- 25th December
- 14th December
Oh, tumblr, I have missed you soooo much! Although I’ve had some fun times recently, for the most part I’ve just been totally snowed under and super stressed out with work. Hopefully I will have fulfilled most of my most pressing obligations by the middle of next week and will have a little more time to play with clothes and organise some of the thinkier thoughts I’ve been having lately about body image and such like. Because even when I’m stuck on a train to Colchester at some hideously early hour, my mind is still constantly whirring. I’ll be in the shop for a bit after Christmas, so there’ll be some OOTDs to come but, for today, I thought I’d share a couple of my recent charity shop scores.
First up, a frock…
I originally thought this Roland Klein number, (which is proving well nigh impossible to take a decent photograph of), was gin-u-wine 80s, as did the friend I was with when I found it. Turns out to be a recent Simply Be reject – not that I’m complaining; it’s garnered a lot of compliments. I am on a bit of an 80s colour block kick though. Viz to wit this gobsmacking coat/cardi combo…
You’ll either be feeling this or running screaming as far away from your computer screen as possible. It certainly had that effect on Karen. It actually reminds me of a Bus Stop sweater I had in the late 70s, though that had an appliqué of a lady’s hand in a striped fingerless glove holding a smouldering cigarette in a long holder. Contain your horror. Seriously though, I’m going to have so much fun building an outfit round this baby! Let’s hope Margie’s still reading. And warm? Pure wool and thick as a blanket. No label on it anywhere. It reminds me a bit of Paco knitwear but I don’t remember them doing anything this long. I’ve scoured eBay in vain to try to track down something similar but it’s no go thus far.
But back to my faux 80s dress. Here’s how I styled it today to go and see The Book Of Mormon with my ma and some family friends…
The Book Of Mormon was hilarious by the way.
- 22nd November
Apparently, to quote a not unpopular series of books/TV show, Winter Is Coming: the UK is going to be deluged with persistent snow and icy winds the like of which haven’t been seen for 60 years. Yet, despite the pressing need to stay toasty, my hair continues to get progressively shorter and more pixie-like.
What can I say? I’m a rebel and well served for hats. I have invested in a chunky sweater though, as very few of my frocks are warm enough to last a day in the shop without multiple additional layers.
Being a child of the 70s, I never thought I’d plump for a brown one but I found myself strangely drawn to this autumnal combo of shades.
I regret that I can’t remember the name of the person I bought this adorbs brooch from at the Renegade Craftfair a couple of weekends ago. She had some ace stuff and this little fox only cost me four quid. My friend, Sara, (aka Little Miss Plump), and I did find ourselves wondering why the alternative craft scene is entirely dominated by small woodland animals of late, not that we had a problem with it.
Get used to not seeing my waist or legs for a while, tumblr. Winter dictates it’s all about the accessories.
…and darker lippy of course.
I’m heading orf to the countryside this evening for my friend Karen’s 50th. I expect there’ll be a fair bit of eating, drinking, making merry and trawling charity shops as per usual. Which reminds me, I can’t wait to share my latest chazza find: a fab crepe 80s-tastic geometric frock, that’s begging to be accessorised with the biggest pair of earrings I can find…
- 16th November
Why is is when one is at one’s most impecunious that one sees the most droolworthy clothing, like this geometric A-line Gudrun Sjoden tunic from their new Northern Lights range? The berry-coloured one on the right has my heart in a vise. How perfect would it look with the Orange Coat of Awesome and my Boysenberry Shakes and a Lea Stein cat brooch placed just so.? I’m also loving the grey polkadot tights teamed with the monochrome one. It comes in navy as well but meh.
Freelance employment Gods, I beseech thee to smile upon your humble servant, Buttercup, at the earliest possible opportunity!
- 15th November
I’m seriously coveting this oversized River Island biker coat, which is sufficiently oversized for the 18 to (more-or-less) accommodate my size 22 self. It’s more of an autumn than a winter weight but the colour is so fab I’m not sure I care.
