Hello, lovelies! I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’m about to do my last semester of school (starting in August), and these last couple of semesters have been kicking my butt and making me feel pretty un-fabulous.
But I’m getting back on the cute-stuff train and getting together some new posts for you beautiful ladies!
While I’m working on that, please, shoot me a message if there’s something in particular you’d like to see! <3
I know updates have been spotty, recently, but this semester’s workload is kind of killing me. >_<;
Anyways! I got out of bed today and thought, “I’m going to have a Blair Waldorf fashion day.” And I wanted to text that to my roommate, but I realized that she has no idea who Blair Waldorf is, because she doesn’t share my deeply unfortunate addiction to ridiculous television.
So, anyways, that led me to today’s topic: my fashion icons, both in real life and fictional.
Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl
Blair is a character on the show Gossip Girl, played by Leighton Meester. While I find many of Meester’s personal fashion choices a little bit questionable, her character is known for a vintage style, and is always classy, elegant, and well put together— mostly because she’s grossly wealthy.
I am not grossly wealthy. I am a college student who tries really hard not to buy too much coffee.
The trick to referencing her look? Higher or sweetheart necklines, lace accents, cropped jackets/wraps, accent headpieces (headbands, berets, or cloche hats), stockings, and low heels. Today, the outfit that sparked this, I wore a black and brown version of this dress—
—over a crinoline, belted with a black belt, with black leggings, a black knitted shrug, a black wool beret, black flats, and three strands of glass pearls. The leggings were $5 at WalMart, the dress $6 at my local Goodwill, the pearls were five strands for $1 at a local independent thrift shop, the belt was $3 at that same Goodwill, the crinoline was $11 on eBay, the shoes were $12 at Target, the shrug was on clearance for $7 at Coldwater Creek, and the beret was $2 at Ross. Blair’s fashion is surprisingly adaptable to the curvy girl— crinolines, belts, and stockings in the right combination, with natural fabrics (cotton, wool, etc) and antique accents where applicable.
Z Berg - The Like
Z is the lead singer for the Like, a retro girl pop band. Her style is characterized by a 1960’s look, short or babydoll skirts/dresses, bright/bold colors (usually reds or yellows) paired with delicate ivory or beige, over stockings/knee socks, contrasting sharply with large and dark eye makeup.
I copy her eye makeup more days than I don’t (see my post on makeup), and I often use her technique of a delicate, vintage color/pattern next to a bold, modern pop of color. Often normal waisted dresses become babydoll dresses— short, empire waisted— on me due to my bust, and when it looks good, I forgo the belt and finish it off with knee socks and a really long necklace.
Olivia White - Lemonade Mouth
Yes, okay, some of my fashion comes from the Disney Channel. Don’t knock it. To be fair, it accidentally came from the Disney Channel— which is to say, I watched this movie and went, “…She’s wearing my clooootheeesssss, that’s weeeiiiiirrrrd.” Olivia’s fashion is characterized by, hey, wow, look at that, bright but casual skirts and dresses in feminine prints, with high and wide waists, paired with cardigans/vests/shrugs, short leggings, and ridiculous earrings. Much like my daily staples.
I don’t feel like I need to tell you how I adapt this, because… I don’t. This is what I wear automatically on any given day. Uh. Yeah.
Holland Roden - cast of Teen Wolf
Holland plays Lydia Martin on MTV’s Teen Wolf, which is, incidentally, filmed where I live. Her style is usually very 1950’s, with a lot of red lipstick and accent headbands, high but narrower waists, and bold primary colors, especially yellow.
I often go for bright lipstick and a contrasting, but equally bright, primary color when I’m wanting to draw from her look. I go for narrower belts than I usually would, and go for sheer stockings or bare legs rather than my usual leggings or patterned tights.
How do you adapt the styles you love to work for your body and your budget?
So, Dragoncon has eaten my life, but it spat me back out this morning, mostly alive, but still kind of limping from the frantic costume-crunch week beforehand.
I can’t give you a post today, but there’ll be a bonus post this weekend, and we’ll resume our normal schedule on Tuesday. Apologies for the delay, and I hope you all have an excellent week!
Anonymous asked: I just read your post on patterns and prints where you mention making your own fascinators. Would you mind writing a post on that? It's something I'd love to try myself, but I'm not sure where to start.
