Plus size fun size: with Francis Lee Baker AKA: @FrancisLeeBaker4

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As plus-size men, body shaming can be one of the most heart-breaking issues we have to deal with every single day of our lives. At a time where the media portrays being skinny as the only acceptable way to be happy – let alone to deserve to be loved – I decided to tell another story.

In my 4 years as a blogger, I met wonderful plus-size influencers from around the globe, each of which shines in their own way – always because of their talent, not their waist number.

With them, I had the most interesting conversations and we’re dying to share these moments with you. Every week in November, discover a new plus-size blogger on www.sashdesigns.com but today, let me introduce Francis Lee Baker

About you

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

•My name’s Francis Lee Baker. I run a fashion blog called Lee’s Lookbook. I’m born and raised in Kentucky. Even though I’m from Kentucky, I’ve always cared about style. I remember stumbling on a risqué Tom Ford ad when I was a teenager. Being a horned-up teenager, I automatically wanted to learn more about Fashion because of that magazine ad. I started Lee’s Lookbook as a way to document what I was learning about fashion. That evolved into sharing my personal style.

2. How would you describe your personal style?

•My style is lazy. Some people call it effortless which sounds better. I typically just throw on jeans and a t-shirt. Pairing that with a jacket and sunglasses makes it look like I tried though. When I finally muster up the energy, I go for a look that’s edgy and elegant.

3.  Who was your first style icon and why?

• Kanye West! I went to a middle school that had a dress code: tucked-in shirts and khakis every day. Kanye West made preppy style look cool. So that’s where I drew some of my first style inspiration.

4.  What are the challenges you face while shopping?

The best clothes are online! However, it’s hard to get sizing right when you can’t try before you buy. I hate making returns. So I hold onto a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit.

5.  What is the one item you would always tend to buy?

I always tend to buy jackets. I mainly like wearing t-shirts and jeans, but jackets make the outfit special.

6.  Which trend do you think doesn’t match plus-size men?

• Tucked shirts are trendy right now, but it’s difficult for bigger guys to pull off. It’s so hard to keep your shirt tucked in. 

7.  Which trend do you dislike the most ?

• The ugly shoe trend is tricky. Some of the shoes are surprisingly stylish. Others are just plain ugly.

8.  What is the main message you always want to deliver when you communicate with people?

• Don’t base your style on what other people think it. If it makes you happy, wear it! Why would you let your happiness depend on someone else?

The game of faves

1. Celebrity crush?

• Emily Ratajkowsi. Blurred Lines was hot, but what’s more attractive is that she’s intelligent and knows her worth.

 

2. Favorite Quote?

• Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that. – MLK Jr.

 

3. Favorite color?

• Light blue

4. Favorite brand or designer?

• Tom Ford and Saint Laurent are my all time favorites.

5. Favorite food?

• I love chicken wings!

6. Jeans or Chinos?

• Definitely jeans

On being an influencer…

1. You have been on social media for quite some time, during this period how much changed from your point of view?

• The biggest change I’ve noticed is our perception of male beauty. We’re finally acknowledging that there isn’t a perfect body type. It’s awesome that my generation is spreading that message. A lot of guys like myself are having to rebuild our confidence. However, our kids will have more room to be confident right off the bat.

 


2. And what would you change if it was up to you?

• More mall retailers need to target big and tall men. No one should have to exclusively shop online or with one brand. 

3. What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

• I’m probably repeating myself, but I’ve never been in a serious relationship.

Any advice you would give for sashdesigns.com readers?

•Francis Baker
Founder of Lee’s Lookbook
http://www.leeslookbook.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/francisleebaker4/

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