Fat Fashion

This is your semi-regular thread in which fat women can share pix, make recommendations for clothes they love, ask questions of other fat women about where to locate certain plus-size items, share info about sales, talk about what jeans cut at what retailer best fits their body shapes, discuss how to accessorize neutral colored suits, share stories of going bare-armed for the first time, brag about a cool fashion moment, whatever.

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We are getting snow flurries here today—fat, fluffy, lazily wind-drifting snowflakes that aren't accumulating into anything. Still: Yuck. I'm not ready for winter yet. After last winter lasted fully one thousand months, it feels like we barely had a summer.

The good thing about the cold weather, though, is that I get to bring out my favorite sweaters again!

One of the "rules" by which we're supposed to abide in order to avoid "looking fat" at all costs (even if, you know, we actually are fat) is never wearing horizontal stripes. Fuck that! I love horizontal stripes, and I especially love them on sweaters. I have all sorts of sweaters with horizontal stripes!

One of my favorites is a black and white stripey number I got from Avenue last year or the year before. One of my favorite things about it is the sleeves:

image of my outstretched arm, showing the sleeve pattern on the sweater, which goes from thicker stripes to thinner stripes mid-forearm

I love the change in the width of the stripes mid-forearm, and I love the slightly long sleeves. A nice arm detail on a sweater is one of my favorite things.

(Which is why I also love this sweater from Lane Bryant which has a cute button detail on the sleeve.)

Anyway! As always, all subjects related to fat fashion are on topic, but if you want a topic for discussion: What fashion "rules" do you break? What sorts of detailing is hard to find in plus size clothing that delights you when you find it?

Have at it in comments! Please remember to make fat women of all sizes, especially women who find themselves regularly sizing out of standard plus-size lines, welcome in this conversation, and pass no judgment on fat women who want to and/or feel obliged, for any reason, to conform to beauty standards. And please make sure if you're soliciting advice, you make it clear you're seeking suggestions—and please be considerate not to offer unsolicited advice. Sometimes people just need to complain and want solidarity, not solutions.

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