Big Brooklyn Style



Boutique owner offers plus-sized fashion, positive messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series focuses on how plus-size women can be fashionable and look and feel beautiful. The challenges plus-size women face are occasionally discussed.

Positive role models

Lisa Dolan is a self-taught designer and small-business owner. She is confident and offers women empowering advice about how they can look and feel their best.

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Occasional references to bras and nipples.

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The series is a promotional vehicle for Lisa Dolan's designs and Lee Lee's Valise clothing boutique.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References are made to going out for cocktails.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Big Brooklyn Style is a reality series that promotes a plus-size designer and her clothing boutique, but also contains positive messages about being self-confident and fashionable no matter what size you are. There are some references to bras and nipples, and occasional comments about going out on dates or cocktails. Occasionally, customers briefly discuss their feelings about being plus-sized women. It's pretty lighthearted and positive, and teens and adults interested in this sort of thing may find their fashion sense heightened by what they see here.

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What's the story?

BIG BROOKLYN STYLE is a reality show featuring plus-size women's clothing designer Lisa Dolan as she runs her Brooklyn-based boutique, Lee Lee's Valise. Along with her husband and store manager Jim, and her friend and associate Katie Cardone, she helps larger women who struggle to find attractive and well-fitting clothes find outfits that work for them. While she gives them clothing options and styling tips designed to enhance their curves, she also helps them feel more confident about who they are and how they look.

Is it any good?


The lighthearted series offers lots of styling tips for full-figured women, ranging from what kinds of colors and prints they should wear to the various ways a dress that is well-proportioned to their bodies can be worn. Dolan also reveals some of the specific tailoring details that should go into creating clothing for fuller-figured women in order to make them fit right.

It's definitely a promotional vehicle for Dolan's clothing designs as well as her boutique. But if you can look past this, you will also find a show that is trying to empower full-figured women to feel comfortable in their own skin. It also sends the message that women of all shapes and sizes have the right to be fashion forward and feel beautiful.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about body image issues. What kinds of expectations does society have about the way women should look and the sizes they should be? How does the media create and/or reinforce these expectations?

  • Why would Lisa Dolan agree to be featured in this reality show? What does she stand to gain or lose?

TV details

Cast:Jim Dolan, Katie Cardone, Lisa Dolan
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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