Sunday, January 30
Hey all! Gin and antics have made the past weekend a bit slow on the writing front, though most pleasant otherwise. This is what I wore to work on Friday, then to pick up some friends for a weekend of fun. The dress was from the etsy seller If Autumn Ends, though I bought it on a fatshionista sales post for cheaper than her list prices. It's a fantastic fit (despite not being custom made) and one of my most staple work dresses (despite the odd looks I get in it!).
Dress, £40, If Autumn Ends via fatshionista sales post
Shoes, £5 vintage store
Wednesday, January 26
Peter Pan collars
Tuesday, January 25
Shorts, £9, ASOS Curve sale
Polo neck, £7, Dorothy Perkins sale
Jumper, 99p, charity shop
Necklace, £2, Primark
Boots, £39.50, Evans
Monday, January 24
Gah, house hunting! Still super busy. Here's an outfit from Friday to tide you all over though... this shirt is the best shirt I own. It's a thick winter-y flannel, and it fits so well. I own two shirts of a similar shape from New Look's Inspire range (the other is a khaki summer shirt), and find them to be the best fit for my very hip-py self.
Shirt, £10, New Look sale
Skirt, £10, River Island
Docs, gifted (and oh so loved, I think these deserve a post of their very own some time soon).
I'm wearing this outfit but with skinnies today as well! Hurrah for remixes!
Friday, January 21
Wednesday, January 19
It arrived! This is the camel pencil skirt I ordered from the ASOS sale. A rather uninspired outfit but I wanted to post about it because it's amazing! I ordered a size 22. The skirt is a body con shape, and more importantly it's actually a pencil skirt! I find it really hard to find knee length skirts (I'm only 5'9" but somehow they always end up mid thigh), so I normally just stick to minis and a-line or full skirts. This fits *perfectly* and ends at my calf. The thing I love about it the most, however, is that it's made from a stretchy, thick fabric. As a belly-heavy fatty, I often find tailoring hard to work because my fat spreads when I sit down - thus, a skirt or pair of trousers that are fine around my hips when stood up are often uncomfortable when I sit down. As this is stretchy, it makes it comfortable in both positions. So to conclude, I love it!
Top, £10, Dorothy Perkins
Skirt, £9 ASOS
Nude fishnets, £1 New Look
Loafer heels, £15 Clarks
Tuesday, January 18
Saturday, January 15
70s power flare
70s power flare by prettymary_k featuring wide leg pants
Excuse my slightly sketchy polyvore skills here. I'm big into wide legs and palazzo pants this season. I'm really interested in wearing these styles as a fatty, as I feel the super wide leg is deemed inappropriate to wear (as well as the super skinny, it seems to be all about being as AVERAGE AS POSSIBLE). Here are some fatty fitting examples - most from Dorothy Perkins which goes up to a size 22, two from Love Label (20, though I reckon they'd both fit larger, and that dress is more 60s than 70s, but the camel is more 70s as a colour) and one from ASOS curve (26). I've got to say I'm loving the focus Dotty P's has on the palazzo this season - normally I feel I have to wait months for an on trend cut to arrive (in a highly diluted form) in high street shops, but they're on it this season.
Anyway, I love the 70s as a period, and the luxurious nature of the excessive amounts of fabric used to create such styles, I love the garish-ness of the patterns, the uncoventional colour palettes (I have a serious love for 70s homewares in this respect too, in a horrific kitsch-y fashion). I'd love to wear some palazzos with the sheer waterfall style jacket above and a cami.
I'm interested in the wide leg as a 90s thing too - I can imagine turning the third trousers (which aren't a full length style) in a grungey look with the cropped blouse and my trusty docs and a plaid shirt.
These are all inspirations, as I'm still sticking to my £10 rule this month! So I'll be hunting out similar styles on sale rails, at vintage stores and car boot sales and on ebay.
Tuesday, January 11
Hello lovelies! I'm showing off one of my car boot scores from the weekend today. This sheer floral shirt cost £2 this weekend from the Brighton Marina antiques fair and car boot. I found it rummaging amidst a pile of goodies that also contained some liberty print culottes and the most amazing gold brocade evening dress (I left that behind as sadly it wasn't my size). I think this is a 1960s housecoat as it's very unfitted with a huge pocket. I'm big into sheer florals and sheer colours at the moment, they are just so effortlessly girly.
Look at the detail! Beautiful!
Shirt, Brighton Marina car boot, £2
Bustier (just seen beneath), £4 Dorothy Perkins
Jeggings, New Look, £7
Belt, old vintage stock
On the car boot front, I really can't recommend Brighton Marina's Sunday sale enough. Whilst there are a lot of "proper" antiques/vintage sellers who I find incredibly overpriced, I was surprised to find some house clearance stalls with gigantic piles of vintage on the floor. As well as this top I also found;
Huge amount of vintage 60s polyester (perfect for shift dresses), £1, about 4 metres of grey polka dot cotton, £5 (bit more than I would normally pay, but it's beautiful), brown patchwork belt, £1. I also got a vintage slip for £1 that I plan to grunge up with some docs and a plaid shirt, and a copy of Watchmen on DVD for 50p. And looootttts of vintage stock.
These were all hidden bargains, found by rummaging on the floor and avoiding the "proper" stalls. I really enjoyed the day, I have to say, despite the cold and long walk over!
Ebaying for fatties
Sunday, January 9
Jumper, clothes swap, £free
Blouse, Monsoon sale, £15
Shorts, £7ish, fatshionista sales post (shortened by me)
Cameo, £6, livejournal sales post
Belt, old stock, £free
Saturday, January 8
I wore this to go out last night, though "out" was just a friend's house (I'm so poor right now, not much else is viable!). The lame jacket was a purchase from Sabrosa Vintage on etsy at a more affluent time - it was gold, but I managed to wash it with the wrong colours (I only wore it once before!) and turned it gun metal! I quite like it this way though, so I guess I'm happy now anyhow.
Jacket, Sabrosa Vintage on etsy - about £30 including shipping
Pixies t-shirt, £1, Traid sale
Skirt, £10, River Island
Boots, £20 ebay
Friday, January 7
Bit of a wardrobe remix today. It's funny, because the vintage dress and jumper/cardigan combo used to be my UNIFORM, seriously for about two years I don't think I changed it at all, but now it's definitely something I'm moving away from. I think especially when on a strict budget, it helps more to own interchangeable separates that function equally well in day or night. However, in the mean time my wardrobe is still stuffed to the brim with overelaborate impractical nonsense (which I love), so I doubt I've changed all that much ;)
Dress, about £35, vintage via eBay
Cardigan, £1.99 charity shop
Belt, old vintage stock
Tights, M&S basics
Socks, £1 Primark
Tuesday, January 4
Dress, £1.70 (Tesco via ebay)
Button up blouse, £7 (New Look)
Belt, £8 (vintage)
Tights, £8 M&S
Shoes, Barratts, £10
Sunday, January 2
Happy belated holidays to everyone! I've been really ill with flu for most of the holidays and so my outfits (or rants) haven't been seeing much daylight! I'm better now though, and enjoying the new year in Yorkshire for a few days.
This crushed velvet skirt in red was a score from Primark in the sales for £3. I find their minis surprisingly stretchy, so always worth a try if you're a 20/22. That said, this is maybe a tad too short for me!
Plaid shirt, boyfriend's, borrowed for £free
Cami, Primark, £4
Skirt, Primark £3
Tights, M&S £8
Socks, Primark £1
Brown docs, gifted for Christmas! And they are never leaving my feet...
I will be catching up and posting more again soon! Sorry for any unreplied emails x