Updated: October 16, 2020
She has a beaming smile and equally infectious laugh, so a good part of my interview was spent trying not to break out into giggles. But I did manage to talk about her upcoming “winter wonderland” wedding and her passion for classic 1950's style – a look she channeled perfectly for the photo shoot! Meet Trisha Austin Real Bride Real Glamour looking glam modeling our bestselling "Starburst" wedding dress.
Q: How old are you?
Q: How would you describe your True to Your Curves style?
A: I tend to go with whatever’s popular at the moment. But I really like mixing it with classic 1950s style – things like suicide rolls, red lips
Q: Where do you love to shop online? Offline?
A: Torrid and Lane Bryant are two of my favorites. But I’d have to go with Torrid as my #1 pick; I love their clothes.
Q: What inspires your look?
A: Model Tess Munster – she is my inspiration for everything. She gives me the confidence to try out new styles and new things.
Q: What is your pet peeve about the fashion world?
A: I find that when I go to stores that carry “plus sizes,” those sizes tend to be smaller than what I wear. That issue comes up for me especially when I try to find jeans. The different brands all have different sets of sizes that don’t fit the same way. I can go to one store and I’m a large, when normally I fit into a 2XL. It’s confusing.
Q: What makes you laugh?
A: Everything – I have a big sense of humor! I can find everything funny. And silence makes me laugh, I don’t know why. It will be quiet except for me and people will say, “Why are you laughing?” And I’m like, “I don’t know!”
Q: What makes you cry?
A: If I’m having a bad hair day it gets me down. I use sock buns a lot, so if I try it while I’m getting ready for work and it won’t cooperate, it’s upsetting. It throws off my day.
Q: Who is your favorite curvy celebrity and why?
A: Melissa McCarthy, I love her! Identity Thief was hilarious. I think she has a great sense of style.
Q: Tell us your favorite moment from the Real Bride photo shoot?
A: I think it was bonding with all the other girls here. There are so many people from different places; it was fun to get to know new people and spend a day together.
Q: What are some of the plans for your wedding?
A: We are doing a “winter wonderland” theme. The wedding is going to be in a pole barn (a large, open barn) in Michigan, so it’s going to feel very rustic. And we’re going for do-it-yourself decorations, which is exactly how we wanted it. We’re hanging lights from the ceiling and having lots of sparkles everywhere! And I have a dress that matches the theme; it’s got sparkle, lace, and beading. I actually wanted a simpler dress with sleeves at first, and ended up falling in love with a style that’s completely the opposite.
Q: How did you meet your fiancé?
A: We met online. We went on a date, and ended up moving in together two weeks later! My last roommate situation didn’t work out, so it just kind of happened naturally. I became his girlfriend two months after that. We got to know each other really well and spent a lot of time together; it was definitely a different experience. 10 months later, he proposed!
Q: What item in your closet can’t you live without?
A: I have a jean jacket vest that fits with the 50s style clothes I like. And I love my scarves! My mom lives in the Netherlands, and scarves are popular there, so she sends them to me. I end up matching my outfits to fit my scarves. I have one with stars, one with mustaches…you name it, I probably have it on a scarf!
Q: What fashion trend are you loving right now?
A: I’d say tribal print leggings. I saw them a couple years ago, and I thought they were hideous! But now I have them and I love them. And I’m liking looks that reference the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Styles from those times are coming back, and they’re fun to wear.