Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Gold and the Beautiful

Last weekend I was in Chicago for Valentine's Day, and I was lucky because it happened to be the same time that a few lovely ladies were hosting a clothing swap for women sizes 12 and up. It was called "The Gold and the Beautiful," so of course I wore gold!

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This amazing ASOS mesh and sequins dress has been in my closet for some time now. When I spotted it on the website a while ago, I knew immediately I had to have it. It's a size 10, but was clearly huge and slouchy (my fave) so I decided to give it a try. This piece is the opposite of anything any "fashion expert" would tell a fat girl to wear. It doesn't "cinch the waist" or "elongate the legs" or "show off your curves." It's basically an oversized, shapeless, really fucking cool t-shirt and I love it. Ladies, dress for yourself, break rules, stop saying "I wish I could wear that" and just do it.

It was my lucky day because my friend and photographer Lizz Kuehl (who has taken awesome pictures of me for previous YFF posts) was in attendance and snapped a few shots of my outfit!

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Photos (besides the first) are by Lizz Kuehl, please do not use without permission
Dress-ASOS/Shoes-F21/Cape-ASOS Curve/Clutch-Marshalls/Headbands-Walgreens

60 comments:

  1. OMG! Both you and these photos are gorgeous! The shirt/dress and cape look so cute! <3

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  2. OMG you look STUNNING! What a nice dress & even nicer smile! Love it!

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  3. I love your smile :) you're gorgeous!!

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  4. you are so gorgeous! i love this outfit! and i hate it when people say things like "that doesn't accentuate your curves" or "elongate your legs" DUDE MY LEGS ARE SHORT, idec! sometimes i just want to rock whatever i feel like rocking. so it's good to see you doing that too :D

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  5. Amazing outfit. Wow, I love the dress!
    I personally love shapeless clothing idgaf haha.

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  6. hahaha i swear i die a little inside every time i read a fat blogger saying something"cinches the waist" or "elongates the legs" or "shows off your curves." ughhhh.

    anyway! i really like this dress and i think i need to check out forever21's shoe section because you keep wearing amazing shoes and they're always from them! i think it might be time to brave another $40 shipping fee and make an order from them... xx

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  7. That last picture is so pretty - I think it's the prettiest picture of you I've ever seen!

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  8. You really know how to compliment colors together. Great oufit!

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  9. I had this conversation today when my friend called me "such a rule breaker".
    SCREW THE RULES!!! You look amazing in that dress!
    xoxo

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  10. Love the ASOS cape!! Such a good look!

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  11. the clothing swap was a lot of fun and i'm SO happy we finally met. you are stunning! (and if you didn't notice, thanks to you and a couple girls at work, i decided to start posting on my tumblr which is linked on my blog!)

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  12. That dress is awesome. I wish there were swap in my area. I love swapping.
    My Heart Blogged

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  13. You are such an awesome and fabulous inspiration for +size girls/women, I wish I had your confidence.

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  14. Best quote EVER: "dress for yourself, break rules, stop saying "I wish I could wear that" and just do it"
    I totally agree, I've learned this as I've gotten older, if I want to wear green eyeshadow or a tutu skirt, I'm going to! lol! Who cares if everyone doesn't approve, I don't dress for everyone, I dress for me. :) I love your blog!

    Principessa Gabriella

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  15. Aghh! I love a dress with a little bling bling! :)

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  16. You look fabulous! You are radiant in that gold! The nude pump just pulls it all together. This look is sheer disco romance, ADORE.... I am a writer for the Baltimore Examiner, and am their "Fashion Expert." A lot of the phrases I used in my latest article http://www.examiner.com/plus-size-fashion-in-baltimore/spring-into-high-gear appear here! Every woman wants to look good, but quite frankly, not every woman knows how to. I like to offer basic advice for women to build upon until they can find their own sense of style. The fat body is beautiful to me, and any woman, no matter her size, should wear whatever she feels beautiful in. Hell, I love standing on sky-high heels making my calf go KA-POW, getting my chubby stumps to look like fat stilts, lol! Shapely legs are a beautiful thing to me; to see thick calves in high heels gives me life! But I digress. Beauty comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes and so does style. Some of us take more chances than others, and people who want to look good without taking a page from the latest runway offering should be given their props too. Maybe "the rules" are another person's version of dressing for themselves and doing what they want. After a while, wouldn't "break the rule" be a rule in itself? I absolutely love the blog, girl... congratulations on all your success!

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  17. In love with your cape! You look gorgeous.

    xo Nicole

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  18. I love this! And I agree with saying f- the rules. Last night my brother and I went out to just hang out and shop at some outlet stores. I was definitely wearing jeggings that were damn near painted on. I got a lot of stares (no one -said- anything) but I was thinking whatever, I am the fat girl in the jeggings and it's pretty damn comfortable. My brother also said that it looked good, too, so I will assume the stares were stared of amazement, lol.

