Thursday, April 30, 2009

Purple Rain

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Today's grey skies and non-stop rain made me a little sad (the weather affects my mood more than I'd like to admit), so I wanted to brighten things up with a fun outfit. Two of my favorite color combinations are purple & teal and black & mustard, so I decided to combine all four and I'm pretty happy with the result. Most of my outfit (top/skirt/bracelet/necklace) is from forever21; the pleated black skirt is actually a stretchy tube dress that I wear at my waist. The great purple cardigan is from Jen's Fashion Plus, and the grey and mustard pumps are Kenneth Cole--I always wear patent leather shoes on rainy days, they're perfect for sloshing through the puddles without having to worry about water damage.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cynara

I love when girls have an innate personal style and look fab without trying to be carbon copies of Hollywood starlets. Meet Cynara, the cute and quirky girl who isn't afraid to think outside of the box. A total breath of fresh air, she has this wonderful sort of vintage-chic look that manages to feel old-school yet current. She's known for mixing bright colors and playing with patterns and textures, creating some of the most innovative outfits around. Make sure you check out her flickr for more pics!
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Name: Cynara
Age: 26
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.

Want to be featured on YFF? Send an email to gabrielle.gregg@gmail.com with a picture of yourself in your favorite outfit. You might be chosen next!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shady Style

So this recent burst of warm weather has inspired me to post about my favorite accessory of all: sunglasses. I swear, a pair of cool shades can take you from dull to dope in an instant. They are totally about conveying a certain attitude; from Jackie O's frames to Beyonce's chains, it's obvious sunglasses are pivotal in defining a unique personal style.

Because I have a tendency to uh, break and lose things, I'm all about the cheapies from
f21, urban, H&M, and fred flare. My very favorite sunglasses retailer, however, is this amazing online store that I am almost hesitant to share because I kind of want it all to myself. Alas, I'll divulge because that's how much I love my dear readers. The site is houseofsunglasses.com and it's perfect for poor yet stylish people such as myself. Cute, trendy, and cheap? I don't think it gets any better. Check these out to add some fierceness to your 'fits:



above images all from houseofsunglasses.com

Oh, and I will definitely be recreating my own version of this amazing pair of Chanel shades ('cause Lord knows I won't be buying 'em):


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Meshing Well With Others

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I've loved all things mesh for the past couple of seasons, and the trend doesn't seem to be dying down any time soon (how cute is this dress from the Givenchy F/W 09 Collection?) Thanks to American Apparel and the like, the runway look is popping up all over the place. AA is known for using forgiving material, but something tells me their mesh dresses might not work well on my bod. And since we all know fat girl stores are behind on trends--we'll probably see mesh at Torrid in six months, if at all--I need to recreate this look using a little bit of innovation. A trip to the thrift store is definitely in order; I absolutely adore the idea of mixing black mesh with bright florals, so we'll see what I come up with. Some girls dare to bare it all (and look amazing while doing so), but I think I'll stick to using mesh as an accent and not a centerpiece. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Renn Rocks Harper's Bazaar

In my not so humble opinion, there are few women in the world more gorgeous than plus size model Crystal Renn. She is the epitome of beauty, and lucky for us, she graces the pages of this May's issue of the Australian Harper's Bazaar. Don't get me wrong, I love plus size publications, but nothing feels better than seeing curvy girls rock it in mainstream fashion magazines. Renn forces otherwise oblivious fashionistas to redefine their socially constructed ideas of how size relates to beauty. Go, girl.

