I Traveled With An Empty Suitcase To Find Plus Size Fashion In Charleston · The Empty Suitcase Show
What is this what's happening to me holy I. Have. Lost control of the situation, Oh it's. Every, plus-sized, person's, nightmare you, travel, to a fabulous location but, your suitcase, gets. Lost along the way oh, just. Go in my new clothes you're, thinner friends might say because. They don't know that if you're above a certain size your. Chances, of finding clothes a fit are, small. Well. I'm about to turn the nightmare into, a dream come true I'm gonna, visit eight cities, with just the clothes I'm wearing then. I'm gonna try and find a day look and a, night look to explore the city will. I be too new to leave the hotel. It's. The empty suitcase, show and we're, about to find out. Michael. Listen, guess. What what it's the. Charleston. Episodes. Just. Gonna be joining us Kristen it's Freddie but. Freddie's on a different flight so, we. Will be meeting her in Charleston. For. Once I'm dressed, appropriately. Wow. Are you proud of yourself. They, are here. At. Hyatt, Place in Charleston. South Carolina on, King, Street and. I'm here with the wonderful Freddie for her very first empty, suitcase episode. Hey. Just, like Devin was in a couple empty suitcase, episodes, Freddie will also be joining me for a couple of episodes and, Jen will be in the back for episodes so Freddie what, do you think that plus I shopping in Charleston, is like this, is actually my first time ever in Charleston, there's some reason I'm optimistic to, give you an idea we, have assembled a not so scientific anecdote. We have put together a list of five popular, shopping centers here in Charleston, and we have counted 78. Women's, clothing stores, amongst them guess how many of them carry, my size which is a size 20 based on the way you delivered, that question, I'm. Gonna say pull, we've identified 14, stores, which carry a size 20, or larger. Well it is better than I thought it's 14 okay but that's still I think percentage-wise, it is the best not so scientific statistics. So far that's with every episode I also say that the only reason why we were able to do this show at all is because I am, only a size 20, if I was larger, than say a 24, the number of stores I'd be able to shop at would drop like, precipitously. So the fact that I'm even able to do this show at all is in, fact a privilege so today we are going to closet-case, thrift, store which, is a store run by we are family, which is a charity, that helped support the, local lgbtq+. Community here, in Charleston. This is a thrift store that, has a bunch of different sizes, so, it will be a little bit more difficult, for me I'm gonna rely on you I, got you girl along. We. Are here at closet-case, thrift. Store here, in lovely Charleston. With the folks of we are family, can you tell me a little bit about yourselves my name is Jonathan I see him and pronouns, and I, run the first store here I'm Nydia Richardson. And I you, say them and she/her pronouns and, I'm the executive director of we're family my name is Cora Webb I'm the program director here, we are family and I go by them as she/her pronouns your family, is the second oldest LGBTQ. Non-profit. In the, state of South Carolina, we also have, a trans love fund and we give trans people's, in South Carolina micro grants closet-case, is a gender inclusive, thrifty, and all the funds from closet-case, trips or help support the programs of we are family which is why I've, also donated a box with my clothes to the store so, it's, like take some pennies and I also left the box of pennies. Today. We're going to be looking for a day, look and a, night look I, actually. Get very freaked out with, restores, that sell a lot of sizes this is the only thrift, store that's not especially plus I surf store that we are going to this season so the stakes are a little higher here you're gonna have a lot of fun exploring, items, you're gonna find a lot of cool treasures have a play dress up guys. We're. Gonna start with my wife of 50 years dresses. And, my wife of two years Freddie this. Automatically, stuck out to us I think I don't. Know if it's gonna fit but whenever I see like a vintage maxi, dress I'm always just like doesn't need to zip up all the way it's a VBAC now this. Jumped, out at me right, away, I, can see a nice pair of cute little jeans booty shorts underneath just. Like grandma, would have made Freddie. More, than any other friend I have can get me to wear things that I would not wear and so, I feel like freddie is gonna use that opportunity for, evil, oh. Yeah. Just as I'm saying that, I try, to stay away from this kappa silhouette, because on me like less like cute. Mom who loves books and more circus, that just rolled into town. What. Is this what's happening to me oh I. Love, her she. Speaks her mind, oh yes. I run the bank, I have pockets, when, Freddie pulled us out I was like that's such a beautiful color beautiful, wine ain't not gonna fit on my body and then Freddie was like put it on I don't care about your opinions Fred, I would have walked right past this I'd.
