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The internet has been getting antsy with personal style blogs recently, grumbling about the influence of brands on content and the predicability of the styling. So, where to go for authentic style inspiration? One place to look is at any of the growing number of excellent plus-sized fashion blogs out there. And that holds true whether or not you happen to be plus-sized yourself.
Today the New York Times profiled several successful plus-sized bloggers, asking them why they think their blogs have caught on. Bethany Rutter of the London-based blog Arched Eyebrow told the paper she often hears from girls who "say they never thought they could wear a jumpsuit or a bikini or printed trousers before, but after seeing me wearing one they gave it a go."
Plus-sized or not, plenty of women are intimidated by looks shown in ads and editorial spreads. We took a look through the blogs the Times referenced. Many of them are making fashion feel fun, accessible, and democratic, which is exactly what street style did in its heyday, and why the genre became so wildy popular.
Harlem-based Nadia Aboulhosn.
Dallas-based Chastity Garner blogs at the Curvy Girl's Guide to Style.
Ragini Nag Rao blogs at A Curious Fancy.
These bloggers have a personal confidence, creativity, and insight into style that is totally inspiring. Looking through their archives, we discovered plenty of pieces and looks to try—this amazing ball skirt for holiday, for example, which we will be tracking down on the internet as soon as we're done writing this post. If it's been a while since a personal blog made you want to go shopping and wear something totally out of your comfort zone, you'll want to check them out, too.
· Plus-Size and Blazing a New Path [NYT]
· The Man Repeller Predicts a "Backlash" Against the Internet [Racked]
· Is Product Placement in Street Style a Problem? [Racked]