Blue Lace


Weekend wedding and I needed something pretty and chic. I went with this great Vince Camuto blue and black lace dress. Kept things simple with some faux suede peep toe wedges and a vintage coach bag I thrifted in New Orleans last year. My glasses are from See Eyewear my spouse is wearing a bolo tie by minima maxima

When Old Is New

I am sure you all know how difficult it can be to find cute plus size vintage pieces.  A good vintage dress with the right accessories can be a perfect staple in any wardrobe.

I was thrilled to discover Stranger Bird Vintage an etsy shop that features a wonderful selection of plus size vintage pieces. This lovely black lace-sleeve dress jumped out at me specifically and I’m so happy to own it. Since it still isn’t actually warm in Chicago, I’ve paired it with a light scarf and boots.

Stranger Bird Vintage is offering 15% off to my readers with code THICKOFIT15

Lace-sleeve dress – Stranger Bird Vintage – Vintage size 16
Belt – Forever 21, Sz 1XL
Black Boots – Vince Camuto
Scarf – Dorothy Perkins
Glasses – SEE Eyewear
quartz earrings – gift

Sweater Dress and shopping in Chicago

Shopping during the holidays can be a little much for me (I get crazy bad anxiety in crowds), but I wanted to support some local shops on Shop Local Saturday.  So I ventured out in this warm H&M sweater dress I’ve owned for ages and this lovely TwoJ’s Fencer Jacket and my super comfortable boots.  Shopping was a huge success – I got a few locally made letterpress cards, and a few small gifts for my family. 

What local/small businesses are you shopping at this year?  I recommend the great businesses listed on my Logan Square post.  In the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite etsy and online shops!

Gray Sweater Dress – H&M, Sz L (super stretchy!)
Leggings – Forever 21+, Sz 1X
Fencer Jacket – TwoJ’s
Studded Leather Purse – Vince Camuto
Quartz Earrings – Etsy
Boots – Steve Madden, Sz 11
Bracelets – Nordstrom Rack
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

Pushing the boundaries – Being Plus Size in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

I’m always excited to find out about budget-friendly designer lines.  While these lines are more accessible to the wallet, they’re still not designed for a plus size body.  Straight size XL is the largest size the designer lines for Target go to. Not exactly pushing boundaries. But I don’t mind a challenge – which is to say, I’m not bound by sizes and if something is stretchy, I like to play with the shape on my frame.  It doesn’t always work, but it’s nice to see what comes of fabrics.  I also know this option is super limited – or rather not available to all plus size folks.  But still, a good reminder to not feel completely limited by the number that’s listed on a garment (anyone who thrifts knows this rule!!!)

The new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection is lovely. The materials used included a lot of polyester silky fabrics and non-stretch, which gave me a worry that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to stretch over my curves. When I came across this lovely animal print stretch dress I gasped.  It reminded me of something Peg Bundy or Divine would wear.  Especially when on a plus size body.

I went on a walk with my sweet pups and wore my new dress.  I paired it with sheer black stockings, my stompy vince camuto boots and my new H&M waxed denim moto jacket.  I feel super great in this dress – a great score, right? 

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Animal Print dress – XL
Waxed Denim Moto Jacket from H&M – 18
Sheer black tights – Hanes
Black boots – Vince Camuto
Glasses – SEE Eyewear

The sheerest of the sheer dress

Another new piece for my summertime looks.  Of course since it’s still quite cool in chicago, I’ve paired it with a lot of layers.  

This dress is so great for layering – I’ve got it here with leggings, but could easily also go over another dress, a slip, or even jeans.

Sheer Dress – Forever 21+ 2X
Camisole – St. Eve (nordstrom rack), XL
Leggings – Forever 21+ 2X
Boots – Vince Camuto
Jacket – GAP
Cross Necklace – Forever 21
Crystal bullet necklace – etsy
Pyramid earrings – Wilson/Clark imports
Glasses (both) – SEE 
Quartz Ring – Stone and Honey
Belt – Nordstrom Rack – 1X 
Hair by Heather of Black Hearts Hair House, Chicago