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SPREES & GIVEAWAYS GALORE
Such a fun day on set with Chrissy Metz!
The dream team!
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Though it seems like the weather can never quite catch up with us style lovers—especially here in Canada— the (fashion) show must go on. On gloomy days, part the clouds with neon prints. On chilly days, top off a pastel look with your trusted denim jacket. Lead the way and brighter days will follow—we promise! Looking for inspiration? When I’m in need of a boost, I can always count on curvy icons. Here at DARE, these fashion-forward trailblazers are who we look to for inspo. As my list of must-follow stars continues to grow, our cover girl, actress Chrissy Metz has always been a favourite (see why we love her on page 16). A wardrobe spring cleaning can revamp your look and mood. Show your closet some love with must-haves from Hudson’s Bay on page 24. Plus: enter for the chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Let’s not forget about refreshing our spaces, too. Giant Tiger is our one-stop-shop for all of our spring needs—we’re talking home décor, fashion and more on page 12. Plus: we’re giving away a $100 gift card to a lucky reader! Powerhouse influencers share what they’re loving for spring and their styling tips, from page 38 and on. This season, we can’t wait to see what you #DAREtoWear. Share your looks with us by using #DAREtoWear and you could be featured in the pages of our next issue!
MICHELLE ALEXANDRA PHOTOGRAPHY
This season, we DARE you to break the rules and try new trends!
EDITOR’S NOTE HELLO, SUNSHINE! “Protect your eyes in style with these oversized frames.” BonLook Dusk Sunglasses, starting at $149, bonlook.com
FLOWER POWER “I’m ready to own the season in beautiful, bold blooms.” Lane Bryant Blazer, $135, lanebryant.com
H&M Wrap Dress, $35, hm.com
WHITE HOT “White distressed denim? Sign me up!” Joe Fresh Distressed Denim Jeans, $34, joefresh.com
From playful prints to delicate pastels, check out what our Editor Diana is coveting this season.
GOING DOTTY “This dress has me seeing spots (and I’m loving it!).”
WINNERS Earrings, $15, winners.cs
GARDEN PARTY “Trendy meets comfort with this super cute sneaker. Time to treat my feet!”
Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Sneakers, $80, thebay.com
EAR CANDY “Make a spring statement in crystal clear baubles.”
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR & INFLUENCER
Thamarr is the bubbly Creative Directress of Musings of a Curvy Lady. She manages her love for fashion, beauty tips, fitness motivation and travel advice on her blog and YouTube channel, while working as a Progressive Care Nurse. She has a knack for creating darling moments, while remaining an advocate that strives for body inclusion and diversity.
MODEL & HOST
ZACH MIKO @ZACHMIKO
After going viral as the first plus size male model for Target, Zach Miko was the first model signed to IMG Models’ Brawn division. Hailing from Stratford, Connecticut, Zach has since become a body positivity advocate, guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, and host of podcast “Big Things with Zach Miko”.
MODEL & BLOGGER
ALEX LAROSA @MISSALEXLAROSA
Alex is a model, blogger, and self-love advocate based in Los Angeles. She is committed to sharing her message of self-acceptance and personal growth; and looking cute while doing it! Alex has two major goals: to help other women become the most powerful version of themselves and to see these women represented in fashion.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIANA DI POCE ASSOCIATE EDITOR ERIN DUNLOP DIRECTOR OF SALES MEGHAN BRADLEY CONTRIBUTORS MICHELLE ALEXANDRA, ROSEY BLAIR, KELLIE BROWN, KELVIN DAVIS, KIRSTEN GOEBEN, THAMARR GUERRIER, JONATHAN HANOUSEK, SHAKIRA HARPER, DANIELA KURRLE, JANET KWAN, ALEX LAROSA, PENNY LOVELL, ZACH MIKO, MOTOKO, CARLYLE ROUTH, MEREDITH SHAW, SARA SOHAIL, SYED SOHAIL, MICHAEL-ANTHONY SPEARMAN, SHERI STROH, BRUCE STURGELL, INGRIE WILLIAMS SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WOMAN PROJECT, B&M MODELS, BANDELETTES, CREATIVE PR, ELITE MODELS, EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS MANAGEMENT, GIANT TIGER, HUDSON’S BAY, PLUTINO GROUP, THE ONLY AGENCY, THIGH SOCIETY, YOU RUN LIKE A GIRL For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact email@example.com. ©2019 DARE Magazine Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced, shared, stored or transmitted by any method or means without written permission from the editor.
GUERRIER: CARISSA FASSNACHT; MIKO: IMG MODELS; LAROSA: NICOLE LEBRIS.
