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pxlegrxnge asked:

I have a lot of excess weight that goes to my stomach and so that as well as having a large chest area and broad shoulders makes it difficult to shop. Do you have any suggestions on what I could wear and what I should stay away from?

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Okay pal, sounds like you’re a classic apple shape! Apple-shaped gals are broader through the shoulder and chest and tend to put on weight around the waist, rather than the legs or hips like hourglasses or pears.

Apples tend to have really fantastic legs, so that’s my first tip for you—focus on those. Don’t go too loose or blousy on your bottom half. Harem pants and banded-ankle shapes won’t work as well on you as classic skinny and slim pants. You can wear a skinny jean, a slim dress pant, anything close-cut and ankle-length, and even a leather legging well. For skirts, the shorter or tighter the better. Maxis aren’t great for you, but pencil silhouettes will look fantastic.

Up top, you have two options that will work really well on you—either a pretty, blousy shape, or a jacket with lots of structure. Blousy tops—shirts with billowing sleeves that flow around the middle—will be lovely on you. They’ll accommodate your broader shoulders and glide over your waistline. Think chiffon and silk—soft fabrics that have a bit of movement to them. In tshirts, looser and even cropped shapes (I’m serious) or dolman shapes will work best—just avoid tight or banded hems.

Structured jackets will help give you a more tailored look. You can definitely still sport an oversized sweater or cardigan, but if you want to give yourself a sense of shape or definition, go for a boyfriend blazer or a shawl-collar jacket with some stretch. Cropped jackets can also work if they’re not too short—you don’t want it more than an inch or two about your hips. Any jacket at your belly button or shorter is going to make you look blocky, especially if it’s not worn with something higher-waisted.

A slight high-low hem is also a great silhouette for you on top in shirts, sweaters and jackets—it adds interest without being unflattering or busy.

In dresses, avoid drop waists (which will hit oddly around your midsection) and empire waists (which may make you look a bit pregs). Bubble hems also aren’t great for you, but they’re heinous anyway and no one should wear them. Your best bet is a structured, higher-waisted A-line, or something short and flowy. Shift shapes work well on you because your legs are fab!

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itseverythingreal asked:

Hey! I am skinny and i dont know what kind of outfits i should buy! plzz help. :D :D

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As a quick disclaimer, I’m not super slender, so I’m not as good at suggestions for lithe frames as I am for curvier girls. But I can give it a try!

Most more slender frames do well with a bit of volume. You can get away with flowier, more billowy shapes than girls like me can—tent dresses, shift dresses, empire waists and tunic shapes work really well on your body type.

I don’t know what your personal style is or how much effort you want to put in, but if you’re looking in thrift stores, check out the little boy’s section—you may be able to find some great vintage blazers, worn-in tshirts, and higher-waisted or boyfriend-fit jeans you can cut off into shorts. I swear this is good advice—back when I was a thin 14-year-old, I could wear the larger-sized stuff from the boy’s section.

If you’re a jeans and a tshirt kind of girl, stick with a skinny or straight-leg cut—you don’t need a flare. If you’re feeling daring, look for some boyfriend-fit jeans—again, check thrift stores for these. Sometimes older women’s jeans fit like this as well. You can add holes or other embellishments yourself to update them!

Don’t be afraid of a higher waist, either! Higher waisted pants and skirts will give you a more rounded hourglass shape and look adorable with crop tops of all lengths—another look that works well on your shape.

Most of the really slender gals I know have great arms and legs, but are self-conscious about their stomachs or waists. Avoid tight tshirts and tanks with low-waisted pants if this is the case—your frame can easily pull off looser shapes, like dolmans, longer crops, and blouses.

Separates will be your friend—dresses are sometimes harder to fit for thinner or more flat-chested gals. Get wild with your pants and bottoms! You have the legs to pull off that vintage leather miniskirt or those old motorcycle pants. You can also rock clunkier, chunkier shoes than us more hourglass- or pear-shaped gals can. The store I work at, Helmut Lang, really caters to a lithe, slender body type. Check out their runway stuff for inspiration, along with Vince, Acne, Rag & Bone, Theory, and Chloe.

Hopefully this helps!

