Putting it Together is a weekly feature. Every Monday, I’ll find an straight-sized outfit, analyze why it works for me, then put it together in a plus size with some ideas about making it affordable. The “My Shopping List” page has a list of items that I’m hunting for and links to every PiT post.
Have a outfit in mind you’d like me to put together? Email it to me at email@example.com.
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I found this picture in Mod Cloth’s Style Gallery:
I really love the navy/white/red colorway, and the neutral shoes that show off the cool socks. This outfit has a sort of nautical feeling to me, and it’s perfect for almost-spring. Here’s how I put it together for the fatshionista:
The dress is from eShakti. I love the patterns at the bottom and the vintage cut. So cute. Plus, it’s on sale, 30 percent off, so $55.95 instead of 79.95.
The cardigan is from Avenue. On clearance for $15.96 down from $54!
And these shoes from Avenue. Marked down to $39.99 from $48. I like these flats over the heels in the inspiration photo. I just don’t do shoes like hers.
The total cost for this outfit, if you bought it today would be $119.90.
What you really need is a navy and white dress, a bright cardi, navy socks or tights, and a pair of neutral, open shoes. The best place to save some money is with the cardi. You might already have one (even if it isn’t red. Yellow or green would look cute, too.) If you keep your eyes out, you’ll be able to find one at a thrift for no more than $10. (Not much of a savings. That cardi from Avenue is a great price right now.)
If you’ve never bought from eShakti, you can give them your email and get a $25 gift code. That would make this dress about $30.
I like the socks/open shoes look, but I think my gold flats would look just as cute. And I already own them. You might already own a pair of neutral-colored shoes that would work, which would save you $40.
If you have a bright cardi and neutral shoes, you could put this together for the $30 for the dress with the gift code. Not bad!
I’m adding a navy and white dress to my shopping list. It might take a while, but I’m pretty sure I’ll find one.