Creating Change 2013: Strong looks Saturday edition

This post is part of a series on Creating Change 2013 in Atlanta.

Rumor had it that day two was Bow Tie Saturday, and there were bows abound on butches, femmes, in-betweens and none-of-the-abovers. And to think I was impressed by Friday’s fashion — I had no idea what Saturday had in store. I’ve documented some of my favorite fancy outfits below.

But first, I’ll start off with my outfit of the day:


Photo: Saturday 4 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images OOTD 2 vintage purple dress circle skirt

Photo: Saturday 3 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images OOTD 1 vintage purple dress circle skirt

Photo: Saturday 6 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images pink, red and navy bows from the fat activist meetup

Outfit details

  • Dress: Vintage lavender dress with a circle skirt and pleated bust detail, size 12, $2, Village Discount Outlet in Andersonville
  • Shoes: Payless black pointy toe ballet flats, size 11, $7
  • Earrings:  Forever 21 silver tone chandelier earrings, $5.80
  • Bow: I’m wearing the pink one, a gift from another flabulous fat femme at the size activist meetup
  • Glasses: EyeBuyDirect.com Rock! Peggy cat eye frames in black, $55

This lavender dress is one of my favorite thrift store finds. It’s a size 12. I know, I know, how can that be when I’m clearly much larger than a size 12? Well, my first rule for thrifting clothing is to try on everything you like, even if it’s not the so-called right size. Size is so variable depending on the manufacturer, fabric, cut and style of a garment, so you’ll never know if something works unless you try it on.

I’m able to wear this dress, because it has an elasticized waistband and a 3/4 circle skirt. Circle skirts are a fatties dream: All the extra fabric allows them to fit nearly any body. And I mean any body. If the waistband fits on a circle skirt, you’re good to go. Trust me. No, actually, go to the thrift store and try it out for yourself. You won’t regret it.

The top of this dress is a bit tight and I leave the sleeves unbuttoned at the end, but it still looks great and it’s comfy. And at $2, it was totally worth it. And it goes great with my hair color and trusty bouffant. ‘Nough said.

Anyway, so many Creating Change attendees were sporting some version of a bow on Saturday, whether is be a bow tie, pussybow top, hair bow or even a traditional tie tied into a bow. All of these bows have inspired me to make my own versions of fancy femme bow ties. Werk!

Photo: Saturday 21 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images pink bow tie with tan suit
Photo: Saturday 1 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images pins from exhibitors, pronouns
Photo: Saturday 20 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images bow femme
Photo: Saturday 19 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images bow femme Hello Kitty tattoo
Photo: Saturday 5 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images wide pride fat activist meetup sign
Photo: Saturday 16 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images Hattie friend pants pattern upclose

Photo: Saturday 15 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images Hattie friend pants pattern upclose
Photo: Saturday 18 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images California butch with GSA
Photo: Saturday 10 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images. Cheyenne, Ian and Remy
Photo: Saturday 17 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images Black Panthers session leader
Photo: Saturday 14 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images mxtori friend
Photo: Saturday 13 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images tie tied like a bow
Photo: Saturday 12 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images Jaisha
Photo: Saturday 11 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images. T and K.D.
Traditionally, there is some sort of transgender and body positive pool party at the conference hotel, but the Hilton Atlanta’s pool was outside where it’s cold. Whomp, whomp. But alas, some friends who were staying at the hotel across the street, and they started a guerrilla pool party that night at their hotel. There was a hot tub and an indoor/outdoor heated pool, so I was swimming outside in January surrounded by beautiful queers, and it was glorious.


Photo: Saturday 8 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images. ootd Torrid swimsuit with polka dots for transgender and body positive pool party

Outfit details

  • Swimsuit top: Torrid polka dot halter swim top, size 3x, $19.99
  • Swimsuit bottom: Target skirted shorts swim bottom, size 3x, $4.99
  • Glasses: EyeBuyDirect.com Rock! Peggy cat eye frames in black, $55

I have the absolute worst time with swimwear. I originally bought a similar black skirted swim bottom from Torrid in a size 4x, but they were entirely too big, falling off me as I did flips in the pool. So, I picked up Target’s version of these swim bottoms in a 3x on clearance, but they are a bit tight and roll down. I just can’t win with you, swimsuits.

Also, on top of taking over the pool, we also made the restrooms gender neutral. They were single-user already, so why not?


Photo: Saturday 9 Creating Change 2013 National Gay and Lesbian TaskForce conference at the Hilton Atlanta, Georgia. Google Images. Cheyenne making the bathrooms gender-neutral for transgender and body positive pool party

Saturday, you were a sartorial success!

This post is part of a series on Creating Change 2013 in Atlanta. Posts on Plump Pinup Life & Style focus on capturing fashion and queer culture, while posts on Stuff Queer People Need To Know focus on decimating knowledge from the workshops. 

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