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Brisbane Fatshionistas – Fab Fatshion Fun is Forthcoming!

Published November 1, 2012 by Fat Heffalump

I’m really, really excited.  “Why are you excited Kath?” I hear you ask.  Because we’re having another fab fatty fatshion event in Brisbane!

Yes, I am that excited.

The delightful Olivia from Wait Until the Sunset has been hard at work organising this pre-loved clothing fair, A Plus Size Wardrobe, for the 15th of December.  That’s just over a month away people!

So, here are the basic details:

For those of you who can’t see the image, you can find out more information on the Facebook page.

The idea is that instead of fiddling about with eBay, or using consignment stores, that we all get together and have a fab fatshion fair and sell all those awesome clothes that we pick up that just aren’t right for us.  That dress you wore once but didn’t feel comfortable in.  Those skirts you bought on sale without trying on and then got them home and didn’t fit.  You know the type of thing, I know many of you have them in your wardrobe.

I will be having a stall there, so there will be at least ONE stall representing size 24AU+ mega-fatshion.  I have things that are new with tags to sell!

To arrange a stall, email and you will be sent all the info you need.

Otherwise, come along, hang out with all the local fab fatties and pick yourself up some bargains.  I believe there are going to be prizes and food and stuff too.  What fatty doesn’t like prizes and food??  Olivia has put the hard work in and found some sponsors and industry support.  Yay Olivia!

To all of you, wherever you are, please promote this event amongst the fab fatty community, as we are all at least six degrees of separation from a Brisbane (or nearby) fab fatty.  I will be sharing info on the Chub Republic Brisbane tumblr page (and my own) and here are a couple of .pdf files you can print out and stick up on noticeboards and stuff if you’re in the Brisbane area.  The more we promote it, the more fab fatshionistas will turn up.

See, I have every reason to be excited!

Let’s Go Shopping

Published September 4, 2012 by Fat Heffalump

Before I get into the meat and veg of this post, I’d like to say hello to the lovely young woman I met in Target today.  I was wandering around aimlessly (as I am wont to do in my lunch break) when she asked me if I was Kath and told me she read my blog and thought I was doing an awesome job.  I was so tickled I forgot to ask her name and properly make her acquaintance.  You made my day, lovely Target shopper!  You know, that’s the third time someone has stopped me in the Myer Centre Target to tell me they read my blog and praise my work.  It’s no wonder I hang around there so much!

So anyway, because the last few posts have been so intense, I wanted to have a bit of fun tonight and just post a bunch of pretty stuff because I like it.

I have been shopping quite a bit lately, because I got my tax refund back and promised myself that I was going to enjoy all of it on luxury stuff, since I had been a good girl all year long!

First thing I bought was this coral blazer from Autograph Fashion:

I actually went and gazed at it longingly, tried it on and then put it back on the shelf.  Slept on it overnight and rushed back to buy it the next day at lunch time!

Also from Autograph, I got this gorgeous lace edged kaftan:

It also comes in a deep eggplant purple, which I am tempted to go and buy too!

Today I picked up two pairs of flats at Target, first pair were these bold orange ones:

And I also got these lovely soft pink ones:

And lo and behold, Target had a plus-size garment I actually liked!  I got this little white cropped cardigan, it’s on sale this week:

I’m all about cropped cardigans over dresses at the moment.  Speaking of dresses, I got TWO gorgeous Leona+ dresses from Myer for $35 each!  Considering they’re normally $149 each, I couldn’t leave them behind.  You’ll have to excuse my very amateur photographs of them, I can’t find good ones online.

The bottom one is black with purpley-blue and red in the print, and I love the V-neckline with collar.  I do love me a Leona frock.  There are some really gorgeous ones in the new stock, I have my eye on a bold purple 60’s kind of print one at the moment.

Now how about some stuff that’s on my wish list?  Just for fun?

Well, while we’re on the subject, this bird print dress from Anna Scholz makes me drool:

As far as I’m concerned “put a bird on it” is a valid fashion option!  And that colour is so lush.

It’s no secret I’m fond of animal print, but this snake print tunic, also from Anna Scholz is just delicious.  That colour is gorgeous.

While we’re on colour, how about this Neopolitan Maxi Dress from Virtu?

I saw a pair of lemon coloured wedges today that would work perfectly with this dress.

