The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?: Adventures and Agonies in Fashion by Brittany Gibbons


Goodreads Summary:

A sartorial follow-up to her hilarious memoir in stories, Fat Girl Walking, internet personality Brittany Gibbons once again deep dives into the world of the plus size woman, this time chronicling her love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with what fashion.

From Pinterest boards and Instagram posts to shop windows and ad campaigns, fashion is everywhere. We shop and dress for practical reasons like job interviews or to make a good impression at the board meeting. We shop and dress for more adventurous reasons—for dates, to woo a lover, to catch someone’s eye. Clothes are armor for women, and we wrap a lot of meaning in what we choose to wear.

As plus-size spokesmodel and blogger Brittany Gibbons knows, what we choose to wear is especially important, and especially emotional, for curvy women. This isn’t only because curvy women feel underrepresented and underserved by the fashion world. For the curvy woman who struggles with feelings of self-worth and a lack of confidence the feeling of “why bother” can come crashing in. You can’t help but think “wouldn’t leggings and a slouchy sweater just be easier?” Especially when we, like every other woman on the planet, are facing greater, real-life obstacles like raising kids, attending college, keeping your marriage together, paying bills, and a myriad of other daily struggles.

Everyone has those days where they hate their body, they hate their clothes, but self-confidence and strength can come from a great outfit. Brittany is determined to help women, curvy and otherwise, embrace fashion and all the bumps and lumps that come with it. An “overdue love letter” to her body, Brittany delves into the hilarity and the humility of her quest to find her own personal style—to break out of a rut of maternity underwear and men’s undershirts once and for all. From wardrobe malfunctions, to fashion advice, to mom bodies and the perfect pose, The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)? is the empowered battle cry all women deserve.

My Thoughts:

Brittany Gibbons, author of Fat Girl Walking, wrote another memoir! I interviewed her back in 2014, and you can read it here! She teaches confidence, and self love, and that it is okay when you don’t have those things.  Not only did I laugh, I cried, and made plans to clean out my closet. Brittany’s first book was epic, and a New York Times Bestseller. Ladies. LADIES. You need this book. NEED IT. (and her other book also, just get them both.) This book is like sitting down with your best friend, and having a long awesome conversation. This book is not just for plus size women, it is for ALL WOMEN. I am not plus size (anymore) and this book is still for me. This book is for everyone that has ever felt like they didn’t fit in. This book is about fashion, and it isn’t about fashion at all. I needed this book. The letter to her daughter is something I needed, for me, and something that all girls need.

#Shelflove: Relapsing so hard.

No Book Buying Challenge 2015 – April Update

As you know, I am participating in the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge. You can see all my updates here. For the April update we are going to talk about avoiding relapse. I am going for the purple belt, so I need to read at least 31 of my own books this year.  This is how I am sticking (mostly) to my book buying budget (which was $0.00 BTW: that means no new books….at all!) and refraining from full-on bookaholic relapse??

Step one: Avoidance!

I don’t look up new releases.  I don’t read reviews on new books.  I don’t go to book stores as much as I used to. I’ve had to go a couple of times with someone else, which was cruel and unusual punishment.  I tried to have blinders on, and I definitely didn’t browse or head for my favorite sections.

Step two: Free Books!

I use all the free book sources, especially the library’s online checkout.  I go more into free book sources in the March update.

Step three: Bending the Rules…

I have asked my husband to buy me books.  He doesn’t have the book bingeing thing that I do, because he is a non-reader.  I sent him a list on Facebook of the books that I was really hoping to get, and he went ahead and bought the list of 10-12 books. He is seriously awesome.  This is kind of cheating since we share a checking account, but I didn’t technically buy them.  I did cheat once though. I pre-ordered Brittany Gibbons book Fat Girl Walking.  I love her blog, and she is a super inspiration to me, so I HAD to have this book.  This was the only book I even looked at on Amazon that day too, so that is way improvement, because normally I would go to buy one thing, and decide to throw a bunch of extra shit in the cart, as if I was at the grocery store hungry.

signaturePS: I can not wait to see how you guys are handling this! Tell me all of your secrets.