Domino Dollhouse’s Doll Parts collection is everything

You guys, Domino Dollhouse has a new collection inspired by ’90s female musicians. This is literally the best thing ever.

domino dollhouse model wearing "only happy when it rains" t-shirt, red plaid skirt, and leopard vest

Red plaid, leopard, daisy print, and lyrics from Garbage and Hole? Yessssssss. I’m also excited that most of the items are cotton, and they’re a bit cheaper than many of DD’s previous collections.

Here are a few pictures of the collection, and then some music to get you in the angsty-girl-power mood:

domino dollhouse weddnesday addams dress

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Quick hit: #WeAreTheThey responds to Jamila’s fat-shaming comments

plus size outfit blue, white, and pink floral dress

.@Jamelia thinks I don’t deserve nice clothes because I wear a size 22. Yeah, nope. #WeAreTheThey

Plus size Twitter is on fire right now, and it’s awesome. Debz of The (Not So) Secret Dairy of a Wannabe Princess started a hashtag in response to comments that a British pop musician, Jamila, recently made on a talk show called Loose Women.

Jamila said that women who wear smaller than a size 6 (2/4 in US sizing) or larger than a 22 (18/20 US)  shouldn’t be able to buy clothing in regular stores, because “they” should be made to feel uncomfortable. So plus size folks are taking to social media to point out that “they” aren’t some faceless group, but real, living, breathing, and often quite fabulous people. It’s wonderful to see so many members of the plus size/fatshion/fat acceptance/etc. communities affirming our humanity and supporting each other.

Check out the hashtag, and contribute if you want! The picture and caption above are from one my tweets. (The dress is from SimplyBe, and I’ll be posting a full outfit post soon.)

My feature on Portraits of America, wheee!

picture of woman wearing black coat and galaxy print dress

A few weeks ago, I was coming out of a burrito place when a guy asked if he could take my picture. It turned out he was the photographer behind Portraits of America (formerly Portraits of Boston), which was exciting because I’ve always secretly hoped that I’d end up on one of those street photography sites.

He asked me all sorts of questions, which were hard for me to answer because I’m not great at coming up with soundbites on the spot. But I managed to think of a few things to say about fashion, blogging, and body positivity. When he posted the picture, which you can see here, I was glad to see that the quotes came out well.

New readers who found my blog through that post, welcome! I haven’t been blogging as much as usual lately because I’ve been busy with wedding planning (!!), but feel free to read through my archives, where I’ve written about everything from fat fashion to climate change to how people could make a living in a just, sustainable economy (plus, of course, lots of outfit pictures).

Outfit details: Dress and leggings: Domino Dollhouse, coat: not sure (I’ve had it pretty much forever), purse: LeSportSac via eBay, headband: Crown & Glory, shoes and backpack: L.L. Bean

Brand crush: Gudrun Sjoden

four women in multicolored gudrun sjoden outfits

Ever since I found them through an Already Pretty post, I’ve been madly in love with the Swedish clothing brand Gudrun Sjoden. The gorgeous patterns, the bright and happy color combinations, the folk art influence, the skillful layering…I just love it all.

I also love that, unlike other European brands I’ve fallen in love with (*cough cough* Desigual), Gudrun Sjoden makes clothes in my size. They carry up to a size XXL/22-24, and I’ve heard their sizing runs large. Many of their items look loose-fitting as well, so I have a feeling that people who wear sizes above 24 could fit into at least some of their pieces.

two women in patterned burgundy gudrun sjoden outfits

Gudrun Sjoden has a store in New York, which I meant to check out over Valentine’s Day weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it there, but I’m hoping to go there next time I’m in the city. I’d love to be able to try on the pieces in person, especially since they’re so different from the types of clothes I usually wear.

gudrun sjoden model in floral tunic on beach

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Indie spotlight: Crown & Glory’s Glitterati

Still no Fatshion February outfits, as I am still sick (booo). Steve had a cold that involved a terrible weeklong sore throat, and just as he started getting better, I caught it. So I’ve got a painful sore throat, and Boston is still getting hammered by record-breaking amounts of snow that far exceed our infrastructure’s ability to deal. It’s been a long couple of weeks, to say the least.

