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Interview with Jen Patterson, PR & Strategic Partnership Manager at Addition Elle

by
Karine


Please introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Jen; a mom, wife and boss. I’m live in Montreal, which, in my opinion, is the best city in the entire world. I work for Addition Elle, a plus size fashion retailer, as the PR & Strategic Partnership Manager. I’m also a mama to my darling little girl Charlotte, and wifey to a handsome contractor hubby. And, in whatever spare time I have, I write for my blog justjenp.com which chronicles my life as I attempt to have it all!

Have you always wanted to work in fashion? When and how did you become interested in fashion?

I’ve been addicted to fashion magazines for as long as I could read. I was always fascinated by the women in their pages - who are they, where are they going. I wanted to be just like these glamorous ladies! But I didn’t realize fashion was a career until much later in life. I never saw myself working in fashion - I actually wanted to be an art curator! I thought that there wasn’t a place for someone like me because all the movies/magazines/shows about fashion didn’t feature a body like mine. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered the world of plus size fashion! Here was an entire industry devoted to women like me who loved fashion and wanted to be included in the fashion world.

I thought that there wasn’t a place for someone like me because all the movies/magazines/shows about fashion didn’t feature a body like mine. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered the world of plus size fashion! Here was an entire industry devoted to women like me who loved fashion and wanted to be included in the fashion world.

Tell me about a moment you felt most proud of at this point in your career.

I am most proud of Addition Elle’s runway shows at New York Fashion Week. It has always been a dream of mine to be at a Fashion Week event and I still can’t believe that I helped to create one! From model bookings, to fittings, to PR, to the livestream, I was involved in every aspect. It was so monumental to be able to bring plus size into a space that has been ruled by thin, idealized bodies. It would have meant so much to me as a young girl to see a body like mine on the runway, and through these shows, I’ve had the opportunity to inspire women.

How would you describe your own personal style?  

My personal style is eclectic. Growing up plus size, I’m used to shopping around to find clothes that fit and are fashionable. I love combining high and low, tailored and casual pieces to create a signature style. My motto has always been “If you love it, wear it!” So my wardrobe is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces that I love. Clothing should make you happy! I chose what I’ll wear based on how I’m feeling on that day. Every day is a fashion adventure. You can see how I wear it on my IG @justjenp.  


Social media has made the world a smaller place, where we can connect more easily with like-minded people. My little community of followers has become a safe, supportive place and understanding place for moms and body positivity...I always say fashion doesn’t save lives, but it certainly changes them.

Any resources (blogs/Instagram accounts) that you love to look at for fashion inspiration?

Does the entire Internet count? Seriously, because of my job, I practically live on Instagram all day, searching for influencers, cool companies to collaborate with, and must-have products, so I find inspiration everywhere! I’ll save my fave posts for later when I’m searching my closet for what to wear. At the moment, I have a major mom-crush on Eva Chen, who is always the perfect combination of fashion, put together yet totally chaotic and relatable. That is SO my vibe.

Jen with her daughter Charlotte

The philosophy that drives And Comfort is the idea of finding delight in the everyday What’s something that brings you delight?

My daughter Charlotte is my ray of sunshine. She brings meaning and purpose to everything I do (cheesy, but true!) I can be having the worst day and then her giggle just lifts the clouds. Also, it brings me immense joy and delight when one of my followers will reach out to thank me for sharing my life. Social media has made the world a smaller place, where we can connect more easily with like-minded people. My little community of followers has become a safe, supportive place and understanding place for moms and body positivity. My heart sings when someone will reach out and tell me that they wore high-rise jeans for the first time because of something I posted, or that they struggled with a post-baby body but felt empowered seeing me embrace mine. I always say fashion doesn’t save lives, but it certainly changes them.