Natalie in the City is a Chicago fashion blog that highlights the style of Natalie Craig a petite plus size blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model.
Hi, I'm Natalie, and I believe in petite and plus size fashion without rules.

Let me explain...

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! 

That's the short and sweet story. If you'd like to learn more about my journey through fashion, read on below!

I found my love for fashion sometime before 5th grade thanks to a pair of jeans with writing on them. My dad didn't want me to leave the house wearing the edgy jeans, but my mom thought they were cute. She would often suggest that I pair the pants with my metallic, purple Spice Girls jacket and bright pink Dr. Marten boots before I left for school. You could definitely say I was pushing fashion boundaries for an 8-year-old kid. 

Although I loved fashion at an early age, I realized that the media and the fashion industry did not love me back. I grew up receiving harsh criticism for my full-figured shape, and the thin standards of the fashion world made it difficult for me to embrace the trends that I loved. I quickly learned how hard it was for a plus size, curvy woman to—literally and figuratively—fit into fashion. 

Naturally, my body evolved constantly during my teenage and young adult years, but always remained bigger than most of the bodies I was used to seeing in my sports teams or friend groups. With each change, I studied my body and the trends that would highlight my curves instead of mask them. 

Although I've always felt like a fashion industry outsider, I've conditioned myself to try anything when it comes to clothing trends, while pushing the societal and self-imposed boundaries on what fat women should and shouldn't wear. Because let's be honest: You can wear whatever you want. These endeavors inspired me to create this blog.  

Natalie in the City is by far my proudest accomplishment, and I really enjoy interacting with my fabulous readers, sharing style advice, and showing everyone that you can be beautiful and confident at any shape or size. 

Thanks for joining me on my adventures in plus size fashion, city life, and being a "fashionista." Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or just because! You can write to me at natalie@natalieinthecity.com.  

Aside from being a blogger, I am also a journalist and editor. View my professional work here: NatalieDCraig.com

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