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CONTENTS 8 EXTRA, EXTRA! 10 INSIDE ALEX LAROSA’S SPRING CLOSET
11 NEW! SHE WHO DARES 12 SEASON REFRESH WITH GIANT TIGER
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16 CHRISSY METZ
24 THE SPRING EDIT WITH HUDSON’S BAY
+ WIN A $500 GIFT CARD!
33 A TO Z STYLE GUIDE:
FASHION & BEAUTY MUST-HAVES
MAKE IT BIG: THE MEN OF THE PLUS SIZE INDUSTRY TELL ALL
52 CURVES OF THE WORLD 56 #DARETOWEAR 7
HEARD? Extra, extra! Read on for the latest news in curvy culture. BY ERIN DUNLOP
Paris Fashion Week’s wildest party was none other than Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s Spring 2019 runway show. Tommy x Zendaya featured an all-black cast of straight and curve models who stomped the catwalk along with industry legends like Grace Jones. Available up to size 22, the collab proved that when inclusivity takes centre stage, it’s nothing short of showstopping.
DREAM TEAM Lane Bryant has partnered up with Beauticurve founder Rochelle Johnson to produce a spring collection: Beauticurve x Lane Bryant. The 10-piece capsule is made up of dresses (and a must-have jumpsuit!) in prints and colours that have grown to be Johnson’s signature. “I want to inspire [women] to try new prints and colours, from blush pink to leopard print,” she says. Shop now at lanebryant.com. 8
Beauticurve founder Rochelle Johnson
A+ FOR ANTHRO Just in time to add some bohemian blouses and dreamy dresses to our spring wardrobes, Anthropologie has officially launched inclusive sizing! APlus by Anthropologie will expand the brand’s offering up to size 26W with accessible pieces starting at $48. Available online and in 10 locations across the US and Canada. Shop A+nthropologie now at anthropologie.com. ENTERTAINMENT
TURN IT UP! Based on Lindy West’s “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman”, Hulu’s new web series Shrill is a springtime breath of fresh air. SNL’s Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, a woman learning to take her career into her own hands and stop asking permission to take up space. There’s no talk of Annie pining for a different body type—just an already stylish, smart, and hilarious woman stepping into her own power.
(PREVIOUS PAGE) TOMMY X ZENDAYA: GETTY; (CURRENT PAGE) BRYANT: HULU.
HATS OFF! “Nothing pulls the vacay mood right out of you like a straw hat!” H&M Straw Hat, $18, hm.com ASOS Hoop Earrings, $25, asos.com
IN THE BAG “A white bag is perfect for every outfit.” DRESSED TO THE NINES “I love florals, polka dots, and mismatched unique prints for spring! ”
Calvin Klein Crossbody Bag, $298, thebay.com
Talbots Dress, $169, talbots.com
Love and Lore Scarf, $40, indigo.ca
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PlusSize and #Visibly r, e g g lo b l, le is Mode LaRosa’s sty creator Alex . her LA roots as sunny as NLOP BY ERIN DU
Joe Fresh Denim Jacket, $39, and Jeans, $29, joefresh.com
SPRING IN YOUR STEP “Fresh white sneakers are a must.” CODY GUILFOYLE
PASTELS, PLEASE! “I’m really into pastel and sorbet colours this season!” ALDO Sneakers, $75, aldoshoes.com
LILAC DREAMS “A monochromatic moment is always a good choice!”
B. HARRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY
Style guru Thamarr Guerrier of Musings of a Curvy Lady breaks down the sweetest of spring trends: pastels.
FASHION RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN. When it comes to my personal style, I have never listened to the archaic rule book created for plus size women. [Throws out invisible rule book.] And you shouldn’t either! I’m so excited to be sharing with you how I dare to be myself with fashion by following the only rule that matters: wear what you love! I hope that you can find inspiration here and wear what you love too, or by trying something new. With spring comes warmer weather, longer days, the blooming of flowers... and well, everything! Oh, and it’s the perfect time of the year to start trying new trends. After months and months, we no longer have to hide under layers of black, burgundy and camel to protect ourselves from the frigid cold. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming to think, ‘how am I going to be daring and try out a new trend?’ The easiest way to incorporate a new look in your wardrobe is with colour, and I’m ready to break out one of my all-time fave palettes: PASTELS! Embrace the sweet and softer side of the colour spectrum by finding fresh, unexpected ways to wear this oh-so-darling palette. Try a head-to-toe monochromatic powder blue power-suit, a blush-toned trench coat or for the daring, mix it up with mint and buttercup yellow. The pretty pastel sky’s the limit! So how about it; do you #DAREtoWear pastels? Share your looks with us!
