Queer Fashion Review: Boxers for All Genders and All Sizes

By Alysse Dalessandro
on June 13, 2018

Queer Fashion Review: Boxers for All Genders and All Sizes
When it comes to underwear, I am usually pretty picky. This is something my boyfriend, Gio, and I have in common. I would say underwear is one of our shared LGBT and queer fashion woes! I am plus size and he is transgender so we both understand that it can be challenging to find boxers that fit just right for a a range of genders and sizes. Often times, I found that boxers don't account for the hip to waist ratio of a curvier body and Gio says the fabric and fit are crucial for him. 

With this challenge in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to find Glitter Grandpa, a queer-owned brand that offers custom-made boxers that could be made to fit any size. Steer Queer and queer sewist Glitter Grandpa combined their efforts to make this much-needed custom-fit option. They worked with a number of LGBTQ models in the Pittsburgh area to ensure that the fit worked across a range of body types and gender expressions. 

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Rainbow Plus Size Clothing and Accessories to Wear to Pride

By Alysse Dalessandro
on June 05, 2018
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Rainbow Plus Size Clothing and Accessories to Wear to Pride

We are only a few days into Pride Month and I have encountered a few instances, including one from a sponsor at Cleveland Pride, where Pride apparel was only available up to a size medium. I feel the need to scream plus size LGBT people exist! And we want to wear cute rainbow clothing, too. If you are only offering Pride apparel in straight sizes, you are NOT inclusive.

As a counter to this lack of inclusion, I wanted to celebrate some of the plus size rainbow clothing and accessories that do exist. Also, I saw one too many "Straight Outta the Closet" tees at Cleveland Pride and I need y'all to know, we have options.

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Introducing Lane Bryant's Plus Size Pride Collection

By Alysse Dalessandro
on June 01, 2018

Introducing Lane Bryant's Plus Size Pride Collection
As a queer plus size woman who doesn't look stereo-typically LGBTQ, I am always looking for ways to scream, "I'm here. I'm queer!" That's why I'm obsessed with the new limited edition Lane Bryant Pride Collection full of the cutest rainbow plus size swimwear and intimates! The best part? 10% of every sale is donated to GLSEN, a nonprofit that champions LGBTQ rights for students ages K-12. 

The Lane Bryant Pride Collection is part of their FAST LANE capsule collection series. Items are available online in a very select amount of stores but they won't be around for long because everything is limited edition! The collection features a mix of both Cacique swimwear and intimates. From mesh polka dot tops and rainbow-trimmed lingerie sets to comfy pajama sets and yellow string bikinis, this collection is fun, sexy, and cozy too! 

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The Plus Size Dress So Good I Got It In Two Colors!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 30, 2018

The Plus Size Dress So Good I Got It In Two Colors!

In fashion and especially fashion blogging, it seems like a faux pas to wear the same thing twice as like "a look." Although I usually don't subscribe to any fashion rules, sometimes I do this without thinking. I love the thrill of wearing something for the first time. But when I put on this plus size mustard dress, I liked it so much, I bought the exact same dress in white! 

I was gifted this dress from Pink Clove UK and when I wore it to a birthday dinner with my boyfriend and his family, I loved how it fit. It was not only comfortable but I love the balloon sleeves (I have a thing for balloon sleeves lately!) and the tie at the waist was super cute. I not only went home and bought some red accessories to create this look, I grabbed the exact same dress in white for the LifeStyled Honors All White Mixer. 

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Plus Size Dress: Feeling Fruity in ELOQUII

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 25, 2018

Plus Size Dress: Feeling Fruity in ELOQUII
Have you ever put a dress on and just knew you had to have it? That's how I felt about this magical off the shoulder plus size dress covered in assorted fruits from ELOQUII. You can get this and other dresses for 50% off right now over at ELOQUII - and that's a deal you don't want to miss! 

With an offer the shoulder cut, a short enough hemline for plus size petites and a fun fruit pattern, I was definitely like YES PLEASE. I first tried this dress on when I visited ELOQUII's DC store. I live close but not around the corner from an ELOQUII store so when I am in person, I fill my dressing room with items I've been coveting from the online shop and that included this dress.

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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Plus Size Lingerie Review

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 23, 2018

Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Plus Size Lingerie Review
As I've worked through my own feelings about wearing cute underthings, plus size lingerie has become somewhat of a specialty. When Rihanna launched her new lingerie line on May 11, Savage X Fenty and it included plus sizes, I knew I had to try it out and show y'all how it fit! 

Prior to launching, Savage X Fenty announced that the line would be go up to a size 3X and indicated bras would be available up to a size 44DDD. Although I did not go through the process of waiting in the virtual line, I did buy items on the launch day. I found that there were items available up to a 3X but the largest bra size was a 44DD which means while Savage X Fenty is plus size inclusive, it is not full bust friendly. Also, important to note that a 3X is not inclusive of a full range of plus sizes and Savage X Fenty has indicated the size range will be expanded

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Trending for Summer: The Off the Shoulder Plus Size Swimsuit

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 18, 2018

Trending for Summer: The Off the Shoulder Plus Size Swimsuit

It's finally here: SWIMSUIT SEASON! A friend today asked what everyone was most excited about for summer and high up on my list was getting to wear all of the new fatkinis and plus size swimwear I've been stocking up during the colder months. I am ready to sit by the pool and take a million selfies, y'all! 

One of the styles that I have been seeing a lot this season is the off the shoulder plus size swimsuit style. Whether as a bikini or a one-piece, this ruffle-style suit is a fun to avoid tan lines on your shoulders and add some extra pizzazz to your swimwear.

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Shopping for Plus Size Petite Jeans and Clothing Online

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 14, 2018
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Shopping for Plus Size Petite Jeans and Clothing Online
When you are petite, finding clothing that doesn't drag on the ground can be challenging and when you're short and plus size, it's nearly impossible to find garments tailored for a petite plus frame. But never fear, I'm here to take on the challenge of shopping for petite plus size jeans and clothing.

Prior to my blogger life, I never wore jeans. I genuinely didn't know where to even find petite plus size jeans and I hate the way jeans looked when they are hemmed by a tailor. Over the course of my four-year blogging career, not only did I discover brands that already offered petite plus sizes but also more brands have began making these products during that time. 

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How To Design Your Own Shoes in Wide and Extended Sizes with Shoes of Prey

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 09, 2018

How To Design Your Own Shoes in Wide and Extended Sizes with Shoes of Prey

Have you ever wondered how to design your own shoes? I know I have! I own more shoes than any other fashion item and it's probably safe to say that I have an obsession. I have always dreamed of designing my own shoes and Shoes of Prey gave me the opportunity to my dream gaudy wide width shoes! Shoes of Prey makes you the designer and caters to wide widths and extended sizes with custom made shoes. Use code READYTOSTARE to get a free custom inscription (a $49 value). 

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15 Statement-Making Sunglasses Under $15!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on April 25, 2018

15 Statement-Making Sunglasses Under $15!

Sunglasses are an easy accessory to wear when you want to add a touch of your personal style to a look without breaking the bank. In fact, there's a plethora of sunglasses under $15 available on Amazon and I would know, I own about half of the styles on this list. Don't judge me, I am obsessed! 

I understand that it can be a challenge to sift through hundreds of search results or know exactly what search terms will return what you're look for. To make it easy, I rounded up budget-friendly trendy sunglasses for summer and none of them cost over $15. Most of them are available on Amazon prime. SCORE.

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