Sweaters for cold Weather!

Winter is  here and that means sweaters and jackets!  Here are some things I am dying to get this season.

 

I am obsessed with blazers I realize.  I also love party/holiday ones! This sequined tux jacket one from Antropologie that comes in XS-XL is so much fun.  When it comes to Holiday parties, New Years Eve parties, I am all about the sequins. Normally, I hate them, but something about this time of year makes me feel bold and daring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always wanted a faux fur vest. However, every year I talk myself out of it because I don’t know if I’m ready to be this daring yet.  But, this pink vest just might do it.  Gap offers this from size XXS-XXL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This season I am seeing so much velvet. I am not sad. I love the soft, lush, and regal look of velvet.  The Gap has this jacket in size XS-XL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is by far the most unique and crazy fringed poncho I’ve ever seen.  It comes in cream and navy from the Gap. One size fits all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sweater from Free People comes in 7 colors, and I already own 3!  I want the rest.  It is so comfortable and the L fits me! I am an XL or XXL in Gap, so this to me is amazing and also makes me feel for thin!

 

Getting Fancy, the plus size story

Hello all!  It has been quite some time since I have written a post.  I have been very busy with my art and getting a book together.  In fact, I’ve been so busy with my art that there is a great show I’m working with this summer, the Chashama 2017 Art Gala: Art is Everywhere. In case dear reader you could not tell, I LOVE any excuse to dress up.  And when I get an opportunity, I create an idea, a look, in my mind that I try to achieve.  This blog post is about, me trying to find something to wear for the gala.

Now I am a little backwards and decided on all my accessories and hair first.  Green pendants, green bracelet, green earrings and green shoes all to accent the red hair.  The next thing I needed was a black dress. I had visions of being Katherine Hepburn with stunning Hollywood waves hair and a long 1940’s black dress. I just wanted to feel like I could tackle the world while looking for my pet tiger Baby, is that too much to ask?!

Now for those who know, Rent the Runway is a great place to get great dresses for events like these at a fraction of the cost. The idea is simple: choose the event, choose the dress, pick your dates and they ship it to you with a back up size for free! But when you are a plus size person, you know that this could be the worst case scenario, get the dress and nothing fits and you are shit out of luck for the event.  I wanted to prevent this from happening.  I chose about ten dresses I liked that according to the web site came in my size, 16/18.  So, with accessories and undergarments in tow, I went to go try on at the flagship store in New York City.

Rent the Runway’s flagship store in New York.

I recommend making an appointment and NOT going on a Friday or Saturday.  And if you are plus size, maybe call first and ask if they have your size in store to try on on. These were all my first few mistakes.  After I signed up for their waiting list, I went to look at the dresses.  A few things looked good and seemed great choices, and I was told, “Don’t worry about the size, we have more in back to get your size if the sample on the floor is not correct.”  So, I was unfazed by sea of size 4 or 6 that surrounded me.  I gave the dresses I liked to be held and waited my turn.  Fortunately, I did not need to wait the whole hour.  I was greeted by this clearly busy and well dressed and very tiny woman.  I explained to her why I was there and when she found out that my event was a month out it was as if her eyes said “Why the hell are you wasting my time then, can’t you see these other girls have things this weekend?” But, I persevered and told her my size, 16/18 and she went off to fetch what she could from in the basement.  A few minutes later she came back with two dresses in my size from my favorites list.

I changed into the proper undergarments (seriously everyone, try on clothing with the undergarments you will be wearing!) and accessories and was ready to get these dresses on.  Dress one, was a size 16 and it did not fit.  At all.  I was like, “OK, clearly I’ll need an 18 for the day!” (BTW, this is usually because dresses like this are cut on a bias which means, this dress is actually three sizes smaller than the tag so the fabric is super tight and ‘looks good’ on you). The next dress was actually a size 14.  Nothing makes you feel worse than trying on a piece of clothing three sizes too small.  I poked my head out and waited to catch the consultant.  When I did and told her I would need an 18, she said “We do not have any in the store.  But you can order backup sizes for when you need it.”  I decided to just get back into my clothing and give them back the room.  This was not off to a great start. And I know I am probably projecting, but I swear this consultant was judging my big butt. The other girls there, thin, pretty, and fitting into everything with too many choices at their disposal, were easier to serve and help than someone like me.  This is 100% why I hate going to the store.

That night I went home and thought, “J.Crew will save me! Wedding line here I come!”  Little did I know, J.Crew stopped making their wedding line a few months ago. SOB!  Then I scoured Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Davids Bridal and everything was just not my vision.  The choices were just so boring or would take a long time to custom make, or really crazy expensive for a dress that I might only wear once? I tried the vintage stores, Pin Up Girl Clothing (they have a perfect dress but it is two sizes too big and at $275, plus alterations, I could not justify the expense), Unique Vintage (I’m getting a 1920’s dress from them later!), and more.  Nothing was right.  I just want to look like a pretty 1940’s film goddess, is that too much to ask?! Apparently for a plus size person with limited funds and time it is.

