My looks: a touch of fluor!

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From now on, I will also post my looks on the home page… so you can see every new look I post. I want to show you that you can wear everything you want, also with Read more…


“It’s time we stopped obsessing about size”

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Todays Magazine features a great interview with inbetweenie model Jennie Runk (size 44 EU/14 US), who was the model for the HM+ swimwear campaign. She says: “it’s Read more…


Joanne Borgella is the new curvy girl!

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From left to the right: Ivory May, Lornalitz Baez, Denise Bidot, Joanne Borgella and Rosie Mercado. Joanne Borgella is the new curvy girl! Such a great group of Read more…


Realistically shaped mannequins

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So funny; many ‘friends’ were sharing this picture of the ‘average size’ mannequins to me on facebook. I already knew about this picture for a while. Didn’t write an Read more…


Sneak preview Juna Rose!

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Last November I wrote an article about new label Juna Rose by Danish company Bestseller, the plus size sister of Vero Moda and Only. Well, today I already had a sneak preview in Amsterdam. Juna Rose was presented at the head quarter today. Really excited to see this new label. Unfortunately I can’t show any items on my blog yet. I had a positive feeling about the looks. And the samples were my size, so I could try some… to see how the shape and fit is. I wish I already could say more… but…NO!

We will have to wait till July to have a few late summer items, and from August on the autumn collection will be in store!


No more size zero!

An article on Daily Mail: “No more size zero!” Former plus-size model Crystal Renn calls for size 8 samples so magazines feature more diverse body shapes. Crystal Renn (was an inbetweenie with a size 42-44 EU) calls for sending out bigger sample sizes to magazines for fashion shoots.

The 26-year-old believes that designers should change from the standard US size zero or 2 (30 and 32 EU) to a US size 8 (EU 38). “By having a size 38 EU/ 8 US sample, you are giving freedom to a designer,”  she said at a panel discussion hosted by The Model Alliance as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Pace University in New York.

What a beautiful quote: “Modelling is about beauty, but it’s also an energy. That’s not a size”.
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Totally AGREE and I can only support this statement made by Crystal. I think if stylist can use samples in size 38 they can choose a model in size 34, 36, 38 EU and maybe a size 40 EU to work with. Even in this day and age it’s not easy to get beautiful clothes in larger sizes to work with at the beginning of the season. If samples would be larger, there would be no excuse anymore to show size diversity!

Crystal always has been ‘my muse’ for ‘style has no size’. I loved her when she was a size 42-44 EU and I love her being a size 38 now. Below, see a collage of her in different sizes…
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“Most of the models are going to be size 36 and 38 EU, and you could have 40 EU. If a really amazing model walked in who was a size zero, you would tailor the dress down to her.”
Crystal did have praise for designer Zac Posen, thanks to his attempts to add diversity to the catwalk by using a variety of different body shapes in his models.

In 2009, the editor of British Vogue accused designers of forcing magazines to hire skinnier models to fit the clothes they make. Alexandra Shulman said that many of the garments sent out to magazines for photoshoots are so small they do not even fit the star models. 

In a strongly-worded letter not intended for publication, she said she had been forced to hire girls ‘with jutting bones and no breasts or hips’, simply so they could get into the garments. But in May 2012 the Health Initiative was created, a pact between the 19 international Editors of Vogue to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.

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The editor said Vogue was now regularly retouching photographs to make models look bigger and healthier.
“We have now reached a point where many of the sample sizes don’t comfortably fit even the established star models,” read the letter, which was sent to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Prada and Versace.

Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Model Agency, told the assembled guests: “The industry standards are ridiculous. They’re not standards a woman can keep through her life or her career … You’re replacing good models with new models because of unrealistic standards.”

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Is XL hot?

Last Wednesday there was a launch of another PLUS SIZE label. This time a Dutch label: DYANNE+. A collaboration of Dutch magazine Libelle and imago stylist Dyanne Beekman. They have created this label including some input of readers of the magazine. As you mmay know, my style is everything BUT basic. And this collection is basic and sporty.

Like most of the Dutch women, they love basic and sporty clothes! The collection starts from size 44 to 52 EU/14-22 US. The shape of the clothes is loose fit… in the collection there is a maxi skirt, a short leather jacket, shirts, etc.

Libelle came with an XL special. “Because XL is totally hot at the moment, you see big furniture: big chairs, etc, and in fashion you see large scarves, large dresses, oversized clothes”, tells Franska Stuy (chief-editor of this magazine). My opinion: XL or women in size 42, 44, 46 and up should not be a trend. It’s a movement. And these women are not going away!

She also wants to see more plus size labels in the future. There are plus size labels already, but there are way too few editorials in sizes 40+ EU/10+ US. Not only weekly magazines, but gorgeous glossy and fashion magazines should show some size diversity!

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An article from Liesbeth Smit in this magazine about: “It should be over now… we are just a size 42 EU/12 US”. A good article in this issue about being a size 42 and why it’s not easy to find clothes. I ask myself every time, why is a size 42 called XL, PLUS, fat or obese?
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Quote: “Because of the perfect image of the media, average/normal women are called chubby.”Libelle_XL2

A quote of the Dutch actress Eva van der Gucht (I think a size 46-48 EU/16-18 US): “The idea that everyone has to be skinny, is totally silly.”
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And yes… I am mentioned in this article. They are talking about inbetweenies and proud women on my blog!
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Journalist/Dutch TV host Catherine Keyl:
” What really irritates me, beautiful and trendy clothes always stops at size 42 EU/12 US.”

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The average size of Dutch women is 42 EU/12UK and weight is 80 kilos.
The average size of women in Germany and Belgium is also a size 42 EU.
In the USA size 44 EU/14 USA is the average size.
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Good looking inbetweenies

Some beautiful pictures of some lovely inbetweenies, or just call them ‘models’. The models are Bo (size 42-44 EU), Ivy (size 44-46) and Kirsten (size 42-44) from Dutch plus size model agency Maxi Me Models. They are styled by Marianne Nykjaer, an inbetweenie herself. She knows how to style these girls! Big applause for the styling, I think she did a great job! You can really see the shape of the bodies and they just look gorgeous! Photography by Arno Nieuwhof. A great team en perfect combination! Want to see more…

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Kirsten (size 42-44)
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Fill the GAP….between regular and plus size!

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GAP, not really my style… but I think it’s great news they will come in larger sizes. Online they will go up to a size 50 EU/20 US. They just extended from the small sizes. And not creating a plus size division, which is great for the inbetweenies! They fill the GAP between regular and plus size. I just don’t get why it’s only online. I think if they put a larger size in the shops, many women would come in to shop! GAP is not my style… but I love these trousers… maybe I just should give them a try?

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An Asian look for Tara Lynn

The new spring/summer 2013 collection of Triangle by S Oliver, the plus size division of S Oliver: elegant looks for warm spring days. Gorgeous Tara Lynn (size 44 EU) is again the face of this brand. She looks great in this by Asia inspired prints and clothes.

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“Ladylike is the latest trend for spring celebrate, elegant femininity with new colours, patterns and textures. Sensual flowing materials with silky textures should shine in trendy jewel colours and exotic prints, providing a thrilling contrast to basics in classic black. The fashion world’s favourite colour continues to appear fresh and new with sophisticated styles and it remains the undisputed favourite combination of the season.”



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