A Plus Market is home to a lovely supportive community that loves fashion and sharing fashion tips and of course fashion itself.
Thus we are super excited to be welcoming two fabulous plus fashion bloggers; Meagan Kerr and Rachel GeeBee.
Describe your style:
Rachel: Structured, vintage inspired with a touch of rock-chic.
What do you love about fashion?
Rachel: It turns something essential – wearing clothes – into something fun that reflects who I am.
What are the biggest boundaries you see for fashion in regards to plus?
Rachel: The lack of brick and mortar choices. Plus bodies, like all other bodies, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and not having the ability to try items on in store is something that is hugely challenging for everyone and a particular issue for plus women. I feel like many labels aren’t pushing boundaries and don’t provide fashion forward options – I see repetition in styles and collections every season from some brands which is unfortunately a reflection of the safe choices many plus consumers feel they are obliged to make.
Do you think there are specific difficulties/bonuses for plus fashion in the Southern Hemisphere?
Rachel: After living in Canada for a year, I would say the difficulties are quite similar. Lack of choice, lack of representation, and especially in New Zealand we’re that extra little bit isolated so getting all the pretties to my doorstep does represent a small financial burden. However, we do get to take advantage of some great Northern Hemisphere end of season sales.
You are from NZ, so you must have some fab dressing for the cold tips, please share?
Rachel: Merino knitwear, scarves and layers!
Most memorable fashion faux pas?
Rachel: The thing about a fashion faux pas is that you felt amazing at the time! But I did go through a lengthy teenage stage of wearing thrifted petticoat/slips over my jeans which was pretty amazing.
Meagan: Any time I’ve ever worn something I felt uncomfortable in. Nothing specific though.
Do you have a mantra or self care/love routine that keeps you focused in the body pos head space?
Rachel: Everyone has preferences and tastes and style, and I don’t have to be theirs! My purpose is not to be pleasing to other people’s eyes.
Meagan: I try to really appreciate my body as it is and what it does for me, every single day. My self care routine includes making sure I get enough water, enough sleep and foods that fuel my body and soul; taking time out to relax, to breathe in nature; and to do things and wear things that make me feel awesome.
What is your go to outfit on your ‘nothing to wear’ days?
Rachel: I have a couple of stretch jersey bodycon dresses that are like wearing a hug. If I am struggling to come up with an outfit I use them as a base and add a crop top or cardigan as layers, in winter I team with tights and boots, or in summer sandals. I am a bit of a nerd however and I do tend to lay my clothes out the night before so I have more time in the morning because I am fickle creature when it comes to picking my clothes for the day!