Remixed!

As a poor student, I can’t buy new clothes all the time. My wardrobe is limited, but that’s no reason not to show you some new outfits! The shoes are the only thing that’s new here (and they’re not really new, it just hasn’t been possible to wear them since I started this blog in December), but I think it’s a cute outfit all the same.

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There’s not much to say about it; my usual color palette, my favorite skirt. What do you guys think of fashion bloggers remixing the same pieces? I see so many who have something new every time, but I think this is more realistic for most of us.

Outfit details:

Dusty rose top: I Pearl flower earrings: Dorothy Perkins
Lilac skinny belt: ASOS Curve
Black skater skirt: ASOS Curve
Pearl “bracelet”: Actually a necklace from Forever 21
Black tights: Kmart
Lavender ballet flats: Old Navy

Marvelous Monday: Breaking All The Rules

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: Breaking A Fashion “Rule”

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Now you know why Friday’s outfit would have fit, too! It seems that one of the cardinal rules of fat fashion is that we always need to pretend to have an hourglass figure. Emphasize your waist! That’s what it’s all about, apparently. Extraneous belts abound. Not that I’ve never enjoyed a waist-emphasizing outfit myself, but it’s totally unnecessary to always dress that way. And today, I’m not showing off a pretend hourglass figure at all!

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I also haven’t shaved my legs in over a week (not that you can tell in the photo), and my bra strap is peeking out in a couple of these photos. These are definitely fashion rules I’m breaking. But who cares! I look awesome, and I feel awesome. Especially because I woke up today, and it was magically spring. I’ve been freezing since September, with only a 3-day reprieve in early March, but now, it’s warm and sunny and beautiful outside. The flower are blooming! The birds are singing! What’s not to love? Why get hung up on silly fashion “rules” when all that’s going on outside?

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I’m also breaking what so many of my fellow fatties see as a rule, by showing off my upper arms. A message, to my fellow fatshionistas: letting the sun and the fresh air touch as much of you as possible is a wonderful feeling! Try it out sometime!

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For some reason, a lot of people are wearing coats outside. It’s 70 degrees. It’s very unnecessary. I think that Germans like to dress for the worst possible scenario, i.e., it might get cold later, so I’d better wear a coat. Personally, I think it’s nuts. I’m off to enjoy the sunshine now!

Outfit details:

Colorblock Navy/Green Swing Dress: The Webster at Target (USA)
Pearl pendant necklace: Dorothy Perkins (UK)
Navy bow flats: Shoe Dept. Encore (USA)

Check out the other beautiful Marvelous Monday bloggers, breaking their fashion rules today:

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

 

 

Casual Friday

This week has been pretty exhausting, so as much as I know you all love my opinionated rants, there will be no Fabulously Fat Friday today. (Of course, in its own way, every Friday is fabulously fat.) Instead, I’m bringing you yet another outfit post with my favorite color combinations, but this time, surprisingly, I’m wearing new shoes!

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In a way, this outfit would have been perfect for the next Marvelous Monday….hint, hint! You’ll see what I mean in a few days.

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You know that pastels are my favorite, that mint and lilac have a special place in my heart, so you can imagine how much I like this super relaxed outfit. What’s more casual than leggings and a slouchy sweater??

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It’s also not the most “flattering” of outfits. I usually dress with some emphasis on my waist, so in that sense it’s a departure for me. It doesn’t show off any hourglass figure, but that’s okay! It’s cute and comfortable and I’m happy wearing it.

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And these shoes! Can you see why I love them? Only 5 euros, too! I mean, they’ll fall apart sooner rather than later, but, they have butterflies on them! So worth it!

Outfit details:

Mint slouchy sweater with pockets: H&M+ (Germany)
Mint tank (underneath): Target (USA)
Pearl pendant necklace: Dorothy Perkins (UK)
Lilac leggings: Next (UK)
Mint polka dot socks: H&M (Germany)
Butterfly print shoes: Divided by H&M (Germany)

Marvelous Monday: Maxi Dress

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: Maxi Dress/Skirt

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Why yes, my hair is a mess, and I am wearing the same shoes that I’ve worn pretty much exclusively for the past couple of weeks. Bad fashion blogger!

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I clearly enjoyed taking pictures in this long, flowy dress a bit too much, which is why you now have to look at all of these.

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It’s the first maxi dress or skirt I’ve ever owned, and I have to say, I’m a fan! I like the movement, the way it looks put-together but is even comfier than most of my pajamas. This one is perhaps a little long for me to wear with flats, but it looks nice with the heels. And the boots are a nice way to make it not too summery, I think.

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I kept the accessories simple: just gold hoop earrings and a skinny gold belt.

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Of course, even though Spring has finally sprung (sort of), it was a bit chilly to go out without a jacket. So I paired this with my black faux leather jacket, a staple in my wardrobe. I also have a brown one, though–might that have been better? I couldn’t decide. I mean, the dress is black with rust-colored and tan colorblocking, so I guess I could have gone either way.

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And finally, a close-up so you can see just how messy my hair really is…Also, my nice pink lipstick!

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Outfit details:

Colorblock Maxi Dress: Primark
Gold hoop earrings: Target
Gold skinny belt: Target
Black faux leather jacket: Xhilaration via Target
Boots: Kmart

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/

 

Fabulously Fat Friday: But What About Your Health???

