Finding My Personal Style Through Challenging Fashion Rules

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 17, 2017
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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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Celebrating Plus Size Denim with Simply Be's We Are Curves

By Alysse Dalessandro
on May 03, 2017
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Celebrating Plus Size Denim with Simply Be's We Are Curves
Set in the desert of California, Simply Be's Spring Fashion Campaign, We Are Curves, serves up true denim inspiration. I've heard fellow bloggers rave about Simply Be's denim and once I look through the campaign, I knew I had to get my hands on some of the pieces for myself. As soon as I put the jeans on, I was impressed. 

The campaign features models Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot and Marquita Pring each wearing denim in their own way. I love how the campaign shows the versatility of denim for Spring. From jean jackets and distressed shorts to high waisted jeans and wrap denim dresses, there's so many ways to rock this trend.

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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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16 Plus Size Style Mantras I Practiced In 2016

By Alysse Dalessandro
on December 30, 2016
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16 Plus Size Style Mantras I Practiced In 2016

I swear I wasn't going to make a year in review type of post this year but what can I say I am a girl who loves self reflection and even though 2016 sucked in so many ways, I had some really great plus size personal style moments this year. I continued to break the rules, follow my own fashion bliss and hopefully inspired some of y'all to do the same! 

When I first started plus size blogging, taking images became a self love challenge. Blogging was a way for me to see myself in a whole new light. And along the way, the things that used to terrify me became second nature. I decided that my flaws were part of my power and my beauty. Eventually, I learned to see my body not as a problem I needed to solve but as a beautiful vessel that was all mine.

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Plus Size Tees: To The Polls

By Alysse Dalessandro
on November 07, 2016

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This past weekend, I headed to my local board of elections to vote early. Armed with a fire in my belly to stand up to one of the hateful candidates in recent memory, I was ready to cast my vote and do my small part to stand up to the trauma that has been this election season. I wore my "Fuck Donald" Freedom of Speech plus size tee underneath my buttoned jacket. And if the rules allowed it, I would have gladly marched in there with my jacket wide open. My message this election season is clear: Fuck Donald. You can use the code "PLEASEVOTE" to take 30% off this tee and all DBM merch for the next 24 hours. 

As a survivor of sexual assault, the mere mention of the name Donald Trump makes me feel ill. I haven't clicked on any articles related to Trump in months because it's honestly just too hard for me to see how Trump and his supporters justify sexual assault as "boys being boys." Trump is racist, xenophobic, and sexist as fuck. And what he's done is give like-minded bigots a chance to expose themselves and it's terrifying.

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Plus Size Jeans: Extra Short Jeggings for Petite Plus Babes

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 21, 2016

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Growing up, jeans were always my number one shopping challenge. It's extremely rare for me to find plus size jeans off the rack that are the right length for my 5'1" frame. While some short length jeans do work for me, others are still too long and I find myself rolling them up or needing to still hem them up. When I discovered that Torrid offered extra short plus size jeans, I knew I had to try them out for myself!

I tried out Torrid's Extra Short Jeggings in Rust Wash and they were JUST the right length to wear comfortably with flats. The length alone is amazing and the fact that they fit skinny around the ankle too is a truly rare find for petite plus babes!  They have a good amount of stretch but they are definitely more structured than most pants I've tried that were called jeggings. 

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Dope At Any Height: Plus Size Jeans with Fashion to Figure

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 17, 2016

#DOPEatAnyHeight is an ongoing project between blogger Tall Tales by Ramona Oand I. At nearly a foot apart, Ramona and I face different, yet similar challenges when shopping. #DOPEatAnyHeight is our way of showcasing that you can wear any style across the plus size height spectrum and our focus today is plus size jeans!

The length of garments can be one of the most frustrating parts of shopping when you're plus size and any height that's not 5'6". Ramona struggles with jeans and dresses being too short while I feel like everything I try on is dragging on the ground. We went inside the dressing room at Fashion to Figure for our first ever #DOPEatAnyHeight video to show you just what different garment lengths look like on us. It really makes such a huge difference when brands like Fashion to Figure offer length options for their jeans! Check out the video and see for yourself! 

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Plus Size Paint Splatter Jeans

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 12, 2016

Last week, I tried out a dress from the new Fashion Nova Curve line. Today, I am back with a pair of their signature high-waisted jeans in plus size. And lucky for y'all, the code "xoAlysse" still gets your 15% off your entire order at fashionnova.com!

As soon as I saw these paint splatter jeans, I knew I needed them! I spent a lot of years avoiding jeans completely because how hard they are to fit on my petite plus frame but now that I am wearing them again, I want them in unique cuts and patterns to fit my funky aesthetic in the same way that leggings do. I love that these are high-waisted so I don't have to worry about them gaping in the back. And it's a bonus that the way that these look on my butt is a total A+ for me. 


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