By Katie Sturino, Founder of The 12ish Style
For me, boldness means being true to yourself and following your passions. Maybe it’s my Italian roots showing through, but I have always been a bit bold in both how I dress and how I live my life.
That’s especially true when it comes to The 12ish Style, a blog I started last spring. It came about very organically — Man Repeller featured me in a story about dressing for different body types and when I read the comments, I was overwhelmed to find so many women with similar bodies who were starved for examples of how to dress. I had always felt like the only size 12 in the room, and was empowered to find I was not alone – the average woman in this country wears a size 14 after all! Through The 12ish Style, I hope to help other size 12ish ladies find self acceptance, and to make confidence the first thing they put on in the morning.
When it comes to personal style, I’m a big believer in embracing what you love. We all have our own private opinions about our bodies, but I think it’s really important to not hide behind your insecurities. Let’s face it, hiding doesn’t get you anywhere (unless it’s from an axe murderer), and I think it really shows when a woman is trying to conceal her figure. We’ve all seen it — the girl who wears pants on a 90 degree day or never strays from all black just because it’s flattering. Even when it comes to clothing choices, I believe life is just too short to live it for anyone other than yourself!
"Let’s face it, hiding doesn’t get you anywhere (unless it’s from an axe murderer), and I think it really shows when a woman is trying to conceal her figure."
In my every day dressing, I have always been bold in my choices. Head to toe prints, mini skirts, white jeans… basically all things that are said to be unflattering on my curvy body type tend to be the things I am drawn to. I love a big statement and will never hop on the minimalist bandwagon; it just isn’t me. Rather than hide my body, I like to celebrate it and try and help other women discover their own boldness through confidence.
"In my every day dressing, I have always been bold in my choices. Head to toe prints, mini skirts, white jeans… basically all things that are said to be unflattering on my curvy body type tend to be the things I am drawn to."
My career is another area where I’ve always followed my passions. I started my own PR company when I was way too young, but 10 years later, it’s still a successful business. When I set out to make my rescue pup Toast famous, people rolled their eyes at me but low and behold, now she’s a star. And when I started The 12ish Style last spring, I could hear the peanut gallery saying sarcastically that another fashion blogger is exactly what we need. But I’ve learned by now to ignore the noise and follow my gut.
"But I’ve learned by now to ignore the noise and follow my gut. "
There will be successes and failures along the way, but they say life is a journey so I am all for making it a bold one! And yes, I’ll be doing it in white pants.
Katie Sturino is a size 12(ish) New Yorker who believes great style can look chic at any size. She started the12ishstyle.com to introduce girls like her who wear sizes 12-18 to fashion forward brands across extended and plus sizes. As the “momager” of her celebrity dog, Toast (@toastmeetsworld) and founder of the fashion PR agency, Tinder PR, Katie brings a unique personal style, and insider access to the plus size fashion space. She is passionate about brands that value quality and sophisticated style over fast fashion and has been featured in numerous publications like Glamour Magazine, the Man Repeller, and Refinery 29 since launching the12ishstyle.com in Spring 2015.