Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 17, 2017

Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

I used to cling to fashion rules. I loved them so much that I created a book of fashion don'ts when I was in middle school. As a current lover of fashion rule-breaking, I am ashamed to admit that following fashion rules was ever part of my past. But to be fair, I was only 12. 

I was bullied a lot when I was younger and I internalized a lot of it. My personal style was the only thing that I felt really confident about and I think "the rules" were my way of showing just how much I knew about fashion: no socks with sandals, no dresses with sneakers, etc. I felt like I had something to prove. 

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Where to Find Plus Size Graphic Swimsuits

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 08, 2017

Where To Shop for Plus Size Graphic Swimsuits

Personally, it's been a great summer for plus size swimwear. It's pretty much my favorite thing to wear and write about so this year, I decided to really indulge that. I wore one-pieces, tankinis, and of course fatkinis galore. I decided to end summer swim season with a statement. Literally. I'm talking about one of summer's hottest trends: plus size graphic swimsuits. 

Admittedly, I got this one-piece swimsuit back in April and I shot it then too. But as y'all know, I have more content than time and things get delayed more than I would like so here you go! This "Beach Please" Swimsuit is from Rue 21 and totally sold out online (though it may be available still in stores). 

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DOPE At Any Height: ELOQUII's New Plus Size Swim Line Shown on Petite and Tall

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 07, 2017
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DOPE At Any Height: ELOQUII's New Plus Size Swim Line Shown on Petite and Tall
Over the summer, one of my favorite plus size clothing brands ELOQUII debuted their new swimwear line. So today's DOPE at Any Height is showing you how this line of plus size swimwear fits on both petite and tall plus size bodies.
Although it's the end of the summer, it's not too late to shop ELOQUII's final sale swim section which contains a range of patterned one-pieces and ruffled bikinis. Ramona and I always select our DOPE at Any Height fits together and we both fell in love with this Off The Shoulder One-Piece

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Transitioning Summer Plus Size Fashion for Fall

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 04, 2017

Transitioning Summer Plus Size Fashion for Fall

It's officially August which kids are headed back to school and while I am glad my own school days are behind me, I know that means I have to get ready to trade my bikinis in for snow boots soon. My personal style and love of mesh, crop tops and swimwear lends itself to summer fashion but I love a good bomber jacket too. I decided to take some  plus size basics from On The Plus Side and style them for summer and fall. 

While you may need totally different pieces for summer and winter, you don't have to make that transition quite yet. Fall presents a perfect time to keep your basics close and simply add layers and trade sandals for a cute bootie. 

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Welcome to the Jungle with Rainbow Plus Size

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 01, 2017

Welcome to the Jungle with Rainbow Plus Size

If y'all know me, you know that there's two things I love: 90s and early 2000s style and budget-friendly fashion. This plus size camo dress from Rainbow indulged both of my love of fashion yesteryear and it didn't break the bank. 

Although camo has been seeing a comeback lately, it's something that has never really left my closet since I first witnessed the greatness that is the Destiny's Child "Survivor" music video in 2001. This dress not only fits like a glove but it has a halter style neckline that has a very throwback feel to it. It's not quite the plus size camo bikini that I am still dreaming of, but it's still pretty great. 

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Plus Size Swimwear with Adore Me

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 26, 2017

Plus Size Swimwear with Adore Me

It's still summer so I am still going to keep talking about plus size swimwear. Why? Because I really like it and also, it's still hard to find a plus size swimsuit that fits all of your needs. If you're looking for support in your fatkinis then a swimsuit made by a lingerie company is definitely the way to go. Adore Me sent me three different plus size swimsuits to try out and they quickly became my summer staples. 

Adore Me is a lingerie subscription service that offers both pay-as-you go and monthly membership options. I was very impressed with the fit of the swimwear. I am wearing a 42D, my bra size, in both of the bikini tops and I felt extremely supported in a way that you just can't get in a top that's sized 1X, 2X etc. 

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Budget-Friendly Plus Size Swimwear with Moxi Blu

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 24, 2017
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Budget-Friendly Plus Size Swimwear with Moxi Blu

If you are wondering what more I have to say about plus size swimwear that I haven't already said, don't worry, I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet for y'all. Plus size swimwear can get very expensive. I totally understand that the design time often ends up being similar to that of lingerie so that it can fit can be supportive enough to take you down a water-slide without flashing anyone. 

I also understand that a $100+ bikini isn't an option for everyone. One brand that's filling the need for accessible plus size swimwear is Moxi Blu. It's currently available online-only at Walmart.com with prices starting at $8 and sizing up to 4XL! This may not be the bikini that lasts you for seasons and seasons but it's trendy, budget-friendly and a comfortable fit. 

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Amazon Prime Day 2017: Plus Size Shopping and Summer Fun Deals

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 11, 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017: Plus Size Shopping and Summer Fun Deals

I have to be honest: I was late to the Amazon train so this is my first Amazon Prime Day. I just joined Amazon Prime last December and it has changed the way that I shop. Amazon is now the first place I looked when I need just about anything especially if I need it quick. Prime is extremely reliable and I can't say that about shipping for many other brands. 

If you haven't signed up for Prime yet, you can get a free 30-trial. After the trial, it's $99 for the year which in my opinion is more than worth since so many items are available on Prime. Plus free returns!  In order to shop Amazon Prime Day deals, you will need to sign up for a membership. There are new deals released on the hour for the whole day. It's intense! 

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Tips for Wearing Your First Plus Size Bikini in FabUPlus Magazine!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 09, 2017
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Tips for Wearing Your First Plus Size Bikini in FabUPlus Magazine!

I am making my debut as a writer in the summer issue of body positive magazine FabUPlus with an article focused on my tips for wearing a plus size bikini for the first time! I have previously been featured in the magazine as a blogger and this time, I got to write my own piece. 

Although I feel like I am wearing a bikini every opportunity I get, I know that this is still a big challenge for a lot of people. There are more plus size swimwear options than ever but that doesn't mean that society is totally ready to accept it. Just yesterday someone told me "So you didn't get the memo that being morbidly obese and putting on a bikini doesn't make you a hero?" But honestly, it really does.

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SWAK Introduces New Curvy Guardians Campaign featuring Sizes 2X-5X!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 09, 2017
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SWAK Introduces New Curvy Guardians Campaign featuring Sizes 2X-5X!

I have often bemoaned plus size campaigns for not using models in their lookbooks that reflect their customers and not only is there is a new lookbook featuring models up to size 5X BUT I'm in it! SWAK's new Curvy Guardians campaign is all about challenging fashion rules and wearing what you want! That is definitely a message that I can get behind. 

The energy at this shoot was so positive and amazing! I felt so empowered being around this strong group of women and spreading this message. I cannot stress the significance of a brand doing a campaign that features only women sizes 20+. THAT IS HUGE. Read the full story and see how you can join the campaign for yourself here

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