Torrid Shorts – What Size Should I Buy?

shorts best copyTorrid Shorts – What Size Should I Buy?

I am Los Angeles visiting a friend that I worked with in the ’80s. Loving her pool, I will be water walking a little later this morning, and then perhaps a dip in the hot tub, which is really good for my back and sciatica.

I know, this looks like a skirt rather than shorts and that is why I love them. I just had to show you these shorts right away because they are SO cute, and comfy and I bet they sell out soon. I think I will be able to wear these when I tutor first graders at the elementary school down the street from where I live.

The shorts are lined, they have a robust drawstring, and I think they are really fun and cute. I will be looking for another pair of these in a different fabric. They are a Torrid Size 4, I think I might have been able to wear a Size 3, It is, of course, quite a bit longer on me than it is on the Torrid model.

You might find the  High Neck Tee, a little tight in the neck. I snipped the back seam, just in the neck, to give me a little more room. It is too warm in the heat of the day, but it will be perfect for the cool fall days, and I have a couple of them.

Torrid Chiffon Short – Size 4
ASOS Curve Sleveless High Neck Tee – Size US 24

Peace, Affinity

photo: Joe Anaya

DIY Plus Size Clown Costume


DIY Plus Size Clown Costume
Have you ever made a DIY Plus Size Clown Costume? If you have been following along you may already know that I go to Burning Man. In fact, 2015 was our 16th year.  The 2015 theme was Carnival of Mirrors, and like everyone else, I decided I needed a clown costume.  I bought some parts of it, and I had some many pieces in my closet. At first glance, it may seem to be a little too much, and it is. I will simplify the costume  for Burning Man by not wearing any makeup, seems like the nose is plenty.

DIY Plus Size Clown CostumeThe first thing I decided I needed were a clown collar and cuffs. If I knew how to sew, even a little bit, I could have made these, perhaps without the black ribbon edging for very little money. But I don’t, so I bought mine, but I tried to use clothes from other outfits or costumes.

Clown Collar & Cuffs
White Gloves (I bought a dozen in case I wanted to give some away)
Headpiece (painted and reused)
Skirt, leggings and boots (from my closet)

Photos: Tex Allen, Portrayou

Peace…affinity

Torrid Size 4 – Fit and Flare! Best Skirt EVER!

10 year patchTorrid Size 4 – Fit and Flare! Best Skirt EVER!

If you have been following along you know that I go to Burning Man. As you can see I have a rhinestone Burning Man on my cami, from about 10 years ago. I wore it because I was at Burning Man Headquarters where they gave me a patch for 10 years of volunteering (you might remember that they gave me The Affinity Award several years ago). So I wore my favorite cami, and the cutest skirt I have EVER owned. And yes that little hand on my mouth means I might have been crying a little.

torrid sheer skirtI am wearing a Size 4, and it fits perfectly. A stiffish elastic waist, with a little zipper in the back. Unfortunately Torrid only has skirts in sizes 00 – 2 in stock. It took me several weeks to wear it because it just borders on dressy with the stiffness of the body, and the shiny sheerness of the fabric. Can I say one more time, this is my favorite skirt EVER?

sox hackSock Hack (to show more color, and balance the outfit)
I bought some green socks that I hoped would peek out of the boot, just to add a little matching color to the outfit, but they were way too bulky to wear under my boots. Great thin socks are always a struggle in plus sizes. I later had the thought that I could have cut the foot off of them and worn them like short leg warmers, since all I really cared about was adding a little color to the bottom half of my legs (I will wear the foot portion to sleep in so no waste here). So I gave it a try and it worked.

10 year patchAnd here is a photo of my Burning Man 10 Year Volunteer Patch. I think I will put it on my hoodie.

Torrid Sheer Fit & Flare Skirt – Size 4X
Jean Jacket – Size 4X (similar)
Re/Dress Teggings – Regular length
Torrid Combat Boots – 10.5 W

Peace…Affinity

photo: Allison Hastings

Modcloth Size 4X – How Does It Fit?

mandala topWelcome back to the new, more casual, every topic I want to write about, Affatshionista. There will be lots of selfies about how things fit, my water fitness program, other bloggers, and yes, even Burning Man. Lots of examples of what did, and didn’t work.
Hang on to your hats!

Modcloth Size 4X – How Does It Fit? 

I fell in love with this Posh Power Top from Modcloth, and I had to have it. You know they have a ton of plus sizes, sometimes even to a size 30, but I sometimes have a problem with fit.

Modcloth Size 4X, How Does it Fit?This is my first every Affatshionista selfie because I wanted to share with you one of my pet peeves about plus sizes. I have a problem with extra large armholes. I do not have particularly large arms, they are about 15″, but this armhole is 31″.

mandla top clipped2So what to do? I came up with the “wear it over a sports bra, or t-shirt”, and then sew a little tuck in the fabric under the arm (that is a barrette holding place for the tuck).  As you can see, the armhole is too big, but it does not look as messy with the tuck. I am going to make it work. The rule at my house, is fix it today or send it back, no putting it in the mending pile.

aff mandala earringsI even bought some mandala earring because I loved the top so much, and I think I will outline the earrings with a black sharpie to make the colors a little more cohesive.