And this skirt – well, leopard print.  Enough said:

I’d wear it with a whole lot of bold, bright colours though, cos I embrace my inner tacky.

File this one under “Things I love that don’t come in my size.”  How gorgeous is this peplum dress from Dorothy Perkins (not linking cos they don’t cater to my size!)

Of course, then there’s eShakti, who DO cater to my size (I’m about a 4X, but they go up to 6X, yay eShakti!) but don’t ship to Australia.  Sob!  If they did, I would buy this dress in a heartbeat:

Anyone in the US want to hook an Aussie up with a supply of eShakti dresses?  Especially this dress!

This skirt, also from eShakti is gorgeous too:

Oh, speaking of things I can’t have, I’m REALLY kicking myself that I didn’t buy this dress from Domino Dollhouse when I had the opportunity:

I actually had it in my shopping basket and went right through to the checkout process and then caved.  Then when I decided I really did want it, it was sold out.  DAMMIT!

How about we end with something that is a total lust object that I dream to own someday?  Can you guess what it is?

Yes, it’s Fluevog shoes!  Look at them.  Look at how gorgeous they are!

Or if you’re feeling really brave (like I am), how about this pair:

So what have you bought lately?  Or what is on your wish list (or perhaps dream list)?  Let’s have some fun, do some virtual shopping and share some pretties.  We’ve all earned a break.

An Open Letter to Leona Edmiston

Published May 19, 2012 by Fat Heffalump

Dear Leona,

Thank you.

No sincerely, thank you.  Two days ago, for the first time in my almost 40 years of life, I purchased three designer garments for myself.  And they were from your Leona+ line.

Now I had heard some time ago that you were extending some of your ranges into plus sizes, and I was absolutely thrilled.  I love the beautiful clothes you produce, the fabrics are always delicious, the prints gorgeous and the styles both beautiful and woman-body-friendly.  My boss rocks a Leona frock like nobody else, as a tall, slender woman and I’m always envious of the gorgeous prints and colours she has access to.  But I was dismayed to hear that they only went to about a size 20AU when I did some research.  Yet again I was feeling like I’d been slapped in the face and told “Not for you, you’re too fat for us to make anything for you, you deserve nothing.”

But recently some lovely fellow fatty friends on Twitter told me that there was a line in Myer that went up to an XL, which was about the equivalent of a size 24AU.  So, always looking for more clothing options, I went for a look, but wasn’t hopeful because I’m usually a size 26AU.  And lo and behold, there they were, on a sale rack – these mythical Leona Edmiston dresses that go up to a size XL.  I tried them on in an XL – and they fit my size 26AU body beautifully.  Like they were made for me.

I had to have them.  Being on sale, I could afford to splash out and get three.  It was a tough choice, but these are the ones I chose (apologies for the make-do photos, I haven’t worn them yet!):

The purple in it matches my hair perfectly.

Looks so cute with leggings or opaque tights and boots.

My favourite of the three – love these colours.

I also had a look at the new season stock which has just arrived, which instead of being sized in the S/M/L/XL method, actually has it’s sizes on it (14 or 16 to 24).  These look gorgeous as well, and I’ll be heading back when I’m ready for some more shopping to increase my Leona wardrobe.

But pretty dresses aside, I want to thank you for something very important to me as a fat woman.  I want to thank you for enabling me to participate.  While many people pooh-pooh fashion as frivolous and shallow, the reality is that in our culture, how we present ourselves, and how we participate amongst our peers is incredibly significant.  I have written before about the power of clothing and fashion to mark us as “other” in our society, when we are not able to participate in the fashions and cultural movements of our peers.  From feeling like we do not belong amongst general society, to experiencing workplace discrimination because are not able to dress ourselves as professionally or dynamically as our thin peers.

Like it or not, fat people are part of the community.  We have lives that we need clothes for.  We want to be able to express ourselves through fashion like everyone else.  And we also like to shop and spend the money that we earn on nice things.

So when a designer like you expands their range to include us, it enables us to participate culturally where we have not been allowed to before.

Now I know that this isn’t your primo designer range – this is a range that you have released with Myer.  But that’s ok – it’s an option that wasn’t there for us before.  Like your affordable Ruby range, it gives another group of women an option to participate in fashion and expressing themselves through style.

