If you’re constantly on the quest for noteworthy curvy girl fashion, you know there’s no place like Instagram (and the virtual shelves of Chic Soul, of course). Offering up all sorts of game-changing tips, product reviews and styling ideas, the Insta-based fashion influencer has more power than virtually any other form of media. Over 200 million people follow a fashion account on Instagram, citing fashion inspo and tips as their reasons why. We personally couldn’t live without these trendy movers and shakers!
In honor of the debut of our Napa Valley Collection, we’re celebrating some of our favorite plus size fashion influencers, all of whom joined us to help kick off the new line in Napa last month. Featuring breezy fall essentials ideal for picking apples, tasting wines and meandering through the vineyards, this is one collection of trendy plus size clothing you don’t want to gloss over this season. Be sure to give the following trendsetters a follow on your favorite social platforms!
1. Michaela McGrady Hernandez | @michaelamcgrady
First up: Michaela McGrady Hernandez. This Los Angeles-based fashion and beauty influencer boasts over 55,000 followers on Instagram and over 1,600 followers on YouTube, where she posts product hauls, look books and beauty tutorials. As a curvy model, Michaela is signed to L.A. modeling agency MPM Models and considers herself a body positive advocate.
We absolutely adore Michaela’s effortless California girl look and her classic but fun approach to modeling swimwear and warm-weather styles. Mixing and matching bold patterns, bright colors and neutral elements is what this fashion queen is all about, and she does it perfectly in casual looks that appeal to just about every sense of style. Michaela’s style moves effortlessly from SoCal chill to NYC posh.
Check out her insta profile ASAP to find tons of cute clothes for plus size women plus in-depth reviews and behind-the-scenes footage from shoots.
2. Eri Washington | @erianalane
As a plus size style guru slash (very well-dressed) wife and mama, Eri is the founder of the fashion blog Eri’s Lane and boasts over 64,000 followers on Instagram and 2,300 followers on YouTube. In between being a mom of two beautiful girls, the Cali-born fashionista does product reviews and hauls, where she gives in-depth looks at some of her favorite plus size brands and models their most popular products.
About Eri: I am from the Bay Area, California! I am a military wife and mommy of two beautiful girls! Some of my favorite things to do include spending time with my little family, cooking, decorating our home, going to Starbucks and, of course, shopping online at my favorite spot, aka Chic Soul!
Favorite Style Trends: As of right now, my favorite fashion trends are anything and everything leopard print, camo or neutral-colored!
Favorite Outfit from Napa: I love everything about this look! The Little Wonders Dress is perfection! Everything from the gorgeous mustard color, to the beautiful floral print, to the chic curved hem just gives me life! To complete the outfit, I added the County Fair Booties and they are perfection! I reach for these booties any chance I get because they are so unique, so comfy and take any outfit to a whole different level!
Eri’s style is all about highlighting curves and infusing big personality, with a very obvious penchant for all leopard print everything (hence why we made such good partners!) and versatile, neutral styling. We are so impressed at how well Eri rocks everything from a simple white tee and skinny jeans to a sexy lace evening dress. Oh, and did we mention she loves camo—no surprise, considering she’s a military wife!
3. Nicole Weisman | @curvestocontour
Boasting over 240,000 followers on Instagram and 13,000 followers on YouTube, well-known fashion informer Nicole Weisman is trusted for her authority on all things curvy fashion and beauty. Her channels are jam-packed with hauls, tutorials, reviews and lifestyle tidbits that are always entertaining. Nicole runs a successful fashion blog called Curves to Contour, which focuses on bringing body positive, affordable fashion to her followers.
About Nicole: I advocate body positivity with easy to follow (and affordable) content, tips and tricks. I’m often found grinding away on my laptop late into the night after everyone has gone to bed and waking up with the sun and a strong iced coffee. I’m always making sure I stay up to date with the latest trends and engaging with my audience, keeping everything fresh, informative and exciting.
Favorite Style Trends: Leopard prints, distressed jeans and, of course, mixing fun fabrics and textures.
Favorite Outfit from Napa: The My Everything Cardigan. I love the color, so perfect for fall, and, of course, the pockets. Such a cozy cardi that can be dressed up or dressed down and worn all season long. I paired it with the Casting Shadows Skinny Jeans. The cuffed hemline and distressing really give them some character and they are great to pair with sweaters and cardigans.
This SoCal fashionista has a breezy, feminine style about her, rocking looks you could mimic for a day of running errands or a night out on the town with your closest girlfriends. Nicole is all about the comfortable and casual, with plus size dresses, graphic tees and cozy knits to provide year-round inspo. As mama to mini-influencer Mia, Nicole brings lots of fresh style ideas for on-the-go moms. Make sure to follow her blog and social media profiles!