Jason Wu x ELOQUII Dress, $90, eloquii.com
WINNERS Handbag, $40, winners.ca
Lane Bryant Blazer, $150, and Ankle Pant, $105, lanebryant.com
J.Crew Tassel Earrings, $64, jcrew.com
ModCloth D’Orsay Flat, $77, modcloth.com
Reitmans Trench Coat, $130, reitmans.com
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DARE ’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
Diana Di Poce
Dreaming up new issues of DARE is a breeze when we’re surrounded by chic desktop extras. Soothing lavender-chamomile candles and lush greenery keep us inspired while we brainstorm new ideas. This oversized lily canvas art piece that we picked up on Giant Tiger’s online store seamlessly ties together our ultraglam workspace. This floral tunic and body-hugging, dark wash denim makes for a meeting-ready look. We love tossing a soft, drapey pashmina on top for a polished and cozy vibe. Tassel earrings from lily morgan in a lively coral hue add a bright pop of colour and personality.
JANET KWAN PHTOOGRAPHY
FASHION: lily morgan Floral Tunic, $22; mySTYLE Denim, $35; lily morgan Fringed Pashmina, $20; lily morgan Fringe Earrings, $9; lily morgan Ring Set, $9; lily morgan Flats, $12. HOME DÉCOR: Canvas Art, $60; Soothing Candle, $8.50; Glass Terrarium, $15; Desk Clock, $8; Memo Pad, $6. Shop online at gianttiger.com and pick up in store for FREE!
FASHION: lily morgan Moto Jacket, $49; lily morgan A-Line Dress, $22; lily morgan Earring Set, $5; lily morgan Ring Set, $9; lily morgan Black Flats, $17; lily morgan Pink Flats, $12; lily morgan Backpack, $24; Luxanne Satchel, $40. HOME DÉCOR: HomeStyles Wood Crate, $9 each; Canvas Art, $60; Dry Erase Board Speech Bubble, $15; Soothing Candle, $8.50. Shop online at gianttiger.com and pick up in store for FREE!
Whether we’re planning a shoot or browsing through the latest curvy collections, our styling area is one of our fave spots to hang out in the DARE office. We love using this LED dry-erase speech bubble in our Insta-ready #OOTD and flat lay shots! A mix of natural textures like fresh blooms and vintage-y wooden crates make the space feel warm and inviting. Office temperatures can be unpredictable, but a layering piece like an edgy moto jacket offers a stylish (and speedy!) solution.
When workdays get hectic, there’s no better place to chill out than in a comfy armchair. Homey touches like photo frames help create the perfect nook to gather our thoughts and find a moment of zen. We upped the snuggly factor with a soft throw, plush floral-print pillows, and a twinkly indoor lantern (only $12!). A bell-sleeve blouse is one of our Editor-in-Chief’s workday wardrobe staples—it’s playful and adds interest to any outfit. Feeling inspired? Spring it on and show your home (and your closet) some love! Simple swaps and pops of colour go a long way in reviving your space for a new season.
JANET KWAN PHTOOGRAPHY
FASHION: lily morgan Bell Sleeve Blouse, $22; lily morgan legging, $12; lily morgan Fringe Earrings, $7; lily morgan Ring Set, $9; lily morgan Flats, $17. HOME DÉCOR: LED Lantern, $12 each; Canvas Art, $60; Floral Pillow, $12; Fringed Throw, $12; Dry Erase Board Speech Bubble, $15; Soothing Candle, $8.50; Photo Frame, $6 each. Shop online at gianttiger.com and pick up in store for FREE!
ON THE COVER
CHRISSY METZ’S CAREER ISN’T JUST BUDDING— IT’S FLOURISHING. DARE GOT THE DEETS ON LIFE AFTER THIS IS US AND HER UPCOMING FILM BREAKTHROUGH
by ERIN DUNLOP photographer MICHELLE ALEXANDRA art director DIANA DI POCE stylist PENNY LOVELL styling assistant KIRSTEN GOEBEN tailor DANIELA KURRLE makeup artist MOTOKO hair stylist JONATHAN HANOUSEK for Exclusive Artists using Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Session Label
ON THE COVER
PREVIOUS PAGE: Torrid Dress; Swarovski Earrings & Rose Gold Ring; H. Crowne Band; Stuart Weitzman Heels. CURRENT PAGE: ASOS Curve Dress; Swarovski Earrings; Stuart Weitzman Heels.
