As I continue to introduce you to real women who embrace themselves wholly, I’d like you to meet another fashionable plus-sized babe – say Hello to Dana Yong, ex-school teacher, baking student, former plus sized model, beauty pageant finalist and fashionista.
On the day we visited Dana at the flat she shares with her husband Danny and her cats, she baked us so many treats including one that looks like me! Can you tell which dress it’s inspired by? Heehee….
Dana used to teach English and Physics in a secondary school for 3 years before caving in to her passion for baking. She’s now halfway through her Diploma in Bakery Arts and Science. Check out her blog at outofthecakebox.wordpress.com and her newly launched home bakery page https://www.facebook.com/outofthecakebox
Other than baking, she counts gardening and shopping online, her top 3 favourite things to do! Read on to learn more about her fashion philosophy:
- What is your dress/shoe size? My dress size is UK18-20. Shoe size is UK8.
- Describe Your Style I can’t put my finger on a specific style but I have a weakness for pretty dresses, especially vintage 50s styles. Bright colours, florals and interesting prints are the mainstay in my wardrobe. There was a period in my life I dubbed the Dark Ages, when black felt like the only, and safest, thing to wear, but I am so over that now. My mantra is to have fun and if it feels good, work it.
- What do you normally wear to work or a work event/meeting? Now that my workplace is the kitchen, I am most often found in my chef whites. When I need to meet a client in a more formal setting, I can usually get away with wearing a smart dress in a fun print or bright colour and a pair of colourful kitten heels or ballet pumps. I don’t wear a lot of accessories like jewelry or watches, due the hassle of removing them when I have to be in the kitchen, but I’m partial to colourful shoes.
- Where and how do you shop? I hardly ever hit town so most of my shopping is done online. If you possess a sewing machine and basic alteration skills (or know an obliging tailor), there is nothing scary about shopping online.
- What are your favourite things to buy? Belts! Either very skinny or very wide, in every colour, finish or print. They add interest (and a waist).
- What are your favourite brands or shops? I love to trawl eBay for vintage or retro finds. ASOS is great; shipping is free, plus I can shop from both the main range and the Curve range for sizes 20-26. For my wider-than-average feet and hips, I love Torrid for their generously-cut footwear and shorts. There’s also Orange Bear, the Taiwanese version of ASOS for plus size fashion, where I can get cute, casual outfits for a song.
- How do you dress on your blah-days? Ok, I’m guilty. Flip flops. They are terrible, I know, but so comfy, especially after 8 straight hours on my feet in the kitchen.
- When you were 12, what did you imagine your life would be like at your current age? At 12, 30 was so far from my mind! I graduated primary school with a bunch of really smart kids (Like, what on earth am I doing here with you guys?). While my peers were talking about going on to ‘atas’ schools like RI and RGS, I dreamt of marrying Willy Wonka. We’d live happily ever after in his chocolate factory and make amazing confections all day.
I am very inspired by Dana for her conviction to her craft – baking. Few Singaporean women would give up a commonly thought of as stable and respectable career with a steady income to pursue their passion, retrain and then take the risk to start their own business. For that, she’s not your average woman.