Shades of Fall




Fall is at its peak right now, all the leaves are turning colors and falling into piles. While I love fall colors, every year I tend to gravitate a bit more towards one in particular and as you can probably tell, rust is my fave fall color this year. 

I also love an oversized fit and according to "fashion rules" that is not flattering for a plus size figure as it makes one appear bigger. But who cares? These days, I am all about being comfortable and fashionable at the same time so I care not if I'm looking "bigger". So these days, my closet is full of oversized sweaters and jackets that are two sizes bigger than my true size. 

I love pairing my oversized sweaters with skirts and booties for fall, what a way to keep it simple and chic. This open duster is probably the only medium-sized clothing that I own, but I loved the color and the sleeves and thankfully, it is cut a little big so it works. Finally, my skirt is thrifted and I really liked the paisley print and of course, the color.

Thrifted Finds: Blue Velvet Crush

Sweater & Skirt (Thrifted) ◇ Heels (Old) ◇ Bag (DVF) 

Believe it or not, there are still people under the misconception that people who go to thrift stores cannot afford to shop at "regular" retail stores. Well, let me resolve that misconception for you. It is an absolute lie. I have been to thrift stores or for a better word "consignment" stores that housed items worth thousands of dollars. I am talking high-end brands like LV, Chanel and even rarely, Hermes. Plus, the clientele of some of the thrift stores I visit are ladies strolling in with Gucci backpacks and Balenciaga sneakers...I am not exaggerating. Let's just say that I do not "dress down" when I go thrifting.

So ladies, do not fall for that cliche mindset that only broke folks go to thrift stores...I get that it is not for everybody for a variety of reasons. For example, it takes a whole lotta patience and it is a game of hit or miss. But I have been thrifting since I was a broke college student and I will probably thrift while I get around with rolling walkers, living off my retirement and investment checks. 

That being said, there are certain items that I prefer thrifted and one of said items is a good ole dad sweater. I picked this one up from the men's section and i just love the muted blue. The suede skirt was the only item I picked up during the Memorial day sale event because bruh, the store was packed you hear.

By the way, who else wears their minibags as bumbags?

NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S RUANA


Ruana (not available online, but check out all their other ruanas here) ◇ Jeans (here) ◇ Booties (sold out but love this here) ◇ Bag (YSL College)



*sigh* Ruanas...what more can I say about them? I have a love-hate relationship with them. You see, I love the concept of them...a fashionable blanket that you can take out of the house. Come on, that's a genius idea but for the longest time for me they all just looked shapeless and ugly quite honestly. And reminded me of my grandma for some odd reason, until recently that is. I started to see some high-end brands (most commonly Fendi) with these ruanas that really caught my eye. And honestly, I think it might be their beautiful use of their logo that makes it such a stand out piece. 
But since I might choose to spend my hard-earned money on high fashion bags but not clothing, I couldn't bring myself to cough up $1500 on a ruana, no matter how gorgeous...at least not yet, but never say never you know?
So, I forgot all about my love for that ruana until I came across this one on a casual shopping trip to the mall.

Now, first of all, this particular design came with a belt attached. Since I primarily only wear it wrapped around my body like so, I cut off the belt the minute I bought it. Why do I love this ruana? Number one, it is actually cut to wrap around a plus size figure, not like those one size fits all jokes that look like you're wearing your little sister's handouts. Second, it is structured for a ruana, as they're typically made to drape. And this one does drape, just in a structured manner which I love. Last, the pattern and colors. I love how it is designed with basic colors like black, grey, tan and brown. I wear this ruana everywhere...the movies, to lunch dates, you name it. It is just so perfect for this weather, and it is so very warm and cozy. It is not available online but if you can take a trip to your local store you might get lucky, that's where I got mine. And I do recommend cutting off the attached belt, that's my preference.

Striped sweater and denim

Outfit: Sweater (sold out, similar herehere) ◇ Skirt (here) ◇ Shoes (here) ◇ Bag (here)

First of all, can we all just agree that sweaters are in? I mean, they've always been in, but these days they are off the charts okay? Remember those oversized, cropped, colorful sweaters that used to be featured in shows like the Cosby show, a Different World, Living Single and them all? Those sweaters are back in honey! So go hunt your mama and grandma's closet and basement gals, or in my case hunt your local thrift store.

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