So I was super excited when I saw that Tess Munster had styled an editorial and been interviewed by SWAK, not just because she’s super present on Tumblr, but also because I’ve loved her style in lots of other shoots, primarily for Domino Dollhouse. She’s a model in the larger ranges, rather than…
I wrote an article on my side blog about my incredible disappointment in Tess Munster’s recent SWAK editorial and the body (particularly tummy!) shaming language and assumptions that got used in it. Check it out!
Beth Ditto, 2006.
Click to read the text enlarged, there are some awesome DIY tips! I like that it’s very straightforward about how to do simple alternations, something that is often an issue. Makes me want to grab a cheap sewing machine and start altering things to be more fitted!
The only thing that annoys me a little bit is the suggestion to rip up clothes that don’t fit and just put them back on the rack. I see the point, and part of me thinks “badass!” — but it’s very possible that loss like that will affect the retail employees a LOT more than it will the corporate office, and people just like you who have very few options in life could get fired; plus they’ll just see it as destruction of property and if you get caught you could get arrested.
I would, definitely, though, complain to the manager and/or call corporate whenever you go to a store and they don’t have your size — stop feeling ashamed or embarrassed, instead inform them that they’ve lost your and your friends’ business and that a whole lot MORE people would be shopping with them if they did carry plus size in store.
reblogging to my regular blog ;)
It’s Fatshion February! Domino Dollhouse is having a challenge to use some of their items in a set and get 15 percent off (check out the T&C here: http://dominodollhouse.blogspot.com) through the end of March!
I really wanted this set to be actually plus size friendly and incorporate a number of looks. The bottom layer is actually a minidress from ASOS Curve. There are also a bunch of “easter eggs” hidden in the set for different looks - switch the shoes and just wear the minidress and accessories for a great day-to-night LBD, or throw on a spiked ring and biker jacket for a punkier choice.
Tell Old Navy and Gap Inc to start selling their plus size lines in stores!
I’m sure many of us have bitched, ranted and cursed about the pure fatphobia that is the lack of plus size lines in the stores of people that have them. This kind of move says “while I’d really like your dollar, I’d hate to see you in here with all the socially acceptable people” and it’s simply not okay, especially in an economy like this. While boycotting these labels might be cathartic, they already see us as so insignificant as to not waste rent on — and more to the point, some people cannot afford to shop at indie designers or women’s-size-only stores like Lane Bryant and are forced to look for more budget-friendly solutions.
Moreover, it affects the company’s bottom line as well! It’s not a smart decision to make trying things on impossible. It leads to people simply going elsewhere, or returning things again and again and eventually giving up after their terrible experience turns them off. (Especially since Old Navy’s return policies are convoluted and awful.)
Well, ohwhatatragiccost (who happens to be my lovely wife) started a petition, starting with Old Navy, since it’s the most widely known and one of the cheapest. If this one does well, we plan to move on to other retailers.
Please sign and spread it around! I’ve seen what you can do, Tumblr, let your voices be heard!
Reblogging to my blog. Please help out!
Brand spankin’ new Bettie Paige Clothing dress- OOTD
Tonight was Nick’s birthday party. I gave him one of his Christmas presents early (1940s smoking jacket) and he gave me one of my presents early- this amazing Bettie Page Clothing dress.
I cannot get over how MUCH I LOVE this dress! I’ve purchase many BPC dresses in the past, but this one takes the cake. They’ve really come into themselves with their plus size line. Everything fits perfectly, from the arms to the waist- everything ! Not a single complaint! I know I’ve told you all about BPC before, but I cannot stress it enough- get yourself something! I receive dozens of questions a week about my BPC dresses; how they fit, are they worth the price, how is the quality, etc. …YES YES YES! So worth it!
This dress is thick stretch bengaline- perfect for winter. It fits my ample hips and tummy , and hugs in all the right places….I could go on an on. I will make a better, more articulate post on Monday, more of a formal review… for now?! I retire!
Happy Saturday everyone XOXO
Sorry if anyone follows both of my blogs, but I had to post this twice. Sooo pretty.
109 pairs of shoes = the price of a house
i did a bit of quick math: of the shoes she mentions, the YSL retailed for 950 US (if she got them on bluefly, she probably paid 700). the thakoon by giuseppe zanotti “are those chihuahuas?” boots - retailed for 1,125$. if you were curious, yes, you could actually buy two chihuahuas for that price if you wanted to.
a conservative estimate of the value her shoe collection?
