Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Being Curvy In A Fashion School

"OMG, a girl that's over a size 6 in a fashion school" is what you may think that goes on within a fashion school, I thought the same thing. Being a full figured person isn't as obscure within today's fashion students; yes, there are fewer curvy guys and gals walking the halls but not everyone is six foot something and a twig. Most people are your average height and weight; this thought is comforting because why not strut your curves pass the average Joes and Josephines?

I will vouch and say it is harder to shop and stylize outfits when you're curvier around the edges. There's always a cross between looking like you're trying too hard or frumpy and super casual. Us full figured folk can't just jump on a subway to the nearest shopping mall to buy a basic romper from the first fast-fashion store in sight. Chances are the romper will be ill-fitted and our thighs make the garment ride up and a camel-toe is never cute. Can I get an "amen?"

The first day of attending a fashion school was probably the most in-depth I ever thought about an outfit. After over-thinking the concept of the "first day of school outfit" I came to realize that there is always room to grow from a first impression. So just keep it simple the first few days of class so don't where your favorite heels and skin tight dress, save it for the club. Yes, there are those drop-dead gorgeous people that you end up spending a portion of your class time wondering why they get so "done up" for a class or how long it takes them to get ready in the morning. These are the people we always think of when we think of a fashion school but in reality there's only one of "them" in every class you'll have. The first day, I ended up wearing high waist jeans and black tank with a cardigan with black flats and a brown satchel, the day went well. I attend a fashion school that is the heart of the Big Apple and everyone is so numb to what people wear and caught up in their hectic lives, that they don't care what you wear. You won't be shunned if you have unwashed hair and wear the same thing every week. We are all in this "mess" called college together anyway. 

NY, NY. If you haven't guess, I attend The Fashion of Technology.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Sad Truth

As you may know, it is not particularly easy being a curvy girl in the fashion world. Maybe it's because of the assumption that no one will take you seriously on the interview that will jump-start your career and the model-isc person will get the gig you stayed up all night to prep for. I can only assume something like this happened to me.
 I went on an interview for a high-end retail store as a sales associate, nothing too serious. A cover letter, resume, letters of recommendations, you name it, I brought it. Not to come off cocky, but I was probably too prepared for a sales associate job. The store manager didn't even know of the competition in that was in the shopping mall. Long story short, I nailed the interview. The store manager said things "the district manager will be calling you shortly for a second interview," "when you come into the store next week, you will be getting your schedule," and "see you soon." One can only assume I got the job, right? Wrong. Sent a follow-up E-mail, thanking her and asking why I never received a phone call from the district manager. No answer. During the interview she had mention that everyone had to wear this certain brand name. At that moment, I knew I probably wouldn't fit into the clothing there but I have experience in the field and is educated in fashion business, even though this was just retail job it still was bothersome.  Later on, I have noticed everyone that works there fits the particular "mold" of what the company wants, which is, thin as if being thin makes the sales. But I guess the manager saved me some embarrassment of being fired for not fitting the "look" of the brand in other words, being too large. Here's the kicker, a month or two later I see the same listing for the same position at the store… This probably isn't the case of all higher-end retail gigs but this is just one thing us curvier gals have to deal with while trying to make into the fashion world.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stomping Ground

Brooklyn, NY
Welcome to New York City, readers! When I'm not wandering around rural areas and running away from bugs in nature trails, the Big Apple is primarily my stomping ground. This city may have its glamorous moments but it will always be one cluster fuck of people. One minute you can see a bum shooting up on the sidewalk or Kim Kardashian walking into a building but most of the time it's an ordinary person walking their dog, so don't get too excited… or scared. Anything is possible here in this concrete jungle, no matter what you're interested in, there is a place for you in this eclectic city.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Riverhead, NY
Hey, readers! My name is Krystal; I'm currently a fashion student and finishing up my degree shortly, woo! Curvy Wanders is a blog I created to share my experiences as curvy girl in the fashion world and also in everyday life. I love to travel, eat carbs and always had a knack for fashion. Curvy Wanders is something I wanted to create for a while and I'm very excited to share with you! Bear with me because let's just say, I'm a little "rusty" at this whole blogging thing. 
Stay tuned! 

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