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Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Okay, so I might not be ready to bundle up just yet, as you can tell by my sliver of midriff; however, now is a good time to think about the layers you’ll need as the temps start to cool off. What I’ve noticed, and this is especially true if you wear above a size 24, the earlier you shop for seasonal items, the better. Because the best stuff in those sizes go out of stock so quickly, its best to buy swimsuits early in the spring and winter clothes, like, right now. For this week’s “A Case of the Fridays,” I present to you my favorite cardigans, jackets, and coats.

Cardigans

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Cardis are always handy, even if it’s not super cold outside. They work to cut the chill both indoors and out, whether the perp is a blasting AC or an early fall breeze. I’ve noticed this year’s cardigans are less plain Jane and have interesting little details, such as print, patterns, and pockets. As a knitter, it somewhat pains me that it’s absolutely impossible to make every sweater I need, so when I can at least find one with a little something special in the design, it’s as Martha would say, “a good thing.”

Jackets

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Aside from being practical, I always feel an outfit’s a lot more interesting with a jacket. You can go from business to biker just by switching this layer. In the winter, we tend to wear a lot more jackets than heavy coats here in South Louisiana. They give enough warmth without being overly bulky.

Coats

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Brrr! Baby, when it’s cold outside, you gotta have a coat! Along with being stylish, what I look for in a coat is the ability to be roomy enough to go on over other layers. Often, coats make me feel inhibited, so it’s a bonus to have one that lets you have full range of motion. I’ve noticed a variety of coats available this time of year, from casual to dressy, and like I said earlier, it’s best to order asap so you have your pick of the litter. (Psst…#12 isn’t available yet, but if you follow the link, you can be notified when it is!)

full2reduxHow about you? Have you started shopping for warm weather essentials? Let me know in the comments! As for me, I don’t think it’s too early to sport a little something extra on the outside. Thank you for taking a look at some of my favorite outer layers. Until next time, stay warm!

Torrid: jacket (similar), top, and skirt / Shoes: Keds / Necklace: Forever 21

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full2editreduxMy new hairdo definitely inspired today’s outfit. I’m feeling a little ’60s, but as always I try to put a modern spin on my retro looks. I resurrected one of the tops I wore earlier in the challenge, this time wearing it untucked and swingy over some slim, stretchy pants.

closeupeditredux’60s mod has always been a fashion inspiration for me. I remember one school spirit day when we had the choice to dress either from the ’50s or ’60s. There were plenty of girls in poodle skirts as well as flower children, but I was the only one in an a-line dress and black Mary Janes. My inverted bob haircut always seems to reappear every couple of years when long hair gets to be bothersome. Lately, other decades have happily worked their way into my style, but ’60s style always feels just right!

full1editreduxThank you for time traveling with me today! Which decade most influences your style? Let me know in the comments!

Top: Modcloth / Pants: Torrid (similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Shoes: Zappos (Similar) / Earrings: Charming Charlie / Necklace: Origami Owl

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fulleditreduxYay! I’m halfway though the style challenge! My blogging buddy, Lei-Loni at Clothe Your Curves, finished her 30 days. Go to her blog to check out all her smokin’ hot outfits!

closeeditreduxThis necklace is a bit Gatsby, don’t you think? I’ve seen and worn many statement necklaces, but never any in this particular color combo. I like it with this blue lace dress; however, I’d like to try it with a scoop neck top and jeans. Future outfit post!

full2reduxAs for this outfit, whether it’s the necklace, the shoes, or the belt, the details really make such a simple dress pop. What are your favorite accessories to add interest to your outfits? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks to you all, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Dress: SWAK from Gwynnie Bee / Necklace: Maurices / Shoes: Zappos (similar) / Belt: Lane Bryant

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fulledit2reduxHello, everyone! I’m sorry I missed you yesterday, but now I have clear sinuses, un-puffy eyes, and a new haircut, and I’m ready to rock it! I brought back an old favorite for today’s outfit – my much loved poppy circle skirt (Psst! It’s on sale!). I always use it as an excuse not to match. This time I paired it with a turquoise top and a necklace that has absolutely none of the same colors as the skirt. When nothing matches, it all matches, right?

