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The Stylish Sisters Behind the Fashion Blog ‘Fatty Deschanel’

Posted by on November 19, 2013

Fatty Deschanel” is a blog about two sisters living in the San Francisco Bay Area who love clothes. Blythe and Emma Tai, also known as Ms. and Ms. Deschanel, started their fashion blog “Fatty Deschanel” in the spring of 2013 in Emma’s dorm room.

Emma, 20, enjoys speaking in her outside voice and stalking boy bands. Blythe, 25, is a young go-getter who works part time as a classical musician, serves on nonprofit boards, and cuts her own bangs.

Both ladies are hard at work when they’re not blogging. Blythe is a marketing and editorial writer for an internet start-up and Emma is sophomore at a top research university, but the two lovely ladies took time from their busy schedules to talk with IGIGI about their fashion inspirations, thrifting, and their experience of running a fashion blog together.

FD earned its name from the sisters’ enthusiasm for She & Him and fringed hairstyles.  Credit: Fatty Deschanel

FD earned its name from the sisters’ enthusiasm for She & Him and fringed hairstyles.  Credit: Fatty Deschanel

Jane: How do each of you describe your personal fashion aesthetic?

  • Emma: I like to make an impression with my clothing; subtlety is not my forte! Red hair is my signature, and my current faves include crop tops, chambray, and 90s-inspired fashion.
  • Blythe: I always try to dress like a proper lady. I would describe my style as feminine with retro influences. I’m usually found in a skirt, closed-toes shoes, winged eyeliner, and a cardigan.

Jane: When did you both start getting interested in fashion?

  • Emma: I’ve always been an individual when it comes to getting dressed. In middle school I was a big fan of bright outfits. I wore a lot of rainbow tights and bright dresses accessorized with DIY earrings. From there my style matured (slightly).
  • Blythe: I was the first-born daughter, and my parents were very kind to dress me in pinafores and eyelet blouses inspired by our mother’s Scottish upbringing. I’ve always liked the promise of a makeover, and I’ve done a gradual self-makeover or two in my life.
Blythe is fond of her small collection of vintage finds from local consignment shops and thrift stores. One of her recent favorites is a pale pink vintage nightgown inherited from her grandmother that she wears as a blouse or dress. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

Blythe is fond of her small collection of vintage finds from local consignment shops and thrift stores. One of her recent favorites is a pale pink vintage nightgown inherited from her grandmother that she wears as a blouse or dress. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

Jane: Who are your biggest fashion inspirations?

Emma's favorite wardrobe item is her vintage American flag Converse that one of her friends picked up for her at a flea market. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

Emma’s favorite wardrobe item is her vintage American flag Converse that one of her friends picked up for her at a flea market. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

Jane: What advice would you give to women who are finding no love in their wardrobes?

  • Emma & BlytheIt’s easy to get in a sartorial rut, especially if, like us, you don’t shop a lot. Try reworking the clothes you already have to create new looks. Emma is a fan of DIY-ing inexpensive T-shirts to create trendy crop tops. Every now and then, we look at our wardrobes as a whole and try to wear old clothes in new ways. Wear mini-dresses as tucked-in tops, try new color combinations, or add layers to transition a summer item into winter. One thing that stands in the way of a lot of women finding their personal style is self consciousness. Don’t be held back by your view of your body, perceived image, or the fear of standing out. Wear what you see your ideal self wearing, and pursue that full force.
'FD' understands that shopping is a difficult experience for many women. They've learned through trial and error what styles, cuts, and fabrics suit their bodies. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

‘FD’ understands that shopping is a difficult experience for many women. They’ve learned through trial and error what styles, cuts, and fabrics suit their bodies. Credit: Fatty Deschanel

If you want to dress like Emma, she recommends picking up the IGIGI Leigh Plus-Size Lace Dress in Gold. It’s very ornate and she has a soft spot for lace dresses. She would wear it with black heels, dangling black, door-knocker earrings, nude lips, and winged eyeliner. Blythe, on the other hand, recommends the IGIGI Melina Plus-Size Dress in Charcoal/Gold. She’s a big fan of the brocade and says that she would accessorize with a wide black belt and pumps, burgundy lips and nails, and a pale gold brooch bobby-pinned in her hair.

Blythe and Emma plan to continue being good at everything, loving life, and blogging regularly, but they want to leave everyone with some important words of  shopping wisdom: “Don’t put too much emphasis on a single outfit; instead, find pieces in a style or color that you love on your body and want to wear all the time. Self-confidence is key.”

To keep up with Emma and Blythe you can check out their blog “Fatty Deschanel” and leave your love in the comments.

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5 Thrifting Tips for Plus-Size Women

Posted by on October 25, 2013

There are actually some really great shopping options for plus-size women, especially online. It’s not too challenging to find great dresses, tops, skirts, and pants that are designed to fit and flatter curvy women. However, sometimes you just need a fashion fix, and the wait time post-shipping does not always make online shopping the “funnest” way to get your fashion fix.

If you have a few hundred dollars a season to revamp your wardrobe and a saintlike patience with your UPS service, then online shopping can serve you very well as a plus-size woman. However, for those of us who don’t have unlimited means and patience for week-long waits, thrifting is a great alternative.

Unless you’re going to a thrift store that specifically caters to plus-sizes, of which there are unfortunately very few (one of the most well-known is the formerly NYC-based, now Cleveland-based, Re/Dress), it isn’t going to be easy to find a lot of options that work for you if you’re a US size 12+.

Re/Dress

The Re/Dress CLE is located at 2678 W.14th street in Cleveland and I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re in the area. Credit: Zero Style Blog

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10 Simple, DIY Plus-size Halloween Costumes

Posted by on October 22, 2013

So you want a cute Halloween costume (duh), but you don’t necessarily want to go-out wearing some variation of lingerie, nor do you want to spend a lot of money on something you’re only going to wear once. Trust me, I know the struggle is real, but look no further, for here is my top 10 list of cute, (mostly) DIY, plus-size Halloween costumes.

