There are many upsides to fashion blogging — you can write as often as you like, personal style sites set you apart as you enter the job world and compete with hordes of applicants, brands send you freebies, oh, and did we mention top fashion bloggers are now raking in between $1 million and $3 million a year off marketing and promos? Not too shabby.
For curvy ladies, joining the style blogosphere also means filling a considerable void. While it’s been a banner year for the plus-size industry with Ashley Graham appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, Glamour releasing its first-ever plus-size edition and more and more designers taking notice of the $17.5 billion plus-size market, when it comes to style inspiration, women sizes 14 and up can’t exactly look to the runways or mainstream fashion glossies for aid.
“I see the industry making an effort toward diversity, but there is so much room for improvement and inclusion. It is so powerful to see women who look like you reflected in mainstream media and we need more of that. Of course, I’m able to have a job as a YouTuber/blogger because I fill that void, so clearly we’re not holding our breath. The Internet gives us the power to create the diversity we want to see,” says blogger CeCe Olisa, co-founder of theCURVYcon, the nation’s only convention dedicated to plus-size fashion.
Taking a page out of CeCe’s book, we’ve gathered our own group of curvy fashion influencers (CeCe included) for an impromptu convention on summer dressing. Click through the slideshow above for 20 next-level summer outfits worn by our favorite plus-size fashion bloggers.