CHANCES at the MCA
Queer dance night Chances Dances hosted First Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago this past week. It was a glorious event with amazing performances, drag, all sorts of gender expressions, my favorite people. What a wonderful place for all of us to see each other and hang out - dancing and wandering around beautiful art and a gorgeous building.
I was really excited to see a whole Alexander Calder room. As many of you know, I have a Calder drawing tattooed on my forearm. I adore his work and was really happy to see the beautiful display.
This post isn’t really so much about the outfit as it is about just sharing this amazing evening, but I do think I looked pretty cute regardless. This new Kate Moss Rimmel Matte Lipstick #107 is my favorite new lip. I get so many compliments on it.
Animal print tux jacket - Target - XXL
Sheer White Shirt with gold buttons - Forever 21 - 2XL
Black Skinny Jeans - Style & Co - 16
Black/metallic oxfords - Clarks UK
Bag - Vince Camuto
Glasses - SEE
Necklace - Forever 21
Hoop earrings - Target
Fashion in Berlin
I’ve been a little quiet here because I’ve been traveling for the past two weeks in Europe with my partner S. It’s been a wonderful experience overall (with a few hiccups - this is my first time traveling). I’ve been to Berlin, London, Manchester, Paris.
I wanted to share with you some of the outfits I’ve worn in each city. I decided to basically keep all my pieces black/gray/white with some pops of color here and there. Since it was cold in Berlin, you’ll see a lot of my H&M plus size waxed denim jacket - which is a perfect top layer.
A lot of folks in Berlin wear army green parkas as a top layer. They look really laid-back and chic with their boots and skinny pants and parkas. Seriously I love the fashion in this city. Everyone in Berlin has the most amazing boots. It’s like the thing you really throw a lot of money at - good shoes. For examples of gorgeous plus size parkas see asos curve’s options here and here
The Clarks shoes featured in the 4th and 7th photos are ones I picked up while in Berlin. I don’t know if they’re available in the states, but here is a link to the euro shop version: http://www.clarks.eu/p/20356686. They fit like a dream and I wore them all over the city on the first day with no “breaking in” required.
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Pushing the boundaries - Being Plus Size in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
I’m always excited to find out about budget-friendly designer lines. While these lines are more accessible to the wallet, they’re still not designed for a plus size body. Straight size XL is the largest size the designer lines for Target go to. Not exactly pushing boundaries. But I don’t mind a challenge - which is to say, I’m not bound by sizes and if something is stretchy, I like to play with the shape on my frame. It doesn’t always work, but it’s nice to see what comes of fabrics. I also know this option is super limited - or rather not available to all plus size folks. But still, a good reminder to not feel completely limited by the number that’s listed on a garment (anyone who thrifts knows this rule!!!)
The new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection is lovely. The materials used included a lot of polyester silky fabrics and non-stretch, which gave me a worry that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to stretch over my curves. When I came across this lovely animal print stretch dress I gasped. It reminded me of something Peg Bundy or Divine would wear. Especially when on a plus size body.
I went on a walk with my sweet pups and wore my new dress. I paired it with sheer black stockings, my stompy vince camuto boots and my new H&M waxed denim moto jacket. I feel super great in this dress - a great score, right?
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Animal Print dress - XL
Waxed Denim Moto Jacket from H&M - 18
Sheer black tights - Hanes
Black boots - Vince Camuto
Glasses - SEE Eyewear
Floral shoes and plus size tattoos
Are tattoos still taboo? Pretty much everyone in my circle of friends has at least a few visible tattoos. I think they’re amazing and beautiful and I love my artist, Esther at Butterfat. But other than aesthetics, I really never think about mine much. That is until I get hit with a situation in which I am discriminated against because of them or if someone grabs me to look at them. Those situations happen rarely, so I usually have time to forget about it until it happens again and then I’m there thinking - oh right, some people still live in a world in which tattoos are not “normal” Add on to that being a visibly fat girl with visible tattoos and I guess I’m just going to get comments and freakouts.
I fully believe that my tattoos are beautiful. And that tattoos can be very fashionable. There is nothing that says a person who loves fashion cannot have tattoos. To have tattoos is not a call for attention. To have tattoos does not mean you’re a deviant. And yet, there’s something about women with tattoos that makes people take a step back. It seems to be less problematic with men - a huge example would be Nick Wooster, fashion icon and fashion buyer. Why must women who want to be seen as fashionable remain uninked? Oh probably just because we live in a society which wants to constantly control how women are seen. No big deal, right?
Well right. So I guess here I am again - a tattooed fat person doing my best to prove to the world (fashion and otherwise) that I belong here.
Enough of my complaining - check out this adorable plus size dress with faux leather details. I paired it with my favorite shoes of this summer - these gorgeous floral lace-up oxfords. Perfect for walking around the neighborhood. I wore it shopping at a vintage shop and the new Logan Hardware record store.
Black cap sleeve Dress with faux leather details - Target (XXL)
Pink Belt - Old Navy
Floral oxford Shoes - Free Press via Nordstrom Rack
Green box purse - vintage
Sea Glass necklace - Lovelymusings etsy
Glasses - SEE eyewear
earrings - local boutique
Long Black Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are a staple of my summer wardrobe. They basically feel like wearing pajamas around all the time, but they look great. I found this piece in the maternity section of Target. Sometimes maternity items end up looking too baggy in the front, but this dress just works really well. I love the short sleeves and the pleating of the skirt portion. This maxi can be dressed up a little too for evening - or made more casual for daytime.
Of course I had to put my spin on it and pair it with an extra long pentagram necklace by Black Swan Theory. I liked the coppery tone of the necklace and mirrored that in the brown sandals.
This was a fun look for walking around the local art festival this morning.
Black Maxi Dress - Target (maternity) Sz L
Sandals - B.O.C by Born
Pentagram necklace by Black Swan Theory
Titanium Quartz Ring by Stone and honey
Triangle Rings by Stone and honey
Glasses - SEE
Earrings - Etsy (seller no longer on etsy)
Bracelet - Forever 21
Moth Tattoo - butterfat studio