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Anonymous asked:

You're gorgeous bye

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Thank u kind anon

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Anonymous asked:

I stumbled across your blog on the trending blogs page, and I'm so glad I found it! I'm not a huge fashionista myself, but I try to embrace my style and everyone else's. I think I can really relate, when I was a lot younger I got made fun of for my thrifted clothes because that was all we could afford, but then Macklemore comes out with some thrift shop song and it becomes a huge trend. Haha, but now it's something everyone can embrace!

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This is so encouraging to hear! I’m glad you can relate.

The point I’m trying to make with this blog is that thrifted fashion doesn’t have to be Macklemore-esque—like you said, a ton of people are trying out thrifting now, which I think is fabulous, but I think people sometimes limit themselves to looking for crazy stuff!

You can find really beautiful and well-made and timeless and wearable stuff at thrift stores, too. If you only have the budget for a thrifted wardrobe, you don’t have to dress like a Macklemore video or a grandma or a hipster. You can have a normal, functional wardrobe that fits within your personal style.

It’s cheaper and more sustainable than buying new, you often get better-quality clothing, and the money you’re spending at a thrift shop usually goes towards a good cause!

Solidarity, my friend.

Thanks for stopping by my inbox!

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Anonymous asked:

Have you ever considered doing a photo tour of how you store and organize your clothing?

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I have, but it’s really nothing too too special. I have a gigantic industrial-strength rolling rack that I arrange all my dresses, skirts and blouses by color on, and then a huge shoe rack and a bunch of things in old stacked crates and a vintage chest and set of drawers. If people are interested, though, I could post some pics! I do have some decent tips for budget closet organization.

Here are some exceedingly random ~looks~ from the past week, if anyone’s interested.

My parents were in town, so between work and outings with them afterwards,I had to sort of throw stuff together on the go—it felt like I was on vacation every night, even though I had to go back to work every morning, so I weirdly think of these as travel looks.

First row: ~whale watching looks~
Thrifted skirt, sneakers; crop top and scarf from Urban Outfitters clearance; sunglasses from a gift shop in Gloucester, MA.

Second row: ~unexpected last-minute high tea looks~
Thrifted dress, belt, bag; old sneakers (I came straight from work and thankfully wore a dress on my commute in. I would’ve preferred wedges, but all I had on me were the chucks from my commute. Could’ve been worse, though—at least I had bobby pins on me to sweep my hair up).

Third row, L to R: ~Red Sox game and family dinner looks~
Thrifted everything in all three looks, except for my trusty American apparel riding pants (far left) and some super old Vera wang for Kohls sandals (center).

OOTD: 1D concert

All thrifted/traded for at resale shops, headband from Claire’s

So the 1D concert was (for me, specifically) a mess. But at least my outfit was cute!

My 19-year-old sister conned me into going, and I wanted to be securely tipsy if I was going to be around a bunch of moms and screaming middle-schoolers for 3 hours (I’m 23, fyi, so this is completely legal). So, of course, I got a little overeager with my mixed drinks beforehand (I don’t party much) and ended up throwing up in the bathroom. At a One Direction concert. Surrounded by disapproving moms and confused 12-year-olds. Mad props to my sister for being the designated driver and buying me post-concert French fries.

Not my proudest moment, but don’t ever say I don’t keep this blog real as hell. I just wanted to let you know that real life isn’t all sunshine and festival wear and perfectly curled hair and lattes like some bloggers make it out to be.

Sometimes adult life is throwing up at a boy band concert while your family is in town and hauling yourself to work the next morning hungover after 5 hours of sleep on a basement floor, and that’s okay (not that I’d really endorse it—it wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience).

I suppose what I’m trying to say here is that social media and blogs and sometimes tumblr dot com make(s) us think everyone else lives these perfect little lives, when in reality they may be vomiting in stadium bathrooms.

But, as stated above, at least I looked cute while doing it.

This has been an OOTD post/PSA. Hopefully none of you are particularly scandalized.

Ootd: comfy as heck (I’ve been watching too much Fargo)

All secondhand/thrifted (minus old purse from TJ Maxx and the homemade necklace).

I woke up with a headache this morning and couldn’t be bothered to put on a pretty dress for my commute into work, or a real bra, for that matter.

I scored the kicks and the pants from buffalo exchange last night as part of a trade for some old jewelry and clothes, so they were a good comfy starting point. This look only really works if I flatten out my chest with a sports bra, which was just fine with me.

