Celebrate Fourth of July with Resistance

By Alysse Dalessandro
on July 04, 2018

Celebrate Fourth of July with Resistance

Prior to the election of our current President, I always celebrated 4th of July with a red, white and blue themed look. Last year, I couldn't bring myself to do it. This year feels even more dire. Every day there's a new story in the news about the rights of marginalized people in America being stripped away and it's easy to feel overwhelmed, hopeless and powerless. This article from Broadly declares, "If you feel like patriotism is morally repulsive right now, you'd be correct" and proceeds to offer a ton of great suggestions of alternative ways to celebrate Fourth of July

Fashion in the face of what's going on doesn't seem like the answer. But since fashion is always my path of personal freedom and one of the few things that always brings me joy, I decided to dress up in red, white and blue anyways and use the holiday as an opportunity to draw attention to some of the folks and organizations most in need of your support right now. 

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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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Rent Your Dream Plus Size Wardrobe with Gwynnie Bee

By Alysse Dalessandro
on August 30, 2017
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Rent Your Dream Plus Size Wardrobe with Gwynnie Bee

Over the past month, I have been sharing some of my favorite looks from plus size clothing rental subscription service, Gwynnie Bee on my Instagram. As much as I love these looks, I don't want to wear them all again. Sometimes, I wear something once, look adorable in it and that's all I need. Other times, I wear something for the first time and realize it's going to be closet staple for years to come. Gwynnie Bee allows me to meet both of my needs all through one easy-to-use subscription service. 

When you sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Gwynnie Bee, you'll be able to get a taste of just how the service works. But here's a quick run-down: you start by browsing through hundreds of items and filling your online closet. Your digital wardrobe comes to life when those items are sent to you. Once the item arrives you can wear and return it or buy it at a discounted price. Since shipping is always free, you can send things back as many times are you want per month. Gwynnie Bee handles the dry cleaning so you don't have to worry about that, either. 

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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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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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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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