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This morning really felt like the beginning of fall, which I hope marks some new beginnings in my life. I thought I would be bored out of my mind being an unemployed person (hopefully only temporarily), but I’ve been busier than ever putting together new opportunities for this blog, looking for a new job, and, of course, a lot of dancing. I don’t know if in the near future I’ll be gainfully employed, working for myself, or a little bit of both, but I’m excited to see where it all goes!

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As readers, I do want to formally let you all know that I’ve recently added affiliate banners and links to my sidebar and within my posts. I assure you I wouldn’t align myself with any company or store that I wouldn’t shop at myself, and all the clothes and products I wear and display or any collaboration I may do in the future are all of my choosing as they always have been. As much as I want this blog to provide me with some income, I also want to make you all aware of brands and retailers you might not already be familiar with so you know all the options you have for your wardrobe. You’ll still see many pieces of clothing and accessories from merchants with which I have no affiliation that I just happen to dig, and I hope you all do, too. I also hope that you all stick with me through this even if you never click on an affiliate link because from the beginning I’ve wanted this blog to be a resource for those of us who feel limited as to where we can shop.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with outfit #15! Woohoo! Almost halfway there!

Top: Myrtlewood from ModCloth / Skirt: Bea & Dot from ModCloth / Necklace: Columbia Street Mercantile (local shop) / Shoes: Jessica London

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I made it thirteen days in Clothe Your Curves’ 30 Day Style Challenge! While I did buy a few new things and didn’t completely follow the “shop your closet” aspect of the challenge, I did use some garments that had been buried in the back of my closet for a while. Before I show you lucky #13, check out my first twelve outfits. Follow the links in the captions to see the full outfit posts:

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Time flies, doesn’t it? And, here’s my outfit for today:

lookingdownreduxIt’s beginning to look a lot like fall even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. I’ve been reluctant to wear this flower crown because I really want to try making one myself, and it still could happen. I love how this outfit is less matching and more “goes together,” and it’s casual and also a bit girly. The bag has been my everyday purse for a while. My mom calls it my school bag. It makes me feel like I’m a professor at a fancy British university.

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prettyshadowsreduxHere’s the dress without the jacket. I was a little worried about it when I ordered it because it has a high neckline, and I think those make me look like I have a short neck. That’s a weird thing to be insecure about, right? However, I was pleasantly surprised, and the slight scoop does the trick. I’ve seen other bloggers wear this dress in different prints, so I wanted to try it out. I picked this one because its one of the few ModCloth offers in a 4X. I hope they’re able to carry more sizes to the other ones in the future, especially the popsicle print! I would love that for next summer.

walkingreduxThanks for joining me on this little walk through outfits past and present. We’re in the middle of the journey, and that’s what it’s all about!

Dress: ModCloth / Jacket: Torrid (Similar)/ Bag: ModCloth / Shoes: Sperry (Similar) / Flower Crown: American Eagle Outfitters

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DSC_0710_FotorballerinaeditreduxSo maybe I’m not quite a ballerina, but I did wear heels…in grass! That takes coordination. The colors in this outfit are my favorite I’ve worn so far in the challenge. You know how people wear neutrals and add “pops” of color? Well, I feel like I’m wearing color with pops of black and white.

DSC_0714_FotorcropThe skirt is by Kiyonna from Gwynnie Bee and it took a couple of tries to make it work. I originally closeted a 5X, and it was extremely big. This one is a 4X, and it’s still kind of big in the waist, so I could have gone even smaller. Being the size I am, I habitually just go with the largest size most retailers offer, but I should have remembered to size down from my past experiences with Kiyonna since I do order from them often for dressy occasions. My advice, they make beautiful and elegant clothes, but measure yourself and check out the sizing chart before you order since you may need a smaller size than you usually get from other brands.

DSC_0703_FotorcloseupeditreduxThe candy colors in the necklace make me happy. The yellow beads look like lemon drops!

DSC_0712_FotorlookingdownreduxThis outfit added a lot of color to my Saturday. What colors do you wear to brighten your mood? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, keep it bright!

