That being said, I do have an OOTD today, which is long overdue. Here's the closest this spooky boy gets to summer style.
Top: Ruffle sheer top from Forever 21+
Belt: Plate stretch belt from Torrid
Shorts: Tribal print tiered shorts from Forever 21+
Tights: Curves 60 denier plush tights from Pretty Polly
Shoes: Silver cap toe flats by Merona
As I said above I really have issues with balancing my aesthetic and the weather here in Florida in the summer. This top may be black, and have longer sleeves, but it's actually very lightweight and cool surprisingly, which is why I chose to wear it here. The shorts are probably pretty summery, honestly, and they are also, well ... super short. In terms of the weather, I'd probably be better off with sheer tights, but the black opaques definitely look better, so I went with it. Short shorts are short, ha, and I don't think I'd feel dressed enough without the tights. I usually prefer ankle boots for shoes, and I think that would look hot here, but the ballet flats are much cooler and lighter, and I've been meaning to show these shoes off for a while now anyways.
Overall, I like this outfit quite a bit. The style of the top, belt, and shorts actually kind of reminds me of the playsuits that seem to be so popular currently, and even though I haven't been a fan of that style previously, I kinda dig the undertones of it that I get from this outfit. Two things I really like are ruffles and tribal print, so combining them both here (even if it is shorts) is excellent.
Here's a pose I haven't done here before, ha! Not sure why I felt inspired to take this photo, but I went with it. I liked it well enough to share here. Showin' off some fat booty, ha.
Actually, since we are on that topic, there's something I've wanted to say regarding that for a little while now. Part of the inspiration when I started this blog was not only showing off men's freestyle fashion, but also general body acceptance. If you search the internet for men in skirts, one thing the majority of the guys in the photos will have in common, is that they are stick thin. For the longest time, I really felt like freestyle fashion was totally off limits to me given my size, even though I've long been a supporter of the women's fatshion movement. Anyhow, eventually I realized that my personal hangups about my own size were a bit hypocritical in that sense, and decided that since there wasn't a plus size men's freestyle fashion inspiration on the internet, I would have to be that inspiration.
Some of the criticism I see about myself on the internet concerns my size, and I find that a bit unfortunate. Style isn't size exclusive. Some of my plus size readers can probably relate, and even I'll admit I do still struggle with body acceptance sometimes. The thing I often remind myself of is that instead of getting so hung up on the question, "Does this dress make my butt look big?" I should instead realize that yes, my butt IS big, regardless of the dress, and that's OKAY. In my world, fashion is limited by neither gender nor size. Love yourself!
So, now that that tangent is out of the way, let's get this OOTD back on track, ha!
Ignoring modesty, I wanted to show that these are in fact shorts under those awesome ruffles. Also, holy legs, Batman!
This is the best way I could figure to show off the shoes, as they just kinda blend into the tights in the other photos. I've always loved photos from this view on other blogs, so it's about time it made it here.
I'm curious to know, for those of you who also like to rock darker clothes, how do you deal with the balance between your style and the heat in the summer months? Also, if any of you have any tips or suggestions for me with regards to summer clothing, feel free to chime in below. Hope you enjoyed this OOTD!