(109 pairs, at 500$ each)
yeah. that’s pretty much the cost of the average undergraduate education in canada. that’s about 4,000 dollars more than the annual median income of an american family. and may i point out… that’s just her shoes.
so… now can we start talking about how fashion blogs are not realistic, attainable fashion goals for young girls to aspire to? can we talk about how they are recreating the very same standards and norms fashion magazines have for decades?
i’m also curious, though: these sorts of discussions often stay in the realm of personal attacks (i’m thinking namely of the “gala darling has a trust fund” accusations/denials, the “jane aldridge is a spoiled brat” name calling). how do we move away from judgemental tones about these specific individuals who present a kind of fashion fantasy of bottomless bank accounts and endless closets, to actual thoughtful criticism about the accessibility and radical potential of fashion? about how revolutionary clothing and fashion can be? about how we can be creative with our style, our sartorial presentation without having rich parents or a trust fund?
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Like, if you can afford lots of expensive shoes that’s awesome but I want to see more bloggers who show their style while constrained by a budget. That’s way more inspiring and empowering! I want to see remixing and thrift in fashion blogging. (Though if you’re 2fat4thrifting like me that’s kind of difficult.)
IT’S OK NOT TO WEAR EXPENSIVE THINGS! I will say this over and over til I believe it myself… because I have totally got blogger inferiority affecting me right now. I can’t afford new clothes, you won’t see a different outfit of new things every post, and you certainly won’t see expensive brands. Fuck, I can’t even fit into expensive brands anyway!
Yeah, I do have a good mix of thrifters in people who post to body pos blogs I look at, but having started paying attention to fashion HAS made me feel incredibly insecure about being broke. If you look at my outfits they’re almost all on-sale, from Target, etc. (And being aware about lots of political/social causes makes me feel bad about that! Though I’m sure I could spend a lot more money while STILL supporting sub-brands of socially destructive parent companies, not being able to find anything that paid the workers more than $0.04 a piece or whatever; I don’t have the emotional energy to care.) AND THAT’S OK.
I don’t think that it’s a crime to care about fashion - especially if you’re a marginalized body, or I wouldn’t have a blog dedicated to that. But I do think it hammers into your head that you have to have 300 shoes, 30 kinds of makeup, 1400 dresses, the latest sheer maxi whatever. I would LOVE to see more budget fashionistas.
And tips! Do you, on a budget, pay more for shoes because paying more pays off when they last longer than crap from Payless? Or do you find yourself buying what’s cheap and replacing it? I know that drives me crazy.
One thing I will add about “I can’t fit into expensive brands” however, is that I’ve found that pretty plus sized clothes, including the ones that go up to bigger sizes, are EXTREMELY expensive. Hell, t-shirts from a lot of them are expensive because many are smaller designers. And that’s one thing I’ve ALSO had trouble contending with.
But then again it’s often easiest to find things that shouldn’t technically fit me. TRY THINGS ON, PEOPLE! It’s a large and you’re a size 26 US? Try it on anyway. Yes, be careful. Yes, learn your materials and where things don’t fit when they don’t fit and what cuts will fit better. Yes, it will be awkward and disappointing the first couple of times. But there are a ton of clothes that, while they may be shorter, or hang differently, or tight across the bust, or need a panel sewn in, but will look fine a couple sizes off* and it’s a good way to find things you like at cheaper stores.
*This works best for femmes or those willing to wear femmy clothes; tailored/boyish clothes don’t do this as well, though t-shirts will across the board
Hii I’m Raquel! =D my first submission and definatly not my last! Here’s my lil black metal get up!
size US size 15/18 depending where I shop
boots- Steve Madden size 8
skinny jeans- Tripp size 15
shirt- Riot Society- large
leather jacket- large- boyfriends closet! (put the studs on myself it’s not done yet but i love it! so comfy!)
stud belt- size 42
bullet belt- size 42 with extendors -online
necklace- my dog’s old choke chain
most of my clothes comes from Hot Topic actually, or thrift stores or my guys closet haha! =] I adore being a plus size!
It must be a metal day for reblogs over here. I love this :D