Did you know I have a YouTube channel? And I review a different piece of plus-size clothing every week? Awesome, right?
I also post the videos on Facebook, but those of you who’d rather read the blog can see the videos here, starting this week!
This week’s video is the Igigi Cate Sweater Dress:
Hope you enjoy!
To pick the winner of the First Blossom Necklace, I numbered the members of Lindley’s Closet and used Random.org to choose one of those numbers. (I’m the first member, so the number choices start at 2!)
And the winner is… Heather B.! Heather, please email me with your mailing address.
She’ll receive her necklace in a couple of weeks. If we’re lucky, she’ll share a photo!
Not a winner this time? You can get your own First Blossom Necklace right here.
Today, we’re going to put the finishing touches on your outfit: accessories. Take a look at the list below for eight smart accessorizing strategies, plus one tip just for plus-size fashionistas.
Use the same principles to choose accessories that you use to choose clothing:
- Do I love this?
- Does this make me happy when I wear it?
In general, the larger your body, the larger your accessories should be, so that they’re visible and proportional on you.
The rules of fashion also apply here, so we’re going to use a few guidelines from this wikiHow article on accessorizing.
The jewelry is finished, the models have posed, the photos are taken, and the From Lindley, with Love Spring/Summer 2012 lines are ready to go! Both collections are for sale as of right now, so here’s a preview (and more info on the giveaway, of course)!
First, here are Cris and I in the studio during the shoot, plus the cutest dog ever!
And now the giveaway:
Spring/Summer 2012 Jewelry Giveaway
To celebrate the two new collections, I’m giving away a First Blossom Necklace. Isn’t it lovely? The necklace is listed at $50 and is a circlet of cream glass pearls with a soft pink accent flower and loop closure. You can wear the flower at the side, as shown on model Cris, or in back for a classic pearl necklace. The winner can choose from a 20- or 22-inch necklace.
The rules for the giveaway are a little different than last time. Here’s how to enter:
Whenever I visit my family in North Carolina, I try to stop in at the local consignment shop, Blooming Deals. It has a pretty healthy plus-size section and I’ve found some cute things there in the past. You have to watch the prices — $15 for a Lane Bryant top is only good if the original price was a lot more — but that’s true at any secondhand shop.
Characters also seem to be drawn to this shop, so you never know what you’ll overhear. On this visit, I learned that short skirts are an abomination. Now you know.
The best find this time: a turquoise cowboy hat. I wouldn’t have ever said before that I was a cowboy hat kind of girl, but this one was too much fun to pass up.
Cowboy hat! Totally a keeper.
This was a Kim Rogers Essentials (no idea who carries that brand) shirt/sweater of the kind that only looks like it’s two layers. I’m not actually crazy about the wee matching belt — it doesn’t add much to the look. Otherwise, it’s well made and fit nicely, so it would make a good work top. Verdict: Keeper.
A vivid pink Croft and Barrow button-down top. It’s fine. It fits, it’s reasonably flattering. I was meh about it in the store, so I didn’t buy it, but looking at the photo, I might go back for it. Should I? Verdict: Dunno.
Lane Bryant top with lace and mesh overlay. Almost everything I saw in the plus-size section this time was from Lane Bryant, Cato or Kohl’s. I’m a sucker for lace tops, and this one has more interest than is really visible in the photo. Verdict: Keeper.
Another Lane Bryant top, a faux wrap style. It’s fine. It fits. I don’t need another top with deep cleavage. Verdict: Left on the rack
Cato Plus skirt in deep brown, with a little ruffle at the hem and a plastic buckle and partial belt that gives a little waist adjustment. It’s okay, but I’m not crazy about the length. Verdict: Left on the rack
In Gear hibiscus top and capri set. This outfit was totally insane, but I had to try it on. Alas, it fell short of “awesomely tacky” into “just plain tacky.” It fit, in that it was reasonably comfortable, but it fit very poorly on my particular body. You can see the fabric sticking out under my arms. Also, fringe. Verdict: Left on the rack with great prejudice
Retail and online stores are offering more and more great plus-size fashion, but there’s one more way to get amazing outfits: custom and semi-custom clothing.
As you get into fatshion, you might find yourself buying a sewing machine and learning to take in a killer pencil skirt or turn maxi dresses into skirts.
There are lots of resources out there on altering clothes to fit. Here’s a good place to start.
Buying Custom and Semi-Custom
If you don’t sew, don’t stress!
Thanks to Etsy.com, a website dedicated to handmade and vintage wares, custom clothing is now available at reasonable prices. For people who are larger or shorter than the norm, this is absolute magic.
The From Lindley, with Love spring/summer photo shoot went off without a hitch. Well, there were a LOT of hitches beforehand, but it did finally happen.
I’m working on the shoot video now (here’s last year’s video) and will get it up soon. For now, here are some photos from the shoot!
I’d planned to have this shoot at a park, but the pouring rain forecast for the day of the shoot made that a little impractical. I emailed Shelby, our fantastic photographer, a few days beforehand in a panic, and she totally saved the day by finding a studio for us to rent. We didn’t get all the details settled until the morning of the shoot — and we’d already had to postpone it once — so I was a stressed little fat girl for a while there.
There are so many amazing plus-size clothing stores online, but at some point you’ll end up in a brick-and-mortar clothing store.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by shopping for clothing in person, and it happens to everyone — large, small, and in between. Thin people have trouble finding clothing they love, too.
Once you know two things — that you really do deserve clothing that fits you well and that you love, and that there are other options for finding those clothes — clothing stores should be a little easier to handle. Here are five strategies to keep in mind as you shop.
1. Check the size chart first.
Before heading to a brick-and-mortar store, check its website for a size chart to see whether you’ll be able to wear that store’s clothing.
This is especially helpful for in-betweenies — sizes 12 to 18 — who might fit into clothing from both straight- and plus-size stores.
2. Bring a friend.
If walking into a store alone is super intimidating, bring someone along. Any supportive friend will do fine, but it’s more fun if it’s someone who can also wear clothing from that store.
The upside of working from home four days a week is that it’s awesome. The downside is that you have fewer opportunities to wear fun outfits out of the house.
The obvious solution is to wear my out-of-the-house clothes in the house, but I’m lazy and prefer sweats and T-shirts when I’m working at home. I’ll have to work on that.
At any rate, here’s what I wore for my own little casual Friday last week:
That’s the was-running-around-the-house-and-got-warm version. Here’s the sat-back-down-and-got-cold version:
This was also the day I got in my lovely new scarf from Diana Bastine. It’s made of silk bamboo and it’s gorgeous, warm and snuggly and with this beautiful drape so it looks smaller than it is.
I haven’t been Christmas caroling since I was a kid, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! Last Christmas, I went with a whole group and we had a great time. Since they were all trained singers, we had four-part harmony on most of the songs without even using sheet music — it was pretty impressive.
This outfit is pretty close to the one I wore to Biltmore House, but with a brown sweater instead of black. (And the skirt does tend to turn with wear, so after a while I end up with the seam right in front.) Again, one of my favorite outfits!
Here’s the outdoor version:
The coat is also from Lands End, and the scarf was made for me by a friend a long time ago. I also had on a Lane Bryant cami under all that, so I was super warm!