Plus size women deserve to have fancy clothing they can buy or rent and wear.  We deserve to be pretty.  I 100% get why movie stars who are not a sample size get so frustrated.  You want to look good and feel pretty.  It’s really hard to do that when the entire rest of the world is telling you that you should just be happy to put on a sack with sequins and call it an evening gown. After looking at the White House Correspondents dinner photos, and women showed up in short dresses, I decided to adjust my idea, and be willing to have a short dress. I ended up getting this dress from Banana Republic. Gap Inc for the win, again.  I swear, the only clothing that fits me is from this brand.  If they go out of business I am screwed. (Oh, BTW, this dress has pockets! POCKETS!! I will be 100% happier for this reason alone.)

Lesson: Ladies of the plus size world, I don’t know about you, but basically I feel that we have to shell out more money and keep our wardrobes at the ready for any and all events because we cannot expect the rest of the world to have what we need.

All in all I think this will be a great compromise for my outfit and I can wear a bolero or tux jacket with it and now I have an excellent LBD for all occasions.

If you have a great go-to store for fancy attire, let me know in the comments below!

Fall Fashion Means Boots

FALL is here!  This is my absolute favorite season.  The colors of the clothing and the colors of the leaves are a harmonious blend of beautiful crisp air change.  I can start drinking hot tea and getting cozy in sweaters! Also, did I mention boots?  I never liked boots until I moved to New York where boots are a necessity.  Follow me on my wish list for wonderful fall fashion finds below:

Sweater:

H&M: I have a love/hate relationship with this brand.  They make cute clothing,hmprod but never in plus size I feel.  Take this hooded sweater for example.  As a tall girl, the idea of a sweater being able to cover my hand, AMAZING!  But this sucker only goes up to size 12.  BOO! Look how comfy it appears though.  I could snuggle up in this for days. If anyone has an APB on a sweater like this in size 16, you let me know!

 

Skirt:

16waut_wg675_spk_w01Boden: I am quickly falling in LOVE with this clothing company. Their product is really well made and almost everything goes up to size 18, and TALL! This tweed pink skirt is so bright and modern retro, I’m in love.  It comes in 5 color options.  If you want to look smart, classic, and a bit original, this skirt is for you! Also, if you want to get me one while your at it, I wont say no!  Size 18 Tall please!

 

 

Hat:

cn11046282Old Navy: I am a Gap Co. obsessive, I can’t lie.  These days there is a lot of cross over in the three brands, Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, when it comes to accessories. SO, for that very reason, I’m digging the less expensive but just as cute felt hat from Old Navy.  It comes in tan as well. I feel like I should wear hat’s more often and this style has now worn on me enough to warrant me wanting to sport it!

 

Boots:

160182_6_1400x1400Payless: If you follow my Instagram feed it is no surprise I LOVE Payless.  They are a very reasonably priced shoe that goes up to size 12 with cute shoes.  These create a trifecta of wonderful and also painful as I often want enough shoes to break my bank three times over.  This Fall, these cute ankle boots, which are all the rage, come in brown, olive, and black.  AND these go up to size 13.  Holla’ at us big footed mavens!

 

 

Splurge:

c9131_pk5651_mJ.Crew: I have a confession to make.  EVERY fall and winter I want to buy every coat J. Crew has!  The cuts, color, styles, everything!  This year they have tweed, velvet, and more.  This vibrant pink jacket I think would go great with my dreamy Boden skirt.  J. crew also goes up to size 16 and has tall options.  ALWAYS a plus in my book. Christmas presents accepted year round.

 

Do you have any Fall Fashion finds you are excited about? Share them with me in the comments! Happy pumpkin (carving, eating, decorating) everyone.  I’m off to debate grabbing my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season 😉

 

Who I am, What this Blog is About, and You!

Welcome to Art She Wears!  My name is Red and I am a visual artist and an aspiring fashion maven. About ten months ago, at the urging of my neighbor (shout out to kick ass neighbors who encourage you to do great things!) I started an Instagram pho-tog to document my daily outfits.  The response was positive.  I’d never been much of a writer, but my friends and family  kept saying, “Why not start a blog?!”  Well, ten months later, here I am, starting a blog.

Pink Flats, perfect for spring!

Pink flats with T-Strap, Size 12, from Shoes of Prey.

What will my blog be about?  Well, the obvious answer is fashion.  I am a tall (5’11” in flats) and currently at the time of writing this a size 16 (yea, I told you my size and I’m not ashamed of it). I also have a large foot, size 12. I will focus mostly on how to find clothing that fits someone who is tall, plus sized, and has large feet because that is the lens through which I see the world.  But, I celebrate every person at any size; more diversity in the world the better!

Besides fashion, I want to try and get you to think about your own fashion as a form of art.  In a nutshell my outlook on fashion can be summed up like this: Let’s create something today! If that means creating a look for work, for fun, for going out, whatever it is, I look at it as an artistic creation and every person can be an artist this way.

I hope you join me in this experiment of fashion and art and give me feedback on what you would like me to talk about, focus on, or share. And remember: Wear it because you love it, it makes you feel good, and because you are a work of art.