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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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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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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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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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photo from Wikipedia

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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