Help me reinvent my style! I need fashion inspiration. I need shops that will outfit plus size me without breaking the bank. Difficulty level: tall, too! Bonus question: calf boots for big feet and fat calves.
I am a plus size tall woman who lives in jeans and t-shirts on the weekends, and nicer t-shirts over black knit pants during the work week. Over the summer, I met a plus size woman who looked fabulous wearing dresses over black leggings, and she pointed me at Old Navy's online store, and I *finally* ordered stuff - 3 knee length dresses, 2 pairs of black leggings, and even a short denim skirt. Wore dresses over leggings twice in the past few days, got many compliments, and felt really pretty.
So, having stepped way outside my usual clothing comfort zone, I'm looking to continue. I shied away from short skirts and dresses for years because of my poochy tummy, my large thighs and my really large booty. No more! I am working on getting healthier, with smaller as a side effect, but I've decided that feeling really good about how I look RIGHT NOW is the best way to encourage myself to be healthy. Positive self image, yay!
Me: mid 40s, in USA, acts/dresses/looks younger, geeky, not afraid of standing out, loves bohemian/funky looks, no color off limits, dark hair in pixie cut. Assume I'm probably too big for the places that end at size 24. I'm also about 5'11", and longer in the torso than the leg. I guess I'm a pear? My bra band measurement is about 6" smaller than my waist size, which is about 10" smaller than my hips.
What I'm looking for:
Your favorite fatshionista blogs - I don't know ANY, so give me even the popular ones that "everyone" has heard of
Where to shop! Obviously I know Old Navy. I've been big for a while now, so I'm familiar with Lane Bryant, Avenue, Woman Within, Roamans, Jessica London. I'm looking for plus size places off the beaten path and unexpected places with extended sizing. Oh, and ideally not crazy expensive, please. I love the look of (for instance) Blue Fish Clothing, but can't afford $100+ on a single piece of clothing.
Where the heck do I find shapewear to go under all these new clothes? I've worn Spanx a couple times, but they don't really fit me that great.
Specific clothing - short dresses (knee length, a little lower), tights/leggings (already know about We Love Colors), crop tops for layering, BIG AND TALL WOMAN'S TOPS!!! (at least 30" long, preferably longer)
BONUS QUESTION: I wear a women's size 13 (men's 11/Euro 44). My calves are about 20" around. I want cute black boots that come to just below the knee to wear with these new leggings. Zappos has been no help. Yes, I've searched in the men's section too. I'm fine with unisex looking men's boots, and I don't really need a heel. Under $200 probably impossible, but preferable. I also wouldn't mind pointers towards cute shoes in general that would fit me. Drag queen shops with some sedate choices would be lovely. :)
TL;DR - Funky fat female finds fashion, feels fulfilled. Share plus size shops and fashion blogs.