Meet Amena, Plus size blogger from Mumbai .A fashion designer by profession who spends her days styling and designing clothes. Fashionopolis is her way of displaying love for all thing Fashion, Lifestyle, Literature, Arts and Aesthetics.
What are your personal fashion favorites?
I love all things bright colours and vibrant prints. My faves are light weight jackets, tunic tops, classic blue jeans, shift dresses, oversized totes and statement jewellery.
What are your favorite places to shop?
We have a handful of plus size brands in India and some other domestic and international brands that keep a few plus size pieces. My fave brands to shop are Global Desi, AND, Calae, and Marks & Spencer.
For those who love fashion and are interested in starting a blog, what is your advice?
Know your style. Don’t just follow what everyone is doing. Create your own niche. Blogging is a lot more than just sharing pretty pictures on Instagram. It is about having a point of view and sharing it with others.
How would you like to see the plus size industry grow?
When I started blogging, the concept of “plus size” fashion and blogging was unheard of. Over the past few years it has grown to a certain extent. Plus size industry has great potential, and needs to grow a lot more.
Do you find that there are more blogs in the curvy community now?
The word “curvy” is very generic. Women of all sizes can be curvy. Nowadays a lot of non-thin but non-plus size people use it. However, I would like to see more growth in the plus size community.
What do you think the biggest misconceptions are about the “curvy community” or curvy bloggers who write about fashion?
The word “curvy” is problematic itself. We need to use the right term – that is plus size.
If we can differentiate between these two terms correctly a lot of misconceptions about plus size fashion will be reduced.
Where do you hope to take your blog in 2017?
I love plus size fashion blogging. Now I want to also incorporate more body positivity in my work. I want to work on concept ideas that aims at fusing plus size fashion and body positivity.
How has the plus-size blogging world changed since you started out?
Quite a bit. When I started blogging, fashion blogging in India was in its nascent stages, and plus size blogging wasn’t even a thing. Now, people are more accepting to both.
So how is plus-size fashion viewed by the fashion world at large?
Sadly, in India, not as welcomingly as it is in the west. One of the reasons being there are many misconceptions about plus size fashion in India. A lot of mind-set changing is needed for plus size fashion to grow in India to it’s potential.
So what would you like the next plus-size innovation to be?
The list is endless. But let’s start with having more access to and availability of quality plus size fashion In India. And not just for women of size 16, 18, 20, and 22. But also for women over size 22.
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