Mall retailer hints at digital comeback

Your favorite retailer of yesteryear is about to make a comeback.

That’s according to Cosmopolitan, who says Wet Seal has not only reintroduced its Plus & Curve line online in July, but has done so at the specific request of fans. With nearly 200 items that come in sizes ranging between XL and 3XL and sell for under $50, Glamour reports that the line includes ” bodysuits, dresses, trousers, cardigans, blouses, and more—in a range of trendy silhouettes and prints that are all, again, incredibly affordable.”

But that’s not the only unique thing about this collection; Cosmo says Wet Seal designed the collection with the help of the very fans who requested it, with them crowdsourcing new designs online.

The final component of the brand’s reintroduction is their social media campaign. Called “#WetSealGetsReal,” Glamour says the campaign “aims to empower followers to share inspiring stories of self-love on Instagram.”

With all of this positivity and accessibility going on, it looks like it’s time to let Wet Seal back into our hearts.

Time to get shopping!

WHBM debuts curve collection

White House Black Market has just unveiled the curvy clothing collection of our dreams.

According to InStyle, the modern fashion company “expanded it’s selection to include curve sizing accompanied by a gorgeous ad campaign featuring body positivity activist and supermodel Candice Huffine.”

Offering a smattering of the most sleek, modern and stylish looks, InStyle says WHBM’s collection includes everything from dress pants and blouses to skirts, dressing and suiting. The best part is that the line is available in sizes ranging from 14W to 24W, and everything is priced under $220, reports InStyle. 

Our pick: 

The ponte leggings. At just $49, these leggings offer the comfort of your favorite pair of yoga pants while combing them with the look of a regular pant, making for a comfortable and versatile wardrobe item that can take you from work to weekend in no time.

Check out the rest of the collection here.

LOFT unveils new curve line

Fashion is for all, and Gwynnie Bee is giving us the curvy line we’ve been waiting for.

According to InStyle, the fashion delivery service just unveiled a new collaboration with LOFT, offering sizes from 10 to 26. The exclusive 23-piece line will include a range of items, says InStyle, such as “workwear pieces like slacks and blouses as well as more relaxed fare like cuffed jeans and tees.”

While the line isn’t available for purchase until February 2018, InStyle says that members can already rent items from the collection.

Our pick:

The cuffed jean. The perfect utility item, these jeans are an ideal wash, allowing to be easily dressed up or dressed down. With the right top and accessories, these jeans can take you from day to night and from brunch to a night on the town.

Shop the collection here.

Brooks teams up with Universal Standard for new clothing line

Fall is about to become even more fashionable, thanks to a new collaboration between Danielle Brooks and Universal Standard.

According to HuffPost, the Orange is the New Black star is taking her talents off screen to try her hand at clothing design, teaming up with size 10-28 fashion company, Universal Standard, to craft the brand’s Tria collection. Announced by Brooks on Instagram last week, the actor shared a sneak peak of some styles from her line, says HuffPost, modeling a merlot-hued sweater dress over a crisp white button-down shirt, which she paired with patent leather oxfords.

“Beyond excited about this collaboration with this amazing brand!” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “You’ll soon be able to shop this look and a few others. Can’t wait to show you more.”

Brooks’ designs are part the second installment of Universal Standard’s ongoing Tria collection, says HuffPost, which “prompts women to design three pieces that they always wished they had in their closet but could never find.” According to the brand, Brooks’ three-piece collection, which debuts in November, will hold a mirror to Universal Standard’s “established downtown, yet classic, aesthetic, and Danielle’s strong personal style.”

Sounds like everything we could ever hope for! Keep an eye out for Brooks’ collection here.

Graham gives fashion week advice

Ashely Graham knows a thing or two about injecting a bit of body diversity into the fashion industry, and at this season’s New York Fashion Week, she truly outdid herself by featuring all body types on the runway of her lingerie show for Addition Elle. But, the trailblazing model wishes she could say the same for other fashion shows.

According to Cosmopolitan, Graham told Yahoo Style that Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show should have added curvier models to their already diverse lineup walking down the runway.

“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she said, before adding that “it was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”

Hopefully, with more people like Graham speaking out on the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry, things will finally begin to change.

 

Huffine launches lingerie collaboration with Fortnight

A new collaboration is on the horizon, this time from the minds of model Candice Huffine and the folks at Fortnight Lingerie.

According to InStyle, the model is teaming up with Fortnight Lingerie to release a 12-piece collection of comfortable, yet sexy lingerie in a range of sizes. Available in sizes up to XXL and a G-cup, InStyle reports that the line “features everything from high-waisted briefs (that are anything but matronly) to cute teddies and longline bras all in cool prints created specifically for the brand.”

With a variety of sizes and styles available, Huffine told InStyle that even details right down to the print are designed to encourage individuality.

“The print is slightly different on each piece,” she said. “I wanted women to celebrate themselves and their own individually. These pieces are powerful and feminine.”

Even the pieces themselves are created with the idea that every woman can wear them according to their own style; they don’t have to be just lingerie, says Huffine.

“Try the bodysuit as a top or a tank, and don’t be afraid to layer,” she told InStyle. “I tried the bodysuit with a t-shirt underneath. I rolled the sleeves and paired it with jeans. The longline bras would look beautiful under a sheer top. The possibilities are endless.”

To see the possibilities for yourself, check out the Candice Huffine X Fortnight collection journelle.com and fortnight.com.

Bringing #Curvy Back

Instagram is filled with full-body selfies that show off women’s curves and beautiful imperfections. But The Huffington Post reports that last week, the popular social media site announced that they “had blocked users from searching the tag ‘#curvy.'” Instagram told Buzzfeed that this was because “it was being used to share images and videos that violated Instagram’s community guidelines around nudity.”

While Instagram has blocked the hashtag for seemingly violating their guidelines, body-positive Instagram users are protesting the ban by posting photos of their beautiful, curvaceous selves, using hashtags like ‘#BringCurvyBack,’ ‘#Curvee’ and ‘#EffYourBeautyStandards.’

According to The Huffington Post, this is not the first time Instagram has run into a bit of trouble for purportedly censoring women’s bodies, but there are still questionable tags that persist on the site. The Huffington Post points out that while ‘#Curvy’ has been banned, terms like ‘#Fatf**k’ and ‘#Pussys’ can still be searched on Instagram.

But the curvaceous ladies of Instagram are not letting the ban on ‘#Curvy’ get to them. User AllasonLewis posted a selfie incorporating the #BringCurvyBack tag, writing in the caption of her photo, “‘We’re still gonna post our big beautiful fat bodies and we will celebrate them whether you like it or not #BringBackCurvy.'”

Keep celebrating your curves, ladies! To see some of the body-positive posts, click the hyperlinked hashtag above or visit The Huffington Post to see a compilation of photos.

Let’s #BringCurvyBack!