For those of you who don’t know what these are, they are the terms that people type into their search engines which lead them to clicking on my blog, and you can believe me when I say that many if these terms are downright hilarious! I’ve seen search terms going from “fat nude white girl” all the way to “big black sexy naked beauty.”
Yup. Nudity is almost always in there somewhere; but the second most common search terms I see go something along the lines of “how to wear plus size harem pants.”
I gather, from how often these search terms come up, that harem pants continue to be a coveted, yet intimidating style among the full figured community, and I totally understand. I was, at one time very much nervous about wearing them too.
See, and I know I’ve discussed this with you many times before, I have a serious case of the bum-tum (tummy that looks like a second butt in the front), and harem pants have proven to be a huge struggle to pull off (not literally off, that part is easy).
I wrote another post a while back (here) about with a tip on wearing a peplum top, or belt to help disguise your tummy. I still love this idea, but I’ve come up with another.
As you can see, I’ve paired the same harem pants (Forever 21+) from my other post, with this absolutely delicious blue, vintage style tee from Addition Elle; and instead of tucking it in and putting my belly on display, I’ve left it untucked, except for a small bit of it on one side. This way, you have nearly full tummy coverage while still showing off the signature high waist and pockets of the pants at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds!
Pair the ensemble with colourful flats and a bright handbag for a casual, chic, put together look that incorporates the on trend look of harem pants with the comfort of knowing you’re tummy is hidden.
From the minute I first laid eyes on it, I just knew… This is the one. The flattering length, bodycon cut, and the print… Ohhh, the PRINT!!! I can’t even!!! When I look at it, it evokes images of coconuts, sand, and ocean waves… A dusty roadside marketplace, colorful linens and mangoes for sale… It is, in a word, perfection.
I’ve pulled my hair up in a big, luxurious bun for an elegant, exotic look that definitely lives up to this dress’s fantastic tropical print.
And so… I’m just gonna come right out and say it – I look HOT!!! So hot, in fact, that I couldn’t help myself… I even took a belfie!!! That’s a butt selfie, by the way!
It’s funny, because back in high school, I can remember hating the color grey. I remember saying that humans shouldn’t wear grey because it wasn’t a naturally occurring color on the human body – even grey hair isn’t actually grey, but an illusion caused by the growth of white hair mixed with the original color. So in my mind, being the all-knowing, hard-headed teenager that I was, it all made perfect sense!
But one day… I can’t remember when, or even how, I fell in love with grey. I fell in love with it’s softness, it’s smoothness and with the way it made me feel comforted; and I have been loving it ever since.
This gorgeous, oversized t-shirt dress from boohoo.com is probably one of my favorite items in my closet right now. After all, I’ve shown it to you in prior posts, in cream and in black too. It’s incredibly versatile, comfortable and luxurious feeling, so imagine my elation when it was restocked in my size in grey!!! Woop woop!!!
I’ve paired this delightfully simple dress with my favorite cognac colored belt from Additon Elle, mustard yellow and cognac wedges from Walmart, this delicate cross necklace from Forever 21, and a fun, chunky, animal print bracelet for an effortlessly chic look that is totally true to the relaxed vibe it exudes.
I wear short shorts! I DO!!!
Before buying these adorable printed shorts from Forever 21+, I hadn’t worn a pair since gym class in my early teens. I had long believed, been told, and heard said that they were reserved for thin legged, gap-thighed ladies with no cellulite – that a girl like me had no business subjecting anyone to such a sight. But lately I’ve been feeling inspired. I’ve been seeing more and more voluptuous, curvy, plus size ladies breaking through society’s beauty barriers and rocking short shorts confidently, and I just had to try and get in on some of the action!
I have to say, it was not the easiest task… When you’re fat, your thighs tend to rub together while you walk and things can get a bit tricky. Wearing my shorts wasn’t as simple as I would have liked, but I found, once I stopped trying to pull them down constantly and gave into their short short length, the bunching at the crotch stopped being an issue. To my absolute joy (and moderate disbelief) I was actually able to wear them without looking like I had a banana in my pocket!!! (Or was I just happy to see you?)
But in case, due to body type or style, your shorts refuse to cooperate, there exists, a product called NoRiders, which I am now dying to try! The product consists of iron on and sew in strips for your inseam, which are apparently very effective at preventing shorts from riding up at the crotch. I will definitely be letting you know how they work out once I’ve gotten my hands on some!
Anyway, all fat girl, thigh rubbing, crotch riding (sounds like some new painful Olympic demo sport) aside, I felt amazing in my new shorts! I paired them with this great boohoo.com black, oversized t-shirt dress, (seen in cream color and styled differently in my older post “Winter Is Coming, And Coming… And Coming“) belted at the waist, and accessories like this beautiful statement ring from Forever 21, my favorite black turban from BABOOSHKA, and these amazing, inexpensive black and gold sandals from Walmart, to create the perfect boho-chic, summer look that works for anything from a day at the park chasing after the kiddies to a sun-filled afternoon on the lido deck with your glorious, dimpled upper thighs proudly on display, letting everyone know that you have the right to be cool and comfortable in the heat too!!!
Ladies, forget everything your mother told you. Forget everything you thought you knew. Mixing prints, or print clashing, is here to stay… And it is glorious!!!
The old rule of “never mix two prints” has been thrown out the window and it has made way for so many amazing combinations! Florals with stripes, pinstripe with tribal – you name, it can be done; and all without the fear that someone might look at you and think you’re some sort of crazy person! Sweet!
This weekend I was inspired, both by an article I shared on the Flight of the Fat Girl Facebook page on mixing prints, as well as a comment from a fan, who wondered if polka dots were flattering on a full figured woman. So, I decided to play around a little.
I’ve paired my awesome Instant Vintage polka dot jeans (Addition Elle) with this decadent, Love & Legend printed multi-way vest (also Addition Elle), tan cami from Forever 21+, and these adorable blue and white striped wedges from Walmart to create a mix and match look that seems to just meld together as though it was always meant to be.
So, dare to try something new! Mix your prints! Experiment! If you’re reluctant, just try something subtle like a tone on tone striped pant, and a great printed scarf; or if you’re looking to make a real statement, go with a couple of amazing bold prints to really get noticed! The possibilities are endless!