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7 Plus Size Indie Bridal Designers You Should Know

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Are you a plus size bride-to-be looking for your dream wedding gown?

Gone are the days when being plus size made dress shopping a major challenge. There’s now dedicated boutiques and salons for plus size women and designers who are passionate about creating the dress you dream of IN YOUR SIZE.

Here’s 7 indie plus size bridal designers you should definitely check out in your wedding dress journey:

#1: Jibri

Jibri is a well-known plus size indie designer with her pieces coveted by many curvy fashionistas. Jasmine Elder, the designer behind Jibri, is all about creating dramatic, bold, stylish pieces that are truly statements. When she launched her bridal collection last year, it included a jumpsuit. If you’re not going the traditional wedding dress route, this is the brand you must check out. For custom, be sure to contact Elder via her website. And while you’re there, you can scoop up your honeymoon dress, some swimwear and more. Click here to check out Jibri’s bridal collection.

#2: Meagankelly Designs

Meaghankelly Designs believes that every bride deserves a dress she loves. They offer a variety of designs and styles, suited for every kind of bride. Their mission is to bring your bridal gown dreams to life. The designer behind the brand, Meaghan McGee De Armas, became a designer specificially to create wedding gowns and it shows! She pushes the boundaries of design to create unique, one of a kind looks. ANDDDD, every gown is handmade with love and care in the US. Fabrics are hand-selected by high-end quality and thoughtfully chosen when it comes to style, comfort, ease of movement and wear ability. Click here to check out her offerings but feel free to contact her via Instagram here for a custom inquiry.

#3: Christian Omeshun

Christian Omeshun is a brand that is all about sophistication, chicness and making a statement. Atlanta based designer A’Shontay Hubbard was inspired to create custom styles for plus size women when she saw a lack of stylish options especially for tall women like herself. She not only designs ready-to-wear but also prom and bridal. Hubbard is passionate about ensuring the fit is impeccable while using luxe fabrics. Her ability to drape fabrics so beautifully and create gorgeous silhouettes makes her a sought-after designer who has a high number of return customers and loyal fans. Click here to visit her website.

#4: Hannah Caroline Couture

Designer Hannah Nodskov of Hannah Caroline Couture is a young designer who has become well-known for specializing in bespoke design. She offers custom bridal dresses, veils and accessories as well as customizable design styles on her website. With custom dresses, she will work with you to create a gown based on your style preferences, size, budget, and timeline. She’s passionate about designing for women of ALL sizes and it shows in her incredible work. She even has black wedding dresses! Based in Omaha, Nebraska, all garments are imagined, designed, sketched, sewn, and tailored by Nodskov. Click here to see more.

#5: Darius Cordell

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Darius Cordell offers custom wedding dresses as well as evening gowns and Mother of the Bride styles. This designer has been creating custom bridal gowns since 1996, with prices starting at $1000. They even encourage you to share any images you have as inspiration for your dream dress. You can also choose a dress on their website and request changes such as sleeve length, dress length and etc.  Click here to find out more.

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#6: Dolly Couture Bridal

Dolly Couture Bridal is for that bride seeking a cocktail-length wedding dress that’s vintage-inspired. In 2006, designer Dolly Thicke was looking for just that for her own wedding and after a challenging search, she decided to make her own. That dress led her to create Dolly Couture where she creates vintage inspired dresses to unique brides around the world. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can make an appointment to visit their studio. Or you can choose a dress online and customize it to your measurements and desired details. Click here to check out their website.

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#7: Nerecina Couture

Founder and designer Jenine Nerecina states on her website that she created Nerecina Couture “to fill a void that’s missing in plus size fashion today— bridal and formalwear that’s luxurious, couture, customizable, and made ethically“. Nerecina comes from a tailoring background and after working within the celebrity world, she decided to branch out into her own bridal business. A plus size woman herself, she created Nerecina to cater to women of all sizes because she believes that any woman, regardless of her size, should have access to luxury and couture. Amen to that! She offers dresses on the rack in sizes 10 to 24 as well as customized styles. Click here to find out more.

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Good luck and happy shopping!

To see our plus size bridal section on the blog, click here. Stay tuned for more bridal features this month on the blog.

A body positivity advocate, freelance writer and author, Marcy is on a mission to empower everyone to love the skin they’re in. Her blog Fearlessly Just Me is the go-to blog for women seeking inspiration in fashion, confidence, traveling and more.

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See Who We’re Crushing on This Model Monday…

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Model Monday… Here Are the Plus-Size Models We Are Crushing On!

