January 30, 2014

Fatletic Clothing - Activewear for Sizes 24+

It's not a new misconception about fat people but it's one that still sadly exists.  Fat people do in fact exercise.  We don't always sit around eating junk food and even if we did, fuck you it's not your business.  But on the subject of working out I wanted to post about my favorite workout wear for sizes 24+.  I am a diehard yoga pant lover.  I wear them a lot.  More than I should but my comfortable ass doesn't care.  Over the years I have had many black workout pants with the same basic design and they worked great.  But Lane Bryant's pants always seems to sell out and discontinue as do the random lables.  Thankfully, so far, Old Navy has our back.  I was thrilled when I came across their Wide Leg Yoga Pants.   It has an elasticized waistband and front scoop pockets.  YES POCKETS!  The fabric is a medium weight cotton/spandex that has great stretch but great elasticity so they don't "relax" or get baggy.   I've now bought 3 pairs of these,  I told you I wear them more than I should, and I hope to continue to buy them. *cough* Don't discontinue these please. *cough*  Cost-$29.94



My next purchase for active wear from them was their sports bras.  I haven't owned a sports bra since high school and I am skeptical to buy any bra online.  I have a broad back and wasn't sure if the fabric would be supportive but stretch or if it would even fit.  To my extreme luck both styles of Old Navy's sports bra's have worked our great!
They have 2 different styles:

#1- The first Old Navy sports bra is a polyester/spandex mix in black and has a solid black front with racer back cut.  It's fully lined, has a banded elastic hem for support.  It truly has great support.  I'm big busted and sports bras are hit or miss for me.   I did some yoga moves, busting out my downward facing dog, and I give this my full approval.  Cost-$22.94



#2- The other Old Navy sports bra again has a polyester/spandex mix fabric in black with a scoop neck and a racer back keyhole detail.  There is built molded foam padding cups in the front which the other doesn't have.  The pads don't seem to have any affect on comfort.  The fit is great.   Both of these bra's are great quality.  Also I normally wear 5x in shops like Torrid and the 4x sports bra at Old Navy fits me perfectly.  Cost- $19.94
The last bit of my activewear review is the Foxy Cami from Torrid.  This is my new wardrobe staple.  It has adjustable straps, is long in length which I LOVE especially when I pair it with my workout clothes for yoga.  I grabbed 2 during their Haute Cash sale.  Like I said, wardrobe staple.  Cost-$18.50


Here are the pictures of these pieces on a size 24+ body with close ups of the backs of both the sports bras.




Sports bra #1

Sports Bra #2



Much Love!
Shawna

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January 07, 2014

PDX Fat Fashion Gala *Photo heavy*

I'm excited to write about this event for so many reasons.  The fashion, the fat community, the hard work, the great friends and so much more!   A few months back I got together with two of my fabulous friends Coco Madrid and Leigh Richards to co host Portland's first fat fashion gala.  Our PDX Fatshion group has had clothing swaps, karaoke nights and even skinny dips on Swan Island but this was out first full on fashion event and we were determined to make it as great as we could on a limited budget and with no experience in doing something like this before.  We were fortunate enough to have this event at the Mark Whoolley Gallery in downtown which was a beautiful location.

Major perk of a fabulous community if having access to hair and makeup guru's like our girl Dreama to come do us up right before the event which is why I am sporting some lovely locks.  I can't pull of curls like that on my own.  I've tried.
My outfit was a major labor of love.  I finished it a month ago, when we set our original date but because of powers beyond us we had to reschedule, and have been dying to put the whole look together ever since.  I wanted to stand out and really have a statement piece.  I mean if I am going to an event as a designer to showcase my products I better show up wearing something pretty fabulous.  So I went for a bold look wearing a full length gray lace dress with long scalloped sleeves and a high neck like the lace crop top I have in my shop.  Pairing with some bold black studded boots I got from Torrid I kept my accessories minimal.

The night was in full effect and we had a greater turn out than we had even planned for!  Portland's fat fashion community came out in style for this and I love the diversity of styles I saw.   It was great to introduce people to new local designers Rita Hudson- Evault- Hubris Designs and Alyson Clair with Alyson Claire Vintage.  Some new flavor to bring to the plus size fashion world and supporting local too! And thanks to Pocho's Cosas for being our event photographer.  Because of him we have some great photos to look back on from this night.

Outfit Details:
Dress- Made by me & Fabric from Fabric Depot
High Waist Bottoms & Bandeau- Made by me & Fabric from Fabric Depot
Studded Boots- Torrid
Lipstick- Diva by Mac Cosmetics




And some more fabulous photos from the night courtesy of Pocho's Cosas, Jessica Kane and my cell phone.






Vanna Wine

With Bertha of Size Queen





Mah Bestie




Carlee of Fat Fancy







Hair goddess and fat fashion extraordinaire Jessica Kane








Rita Hudson- Evault- Hubris Designs and Alyson Clair with Alyson of Claire Vintage







Much Love!
Shawna

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