Striped Sweater

This weekend was spent with friends and there was lots of PLANTS involved. The best being the morning we all spent at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

I haven’t purchased new clothes in so long, but CityChic just had a fantastic little sale and I snagged this super soft oversized striped sweater for casual weekend days. I love it so much and I’m also so happy to have some new items in my wardrobe.

So we’re back in action sort of here at InTheThickOfIt. at least for now. I hope to interact with some more folks. I’m trying to build up my instagram a bit too – so make sure to follow me there – I post lots of day-to-day stuff. It’s not as curated.

Yes my hair is longer. Yes I’m fatter. Yes I am happy.

Striped Sweater – Sz L – City Chic
Denim – Sz 18 – Kut from Kloth
Silver Boots – BC Boots
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
Necklace – local boutique AdHoc
Bag – Vintage Coach

Easy Stripes

This weekend I decided to scope out the local Target’s plus size “Pure Energy” section (again). My local store in Chicago had a TON of new items and I was impressed with how well organized it was in addition to that.  They had at least 10 racks of new pieces, including a lot on clearance. Also I just check out the website items and I’m impressed with their use of ACTUALLY FAT models (as in bigger than a customary plus size model size 14) YAY!

I love relaxed striped shirts and when I saw this one, I got so excited.  It’s soft, fitted in the right places – a great easy casual piece.  I paired it with some of my skinny-fit jeans and some flats to go to a going away dinner for my best friend. 

Dinner was bittersweet. It’s so hard to let go of someone who has been so close. I know they’re moving for good reasons, and I do have great hope that we’ll stay close, but you know how distance can be.  I’m thankful at least that she’s in my wedding in a few weeks, so I at least get to see her again very soon.

Speaking of which, things might be a little quiet here as wedding gets closer. I’ll be doing a big master wedding post soon after, but there’s a lot going on until then.

Target Pure Energy Gray Stripe shirt – 2x – Available here
Style & Co skinny jeans – 16
Steve Madden studded flats
forever 21 necklace
forever 21 bracelet
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Plus size and Horizontal Stripes 

It doesn’t even need to be said anymore – I think breaking fashion rules is where you can tap into original style.  I love wearing horizontal stripes.  It’s been said that plus size folks shouldn’t wear them, but I don’t care.  Black and white stripes are a favorite of mine.  This shirt happens to be a maternity shirt from top shop which is sometimes a great way to find pieces that fit from straight size sources (I know fat does not equal pregnant, but i don’t really care where my stuff is from in the store as long as it’s cute).

I wore this layered stripey outfit to run some Sunday Funday errands and then to get brunch with S and my pal T.  We had a blast eating donuts at Nightwood in Pilsen and then we stopped to buy some new succulents to plant – aren’t these succulents that look like rocks cool? I just love them.

Stripe Shirt – Topsop Maternity size 10
Jean Jacket – Gap size XL
Wool stripe knit sweater – Banana Republic (mens) Size L
Black Jeans – Style & Co, Size 16
Boots – Vince Camuto ‘Silas’ Size 11
Purse – H&M
Necklace – Forever 21
Bracelet – King Onye
Earrings – Tarnish
Rings – all from etsy (except the tiny triangle rings from stoney and honey)
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

I’m a 5’9" 220# fat femme


Plus Size Festival Wear – Gold Lion

It’s music festival season again and that means it’s time for some summer outfits that won’t weigh you down.  For these looks, I’ve shown how one shirt can be worn two totally different ways.  The look on the left is a little more “tumblr fashion” and the one on the right reads a little more traditional festival look to me.

I think a cross-body bag is a necessary piece to any festival look.  And having a hat or some sort of shade is a nice addition.  These outfits can totally be mixed/matched.  In the evening, I might even add a denim vest to them for an extra layer. 

The most important thing for me at festivals is pacing myself and not wearing too many clothes.  I’m just a little too old to be standing in the hot sun all day.  I am big on constant hydration and finding shady spots to chill in when there aren’t acts I’m crazy about. and don’t forget the SPF!

If you’d like your own styled festival look – it’s only $15 for an outfit idea.  Message me for details or see my style page.


Printed tank top / Black and white striped legging / Hydraulic plus size shorts / Jeffrey Campbell buckle boots / ASOS flat soled shoes / Deena & Ozzy studded handbag / Steven by Steve Madden fringe shoulder bag / Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian / John & Pearl triangle earrings, $44 / Vince Camuto resin necklace / Topshop triangle necklace / Maison Scotch wool hat, $78 / Tech accessory