Sold On Scholz


I was telling the truth when I said I liked color, Scout's honor. But if I were lying, no one could change my mind faster than Anna Scholz. The "curvaceous couture" designer is famous for her use of bright colors and bold prints, and I must say, I'm diggin' it. With pieces that somehow manage to find an equilibrium between quirky and classic, the Spring/Summer '09 Collection is definitely swoon-worthy. Scholz's whimsical printed dresses flatter every body shape, and as a long-time lover of DVF, I know that's the sign of a great designer. For the few of you who haven't yet checked it out, be sure to take a peek. But beware, if your financial situation is anything like mine, window shopping will have to suffice. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Black Year Round


So I introduced you to Carmakoma back in October when I explained my obsession for all things black. Well, my love for that color has not diminished, and neither has this label's fab factor. After seeing the amazing pieces in their Spring '09 lookbook, I can confidently proclaim that Carmakoma is officially my favorite plus size brand. Their designs are chic, young, simple, and sophisticated. The hardware and accents are perfectly placed, and the balance of structure and comfort is impeccable. Most of all, I love that they make black work for spring time! I've felt so pressured lately to wear floral prints and pastels, but the lack of color in their spring designs eases my mind a little. Don't get me wrong, I do love color (that coral dress is superb), but I'm glad to know I can still wear black from head to toe even when it's warm out. And by the way, yes, those are metal studded harem pants you see in the first outfit. Must. Have.

Rules Are Made To Be Broken

My mother has always jokingly told me I have "Oppositional Defiant Disorder," meaning I disagree with everything she says just to be difficult. Naturally, I argued with her over this assertion. Lately though, I'm beginning to think she just might be right; I've realized I do have a tendency to act out in oppositional ways when authorities try to tell me right from wrong. What made me come to this realization, you ask? Harem pants. I want to hate them, I really do. In fact, I did for a while. But recently (and I don't care how "last season" they are), I've become obsessed with buying a pair, and I'm pretty sure it's all because everyone says they're heinous. The more I read about how ugly and unfashionable they are, the more I find myself needing to prove I can rock them. I have found this same phenomenon occurs when people discuss how fat girls should never be seen in jumpsuits, rompers, or acid wash. Sorry Stacy and Clinton, I'll be donning all of the above this spring, and looking fab while doing so. 


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Green With Envy

How amazing is this dress? I remember drooling over a very similar one on asos.com a while back, but it was way out of my price range (and I doubt they had my size).  This green floral number is perfect for spring and summer, and can either be dressed up or down depending on how you style it. I'd love it with black flats and gold accessories, but the possibilities are endless. It's available now in sizes up to XXXL on Alloy's website for under fifty bucks.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Joy for Jibri


The thing about being friends with other fat fashion bloggers is that our conversations are bound to lead to overlapping blog content. My great friend Christina (recently featured here) just told me about the fab label Jibri, which she wrote about on The Musings of a Fatshionista. So, my apologies if you're reading about this twice, but I figure it's so great that it's worth it. I seriously can't get enough of Jibri's designs! Finally! Fashionable, current, structured options for young fashionistas sizes 14-24. This is exactly what I would love to see more of in the plus size industry. Lane Bryant and Torrid could definitely take a few tips from this designer's fresh perspective. Read more about Jibri at jibrionline.com, and get your hands on these gorgeous pieces at their ebay store. I don't know about you, but I need that white and mustard dress in my wardrobe ASAP.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Makin' Changes

There are a few things I have been considering lately when it comes to YFF:

1) Sharing my outfits more frequently
When I first started blogging, I didn't want to simply make a photo blog of my daily attire; I wanted to share tips and trends and make the content focused more on you than me. I've realized recently though, that I can do both (hopefully) without compromising the original purpose of the blog. 

2) Including beauty tips. 
In my opinion, and I realize everyone may not agree, no outfit is complete without hair and makeup. That is not to say foundation and blush are always necessary, but I see way too many girls with cute clothes who simply look unpolished because they didn't take the time for the finishing touches that can pull any look together. 

3) Turning YFF into its own website.
I probably shouldn't count my chickens before they hatch, but in the next 6 months I'd like to launch Young, Fat, and Fabulous, the website. It will include a lot more than just my blog, but I can't give away all my secrets just yet--so I'll wait until things actually happen to say more.

In the spirit of change #1, I present to you a few recent outfits (I know many of you have already seen these on Fatshionista, but I plan to post here from now on):

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FYI: Forever21's new plus size line, Faith21, has released its lookbook online. It's no surprise I'm loving the looks. Don't forget it launches May 1st!