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F is for Fashion (Lust List)

20 Dec

After a nice evening out Bear took me to a small Goodwill to do a little thrifting before heading home.  I looked, with no success, in the plus section and decided to check the men’s section for some comfy sweaters.  Sure enough, just as I gave up I spied the John Goodman flannel I had been hunting for.  A xxl tall men’s green plaid flannel shirt.  Obviously worn in, I was so ecstatic I bought it without even trying it on thinking I would need to belt it and wear it with some leggings.  When I got home and tried it on I discovered it wasn’t too big at all, just barely covering my bum!

Sexy, right?

Of course that means I am on the prowl for something new!  I have seen some stunning plus size tutus on other blogs and I just had to do some online “window shopping” to see if I could find one to make my own!

This tutu skirt is made by Etsy artist kovale.  It is absolutely stunning!  A white tutu lies under a netted, feather top layer.  The price is steep but I can dream about twirling around in this lovely skirt! Sizes range from xl to xxxl and up and need to br pre-ordered so keep that in mind!

Okay maybe this qualifies more as a petticoat than a tutu, but the color is stunning and the layer look would be modest enough to wear without a skirt over it.  I hope this tutu is every bit as bouncy as it looks!  I would love to wear it with my blue and white striped cardigan or a cute, lacy cami.  You can get your own here for $32 and size go up to size 20.

Okay, maybe not really a skirt, but this tutu dress from Asos Curve.  Sizes 18-22, this dress can be worn with a glittery bolero or red cardigan for christmas parties. The best part, it’s on sale now!

Alright, alright I got terribly distracted but this high waisted skirt by StarChic just needed to be on my lust list for sure. I would be willing to splurge $60 for this velvet red skirt (POCKETS!) Yes, yes a thousand times yes please! I think it would look just as great with a silky black shirt and some dark tights to warm up in the cold Wisconsin winter!

F is for Fashion!

19 Dec

More pleats today. It may have snowed a few days ago, but it is all gone now and a balmy 40 degrees outside; basically summer for a true Wisconsinite!  I went to Burlington Coat Factory yesterday. I haven’t stopped in there since I was young and my mom couldn’t find a girl’s coat to fit over my rotund little belly!  But, damn, do they have great prices! My natural instinct is to still shop clearance, despite the prices being so cheap. I caved and bought a new winter coat at full price for (wait for it) TWENTY DOLLARS!!  Wow, I’ve never found a good dress coat for less than 150 and since I am wide in the hips and smaller in the waist most fitted coats don’t fit me well anyways.  It’s a 3xl from Miss London, a company I have never heard of and can’t seem to find a site for.  It’s very similar to a tan wool peacoat, but a tad lighter. Fully lined and everything, too.  It seems like a regular item so if you are interested I would head on over and get your own! They have coats that come in larger sizes too, so if you are looking for a cute winter coat I would recommend you checking out Burlinton Coat Factory.

Not this exact coat. Think smaller gold buttons and wooly material. Source: Burlington Coat Factory

The other item I bought was this faux leather stretch belt with a nice gold medallion on the front. I didn’t own a brown belt and I needed something to wear with a few dresses and skirts I owned. It screamed country chic to me so I picked it up for only $7.  Bear told me it really helps this outfit look awesome!

This skirt is proof of my theory that no matter where you end up in your shopping trip: TRY ON EVERYTHING. Well, okay, not quite. I was at a Goodwill in Madison and they have weird dressing rooms so I don’t try on things there. The doors start about a foot off the ground and are about 4.5 ft tall leaving about 6 inches of my face staring out into the shopping area. The one time I tried things on a LOT of men walked by and tried to nonchalantly look over. Nope.  So from there on out I just eyeballed things. This was an eyeball success!

Skirt: size 14, $2.99 Goodwill

Shirt: size xxl, $5.00 Target

Belt: size xl, $6.99 Burlington Coat factory

Also, proof that I do, in fact, have a face. I am tall and since I take photos on the computer I often can’t fit my head in or it’s blurry.  So, proof.

F is for F That!

16 Dec

There’s been a mix bag of arguments and urges to the fashion industry to cater to the “everyday woman”.  More recently, women have disparaged not the kind of clothes that have been seen on the runway, but the bodies underneath. As Americans get bigger, models stagnate at an unhealthy size all for the name of fashion.

In response, the American and UK fashion industry have made a push to exoticize “plus-size” models by showcasing a few rare beauties amongst the herd of 00 models.  In Prada’s 2010 fall show Miucca Prada walked models Elle Macpherson (size 6), Lara Stone (size 4-6) Laetitia Casta (size 6), Christy Turlington (size 4), Karen Elson (size 8).  My response: sorry, Miucca, but when you can’t eek out even a remotely plus-sized woman in your show you can’t claim the title of champion to the masses of fat, fashionless “everyday” woman you so desperately feel compassion for.

But let’s be honest, the plain jane fashion industry as always “othered” fat women because without producing an example of the wrong way to present oneself, how will we ever know what is good in term of beauty?  Instead, let me draw your attention to the plus-size clothing industry where, of course, its the true “everyday” woman who is being championed, right?  Think again.

 

 

Images: Jessica London

Well, maybe not.  While Jessica London does have some curvier models I would hadly call their stock that of a “plus-size” variety, even though they cater to the 12-36 size community.  Likewise, most department stores that run into “plus sizes” rarely feature plus size models and almost all high-end “plus-size” fashion lines are modeled by, yep, size 0-8 women.

But there must be a reason to it all right?

Fashion polls claim that seeing a much smaller woman in the same clothes you can purchase ten to twenty sizes bigger actually makes you think that you are going to look like the model in the picture. And the unfortunate thing is, its a great marketing ploy because they’ve been at it for years and are still going strong.

From my own experience back when I bought retail, shopping this way usually goes something like this.  I see a cute dress in a catalogue or flyer on a size 2 model and think, “Wow look how it draws in her waist! It comes down to the perfect place on her knees! It will mask all of my imperfections and I will look so much better when I have this dress!”  So I would wait until payday, head to the store and hopefully get it on sale.

Then when home I realize I’m still the same girl in a bigger dress.  My body was not magically transformed, my waist is not a size 2, and my knees still have that cute little jelly roll on the inside.  Store “x” becomes the crusher of dreams, but I blame myself, my body, and my fat and fall into the cycle of “I’m not good enough, let’s buy something to cover up the ugly!”

Instead, why aren’t more stores eating their own words when they put themselves out there as “Loving your Curves” as Jessica London does?  Why aren’t stores standing up for their customers and ending the cycle of “othering”?

“Plus-size” stores should be helping in the fight to end criticism from both within ourselves and from external forces.  Instead, so many are choosing to use our own insecurities against us, proving once again that our community is divided at best.