Fall Foundations

I recently sold basically all of my clothes at Re/Dress to make room for a complete wardrobe overhaul. I've been desperately craving a style change as of late, and I figured the only way to do that was to burn it all down (figuratively) and start over from the foundation up (literally). I want to start being more deliberate with my clothing choices, meaning I want them to fit into some sort of overarching narrative. I want you to know what I'm all about by just glancing at my outfit. I am going for a "casual, yet pulled together" look for fall with lots of neutrals and a few statement pieces sprinkled throughout. Here's what I've added to my closet thus far:

Fall Wardrobe Foundation Pieces
My fall buzzwords: casual, sporty, trendy, neutral.
DENIM: I used to think jeans were boring and basic, but I've since come to realize it's all in how you style them. Problem is, there seems to be a significant dearth of good quality, on-trend, AFFORDABLE plus size jeans right now, but I recently stumbled upon two pairs that are really doing the trick for me. Cleveland just got blessed with a Forever 21+, so I got to try these on before taking the plunge (how novel!), and I couldn't be more pleased with the quality and fit. These ASOS jeans were a risky buy- I've never had good luck with their pants- but the cut of these is perfect for my little apple shaped self. And the polka dot print? Inspired.

MONOCHROMATIC BASICS: Well, I'm clearly not getting over the black and white look any time soon. It's a simple, yet effective color combo that requires basically no thought. How can you get sick of that? I picked up this baseball tee and these boots from ASOS to feed my B&W addiction for a song.

JACKET: Channeling Linda Cardellini in Freaks and Geeks, I chose this parka over all other possible fall jacket choices (yes, even this one). I looooove army green right now, and this parka looks like it will be a great fall-to-winter transition piece due to the removable hood and lining.

STATEMENT PIECES: I picked up a bunch of items from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collection, but ended up keeping only two: the camo tee from the men's line, and the now ubiquitous leopard print dress. (Plus size babes- I would say this dress can fit up to a 20, no problem.) The tee feels amazingly soft and looks perfect with boyfriend jeans, natch. With both of these visually interesting pieces totaling just $50, I won't feel too bad if I have to take them out of rotation after a while. I have been very resistant to the overalls trend, but when I saw this leather dress on ASOS, I couldn't help myself. It's a really subtle way to jazz up an otherwise simple outfit, and there are just so many ways to wear it. 

These pieces are merely the base of my fall wardrobe. I will be mixing in what I still have left from seasons past, and I'm sure I'll pick up a few new additions along the way. But as I said, I am trying to be more intentional with my sartorial choices, so anything new will have to "fit the narrative." I'm really not used to shopping in this way, and I'm thankful that the plus size clothing industry has begun to allow for more careful wardrobe curation (though I acknowledge we are still very far from where we should rightfully be). I'm also grateful to all who bought pieces of my former wardrobe at Re/Dress so that I was able to afford to do this.

Do you shop by season, or just grab things you like as you see them? Would you say your wardrobe is "curated?" This is a new concept to me, so I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts.

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14 comments:

  1. I love those jeans from ASOS but I'm always hesitant when ordering pants from them! Do they fit true to size? Love everything in this look book, by the way. I totally own those jeans from Forever 21 and I LIVE in them, they're super comfy.

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  2. My wardrobe is suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper curated to the point of obsession. I have very strict rules on what I will and will not wear. I only wear neutrals, for example, unless the color is part of a print. I basically have 5 slightly different versions of ever item of clothing I own but I know what I like and I know what works for me.


    I am also recently super into jeans. I work in a child care center so they are really my only option but I have come to love them. (Also, LBR, a lot of pictures in my outfit inspo saved pictures are of Harry Styles and where does he get such tight jeans? That's how tight I want my jeans. Also, when in doubt, ask yourself, what would a teenaged boy band member wear?)

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  3. My wardrobe is a hot mess. I buy things that I like without thinking what I'll be able to wear it with and it seems that I really like clothing with super loud prints. I don't mind mixing loud prints, but I'm pretty sure I can be quite the eyesore to everyone else.
    Medical out here in Japan didn't have my b.c. so I was put on something new, which ended up making me gain 45lbs in two-three months. Of course then by the third/fourth month I lived out here, none of the clothing that I brought with me fit anymore so I think I just kind of panicked and bought several things that I liked without thinking. It doesn't help that I can only buy clothing online either. I'm planning a wardrobe overhaul very soon as well, I think, because I need some clothing that fits me well and works into some sort of theme.


    I really like this type of post, I hope you plan on doing more as you acquire new stuff!

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  4. Used to be whatever fit and looked decent I would grab. I've started to slimline myself and found that more things fit and I'm becoming the clothes horse I was never able to be. Now in a size 18/20 I see that the local stores are more catered to this size as opposed to the me before of 24 (Old Navy is now a place I can shop!). I'm getting insane. I need MORE MONEY to buy MORE CLOTHES! I may need to start a "New found clothes addict anonymous-donations welcome to feed my addiction" help group! haha

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  5. do the asos jeans fit true to size? their dresses are so varied in sizes and such that I'm skeptical to buy jeans from them. My ass/hips are super-huge but my waist is about a foot smaller, so I always have issues with buying jeans online.

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  6. I LOVE Harry, so I'm way into that.

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  7. ASOS jeans are a nightmare! Seriously. The only reason I got these was because they're boyfriend cut, so they're a little more generous in the hip/booty/belly area. I would not recommend any other cut of jeans from them. I am a pretty dedicated Forever 21 jeans gal!

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  8. That's how I was too, I just had bits and pieces and nothing went together. So I totally understand. Definitely trying not to do that anymore!

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  9. Yes me too!! Forever 21 jeans are my fave. I actually HATE ASOS jeans with a passion. I do not understand their jeans at all. I only gave these a chance because they were boyfriend cut, and just happened to work with my body shape. I can't really recommend ASOS jeans at all. I think I might try Dorothy Perkins' denim soon.

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  10. dude, me too. I feel like I can get any pair of jeans at f21 that are the same size and they will always fit. it's just asos has the prettiest acid washed jeans ugh

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  12. Hi Erin! I have never ordered a coat from ASOS curve and I'm hesitant because of their wonky sizes. I have been looking at a coat very similar to this trench. Did you find it was true to size? I am between sizes right now and can't decide if I should order up or down? My top is a 16/18 but my bottom is a true 20. Why oh why don't they have a reviews section!?!? Love your blog :))

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  13. I'm a solid 16 all over and I had to size down to a 14 on this jacket for a good fit! I possibly could have even ordered the straight size 14, so I would probably recommend going with the size 16. I *so* wish they had a reviews section. I'm actually shocked they don't, I feel like that's pretty commonplace nowadays! And thank you so much!! xoxo

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