I don’t really know how I would describe my own personal style if someone were to ask me. I don’t think I could accurately sum it up in a few words; and not because it’s so complex that a few words just wouldn’t cut it, but more because I feel a little all over the place with my style a lot of the time and I have a hard time committing to any particular look, as a rule.
Sometimes I like a sporty, preppy look. Sometimes I like to go classic. Other times I’m looking country, and often I’m just trying to find a way for fashion to meet comfort somewhere near the middle, so that my stylish mind and sore feet can get along without too much of a fight…
But the way I dress is without question, always a reflection of how I’m feeling; and today I woke up feeling just a little bit gangster. As soon as I rolled out of bed this morning, I knew it was a “don’t mess with mama” kind of day; and I was definitely feeling the idea of rocking a street style that expressed my straight up, no nonsense attitude for all to see.
This graphic sweatshirt, thick gold chain, and floral, five-panel hat from Forever 21 work so well together. I love the contrast between the simple, bold, black print, and the soft, feminine floral hat. I’ve paired these pieces with light blue jeggings from Addition Elle, a cute ID bracelet and classic, almond-toed, nude patent pumps from Payless, to create a look that is a perfect example of street chic and one of my favorite daytime, weekend styles!
Oddly enough, my kids (and husband) have been listening to me pretty well today… Coincidence? Probably. But I’m not complaining. Ha!
So, this past December, I had already decided upon my new year’s resolution – to stop being afraid of wearing color. I kicked the year off, a little in advance, by wearing a fabulous dress from Monif C. which I featured in a blog post – Color Me Fearless. Soon after, I realized that my photos didn’t show this dress off as well as it deserved, so I wrote another post - Extra Credit, and I showed off just how sublime the print of this dress truly is and promised to take better pictures in the dress- pictures worthy of its greatness.
So here you go, once more… As promised – the most mesmerizing print I’ve ever seen, let alone worn, the most beautiful dress and the most flawless combination of class and vibrant color. I just had to makes sure this dress got the credit it deserved, and not to mention, give credit to the amazing and talented Monif Clarke, of Monif C. for her fantastic designs!!!
Yay! The big day has come!!! What day, you ask? Why, the day I finally get to wear the incredibly sexy “Tricia” dress from Monif C. of course!!!
I’ve been obsessing over this dress since it was first posted in January for pre-sale, and I haven’t stopped coveting it since. At first I had reservations. I loved it, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of a crop top. I know they’re all the rage right now, and I think they look super sexy, but I couldn’t cease thinking – how is a dress with a crop top going to look on the tummy of a mum of four who’s covered in stretch marks?
So, I went back and forth on the idea for a little while and then finally decided – so what if I have stretch marks!? I’ve been working so hard to accept my body and love the skin I’m in; am really going to let the insecurities I have about my stretch marks stop me when I’ve already come so far!? They are the product of carrying each of my four children in my womb – four little humans who depended on me, and still do, to live. They remind me of the sacrifices that I’ve made for my family and of how, no matter what happens, I gave life to four beautiful beings who are, and always will be a part of me and who I love with a love that is stronger than any other force imaginable. To be ashamed of my stretch marks is to be ashamed of my four greatest accomplishments and nothing about that makes sense.
In a way, this dress and my desire for it, somehow managed to push me to face a fear, to let go of my inhibitions and accept just one more aspect about my body that I had been insecure about. I don’t know if it was the fierce turquoise and tan animal print or the bodycon style that Monif C. dresses do so well, but it made me realize that this tiger momma has earned her stripes and I’m not gonna hide them anymore!!!
Nautical themed clothing has been around for ages, and we all know the stereotype of the miserable, long faced kid, who’s been forced into a sailor suit (even though he is much too old for it) by his overbearing mum (often wearing a matching outfit) for a family portrait… Right?
Well… This look, while having a sporty, nautical vibe, is far from being the sailor suit in an awkward family photo. The striking navy and red color block “Marcie” dress from Monif C. is sporty yet sophisticated. I’ve paired it with lovely, white patent leather flats from Aldo, and gold jewelry to really anchor this look’s feel without going overboard.
Having at least one fantastic nautical look in your wardrobe is a great way to ensure that your transition into spring will be smooth sailing!
It’s been an interesting couple of days as I’ve been trying to expand Flight of the Fat Girl’s social media presence; and I have to say a huge thank you to all of those who have liked my Facebook page, and have taken the time to follow me on Instagram for a more behind the scenes look! I’d also like to thank the handful of folks who have followed me on Twitter, which I am pretty new to, so bear with me, and keep the eLove coming!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business! In light of my recent expansion into the realms of social media, I’ve decided this adorable dress from Great Glam (or tunic style top if you’re feeling modest) was the perfect way to honor the occasion!
There is something about this dress that reminds me of a retro computer game. The squares mimic the pixelated images I remember so fondly and who could forget the high contrast look of bright color on black!?!? That being said, it’s definitely a modern look with its faux silhouette design and bodycon cut; and let me tell you, it fits like a glove.
I’ve kept the accessories simple, since the fabric of this dress alone, makes such a bold statement already, and I’ve gone with an understated black leather wedge from Aldo, a cool silver cuff bracelet from Armani Exchange that really picks up on the square theme, and matte, red nail polish.
After these past few days, I’m definitely feeling like less of a square and much more tech savvy; and in this great dress, I’m looking the part too! Now, if only I could just figure out Twitter… Ha.
I have very fair, pinkish, freckled skin and reddish brown eyes; and red can be a tricky color for me to wear. I tend to look better in more orangey (somehow that word doesn’t look right) toned reds rather than blue toned reds. The warmth of the orange warms up my skin tone and balances its natural cool undertones. The reality is though, there is so much conflicting information out there on skin tone do’s and don’ts, that it just comes down to what you feel works on you; and I really think this red compliments my complexion, whether it is “supposed to” or not. Ha!
The peasant style of this blouse from Addition Elle is so much fun. I just love the color and the way it drapes on my body. I’ve put my hair in a simple, messy side braid and paired the look with a great pair of jeans by Buffalo, cute tan flats and some amazing wood and metal jewelry for a relaxed, stylish look that packs a bright red punch!
Blouse, jeans, shoes – Addition Elle
Wooden bracelet – local market in Haiti
Wooden ring – Kalung Boutique
Even though we’ve just had another snowstorm here in Montreal, which made for a bit of a wet, sloppy Valentine’s Day (some may argue, that’s the best kind… haha) I am still firmly in denial of winter.
In fact, I am so much in denial, that I have decided not only to rock white pants today, (yes, leggings are pants) but a white/floral top too! I am positively in love with this top (or dress, if you’re in the mood to show a lot of leg) from Great Glam. It’s sweet, cheerful and its floral print is sublime, reminding me of a beautiful springtime watercolor painting. I’ve paired the look with a vibrant blue flat from Payless to tie everything together for a fun, relaxed look that can stick it to winter in style!
Just a side note, Great Glam sizes run small and short, order at least one size up. They market the majority of their pieces as dresses, but especially since I’m tall(ish) and have a long torso, I find that their shorter length items work better as tops, except those times I’m feeling a little risqué because lets face it, it’s been known to happen!