Spreading the love: Els of XL Fashion File

by byanika on 17/07/2011 · 9 comments

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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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