Skirt: Kiyonna for Gwynnie Bee / Top: Lane Bryant / Necklace: Maurices (bought in store)/ Earrings: FemmeDeBloom on Etsy / Shoes: Zappos

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DSC_0637_2_Fotordancydanceredux It’s Friday, and my happy feet have returned!  It’s gotta be the shoes. As much as I love clothes, I have never been a “shoe horse.” The reason–these big ‘ol 11WW feet are tough to fit. When your feet are wide, not to mention extra wide, a good pair of shoes is hard to find and a cute pair of shoes even harder. Luckily, through trial and error, I have found a few places offering fashionable footwear in W, WW (EE), EEE, and EEEEE widths, and what better way to get your feet wet than with checking out the best flats for fall!

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First, the shoes I’m wearing. Very Dorothy, don’t ya think? Jessica London has been my absolute favorite place to find shoes. Since I began blogging, I’ve been envious of other retro-inspired ladies wearing B.A.I.T. footwear knowing their shoes would never fit my feet in a million years. Many of the styles I’ve bought from Jessica London have come pretty close to looking like B.A.I.T.s, and are very complimentary to my ’50s and ’60s-inspired dresses. Is retro not your thing? They have an excellent variety of styles, a vast majority in up to a WW width. I’ve always been quite pleased with their Comfortview brand. Here are some more of my favorite flats and wedges from Jessica London:

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ZAPPOS

Zappos was always my go to for utilitarian shoes. When I needed a plain-Jane black flat, I went to Zappos. Now, I’m glad to say, they’ve been stocking a variety of fashionably unique shoes while still being the place to go for basics. Also, their customer service is amazing, and I’m always impressed with how quickly their products land on my doorstep. Sometimes I think they ship them before I place my order! Here are the best extra-wide flats from Zappos:

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SIMPLY BE This British company is new on my radar, and they offer they best variety of widths out of the bunch in E, EEE, and some in EEEEE. I know we’re talking flats here, but also check out their wide-calf boots. While some retailers just say their boots are wide-calf and leave it at that, Simply Be offers many in different calf circumferences and are specific with the measurements of each. Anyway, back to flats and a few tips for shopping Simple Be’s shoe department. While they don’t carry a size 12, I usually order a 11EEE and it runs a bit big for me. It hasn’t been overly big enough for me to size down, but if you are a 12, give an 11 a shot as it might work for you. If you’re shopping online, they list each shoe at each width as a separate item, so if you see a shoe you like and it’s not the correct width, either keep looking or search by the name of the shoe. Here are some fabulous flats from Simply Be, linking to the EEE width:

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There you have it! I’m happy to see the variety and choices for what’s available this season, and I hope this post helped you out if you have problems finding the correct fit like I did. Now, I’m ready to strut my stuff in my fancy flats! DSC_0643_Fotorfulleditredux What are your favorite places to shop for wide and extra wide width shoes? Help a girl out, and let me know in the comments! Dress: Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee / Belt: Lane Bryant / Leggings: Torrid / Necklace: PacSun (old, spray painted by me) / Shoes: Jessica London

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DSC_0565_FotorfullskirteditreduxI’ve been itching to wear this Pinup Girl Clothing skirt in an outfit photo for a while! I’ve seen so many bloggers rock their Jenny skirts and dresses in their signature harlequin prints, and I wanted to join the fun! I chose the turquoise print, even though the white colorway also caught my eye; however, that one was only available up to 2X when I ordered (Plus size-ier, please?). I’m happy with my choice, though. I’ve had good experience with Jenny, as you can see from the dress I wore in this earlier post.

DSC_0592_FotormededitreduxI’ve had this jewel embellished top for a few years. Because my weight fluctuates, there were times it fit me like a tunic, but now it fits me like this. You have to adapt, right? I did get the this top from PUG in the same print as the skirt. It’s a bit small, tight in the arms and hips, but too big and low-cut in the bust. I kept it still. It has a zipper I can loosen in the back; I plan to wear it tucked in to the skirt and use fashion tape to fix everything up top. Together, the matching top and skirt look like a shirt dress which is way cute. The fabrics used in PUG’s house brands are high quality, but they can also be a bit heavy for warm days. I think I’ll wear both pieces together once the weather cools of.

DSC_0562_FotorfaceeditreduxOf course I had to add some retro makeup and earrings!

