Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Fat Girl Breaks the Rules

The theme for this month's Ahead of the Curve plus size fashion blogging collective is "Mismatched".  The runways have been filled with designers pairing designs that traditionally don't go together.  My goal was to translate that into a wearable outfit for me.

I couldn't quit wrap my mind around playing with patterns AND color, while still making it comfortable enough for me to wear out.  I decided to stick with black and white.  I paired a ponte knit skater dress and polka dot cropped cardigan from Torrid.

Like many of my other cardigans from Torrid they have a nice attention to detail, with this one it's nice rhinestone buttons.

Since this outfit made me feel a little bit like I had fallen down the rabbit hole I thought it was fitting to pair it with my Alice in Wonderland painted roses necklace from Crypt of Curiosities.
Please, don't stop here!  Check out the rest of my fellow blogger's take on the mismatched theme buy clicking on the link below.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Fat Girl Takes on Art Deco

This month's theme for Ahead of the Curve's collective blog post is The World of Black & White.  I bought this black and white Mono Art Deco print skater dress from ASOS Curve a while ago and I was happy to have the perfect reason to finally wear it.

The dress is a thick polyester spandex knit and it holds it's shape beautifully.  The leggings are a longer length Tegging from Re/Dress and the shoes are from Klogs.
The shrug is a light weight polyester spandex knit from eBay and the glasses are from Zenni optical.

I purchased this adorable vintage pin from a Facebook group.  Since I own a Westie (who wears a red glitter collar) it was a must have.
Please check out how the rest of my Ahead of the Curve fellow bloggers took on the black and white fashion challenge.  Links below!  Go look!

Don't stop here! Click to check out how other fashion-forward bloggers from AHEAD OF THE CURVE interpreted this month's theme as well.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Feeling the Love in Igigi Polka Dots

I've been waiting for the right opportunity and weather to wear this red polka dot Igigi dress since buying it on sale.  This month's Ahead of the Curve "Red Hot" topic and an evening out with my mister finally seemed like the right time to debut it.

I love the vintage feel of this dress and I'm always a fan of polka dots.  This Riley dress was by far my favorite dress from Igigi in 2013.

Please check out the rest of my lovely fellow Ahead of the Curve bloggers take on February's Red Hot challenge!

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Red Hot” so check them out by clicking on each link:

AffatshionistA:  Ditto.Ditto.Ditto.Always Red Hot

Fatshion Peepshow:  Nuclear Red Hot Hair

The Valerie Gallery:  Radiant Chaos 

Color me Fatt:  My "Red Hot" Moment

It’s Melicious:  Red the Color of Love

Plump Up the Frock:  Red Hot Remake: Too-Tight Dress To Peplum Top

Fearlessly Just Me:  Fearless Fashion; Channeling My Inner Lady In Red

Harper Valley TV:  "Red Hot" Valentine's Day Look

Young & Thrifted:  Rouge Blouse

Curvy is Beautiful by Mary Demetra:  Red Hot Luxe; My Top Sexy, Fabulous, Gorgeous Valentine's Day Picks for the Plus Size Princess

You can find more information about Ahead of the Curve or our past topics here, http://www.aheadofthecurvebloggers.com.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Leopard Print Skirt Comes Out to Play

Outfit of the day for a museum day.  SWAK skirt, ancient sweater of unknown origin, Dots belt.

Klog brand Mary Janes.  Super comfortable for walking.

My mother's vintage pearls.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Review of (Mostly) Black Plus Size Leggings

Like many women I have an assortment of black leggings. They are the go to staple for many of my outfits. I never really gave them too much thought until I recently realized how many different brands I have. I figured a review of sorts might be helpful to others and along the way it even surprised me. I captured 10 different leggings, eight different brands. I'm going to rank them from least favorite to most favorite. For comparison my waist is 43" and my hips are 62", my inseam is about 26", my ankles are 9.5", and I'm 5'4". I generally wear a size 26/28, depending on brand. For each legging I took two pictures, both from behind, one with it stretched out with my hand to give you an idea of roominess. I'm wearing my favorite everyday microfiber black panties so you can get an idea of coverage, pantylines, etc. Okay, prepare to see too much of my backside!