I hope that you continue to offer beautiful Leona Edmiston dresses to women of all sizes, even those of us at the upper end of the range.  I hope that sometime in the not-too-distant future you start showcasing this range on your website.  And I hope that you sell lots of these beautiful plus-sized dresses to fab fatties everywhere, and expand the range to more fabulous and fashionable colours, prints and styles.  We’re tired of hiding away in drab, shapeless, dark coloured clothes.  We want to be out there expressing our fabulous selves with up-to-date, on-trend fashions.

We want to participate.

Best wishes

Kath aka Fat Heffalump

Fab Fat Fashion Feedback Session

Published February 20, 2012 by Fat Heffalump

I am a very lucky fatty.  I do know that.  I was invited again by Autograph Fashion to spend some time in my local store reviewing their new product lines and giving them some feedback.  Of course I leapt at the chance – what’s more fun than trying on clothes and playing with fashion?  Not to mention getting to share them with you all once I have too.

The kind folks at Autograph gave me a list of garments they wanted me to try on, and then let me go nuts with whatever else in store interested me.

I tried on a LOT of stuff.  I lost count with how many.  We didn’t photograph all of them, but here are the ones we did.  The first item they asked me to try on was this half sleeve foil print top.  I knew before I even put it on that it wasn’t my cup of tea, but the girls gave me a pair of jeggings (also not my cup of tea) and I had a go anyway:

Definitely not me.  I’m not one for slogans or anything on tops, and I wear almost no t-shirts at all.  It was made of a really soft fabric though.  The same goes for the jeggings – well made and a nice fabric, but not my cup of tea.  I felt really naff and uncomfortable in this outfit.

I then went on to try a floral print button through top that I had been eyeing off online for a bit.  I love a floral print, and anything loose and breezy has my vote in summer:

I found it super cute, but it just didn’t fit me at all.  It was kind of loose around the armpits, but sat weird on my hips and tummy.  A pity, because I just love that print.

Another outfit that the folks at Autograph asked me to try were the snakeskin print leggings and this frill hem voile tunic.

This top fit WAY better, but I wasn’t fussed on that hemline – it just hung all weird.  It’s a gorgeous colour though and a lovely soft, cool fabric.  But I can’t tell you how much I love those leggings.  They’re awesome!  Soft and comfortable and breath well, and y’all know how I love snakeskin print.  Those went on the “Yes” pile straight away.

I also tried on this black shirt:

It wasn’t really my cup of tea – it’s a bit plain for me.  But again, another great fabric, and if you’re looking for a wardrobe basic, it would be a good one.

Then it was time to try on some dresses.  This one jumped out at me straight away because of it’s blue print – blue is one of my favourite colours to wear:

But sadly, it didn’t work.  It looked frumpy and bland once I put it on, and the slip underneath was actually longer than the dress.  It’s a pity because I do love blue.

The ladies in store asked me to try this mono print one on, as they wanted to see it on a body rather than just on the hanger.  The print didn’t appeal to me at all (a bit old lady feeling for me) on the hanger, but it was better when I put it on:

It hung really nicely and was beautifully soft as well.  I think if it had been a different print I would like it a lot more.

Another one of the garments the Autograph folk asked me to try was this peplum dress:

I love it!  I love it!  I love it!  I’m going to change the belt up for one in red or bright yellow, to bring some colour into it.  I would LOVE one in the same blue as the top on the wall behind me in this photo, and I’d wear that with a yellow belt too.  Or red would be awesome.  Or purple.  I put this one on the “Yes” pile even though I have a dozen plain black dresses.   It’s such a cute style.

There was also this zip detail dress, which I really liked on the hanger:

I really liked the look of it, but it just wouldn’t sit right on me.  I think I would spend all my time adjusting it – and you know how annoying that is.  But I love the style and the print.

Now you know I’m not so much of a corporate wear kind of woman, but I thought I would give this dress a try (no longer on website):

How cute is that dress??  I love the just on the knee length, and the splash of colour in the top half.  It’s made of a beautiful weighty knit in the skirt and a light viscose in the bodice.  Since the dress was such a hit, I thought I would try a couple more of the garments from the workwear range.  There was this lace print tunic:

Love it.  I think I will go back for this one.  I love the soft peach colour and the pretty lace print.  I wear a lot of tunics and leggings, so this one would integrate into my wardrobe just nicely.

I also tried on this fluttery bow print top, and liked it so  much, it came home with me!  I wore it to work today, check out how I wore it:

Yes, I did have a hair cut over the weekend!

