Sweet & Simple

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I really like the color of this dress, and when I got it, I knew I couldn’t wait for summer to wear it, even though it is a very summery dress. So I decided to try to style it for a chilly early Spring day, and I think the result is quite nice, very simple but sweet & stylish. I know it’s a bit wrinkled, but, well, I don’t believe in ironing! (Meaning I am lazy and also don’t own an iron.)

This is the last of the posts I’m putting together in advance on Thursday night, and I just realized how much I’ve lived in these shoes & black tights over the last week! The shoes are so comfy, though. Why mess with something that works!

I’m still travelling, but I’ll be back on Sunday evening, hopefully with a post for you to update you on how my trip went & some photos. I hope you’re all having a lovely week! Happy Easter, too, to those who celebrate it.

Outfit details:

Blue summer dress: ASOS Curve
Black cropped jacket: Torrid (USA)
Black hoop earrings: Forever 21 (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: (USA)

Marvelous Monday: Pencil Skirts

It’s Marvelous Monday, everybody! This is a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

This week’s theme: Pencil Skirts

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Right now, as you read this, I am in Latvia. I am not wearing this outfit. I did, however, wear this outfit last Thursday afternoon & evening, and schedule it to post today. So it’s only kind of cheating. 

Anyway, I love this shirt, and I wear it a lot with jeans for an easy outfit that still looks somewhat stylish. However, I decided to dress it up a little with this skirt, and I think the end result works well. I do really love this skirt, but I always have trouble styling it! How’d I do this time?

Outfit details:

Plum peplum t-shirt: Dorothy Perkins (UK)
Gold swirly earrings: Target (USA)
Floral pencil skirt: Forever 21+ (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: Kmart (USA)

Marvelous Monday bloggers:

Sian: http://sortlifeoutbuymilk.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri: http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com
L.: http://byehollywood.blogspot.com
Sarah: http://theridiculous-sort.blogspot.co.uk/

We’re still open to adding new participants as well, so get in touch (fatfashionablefeminist@gmail.com) if you’re interested!

Style Challenge: Help me decide how to wear this skirt!

So, as you read this, I am in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will be continuing on Monday to Riga, Latvia. Not to worry, though, I photographed a few of the outfits I wore in the last week but didn’t post, and scheduled them to be posted while I’m gone (including a Marvelous Monday). I will be online occasionally, so feel free to send me an email or something, I just probably won’t have the chance to take outfit photos. I’ll be back on the 31st. Fabulously Fat Fridays will also be on hiatus for the next two weeks, and if you have any suggestions for topics I should tackle in the future, please let me know!

Anyway, on to the dilemma. I have this really cute skirt with multicolored lipstick prints, and  I can never figure out how to wear it. When I took these photos, I wore it with the pink sweater in the morning, and then photographed that, decided that perhaps it would be better with the jacket, changed for the afternoon, and photographed that. In the end, I decided to share both photos with you, because I still can’t decide!

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So, what do you think? Or do you have another suggestion or me?

Outfit details:

Lipstick print skirt: Forever 21+ (USA)
Multicolored glass earrings: Craft fair in Asheville, NC (USA)
Pink cowl neck sweater: Eloquii (USA)
Black faux suede jacket: Evans (UK)
Lilac lace trimmed tank top (underneath jacket): Worthington via JCPenney (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: Kmart (USA)

Retro Chic

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I seriously love everything about this outfit, you guys. The shirt is ridiculously awesome. Pearl buttons, crazy chain/seashell print, what could be better?? And of course, the ASOS skater skirt is my new favorite wardrobe stable.

Outfit details:

Blouse: Thrifted/eBay (France)
Earrings: Lane Bryant (USA)
Skater skirt & belt: ASOS Curve
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Booties: Kmart (USA)

Marvelous Monday: Inspired By A Fictional Character

It’s Marvelous Monday, everybody! This is a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

This week’s theme: Outfits inspired by a fictional character

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This week’s theme is definitely the most abstract one we’ve done so far. It’s not meant to necessarily be a full-on costume, but we decided to take some fashion inspiration from our favorite fictional characters this week, and I chose my ’90s style icon, Claudia Kishi from the Babysitter’s Club series!

Obviously going full-on Claudia would have been a little too crazy for my day to day life, so I decided to just take a few elements of her style. Taking fashion risks, for one, and high-waisted shorts over tights is a totally new look for me. Also, big chunky plastic accessories in not-entirely-matching colors/patterns seemed appropriate! The side ponytail is a ’90s look, too; of course, the real thing would have been much higher and involved a brightly colored scrunchy, but, well, I had to wear this to class!

So, what do you think, BSC fans? Did I pull it off?

Outfit details:

Black lace button-up: Forever 21+ (USA)
Black tank top (underneath): Old Navy (USA)
Blue floral plastic bangle: Forever 21 (USA)
Pink glittery plastic hoop earrings: Local store in Asheville, NC (USA)
Green high-waisted shorts: New Look  (UK)
Silver skinny belt: Target (USA)
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Silver bow flats: Shoe Dept Encore (USA)

Marvelous Monday bloggers:

Sian: http://sortlifeoutbuymilk.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri: http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com
L.: http://byehollywood.blogspot.com
Sarah: http://theridiculous-sort.blogspot.co.uk/

We’re still open to adding new participants as well, so get in touch (fatfashionablefeminist@gmail.com) if you’re interested!