- 14th November
Very, very overdue post, tumblr, for which I apologise. I have been run ragged work wise. I’ve literally been traveling all over the British Isles over the last couple of weeks, (Swansea! Dublin! Stoke!) and am now totally knackered. In fact half an hour after taking these pics I started to feel rather run-down and flu-ish, which takes some doing since I had a flu-shot some weeks ago – but I digress.
Lovingly reconstructed for your viewing pleasure, this is what I wore to Plus London two weekends back. Funky duds in plus sizes being somewhat thin on the ground, I half expected to see several of my fellow fats rocking this Scarlet and Jo number. Indeed I’m pretty surprised not to have seen a single fatshion blogger modelling it to date. But it seems I am alone, though heaven knows why. Unlike most of the Scarlet and Jo stuff, this frock isn’t polyester! Aside from the sheer bit at the top, (which is of course nylon or some such), it’s made of a lovely thick glazed cotton and it has a most satisfying rustle when you walk.
I got some very positive feedback on these tights, which I’m chuffed to bits with. They’re a DKNY Tall and they fit me pretty well. According to their original label they were $25 for two pairs in the US. I’m delighted to say they cost me £2.99. I bought one pair, as is my wont, tried them on then rushed back to buy another two before somebody else snapped them up. They’re a tad more neon than they look in the photographs but still a lot nearer the mark than the Halloween costume glow-in-the-dark comedy tights I ordered off eBay, thinking they were a regular lime green.
I’ve had hell’s own job photographing these hexagonal perspex ‘n’ bling earrings, I don’t mind telling you. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Debenhams Blue Cross markdowns totally rule. These are from their Mood range, and cost me around four quid. I’d originally planned to wear an armload of perspex bangles to match but the print is so bold, it looked a bit much so I stuck to my mirrored one in shades of grey, black and silver instead. On the day, my nails matched my tights but alas I’ve bust three since then. Now they’re all different lengths and I don’t really want to draw attention to them.
- 3rd November
OMG tumblr! This is my first review, which is to say a review of something I didn’t buy. But, lest you think I’ve taken the King’s Shilling and joined the ranks of the heavily sponsored to fake-swoon over a dull procession of mediocre clothing, this is more of a bail-out than a sell-out situation. And, furthermore, what follows is my actual honest-to-gosh opinion. So now the disclaimer’s over and done with, how did this even come about, I hear you ask?
Long story short: fellow UK fatshion blogger, Claire, from Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Wear emailed me shortly before Plus London to ask me if I fancied reviewing this here posh frock from Eplissé, which she’d been sent by Australian chain Taking Shape, as she felt it would be a better fit on me. So I thought I’d give it a go…
It’s called the Highland Rose dress and is way prettier than it looks on the website. It’s silk and the print is as amazing as is its placement is unusual. However it’s also an AU 22 which makes it a UK 24 and, much as I loves me some oversized action, I think I probably needed a smaller size. It’s an interesting shape though, (if a bugger to iron), and while it is beltable, (as kindly suggested by Bethany), it’s hard to know exactly where to belt it owing to the unusual way it’s cut.
Also, these days I tend to prefer garments that are slightly more fitted, or at least show off my legs, but I do love its opulence and it was great fun to accessorise.
All this aside however, can I just draw your attention to this?!! Yep, Taking Shape are opening no less than thirty bricks and mortar stores in the UK as I write! Finally, after the predictable demise of the godawful Ann Harvey and the removal of the high street from Elvi, Evans is going to have a proper competitor for my fat favours and there’s even a branch I can get to by bus. Furthermore I was already familiar with the brand and have often wished the TS range was available over here.
While the output is a bit too polyester-heavy for my taste, (but hey, whose isn’t these days?) I really like a lot of their prints and they don’t shy away from colour, even in the winter, which mades a bloody change. From what I can see they’re also catering to a slightly more mature market (which means they make dresses with sleeves thank God) and not trying to spread themselves too thinly.
