Don’t get in shape- know your shape!

Chantal Sarkisian Mode XLusive Plus size fashion OttawaOk, so it’s never a bad idea to get in shape, but only if it’s on your terms. Since I had my son, I have been motivated to be in shape because I want to keep up with him and be more active. Since I have been working out more, I must say that my stamina for physical activity has really increased! But this is a fashion blog, not a sports blog so here we go!

I think it’s important to recognize what shape you are if you want to dress well according to your body type. These body types come in regular sizes and XL proportions too. There are advantages and disadvantages to both shapes. It’s important to note that there are a variety of shapes that exists as well. For the sake of keeping this post informative and to the point, I have decided to narrow it down to two most common body shapes in plus size women: pear vs apple.

The pear shape- wide hips and big butt

The pear’s advantages

  • Smaller shoulders and arms which can fool anyone in a photo and generally look smaller than the apple shape
  • Smaller shoulders mean jackets tend to fit better
  • Smaller waste gives a nicer hour glass shape, perfect for belts
  • Healthier plus size shape because fat is stored away from organs

The pear’s disadvantage:

  • Larger hips, thighs and butt can make you look shorter
  • Weight gain in lower half of the body
  • More difficult to lose weight in the lower half of the body
  • More difficult to conceal
The apple shape (me)- big belly and small butt

The apple’s advantages

  • Usually seen in taller people giving the appearance of longer leaner legs
  • Can be concealed with flawy tops or dresses
  • Ability to wear shorts, skirts or dresses
  • Empire waistline is perfectly flattering
  • Ideal body type for weight loss

The apple’s disadvantages

  • More dangerous body type since the visceral fat is accumulated near the organs
  • Weight gain is concentrated around the waist
  • Usually accompanied by broader shoulders and bigger arms making the woman look bigger
  • The lack of hourglass figure also makes the woman look bigger and not as feminine

As you can see, I am very critical of the apple shape… hmmm, I wonder why? I think this is a very humbling exercise that will assist me in writing my XL fashion blog. The stigma of being a larger person will always remain, including the health and fitness advice. I just want to ensure that this is a “guilt-free” and “feel good about your body” zone. If I get too preachy, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Have a great night, and please share my blog with your gal pals!

xox Chantsy

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Mode XL Hollywood Inspiration

When it comes to fashion inspiration, there’s nothing worse than having unrealistic icons like Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad or Heidi Klum when you are a full figured XL. Yes, you can get inspired by hair, makeup and accessories like shoes and purses, but let’s get real, we all want glamourous and flattering clothes!

I thought I would share some of my favourite Hollywood fashion icons that are mode XL approved. On that note, don’t you wish they would have a “buy it now” button when you watch TV? I would love to get my hands on some of these dresses!

Please feel free to share some of your faves in the comments below!

xox Chantsy

Amber Riley- Glee
Rebel Wilson- Super Fun Night
Aidy Bryant- SNL
Mindy Kaling- The Mindy Project
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Welcome to mode XLusive

My name is Chantal and I’m a size XL.
That’s right, I’m coming clean and I’ve got nothing to hide.

People have always told me that I dress very well (for my size) and always look on trend. Well, I try. I know what suits me, what flatters my best attributes and what will be comfortable. I can buy clothes without trying them on, and just measuring them by laying the garment over me… I’m that good! There’s nothing better than feeling great about your outfit and strutting your stuff. I’m not embarrassed by size but it’s not something I flaunt either. What’s worse is that I always feel bad sharing my Fashion secrets with other XL women because I feel like I’m insulting them! Isn’t that strange? I mean it’s not a secret. We both know we’re not a size 4, so what’s the pressure all about?

I’ve been inspired to create Mode XL, which is my fashion hub for all things XL. Large women have money to spend and want to be equally represented in the world of fashion. It’s time we share our XL fashion secrets and raise the bar!
I’m not talking about the obvious plus size stores, no– I hate that! I’m talking about fashion forward, body conscious clothing that is flattering, comfortable and trendy!

So please if Mode XL speaks to you, please join me on my journey and share your XL secrets!

Xox Chantsy

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