Everyone’s obsession with pumpkin things aside, fall is also the best time of the year wardrobe-wise. The colors are great and layering is perfect for the body-conscious who dread summertime.
Plenty of style bloggers are putting out their annual “Fall Must Haves” lists as we speak, but as with every season, finding clothes as plus-size women is a challenge. Many mainstream bloggers don’t quite understand the struggle bigger women have when trying to find clothes that fit us and our figures. For women of color, there’s an extra layer of oppression and expectation added onto our bodies when they’re larger than the standard.
Although the mainstream fashion world is taking small steps to recognize and validate all kinds of bodies, the blogosphere has proved to be an environment where people of all shapes and sizes are allowed to thrive in representation and validation. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best plus-size style bloggers of color out there to get your fall wardrobe poppin’.
This list is by no means meant to be exhaustive, so if you have some more suggestions drop them in the comments!
Gabi Fresh (IG & TWITTER: @GABIFRESH)
Gabi came onto the mainstream scene a few years ago by popularizing the “fatkini,” two-piece swimsuits for plus-size women who aren’t afraid to hide their beautiful bodies. Since then she’s had magazine features and developed a huge social media following, which she uses to further her message of body acceptance for all.
Garner Style (IG & TWITTER: @GARNERSTYLE)
Chastity is a blogger and author who has skyrocketed into the pages of Elle magazine and been featured in the New York Times. After starting her blog to supplement her image-consulting business, it expanded into a full-time site about her life, family and travels.
Everything Curvy and Chic (IG: @EVERYTHINGCURVYANDCHIC, Twitter: @ECURVYNCHIC)
Chante started Everything Curvy and Chic as an answer to the dearth of representation she saw for plus-size bodies on the internet. She created ECnC as a lifestyle blog to promote body acceptance and self-love for the plus-size community. Not only focusing on fashion, she features health, beauty and home decor tips.
Essie Golden (IG: @ESSIEGOLDEN, Twitter: @ESSIEGOLDEN_)
Essie got her start in the modeling world and has most notably been featured in Essence magazine. As a 20-something, she understands the unique challenges that younger plus-size women face. She credits her modeling work with helping her love herself, and eventually ventured into blogging as a way to spread her message of body positivity.
Quani Boyd (IG: @QUANI_BE)
Quani uses humor to illustrate her experiences as a plus-size woman. Although she’s relatively new to the blogosphere, her relatability and style have made her incredibly popular. She’s working on a series of e-books about love and dating as a plus-size woman, but for now we’ll have to be satisfied with her #OOTD posts and observations about her disastrous dates.
And I Get Dressed (IG & TWITTER: @itsmekellieb)
Kellie blended her love of communications, blogging and fashion into the brand hub And I Get Dressed. A firm believer that confidence is key, Kellie uses her wit and extensive creative knowledge to let us in on her favorite style secrets while sharing her life experiences.
Who are you favorite fall fashion inspirations? Let us know in the comments below!