4. Britney Mae | @livelife_withbrit
Proclaiming that size doesn’t determine fashion, body positive influencer Britney Mae brings big personality to the plus size fashion scene, catering to some 25,000 followers on Instagram. Like many of the influencers on our list, Britney is a fashion-forward mom and a great person for parents to follow if they’re looking for easy, breezy and mom-friendly fashions for daily wear.
About Britney: I was born and raised in Maine but am currently living in Virginia until I make the big move to L.A.! Some of my favorite things to do are going on last minute adventures, photography and fun adventures with my little boy.
Favorite Style Trends: When it comes to fashion, some of my favorite go-to pieces are rompers and dresses! They are so easy to wear just as one piece and have a full outfit or add some things to it to complete a different look! One of my biggest fashion tips that I always give is to BUY THAT OUTFIT! Don’t wait to be a certain size to buy the outfit you want, buy it in your size and rock it!
Favorite Look from Napa: This Napa trip was absolutely amazing, and the whole collection is to DIE for! But I think my favorite outfit from the whole trip is the long sleeve long pink dress that I wore for my hot air balloon picture! It was so comfortable and absolutely so flattering. I felt my best self in that dress!
What we love so much about Britney’s personal style is her fierce edge! She looks equally as at home in a punk leather skirt as she does in a flirty, floral romper and somehow makes everything she wears look supremely chic. She brings a distinctly youthful flair to all of her ensembles, too, with plenty of graphic tees, sneakers and denim representation.
5. Natalie Craig | @natalieinthecity_
Chicago-based influencer Natalie Craig focuses on “petite plus size fashion,” so she provides great representation for all you curvy shorties out there (she’s 5’2” and a size 18). With nearly 45,000 followers on Insta and a bustling blog, Natalie is also a journalist and editor, offering style advice and tips for ladies with curves. Be sure to read her blog for topics on beauty, home décor and lifestyle.
About Natalie: I live in Chicago where I double as a plus size fashion blogger and magazine editor. Because I am always on the go, I need an outfit that can work double-time for work and play, so you'll find a lot of versatile pieces in my wardrobe. To me, clothes are one of the greatest tools I use to cultivate confidence within myself, which is why I always tell women to wear what makes them feel their best rather than abiding by the latest trend.
Favorite Style Trends: I am here for the moment that leopard print is currently having. Years prior, I shied away from wearing too much animal print because it felt too gaudy, but I think the print is back in a really subtle and beautiful way.
Favorite Outfit from Napa: When I saw this Nights In Soho Cardigan, I couldn't wait to pair it with something dainty and feminine—the Cotton Candy Skies Dress—when we toured Napa wineries on a chilly Wednesday morning. Since then, I have worn the cardigan with black ripped jeans, jumpsuits and more. And even though it's leopard print, it's versatile and adds a fun touch to every look.
We’re crazy about Natalie’s unique ability to curate minimalist looks that pack in the personality. Whether she’s rocking a neon green sequined bodycon, a swimsuit or workout gear, she manages to give it a sophisticated polish with a bit of youthful flair. Given that she’s based in Chicago, Natalie also crushes city girl style and is an excellent resource for finding stylish plus size outfits for work.
6. Blair Dalar Khodagholian | @noteblair
An authority on all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle, Blair Dalar Khodagholian is quickly gaining traction among plus size content-seekers on Instagram and YouTube. To her nearly 30,000 followers on Insta, Blair is known for her posh, polished posts showcasing her flawless sense of style and her globe-trotting adventures.
About Blair: I was born and raised in Iran and moved to L.A. when I was 19. Some of my hobbies are listening to podcasts, reading books and I can spend hours on Pinterest.
Favorite Style Trends: If I had to describe my own style, I would say bubbly chic. I try to incorporate trendy items with a more sophisticated aspect. That is my favorite style. If I could give one tip on style it would be: Know your body, dress for your body and own it.
Favorite Look from Napa: My favorite look from Napa is this white sweater and light denim. I make my own rules in fashion, so yes, you can wear white after Labor Day, and denim is always chic when paired with heels. This look is effortless yet very sophisticated. A comfortable look that looks this good is always a yes in my book!
Style-wise, Blair definitely errs on the side of ultra-feminine, rocking all sorts of dresses and tops in soft, neutral hues. She definitely has a penchant for the understated and unadorned, and does an incredible job of making neutral colors pop in a sophisticated way. Her looks are all easy to mimic, so definitely give her page a follow for inspo within reach.
Making Shopping *Actually* Enjoyable
As curvy shoppers ourselves, we know how hard it used to be to find our body types represented in fashion. Shopping online was once a massive challenge, where it all came down to guessing and hoping the store had a good return policy. Now, thanks in part to the influence of these shaker-uppers, we get to see clothes on bodies more like our own, and shopping is way easier than it used to be!
As your go-to resource for cute and affordable plus size clothing, Chic Soul strives to help make shopping easier and more enjoyable for all women. Make sure to follow us on social media (Instagram @shopchicsoul and Facebook @shopchicsoul) to discover more of the best plus size fashion influencers.