Who better to flaunt our styles than the women who really wear them?
Member: Michelle Teare
Lives in: Charleston, WV
Member since: May 2014
Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a full time working mom. I work for the federal government. My husband of 13 years is a police officer. We have a 12 year old daughter, Ella, who was my sidekick during the photo shoot. We have lived in West Virginia for the last 10 years, but I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. In my spare time, I love crafting. I make jewelry using Polymer Clay. I also enjoy working out. It is a great stress relief. My husband and I work out together 4-5 days a week. I am also on several boards in my community.
Tell us about your Gwynnie Bee photo shoot. What was your experience like?
The photo shoot at the Capitol was so much fun. I really felt like a model for the day. The make-up artist was amazing. I have never had a make-up professionally done, so I truly felt pampered. My photographer Emily and her husband, Brandon made me feel completely at ease. It was an amazing experience all around!
How would you describe your sense of style?
I think my style is pretty eclectic. I want to wear clothes that make me feel sexy and confident. For work, I wear a lot of dresses since I am in a professional environment. Gwynnie Bee helps keep me styled in all the latest work appropriate dresses. And in my spare time, I tend to wear clothes a little more edgy and trendier, and Gwynnie Bee has me covered for that as well.
Which GB brand is your favorite?
For work, I love Taylor Dresses. I can count on them to fit great, be well made, and great for the office environment. For fun, I am obsessed with City Chic. Their clothes are on point with making plus sized woman feel trendy and sexy.
Which trends are you most excited to try this spring?
There are so many things I am looking forward to for spring after a dark and cold winter. I am looking forward to citrus and tangerine colors, especially accessories, bold floral prints, tan wedge sandals, maxi dresses, midi skirts, lots of stripes, and kimonos. But what I am most looking forward to putting my tights away for the season and going with bare legs with my dresses!
Any words of wisdom for the GB community?
The great thing about Gwynnie Bee for me is that you can try things that you never would have tried before in the comfort of your own home. If it doesn’t work, you just blue bag it and get the next thing, but lots of times I have surprised myself and liked something I have never tried before.
I would also suggest following other plus sized fashionistas on Instagram and Facebook. So much of our media is inundated with images of the “typical” model so plus sized woman feel inadequate. But when your newsfeed is filled with woman who look like you rocking really trendy looks, it builds your own confidence to do the same! It changes your inner dialogue and gives you courage to try new clothing trends and looks.
Photography: Emily Ferguson
Makeup: Shamyla Satti
Interested in getting out in front of the camera for your own GB photo shoot? Email Gwynnie@gwynniebee.com, subject line: “Member Photo Shoot.”