Absolutely! I made a few for Dragoncon this past weekend; I’ll see if I can take some pictures and pull a post together. ^__^
chozomidna asked: This blog empowers me. You really know the types of fashion that will flatter all body types, and I appreciate that you give advice and attention to each one equally. You are thorough in your advice, and you explain WHY certain types of clothes work to accentuate curves. Instead of focusing on how women with curves can hide the parts they don't like, you focus on how women can dress themselves in a way that will make them look their best and therefore feel very good. Thank you for this blog. :)
<3 Hearing this means so much to me, thank you! Honestly, writing this blog has been a huge, constant reminder to myself that it’s okay to feel good about myself, and its wonderful to hear that it’s empowering someone else, too. I try really hard to do all the things you just listed, so it’s really gratifying to hear that it’s coming through. ^__^ Thank you so much for writing to me, it absolutely made my day.
Staples of a Curvy Closet: 5 Things You Should Have
1. A pair of good, sturdy black ballet flats. I do not mean the $5 ones at Walmart that fall apart after you wear them twice. At least shell out for the $14 ones at Target. They can pull together a lot of different outfits without killing your feet and back like heels do, and if you do wear heels, it doesn’t hurt to keep a pair of flats in your bag, just in case.
2. A trademark. Whether it’s a signature color, pattern, accessory, or makeup style, pick something that when people see it, they go, “Oh, that reminds me of _______.” Mine? I have a couple, but the biggest one, the one that gets people’s attention all the time, that makes people stop me on the street to give me compliments? Glitter. I wear glitter every single time I leave the house. My favorite brand is Poly*Flake, which you can find for about $3 at your local Hobby Lobby.
3. A good hat. Everyone needs one hat that, when they put it on, makes them invincible. An adventuring hat, if you will. Mine is a black sunhat that I added yellow silk roses and gold ribbons to. If you can’t buy one awesome enough, buy a boring one and make it fancy.
4. One good piece of lingerie. Something that, when you put it on, makes you feel like you belong in a magazine. It doesn’t matter if there’s anyone who’s going to see it. It’s important to HAVE one. Mine looks kind of like this, but hot pink:
5. An evening/ball gown. Get it secondhand, from a thrift store, or cheap at Ross (I’ve gotten one for $15), but have something that, in the event that you’re invited to the Prince’s ball, you can put it on and be the person that draws everyone’s eye. Something that, when you put it on, you’re immediately a character in a fairy tale. I’ve had more days than I’d like to admit where I wake up and feel hilariously unattractive and boring. My solution on those days? Pretend I’m going to an incredibly fancy event, put on a gigantically poofy gown, and wear it out all day, and if people ask what the occasion is, I make something important-sounding up. Yes, I lie. That happens. Sometimes I convince my friends to all do it with me, and then we go out for dinner or coffee and act like we’ve just come back from some hilariously fancy party. Is that ridiculous? Heck yes it is. Does it also work? You bet it does.
Q: I was wondering if you could suggest how to play up my body style. Like, I have a smaller bust, my butts not small but compared to my fairly large thighs and hips, it sure seems that way. So what could or would you suggest to accentuate that? I dont really have a set style. I could wear a sporty outfit, a chic one, a punk one, a grungey one, and a girly one all in one week. I think thats mostly because I cant seem to find clothes to make my good parts look better. Im trying to love my curves :)
Oh, and if it helps, I am always very fond of the more vintage/tea party look, like you were describing in your last post with the florals. I totally agree with you that florals are amazing and I love wearing them, even though I can never seem to find room in my outfits that look good for floral. :3 I do have a big tummy. (I swear, this is my last ask… hopefully. I know, I’m dying of mortification myself right now..)
A: Don’t be mortified! That’s a totally excellent question/request. ^__^ While a picture would help, I’ll try to advise you as well as I can from the description. What colors do you like to wear? To start with, I’d go for some tighter tops, preferably the Jersey knit kind— they tend to cling to curves, which isn’t great on the lower half of our bodies, but can accentuate a smaller bosom and make what’s there seem bigger. Always tuck Jersey knit shirts in, or they cling weirdly over your tummy. ^_^ You can find them in all sorts of prints for pretty much any season, to go with whatever style you’re going for on any given day. You can do a vest that buttons under the bust, too, to accentuate your bust and angle your waist in.Then I’d go with a lightweight high waisted skirt with a lining— it’ll drape elegantly over your belly, draw in your waist without poofing too much over your hips, while still adding a little volume to your behind to give you a nice hourglass figure. Something like this, kind of:
If you’re worried about your thighs being “large,” you can wear some black leggings or tights to make them seem narrower and also keep them from rubbing together.
Thanks so much for writing in; I hope this helps! Feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.