And this apricot spot top (with grey maxi skirt):

Despite the squinchy face I’m pulling, I really did like it.  I may also go back for that maxi skirt, I love that it’s straight through, no tiers or frills or fuss.

Leaving the skirt on, I tried this pretty floral top:

Which I really did love (I’m a sucker for a floral), and this gather neck print top:

Which didn’t quite work for me, though I love the colours in it.  Looking at that maxi skirt again, I REALLY like it.  I think I’m going to have to invest in that one!

Finally, I tried on a few more tops, from this rust coloured stripe top:

Which to be honest, I didn’t feel at all comfortable in – you can probably tell by the photograph!  I don’t really do t-shirts, but this colour and the stripe really called my name.

Then to this red and grey top:

Which really didn’t work for me at all (it felt like a pajama top) and finally, to this striped top with pockets:

Which I absolutely loved to bits, so much that it also came home with me!  It’s so soft and comfy and I love the pockets.  I am such a sucker for stripes too.

Finally, there was this awesome zigzag print tunic, which also came home with me, and I wore it to work on Friday (pre hair cut!).  Check it out:

I think that’s my favourite piece of the whole day.

There were a WHOLE lot of other things I did try on, but for several reasons they were rejected.  Some were just sold out in my size, some didn’t quite fit, some I didn’t like the fabric and some just weren’t my taste at all.

But overall I’m really impressed with how far Autograph have come in the past year or so.  I always find something I love, there is always something in on-trend colours, there is now some really good variety and mostly, it fits, even my size 26AU super fatty body.

1. In the interest of openness, Autograph Fashion gifted me 5 garments of my choice, but all opinions are my own and are not influenced by this gift.
2. Thanks to Lauren Gurrieri who took all of the in store shots for me.


Clothes! (I’m Excited!)

Published July 3, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

It is a rare thing that plus-size fashion promos make me really excited.  Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes, and every now and then I find something that I really love, but it’s not very often that I see a whole story and just go “I love it!”

But I got a sneak peek earlier this week at the lookbook of the newly released July range from Autograph Fashion and almost all of the collection was something that I would wear, and several pieces were really appealing.  I asked the crew at Autograph to send me some images so that I can share them with you all, because I think we’re seeing something quite significant with this collection.

So let’s take a look!

My favourite piece from the whole collection is this animal print dress:

Now I love me some animal print like only a fat lady can, but there are a lot of things I love about this dress.  Firstly… pockets!  Darting at the bustline, pleating and draping along the skirt (a bit hard to see in this photo).  I love the black, white and silvery grey too – I can see it with a jewel colour cardigan and tights, or fishnets and heels.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Then there is this midnight spot dress:

I love a lot of things about this one too.  The smocking, the indigo colour and the generous gathering.  I think it will look amazing over black leggings or tights, and I am going to find a black belt so I can wear it like this too.  And the people who feel they need sleeves are catered to with this one too.  I love that it’s a different take on spots as well.

How about this snake print skirt:

More animal print (yay!) and I love tulip wrap skirts, they hang so well on many different shaped bodies.  Not too long either – I find they look frumpy on me if they go past the knee.  I am really loving the black, white, indigo and silver of this range too.  I can keep it as is for a wintry look, or jazz it up with more colour.

Another favourite of this range for me is this shoulder top:

Love the cutouts, love the studs, love the drape over the bodice!  I’d wear this one with the snake print skirt.  This is a style that you NEVER see in plus-size fashion, it’s so refreshing to have something that’s different.

Ok, I know that a lot of you love sequins, so check out this tunic:

I confess, I love some sequins myself.  I’d love to see this one in red too, but the black is lovely.  I like the length too.

For another black dress, we have this one:

I love the ruffles on this.  I do love ruffles.  The ruched belt with this one is really cute too, and it’s a great length.  Another one I would wear with bright accessories (but you could leave it monochrome if that’s more your style).

Now this one is listed as a block print tunic:

But you know what?  It’s the white jacket I’m in love with in this shot.  I bought their denim jacket a couple of months ago and wear the hell out of it, and this one is even cuter.  The tunic is nice too, but that jacket… love it!

Next is the satin placket top:


There’s that indigo colour again that is really hot this season, and I love that this one is another new style that I’ve not seen repeated everywhere in plus sizes.  It looks like a spring and summer top, but with one of the jackets, leggings or a long sleeved top underneath, it works for winter too.  I’m a big fan of sheer fabrics as well.

