This weekend I decided to scope out the local Target’s plus size “Pure Energy” section (again). My local store in Chicago had a TON of new items and I was impressed with how well organized it was in addition to that. They had at least 10 racks of new pieces, including a lot on clearance. Also I just check out the website items and I’m impressed with their use of ACTUALLY FAT models (as in bigger than a customary plus size model size 14) YAY!
I love relaxed striped shirts and when I saw this one, I got so excited. It’s soft, fitted in the right places - a great easy casual piece. I paired it with some of my skinny-fit jeans and some flats to go to a going away dinner for my best friend.
Dinner was bittersweet. It’s so hard to let go of someone who has been so close. I know they’re moving for good reasons, and I do have great hope that we’ll stay close, but you know how distance can be. I’m thankful at least that she’s in my wedding in a few weeks, so I at least get to see her again very soon.
Speaking of which, things might be a little quiet here as wedding gets closer. I’ll be doing a big master wedding post soon after, but there’s a lot going on until then.
This palm-print Dorothy Perkins dress ticks almost everything I want in a summer dress. It features an adorable but not over-the-top print, wide straps (I can wear a bra!), perfect knee-length (I can wear bike shorts under to prevent chub-rub), breathable fabric. It’s just perfect. The only thing it doesn’t have is pockets, but I’ll let that go because the rest of it is so fantastic.
It’s a great plus size summer dress and I wore it on a hot sunday to run to the farmers market to buy some gorgeous fresh veggies and flowers. The photos are inside because my partner S who usually takes my pics is out of town - I think they still turned out well!
I hope you all had a beautiful weekend (and a long one for my US readers).
Palm-print Dress - Dorothy Perkins - Size 16 Tall, Available here
Shoes - Dansko, Size 42
Necklace - etsy, gift
Pyrite Bracelet - Truss and Ore
Gold stack bracelets - Nordstrom Rack
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Lipstick - Revlon Audacious
Last June, I sat in a room filled with plus size bloggers listening and talking to folks at ModCloth about rebooting/ growing their plus size line. I was thrilled at the possibility of more plus size clothing options, but wary - we fat folks heard this before. And despite talking about it online and among ourselves, it seemed that a lot of retailers hadn’t been listening. But ModCloth wanted to know our thoughts - they did the research and knew that 88% of plus size women agree that they would buy more clothing if trendy options were available.
Thank you to ModCloth for listening to us. I have been absolutely thrilled with the products they have produced this past year. And it’s only going to continue. Recently, I featured some of their wonderful bridal and bridal party plus size items in my recent Femme Wedding post.
For the ModCloth Plus size Anniversary, I’m giving away a $100 ModCloth gift certificate. To enter: Follow InTheThickofIt and Reblog this post and include a link or image of your favorite piece in the ModCloth Plus Size Collection. Winner will be chosen at random from reblog responses on Monday 6/30/2014 at 10:00am CST and posted on Thickofit.com
Here are a few of my current favorites
Animal Print and Stripes and Brunch
Sunday brunch in the neighborhood calls for a summer spin on a favorite outfit. These new bermuda shorts from the plus size line at target are just the right length for me to feel comfortable (I don’t care for short shorts or capri styles).
Of course I also had to try out my new animal-print glasses from SelectSpecs. These adorable frames with lenses were under $20! What a bargain!!! I highly recommend them for those of you who wear a lot of glasses and like to have variety.
Stripe shirt - Topshop maternity, Sz XL
Denim shirt - Forever 21, Sz 1X
Black Bermuda shorts - Target, Sz 16
Shoes - Sam and Libby for Target - Sz 11
Bracelet - Forever 21
Necklace - Forever 21
Onishi Gray Bag - Valhalla Brooklyn
Animal print Glasses - SelectSpecs Savannah
A sprinkle saturday
Can you believe this gorgeous plus size maxi from the pure energy collection at Target? It’s such a great piece for summer. The lining stops at the knee, so the dress feels so breezy floating around your legs as you walk. My two best pals and I went bra shopping in the suburbs of Chicago. We ventured out to amazing bra shop called Tina’s Closet. Tina, the owner fits every single customer. And not only does she do a great job of fitting, she also customizes bras as needed. The stock is overwhelmingly great. She has bras stacked up to the ceiling and she picks everything out. My friend L is in between band sizes, and her bras are all getting taken in - and it’s only a $5 additional charge! She also has a great selection of plus size (and straight size) swimwear. I bought a perfect Wacoal strapless and a demi-cup t-shirt bra by panache. Highly recommend the experience if you’re anywhere in the chicago area.
Before shopping though, I stopped by gaslight coffee and got this absolutely perfect sprinkle donut and a big glass of citron green iced tea. YUM!!!
Print Maxi Dress - Pure Energy from Target - Sz 1X
Rose Quartz Necklace - LovelyMusings
Black wood earrings - local shop
tiny diamond necklace - dana rebecca
Silver sandals - comfortview
Glasses - SEE Eyewear