Of course Modcloth carries a lot of tops in Size 4X, by many different brands, but be careful out there, trust the photos, and if it isn’t just what you want, either find a way to make it work, or send it back!

Modcloth Posh Power Top – Size 4X, hip width 70″, length 31″
Mandala Earrings

A special shout out to Marcy Cruz who encouraged me to come back to blogging, and to do it my way.
I am happy to be back hanging our with y’all.

Peace…Affinity

So Excited To Be Included in Links à la Mode!

New Size 3 at TorridI am so excited to be featured by Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) in Links à la Mode, the weekly IFB roundup!  Each week, IFB editors curate the 20 best links of the week from beauty to fashion. Here’s a roundup of this weeks 20 best links for your reading…

Links à la Mode, August 13

SPONSOR: Shopbop Miu Miu Sunglasses, Monica Vinader, Brixton, Men’s CK Jeans, Jason Wu, Stella McCartney, Leather Jackets, Booties with Fringe, Off Shoulder Maxi Dresses & Fold Over Clutches.

Peace…affinity

photo: Tex Allen

Everyday Style in a Torrid Size 3!

New Size 3 at TorridWhen our blogging collective chose “Everyday Style” as our theme this month, I knew that I wanted to wear a tunic and cropped leggings, because that is my everyday style. So I started shopping at Torrid because I really wanted to see how the new sizes fit on me. You can read about Torrid’s new sizes HERE. This is a Torrid 3X tunic, and a new arrival. I have always worn a 4X top at Torrid. This 3X is just a tiny bit snug around my hips, but I am clear the 4X would be too large. So a 3X it is.

Size 3 TorridTunic: Torrid Size 3 Striped Cinch Tunic Top
Leggings: From my closet over 3 years ago
Zipper Gladiator Sandals Size 10 WW – Jessica London ComfortView

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE

EVERYDAY STYLE-2Don’t stop here. Check out AHEAD OF THE CURVE where my fellow bloggers will show you their looks for our “Everyday Style” collaboration. Just click HERE.

Ahead of the Curve, is a collective of plus size bloggers that come together to post on the same subject. Stay in touch with Ahead of the Curve by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as Ahead_of_the_Curve_Bloggers or Pinterest.

Peace…affinity

photo: Tex Allen

Torrid’s New Sizes – Is This Crop Top Too Big?

Torrid's New Sizes

More About Torrid’s New Sizes

Last week I blogged about Torrid’s new sizes, and here they are. The moment I saw this crop top I knew I had to have it, so I ordered a Torrid Size 4 (my usual size Torrid top), a size 5, and the brand new size 6, and guess what, they were all too big. Pictured here is the Size 4 and it is too wide and the sleeves are just too large, making it look a little matronly and baggy. I have since ordered the Size 3 and I will report in, but it looks like I now wear a size 3 top at Torrid.

Torrid Crochet Crop Blouse, Size 4X
SWAK Perfect Leggings, One Size, (My favorite, fitted at the ankles and not too heavy)
Full Beauty HatSimilar)
Eloquii Tulle Skirt
, Size 28 (Similar but longer)

What did I do to change my look from Day to Night? The Day Look includes a hat, casual bangle bracelets, and black earrings. I think the hat had the most impact in creating a more casual look.
torrid crochet top size 4 original size LGFor the Night Look I wore different jewelry and took off the hat.

FROM THE TOP DOWN Fine Jewelry purchased in Ireland Torrid Bangle - Hollow Old Bangle - Lane Bryant Variety of necklaces and small bracelets attached together and wrapped Torrid Solid and Hollow Bracelets

FROM THE TOP DOWN
Fine Jewelry purchased in Ireland
Torrid Bangle – Hollow
Old Bangle – Lane Bryant
My mother-in-laws necklaces and small bracelets attached together and wrapped
Torrid Solid and Hollow Bracelets

The necklace is costume jewelry, the earrings are vintage from Etsy, since I can only wear clips these days (I used a sharpie to brighten up the color a little), and the bracelets (above) are a combination of good jewelry and costume jewelry.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

Peace…affinity

DaytoNightCollageDon’t stop here. Check out AHEAD OF THE CURVE where my fellow bloggers will show you their looks for our Day to Night collaboration. Just click HERE.

Ahead of the Curve, is a collective of plus size bloggers that come together to post on the same subject. Stay in touch with Ahead of the Curve by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as Ahead_of_the_Curve_Bloggers or Pinterest.

Photos: Leori Gill Photography

Torrid’s New Sizes Are Larger, Plus A Size 6!

Torrid’s New Sizes!

Torrid's New SizesTorrid is now carrying a Size 6, AND is cutting all of their old sizes MUCH larger. You can see the sizes are larger by looking at the side by side comparison (above) of the old Size Chart and the new Size Chart. The Size 6 is equal to a Size 30 and the bust is 64 -68 inches. YAY! Continue reading

I Love my ASOS Curve Plus Size Romper

plus Size romper, plus size short size 26I love this plus size Elephant Romper. It is another one of those pieces that I would have loved during the 60s. After seeing the photo, I might try a belt with it the next time I wear it. ASOS Curve has been my go-to for fashion for a while now. They have fun, trendy clothes, and what do you know, their Size 24 always fits my Size 26/28 body. Continue reading