And then we have the lace print tunic and drape cardi:



These two are a bit more traditional of plus-size clothes, and I have something similar to both already.  I still like the silvery-grey with black and white though.

So there you have the bulk of the collection.  You know what I love about this collection?  There are none of the usual fat-lady tropes that show up in SO much of the plus-size clothing we see.  No surplice necklines.  No shark-bite/handkerchief hems.  No “embellished” pants or bustlines.  Not even a baby-doll/empire waist!  Now I happen to personally like surplice necklines and empire waists, but I don’t want EVERY garment I own to have them.

It’s great to see a collection that is modern and fashionable, that is aimed at women with careers and adult social lives.  That’s been the biggest gap in the plus-size market in Australia (though the whole market is a gap in itself still) – clothes that women can wear to work, and to the kind of social life that is outside of nightclubs.

Now I know this collection is not going to be to everyone’s taste (no collection is – we’d all be boring if we liked the exact same things), but I do think it shows that Autograph Fashion are trying to bring in something more fashionable and on-trend, while still providing clothing that will fit a plus-size body with practicality (every garment here will cover my giant ugly “rack of doom” bras that I have no other option but wear!)  In the face of other brands completely ignoring their customers (I am looking at you City Chic, you can keep ignoring us but it’s only going to do you damage in the long run) or cutting the larger sizes out altogether (I’m still here City Chic, and I’ve still got money to spend on clothes, at size 26.)

I’m really looking forward to seeing these garments “in the flesh” so to speak, and I hope that Autograph continue to work towards fashion forward ranges that cover the entire size range (14-26).

To see the collection and prices – click here.

*Disclaimer: I am not paid by Autograph and these are my genuine opinions on this range and Autograph’s customer service.

The Power of the Wardrobe

Published March 1, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

I’ve noticed something.  A lot of my clothes don’t fit me any more.  Oh they still physically fit me, just like most people who give up dieting and learn to listen to their body and give it what it asks for, rather than telling it what it should need, my weight has settled into a setpoint that stays pretty much the same, give or take a few kilos.

What doesn’t fit about the clothes isn’t the size.  It’s the message they send to the world.  It’s the message I was sending when I bought them.

I’ve been going through my wardrobe over the past couple of months, and making room for lots of new clothes.  Not only have I been lucky enough to be sent some for reviewing by Autograph Fashion (more reviews to come there) and No Exceptions (a glowing review to come for them by the end of this week I hope), but I’ve done a lot of shopping lately.  Up until about 4 or 5 months ago, had been a long time since my wardrobe had got any serious refreshing.  The last time I had bought any clothes other than the odd super sale piece or something I really needed for work, was when I was in the US in late ’07/early 08, where I went a bit nuts because everything was so very, very cheap compared to here.

So I’m going through my wardobe over the past few months, and I’m finding clothes from before I  moved into this apartment, which was 13 years ago!  There are clothes that I bought when I had starved myself into a size 16-18 (I’m now a size 26 Australian).  There are clothes that I bought because they were on super sale and have never worn them.  There were clothes that I used to wear, but nowdays I find depressing, because they are black and shapeless and bought out of self loathing.  I got to thinking about all of these clothes that I no longer wear, or have never worn in some cases, and realised that I needed to just let go of them all and re-think what I’m doing with my clothing.

First of all, any of the clothes in good condition need to go back out into the world for some other fatty to wear and love.  Just because they’re not suitable for me, doesn’t mean they won’t make some other fatty delightfully happy.  Not to mention that the bulk of them will be donated to charity, so either someone who needs them will get them or they’ll be sold to raise money for a good cause.  Either way, it’s so hard to find good pre-loved plus-sized clothing anywhere, and the small mountain I have here will be well appreciated I’m sure.  Plus I’ll pop the never worn items up on eBay and someone will get a bargain out of those, plus I’ll get a few bucks back.

But most importantly, I’m building a wardrobe that makes me happy, makes me feel good about myself and accurately represents who I am.  I’m lucky, I’m in a place in my life where I can afford to do so, I live in a capital city with some stores that stock plus-sized clothing (though not many, and the options are somewhat limited),  I have access to the internet and the tools needed to do internet shopping, and lots of contacts and resources to find clothes that fit who I am.

