OoTD No. 24 – Our Patron Saint of Fat

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Ernie Awards with a few of my favourite rowdy feminists. The Ernie Awards are an annual event that call out sexist comments made in the past 12 months. The winners of each category are decided by how loudly the crowd boos and jeers their comments (the boos get louder as the night goes on and the wine gets drunk… a woman on my table broke one of her plates by beating it with her cutlery). This year, the Golden Ernie was won by Andrew Bolt for saying that male soldiers would be turned from warriors into escorts if women were allowed to serve on the frontline (gross, right?). Basically it’s the most fun ever.

The dress code stipulated that we dress as our favourite female singer, so of course I went as our Patron Saint of Fat, Beth Ditto.


See? Even high fashion recognises her holy status. (JC de Castelbajac A/W 2010)

Beth has dressed herself in a million and one different ways, but this is what my interpretation consisted of: black bob, spandex, fun prints, ballet flats and bright accessories.


Inspiration for this pose came from this photograph.


The glasses aren't in character but I need them to, you know, see.

The tattoo and body positive slogan (made famous in this photograph) were drawn on with waterproof eyeliner. It didn’t budge all night! So I can vouch for Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer (though that is a ridiculous product name if ever I heard one).

Wig: Carnival and Party Warehouse. Currently available.
Dress: American Apparel (I know, I know) – size M/L. Similar styles available.
Leggings: Beth Ditto for Evans – size UK18. Old collection.
Shoes: Witchery – size 40. Old collection.
Watch: TW Steel. Currently available.
Ring (lime): Dinosaur Designs. Similar styles available.
Ring (rhinstone): A stall at Glebe Markets

I am 1.72m/5’8″, 95kg/209lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-99-120cm/42-39-47 inches.


9 Responses to “OoTD No. 24 – Our Patron Saint of Fat”

  1. 1 Keira 6 November, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Totally jealous of your Ernies attendance! looks like fun 🙂

  2. 2 emmaesmeEmma 7 November, 2011 at 9:53 am

    “Punk will never diet”. Love it!

  3. 3 Christine 8 November, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Frances! I did not even recognize you without the glasses. You and the outfit are adorable. And I want that dress, but hate giving American Apparel my money. I’ll have to see if I can find it used on the eBay.

    • 4 Frances 8 November, 2011 at 11:56 am

      No glasses and straight hair! I barely recognise myself.

      Totes understand your reluctance to give AA your money. They’re pretty gross, and as I general rule, I do avoid that store.

  4. 5 sleepydumpling 10 November, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I love you Frances. I wish I could have dressed up and gone out with you!

  5. 6 Hayley Hughes (@fashionhayley) 14 November, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Dressing up as Beth Ditto is fun isn’t it? I dressed up as her for Halloween 2009, my best costume for Halloween ever methinks, see for yourself http://www.fashionhayley.com/2009/11/halloween.html xxx

  6. 8 Vanessa 14 November, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Wow I love your style

  7. 9 Plus size 10 December, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Love you yellow dress.

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