Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside

The month's Ahead of the Curve theme is winter accessories. While winter is my least favorite season and I look forward to moving to a warmer climate at some point I decided this year I was going to treat myself to some coats and and knitwear to make the cold more bearable.

I love a hooded winter coat and I've made a point of having one most of my life. They make me feel like Big Red Riding Hood and I think it's a fun change from the sea of dark colors you usually see in the winter. 

Since I have a wool allergy it can sometimes be a challenge to find a nice red coat, especially in plus sizes. This one is from Style and Co., purchased from Macy's.

I love nice details in a coat, it really gives us all a more polished look.

Since I have a larger than average head and hands knit hat and gloves are my friends but with my wool allergy finding nice pieces can sometimes be another challenge. I love the details on this set I purchased from eBay.

Since I often spend a couple of hours at a time outside during the winter I thought is was time to finally get some texting gloves. I purchased these from Amazon. While they are not great for small, detailed movements they do work.

 I love this leopard print polar fleece coat from One Stop Plus. It has a slightly retro vibe but it's soft, stretchy, lightweight, warm, and comfortable. Polar fleece is one of my favorite winter fabrics but often the styles available in it usually don't fit my tastes. Thankfully, One Stop Plus usually has a wide selection of styles and colors in polar fleece to suit a variety of tastes and style.

This matching hat is also from One Stop Plus is generously sized. I have a big head and this hat could definitely fit larger than me. I think the style of the hat helps add to the retro vibe.

These polar fleece gloves from One Stop Plus are also generously sized, extend nicely past my wrists (snow getting in your gloves is no fun).

One of my frequent winter activities is shoveling the driveway and walkway, this will be my shoveling outfit. Polar fleece is flexible and unrestrictive and the hat can be easily be removed as needed.  Also, I think fleece gloves work better than knits for keeping my hands dry and warm.

I've tried a few different types of winter boots but my old Doc Martens are my favorites. Finding wide calf boots are difficult enough but trying to find sturdy, waterproof wide calf boots are close to impossible. Plus, our driveway is on a fairly steep incline and gets very slick, My Doc Martens are the only ones that I found I don't slip and slide in.  Wearing high socks like these seems to help keep the snow out as well.

This coat is my newest winter purchase, it's from Modcloth. 

Like my red coat, it really has some nice, finished details. Once again, these can be hard to find in a non-wool coat.

This hat was purchased as a set with a scarf from eBay. I love the vintage feel of it and I think it provides a welcome pop of color. Even though this wasn't marketed as a plus size piece it's very accomodating. 

Don't let your size stop you from wearing what you want, expressing your style, or get what you need to keep you safe and warm during the winter months. We all deserve care and comfort.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Harvest of Color

It's time for Ahead of the Curve's collective blog post.  This month we're embracing the beautiful hues of autumn.  Traditionally these aren't colors I've worn, a long time ago someone told me fall colors weren't for me and I think I avoided them without even realizing it.  I decided the time has come to change that! Once again I fell in love and couldn't limit myself to just one outfit.  Please join me as I round up some of my favorite outfits this fall.

Modcloth dress, Jessica London cardigan, Klog shoes.

Jessica London jacket, Liz Claiborne sueded skirt, Isabella's Journey bag, Klog shoes.

Jessica London jacket, Lane Bryant sweater, Diane Gilman ponte knit pants, Klog shoes.
Perfect fall colors.  Bag and scarf via eBay.

Cato jacket, Laura Ashley sweater, ponte pants from Macy's, scarf from etsy, Klog shoes.

Jessica London sweater, Diane Gilman ponte pants, vintage bag, Klog shoes.

Scarf from The Pyramid Collection.

Modcloth dress, Torrid jacket, Betsey Johnson bag, Dansko shoes.

Vintage hat found at a little antique shop.

Modcloth dress, Jessica London cardigan, Klog shoes.

Really, this dress could not be more perfect for this month's theme!

Old Navy sweater, Diane Gilman ponte pants, Payless boots. 
Isabella's Journey bag.
My littlest man, he even took a few of these pictures.  He was more patient than his father!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Twinkling in Tweed

Like houndstooth, I have never really worn tweed before this month's Ahead of the Curve collective post. I wanted to really explore my options and push myself out of my comfort zone.  Since I'm very allergic to wool I did face somewhat limited options as tweed is often in wool or a wool blend.

This tweed jacket is actually part of a suit I ordered from eBay. Unlike my houndstooth suit I posted about yesterday I had less success with this one. Despite it being a size bigger than I normally wear the skirt was at least two sizes too small and the jacket is a little too big. I know straight sizes also have to deal with sizing inconsistencies but it seems so pervasive in plus sizes.
The green shirt is Jessica London from One Stop Plus, Torrid jeggings, and Payless wide calf boots.

The butterfly necklace is new to my collection, purchased from eBay.

Torrid lace trimmed tank and ponte knit pants, Croc shoes.
I'm really starting to love playing with colors and layers.

I know I'm late to the party but I'm really liking infinity scarfs, especially in bright accent colors.

This tweed Lane Bryant skirt was also bought off eBay and also runs small and has no stretch. 

The cropped denim jacket is from One Stop Plus and the shoes are by Klogs.
Tweed is really a full texture to play with.

Green sweater from Lane Bryant, Torrid tank, Klogs shoes, and The Sak bag.

I'm finding I really like adding vintage pins from my collection in a cluster, I think it makes them even that much more interesting.
When I first went looking for wool free tweed I came across the sweater by CJ Banks.  While it's not a true tweed it's certainly tweed inspired.

Torrid jeggings, Old Navy shirt, and Klogs shoes.

This sweater has a lot of fun colors I can play with in future wearings.
So maybe you don't want to commit to trying a new pattern or color in a big wardrobe piece?  Try a new scarf!
Lane Bryant faux suede skirt, George ribbed sweater.

Dockers tweed scarf.

Tweed clutch by Isabella's Journey.

Or maybe we just accent an outfit in tweed?

Faux snake skin leather skirt, Denim and Co. ivory twinset, and the belt came with another dress.

I took the tweed rosette from the Isabella's Journey clutch and pinned it inside of a knit flower made for me by a friend.
With this outfit I decided to see what would happen if I mixed up several different patterns and textures but all in the same tones.
Terry Lewis gold suede jacket, Calvin Klein striped top, Dockers tweed scarf, and Torrid ponte pants.

Croc animal print shoes, Isabella's Journey chenille tweed bag.

How fun is the handle detail on this Isabella's Journey bag?  Sticking with neutral color palette it really gives you a lot of leeway to play with patterns and textures.
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