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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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