“Festival” a Plus Size Fashion Statement!, or
“How I Learned to Love Flower Headbands!” Are you a Festival Girl, I am?
I love to shop, and y’all know that I think of myself as a hippie, so when I started seeing Plus Size Festival Fashion I could not help but smile. I go to a festival or two every summer so I am so excited to see such amazing choices in my size. Continue reading
I have always loved Mondo Guerra, from the very first show of Season Eight of Project Runway. I liked his quirky style and how he dressed and designed.
I will never forget the night he designed his own fabric on Project Runway. When asked for an explanation of what the design meant, he said he was HIV positive and the fabric design was his way of telling the world. I love the fabric, and from that moment forward I have wanted something designed by him, but nothing seemed to work for me. Then one day he designed some Crocs, but you could only buy them in the New York Crocs store. But recently they became available on the Crocs on-line site, where I especially like the flats and Mary Janes.
They are fabulous. Everytime I wear them I get lots of compliments, and they might be the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. It is like working on air. I wear a LOT of black and white so they work really well with my wardrobe. I usually wear a shoe size 9.5W, but the size 10 is perfect.
I like them so much I just bought another pair in what I hope is the same shape and style, the Gianna Flat, to wear with jeans and skirts. I would have liked a little less conservative style, but for comfort and fit, it seems like a good compromise. Do note that where the color of the shoe is flat rather than shiny, they do look a little like plastic or rubber. I tried a different version previously but they just fit too big all the way around and especially in the heel. They even have some with glitter!
Some of you may remember that I had a full knee replacement surgery a couple of months ago. After going to the trouble of having elective surgery and then recovery, it occurred to me that I need to start wearing a real shoe. I looked around for a style that was not TOO homely, had support on both sides, and enough sole to support my 275 pounds. I wanted a shoe I could walk in for an hour if I needed to. I went with the Clarks Felicia Plum Casual Shoe.
I wore them Saturday night for the first time, and since we were going to two different events I took along my old shoes in case I started to get a blister, but there was no problem. They are a perfect fit, they were great for the early BBQ on the grass and the patio, and the more formal party in someone’s home, later in the evening. (I will be taking a black sharpie to the brown accents. A little too rustic for my taste).
For at least the last 10 years, I had been wearing Arcopedico Light shoes. They are slides with no support. I am sure they were not good for my career or my feet and knees, but I trying not to slide back into them, or black ballet slippers with no support.
I reached out to the FatToo Anonymous Community on Facebook (a private group which you can apply to join). I did not check every option to ensure that it had sole support or came in wide sizes, but there are a lot of options here. FatToo Anonymous is the best resource I have ever had and I love getting to know some of the regular posters. These are some of their suggestions:
- Sperry’s boat shoes (they have great arch support)
- Dansko (some people did not find them wide enough)
- Wallabies at journeys
- Orthoheel (now Vionic)
- The Walking Company
- Kalso Earth Shoes
- Softwalk shoes
- New Balance
- Rohde (Birkenstockish)
My sister sent me this photo in February, from way behind the fashion curve, Bandon, Oregon. I kind of ignored the photo at the time, and then I started seeing them everywhere. My sister says whenever she wears them people stop her on the street and tell her how cute they are AND she says they are very comfortable to wear. I cannot find any that I like as much as my sister’s pair but here are some from Lane Bryant and some from Zappos, they all come in a Wide Width.
So introducing Wedge Sneakers, from my ahead of the curve sister.
I love shoes and I love a little edge. But I have a wide foot and as most of you know that is often limiting. So I heard that someone with a widish foot was buying some T.U.K.s and I had to check it out. And then I found these, purple and pink but with white zebra, but just TOO much white. They were on sale for $25 and the description said that they ran large and you should order a smaller size. So I ordered a 9, I wear a 9.5 and they fit perfectly. Plenty of room for my wide feet and lots of cushion. And then I used a fabric ink pen to make the white zebra into lavender zebra. I am thrilled.
They also have a mix tape version for $20 and a black version (but not in very many sizes). I do not know that other TUK sneakers would fit me. This may be an anomaly and that is why they are so cheap, but I am thrilled. Ciao Bellas…affinity
UPDATE: I wore these for the second time last night and I doubt I will buy high tops again. The extra leather around my ankle just feels like too much. Lesson learned, next time regular sneakers, but with wild colors or print if possible.
UPDATE: I looked on the inter webs and of course was rewarded with some suggestions with how to wear them so here are a couple of links:
Fashion Challenge: Style a Pair of High-Top Sneakers
MINI CELEB TREND: High-Top Sneakers!