If you’re not one of the nearly 250,000 people following plus-size blogger Gabi Gregg on Instagram, you are seriously missing out. A quick scroll through her feed offers up scores of killer outfits, glimpses of her enviable girl gang, and insiders-only behind-the-scenes photos.
But before she had gazillions of followers, Gregg was just a fashion-savvy college grad who was frustrated with the lack of clothing for young (and trendy!) plus-size women. So she started talking about it. In 2008, she launched Young Fat & Fabulous a blog about her personal style journey (it was later transformed into Gabi Fresh). In just over five years Gabi Fresh is a runaway success and Gregg has become major influence in the curvy style revolution. She’s gone from reviewing collections to modeling in their look books—and this fall, she’s showing off ASOS Curve’s latest collection. (Some of our favorite looks are pictured below!)
Here, Glamour talked to the barrier-breaking blogger about the brand, her shopping tips, and why you need to work on your self-esteem before hitting the mall.
Glamour: What was it like to shoot an ASOS look book after being a fan of the brand for so many years?
Gabi Gregg: I’ve been a fan—and customer—of ASOS since they first launched their curve line about five years ago. They’re one of the places I shop the most often. I literally get ASOS packages to my door every month. I think one of the reasons the lookbook has gone so viral is because it was such a natural fit between the blogger and the brand—and that doesn’t always happen. The images came out looking editorial, like any other fashion-forward brand. It didn’t feel catalogue or commercial—the way a lot of plus-size brands tend to feel.
Glamour: How else do you think the collection stands out in a less-than-impressive plus-size market?
GG: They’re definitely pushing the envelope when it comes to fashion-forward, trend-focused plus-size clothing. They don’t just do a basic black dress, they do a cool sequin cape. We see so many brands that don’t do that in plus-sizes—even if they have trendy straight-size lines, the plus-size section is watered down. Most brands are constantly saying, “Plus-size girls don’t want that [product].” So it’s great to see a brand doing the same thing in both their divisions.
Glamour: What are your favorite pieces from the collection?
GG: I love the sequin cape, the yellow suede skirt, the fur coat, and the black dress. It’s hard to pick favorites! Overall, I was happy to how many amazing, on-trend statement pieces there are. Unfortunately, plus-size clothing is often left behind on trends. If we even get them, often times trends are a season or two late, so it was great to see that this is right on time.
Glamour: What are your other must-haves for fall?
GG: I’m really into flared jeans right now. Faux-fur coats, suede skirts and dresses, and turtlenecks are my other must-buy pieces this season.
Glamour: How often do you tailor your clothes? What are some of your signature adjustments?
GG: I encourage everyone to get their clothes tailored. Everyone fits things differently—especially when it comes to plus-sizes because everyone carries their weight differently. People don’t realize that the bloggers and celebrities they see looking amazing in clothing got it custom tailored. They think there’s something wrong with their body when, in fact, they can get the clothes changed.
The number one thing I tailor is my pants: I get the legs taken in. A lot of time, if something fits my hips and my butt it’s too baggy between the knee and the ankle, so I get them tapered. I also hem my skirts. If it’s a midi skirt, I bring the hem up from the mid-calf to hit just below the knee.
Glamour: Any other tips for getting the best fit out of your clothing?
GG: I think girls are scared to deviate from the size they usually are. When it comes to fit I try everything. I’m not against wearing clothes that aren’t my ‘size’ on the tag. If I see a dress, like a cool utility dress, I know it will look best fitting over-sized so I order it two sizes up. If I want a body-con dress to fit skin-tight, I almost always order it two sizes small. Think about how the piece should fit and adjust what size you buy accordingly.
Glamour: How can we master the art of e-shopping?
GG: I shop different sites differently and part of that is just getting used to shopping there. I know it sucks, but you have to learn how things fit and what works. Sometimes, on the same site I’ll range in size from 14 to 22 depending on the cut of the piece. My cart is always four different sizes!
I also love eBay. I search every iteration of whatever item I want. I may search ‘plus-size romper’ and then ‘romper XXL’ because it might not be tagged with plus-size. If I ever love a trend and wish it was made in my size, I go on eBay and search the trend with ‘XXL’ or ‘plus-size’ and I always get a result.
Glamour: Which style crushes of yours should everyone be following on Instagram?
GG: I love Solange Knowles (@saintrecords), Karla Deras (@karla_deras)—she’s probably my favorite—Nadia Aboulhosn (@nadiaaboulhosn), Nicolette Mason (@nicolettemason), and Amber Riley (@msamberpriley).
Glamour: What final piece of style advice do you want to give to our readers?
GG: Work on your self-esteem first—especially if you’re plus-size. Find a community and surround yourself with other women who have similar body types to you. You won’t feel like you’re ‘different’ or the odd one out. A lot of the time, that’s what’s holding people back from making that jump into fashion-forward dressing. They don’t feel confident enough or don’t feel like they look good enough. Once you work on your self-esteem and feel good in your body, you’re way more likely to shop more and have fun with clothing.
For more on Style Your Size:
Fashion Tips for Women With DD Cups or More
The Best Places for Shop for Sizes 26/28
This New Blogger Is Redefining What it Means to Be a Size 12
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