I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life. But, in all honesty, who hasn’t? We all have things about ourselves that we consider to be flaws, but our flaws are what make us unique, one-of-a-kind, beautiful human beings! I’m so very blessed to be a plus-size girl who is very comfortable in my skin. I embrace and love my curves as my unique beauty!
For the record, I’m very healthy, as I’ve done countless 5K runs and accomplished my first half marathon 4 years ago and am currently in training for my second. I do a body pump weight lifting class among other gym classes and training at Gold’s Gym at least twice a week and I always run at least a mile after the classes. I also have PCOS, which makes it hard for me to lose weight, but I lost 56 lbs in 2014! I’m proud of myself, and plan to continue this healthy lifestyle.
Many of my friends and family members struggle secretly with body image. As a result, I was raised to dress in outfits that were “flattering” first and foremost. While flattering is extremely important, I never felt like I could wear the “fashion” that I fell in love with early on in life. So, rather than rocking clothes that showed the world on the outside my own true style, personality and love for fashion, I shopped in the 90% frumpy plus-size section of department stores.
I tried on clothes that were tolerable prints, colors & shapes that flattered or hid my less than perfect bits. Meanwhile, I would jealously stare down size 2 girls wearing styles that I was dying to wear. I thought I couldn’t pull it off or find anything for my size or shape. My transition from flattering to fashion evolved slowly… Friends encouraged me to try on clothing that came in my size that I loved whether I thought it would look good on my pear shaped body or not.
What I found surprised me! It turns out that clothing that’s form fitting and shows off my tiny waist and hugs my hourglass hips and booty actually make me look better than those clothes I tried to hide in. I’m most self-conscious about my arms, so I never wore sleeveless tops or dresses. When I wear sleeveless, my body looks better and people notice ME as a whole! No one even sees the horrible nightmare of flabby arms that I analyze in the mirror.
When Jennifer and I decided to start our clothing line, Kalliope Kids, Inc., I knew I had to step up my wardrobe. I’ve always dressed fine, though I didn’t really have a “style” other than “flattering”. Now I’m in touch with my own personal style. Accessories don’t have a size limit, so I express myself through accessories quite a bit.
I’ve found my style, and how to make it work for me! I love to dress in a modern vintage vibe, much like our clothing line, with bohemian inspiration from the 70’s, styling cues from the 20’s, pinup inspiration from the 40’s for that little bit of glam with modern details and combinations! I love texture & prints like lace, feathers, bling & distressing.
Maxi dresses are my best friend and always make me feel great no matter what I feel like that day. There are still pieces I love that I can’t get away with, but you apple shapes sure can! Pieces like tailored blazers, crop jackets, wide leg ruffle pants, leggings, knee high or over the knee boots, shorts, mini skirts, etc. But guess what? Pears like me can rock a high waisted 2 piece bathing suit, empire waist anything, wrap dresses & tops, dresses of almost any style (form fitting may need spanx for less jiggle), maxi dresses, skinny belts, etc.
I have a passion for making children smile & feel fabulous in what they wear, but I also have a passion for making women feel fabulous & dressing women of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps this is a glimpse into the future? We shall see!
Stay tuned for styling tips!
-Nicole Campbell, CEO