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Clara Velvet Collar Check Dress ℅ Joanie Clothing ✶ Tabbisocks Snowflakes Textile Knee Socks ✶ Vintage Velvet Beret via Fabgabs on EtsyBrit Stitch Half Pint Leather Satchel ASOS Suede Clogs

I’d been admiring all the cute and elegant offerings from Joanie Clothing for the past few months, ever since I saw their pieces on Em of Terrible Tumbles but this is the first time I tried on anything by them. I might be a little bit in love! Vintage clothing has forever been my jam, but plus size vintage clothes are hard to get hold of, especially from the pre-80s era. Which is why I always appreciate it when contemporary pieces somehow capture the feel of vintage without going overboard - like this green plaid dress from Joanie Clothing. I mean, look, it has a velvet collar and pockets! 

While plus size fashion is a lot more diverse now in terms of aesthetic than it was even 3 or 4 years ago, I still find that there’s a lack of cute, classic pieces. Stuff that’s simply cut with attention to detail and a general air of vintage. The Clara velvet collar dress ticks all those boxes. I sized upto the 20 as I wanted it to hang a little loosely on me, but it’s not necessary! The dress is quite roomy and the fabric is the stretchy, woolly, flannelly (not a real word) kind. 

I completed the outfit with a vintage velvet beret to offset the velvet collar, my favourite new pair of knee socks from Tabbisocks, low heel leather clogs, and my Brit Stitch satchel to match the red on my ankles. (Sticking quite doggedly to the fifth item rule, apparently!)

All photos by Shutter Diaries, Bangalore.

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This Unique Vintage maxi has such an early 20th century vibe, it took me right back to the time I was obsessed with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury hipsters. The hat and shoes are from widely differing eras but on the whole I feel this is the sort of wearable period look that I immensely enjoy. 

♥  Hibiscus Maxi Dress c/o Unique Vintage ♥  Woven leather T-Bar shoes from ASOS {There’s a similar pair here and also one here} ♥  Vintage Borsalino hat from Fabgabs Etsy  ♥

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Vintage Resources: Part One

If you have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love wearing vintage. When you wear vintage, you are not only wearing something unique that no one else has, but also something that has been made with care and made to last. Moreover, wearing pre-loved stuff is ecologically sustainable because you are essentially recycling clothing.

As a fat person, though, finding cute vintage stuff is a huge challenge. The best pieces are usually made for very tiny people, and by the time you get to the size 16/18s, most of what is left is the ugly, polyester stuff. And the larger you are, the more dire the selection gets. Over the years, though, I have become something of an expert at sniffing out beautiful and exceptional vintage pieces. Etsy is my favoured haunt, but I have bought amazing vintage stuff from eBay too. In the UK, I had wonderful thrifting/vintage shopping experiences at Brighton and Norwich, but as I live in India now, online is the only way to go.

A while ago, I started tweeting vintage treasures I would find during my regular Etsy/eBay trawls - that’s how Georgina came across her lovely Alice inspired dress! Today I thought that maybe I should share my vintage resources here for a more comprehensive overview. Hopefully this can be a sort of regular thing, and contain not just resources, but tips on buying vintage online and things to look out for, too. 

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1930s chiffon and lace summer dress US 12/14, 1930s feedsack shirtdress US 12, 1930s wool hat 

My first go-to place for beautiful vintage is Fabgabs. One of the reasons I love this store is because of how wonderfully curated their collection is. They focus mainly on stuff till the 50s and natural fibres/fabrics, and everytime I have browsed their plus section, I have found something I have fallen in love with. They are also great for vintage hats in a larger size - as someone with a 23" head, it’s really difficult for me to find vintage hats that I can wear, but I got my beloved Borsalino hat from them, and my 1930s felt beret  (as well as this gorgeous 40s summer dress!

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_Embroidered denim pinafore US 22/24, Collared floral dress US 20W, Sailor dress US 18/20_

The Curvy Elle is a new discovery, and although I haven’t bought anything from them yet, I love how varied their selection is, both in terms of style and sizes. They are one of the few vintage stores I have seen to have a size 24 (UK 28) and above section which is filled with cute things to boot. I love the sailor dress so MUCH, I wish it was in my size! 

And apart from these two stores, here are some other awesome finds I chanced on today.

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Deadstock 1930s dress US 14/16, 1950 yellow crochet lace dress US 20/22, 1950s beaded felt hat

Deadstock vintage is particularly hard to find, especially in larger sizes, and the first dress perfectly ticks my current red, white and blue obsession. I love the crochet dress, mostly because it’s essentially the vintage version of my broderie ASOS dress, and finally, unusual felt hats are my kryptonite. Can never resist!