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Don’t let the title of this post freak you out. I’m not ready either; however, shipping deadlines for online orders are creeping up faster than you can say, “Boo!” Here are some retailers that offer plus sizes so you can scare up the perfect costume!

Pinup Girl Clothing

Whether your Halloween style is princess or psycho-billy, Pinup Girl Clothing has you covered. I wore their Jenny dress in their exclusive Steph Buscema designed Snow White print, also offered in a skirt, for a cosplay this past summer. They have an entire fairytale collection as well as dresses and accessories  that’ll make you feel like a ’50s horror movie vixen. They best part, their clothes aren’t really costumes, so if you style them a bit differently, you have something nice to wear for a dressy occasion. Here are some of my favorite Halloween-friendly items from PUG:

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Torrid

First, the bad news. Most of the costumes in Torrid’s Halloween shop are out of stock or close to it. The good news, if you’re looking for anything black or with a skull on it anytime of year, they’re the place to go!  Also, they have a collection inspired by the movie, The Book of Life, so not only will you be ready for Halloween, but you’ll be all set for Day of the Dead, too! Check out my Torrid faves, and can’t we all agree that the “LA” in #8 stands for Louisiana?

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ModCloth

ModCloth can’t be beat if you want to add some retro style to your fright night. They have plenty of spooky finds in their Halloween shop, but if you’re creative, you can spin almost anything they sell into a killer costume. In fact, their blog offers some great tips on how to create your own Halloween “Non-Costume.” I just love their Lucille Ball-inspired look in the post! Also, they have creepy home decor to make your place party ready. To sort of quote The Shining…”Heeeeeere’s ModCloth!”

Those are my lucky 13 Halloween picks. Remember as the big night gets closer, it will be frighteningly difficult to get deliveries on time, so be sure to check shipping policies for wherever you order. Some places are still offering delivery by Halloween with their standard shipping rates, but not for much longer. No matter what, I hope everyone has a spook-tacular night. Trick-or-Treat!

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DSC_1148two_FotoreditreduxNow, this is how I like to dress for fall! “Stretchy” clothes have come a long way since I’ve been a kid. In the old days, things that were stretchy were usually baggy, shapeless, and just for lounging around. Now, stretch blends actually help clothes, like jeans, hold their shape, and dressy even skirts and blazers are being made in higher quality knits. Today’s outfit is my ode to stretchiness. Even the vest has a little bit of give, but the amazing finds here are the skirt and tights. I’m not sure if the skirt’s material would be considered “scuba,” but it’s made of of a swimwear-type material with a bit of sheen. The actual color is a bit darker than in the pictures. The skirt is great in this casual outfit, but I’m looking forward to dressing it up one day.

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DSC_1161five_FotoreditreduxAlso, I’m finally glad I found some good tights! I’ve wasted so much money on ill-fitting hosiery lately, even when ordering carefully according to size charts, which, by the way, are just plain weird. I’m not really sure how someone’s “weight” vs. height can determine fit being that weight is a determination of gravity and not always indicative of the amount of space someone takes up. Wouldn’t hip, waist, or thigh measurements along with height make more sense? Anyway, I finally got these tights from Jessica London along with a few other pairs, and they worked!

My advice for ordering tights is don’t let the sizing scare you. Your hosiery size will be either be a bigger number than you’re accustomed to, or it will be a random-looking letter size. (What’s a size Q?) While clothing sizes vary from shop to shop anyway, hosiery sizes are a different animal because they’re making allowances for stretch both horizontally and vertically. These tights are a 6X. While your friendly neighborhood fashion blogger is getting better at the whole body-positivity thing, I was admittedly a little freaked out. In the end, though, I’m happy that they fit and am currently so over what the number is.

DSC_1154four_FotoreditreduxAs for their design, I think these tights are really cute, but what you might not be able to see (maybe just a little bit in the above picture) because of the length of the skirt is that they’re double patterned. From the foot to just over the knee, they’re lace, but above that, there’s a band of a diamond pattern. In smaller sizes, I’ve seen tights that mimic over the knee socks and my tights have the same idea. I want to try these out with a skirt or dress that’s slightly shorter to show them off a little more.

How about you all? How have you stretched your wardrobe this fall? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for visiting me today!

