Parks and Parkas
After visiting Berlin this fall, I was obsessed with finding a plus size parka that looked just the right amount of oversized. Everyone there was wearing them and they looked so easy stylish.
I found this plus size parka on sale at Old Navy just before christmas and I was so excited. It has all the details I wanted - pull ties on the outside, a vent back, a zipper and massive pockets (I have a water bottle in it!) Plus it was on sale for around $40! It’s not currently on the website - but I found it in store up to size 2XL (which I’m wearing).
Flannel - thrifted
Cross Shirt - Forever 21, Sz L
Black Shorts - Style &Co, Sz 16
Tights - Target, Sz 2X
Shoes in top photos - Jeffery Campbell
Shoes in bottom photos - Top Shop
Parka - Old Navy, sz 2XL
Belt - H&M (mens)
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Graphic Print Skirt in the Neo Alley
A day away from the office and I wanted to go out around the city. I had just gone dancing at neo the night before and decided I had to do a photo-shoot in the weird painted alley. Thursday nights at neo remind me of friday night at #’s (“numbers” - it was named in an era when hashtags did not exist) in Houston, which is where I learned to dance in the late 90s/early 00’s. I adore 80s dark synth, so a new wave night just takes me to the best places mentally.
I needed an outfit perfect for a cool, sunny day in Chicago - This elastic-waist skirt is heavy enough to not fly up at the slightest wind. I love the slight touch of neon - just enough to break up the all-black.
Print Skirt - Target, sz L (new/ mossimo/ runs big!) - available here
Sheer Neon Shirt - Forever 21+, sz 1X - available here
Faux Black Leather Jacket - Forever 21+, Sz XL
Black Tights - Target
Shoes - John Fluevog Selby
Triangle Necklace - Forever 21
Ring - H&M
Bag - Vince Camuto (via Nordstrom Rack)
Glasses - SEE
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
The colors of a rose garden
I promised something other than the black/white outfits I’ve been inundating you all with for weeks. A sunny cold day seemed like just the time to pull out some pink and dark red - one of my favorite color combos.
Photos are from the el, just at sunset.
Pink Tunic - Forever 21 Plus - Sz 1X
Red Jeggings - Target - Sz 16
Green Jacket - GAP - Sz XL
Scarf - Urban Outfitters
Black/gold stud bag - Forever 21
Ring - Stone and Honey
Braided Belt - Nordstrom
Necklace - Forever 21
Boots - Steve Madden
Earrings - local
Glasses - SEE
Lace and Tulle for the New Year
First of all - HAPPY NEW YEAR my dear readers! InTheThickofIt has grown like CRAZY this year. Thank you as always for the continued support and love.
Since moving in with S, I have really had to edit my closet as I have much less space than in my old place. I started to feel like I was wearing the same 10 things over and over again - and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I just started to feel like I was in a bit of a rut on many levels. So on new year’s eve, I decided to do a little shopping for some new outfits.
I’ve been looking for a new skirt and this sweet layered skirt from forever 21+ just called my name. It’s 3 layers - a black fitted layer with a layer of cream lace and then topped with a light pink tulle. It’s a little bit ballerina a little bit figure skater, which is why i was determined to toughen the look up a bit with my cropped striped sweater from H&M and my studded leather jacket. It’s a great look for a snowy winter january day, don’t you think?
Black/Cream Striped Sweater - H&M, Sz XL
Lace/Tulle Skirt - Forever 21+, Sz 1X (similar available here)
Leggings - Forever 21+, Sz 1X
Wedge Shoes - Topshop
Leather stud jacket - Forever 21+, Sz 1X
Horse wool scarf - society for scarves (here)
Crystal necklace - etsy
Earrings - Target
Purse - Dorothy Perkins
I’m 5’9” and approx 215#