Style Voices: Rosaliz Jimenez
Give Rosaliz Jimenez a follow on social media and you'll quickly see evidence of something very rare: a nice and happy person in the world of fashion magazines (they do exist!). This week's Style Voices girl crush is the Photo Director of one of our favorite glossies, StyleWatch—not to mention a major player in the plus-size community. Plus-size fashion is having a real moment right now (can you say #trending?) but Rosaliz has been spreading body positivity for years. Read on to get an inside peek into her closet, learn her shopping secrets, and find out why she thinks Olivia Palermo is a genius. She is proof that great style comes in all shapes and sizes, and that good taste isn't exclusive to high fashion. We couldn't agree more.
Name? Rosaliz Jimenez
Where do you live? Where did you grow up? NYC
Where do you work and what do you do? I'm the photo director at (People) StyleWatch Magazine. My team and I produce all of the photo shoots and find all of the images that you see in the magazine. I also write plus-size-focused fashion stories for the magazine's website, TheOutfit.com. Helping curvy women find their "style voice" and sharing my journey to body confidence and self-love is my passion!
Do you have a work-week "uniform"? My uniform usually consists of dresses and skirts. Dresses, especially, are easy when I can't think of what to wear—it's a top and bottom in one! My style is unabashedly feminine so I always pair my dresses/skirts with a bright lipstick.
When you wake up on Saturday morning and start your day, what are you typically wearing? What are you typically doing? No matter the weather I'm usually in a comfy dress on the weekends. This summer I've been loving breezy, boho-inspired dresses with sandals. Weekends are usually reserved for running errands and spending time with friends and family. I also try to set aside quiet time for myself, whether it be at the beach or writing.
Do you have any getting-dressed tips you could share? I've learned so much from all of the great stylists and fashion editors I've worked with over the course of my career. Here are just a few: 1) A stylist suggested that I toss my iron and get a steamer instead. It was the best $30 I've EVER spent. It's gentle on fabrics and I'm no longer scorching my clothes! You can find them anywhere but click here for the one I use. 2) Great accessories can make the most inexpensive items look luxe. I love mixing a $20 dress with designer shoes or interesting jewelry. Right now I'm loving earrings by Sarah Magid and By Boe. 3) If you're plus sized don't get hung up on the size tag—I have items in my closet that range from a size 12-22. Instead, use your actual measurements as a guideline. And don't be scared to visit "straight size" stores—I'm a full 16 and have found great items at places like & Other Stories and Aritzia, which tend to carry pieces that have a boxier, more oversized fit. Stores like Boden, Gap, and Ann Taylor also have extended sizes on their sites and go up as high as 18/20.
Is there something you wear that gets you compliments no matter how many times you wear it? I have a knit moto jacket that I bought years ago at Fashion to Figure for $30 and I always get compliments on it. It's a classic silhouette that works with a variety of pieces in my wardrobe.
Where is your favorite place to shop? Because I'm plus size the shopping experience for me is a little different than it is for straight-size women. Many stores (like Bloomingdale's and Century21) have removed the plus sections from their stores and so in order to get size 16 and up I only visit their online sites. I love ASOS Curve, Hey Gorgeous! (a beautifully curated online boutique for curvy women that carries high-end brands, like Persona by Marina Rinaldi, and independent designers, like PLY and Shegul), Carmakoma, Eloquii, Lane Bryant, and Violeta by Mango. I also shop at straight-size stores that carry extended sizes online like Banana Republic (size 16 is only available online), Ann Taylor (goes up to size 18), Gap (goes up to size 20), and Old Navy (goes up to size 20).
Where do you get style inspiration? I get a lot of my inspiration from the über-stylish women I work with—I'm lucky enough to work somewhere where I get to see all of the current trends a season before our readers see it printed in the pages of the magazine. And because of the nature of my job I'm always looking at countless street style images. I love to peruse sites like Who What Wear, StyleWatch's site TheOutfit!, and blogs like The12ishStyle. There isn't one person whose style I lust over, but I have to admit Olivia Palermo is a genius. I love how she mixes high and low pieces and how she reworks items in her wardrobe. She has a masters in layering and the girl can work wonders with a belt (Google "Olivia Palermo belts" and you'll see what I mean!). It's also important for me to point out that even though someone like Olivia is not plus size, like I am, I truly believe that style is independent of size. I'm inspired by stylish women of all sizes and ages.
What's the best style advice you've ever been given? A fashion editor that I worked with years ago once said, "Just because it zips, doesn't mean it fits". This is so true, whether you're a size 2 or 22. That's why I'm adamant about using the number on the tag as only a guideline and by using my measurements to get the best-fitting garment. I also get a lot of my clothes tailored so that they fit properly. Fit is the key to looking pulled-together.
If this designer went away you would die...what designer is it? DVF! I have a slight obsession with Diane von Furstenberg. Though she doesn't carry sizes north of a 14 (which makes me a little sad) I have two dresses of hers that I absolutely LOVE. I also love her accessories and recently bought these amazing shoes that were on sale (I'm a sucker for a good sale). The lucite heels made the shoes look like a sculpture and I'm so obsessed with them that I don't want to wear them yet for fear of ruining them. The exact ones I bought are sold out now at DVF but Zappos has a version of them here.
Do you have any tips to conquering the "I-have-nothing-to-wear" mornings? When my overstuffed closet fails me, I go the route of Coco Chanel. I wear all black, throw on a pair of heels and red lipstick, and call it a day. It's still the chicest combo and it saves me whenever I'm having a fashion crisis.
We all know beauty goes hand-in-hand with fashion...what is the one product you can't live without? I'm a certified beauty junkie so picking just one product is nearly impossible! Here's my short list: Shisedo Ultimate Power Infusing Concentrate Serum, Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, NARS Bronzer in Laguna, The Body Shop's Big & Curvy Waterproof Mascara (this mascara does NOT budge), and Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet (the perfect red lipsick). I also can't live without perfume—Ambrette 9 by Le Labo and Annick Goutal's L'Ile au Thé are my current favorites.