What’s a Fashion Schlub?

plus size, fashion, 50+, 50 plus, over 50

I’m a fashion schlub. I never quite have it altogether. I can have a great dress but not the right shoes. Or a lovely outfit but on a cold day I’m putting my dog walking jacket over it. Or everything is pulled together…and my hair is 6 months overdue for a grey-covering color. It’s been like this for my entire life. But It. Stops. Now. Or at least it *starts* to stop. My life is more than half over and I want to finish up better than I started out. So, I’m going to pay attention to things I really never paid attention to before.

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I’ve always loved fashion – fashion magazines, fashion blogs, searching out the big fashion week runway shows on some obscure cable channel. But it never seemed like it was something for ME. I was “too fat.” I didn’t have disposable income for things like trendy clothes. Even as a young (slim!) girl, I was not about fashion. I was a “horse girl.” I wore corduroys and flannel shirts and docksiders. As I grew up and out of “barn style,” I became a Mommy. Not like today’s Fashionista Mommies. Nope, just a nightgown-wearing, pony-tailed, socks-and-slippers, stay at home mom.

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Once my daughter was in school and I found that a full-time job was not enough to cover the costs of a single-parent home, I started selling on ebay. First “stuff,” and eventually narrowing my niche down to clothing, and then to vintage clothing. And I was in LOVE!!! The best part was styling models for photo shoots to show the goods off in listings. I discovered I had more of a knack for styling *other* people than I did for myself! I developed my photography skills at this time, so I was both stylist and photographer, and that became another side business.

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I don’t do much with the ebay store anymore, and I’ve started trying to style *myself*! It’s *way* more challenging to make ME look nice than a 5’9″, slim, young adorable model, but…I’ve accepted the challenge. The challenge of moving from “schlub” to…well, not exactly “fashionista,” but certainly something in that direction. I want to be able to be proud of and confident in the way I look. And there are many lessons and skills to be learned to get there! And that is what this blog will be about. My journey from frumpy to fabulous (ha, I can barely say the F word without cringing!), one step at a time. Maybe you can learn some things from me, maybe I can inspire you to take some step, however small, as well…and maybe you can help me, too!

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There’ll be outfit posts, health and beauty, maybe even some (gasp) fitness! And just general lifestyle of a 55-year old, plus size, budget-conscious, vegan, single woman. I hope you’ll join me!

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So, what are these pictures about?? Last fall after seeing picture after picture of bloggers in whimsical tulle skirts, I declared on Facebook that I would like a tulle skirt but I had nowhere to wear such a thing. A photographer friend responded, “get it and we’ll do a photo shoot!” So, this is that shoot. Totally out of my comfort zone, but that’s the whole point, isn’t it? I felt silly but it was really kinda fun…and she was such a good sport and her pictures make me look way better than I thought I would! So thanks to JennyBean Photography for the wonderful pictures – give her a call if *you* want to
feel beautiful!

What I’m wearing:
* Blush pink tulle skirt from Target’s Exhilaration brand, size XXL
* Grey tee shirt from Burlington, by Femme Women, size 3x
* Cropped denim jacket from Maurice’s, size 3
* Taupe faux-suede wedge booties from DSW, by CL by Laundry
* The ring was a Christmas present from my beautiful daughter
* The brooch on my jacket lapel is a vintage moonstone pin that my sister gave me at my bridal shower many moons ago

See ya next time!

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