If you’re 40 or older, you have had a front seat to the evolution of plus size fashion in the last few decades.
When I hear 20-something year-old’s complain about how limited plus size fashion is, I always tell them, “You have no idea. What’s available now is leaps and bounds from where we used to be.”
Add being over a size 24 to that and you really know the struggle that we had to endure in the 70’s and 80’s.
With that said, we thought it would be interesting, as well as insightful, to spotlight 12 plus size fashion bloggers over 40 in a weekly series, chatting with them about their style, favorite trends and how their fashion choices have evolved over the years.
This week, the 40+ Blogger Series features the stunning and fabulous Lisa of Mustangsallytwo.
Blogging since: July 2015
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How would you describe your style right now in one sentence? Feminine, glamorous, sophisticated and classic with modern elements mixed in.
What were your favorite brands and trends when you were in your 20’s?
In my 20’s, we had very limited options in Canada for plus size retailers and internet shopping wasn’t an option. I loved Cotton Ginny, Penningtons and Reitmans. I even shopped at Sears for suits for work — a girl had to do what she had to do. <laughs> My favorite trends were overalls — I can’t believe they are back; the power suit complete with extra big shoulder pads and a boxy menswear cut; girly florals.
I am currently loving the feminine trends with the off the shoulder tops, ruffles, florals, flowy fabrics and bell sleeves.
How has your style changed over the years? Did your body image affect the way you dressed?
My style has changed dramatically! I used to hide behind my clothes. I didn’t like drawing attention to my shape. I mostly wore pants and hid my arms. Now I love to stand out and do the complete opposite. I had a very poor body image in my 20’s and was convinced that the answer to all my problems was being thin. So I obsessed over that and lost sight of who I truly was. When I realized that my obsession with being thin was keeping me from truly living, I turned a corner, never looked back and reignited the inner fashionista that was always there.
What advice would you offer your younger self when it comes to fashion and body positivity?
That being thin is not going to make you happy. You deserve to love yourself no matter what and wear what you love and not worry about what others think. Fashion is for every body and is a form of self expression that is worthy of joy and celebration.
What trends are you happy to see return this fall and winter?
I was so excited to see all the sparkle, glitz and glam with the sequins, metallics, velvet, brocade and rich vibrant colors. I also loved subtle nods to menswear and winter florals.
Who are some of your style inspirations in the blogger world?
I honestly have so many but a few are, Nikki Free Style, Lovely in LA, Garner Style, The Latest Wrinkle, Miss Lion Hunter, Glitter & Lazers, La Pecosa Preciosa, and The Jenesaisquoi.
What trends are you looking forward to this spring?
Bright colors (I love yellow so I am very excited it is one of the season’s hottest colors), bold prints including stripes and the continuation of my true loves – all things girly such as ruffles, texture, glam, and curve enhancing silhouettes.
What are your plans for the blog in 2017?
I am working on a few things: re-branding and a complete overhaul of my website, which includes adding full e-commerce capabilities so you can shop my closet 365 days a year. I will also be doing a play on my Holiday Double Slay in 2017, branching out into more beauty and lifestyle posts. I am looking at YouTube, which has been a huge request from my followers. And I am open into crossing over into modeling for the right brand. I would love to see someone my size represented.
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You can check out Lisa’s blog Mustangsallytwohere.
You can find her on Instagram hereand on Facebookhere.
Check back next Tuesday on the blog to see who we feature next in our 40+ Blogger Series.