Outfit Post: 9/13/15

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Shirt: Threadless — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Ring and earrings: Nervous System

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You can see all my leg fat in these pictures, but today I’m in the mood to say SO WHAT. You want a piece of me?! My legs can take you!

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It’d be pretty cool if I had a venus flytrap head like this lady.

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That’d shut naysayers up right quick.

Outfit Post: 6/15/15

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Shirt: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (Fossil) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Footie socks: Sock Dreams (Chevron Footies in Turquoise) — Necklace: Beyond Buckskin Boutique — Earrings: Heatherly Designs

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Did you know that Fossil made clothing? I sure friggin’ didn’t! I thought they were entirely a wallet/purse concern, but apparently I was incorrect.

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They evidently make rather nice clothing, too. I waffled a bit on whether this stretchy wool-blend skirt was too form-fitting, but in the end decided to give it a try. Thrift store prices have that effect on me.

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(I’ll admit that these are by far the most traditionally flattering photos of all the ones I took. There are definitely lumpier, bumpier ones. Maybe next time I’ll feel up to sharing some.)

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Lately I’ve been focused a lot on fit, and how things fit, and whether they fit the right amount. I think that’s where a lot of my clothing anxiety goes; without consciously thinking about it, I worry that people will perceive my clothing as ill-fitting and judge me for misunderstanding my body.

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I worry that people will look at me and think, “She thinks she looks good in that?” Pervasive fear of social judgement is all part of the human condition, I suppose. Anyway, I wore the skirt, so it’s a small step in the right direction.

Outfit Post: 3/14/15

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Shirt and belt: Target — Shorts: Thrifted (J.Crew) — Shoes: Earthies — Earrings: Gift

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Because I am a) a dork and b) a wagon-jumper-onner, we had pie on Saturday. It was a Pi Day for the century! It would’ve been unpatriotic to do anything else.

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I didn’t make any pie, though–I don’t want to misrepresent myself here. We just bought a selection from a bakery and a fancy grocery store, and ended up with berry, fudge, banana cream, and a lemon tart. Not too shabby for a last-minute pie run!

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I also took a long nap during the day, but that wasn’t pie-related.

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Or was it? Maybe I was resting up to tackle those blackberries.

Outfit Post: 6/25/13

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Tee, shorts, and sandals: Goodwill — Camisole: Old Navy

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Sick day yesterday! I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, partly due to unwanted thoughts and partly due to who-knows-what. Anyway, all that lost sleep caught up with me, so I took a day off to try and get things back on track. The extra sleep helped and I feel better today, although I know I need to make larger changes and deal with the causes rather than the symptoms.

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I also used my sick day to catch up on Being An Adult (aka housework and organization), which meant comfy, easy clothes for moving around and scrubbing the shower tiles. Thus, peacock tee and red-orange jorts. I’m really into this shirt but it’s simultaneously covered in pills and too delicate for my sweater shaver–any suggestions on getting rid of t-shirt pills? Do sweater stones work, or are they also too rough?

(Reminder: Reading in Skirts’ blog anniversary giveaway is open until 11:59pm PST tonight! Go enter while the getting’s good!)

Outfit Post: 6/1/13

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Tank top: Swap — Shorts: Nordstrom Rack — Sandals: Goodwill (Target) — Necklace and earrings: Gifts

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I officially take back anything bad I ever said about short-shorts. I have two pairs that I’ve worn a couple of times around this here blog, and they are my friends–especially this pair, which are phenomenally comfortable in addition to having a great pattern and color.

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I freely admit that a lot of my short-shorts side-eyeing of yore had to do with all the slut-shamey and fat-shamey stuff that I’d internalized over the years; it’s hard not to, when it’s everywhere, all the time.

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Eventually I became more aware of the misogyny inherent in that kind of thinking, and have been doing my best to slap it back down when those thoughts creep in, as they’re wont to do occasionally. Who cares if other folks wear booty shorts? Not me, not no mo’.

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Which isn’t to say that you have to wear short-shorts if you’re not comfortable in them. Perish the thought! Expose your body as little or as much as you’re okay with, and take care of yourself. Just try not to harsh on someone else’s short-shorts groove, y’know? (Or their body hair groove, for that matter. I haven’t been shaving lately–partially out of laziness and partially out of crush the patriarchy–and precisely nothing bad has happened. I think the armpit hair is kinda cute.)

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When in doubt, just remember what The Simpsons had to say on the subject:

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“Look at all them hot pants.”

“Hey, everybody, who likes short shorts?”

“WE LIKE SHORT SHORTS!”