For the first time in my life, I am not dressing to please others.  I am not dressing to hide myself, to disappear.  I am not dressing to apologise for the size and/or shape of my body.  I am not dressing to fit someone else’s idea of what is appropriate.

It is incredibly, unbelievably liberating.

As a super fat woman, for so long I have bought clothes simply because they were the one item that fit.  When I did find an item that I liked, I either wore it to rags, or held on to it, even after I stopped wearing it, forever, because I may never find something like that again.

It feels good to let go.  To say goodbye to those garments that have served me well, and good riddance to those that made me feel bad about myself, because I was using them to hide or disguise myself.

When I open my wardrobe, and choose my outfit for the day, it is a positive experience.  Even if I’m having a dodgy self esteem day, the minute I open my wardrobe, I take a step towards improving my self esteem.  Sometimes several steps.  Invariably, I put on the chosen outfit, and up goes the self esteem a little more.  Then I leave my house, and because my outfit feels good on me, it shows in the way I carry myself, in the face I present to the world.  And invariably, at some point during the day, someone will compliment me on something about my outfit.  Which adds even more to my self esteem.  It is a cumulative effect that always seems to go up, rather than down.

How do you feel about the clothes in your wardrobe?  Do they make you feel good about yourself when you look at them, and when you wear them?  Do they accurately reflect who you are and how you feel?  How do you approach shopping for clothes for yourself?

Second Review: Autograph Fashion

Published December 6, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

I know, I know, I’ve been promising to review the rest of the clothes that Autograph Fashion sent to me for weeks.  But as you may know, I’ve been working on two HUGE projects at work for the past few weeks, which has meant that I’ve had little time for a social life, and that I’ve had to be in kind of boring clothes for practical reasons of late.  There’s no point wearing that pretty new frock when you’re going to be on a building site around paint, dust, furniture in plastic bags and equipment under bubble wrap.  Though the tradies might like it!

However, on Friday, another parcel arrived from Autograph Fashion with MORE clothes for me to review, so I figured I’d better start finding opportunities to wear these pieces and review them.  Autograph have been more than generous in sending me these garments (they have sent me 10 garments in total!) and the least I can do is get some reviews happening for them.

So, yesterday, I finally got the opportunity to go and see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 with my friend Kylie (hello Cupcake!)  I’ve been wanting to go since it came out but have been so crazy busy and I worked 11 out of the previous 12 days, that the time wasn’t there.  However Kylie and I booked our tickets for Gold Class.   For those of you unfamiliar, Gold Class is a fancy pants cinema with big squishy recliner chairs, only about 20 or 30 people in the cinema at any time, and you can have hot food and drinks (including coffees and alcohol) served right to you throughout the  movie.  It’s expensive, but really lovely for a treat.

I figured what better time to wear one of the pieces Autograph has sent me.  So I wore this dress:


Yeah, the photo is a bit washed out because it was a bit dark and we had to use the flash.  But you get the idea.  My bloggy friend Mim bought this dress a while back and I really liked it on her, and I was actually considering buying it when I got time to go shopping.  So I was rather tickled to receive it from Autograph.

I quite like it now I’ve seen it in the flesh so to speak.  The waistline is a bit dull, but I fixed that up by adding my new belt (bought it from Kmart for $17!) and I wore it with footless tights from We Love Colors ($16), ballet flats from Rubi Shoes ($20) and a satin flower headband I picked up at the Reject Shop ($5).  This dress is a size 26, and a generous one at that.  I had plenty of room in it, I probably could have even gone down a size.

My only criticism is that it’s more synthetic fabric, but for $39.95 on the price tag, it’s not too bad a price for a synthetic dress.

I think I could wear it over pants or leggings as well, which gives it more scope for styling.  You can’t really see it but there is a little bit of a tan colour in the print, and I had it with a woven handbag in almost the same tan colour.

The next garment I have to share with you is this top:


I have to admit, I’m not all that fond of this one, but it will be fine for a work top.  It’s a bit mumsy for me, but that’s a taste thing, rather than anything wrong with the garment itself.  You can’t see in the photo but it does have these nice slits down the sleeves that give it a bit of style.  I really don’t like the plastic buckle do-dad in the middle there, I think I might remove that and just wear it with a belt.  I was out on site today so I have to wear closed, flat shoes – thus the knock-off Chucks (they’re black sequins, I love them) from Rubi Shoes ($15) and the plain black pants, from Autograph a couple of years ago (I think they originally sold for about $40).  I am living in knock-off chucks (and my one real pair) at the moment.