If you’ve watched even ten minutes of Chrissy Metz onscreen, you’ve felt convinced that you know her like a friend. Her warmth and sincerity practically radiates off the screen. She feels so impossibly familiar that it’s hard not to get attached. Multiply that by 100 and you’ve got Metz in person. DARE’s spring cover shoot has no shortage of laughs, dance parties, and songs being belted out while in hair and makeup (including one of her own for her new film Breakthrough—but more on that later). Metz is a ray of sunshine in an already light-filled studio in downtown LA. While playing a part in two of the biggest shows on television (This Is Us and American Horror Story) sounds like a whirlwind to us, it’s a fact Metz herself is still processing. She’s bewildered and unfailingly grateful at what her life has become. Take when This Is Us won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at this year’s SAG Awards. “For the record, I did not think we were going to win,” Chrissy admits. “The category is stiff and network shows aren’t always the
favourite.” She’s savouring every second of the iconic show’s muchdeserved success, though. “It’s an absolute gift on every level.” It’s not lost on her that her character Kate Pearson’s existence is nothing short of “timely and necessary”. The show is unique in that it never reduces Kate to her body shape or size. Being part of a movement that’s setting a new standard for body inclusivity in movies and television isn’t something Metz just takes seriously—it’s something that she marvels at. “Oh, what a time to be alive!” This may not be the career Metz expected, but reflecting
on her childhood makes it clear it’s the one she was built for. “I always loved entertaining and doing impersonations,” she says of what first sparked her love of acting. “I loved and was inspired by Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon and Jim Carrey. I had no shame when it came to making people laugh. I also knew I wanted to feel a part of something [that made me] feel less alone.” Part of the meteoric success of This Is Us is due to her ability to do just that. Acting is hardly a science but Metz’s approach is foolproof: “The more open and vulnerable you can be the more receptive the audience.” 19
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Nailing a role as vital as Kate wasn’t enough for Metz. “Everyone’s story is important to tell and I want to be a part of that storytelling,” she says. For Breakthrough (releasing this April), she hurled herself into a new challenge. During filming, Metz grappled with portraying the true-to-life character of Joyce Smith. In 2015, Smith’s son John fell through the frozen Lake St. Louis in 20
Torrid Dress; Swarovski Earrings.
Missouri and was declared dead by paramedics for almost an hour before his heart restarted. Telling Smith’s story wasn’t a task Metz took lightly. “There is a sense of responsibility to honour the magnitude,” she explains. Spending time with the real Joyce bolstered Metz’s determination to truthfully depict “her unconditional love and her powerful conviction.” Metz reasserts her own power as a
performer not only in her onscreen role but on the film’s soundtrack, which features “I’m Standing With You”, penned by Diane Warren. Arriving at that point of selfpossession wasn’t easy for Metz. After what she describes as “a lot of heartache and tears”, she reached a powerful realization: “We’re purposeful if we simply exist.” To Metz, celebrating the existence (and triumphs) of other powerful women in her industry isn’t a task to be completed. There is just no other conceivable alternative. Take a scroll through her Instagram and you’ll find posts cheering on Glenn Close and Regina King’s Golden Globe wins. “We don’t do it enough!” she says. “Supporting and cheerleading your inspirations just feels right.” When it comes to next steps, Metz is not afraid to set her sights high. Her to-do list of people to work with reads like a who’s who of Hollywood titans: it includes Academy Award winners like Judi Dench and Allison Janney, plus Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and The Favourite’s Yorgos Lanthimos. Lately, she’s as busy as ever. “We’re getting a powerful novel made into a film,” she hints. She’s also hard at work getting an EP of her own original music off the ground. Then there’s her aspirations to get into producing. Packed schedule aside, it’s hard to escape the feeling that Chrissy is just happy to be here (“here” being wherever her journey is taking her). When she says “literally anyone!” after we ask her about her musical inspirations, for example, it’s not a cop-out. She means it. She finds the beauty in every corner of her world. She really wants to do it all. (For the record, she’s into Lizzo right now.) Regardless of the project, though, her intention is unmistakable. “This is what I’ve always wanted: to give love, receive love, and heal our wounds collectively.” Sounds like a game plan to us. █
COVER LOOK ASOS Curve Dress; LOFT Earrings; Torrid Rings; ASOS Ballet Flats.
ON THE COVER
THINK FAST! CHRISSY METZ JOTS DOWN SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT HERSELF DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES?
BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Mascara + lip gloss
FAVE REALITY SHOW? WHAT’S YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
Survivor or Amazing Race
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
Anyone willing to do what the heck they want!!! THE BEST WAY TO SPEND A DAY OFF?
METZ (RED DRESS): GETTY
Near a body of water THE ARTIST I’D LOVE TO DUET WITH IS...
