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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Oh to be fat around the holidays! It can be so fraught with so much fuckery! And with all the shit around food and eating and family and resolutions and blah blah blah, the last thing we need to worry about is dressing ourselves appropriately, but I'm guessing I'm not the only fat lady who's had angst around finding appropriate holiday clothes—whether it's locating a plus-size "ugly Christmas sweater" for a work event or a suitable party dress for various holiday parties or something appropriate for standing in front of the congregation as part of the church choir for a Christmas Eve service or just something, dear lord Jesus Jones anything, that looks nice enough to ward off criticism from that family member you know the one oh god please pass the spiked cider.

Luckily, the internet and an increasing number of retailers who realize fat people need to dress our fat bodies for our big fat holiday parties, too, has made finding holiday-related clothing a lot easier for many of us than it used to be.

I don't have any family gatherings to attend, I'm an atheist so church is a non-issue, and I don't throw an office party for myself, so I don't have much about which to worry—although I spent a good many years having fuck-all to wear (at least in terms of clothing in which I felt good) to holiday parties, especially New Year's Eve.

Having discovered a few online outlets where I can buy a dress that's both stylish and fits my body well has alleviated the angst of What to Wear to Holiday Parties.

image of me in a patterned dress, featuring cats in picture frames, a black cardigan, and purple flats
Celebrating my friend Ari's birthday this past weekend.
Wearing my "Mew-seum" dress from ModCloth and Doc Martens flats.

I waited for a sale and got the dress at 50% off. You never have long to wait for a good sale at ModCloth, which is one of the reasons I love that site! I got that dress for a friend's Halloween wedding reception, and it was a perfect selection for Ari's birthday, too, since she is a fellow cat-lover.

It's not exactly a winter holiday dress, specifically, but it's my most recent purchase in a similar vein, so CLOSE ENOUGH!

Anyway! As always, all subjects related to fat fashion are on topic, but if you want a topic for discussion: Do you own a party dress you love? Are you looking for something specific for the holidays that you're having trouble finding?

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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