OOTD: Little rainbow riding hood

On Saturday, I met up with a bunch of fabulous Boston-area fatties for a Queer Fat Brunch.

What do I wear when meeting new people? A petticoat, rainbow knee socks, and a giant glitter bow, of course. As soon as I walked into cafe, they knew I was one of them.

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Fat goth rant

As much as I can pass for normal sometimes–well, depending how you define normal–I’m a goth kid at heart.

Me, circa 2001: blue hair, combat boots, fishnets…and matching American Girl doll.

And so, I want goth clothes. But when you wear a size larger than 14, this is easier said than done.

There are a few options out there – Chic Star, Pyramid Collection, Mystic Crypt. And they have some great stuff! But I want more variety. More choices. Not the same few items showing up all over the internet.

Also, I hate scrolling past page after page of clothing that only goes up to 1X or a small 2X in Mystic Crypt’s plus section. Seriously, stop taunting me like that.

Then there are Etsy shops like Rose Mortem and KMK Designs, which have gorgeous but expensive clothing. The high prices are understandable, considering they’re handmade by indie designers, and probably great quality, but they’re still mostly out of my price range. And they tend toward the Victorian/romantic end of goth, whereas it’s much harder to find plus size clothing at the late ’90s Hot Topic kid end. (No, I am not ashamed that I’m 27 years old and still count “late-90s-Hot-Topic-kid” among my favorite aesthetics.)

Also, I want pants.

As much as I love skirts and dresses, sometimes I just want to wear pants. With zippers. And straps. And corset-style lacing. These pants are my great white whale (heh, great white whale).

Seriously, it should not be this hard to find a pair of punky plus-size pants. I came across these gorgeous ones and found myself wishing so hard they came in my size. They may very well be my fashion soulmate, aside from the lack of cupcakes and tulle.

Without any further ado, I present you Clothing That Needs To Come in My Size, Now.

1.) Lip Service purple plaid maxi dress, Hot Topic, $89 2.) Red Queens Black Legion black gothic shoulder strap top, Angel Clothing, $94.50 3.) Eternal Love scarlet gothic kerchief skirt taffeta lace, Mystic Crypt, $47.99 4.) Dark Carnival Set, Good Goth, $39.95 for the corset, $29.95 for the petticoat, $39.95 for the overskirt 5.) Living Dead Souls magenta strappy bead & rose trimmed dress, Angel Clothing, $68.42 6.) Criminal Damage star plat pants black/fuschia pink, Angel Clothing, $61.90 Continue reading

Friday Links 9/21/12

A pink petticoat on a rack at Artifaktori

-Heather from Fat Girl Posing posts a gorgeous photoshoot featuring a cupcake dress and headband. It pretty much sums up my aesthetic in a nutshell (cupcakeshell?).
How to shop for Native American fashion ethically and blissfully
-This is interesting, and complicated, and relates to a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about: Why I am dropping the business side of blogging: my truth about making money online
How to get candy-colored hair – some good advice in here. I so, so miss having pink hair.
-A beautiful open letter from a fat, trans son to his fat father
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Men’s fa(t)shion

I strongly believe that fa(t)shion should not be exclusively the province of women. Fa(t)shion should be for everyone.

Most of this blog reflects my fairly femme fashion sense, but I want to give a shoutout to men and people who enjoy a masculine style. Here are a few men wearing clothing that I like, and some clothing and accessories aimed at men.

Junya’s outfit is all-around awesome:

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Weight and talent

You know what sucks? The amount of talent that’s lost when society requires its artists to fit a narrow standard of beauty.

Ragen at Dances With Fat has a great post about it here, mostly pertaining to performing artists.

But even writers face pressure to be pretty or be ignored. One of my favorite writers, Cheryl Strayed, talked about it in a recent interview (unfortunately, I can’t find the link).

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