In my experience, one of the best things about plus size blogging is connecting with women who I can relate to, but I’ve always found it hard to find women who were my size (28) blogging. Last week I sent a call out on Twitter asking to be introduced to more blogs that featured fashionable women size US 24+. I quickly realized that a lot of people on Twitter wanted to know the same, so I set out to find as many fashion bloggers in that size range as I could. I also quickly realized that “size” is hard to determine (my closet has clothes from size 22-30!), so I emailed and sought permission from all of the following bloggers. With a great number of plus-size lines ending at size US 22/24, I find myself sometimes feeling very limited within plus-size fashion, so seeing all of the bloggers below was amazingly inspiring and exciting. After looking at them all, fashion size 24+ doesn’t seem as limiting as I sometimes think of it. Some of these bloggers were ones I’ve known about for years, and some were new to me. I hope you find some great new blogs to follow or some old ones to get reacquainted with
1. Nicole at A Well-Rounded Venture
2. Georgina at Cupcake’s Clothes
3. Naomi at Diamonds ‘n’ Pearls
4. Neiiko at Le Blog de Neiiko
5. Affinity at Affatshionista
6. Chastity Garner at Garner Style
7. Tracy Broxterman at Chubble Bubble
8. La Chica Mas Fina at The Big Girls Code
9. Courtney Mina at The Glitter Thread
10. Lolly at Lolly Likes Fatshion
11. Shawna at When in Doubt Wear Purple
12. Rebecca at Sullen Hearts
13. Tiffany at Fat Shopaholic
14. Thina at Beyond Sizes
15. Amber at Forty-Six Jay
16. Mel at Mel Bumble Bee
17. Mary at Glitter Odyssey – YouTube Channel
18. Coco at Coco Curvy
19. Sarah at Style It
20. Me, Rebecca at The Plus Side of Me
I also came across a few blogs that seem to be no longer updated. They are definitely worth checking out, though, because their archives hold some serious fashion: The Busty Traveler, Hello Jiggles, and On the Fat Walk.
If you are a fashion blogger size 24+ or know one that I’ve not included here, please feel free to leave links in the comments.
I spent the day responding to student work in a coffee shop. A few hours into working, it began to snow big, fluffy flakes, so I moved to the front table to get the best view. I listened to Rihanna’s song “Stay” about 35 times (I couldn’t help it), all while trying to ignore the notifications for new Ruzzle games I could play. I ended the day by having dinner with a couple family members at a small Italian restaurant. We laughed, talked about dogs, and I got
scolded ”advice” on what to do with my career. After 2 rough (sick) weeks, I’m thankful for a low key day and the small things.
By the way, today’s outfit post is one of those posts that I’ve started, stopped, and deleted about 10 times because it’s featuring an outfit that is triggering my insecurity. It’s kind of a boring outfit in the grand scheme of things, but I’m wearing some items and shapes that I’m not that used to (long jacket, peplum jacket, chinos skinnies). I found it odd that after 2+ years of blogging, my gut reaction is to let the pictures die in the deep, dark corners of my virtual files, so here I am putting them out there since I know that I’m being my own worst enemy about them.
The funny thing is that I felt really good wearing the items, like the kind of good that makes you walk a little lighter and freer the rest of the day, but ultimately I came home, looked at the pictures like I always do, and the inner critic came out. Looking at pictures of myself is a practice I’m used to, and one that has allowed me to know my body more than anyone else. And yet, there are still times where I struggle to accept it, especially when I’m trying new styles. Do you ever go through the same thing? How do you deal with it?
Last night I headed out with my family to celebrate my dad and mine’s birthday. His is on the 6th, and mine is on the 8th, so it’s always a joint celebration. I’d love to say the night was all smiles, but sometimes birthdays don’t end up the way you want them to and perhaps I expect too much out of them anyway!
But on to the outfit! I put to use two of my new items featured on my previous post: ASOS Curve Check Top and their oxblood jersey skirt. I swear these skirts are the most comfortable thing ever. The check top is great (even though its a little askew in the picture), but I’m not a fan of the step hem. I think because it fits tightly on me, the step hem doesn’t “lay” like it’s meant to. Also, I’m someone who always has trouble finding shirts that are long enough, and this top is almost too long on me. If you want it to fit loose, buy your normal size. If you want it snug, I’d size down once.
I paired it with black suede heels from Urban Outfitters and a fitted faux-leather jacket from Evansusa.com. I ran out of time getting ready and had to rush, so no jewelry with this outfit! I was pretty impressed that I managed to eat dinner without getting a spot on my white top. Definitely an accomplishment for me, haha
How do you celebrate birthdays?
During my winter break from teaching, I sold a good amount of items from my closet (thank you to those who purchased!), and I also spent a little too much time and money buying new items. I’ve been feeling kind of eh towards fashion and getting dressed up lately, so I figured looking at some new-to-me things may get my inspiration going, plus some of them are still on their way to me so I have to imagine! Hilariously, after making this little collage, I realized that I must have been seriously feeling pencil skirts, black, and pink. What can I say? When I find something I like, I really like it.Check Top with Step Hem – $33.29 2. Lane Bryant Belt Strap Tote – gifted to me for my 25th birthday 3. ASOS Curve Midi Skirt in Matte Shine – $20.81 4. Evans Pink Chiffon Shirt – $49.50 5. Anna Scholz for SimplyBe Print Dress – $99 6. nicole by Nicole Miller Faux Leather-Sleeve Sweater – $14 7. ASOS Curve (Oxblood) Midi Skirt in Jersey – $29.96 8. Evans Black Chiffon Shirt – $49.50 9. ASOS Curve (Black) Midi Skirt in Jersey – $29.96
Do you also find yourself buying similar items at the same time? What are you currently adding to your closet?
