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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_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!

JESSICA LONDON

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_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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fullhaton2_FotorreduxCheck out the title of this post–I don’t think there’s a better way to describe this skirt. It’s the same one from Day 1 of the challenge. Sometimes it’s a petticoat, others it’s the star of the show. The skirt isn’t the only garment I’m wearing today that can do double duty. See my top? It’s really a dress. The bottom half is a no-fuss, a-line silhouette, perfect for layering without adding too much extra bulk. Who wants that under a skirt that already super full? You just might see this rest of this dress in all of its streamlined glory in a future outfit post.

medshotkeep_FotorreduxI’m also wearing a hat because I’m a classy lady.

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

Until next time, stay classy, fashionistas!

Skirt: eShakti / Dress: Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee /Necklace: ModCloth / Hat: Calvin Klein from Ross / Shoes: Jessica London

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This past weekend at work, we had our own mini version of Comic-Con, so of course I had to cosplay! You don’t have to ask a magic mirror to figure out who I decided to be. This Pin Up Girl Clothing dress with print by Stephanie Buscema was quite the inspiration for the whole outfit. I love the illustrator’s “atomic” take on the Snow White story. The second most exciting thing about this outfit, for me at least, are the shoes! After looking for what feels like forever, I finally found some red flats! They’re from Jessica London, and with those sweet little bows, were worth the wait. I had to hit up the craft store for everything else! The necklace, pendant, bandana, and even the apple are all from Hobby Lobby.

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So, do you want a bite? (But, seriously, don’t eat that.)

Try Again

June 2, 2014 — 2 Comments

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Does this dress look familiar? I’ve worn it on the blog before, as a skirt, here. Kinda blah, right? Honestly this convertible dress/skirt from Kiyonna has been sort of a problem child from the get-go. I originally ordered it a size bigger, but had to send it back. My waist is obviously much bigger than my bust, so it worked as a skirt, but as a dress, not so much. The problem didn’t completely resolve itself with the smaller size, but I was able to make it work by pinning it to my bra. I love the above outfit much more than my first go-round which goes to show some pieces of clothes deserve another chance!

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I have been in the market for a denim vest for a couple of years now, and until I came across this one from Lane Bryant, I had a tough time finding one I liked. I decided to dress up this casual outfit with gold accessories, like this fox necklace and earring set from Fossil and this vintage brooch from Femme DeBloom’s Etsy shop.

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Even my shoes are gold, and I love the bling on the heel! They’re from Jessica London.

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I took these pictures last week right before we had tons and tons of rain. There’s still stormy weather in the forecast. Looks like I gotta get more creative with taking indoor outfit picks! Thanks for stopping by!

Spring Simplicity

April 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

IMG_1342I admit I’m not the best country girl, but, dude…flowers! I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to take pictures today because the forecast called for rain, but luckily all the storms passed last night, and we had a really pretty spring day. If you look really close, you may see some bees, but but they left me alone. I love that with the weather warming up, I get to wear dresses again. I’ve even been wearing them to work, which probably isn’t very practical, but whatever…

IMG_1344This dress is from eShakti, and I love the keyhole neckline so much! I ordered a few dresses from them, and so far, so good. Here’s another one I posted a while back. I find I take more chances when I order from them because I know the fit will be right. For example, I usually have to worry about the bust being too big to get the proper fit for my hips, so I would probably pass on a neckline like this from anywhere else because it wouldn’t lay correctly or be too loose. The same thing for the previously mentioned sheath dress, but since they made the dresses to my measurements, I decided to give it a go. Not too shabby!

IMG_1346Because of the detail of the neckline, I decided not to go too crazy with jewelry and accessories. I’m wearing earrings from Forever 21.

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I found this bracelet clutch at Charming Charlie

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And, these flats came from Jessica London.

IMG_1343I think I found my Easter outfit! Until next time, peeps!

 

Naturally Neon

March 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Who has a new favorite dress? This girl! I was going to share this dress on an upcoming video I’m planning to make on custom-fit fashion, but I just couldn’t wait! It’s from eShakti, and they make dresses according to your measurements for just about every size from super tiny to size 36. I got three spring dresses from them, and I’m very pleased. They all fit! In fact, I usually stay away from sheath or super form-fitting dresses because the proportions are never right for me with my boobs to hips ratio, but they got it right. The prices are affordable, too, compared to the plus-sized places I usually shop, and I know I’d rather spend my money on something that fits perfectly. I gravitated to this particular dress because with the silhouette and neon green color, it scared me a little bit. I knew I had nothing like it in my closet, so I decided to take a chance. I love the sixties look, and I’m ready to join the Mod Squad!

IMG_1077Sandals: Jessica London, Earrings: Forever 21