There’s some looks that I love…really love, but haven’t been able to try because of my size. There are some classic styles that are missing in larger sizes and I’m missing out. WE are missing out. I love a shirt with tails or a long scooped back hemline, every single time I see this style it’s on a ‘regular sized’ woman and I have to keep on dreaming.
I also love the preppy look, I can’t help it I’m mad for the 80’s and Ferris Bueller was a big influence. Recently I picked up this preppy knit vest at SUSSAN (currently on sale), sure it’s regular sizing (up to an 18) but it’s a knit and has stretch so will cater for a few sizes up.
I had planned on wearing the vest with a skirt, I don’t do knits very well so was planning to pop a jacket over the top, gotta love some winter layering hey!
What I really wanted was to team this vest with a collared shirt but I wanted the shirt to have the length at the back. While I can fit into regular sized clothes and plus sized clothes a collared shirt is not an easy wear for me. I’m broad with reconstructed breasts that sit a bit ‘outa whack’ (or as my nan would say ‘skewif’) and I also carry weight in my belly.
To get coverage of my belly and sort out my broad shoulders a button up shirt normally ends up looking masculine and shapeless on me…until now.
I was shopping with a client this week and spied this polka dot shirt at Autograph on the ‘new arrivals’ rack (yup not even invoiced in yet), I picked it up spun it around and did a happy dance. I whipped it on over the top of what I was wearing and instantly put 5 outfits together in my mind, this shirt had to be mine. I had the sales assistant hold it for me until later in the day and when I said goodbye to my client I went back and bought it.
Here’s the kicker, it was only $49 and also comes in a stripe! I know right! I hope they do it in plain white…pretty please! Oh and I love the collar!
So I’ve got my chance, I finally get to do a look I haven’t done since my youth…preppy, but of course it’s ‘my way’. I’ve popped the vest over the shirt and teamed them with my Harlow indigo blue denim jeans. Then I added the obligatory ‘Derby’ shoe…but with a pop of colour. Uhuh my look might be classic but there should always be an injection of personality in your outfit because, well it’s what makes the look ‘yours’.
These Rollie Derby shoes are seriously one of the comfiest pair of shoes I’ve ever worn, true! When I was halfway through chemo I got peripheral neuropathy of my feet, which meant I couldn’t feel my feet…well I could feel the excruciating pain but my feet also felt numb. Weird! It was awful and something that isn’t always reversible, thankfully my chemo dose was adjusted and about a year after chemo ended my feet returned to normal. Annnnywaaay…I stumbled upon Rollie shoes and they were the gift I gave to myself that just keeps giving…so bloody comfortable and the softest buttery leather that your feet will love.
So back to my outfit, look at me at 43 wearing jeans and a preppy vest and loving my look hard! I came late to wearing jeans (42) and these days they are on my arse regularly. But I need to soften this look a little because, ummm short hair/jeans/masculine shirt….so cue rose pink Derby shoes and a statement necklace to finish off. Oh and my other ‘flashback fave’ a backpack! This outfit is a good example of how we can mix finds from plus size and straight size together to create an outfit.
I’m happy I got my look and didn’t have to splash a whole lotta cash.
What’s your favourite line from Ferris Beuller’s day off? Mine is…
FERRIS: Don’t worry about it, I don’t even have a piece of shit. I have to envy yours.
CAMERON: Oh, thanks.
Oh and when SLOANE says…”sooner or later everyone goes to the zoo”
Til next time,