Commanding Attention

While it took me a while to actually enjoy fashion, I will admit that I always had a thing for historical costume, particularly those of the 18th century and the regency. Its no secret that I love history.  It’s been my favorite subject since the first grade when I first learned about Elizabeth I and today I am a proud historian who does research via study of symbols/iconography and material culture. Part of that love has also lead to me incorporating a couple of history inspired pieces into my wardrobe with things like velvet ribbons, cameo brooches, lace gloves, parasols and my most prized possession – a military zip jacket. To date this is one of those pieces in my wardrobe that rarely makes an appearance save for special occasions like the start of fall.  With its gold-crested button front, mandarin collar and  curved seams, it turned out to be one of the best accompaniments for my new retro dress.
20151021_15450220151021_153334Earlier this month I attended the Big Fat Flea. I may have mentioned in an earlier post that the best part of these kinds of plus size shopping events are the people you meet. In this particular case I was walking around looking for a place amidst the chaos to try a couple of pieces I was considering and met this young woman trying to do the same. We ended up sharing a small space close to the back of the room, giving each other our honest opinions on the pieces we tried on as well as suggestions for how to wear them. One of her picks was this blue and rust dress.  Even without my glasses I could tell that the cut and colors screamed “fall” and I admit I was a bit jealous she found it.  While it looked amazing on her, she wasn’t sold on the ruched button sleeves, and suggested I try it on. I bought it 20 minutes later. (Only $10! Reasons to love the Big Fat Flea). 20151021_15351620151021_15372320151021_153730The rust colored birds on wires print pattern with the overall shape of the dress reminded me a lot of Modcloth dresses (which I have yet to own…one day maybe) so it came as a bit of a surprise to find that the label inside said “Eshakti.” The contoured empire bodice and wide fitted waist create a fit and flare silhouette with a full skirt that is very 1950s rockabilly being classic, casual and chic. The best part? This dress has pockets!  Considering how effortless this outfit came to be, it has easily become my fall favorite. I am already thinking of dressing up this look with some crinoline and some nice heels. 20151021_154216

Keep a look out for more Big Fat Flea looks coming soon.

~Get the look~

Navy Military Zip Jacket| Dressbarn (sold out, similar here, here, and here)
Birds Who Gossip Dress | Eshakti (via The Big Fat Flea, similar here and here)
Tan Slouch Booties| Avenue (sold out, similar here and here)

Many thanks to my friend and blog supporter, Genee Bright for these pictures.

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