Hi, I'm Natalie...
I am 5'2 and a size 18, which means I am petite AND plus size. Those two sizing terms might seem like polar opposites, but full figures come in a variety of shapes and sizes—one of those being short! As a petite plus size fashionista, it has been extremely difficult to fit into fashion and find clothing made for my body. But I'm here to share my petite plus style tips with you and to show the world that short, plus size women belong in fashion!
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Funny story: I picked up this dress at Forever 21 thinking it was simply a beautiful, flowy black dress, perfect for summer. When I tried it on, I was surprised at the slits that ran up both sides of the dress past my hips. I was not sure how I was going wear the garment, but I knew that I had to …

WHEREVER YOU GO, GO WITH ALL YOUR HEART

Almost a week ago, I graduated college. Although the moment may have partially set in as I crossed the stage last Saturday, I don't think it has completely hit me just yet. Probably because I have had a million other things going on at the same time. So here is the update!


A week before my gradu…

THE FASHION INDUSTRY NEEDS TO SIZE UP

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I always go into the dressing rooms of my favorite stores with six or more garments and leave with one, or oftentimes nothing at all. As I struggle in the dressing room to wiggle, pull, and suck in my tummy so that I can fit into the dress, shirt, or pants of my dreams, I become frustrated.

Shopping for clothes is a guessing game, and it always has been.

If I don't fit into a large then why don't I fit into an extra large either? Where do I even fit in?
How come I am a size 14 at H&M, but a size 18 at Forever 21?

Usually after dressing room affairs and fiascos, shoppers criticize themselves and their bodies for not being able to fit into the clothes that catch their eyes or the sizes they usually wear. But I blame the stores, the designers, and the brands.

Sure, I may need to do some crunches or run a couple of miles if I want to fit into the smaller size, but I'm not asking to fit into the smaller size. Instead, I'm asking to fit into one designated size no matter where I decide to shop at.

Sure, measurements may differ from brand to brand as designers are based in various parts of the world. It makes sense that different countries have varying measurements because the average size of a person in that country may also differ.

Even though our bodies are not one in the same, how difficult would it be to come up with a clear-cut worldwide measurement system for clothing?

As I receive emails from my readers, I am learning that I am not the only one facing these issues. So many women and men are confused and fed up with the lack of unified sizing standards within the fashion industry.

A FEW STRIPES AND A KNOT

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I know that other parts of the country are already seeing temperatures of 80 degrees and up, but in Chicago, it is just about time to pull out the "almost summer" clothes. For me, that means I am lusting after maxi skirts and crop tops. 

However, as summer approaches and I think about finding skirts, dresses, and shorts that fit me well and show off my curves instead of mask them, I cringe. My curvy insecurities always get the best of me during the warmer months as I am reminded that cute crop tops were not made for me, and neither were those distressed denim shorts I am obsessed with. However, this summer I am taking a stand. I'm going to wear crop tops, a cute bikini, and whatever else I want. And every curvy girl should follow suit with confidence!

This gray maxi skirt is one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now. The material is so soft and fits every curve just right. The slit on the side of this maxi accentuates my shape and also gives me a chance to show off my Franco Sarto sandals.

I wore this shirt from Forever 21 to Chicago Fashion Week last Fall and I have not been able to wear it much because of the weather, but I am looking forward to creating a plethora of cute summer looks with it. 

However, warm weather is not the only thing on my mind. I will be graduating in a little over one week. This weekend I will be moving into my new apartment, and finalizing my post-graduation plans. So check back for hot outfits and stories about a girl on her grind!

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