Iconic Inspiration: M.I.A


This look is inspired by artist M.I.A.. I’ve been a fan of both her music and style for many years now. In her latest video “Double Bubble Trouble” she wears an alphabet-print Moschino (circa 1990s) jacket and pants, paired with bright orange socks. I found a top that resembles the same print and paired black skinny pants, a studded fringe bag, and silver oxfords.


Angel in a Blue Dress

This look cost less than $25!!!

Dress – $8   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Belt- $1    DAV Thrift, Virginia Beach

Earrings- $1   Thrift USA, Norfolk

Purse – $5   Salvation Army, Virginia Beach

Shoes – $7   Family Thrift Center, Virginia Beach

Iconic Inspiration: Whitley Gilbert


A Different World captured the hearts of millions of viewers in the late 80s & early 90s. The hit sitcom was centered around college students, capturing the popular fashions of its time. Each character had their own unique style, and my favorite was Whitley Gilbert. She was the prissy southern belle with a sophisticated sense of fashion. She definitely enjoyed the luxuries of life with looks including pieces from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Neiman Marcus. My Whitley-inspired look is simple and classy, and I’m sure she would be proud!

I was inspired to feature this look by Thirsty 4 Vintage , a band of vintage collectors. They are hosting ” A Different World” in Augusta, GA. So I decided to show them some from love Virginia Beach!

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.


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:

Ahead of the Curve Bloggers

The Fat Girl Takes on Art Deco

2014 Spring Trends Geometrics and Intelligent Design in Black and White

ModCloth Poe Inspired Nevermore Lovely Dress