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ojos1234 asked:

Any advice for bigger busted girls finding something to wear at thrift stores? Thanks! :)

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I’m bigger busted, too—it’s not as obvious because I’m so tall, but i’m actually a 34dd! I also have broad shoulders, so that combined with boobs can make it a bit difficult to size things sometimes. Your question is a specialty of mine—I’ve gone through lots of trial and error!

If you’re busty and you’re looking for vintage/thrifted stuff, here are a few of my tricks:

-Size up. Frankly, I tend to ignore sizes while thrifting anyway (if I like it, I’ll try it on, size notwithstanding), but if you’re the kind of person who looks at sizes, keep in mind that stuff now is vanity sized. If you’re really looking at vintage stuff, you’ll likely need a bigger size to accommodate your bust and/or shoulders than what you currently wear.

-Wear the right bra while shopping! Small-chested girls don’t have to worry about this as much, but when you have a bigger chest, the wrong bra can break an outfit (literally, in some cases). Don’t wear a sports bra or a padded push-up unless you wear those things on a daily basis. A nice, full-coverage t-shirt bra or a lightly-lined balconet (if you must) are about as wild as I’d advise getting for a day of thrifting.

-Don’t miss the hidden zipper. Seriously. I’ve gotten so frustrated with trying to get dresses on sometimes and then I realize that I’m an idiot and there’s a hidden zipper in the side. Unzip the zipper.

-Look for blousy shapes up top with tighter waists. Structured stuff doesn’t usually work as well on chesty gals unless it’s impeccably tailored to our bodies (which it won’t be in the thrift store).

-Make sure the buttons and zippers hold and don’t gape or pucker. I’ve had one too many button-up dresses and shirts pop open mid-wear to mess with badly-fitting buttons anymore. Stretch up top is your other option—the more, the better.

-Grab a belt or two to bring into the fitting room, if you can. Belts are your secret weapon and your best friend, especially with dresses and long tunics/sweaters. They let you size up to accommodate your chest while still keeping a feminine silhouette.

Ootd on my day off:

Thrifted everything! Not much else to say.

Here’s a thrifter’s quandary: the red dress you see on the wall is on hold until tomorrow night while I mull over whether or not I really need yet another pretty little vintage day dress (spoiler 1: yes, always) (spoiler 2: but per usual I am probably too poor to justify it. Le sigh).

It’s $22 and it’s not thrifted, per se—it’s from Buffalo Exchange (I was trying on clothes while waiting to trade some of my own in), so it’s a bit more expensive than I’d find it thrifted. On the other hand, it’s stunning, and a beautiful tomato-red collared full-skirted embroidered cotton dress is a rare find indeed. An intimidating woman on the T once told me that red is my color, so I’m a bit predisposed to it.

So the question here is: should I spend $22 on a pretty dress, or should I continue on my mission for financial austerity, and use that $22 towards practical things like food and tea and socks and conditioner?

I know the good/correct answer, but sometimes being a cash-strapped fashionista is trying.

So next time you really need your hair out of your face but also want to look simultaneously ladylike and a little crazy, maybe try this little French braid bun I threw together today?

My hair was especially unruly today, and not in a hot sex hair way.

Basically, instead of just a topknot, I did a short French braid starting at the front of my hairline. I took that chunk of hair, twisted it with the rest of my hair into one mass, threw that into a ponytail, and then twisted it into a bun and secured the whole thing with another hair tie.

I actually like how off-kilter the whole thing looked—very neat from the front, but as soon as you incline your head or turn to the side, it’s a little off. Perhaps better served by a brush beforehand if you need it to look, you know, nice.

Not my fanciest hair creation, but when you have dirty shoulder-length hair and zero bobby pins, you have to make do.

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Anonymous asked:

I'm really awful at making my own outfits and picking out my own clothes. I end up wearing the same unflattering things everyday. Can you give me some advice as to what to wear?

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I think you first need to figure out what you like and what makes you feel good. Go to a store (thrift stores are great for this) and try on lots of different things—dresses and skirts of all cuts and lengths, all types of pants, some pretty blouses and louche tees, whatever catches your eye.

You may have to try on a million things to find something that really makes you feel good, but you’ll find it. When you do, buy it. That’s your starting point.