Top: Lane Bryant / Vest: Lane Bryant (Similar from Torrid) / Skirt: ModCloth / Tights: Jessica London / Boots: Jessica London / Necklace: Maurices

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DSC_1102one_FotoreditreduxHello, fashionable friends! Thanks for joining me again. Today, I’m wearing another retro-fabulous frock from ModCloth. The triangle print looks like a happy quilt, and I love that it has a homemade vibe. The dress even arrived smelling like a fabric store, and can’t we agree that’s a lovely scent? They should bottle that up! Anyway, this dress is from their Bea & Dot line which is always super cute. It’s also, at the time of this post, it’s on sale for 50% off! I did have the reoccurring issue of the dress being too large in the bust and in the straps, but I solved that issue with strategic safety-pinning, much like I did for this Bea & Dot dress from an earlier post, and the cardigan doesn’t hurt either. Once I’ve crossed the style challenge finish line, I plan to make a tutorial of no-sew ways to deal with clothes that don’t quite fit, so stay tuned!

DSC_1118three_FotoreditreduxOnce again, I’m wearing my Dahlia crinoline skirt from eShakti as a petticoat. I’ve worn it this way on day one of the challenge, and here I am wearing it as a skirt. I’m so glad it is available again. They also had it in a pretty bright red, but it mysteriously disappeared from their site. I never get too disheartened when something leaves eShakti because they have a tendency to bring items back. As you can see, I let the crinoline peak out from under the dress because I like the contrast with the dress’ fabric; however, I know many of you like to keep your petticoats out of sight. At eShakti, you can get the skirt customized to be shorter–or longer. This is all I own in the way of a petticoat, but I’ve been investigating my options on eBay where I’ve seen this one that looks promising. I’m waiting to see if they go lower in price.

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DSC_1112two_FotoreditreduxThis is a fun dress to add to my retro collection, and I can’t wait to find new ways to wear it!

Thanks to those of you who shared your boot-shopping tips in the comments of my last post. Now, what do you all know about plus size petticoats? Thank you all for helping me to stay stylish. I learn from the best!

Dress: ModCloth / Underskirt: eShakti / Cardigan: Old Navy (Similar)  / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Necklace: Icing (Similar) / Flower pin: Lane Bryant – Similar from Icing

 

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DSC_1083_Fotorfull2reduxThese boots. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, it’s taken me years to find the perfect knee-high black boots. Even some styles marketed as “wide calf” have been too small, so through much trial and error, I was united this pair from Jessica London. Today I’ll share with you some of the places selling wide calf boots, so those of you in the same boat as I was can see the good, the bad, and the ugly of what’s out there.

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Jessica London: As I said, the above pair is from here. I found these boots on sale, but I wasn’t hopeful when I made the order since they don’t give specific calf circumferences. I was pleasantly surprised when this pair zipped all the way up! What helped is the shaft is made of a stretchy pleather that has some give. Not all of their styles have that though. I also went a shoe size larger than my usual. While these boots are a dream come true, I won’t be able to wear them over jeans or pants–just something to keep in mind. They do have very good sales, though.

Simply Be: I ordered a black pair of boots from here right before the Jessica London pair and had to return them. I thought they would fit because I ordered a brown pair from them last year that worked. I’m wearing those boots here. Keep in mind, I ordered the brown ones because the same boots in black were out of stock at the time. I’ve noticed that this is an issue at Simply Be, which is unfortunate because they have cute stuff. If you’re a bit smaller than I am, you may have better luck. Also, they offer multiple calf circumferences, but with my experience, you should go the next calf size up if you can. Also, the largest shoe size they offer is 11 (UK 9), but they do have most styles in EEEEE width.

Evans: I’ve never had direct experience with this British retailer, but I was checking them out over the weekend. They do have a wide selection of boots in different widths. They don’t market their boots as “wide calf,” but they offer a “stretchability” rating for each pair.

Zappos.com – Powered by Service: While I haven’t bought this type of shoe from Zappos before, they do have quite a selection and give very specific sizing information. They are more expensive, but that’s because many of their styles come in real leather and not so much in pleather or PU. This is also something to consider if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan option.

WideWidths.com: This company only sells wide calf boots. Again, it’s not a place I’ve ordered from, but I may in the future. Like Zappos, they’re pretty pricey and offer many of the same brands; however, they exclusively carry boots in a circumference called “Super Plus Wide Calf” which, according to their site, ranges from 21″ to 24 and 3/4″ depending on your shoe size. If I get this size, I think I’ll have good luck with them going over even my slouchiest pair of jeans, but I’ll only know if I order. I’m currently coveting this pair. The only thing, is at the price, I have to know if I’ll be wearing them for many, many years. Can anyone out there predict the future?

DSC_1098_FotorclosereduxAs for the rest of my outfit today, I was at a loss for how to accessorize. I feel pretty bare without a necklace, so I figure some obnoxiously big earrings would be a good substitute. I got this dress from Gwynnie Bee, and wore the same style before in a different print in this post.

