Posts Categorized: shopping

Sustainable Plus Size Resources

Both Laura and K wrote to me hoping for some help with sustainable plus-sized resources. In my mega list post of sustainable vendors and sites, I do point out which ones include plus sizes and there are a handful … but not as many as I’d like. And certainly not as many as plus sized women seeking stylish, ethically made clothes would like.

To make things easier, I’ll call out the vendors and sites I know of here. I’ll also mention a couple of sustainable practices that aren’t brand-centric that may help you plus-sized folks who need super budget-friendly ways to make your wardrobes more eco-conscious.

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Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2016 Edition

It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for spring and summer that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)

Monochrome Outfits

Fall 2016 fashion trend, monochrome outfits

This isn’t a specific thriftable piece, of course, but it’s a dressing technique that was incredibly prevalent in the RTW shows that’s easily re-created using thrifted pieces. Combining several shades of the same color into your layers and accessories is bold, to be sure, but you don’t have to go with oranges and purples if you’d rather keep things subdued. Try riffing on navy or burgundy for monochrome outfits that are both seasonal and on-trend. How does thrifting figure in? If you’ve got a dominant color in your closet, add a few thrifted pieces in related shades to craft your looks.

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The REAL Wardrobe Must Haves

wardrobe must haves

I love fashion magazines. I do. Despite their multitudinous flaws and tendency to assume that everyone everywhere is Scrooge-McDuck-rich and longing to be slim, I love that my monthly style rags tell me about new brands, test out beauty products I’d never even think to explore, and offer styling tips and advice. I find the seasonal digests of clothing trends particularly helpful.

BUT. I loathe the tendency among fashion magazines to create utterly outlandish must-have lists. I mean, universal must-have lists are bad enough, making women who loathe button-front shirts feel left out and women who hate heels feel fashionably frustrated. But the seasonal ones? They’re the worst. “This season’s must-haves” articles inevitably include trends that many women cannot afford or reasonably work into their lifestyles. And although I’m sure many people skim over them with nary a twinge, others may feel subtly chastised. If you’re someone who adores trends and enjoys experimenting with new looks, being presented with a mandatory list of items that includes precisely zero things you’ll ever be able to buy or wear can feel … deflating, at the least.

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