Instagram is chock-a-block with images of skinny bloggers, while style inspiration for curvy girls is sadly somewhat lacking. But one influencer changing that is Verena Prechtl, the German trendsetter regularly proving that fashion is for all shapes and sizes. With 52,000 followers and a successful blog with friend Sophia Faßnacht (The Skinny and the Curvy One), she’s the girl in the know when it comes to dressing curvy shapes. We found out her style secrets…
Tell us about The Skinny and the Curvy One, how did the idea come about?
It all started four years ago when I realised I could inspire other women via Instagram. I joined forces with my skinny counterpart, Sophia, and convinced her to start the blog with me.
Describe your style in three words
Edgy, Cool and Trend-Driven
What are your go-to brands for everyday?
ASOS and Violeta by Mango
Can you recommend any brands we may not have heard of for curvier shapes?
MS Mode from the Netherlands is a really cool brand, plus I highly reccomend Eloquii.
What are your go-to items for a night out?
It depends on the event – for a night out I always wear black skinny jeans and a white oversized shirt tucked in at the front. I love detailed jackets with studs, sequins or fringing. Black ankle boots are a favourite of mine as I love to dance but can’t wear high heels the whole night.
What’s the best thing you’ve invested in so far this season?
My black velvet Gucci Bag.
What are the three wardrobe items you can’t live without?
Black skinny jeans, a white oversized shirt and leather trousers.
Denim…what looks better on curvy girls?
I prefer skinnies. Probably because I‘m so tall and most cropped styles are way too short for me. A mix between both is ideal – the best skinnies all show off a bit of ankle.
Which of this season’s trends are most flattering for curvy girls?
Velvet dresses in all shapes and colours.
Can you give us your styling tips for tall girls?
A lot of tops and sweaters are way too short for my height – lingerie-style dresses with lace underneath for added length work well.
Any tips and tricks for creating more defined curves?
Spanx – if you want to wear a super tight dress they create an amazing shape.
Occasion dressing. What do you recommend curvy girls wear for big events?
Long dresses and sequins are always a good idea.
Do you ever receive negative feedback? And how do you deal with it?
Everyday on my Instagram. I try not to care about what other people say though – they’re just sad, frustrated people concealing themselves on the internet.
Who do you follow for style inspiration?
Alex Michael May is my absolutely favorite at the moment. I‘m also a huge fan of Charlotte from Beauty not Size and Callie Thorpe.
How has the plus-size blogging world changed since you started out?
It’s unbelievable – there’s been a big step in the industry and I can’t express how happy I am about it. A lot of cool labels have begun to create plus-size collections – it’s amazing to see and exactly what I've been fighting for.
Plus-size fashion has come a long way, but is there anything you feel is still missing?
More cool brands and also fast fashion – we need something like Zara for bigger sizes. In the UK there’s a lot of amazing brands - unfortunately many of them don‘t ship to Germany!
What does ‘body positivity’ mean to you?
Just one word - confidence. Fake it till you make it.
How do you use fashion to express yourself?
Fashion gives me the opportunity to express myself differently everyday. I can wear whatever I want and be whoever I like. Sometimes I want to be super serious and othertimes I want to be a hippie. Fashion is a gift.
What advice would you give to women who feel fashion doesn’t support their body type?
Fashion is for every body. You should wear what you’re comfortable in. If someone thinks differently, it‘s their problem and not yours.