In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to talk with a few new bloggers, and it made me think a lot about the bloggers I read when I first started blogging and the year or so after. Many of those blogs that were/are hugely inspirational to me are still up and running with new content, and other ones are no longer or not often updated or have changed direction or moved over to other platforms like Instagram. Some haven’t blogged since 2012, and others have posts from just a few months ago. This post is all about the blogs that may no longer be updated or rarely updated. All of the following 6 have wonderfully rich archives with outfit inspiration that can serve you today. I hope you’ll check out these blogs that really played a role into who I am as a fashion blogger and take a long good look through their archives.
Nicole is probably the most influential blogger I ever had contact with. She was one of the first to talk with me, and I related to her so well. We met up in the summer of 2012 to go to FFFWeek together. It was a great time (even though I was a little uptight because the city scared me haha). Check out her Instagram account as well.
What were some the blogs that inspired you most when you first came upon plus-size fashion blogs? Feel free to share blogs that are no longer updated!
This morning I tweeted/instagramed my outfit of the day that featured a dress that had spent months in my closet and was just finally being worn. It’s an ASOS Curve dress that many bloggers have worn before, and I didn’t style it in any kind of new way, but it was still bold for me. It’s funny how after years of blogging, there can still be an item you love but feels “bold” or a step out of the norm for you.
After I posted it, all of you lovely people gave me a lot of encouragement, and I really enjoyed wearing the dress. This dress had multiple things that were unusual for me: a swing dress shape, bright color, and animal print. It’s one of those dresses that you wear and mean to be seen in.
This was a different than my typical teaching outfits, so I kept it pretty simple. I love how these other bloggers style it though:
Lately I feel a little like a broken record about how I’m wearing things I wouldn’t normally wear, but it’s true. I was in a fashion rut and was lacking confidence for a few months there. It feels so good to get back to the inspiration and joy I once got from fashion and the plus size online community.
Thank you for all of the encouragement!
As I have a need for more and more work wear, I’ve been looking into new-to-me brands that offer many styles to change things up. One of those brands is Foxcroft Collection. I’ve noticed the brand in the past when I shopped at Nordstrom, but I never realized how many choices they had on their brand website. When I was contacted by Foxcroft to do a review and giveaway, I was excited to try out one of their print styles (available in sizes 14W-24W — Main range covers sizes 4-18). I went for their sketched dot print long sleeve blouse and styled it for work, but this top is also great for more casual looks. Bekah from Matters of Merrymaking styled it with print crashing – love it!
I’m at the top of Foxcroft’s size range, and the top was a little tight across the bottom, but the sleeves were the perfect size, which is really hard for me to find. Even though it was a little tight for me, it still fit better than similar styles from other companies. The material has just the right amount of stretch, and the style has slits at the side to help fit those of us with wider hips.
Lola loved the top so much that she had to get in on this picture-taking action. Look at her pose; she’s a superstar :).
I love the button detail at the sleeve. The fabric that attaches to the button was the right length– a rare find! As you can see in the above picture, the slit at the side is about 3 inches long, which allows the top to move along with you.
I also wanted to show what the top looks like button up. I like it, but I think I would wear it tucked into a skirt with it all buttoned up this way.
Now for the giveaway details!
TWO entrants will win a Foxcroft Collection shirt of their choice (pending availability of style/size)!
1. To enter, visit the Foxcroft Collection website and select a style that you would want if you were to win. Like Foxcroft on Facebook, then come back to this post and comment with your Facebook name and/or your e-mail address and selected Foxcroft style. Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you :).
2. Want an extra entry? Comment on Foxcroft’s Facebook wall letting them know that you are entering this giveaway and what style you chose. Leave an additional comment here letting me know that you commented with your Facebook name. Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you.
You can comment and enter through Sunday, February 2nd. Winners will be selected using random.org number generator and entries will be verified for meeting giveaway entry rules.
It’s not my typical style of purse. Usually I’m a crossbody lover, but the angles of the bag and the colorblocking pulled me in. I’m pretty sure hers is a Céline bag and way, way, way out of my price range, but I went on a mad hunt for similar styles and here’s what I found:
So often during the winter, I find myself wearing the same exact colors. This winter my main ones are deep reds, grays of various shades, and black (and I should probably add “electric blue” to the list as well). I have various tops and bottoms in these colors, and I can mix them around quite easily. When I’m getting ready at 5:30 in the morning, easy is exactly what I want. Luckily, I was able to stock up on many interchangeable pieces from Old Navy before the holidays, and I thought I’d share my fit/buying tips with this outfit.
As much as Old Navy can get on my nerves with not having plus sizes in store and not having the same sales in plus size as elsewhere, they still carry pants that fit me well, so I am pretty much at their will when they come out with new styles/colors. This color was offered in the fall as part of their skinny pant style, but now they have a similar style called “pixie ankle pants” that have the same shape and come in various colors and prints (I recently picked up the “Goodnight Nora” color and love it). Old Navy’s sizing can be all over the place, and I know their pants don’t fit everyone well, but I pretty consistently need to buy 1 size higher than the size I wear elsewhere when it comes to pants.
