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If you’re like me and have spent too much time scrolling through TikTok, you’ve probably stumbled upon one of Remi Bader’s realistic clothing coves. A little over a year ago, she started making TikTok videos testing clothes from various brands to compare how they looked on herself versus online models and have since gone viral.
But this journey to TikTok stardom didn’t happen without its struggles. Even though this was what he wanted to do with his time, Remi had to use his money to buy clothes for his hauls – and thus accumulate credit card debt.
“I’d go to my dad for everything,” Bader said. “He’s the finance clerk. I go to him for questions, but he always scolded me for hoarding my credit card and didn’t take things seriously.”
After his TikTok started turning into a real business, Remi realized he needed to start focusing on his finances. Unwilling to rely on her father anymore, Remi turned to Credit Karma to find out about personal finances, pay her credit cards, and open another savings account.
Credit Karma has now become a primary tool Remi uses to track his finances for his business. It’s a free tool that anyone can use to do everything from learning what affects your credit score to getting personalized advice on how to improve it.
“People think Credit Karma is free, find out your credit score and it doesn’t,” Bader said. “If you want to budget, if you want to save, manage your debt … It could be very personalized. As if you had university loans: if it were a struggle for you, you could go to Credit Karma to give you free and simple tools on how to manage it. “.
Bader has now found his financial foundation, which is essential now that his career has taken off. She never imagined that something born out of the boredom of the pandemic would lead her to where she is today: two million followers on TikTok, 325,000 followers on Instagram and a show on Peacock called Impulse test with Remi Bader. All impressive, especially considering she only started her TikTok a year ago after being fired during the pandemic.
“I stumbled upon curvy fashion inspiration on TikTok in September and have never seen that side of TikTok,” said Bader. “I’ve seen other girls do it, which inspired me to do it.”
It’s easy to see how she has become a fashion inspiration for so many. Not only does she give great advice and tips about fashion in her videos, but she also does it with honesty and humor, which her followers love.
“I think not being afraid to tell how I feel is something people are attracted to,” said Bader. “And then I put some humor in it, which makes people feel better about it. Because it’s such a stressful thing; I grew up crying every time I went shopping because I hated it so much. So, making it more fun and taking it in. walking around, making fun of clothes and not blaming ourselves and our bodies for it, I think it helps a lot of people too. “
When it comes to finding great fashion pieces, Remi is all about finding items that will flatter your body, a skill she has honed while shopping and trying on items over the years.
“I think over time as I got older, I just tried so many things and just learned what was good for my body,” Bader said. “When I see all of these trends now on TikTok, I’ll look at something and say, ‘will it work’ or ‘it won’t’.”
Remi likes styles that are at the crossroads of trendy and comfortable. But she knows that for plus size women, finding this balance between the two can be difficult, which is why she uses her videos to help people realize that no matter if you’re a size 2 or 18, you can still be comfortable and wear. the cutest styles.
In finding this balance, Bader said, “It takes a little bit of effort, which is why I’m trying to do the work for people. I’m trying to do what people don’t want to order online, by going to stores and show it on my body so it helps them see if it could work for them, but I want people to know you could do both. “
In her videos, she sticks to her style, which means being on the trendiest side of fashion, something not all plus size women are comfortable with. But she likes to come up with ideas and show how the clothes fit on her body so that others feel more comfortable wearing them.
Although Remi likes to try out current trends, her style uniform typically consists of things that are tighter below and looser above, like a leotard with a cardigan.
“I think it’s flattering enough for me,” Bader said. “But yeah, in a way it plays with different things. I guess it’s really like I have to take risks, and that’s what I do with my videos. But at the end of the day, I know what will actually be good with me and not.” .
When it comes to fashion brands, Remi has her favorites, although she’s always on the lookout for new ones to try. On the high end, she likes Reformation and For Love and Lemons. “They’re a little more high-end, I’d say, but they have a whole extended-sized section on their pages,” Bader said. “I just bought a bunch of stuff on both of those websites.” But he also loves brands like Good American, Eloquii, Madwell, and Zara.
Now that you know what to buy – and how to calculate it – keep scrolling to shop our picks based on the trends Remi Bader loves this winter season.
“I’m a blazer girl,” Bader said. “Blazers are huge right now and even trouser suits, like specific and matching blazers and pants.”
Buy it! Yolkomo Women’s Chunky Heel Ankle Boots, $ 46.9929.99 – $ 532.99; amazon.com
When it comes to shoes, Remi loves the way heels and shoes are thicker because thinner heels with less support are bad for her feet.
“I like super chunks,” Bader said. “I was wearing those super chunky Jeffrey Cambpell style boots and heels, and those are totally back right now. I love it because for me to wear super skinny high heels, I just never get to. [it]. My feet are so sensitive and I can’t do it. So, I love how chunky and thick it is when it comes to boots and heels right now. “
Buy it! Women’s Mogor Triangle Glitter Bag, $ 13.99 (orig. $ 14.69); amazon.com
Bader also loves a pop of color or added sparkles to a neutral outfit in winter, whether that means adding a pop of color through shoes or a sparkly bag.
“Putting a pop of sparkle or color with a bag and then wearing a more brown or nude dress, plain or black, makes the dress a lot more fun,” Bader said.
Buy it! Abercrombie Curve Love High Waist Dad Jeans, $ 71.20 (orig. $ 89); abercrombie.com
While they haven’t been the most inclusive of sizes in the past, Abercromie now has a whole section of plus size items including jeans, tops and coats.
“People think Abercrombie is just jeans and, again, they have a whole curvy section,” Bader said. “They have great trench coats, really great trendy dresses and bodysuits and things that I think people wouldn’t think of going to Abercrombie for.”
Buy it! Hotapei Women’s Sweater Vest, $ 3,029.98– $ 343.98; amazon.com
Though Bader didn’t like the trend at first, he found a way to make it work on his body by pairing the sweater vest with something tighter underneath.
“I’m really interested in the sweater vest situation with a long-sleeved turtleneck underneath,” said Bader. “I feel like it’s a huge thing right now.”
Shop more of our Remi Bader inspired picks:
Eloquii eco-leather padded jacket
Buy it! Eloquii Faux Leather Down Jacket, $ 39.97 (orig. $ 169.95); eloquii.com
Missguided Plus-Size Mocha-colored shirred Bardot mesh midaxi dress
Buy it! Missguided Plus-Size Mocha Mesh Midaxi Ruffled Bardot Dress, $ 36 (orig. $ 73); missguidedus.com
Buy it! JW PEI Gabbi Bag, $ 67.99 (orig. $ 79.99); amazon.com
Good American U-Ring Fitted midi dress with long sleeves
Buy it! Good American U-Ring Long Sleeve Bodycon Midi Dress, $ 99; nordstrom.com
Crisscross halter neck corset top with cross front Missguided Plus-Size
Buy it! Plus-Size Missguided Chocolate Crisscross Halter Neck Corset Top, $ 19 (orig. $ 38); missguidedus.com
Missguided Plus-Size Pink Co-Ord Shimmer Relaxed Blazer
Buy it! Missguided Plus-Size Pink Co-Ord Shimmer Relaxed Blazer, $ 28 (orig. $ 56); missguidedus.com
Eloquent relaxed wrap coat
Buy it! Eloquii Relaxed Robe Coat, $ 92.97 with code LUVELQ (orig. $ 154.95); eloquii.com