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Blazers Make it Better

Sacramento autumn happens for about 2 weeks in October in case you were planning on coming to look at our fall colors. We do have a decently cold winter so there is plenty of opportunity to put on the lovely trend of the long blazer.

I’ve made it no secret that I struggle with designer pieces that are cut for a plus size body everywhere but the arms. When I tried on this Christian Siriano jacket at an 11 Honore event over the summer, I really loved it. The basketweave fabric is really special. That’s the thing with really special fabrics though….there is never enough. This was one of the last few jackets available and I really wanted it, but the arms! Luckily for me, the designer himself was at the event and he agreed to have the jacket tweaked at their store and sent to me.

I know that that opportunity literally never happens, so when searching for a blazer I recommend a few things. First, you want to make sure that the length is right. The oversized blazer is really having a moment, but you want to make sure it doesn’t overwhelm you. Second, as long as the jacket fits in the arms, shoulders, and back, I don’t need it to button. Who is going around buttoning their blazers anyway? Third, make sure it’s a color or pattern that works with a large part of your wardrobe. The right blazer can truly be worn with anything, even an evening dress.

I paired mine with jeans and the fantastic Chromat “Sample Size” t-shirt. The all-stars could be these amazing vintage YSL earrings I picked up from my favorite shop in Sacramento, #Panache. Big, colorful, and shiny. These earrings get me.

Photography Gina Fippin

Christian Siriano Black Blazer (unavailable): 11 Honore | Sample Size Shirt: Chromat | Vintage YSL earrings: #Panache

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The perfect shirt?

I’ve spent the better part of my life figuring out what kind of shirt looks best on me.

For a long time, it was only v-necks. I think this was because my chest was so large that I needed that skin exposure to make me feel less top heavy. It didn’t always work, but it made me feel better.

Fast forward to today. I’ve had a breast reduction/tummy tuck and have a lot more freedom with shapes of shirts. I also can do a French tuck! As much as I wanted to love my FUPA, I never quite got there (exploring that in another post, I promise).

This shirt was not on my radar. As colorful as it is, which is normally my MO, I just kept passing on it. It wasn’t until I went to an 11 Honore Trunk Show that it really sang. And by sang, I mean a woman named Jessica shoved it into the makeshift dressing room when I said I had nothing to wear with a skirt I was trying on.

Side note, the women and men that work at 11 Honore are really spectacular people. Honestly. When a fat woman loves designer clothes, that is one tiny shopping pool. Tiny, tiny pool. But, this company is crazy amazing and curates plus size clothing from designers and then sells them to people like me. I love them and will explore my time at New York Fashion week and 11 Honore next week.

So this shirt. This shirt is sublime. Anytime I need something casual? Works. Fancy? Works. Jeans? Works. Lightweight? Works. Layering piece? Works. Beautiful detailing in its construction and FITS MY ARMS AMMMIRITE? I paired this round with distressed black jeans, my new (men’s) Gucci slides, and a belt bag. No v-neck, but hey we can’t win em all.

Principle Photography Gina Fippin

Prabal Gurung Flounce Blouse: 11 Honore / The Best Black Jeans Ever: Asos / Chloe Belt Bag: Net-a-Porter in Red / Gucci (men’s for my wide feet) Loafers that are apparently called Slippers: Gucci