DSC_1091_Fotorfull1reduxI hope this post was helpful if you’re on the hunt for a perfect pair of boots. If you have any boot shopping tips for me or for my other readers, please let me know in the comments. And, as always, thanks for reading!

 

Boots: Jessica London / Dress: Lucie Lu for Gwynnie Bee / Earring: Charming Charlie (similar)

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DSC_1063yes_FotoreditreduxYesterday was a happy day. My Nicolette Mason for ModCloth order showed up at my door, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled! I picked three pieces, two of which I’m wearing in this outfit. Check out this video of Nicolette and her “girl gang” of fashion bloggers modeling some great outfits from the collection. While I’m drooling over the party dresses, I decided to choose pieces that I would wear the most often. And, of course, I had to get this coat.

DSC_1068yes_FotoreditreduxSince I started shopping at ModCloth, my wardrobe is starting to fill up with retro clothing. Before then, retro really wasn’t an option for me because I couldn’t find anything of that style in my size. I’m so glad they along with Pin Up Girl Clothing and Gwynnie Bee carry clothes reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s , and through my blogging buds of all sizes, I was able to find them. I mean, I’m wearing freakin’ Peter Pan collar, and I think that’s awesome! The detail in the skirt is adorable, too. The design mimics knitted cables. I still say I’m going to knit a skirt myself from this pattern from Knitty, but the one I’m wearing here will hold me over until that happens. Also, the fabric is stretchy and soft, and even though it’s short, the cut doesn’t leave me feeling totally exposed.

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How about you all? Have you worn anything from ModCloth’s Nicolette Mason collection? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit has brought some cuteness into my life. It reminds me a little bit of Clueless, and I’m all for that. Thanks for visiting me today, and I’m outie!

 

Top and Skirt: Nicollette Mason for ModCloth / Socks: Sock Dreams / Shoes: Jessica London

 

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This outfit feels like a sweet little trip back in time. I almost went full Minnie Mouse (those of you who are Disney Bound, take note!), but in the spur of the moment, I decided to add a minty cardigan. I’ve seen a lot of reds matched with mint, turquoise, and Tiffany blue lately, especially on wedding boards on Pinterest–don’t ask me what I was doing snooping around there. Anyway, I never had intentions of wearing this cardigan and top together, but whaddayaknow, I like it!

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full2editreduxIt’s cool when separates come together almost randomly. You never know what to expect, and most of the time it works. Playing is fun.

When were you last surprised by your outfit choices? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for paying me a visit, and until next time, expect the unexpected!

Top: ModCloth / Cardigan: ModCloth (Similar) / Skirt: eShakti / Shoes: Jessica London / Belt: Lane Bryant

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mid1reduxI love when wardrobe pieces can be worn in many ways. While I am a certified clothes horse, getting mileage out of what I have in my closet is a must. When I received this Kiyonna top in my Gwynnie Bee delivery, I thought it was a just cardigan. It has ties, and it’s modeled on Kiyonna’s and Gwynnie Bee’s websites as being tied in the front. However, I noticed little holes in the side seams. At first, I thought maybe it came unsewn a little bit and I needed to fix it with a needle and thread. I then saw that the holes were reenforced, so I knew they were there on purpose for some reason. I decided the cardi was a keeper, bought it from GB, and didn’t give the tiny holes a second thought because they aren’t very noticeable. This morning, I was browsing Kiyonna’s website knowing they offer this cardigan in pink as well with the proceeds supporting the fight against breast cancer (more on that later). I happened to read the customer comments, and found out the little holes on the side were for stringing whichever front tie you’d like through, tie in the back, and *boom* wrap top! Mind blown.

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top: Kiyonna via Gwynnie Bee/pants: Torrid (Similar)/shoes: Jessica London/necklace and earrings: Charming Charlie

The fabric is really nice and super soft, too. We’re still getting temps near 90 degrees in my neck of the woods, and it’s light enough to be comfy on days when I want to be a little bit dressy. As the seasons change, I still feel like it’ll get a lot of wear. Aside from how you tie it, it looks great on its own, over a camisole, or under a blazer. Right now, since I’m job hunting, I’m really thinking about interview attire. Fingers crossed, I’ll get to wear this top for a job interview soon!

I mentioned earlier that this top, called the Sunset Stroll Bellini, is also offered in pink on Kiyonna’s website. All October, they’re giving the proceeds from the sale of this top to a breast cancer charity. Also, if you use both of the hashtags #ShowYourPink and #KiyonnaGives on social media while posting a pic of yourself wearing something pink, they’ll donate $1. I am a Kiyonna affiliate and use redirected affiliate links, but this links directly to the Sunset Stroll Bellini in Pink, so click away for a good cause. I bought mine today, and I can’t wait to wear it!

