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Looking for 2x/3x LOOSE-ish (layering) tanks and bra less camis.

I know Old Navy will be suggested but I don't know which styles aren't skin tight.

Dresses Every Day!
birch woods
Hey folks!

I've been wearing dresses all month and documenting it as part of the Dressember Fashion Challenge to raise awareness for human trafficking and help stop it.  The idea is to show the inherent dignity of women through the gesture of everyday elegance that sparks conversation.  I'm also trying out vlogging and talk about Star Wars (spoiler free!), and a bit about my life as well as testing a couple filming methods.

Check it and my first 20 outfits out here: http://www.lydiadickson.com/2015/12/vlog-force-awakens-dressember.html

And here's a preview outfit:

Cardigan - LuLaRoe "Sarah", Dress - Her Universe "9th Doctor", Leggings - ModCloth "Fresh Take in Blue Universe", and Boots - Trendsetter by Hushpuppies.

Thanks for reading everyone!

Hope you're having a very Happy Holiday Season!


The New Capsule Wardrobe
birch woods
So, I'm happier with this capsule, and feel like I definitely had some growing experiences from the fall one before it.  But, let me know what you all think.  Here's a link to the full blog post - http://www.lydiadickson.com/2015/12/my-december-2015-mini-capsule-wardrobe.html

And here's a preview of some of the items below:

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you again soon!


PS. edited because I can't spell.

Her Universe Sizing
Eve by magnetic-icons
Does anyone have any experience with the Her Universe Plus Size Sizing? According to the size chart I should be a 5X, but that seems a bit big since I'm a 16 or 18 in most other plus size brands.

Pre-Post Post? Or something?
birch woods
Hi friends,
I'm going to post my next capsule wardrobe in another day or so, but since it's a special mini capsule just for December I wrote a post about why I'm doing a mini wardrobe.  Spoilers...it's because I'm not wearing pants this month.

Ok, ok, I'm just wearing dresses.  And I have a super great reason to be doing it beyond a good challenge too.  So if that sparks your interest come read more on my blog - http://www.lydiadickson.com/2015/12/reflections-on-november-what-im-looking.html

Additionally this is a less fashion oriented post, but I created a holiday gift guide featuring all handmade work from a variety of great small businesses.  And to make things better there's a giveaway for a necklace made by The Little Smith!  You can find that post here - http://www.lydiadickson.com/2015/11/handmade-holiday-gift-guide.html

And of course here's an OOTD from day 3 of my Dressember project!

The Sarah maxi cardigan from LuLaRoe (yes it has pockets!), Doctor Who 9th Doctor dress from Her Universe, Fresh Take leggings in Blue Universe from ModCloth, and blue ballet flats by American Eagle for Payless.

Thanks for reading folks!


Suits for people with big arms?
Any experience with suits for people with big (either fat or muscular, or hey, both!) upper arms? I don't mind having things tailored, but in most lines it seems like I've got to order so many sizes up so that my suits fit in my arms that I have a hard time having them fit in the shoulders or waist -- so much so that I'm pretty much asking the tailor to take the whole garment apart.

Any ideas of brands/lines that run a bit big in the arms?

Fall Outfits
birch woods
Hi everyone,

It's been a while, but I'm back with another outfit post, which you can find at http://www.lydiadickson.com/2015/11/cooler-coverings-fall-fashions.html

Also, if anyone is interested I'm co-hosting a LuLaRoe party online until Sunday at Midnight EST at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoebynicolefitts/ They're the makers of this awesome dress below, and they also make leggings (great patterned ones!), tops, and skirts in sizes XXS-3XL.  Just claim me as host, please, if you happen to buy anything.

Dress - LuLaRoe, necklace - Marsha Elliott designs, leggings - Target, boots - Hushpuppies/Trendsetter

And a second outfit just for good measure:

Shirt - Switchfoot, bag - Target, Skirt - Torrid, leggings - Target, boots - Hushpuppies/Trendsetters.

See you all in a couple weeks when I debut a mini capsule wardrobe just for December!


wicked cool curves
hope this is ok to post! my friend andrea has been working on a line of plus size activewear for months, and she's finally unveiled her kickstarter. she's designed her clothes specifically for plus size bodies and has created some beautiful, vibrant prints. here's some info from the kickstarter:

"Fun, colorful clothing made to fit & flatter curvy & plus size bodies. Size inclusive and body positive. Sizes 6-28. Made in the USA."

this is my favorite piece from her collection, but she has a lot more including a really great pair of leggings that sit veeeery high on the waist

here is the link to her kickstarter. please help by pledging!

Workout Gear
Hey Fats,

Thought I'd share one of my workout looks with y'all. I workout at home, so nobody really sees me, but I like to think I'd have the confidence to wear this at a crowded gym. Given my fatkini-in-public training, I think I could! I don't know about you, but having a cute outfit helps me get motivated to work out, and showing my stomach feels empowering. My blog is maybliss.ca if you want to see more :)

Here are the outfit dets: Sports bra - Victoria's Secret; Pants - Nola via Addition Elle; Shoes - Under Armour via Champs

birch woods
Hi folks,

I've been blogging again and shared a couple outfits and a Julep subscription box review.  http://lydiadickson.blogspot.com/2015/10/october-outfits-julep-unboxing.html

Preview outfit below:

Dress - LuLaRoe (just discovered them and they're pretty great!), Necklace - Marsha Elliott Designs, Leggings - Target, Boots - Trendsetter/Hushpuppies

Thanks for reading!