Top 12 Outfits of 2012 (And 1 for Good Luck!)
Hard to believe that almost a full year has passed since I started my style blog (I officially launched it in mid January of 2012.) I’ve had so many exciting sartorial moments over the last year; two seasons of New York Fashion Week, two Full Figure Fashion “Weeks” (NJ & NYC), tons of fabulous events- both plus-size & straight-size, contributing to LuckyMag.com, becoming Refinery29’s newest plus-size contributor, being shot for a style feature on Refinery29… the list just goes on.
But, on top of those awesome experiences, I also had some fabulous fashion moments as well. It was a good year for….
The Color Blue
Getting Over a Fear (Posing in a swimsuit)
Black Maxi Skirts
While 2012 was a fantastic year for SO many different reasons, I’m still thrilled to ring in 2013. I just can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me!
Also, a big thanks to all of my readers! I appreciate your support, comments and questions, and I hope 2013 proves to be a fashionable year for you all!
What’s a better summer inspiration than the beach? And what’s all over the beach? (Or the waves at least…) Surfers!
While I am not a surfer myself (I figure horrible balance + hatred of aggressive waves= death by surfing), I am a big fan of their style & attitude. So, with that idea in mind, it was only natural to pair up my mirrored tropical/tie-dye/floral print skirt with a blindingly neon tank top and equally blinding neon shoes.
My outfit’s so bright I have to wear sunglasses.
Top: Walmart (size L)
Skirt: ASOS (Size 16)
Heels: Charlotte Russe (Size 10)
You’re gonna poke your eye out!
Alright, so the original quote actually says “shoot,” but seriously, potato, potato. (Boy, does that sound better when you say it out loud…)
Either way, I prefer my jewelry dangerous. Whether that means it could double as a weapon or it just looks intimidating, each spiked necklace or Brooklyn Bridge ring gives me a touch of edge that might otherwise be missing from my outfit.
I wore this outfit to two events last Thursday; the Gc Timepiece preview & the Demi Monde grand opening party. I’m obviously a big fan of leopard print, so when I’m in a rush I typically grab for the pattern in my packed closet. This tunic/dress is actually from the straight size section of Forever21, which shows you how it’s important to always try things on.
The tunic/dress needed a belt to give it shape and highlight my hourglass figure. I love how neon shades pair with the neutral of the leopard print, and while I typically don’t do the whole matchy-matchy of the same shade in a cardigan & belt, it was the easiest pairing for a rush.
The black leggings & platform wedges helped ground the outfit, and prevent it from becoming too over-the-top. …although, who am I really kidding? Most of my outfits are over-the-top.
Dress: Forever21 (size L)
Leggings: Forever21 (size 2X)
Cardigan: Norma Kamali for Walmart (size L)
Shoes: Easy Pickins (Size 9)
Belt: Target (Size L)
Necklace: Necessary Clothing
What’s black & white & me all over? (Yes, I think I may have used a similar joke like that before, but whatever, it’s my blog & IdowhatIwant!)
As I’ve said in the past, I’m a big fan of clashing/matching prints. (Clamashing? Clatching? Mashing? ….I guess mashing is a word already, so we’ll go with that.) And with a intensely patterned black & white dress (with neon green piping), it was just natural to pair a black & white zebra print belt, neon green & snake print platform heels, neon shades, neon necklace & a neon bag.
While it sounds like a lot of neon, the black & white dress grounds the bright colors and prevents them from overpowering the entire look. Personally, I love neon & have no problem wearing an bold neon-centric look, but most people are not comfortable doing so.
If I can ever impart any fashion wisdom on you it would be this, try things. Put colors together you think shouldn’t go, put two (or more) busy patterns together, wear neon, wear white, wear stripes, wear everything that people say big girls can’t wear. Screw ‘em.
Dress: Target (Junior’s size XXL)
Belt: Target (Size L)
Shoes: Easy Pickins (Size 9)
Bag: Nasty Gal
Necklace: Forever21 (painted by me)
English Springer Spaniel: Flynn (size L)
Clash, don’t match! (Okay, sometimes I like to match, but only prints and patterns and colors and stuff…)
I had been searching for a vivid floral print skirt for a while now, and I happened upon this amazing number in the racks in H&M. It has an exposed zipper running up the back of it, which adds a bit of edge to the skirt.
While the sheer leopard print button-down top is a clashing print, its muted tone prevents it from tackily clashing, and allows it to blendily clash. (I’m tired & I’m making up my own words now, deal with it.)
I LOVE D.I.Y. and any time I see something I like but can’t afford I always think “Can I make that myself?” My necklace was inspired by the phenomenal jewelry designer Tom Binns; I bought a cheap-o crystal necklace and painted it with neon nailpolish (D.I.Y. to be shown in a later post). My shoes were inspired by spiky things… I love studs & spikes, and there just aren’t enough shoes on the market that fit that bill (that aren’t completely out of world price-wise), so fuck it, I made my own!
I encourage you all- Clash prints & make things yourself!
Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Kohl’s (But spiked by me)
Necklace: Forever21 (Painted with neon colors by me)
Make-up by my amazing friend Christina
Spring is here! And with a change in seasons, so comes a change in trends. Pastels, brights, etc. are in basically every Spring, and due to my paler than pale skin tone I avoid pastels like the plague. (I’m also just not much of a fan.)
To be perfectly honest, I don’t strictly follow trends, and I wear whatever colors, patterns, shapes, and styles that I like, whenever I want to wear them. (Which I advocate to you all!) But, being that Spring is about bright color and all…
I somehow happen to own a top and a skirt in the exact same shade of neon yellow. They’re both from Forever21, but purchased years apart. And my awesome neon clutch? The exact same shade of yellow. How is this all possible? Will wonders never cease?
To continue the monochrome concept, but giving it a slight tweak, I added a neon pink belt and necklace, which I then color-matched with neon pink lipstick.
Unfortunately I don’t own any neon hued shoes (if anyone would like to purchase any for me I’m completely open to it!), so I strapped on my amazing black suede heelless Jeffery Campbell wedges. I can’t lie- these shoes make me feel like a badass/dominatrix/hooker/punk/fashionista (which is all the rage right now, of course), and if it worked with everything I owned I would wear them every day.
My outfit’s so bright I just had to wear shades.
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Bag: Nasty Gal
Bra: Ashley Stewart
Sunglasses: Nine West
Just some more shoes from Factory’s summer market!
I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter s….
Could it be studs? Spikes? Sexiness? Or…shoes?
With stud embellished loafers, heels and bags it’s safe to say the stud/spike trend has not jumped the shark. Betsey Johnson gave another fabulous offering through the form of a leopard print platform bootie with a stud covered back bow- mixing in a hard edgy touch to the otherwise girly look.
And Ruthie Davis continued to impress with her sparkly, glittery flats and sky-high platforms! Some of her shoes were so fun & girly that I almost mistook them to be Betsey Johnson’s!
Oh shoes… I do love you.