FAVE RED CARPET LOOK SO FAR?
My red Golden Globes dress! Dress by Tanya Taylor
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PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH | ART DIRECTION: DIANA DI POCE STYLING: INGRIE WILLIAMS | HAIR & MAKEUP: SHERI STROH/PLUTINO GROUP MODELS: MEREDITH SHAW/B&M MODELS & SHAKIRA HARPER/ELITE MODELS
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FASHION DEX Faux Suede Moto Jacket, $89; DEX Floral Ruffle Dress, $64; SWAROVSKI Choker Necklace, $169; ETÉREO Ring Set, $24; DKNY Handbag, $188; DR. MARTENS Boots, $230.
Moto Jacket The 90’s revival isn’t going anywhere this spring! Put your own spin on the trend with a DEX moto jacket which adds toughness to a retro floral print. SHOP NOW
Trench Coat A breezy RACHEL RACHEL ROY CURVY trench coat is a foolproof topper for fickle, ever-changing spring weather. Wear it to work for instant polish no matter the forecast. SHOP NOW
RACHEL RACHEL ROY CURVY Trench Coat, $269; RACHEL RACHEL ROY CURVY Blouse, $99; RACHEL RACHEL ROY CURVY Pant, $125; ETÃ&#x2030;REO Bangle Set, $26; ANNE KLEIN Handbag, $130; SCHUTZ Pumps, $254.
Button-Front Dress Consider this JONES NEW YORK shirt dress your wardrobe workhorse this spring. It’s a classic, wearanywhere staple that’ll take you from the office to brunch and everywhere in between. SHOP NOW
JONES NEW YORK Drop Shoulder Shirt Dress, $139.
Playful Prints What better way to celebrate winter’s thaw than with tropical prints? Usher in warmer temperatures with a lightweight DESIGN LAB blouse that’s equal parts playful and chic. SHOP NOW
DESIGN LAB Boyfriend Resort Shirt, $48; DESIGN LAB Skinny Denim, $39.99; LUCKY BRAND Cuff, $49; DKNY Crossbody Bag, $188; DKNY Crossbody Bag, $188; LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Belt, $64; CIRCUS BY SAM EDELMAN Sandals, $85.
FASHION LEVI’S Trucker Denim Jacket, $98; LEVI’S Perfect Tee, $29.95; LEVI’S Denim Leggings, $79.95; LEVI’S Sneakers, $99.
Graphic Tee Punch up a Canadian tuxedo with a dose of neon! A LEVI’S graphic tee provides the perfect pop of colour to break up a denim-ondenim look. SHOP NOW
Polo Dress A polo dress in refined nautical stripes is the epitome of preppy, casual cool. A cheeky flamingo embellishment gives this GABRIELLE frock a uniquely whimsical vibe. SHOP NOW
GABRIELLE Polo Dress, $125; CASIO Watch, $130; GUESS Handbag, $85; DESIGN LAB Sandals, $119.
Pastel Suit Suit dressing doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be stiff to make an impact. This season, soften up your approach to suiting with sugary pastels and relaxed tailoring from VINCE CAMUTO. SHOP NOW
VINCE CAMUTO Crepe Jacket, $195; VINCE CAMUTO Blouse, $79.99; VINCE CAMUTO Crepe Crop Pant, $129; VINCE CAMUTO Collar Necklace, $70; VINCE CAMUTO Bracelet, $58; VINCE CAMUTO Pumps, $175.
DARE â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUIDE TO EVERY BEAUTY AND FASHION MUST-HAVE TO SLAY THIS SEASON. BY ERIN DUNLOP
L’Occitane en Provence Almond Shower Shake, $28, loccitane.com
Love and Lore Neckerchief, $20, indigo.ca
ALL TIED UP
Tie it on your ponytail or handbag—either way, this silky scarf is impossible to take off.
Banish dry and winter-ravaged skin with a rich, hydrating formula with almond milk and oil.
Joe Fresh Denim Jacket, $39 each, joefresh.com
Up your denim jacket game in sweet hues like mint green and candy apple red.
These creamy, pigmented gel liners are perfect for a 70’s throwback look.
Glossier Colorslide Technogel Eye Pencil, $18 each, glossier.com
Routine Natural Deodorant in Sweet Jane, $28 each, routinecream.com
These cat-eyed sunnies have a 50’s vibe that we seriously dig. BonLook Celeste Sunglasses, starting at $75, bonlook.com
Show your pits some love with a natural formula that comes in tons of yummy scents (we love Sweet Jane).
FASHION HEEL, BOY!
Stomp the (snowfree!) pavement in everything from wide-width ballet flats to lace-up stilettos.
