REI invited Abeni, Vanessa, and Heather to choose one of the zillion classes they offer and sent them some apparel from the extended sizes line to test drive. Afterward they got together to talk about the gear, the outdoor sessions, extended sizing in general, and what it’s been like to work with REI at Autostraddle over the past year.
I’ve been looking for myself in mainstream fashion shows for 30 years, and the very first thing Rihanna did in her moment was say, “I got you sis.”
I’m still defining “tomboy femme” style for myself but it gets exponentially harder to find inspiration when all I see is fashion for white, thin bodies. I’m a fat tomboy femme of color and I deserve cute outfits!
“My gender, in a few words: femme boi, domestic witch, cry baby, plant mom.”
This is a collection of some of the cutest, trendiest swimsuits available this season in multiple style categories and cut options in each to cater to different body types. I’ll also be showing off some of my favorite suits!
Transformative. Powerful. Restorative. Life-changing. These are some of the words A-Campers used to describe the Body Posi Plus Size Party we hosted with ModCloth and Mary Lambert at A-Camp X.
Lane Bryant made my plus-size lesbian dreams come true this Pride season with the release of their incredibly beautiful and much appreciated Pride Collection!
Pair with a cigar (actual smoking not necessary) and some slick butch swagger.
A short list of my favorites, from sport to strapless to sexy time.
There’s one thing I’m not chill about and that thing is autumn.
Most of my button-downs come from the men’s section, so they’re not made for busts like mine. Luckily, with practice and perseverance, I’ve figured a few things out.
Trousers, jeans, and shorts that fit your body and your gender.
There are some adorable outwear options for tomboys, too.
“Whether it’s metallic details, leather-y looks, or fabric that’s slashed or bound together with laces, Robbins often has a spectacular Mad Max: Thunderdome-type thing goin’ on. Hot.”
Tips for developing “your look” without a personal stylist.
Tips for sewing dapper garments to fit your curvy, busty or plus-size body, at any level of sewing know-how.
Other great trends for this fat queers this summer include aliens, tweed, Bodysuits and beachwear as formal wear.
We’ve got looks that speak to Bratty Femmes, Gender Non-conforming Haus Bois, Fat Femmes, Androgynous Babes and beyond.
Although there is a time and place for inexpensive high street finds, it’s positive to see the industry move towards making higher quality garments accessible to larger sized folks, who want more than just “flattering” fit and flare dresses.
Love Nicolette Mason’s sweet yet poised style? Here’s how to get it for yourself.