Separate...but equal....

I love ASOS, and my closet can attest to that.  I think that they have a wonderful selection of clothing for the plus sized woman in their Asos Curve range of clothing.  But as I was perusing their site today, as I do almost everyday, I started to rethink Asos.  Because I have a lot of time on my hands, I ventured out from the Asos Curve line and took a peek at all the offerings for women, plus and straight size.  I feel like I have been bamboozled.  Where are the edgy clothing that they offer to their straight size consumers?  I, too, as a size 16-18 want to wear plaid wide-leg pants and a faux leather boilersuit.  A high waisted puffball skirt appeals to me like nothing else.  A yellow boilersuit with lapels fashioned after a suit? I'm all about it.  Asos Curve does sell some of the offerings below, but not quite. For instance, the tartan peplum top comes in plus size, but instead of the wide leg pants, they offer a pencil skirt.  Sigh... I do not want to wear body conscious dresses and blazers everyday.  I love a pencil skirt as much as the next person, but am I not worthy of wide leg slacks that actually fit?  If you need help with your pants, Asos Curve, ask Lane Bryant to help you (they mastered wide leg slacks for plus size women years ago).  If you need to charge me a little extra to make my leather boilersuit, have at it.  As one of the most comprehensive websites with very unique and edgy pieces, the Curve line is surprisingly, tame.  Almost a peace offering of sorts.  An olive branch or apology.      "We will appease you plus size women with Asos Curve, but we will not just offer the same clothing we offer to our straight size consumer!"their lines seem to say. And we have taken the bait and swallowed it whole.  We are so thankful for them, plus size women take thousands of pics and post them, and they do look good.  But make me the clothes you make for everyone!  Don't worry about the "fit" or if the item will "flatter" me.  Flattery is subjective to one's perspective.  Asos Curve, all this to say.... Separate, but equal is okay with me.  Just keep it equal.  All this to say, I want this Leather Boilersuit. Please?

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Okay, I did this outfit post just because I like all the components of this outfit.  Separately... Not together.  I look as awful as I feel.  These pictures were taken on Thanksgiving Day, right before I went to eat at my mother's house.  I felt like hell, and had spent the entire day in the bed, as The Spouse is the real cook anyway, and does almost all the cooking.  Holidays are not a real priority for me, as I can take them or leave them, but every since my Dad died a few years ago, I try to make a point to spend the holidays with my mom so she is not alone.  Soooo, this ensemble is a result of flu-like symptoms, the beginnings of strep throat, the first day of my cycle ( TMI!), nausea, dizziness, aches and pains, etc.  But I soldiered on and even took my co-worker's sage advice, "When you feel your worst, look your best.  Your mood and body will catch up."  Great advice, usually, but not when the Flu is knocking.  So here, my attempt to be comfortable, fashionable, unique, etc. all while feeling like crap.... Thank you.

Yes...this is a headband.  If you feel like singing, "Fame! I'm gonna live forever...." when you see this pic, it's quite alright. A few people actually did.

Where can I get some faux leather leggings that actually fit?! Please let me know...



Every post that you see from now until next summer will probably feature me wearing tights. And even if I am wearing pants, you can bet with some certainty that I am probably wearing tights.

Here a picture of my Tights Compartment...

Confession: These are just my Spanx Tights (hangs head in shame). Actually, just my collection of Spanx Tights that are colored (digs a hole in the sand).  I have a entire dresser drawer of Black tights that I refuse to mix with these.  I love tights.  I think my love of tights started when I was just a little girl raised as a Pentecostal Christian (no pants allowed), and went to a Christian private school where skirts and jumpers were the norm.  It was tights or freeze, so tights usually won out.  Truthfully, the larger I got (I was already 5'7" before middle school and a size DD bra cup), the fewer options I had in tights.  While all my smaller friends could wear opaque tights, and some even had the need nerve to slay with cable-knit sweater tights, I was usually only able to find sheer stockings in Queen Size. If I was lucky, I could sometimes find a pair with polka dots.  But I hated the "swish-swish-swish" sound that stockings made between my thick thighs as they rubbed together.

Forward 30 years later, and the tights that are offered to plus size women are almost limitless.  Although I wear Hue brand tights for everyday wear (they are good quality, less expensive, great colors and textures, easy to find, and work well for everyday wear), when I want to really do it, I turn to Spanx (at least 3 times a week). Great leg coverage, opacity (thickness), and shapewear all in one.  I consider myself the Plus size Vera Wang of sorts.  She has made it very clear how fond she is of Danskin tights and leggings and wears them EVERYDAY. Just as I pledge my allegiance to Spanx tights.  So I hope you don't tire of me and my tights, for they are here to stay...

Tights I am/will be rocking this year:

Spanx Tight-end Tights Reversible 
 Reversible -  black on one side, brown on the other. Thicker than most of my leggings. Ingenious!

Spanx Tights in Amethyst

Spanx Tights in Diamond pattern

Spanx Control top Fishnets

Spanx Tight-end Tights in Craisin
Spanx tights can be found at Thank me later...


Over-the-Knee Boots...

I can admit, I want nothing more than to wear Black, Black, Black.  The outfit, nothing special.  But the boots... Oh, the boots!  Small ish for women with a nice petite calf.  The Holy Grail to a big legged sista like me.  My obsession with Over-the-Knee boots continue. Of course, you have seen my other over-the-knee boots worn countless times.  But these up the sex factor.  And they are...real leather.  Scouring the web for a while looking for an over-the-knee boot with a sensible, but sexy, heel, led me to the brand, Ros Hammerson.  They are sold at several websites, NordstromWide Widths, and Zappos, just to name a few.  They offer great boots for wide-calves like mine and they have an array of styles and fit an array of calf sizes.  The website, Wide Widths, has the best selection, and an array of calf sizes - wide calf, extra-wide calf, super-wide calf, and super-plus wide calf - ranging from a 17" calf width all the way to a 24 3/4" calf!  The boot I am wearing is the Sherlock 2, and with a 3" heel, I am still able to walk all day without the pain and discomfort some heels can cause.  I am so pleased with the quality of these boots, I am sure to purchase another pair.

Black Tube dress: ASOS Curve, Poncho: Marshalls, Boots: Wide Widths, Hat: H&M

Necklace: Revolution Vintage Shop

Below are additional styles from the Wide-Widths website.  There are plenty of other styles to choose from. Don't go crazy!

Psst...Are you coming to the Pop-up Vintage Shop exclusively for Curvy women?  I hope to see you there...


Plus-Size Vintage Pop-up Shop

I love thrifting.  Love it.  I know a lot of people are in love with thrifting but are unsure how to thrift.  Add curves, and thrifting becomes that much more intimidating and frustrating.  To alleviate some of the frustration that accompanies thrifting for curvy divas, me and Makkah of the Revolution Vintage Shop, are bringing all the vintage goods to you.  Vintage clothing.  Plus Sizes only.  You're welcome.

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