The plus-size modeling industry is an ever-changing landscape and we are so excited to see veteran models continuing to grace us with their beauty, alongside some newcomers.

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Check out our PLUS Size Model Crushes Of The Week:

@anna.krylova

@isabel_hendrix

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@zarriaimone

@austenpowers

@biancamitsuko

@jessica.vitug

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May 16 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Style Moments of the week

Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

…Want to share your style inspo? Click here to follow us on Instagram and hashtag your pictures with #CelebrateMySize. You may be featured on our Instagram page or website.

@tonsablush

@loralyee

@schmoalert

@sabrinastyled

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@ikoniknikole

@wagyu_beff

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion…

Thirteen years have passed since the world bid farewell to Mia Amber Davis, a beloved figure whose vibrant spirit and unwavering advocacy for plus-sized individuals left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Mia’s sudden departure at the age of 36 sent shockwaves through her family, friends, and the fashion community, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift.

Mia’s journey was one of resilience and determination. Born with a passion for modeling and acting, she fearlessly pursued her dreams despite the challenges that often accompany unconventional beauty standards. Her magnetic presence graced the screens and pages of entertainment, most notably in the cult classic film “Road Trip,” where she fearlessly challenged stereotypes in a memorable love scene alongside D.J. Qualls.

Yet, Mia’s impact extended far beyond the silver screen. As a trailblazing plus-size model based in New York, she shattered boundaries and paved the way for future generations of curvy models. Her work transcended mere representation; it was a testament to self-love, confidence, and empowerment. Mia’s advocacy for body positivity resonated deeply with audiences worldwide, earning her the adoration and respect of countless individuals.

In the wake of her passing, the fashion industry mourned the loss of a true icon. Madeline Jones, editor of PLUS Model Magazine, encapsulated the collective grief, expressing how Mia’s absence left a void that could never be filled. Mia’s commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusivity was not just a profession but a way of life—one that touched hearts and inspired change.

Though Mia’s time with us was cut short, her legacy endures through the countless lives she touched and the barriers she broke. Her journey, marked by triumphs and challenges, serves as a beacon of hope for those striving to embrace their unique beauty and pursue their dreams against all odds.

As we reflect on Mia Amber Davis’s remarkable life, let us honor her memory by continuing her legacy of acceptance, kindness, and unwavering self-belief. Though she may no longer walk among us, her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her, reminding us to love ourselves fiercely and unapologetically, just as she did.

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May 9 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Style Moments of the week

Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

…Want to share your style inspo? Click here to follow us on Instagram and hashtag your pictures with #CelebrateMySize. You may be featured on our Instagram page or website.

@panamakish

@felicityhayward

@nizzymacc

@danielle_nekole

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@whatkaliwears

@tiffythefashionslayer

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Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness

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Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness…

For some of us stress seems to be an inevitable companion, and prioritizing mental health has become a crucial aspect of our lives. As the spotlight on mental wellness intensifies, individuals are increasingly turning towards self-care rituals to nurture their minds and souls. In this exploration, we delve into the realm of self-care practices, unveiling their significance in promoting mental well-being.

Self-care goes beyond pampering oneself with occasional treats; it embodies a holistic approach to nurturing our mental, emotional, and physical health. It encompasses activities that recharge our batteries, soothe our souls, and rejuvenate our spirits amidst life’s demands.

Discovering the Tapestry of Self-Care Rituals

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises can help anchor our minds to the present moment, fostering a sense of calm and clarity amidst chaos.
  2. Nourishing Nutrition: Fueling our bodies with wholesome, nutritious foods not only sustains physical health but also nurtures our mental well-being. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into our diets can bolster our mood and energy levels.
  3. Creative Expression: Whether through art, music, writing, or any other form of creative expression, channeling our inner creativity can serve as a therapeutic outlet for processing emotions and fostering self-discovery.
  4. Physical Activity: Regular exercise not only benefits our physical health but also has profound effects on our mental well-being. Whether it’s a brisk walk in nature, a yoga session, or a dance class, moving our bodies can release endorphins, alleviate stress, and enhance our overall mood.
  5. Digital Detox: In an era dominated by screens and constant connectivity, unplugging from digital devices and immersing ourselves in offline activities can provide much-needed respite for our minds, allowing space for introspection and relaxation.
  6. Quality Sleep: Prioritizing adequate sleep is paramount for mental health and overall well-being. Establishing a bedtime routine, creating a restful sleep environment, and practicing relaxation techniques can promote restorative sleep and enhance cognitive function.