1. Sock Hop Sweetie

Sock hop costume

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Is there anything cuter than a poodle skirt? If you want to emulate Sandy in Grease, try picking up a poodle skirt from a vintage or thrift shop. Some of them may be a little on the expensive side, especially if you opt for vintage, but this is a skirt that you could wear outside of Halloween as well. If you don’t want to drop the cash, try buying or making a poodle patch and sewing it onto a black skirt that you already have. Pair it with a white collared shirt, a baby pink cardigan, and a preppy pair of oxfords. (Going as “Bad Sandy” is pretty easy, too, since all it takes is some black jeans, a leather jacket, red lipstick, and some big, blonde, curls.)

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How Do You Describe Yourself? Plus-size? Curvy? Full-Figured?

Posted by on October 18, 2013

I recently came across a Huffington Post Style article about how more plus-size women prefer the term “curvy” over plus-size.

This statistic comes from a poll that the retailer Sonsi facilitated on their website. This poll asked 1,000 women which term they preferred and the results came in somewhat split with respondents saying 28 percent prefer “curvy,” 25 percent prefer “plus-size,” and 25 percent prefer “full-figured.”

All of those terms basically mean the same thing to me, so personally I do not have any preference. When I’m discussing fashion, I usually use the term “plus-size,” since that is the official fashion terminology for a US size 14+, whereas the official terminology for women US size 0-12 is “standard-size.” However, when I’m just describing my physical body, I don’t specify at all. It’s simply my body. It’s larger than some and smaller than some, but it’s just my body. I don’t feel a need to throw “curvy” or “full-figured” in front of it.

Nadia Aboulhosn

Curvy, plus-size, full-figured… no matter what word you use, Nadia Aboulhosn looks incredible. Credit: Nadia Aboulhosn

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Ignoring Fashion Rules with the Sparkly Nezetta Plus-size Dress

Posted by on October 15, 2013

I distinctly remember watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model in which there was a plus-size contestant (I’m 90 percent sure it was Toccara Jones) who had been put in a shiny, sparkly dress for one of the shoots. There were the usual criticisms, such as not enough smeyesing, etc., and then there was a long discussion about how this dress was a poor choice for this shoot on the stylist’s part, especially for the plus-size contestant, since shiny fabrics always make you look bigger when you’re photographed.

Personally, I am a huge fan of shiny fabrics and of anything that sparkles. Therefore, when I see a great plus-size dress with a subtle gold glimmer like the Nezetta Cocktail Dress in Navy/Gold, there are no so-called fashion rules that are going to stop me from rocking it.

The Nezetta dress comes in black and gold too.

The Nezetta dress comes in black and gold too.

I picked this dress out with the intention of wearing it for some slightly fancier evenings out and I daresay it fit the bill. I wanted to really glam this dress up, but it could easily be dressed down for a slightly more casual evening out if you paired it with a motorcycle jacket and a pair of short, chunky ankle boots. The cute belt is included with the dress, but it could easily be worn without the belt as well, although I personally love the little gold detail at the waist.

The Nezetta dress also comes in a black/gold combination if you’re looking for a different color palette.

The ruched draping actually elongates your form and makes your legs look longer.

The ruched draping actually elongates your form and makes your legs look longer.

The ruching up the front of the dress and the back of the dress gives a body-con look, which is very trendy (and dare I say “sexy”), but the material has a decent amount of stretch, so it is still very comfortable.

The Nezetta dress is fully-lined, like most IGIGI dresses, so you don't have to worry about showing any panty lines or wobbly bits.

The Nezetta dress is fully-lined, like most IGIGI dresses, so you don’t have to worry about showing any panty lines or wobbly bits.

In honor of this sparkly, shiny plus-size dress, I decided to put together a few other fashion rules that us plus-size ladies are told we can’t pull off, along with a true-or-false analysis.

1. Don’t wear clingy fabrics. FALSE – If you want to really show off your curves, a clingy material is the easiest way to do that. If you’re feeling particularly self-conscious about not wanting to show any lumps or bumps, the easiest way to camouflage that is with well-placed ruching,lined garments, and shapewear.

2. Big patterns make you look larger. FALSE – Big patterns make a big statement. Depending on where the pattern falls on your figure, they can actually be incredibly flattering, and even if they aren’t strictly flattering, there is nothing that says you can’t wear a crazy, funky, geometric pattern just because you like it.

3. Stay away from skinny jeans. FALSE –  Skinny jeans are awesome. They are cute, comfy, and are basically made to be worn with tunics that are perfect for tucking into jeans, so they are absolutely perfect for fall. They are not the unequivocally most flattering jean style for everyone, but does that mean you can’t still wear them and look awesome? Nope.

4. Any intentionally oversized garments will just make you look larger. FALSE – It will look like you’re wearing an oversized garment. Oversized styles are really in right now and they essentially look the same on everyone. Are they the absolutely most flattering styles in the world? No, but if worn with the right accessories and coordinating pieces, they can look incredibly chic.

The boat neckline with the below-knee length and slight cling brought to mind a blinged-out Audrey Hepburn vibe for me so I paired it with a true, red lip and black pumps.

The boat neckline with the below-knee length and slight cling brought to mind a blinged-out Audrey Hepburn vibe for me so I paired it with a true, red lip and black pumps.

Whenever you’re feeling a little insecure or unsure about a new outfit that you’re putting together, the only really important question that you need to worry about is: “Does this make me feel beautiful?” Because if that is true, nothing else really matters. If you’re really struggling, however, you can always hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and send me some awesome selfies.

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