As much as I enjoy dressing romantically in my vintage boho style, my taste in television shows and movies are quite the opposite. Fantasy sci-fi tops the list of entertainment for me. One show that I cannot seem to get enough of is Limitless. The new series is based on a continuation of the same named movie where an average Joe takes a pill to expand his mind to its full capacity, essentially making him a genius.
While I have no desire to have these capabilities, I do have goals to push myself beyond what I know when it comes to my wardrobe and this blog. With the new year approaching, I have been jotting down thoughts for what I want for Designing From My Closet. Getting wrapped up in the world of the latest and greatest in plus size fashion can leave a gap between the rapid growth of the industry and what real women are doing with their fashion.
I am by no means the most daring blogger out there who is pushing the envelope by rocking a crop top or a body hugging dress and I do not think that is why I created this forum. I will be leaving the envelope pushing to those who have that particular mission in mind and I commend them for doing so. Creating a true style for myself and others who share my passion for creative, artful, colorful, and patternful dressing who happened to be plus size is right where I want to be.
I want to be limitless to where that creativity takes me!
My most popular (and my most favorite) series here are my seasonal Anthropologie Style Plus Size Clothing posts where I round-up a full shopping list with links. I am extremely passionate about this topic and it seems like other ladies out there feel the same way. The comments I have received have tugged at my heart strings. When I first started I struggled to find what I was really looking for, but over this past year my eye has become more and more acute to seeking out this unique style. Now when I am looking for clothes for myself in the plus size arena, I follow a rule: What Would Anthropologie Do or WWAD. Old personal rules of “I can only wear V neck” and “I must have a cinched waistline” have gone to the wayside and let me tell you, it has opened up a whole new world, a limitless world of fashion!
This WWAD philosophy led me to today’s look.
When I first saw this floral paisley dress on the Forever 21 plus website, I immediately thought how much it would fit into an Anthropologie dress collection. It has a fit and flair silhouette, high neckline, and is sleeveless. The autumnal color palette of navy, red, gold, and green was an obvious choice for the season. It has a tiny bit of tulle under the skirt for fullness, but not enough to be unappropriate for a day dress. In years past, this dress would have never gotten past the limiting rules of the neckline being wrong. I am so thankful that did not prevent me from getting this amazing dress that fits my personality so well. And to be perfectly honest, I think the higher neckline looks fabulous on me!That neckline got filled with one of my current favorite necklaces that is actually from Anthropologie. Can the colors be any more matching?!! I love how it frames my face. Since the weather is turning a bit cooler (thank goodness), this longline chunky cardigan with a large shawl collar was a welcome addition to the outfit. Reminiscent of a “grandpa sweater”, the warm caramel color and slouchy cut bring a more relaxed feel to the dress. The fact that it has short sleeves is genius to me because in Southern California, the temps do not dip down low very often. Although the overall shape is baggy with this layer, the combination of the cardigan with the fit and flair dress is appealing to me. My past need to ALWAYS accentuate my waist feels unnecessary with this look.A few items that I have worn many times on the blog are getting seen again like this mini satchel and lace up flats. These are essentials to me that have some personality of their own. Another accessory that is on repeat are these wood and resin bangles that are very Anthropologie-esque. They had similar ones a while back that did not fit my large wrist, so I was thankful when Charming Charlie came out with this version.Everything put together here makes an ideal outfit for me, Anthropologie style. Earthy elements with a touch of elegance. By letting go of ideas I thought I had to follow give me something I never thought I could achieve. To all my fellow plus sized ladies who have proclaimed to me that a trip to Anthropologie led to emotions filled with tears and disappointment, not to mention leaving empty handed, this style IS possible. I encourage you to open up your mind to the possibilities out there. Do not limit yourself to settling for a style that is not you.
The other big point that I want to make is that I recognize that this is a space for me to show fashion, but this is a very small portion of my life, as it should be. Clothes are an avenue to express personality, and while they make me happy, they are not a substitute for true happiness. I try on A LOT of clothes and I have to tell you, most of them do not work out and that can get frustrating. This is not a reflection on me or my body, it simply means the clothes do not work for me. While I would love to shop at Anthropologie and have their items fit me, it simply is not the case. I soak up inspiration when I look online and mostly in store there, then turn around and apply those ideas to what will fit me. The process may be a little more challenging, but the end result is so worth it. Outfit Details
- Paisley Print Fit & Flair Dress: Forever 21
- Ava & Viv Open Knit Shawl in Brown Butter: Target
- Lucius Link Necklace: Anthropologie (similar)
- Zippered Faux Leather Mini Satchel: Forever 21 (similar)
- Wood & Resin Bangles: Charming Charlie (similar)
- Lace Up Flats: Old Navy
I will continue my series of seasonal Anthropologie Style Plus Size Clothing and my winter 2015 post will be coming up in December so keep a look out. In the mean time, think about what you want to happen in 2016 when it comes to your wardrobe. What do you want to change? What are you looking for? What is holding you back from getting that style that you really want? Make a list of what is is you specifically like such as details, colors, patterns, prints, as well as more overall feelings such as relaxed, romantic, whimsical. These observations will only help you make better decisions the next time you go shopping.
With the new year approaching, it is the perfect time to do some self reflection and answer some of these questions. And again, I love when I receive comments and am happy to answer any questions here on the blog, on Instagram, or Facebook.
I am linking up with Happiness At Mid Life.
Today’s Postivity Note
Clear you mind of CAN’T.