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    A Word of Advice: Just Wing It (feat. Japanese Plus Size Brand ‘Punyus’)

    Plus size fashion blogger Horror Kitsch Bitch's 5 Days of Punyus, featuring Japanese Plus Size Clothing Label by Naomi Watanabe

    Ok so this last post of my “5 Days of Punyus” spectacular was tremendously unsuccessful at being consecutive. WHOOPS. Can we just pretend I was letting the suspense build? For like, four months… *hides head in shame*

    The first week I was running late because of Melbourne Fashion Week Plus! Seriously, that shiz was OFF. THE. CHAIN! If you caught any of my musings on my Snapchat story, personal IG story, or the What Fat Girls Actually Wear story, you will know that the Australian plus fashion industry is incredibly small and neglected. I mean, we’re all trying. Really we are. But it’s like we’re years behind other countries when it comes to this field.

    But with MFW+, we just took a huge leap closer to the rest of the world.

    It was chic, it was lush, it was ACTUAL FASHION, it was COOL AS HELL. The vibe, the venue, the shows, the designers, not least the models (and no, I don’t have to say that – just cos I was one – hehe)…

    I had the pleasure of attending New York Fashion Week Plus last year, and (although it’s not a competition) I felt MFW+ was actually *dare I say* even more on point with what I would expect and want from a fashion event representative of such an inherently revolutionary and progressive industry.

    In addition to “ze fashun”: WE HAVE TO KEEP BUILDING OUR COMMUNITIES. I’ve never felt more passionate about the fact that every single contributor to events like these are participants in the creation of  a strong industry – our industry, which has been neglected for way too long.

    Woa, I feel like i’m on a propaganda soapbox. Sorry about that. I’ll climb down now.

    So, yah. Fashion is like, totally cool. Especially when it fits on my thick bod, and all the bods that are bigger and differently shaped to mine. Let’s have more, yah?

    In the meantime, definitely give MFW+ FB page a like so you can keep up to date with their next event.

    *ahem*

    So another reason this post is so late (aside from working too much whilst finishing my degree and suffering medium-level life burnout) is that I’ve been teaching myself to use professional video editing software (cos like, why do things the easy way?) so that I can proudly bring you MY VERY FIRST VIDEO BLOG. And done that I have!

    Because it’s a pretty thorough 7.5 minute rant about Punyus (plus some excellent store footage and a magical outfit video segment at the end), I’m going to cut most of my usual written jargon and just leave you with the essential info below.

    On the fifth day of Punyus, Naomi gave to me – a kawaii lilac pinny!

    Plus size fashion blogger Horror Kitsch Bitch's 5 Days of Punyus, featuring Japanese Plus Size Clothing Label by Naomi Watanabe

    Plus size fashion blogger Horror Kitsch Bitch's 5 Days of Punyus, featuring Japanese Plus Size Clothing Label by Naomi Watanabe

    Plus size fashion blogger Horror Kitsch Bitch's 5 Days of Punyus, featuring Japanese Plus Size Clothing Label by Naomi Watanabe

    Plus size fashion blogger Horror Kitsch Bitch's 5 Days of Punyus, featuring Japanese Plus Size Clothing Label by Naomi Watanabe

    THE CUT & FIT

    I have to be honest – as adorable as this little number is, the straps RELENTLESSLY slide down my shoulders. Tragically, there isn’t enough length in them to cross them over and make an X back. I think i’m going to Bear Grylls it and make a little wrap around piece to sort of tie/hold them together.

    THE SIZE I’M WEARING

    I’m wearing a 4, and the waist is elasticised so I think it could go bigger than me.

    WHERE TO GET YOURS

    I’m sorrrry I took so damn long and they’re not for sale anymore! BUT they have similarly delightful winter velour ones available in black and wine, right here.

    THE SHOES

    I didn’t really shoe shop much in Japan because they have some seriously amazing and expensive stuff. Next time, I am going with a separate shoe budget! But I did find these shoes on sale and FOR A STEAL at another chain called “Spinns”. They cost me JPY1,000 /AUD$12 / USD$8.50 and I just HAD to have them. I’ve wanted pastel platform sneakers for a lifetime – so, CHECK!

    What you may not realise (and probably will lol at me for) is that those pink wings are a separate item, and they cost me more than the shoes themselves. JPY2,000 / AUD$24 / USD$17 to be exact.

    But seriously – I can take them off and put them on other shoes. They are VERSATILE (well, as versatile as pink pastel shoe accessories are), and I am totally justifying that purchase so shush right up.

    But on the serious, I think shoe wings are a thing I’m going to have to do more of. Maybe in more practical colours. Actually, nah. In ALL DA COLOURS.

    You can get yourself some here:

    A NOTE ON SHOPPING OUTSIDE OF JAPAN

    I’ve already covered this here, but i’ll leave this header in case somebody enters my blog through this post and wants to know more on this particular subject! See – i’m more than a hat rack!

    OTHER OUTFIT DETAILS

    FISHNET TOP: Just off eBay. I’m sure if you search “fishnet top” you’ll find a million. This one isn’t specifically plus size but I just pour myself right on into it 😉
    TIGHTS & BRA: City Chic (I actually love their tights and bras, but only ever buy them on sale)
    NECKLACE: Miss-a-ree Guts Creations – one of my very favouritest jewellery designers and humans.
    FLOWER CROWN: This one is by Sweet as Candy Vintage who is no longer around, but my gorgeous friend Miss Kiss Vintage makes even MOAR gorgeous ones that even have pretty butterflies attached!
    EARRINGS: Cute little no-name shop in Japan. If you’re into laser cut acrylic pieces, may I suggest Doodad and Fandango OR Haus of Dizzy.

    If you’ve just stumbled onto this post, please make sure you check out the rest, right here.

    Thanks and love to my friend Samopust, who is always keen to go on suburban photo adventures <3

    And so much thanks and love to all of you who have read these posts, and contributed to the convo. I love you all SO DEARLY. xxxxxxx