Today I attended the Celebrate My Size Expo, presented by Full-Figured Fashion Week and Plus Model Magazine. It was a chance to meet with plus-size clothing retailers and independent designers, preview fall collections and shop sample sales.
My first stop was Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom, one of Full-Figured Fashion Week’s main sponsors. After perusing their briefs, hi cut, hipsters and boxer briefs. I received a sample pack of briefs made of cotton mesh, microfiber and buttery “beyond soft” fabric as well as a fun pair of sunglasses which I posed.
Next was Ashley Stewart where I met model Christina Mendez and found we both liked their Chevron Flippy Hem Dress, which I ordered. What can I say… I love stripes.
(OOTD: Snakeskin Skater Dress from Avenue… shhhhh!)
I also purchased the Textured Wrap Shawl from Yona New York and am already planning the fall outfits to wear it with… thanks to advice from stylist Steffany, of Steffany Allen.
Hannah, of Hannah Caroline Couture, was launching her bridal line. Her clothes are available in sizes 0 – 28 or made-to-measure. The Natasha Goddess Gown is gorgeous.
Amanda Koker, of ASK Fashion, also makes dresses in sizes 14 – 28 or made-to-measure. In the fall she will launch Rose Riot, a line of plus size jackets. I especially liked the striped (love those stripes!) and floral print dresses
I also met Julia, creator of Bandelettes… thigh bands designed to combat the dreaded chub rub (friction and chafing from thighs rubbing together). I usually wear cotton bike shorts under dresses but look forward to trying out the Bandalettes. (I should note that the lady in the floral wig is not Julia. As it turns out, my photo of her didn’t turn out well.)
Other Expo vendors:
Boots by Pamela, specializing in wide calf (but not wide width) boots.
The Shoe-B, a clutch that expands to fit shoes, boots and sneakers.
Lane Bryant was promoting their “This Body” campaign.
Courtney Noelle, whose tagline is “Death to The Mumu”, designs clothes “not for the faint of heart” in sizes 2-4 to 26-28 like this fun dress.
Veronica, of Tru Diva Designs, designs clothes in sizes 12 -24 and was previewing pieces from her fall collection like the hi-lo jacket.
Lastly, I couldn’t ignore these ladies and their t-shirts. They were having fun at the Expo. Maybe I’ll see them tomorrow on Day 1 of The Curvy Con. Until then… have a great day!
(Disclosure: I purchased my clothes and am not being compensated for this post.)