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  19. it looks great and the shoes are a perfect match!
    x

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  20. The gold sparkle is amazing.
    Sometimes it's not about "i wish I could wear it", but "I wish no one would lough at me while wearing it". My BF will give me a hard time if I'd wear a sparkly gold thingy...

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  21. obsessed. let's hang out now. also i want to borrow the dress. k?

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  22. Okay saucy girl!! Look at you! That dress looks gorgeous on you! I love the coat you paired it with, but btw how effing cold was it there you bare-legged maven?!!!

    Maybe we could get together before I go!

    xx

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  23. I love the blazing gold and sheerness of the dress with the nude legs and nude heels. And the coat went with it perfectly. Love those headbands, too. I'll have to look in Walgreens for headbands now. :)

    You look splendid. And thanks to all you bloggers, this big girl's gonna try stripes!

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  24. WORD!!You look sooooo lovely.

    http://carmakoma.com/

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  25. You look amazing and you know I am off to hunt that cape down....!

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  26. Adorable look! You have great style. I've been drooling over a similar cape in black!

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  27. I can't believe I met you and didn't really get to hang out with you :( :( You looked so flawless girl <3 <3 xoxo

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  28. really sweet and great shoes

    http://urbanprettygirl.blogspot.com/

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  29. Just found your blog from fatmumslim, and can't believe I haven't seen you before :) You look utterly amazing.
    http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  30. I totally agree with you on 'break rules and stop saying I wish I could wear that!'. I've been too 'afraid' of wearing certain things for too long, and especially felt like I missed out on latex leggings... I always felt like I just couldn't pull them off but a few months ago I said f*** it, went out and got a pair. They've been my favorite ever since!

    And I just wanted to tell you that I've been following your blog for a while now and think you are gorgeous! I always enjoy looking at your outfits and reading your articles.

    Take care!

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  31. I LOVE your blog even more NOW that I know you "cuss". LOL!! That's right--wear whatever you want! I'm not a chubby girl but I get so tired of hearing the cliche style folk talking about what to wear and what not to wear. Wear what you wanna!!! <3

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  32. I don't know how you manage to make everything you wear look so fabulous!? And just "wow" to your legs!
    How was the event?!!

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  33. I absolutely love everything that is goldee gold!
    I like soft pink matched with gold, it's really classy and feminine! To be honnest, I think oversized dress are really pretty on a fat girl provided it's not too loose. It puts focus on your legs contrary to what the stylists say!
    DC
    xx
    http://dentelleetchocolat.blogspot.com/

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  34. I just found your blog and LOVE IT! This shirt thing looks amazing on you too! I like it! I just found out about ASOS... How have i been plus size my whole life and never heard of this site... already bought stuff! YES!

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  35. i just found your blog.. I LOVE your style.. you look so beautiful and your outfit looks amazing..
    keep going :)

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  36. I love this cape. I think you are so freakin cute. I love your smile! Can't wait to meet you in person some day.

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous! I agree with you that you have to break the rules.

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  38. Love love love this whole outfit! Gabby x2! Found out Gabrielle Union was wearing ur dress http://photos.essence.com/galleries/star_gazing_21611#655793

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  39. so so so good to have you posting outfits and adventures again!!! love it all, esp the gold dress :) xo

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  40. I've seen this cape on you before and each time I see it, I want it more and more. I think I am going to have to go find it and buy it now! You look great!

    www.curvycanadian.blogspot.com

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  41. first time on your blog..i think i am having a major girl crush on you!!

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  42. Love the gold, good on ya for ignoring restrictive fashion rules.

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  43. this post was featured in the round up! http://xoxonettap.com/2011/02/plus-size-round-up-feb-24-2011/

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  44. gorgeous pictures, gorgeous girl, just gorgeous gabi!!

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  45. your confidence is absolutely inspiring.

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  46. Nice pose! I bet you really have to control the

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  48. I die. i would play, eat, sleep in that dress. I luv simple glamour...

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  49. wow you look so pretty, i love the dress!

    http://plussizepaperdoll.blogspot.com/

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  50. This is such a good outfit, and you are so gorgeous!

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  51. the cape is great, i am really considering getting the spring cape they have available

    nicoleisthenewblack

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  52. Looking good! I just started my blog yesterday, LOVING IT!
    http://lovehandles-suvi.blogspot.com

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  53. this dress is amazing! smh, LOVE it!

    ~nic

    http://whitneynicjms.blogspot.com/

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  54. great dress! You look very pretty :)

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