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What Body Type Are You? Styles to Compliment Your Body Type with Southern Soul Collectives

What Body Type Are You? Dressing for Your Body Type with Southern Soul Collectives

Pear-Shaped Body

Pear-shaped bodies typically have narrower shoulders and a smaller bust compared to wider hips and thighs.

Apple-Shaped Body

Apple-shaped bodies often carry more weight in the midsection while having slimmer legs and arms. 



Stay Cozy and Chic All Year Round: The Versatility of Cardigans for Fall, Winter, and Spring

Why Cardigans Are Ideal for Fall, Winter, and Spring:

  1. Be Prepared for any Temperature: One of the key reasons cardigans are perfect for all seasons is their ability to help you adapt to changing temperatures. When the weather is unpredictable, layering with a cardigan allows you to easily adjust your outfit throughout the day. Simply throw it on when it's chilly and take it off when the sun comes out. Layering pieces like cardigans are great to keep in your car for easy access when the temperature begins to drop.

Southern Soul Collectives: Celebrating Women of All Ages, Shapes, and Sizes with On-Trend Plus Size Fashion

Fashion for EVERY BODY

One of our core principles at Southern Soul Collectives is that fashion should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their size. We understand that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and we're here to ensure that our plus size customers have as many stylish options as our straight-sized counterparts. From trendy tops and dresses to comfortable loungewear and activewear, we have a wide range of clothing that caters to your unique style and needs.

Wedding season is upon us; what are you wearing?
Wedding season has arrived, and with it comes the excitement of finding the perfect dress to wear to all the upcoming nuptials. Whether you're a bridesmaid, a guest, or the mother of the bride or groom, Southern Soul Collectives has...
Strawberry Crunch Layer Cake
Without further southern gal chit-chat, here is my cake version of the famous “bunch-a-crunch” ice cream bars we used to eat in school. Your choice was either chocolate or strawberry. You couldn’t beat getting a dessert for $.25! 
Pivoting My Way into a Path of Entrepreneurship- Featuring Beth Riegger
There were many tears, trials and tribulations as well as joy and celebrations. My resounding theme is to be open to pivoting. You never know where you are going to land so sit back and enjoy the ride!
From Meltdown Mom to Living the Life of her Dreams; All with Kids in Tow- Featuring Amanda Clark
I was a 19 year-old teen pregnancy statistic who had big dreams of being a Photographer. Now pregnant and a Wife, I had this belief in my head that my dreams had to be put on hold to take care of my new family.
From Layoff to Women Empowerment: The Five Key Lessons I learned Along the Way to Starting My Own Business- Featuring Sandy Stricker
In March 2020, I was one of the millions of Americans whose job was eliminated. While most would see this as a negative as losing a job could have devastating effects, I look at this life-changing event a little differently.
Corporate Gal Gone Gourmet in an RV
How could she possibly go from a high-powered executive to an on-the-road Queen of her RV? 
What Does It Mean to Be a Short Woman in a Tall Woman’s World?
If you are like me, my body shape is like a block of cheese. No curves.
Finding Your Perfect Fit in an E-comm World of Shopping
I have a tendency 1. to never measure and 2. order sizes too big. In my mind I am thinking, well… I can either cinch it, sell it or eat my way into it! Don’t online shop like me, obviously!
Are the Upcoming Fashion Trends of 2022 for Everyone?
As we inch closer towards 2022, I bet you all are wondering what fashion trends await us in the New Year. Do “trends” even apply to those of us over 40? Maybe not in their totality, but we can still take age- appropriate fashion queues from the younger fashionistas and what they are able to pull off, youthful skin and all.
Alabama Class with a Whole Lotta’ Sass
With every adoring fan comes the not so adoring. How does Stefanie handle this? Although she has been known to put a sassy mouthed customer in their place (well deserved, I might add as a witness), she handles the unpleasantries with true southern grace. 
The Resurrection of the Fanny Pack
I heard a rumor that Weird Al Yankovic single handedly destroyed the coolness of these packs with one song, White & Nerdy. 
Escaping Corporate and Selling Multi-Millions Online
YOU REALLY CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE. Let that marinate……and I will repeat it. YOU REALLY CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE. It’s not just something your parents said to you as a child when dreaming of being a ballerina or a dinosaur.
The Reluctant Holiday Host
Sooo…. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, albeit reluctantly. I say this because being three weeks away, my type A, almost, but not quite, perfectionist personality is starting to switch gears into over drive.
Wondering What a Shacket is? Me too….
According to fashion bloggers (a lot more experienced than me) this mystical, mystery outerwear is a cross between a shirt and a jacket. Pretty obvious, right? The wonderful thing about this new hybrid wear is that it is suited for...
A Southern Soul with a Restless Gypsy Spirit
A southern girl with an ever wandering gypsy spirit and a love for affordable fashion, Southern Soul Collectives was born from a lot of soul searching and asking myself, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” Mind you, I am in my early forties and quite the grown up so this question seems pretty silly to ask at my age. Well, let me tell you how it all began.