Alysse Dalessandro
http://readytostare.com
Alysse Dalessandro is a writer, editor and much more. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a double-major in Journalism and Gender Studies, this Cleveland-based entrepreneur is best known as the owner/designer for body positive fashion brand Ready to Stare. Alysse hopes her writing resonates with the same people that she designs for: those who believe in following their passion, loving themselves and inspiring others to do the same.
Latest Articles

48 Plus Size Women Rocking Their VBOs

Mainstream body image positivity may often suggest that size six women are the be all and end all of fat activism. But if there's one thing that many of the celebrities who are simply existing above the standard Hollywood size two are missing, it's a…
By Alysse Dalessandro

Torrid Released A Very Inclusive Denim Campaign

Towards the end of Jul. 2016, plus size retailer retailer Torrid launched #InMyJeans, a size inclusive denim campaign featuring 11 styles of jeans shown on 11 different women across the brand's size 10 to 30 size range. Rather than showcasing the loo…
By Alysse Dalessandro

7 Budget-Friendly Plus Size Bikini Destinations

It's the middle of the summer, and between seasonal pool parties and beach vacations, the need for budget-friendly plus size swimwear is still very real. But with some plus size swimsuits costing upwards of $100, you may often end up wearing the same…
By Alysse Dalessandro

Blogger Badasses Launch Size Inclusive Swim Line

On Thursday July 7, two of plus size fashion's most popular bloggers teamed up with size inclusive retailer Rebdolls to create sexy and fun swimsuits in sizes S to 5X. Essie Golden and Chanté Burkett of Everything Curvy And Chic are giving us a colle…
By Alysse Dalessandro

7 +Size Babes On Why IRL Shopping Matters

If you are straight size, going to the mall and trying on items may not seem that out of the ordinary. But when you're plus size, being able to try something on before purchasing is still a luxury. That said, it's a challenge that plus size fashion e…
By Alysse Dalessandro

17 Fabulous Looks From The 2016 Curvy Con

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 Prin…
By Alysse Dalessandro

15 Influencers Define Body Positivity

These days it can seem like brands and publications reveal a new campaign or makeup-free social media post meant to be "body positive" every day. But just a few years ago, the term body positivity wasn't part of the mainstream lexicon at all. While t…
By Alysse Dalessandro

This Pic Is Why We Still Need Body Pos Online

In the June 2016 issue of the Singapore-based fashion magazine, CLEO, three plus size women posed in bikinis. But things took an interesting turn when blogger Aarti Olivia Dubey shared a behind the scenes snap and the photo was removed from Instagram…
By Alysse Dalessandro

I Tested Out 7 Plus Size Bralettes & This Happened

Bralettes have taken the lingerie world by storm, but like so many fashion trends, folks have questioned whether plus size women can get in on the action, too. In theory, it would seem that bralettes for fuller cups might not be supportive enough — b…
By Alysse Dalessandro

How This BoPo Collective Is Fighting Food Shaming

For this year's International No Diet Day, six Toronto women came together to challenge diet culture and celebrate fat acceptance. The group of body and fat positive activists, which calls itself The Succulent Six, shot its first photo series, aptly …
By Alysse Dalessandro

17 Plus Size Swing Dresses For Summer Twirling

As summer approaches, plus size swing dresses are one way to stay cool in the warmer temps. In the past, summer dress options above a size 16 may have been limited to fit and flare or maxi styles, but what's even better than having one or two go-to s…
By Alysse Dalessandro

11 Body Positive Illustrators To Get You Through

Throughout one's self love journey, body positive art can often play a major role in the process of healing from trauma and learning self acceptance. As can be read in the descriptions and lists of inspirations behind body positive illustrations, so …
By Alysse Dalessandro

17 Spring Tops For +Size Women With Small Boobs

Beauty standards may perpetuate the idea that plus size bodies have curves everywhere, but not all fat-identified people have a large chest, small waist, and wide hips. Likely because such bodies are represented far less often, plus size women with s…
By Alysse Dalessandro

17 Plus Size Basics Everyone Needs

As a print-obsessed gaudy fashionista, the mere mention of plus size basics used to induce great panic in me — fears that wearing more minimalist styles would make me a basic b*tch. But as plus size minimalism has gained more visibility over the past…
By Alysse Dalessandro

19 Tips For Wearing Halters With Big Boobs

The idea of going braless with big boobs used to seem absolutely terrifying to me, even as someone with boobs on the average to smaller side for a plus size frame. But individuals with varying personal styles continue to prove that everything in fash…
By Alysse Dalessandro

13 Badass Tattoos Inspired By Pets

I never like to think about my beloved dog passing away, but since he is in his senior years, I am being faced with his mortality. Animal lovers know that pet inspired tattoos are one way to keep the memory of your pet alive forever. For people livin…
By Alysse Dalessandro

19 +Size Babes Owning It At The Torrid Pool Party

On April 10, fashion retailer Torrid hosted an epic plus size pool party at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The invite-only event brought together 200 plus size influencers and bloggers, some of whom traveled across the country to be in at…
By Alysse Dalessandro

15 Swim Styles For +Size Women With Small Boobs

If there's one activity that makes me realize I'm small-chested for a plus size woman, it's trying on plus size swimsuits. After a while, it can begin to feel like some retailers must assume that all plus size bodies are made in the exact same propor…
By Alysse Dalessandro

These Bloggers Want You To Know Something

When it comes to fashion, bloggers often fill a certain gap left by many advertising and marketing campaigns by offering us more diverse representation. In March 2016, four lingerie bloggers in New York partnered with indie designers to prove that li…
By Alysse Dalessandro

15 Plus Size Mini Skirts & Short Shorts

I'm that person who will wear three pairs of leggings under a mini skirt in a snow storm. My thighs are undoubtedly the largest part of my body, so sporting short skirts as a plus woman is something I find personally empowering — regardless of the se…
By Alysse Dalessandro