Plus Size Clothing: The Internet is Your Personal Stylist

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I love fashion magazines; I like nothing better at the end of a long day than to curl up in bed with Vogue or InStyle and admire all the pretty things. I'm currently smitten by the gown in the Bottega Veneta ads, although they are both beyond my price range and out of my league. Fashion magazines, as Tim Gunn says, are aspirational -- they're not realistic in the least.

Still, it's fun to look.

When I need real fashion advice, though -- like suggestions about where to shop or tips for styling my current closet -- I go to the Internet. Fashion bloggers are plugged in to what's current and cool, and they often specialize in a particular niche, which makes them inspirational. Fashion blogs offer concrete suggestions and strategies that will really work.

Which makes it even more fun to look.

When your closet is part of a niche that's not covered by traditional fashion media -- which, one could argue, is a lot of us these days -- it can be difficult to find anything that is either inspirational or aspirational. That's where the Internet comes in.

Fashion bloggers, particularly those with a tight focus, are your best friends; they're like that girlfriend who always knows where to shop and what to buy. Over the next few weeks, we'll look at some of the best blogs in different specialties; let's start with plus size fashion blogs.

Fashion, Love and Martinis is written by Amanda Allison Valdez; she covers fashion and beauty with video tutorials and posts about her personal style. Recently, she started a weight loss program; watch her amazing introductory video here.

fat and fab CHIC is a hip, cool blog that covers a range of prices, with an eye to what's hot right now. Subtitled "The Premier Shopping Guide for Discerning Fatshionistas," the site is a treasure trove of style and shopping suggestions.

Fat Chic is a beautifully laid-out site that looks like a magazine but reads like a blog. My favorite thing, though, is that Fat Chic has a Flickr pool. And we all know how much I love the Flickr pool as a fashion tool.

The Curvy Fashionista is also a magazine-style site. Marie Denee covers news and fashion and shopping; her writing is excellent and her behind-the-scenes look at what's new for plus size women is right on.

Your turn: When you look for inspiration, where do you turn? What blogs and websites cater to your plus size needs?

And next week: Shoes! Because I love a good shoe blog.

Susan Wagner writes about pragmatic fashion at The Working Closet and chic suburban living at Friday Playdate.

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