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Tribal influence

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Old Navy Urban Explorer dress

So, you remember this dress from a post last week? Well, I thought it was a dress, but it was really described as a tunic on the Old Navy website and then I said I would wait for mine to arrive before ruling it out as a dress. Um, the possibility of this tunic being worn as a dress is definitely ruled out now. It’s far more tunic than dress, in other words, bits would be on display if you wore it with no pants.

Oh, but I’ve found it to be a great little cotton number. Love the print and the top is completely airy and soft to touch. Paired with a good pair of jeans this tunic will probably be THE summer top for me. I do recommend that you use a safety pin to secure the upper body of the tunic because the v-neck is cut very deeply (like, way passed the chest). Using a safety pin will help make sure you don’t have a wardrobe malfunction. But no one here will judge you if you wanted your wardrobe to malfunction, you know… on purpose.

Tribal prints, love them for Spring and Summer this year. I found these images from designers who also created pieces featuring or were inspired by tribal prints.

Tribal inspired pieces for Spring and Summer

For more information where to buy: Salvor Projects | 21 MC


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March 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

Weekly Recap: We prepare for Spring

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This week, the Fat Stylist started thinking about Spring. We love it here. So we got excited and announced the massive Old Navy sale and put together a few looks using sale items.

Here are the top three Polyvore sets for this week:

Set for Summer
Going to the library
Old Navy Spring ’08 Sale on shorts

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February 29, 2008 at 10:53 am

Thrifting for the lady of size

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thrift store

Thrift store shopping (or thrifting) is not as hard as you might think. It’s better than shopping at Wal-Mart (why does Wal-Mart always look like the apocalypse is nigh?). And it’s a really good way to add range to your style.

Here are some basic guidelines to get started and if you’re already a pro read on for more ideas to improve your thrift game.

1. Ignore sizes and at the same time realize that thrift stores actually carry a generous amount of plus and extended sizes. Some sizes you find in thrift stores are marked in an older size range and some may not be marked at all. Your best bet is to pick it up and look at it. Does it look like it’ll fit? Try it, though, I don’t recommend trying it on just yet. I like to wash and dry my thrifty purchase before wearing.

2. Spread the love. Shop multiple thrift stores frequently, because no one thrift store holds all the treasures and you never know when the treasures will roll in.

3. Remember, it only costs a dollar or two. So pick up something you might not usually try. At worse you’re out a few bucks. Of course, that does depend on which store you are shopping since some thrift stores are thriftier than others.

4. Look for the weird, stunning, or the amazing-how-could-anyone-throw-this-out pieces. You can pair your thrift store find with basic items and get an outfit that takes the edge off plain or boring.

5. Shop the men’s department. They have good t-shirts, button-down shirts, sports coats, and overcoats in larger sizes. If you have any sewing skills or know someone else who does, shopping the menswear at a thrift store will yield you project after project. Not to mention cute results once the garments are altered to fit.

6. The cleaners and the washing machine are about to become your BFF! If you feel icky about wearing second-hand clothing, don’t forget there’s little a good wash and dry can’t cure. A natural, low-cost way to help kill bacteria/mold that might be lurking in old clothes is a line-dry in sunny weather. The sun kills many of the microbes in clothes.

7. Avoid holes and tough stains. I wouldn’t buy anything with a stain unless: a.) It was really cute AND b.) The stain was identifiable as ink. Buttons can be repaired, small rips on the seam are worth the short time it takes to repair, but anything beyond basic washing and mending is where I draw the line for most thrifted items.

I’ve bought many charming tops and skirts from thrift stores. I have always enjoyed the compliments my thrift store finds have fetched. And I’ll admit there’s been a coat or scarf I didn’t wash before wearing (yikes!), but I was young and stupid. I’m hoping that with my years of practice I’ve learned a thing or two about thrifting for fun and wearable items.

In the end, thrifting may not be your thing. But don’t be afraid to try it. If you believe that a good find can be made at a garage sale then you know what a little rummaging can do. Extend this thinking to your closet and you’ll get a kick out of the funkier wardrobe you’ve created.

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February 13, 2008 at 6:13 pm