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Putting it Together: Leather and Lace

January 23, 2013

I have always loved style. I’ve owned a vintage online shop for more than ten years. I’ve worked as a stylist for a photographer. I watch Project Runway with joy every season. I love putting things together — for other people. It’s only recently that I’ve started to realize that it’s okay for me to wear the same cute things that I find for other people. While I know that fashion will never be the most important issue we talk about here at Fierce Fatties, I do think it’s more important than it’s surface gloss.

So, in the spirit of fun, and remembering how fun getting dressed can be, I present the first FFF Putting it Together post. It starts with a straight-sized outfit, gets picked apart, and put back together to fit a fat lady. My starter photo comes from Mod Cloth’s Style Gallery:


What drew me to this outfit was the leather and lace combo. It makes me think of Danny putting his coat on Sandy over her prom dress in Grease. I also love the light dress with dark legs. Fat people are so often taught to wear all dark all the time that I love the idea of throwing that away. I also love that the lace makes this fancy, but the jacket and tights make it more casual. Lace isn’t just for church and parties!

Here’s what I found for you in the fat-lady market:

lace Collage

Oh, oh how I wish this dress was that soft blue. But it’s very nice in gray, too, don’t you think? And it achieves the light-on-top, dark-on-bottom look. It even comes with the belt! I found it at ASOS for $49.25. It comes in sizes 16-22, but be aware that ASOS runs about two sizes large, so the 22 is closer to a 26. Check out the size chart.

Here’s a closer look at the jacket.


It’s a little bit of a luxury at $115 (okay, more than a little bit), but, it’s so pretty. I love the asymmetric zip. It will hang open really nicely and give your lacy dress a tough edge. It comes from Evans, and it’s timeless. You’ll be wearing it years from now. It comes in sizes from 10 to 26/28. If you sign up for their emails, you get 10% off, and free shipping on an order over $50. (More below on my thoughts about cost.)

Black tights are available from Just My Size in sizes up to 6X for $8.49.

These little flat Mary Janes are available in sizes up to 13W from Payless for just $16.99.

This whole outfit could be purchased for $239.73.I don’t know about you, but the idea of spending close to $250 on one outfit makes me feel a little queasy, even if it includes a coat. So, here are my ideas on bringing that cost down.

First, if you have any black flats, you don’t have to go out and buy Mary Janes, what you have will work.

Second, what’s working here, what’s appealing to the eye, is the idea of a girly dress with a biker jacket. Do you already have a skater-style dress? You could watch for this one to go on sale at ASOS, or sign up for their emails and wait to get a decent coupon code. Or start hitting the thrift stores and Fatshionxchange to look for second-hand dress to build this outfit around. It doesn’t have to be lace, either. The key is to find something short-ish and light in texture.

Lastly, that jacket. I actually found less expensive biker jackets out there, but because it’s the end of the season they didn’t have a wide enough size selection left for me to include in this post. Again, you might find something at a thrift store. I’m a thrift store junkie, and I find see them fairly often. Keep your eye out for sales and coupon codes as well, especially this time of year.

One more thing. I think a short denim jacket would give the same soft/hard effect as the leather (or faux leather) does. You can definitely find a denim jacket at a thrift store, or even new, for 10% or 20% of the cost of the jacket I linked to here.

This post wasn’t designed as a “go out, you, and buy what I tell you to buy.” (Unless, of course, you have to have it and it’s in your budget… then, by all means!) I don’t get anything out of linking to these items and neither does FFF. The point is to start thinking about what works together, showing you that there are things out there in your size, and give you a starting point for finding them.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2013 5:44 pm

    I love this post! I am a fierce fattie fashionista and anything that helps me find awesome items, whatever the price (I’m always down to look for a cheaper item inspired by the original), makes me super happy. I love lace with a passion, and leather kicks ass, so of course, the ages old tradition of pairing them together is super fab! Keep more of these posts coming, please!

  2. January 23, 2013 6:46 pm

    That leather jacket is amazing! I’ve been on a quest for the perfect leather jacket for years now and still haven’t found one 😦 Every time I think I’ve got it, it’s faux leather (and IDK, that just doesn’t sit right with me especially since it’s mostly just as pricey as the real thing or smells strange).

    Thanks for the inspiration- definitely going to take it with me for my next day off!

  3. The Real Cie permalink
    January 25, 2013 12:19 am

    It would be nice if they had actual plus size models wearing the clothes, but what can ya do?
    I’m a bit of a fashion disaster, I must admit. If I’m not wearing scrubs I’m wearing something else loose and baggy.

  4. January 25, 2013 12:09 pm

    Oh snap, I could totally make this outfit (minus the black leggings). I have a faux leather biker style jacket and the perfect dress/top for underneath. O_o but WILL I?! I don’t know. Mixing two extremes like this isn’t really me-then again, anytime I wear something that’s not office-casual or jeans and a tee shirt I feel like I’m playing dress up with my big sister. We’ll see! If I do it, I’ll post a pic for ya’ll at my blog or the FFF FB page.

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