Apparently the subtle A-line has yet another rebrand, now as the “skater dress” because it resembles the dresses Olympic figure skaters wear. Since we’re just now seeing the summer Olympics, I’m not really clear on the marketing logic here â€“ but these are cute dresses that can work on at least two non-hourglass body types. Also, they are that rare dress that looks equally good paired with ballet flats or simple pumps.
- (Make A Crappy Bigger On The Inside Joke): TARDIS Corset (geekologie.com)
- Lane Bryant Corset demi bra | Women Chic (fashion-dreams.me)
- Wrap skirt with underbust corset (lilywight.com)
Amazingly, more fit and flare dresses have appeared in plus sizes since I last posted about it.Â Itâ€™s always good to see retailers catch on and give us more of what we want â€“ and fit and flare is definitely on my personal â€œI want!â€ list.
- A flare up can be a good thing (fatchic.net)
- For the plus-size woman with the small bust (fatchic.net)
- Get Spring’s Flattering Fit and Flare Dresses For Under $150 (fabsugar.com)
The first favorite blouse I remember owning was, I think, a piece of leftover Polish peasantry. A white on white embroidered top with a loose tie at the center and puff sleeves, it embodied the earthy look. It earmarked my heritage while looking generally innocuous and cute.
Machine embroidery has long since replaced the complicated by-hand patterns. Even so, thereâ€™s still a certain joy in an embroidered look â€“ it gives a sense of earthiness and connection that you normally canâ€™t get from mass produced clothing. Admittedly, thereâ€™s probably a lot less blood sacrificed in machine embroidery â€“ just doing a cross stitch on a hanky as a kid certainly left me bonded to a few pieces of cloth Iâ€™d rather not be.
These pieces are close to summer only, and a few might sneak into fall â€“ if chosen very, very carefully. Embroidery is a sign of â€œI have time for it,â€ and while we enjoy the deliberate slow down in pleasant weather, details like fine stitching â€“ those are lost in the hustle of fall.
- Embroidery Links (dollenvy.wordpress.com)
- 1912 Quarter-Scale Blouse Observations – and Questions for Other E1000 Blouse Testers. (vpll1912project.org)
- Etsy Daily: Vintage Embroidered Wall Art (awakenedaesthetic.com)
High waists are back, now that most people have realized that sharing underwear should only happen after explicit consent.Â You do pretty much have to tuck in any shirt you wear with them â€“ otherwise, it really is kind of weird.
You can find more high-waisted pants on Fat Chic clothing search.
Anyone who ever goes to a job interview in the United States needs a suit jacket. I am officially taking that unwritten rule and writing it down. Perhaps it lingers from our 60s formal past, or met somewhere in the middle when women began demanding equal job choices in the job market (though weâ€™ve a ways to go for equal pay.) As it is, itâ€™s our unofficial â€œnon uniformâ€ work uniform, and at least for this spring and fall will also be a fashion statement option of sorts. Bohemians can fake serious by adding a jacket to their flowy ensembles, and people who always dress that way can be confused as to why everyone keeps asking them for a reference to their tailors.
By the way, apparently most clothing stores sort of expect us to get a tailor. This explains a lot.
Iâ€™d like to note that an up and coming trend is that of contrast jackets. These arenâ€™t quite the same as color blocking: usually itâ€™s just the trim on a lapel or something similar.
Not all swimwear options are great, but at least there are more of them in plus size now that more retailers realize that fat women exercise, too. I have found that while useful for a pool party or in a pinch, Target swimsuits fall apart fast if you spend a lot of time in the water â€“ so I recommend trying a suit from Swimsuits for All if you really want something that will last.
You can find your own plus size swim wear on Fat Chic Clothing search.
Back when I first started Fat Chic, there were lingering complaints as fatshionistas got bored with all the tunics pushed upon them. So the industry took the tunics away â€“ just as they gave us back leggings. Now thatâ€™s a dirty trick.
So now we have tunics and leggings back, at the same time.Â Wear as you will.