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Time to Dream Big

Published October 13, 2011 by Fat Heffalump

I have a question for you all.

If you could have any garment or outfit made in your size, what would it be?  In other words, what is that dream item/s of clothing that you would love to have, but cannot find in plus-sizes.  If you can find pictures of them in straight sizes, please share the link too!

Since it is my blog, I’m going to list a several of mine.  Let’s just take it as a given that I want all of these items available in sizes 14AU to at least size 32AU

1) Diane Von Furstenburg style wrap dresses.  I want wrap dresses, PROPER wrap dresses, not ones with shark bite hems or surplice necklines that have a bit of overlap to be made look like a wrap dress, or weird sleeves.  A proper wrap dress, with sleeves, which is an absolute classic style that can be tweaked each season to be on trend (slightly changing the sleeves, or the length, or other small details).  I want it in on trend colours and prints.  Here is an example of one that I really love.

 

2) Pencil skirts.   The lengths can vary by season, but I want pencil skirts.  In something other than black, grey or navy.  I want them in block colours, I want them in prints, I want them in textures.  Again, pencil skirts are a classic style that can be tweaked each season to make them on trend.  Here, look:


3) Print tights.  Flowers, spots, stripes, herringbone, animal prints, whatever is fashionable for the season.  In decent Lycra blend fabric, and sized up to 5X.  How about some examples.


4) Swimsuits with underwire.  My rack of doom will not be held in place by a couple of moulded foam cups, it needs some serious scaffolding.  I long for a tankini with halter neck with underwire (I’ve seen them in straight sizes and small cups – why the hell do they make underwire in a small cup size but not large cup sizes??) and boyshort bottoms.

5) Bras that don’t look like they’re made by a surgical device company.  Bras in pretty prints and colours and patterns, but have bust support for my rack of doom, particularly underwires and bands/cups that go over 22D.



Those are just the tip of the iceberg for me.  I want basically everything that is available to straight sizes, but made to fit plus-sized bodies!

So over to you my heffalumpies – tell me (and show me) your dream garments!  And dream big!  Don’t just say “Pants that fit me.”  DREAM BIG LOVELIES!!

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:

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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:

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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.

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

Violet

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

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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

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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?

You’re The One For Me, Fatty

Published October 5, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

For about three weeks, I’ve had the Morrissey song, You’re the One for Me, Fatty stuck in my head.  Some of you are going to not like this, but I’ve always hated Morrissey.  Firstly I am a Cure fan (and you know the two rarely mix) and secondly I just can’t stand the whiny pratt.  But that song popped into my head a few weeks ago and I can’t get it out.

Last week I was walking back to work with a friend who I’d just had lunch with, when I spotted some scrawled graffiti on the Treasury building here in Brisbane (which now houses a casino) and I just knew I had to get a photo of myself taken with it.

I got my friend Nadia (check out her blog, she’s very crafty and creative) to take a pic of me as an OOTD shot with the fab graffiti:

You're The One For Me

CRACKS ME UP!!

Ok, outfit details:

Headband: Rubi Shoes
Earrings: Diva
Dress: Big W
Tights: We Love Colors
Boots: Novo (I also have them in bottle green!)
Ring: Diva (its a big swan decorated with garish pink crystals, I’m so subtle!)

Perfecting the Plus-Size Clothing Game

Published September 25, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to see some really interesting things happening with a few of the clothing companies that sell plus-sized fashion lately.

Many of you will be aware of the huge wave of interest and discussion the new Beth Ditto collection at Evans Clothing created last week.  It was an absolute frenzy on Twitter amongst the fatosphere tweeters, that’s for sure.  Women all over the world set their alarms and logged on to shop as Evans released the items bit by bit.  Facebook status were updated to reflect the shopping frenzy, ant Twitter was abuzz with wails of frustration as we collectively crashed the Evans website, and cheers of triumph as orders were confirmed.  It was a phenomenal thing to watch, as I could only watch because they haven’t released the zigzag dress that I REALLY want yet!

Evans clothing really “get it” when it comes to marketing to their audience.  They create a line with a high profile celebrity who appeals to their market, create lots of anticipation, seed social media and get their customers involved in spreading word of mouth marketing, target a global marketplace and then release the collection in stages to create further anticipation.

These marketing tactics are exactly what regular-sized fashion retailers do for their market.  It shouoldn’t be significant that a plus-sized retailer approaches their target market in the same way a regular-sized regailer does, but for so long, plus-sized clothing has been treated like it is something to be ashamed of by it’s retailers.  they have approached plus-sized clothing as utilitarian, comfort driven, low fashion priority and relegated it to the back corners of shop space or a tiny band of “specialty” in an online store.  Few have understood the power of online shopping to provide a fully global marketplace either.

Another company I have noticed really starting to understand their market is We Love Colors.

We Love Colors have a wide variety of sizing, from childrens to mens, to regular womens sizes to a fairly comprehensive plus-sized range as well.  We Love Colors have a significant portion of their products in plus sizes, but not all.  I follow We Love Colors on Twitter, and on Facebook, where they have a standard profile and a plus-sized one called We Love Colors Curvy.

Recently on We Love Colors Curvy, they asked:

How can we make our plus-sized tights better?  What items do you want to see in plus sizes?

and invited customers to either respond there on Facebook, or to email them with the subject line “Make it Better”.

On Facebook at least, the clear response was that customers wanted ALL of the We Love Colors products offered in plus sizes.  Their plus-sized customers want to close the gap between the regular range and the plus-sized range, and wear the same styles as the regular sizes.

