Big Thrifty OOTD #7: the red dress again

It can go vaguely-flapperish-ly glam, but did you know it can also go full-out, GFLA-esque late ’90s/early ’00s?

Dress: The Big Thrifty, boots: Target, purse: thrifted, bandana: acquired at some point during high school, spike wristband: Hot Topic, studded wristband: PacSun, bangles: Deb, ball chain necklace: stolen from a windowshade back in the day, padlock necklace: taken off of a suitcase, heart-shaped mood necklace: Claire’s (this one is relatively new, but it’s a replacement for a similar one I had and loved in high school!), earrings: Claire’s, ring: from a seaside gift shop in like 1996

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Big Thrifty OOTD #2: Deerie Lou t-shirt

I was super-excited to find this adorable Deerie Lou tee at the Big Thrifty.

Top: Torrid via the Big Thrifty, skirt: a yard sale ($1! and it’s reversible!), sandals: Naot, hairclips: H&M, earrings: thrifted, necklace: custom made by DiDepux, bracelets: Deb and Torrid

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Big Thrifty OOTD #1: Igigi dress, two ways

I found so many awesome, cheap things at the Big Thrifty. This Igigi dress was one of my favorite finds.

I’ve always admired Igigi’s dresses from afar, but they’re pretty pricey–so it was awesome to get one for $10. And it has pockets!

I had gotten all dressed up for a party (necklace and earrings: So Good, bracelets: Torrid, headband: I Am Joolienn), when I stepped outside, realized how cold it was, and decided to modify the outfit for the weather. Inspired by my Domino Dollhouse leggings, I went full-out ’90s.

I wish I had awesome shoes to wear with the outfit (like the ones that the Domino Dollhouse models are wearing), but my feet have been acting up, and I just needed to be comfortable. If I’d had more time, I might have put on my metallic fake Docs for the pictures, but ah well.

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Bostonian fatshionistas, mark your calendars!

Three outfits featuring items I got at last year’s Big Thrifty: purple capris, silver velvet slipdress, black velvet blazer, and pink laser-cut skirt.

The Big Thrifty: A Day of Bargain Shopping for Fatshionistas  is coming up on May 4th.

From the event’s description:

The Big Thrifty is a one-day annual bargain-hunting fat clothing event happening 12pm-5pm Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Unity Somerville, 6 William St. (edging College Ave.), Davis Square, Somerville, MA, just three blocks from the Red Line T station.

Pay $5 at the door and head toward fat thrifting fun! There will be tables and racks and bins of clothing sizes XL and up sorted by size. Items will be priced cheaply and easily (example: all tops, $3ea.; all items priced $.50-$10.00).

Who will this benefit? Besides all the shoppers reaping the rewards of fashion scores at thrift-tacular prices, we’ll be selecting a charity. After the May 2012 Big Thrifty, we sent $4,000+ to NOLOSE (www.nolose.org).

I went last year, and it was amazing! Not only was there a ton of cheap, awesome clothing sorted by size, but there was such a sense of community. It was wonderful being surrounded by friendly, fabulous fatties.

If you’re in the Boston area, I highly recommend checking it out! Also, I just donated four bags of clothing, so you’ll have a good chance of finding something that used to be mine. 🙂

Are fatshionistas pioneering a deep economy of fashion?

I’ve been doing more thinking about the ethics of fa(t)shion, while also re-reading one of my favorite books: Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben.

In it, McKibben argues that our growth-focused global economic system 1.) creates extreme inequality, 2.) is environmentally unsustainable, and 3.) fails to make people happier, because so many people are isolated, stressed out, and lacking community support.

He proposes switching to smaller-scale, community-based systems, and gives examples from all around the world: from the organic farming system that developed in Cuba after the fall of the USSR, to a cooperatively-owned clothing store in Wyoming, to a city bus system in Brazil.

It’s a brilliant, fascinating, hopeful read.

And it got me thinking: are we fatshionistas on the forefront of a new deep economy of clothing?

Lacking more traditional options, we’ve developed community-based means of shopping: from pop-up shops to clothing swaps to rummage events like Boston’s Big Thrifty and New York’s Big Fat Flea.

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