It was a really comfortable top, I just felt a bit bland in it.  But hey, I have hot pink hair and visible tattoos, I’m a little more “out there” than some folks.  It’s also a size 26, but it was a bit neater in sizing than the dress.  Sometimes consistency in sizing is a bit of a problem for Autograph.  This one had a $49.95 price tag on it, which I felt was a bit steep for just a synthetic top with a plastic do-dad on it.

But then I almost never pay full marked price for anything, because I pride myself in finding a bargain!

I was in the Autograph store in the Myer Centre here in Brisbane last week and some really nice new stock is coming through.  I picked up a couple of pairs of tailored shorts for work for a song (and wore them with tights underneath, you can see a photo here) and some casual tank tops that actually have armholes that fit under my arms – not halfway down my sides!  They’re very cool and comfy for a hot Brisbane summer.  There are some dresses in stock there that I really like at the moment, and quite a few other pieces that jumped out at me as really lovely.  Not many natural fibres still though, but I’m not really expecting that from chain retailers.

I have to say though, there is one dress that Autograph have sent me that I would have paid every penny of the price tag (and more) for that is absolutely exquisite, that I’m dying to wear and share here with you all, but it’s very swish, so I have to wait for just the right occasion for it.  And you’ll have to wait too!  But I promise you, it’s worth the wait.

First Autograph Fashion Garment Review

Published November 9, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

I promised you I would start reviewing the garments I got* from Autograph Fashion soon, so let’s get this party started.

So far I’ve only worn two pieces of the six I got (two cardies, two dresses, a top and a crochet cover-up), and as I mentioned in my earlier post, I wanted to put them through a wash before I reviewed them.

The first one I wore was this crochet cover-up:


Look, Nadia made me pose like I was doing something:


Can you tell I felt kind of stupid?

When Autograph contacted me to ask me to review some of their clothes, they asked me to choose some items from their website, and while I actually really struggled to find much I liked, I had already seen this one in store and really liked it, but wasn’t going to pay the $50 price tag on it.  Despite being regularly disappointed over the past year or two, I still do browse in store in the vain hope of finding something**.  The skirt I am wearing in these shots is a VERY early Autograph piece, back from when they were still called 16-26.  As you can see, it’s worn exceptionally well, and still looks great.

The crochet cover-up is actually meant to be worn over a swimsuit, but I like it so much I just popped it over a gold coloured cami (old Autograph), and wore it with this chocolate skirt (the print is in cream, a tan brown and a pale blue when you get close up) and brown suede ballet flats (Novo) and a cream headband (Rubi Shoes).  The cover-up is fairly well made, I was worried about the crochet catching on things but it didn’t at all.  It’s soft and comfortable and hangs nicely.  I washed it as per instructions, and it has kept it’s shape, colour and size well for the first wash (I did use a garment bag).

I think I could wear it with other coloured cami’s underneath to mix up the colours I wear it with.  If you go to the website now, it’s been marked down to $19.99.

The other piece I have worn so far was this dress:

Autograph dress

Not the best photo sorry, but you get the idea.  This is one that is from their new stock, that they chose for me, before it went up on the website.  I kept it simple with flat black sandals (Rubi Shoes), Spanish style earrings (Diva), a wee black and white feather hair dodad (can’t remember where I found that one) and a big red flower ring (Thousand Island Dressing).  This is also the first time I’ve worn a sundress since I was a child.  A THIN child!

I already have a dress from another store (Big W I think) in the exact same print, but a different fabric and style, and a friend and colleague of mine has one from Autograph in the same fabric and print that is a maxi dress that is very close to the same style.  This one sits just below the knee at the highest point of the hem. While I quite liked it in the picture on the website, when it arrived it felt so strange.  It’s a polyester elastane that feels almost like swimsuit fabric, cold and stretchy, and quite heavy.  I wasn’t sure what it would be like to wear.  Since I was going out to a fairly casual dinner by the bay on Saturday night, I thought I’d give it a go, and take a little black crochet shrug with me if I got cool.

