What Inspires Meg Gilbert's On-Point Personal Style

While it may be her wonderfully effervescent hair that first grabs your attention, Meg Gilbert’s confidence and body positivity are what make her personal aesthetic something worth relishing.

Courtesy of Meg Gilbert
Courtesy of Meg Gilbert

The owner of Olive and Ivy in Cincinnati, Ohio, Meg Gilbert shares where she finds inspiration for her on-point wardrobe.

Beauty Launchpad (BLP): What three words would you use to describe your personal style?

Meg Gilbert (MG): Three words I’d use to describe my style are: edgy, because of my vivid hair and tattoos; boho, because of my obsession with all things flowy and floral; and then a splash of Ms. Frizzle, because I love a themed outfit or fruit earrings.

BLP: How has your style changed over the years?

MG: My style has changed so much throughout the years. I was raised pretty religious, so modesty was very important to my mom, and I was also always a chubby kid–this didn’t leave too much room to create a style growing up. I’m only 25 years old, and my 20s thus far have been a lot about finding my style and going through a body-positive journey. It hasn’t been easy to find clothes I identify with as a plus-size woman, but I enjoy a challenge.

BLP: Is there an article of clothing, piece of jewelry or tattoo that holds a lot of meaning to you? Why?

MG: My favorite articles of clothing to wear are my sassy body-positive T-shirts because they make people either feel accepted or feel uncomfortable—we can’t grow and learn from a comfortable place. Some of these shirts say, “IDGAF about your diet Susan,” “Fat is not a bad word” and “Anti-diet culture.” My tattoo with the most meaning is my sternum/belly tattoo, which is a bundle of olive branches and flowers with a little bumblebee. I had a dog named Olive who changed my life and she passed away tragically; this was for her. It was my most painful tattoo, but it also makes me feel so beautiful. It’s now the logo for my salon, Olive and Ivy!

BLP: What is the best piece of fashion/beauty advice you have ever received?

MG: Not everything you wear must be flattering. We are so obsessed with making ourselves look smaller and I’m tired of trying to shrink myself.

BLP: Who are your style icons?

MG: The stylists in my salon. We all have such different styles and it’s fun to take ideas and be inspired by each other. I also love getting inspiration from other fat babes on TikTok and Instagram.

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