Originally from Wilmington, DE, Eliza has come a long way. Encouraged by the support of the women around her, she began to pursue a career in modeling which led her to Brooklyn, NY where she currently lives. Here she tells us about her go-to accessories, her favorite Gwynnie Bee looks, and shares tips on dressing for your shape.
What’s your daily uniform?
A shirtdress or tunic, and either leggings or no leggings depending on the length of the dress and how hot it is outside!
What are you busy with when you’re not in front of the camera?
When I’m not modeling, I love to stay fit and active. I also love traveling, going to the beach, and being around nature. Lately I’ve been helping my mother with her garden. We picked blueberries this summer, and next year we’ll have peaches!
What trends are you most excited to experiment with this summer?
I’m not really into trends… I prefer to wear what I know will look good, and feel good, and highlight my best features. I love pieces that can transition from late summer to fall with leggings and a sweater added on top.
What’s your go-to accessory?
My little black Balenciaga bag.
Who or what is your greatest fashion inspiration?
Other women in New York. .. they inspire me every day!
Of the Gwynnie Bee outfits you’ve modeled for us, which are your 3 favorites?
Kiyonna wrap dress – a good wrap dress is such a staple for a girl with curves. I also liked the Jones NY Belted cap sleeve dress (I love the color coral… it’s universally flattering), and finally the Kiyonna Linden Lace top because it was something I would never have chosen for myself off the rack, but it felt so comfortable and sexy at the same time.
Which Gwynnie Bee brands have you offer the best fit for your body type?
Kiyonna is a favorite – their clothes just feel so comfortable.
What advice, tips, or tricks do you have for women who have the same body type as you?
This took me a long time to figure out, so I really feel for many women who have trouble. I watched a lot of What Not to Wear, which is like a master class in how to dress for your body type. The numbers do not matter! Do not allow what size you may be to define you… it’s just not fair to yourself. I have a true hourglass figure, which I have embraced, but it definitely does not work with a lot of the “trend” fashions in magazines, etc. I really looked to how women dressed in the past. I am a huge fan of dresses… they just really do it all. I emphasize my assets (my small waist and large bust) while still staying pretty covered up on top. (a hint of cleavage is enough) I would say just try, try, try on clothing. Gwynnie Bee has an amazing resource for curvy ladies like me, and they curate it really well. Once you have figured out what silhouettes, brands, etc, work best for you, then you can go back to those again and again. Be kind to yourself, and embrace your bodies, ladies! When you wear something that makes you feel good, you radiate that energy… and that is beautiful.