Lauren Pushes Her Own Style Limits on a Day with Stacy London

Following her recent partnership with Meijer’s Massini brand, style guru Stacy London selected three Meijer Team Members to spend the day shopping. She styled each woman and shared the latest and greatest Massini trends, available exclusively at Meijer. After their personal styling session, the women enjoyed a hair and makeup tutorial, compliments of L’Oreal. Read on to learn more about team member Lauren’s experience, and see exclusive footage from her style experience with Stacy London.

Lauren - Stacy London

Name: Lauren

How would you describe your personal style?

I’ve started to realize that I always pick out black pants and black shirts when dressing for work, and don’t really focus on other styles or colors. My favorite color was navy and – let’s be honest – that’s really only black’s cousin. This year, I’m trying to focus on getting outside of my bubble and looking at trends when shopping. I’ve been experimenting with colors like coral and lime green, but by “experimenting,” I mean one sweater.

Why is fashion important to you?

Your style is the first thing people see when they look at you, so I think wearing your heart on your sleeve (literally!) is a great way to get your personal message across without saying a word. Whether your fashion choices are fun and patterned or sleek and buttoned-up, I believe what you say about yourself using fashion is important. This is especially true as a young professional, as you want to be fun as well as taken seriously.

What motivated you to want to meet Stacy London?

I love my personal styles, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few updates and changes. When picking out clothes, I get really concerned about making sure I feel comfortable in the things I wear. And, because I’m a larger size, I want to make sure my clothing choices look the best for my body.

What comes to mind when you think about plus-size shopping and body positivity?

If you really think about the fashion industry as a whole, plus-size is the new average. But even with that fact, so many stores make you shop for plus-size clothing in different sections of the store or even online-only. I love that Meijer is allowing plus-size shoppers to change the narrative of their own style. Now, it doesn’t have to be “I’m going to buy this because it’s available.” Instead, it’s “I’m going to buy this because I love it.”

Why were you looking forward to a day with Stacy London?

I love my solid colors and basics, but I want to experiment more with colors and accessories. Although my go-to black shade is classic, it would be nice to get out of my comfort zone – something I don’t usually do on my own. Hanging out with Stacy and getting her input would force me to try on patterns and colors I would never pick out for myself!

So… How did it go?!

Today was great! I was able to try on a lot of new pieces – some I loved, some I didn’t, but I never would’ve tried them on by myself, so it was overall a really awesome experience.

The best advice Stacy gave you… go!

When discussing my style choices, we also talked a lot about some of the activities I do on a regular basis. Stacy asked, “you’re bold in your life, why are your clothes not bolder?” And she was right, which was such an eye-opening moment! Moving forward, when I go shopping, I’m going to try and reach for pieces outside my comfort zone and push the limits of my own style.

Lauren - Stacy London

With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new favorite outfit?

This bright color and flowy fabric – that’s perfectly light for spring – is something I’d never normally grab. But actually, I love this color and will look for it much more often now. Before today, I didn’t even own a pair of skinny jeans, so picking them up was actually very exciting. As we were shopping, I didn’t even see many normal, solid basics. Instead, there were a ton of trend items, which is really exciting to see from the Massini brand.

With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new favorite outfit?

This bright color and flowy fabric – that’s perfectly light for spring – is something I’d never normally grab. But actually, I love this color and will look for it much more often now. Before today, I didn’t even own a pair of skinny jeans, so picking them up was actually very exciting. As we were shopping, I didn’t even see many normal, solid basics. Instead, there were a ton of trend items, which is really exciting to see from the Massini brand. Also, the woman styled my hair using hairspray before and after all the styling, which allowed the look stay longer and was less frizzy throughout the day. Overall, really great tips I can bring to my day-to-day routine!

Lauren - Stacy London

How did this experience affect your current fashion choices and the way you view your style?

I think a lot of us get busy with our lives and start to feel stuck in many ways – including fashion. The easy thing becomes shopping online or going back to the same store you’ve always tried. But I think I really need to take the time to get out there and try new things on in person – because this color, I would’ve passed it by on the internet. But as it turns out, I received a ton of compliments on the color all day, and that’s something I never would’ve known without simply reaching out and trying something new. That adventurous outlook on fashion will be the biggest message I take away from this whole experience!

Check out our interview with Melissa on her day with Stacy London, and stay tuned for more stories from Meijer team members on their fashion experiences with Stacy!

The Best Oversized Purses for Spring

We’ve talked jewelry, we’ve talked shoes, and now it’s time to talk about the cherry top to this season’s coolest accessories: handbags. Our favorite spring purse trend is (literally) larger than life – supersized totes in every shape and style! We’re so on board with this practical, chic accessory, and have chosen six of our favorites to show you all the ways to make this trend the star of your spring outfit.

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer casual copper

Casual Copper

If a classic, casual tote is up your alley, this copper-hued bag is the perfect choice for you. The details are dainty enough that the satchel looks simple, but they create an understated boho vibe we can’t get enough of. Want to know the best part about this particular purse? It goes perfectly with this Wallflower spring dress to create a put-together boho vibe that’s totally on-trend for spring.

Purse: Massini, $45
Dress: Wallflower, $30

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer clean lines

Clean Lines

Minimalism is trending in home décor, fashion and beauty, so it’s no surprise that this style is one of our spring favorites. The crisp, clean lines are simple and super chic, but provide just enough detail to make the bag attention-grabbing. Need a cute tote to carry your laptop for work? This classic purse is your go-to – it looks totally professional-chic!

Purse: Falls Creek, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer vintage patchwork

Vintage Patchwork

Purses with patchwork are a statement all their own, so don’t be afraid to let your tote do the talking. Pair this ‘70s-esque bag with your simplest closet staples to allow the mix-and-match pattern + bold stitching to shine! We’re talking classic denim jeans and a solid, springy tee.

Purse: Kensie, $45

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

Pastel Pink

Fashion bloggers say that pink will be the color of 2017, so this rose-colored tote is a no-brainer. It features feminine details – like floral cutouts and tiny tassels – and is the perfect statement piece for a sunny, spring day. Pair this XL satchel with anything and everything, including even more pink in a similarly hued top!

Purse: Massini, $45

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer fringe tassels

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer fringe tassels

Fringe Tassels

Fringe tassels have been a top trend since last season, and spring 2017 is definitely no exception. Alongside metallic studs and intricately braided details, tassels make this oversized tote perfectly boho chic. It’s a great choice for running errands or having brunch with your girls – pair with florals, ruffles, bold patterns, you name it!

Purse: Massini, $45

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

Mustard Yellow

Finally, yellow will continue to rule the streets and runways alike this spring, whether it’s a bright, pastel shade or this muted mustard color. A sunny hue + details like tassels, patchwork and stitching = all eyes on your new, trendy spring tote. And if you want your handbag to really stand out, pair it with a dark top and bottoms or other contrasting tones.

Purse: Kensie, $45

Which of these styles will be your spring go-to?