Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Size: 18/20 on top 20/22/24 on bottom
Favorite Places to Shop: A lot of my clothes are pre-loved and come from: Thrift stores, garage sales, church bazaars, ebay, vintage shops and my mom and grandma. When I can buy new, I like The Hudson's Bay Company for clearance designer pieces, and places like Old Navy for inexpensive staple pieces, like cardigans. If I think a store--plus-size or not-- has something affordable that might fit me, I don't shy away from going in. I also like to support etsy sellers that offer a wide range of sizes-- like Jane BonBon, for example-- whenever possible.
Fashion Icons: Fellow fatshion/fashionistas who post to wardrobe_remix and the fatshionista community on flickr, and a myriad of other street style sites. I'm also inspired by hip grandmas, comic book superheroines, women in Hitchcock films, 80s music television, and everything Christina Ricci wore in the movie Penelope.
Current Obsession: Softer pieces with whimsical touches--dresses, skirts, and blouses, in delicate/floaty fabrics with silkscreening, embroidery, hand-painted details and/or watercolour prints--paired with harder and more structured pieces like leather jackets, tailored blazers, shit-kicker boots, and major gold chains. Yokoo cowls, Nashville hair, tall boots are always on my list of wants.
Advice to other YFF Girls: Be critical of prescribed rules and "acceptable" silhouettes for fat bodies. Fashion is always about performance and the show gets pretty stale if everyone's wearing the same solid-coloured knee-length a-line number. Don't ever rule out a style before you've even tried a garment on, because you never know what might sing. And related to that point: always, always, always try everything on.
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