When Things Don’t Fit

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. – Coco Chanel

Do you ever go vintage shopping and want something SO bad but it doesn’t quite fit you? This was the case for this outfit. I dropped into Pretty Penny Oakland to pick up an online order, which can be dangerous since you also want to look around to see what else you can find.

I found this semi-sheer floral wrap skirt and tried it on even though it wasn’t my size. It was way too small and didn’t wrap around like it should have, but I still felt like I could do something with it. So, I bought it anyway along with the puff-sleeve 80s top.

Since there was a significant opening in the skirt, I wanted to leave the opening in the front. It also looked great with the opening on the side.

My photographer and I thought it would be fun to shoot this outfit at the cemetery. So we did 🙂

The top and skirt together made me think of a romantic style so I decided to pull on my plus size fishnet thigh-highs from Sock Dreams and keep them up with a Victoria’s Secret garter. Underneath, I’m wearing an American Apparel bodysuit.

I grabbed my favorite vintage handbag from Down at Lulu’s (it has little feet!) and threw on my Seychelles T-Straps, one of the most comfortable heels I own.

To add to the romantic feel of the outfit, I decided to wear double strand pearls and a handmade (by me) fascinator. The base of the fascinator is a shoulder pad from one of my grandmother’s sweaters. The rest of it was made using fabric remnants and a birdy from the 99 cent store. The whole thing was less than $10.

That beautiful Oakland sky.

Photography by Jessie Marie Cagliero.

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