Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Glamour Girl

Most of you who are long-time readers of my blog know that I'm a big fan of the "make it work" philosophy: I shop at straight size stores and find things that I can wear, regardless of whether it fits the way the designer intended it. When you're fat and stylish you have to be creative. Though the options are definitely getting better, I still refuse to limit myself to what's readily available for plus sizes because I'm not satisfied. For a long time, people told me I was only able to shop at straight size stores because I was an "inbetweenie," around a size 16. Forty pounds later, I'm a size 20/22, and I still bring my fat ass into H&M, TopShop, and wherever else I want. They may not make clothes to fit me, but they can't stop me from making their clothes fit me.

Recently, I was at Goodwill and came across a gorgeous silk dress with a jaw-dropping print. There was absolutely no way I was walking out of the store without it. It was a size 8, but I knew I would do whatever it took to make it work for me. When I got home, I cut the seams up the side, threw it over a pleated skirt, and put a belt around it. Voila! My favorite part about this dress is the contrasting cow-like print on the shoulders--such a small but perfect detail.

Dress-Thrifted/Skirt, Shoes, Sunnies-Forever21/Watch-Guess/Earrings-Fennimas

I am super honored to be featured in the August issue of Glamour Magazine (their denim issue) on newsstands now! I can't believe I'm along side some of my favorite bloggers--make sure you check it out if you can.
Photo Credit: Mark Leibowitz

They provided the DKNY jeans, and I paired them with a top from Evans, my F21 jacket, and Bakers purple platforms.

Speaking of Glamour, they're looking for young women—age 25 or under—who are doing big things in their community. Tell 'em how you’re changing the world and you could be one of two lucky winners they’ll bring to Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on November 7. Nominate yourself here. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For Pleat's Sake

Just a quick shot of me in Soho today after meeting up with Nicolette (and before drinks with Fluvia)! On days like this, I can't imagine living anywhere besides New York City.
Dress & Accessories-Forever21/Shoes-Sam Edelman

Monday, June 20, 2011

Name Change

So after MUCH thought (seriously, it's been almost a year), I've decided to change the name of my blog to GABIFRESH. I know many of you definitely have an emotional attachment to the name YFF, and I do too! The change is due to a combination of personal, political, and professional reasons, and I really had a hard time deciding whether to keep it or not. My blog has evolved so much from 2008; it has become a personal style blog and I wanted the name to reflect that. I hope that you'll continue to support me regardless of what I call this thing! (Who knows--maybe I will feel like changing it back after a while...)

I appreciate all of your support and I hope you guys know that the content will stay the same! You can now come here by going to OR I'm still trying to figure out what to do about the facebook page--they won't allow name changes :(

So it's not all text, here are a few terrible quality webcam shots of today's outfit! The drapey harem pants are from Babooshka Boutique on Etsy and I absolutely love them. They don't carry plus sizes, but I emailed the designer asking to have them custom made, and she was happy to do so (for a small fee for extra fabric, etc). Etsy is full of great designers and most of them are totally willing to custom fit items.
Top-H&M/Jacket-Courtesy of Torrid/Pants-Babooshka Boutique/Rings-Brooklyn Flea/Necklace-Buffalo Exchange

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When Pigs Fly

I am so not a maxi girl. At all. In fact, I have gone on record (okay, tumblr) saying I'd never be caught dead in one. So imagine my surprise when I saw a recent Evans photo shoot and it was a grey and black maxi dress that caught my eye! I think it had something to do with its semi-sheer fabric and lack of an empire waist. I still wasn't sure I was willing to take the plunge, but when Evans sent me a package that included the dress, I knew I had no excuse not to try it.

I think you all know by now that I'm into all things billowy and shapeless, but I swear if I hear one more person tell me that plus size girls need to show off their curves, I'm going to scream (especially when they're readers of my blog)! I know I've said it a million times, but apparently I will need to continue saying it until I'm blue in the face: I DO NOT CARE ABOUT FASHION "RULES." Yes, I'm into trends and mainstream stuff, but when it comes to "dressing for your body" or whatever, everything goes out the window. Nothing is off limits for me, whether I'm dressing myself or styling a plus size model, so please no more "but...but...but…you need a belt! You must enhance the waist!" discussions, okay? I'm fully aware I look like a fat girl in a tent, and I'm 100% content with it, thank you very much. (For the record, I'm referring to in-person convos I've had, not to you wonderful commenters!)

Okay, sorry for the rant. Clearly I have some pent-up frustration about this topic. On to the pictures!

Dress-Evans/Sunglasses-Girl Props/Shoes-F21/Bracelets-H&M/Earrings-Fennimas
*Please note: I love this dress, but I still don't like most maxi dresses :)

For clarification purposes: Last time I wrote something similar on my blog, I got a bunch of comments from girls who said they liked fashion rules and showing off the slimmest parts of their bodies. That's great! Personal style is just that: personal. I'd be a hypocrite to tell you what's best for you; if you're into wearing A-Line dresses, go for it! If you want to wear spandex and crop tops, do it! Fashion is all about self-expression--only you can decide what you should wear. I just want to emphasize that I hope your sartorial choices aren't determined solely by your size or shape!