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Rule Breaker

The fashion world is full of do’s and don’ts. There are so many, in fact, a person may as well walk out the door naked for fear of committing a fashion felony. I hate them. How is it possible to confine fashion to simple rules? To these archaic ideas that certain bodies need to wear certain things?

Something I’ve always struggled with is the stereotype that plus size people don’t deserve to take up space in fashion. How is it that the largest people don’t deserve space? It’s not bad that we are larger, I promise. Our fashion brains work the same.

11 Honore is a company that is completely changing the conversation. For so long, I’ve stood at the designer windows hoping that I could lose enough weight that I could wear what they made. But, it turns out, that is not the answer. Changing my body is not the answer. Convincing designers that there is a market for Plus Size women is the answer. And that’s exactly what 11 Honore does.

This Preen set is all the “don’ts” critics say Plus Size women should avoid. It’s form fitting, it shows some skin, and it’s matching separates with small print. It would have been such a bummer to miss out on this set just because someone somewhere made up fashion guidelines. I think it is so special.

I don’t always love to show a ton of skin in order to feel sexy and this set allows me to flirt without compromising my comfort level. The top is influenced by the cold shoulder look, but with it’s own twist. By taking the cutout down from the shoulder and onto the chest, it’s a fantastic take on the peek-a-boo slit. The skirt is very form fitting, yet isn’t uncomfortable in the least. It has a ruching on a bias that is incredibly flattering on all body types and the print on the pair is delicate, floral that works for both fall and spring. I know I will be wearing this all season.

Photography Gina Fippin

Preen Floral Top and Skirt: 11 Honore | Brushed Metal Drop Earrings: The Curated NYC | Tri Colored Sandals: Pedro Garcia

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Blazers Make it Better

Sacramento autumn happens for about 2 weeks in October in case you were planning on coming to look at our fall colors. We do have a decently cold winter so there is plenty of opportunity to put on the lovely trend of the long blazer.

I’ve made it no secret that I struggle with designer pieces that are cut for a plus size body everywhere but the arms. When I tried on this Christian Siriano jacket at an 11 Honore event over the summer, I really loved it. The basketweave fabric is really special. That’s the thing with really special fabrics though….there is never enough. This was one of the last few jackets available and I really wanted it, but the arms! Luckily for me, the designer himself was at the event and he agreed to have the jacket tweaked at their store and sent to me.

I know that that opportunity literally never happens, so when searching for a blazer I recommend a few things. First, you want to make sure that the length is right. The oversized blazer is really having a moment, but you want to make sure it doesn’t overwhelm you. Second, as long as the jacket fits in the arms, shoulders, and back, I don’t need it to button. Who is going around buttoning their blazers anyway? Third, make sure it’s a color or pattern that works with a large part of your wardrobe. The right blazer can truly be worn with anything, even an evening dress.

I paired mine with jeans and the fantastic Chromat “Sample Size” t-shirt. The all-stars could be these amazing vintage YSL earrings I picked up from my favorite shop in Sacramento, #Panache. Big, colorful, and shiny. These earrings get me.

Photography Gina Fippin

Christian Siriano Black Blazer (unavailable): 11 Honore | Sample Size Shirt: Chromat | Vintage YSL earrings: #Panache