TFIO: A Valentine Anniversary!

This month marks the second anniversary of Turning Fashion Inside Out, and what better day to celebrate than Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for tuning in, commenting, and getting the dialogue going. Because there is a connection between fashion and self-esteem, fashion and wellness. And nothing is more joyful than telling these stories … your stories, our stories. I feel the love!

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What can young people do to feel better about their body image? “Turn off the TV,” says Arianne.

Arianne Cohen

Arianne Cohen

Arianne Cohen describes herself as an “out-of-the-box” thinker. A journalist (writer of the series, What I Wear to Work, on BloombergBusinessWeek), author, tall-person and wellness advocate, she is above all else a storyteller, looking to connect with others and spread a bit of humor along the way. Here is Arianne

MKG: Can you tell me a little about where you grew up? Are you a native New Yorker?

Arianne: I grew up in Delmar, which is a suburb of Albany, New York. As is often the case with tall kids in smaller towns, I was always the tallest in my class, and the tallest child anyone recalled. I quickly became a competitive swimmer and swam 3-5 hours a day from middle school on. I had a pleasant childhood, but always knew that I didn’t want to live there long term.

MKG: What inspired you to become a journalist?

Arianne: If you are a creator — someone who wakes up in the morning to make things — Continue reading

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Conversing with Caroline

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Caroline Misan Alvo

Caroline Misan Alvo

A few weeks ago I spoke with Alicia Jay, who at 6’6″ lives every day by her personal mantra: “Tall is beautiful!” But beautiful comes in all shapes and sizes. Today I sat down with Caroline Misan Alvo, who talks about what it has been like to be 4’9″ and how that affected how she shopped for clothes and her feelings about herself. Caroline wanted to help other petite women (anyone under 5’4″) by giving them their own community and opportunity to find fashion-forward clothing and personal shoppers who truly understood what it means to be petite – and in January 2013, she launched her on-line shopping website called Gambita. When I spoke with Caroline, height be gone; in fact, there was nothing small about her or her vision. She is a true role model.

We are all fashion relevant, don’t you think? Comment below and check out my other weekly audio podcasts here on Turning Fashion Inside Out and on iTunes.

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Alicia Jay on shopping tall

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay  – Photo credit: Hkophoto

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay – Photo credit: YBowyer Photography

At 6’6″ Alicia Jay knows how and wear to shop for flattering clothing. Because she loves fashion and wants to help others to be their best selves, she wants girls and women to feel empowered when they dress. I asked her where are the go-to places for tall women and what should tall women be looking for when they are shopping. Here are Alicia Jay’s recommendations:

My top 5 tall retailers:

1. HEIGHT GODDESS. Every single piece of clothing is made specifically for a tall woman. They don’t just add inches to garments, they cut them for tall frames. The options are hot, the fit is great and Lameka Weeks (the designer) is a tall woman herself who knows exactly what we go through and designs accordingly. Continue reading

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Alicia Jay: Proud to be tall

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay – Photo Credit: Clara Rice Photography

Tall is beautiful! These are the words of Alicia Jay: woman extraordinaire – fashion blogger, Game Operations Manager for the Golden State Warriors – Oakland California, business owner, model, and motivational speaker to tall girls and women everywhere. I first read about Alicia Jay in Bloomberg Businessweek’sWhat I Wear to Work” interview by Arianne Cohen. Her confidence and fierce attitude inspired me to track her down and meet her. And I did! Here is my conversation with Alicia Jay …

MKG: You are 6′ 6″ and proud of it. When did you reach your full height?

Alicia Jay: I reached my full height in my sophomore year in college (many moons ago). I had been 6’5” for 2 years and thought I was done growing but then, BAM! … I grew an inch. At that point I was getting comfortable in my skin and so the added inch was very exciting to me and still is. Continue reading

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Fashion for all

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"Tall is beautiful" ... from the Alicia Jay TallSWAG t-shirt line

“Tall is beautiful” … from the Alicia Jay TallSWAG t-shirt line                                                                  Photo credit: YBowyer Photography

This podcast, Episode Six, is called “Fashion for all.” I met two remarkable women recently, Alicia Jay and Caroline Misan Alvo, who have inspired me and reminded me that fashion is for everyone – not just the insiders, not just the ones who look a certain way or can afford a certain label – but for all of us. And we are no less fashionable or relevant than the fashion insiders. Let me tell you about them …

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