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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_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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pic2reduxAt least this Monday I am, and I’m glad to be back after the weekend! I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of ModCloth. What you may not know is that I haven’t been shopping with them for very long, at least compared to other places. I’ve only known about them for under a year, but in that time, I’ve grown to love their clothes and what they stand for as a company. Take for instance, the skirt I’m wearing which you may have seen earlier in the challenge here. It’s from one of their house brands, Myrtlewood. I love that they’re committed to making their clothes (including their other brand, Bea & Dot) in a range of sizes, all the way up to 4x, and being that size, it means a lot to me.

pic3reduxI’ve never worn a cardigan this way before! Lately, I’ve seen many retro outfits with tucked-in sweaters, and it looks much more pulled together especially with fuller skirts. As I predicted, this chambray skirt is as versatile as a pair of jeans. It goes with everything, either despite or because of the polka dots. I’m looking forward to remixing it again and again on the blog and in real life. While people usually think “dresses” when they shop at ModCloth, I’m always pleased with their selection of separates, both modern and retro.

pic1reduxI’d like to hear from you! Whether it’s a skirt or a special top, what are your go-to separates? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit brightened my day on such a murky morning. At least the gray weather made it possible to wear a sweater without, well, sweating. Thank you for stopping by!

Sweater, Skirt, and Necklace: ModCloth  / Camisole: Lane Bryant (Similar) / Shoes: Jessica London / Belt: Torrid (Similar)

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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.

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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

keep1_FotoreditHappy Sunday! I was fully prepared for a cloudy, overcast morning, but much to my surprise it was sunny…and even slightly cool. I’m sure it won’t last all day, but I’m glad the weather was nice for some pre-church pics. I featured this dress in my ModHaul video was psyched to get it on sale. I would have never picked out it as little as a year ago being afraid people wouldn’t take me seriously or think that I wouldn’t know anything about obscure bands and such. Blogging has changed that mindset. Now I know I can wear a Peter Pan color and still geek out about Replacements, Pavement, or whatever band I’m obsessing about. Besides, being taken seriously isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I am who I am, and sometimes you even have to laugh at yourself. keep5_Fotoreditredux keep3_Fotoreditredux missy1_FotorreduxMissy doesn’t like taking pictures. I hope this doesn’t qualify as animal cruelty… keep2_FotorreduxI’m glad I embraced the happiness of this dress, and I can’t wait to transition it to my fall and winter wardrobe. You may just see it again later with some tights and cardigan. Much love to all my readers and Instagram followers who are already experiencing fall weather. How has your fashion sense changed throughout the years? What would you wear now that you wouldn’t before? Leave me a comment! Thanks for reading, and see you tomorrow! Dress: ModCloth (no longer available) / Earrings: FemmeDeBloom / Shoes: Zappos Instagram / Pinterest

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I only have one favorite Friday pick, but it’s totally worth having the spotlight. Recently, ModCloth announced their #FASHIONTRUTH campaign where they pledged offer clothes in a full range of sizes and use models that are representative of their customers, presented in a realistic way. To see co-founder Susan Koger speak about their commitment, view the video here. Since the campaign was announced, many bloggers have contributed their own #FASHIONTRUTH. Here’s mine:

I remember shopping at Lane Bryant for the first time in seventh grade. My mom bought me a brightly striped ribbed t-shirt and matching purple knee-length shorts. I had been “fat” since age 8, and I knew I was because many of the other kids told me. From that time until the time I found that LB outfit, I didn’t have so much as a pair of jeans resembling anything my friends wore. When I wore my new get-up to school, one of the other kids, a guy, in fact, commented, “You’re wearing Union Bay.” Most of the kids in my class wore Union Bay. I told him I wasn’t, but he didn’t believe me. I felt like I somehow accomplished a small victory.

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Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not preaching conformity, but for the first time I felt like I had the option to conform. We all should have the choice to conform or to stand out as we please. Look at me in this post; I’m a grown woman wearing a dinosaur dress. Nuff said. I spent most of my teen years shopping almost exclusively at Lane Bryant (and sometimes Avenue and Ashley Stewart). I was finding great basics and stylish clothes like I never had before; however, the drawback was with such a limited amount of plus size retailers, there was no variety. Basically, if LB didn’t have what I wanted one season, it was safe to say no one else did either. Things have definitely gotten much better.

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I know I look like the farthest thing from a punk, but a while back I read the book Our Band Could Be Your Life profiling the punk and alternative rock scene of the ’80s. The title of the book quotes Mike Watt of the Minutemen. The statement signifies a DIY work ethic that the band brought to their music. Now, I can’t say that I’m totally DIY save for crafting a few accessories here and there, and I obviously didn’t sew the clothes on my back or cobble my shoes. The punk scene arose because many young people felt underrepresented; and it was revolutionary because a person could learn three chords on a guitar, gather a few friends, and start a band. Fashion bloggers have their own three C’s: cameras, clothes, and computers. If you’re sick of seeing clothes on models that don’t even look like themselves in real life or hearing fashion commentary from those who chastise people resembling you, take those three things and represent yourself. I guarantee you’ll find like-minded real people from all walks of life.

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That’s my #FASHIONTRUTH. What’s yours?

Dress: ModCloth (No longer available)/ Belt: Lane Bryant / Shoes: Zappos / Necklace and Earring Set: Delia’s

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Print mixing–I’ve seen many of my blogger friends do it before, and I tried it out in this previous post. While I’m not anti-matching, I feel having the option to mix it up can give you more versatility if you have a limited, or even not-so-limited, wardrobe. It’s long been my home decorating philosophy if nothing matches then it all goes together. Remember the chairs around Monica’s dinner table on Friends? If a “friend” went all WWF and smashed one of them, she may have lost a cute chair, but she didn’t have to worry that it broke up the set. Monica could just go to a thrift store and pick up a new one in whichever style she wanted. It’s so much fun to bring this idea to fashion. I really like how the polka dots on the chambray skirt are structured and traditional, but the spots on my blouse are just not having any of that. Speaking of the skirt, I feel it will become like a favorite pair of jeans, and I’ll wear it often. The shoes and purse don’t match either; in fact, the only things that match are my necklace and earrings.

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Dots, stripes, floral, or novelty: which prints do you like to mix? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, and don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Top and Skirt: ModCloth / Shoes: Zappos / Necklace and Earrings: Fossil / Purse: Thrifted from Goodwill / Glasses: Ray-Ban

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