Embracing self-care rituals isn’t just about indulgence; it’s about cultivating resilience, nurturing self-compassion, and fostering a deeper connection with ourselves. By prioritizing our mental well-being and incorporating self-care practices into our daily lives, we empower ourselves to navigate life’s challenges with grace and authenticity.

As the discourse around mental health continues to evolve, integrating self-care into our collective consciousness is imperative. By embracing self-care rituals as a cornerstone of our lives, we not only prioritize our mental wellness but also contribute to the creation of a culture that values compassion, authenticity, and holistic well-being. So, let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery, one self-care ritual at a time, and pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future.

In the tapestry of self-care, let us weave a masterpiece of mental wellness—one nurturing gesture, one mindful breath, and one compassionate act at a time.

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What are your favorite self-care rituals? How do you prioritize mental wellness in your daily life? Join the conversation on social media and share your insights!

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

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Inclusive Swimwear Brand Collaborates with Prominent Plus-Size Model Denise Bidot to Empower Aspiring Models

Swimsuits For All, a pioneer in inclusive swimwear, proudly introduces its inaugural SwimStar All Stars campaign in partnership with renowned plus-size model and Swimsuits For All ambassador, Denise Bidot. This collaboration marks a significant milestone, nearly a decade following Denise’s groundbreaking “Beach Body, Not Sorry” campaign with Swimsuits For All in 2015, which showcased unretouched imagery aimed at promoting unapologetic confidence.

Denise Bidot and Swimsuits For All have jointly unveiled the SwimStar All Stars nationwide search, dedicated to discovering emerging talent in the realm of swimsuit modeling. Encouraging aspiring models to share their personal narratives, the initiative aims to inspire women of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes. Following a rigorous selection process, Brittany Wilborn, Camryn Henry, and Sharon Clawson emerged as the chosen winners. In January 2024, these models embarked on a transformative journey to Harbour Island, where they had the unparalleled opportunity to shoot alongside Denise under the expert direction of internationally acclaimed photographer and director, Ben Watts.

Reflecting on the initiative, Denise Bidot remarked, “This was a truly exceptional opportunity to celebrate the diversity of plus-size models and cultivate an atmosphere of support, empowerment, and knowledge sharing. The camaraderie on set was palpable, and I am deeply honored to impart the wisdom and insights I’ve garnered throughout my career. Opportunities like these are scarce for plus-size models in the industry, and it has been a privilege to collaborate with the exceptional team at Swimsuits for All to bring this campaign to fruition.”

The models showcased the latest swimwear offerings from the Swimsuits for All 2024 collection, featuring innovative designs tailored to meet the diverse needs of women, including:

Feel-good Fits: Addressing common concerns such as tummy bulges and fit issues, Swimsuits for All offers a range of fits designed to instill confidence and comfort in every body. Incorporating features like Power Mesh for a smooth, flattering silhouette, and adjustable straps for customizable support, the collection caters to various body types.

Bold Prints & Colors for Summer: The summer swimwear collection boasts vibrant colors and captivating prints, injecting excitement and personality into beach and poolside attire. From vivid neon hues to tropical motifs, the collection encourages self-expression and style experimentation.

Liquid Shine: Introducing Liquid Shine, a striking swim fabrication characterized by a glossy, liquid-like finish, adding an edgy allure to beachwear. Available in multiple silhouettes, including bikinis, Liquid Shine ensures you stand out with confidence.

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Bikinis that Suit You Best: The Mix & Match Bikini collection offers a personalized approach to swimwear, allowing individuals to mix and match colors and silhouettes for a bespoke look tailored to their preferences.

Beyond showcasing inclusive swimwear designs, the SwimStar All Stars campaign embodies a celebration of women uplifting one another in an industry often marked by competitiveness. Throughout the week-long shoot, models engaged in one-on-one sessions with Denise, fostering meaningful dialogue about the evolving representation of plus-size bodies in swim and fashion.

Jordan Hauser, Senior Director of E-Commerce & Marketing, expressed, “This campaign transcends conventional notions of body positivity and representation in the swim and fashion industries. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and authenticity in reflecting the diverse experiences of our customer base. We are committed to fostering a movement where women find strength in unity, and we are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Denise Bidot, one of the industry’s foremost advocates for inclusivity.”

The summer 2024 swimwear collection is now available. For further details about Swimsuits For All and the SwimStar All Stars campaign, please visit www.swimsuitsforall.com.

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