Tracee Ellis Ross: ‘women are beautiful in all sizes, colors and ages’

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Last year I covered an interview with Tracee Ellis Ross in which I learned that she worked as a stylist after college. She spoke candidly about the fact that style is not only about the clothing, but about feeling comfortable and confident in an outfit no matter your size. I came away a fan as she mirrored a lot of my opinions about fashion.

That’s why I’m happy to report that she has a new line with JcPenney which is both stylish and affordable for many women. All items are under $75! Plus it comes in a full range of sizes to accommodate all women. Ross spoke to Fashionista about her line and she had similar thoughts to Victoria Beckham on the importance of being involved at all stages of the design process.

“I feel so ready for this, with the platform of ‘Black-ish’ and where I am in my life and career,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work because I felt very strongly that I wanted to have my hand in every aspect — from designing every piece to choosing the models to finding the photographer and styling the looks and everything was all my heart — which is a lot while you’re shooting a show, but it’s been fantastic…

“It was really important to me to have an age range and body-type range when I designed the collection,” Ellis Ross explained. “I really believe women are beautiful in all shape, sizes, colors and ages — all of it. Beauty is about the individual. Beauty is about choice. Beauty is about personal desire and what that means to you as an individual. So I really wanted this collection to be joyful and armor-ful, you know? To empower women to feel good in their skin and to feel joyful in their clothes.”

[From Fashionista]

I am so lucky to live in a wealthy college town where I can score designer clothes at the local Goodwill. I’m not talking couture, but I regularly find labels from Nordstrom like Rag and Bone, Lucky, David Meister and Diane Von Furstenberg (ok I have one shirt, not a dress I’m still waiting for that big score). More than that, I love mixing vintage and new pieces and putting together a look. It’s rare that I shop retail at this point as I bristle at spending $50 or more on a gown for an event when I can get an entire outfit for less than $20. However I’m going to check out Ellis’ line for JcPenney not only because the price point is low, but because it looks well designed and made. Check out this gorgeous sequin gown. It’s not bodycon but it’s still sexy as hell.

Oh and Ross wore a t-shirt from high school to a polo match! She posed a throwback photo to prove it. Polka dots are in again as are so many trends from the 90s. I wish I saved more of my high school clothes.

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  1. Sojaschnitzel says:

    I dont think I would still fit in my highschool clothes…

  2. Nev says:

    Boss outfits. Love it.

  3. Lucy says:

    She seems so sweet and fun to hang out with!! Not to mention she has a superb sense of style.

  4. lightpurple says:

    She is just such a joy.

  5. senna says:

    Those yellow pants!! I’m in love!

    • Olenna says:

      Me, too! It’s a coincidence that I saw a similar pair on Pinterest yesterday when I was searching for pants to go with oxfords. Of course, they were no longer available.

  6. poppy says:

    i want to live in a TER world. jesus i need a whole tracee universe.
    she is fierce and a joy.

  7. BlueSky says:

    I’m with you,CB. I try not to pay full price for anything. I go to a local consignment store that is run by the Junior league and Goodwill stores that are near the wealthy neighborhoods. There is a consignment store I’m going to in NC that is in a wealthy town and I cannot wait! My coworker told me about it.

  8. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    Am here to add more love for TER so that we can cover her more often.

    Her polo outfit is fabulous and I would wear that entire ensemble.

  9. KC says:

    Somehow I missed this post today. I love TER, a few times a fella has told me I resemble her. I mentioned to a friend last week that she’s got such a quirky, goofy laid back way to her (even in her 40s) that I think we’d be fast friends! I follow her on IG and had seen her in that shiny pink dress but didn’t know it was from or that she had started her own line. Good for her!

  10. DesertReal says:

    I just saw this collection and that tux is giving me life. I’ve already bookmarked it in my tablet and everything. Hurry up November!