Let’s talk for a sec about something that doesn’t get talked enough in the fashion blog community, and in the plus fashion community in general – the inherent classist aspect to plus fashion blogging (less so with straight-sized fashion due to the availability of dirt-cheap straight sized clothing and even cheaper thrift opportunities). But you can’t run a fashion blog if you can’t afford to buy…fashion. Which is the problem I’ve been struggling with lately, despite being lucky that I’ve had money in the past to buy enough clothing so I can mostly pull it off despite not having received a paycheck since July, and before May not having received a paycheck since 2015. I’m just now acknowledging to myself that I’m disabled and starting the application process, but the truth is, I’ve been disabled for two years. I have a neurological disorder and C-PTSD, and no matter how much I love my work and try try try to convince myself I’m still capable of holding down a full time job – especially in an agency environment, where “full time” often means 70 hours a week – I just can’t. Not with narcolepsy symptoms causing me to fall asleep at my desk, or worse, on my commute to work, and not after 10 days getting a sum total of 2 hours sleep. All this is a lead in to the fact that I’ve drooled over ELOQUII clothing for years, but have never been able to afford anything until this past week, and I want to be honest about that, because I’m sure I’m not alone in this struggle. But ELOQUII was having some insane sale from like 2AM until 9AM on a day where I was dealing with another stretch of chronic insomnia…and it would have been criminal not to buy the dresses on sale from $175+ to $29 dollars, especially since that’s the only way in which insomnia has ever made my life better. So I went for it. And of course, being a person who has only a glancing relationship with the real world, instead of buying everyday wearable clothing, I bought two fancy party dresses, and a metallic gold skirt. You get to a point in life where you have to just be like “fuck it”, and find your joy where you can. And let me tell you, this vintage-flavored LBD is a JOY. And TBH although it seems fancy at first glance, it’s minimalist enough to be wearable if you dress it down with a day jacket or a cardigan! I don’t know why I can’t pose like a human being. It’s a good thing I’m such a fox.
So I’m having a miserable…past 9 months, and sometimes you just gotta wear turquoise leggings and timberlands and be like “fuck it.” Hence today’s look. Also idk if you noticed, but I’ve gotten a little better at not posing like a goon. As you may recall, the dress and choker are new Forever21+. The leggings and jacket and sweater are all Old Navy, and the boots are from a photoshoot at Timberland (perks of the AD job! What do you guys think? Did my Partner do a good job as photographer, or..?
I’m still not great at OOTD shoots, not having a DSLR (or a regular photographer), but I love this top (picked up at Target – ?!! – last year), and it goes well with the brightly printed peasant top. I paired it with a vintage mini backpack and some cheerful matching slingback heels for a summery look in the chill of Boston mid-spring. Look at the cute shoulder cutouts! (And btw the hat isn’t a cowboy hat, but to my dismay that’s how it looks in these photos. The pants are from Nordstrom Rack, the brand is Premise Studio, the shirt is last year F21 Plus, and the heels and bag are both vintage. The hat is from Old Navy. Love a good hat, don’t you? Oh and I might as well show off my new bralette from Re/Dress, one of my favorite online shopping stops!
Lord knows I love my boho looks, especially anything that involves drapey, beautiful patterned outerwear, perfect for spring over skinny jeans and a peasant top, or for summer as a beach coverup or paired with worn denim shorts and a barely-there cami, or a brief little embroidered white dress. Kimonos are extremely trendy right now – so much so that in the time between researching this article and actually writing it, many of my favorites have sold out. But I’ll soldier on, anything in the name of fashion, and present to you my top 10 picks for spring/summer plus sized kimonos: 1. Floral Fringe Kimono from Melissa McCarthy Seven7 MM killing it again with this delicate, fringed number in a gorgeous sunset ombré of hues. Long kimonos are v retro, and remind me of Little Edie – something a gently kooky person from another era would wear and look unearthly – timelessly stylish and graceful. 2. Crane Kimono from Forever21 Plus F21+ seems to have a nearly unlimited range of kimonos to choose from this season, ranging from extremely pretty (the one I bought is no longer available), to, well, a little tacky. But there were a few nice enough to make this list, and this cheerful, silky, springtime item caught my eye. No fringe on this baby, but it makes up for it with a beautiful pinky coral color, and a delicate pattern that is anything tacky. 3. Yellow Tie-Back Floral Print Duster Coat from River Island Call it a Duster Coat, or an Open Front Cardigan – it’s still a kimono to me. You’re not fooling anyone, River Island copywriters. But, uh, regardless, this is a beautiful ‘Duster coat’. The print is delicate and the colors are unusual and striking. I can imagine this being flattering on everyone. 4. Women Floral Print Kimono Hippie Cardigan from NewChic This nice duotone version is fairly traditional and very boho-chic, and, at just over $11, is the only article of clothing on this list that I can currently afford. 5. Katana Kimono from Copper Union Love the sense of drama in this piece. Very modern-boho, and it would make a divine festival statement piece! 6. Embroidered Sleeve Kimomo Jacket from CityChic. This looks like a great night-time, more dressy kimono look, with a lovely embroidered detailing! 7. Medallion Print Kimomo Duster from Charlotte Russe. I love the sweet, slightly Victorian color-scheme of this piece, plus the price point is hard to beat! Another item worthy of Little Edie’s trousseau! 8. Fringed Kimono from F21 Plus. Ah, Forev, you never cease to surprise me with your trendy, affordable clothes, and massive selection of styles. I particularly like this version because it’s got a geometric vibe to it, while most of the other kimonos are floral. 9. Perfect Day Open Fringe Cardigan from McsKlozet. It quite literally doesn’t get any more boho than this. Love that retro vibe. 10. Jayley Silk Kimono from F21 Plus. I struggled picking this last one, I really did. There are so many gorgeous options out there, but I wanted to curate, because I heart curating – and besides, since when is being spoiled for choice, as a plus woman, ever been a BAD thing?? So I’m ending the list with this simple peach silk kimono that looks beautiful, but even better, looks silky and sexy and luxurious. Enjoy! Hope you found this list helpful! I bought my Kimono from F21, and I can’t stop wearing it!! Ok, ta-tah folks, feel good about yourselves every day!