While the joys of entrepreneurship have, shall we say, umm, constrained the summer shopping budget, I’ve still managed to come up on a few pieces that make me feel and look good. Here’s a list of shops where the pickings are good for those of us on the shapely side. Prices, sizes, selection and availability vary, of course.
Find: Faryl Robin teal and brown snakeskin print heels, 3-4 inches.
Highlights: Platform makes the shoe comfy, though dancing for more than an hour takes it toll on the tootsies.
Price: About $80 on clearance when purchased in late spring 2010
Find: Black and white one-piece bathing suit
Highlights: Halter top; strategically slimming stripes
Price: $17 when purchased in May 2010
Gap Outlet Store
Find 1: White cotton jeans, Curvy Straight fit.
Highlights: Back pockets that make generous backsides look good
Price: $26 on clearance when purchased in June 2010
Find 2: Orange strapless cotton top with ruffles.
Highlights: Ruffle at the top adds girly touch on top; elastic gather around waist provides definition AND cover for my tummy area.
Price: $9 on clearance when purchased in June 2010
Find: Rose-colored flapper party dress.
Highlights: Besides its general shimmery, stringy awesomeness, the $7 dollar (!) price tag took my breath away. More about it here: http://theshapelychic.tumblr.com/post/816364413/found-this-flapper-style-dress-at-h-m-and-couldnt
Find: White cotton sleeveless top with orange and red beading detail
Highlights: Beading detail at the top of the shirt
Price: About $8 on clearance in early June 2010
Find 1: Strapless cotton romper (bought two; in black and in plum) with early 1900s lingerie “bloomer” effect.
Highlights: Shows off the massively rockin’ tan I’ve been cultivating since May while the bloomer bottom half covers the tummy. First shorts I’ve worn in like, ever. I think this works best with a belt, otherwise I look like I’m wearing a diaper.
Price: Cost me $19.99 each when I bought them earlier in the season; if you can find them still, probably super clearance-priced.
Find 2: “Deputy of Love” straw cowboy hat. Pic here:http://theshapelychic.tumblr.com/post/824172676/one-of-my-favorite-sleazy-disco-dance-songs-is
Highlights: Cool feather detailing; rolled up sides
Price: Super clearance price of $3.24 when purchased July 16, 2010
Find: Fuschia straw circle purse with silver straps.
Highlights: Roomy enough to hold all my crazy stuff; snap at the top makes it more secure than many summery bags (we city chicks gotta lock up the goods).
Price: $19.99 on clearance when purchased at Chicago State Street location in April/May 2010.
I’d love to hear about some of the places you’ve been getting your summer sexy on. Please share with the class!
One of my favorite sleazy disco dance songs is Deputy of Love (Don Armando’s Second Ave. Band), and I was thinking of it when I picked up this fun little lid yesterday at Target, for all of $3.24. Git ‘em, deputy!
"I chase ‘em, and I tail ‘em, and I get ‘em any way I can…I lock ‘em up, shut the door, take the key and throw it awayyyyy. I’m the deputy of love, I’m the deputy of love, I’m the deputy of looooooove!"
Found this flapper-style dress at H&M and couldn’t wait to shimmy and shake in it! Which you know I did.
Not the most clear pic, but here are the style deets…
Dress: Rose-colored viscose and polyester flapper/Tina Turner dress; H&M, $7. Yes, SEVEN DOLLARS! Summer 2010.
Shoes: Fuschia suede,five-inch chunky heel; Mark by Mark Jacobs, $150 (less 30 percent off w/coupon). Macy’s, Fall 2009.
Earrings: Black metal, white white beads and yellow balls; street festival find, many moons ago, $10.
Bag: Black suede clutch w/silver rivets. Don’t remember price or where I bought it.
Hair: Big-arsed afro. Blow dry w/comb attachment.
I don’t know exactly when my love affair with fashion began, whether it was when I first insisted on being photographed with my legs wide open as a toddler (to better show off my frilly, lacy-butt tights), the night I watched my mom put on some cork wedge heels and disco glad rags for a night out with my dad, or the moment I happened upon her stash of Vogue magazines, but I do know that I’ve loved clothes, shoes, jewelry and bags since I’ve had memory. I think I may have even loved shoes en utero.
Fashion, however, hasn’t always loved me. The very looks I’ve craved often have seemed unattainable to me, especially with weight fluctuations, DNA (hips, thighs, and breasts, oh my!) and budget limitations. Despite that, I’ve always received compliments on my personal style and fashion choices, from the time I pieced together my first preppy garage-sale finds in middle school to the asymmetrical bob I sported with my grandmother’s dresses in high school to my current dress + afro + dangly earrings + ‘bad bitch’ shoes phase.
I’ve started The Shapely Chic to answer the question “Where did you get that?”, something I get asked often enough to delude me into thinking people really want to see my answers in the form of a blog.
The Shapely Chic is a space for me to share my personal experiences with finding fashion that fits all of me—my body, personality and sense of style. It’s also a way for me to pass on tips, tricks and advice for other women who are “generously proportioned” and looking for ways to showcase their own style.
I chose the term “shapely” because it calls to mind a woman in full: someone who has comely curves, a confident sensuality and an ‘I’m grown’ sensibility that makes her a standout. I added the word “chic” not only because of its association with fashion and being fashionable, but also as a cutesy play on a nickname for women that I love (my younger brother and I used to crack ourselves up calling each other ‘chick’ and ‘dude’) and my hometown (Chicago).
For now, I’ll be updating this space a couple of time per week with pictures, stories and perhaps some crazy dressing room meltdown vids. I hope The Shapely Chic will become a community, where discussion, sharing and opining happens regularly. I welcome your thoughts and ideas.
All my best,
Lehia Franklin Acox,
The Shapely Chic-in-Charge