. Share your thoughts below.