Plus Size Fashion: Runway to Reality with Jordyn Woods x Addition Elle

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 15, 2017

Plus Size Fashion: Runway to Reality with Jordyn Woods x Addition Elle

It's been a while blog family! Between celebrating my 30th birthday and getting ready for the holidays, I haven't had as much time as I would like to focus on my blog but I promise that will be changing. Today, I have a special post for you featuring a piece that I first fell in love with during the Addition Elle NYFW show back in September. 

Jordyn Woods' collection for Addition Elle was the first to strut down their runway and this embroidered kimono with matching silk pants gave me total TLC vibes. On the runway, it was shown with a bralette and I paired it with a velvet Chubby Cartwheels bralette, too. I wore this when I spoke on the Curvy Girl Conference in Chicago and it was a hit!

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Small Business Saturday 2017: 20+ Indie Brands to Shop

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday 2017: Brands to Shop

I have a tradition at Ready to Stare to spend the Saturday after Black Friday celebrating indie brands and designers as part of Small Business Saturday. This is a weekend that can make or break a small business and your buying power goes a long with to help these businesses grow!

This list is compiled via social media outreach so it features folks from the Ready to Stare community which makes me very happy. I have also added sales I've spotted online from some of my fave indie brands as well. This list pretty long so I kept details about each brand short. Make sure you click through to all the links and show these brands some love!

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Black Friday 2017 Deals for Plus Size Babes

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 24, 2017
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Black Friday 2017 Deals for Plus Size Babes

Another year, another Black Friday. Since it's still hard to find plus size clothing and apparel in-stores, online shopping on Black Friday for plus size babes is huge! You totally don't have to be plus size to shop this list as it includes items for beauty, accessories and home as well. Plus some of these retailers carry a wide range of sizes.

This list is designed to have all of the sales, deals, discounts and coupons for Black Friday in one handy place that you can shop without leaving the comforts of home. I will updating it throughout the weekend as sales change. And if there's a sale you want added, make sure you contact me and I can add it!

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Plus Size Holiday Glamour with Aura Bazaar

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 20, 2017

Plus Size Holiday Glamour with Aura Bazaar

The holidays are quickly approaching and you won't be catching me out here with nothing to wear. I got a chance to check out some of the plus size holiday finds from Aura Bazaar, owned by Jessica Morales formerly of BLAIR boutique, at the Dream Big Curvy Girl Conference in Chicago last month. Jessica was a vendor and I was gasping over some of the gems on her racks. And today, I am bringing you an exclusive sneak peak at Aura Bazaar's holiday plus size pieces.

Velvet and gold tones are holiday classics but these pieces also touch on current trends: athleisure, overalls, and ruffles. Aura Bazaar carries sizes S-3XL and I am wearing a 3XL in all three pieces. Currently, you can purchase Aura Bazaar at the Boss Babe Pop Up Shop located at Old Orchard Mall outside Chicago but if you send a direct message to Aura Bazaar on Instagram, these pieces are available for shipment! Tell them Ready to Stare sent you!

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Plus Size Statement Apparel: My Message to the Fashion Police

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 18, 2017
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Plus Size Statement Apparel: The Sugarcoma Clothing Fuck Off Dress

Everyday online, plus size people face strangers trying to police how they dress their fat bodies. A look through the comments section of any major plus size retailer's Facebook posts will reveal that. As a blogger and a designer, I am all too familiar with what goes down in the comments section. This Sugarcoma "Fuck You" Babydoll dress is my official response. 

Nearly two years ago, I released my Holiday collection and the Cupcake Dress controversy sparked an important discussion about body policing through coded language like "dress for your shape" and of course, "I'm a big girl too, but I wouldn't wear that." Eye rolls x infinity. 

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Trendy Plus Size Fashion: Fishnet, Velvet and Sweater Heels

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 16, 2017

Trendy Plus Size Fashion: Fishnet, Velvet and Lucite Heels

I would definitely say that my personal style is more trend-driven than classic. And as I transition my summer wardrobe to fall, I am not leaving any plus size fashion trends behind. When I incorporate trends into my wardrobe, I like to do it in a way that plays on a timeless styling technique: mixing textures.

I find myself wearing all black often. I swear my wardrobe is half neon and bright colors and the other half is all black. I actually recently created a drawer in my dresser of all black pieces. When I wear black, I try not to simply wear all cotton pieces or items made of the same fabric. 

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Introducing boohooMAN for Big & Tall Plus Babes

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 06, 2017
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Introducing boohooMAN for Big & Tall Plus Babes
As plus size fashion for women and femmes has taken off over the last few years, similar options for plus size masculine folks have been a little slower to grow. Anytime there's a new option for big & tall men, I want to be sure to give it some shine and when one of my favorite fast fashion retailers boohoo introduced an option for men's big & tall shopping, I knew I had to try it out for myself! 

I can't remember when exactly I started shopping in the men's section. It was probably in middle school when I started heavily thrifting. I realized that shopping in the men's plus or big & tall section meant that I have more options and often that things I intended to be oversized, actually would be. As femme as my style is, my closet remains filled with men's button-downs and jerseys.. I like to use men's clothing as a way to subvert gender norms and beauty standards for plus babes. I don't always have to appear hyper-feminine to be beautiful. 

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Halloween 2017: Plus Babe Edition

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 30, 2017
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Halloween 2017: Plus Babe Edition

Happy Halloween! Although I brought you some easy plus size Halloween costume ideas, I'm took my own advice pretty literally and kept my own costume somewhat basic. Even though I like to keep it simple these days, I am constantly in awe of the creativity of my fellow plus size babes when it comes to Halloween. 

It's hard to pick favorites, of course, but here are some of the costumes that I'm loving for Halloween 2017! Make sure you click on the image and follow them on Instagram, if you don't already! 

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Plus Size Fall Fashion Made Easy with Gwynnie Bee

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 30, 2017

Plus Size Fall Fashion Made Easy with Gwynnie Bee
I have been traveling so much this fall and let me tell you what has been such a huge lifesaver: plus size clothing rental service, Gywnnie Bee! My suitcase has been packed with new cute pieces for fall! Instead of having to memorize return policies, Gwynnie Bee makes it super easy to decide whether or not I want to just try something out or buy them to add to my closet.
From coats and blazers to jeans and flannels, Gwynnie Bee has everything. A Gwynnie Bee subscription means you can basically rent an entire wardrobe and keep a minimalist closet if you want! Today I am going to show you three fall fashion ready looks!  Although all three of the looks you'll see below are dresses, I totally think they can be styled to work for different for a variety of occasions. And if you like what you see, you should totally sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Gwynnie Bee and get a taste of just how the service works for yourself.

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Plus Size Velvet: Fall Fashion Edition!

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 27, 2017
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Plus Size Velvet: Fall Fashion Edition!

The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping which means it's finally feeling like fall! The changing of the seasons means it's time to add new plus size fall fashions to your wardrobe and thanks to JCPenney, you don't have to break the bank doing it! 

As soon as I walked into JCPenney, I couldn't help but notice all of the amazing velvet pieces on the racks! From wrap dresses to lace-up hoodies, it's clear that velvet is here to make it's mark on plus size fashion this season. I filled my cart with velvet goodies and settled on one skirt that I styled with two velvet different tops and a pair of velvet booties. It was a velvet overload of the very best variety.  

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