His & Hers - We Are The Champions

So me and the boyfriend are back with another collab. My goal with these collabs are to showcase brands that both a plus size woman can wear as well as the man in her life. Next up for us is Champion. I’ve always loved the brand (cause it was a major mainstay in the 90’s), but outside of me wearing clothes from the men’s section, there was nothing else that would work for my plus size body. Happy that has changed.

When I was looking for items, I knew I wanted a sweatshirt. Come on, its what the brand is known for. At the time when I was looking, it was hard to find a sweatshirt that had a pair of matching joggers in plus. Straight size, no problem, but it was tough finding a whole sweatsuit (especially if you wanted color). I decided to forego a colorful sweatsuit at this time, and look for a neutral one instead. Now you know I love cropped items, so when I saw this cropped sweatshirt, I knew it had to be mine. Here is the good and bad news; bad news: this doesn’t come in plus size. The good news, its oversized so I was able to give the XXL a try. As you can see, it still looks oversized on my size 18/20 upper half. Champion, you need to roll this out to plus, I know sooo many women that would rock this.

For the joggers, I went with the fleece jogger. When I ordered, I thought they would match perfectly, but as you can see the grey’s are off. Hey it happens. When I ordered these joggers from Macy’s these were the only ones on the site that came in plus. Perhaps the other ones sold out, cause now I do see more pant options in plus. In these fleece joggers, I went with a 2X based on the reviews. I will say, these run small. You would think for a jogger, they would be loose, but not so much. I did recently order the Powerblend Fleece and these fit a lot better. I still went with a 2X, but they give you that ideal jogger look. I ended out my look with one of my favorite sneakers, my Air Max 95’s, and my fanny pack from Eloquii.

The mister has been rocking Champion since he was a kid. He always had a pair of sweats to go play ball in. So it was a no brainer for him to get the joggers for the collab. Kay Jay is wearing the Logo joggers in his favorite color. What he liked most about them was the fact that the material was soft, and stretchy, but they kept him warm. Definitely check these out for the man in your life for two reasons- one it’s grey sweatpants season, and two they are on sale for less than $20! Instead of getting the classic sweatshirt, he opted for the Logo Long Sleeve Tee. In both items he is wearing size L. Footwear is one of his favorite sneakers, the Nike Revolution.

Nowadays, we are getting more brands that carry plus, but the ratio of plus to the total women’s assortment at best is around 25%. For Champion, there are 30 items that are labeled plus on their site. The collection for plus are their classics items such as the sweatshirts and joggers. Now that athleisure is a mainstay, I would love to see some of their fashion based pieces offered in plus. I want color, stripes, or cropped options. There is always a market for fun pieces, but the key is telling us. The only reason why I found out about Champion Plus was that I was scrolling looking for athletic items that come in plus on a department store website and the brand was listed. Now where I am willing to do some research, others may not. Spread the word Champion- work with some bloggers (cough cough like myself) to showcase what you have. It’s easy to say plus doesn’t work because people don’t buy it, but most of the time we don’t buy it cause we don’t know it exist.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t think I would get that many chances to rock His & Hers looks. Growing up, the best I could do is just wear the same color. Now I can actually where the same brand and similar items. Definitely the times have changed, but there is definitely more work to be had for us plus size gals. We have more options than ever before, but this does not mean brands can say ok, here is some plus, we did our job and move on. Brands have to continue to offer a variety in order for us to keep coming back. Have a wide assortment and tell us about it, I’m sure we will give you our coins.

Are there other brands you want me and Kay Jay to tackle? Definitely let me know, cause he is always up to dress up and take pictures. Until next time lovers…muah!!

His & Hers- My Adidas Edition

Rocking matching outfits has always been something associated with things that couple do. It can be theme driven, holiday inspired, or just simply done cause it's Tuesday. I've always thought its fun to wear coordinating outfits, whether it's planned or not. One night while I was driving through Brooklyn, I saw this Adidas wall. When driving around NYC, I take notice of any cool walls that can inspire a look. I'm big on finding locations that with the right outfit creates the perfect synergy. So when I saw this wall, I said to my boyfriend we should shoot this together in some cool Adidas gear. He was like "Hell Yeah"

As two people that love hip hop and fashion, us doing Adidas is our way paying homage to the culture. Adidas Superstars were worn with the fat laces, and were made popular by Run DMC. As their popularity increased Adidas saw how rappers had a stadium full of people rocking Adidas, and gave them a contract. They were the first rappers to get a multi million deal. Our style, the music, the way we just live proved to companies that this music was more than just beats and scratching- it was a major culture that still till this day heavily influences all facets of life.

Kay already knew what he wanted to wear, he was going with the traditional track suit. I thought he was going to go full blown retro with Superstars, but he switched it up and went with his Adidas Conductor Hi with the matching socks. Yup- he just had to show off his socks matched his kicks. I have Superstars, so that was my ode to the culture, but what can a plus size gal wear that works with her style and works with theme. I've always loved Adidas apparel, but when it came to finding something to fit- that has been a challenge. Yes, I can easily wear items from the men's section, but I feel that when you are plus size and you want to wear something cool from a brand that does not carry plus, you have to go to men's section- I wanted to task myself and see if I can find women's apparel. 

I went to the Adidas site to see perhaps if they might have expanded their size offerings. With Nike & Puma dabbling in plus, I was sure that Adidas would come on board. On their site, still no plus, but Simply Be has a small capsule of items. There were leggings and a track jacket, but I wanted something different. So I decided to take a chance, and give the straight sized items on the Adidas website a go. The worse that could happen is that I would have to send it back. I love anything with mixed prints, so when I saw this polka dot skirt with the tropical print waist band, I said ok this is something that's definitely up my alley. Don't you hate when you see something you like, click on it, to see there are only two sizes left, S & L? The way I looked at that screen you would have thought it insulted me. What to do, what to do- the skirt is soo me. There are plenty of times, I talk myself out of something, but that day I said order it. Yes, this size 16/18 plus size woman, ordered a size L in a skirt. 

When I received the skirt, I said ok let's hurry up and try this on so I can send it back. I put it on, and it fit! With it being a line, my hips and tummy have all the room it needed and in no way did I feel restricted. The waistband is stretchy with a drawstring so it was snug on my waist not tight. Knowing that I could fit this L skirt, I will definitely give XL from them a try. I know that sizing varies by item, and you must try things on, but I am going to stop dismissing straight size items. Once the skirt was a keeper I decided a crop top would be the best option. I wanted to ensure that I show off the mix print, and it's the summer, so it is that time to show off the middle. I went with a XL in the top, and it's really stretchy. I decided against one with a cap sleeve since I knew with my arms it would look way too small.  

I will say that I was really worried that I was not going to find something for this post. As a major athleisure lover, when it comes to the major brands majority of them do not have plus. Nike has the biggest offering online as well through other retailers & Puma is on Asos. The majors definitely have a lot of room to add to their assortment. It's cool to know that I can give straight size a go and could find something that works for my body, but what about anyone else that is bigger than an 18? Adidas is really missing out- this skirt alone is a major piece that is so versatile no one would even guess its from them. Any body- plus or straight can rock this skirt.  

This was definitely fun to do with my boyfriend. Now I am wondering what else should we tackle together? Any suggestions?