I remember when BLAIR first opened in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. I couldn't believe that there was a plus size only boutique in my city let alone on my block. BLAIR happened to be the closest retail store to my old apartment in Chicago. It was fate!

When BLAIR first opened in July 2012, Ready to Stare was still only a few months old so I walked by it everyday trying to get the courage to go in and introduce myself to the owner. I dreamed of having my jewelry carried in a plus size boutique. Finally I got enough guts to message the owner, Jessica Blair, on Facebook of all places and made an appointment to meet with her about my jewelry.

When I met Jessica in person in November 2012, I realized how silly I had been to be so intimated because Jessica is one of the funniest and most easy going people I've ever met. She has a heart of gold and she looks out for people. She embodies  everything I love about the people of Chicago. During our first meeting, she offered to have me participate in a trunk show held at the store later that month and Ready to Stare has been consistently stocked at BLAIR ever since!

BLAIR is one of my favorite places to shop for plus size clothing not just because they offer a great range of pieces but because Jessica has an amazing styling eye. I would've never picture myself wearing jumpsuits until Jessica made me try one on and convinced me to wear it. Jessica has this way about her that breeds confidence you didn't even know you had in you!

I bought this black jumpsuit from BLAIR over the summer and since this edition of #StareStyle is focused on indie designers and female-owned businesses that I love, I had to start with this look from BLAIR. The jumpsuit is sold out BUT they have a ton of cute stuff available on their site or in their store in Chicago (1343 N. Ashland).

I paired this jumpsuit with two newer Ready to Stare items: the gold layered chain belt and a vintage 70s scarf. Wearing a scarf tied around the neck is my favorite way to disguise a plunging neckline when I don't feel like having all that business showing  but you could easily remove the scarf and have a more night-time ready look!

 

 This post was originally published on October 10, 2014.