Also, check out fellow bloggers, Rebecca of The Plus Side of Me and Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva, who also have posted about this awesome separate and show even more ways to wear it!

What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!

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Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, and I missed you all. I hope you didn’t think I abandoned ship on the 30 Day Style Challenge–not when I’m so close to the finish line! Internet out in the sticks is spotty at best, so I’ve been without a reliable WiFi connection for a few days. I’ve still been taking pictures, and I have three new outfits to show you–and a knitting project, too!

Outfit #1: Spring-tober

outfit1collagereduxI’m gonna drop some philosophy; Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, if Camus was talking about South Louisiana, he got it all wrong, or maybe nature here is more literal than existential. Right now we have plenty of actual flowers, as you can see behind me, in full bloom along with green grass, hummingbirds, and the like. Outfit #1 is very much inspired by these “fall” colors, and they *pop* being paired with black.

Sweater: ModCloth (Similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Necklace: Maurices / Skirt: Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Jessica London

Outfit #2: I Made a Thing!

outfit2collagereduxI wore this outfit over the weekend when the weather got a bit cooler. I decided to transition my favorite spring dress using a new chambray top, tights, some oxfords, and a hand-knit cowl. I’ve been knitting a lot more lately, and I came up with the pattern for the cowl on the fly. For all who are yarnfully inclined, here’s how I made it:

First things first–the yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima in Chrysanthemum. I found it at my local yarn shop, McNeedles, but you can get it online here. I used a 16-inch, size 8 circular needle. Gauge for this project isn’t terribly important, but you do want it to go over your head and be a little slouchy around your neck. I cast on 125 stitches, but you can do more or less as long as you have an odd number. After casting on, place marker and join in round without twisting stitches and work in k1, p1 (seed stitch) for about an inch. When you reach the beginning of the next round, work in stockinette stitch (all knits) until you have enough yarn left to end with one final one-inch band of seed stitch. Bind off in pattern, weave in your ends, and you’re good to go! As you can tell by the picture, I’m wearing the cowl inside out. Any knitted garment can be reversible if you want it to be, *wink!*

Shirt: ModCloth / Dress: ModCloth / Tights: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London


Outfit #3: When You Go-Go
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Loving ’60s fashion, I’ve wanted to try this ModCloth dress for a while. It’s offered in so many colors, I wasn’t sure which one to pick. One of my work friends has one in sea blue, and I’ve seen Angela from The Passionista wear it on her blog in lavender, and they both look so cute! I went with red because, why not? I also finally got a pair of black knee-high boots that fit! I’ve tried so many places over the last three years, it’s not funny, but these boots from Jessica London are stretchy and fit well over socks and leggings; however, I think I’d be pushing my luck to wear them over jeans or pants. Also, I went up one size larger than what I ordinarily buy from them.
Dress: ModCloth / Leggings: Torrid / Boots: Jessica London
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I hope you all enjoyed my outfit 3-fer today! I always love comments, so let me know what you think. Thanks bunches, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!

pic1editreduxGiven my punky past, add the word “core” to the end of most words, and I at least have to check it out. Normcore is a fashion movement that I’ve recently heard about, and it appeared on my radar with Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign. My first reaction was, “No, YOU dress normal. Your face should dress normal.” Of course I own plenty of basic “normal” clothes, but I’ve never decided to wear them all at once, and lately I feel a bit naked without a statement necklace or some kind of colorful print. This normcore look, while it appears to be relaxed, was quite difficult for me to put together.

closeupeditreduxEven the natural makeup required restraint. I had to hold myself back from grabbing my orange-red lipstick, which would be my “normal” style choice to balance a look with so little color. I couldn’t help but to sneak a novelty print on my scarf, which is surreptitiously covered in hummingbirds, and was the result of a minor freakout of having “no neck accessory!”

pic3editreduxHere’s one without the scarf so you can behold all the grayness of my tank top. While I enjoyed my self-imposed makeunder for the day,  I’m not so sure normcore is a place where I can live forever. Bring on the polka dots!

Have you simplified your look lately? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for sharing a not-so-normal day with me!

Vest: Lane Bryant (No longer available: similar from Torrid) / Skirt: eShakti / Tank Top: Walmart (No longer available: Similar from Lane Bryant) / Scarf: ModCloth (Similar, with owls!) / Shoes: Sperry (Zappos)

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