The minute I put it on, I really liked the feel of it.  It’s very soft and cool, which for a texture junkie who suffers from the heat like me, feels great.  The bust is cut fairly generously (could give me a little bit more but I have a rack of doom) and is shaped properly for once – not just two triangles to cover the boobs, it actually has shaping panels across the bust.  The back is also cut fairly high, so it actually does cover the kind of bra that a rack of doom requires.  The wide straps also cover the bra, and I didn’t have any gape or side-boob risk under the arms.

I am not sure I’d pay the full $69.99 for it, it’s not an expensive fabric, and the print is everywhere over the past couple of years (a friend of mine who wears straight sizes turned up in a little dress in the same print the night I wore my other one to a dinner with her about a year ago), and while there is some extra shaping to most mass produced pieces (around the boobs), it’s still got that crossover bust and two panels of fabric skirt that are EVERYWHERE.

But that said, it is lovely to wear, comfortable, feels soft and cool, was super easy to launder, and I really like it.  I think it’s going to become a staple of mine over the stinking hot months of a Brisbane summer.  I reckon I can wear it over my swimsuit too, I like a bit of coverage when I’m not actually in the water, but am still happy to keep the shoulders and arms bare.

So there you have my first ever fashion reviews!

*Disclosure: Autograph Fashion sent me these garments for free and asked me to review them.  I will be completely honest and if the review is negative, will say so.
**I will admit, I haven’t been into Autograph for nearly a month, but the few bits and bobs I’ve seen online show some promise.  I will have to pop in before I post the next review.

5 Defining Items

Published November 4, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

Inspired by this rather awesome post by Too Many Cupcakes (aside: like there can be such thing as too many cupcakes!) I’m going to share the 5 fatshion items that I think define me.

1.  Coloured Tights.

Royal Blue


Scarlet Red

I wear them all the time.  The brighter the better.  They take the many black clothes I own because black is the predominant colour of plus-sized clothing to another level.  They’re comfortable, can be dressed up or down, look great on me and I can get them in footless or regular!  I get most of my tights from We Love Colors by the way.

2. Big ole chunky rings.

Peach Ring

Poppy Ring

I have a lot of flower ones, but I also have birds, cupcakes, big gemstones, hearts, all kinds of big chunky rings.  I wear the solitaire ring in the first photo every day, but I always add another big ring to go with it, on either or both hands.

3. Dresses

OOTD - 21st May 2010

OOTD - 18th May 2010 sans cardigan

I never used to wear dresses much, mostly because of the old “I’m too fat to wear dresses.” thing, but now that I’ve discovered them, I would be happiest wearing dresses all the time.  I think it’s because I like pantslessness.

4. Ballet flats



I live in ballet flats.  They’re cheap, they come in lots of colours and varieties and styles, and you just shove your feet in them and go. And they show off my foot tattoos.  I take lots of photos of my own feet, don’t I?

5.  Earrings


Particularly anything that is large, chandelier, kooky or detailed.  I have literally hundreds of pairs of earrings, right from tiny plastic studs through to enormous hoops that I can fit both my hands through, from $2 pairs to the real deal in gold, diamond and emerald.  I feel completely naked without earrings!

So what about you?  What are the fatshion items that you feel define your style?

Fuck You

Published February 23, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

I was just going to post a quick video tonight because I’ve not been well for a couple of days (just a stupid head cold, somebody breathed their germs on me) but I came across this little bit of insanity and just had to share it.

It’s a blog post on a website called Pure Fashion for Plus SizeWomen

Let’s hit you up with the link so you can go and have a look:

Non Slimming Fashion: Bold but not so Beautiful

Ok, now you can take a few deep breaths, pick your jaw up off the ground and give yourself a good mental shake.

Can you believe it?

This is a blog that is supposed to be body positive, and all it does is post a whole pile of fat hatred, spouting how fatties should be dressing “slimming” and “flattering” and actually shames a whole bunch if innocent fatshionistas that they actually STOLE the photographs from.  You heard it right – none of the women in the photographs listed as what fatties shouldn’t do in the name of fashion were asked permission to publish their photographs.  Well, none that have come forward anyway, but I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet.  Not to mention that they’ve used photographs from various other catalogues and sites and there seems to be no permission on those either.

Yeah – fat women should be in black or navy shapeless sacks, hiding ourselves from the world because you don’t like seeing fat bodies.  Fuck you, I say.

It would be good if you all left a comment over there stating just how wrong this kind of post is, and if any of your photos are on there, demand that they take them down and publish an apology (and know that you look fabulous, no matter what those douchebags say).