Rocking matching outfits has always been something associated with things that couple do. It can be theme driven, holiday inspired, or just simply done cause it's Tuesday. I've always thought its fun to wear coordinating outfits, whether it's planned or not. One night while I was driving through Brooklyn, I saw this Adidas wall. When driving around NYC, I take notice of any cool walls that can inspire a look. I'm big on finding locations that with the right outfit creates the perfect synergy. So when I saw this wall, I said to my boyfriend we should shoot this together in some cool Adidas gear. He was like "Hell Yeah"
As two people that love hip hop and fashion, us doing Adidas is our way paying homage to the culture. Adidas Superstars were worn with the fat laces, and were made popular by Run DMC. As their popularity increased Adidas saw how rappers had a stadium full of people rocking Adidas, and gave them a contract. They were the first rappers to get a multi million deal. Our style, the music, the way we just live proved to companies that this music was more than just beats and scratching- it was a major culture that still till this day heavily influences all facets of life.
Kay already knew what he wanted to wear, he was going with the traditional track suit. I thought he was going to go full blown retro with Superstars, but he switched it up and went with his Adidas Conductor Hi with the matching socks. Yup- he just had to show off his socks matched his kicks. I have Superstars, so that was my ode to the culture, but what can a plus size gal wear that works with her style and works with theme. I've always loved Adidas apparel, but when it came to finding something to fit- that has been a challenge. Yes, I can easily wear items from the men's section, but I feel that when you are plus size and you want to wear something cool from a brand that does not carry plus, you have to go to men's section- I wanted to task myself and see if I can find women's apparel.
I went to the Adidas site to see perhaps if they might have expanded their size offerings. With Nike & Puma dabbling in plus, I was sure that Adidas would come on board. On their site, still no plus, but Simply Be has a small capsule of items. There were leggings and a track jacket, but I wanted something different. So I decided to take a chance, and give the straight sized items on the Adidas website a go. The worse that could happen is that I would have to send it back. I love anything with mixed prints, so when I saw this polka dot skirt with the tropical print waist band, I said ok this is something that's definitely up my alley. Don't you hate when you see something you like, click on it, to see there are only two sizes left, S & L? The way I looked at that screen you would have thought it insulted me. What to do, what to do- the skirt is soo me. There are plenty of times, I talk myself out of something, but that day I said order it. Yes, this size 16/18 plus size woman, ordered a size L in a skirt.
When I received the skirt, I said ok let's hurry up and try this on so I can send it back. I put it on, and it fit! With it being a line, my hips and tummy have all the room it needed and in no way did I feel restricted. The waistband is stretchy with a drawstring so it was snug on my waist not tight. Knowing that I could fit this L skirt, I will definitely give XL from them a try. I know that sizing varies by item, and you must try things on, but I am going to stop dismissing straight size items. Once the skirt was a keeper I decided a crop top would be the best option. I wanted to ensure that I show off the mix print, and it's the summer, so it is that time to show off the middle. I went with a XL in the top, and it's really stretchy. I decided against one with a cap sleeve since I knew with my arms it would look way too small.
I will say that I was really worried that I was not going to find something for this post. As a major athleisure lover, when it comes to the major brands majority of them do not have plus. Nike has the biggest offering online as well through other retailers & Puma is on Asos. The majors definitely have a lot of room to add to their assortment. It's cool to know that I can give straight size a go and could find something that works for my body, but what about anyone else that is bigger than an 18? Adidas is really missing out- this skirt alone is a major piece that is so versatile no one would even guess its from them. Any body- plus or straight can rock this skirt.
This was definitely fun to do with my boyfriend. Now I am wondering what else should we tackle together? Any suggestions?