Good-bye, Eloquii

I have meant to do a blog on plus size fashion for a long time. And, like all my blog ideas, I never got around to it. This past year I have been loving Eloquii (plus-size from the Limited) and now they are closing… phasing out by the summer.

I am super sad! I just bought this dress from them:

I really liked the store – good quality, reasonably priced and work appropriate while being fun. Here are some thoughts cross posted from my tumblr and excerpted a much smarter blog than mine with an open letter to the company:

As WifeyJD put it:

Eloquii has really helped me develop my personal style this past year by offering chic blouses, classic dresses, and cute, well-fitting (!!!!) suiting separates that can take me from a job interview to a dinner date. Frankly, Eloquii filled a niche for the young, fashion-obsessed plus size customer who lives in the real world.Your target demographic remains massively untapped, and I can tell you why.ASOS Curve is great, but overall skews edgy and doesn’t have a lot of pieces that work for me every day (in addition to being above my price point). Lane Bryant caters to an older demographic, and Avenue works better for women on the larger end of plus size. Lines like Rachel Pally White Label and Igigi have great products, but as boutique labels they a) are out of many folk’s price ranges and b) can’t offer a broad range of styles that appeals to the mass market. Eloquii, as part of The Limited brand, has a huge advantage here, and you capitalized on it by not only offering many The Limited styles in Eloquii, but by going beyond being a copycat line to develop your own aesthetic.

The bottom line is, I am a loyal Eloquii customer because the concept is great! …

Although I’m deeply disappointed in your decision, I will continue to shop Eloquii until the site closes down. However, I hope that you will do your best to put the brand in the hands of someone with the fortitude and foresight to give it a real shot of succeeding.

I’m not even sure how it could work, but I hope someone takes over the brand. I have purchased something like 6 dresses in a year, plus a few tops and skirts. I will miss Eloquii very much!

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On a quest, for a great outfit

I am not much of fashion-person. Meaning…. I’m not very fashionable.

And I never have been.

I think the proudest of an outfit I ever was was when I was 8 or 9, and my Aunt Sandra (who was, and still is, the “hip and cool” aunt) decked me out in a dark flowery dress with doc martins. That was when I first learned the term “grunge,” though, looking back,  I’m not sure if it actually applied to said outfit.  (I promise to try and find a picture when home this June).

Beyond that, I have never been super into fashion.  I don’t have an immediate eye for it.  And often, any time I have liked something, and thought it looked good (super clunky/square heels freshman year of high school, weirdly washed out jeans in college), I later learned from my dear friends (or, honestly, photos) that it was something of a disaster.

So with no inate talent plus my body type of the last 7 years, I haven’t tried anything too exciting. Lately, I have been happy with simple looks, learning about silouttes, and wearing A LOT of dresses because I like how they fit more than pants and they are easy to wear.

Since my interest in blogs and photography has increased, I have started to follow a lot more fashion blogs, and do love what is out there in the world.  And I greatly admire my friends who are able to create amazing looks and hit the town. I have a few who seem to be able to look stunning 5 nights a week, and I do not understand how this is possible. But I admire, and I would like to try…

Which is good, because this June, I need to put together two outfits. The first is for a “Country Estate” Party at MaxFunCon and the second is a steampunk costume look for my dad’s CombatCon in Vegas.

From the MaxFunCon website:

The dress code for our Saturday evening party at MaxFunCon is “Country Estate.” Please dress as you would for drinks at your country home. Plus fours are not suggested, however tweed is generally strongly encouraged.

Everyone says that everyone at MFC is super nice and great, so I’m sure as long as I put some effort out, it won’t be hassled. But as I will be attending an event thrown by someone who runs a fashion blog (Put This On) and with my dear friend Kate, who always looks amazing and interesting AND has a degree in costume design, I would like to be able to hold my own.

So what am I to do? Who has advice on fashion and looking good and not awkward?

The answer, I believe, is going to have to come from thrifting. If, for no other reason, then I cannot spend a fortune on an outfit I will wear but once.  Fortunately, my friend Annie is a bit of thrifting expert, and she is going to take me under her wing.  I hope to come back with a pleated tweed skirt and some sort of blouse and vest/blazer combo, that makes my silhouette nicer, and not squished/lumpy.

For the steampunk event, I am working towards something with a corset and my brown boots, and two layer skirt with tool. Plus googles and gears, of course.

The above is from Hark! A Vagrant, one of my fave webcomics.

Once I go on my outfit quests, I will post some updates here. Til then, any and all help is appreciated.