#pullingoffacroptop (plus TONS of crops for you to shop)

Despite all the speculation that crop tops had no staying power; that they were a flash in the pan one-season trend, they are just as popular this year as they were last summer.  And if the Fall/Winter 2015 shows are any indication, they are not going away anytime soon.  I for one love the trend, and herald this as great news. Unfortunately, some seem to only agree if the wearer is very thin.  

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New Plus Label: Harper & Liv

It seems like not that long ago, there were only a handful of plus size brands available, all with the same boring, dowdy styles. There has been much improvement in the past few years, but there are still holes to fill before plus has the same range and breadth of styles available in straight sizes. New plus size label Harper + Liv saw one of those holes, and set out to fill it with well-made, on trend pieces aimed at the stylish millennial shopper.

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Lookbook Love: Mei Smith

One of the things I am really loving about the growth of plus fashion is the increase of options. There are designers and brands catering to a variety of aesthetics and budgets.  But one style was underrepresented in plus: Minimalism.  Sure, there are a lot of *basic* pieces out there, but barring personal favorite Carmakoma, there was nothing of the caliber of Helmut Lang or T by Alexander Wang. Ayanna Wu, founder of new store Mei Smith, saw that void in plus and set out to fill it.  In addition to Carmakoma, she found independent American straight size designers that fit the style, like Benjamin Jay, Shainna Mote, and Hackwith Design House, and convinced them to grade their patterns up to do plus sizes.  The result is one of the coolest plus size lookbooks I've seen in a while.  I've included the entire thing below, because I truly can't pick favorites.  I love the minimal athleisure vibe of the shoot.

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Designer Collab: Lela Rose for Lane Bryant

I have swooned over the gorgeous florals and delicate prints of Lela Rose for years, so I was positively giddy when Lane Bryant announced their collaboration with her last fall. I attended the preview at the picturesque restaurant The Park, and was happy to discover that the collection is true to Lela Rose's signature aesthetic - not at all dulled down in the name of arbitrary fashion rules about what plus size women should or should not wear.

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