Have Been like not for me what. Would you do with this I would do a, super, cute graphic, tee we're. Having a brief intermission because, I found a blazer for Freddie so I like this blaze it and, I think this Lizzie likes me do not play games of, the place no I think I'm gonna text it back right away oh my gosh you're right no rookie mistake, you're, gonna split same fun, jacket intermission, Thank You crystal does. She sell Mary Kay or does she just hate the rain if you see my apartment you know I love pink and green yeah and I'm sorry to jump the gun oh. But. I would pair this. These. Don't feel like they fit in the same color wheel this is sort of like a mom, to brunch and this is, green. Skirt. I've been thinking about since I laid eyes on there's really nothing to say except, yes yeah the skirt is the hottest girl at the bar I like this scary. Listen. I think everything, you put on me is cute I think everything you wear is cute but, even I have limits, look. At the Jean ruffles the skirt kind of feels like something that was very very, cute, 10 years ago and three years from now what. Size is this maybe, if it's not my size this is all over no it's exactly, I. Mean I could just wear it up here and call it a day I've actually done that before I. Still. Think this is a mop and skirt form but we will try it on I appreciate, your open mind I have an open mind or I don't get a second opinion I, must. Choose. Nik. I feel like I would wear this but I would cut it and I feel bad cutting such a beautiful, shirt okay. This is a shirt for you you. Pulled this out you looked at me like I. Don't. Know what this is so we're gonna pull it out and react to it in real time oh, I. Saw that earlier and that's what I kept going past I want. To like modify, it somehow and wear, it with the skirt but I feel like the only way to modify it it's just cut it right under the boobs but, I feel like that would end up I cut right through this rose yeah that, is not where I thought that shirt was going about. Nick. Buy. Me a look at this like. As soon as you pull it out you'll know exactly are. You a flannel, girl ah, generally. No okay, I, have. Lost control of the situation so maybe. I have a flat ol girl now it's a tighter squeeze back there so I'm just gonna hang out here and wait for what Freddie delivers, to be like. One of those characters in a video game you haven't chosen yet oh, my. God I can pretend like I was rich enough to have attended this tour, you. Wouldn't know it's a restaurant you just think that yeah I'm a big bad breakfast yeah I am big and bad and depending. On who you are I am breakfast, ha ha were there any shirts over here that stuck out to you I think this plane turquoise one oh I hate that we. Have now come to the Palazzo pant section, the Palazzo, pant yes, it's meant to be like a looser fit more. Relaxed. Less. Like, and. More pull Oh I mean I'm into the color for sure what's, this. No. It's a pattern. We're. In the gene section. Don't. Be a break. You. Just look I don't like broccoli so these actually stood out to me I feel myself slowly, being talked into dressing. Appropriately for, an occasion. And. It's never happened before, I'm very nervous it's time to try stuff on my favorite part this is my part. The. Great thing about this actually is that you don't wear a bra because, you're pretty much cutting these. Pants, fit, great Oh. Mike's. Facing. You pick this little top on the slide yeah it, sort of like it's rainy day I'm a writer, oops, on my deadline, but. I get a little T so, this is a work in progress. These, pants are fired to this, blazing you know I'm in love the, thing I think ants they do fit good and getting, a little bit of crotch pocket, which you're not gonna zoom in on any, way the Blazer is great my question is is this too warm for the, weather the humidity, tomorrow is gonna be 67%. Which like is the type of d+ you don't want well. We will be, inside. Oh. Wow. If it seemed great, okay, so what's happening, here is the skirt is actually a little small, but. It's long so I just hyped it up so now it's like super high waisted, and it, doesn't hit the ground it looks like it's immense anymore this way it's got stripes as look. The flowers are in jail. So. I came out here because I needed help getting this off but. Now I think this might be a look look, how cute, it is what. If I belted it, okay look, at you can't. Get my skirt off but, make it fashion. But. Here's the rest I love. It am I gonna Hans Christian, Andersen, story about. A princess, who doesn't get a happy ending this. Is not where I thought this skirt was going holy. Crap. I. Told. You. No. Ida fire is they mad at Albert I thought. Like oh this is too small and then I hiked it up and of us know it was my mind that was small. Okay. Hate to admit it but you were right about this blush it looks so good. So I tighten it up cuz a little small we probably get like some safety pins but that's what happens when you have, two babies this actually feels a little closer look what I would wear yeah but was a what you would wear twist low frame Christmas.