Outfit Post: 12/1/12

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Tee: Threadless — Jeans: Nordstrom Rack — Boots: Duo — Belt: Thrifted — Coat [below]: Thrifted (Tulle) — Earrings: Solano Stroll — Ring: Target — Bangles: Swap

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Whoa, guys. Whoa. The middle of the week is hitting me hard, so let’s briefly look back on an outfit from Saturday, when my hair was still poofy and I had not a care in the world.

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My mom and stepdad were briefly in town, so before heading off to Tia’s mom’s salon for our haircut appointments, Mike and I met up with them for tacos. Can I just say I love meeting up with people for tacos? If you’re ever trying to get me to go somewhere and I seem reluctant, just throw in some tacos and I’m there.

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Later we met up again for Thai food, because we are nothing if not a food-loving people. Also, it was at the restaurant where my mom worked for ten years, so, y’know. I weep bitter tears today that our leftovers are already gone. Oh, the squid. Oh, the special pork. I miss you.

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I got rid of most of my crewneck Threadless shirts this year because I just don’t wear them that often, and I know babydoll tees aren’t the hottest thing on the fashion blergs these days, but I still have a soft spot for this one. If you can’t figure out why, then I have nothing more to say to you. Begone!

Product Review: Sock Dreams

What’s up, folks! I know Tia’s wedding dress shenanigans are a hard act to follow, but how about a little product review?

It seems like I’ve been eying products from Sock Dreams for basically forever. I bought some longer socks for Jessica and Tia a few years ago, but never really heard back on whether any of it fit, or if they liked it, yadda yadda. Anyhow, I don’t remember how I came across it, but there’s a pretty great Sock Dreams review compilation post over on the Fatshionista LiveJournal community. I’m sort of on the cusp between plus-sized and non-plus-sized when it comes to my legs, what with the whole standard-size-boots-won’t-fit-over-my-calves thing, which also applies to knee-high, OTK, and thigh-high socks. True, comfortable OTK and thigh-high socks seem to be a particularly difficult thing for plus-sized women to find, as Tia mentioned last week. Because of this, I selflessly decided to purchase four pairs of socks–three of which seemed like good bets based on the Fatshionista reviews and one of which hadn’t been reviewed yet–and give my own opinions about the fit and comfort. For the good of the sock-loving community, as it were.

Okay, so some data. The four pairs I purchased were:

Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in Royal Blue

O Marled in Tan

N40s in Coffee

Extraordinarily Longer Thigh High in Teal

As for me, my measurements at the time of wearing (aka Saturday) were:

– Calf: 16″

– Just above knee: 17″

– Midthigh: 21″

– Upper thigh: 24.5″

– Inseam: about 30″

– Height: 5’7″

– Shoe size: 7.5-8

To assist with the product photos, I called upon my friend, The Shortest Skirt in My Closet, to help. (And no, I may not have worn this outfit around the house for the rest of the day. But I figured I might as well change into something a little more appropriate than grungy pajamas.) Michael generously set up his camera for me since it’s nicer than mine, and takes better indoor photographs. Just a warning: if you’re not in the mood to see some squishy upper thigh, this might not be the post for you. If you are, however, carry on!

First up: the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks (LCSS). Socks Dreams wasn’t playing around when they call these babies long, at nearly 40″ from top to heel. They’re a little bit less electric blue in real life, and more of a true royal. Very pretty and well-made, out of a thick, nubby yarn that makes me think of camping.

The fit: Pretty good! The foot area is a bit loose, which is not unexpected on someone with smaller feet. This is a good sign for folks out there who tend towards the larger-footed end of the scale. I chose a darker pair because the item detail on the website mentions that “top stretch is extremely variable on these and sometimes changes without our knowledge,” and that the darker-colored pairs seem to have better stretching capabilities, up to 25-26″. Indeed, I was able to pull them pretty much all the way up my thighs, but experienced a good deal of rolling at the top once they got there, so I cuffed them down to about midthigh instead. You can see how far the cuff extends, from the top right down to my knees. They seem like they’ll stay up pretty well, although I also wouldn’t be averse to scrunching them as the name suggests. Due to the looseness of the foot, I won’t be able to wear these with anything but looser shoes or boots, but that was my plan in any case, so I’m not bugging.

Second up: the O Marled pair. The item color is “Tan,” but I’d call them oatmeal. These are also thick, marled and nubby, even moreso than the LCSSes, but aren’t quite as long at 26″ from top to toe.

