Putting it Together (7)

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 plus sizes 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 circoluma@gmail.com.

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I found this week’s inspiration picture at Shamepuff.com.

sofrawnchI like the simplicity of this outfit. The original post calls it “so European” and I agree, and love it! I think the aqua scarf makes it. I also love that this is a good winter-into-spring outfit. You could easily add tights to make it warmer, or a striped short-sleeve shirt and switch the scarf for a necklace to make it cooler.

Here’s how I put it together for fat girls:

PicMonkey CollageI added some texture, just because I roll that way. I also used a long-sleeve jersey top instead of a sweater.

image1xlThe top is from ASOS. I love the chevrons at the sides, especially. And the peplum. Who doesn’t love a peplum? This top is $37.30.

14227430_120927043000The skirt is from Target. It has a lace overlay, which I adore. It costs $22.99.

1257559_AquaThe scarf is from Kohls. So pretty. It costs $14.99.

517392_hiLove these black crocheted ballet flats from Torrid. They cost $28.50, and come in sizes up to 13.

Total, this outfit would cost you $103.78. Not too bad, considering each piece is pretty basic and could be worn in a thousand ways. In fact, I already have a black skirt and black flats, and I bet you do, too. So, remixing what you already have could save you more than half right up front.

As I’ve said before, scarves are a thrift shop standard. You might even find something vintage, or otherwise super cool, and it would probably cost you no more than about $5.

Watch ASOS for sales. That top is seriously cute.


OOTD: Venturing Out in Pink and Khaki

Felt human today for the first time in a week.

Yay, antibiotics!

So, went to Joann’s and Savers with my daughter, Adrienne. (Giant upper-arm bruises from traumatic IV attempt in the hospital are trendy? Right?)

Anyway, I was so happy to feel mostly-good and be out of bed, that I felt like I could fly. Here’s what I wore:


Pink crocheted shell: thrifted, vintage, 3X, $5
Cream lace-trimmed cami: thrifted, Target, 4, $6
Khaki tiered skirt: thrifted, Torrid, 4, $4
Leggings: Fashion Bug, thrifted, size 3X, $6
Shoes: Payless, thrifted, size 12W, $8
Total for entire outfit, including shoes: $29

I really need to figure out the picture thing. Usually I just hand my daughter or my husband my camera and say…take my picture! But, there is way too much going on in the background. Working on this.

OOTD: Doctor’s Appointment

Did I mention that I woke up Friday with a swollen face and intense pain? By Friday night my face was alarmingly distended and I could barely move, it hurt so badly. A visit to the ER and a CT Scan later, turns out I have some kind of undetermined infection.

In. My. Face.

I spent the weekend on antibiotics and pain killers, and I’m feeling somewhat better. Still swollen. Still needing the good stuff for the pain. I followed up with my regular doctor today, which was the first time in three days that I’d been out of my pajamas.

I figured since I had to get dressed, I might as well put on something pretty and snap a picture or two.

This is me with a swollen face, all doped up. Here’s what I wore:


Dress: Avenue, thrifted, size 26/28, $7
Cardigan: Torrid, on clearance and 1/2 off, size 4, $12
Leggings: Fashion Bug, thrifted, size 3X, $6
Shoes: Payless, thrifted, size 12W, $8
Hair pin: Dollar General, $3 for a pack of four
Purse: Kohl’s on clearance, $10
Swollen face: miserably priceless
Total for entire outfit, with shoes and purse: $44

I was inspired by the virtual outfit I put together last night. I found this Avenue dress at Savers in Las Vegas just before Christmas. It’s really soft, comfortable cotton with a pretty floral pattern on a white background. I don’t think it quite does the neutral/brights thing that my other outfit did because the white/black are too stark of a contrast to be really neutral. They come across as more brights. But that’s okay. Still love this.  I didn’t get a decent picture with my new coat. But, I thought the mixed print was really cute. This outfit felt very spring-y and pretty and was great for a day when I wasn’t feeling 100 percent. It cheered me up.


Aren’t the colors and patterns so perfect? The houndstooth went with it perfectly. The cardigan went right with it. I got this cardigan two years ago during a half-off clearance-prices sale at Torrid online. I wear it all the time. I’d like to try this outfit with a denim jacket, like yesterday’s inspiration, when I find one. I think the denim would be less matchy, and a little more edgy. Now I’m on a mission!


Sorry for the black and white. I didn’t get a picture of these earlier in the day, and had a hard time getting detail to pop out in a twilight picture. These are just simple black ballet flats. There’s some pleating across the toe. And a bow. They are sweet and pretty. When I wear them with leggings, I feel like Audrey Hepburn. Loverly.

The only accessories I bothered with were my purse, which is just my standard, go-to purse. I love the bright yellow. And that it’s small enough to slip into my school bag. And a hair pin, which I only put in because my hair was doing some weird thing in front and needed it. I ordered those fuchsia tights yesterday, and I will find a denim jacket. When I do, I’d like to try this with brown shoes and a brown bag.  The more neutral denim and brown I think will kill it with the bright colors on the dress.