Craving the darkness

Lately I’ve been drawn to black and gray layers: to the borders between dark mori, lagenlook, and witchy goth. I’ve been drawn to lace, velvet, zippers, asymmetric lines, balloon hems, crinkle fabric, mixed textures. To earth tones, quiet greens and browns. To amethysts and moonstones. To long, flowy skirts and dresses perfect for twirling in forests.

Click each image for details; yes, all the clothes are plus sized. They’re mostly from the expensive European shops that I spend way too much time drooling over, but there’s some ModCloth and Torrid in there too.

'90s purple witch
Green and brown woodland fairy chic

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If I were Gabourey Sidibe’s stylist…

Lesley and Nicolette have done a great job covering what’s wrong with the way Harper’s Bazaar styled Gabourey Sidibe for its recent “Singular Beauties” shoot. Go read their essays, then come back here for some ideas of how Harper’s Bazaar could have gotten it right.

I’m guessing Gabourey wears somewhere in the 28-32 size range, so I only picked clothes that come in those sizes (and damn, I wish this pink and black bow dress or this swirly-patterned silk dress did, because either of them would look amazing on her).

1.) Igigi has a million gorgeous dresses, many of which would work on Gabby–like this, and this, and this–but the one that stood out to me was this sneak peek from their upcoming fall collection. The sequins!

2.) The Abbey dress from the Pyramid Collection.

3.) The Baize dress from Queen Grace.

4.) Also from Queen Grace, the Gwen Holiday Skirt (which also comes in red!)

5.) Cult of California’s black sequin sleeve moto jacket could be the finishing touch on so many fabulous outfits. Can’t you just picture it with a custom tutu from Ouma and velvet platform sandals? Or maybe with a floral dress (like this ridiculously cute one with mesh cut-outs, which sadly only goes up to a 3x).

6.) The Mae dress from SWAK Designs. To be honest, SWAK isn’t super-high quality, but who cares when a dress is this sexy-glam? Gabby would rock the shit out of it.

7.) and 8.) Queen Grace’s Kara blouse in yellow and pink. These bright, summery colors would look perfect with Gabby’s coloring. And they could go so many ways, from vintage glam to boho chic.

If you were a stylist, what would you pick for Gabourey?

Weekly wishlist 9/11/12

This top is steampunktacular. It only goes up to 1X(18-20), and I’m not sure whether that would fit me, but I hope it would. I need more steampunk in my life.

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