Yeah A tex-mex. Yes but we have a gets invited to cool things. On, the shirt. Sure. It's good so, this is a shirt that I picked up you're like that's so Freddie I don't know if it's bad hey, I talk just like that, you're right about the shirt you worry about the print I don't like that you're right I think I can go home now my work here is done. We've had a wonderful time, wow you guys are ready to sway the day. Goody's you, don't get to see the goodies no no no no no thank, you so much for having us we had a really great time well. Thanks for coming by guys you guys are welcome back any time into, our closet. I'm. Done, I went to Nordstrom Rack again, it's Kristin the world's foremost authorities. On local, Nordstrom, rats, hi Erica hi. Erica. Is here, so I can do this and don't go to sleep my, glass is fogging up. Steamy. And Charles, did so, Kristen, and I are dividing. And conquering because. We are almost, out of time for her day look she has a vision of getting a wicker basket esque bag, I just went into one store it had one that was too big and not the right color and it's gonna keep walking I have like maybe, an hour. It's. Time to get ready and. By that I'm gonna be getting ready for the last hour but now it's time to do the last 3%. Of it we will film in short bursts to build suspense. Time. Friday activity, and I'm ready to see this look here. I come. Okay. I know I realize that I'm beating my own words this outfit you are actually, every, main item of this outfit you're eating your word yeah. Honestly. I picked the BLA see you like and then obviously I got the skirt then I also got these earrings and these shoes from Nordstrom Rack and then, I. Got this cute little wicker purse from a store on King Street here, in Charleston, called the skinny dip I had to do a little velcro repair. Here, I bought some velcro from Target and I kind of like to sort of it together and you tied it here you look so cute I'm obsessed with this outfit let me fix your collar very, windy today so like, every time I step out I'm like the cover of a romance, novel, so today we are going to be going to Carmela's. Desert, bar to have some dessert and drinks. All. Right we have a couple desserts doing a couple drinks I have a, fin mint I have the French Quarter, tears. Whoa. And. It's, a tower it has an elevator and everything. Oh. No. Got my sleeve in the chocolate, well, she, had a good run ha ha that's so good, I'm like really upset that you all are filming this and not eating it I'm stuck I'm done there's a whole beautiful French Quarter here for us to explore any time and then we're gonna go get ready for our night activity, yeah. Let's. Go walk this off. Sam. What. Are you wearing Kristin oh. Boy. I, don't, know this could be a look, yes. Especially. With the bra big ago I mean he. Was going to bed this would be a great look for that. Person. Killed it with the day look it's, now time for a night activity, Kristin come on ah. I. Am. Obsessed with every episode you just keep up in the ante and you were kind of like messing, around at, the store just like trying it on different ways I didn't actually realize that you were gonna like move forward with this like wearing this this way I love, it so this is a skirt and this is a belt from closet-case and then I got the, shoes, and earrings from Nordstrom Rack and little clutch from DSW, the mules honey, I know this is my first heel yeah.
I. Feel like this dress could, very easily go, like spring or summer but, the style of the mule really like makes it appropriate, for fall I wanted to make it like sort of fall winter, cuz I have the little Christmas bow earring a little clutch all. The detail, I figured, it out okay what is our night activity, so we are going to cane rum. Bar which, is the first and only rum, bar here in Charleston. It's run by chef Paul Yellin who serves up Caribbean, inspired cuisine, oh my gosh, first of all I've never been to a rum bar so, I'm stoked and also I love Korean food so I'm about to hand myself a night okay. Welcome. So tell us a little bit about this lovely place that we are in well, you are in the only rum bar in Charleston, South Carolina the, first set about 200 years was. An English colony one, of the 13 original colonies. And it, would have been a rum drinking town so, you're bringing it back bringing rum back into style we're going to start on your drapes as requested, it's an instant vacation which. Is fresh juices homemade, ginger beer and a lemongrass, infused, rum and, what have you brought for me this, is our house pineapple, daiquiri which is pineapple, juice lime, juice rum. Brown. Sugar and a touch. A splash, of oft, d what is oft, B's in old-fashioned. Traditional dark, but what is it like actually stand for oh that's. Delicious. This, is mine where's Freddie. We. Have two, types of plantains sweet. Plantain plantain, Maduro and over, here are green plantain, tostones. Spicy. Beef empanadas, yucca, or cassava stampin. Go back, allow which is salted, codfish fritters, jerk. Chicken garlic, grilled pork, pick please which, is a Haitian recipe, and that is a spicy. Vinegar slaw, which they use against, fried, or fatty think that's gonna happen it's street food that you would eat you know in a bar this is not a restaurant, that serves drinks this is a bar that serves food. So. The sauce is homemade, banana ketchup oh you, don't like ketchup I think HF is trash. I wasn't. Gonna pay that tomato, raisins shut, knee this is a curry aioli garlic. Herb oil the assault accomplished bites are so, good they're like hush puppies with, a little protein. I'm. Gonna try the yuca yeah I'm gonna deal with the ketchup. It's, your second drink wait so I saw this on the menu apparently, you're only allowed to order one we, take it case-by-case if you're still standing up to one you a blowtorch in your hand like that I see why. Ah. It's, a compazine, you, drink it you die but, you just continue, wandering. It's. Not a panda bear that's for sure no, well. Thank you so much chef Paul for having us and for making us so many tasty pigs everything was so, good drinks. Were incredible. I have one parting, thing for you, what. Is this, Wow. It's a pirate, money, replica, the next time you come back in huh just give it to the bartender, and it's really up to him maybe it's a drink we get something to eat maybe it's a shot. That's. The end of the Charleston episode, I. Think it went great but I'm sad to be leaving I, feel like I need look it's two more days here well, unfortunately you're. Gonna get three more hours so, this, is our only store of the season, where I went to a thrift store that carried a whole bunch of sizes and I think it went really well and, I think a big part of that was the fact that you were here with me I mean. Yes. I. Think. You have like a really good ability, to pull out pieces and like show the potential of that piece even, before it's on my body thanks so much to closet-case thrift, store Hyatt, Place Charleston, historic, district, and Carmela's, for having us and thanks, so much to cane rum bar for hosting us, are. You ready to go to our next City I'm so ready let's do it. It's. Not back out of City. You.