Quo Luxe Buffing Brush, $15, shoppersdrugmart.ca
A metallic rose gold buffing brush makes even your pre-work makeup routine feel luxe.
ALDO x Addition Elle Wide-Width Sandals, $60, additionelle.com
Breathe new life into your closet with the help of spring’s quintessential blooming print. From left to right: Talbots Envelope Bag, $109, talbots.com; H&M Hairband, $10, hm.com; Lane Bryant Blazer, $135, lanebryant.com; H&M Wrap Dress, $40, hm.com.
Addition Elle Pyjama Set, $59, additionelle.com
MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Cherry Mochi, $22, maccosmetics.ca
Leave inky matte lips behind and embrace high shine with this raspberry gloss.
LET IT POUR
Hit the hay feeling swanky in this polished pyjama set.
Springtime showers aren’t so bad when they give you an excuse to carry a super cute umbrella.
Spritz on this scent with notes like strawberry and white woods for an instant mood boost. Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Eau de Toilette (50 mL), $96, available at thebay.com, shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca
Fulton Clear Umbrella, $35, thebay.com
FASHION PUCKER UP
Kate Spade New York Earrings, $98, thebay.com
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer, $44, available at sephora.ca and olehenriksen.com
ORANGE YOU GLAD?
Bite Beauty Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon in Fuschia Frosting, $28, available at sephora.ca and bitebeauty.com
Wear this alone for a low-key glow or under your makeup to lock in all-day wear.
QUIT THE GYM!
Ditch the treadmill and take your workout outdoors with sleek, durable activewear.
Statement jewels aren’t just for special occasions! Rock ‘em with jeans and a tee for a dash of drama.
Forget chunky glitter—this crayon delivers smooth, sophisticated shine.
Lane Bryant Trench Coat, $210, lanebryant.com
Pantene Pro-V Rose Water Sulfate-Free Soothing Moisture Wash, $14.99, amazon.ca
Stay squeaky clean without stripping your strands (a fresh, rosy scent doesn’t hurt either).
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Chillz, $42, available at sephora.ca and fentybeauty.com
Joe Fresh Jelly Jacket, $39, joefresh.com
SEASIDE DREAMING Pantone’s oceanic colour of the year— Living Coral—is optimistic, cheerful, and totally trending.
Hyba Graphic T-Shirt, $30, and Printed Leggings, $40, reitmans.com
TALL ORDER A longline trench in blue lilac crepe and lace is your spring outerwear MVP.
Leave it to RiRi to dream up megawatt baby blue highlighter that’s insanely wearable.
Sculpt, blush, and highlight all with one palette. Time to streamline your makeup bag!
Benefit Cosmetics CHEEKLEADERS Pink Squad Blush, Bronze & Highlight Palette, $80, available at sephora.ca, shoppersdrugmart.ca and indigo.ca
Marshalls Pumps, $60, marshalls.ca WINNERS Bracelet, $40, winners.ca
WU FOR YOU
X-RAY Lucite accessories are a clear favourite VISION among street style stars this season. YOU’VE GOT NAIL! Let spring’s new blooms inspire your mani! We’re into ladylike, petal-pink tones this season. essie Nail Polish in A Touch of Sugar, $9.99, available at drugstores and beauty destinations across Canada, essie.ca
Luxanne Satchel, $40, gianttiger.com
ZEST FOR LIFE
Add a dose of sunshine to any outfit with this lemon-yellow crossbody bag.
ELOQUII’s collab with designer Jason Wu is elevated and effortlessly gorgeous. Jason Wu x ELOQUII Draped Front Dress, $70, and Pleated Midi Dress, $150, eloquii.com
MEET THE BRAWN INFLUENCERS BREAKING THE INTERNET. THESE MEN ARE MAKING A BIG IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY, AND WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE HERE FOR IT. BY ERIN DUNLOP
kelvin davis COLUMBIA, SC
THIS NOTORIOUSLY DAPPER STYLE STAR ISNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T AFRAID TO TAKE A CREATIVE AND FUN APPROACH TO DEBONAIR DRESSING.
FOLLOW kelvin how much money they are missing out on by not creating larger sizes. Now the whole game has changed: we have representation and we have more men speaking about mental health and how important self-love and positive body image is.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR HANDLE, @NOTORIOUSLYDAPPER? I wanted a name that would resonate with anyone. I played around with some names, but nothing was working for me. Then I remembered people in high school used to always say how dapper I was and “Notoriously Dapper” was born! HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF THE MEN’S PLUS SIZE FASHION INDUSTRY? I think brands are realizing
TRUTH FOR DARE WHAT OUTFIT DO YOU FEEL THE MOST YOURSELF IN? A stretch tee, a well-fitted suit, and a fedora! BRANDS THAT YOU’D LOVE TO SEE LAUNCH A MEN’S PLUS SIZE LINE? Gucci and Versace! Biggie looked dope in his custommade Versace pieces. JEAN OR LEATHER JACKET? Jean all the way!
