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OOTD: Clown Fortune Teller

There is a certain style of plus size garment that has ALL THE THINGS going on at once: color, print, texture, sequins, embroidery, ruffles, random drawings of skinny women next to the Eiffel Tower and a giant croissant... you name the embellishment, it's there. Add in cheap, scratchy polyester fabric and you have the style that I call "clown fortune teller." Fortunately, this is not the current norm for plus size clothing, but it's still out there.

But perhaps I have been too quick to dismiss the "clown fortune teller" look! I decided to put my own spin on this style concept.

If we want to say "clown," clearly bright, colorful stripes are a classic approach. So I started with my circus tent striped skirt and the rainbow striped scarf I bought to go with it. But how about the "fortune teller" aspect? This makes me think of drapey fabrics and loose silhouettes, so a simple T with a long flowy vest was added to the mix. For the scarf ring, I used the elastic + shank button trick with a button that looks like a clock as a nod to "reading the future." Because I didn't want this outfit to look like an outright costume, I kept the other accessories understated, wore minimal makeup, and put my hair in simple braids.

OOTD 5/12/21:

Circus tent striped skirt - thrifted, Target/Goodwill - XXL - $3.99 - 10/2018

Black knot top - Croft & Barrow/Kohls - 2X - $10.71 - 12/2019

Admiral blue open vest - thrifted, Joseph A/ThredUp - 3X - $13.66 - 8/2020

Rainbow striped silky scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $12.99 - 5/2020

Blue pointy-toed flats - BP/Nordstrom - $49.95 - 12/2014

This would have been a LOT of look to wear to the office, but for WFH, I looked normal enough from the waist up to fake my way through my Microsoft Teams meetings like a semi-responsible adult.

P.S. Google "clown fortune teller" at your own risk. There is a creepy Halloween thing that I will never un-see.

I am about 99.99% confident I have never before been inspired to create an outfit based on my own derisive term for a style I dislike. But it was fun! How about you?

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Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge (Mondays; 3rd Thursday)

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Debbie at My Random Musings (Mondays)

Leelo at Beauty by Miss L (Mondays)

Roxanne at Glass of Glam (Mondays)

Laura at I Do deClaire (Tuesdays)

Emma at Style Splash (Tuesdays)

Jess at Elegantly Dressed & Stylish (Tuesdays)

Gail at Is This Mutton? (Wednesdays)

Shelly at The Queen in Between (Wednesdays)

Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom (Thursdays)

Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood (Thursdays)

Jacqui at Mummabstylish (Thursdays)

Suzy at The Grey Brunette (Fridays)

Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style (Fridays)

Michelle at My Bijou Life (Fridays)

Erika at A Little Bit of Everything (Fridays)

Rena at Fine Whatever (Saturdays)



jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
May 26, 2021

I have to admit, I am all for this, although not the title of the look, LOL!!! But the bright colors always make me so happy!! OXOX Jodie

May 27, 2021
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Haha, yes, the title does not inspire confidence does it! But I agree with you on bright colors.

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