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Plus size leather gaucho pants

First of all, hey there! It’s been a while and things have been happening. Most notably, I have gone back to work full time. After 14 months of working from home and freelance writing and styling, I suddenly realized wow I am really fucking lonely and I miss people.

Honestly, this was always the main struggle of freelancing. Aside from it being incredibly hard to find consistent part-time work, and for that work to be somewhat interesting, and always being broke, and self-starting being really fucking hard, and always feeling like you’re working too much and not enough at the same time (how?), loneliness really was the deal breaker for being a full-time blogger. And there’s not much way out when you live 400 miles away from Blogger Mecca. All the creatives in my neck of the woods have full-time jobs and not enough time to collab. It really does feel like swimming upstream and I am just not a good salmon. I’m more of an under-achieving guppy.

It’s cool though. My pride isn’t taking a hit because it is what it is. I gave it a good run and I’m glad I did. But I need people. Ignoring that and continuing on would only come back to bite me in the ass sooner or later and in a big way. There are things to push through and there are things to which you surrender. This is the latter.

Plus size leather gaucho pantsSecond, now that I have an marketing job again, all the clothes I have hoarded over this last year actually feel like they have a purpose now. I am back in the world and I have brought my Megawardrobe with me. However, I did realize that working from home had brought my FUCKIT levels to critical mass and I would need some staples that toned things down a notch without completely spaying this alley cat. Enter leather gaucho pants.

Plus size leather gaucho pants

For my first styling, I wanted to go with a more casual top to show juxtaposition. These pants have some serious range. A plaid blouse that looks grungie with jeans is instantly elevated while still emitting a comfy vibe.

Plus size leather gaucho pants

Next, I wanted to go a little glam with this Premme sweater and it’s faux fur accents. I’m in love with the mock turtleneck but it’s the colors of this piece that clicked “add to cart.”

Plus size leather gaucho pants

I love that this look is so goddamned winter without camel and bordeaux. I cannot and will not stop being colorful. Nope.

Plus size leather gaucho pants

Last, I was long overdue for a monochrome look. I felt like I was really getting one over with this low-key leather mama look. My Universal Standard tee literally goes with everything but this is a perfect paring if I must say. And of course, I can’t do monochrome without a pop of print so my leopard sneaks make a cameo for the millionth time.

Plus size leather gaucho pants

It has indeed been a while since I have done a remix look where I re-style pieces previously featured on the blog. This one, however, is way more of a refresh than simply throwing on a new necklace or shoes. Remember this little number?

Eloquii laser cut hem dressMeeeee too. I fucking love this dress. And of course, this picture was literally the last time I wore it because how often can you really wear a piece like this? As I was cleaning out my closet for maybe the second time this month, I briefly considered selling it but the thought physically hurt. The shape is so unique and special, if only there was a way I could get more mileage out of it.

Then my scissors started screaming I’LL HANDLE THIS.

Turning a dress into separates

Let’s get one thing straight, I am not great at sewing. I have a machine, I kinda know how to use it, I usually end up crudely hand-sewing because I am lazy and actual tailoring involves way too much ironing, they don’t tell you that part until you’ve already paid for sewing classes. Luckily, heavy scuba material like what this dress it made out of, does not fray! All I had to do was cut through a plastic zipper in the back and epoxy the zip end in place. Then I hemmed the top of the skirt.

Also, before we move on OMG THESE SHOES.

ASOS gold slingback flats

Mark watched me open them and he told me he hadn’t seen me this riled up since the season finale of Westworld.

Moving on, I also had to sew this sweet Pearl Jam patch onto the top because history. And regret.

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This is me at…23? Wearing my favorite dress in the world that I butchered and puff-painted after buying it at a French Connection in London because it was literally the only thing I could find that fit. It had a beaded collar that was falling apart. I managed to keep the collar but NOT the Pearl Jam patch that came off of what would become a very rare shirt I would end up paying $50 for 10 years later just to relive this favorite dress memory.

Anyway, hot pink/orange-red color combo checked off my bucket list!

Turning a dress into separates

As for the skirt, I think I will find plenty of uses for it.

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Outfit Deets:

Blue leather skirt | The Plus Bus
Gold slingback flats | ASOS (Get 2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Purple lace-up flats | Ebay

Wide Leg Cropped Pant

Pants and I have a complicated history. They were a friend in high school when I was wearing men’s clothing. They were quickly forgotten when people started making jeans that actually fit larger bodies well in college. And since then, they are still not something I swoon for since they often require a lot of tailoring and ain’t nobody got time for that. But these Eloquii wonderfully wide leg crops with their dramatic side pleats and brick red deliciousness, I put these fuckers on and went about my life. They are that perfect.

Wide Leg Cropped Pant

I also killed two other birds with this outfit. I remixed my amazing ModCloth nude boots and my H&M Frankensteined cat crop top AND I managed to actually use a Christmas gift from my mom, which is that lovely coin cascade necklace. It was the perfect cherry on top of my totally boss, retro look. Thanks Mama!

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I had a split-second bad idea of calling this post “Power Whites” but um no. Anyway, an all-white outfit is not something I have been itching to try. What I did have a powerful yen for was wearing this Colourpop Ultra Matte in Zipper and finding a way for it to be the focal point of a look. So really, this was the easiest way to go.

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Also, I really want to make a point of doing “remixes” where you see new looks made from pieces I’ve already featured because *SPOILER ALERT* I wear things more than once like most women even though my wardrobe is turning into an evil, growing blob that eats my money and closet space. So we’ll take the skirt from this post (which is totally on sale for less than $20 right now!), the necklace from this one, the flats from this one, the graphic tee from this one, add a plain white button-down and POOF. An outfit fit for a christening if I didn’t make holy water boil.