Yesterday they asked on We Love Colors Curvy:

It’s come to our attention that some of our customers are unhappy we have a Curvy Facebook Page and a standard Facebook page, feeling as though we segregate the two. It was suggested that we should eliminate the Curvy Facebook page altogether and change our Curvy Girl of the Month contest to simply the Girl of the Month contest. We had initially created the Curvy Page and started the Curvy Girl contest to get the word out about our selection of Plus Size tights, since so many people were unaware we carried them. We also use the Curvy Page as a tool to get feedback on these products and find out ways to improve our selection. So, please let us know what you would like us to do with regards to the Curvy Page and Curvy Girl contest. Whatever the majority of responses is for, we will move forward with. Thank you so much for your help!

The overwhelming response from customers was to keep the two versions, as plus-sized customers don’t want to wade through pages of regular sized products, and that they want to see plus-sized models showcasing the plus-sized range.  One customer expressed concern that combining the two sections may result in body policing and fat hate, with concerns that there may be some nastiness around “fat girls in tights” – which is a valid concern, we’ve seen that before.  Today We Love Colors Curvy announced on Facebook that they would keep the second profile for their plus-sized range.

These are just a few examples of plus-sized fashion retailers listening to their customers, and providing something that their customers actually want.

As I said earlier, it shouldn’t be noteworthy that retailers are starting to do this for plus-sized customers, but when you think about the experiences of shopping for plus-sized clothing over the years, these things ARE unusual.  From offering poorly made clothing, to cheap fabrics, to unappealing designs and then not making it easy or interesting/fun for the customer to shop for their product, retailers have told us in the past (and still tell us now) that they are not interested in our money.  They’ve either assumed that plus-sized customers don’t have any money, and are therefore unworthy of putting any effort into decent marketing and customer service, or they simply have a clear disregard for their customers by not giving a damn whether or not they actually made any money from them.

To many the frenzy over the Beth Ditto range at Evans, and excitement over other good plus-sized clothing retails seems like consumerism, vanity and vacuousness.  But when you’ve not had the opportunity to engage in the same activities around clothing and shopping like other people, this takes on far more significance.  It’s a way to show retailers that should they provide something we want, and market to us positively, not only will we hand over our hard earned cash, but we will also provide some of the best word of mouth advertising that money cannot buy.

We need to support the retailers that do this.  And we need to talk about why we support them, and why what they do is significant.  Only when other retailers can see the benefit that these companies reap from the products and services they provide, as well as the positive marketing they engage in, will they start to realise that the plus size clothing market is one that they can make very, very lucrative.

Lolly Legs

Published April 11, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

I don’t usually do posts solely talking about some product or the other, but I am having such fun with these that I just have to share them.

Many of you seasoned fatosphere followers will have encountered We Love Colors before.  The online hosiery store that actually make a real plus sized range.  But if you haven’t, let me tell you, I am heartily in love with We Love Colors!

Last winter I bought some of the regular solid colour plus sized tights and really loved the colours and the initial fit, but after wearing them for a couple of hours, they sagged and wrinkled around the knees and ankles terribly, so they didn’t look nice on for more than about an hour.

But someone told me that the Lycra/nylon blend plus sized tights had a much better fit and kept their shape a lot better throughout the day, so I decided to fork out the extra $5 per pair and get some.

I am SO glad that I did.  Again, the colours are stunning, bright, bold, saturated colours that really stand out, though they also have flesh, black, and more muted tones.  The fit is excellent, not too long, the crotch is in the right place and they actually have a butt in them so they fit over plus sized hips and tummies beautifully.  But the best thing is that they actually do keep their shape beautifully.  I can wear them to work all day, running around busy and other than a little tweak upwards when I am in the ladies room (nothing can stop gravity, don’t we know that girls?) they keep fitted to my legs all day without wrinkling, getting saggy or the crotch heading south.  They stay totally smooth and sleek looking.

Because I’m totally obsessed with these tights, I’ve been taking photos of my own legs and feet in them on my iPhone, so I’ll give you a bit of a look! Bear in mind that these are iPhone pics so they’re not high res.

Violet

Footless tights in violet. I wore these with a fairly plain black dress that I have.  Yes, my feet are tattooed.

Kelly Green

Full tights in Kelly Green. I love this colour. I had a black skirt and black top on this particular day. Green got a lot of positive comments.

Fuschia

Fucshia footless. Again with the black dress. I wore these all day on Good Friday, at a barbecue day, and they were so comfortable!

Royal Blue

I think these are my favourites. Full tights in royal blue. With my red Mary-Janes, this combination was labelled “Wonder Woman” and “Super Woman” all day. I got so many compliments the day I wore this combo. I had on the black skirt again (it has a little ruffle around the hem and is longer at the back than at the front) and a top in red with white and royal blue print.

Scarlet Red

This was todays combo. Another black dress (different one), white socks and my black sequined high top sneakers. I went to lunch and a movie with a friend.

I also have another footless pair in teal, and full tights in black, orchid pink and lavender.  They’ve totally rejuvenated my winter wardrobe.

For about $15 a pair, and with shipping taking less than a fortnight from the US to Australia (my God it was fast!  Only cost $15 to ship 9 pairs) not only are they a really affordable way to inject some life into your wardrobe but the services is good and they’re quick to supply.

I think next year (I don’t doubt these will last more than one season) I will buy some more colours as well as some socks and thigh high stockings.