Gracey Wears: Flares

Although I wear flares fairly often

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans

… I’m actually a bit on the fence about them.

Or at least about their proposed dominance in my wardrobe.  According to the fashion world, flared jeans are the silhouette for this fall.  But, I’m not sure they suit me or my lifestyle enough to replace my skinny jeans.

One, I’m not always going to want to dress like an extra on That 70s Show:

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans, printed tunic & platform sandals

I mean, sometimes, sure, obviously.  But, not always.  And flares do definitely lend themselves to the 70s trend so it’s hard to resist the urge.

Two, from years of skinny jeans, I have a closet full of high volume tops and a propensity for layering.  I’m not convinced those same tops/layers work as well with flared jeans:

gracey the giant in gray flares, striped peplum, flame sweater & Jeffrey Campbell sandals

It doesn’t look bad, per se, but it’s a very different effect than if I were wearing skinny jeans.  And that’s taking some getting used to.

Three, tucking a slim-fitting top into high-waisted flared jeans seems like a good idea, but in practice I feel like everyone is looking at my hips:

gracey the giant in Gap flares, JNY blouse & Franco Sarto mules

Oh my goodness, you guys, is everyone looking at my hips???!!!!   Or, am I just being irrational because I’m not used to being out of the skinny jeans/riding boots that normally comprise my fall outfits.  Probably the latter… probably.

I’ll likely continue to try flared jeans this fall, but I really do prefer my skinny jeans and boots.  At least for now.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Will you be trying flared jeans this fall?


Shop Flares

Gap True Resolution Skinny Flares (the exact pair from my 3rd look)

LOFT Dark Wash Flares (these have been very well-reviewed)

ASOS TALL Baby Kick Flare (a great light wash option)

Banana Republic Dark Wash Flares (the longest tall option with a 38″ inseam)


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beat the heat maxi style

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Maxi Dress in the shade of Rust – Forever 21 Plus

Choker necklace – Lovisa

Metal cuff bangle – Diva

Hello again!

Its getting much warmer here for us folks in Asia and with that, out comes the clothing that I can withstand the climate in!

Maxi dresses are a relatively new addition to my wardrobe staples. At 5’2″, the idea of being swathed in fabric down to my toes did not appeal to me. I thought to myself “How are these ladies keeping cool despite wearing a full length dress?” I dressed for function and comfort most of the time (and I still do) but admittedly, I did get curious when I started fashion blogging a few years back. So many gorgeous plus size ladies in my blogger circle wearing such pretty maxi dresses! So I took the plunge 2 years ago and there has been no looking back.

I seem to be veering away from prints this year and this particular F21+ dress really appealed to me, probably because it seems a little Grecian … or would it be Roman? The colour is not something I have much of in my wardrobe, it is a much deeper hue of orange than I usually wear. I seem to be in Spring/Summer color palette denial! Lesson learnt from trying on a couple of maxi dresses now – it is very hot weather-friendly and may be a tad long for me but it lends an air of chic that I like.

This particular dress is very comfortable, soft (easily wrinkled as a result) and versatile – dress it super casual or go semi-formal like I did here.

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Whats your go-to spring/summer dress style this season?

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Dressed for: A Change-up

Already Pretty outfit featuring sheer floral blouse, skinny jeans, orange pumps, J.W. Hulme tote bag

Blouse – courtesy Kokoon
Jeans – Zuma Twill courtesy Karen Kane (also in plus sizes)
Pumps – Easy Spirit (no longer available) – similar
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings – courtesy Bionic Unicorn
Bracelets – Goldy + Mac – similar

I feel a little like someone has flipped a switch inside my head. Suddenly, the heels and fit-and-flare dresses that have been my wardrobe staples for years seem … done. Not done for good, but definitely in need of a little break. Lately I’ve been living in skinny jeans and floaty tops, or slouchy pants and lightweight jackets. And although this outfit features a fun pair of (thankfully comfy) heels, I’ve been all about flats for weeks. I’m still processing and exploring, but once I have a bead on where this desire for change came from and what spurred it on, I’ll share more.

Anyone else feeling the need for a personal style change-up? Are the shifting seasons monkeying with your dressing desires, or is something deeper at play?


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