Facing Your Fashion Fears: From Street to Chic

As a plus-size woman, I was limited on what to wear. Whether it’s avoiding horizontal stripes, or being encouraged to wear all black because it’s “slimming”, many of us have these parameters drilled into our head that our wardrobe reflects what’s called “safe pieces”. At Dia&Co., you have a stylist who listens to your individual needs and styles a wardrobe for you. I love this service because it is specifically founded on the struggle many plus-size women have faced: finding clothes that fits and looks good. Dia&Co. inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and step into something chic.

Wearing clothing shouldn’t be revolutionary. Rather, it’s a form of expression of your personality and style. And as an ambassador for an apparel brand, Artista Apparel, I decided to take my active wear from street to chic.

First, the circus pants by Artista Apparel are dance/yoga pants designed for style and comfort. They aren’t like leggings that form tightly to your body and curves. While I am definitely the first to flaunt my curves, it is not the only thing I consider when putting an outfit together. I think about style, comfort, and confidence when I put together an outfit.

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A big girl wearing baggy pants? Isn’t that going to hide a curvy figure rather than accentuate it? I think the end results prove that as a curvy woman, my figure will look lovely even in clothing that may be deemed to make me look bigger and, therefore, unflattering according to societal standards. Pairing the black and red Aztec print circus pants with a black crop top, heels, and a bomber jacket elevate the look to an edgy high fashion ensemble.

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The black snakeskin crop top offers a little peek-a-boo at the midriff, which I am perfectly comfortable with and actually really love. The thought of having any sliver of my tummy peek out seemed like a horrendous idea, and one I avoided at all costs. Now, I think it’s actually kind of cute.

With the right accessories, you can certainly take pieces that would normally be seen as serving one purpose and see their versatility. I wanted to showcase how versatile these pieces from Artista Apparel can be, and show the quality and return on investment in these pieces. Additionally, I wanted to challenge myself and wear pieces that are normally off limits for plus-size women because when it comes to fashion and style there should be limitless possibilities. And, at Dia&Co., you’ll get just that. Sign up here. 

 

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Photography: Tommy Kim http://www.tommykim.net

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Items Featured

Crop Top: Black Snakeskin Crop Top – Artista Apparel

Pants: Black & Red Aztec Print Circus Pants – Artista Apparel

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Day 30

Day 30: Are You Happy With Yourself?

I thought about what I could write to back up my answer, but I believe all my posts leading up to this are evident of my new found happiness.

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I started my morning taking pictures at the graffiti art wall on Baylor St. in Austin. In the wake of the crop-top backlash in response to O magazine’s fashion advice, I decided to end my 30 day self-esteem challenge with a new challenge. What happened when I took to the streets of ATX wearing a crop-top for the first time?

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It’s a beautiful sunny and naturally hot Sunday as I step out of the truck to take some pictures. I can see there is a rather large crowd at the graffiti art wall. I thought about running back to the truck, making an excuse that there were simply too many people to get good shots, but NO! Every step I have taken this year is to raise my confidence, build up my self-esteem, and ultimately live a life loving my body.

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Every inch of this massive outdoor wall speaks loudly with its vibrant colors and imaginative depictions: some political, some about love or music, and others were messages to the next wandering soul. I tried very hard not to look at peoples reactions and focus on myself, but it was difficult not to stare. I think it was part of the process. And, guess what happened?

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Nothing.

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I mean it…nothing. Sure, some people glanced quickly while passing by, but I didn’t draw a crowd out. Everyone was busy doing their thing, taking amazing pictures of their own, a memory of this spectacular place. See, I know there are times when I will face the ugly looks and stare-downs by nasty people, but today was not one of those days, and I am happy for that reason.

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Today, I enjoyed taking my pictures with my fabulous, cute belly out and proud. Today was a good day. Today I am happy. I cannot speak for tomorrow, but I am hopeful, always the eternal optimist, the dreamer.

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Hooded Textured Knit Pullover Shirt by Ashley Stewart

The Chuck Taylor All Star high top by Converse

Blue Jean Shorts by Melrose

Aviator Sunglasses by Betsey Johnson

XOXO Chica Rosita

30 Day Self-Esteem Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: What Do You Think Others Like About  Your Personality?

The most rewarding aspect in my journey toward body acceptance has been the private messages I have received from the many beautiful women in my life. I receive a lot of encouragement from them, a lot of praise for being open about my body, and compliments on how great I look. “You look great! Have you lost weight?!”, or “I love your pictures!” Yes, I have lost some weight, but what I appreciate the most is my outlook on life. I believe that the world is my oyster, if I want to put it in the simplest of terms. Along with the admiration comes personal stories of self-doubt, hurt, pain, and failure. I believe that it is in this moment when I encourage them, reciprocate the compliment, listen, and empathize with them that my personality comes through like a beacon.

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There is no hidden agenda. There is no façade. When I say you are beautiful and you are worthy of adoration, this is the truth. I am present with you in that moment because it’s important for me to uplift other women, not bring them down. I truly do care about your journey and know that it is not easy to gain this kind of confidence. I have my days, really bad days. I hurt myself, criticize myself, bully myself, and put myself in that dark place again. I’m here to offer you a ray of hope to see your way out of that dark place. I can’t do the work for you, it would be detrimental to your personal journey.

I would have to say this is one aspect of my personality others like. Perhaps the women in my life don’t see it that way, and that’s fine. I cannot speak for their experience or encounter with me. I can only speak for my experience when I promote positive body image, self-care, self-love, and healing. I like to believe people find me caring, compassionate, and kind. At least, that is what I am striving for.

Since this challenge is about perception, how do you perceive me? If you know me personally as a friend, family member, or acquaintance, how do you see me? If you follow my blog, what do you think about  my messages?

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XOXO Chica Rosita

Spring Street Fashion

I  took some photos in front of this amazing mural this past weekend in Austin, Texas. It was perfect how my outfit meshed so well with the graffiti art.

The vibrant green maxi dress was a steal from Melrose plus size line. I accessorized  it with a straw fedora hat, some black jeweled sandals, and shades.

I have never been one to wear maxi dresses, but when I saw how some amazing prints were emerging for spring fashion, I could not resist to try one on. The instant I put it on, I was in love with it. You’re mine!

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I recommend you hit up your local Melrose for these trendy affordable fashion finds. They have some amazing spring pattern print tops, lace & denim shorts, and bejeweled caps too! Check out this Aztec Print Dress from Fashion to Figure.

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