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Wearing Every Color of the Rainbow

Wearing Every Color of the Rainbow | Designing From My Closet

Wearing color is one of my signature things to do.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good neutral outfit, but more times than not, I will grab one of more colorful items in my closet to start off creating a look.  Often times I get told by other women how much they love the color I am wearing, but they could never wear it.  It brings me back to the eighties when there were home parties where you would get “draped” to find out what your colors were.  I remember back then it confused me as I never wanted to rule out any color to wear.  So today I am showing you six different outfits to show how I wear every color of the rainbow with items I already have in my closet.  Each one is loved by me and I feel confident in all of them.

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Changing of the Seasons: Remixing Last Years Fall Pieces

Changing of the Seasons: Remixing Last Years Fall Pieces | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

I have to admit, writing blog posts three times a week can be a lot of fun and exciting most of the time.  Then there are other times when I feel a little lost as to what to write about.  Sometimes inspiration just isn’t there or other things in life are heavy on my heart.  So in the spirit of being an open woman with you, I have to say there is a change in me.  I am feeling the need for change in my life and I am ready to have it happen.  Leading the Designing From Your Closet Style Challenge was exhilarating and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the ladies that joined the class.  Sharing my outfit building tools and to see them in action was heart warming.  I am already planning another session of the class as well as having another online style course on another topic.  Doing these style classes are one way I am inviting a wonderful change into my life.  We shall see what other adventures God has in store for me and my family as we pray through this transition time.

And speaking of the DFYC Style Challenge class, a big part of it was shopping your closet.  I participated right along with all the other ladies in the challenge and got to create some great outfits using what I already had in my closet for the upcoming fall season.  Today I am going to be showing you a couple of outfits I put together using items I featured last fall on the blog.

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Anthro Copy Cat: Black & White Pants with Military Jacket

Anthro Copy Cat: Black & White Pants with Military Jacket | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Last June I took a picture of a display at my local Anthropologie that included a casual outfit I wanted to wear so badly.  It boasted a slouchy olive military jacket, white tee with a knot, watercolor scarf in whites, oranges, and purples, and black and white pants.  What I truly loved about this look were the pants.  Although you cannot tell from my iPhone picture, they had a black background with white irregular dots and dashes with a bit of a global feel to them.  Ever since then I have been on the lookout for a plus size version of these beauties.  When I saw a pair of Lane Bryant pants being sold on Poshmark, I pounced.  Since I already had all of the other pieces to recreate this outfit, I was ready to complete it with my new find.

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Anthropologie Fitting Room Review

Last week I stopped in to Anthropologie to get a top I had been eyeing and a dress for my upcoming 20th year anniversary.  Since I am a size 16/18, I have started to fine tune my skills on what items will work on my plus size frame when I shop there.  Although I have posted on where to find Anthro style plus size clothing in the past, I never like to rule them out completely because looser, oversize cuts and stretchy fabrics can most definitely work.  I wanted to review my picks, along with fit, feel, and observations I came to in the fitting room to show how at ladies in my size range can still shop here, even if it is not considered a plus size retailer.

As a precursor to seeing the selfies in this post, I look completely disheveled as the day I chose to shop, it was extremely hot and humid.  I think my makeup practically melted off my face and my hair went totally frizzy so I had to tie it back with a band I thankfully had in my purse.

In the fitting room at Anthropologie

Maaike Maxi Skirt

Do you see that loveliness hanging there on the left?  Well, the largest size they had in the store was a 10, and I thought perhaps I could wear it high waisted, which I typically need to do anyhow to make items fit me correctly due to me being short waisted.  This was a no go unfortunately, with it not going even over my hips.  On to the next!

Castalia Dress

Castalia Dress

Castalia Dress

This dress was a total shocker for me.  I loved the print, but was unsure of how the shape, length, and smocked top would look on me.  I was instantly in love with it when I put it on.  It is a very soft rayon with an organic diamond pattern in blue tie dye.  Above the waist the fabric is stretchy being smocked so it fit my bust well.  The skirt portion is straight in silhouette and hit me right below the knee which is a length I do not usually like, and in this case, I loved.  I especially appreciated the curved side slits on each side of the skirt.  Right below the tie rope belt, the skirt hugged my tummy a little too much for my comfort as the largest size they had was a 14 in the store.  Other attributes I loved were the fact that this could be a day dress or dressed up for evening, the beading on the rope belt, and that it has pockets.  With all that being said, I took advantage of the dress sale they had going on this last weekend and purchased it in a 16 online and it fits perfect.  I can’t wait to wear it for my anniversary celebration!

Update: See how I styled this dress in my What I Wore: My 20th Year Wedding Anniversary post.

Pravin Cardigan

Pravin Cardigan

I slipped on this kimono shaped cardigan over the dress to just try it for size and found that I adored the combination.  The contrast between the dark indigo blue and the light pastel lavender just appealed to me.  It has tonal Aztec stitching throughout this drapy covering and has a built in tie that can be done in the front like I am showing here, or in the back.  I got this from the sale room and am wearing it in a size large.  This will be perfect to pair with the dress if I get a little chilly.  I also have a few more things to wear with this for the summer.

Update: See how I styled this cardigan in my What Dreams Are Made Of post.

