Cause a lotta people been askin’.
Firstly, No, Ghetto Elegance is not online. I know, I’m sorry. It’s not even really called Ghetto Elegance. It’s just Elegance. But it’s located near my house, in the Ghetto. It’s a cheapo store in a strip mall at the corner of Hoover and Jefferson (see #7).
So everything I wear pretty much comes from these places:
1. Lane Bryant
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High quality stuff for when I want to look like a grown-up. I really wish they would push the envelope a little more- and they’re kind of pricey… but if you get on their mailing list (aka apply for a credit card), theu send you fancy coupons and you’ll never pay full price again. (Or pick up a Figure Magazine which is basically a 40 page adverisement for all stores owned by Charming Shops: LB, Fashion Bug, and Catherine’s– there’s always good coupons in there) That green shirt I wore on Mike and Juliet came from there…
There are 7 people posing for pictures in that picture.
Also, all of my underwear comes from here. I used to work at the ol LB back in the day, and they would give us free bras every time they came out with comething new and fabulous, so I think I have literally 7 of these bad boys:
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Totally awesome for ridiculous/trendy hooha. and therefore right up my alley. Sometimes I feel like I’m getting too old to shop here, but then I change my mind really quickly. I find Lane Bryant’s stuff to be better made, but Torrid definitely has the edge on style. That red and black dress is from here…
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I really really really wish they would make that “designer of the month” stuff in plus sizes. But otherwise their plus stuff is pretty decent. I think that Isaac Mizrahi stuff goes up to an 18/XXL .. which I’m right at the top edge of… And their shoes are awesome. This is where I got that purple/green paisley jacket I’m wearing in the video.
You’ve got to dig a whole lot, but you’ll find lots of cool/weird brand name stuff here. I get lots of Baby Phat at Marshalls- those jeans fit like a DREAM.. they come in a bunch of different lengths, great colors and detailing.. I dig it bigtime. ALSO, you can find irregular/past season Lane Bryant sometimes.
5. TJ Maxx
Same thing as Marshalls
6. Ross Dress for Less
Same thing as Marshalls/TJ Maxx, but prices are lower and quality is a little less awesome. You probably won’t find any Baby Phat here.
7. Cheapo Stores in Strip Malls that have signs like “WE CARRY BIG SIZE!”
They can be trashy/skanky/ridiculous, but that’s the point, isn’t it? Where else are you going to find a friggin sexxxy halter top for $11.99?
8. Thrift Stores
There were fat people in the 40s, 50s, 60, 70s, 80s, 90s, and TODAY! weren’t there? I want to wear their old clothes!! Here is where you’ll find them. That dress I wore on Entertainment Tonight and that blue one in the LA Times are from Aaardvark’s
10. Old Navy
This is where I got that plaid dress that I’m wearing in Fat Rant.
And also here. It’s my acting dress. Shoot me.
I was really digging all that madras stuff they had last summer. Now, with the no-plus-sizes-in-the-store-fiasco… I’m not sure what I’ll do. The blue shrug that I’m wearing with that dress came from Torrid btw.
Now. There are a crapload of really awesome places to shop online- I’m just chickenshit when it comes to buying things without having tried them on myself…
This place and these people are the most amazing thing I’ve seen in maybe ever:
SO supportive, SO honest, SO savvy and SO FRIGGIN HOTT. I’d have been a glamazon AGES ago if I’d known about them previously.
And I think my head is gonna pop. Feel free to add anything I missed…