DARE ASKS KELVIN
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS ON HOW TO BE A MODERN GENTLEMAN WITH BODY CONFIDENCE? Check out my book “Notoriously Dapper: How to be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence” to read about what it takes to become a modern gentleman with manners, style and body confidence. Know who you are but understand who you are not. Once you realize the beauty of embracing what you aren’t, no one can take anything from you.
ZACH MIKO QUEENS, NY
THIS GROUNDBREAKER IS ONE OF INSTYLE ’S 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL MALE MODELS AND AN AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL GUEST STAR.
expressions, and identities can open up a magazine and find someone who they can see themselves in. That isn’t something my generation or the generations before me had. TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE ON AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. Every magical experience should start with Tyra Banks sending you a message on Instagram. I loved my time on ANTM. It was my first time ever posing shirtless. If you’re gonna go, go big.
TELL US ABOUT BECOMING THE FIRST BRAWN MODEL WITH IMG MODELS. One day I was called to a casting for a job which turned out to be for Target. I shot it and didn’t think much of it. I was just pumped that my rent was paid for the month! Then Chubstr ran an article with a picture of me from the Target shoot. We did an interview and it got picked up by every outlet imaginable. I was invited to Good Morning America! That’s when I got a phone call from Ivan Bart, the president of IMG
Models. He told me about his vision of diversity, inclusion, and evolution and I was on board. WHO IN THE PLUS SIZE FASHION INDUSTRY IS DOING WORK THAT INSPIRES YOU, AND WHY? Ivan Bart. He pushes designers, magazines, and brands to look at the lack of diversity in their casting and do something about it. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ONE OF INSTYLE’S 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL MALE MODELS IN THE WORLD? Beyond surreal. Now young people of all sizes, cultures, gender
TRUTH FOR DARE GRAPHIC HOODIE OR CASHMERE SWEATER? Hoodie all day. FASHION MOTTO? If the clothes don’t fit, get rid of that shit. DREAM PODCAST GUESTS? Dead: Andre The Giant Alive: Ashley Graham
OPPOSITE PAGE: LES MIJOTES; CURRENT PAGE: IMG MODELS.
DARE ASKS ZACH
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS. Rugged, classic, every man. I love classic men’s suits in the vein of Cary Grant and Paul Newman but with a blue-collar look. Like a lumberjack with a garment steamer!
syed sohail TORONTO, ON
MEET THE PREP GUY. THIS INFLUENCERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FEED HAS A MODERN, LUXE VIBE AND IS FULL OF #OOTD INSPO.
FOLLOW syed The majority of standard size stores only offer up to sizes XL/XXL for men. Additionally, the styles are often dated. WHY IS THE BRAWN FASHION COMMUNITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO IMPORTANT? It’s a matter of relatability. Larger men often feel like they can’t be sexy or dress fashionably because that’s what society has told us for so many years. When they see people like myself and fellow brawn influencers, they can connect with us on a greater level.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE PREP GUY? I was going through a tough period in university. Originally, it was a private online journal. Six months into writing, I showed it to a couple of close friends who said it looked great and was a unique concept. Once the blog launched, it snowballed into a full-time career. WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN FINDING PLUS SIZE MEN’S FASHION? There’s a lack of options for big and tall men in general.
TRUTH FOR DARE STYLE ICON? Steve McQueen PLAID OR STRIPES? Stripes YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH OF THESE IN YOUR CLOSET... Shoes
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DARE ASKS SYED
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE MEN’S FASHION INDUSTRY EVOLVE? I hope that the retailers that are currently catering to big and tall men continue to evolve their buying and ensure that they are keeping up with the latest trends. I would also love to see more straightsize stores expand their size ranges to accommodate larger men.
Bruce Sturgell PORTLAND, OR
BREAKING STYLE RULES AND EMBRACING INDIVIDUALITY ARE BOTH AT THE CORE OF CHUBSTR FOUNDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MISSION.
I want to see more representation when it comes to different body types in plus size modelling. Seeing people who look like you in ad campaigns is a game changer. I want to see more of that, and I think we’re moving toward that.
