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There’s a learning curve to fanciness!

You know, for a long time I was very disdainful of fashion.  Looking back, it was probably a combination of resentment that I couldn’t fit into clothes that were fashionable, and a sense that I was a nerdy girl and thus ‘not allowed’ to be fashionable.

To which I now say: BULLSHIT.  Anyone can be fancy, in their own way.  It’s just a matter of finding your style.

[img_assist|nid=41|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=79|height=100]I posted my first Ootfit of the Day (OotD) on the Fatshionista Livejournal community around January 2008 (I can’t find the exact date).  Not much, is it?  It was the middle of winter, and my body was still learning to cope with a Japanese winter.  I’m wearing a tomato red turtleneck from Japanese store Uniqlo, and old cream turtleneck from Ezibuy (an Australian catalogue shop), a black top from Uniqlo (which I still have and love), a pair of jeans from a Japanese plus-size store, and socks.  No accessories, no shoes, taken in a dirty mirror – the only thing going for it really is my awesome haircut.[img_assist|nid=42|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=49|height=101]

It’s interesting that some things here have stayed the same: I love layering, especially long sleeves under short, and I have a pretty similar haircut.  What’s happening is I’m learning, and taking photos of yourself is a huge step towards accepting your body, and deciding what sort of styles you really enjoy and are comfortable in.

In this outfit, which I’m not sure of the date, but is a similar timeframe, I’ve discovered dresses.  I’ve seen a lot of members in Fatshionista wearing dresses, and have decided to try breaking out of my top-and-jeans rut.  The dress is from Jump, an Australian brand stocked at department store David Jones.  I’m wearing a necklace in this one, but I’m clearly still working on the ‘co-ordinated outfit’ thing.  Still loving my hair![img_assist|nid=43|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=right|width=61|height=100]

Here’s where I start to get my fancy on! I’ve discovered the concept of accessories, particularly scarves and earrings.  I’m still having a love affair with scarves, actually.  Tell me your favourite place to buy fancy scarves!   This particular outfit features a thrifted dress, a random black top, sunglasses by Christian Dior, scarf from a random Japanese boutique, and coloured tights  from We Love Colors, a fabulous site that sells opaque tights in heaps of colours.

From here, I pretty much go nuts trying to find the style that suits me.  Ultimately, I love dresses and skirts, particularly of the knee-length a-line or pencil variety.  I’m still not sure if belts work for me, but my love for  scarves will probably never abate, and I’m a big fan of interesting (yet comfortable) shoes.

A couple of my favourite outfits! Featuring the first thing I ever bought from a Fatshionista sales post, which are a great way for antipodean fats to get hold of US and UK clothing at a reasonable price.  The first photo features a tunic is from Maurices via a sales post, cropped cardigan from Japanese store We Go, and boots from Japanese shoe store Washington.  (How amazing is it that I was able to find gorgeous wide-calf boots in Japan?!

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Number two is a black top from 1626 via Natalie’s clothing swap, grey high-waisted skirt from Dorothy Perkins (shop review to come!), and shoes from Marui, a Japanese department store. And the last is what I wore to work on Thursday, as today outfit of jeans and a jumper for casual Friday was not very fancy! Dress by Mlle Gabrille via Alight.com, sweater from Uniqlo, ribbon stolen from another skirt, jacket from Basque Woman (Myer), tights from Jinnee (Japanese plus-size store) and shoes by Naot.

I hope this gives readers a bit of insight into how the Axis of Fat members get their fanciness on, and in future posts there’ll be handy-dandy shop reviews, and some vlogging to help you all reach the fancy lady or man inside!

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  • meerkat47

    Not that I have any intention of becoming fashionable (I imagine it would take time, effort, money, and enthusiasm) but it might be nice to be able to buy clothing at all in Japan. Can you tell me more about these Japanese stores that have plus-size clothing?

  • http://www.axisoffat.com Zoe

    Certainly! Depending on how proficient you are at reading Japanese (or roping a friend in to help!), http://www.nissen.co.jp/smileland/ has an excellent plus-size range, up to about a 26 or 28 in some lines. I found it very easy to order online, and they have size charts for each individual item, so sizing is quite accurate.

    If you are an inbetweenie, Uniqlo is all over Japan and has great basic tops and tees, and stretch polyester skirts. (They also sell jeans and pants, but only to a 30 inch waist for women). I've got a 16F bust and the tops with a touch of stretch fit great, and are priced really well – usually between 1000-2000 yen each.

    Most department stores will have a smallish plus section, generally with pants up to a 90-100cm waist. Jusco has inexpensive basics, and has stuff on sale seasonally. Marui. or OIOI, is my favourite department store and they're in most major cities. Their plus section has some great stuff, and I'm partial to the brand “RU”. I tend to be at the top of the size range there, though, and it can be a bit pricey.

    Hope that helps a bit :)

  • meerkat47

    Thanks! It sounds like Uniqlo and department store plus size sections come infuriatingly close to my size without quite making it. (I did get a couple of shirts at Jusco, wearable but still decidedly too tight.) I will definitely be checking out Nissen.

  • http://www.coaxwithcandy.com sharnee

    Oh I love Uniqlo so much! Why don't they have something like that in Australia?
    I still have Uniqlo clothes that I wear but I guess some of them are on their last legs :(
    Why didn't I buy more Uniqlo socks? (mens ones of course, the womens socks would never have fit me) but they had so many funky colours!

    Your fashions are very awesome!

  • http://www.axisoffat.com Zoe

    Inorite?! I fucking love Uniqlo, and it boggles me that they don't have stores here. I've just discovered a Japanese mail-forwarding service (in English), so I've done a Uniqlo order for a couple of basic tops and a printed tee :D ! This is the website: J-Shoppers Mail Forwarding.

    I have a lot of Uniqlo socks too, they are so good!

  • http://lolitaofmoderntimes.blogspot.com/ lolitaofmoderntimes

    Great post, I really enjoy reading you!!!!!

    By the way, I just put on my blog a huge list of plus size online shops, from US, UK, Oz, and NZ: 'hope you'll enjoy it (sorry for you credit card by advance, ah ah ah), and please let me know if you do know other great shops, so I will update this list!!!!

    Thank you!!!

    Sarah
    http://lolitaofmoderntimes.blogspot.com/

  • nitrojane

    You ARE fucking fancy, srsly. I love it.

  • http://www.axisoffat.com Zoe

    :D DDD! I feel like I should say it the same one might say I AM SPARTA.

    I AM FANCY.

  • http://www.definatalie.com definatalie

    omg somehow this has to be made into a t-shirt design!

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