I very rarely buy tops from Old Navy’s plus size section because I often don’t care for the style, but I have had a lot of luck in their Women’s Tall section. Their Tall fit has an extra 1/2″ across shoulders, a lower waist position, and a longer length: all things that work well for my body shape (I’m 5’4″ with a long torso). I’ve only bought sweaters and knit tops (no woven) in their XXL Tall, and so far all of them have fit really well. I definitely recommend trying it out, especially since these styles are more on par with the selection provided in store.
One last note, never, ever buy from Old Navy without a promo code! They MAYBE have 10 days of the year where there is not a promo code. Give it a couple days and one will come up. I pretty much wait until the code is in the 30-40% range because those codes come up so often. ON always has the code at the top of their website, so it’s easy to locate.
Do you have a winter color palette? Any other Old Navy shopping tips you’d suggest?
P.S. is anyone bothered that I had two themes going on in one post? I feel a little all over the place
When I first learned of Gwynnie Bee a year or so ago, they had limited items in my size. I started a subscription than quickly ended it because I couldn’t find enough items for my virtual closet that I actually wanted to try. Well, a LOT has changed over the past year, and I decided to check out their selections size 24, and there are so many more things available than I had expect.
I signed up for a subscription again, opting for the 1 item out at a time subscription to ease myself back into their program. One of my favorite pieces was the dress below, and I was super lucky because it was the very first thing sent to me. It’s the kind of item that I normally wouldn’t buy because of its tightness on the model and short hemline. This is why I love Gwynnie Bee. I can try it out without committing to the full price. It was also a brand I had never heard of before (Three Dots), so I knew it was a bit of a gamble.
But the gamble paid off! I tried it on right away and fell in LOVE. It fit me with room to spare in the hips (my biggest fit issue area), and I loved the material and the detail at the bust.
Gwynnie Bee allows you to buy the item at discount if it’s at home with you, and that’s what I did. I’m planning on wearing this again to a conference I’m going to in April in Chicago. I’m presenting my research on fat activist identity and blogging, and I know this is going to give me that dose of confidence I will need to get up in front of strangers and speak.
This dress does have a couple fit faults, but they make sense for my body shape. The sleeves are a little snug and too long, and the back along the shoulders is too broad. I am planning on having the back altered and sleeves shortened. I could make do with the snug sleeves (which are slightly stretchy) if the back fit correctly. I paired the look with a black suede belt, deep red wedge heels, and a small clutch. There are many, many possibilities in styling it differently.
The texture of the dress was really interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything like it. It’s a boucle knit and very soft. This dress also comes in a dark gray version, which I might have to try out at some point (P.S. I’m wearing the size 24 here without any kind of shapewear underneath).
Do you get items from Gwynnie Bee? What were your favorite finds? Any brands I should try out?
*This is not a sponsored post, and I pay for my own Gwynnie Bee subscription. However, links in this post to GB are my “referral link”, and I get credits for those who sign up for the service through it.
On Saturday, my sister and I decided to head to Charlotte to do some exploring. I’ve lived outside of Charlotte for the majority of my life, and I work in “North” Charlotte outside of the main city, but I very rarely get to go into the actual city. When I was young, the city felt truly magical. Charlotte is a small city in comparison to others, but Charlotte seemed huge when I saw the skyline and all of the lights when I was little. My mom used to take me to a play or concert once or twice a year, and I always was able to dress up for these occasions. They are some of my best childhood memories. Now that I’m older, I’m wanting to explore the city in a different kind of way. I want to make it less distant and more familiar to me. I’m starting to learn various neighborhoods, and on Saturday my sister and I headed to NoDa (known as the arts district) to eat and walk around.
It was so sunny and it made me think that I would have some warmth finally, but I was very wrong. Windy and chilly, I ended up luckily having my Michael Kors sweater in the car and wore it all day. It wasn’t my intention, though, and I sadly did not get any shots of the H&M short dress that I was wearing under the jacket. It’s shaped much like the one they have below, except the sleeves end right above the elbow and the collar is crew cut with beading.
I never shopped at H&M until about a month ago. H&M came into my local mall, and I went in not even thinking that they would have a plus size section. Luckily I found myself in there and was happy to see that many items ran large and were in stretchy fabrics. I picked up the tunic pictured above and the one I’m wearing, and I also got 2 tops. Major score considering stores that I considered similar (like F21) usually have me fighting with clothes in the dressing room. I will say that 95% of the options in the plus size section were black and my store only had about 15-20 items, but I am still really happy with the items I bought there.
Originally I had folded under the tunic/dress to make it appear as a top, but I kinda like it longer like this too, especially without the jacket. I also really like the beaded detail. This has already been through the washer, and all beads are still intact — awesome :).
Do you have any place near “home” that you want to explore too? How do you change up your usual places to go?