Lovely Links: 5/26/17

Weekly Kitty:

Snuggles.

A Punk and Political History of Tartan

Women of size grossly lack representation in our media, and especially in fitness media and advertising. Looking back on my own experiences, I realized that this lack of representation was the reason I felt so much fear and anxiety around joining my run program. I couldn’t see a likeness of my body successfully engaging in fitness, anywhere, and this left me with an element of unknown to overcome.”

8 Supportive Sandals with a Backstrap in Time for Summer

Samantha shows the subtlest of pattern mixes – a bold striped dress with embroidered shoes.

Lexie talks about how she’s thrilled to have internalized her body image research to the point that she’s not struggling to love her post-baby body, and shares what’s helped her solidify her stance.

I was delighted to find that most of Nordstrom’s fun-trendy Gibson line is both made in the U.S. and available in petite sizes!

Melanie of Haute Hijab answers the question, “I’m not Muslim, Can I wear hijab?”

Corissa rounds up a few of her favorite plus-sized mini skirts.

“I’m asking myself: why do we always have to dress ourselves in order to look skinny? Who decided that the number one purpose of clothes is to make us look as skinny as possible? Why do some self-proclaimed styling experts keep advising me on how to best conceal myself (by the way – ‘conceal’ is a word I’d never use voluntarily!)? And who decided that this is what I want?”

The diaphanous softness of Kim’s pussybow blouse perfectly offsets the structure and edge of her distressed denim mini skirt. Another fab juxtaposition: Jane’s ruffle blouse worn with faux leather trousers.

Lots of sustainably made plus-sized Neon Buddha pieces are on super sale right now on Amazon. This asymmetric top is particularly cool.

Totally digging this roundup of off-the-shoulder looks worn by gorgeous plus-sized women. And one more I spotted: Rochelle in her statement-sleeve, off-shoulder blouse and full skirt – amazing!

This post explores appearance-related changes for those of us who feel transformed and want to reflect that inner process to the rest of the world. Think tattoos or haircuts to commemorate emotional events or goals met.

Imogen digs deep into color value and contrast in this post, using helpful celeb examples to illustrate her points.

Lizzy styles a boldly printed off-shoulder top with simple skinnies and ankle-tie sandals.

I’ve been looking for a way to put my hair up for Tae Kwon Do (I sweat copiously and dang, it gets gross!), and my stylist suggested octopus clips. I had no idea this cool cousin to the banana clips I used as a pre-teen even existed!

“As a person who was assigned male at birth, my fatness produces my gender in a very specific way. I have a big, soft belly and what might be called breasts on a different body. This is a feminized fatness that is different from the hard, muscular guts found on athletes and those in masculinized spaces like the bear community. I have very little body hair that follows the patterns of my father and other Indigenous men I see who look like him. This is another marker of masculinity that my body fails, that, along with my fatness, locates me in a kind of gender purgatory—both, neither, all and none.” (Sexual harassment discussed)

Patti introduces us to a few of her favorite 50+ style-savvy Instagrammers.

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