Feels Like Fall

Back again with another blog hop post for Ahead of the Curve Bloggers! We are a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are sharing our favorite fall fashions! I actually bought this vintage dress during the summer and I’ve been waiting for fall to wear it. It came with a matching tie belt, but I switched it out for this beaded rope belt. I really like the abstract print, soft fabric, and the side pockets are a plus. The bronze earrings and necklace was a gift set from aunt. This is yet another comfy look!

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Houndstooth Blazer

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers is a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are styling Tartan, Tweed, and Houndstooth .

This is a 80’s houndstooth blazer that I actually blogged about a few months ago. I love the double breast buttons and oversized shoulder pads! This is a piece I’ll never get tired of wearing because the print is so versatile and there are many ways to style it.

Below are some Houndstooth & Plaid inspiration

Vintage Houndstooth Looks

Vintage Houndstooth Looks

 

Vintage Plaid Looks

Vintage Plaid Looks

 

Modern Mix of Plaid & Houndstooth

Modern Mix of Plaid & Houndstooth

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Tartan, Tweed, Houndstooth Collage

Back to the 90s

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers is a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month’s topic is “Back to School”.

My Back to School look is inspired by of one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90’s, “Saved by the Bell”. This hit show took place at fictional Bayside High School in California, and touched on important issues concerning the youth of our nation. The stars of the show were Zack (the heart throb) A.C. Slater (the jock) , Kelly (the popular cheerleader), Lisa (the gossiping fashionista), Screech(the nerd), & Jessie (the brainy feminist). Together these teenagers have made their mark in history as 90s pop icons.

The leading ladies of Saved by the Bell  had distinctively different personalities and style, but they all captured memorable fashions of the early 90s. Kelly Kapowski’s enviable collection of crop tops, Lisa Turtle’s knack for color-blocking, and Jessie Spano’s impeccable hair accessories are just a few of the fashion staples featured on the show.

   

Here’s my Saved by the Bell inspired look. Bright colors and bold prints dominated early 90’s fashion, and this Leslie Fay graffiti print top embodies that era. I paired it with a purple skirt, club master sunglasses, and pink earrings. Now I’m all geared up to hang out with the gang at “The Max” (in my dreams ..lol)

Click on the pic below to see how my fellow bloggers from Ahead of the Curve styled their back to school looks!

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Thrifting Tips

This month Ahead of the Curve Bloggers are discussing Plus Size Thrifitng, which is right up my alley! I’ve been thinking about sharing a few thrifting tips for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity. For those of you who don’t thrift often I’m sure it can be overwhelming at times, especially in stores that aren’t sized. Trust me there’s a method to the madness!  Just follow these Thrifting Tips and your shopping adventure will be a success!

1. Think Outside the Box
When thrifting it’s best to shop with an open mind. You can re-fashion just about any garment with a little creativity. Transform a dress from drab to FAB by adding a stylish belt and necklace. Turn tacky tye-dye jeans into shorts for summer. The possibilities are endless, just think outside the box!

2. Look for Sales
Many stores run weekly sales, so keep an eye out for discount signs. And don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate about promotions. A nearby Salvation Army has 50% off a different color tag each week, and I take full advantage!

3. Shop Every Section

It’s important to shop every section. Clothing, accessories, shoes, housewares, furniture, I mean EVERY SECTION! Go thrifting on a day when you have plenty of time to browse through each department. The best thrift finds are in the most unexpected places, that’s the thrill! You never know what you’ll find.

4. TRY ON!
You don’t want to waste money on clothes you can’t wear and the best way to prevent this problem is to TRY ON! Each brand fits differently so you can’t depend on the tag size. If the store doesn’t have a fitting room find a mirror and slip it on over your clothes.

5. Bring Your Thrifting Kit
My Thrifting Kit includes four essentials:
Cash: Some local thrift stores don’t accept credit, especially for purchases under $5 so bringing cash is a must.
Hand Sanitizer: Since you’ll be searching through pre-owned items it’s a good idea to keep a mini hand sanitizer in your purse to stay germ free.
Snack: Thrifting trips can sometimes take up to two hours so I always bring a snack, usually a granola bar, to keep my energy up.
Reusable Tote: Thrifitng is one of the best ways to recycle because you are literally turning one man’s trash to another man’s treasure. Another great way to  recycle is to shop with a reusable tote, and that prevents wasting plastic bags.

