New York City's Metropolitan West recently became a two-day stomping ground for one of the country's fastest growing plus size fashion events, The Curvy Con. Plus size bloggers Chastity Garner Valentine of GarnerStyle and CeCe Olisa of Plus Size Princess founded the convention in 2015; and even though it's only in its second year, the event boasts an impressive attendee list including legendary names like Gabi Gregg, Nicolette Mason, and Jes Baker.
Although I was glued to social media from afar during last year's shindig, I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Curvy Con, and it was clear to me that everyone arrived not only ready to shop, but also dressed for every photo opportunity. Bloggers and plus size fashion enthusiasts traveled from all over the United States and Canada to be at the event.
One of the things that struck me most about being in a room with this many stylish plus size women was just how beautifully varied everyone's ensemble was. From sequin sheath dresses and lace bodycons to bomber jackets and denim jumpsuits, I saw individuals breaking all the pre-conceived notions that some still maintain regarding the way fat women are supposed to dress.
All around me, there were humans taking risks and embracing their own personal style. Though there were far too many good looks to recap them all, here are 17 standouts that caught my eye.
This white lace dress on blogger Valerie Eguavoen of Fashion On A Curve is one that stopped me in my tracks. From the fit to the cut of the lace, it's fashion-forward elegance. When I went in search of the designer, I learned that Eguavoen made it herself! Impressive is an understatement.
Project Runway winner and Brand Ambassador for JCPenney Boutique+, Ashley Nell Tipton wore a graphic tee, blush pleated skirt, and gray vest from the Boutique+ collection, all of which are available to purchase up to a size 5X. SCORE!
Ashleigh Nicole Tribble sported a Rebdolls floral romper with bell sleeves in totally badass fashion.
Stylist and blogger Shaina of Corner Rich definitely caught my eye in this white blouse and vintage patterned pants.
I have a thing for jumpsuits, and blogger Dana Martinez proved that adding a pop of color goes a long when it comes to the little black onesie.
This Jeremy Scott basketball purse rocked by creative consultant Nova Styles made me gasp out loud. Plus, the bomber jacket mixed with the elegant maxi made for an elevated street-wear look.
Actor Sherri Shepherd styled this brocade zip-up cocktail dress with hot pink shoes for an all-around stunning look.
Fatshionista and shop owner Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci always serves as a shining example of how to wear a lot of color and never fade into the background. Pairing this rainbow sequin shift dress from SimplyBe with a rainbow bag and glitter tennis shoes was an act of brilliance. What matches better with rainbow than more rainbows?
I love a short short and Sabrina Servance of Lifetime's Big Women Big Love rocked these high-waisted denim shorts flawlessly.
17. @garnerstyle & @ceceolisa
The women behind The Curvy Con found a way to run the entire event and still stop the show in their looks at the same time. The duo wore GwynnieBee for "theCURVYcon x GwynnieBee" party and looked stunning doing it.
From cute and casual to elegant and electrifying, there are a lot of words I could use to describe all of the plus size fashions I observed at this year's Curvy Con. Contrary to what some may choose to believe, plus size babes needn't dress to hide. In fact, these looks show that it's pretty impossible for style-loving fatshionistas to ever fade into the crowd.
Images: Courtesy Thaddeus Rombauer/The Curvy Con (4)