The fit: Also good! They stayed up a bit better than the LCSSes, although you can see some rolling here as well since the top stretches to 24″ and my upper thigh is a bit more than that. If I really truly wanted to eliminate rolling, I would probably purchase some of Sock Dreams’ body adhesive, which works well, according to Fatshionista. Instead, I’ll probably end up cuffing these a bit in day-to-day wear, because cuffed socks look cute anyway. The foot area fits pretty nicely. Because it’s a thick yarn, these and the LCSSes were both a little bit scratchy out of the package. Nothing unbearable, but sort of like a homemade sweater. (Not that anybody’s ever made me a sweater. Heavy sigh.) I did wash them after and that may help a bit, but I also plan to wear both pairs over tights, which ought to mitigate things.

Third up: The N40s. The site says 35″ from top to heel, and they have quite a bit of stretch to them, since they are made from nylon and lycra rather than cotton and other things like the previous two pairs. Less thick and yarn-y, more like really long trouser socks.

The fit: Again, no real problems. The site mentions that these may be harder to put on than the others, but it was just like putting on a pair of thick nylons (which, well, duh, they’re made of nylon). They do squish my squishables more as they get up to the upper thigh–since they only stretch up to 23″–and roll rather more aggressively, but work fine once they’re cuffed. Thanks to the nylon, these seem like they’ll stay up really well, and are nice and stretchy-soft. They fit well in the ankles and feet, too, and I doubt they’ll sag or bag even with extended wear. Plus, I love the rich brown color.

Finally: The Extraordinarily Longer Thigh High (ELTH). I bought these on a semi-whim, since they seem to be a newer product, and the copy advertises them as stretching at the top to 27″ around. Plus, you know how I get about teal.

The Fit: BAM. I love these. They pulled up beautifully and–what what!–stay all the way up, as you can see here, with barely a roll in sight. I’ll have to give them a proper day out to see how they fare and whether they’ll need to be pulled up often, but it seems like they’ll stay put. Maybe it’s the elastic in the fiber? They’re somewhere between the N4os and the first two pairs in terms of feel: thicker than the nylons but softer and smoother than the socks. Love! Love love love. They’re also the most expensive of the bunch at $20 a pair, but I’d call them a good investment, and if I could I’d buy them in all three other colors.

The Bottom Line: I’m happy with my purchases and will be keeping all four pairs. The biggest issue I encountered was rolling, which can be combated by cuffing or possibly with sock glue. This means that most of the pairs have slightly less leg-height than advertised, but they all still come out to be true OTK and midthigh socks, which is more than I usually get with standard-size socks. I found their advertised measurements to be generally correct. I’m glad Fatshionista’s review compilation was available as a resource, since having folks with their measurements all laid out helped me get an idea of what kind of fit I could expect. It doesn’t sound as if all of Sock Dreams’ “plus-size” products are truly plus-size, but the ones I bought work for me and seem like they’ll work for ladies with bigger legs as well, since none of these socks were stretched uncomfortably tight.

I know I’m not really a proper spokesperson to the plus-size community since I’m an in-betweener, but I do hope this post helps some ladies with their sock-related decisions. I look forward to wearing my new socks as the weather gets colder–they’re definitely coming along to Chicago! Maybe I can get Tia to try my pairs on too, so she can chime in about how they fit for someone who is but three apples high.

[I was not contacted by any company to review the products mentioned here, and I did not receive any compensation for reviewing them. All opinions stated are my own.]

Outfit Post: 8/21/11

So I mentioned wanting to do a jump shot to celebrate my completion of both the 30 for 30 challenge and moving. I also got lucky enough to have Braden to play willing photographer, so you get a whole sequence of jump shots!

This outfit was not quite right. I needed longer shorts, for sure. But it was great for the kind of day it was: moving things around the house and getting situated in the new place. I love this top, and I’m definitely already thinking of other things to combine it with to not look quite so…I don’t know. Odd.

I’m including this picture because it makes me laugh. I tried to jump back on the step after jumping off and totally missed. I realized it at the exact moment there was nothing I could do but fall, so I laughed my ass off while wobbling on the edge for another second.

It was nice to have Braden taking pictures again. He’s got a better eye for composition and it’s oodles easier than me running about, trying to figure out where to put the camera.

I almost didn’t upload this picture, to be honest. Because…well, I have a hard time dealing with my thighs in all their glory. The short shorts may suggest that I have the confidence to be all out there, but really, I purchased these thinking I could deal with it but not really knowing if I could. Anyway, jpeg compression results in a lot of loss of detail, so mostly, I’m just rambling on about my fat-textured thighs that you can only sort of see.

My first pair of non-30for30 shoes is Chucks? You betcha. I’ve missed wearing high-tops, since it’s resulted in me mostly wearing no-show socks/those little nylon footie things. I love real socks. Real socks and chucks.