A Plus Market loves bringing you a diverse range of plus size fashion.
Regularly A Plus Market gets to be home for the day of some of Melbourne’s best fashion bloggers. This market around is no exception as we are honoured to be hosting Amy AKA Willowcurves!
It’s pretty exciting as this lady has some serious style! And some serious smarts too.
Check out the below Q and A where she shares tips for fashion and body pos. vibes.
Firstly please tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a Tassie girl living in Melbourne, I’ve been here for about 8 months and I lived in Perth WA for two years before that. I love fashion and colour and creativity. I would love to be a stylist one day or something in the fashion industry, at the moment I am a project manager working in health and education.
Describe your style?
Bold, colourful, sometimes daring, often sparkly. I don’t have much of a distinction between my casual clothes, my work clothes and my going out clothes (except the sequins!). You’ll never catch me in track pants and I’m rarely even in jeans (though I’m getting more into them). To me every day is a chance to dress up and try something new – getting dressed in the morning is my favourite part of the day!
Where has your style evolved from?
Growing up in Hobart there weren’t many plus size options, and I love a good rummage, so I ended up doing a lot of op shopping. I love to search through the racks and I enjoy the thrill of the chase – never knowing if you’ll go home empty handed or hit the jackpot. The great thing about fashion is that things generally come back around in a 20 years cycle so I often find things at the op shop that are on trend, at a fraction of the price. I try not to be a slave to trends, but I do like to work them into my outfits. I find that by op shopping I can try something out without having to pay a lot.
Where do you gain inspiration from?
I find Instagram such an inspiring community, both for body positivity and amazing style. I love following bloggers like @iambeauticurve @gabifresh and @stylishcurves who have really elevated put together preppy styles, @splendid_rags who is the master of colour and @winnipegstyle who has the best collection of accessories. Plus Aussies like @thisisashrose who has such an effortless style, @ellecurve who is my queen of jumpsuits and colour and @waituntilsunset who wears such fun and bright outfits. Honestly there are hundreds upon hundreds of incredible people out there to draw inspiration from!
What are the fashion rules you love to break?
I’m not a fan of rules – plus size girls shouldn’t wear white, you shouldn’t wear this or that, blue and green should not be seen and all of that.
I think if something makes you feel good and powerful wear it!
Favourite fashion era and why?
Being a bit of an op shop fiend I have a little bit of everything. I’ve been enjoying that the 70’s is back with all the fringe and flares (and I think suede will be huge in the coming season). I love the bold colour and proportions of the 80’s and ladylike styles of the 50’s. I don’t think there is an era I don’t love!
What are your tips for becoming and staying in a body positive mind set?
My biggest tip is to be kind to yourself. I live by the principle that if you wouldn’t say it to your sister or best friend than you should never say it to/about yourself.
Body positivity is a journey and there is no eureka point when everything falls into place, but if we make an effort every day to be kind to ourselves (and others) we’ll all be taking positive steps on that journey.
The other thing I would love to see is for people to build each other up. If you see someone wearing a banging outfit tell them! If someone nailed their eyeliner, or is wearing wicked shoes, or did something outside their comfort zone encourage and support them. Whether it is a stranger, a friend or yourself – recognise the accomplishments we make every day!
Do you like dressing for winter? what are the biggest challenges you find?
I love winter, coming from Tasmania I’m pretty used to cold and wet weather. People often default to darker colours in winter but I love wearing pastels and white. Although I am looking forward to spring!
Please share some winter fashion tips?
Don’t gravitate to the dark colours, try injecting some colour and pattern into your winter wardrobe. It could be through a great scarf, a bold coloured coat or pull out a summer dress and add some stockings.
You have amazing eyebrows! How do you do it – what are your eyebrow secrets?
I get a lot of comments about my eyebrows! I have a scar which means about 1/3 of my left eyebrow is missing so I draw it in every day. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in dark brown with an angled brush to add in the tail of my brow and tidy up the shape. I pluck them myself and try not to mess too much with the shape. I actually have a couple of YouTube videos that include my eyebrow routine if anyone wants a step by step look!
Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?
The wardrobe space in my Melbourne apartment is TINY (I miss my huge Perth wardrobe!) and I have a serious shopping addiction so I need to make some space. Plus it’s great to come to the market and meet everyone (and maybe pick up a couple of new things!). I’m looking forward to coming to Ballarat as it will be my first time – I’ve already scoped out where the op shops are!
What will you be selling at A Plus Market?
I have a bit of everything including tops, skirts, jackets and dresses. I will have some vintage and sequin pieces as well! So come and say hi, I’d love to meet everyone!