Hope you're all having a suitably lovely weekend wherever you are and whatever you're getting up to!
I've recently discovered an affinity for a fantastic new shirt that I bought on a recent trip to London so decided to take some time to style it up into a fun rockabilly-inspired drape Wanda Woodward-esque ensemble and share it here with you lovely people.
I'm not your girl - I'm my own woman
This wee crop-top is an understated H&M bargain. It's slogan is emblazoned simply on the chest: Not Your Girl. I love everything about this! It's a simple message yet at the same time so powerful. It's a sassy little number that disseminates male ownership and gives a great middle finger to patriarchal values- something I apply to my everyday existence on a regular basis. To proclaim this through not only my voice but also my wardrobe makes me very happy indeed.
I'm wearing this little shirt in a size large which is a great fit for my 36G bosom. Many people complain that H&M clothing comes up small, but I find their shirts and dresses that are made with a cotton-poly blend or have some degree of jersey stretch aren't an issue for me. I'm not the biggest fan of the UK high street fashion scene usually as I can often find it hard to find clothes that stand out and fit amazingly, so this was a very pleasant (and cheap- this top only cost £3.99!) surprise!
The vibe I was going for with this outfit was "badass bitch from hell" so the leather jacket was a truly welcome addition. I think the point gets across reasonably well.
Channeling my inner Wanda Woodward from Cry Baby
Also- can we take a minute to appreciate just how good this skirt looks?! Dogtooth has to be one of my all-time favourite prints, regardless of when it's in or out of style. Despite being a bit of a colour queen I have a secret affection for monochrome patterns and this contrast panel skirt is a fantastic example of how this trend can work for a variety of body types. I love the way that it hugs my curves and that cheeky wee slit up the thigh is the perfect length for showing off my Elvis tattoo!
The skirt is an old Florence and Fred at Tesco number in a size 16. It's incredibly stretchy but has a hidden leather panel to keep the waist nipped in. I thought this went particularly well with the leather jacket and crop-top combo and whilst i'm still getting over my fear of fitted clothes, i'm definitely getting bolder with my fashion choices and welcoming the bodycon into my life!
Elvis says hello!
Speaking of body types, one of my favourite aspects of this little ensemble is that it doesn't conform to traditional style rules for fat girls. I am venomously opposed to supposed "laws of fashion" or beauty standards, especially when these are only applied to people with a particular body type or those of one particular shape or size.
"Fat girls shouldn't wear crop tops"
"Fat girls shouldn't wear tight clothing"
"Fat girls shouldn't wear fishnet tights"
Do you know what I say to all of that? Fuck it! I love subverting people's assumptions of what fat women should/ shouldn't wear. I wear what I want, when I want and for no- one other than myself. Fashion is something so close to my heart - to me my style isn't just an exercise in vanity or narcissism but it's a true expression of one's personality and politics; something that shouldn't be dictated or limited due to a person's size.
Tess Holliday's #effyourbeautystandards movement is definitely something close to my heart and I feel like this outfit channels that in the best possible way. It gives me solidarity with all the other amazing plus-size women who don't conform to loose, shapeless clothing and refuse to hide or be hidden. I see you sisters- and I stand with you!
Lastly for this outfit, I decided to pair it with some simple black heels- no muss, no fuss. I feel like this outfit is quite a statement in itself so didn't want to take away from the impact with overly dramatic accessories.
A little black belt to nip in my waist was the final touch - I love a trusty wide fit waist belt and they are my go-to item to accentuate my waist instantly and hug my curves. This one is a size M/L and is from New Look and does the job rather well- it doesn't distract from the overall look and the touch of silver ties nicely into the metal detailing on my leather jacket.
This has quickly become one of my new favourite outfits and I can foresee this becoming my go-to "empowered femme bitch" look quite easily.
Crop Top: H&M
Leather Jacket: Vintage
Belt: New Look
Pencil Skirt: F&F @ Tesco
I hope that you've enjoyed this little outfit post, as you can see it's a bit of a deviation from my usual style but I've found the whole experience of dressing a little differently quite liberating. To me fashion is such a fun and creative outlet and stepping outside of my usual comfort zone is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking! As I discussed in my Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle blog post, I have a new found affinity for tighter-fitting clothing that I don't think will be going away any time soon!
Have you stepped outside of your style comfort zone recently? How did it make you feel? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Until next time darlings,