TELL US ABOUT THE JOURNEY BEHIND LAUNCHING CHUBSTR. I started Chubstr in 2011 because I was frustrated with the lack of clothing options in the styles I liked and sizes I needed. After years of frustration, I started a Tumblr blog to complain about the lack of options available for plus size men. To my surprise, people began sharing my posts and writing in, asking for advice. I realized there was something more important here than simply a place for me to
complain. A few months after that, Chubstr launched with a mission to help “men of size find, create and share their style with the world.” WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO FASHION? I’ve always been inspired by art, music, photography and fashion - even the stuff I couldn’t fit into. Finding ways to show my personality through clothing was so, so important to me as a teenager.
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WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO SEE THE MEN’S PLUS SIZE FASHION INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS?
I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT... Chapstick - gotta keep those lips moisturized!
STYLE ICONS? Josh Homme, both of my Dads, and all those who submit photos to Chubstr. SNEAKERS OR BROGUES? I’m on a huge sneaker kick right now. Sneakers all day long!
OPPOSITE PAGE: MARISA CATT; CURRENT PAGE: KAT EVES.
DARE ASKS BRUCE
WHAT STYLE RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN? I hate style rules. Being adventurous and willing to try different things is important in many aspects of your life. Style is no exception.
michael anthony spearman DETROIT, MI
A BLOGGER TURNED PERSONAL STYLIST, THE FOUNDER OF MEN OF SIZE IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE BRAWN COMMUNITY.
FOLLOW michaelanthony big and tall men in a highfashion, sartorial manner, so it became my goal to provide that platform. Men of Size is a page that spotlights big and tall men that are stylish and inspiring.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY OF BECOMING A BLOGGER AND STYLIST. It began with me starting my Instagram page in 2013, where I inspired big and tall guys, and gave them new style ideas. In 2015, I started a blog where men of all sizes could get information about where to find stylish clothing and how to style them. WHAT LED YOU TO START MEN OF SIZE? I saw that there was a lack of representation of
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR MEN LOOKING TO STEP UP THEIR STYLE? Always make sure your clothes fit just right: not too baggy and not too tight. Invest in getting your clothing tailored, even your jeans.
TRUTH FOR DARE BOWTIE OR NECKTIE? At the moment, necktie. I’D LOVE TO TRADE WARDROBES WITH... my favourite stylist, J.Bolin SPRING TRENDS TO TRY? Bold colours and prints!
DARE ASKS MICHAEL-ANTHONY
WHAT KIND OF CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MADE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY? In the past two to three years, brands have become more aware of the need to focus on the target market, but there is still much room for improvement. The industry needs to understand that we want equality and not segregation. When I walk into H&M, Zara, and Forever 21, I just want to be able to get those same clothes in my size.
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SARA SOHAIL TORONTO, ON
Spring is the season for playing with bright, unexpected hues and eye-catching prints. Reitmans Blouse, $50, reitmans.com
ALDO Earrings, $12, aldoshoes.com
STYLING TIP “Don’t be scared to experiment with different colours and patterns.” Talbots Ankle Pant, $139, talbots.com
SPRING MUST-HAVES “Anything with bright or pastel hues, pleated skirts, and white sneakers are essentials.”
Joe Fresh Crossbody Bag, $24, joefresh.com
CONFIDENCE BOOSTER “Whenever I wear a pair of nice heels, I feel like I can take on the world.”
Design Lab Lord & Taylor Sandals, $119, thebay.com
PLUS+ AND I GET DRESSED
KELLIE BROWN LOS ANGELES, CA
Ignoring so-called style rules translates to #OOTD magic for this trendy fashionista. Jason Wu x ELOQUII Belted Blazer, $120, eloquii.com
H&M Earrings, $10, hm.com
STYLING TIP “Wear whatever you want, ignore the rules.”
TRENDS TO TRY “I just purchase whatever tickles my fancy. I’m less focused on lists.”
ASOS Curve Culottes, $61, asos.com
WINNERS 2-in-1 Handbag, $40, winners.ca
SKECHERS D’Lites 3.0, $110, skechers.com
ROSEY BLAIR DALLAS, TX
This blogger’s spring hit list includes vintage denim, graphic tees, and novelty bags. Joe Fresh Hat, $16, joefresh.com
“I love mixing classic wardrobe essentials with eccentric, colourful accessories.”
Lane Bryant Poplin Top, $75, lanebryant.com
“Nothing adds a spring in my step like a new fun bag!”
ModCloth Crossbody Bag, $68, modcloth.com
City Chic Overall Dress, $89, citychiconline.com
DARE TO WEAR
Marshalls Espadrilles, $60, marshalls.ca
“Do not be afraid of showing your body. There is no need to live in fear or shame just because of how you’re shaped. Wear what you want!”
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