Again, lots of this depends on lifestyle—how much money you have to spend, how much time you can invest in it, where you’ll be wearing your clothes, etc.—so change this advice as you see fit.

If there’s something you’re wearing all the time but that doesn’t make you feel great, figure out why. If you’re wearing it a lot, it’s either:
-convenient
-comfortable, or
-easy to match.

All of these positive things are also available in clothes that make you feel good—I promise. You just have to work a bit. I’d say about 80% of what’s in stores won’t fit 80% of body types well, if only because fit models are so standard and traditionally proportional in their measurements, and normal people aren’t.

A good start for you would be to take whatever you’re currently wearing the most and figure out why you’re wearing it (those three reasons above should give you a good start). Then, compare it with why you like the garment you found on your shopping excursion (or really any garment you have that makes you feel fantastic).

There should be some middle ground there, and that’s what you need to look for. Do you want comfy but fancy? Convenient but sexy? Easy to match but androgynous?

Don’t be afraid of a uniform, either—ifblack jeans, a colorful top, and some kicks make you feel good, wear that all the time! If maxi dresses are your flow, find 20 (they’re all over thrift stores).

Take your next few days off for yourself and build a starter wardrobe based only on pieces you absolutely love. You don’t to dress like the other people at your high school or office or college. Wear what makes you glow and don’t feel bad about donating anything that makes you self-conscious every time you wear it.

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! I really love your blog and was wondering if you had any ideas about clothes that would flatter my legs as I'm really self conscious of my thighs?

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Oh girl. I’m right there!

My hips/thighs are the largest part of my body and where all my weight ends up at some point. I was self-conscious about them for some time (and still am, a little bit).

My #1 tip for making anything—thrifted or new—work is to know your fits.

For example, my ideal fit for any garment or outfit involves an emphasized waist, because (besides my wrists and ankles), I think it’s the nicest part of my body. If I’m doing a dress or a skirt, it needs to be tight around the middle, or at least belted. If I’m doing pants or other separates, they need to be higher waisted and tight, worn with either something cropped or somewhat fitted.

So much of this advice depends on your lifestyle, but if you’re truly self-conscious about your legs, start wearing more dresses and skirts! The normal teen-twentysomething default looks of low-waisted jeans and a slightly loose tee with some boots or sneakers don’t work so well on curvier hourglass and pear shapes like you and I.

If you’re looking at skirts or dresses, find a higher rise and either a full skirt or a very fitted, stretchy one. The in-between cuts can add bulk and fit awkwardly.

And don’t be afraid to say no to things that just don’t make you feel great! I get really self-conscious about shorts, and after years of trying in vain to find a pair that would magically make my body look completely different, I decided to stop beating myself up and just wear things that make me feel good. I don’t like wearing shorts, or leggings as pants, or loose, long tshirts, so I mostly don’t, and I feel that much better for it.

Seriously considering doing some sort of little giveaway if I hit 10,000 followers in the next few days. I have a few bits and pieces of thrifted clothing and jewelry and accessories laying around and they might as well go to someone! It wouldn’t be anything brand new or particularly valuable, but it would be something.

I’m so overwhelmed and flattered, and I know that 10,000 isn’t an incredible number in the grand scheme of things, but I really appreciate you guys! It makes me feel like this whole hobby/lifestyle isn’t just some weird thing that only I care about. Thrifty solidarity!

Apparently I’m on the trending blog list again? I have no idea how/why this keeps happening, but my stupid little blog and I are flattered!

For you new people—I’m a 23-year-old recent grad, from Indiana, living in Boston, currently (and ironically) working in extremely high-end retail while on food stamps (I got laid off of my 9-to-5 about two months ago). I grew up in a family that was already pretty poor and thrifty, but now, more than ever, it’s a necessity and a part of life as well as a hobby.

Just because my clothing budget comes from whatever extra odd jobs I can do or surveys/focus groups I can talk my way into doesn’t mean I can’t look hella good.

I fully believe I can be just as happy with my $2 dress as my high-end customers can be with their $2000 jackets. I think that having a thrift store wardrobe doesn’t mean I have to compromise my very picky sartorial perspective.

Let me know if you ever need advice or if you just want to chat! Happy to have you guys here. Sorry my blog is kinda lazy sometimes. I’m always running around on my grind.