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OOTD: Playing Dress Up

June 17, 2011

If there is one experience that I felt most excluded from as a fat child/teen, it was playing dress up or sharing clothes with friends. I remember spending evenings at my friends’ homes, them swapping shirts with one another to get ready, and I would just sit there knowing that there was no way I could fit my body into their clothes. Even growing up with a sister close in age, we still didn’t share clothes since we had opposite shaped bodies, so we always wore different sizes in tops and bottoms.

Nevertheless, my sister Katie and I still like to mess around with my clothes sometimes, so since she was staying over we decided to play dress up, and it was much more fun this time around!

Katie first: Katie tried on some heels that I had in my closet, and I was so impressed with her legs that I told her we HAD to make the outfit based around her shoes.

I’ve had these kind-of-booties heels for a while, but haven’t worn them because they aren’t exactly comfortable. They were too big, but looked great on her, so we added a short black dress from Target’s plus line. It has drapping in the chest area, so we added a belt underneath to break up the solid black material.

We also added a turquoise and silver beaded necklace by Forever21, and a silver ring with white and black stone ring by Forever21.

As much as we loved the shoes, they couldn’t get in the way of our vogue-ing.

As for me, I wore my new DKNY Jeans shirtdress.

Unfortunately, it did not photograph in the best way, but it has really beautiful grays and blues in the color, andย  ties forย a drapey top.

It hits me right at the knee, so it is the perfect length to wear with flats or high heels. I chose basic flats, since the dress had a great print.

The dress also has cute pockets, which are big enough for a tube of lipstick or a little loose money. They are also good for if you want to stand in a cool pose with a hand in your pocket ;).

Shirt dresses can be annoying on my body, since I am a smaller sized top than bottom, but this dress fit perfectly after it got used to my hips.

I used the same ring as my sister, and added earrings from Forever21. (All of my jewelry is coming from them these days!)

Playing dress up left us all dressed up with no where to go, but it was ridiculously fun to play around in my closet.

What do you think of the looks? Do you ever play around in your closet? Do you share clothes with anyone?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2011 6:08 am

    Sounds like you and your sister had lots of fun! Great job styling the outfit – the shoes are gorgeous!

    A lot of girls/women will relate to your experience as a child, so thank you for sharing. If only we could go back in time and tell our young selves what we know now.

    The DKNY Jeans shirt dress is absolutely fabulous on you! It seems like every time I see one of your outfits I want to run out and buy the same thing.

    • June 24, 2011 5:05 pm

      Thanks Joy! I think that finding women who have similar experiences has been the most liberating thing about blogging. Deep down you know that other people have had similar experiences and feelings, but when you’re ashamed or embarrassed about it you tend to think you’re the only one.

  2. June 18, 2011 8:49 am

    LOVE! the “swap it” with your sister – love the dresses, love the fun look and the dancing you two are having! Thank you for sharing this w/ us!!!

  3. June 18, 2011 10:08 am

    This is so awesome! I agree with switching clothes with friends. I never had a friend that could share and swatch pieces because of my size but nevertheless I adore your blog and you look BEAUTIFUL!!! in that DKNY dress ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    • June 24, 2011 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Ileana!! I’ve been enjoying your blog so much. I’m so glad you started it!

  4. June 18, 2011 10:25 pm

    I love this! You and your sis are gorgeous… love the outfits! โค

    I can also relate to the sharing clothes situation since I was always a chubby kid…. I always felt so left out. =(

    • June 24, 2011 5:09 pm

      Thank you! Yea, I think it’s one of those first experiences as a kid where you are told you are “different”. I never let it get to me too much, but it has definitely shaped my willingness for others besides my sisters touching my clothes and stuff.

  5. June 19, 2011 3:49 pm

    You’re radiant and beautiful, I think anything would look amazing on you! The dress is very soft and pretty, it looks lovely on you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mckellipgirl permalink
    June 19, 2011 3:52 pm

    I had the same experience as a child.

    Thank you for sharing the fun you had with your sister!

  7. June 19, 2011 5:50 pm

    Oh, you look like you’re having so much fun. Both you and your sister are adorable. And I need that dress you’re wearing RIGHT NOW.

  8. June 19, 2011 9:06 pm

    I love your shirtdress. It looks awesome and you can tell you are having heaps of fun!

  9. Izabelle permalink
    June 27, 2011 1:10 pm

    As a child I never shared cloths with my friends. I always felt ashamed when they asked me to try something on, I always had to convince them that I coudn’t squeeze in to their tops. Now I have realized that I actually CAN share cloths with them, sometimes. For example, a oversized top on my friend may still look good on me but not oversized.

    Haha, i also take cloths from my mother. They are to big most of the time but a belt in the waist and you can wear almost every top or dress that is to big.

    Thank you for a wonderful blog! I always get happy when I see a new post.

  10. July 20, 2011 4:05 pm

    Love the looks, especially yours…seems like your sense of style is a popular and relateable one to many.

    I’ve a sister too, but we’ve never been the same size so that hasnt worked as a stratergy for playing dress-up, but it has always worked as a way of having someone to go shopping with and feel comfortable….when I was younger and went shopping with thin friends ((all my friends were thin as I was so uncomfortable with my size which wasnt even that big back then that I didnt want to be friends with larger people as it would make me confront said difficulties with my size)), I’d feel soooo uncomfortable shopping in their shops, lying about the size I was, even to the extent of taking items into the changing rooms that were two sizes too small to pretend that I could shop there too. My sister has always been very supportive and even to this day is the person I turn to for fashion advice.

    I do have fat friends these days, because I’ve grown up, gotten some acceptance and realised that actually, people you’ve stuff in common with are the best people to turn to. I’ve one friend whom is super lovely, but is not confident enough to be brave when it comes to fashion….I’m absolutely itching to get my hands on her, trapse her around the shops and put her in stuff that would make her look even more lovely than she already is. Because I always dress well, for the most part, I’ve now become amongst most of my friends the person to turn to for fashion advice, and on more than one occassion, I’ve been asked to go along to advise as they shop for what would suit best….makes me smile to realise the young girl that was too afraid of fashion all together because she thought it wasnt for people like here, is now known to possess it so much so that other people want to know her secrets! ((which fyi are pretty much the same as yours…wear what you like, dress for both style and comfort, and wear plenty, in fact tons of beautiful accessories!))

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