I hope these five basic tips were helpful! Happy Thrifting!

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Flower Power!

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Ahead of the Curve Bloggers is a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are having a GARDEN PARTY!

 

 

 

Dress – $5   Family Thrift Center, Virginia Beach

Sheer Vest – $6   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Bracelets – $4   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Shoes & Headband – Closet

Floral prints were initially popular during the 60s hippie movement, and now this trend has been rejuvenated by a new generation. Flower Power may seem so cliché now, but hippies viewed flowers as a representation of peace &  love, and also natural beauty. I created a 60s inspired look by pairing a bright gold dress with a sheer floral vest. This outfit is very free-flowing and comfortable, costing me less than $15!

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Spotted in BLACK & WHITE

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers is a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are focusing BLACK & WHITE fashion!

Dress: Anyone who loves vintage fashion owns at least one classic polka dot dress. Polka Dots have been a key print in fashion history, remaining trendy throughout the decades. This Lady Carol of New York dress was designed in the 80’s, but I gave it a 40’s look by accessorizing it with a retro headband. Check out this Pictorial History of Polka Dots.

Headband: I bought this David & Young headband at a local beauty supply store for $8. You can find similar styles HERE.

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Earrings: $1 Thrift Find!

Shoes: Recently while cleaning out my closet I re-discovered these retro heels. I bought them three years ago at Goodwill in Suffolk, Va brand new with tags attached. The original CATO Fashions price was $29.99 and I purchased them for $10. What a steal!

Here are a few designs by Lady Carol of New York

Vintage 1970s Hot Pink Dress by Lady Carol of New York

1980 vintage LADY CAROL blazer

Black and White print vintage dress

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “The World of Black & White” so check them out by clicking on each link:

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The Fat Girl Takes on Art Deco

2014 Spring Trends Geometrics and Intelligent Design in Black and White

ModCloth Poe Inspired Nevermore Lovely Dress

Rouge Blouse

This is my first blog post in collaboration with Ahead of the Curve. I am honored to be a part of the group. We are a collective of plus-size bloggers of varying shapes, sizes and styles. Once a month we choose a new fashion theme and show you different interpretations of it on our blogs. This month we are sharing our take on “Red Hot”!

Top:
I found this Red Hot top by designer Laurence Kazar at a local thrift store conveniently located 5 minutes from my place. I stalked it for about two weeks in an effort to buy it for the lowest price possible. My strategy literally paid off because the original price of $20 was marked down to $7. Now that’s a deal! It was still great condition, with very few beads and sequins missing.

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Skirt: I found this black pencil skirt on a clearance rack at Rainbow about two years ago for $5. This was one of my smartest purchases ever. The color hasn’t faded at all since I bought it. It’s super comfy and stretchy, and matches with several garments in my closet.

Tights:
I rarely shop at Kmart, but I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted these lace tights there. I bought a 1X and they fit perfectly. However, I wish they had a control top for added support. You can buy them online HERE for $7.99.

Accessories: The vintage velour earrings were a thrift find, costing only $1. I also bought the beret from Kmart, which was a seasonal item during the holidays.

Special THANK YOU to Chris of HVS Media for the lovely pictures!

Laurence Kazar:
This designer was known for creating glamorous garments with intricate beading details. His looks strived in the 70’s and 80’s disco era. Here are a few Laurence Kazar plus size designs:

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Plus Size Laurence Kazar Silk Black and Gold Sequins Vintage Blouse

100% Pearl White w/ Pink, Blue Sequins & Gold Beaded Top 2X

We are a collective of plus size bloggers coming together to post on the same subject. This month we are sharing our take on “Red Hot” so check them out by clicking on each link:

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Ditto.Ditto.Ditto.Always Red Hot

Radiant Chaos

My “Red Hot” Moment

Nuclear Red Hot Hair

Feeling the Love in Igigi Polka Dots

Red Color Love

Red Hot Remake: Too-Tight Dress To Peplum Top

Fearless Fashion: Channeling My Inner Lady In Red

Rouge Blouse

Red Hot Luxe: My Top Sexy, Fabulous, Gorgeous Valentine’s Day Picks for the Plus Size Princess

You can find more information about Ahead of the Curve or our past topics here, http://www.aheadofthecurvebloggers.com.