Fabulously Fat Friday is back! I’m not sure what topics to cover in upcoming weeks, though, so please leave suggestions in the comments.

Here’s a few things this post is not:

  • An explanation of how fat =/= unhealthy. If you haven’t caught up to this point yet, feel free to educate yourself, as there are people who have done a far better job explaining it and gathering the evidence than I could here, here, here, hereand here
  • A defense of my own health and habits backing up the incredibly ableist and misguided good fatty/bad fatty dichotomy. 
  •  An explanation of why diets don’t work, and why you can’t just expect fat people to be able to magically become thin. (See the above links for more on that issue.) 

Okay, so, now that we’re all on the same page, let’s get started. First of all, my health is none of your business. You know nothing about my health from looking at me. You are not my doctor, and unless I invite your opinion, you have no right to say anything about my health. Same goes for any person in your life, fat or thin. Health is personal. This is just how to be a decent human being. This part is not up for discussion. That’s why I’m not talking about my health here: it’s none of your business.

People are people, and they all deserve to be treated decently, no matter what their health. Some people are unhealthy, through no fault of their own, due to disabilities or illnesses or genetics or injuries, and that is not a moral failing. Some people choose other priorities over working out or eating salads, and that is not a moral failing. It’s a personal choice. Some people have too much else going on in their lives, and that is not a moral failing. Some people don’t have access to safe spaces for exercise or to healthy foods, and that is not a moral failing. And we can’t forget mental health: sometimes, focusing on mental health means doing things that might not contribute to physical health, ie spending a day relaxing on the couch with a good book, or eating nachos for breakfast. Sometimes, that’s good for us!

You know what’s not good for our mental health? Shame and hatred. So if you’re really worried about someone’s health, harassing them about their weight is not helping. Quite the opposite. If you care about someone, you care about them as a human being, not just about how they look. Trust that we are grown ass adults who know how to look after ourselves, and unless we have asked for it, we do not want your opinion.

Now, we get to all the fear-mongering rhetoric pushed by the government and the media about “obesity as a public health issue.” (I put all this in quotes because a. I hate the word obesity and b. it’s not a public health issue.) It’s not a health issue, not really, as I pointed out above, so I’m going to focus on something else: even if you believe it is a health issue, how does that justify harassing or hating fat people?

Smoking is a health issue. Food deserts are a health issue. Cancer is a health issue. Depression is a health issue. Does the entire world think it’s okay to be awful and hateful to people suffering from these issues? Does the media make them the butt of jokes, if they’re represented at all? No. So even if you believe this nonsense about fat being a health issue, that does not give you license to be an asshole. It’s clear when we consider it from this angle that it’s not really about concern. It’s about superficial beauty standards, discrimination, and hate.

And it has very real consequences. Doctors like to blame every health issue a fat person faces on their weight, and prescribe weight loss as the first (and sometimes only) treatment, even when, for a thin person, there are other causes to be considered and treatments to be explored. This isn’t just an inconvenience. It doesn’t just hurt our feelings. This kind of fat hate kills people. So if you’re really worried about us and our health, buying into this kind of rhetoric is not helping. Not even a little. It’s killing us. Don’t believe me? Here are some sources:

  • This CNN article comes to a few problematic conclusions that I clearly disagree with, but has good information about the hazards faced by fat people when it comes to getting good medical care, including personal anecdotes.
  • This information from NAAFA gives statistics about the biases of medical professionals.
  • This Slate article is also not without its problems, but it does have some interesting information.

In conclusion: someone else’s health is none of your business, regardless of their weight, and fat shame and discrimination are bigger health issues than fat itself. So if you really care, stop concern-trolling and respect our ability to make our own decisions. Learn some respect for your fellow human beings, regardless of size. Or more simply? Stop being such a dick and mind your own business.

Two Favorite Trends In One Outfit

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You may have noticed that I love all things peplum, and I’m a big fan of the studded items popping up all over the place, too. When I saw this top from Simply Be (still available here) that combines two of my favorite trends, of course I had to have it! It’s also a high-low hem, so it’s actually three current trends in one. Unfortunately, it runs a bit large (definitely size down if you order one!), and in my usual size, the peplum doesn’t flare out as much as I’d like. However, I fixed that nicely with a belt I think! I actually wanted to use my silver skinny belt but couldn’t find it; I think the black belt with a silver buckle works nicely, though.

I paired the top with these skinny jeans that actually have a subtle leopard print on them; you can’t see it so well in the photo, but if you look at my thighs I think you can see it a bit. I quite like them for adding a bit of interest without being too in-your-face.

And of course, my favorite shoes are making yet another appearance! Don’t worry, I have more shoes…but not many more, actually. You’ll see a little more variety when it’s warm enough for ballet flats, though!

Outfit details:

Embellished peplum top: Simply Be
Black skinny belt: Forever 21+
Leopard skinny jeans: Forever 21+
Shoes: Kmart

Cross My Heart

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Why yes, that third pose up there is the most awkward pose ever….I’m just trying to spice things up a bit! Anyway, I really like this cross print t-shirt and pretty new cameo bracelet. This outfit isn’t anything too crazy or out of the ordinary for me at all, but I like it all the same!

Outfit details:

Cross print t-shirt: New Look Inspire (UK)
Black skater skirt: ASOS Curve
Brown belt: ASOS Curve
Pink cameo bracelet: ASOS
Black tights: Kmart (USA)
Shoes: Kmart (USA)