Malpelo Blouse

Malpelo Blouse

Malpelo Blouse

This shape of top is always on my wish list.  Cap sleeves, surplus top, fitted under the bust, and loose around the tummy are all features I look for in my ideal world.  This slightly off white blouse is a faux wrap with elastic at the waist and fixed tie at the side.  It has a textured gingham pattern that is super sweet.  I picked this up in the sale room as well and as much as I like the shape and fit in a large, I did not really like the bow all the way over at the side seam.  I would have preferred it to be slightly more on the front of the top.  Although I did not get this top, I did discover something I had never thought of before and that was to pair a top of this shape over a dress.  I love how the top peeks through and am going to look for ways I can use this trick in my current wardrobe.

Stitched Chambray Vest

Stitched Chambray Vest

Vests have been on my radar lately as I have been wearing this one almost twice a week.  Again, I love the wrap style that this tank provides and the chambray gives multiple styling options.  What really drew me to this one was the embroidery work on the neckline and belt.  I tried this on in a size large and while it fit through the bust and waist, I would have preferred it released a bit at the hip.  And since I already had several items here I was purchasing, I decided the $98 vest was not going to go home with me.  I do however have a refashion in mind to recreate the feeling of this top so stay tuned for that.

Morning Glory Tank

Morning Glory Tank

Now this was the top I came in to get and it was even more special in person than it was online.  This is a size large and it just glides over my body nicely.  The coral colors are just spectacular and I plan on first wearing it tucked in a pair of shorts I purchased a little while back.  It is super soft and light.  I can even see this paired with the lavender kimono cardigan.

Final Thoughts & Conclusions

1. I shop by four of my senses.  I realized how much this is true on this shopping trip.  The smell is always incredible in this store, the displays are always inspiring and the fitting rooms are pretty and well lit, the tactile appeal is always at my fingertips, and the sounds of pretty music and ladies talking nicely to me.  All of these factors keep me coming back to Anthropologie.

2. Size is relative.  I find that just because items are labeled a large, does not mean they are all created equal.  I am beyond surprised that these items in this size fit me so well when I go to other retailers and I cannot even squeeze into a 1X.  I am glad I chose to try on these items even though the size listed on the label is smaller than what I typically wear.

3. I found what I was looking for.  It was so nice to be able to find this beautiful and unique dress for such a momentous occasion in my life.  This store continues to deliver items that I love to wear and I have hopes that in the future they will carry larger sizes for items like pants.  Although they have higher price points than other places I shop at, I find that I am much more satisfied and keep their items much longer in rotation than all the others put together.  That makes it all worth it to me.

Today’s Postivity Note

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like & celebrating it for everything that it is. -Mandy Hale

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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Geo Everything

Anthropologie Elevenses Geo Safari Vest & LOFT Geo Eyelet Skirt

There have been some major changes happening in my life and my wardrobe has been one of them.  Even since beginning Designing From My Closet seven months ago, I have been more focused on my personal style and what it means to me.  In the midst of that, I have been facing the realities of a shopping addiction and the way that I shop.  My usual monthly budget has been boosted by birthday cash, so I have several new additions to my closet that I am just loving.

Anthropologie Elevenses Geo Safari Vest & LOFT Geo Eyelet Skirt

This vest from Anthropologie really just spoke to me and my sensibilities.  I love the structure of it with the fabric belt that cinches in the waist.  The details like the embroidery on the top pockets, interesting collar and neckline, and geo pattern give a global vibe.  I already have several more looks planned with it.  At first, I had the vest all the way buttoned up, then I played around with it and found that by unbuttoning the bottom two buttons, it created a lovely shape, making my waist look smaller.  I am wearing a size large.

For this first wear, I chose to go with this eyelet skirt in a punchy citron yellow that picks up on the yellow in the vest.  I love the different geo shape of the eyelet and it is a nice departure from the ultra girly feel eyelet usually gives off.  I am wearing a size 14 and because I am short waisted, I typically wear things much higher on the torso than most so it will hit me at the right length.  That is also why I am able to get away with wearing a smaller size than I usually do.Micheal Kors Brilliance Motif Pave Triangle Pendant Necklace in Rose Goldtone

This necklace means so much to me as it was a birthday gift.  I am fortunate enough to have a family member that works at Michael Kors.  It is pretty much where all of my MK items I show here on the blog are from.  Again, the whole geo theme carries through with the triangle shape.  The Coach handbag was a gift from another family member from several years ago and I will treasure it forever.LOFT Geo Eyelet Skirt in Spring Citron

Anthropologie Elevenses Geo Safari Vest & LOFT Geo Eyelet Skirt

I felt absolutely radiant in this look and I am gaining more confidence showing my upper arms to the world.  Seeing so many other lovely plus size and inbetweenie bloggers and models do it has really opened my eyes to see how you carry yourself is where your beauty comes from.  I am so blessed to have people in my life that have given me these items for my birthday and that makes it even more special.

Outfit Details:

Elevenses Geo Safari Vest: Anthropologie

Geo Eyelet Skirt in Spring Citron: LOFT

Brilliance Motif Pave Triangle Pendant Necklace in Rose Goldtone: Michael Kors

Brown Hangbag: Coach (similar)

Brown Pierced Faux Leather Wedges: Franco Sarto via Petticoat Lane Consignment (similar)

Bone & Gold Bangle: Unknown via Goodwill of Orange County (similar)

Do you show your upper arms?  Is there another part of your body you have a hard time showing?

Today’s Postivity Note

Believe in yourself and all that you are.  Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.  -Christian D. Larson

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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