I have to say I’m particularly taken with these three items:-
So while Highland Rose proved to be a bit of a curate’s egg, I’m very glad I took the gig and can’t wait to check out the clothes in person.
- 30th October
- 26th October
More of an accessory post than an OOTD today, tumblr. I tried to take a full head-to-toe shot in the garden but it was chucking it down with rain. Cue chasing the natural light, (what there was of it), round the flat to at least do justice to the embellishments.
Apparently the UK is headed for the worst storm since the legendary hurricane of 1987 some time between tomorrow and Monday. Having survived that, (during which the ceiling of the flat above my previous abode fell in), I’m feeling a little apprehensive. Not least since I live on the top floor. So I decided to distract myself by trying my rusty hand at a green smokey eye.
Not too shabby I suppose, considering I rarely wear full slap and drag. I used a Bourjois trio called Vert Jungle over some Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, with a smidge of Mac eye khol in Prunella. There’s also some Benefit Brow Zings action going on. I’ve been watching ‘How To’ vids on youtube advising how best to negotiate the crepey, more mature eyelid. According to one of the make-up artistes, Urban Decay is primarily intended for young people. Apparently, the name alone should convey to me that the product is wildly unsuitable for my skin type. Uh-huh. Forget I’ve been wearing the brand since it started; presumably I should be looking for one called Past Caring or Why Not Put A Bag Over Your Head And Be Done With It Grandma. Say it with me now…
Aaand on with the show ‘n tell.
To be honest I’m not loving the shrug with the top beyond the colours together. I can never quite work out what the collar is supposed to do. Be assured, however, I shall be looking a lot snazzier this time next weekend when I attend Plus London. Assuming the storm doesn’t send the tree overlooking the back of my flat crashing through the roof.
Well, got to laugh, intcha?
- 22nd October
Keeping it short ‘n’ sweet, (like my frock) today, tumblr.
Alas, you’ve seen all of this before, apart from my side-parting, (I felt like a change), and this cute little crocheted bolero, which I scored in the Monsoon sale back when the sun was still shining.
Since I waited till the magical 70% off rail appeared, it was very reasonable – about eleven quid, if memory serves me right.
I seem to have quite a few clothes with peach-coloured accents so I reckon I’ll get quite a lot of wear out of it. We have quite a few peach-coloured pretties in the shop at present so I let myself play dress-up.
I couldn’t quite make up my mind which one looked cuter.
I think maybe the horse, though it might constitute animal overkill.
I could kick myself for not buying a second pair of these M&S tights last year. I love them so much and they’re not doing anything anywhere near this interesting this year. (At least not yet. There’s always Christmas party season, I suppose…)
- 21st October
So here I am trying a new pairing for the first time. I really like the way the pleats on the cardi converge in a similar way to both the pleats and the lines on the frock. I’m digging the jade and the rust together also. Since it was a quiet day in the shop, I entertained myself by reading fashion tips for the elderly and the stout on various online forums. Given that those proffering said advice were members of the general public, you’ll not be surprised to discover that there were numerous befuddling nuggets of pure WTF on offer. Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d share some of my faves.
First up we have What Are Some Of The Fashion Tips For A Fat Lady courtesy of blurtit:-
“To hide the fat, in winter try and wear long cotton thick coats. You will hide the fat and impress the men. Watch some TV programs and see what the experts think. I’m not an expert, so I’m sorry if this particular advice does not work.”
“Remember you’re not a billboard for someone else’s business, or a piece of upholstered furniture. Dress like a person, not a “thing.””
“Something with a little bunching in the front, can hide a myriad of sins.”
Ah, bunching. It’s quite the rage in Milan. Of course I saved the best till last…
“There is one thing you can do and that is to walk for half an hour before going to any ceremony that’s not a big deal for fashion-crazy people. Also avoid short shirts; these will not go with your image. I hope that will work and if you really want to try different outfits on you then there is no other option than to get slim and smart.”
