Thursday, March 26, 2015

scrumdilly style 3: day 8

scrumdilly style 3: day 7

Here's another combo I liked even if I feel the photo makes me look uber frumpy. It may be the shoes. Let's talk about shoes. I'm not sure why it is I love a clompy clown shoe but I do. I think it may be because I have a fairly small foot and a larger frame so that I look like I'm going to tip over unless my shoes have enough balance in front. See? Balance! It's important.  I think I have always liked this style of shoe, I feel like it is European (not necessarily stylish) and somewhere in my growing up someone wore these and I wanted them. I've tried many brands to finally find the pair that works for me. If you are searching for a hard to find foot and you find a brand or style you like, try ebay first. These oxfords here are Alegria that are usually priced over $150. I found this pair on ebay at auction for $35 with shipping. They are too big and they squeak when I walk but I still love them and know that the next pair I order (they come in pink!) will be one size smaller. Experiment, search, and shop without breaking the bank, your feet, or back!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

scrumdilly style 3: day 6

Dress as jumper...what day think? It's a bit 80's perhaps or even maybe too preschool-teacherish? I don't care, I like it!

scrumdilly style 3: day 5

I liked this one. At least, it's comfortable and fairly stylish (ignore the waistband belly bulge please). The shirt is a comfy thrifted find and the pants are what I call my "old lady" ankle pant. I picked these up at Kohl's from the Croft and Barrow collection which I always think of as the old-lady shop. While these do not have pockets, the fabric fits well, does not bag, and is of a really nice black (not a green black or a brown black). The waistband fits flat and does not have an elastic insert that twists after the first washing. I hate when that happens! A nice stretch trouser that is slightly cropped keeps you from looking like you are wearing leggings. I have an ankle boot that I think would look swanky too. Also? A converse style low top if you can wear them and/or a motorcycle boot. See? Versatile! Don't be afraid of a form fitting pant!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

scrumdilly style 3: day 4

So whatdya think? Sweater over dress and messed up motorcycle boots. I like it. Not a fan of the photo but I liked the ensemble. The sweater is a smidge on the bulky side with the waist gathers under there but not too shabby. Then again, maybe I look exactly like the preschool teacher I am? Keep it quirky!

scrumdilly style 3: day 3

This top is not a keep but I stuck with it and paired it with each piece. This is what thrift shopping is good for...trying out colors and styles that interest you without breaking the bank. Sometimes I fall in love with a style idea but the reality is my frame is not flattered by it at all (peasant tops...ahem). This top was one of those. It could be because it is an XXL but I think the tie front is distracting and makes the top poof over my already poofy belly. Also, the neckline is enormous and it keeps slipping to expose my tank top strap along with my super strength bra strap and that just ain't pleasant for anyone to see. Or that could just be me. I have a thing about bra straps showing not on purpose (makes me think of sad raccoons and all sorts of sloppy) but love a bra strap showing on purpose (I blame Madonna circa 1982).

The skirt? I love the skirt. It is mostly super comfy but it is also slightly see-through. I love the fit, flair and length of the skirt but the lining of the skirt is micro mini and I swear if I bend over it just waddles up to my waist. Sadly, as much as I love it, I fret when I wear it so I am adding it to the donation bin. Wearing clothing well for a larger frame is all about balance and comfort. If you are tugging at this and pulling at that don't wear it. I don't care how cute it looks on the hanger or on someone else or how pretty it is or if it is the perfect shade of blue, just don't do it. Let it go and move on, I speak from experience (have I mentioned peasant blouses yet?) Balancing out your shape can make or break an outfit and can make you feel all sorts of spiffy or like running home to don pajamas and weep. The skirt here is fitting enough at the hips making a slender shape. The weight of the skirt keeps the flair at the hem from trumpeting and making me look like this.

In a nutshell, think balance and comfort. You should not hanker for p.j.s and a bowl of lucky charms (I love lucky charms) as you are out and about. You should be out and about and so comfortable you are not worried about looking like a sad raccoon.