DSC_0598_FotorlasteditreduxLook at my shoes! They’re kitten heels, so I’m still standing! I bought them to be a bridesmaid in a wedding that has yet to happen. I was disappointed when the ankle straps were too small. At least they are removable, but since the shoes are a bit loose in the heels, I couldn’t do without anything around my ankles. In place of the straps, I used ribbon which worked out great! Now, I’m thinking how cute different types of ribbon would look with various outfits. Can you imagine wider polka dot ribbon tied in the back near the heel? Oh, the possibilities! Extra points if you can spot the doxie photo-bomb in the above picture!

How about you all? Have you ever had to adapt a certain item of clothing to “make it work?” Comment to tell me all about your fashion tips and tricks that would make Tim Gunn proud!

Thanks for reading, and stay stylin’!

Top: Lane Bryant (old) / Skirt: Pin Up Couture by Pin Up Girl Clothing / Belt: Lane Bryant / Shoes: Simply Be / Earrings: 2nd and Charles

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DSC_0540_Fotorfullredux Fashion inspiration can come from so many places: street style, nature, and, of course, celebrities! In my new series, “You’re a Star,” I pick celebs and build outfits around their signature styles, adding my own special twists. Keep in mind, I use the term “celebrity” quite broadly: anyone from mega-stars, living legends, cult classic icons, musicians, comedians, fictional characters, and I may even throw a guy or two into the mix. You can probably guess from the title whose style I’m stealing today:

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That’s right – it’s Ms. Audrey Hepburn! You may be wondering, “What’s with all the neon and animal print? Audrey never wore that.” The fun thing about celebrity style is you can start with a signature piece and add your own pizazz from there.

DSC_0534_FotormediumshotreduxWhen most people think of the classic star, they remember her little black dress a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel this LBD fits the bill, with a little something extra with the angular neckline.

DSC_0527_FotorglittereyereduxI also kept Audrey’s iconic cat eye, but the twist is a little bit of glitter eyeshadow just below my eyebrows. In case you’re wondering, the shadow is Urban Decay’s Moondust in Stargazer. I keep the sparkle going with luxe rhinestone cluster earrings.

DSC_0556_FotorfeetreduxThe animal prints on the bag and sandals are unexpected and, dare I say, ’80s influenced. Today is pretty gray, and I wanted to wear something to brighten things up.

DSC_0548_Fotorfull2reduxStar style often motivates me try something new when I’ve been stuck wearing the same old, same old. Which celebrities do you think have great fashion sense? Is there anyone whose style you’d like for me to try in an upcoming “You’re a Star?” Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by, superstars!

Dress: eShakti (similar in navy, customized to be sleeveless) / Shoes: Torrid / Clutch: Charming Charlie / Earrings: ModCloth

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DSC_0494_FotordancereduxMaybe if I do a little dance, autumn will get here sooner. That’s how it works, right? Well, I can at least wear what I call my “hurry up fall” outfit. So far it hasn’t worked. Exhibit A:

916foggyclose_FotorreduxThat’s not some fancy filter I added in post-production; that’s straight up humidity on my lens. Don’t even get me started about what happens when I wear my glasses! I do like the Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds commercial effect. It’s somewhat flattering, don’t you think? No?

DSC_0418_FotorclosenofoxeditreduxThat’s better–loud and clear! What I really want to prove with this outfit is pin up style can still work as the temperatures cool off and even when you choose pants instead of skirts. Now, I’m not what you would call a retro purist. While I love polka dots and circle skirts, my jam is adding modern touches to those styles. Besides, my hair game won’t allow for beehives and victory rolls (which would be so much fun to learn how to do, but that’s another blog post).

DSC_0476_FotorwideshotreduxThese teal pants were a great find. Because I’m on the larger side plus sizes, I sometimes feel like I have to pick boring clothes for my bottom half due to the lack of variety on that end of the spectrum. Heck, many plus size retailers usually stop before they get to my size. It bums me out when I see cute clothes at certain places only going up to size 24. That why these pants were a wonderful surprise. You never know what you can find if you look a little bit harder!

DSC_0430_FotorshoeseditreduxI bought these shoes last fall, and they were totally neglected. I’m so glad I found a special outfit for them this year. Oh, and they’re still available and on sale!

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How are you all starting to incorporate fall pieces into your wardrobe? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Thanks for wandering over to my little area of the interwebs. Until next time, stay cool!

Top: Myrtlewood by ModCloth / Pants: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London / Headscarf: ModCloth (similar in mustard)/ Flower Pin: Maurices / Necklace: Fossil

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