If I had the slightest inkling as to what any of that meant I’m sure I’d agree. Time for another picture I think, don’t you?
The hubpages forum, What Should Older Women Never Wear, offered some sterling food for thought.
“Older women shouldn’t wear matched suits or outdated eyeglasses.”
“Forget about disco!”
“The constant coloring of hair isn’t good, this is why so many elderly women’s hair appears to have a blue tint.”
“Those skin tight leggings, especially if they feel comfortable as they tend to always wear them even on nights out and do I cringe…why yes I do, especially if they has been eating pies and have a touch of the cellulite infestations!!”
My new meme: I can haz cellulite infestayshunz lol
Aaaand moving on…
In addition to the usual exhortations to wear sackcloth and avoid leaving the house during daylight hours, the author of Dress Well When You’re Overweight on wikihow.com, really knows her stuff. To wit:-
“When you walk, don’t shuffle and barely lift your feet off the ground - instead, practice the sort of “gliding” walk that beauty queens learn, that doesn’t cause your body to bounce up and down very much. You can practice this with the old balance-a-book-on-your-head trick.”
“Many overweight women do not realize that what looks good standing up is disastrous sitting down. Does your skirt ride up and show a lumpy thigh? Can you wave to a friend across the room without straining at your sleeve?”
“Big patterns will make you look bigger, while small patterns can make you look smaller.”
“Be aware of the power of illusion. Sometimes you meet women and are so bedazzled by their antique necklace, forties handbag, customised skirt and exquisite make-up, that it’s some time before you realise they’re probably a size 18.”
“Be very careful with leggings.”
Yeah those mofos can explode and shit.
“If you have heavy legs and ankles, avoid delicate or flimsy footwear; it will make it look as if you are about to fall over, or sink into the floor.”
“Big hair is a great help. It balances out your size. Big women with short boyish haircuts risk the pea-head look.”
What, even if I’m bedazzling folk with my antique necklace? Damn. And there I was thinking people might be swooning over my baby blues. Kindly pass me a wig. And by the way, the piece was liberally illustrated by pictures of Christina Hendricks who plainly needs an industrial winch to help her get out of bed.
Wikihow also reveals How To Look Gorgeous As An Overweight Woman. You’re on tenterhooks, I can tell.
“Shoes are ultra important to the bigger lady. because high heels tend to give the illusion of longer, more slender legs and make the wearer appear taller. There are lots of different type of heel so if your not comfortable in high heels try kitten or puppy heels.”
Tumblr, I googled for hours and can faithfully report there is no such thing as puppy heels. Well, not unless she meant these.
Lastly, I couldn’t resist this one from about.com. Readers Respond: What’s the Worst Plus-Size Fashion Mistake One Can Make?
“Don’t wear clothes that are just plain and ugly or super baggy because you feel that these will cover up horrid-ness.”
It reminded me so much of this.
And with the thousand yard stare I reserve specially for people who think they know how the rest of the world should dress, I bid you a very fond…
- 18th October
Yes, tumblr, I’m wearing a wholly Halloween-influenced outfit today. I don’t know whether it’s the proliferation of pumpkins in the shops or what but I was really feeling the season today. So, in the spirit of ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, (and witches, mustn’t forget the witches, what with my fabulous new Cheap Frills cat necklace and all), I proudly present to you my Slimer from Ghostbusters dress – a.k.a the Tron frock.
Yep, pumpkin coloured tights; I went there too. Because why the hell not?
And, yes, I’m wearing the bracelet I thought was too dressy and wouldn’t go with anything I own for the umpteenth time. Now I wish I’d bought the earrings too.
Psst! Wanna see a gratuitous pussy shot?
Hah! Gotcha! There are other tumblrs if you’re after that sort of caper.
Seriously though, isn’t it just the fabbest thing?! I saw Georgina Doul wearing the grey tabby version here and immediately went to investigate. The designs are printed onto wood and it was a bargain at eight quid. This is the exact face Izzy makes when being poked and prodded by the vet; stoicism purrsonified.