On a happier note, here are some pictures of my latest Glitterati box! The Glitterati is a monthly subscription box run by Sophie of Crown and Glory. Each box costs £20 (~$30), and contains over £50 (~$76) worth of items. It’s a great way to feed my hair accessory addiction while also supporting an independent craft-maker–like a CSA for sparkly things.

cardboard box with silver glitter tape

This month’s box is Valentine’s Day-themed–so everything is red and pink and covered in hearts, huzzah!

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Indie designer spotlight: LovelyMsLevecks

collage of three punky clothing items with skulls and plaid

I found LovelyMsLevecks recently and fell in love. As the shop’s site says:

LovelyMsLevecks is a one woman operation specializing in one of a kind plus size clothing. I offer a little something for everyone. Whether you like punk, gothic, rockabilly or boho styles, LovelyMsLevecks has something to help you rock those curves!

The clothes feature so many stylistic elements that appeal to me: skulls, mesh, mixed prints, a girly-tough aesthetic.

collage of three pink and purple punky clothing items

They come in sizes 1x – 4x, and the designer, Aubry, also does custom sizing. She can even take a shirt you already own and alter it, which is a great way to get something new out of an old piece–and is also cheaper than her regular pieces.

The items are pretty cheap for hand-made clothes: $28 – $36 for tops, $24 – $44 for bottoms, and $35 – $66 for dresses. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for something punky and unique!

The items featured in this post are:
1.) 2x cheetah spots and plaid top – $32 – I’ve loved the combination of leopard print and red plaid ever since I saw it in a teen magazine back in the late ’90s, so it always makes me happy to see them together.
2.) 4x skull print bib tee – $34
3.) 4x skull and stud capri leggings – $25
4.) No longer available – from the LovelyMsLevecks Facebook page – I just really love this one! And it’s possible that you could get one like it, since Aubry is willing to re-create sold-out designs as long as she has enough of the fabric.)
5.) 2x galaxy tunic – $34
6.) 3x pink spiders and webs top – $29 – This one reminds me of the ’90s too, in the best way! It would look awesome wih a black tutu, combat boots, and a ball chain necklace.

Ten intentions for fighting dismantling the industrial complex

collage of three pictures of pink and black upcycled clothing items

Upcycling inspiration from Broken Ghost Clothing

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about fatshion and revolution, here are ten ways I’ve thought of to work toward a more ethical, sustainable, and inclusive politics of fatshion. These are things I intend to work on; if you’re doing anything similar, I’d love to hear about it!

1. ) Buy less. Spend less time looking at plus size retailers’ websites, and find other pretty things to look at instead (and somehow reconcile this with my hopes of eventually starting a fat-positive style consulting service…).

2.) Thrift more. Organize more fat thrifting excursions, and check out thrift stores I’ve never been to–such as Savers, which I’ve heard great things about.

3.) Hold more clothing swaps, and support other people who want to host swaps of their own. Continue to signal-boost clothing swaps happening in other areas.

4.) Cut down on the number fatshion blogs I read–there are currently over 200 in my feed reader–and engage more with a smaller number of bloggers. Skimming a large number of blogs makes it easy to get caught up in marketing cycles of hype and desire, and I’d like to step back from that a bit.

4.) Keep an eye out for fatshion bloggers who focus on thrifting, swapping, and upcycling.

5.) Think and write more about alternative business models, from indie subscription boxes like Crown & Glory’s Glitterati to worker-owned cooperatives. I haven’t heard of any worker-owned coops within the fashion industry, and while I am not in a position to start my own, I think it’s still worth imagining what that might look like.

6.) Look for creative ways to use the powers of fatshion for good, such as donating to the Leelah Project.

7.) Learn to sew, at least to the extent that I can alter and upcycle my own clothes. I don’t think I have the spatial skills to make clothing completely from scratch, but I’d love to learn to at least add details and make small changes. I have a few friends who sew, and we’ve been talking about having an altering/upcycling party forever–it’s just a matter of actually doing it.

8.) Highlight indie designers, of both clothing and accessories, on my blog. I’d like to focus especially on lesser-known designers.

9.) Continue to signal boost other fat activists’ writing about issues other than fatshion, and write about them myself when I have something to say.

10.) Seek out writing that explores social constructions of style, beauty, and looking good from intersectional fat perspectives, and signal-boost it when I find it.