Fabulously Fat Fridays: Why Posting Pictures Of Myself In Pretty Clothes On The Internet Is Radical

Here’s what I imagine some people might think about my blog: Fat acceptance! Awesome! But….all you’re doing is posting pictures of yourself in pretty clothes on the internet. How is that radical? It’s so shallow. How can fashion possibly be important when it comes to fighting for civil rights for fat people?

Fatshion is a form of activism. It’s not the most radical thing ever, but a fat person proudly posting fashionable pictures of themselves on the internet is definitely radical! It’s a totally valid part of the FA movement. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll give you a few of my reasons.

  • Fat people are not supposed to look nice. Fat is supposed to be a synonym for lazy slob. By showing our stylish selves on the internet, we are busting up stereotypes all over the place. I have several readers who run straight-sized fashion blogs, who aren’t into FA or anything, and I hope that I’m showing them a different perspective from the one they see in fashion magazines! We’re showing that fat people are normal and happy and sometimes, we’re into fashion. We’re not waiting to buy that perfect dress when we lose 10 pounds (or 100 pounds); we are rocking the hell out of it right now!
  • Fat people are supposed to be ashamed and invisible. We don’t see images of happily displayed fat bodies in the mainstream media. We don’t have much positive representation on television, in movies, on magazine pages. We have to literally retrain our brains to see fat as fabulous. We have to seek out our own positive representation. We have to create our own positive representation. Fatshion bloggers are doing just that! I know reading other fatshion blogs & then creating my own has helped me a lot in my own personal body acceptance journey, and I’m sure that’s true for others, too.
  • Fat people like fashion, too! We are building a community here of fat babes who are into fashion, and it’s awesome. We are basically sharing an interest that has a mainstream community that excludes us, so we’re creating our own community. We’re supporting each other, we’re giving each other style inspiration and shopping tips, and when the rest of the world sucks, we know there are other fabulous fashionable fatties out there. It’s not just about breaking stereotypes or hoping we can change someone’s outlook for the better; it’s about the positive impact within this community. I know every day I have a positive interaction with another awesome fat chick on the internet, that’s a happy day! Also, fashion is harder for fat people just because of a lack of resources; this internet community helps us to share the resources we find with other awesome fatties.

We can’t stop at fashion, though. This is valid and it’s important, but we have to keep the politics of it in mind, too. I know that some fat fashion bloggers wish they could just be seen as fashion bloggers who happen to be fat. Sure, in an ideal world, it wouldn’t matter. Fashion would be fashion, regardless of size. But we don’t live in that world. That much is clear when you look at the extremely limited fashionable clothing out there for fat people. Even if you don’t want it to be, what you are doing as a fat person putting these pictures out there for the world to see is political. Making the world face your existence as a fat person instead of hiding away in your lazy, unfashionable corner of the world is important, and it’s radical, even if it shouldn’t be.

A lot of this really applies to other non-normative bodies as well. If you’re thin, white, able-bodied, cisgendered, and traditionally beautiful, fashion is not really political. I mean, it’s still fun, it’s still creative, it’s still awesome. But you’re free to pursue style without the same kind of judgements. You have positive representation of stylish people who look like you available all over the place. For the rest of us? Not so much. Our fashion makes a statement because we aren’t supposed to be willing and able to look fabulous and express ourselves this way. We’re suppose to be doing whatever we can to make ourselves less noticeable. In a lot of people’s eyes, there’s no way we’ll ever be “normal,” so the best we can do is cry about it and try to be invisible.

Well, screw that, I say. Make yourself noticeable. Create positive representation. Fuck societal ideals of beauty. Just being fabulously fat in a public way is inherently radical. Embrace it!

“Orange” You Glad Spring Is Coming!?

Excuse the punny title 🙂 I hope you’re all getting through the week okay! It’s Wednesday, so we’re halfway there. And it means less than two weeks until I go on my Spring Break trip to Riga and Vilnius! And hopefully it means a real end to this wintery weather, sooner rather than later.

Anyway, on to today’s outfit.

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When I realized that my mint leggings were totally invisible in the first shot, I took another. Excuse the awkward pose….

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I absolutely love this dress, but I wasn’t sure how to style the bright orange color at first; I never wear orange! Black as a neutral color seemed Halloween-y, and brown seemed too much like autumn. But I decided that a pop of a springy color would make it appropriate (even if it is snowing again outside, it’s March!), and this is the result. What do you think? Good choice?

Outfit details:

Bright orange skater dress: Koko by Koko, originally via Lovedrobe I think (UK)
Gold hoop earrings: Target (USA)
Mint green leggings: Next (UK)
Brown knee high boots: Lane Bryant (USA)