One of the most amazing events I have ever had the pleasure of attending was the Krewe of Endymion’s parade in New Orleans. In a city known for raucous and amazing celebrations, (Endymion being the crowning jewel) the Krewe is one of only 3 “super-krewes” with over 2,800 people dedicated to “Throw til it hurts!” each year.
Why am I so in love with Endymion and Mardi Gras? Well, not only did I discover the AMAZING beignets from Café du Monde, but there, up on the floats, dancing their hearts out with smiles on their faces, walking along and even serving as the Queen were real-life, curvy, amazing women, owning their bodies and celebrating.
There were sleeveless costumes, bared midriffs, thick, strong legs- and not a single one of them was hiding in an oversized sweatshirt like I was. It was a pretty important moment in my fashion life, where I learned that style was not about what everyone told me was appropriate, but about what made me feel amazing!
Mardi Gras is about embracing and celebrating life; the ultimate celebration of Hedonism before the pious period of Lent. I saw it more as a celebration of the joy in life and enjoying life no matter who you were or how others may view you. Sometimes we need a reminder to just embrace life and wear things because they make US feel happy, gorgeous and strong. The colors of Mardi Gras- purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power, are principles we can fashion to remind ourselves of every day not just on the cusp of spring.
Be just in all things, most importantly in dealings with yourself. Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and meant to be the best, most true you there is- no matter what your body decides to do that day. Wear green to remember to have faith in yourself and all that you can and will accomplish. Finally, wear gold to celebrate the power in you, even on those days you need a fashion boost to remind you. Below, I’ve found some amazing pieces to help you tie it all together. Get ready to "let the good times roll!"
1. DKNYC Plus Size Side Ruched Blouse
2. Roper Plus Size Floral Print Shirt
3. NIC + ZOE Plus Size Utopia Twist Dress
4. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Illusion Neck Lace Dress
5. Columbia Plus Size Fast Trek Full Zip Fleece Jacket
6. Vince Camuto Plus Size Sweater
7. Tahari by ASL Plus Size Irene Dress
8. Unique Vintage Reproduction Flapper Dress
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