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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CAN CURVY GIRLS WEAR HORIZONTAL STRIPES?

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Whether or not you have realized it, being plus size comes with rules. Have you ever heard, "Don't wear horizontal stripes?" or "Only wear a crop top if your stomach is flat?" Yeah, it's starting to sound like a broken record. While I usually follow the rules in my day-to-day, I'm all about breaking them when it comes to fashion.

I put this Forever 21 Plus sweater on, which I absolutely love, and as I looked in the mirror, I asked, "Do I look fat in this?" HAH! Yes... because, well, I am fat. I have always loved stripes, but have turned away from them because these rules have been ingrained into my head.

So I have been experimenting with ways to make this outfit more flattering for my figure, and I think I found a couple of style hacks. I added this navy scarf to break up the stripes. Instead of wrapping it around my neck, I just let the scarf drape over my shoulders, which helps to separate the pattern. I aso rolled up my sleeves to interfere with the stripes. See? It's the little things that make a big difference!

It feels good to know that I can wear whatever I want, but I realize that it takes a lot of confidence to shut out the negative rules and words of those who wish to limit us plus size women to what we can wear and what we can't. I say, "Rock it all, and rock it well."

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Photography by: Ghaffar Gbenro


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