Spreading the love: Els of XL Fashion File

by byanika on 17/07/2011 · 9 comments

in Els of Jouw Stijl,spreading the love

Hi sweethearts! 

Last summer I started my Spreading the love-series where I feature lovely bloggers of all sizes. I started this series as a response to some of the drama going on in the blogosphere about what women are real and not. It isi mportant to me to actively do something, to be clear on where I stand in my life, on and off line. I welcome all people in my life and in my blog. All I ask that we be respectful of each other.  

I am a self worth activist, supportive of everyones right to define their own worth and use what ever labels on them selves they choose, be that fat, curvy or straight sized, homosexual, heterosexual or transgendered. It is not the label I am interested in, my focus is the person. I have chosen to ask everyone I feature the same questions, regardless of their amount of followers and size, something that has caused some controversy, but that is ok. I welcome dialouge, that is what expands our horizons, love and understanding of each other. You can read my manifesto on self worth here: “Who gets to label my self worth? I do!” 

Today it is my pleasure to spread the love for the stunning Els of XL Fashion File. Els is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside. Read her answers to my questions and you`ll see. Enjoy!

Could you share with us your thoughts on fashion vs fatshion?

I regret the fact that there is limited choice in plussize fashion. Why make fashion up to size 42? Why not up to size 60? Why do you have to buy your clothes in a different store, especially for curvy women? Why can’t it be in 1 store? I dream about a world where there is no difference between skinny and plussize people, where the designers make fashion for all women, short, curvy, tall etc. Where designers learn at school how to make clothes for real women. I hope to see the day where you can walk in just a random store and fit into anything you like!

What is your philosophy with regard to fashion?

Don’t wear something you don’t feel good in. It has to be comfortable and above all fit your personality. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can not wear. I see fashion as the freedom of speech: with fashion you can show who you really are and what you stand for.

I would love for you to share some of your fave looks.

I think you can describe it as boho chic. I almost never wear pants, I have lots and lots of dresses and skirts and I have a major crush on maxidresses, flowers and big rings!!

How does blogging impact your life?

I try to post 3 to 4 times a week, it depends on how busy I am with my work and my family. Work and family always comes first, then the blog. I work as a freelance graphic designer and as a fashion stylist. It can be a bit hectic sometimes, working, blogging and taking care of two kids. My kids are 10 and 11years old now, so it gets easier in time (I hope)! Blogging is just my hobby and although I just started last year I really enjoy it.


Do you have a message for all the fashionloving ladies/gentlemen out there, whatever their size?

Enjoy yourself with fashion. Do not take it so seriously, dressing up is supposed to be fun! Be creative and always be yourself!

YES! I couldn`t agree more. Thank you Els!

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1 YvonnaLiviannaNo Gravatar
July 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Amazing! Els is so fashionable! I totally agree with her on the point where the designers and industry need to stop putting people in categories an sections. Seriously it is only hurting their brand. I think it is more ridiculous that women who are not necessarily “plus size” and are just curvy have a hard time looking for clothes because everything is cut for a boy figure kind of girl. Real women have curves, thus is magazines and designers want to see an increase in sales they need to start promoting to the REAL WOMEN!

Again another great post anika, thank you for spreading the word and letting other bloggers share their voice!
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2 FashnlvrNo Gravatar
July 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hey Anika! So nice to see Els featured. I think she has great style. In the first picture I was so pleasantly surprised to see the carmel boots with all the black. Lovely!!


July 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

She’s stylish superwoman! (juggling work, kids, and a blog). I love brown & black together! Congrats Els on the lovely feature. Anika… another great one dear! xxxoo kisses
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4 For Those About To ShopNo Gravatar July 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

That lady has a great sense of style. Not surprised she is a stylist. Having fun and being creative with clothes is the goal and expressing ourselves through what we wear. And, yes, comfort is key!
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July 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Great words of wisdom here!
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6 Mark @ Travel WisconsinNo Gravatar July 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

I really appreciate the article you have shared with us Byanika this article features lovely bloggers of all sizes, fashion are not only for slim women but for all people.
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7 danikaNo Gravatar July 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Ive just found your blog again, I came across it at work and couldnt remember enough about it to find it again until today when I came across it by chance.

I like what you are doing here, we dont need to look like what Mr Prada or CK say we should look like in order to be fashionable, I think that people who take on a slightly more qwerky outward look are definitely more stylish than the rest of the sheep.
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8 Jewellery OnlineNo Gravatar
May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Lovely! I am so glad you are happy about the feature :) Thank you for your kind words about me. Hugs from Shenuel. Ps ,I am from Oslo :)


9 Celtic range of JewelryNo Gravatar January 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I agree with Mark, fashion is not only for slim women, it is for all that want to be looking good and stylish. Love this post, keep up the good work.


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