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Recently I’ve been really getting into Mindy Kaling’s scripted show, The Mindy Project. I had never watched The Office, so I have no reference to understand how similar or different her character of Mindy is, but what I do know is that Mindy’s style on the show is inspiring in it layers, textures, prints, and colors. She somehow manages to come off as sexy, smart, and fashionable, all while wearing some tiny, fun accessory that any 7-12 year old would be delighted to have. Considering that I’m still trying to figure out what the heck professional wear means and looks like on me, I’ve got to give it up to Mindy who is showing me how to be young and office-appropriate all in one look.
Mindy takes her colors, button-ups, layering, and pinches of whimsy seriously, so I decided to try and capture my own version of Mindy’s charm. I went with dark green pants and layered a chambray button up with this fox sweater that I purchased over Christmas break from Old Navy.
As much as I love Mindy’s snowflake earrings and beaded heart bracelet, I’m a little tamer when it comes to “cutesy” things and the fox was enough for me. I picked up the orange color in the fox with my cognac flats and Dooney and Bourke satchel.
Evans green jeans, Old Navy chambray shirt, Old Navy fox-print sweater, Target flats, Dooney and Bourke Florentine Satchel in small (I recommend searching for a deal on eBay), and Aldo ring.
I don’t think I captured the polished aspect of Mindy’s looks, but it was still fun to do. It’s honestly been awhile since a character on T.V. has inspired me with their clothing.
What do you think of Mindy’s style? Do you have a particular actor/character that inspires your style?
P.S. Mindy wears cute clothes outside of her show, too.
Happy New Year! I’m very excited for 2013, and I hope that it brings good things in my (and yours) career and personal life. I’ve started back with a new semester of teaching, hence my disappearing act, but I am back with one of my favorite outfits in awhile.
First, I was blown away by the amount of positive comments on my “Call for Help” post! I also felt like I let you all down just a little bit by not going with outfit #2. I’m glad that I ended up going with outfit #4, since we went to a bar where lots of people were wearing jeans and t-shirts, but now I know that I need to find another occasion to wear #2 to.
Now, on to my outfit. I don’t often wear pencil skirts (really, really rare), but I saw some pencils skirts on ASOS that really piqued my interest. The fit of a pencil skirt can either be my friend or foe, so I reached out on Twitter to see if the ASOS skirts ran large, and luckily for me, I have lots of blogger friends who gave me feedback on the sizing. The skirt runs US16-22, but it runs two sizes large. I decided to risk it, and I’m really happy that I did.
Once the skirt arrived, I realized that I could wear it lots of different ways with the same items. The material is stretchy, but it does not stretch out, so whether I pull it up for a shorter length or down for midi length, it’s going to hold its shape. I also liked that I could wear it with the seams in the right place for a symmetrical print (like above) or I could shift it for a more mixed pattern. For the midi-length, I added a belt to the sheer blouse.
I really like it midi-length for teaching in. Although I love dresses, I often don’t feel comfortable wearing them to work where I’m up and down all of the time, but this length feels very secure and the stretch means it’s going to move with me with whatever I’m doing.
I also wanted to do a shorter look with it and get a more casual feel. I wore the outfit below out to lunch with my mom, and it felt easy and comfortable. I’ve probably only worn a skirt out in public about 5 times in my entire life, and yet I didn’t feel nervous about it at all (and yes, I still get nervous wearing certain clothes in public).
And then finally, the silhouette I wear the least, a tucked in shirt with a longer skirt. I tried the top tucked in tight, but I liked it better billowy.
Torrid Sheer Blouse, ASOS Curve Skirt, New Look Inspire Wedges, JewelMint Necklace, Handmade Button Ring
So, if you can’t tell, I kind of love this skirt, and I highly recommend it, especially for those who are size 26/28 and can’t easily find skirts like this. I also bought the baroque print skirt, which is also really nice and fits perfectly. This shirt could fit someone a little larger, also. This plus the baroque are my first print skirts, but they won’t be my last .
What do you think of the three looks? What do you like to wear with print skirts?
I was kind of wavering on whether I wanted to go out on New Year’s Eve or not, and I finally decided to go be social. I am meeting some friends for a late dinner at a somewhat casual restaurant then we are heading to a bar in Charlotte. Last year, a lot of people were wearing cocktail dresses, but there were also plenty of people wearing jeans (including me!). I went to a couple stores today and there were barely any dresses in stock, which was really surprising. That said, I dug through my closet and pulled out some possible choices, but now I need YOU to help me pick my central piece. Since it’s possible that we only go to a casual place, I’m not sure whether the dresses will be too fancy or if I should just throw caution to the wind and go with the dressiest piece. Below are three dresses (with my head cut off because I look atrocious today), and then a couple pictures of “outfits from the past” that I could change up a bit and wear out.
Which do you think is the best look for a NYE outfit?
Feel free to leave tips on how you’d accessorize your outfit choice:)