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Escaping the Fashion Police – Confessions of a Plus Size Slob

I admit it. I’m plus sized.

I workout daily, I have a trainer, I lift weights. I do crunches every day, I walk 6-10 miles at work every day. But, I’m still plus sized. I’ve mostly accepted it.

Mostly.

Until recently. Maybe you’ve even heard comments like these –

Maybe a little makeup, dear. It’ll make your cheekbones pop and you’ll look thinner.

If you wore vertical stripes….

Black always makes you look thinner…

Sigh.

People always have wonderful advice. And there’s been studies (by really official people!) on how wearing the right fitting clothes makes you look wonderful. And it’s true…read this article from Grasping for Objectivity – you won’t believe what a nice fitting pair of jeans will do for your butt! I mean seriously? Go look. You’re in for a shock.

I admit my general wardrobe leaves a lot to be desired. Men’s XL t-shirts and jeans. Tennies. I’ll also admit when I’m at work, I sometimes literally RUN and need to have a certain style of clothing that I can wear that won’t drape in people’s spaghetti, will hide the strawberry daquiri stains and won’t show sweat. Those are my basic requirements.

But is it enough? Probably not.

To that end, I’ve been working with some outfits on polyvore. I even purchased some of these outfits. But, have you ever noticed things always look better on the model than on you? Yeah. Same here.

However, since my only creative energy for the past few months has been trying to design outfits for a plus size (and wide footed) woman, here’s what I’ve been working on – some casual outfits that might actually work not only for my body, but for my reluctant-to-be-fashionable brain.

A little Sexy, A little Orange - Plus Size


Is it Monday Already? Plus Size


Be You Tiful - Plus Size


Extra Casual Day in Mint - Plus Size


So like, nothing too out of line right? Still basically t-shirts and jeans. Personally I wouldn’t wear the flip flops, but hey, they matched the outfit! I’d still wear …you guessed it….tennies.

I’ve also brought the fashion up a notch – for when we dress up on the weekends, yet still not overtaxing my oh-my-god-it-has-sequins! phobia brain.

Plus Size Olive with a Splash of Rose


Black and White with a Super Cool Snail Bag - Plus Size


Why Yes, Plus Size Gals Can be Quite Sexy, Thank You


Plus Size Red and White Summer Outfit


Whew. Some of those shoes? Not happening. Oh, and I never carry a purse either. Never.

However, just in case you’re wondering what I wear around the house? =)

Just call me .... WONDERWOMAN!!! =)


Yeah, I might be plus sized but sometimes the fashion gene is just built in right? =)

carrie

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6 Responses to “Escaping the Fashion Police – Confessions of a Plus Size Slob”

  • Patti Dahl:

    I am loving the plus size olive with a splash of rose. :) Very classy
    It’s Monday already is a cute look for casual.
    ( see you on fititude)

    • Patti!!!! =) lol..that’s my idea of a major dress-up outfit! I generally wear black JEANS as a concession to dressing up! I need an intervention!

  • Carrie –

    These are GREAT (and I can totally see why you’re qualified to wear Wonder Woman attire around the casa :-)).

    Could you design me three or four outfits? I’ve found the longer I’m at home writing, the more my fashion sense seems to go down the drain. I’ve also discovered that extra three-ish (okay, five, dammit) pounds I put on last summer don’t seem to be coming off. So I need something for a:

    Short girl
    with big hips,
    wide shoulders,
    legs that should NEVER be encased in skinny jeans,
    great collar bones,
    and a decently developed bustline.

    Any thoughts?

    Have a great Tuesday!
    Kels

    • Kelsey, I’ve seen your picture on your blog and you’re beautiful! I’ve also seen your RWA photo from last year, and you don’t need help from me…you’re a doll! =)

  • I love all of them but, my favorite would be ‘Why Yes, Plus size Girls Can Be Quite Sexy’. Love the shoes! I always was a shoe-girl and I love black with a shot of color. I think any of these, with your own modifications, would be an easy transition from your usual wardrobe. They’re casual and good-looking. Have fun shopping!

    • Thanks Marcia! That one consistently gets high marks on Pinterest. And while right now I’m only window shopping, I’m definitely having fun! =)

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