- 17th October
Wow, this weather’s confusing, eh wot? Yesterday it was chill fog and drizzle; today it’s bright and warm enough to flaunt flutter-sleeves, albeit with tights, in the shop.
I’ve had this frock for quite a few years. The print always puts me in mind of this glass wall in the MOMA restaurant in New York.
Source (as I totally didn’t take this picture and fondly hope the photographer and/or the gallery don’t sue me). I tried in vain to find a close-up of it as it has the same sort of layered silhouette action going on.
Hopefully you get my drift.
It also reminds me of a 1960s dress that I wore all the way through college. It belonged to my paternal grandmother and was the exact same shade of gold-ish green patterned all over with black leaves. I used to wear it with her black beaded cardigan which was probably 50s. I’m all for mixing up my decades, tumblr. Purists who wail about how you can’t possibly accessorise a 1957 skirt with a pair of 1949 sunglasses make me want to go out of my way to do just that. Like it’s life already, not a lovingly art-directed period drama.
I’ve no idea what my hair is doing in this picture. Thank heavens I’m getting it cut tomorrow. Toodles!
- 15th October
So, I’m back on shop alert again while World’s Loveliest Boss® and her other half are taking a breather on foreign shores, so you can expect a light sprinkling of OOTDs over the next couple of days. (Light permitting of course. It can get pretty gloomy in here when it rains).
Today’s post, despite referencing one of my favourite verboten colour pairings, is actually about jeans – notably the pair below and what some folks probably think they say about me style wise. As regular readers will recall I have fit issues when it comes to trouserings, which is just one of the reasons I tend to favour a frock. If jeans are snug enough to fit me around the middle they inevitably hang off the rest of me and, since Evans decided to re-fashion most of their styles for pears, it’s been even harder for this apple to luck out. But it’s a fact that, once the nights start drawing in, a good pair of jeans don’t half come in handy.
These came from Yours clothing back in August and fit-wise they are perfect. They are also, as you may have noticed, bootcut – a style I’m quite sure the young, hip and skinny wouldn’t touch with a shitty stick. This happens a lot in Fatsville; who else, for instance, is still wearing shark-bite hems or animal print everything? Or to put it another way: where’s my oversized bubblegum pink winter coat, Evans?!
But back to the bootcut, aka the kickflare – a style in itself designed with my pear-shaped sisters in mind, to “balance out” the Heinous Hips of Unseemliness. To be honest I’ve no idea if they suit me or not, as my hips are a non-event, but they do seem to fit me better than any other style and, after a lifetime of denim-related grief, I’ve made my peace with that….
…which tangentially got me thinking about some ageist language I’ve been noticing of late. Phrases that the older I get, increasingly get my goat – not least when they come from the fatosphere, which is forever fulminating over every other kind of oppression one could possibly imagine. I said as much on fatshionista recently in response to a thread about plus size brand Cabiria's recent mould-breaking outing at New York Fashion Week.
Sure the collection probably isn’t the edgiest plus-size couture ever to strut its stuff down a catwalk but baby steps, peeps. It was the slagging off the designs inspired that started to make me snarly. “…it needs to be shorter, way shorter”; “…a lot like Eloquii’s clothes, but more matronly”; “it’s dowdy, for dowdy folks”. Given that I would happily wear the bejesus out of Cabiria’s dresses, given the wherewithal, I took exception. I also started to ponder that other sartorial faux pas:-
Oh the horror.
Seriously though, I’m tired of hearing these snarky slurs on older women’s bodies because, make no bones about it, that’s exactly what they are. I’m not even a mother and I want to slap these impudent chits upside the head. It’s lamentable enough that mainstream fashion is considered and promoted as being the sole province of the slender – and, by extension, the young. Fatshion, which is first and foremost a political reaction to the marginalisation of fat bodies by the mainstream industry, really needs to buck up its attitude when it comes to ageism too. Fatshion is for everyone and style does not come with an expiration date.
Your thoughts, tumblr?