Wearing Stripes

A lot of people say plus-size women can’t/shouldn’t wear stripes. I suppose I agree with them to some extent, at least on a subconscious level, because I don’t have a lot of stripes in my wardrobe. I do have a few pieces, however, and I really enjoy wearing them all (although, certainly not together!).

The shirt has such narrow stripes that from a distance, it’s hard to tell that it is even a striped top. The jacket has bolder stripes, but when worn open, they’re broken up by whatever I’m wearing underneath, so again, it’s a good look. And the skirt has geometric stripes, which are much easier to wear in general, because they are so visually busy, and wearing any kind of stripe on the bottom of the outfit looks better in general.

So, plus-size women, take heart. Just because some people say you “can’t” wear stripes doesn’t mean you have to listen. There are options available for you…you just have to track them down, and decide which ones you like best!

One Skirt, Two Ways–Coordinate or Contrast?

When I first got this skirt, I was afraid to wear it with anything other than a navy blue shirt, because of how bright the yellow in the skirt is. I soon got bored with wearing the same thing with it every time, though, and decided to try something that would really contrast with it:

The jacket helps keep the contrast from being totally overwhelming, and I really like mixing my look up a bit!

One Jacket, Two Ways–Skirt vs. Jeans

Time for another fashion report. This time, I’m focusing on my favorite Calvin Klein jacket that I bought last year at Macy’s. It’s the most beautiful shade of purple, and it’s a moto jacket, which is new for me. Here I paired it with a solid top and patterned skirt, and then with a patterned top and jeans.

I love wearing it with everything. Dressed up with skirts, dressed down with jeans…it doesn’t matter. I also love adding another pop of color to the outfit, and since the jacket is such a beautiful shade, it doesn’t get drowned out by the accessories. It’s one of my favorite pieces of clothing!

One Shirt, Two Ways–Dressy vs. Casual

I’ve already shared the dressy outfit featuring this beautiful lace shirt from Kiyonna, but I also like to wear it more casually with jeans. I also love pairing grey with yellow…it’s one of my favorite color combinations!

I’m loving that lace is “in” right now, and that there are so many different ways to wear it, even if you don’t feel like being “dressed up!”

One Skirt, Two Ways–Summer vs. Fall

I have a black and white gingham skirt from Talbots that I just love. It’s the perfect length, has a great shape, and goes with everything. It is more of a summer skirt, because it’s very lightweight. And I wear it a lot during the summer! But just because it’s a lightweight skirt doesn’t mean it can’t be worn in the fall. So, I found a new way to wear it that doesn’t make it look like I’m on my way to a picnic, and is very autumn appropriate.

I love finding ways to extend the use of my favorite pieces of clothing!

One Skirt, Two Ways–Feminine vs. Edgy

For today’s fashion post, I thought I’d share two different ways I’m wearing what is essentially a grown-up’s tutu that I purchased from the boutique store Kiyonna. In the first picture, I’m going for a feminine look, with a lace top (also from Kiyonna), (fake) pearls, and peep-toe heels adorned with a bow. In the second photo, I went with an edgier look (although not as edgy as I’d like, but I don’t have the perfect graphic tee for this skirt), that includes black, studs, and ankle boots.

Either way I wear it, I love this skirt!

One Outfit, Two Ways–The Striped Skirt, Part Three

Here’s the last look I built around my recent clearance find at Macy’s, a striped, A-line, Calvin Klein skirt. This time, I added a basic black cami, and a beautiful purple faux-leather moto jacket (also Calvin Klein), that I got last year. I can’t decide if I like the more subtle accessories that let the jacket be the highlight of the outfit better, or if I like the extra color the pink gives…either way, I love this look!

Tomorrow I’ll have a totally new look that will fit a “Tutu Tuesday” theme!

One Outfit, Two Ways–The Striped Skirt, Part Two

Here’s the second outfit I built around the Calvin Klein striped skirt I got at Macy’s. This time, I went with black and white on top, too, and let my accessories be the only pop of color. Again, it’s amazing what just changing out accessories can do for a look!

Tomorrow I’ll have one more look for this skirt…stay tuned!

One Outfit, Two Ways–The Striped Skirt, Part One

You may have noticed that I’m trying to post more about fashion. I really do think that I dress well, but I’m usually hesitant to post pictures of myself because, to be honest, I don’t think I have a pretty face. Since I do dress well, however, I’ve decided to get over myself and share some outfit ideas.

This is the first of a three-part series that focuses on a striped, Calvin Klein, A-line skirt I recently purchased from Macy’s. I’ve found many different ways to wear it, starting with today’s outfit, where I paired it with a bright blue twinset.

You can see how switching the accessories out has changed the look of the outfit, even the clothes are the same in both pictures. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another outfit featuring this skirt, and with another two sets of accessories. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration here to try out this fall!

Sometimes Fashionista

OK, I don’t share a lot of pictures of me. But a recent conversation on my favorite forum inspired me. I’m not saying I dress like this every day, because there are yard work days and blah days, but this is me. And I’ve been claiming to be a “sometimes fashionista” for a while now, so here I am!