10: Bozzolo from Deb's in a size 3X

These are a cotton based knit and the fit is nice and snug, even at my ankles which is often an issue. However you can see the coverage isn't great and I've pretty much maxed out room in these. I actually haven't worn these yet but I'm thinking this won't be a long-lasting pair but they are affordable. Given the sheerish over the backside I will only likely wear these with a very long tunic or a dress.
9. SWAK, Sealed with a Kiss Designs in a 4X 
These SWAK's Classic Cotton Legging are  for the most part an improvement of the pair from Deb's. With their higher price tag there is an improvement on quality and stretch but as you can see they are still quite sheer in the backside. What I do not like on me for fit is the ankle is loose and they hit oddly above my ankles.  I suspect the fit is only going to get worse when I wash them. What is nice about these is they have a less binding waist band.  I have heard good things about SWAK's The Perfect Legging, I hope to try them soon.
8. Old Navy 4X 
These Old Navy leggings are a cotton based knit. Pretty thin fabric but as you can see better backside coverage than the previous pairs. Roomy fit, in fact these really fit more like a yoga pant on me and are too baggy to really work as a true legging. Therefore they have been relegated to mostly sleepwear for me but they are comfortable for that and have held up pretty well after a year of use.  I believe these leggings are the same or similar to the pair I have on here.
7. Torrid 4X 
Ranking these as a 7 seems a little unfair as the same pair in a size smaller shows up as number four but I approached it as what I would recommend to somebody my size looking for a pair with my given choices. These are a cotton based legging with a generous fit, really too generous for my size and since ordering this pair I have learned to always size down in Torrid leggings. Since they are baggy it is more of a yoga pant fit on me and sizing is similar to the Old Navy pair but the quality of the fabric is just slightly superior to that of Old Navy's.
6. Avenue 26/28 Petite 
This ranking is also a bit unfair as the same pair in another size shows up later but it's to show that unless you're really shorter petite (or taller and want a longer capri length) these might be too short on you as well. They hit me very oddly and I can only wear them with boots.
5. ASOS Curve US size 22
I don't have a pair of basic black leggings from ASOS Curve but after this review I think I will need to remedy that. Given time with those they might even move up to the third or fourth slot for me if they have similar fit and feel to these. These are also a cotton based legging but they have a foil design along the outside of each leg, limiting their versatility as a basic. The fabric and coverage is more substantial than any of the previous leggings. The cut is closer to the body and they are less roomy, in a way that I'm looking for in a legging.
4. Torrid 3X 
These are exactly the same pair as my seventh place but as you can see the 3X is a much closer leggings fit. They are one of my go-to, don't even need to think about it, comfortable pieces.  These basic leggings should be the same or similar to the ones I have on here.
3. Avenue 26/28 Average length
These are my very favorite pair of basic black, cotton leggings in my closet. I also have a bunch of these in capri length and I wore them all summer long. They are a close, snug fit but still really comfortable. One caveat, these were purchased before Avenue did a big revamp so I don't know if their current leggings are of the same quality.
2. Denim 24/7 size 2X 
Obviously these aren't anywhere close to a basic black legging but I wanted to include as many brands as I could for comparison. I'm even a little surprised by these ranking as I have to admit I tend to be a little biased against the Woman Within/Roaman's brands at times. Given the fit and fabric of these leggings only I would happily try a basic black knit legging from Denim 24/7 if they ever produce one.
1. Teggings, one size 
Obviously these are not like the others and are pretty sheer over the backside but if I could only keep one pair of the whole bunch these would be it. I wear teggings all the time under dresses. They are ridiculously comfortable and putting them on truly is an "ahhh" feeling. The don't sag, gap, run, slip, pinch, or ride up. They eliminate all chub rub on me. They are exactly as their name suggests: a cross between tights and leggings. Teggings are available from Re/Dress.
If you have any comments or recommendations about plus size leggings please let me know below!
  (Due to a recent influx of rude bully/trollie/spammy comments I've had to block anymyous comments but I'll save you some time if you are inclined to be one of those: I already know I'm fat, that's why the blog is called The Fat Girl.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Fat Girl Glams It Up

 I have to be honest, I struggled with this month's Ahead of the Curve theme of holiday glitz and glam.  While I'm usually overdressed for almost every occasion where I live, I'm not really comfortable with glamour and especially not glitz (I have a black sequined tank top that has been in my closet for two or three years with the tag still on it).  When this dress arrived from Modcloth I finally found my inspiration.

This is the String of Twirls Dress by Moon from Modcloth.  I had never ordered from Modcloth beore but I went wild during their fantastic Black Friday sale and ordered 13 items, knowing most of them probably wouldn't work for me.  Sure enough eight items got sent back, seven of them were too small on me.  Even with those low odds their free returns makes it worth it to try them again in the future for me.


Unlike most of the other items from Modcloth this may have even run slightly big on me.  It's stretchy and comfortable, always a positive.  The cardigan was bought secondhand through Fattoo but it's from Torrid.

The dress has a lovely detailed neckline of a gold tone chain and faux pearls.
With the pearl neckline and faux collar there wasn't much room for embellishment but I added a vintage looking pair of earrings to add a little sparkle.
The minimized other accesorries finally allowed me to the perfect oppurtunity to wear my statement handband.
The headband was another Fattoo purchase.  I think it's just too fun, whimsical, and over the top for daily wear; making it just right for a glam evening.

These shoes were another one of my keepers from Modcloth.  They are first heel purchase in many years but they were just too fun to resist.
I paired the shoes with a textured tight on accident at first as I was searching for my solid black ones but I think the look is a happy accident.
I wish everyone happy holidays and I hope all of my fat sisters get the oppurtunity to go out in glamour and glitz, feeling confident and beautiful!   Please go check out more plus sized holiday glitz and glam from the rest of the beautiful Ahead of the Curve ladies!

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Holiday Glitz and Glam” so check them out by clicking on each link:

Fatshion Peepshow: Glitz and Glam Wave
The Valerie Gallery:  My Vintage Glam

It’s Melicious:  Glam It Up
Lis Finds Bliss:  Holiday Looks
Harper Valley Vlog:  Holiday Party Looks!
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Modcloth Floral Flashback Dress is Seeing Triples!

Two of my fellow blogging friends from the Ahead of the Curve, Affatshionista and Fatshion Peepshow ordered this dress from Modcloth on Black Friday during their fantastic 50% off sale.  All of us are wearing it in a 4X.  It was part of my first ever Modcloth purchase and I'm delighted with it.  If you are interested in trying Modcloth for the first time you can use this link to get $15 off $50.

This Floral Flashback Dress obviously lends itself beautifully to holiday wear but I think it can work well for the fall through the early spring as well, especially for those with a more darkly inclined style like mine.

My cardigan was a super buy I got from Kohl's after the last holiday season.  It's a Candie's label and it has lovely beaded embellishments.  My Mary Jane shoes are from Klogs.