The Petite Plus Solution: Custom Plus Size Jeans with eShakti

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 28, 2017

The Petite Plus Solution: Custom Plus Size Jeans with eShakti

 At only 5'1", shopping for plus size jeans has been a challenge all of my life. If the jeans weren't dragging on the ground because of the length, I would have to get them too big in the waist so that they would fit in the thighs. It's been damn near impossible to find jeans for my petite plus frame. Luckily, eShakti is now making custom plus size jeans that help to make jeans more accessible for all bodies. 

eShakti is an online retailer making fashion in sizes 0-36W - one of the widest size ranges you can find online and on top of that, they offer custom options. Want your skirt shorter or sleeves longer? eShakti's custom process makes doing those adjustments easy! They also now offer free returns, too. 

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Plus Size Spring Fashion Trend Watch with JD Williams

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 24, 2017

Plus Size Spring Fashion Trend Watch with JD Williams

The first day of Spring arrived earlier this week and personally, I was ready! Plus size spring fashion brings a whole host of new styles and trends that are sure to brighten up your wardrobe. And while I am totally an advocate of wearing whatever you want when you want, there's something special about spring fashion trends. Today, I've partnered with UK-based plus size retailer JD Williams to bring you a trend report with two of my favorite plus size spring fashion trends: floral and stripes. 

One quick look through JD Williams' new arrivals and I instantly gravitated towards pieces with bold floral patterns and sporty athleisure stripes. In some cases, I saw pieces with both stripes and florals. I love these two trends for spring because they combine elements of strong and soft for an ultra-confident look that I can certainly get behind. With warmer weather on the horizon, there's no reason to hide and these trends will definitely have you standing out. 

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DOPE at Any Height: Tall and Petite Plus Size Dresses

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 22, 2017

DOPE at Any Height: Tall and Petite Plus Size Dresses
How do you wear a high slit dress when you're plus size petite and tall? Just like this! Ramona and I are bringing you the latest edition of DOPE at Any Height where we show how the same garment looks on both our petite plus size and tall frames. We are nearly a foot apart in height but that doesn't mean we can't rock a high slit dress in style. 

Today Ramona and I are wearing dresses are from Deb Shops which offers junior plus size dresses up to size 3X. It's available in three color options: black, red and beige. 

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Setting The Standard for Plus Size Fashion

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 16, 2017

Setting the Standard for Plus Size Fashion

I am a big fan of plus size minimalism and Universal Standard is a brand that just gets it. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the Universal Standard showroom in New York with my good friends Marcy from Fearlessly Just Me and Ushshi.

From a 20 to 28, the three of us span a range of sizes. We are also different heights and body shapes but as we tried on pieces from Universal Standard, we saw just how the brand's modern simplicity really works for everyone. 

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Introducing T.S. Fux: Custom US-Made Plus Size Basics

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 14, 2017
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Introducing T.S. Fux: Custom US-Made Plus Size Basics

I am SO excited to introduce you all today to a new brand, T.S. Fux, that’s ethically making custom plus size basics right in LA! The brand’s message is a simple one: 100% USA-made clothing for an ethically uncomplicated life in an inclusive size range.

T.S. Fux will be launching their products online in April 2017 with a size inclusive photo shoot and I am proud to say that I am one of the first bloggers to get to review these products! In addition to trying out these items for myself, I got to chat with the brand’s founder, Goretti Welborn, about why she decided to start the brand and the impact she hopes to make in the fashion industry. I loved the dedication to minimalism and ethically-made goods as soon as I learned about the brand and interviewing Goretti made me love T.S. Fux even more!

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Winter Fashion - My Perfect Plus Size Sweater Dress

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 12, 2017

You may remember that I wore this plus size sweater dress in the Dia & Co. video I made with Amber back in January. This sweater dress has quickly become one of my favorite winter fashions. 

A few months ago, I wore this dress on a date only to be told, "that sweater dress was a bad choice." I am here to tell you that was a first AND last date. Fuck anyone who tries to tell you how to dress. A sweater dress like this one is ALWAYS a good choice.  And the only person who decides what you wear, is you!

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My Plus Size Blogger Feature in FabUplus Magazine!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 07, 2017

My Plus Size Blogger Feature in FabUplus Magazine!

When the latest issue of plus size lifestyle magazine FabUplus came out, I practically ran into Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy (or four if I am being honest)! I found the magazine right alongside the other fashion magazines that I grew up reading. I quickly found my name in the table of contents and flipped right to page 24! 

The Spring 2017 issue of FabUPlus features Project Runway Winner Ashley Nell Tipton on the cover. Inside there's fashion, weight neutral fitness tips, relationship advice and ME! You can pick up a copy for yourself at Barnes & Noble and I really hope you do because this magazine is one that's changing the game for print publications!

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DOPE At Any Height: Your Petite and Tall Plus Size Style Destination

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 03, 2017

I'm continuing my tie dye obsession with the latest edition of DOPE At Any Height! Ramona and I decided that we wanted to take our tall and petite plus pride to the chest so we made our very own DOPE At Any Height hoodies. I went rainbow tie dye and Ramona kept it cute in blue. 

For now, the hoodies aren't available for sale BUT if you want to see DOPE At Any Height merchandise, please let Ramona and I know in the comments below.  And although these hoodies are total winter wear, we want to know from you what kind clothing items are hard for you to find if you're tall or petite plus. 

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Embracing My Style Evolution with On The Plus Side

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 02, 2017

Embracing My Style Evolution with On The Plus Side

Growing up, I went through a hippie phase. I owned more tie-dye skirts and shirts than I would normally care to admit. And I even did one of my senior pictures sitting atop my car (which was covered in feminist bumper stickers) wearing flare jeans and no shoes. To those that know me now, this may come as a shock. My style is still loud and bright but I don’t think hippie chic is something anyone would ever use to describe my style now. That’s exactly why I wanted to put together this look. I wanted to show that your past style isn’t something to run from. You can embrace your style evolution!

I spent a lot of years running from my hippie phase. It didn’t feel like me anymore. But I do find myself still constantly craving tie-dye patterns and that’s something that really hasn’t changed over the years. I even went to a tie-dye class a few years ago so I could make a heart-shaped tie-dye tee a la Tai in “Clueless.”

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Plus Size Styling: Gwynnie Bee x Three

By Alysse Dalessandro
on February 21, 2017

Plus Size Styling: Gwynnie Bee x Three

It's still February so I'm wearing pops of pink in honor of Valentine's Day for the remainder of the month alongside my old faithful color combination of black and gold. These three looks are courtesy of plus size subscription service, Gwynnie Bee. You can get a free 30-day trial to try Gwynnie Bee for yourself here or show some love to a friend by giving them the gift of Gwynnie Bee!

Winter in the Midwest is super unpredictable so I love to have options. Recently I slipped on black ice while cleaning snow off my car and a day later, it was 60+ degrees. Long sleeve dresses and sleeveless tops you can easily add a jacket to are so clutch. These three looks represent stylish plus size separates, bold patterns and gleaming hardware accents. When it comes to plus size styling, Gwynnie Bee covers all the bases for you. All of these pieces are available up to a 3X and some are available up to a 5X. 

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