To be honest, on the rare occasions that a fast fashion brand makes something truly exciting in plus sizes, I’ll probably still celebrate it. How could I not celebrate fat babes in a wide range of sizes rocking a pale pink tutu? But I intend to pay less attention to whatever big corporation is treating its fat customers shittily at the moment (pro tip: it’s almost always Old Navy or Target), and spend more brain-space on creating alternatives.

Thoughts on fatshion and revolution

In Tasha Fierce’s latest post, she brings up some important points about the goals of fat acceptance:

Now, I love clothes. I mean, I LOVE clothes. But I’m also personally invested in intersectionality and the idea that all liberation movements are entwined. So when I see us desiring to buy into the mindless capitalism and consumption of clothing that’s marketed to thin folks, I get frustrated. Insisting that fat folks’ money is just as good as thin folks’ money, so therefore we should have equal access to the same sweatshop-produced clothing lines offered by multinational corporations who use their profits to subjugate marginalized folks around the world? I don’t want that kind of revolution.

I don’t want that kind of revolution either.

I think we’re at a weird moment in plus size fashion where some people–especially those who wear smaller plus sizes and have a decent amount of disposable income–have enough options that it’s easy to acquire huge piles of clothing. But at the same time, low-income and/or larger fats still struggle to find clothes, and some people still have nearly no options at all. Even smaller fats who have specialized needs, unusual taste, or a gender presentation that doesn’t match most of what’s available can find themselves with very little to wear.

Which means that there’s an awfully fuzzy line between demanding clothes that people genuinely need in order to live their lives, and asking for assimilation into the destructive system of disposable fast fashion. I know I’ve fallen on the wrong side of that line myself plenty of times, even though I’ve also done a lot of thinking about what sustainable fashion could look like and how fat people are building community-oriented alternatives like clothing swaps and thrifting events. I’ve always found it hard to reconcile my love of ALL THE SHINY THINGS with my anti-capitalist values, and this is something I need to work on. Continue reading

Leggings and tights to keep your legs warm this winter

collage of three outfit pictures, all featuring domino dollhouse black and gray leggings

I’m so glad I snapped up two pairs of leggings from Domino Dollhouse’s Science/Visions collection during their holiday sale–one in onyx and one in onyx/pewter–because it turns out they’re super-warm. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’re warmer than any actual pants I own.

It’s been below freezing all week here in Boston, and with these leggings, my legs haven’t gotten cold at all on my daily commute and lunchtime walks. Your mileage may vary, as I’m a bit of a polar bear, but they are definitely warmer than your average leggings. They’re made out of a combination of two materials: cotton lycra on top, and faux suede on the bottom. The faux suede is the same material that makes up the sleeves of the Oblivion dress, and it’s so soft that I end up wanting to pet my own legs/arms all day.

Like all Domino Dollhouse leggings, they’re thick and opaque, so they work well as pants. I wear them with dresses to work, but on the weekends I sometimes wear them as pants, as you can see in the middle picture above. I wear them in a 1x, which is my usual size in DD leggings, although I wear a 2x or 3x in their dresses.

If you’re looking for a cheaper way to keep your legs warm, check out the Berkshire Cozy Hose tights, which one of my friends recommends highly. I haven’t tried them myself because I don’t like the feeling of tights, but she says they’re really comfortable. As for sizing, she is about the same size as I am (22-ish, and we always take each other’s old clothes at swaps!), and wears the tights in a 3x-4x.

Re/Dress also has fleece-lined leggings available for preorder, in a bunch of colors including pink (yay!). I haven’t tried these either, but I’ve heard good things about them in the past.

What do you wear to keep warm in the winter?

Have clothes you don’t need? Donate them to the Leelah Project.

In last week’s Sunday Links post, I mentioned the Leelah Project, which sends clothes and necessities to transgender people in memory of Leelah Alcorn, the trans teenager who recently killed herself because her parents refused to let her express her gender identity.

I linked to the project’s fundraising page, but didn’t think of another obvious way to help until one of my friends mentioned it on Facebook: they accept clothing donations, which would be a perfect use for post-clothing-swap leftovers. I am hosting a clothing swap later this month, and will be donating all leftovers to the Leelah Project.

If you’re also holding a clothing swap any time soon, or just have extra clothes you don’t need and the money to ship them, please consider donating them! The address is: The Leelah Project at 985 Kendall Dr. Ste. A – 234, San Bernardino, CA 92407. I think it’s especially important for fat people to donate clothes if we can, because plus size clothing is so much harder to find in general.