Sweater Dress and shopping in Chicago
Shopping during the holidays can be a little much for me (I get crazy bad anxiety in crowds), but I wanted to support some local shops on Shop Local Saturday. So I ventured out in this warm H&M sweater dress I’ve owned for ages and this lovely TwoJ’s Fencer Jacket and my super comfortable boots. Shopping was a huge success - I got a few locally made letterpress cards, and a few small gifts for my family.
What local/small businesses are you shopping at this year? I recommend the great businesses listed on my Logan Square post. In the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite etsy and online shops!
Gray Sweater Dress - H&M, Sz L (super stretchy!)
Leggings - Forever 21+, Sz 1X
Fencer Jacket - TwoJ’s
Studded Leather Purse - Vince Camuto
Quartz Earrings - Etsy
Boots - Steve Madden, Sz 11
Bracelets - Nordstrom Rack
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
90’s Vintage Plus Size Daisy Print Dress
It’s so hard for me to call 90’s clothes “vintage” since that was my teenage era and well, I just can’t admit that I’m vintage. But I am - I know. And I had a dress exactly like this in 1995 when I was a sophomore in high school. I loved it and I used to wear it with a flannel and my green suede Dr. Martens.
That old dress bit the dust many years ago, but I found this great version while shopping at Lovesickvintage. Owner Britteny has a fantastic collection of VINTAGE PLUS SIZE CLOTHES - I know, the holy grail, right? I highly recommend checking out her etsy site and for those in Chicago, stop by Market Days at Township on Sundays.
I’m going to relive my teenage years in the most adult way - by going to brunch and a few coffee shops. A perfect sunday for this outfit. I snuck in a photo of my sweetheart S - wearing his sunday favorite outfit.
Daisy print 90s dress - Lovesick Vintage
Flannel - thrifted (Men’s size L)
Denim Jacket - GAP
Dr. Martens - via nordstrom rack
Triangle Necklace - Forever 21
Purse - Forever 21
Crystal bullet necklace - etsy, lovelymusings
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Earrings - etsy
S is wearing a denim shirt from H&M, Shorts are H&M, Shoes are Dr Martens canvas lace-ups, necklace from Forever 21
5’9” 220# queer fat femme
The Devil’s in the Details
Accessories can take any outfit from “just something i threw on” to an actual pulled-together look. I used to be annoyed that sometimes the only thing I could ever find in a store was accessories, because they carried no clothes in my size, but the reality is that it’s allowed me to amass quite a collection of really cute accessories. A good outfit has a mixture of colors, patterns and textures in the clothes and the accessories should also reflect that mix.
If nothing else, having some key pieces - a weird necklace or some big earrings that you can throw on that will upgrade an outfit is worth even a small amount of money.
And other thing - for those of you that wear glasses, they can be additional accessory that is fun to change up. Over many years, I’ve added new pairs to my collection.
This skirt you’ve seen before, but I wanted to show you how I’ve paired it with some new accessories (and a new top!)
The Outfit Details
Sea-foam shirt - Forever 21+ - 1X
Faux Leather Jacket - Forever 21+ - XL
Patent flats - Target
Sea-foam Necklace (worn as a bracelet) - Forever 21
Pink/silver ring - Fossil
Triangle rings - Stone and Honey
Skirt - Forever 21+ - 1X
Hand Collar Clips - gift
Earrings - local shop
Rose Scarf - vintage/thrifted
Jacket - Guess - XL
Glasses - SEE
Stripes on Stripes and Oxfords and Toronto
As you may recall, I visited toronto earlier this spring and had a wonderful time. I went back earlier this fall for a quick weekend trip for S’s birthday. This time we spent a lot more time exploring the neighborhoods.
We ended up finding some great thrifting in the St. Clair West area of town. At one shop, they were having a 50% off everything sale, and I found these amazing vintage UK leather oxfords. They needed a little repair, but I brought them home to my cobbler and got them fixed up - total cost with repairs was $25! Then in the next shop, I stumbled across this amazing striped wool coat for only $15. I scooped it up and got it cleaned and repaired when I came home.
The highlight of the toronto trip was seeing Molly Nilsson at a tiny little venue on S’s birthday. Her music is comforting to me - her voice is so deep and pure. Seeing her there and talking to her before the show was just a dream (that’s her album in the first photo)
Molly Nilsson - Hey Moon
Molly Nilsson - I Hope You Die
Black/White Striped Dress - Old Navy - Sz XL (currently available on their site)
Oxblood Sweater Tights - Nordstrom
Oxblood Belt - H&M
Black/White striped coat - thrifted, vintage
Oxford Shoes - Thrifted
Star cut-out gloves - H&M
Clutch - vintage
Quill earrings - etsy
Necklace - etsy
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The Plum Sweater Dress and the Perfect Bag
Ah, yes…the time of year for sweater dresses and layers and perfect weekends filled with walking around, drinking warm beverages and looking at people. It was also a weekend for a massive closet “edit” which means that I found some things that had been buried in the back and I have a HUGE bag of clothes to sell/exchange. But during that, I found this sweet sweater dress that I just thought would be perfect for this weekend. It’s a little too big, but who cares - it’s flowy and sweet and one of my favorite colors.
Plum Sweater Dress: Forever 21 (3x)
Gray Leggings: HUE (M)
Necklace: Forever 21
Rings: Stone and Honey
Bag: the onishi by valhallabrooklyn
I’m 5’9” approx 220# queer fat femme!