Inspiration can come in many forms. Autumnal colors, fulfilled wanderlust, art galleries or leisurely strolls through the woods. It can take on any shape. It can hit you at any time. And it can lead to a whole lot of wonderful -- be it something immediate like a shift in mood or a creative spark that'll lead you to write a story or draw a picture.
When it comes to fashion, there are some obvious places to go to for inspiration. There are runway shows. There are models. There's window-shopping and e-shopping and Amazon wish-list-ing. But in 2010, another outlet for inspiration came into existence. It wasn't the latest Vivienne Westwood catwalk show or whatever Twilight film everyone was obsessing over at the time. It was a little smartphone app. It was Instagram.
Instagram has basically become a go-to source for fashion-spiration, and its popularity seems to rise ever day. No matter your style, your niche or your look, there's always a group page or a blogger or a teenager in the middle of nowhere (often somewhere in Alaska) posting photos, selfies and candid shots that fill you with a sense of connectedness. And when it comes to plus-size fashion, the inspiration is endless.
To show you what I mean, I've rounded up 23 plus-size babes who prove the point. From ultra femme to "tattooed fatty," each of these women will inspire body positivity and aid you in the development of your mental shopping list.
Ragini Nag Rao
Because she’s magical and every time she posts a photo — be it a selfie or an #ootd — you feel like you’re in an enchanted storybook.
This plus-size doll will make you feel like you’re living in a world made of cotton candy and glitter in the best possible of ways.
If you love retro and vintage fashion, George is pretty much the go-to. Quite simply, she’s pinup beauty incarnate.
What to say? She’s been a game-changer in plus-fashion and her selfies and couple photos are ridiculously gush-worthy.
“Fat babe. Thrift junkie. Music fiend.” Need I say more?
The Ausie bombshell of Curves to Kill shares the perfect combo of fashion, selfies and pretty, vintage things.
Isha is probably the cutest thing ever. Her vintage-inspired wardrobe is perfection, and with the occasional dose of literary and foodie photos, you have one wonderful Instagram.
The style blogger and model never ceases to impress with the perfect mixture of down-to-earth, make-you-want-to-LOL selfies and ready-for-the-runway fashion.
Kellie B’s Instagram is filled with incredible fashion finds and gorgeous landscape shooting. Ideal for those who love plus-size fashion and also have a bit of a travel-bug.
The place for: alternative plus fashion, wicked hair-spiration and a whole lot of sophisticated quirkiness.
Denise has a gorgeous and original look that manifests itself in fun #ootd shots and exciting, “think out of the box” experiments in beauty products.
In the mood for breathtaking photography, catwalk-worthy modeling and bizarre and beautiful fashion? Miz Liz has it all.
The Australian blogger’s Instagram is a magnificent photo diary, featuring everything from mouthwatering recipes to beauty products to furry, lovable pets.
You may recognize her from Girl with Curves, but Tanesha’s Instagram houses her journeys in both fashion and motherhood. And it’s stupendous.
A self-described “tattooed Fatty,” Kobi Jae’s #ootd shots are literally a cinematic experience. And they’ll get your creativity soaring.
Nicolette will always hold a special place in all our hearts for her Marie Claire column and inspiring blog. But her Instagram features runway shows, the greatest couple selfies and travel-inspiration to boot.
The babe of Killer Kurves does an amazing job at balancing her own fashion shots with body-pos-themed pictures and messages, for an ultimately feel-good and empowering Insta-experience.
If you love a good hybrid of street style and classic femme, Stephanie is the perfect person. Plus, she’s always dishing out helpful tips on the hottest beauty products out there.
Elizabeth is seriously precious, and her Instagram follows suit. With ultra-girly and ultra-beautiful #ootd shots and daily adventures in accessories, food and pets, her page is simply and wonderfully fun.
This curvy beauty does wonders in introducing us to quirky plus fashion, but keeping track of her hair color changes is probably the funnest part of following her page.
If you follow this breathtaking Brazilian model, you’ll see a great mix of professional shots and everyday selfies. Not to mention some super cute pictures of her dog.
Latina-inspiration. Plus-size fashion inspiration. And the occasional nerdgirl photo (a.k.a. Star Wars selfie). Heaven.
Because… you know. I like making new friends, too.