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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image of me in the car wearing a tank top with a streetscape at night pattern and a burgundy jacket

Running errands recently: A jacket from Maurice's that I purchased from eBay, and a tank top from Lane Bryant, which doesn't appear to be listed on their site anymore.

I don't love this tank top, because the cut is such that the straps don't align with my bra straps. It's not a racerback, but the straps curve in a racerbackish sort of way, so I'm obliged to wear something over it if I don't want my bra straps hanging out. (Sometimes, I frankly don't care. I wear a bra. Get over it.) But I do really love the pattern on it, which is basically a photograph of a streetscape at night that has been turned into fabric.

I hardly ever wear patterns, because most of the patterns in plus size are not my style. And it seems that, recently, plus size clothiers have said, "We have at long last heard that you don't want exclusively giant floral prints! HERE HAVE SOME TRIBAL!"

So my choices are giant floral print or appropriation/racism? Thanks a shitload.


No thanks.

So when I find a pattern that I would actually wear, it's an amazing day! Too bad the fit on this top isn't better.

Anyway! As always, all subjects related to fat fashion are on topic, but if you want a topic for discussion: Do you have trouble finding patterns in plus size clothes that you would wear?

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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