Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Why Are Plus Size Brands Getting It So Wrong??

I write this post with a heavy heart, although I suppose that could be quite handy - it'll match the rest of me.

2015 has been a really good year for plus size fashion in many ways. For people over a size 26 we have seen more options released and it seemed in some small way that brands were listening... Oh how we were wrong!



I'm going to be honest with you writing this post is a little bit scary. I have been told by a brand in the past that they don't want to work with me because of my negativity - this post is going to do that train of thought no favours. I am a sucker for a pretty dress and if it comes without a "price tag" then great, however I simply can not sit quiet and watch plus size brands continuously make women feel bad about their bodies.

Loving your body is a battle, in a world surrounded by people telling you that you are wrong. The one thing you should be able to trust is plus size brands to tell you that you're worthy of their clothes and worthy of feeling great! After all, we're buying their clothes so they're going to want us to be happy fatties right? Wrong.

This happened tonight with one of my favourite brands and it breaks my heart to write about it. Scarlett & Jo have done SO MUCH for the world of plus size fashion - even just offering ALL of their items up to a size 32 makes them a rare breed. To be honest with you, the whole shenanigan surrounding this post went on for HOURS! I will perhaps write about all of that another time, we're all still trying to work out exactly what happened.

That said, this lady simply asked for a brand to do more types of clothing - she did not deserve to be shot down in the way that she did.... You're giving feedback to a brand, this is the stuff you should be striving for. One of your potential customers is telling you how they would spend their money - why are you simply being rude and dismissive?


She doesn't wear what you currently sell, so she must dress trash-fash... I am speechless!


And then a few days before this we have this gem from Pink Clove


People commented that they were indeed the whole package 'despite' being fat and told Pink Clove how out of order they had been. The post was deleted from Facebook with no apology however remains on Twitter.

Dear Plus Size Brands - You have hundreds of plus size bloggers out there that would be willing to help you. So many talented individuals can help you tap into your customer base and communicate in a way that isn't offensive. It seems so hard for you to manage social media without telling us the way we dress is wrong or suggesting we're not good enough because we're fat - so why are you not tapping into the resource of plus size bloggers and using them to help you?

Your plus size customers deserve more. We deserve more. You have to stop putting us down and making us feel bad about our bodies, the rest of the world does that enough already.

Please pull your socks up and do better, because quite frankly enough is enough

Debz x


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Monday, 21 December 2015

Will You Be Lonely This Christmas?

A couple of days ago Kellie from The Big Fashionista reminded me that there are people who find the festive season tough. For whatever reason, if you find Christmas a time where you struggle or feel lonelier than usual, it is important to remember that you are not alone.




MIND
Website www.mind.org.uk
Tel No   0300 123 3393
Samaritans
Website  www.samaritans.org
Tel No      116 123 
Alcoholics Anonymous
Tel No     0800 9177650 
Stonewall
Website    www.stonewall.org.uk
Info line 08000 50 20 20 
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
Tel No    0207 837 7324
SANELine
Website   www.sane.org.uk
Tel No     0300 304 7000
Papyrus, Prevention of young suicide
Website  www.papyrus-uk.org 
Beaumont Society
Information Line 01582 412220
Childline
Depression Alliance
Refuge
Website   www.refuge.org.uk
Tel No     0808 2000 247
Beat
Beating eating disorders.
Help line 0345 634 1414
Youth Line 0345 634 7650
Shelter
Website  www.shelter.org.uk
Tel No    0808 800 4444
NHS Direct
1111 
No Panic
Tel No  0844 967 4848
Youth helpline
Tel No 01753 840393

These numbers come thanks to Kellie


YOU ARE NOT ALONE!


Debz xx


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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Topsy Curvy Christmas Swing Dress


You have probably noticed this, the Christmas jumper has had to take a step back this year in favour of the Christmas swing dress. I don't know about you but my Facebook newsfeed has been full of people advertising and sharing their purchases of an array of Christmas dresses! 

I loved them all, except the fact that they all stopped at a size 24. I love the idea of a bit of Christmas jazz but I wasn't keen on wearing a dress that was too small. On Facebook chat groups I saw that I wasn't alone in this feeling - another time when size 24+ plus size women were left out!

As ever, those beautiful ladies at Topsy Curvy listened and did what they could to tell. Less than 2 weeks later this gem dropped through my letterbox - how exciting!  This swing dress by Topsy Curvy goes right up to a size 28/30 and as you can see on me, it's pretty generous!


I love the exciting pattern on this dress, with its Christmas trees, Santa's and decorations. I actually also really like the fact it's on a darker material with a brighter pattern which I think helps it stand out fro the rest. The long sleeves also make it perfect for this time of year.


I really love Topsy Curvy for pushing the boundaries and listening to their customer base to try and deliver more. They have a whole host of Christmas dresses so make sure you head to their website and see if anything takes your fancy! Use the code 'CurvyChristmas' to get two for £25 - bargain! I think they have sold out of this exact print now, but they lots of other plus size Xmas dress options!

Debz x


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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Plus Size Party Dresses with George at Asda

I have written before about my excitement at the George at Asda plus size offerings, they do some items up to a size 32. In fact, every time I check what they have they have more and more which is a great sign.

They invited me to check out their plus size party dresses and speaking about surviving Christmas parties! A lot of their size 32 dresses are more casual than I would wear to a full blown Christmas party, but I know that around this time of year there are lots of things to attend. I love the dresses that they have, which would be perfect for Christmas lunch or a low key catch up with friends.

When it comes to Christmas parties I think the most important thing is to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than spending the night feeling self-concious about what you are wearing or tugging it because it's not comfortable to wear. If you're out for the festive season then the chances are you're going to be out for a while so make sure you like what you're wearing. Don't worry about buying something new, if you're more comfortable in a wardrobe staple then make sure you go with that! You can always splash out on some new accessories to change it up a bit!

This time of year is the perfect excuse to wear a bit of bling and sparkle, if you need an excuse that is! Even though this dress is quite casual, I think teaming it up with some pretty shoes and a sparkly bag changes it completely. You could even go all out and add a sparkly necklace and/or hair-piece etc.



What we don't often talk about when it comes to Christmas parties is the day after. For me, if I have spent the night dancing away and enjoying a few lemonades the last thing I want to do is get dressed up again. Comfy clothes for the day after are essential in my eyes. One thing that George at Asda does well is comfy, throw on dresses like this one.



I'm really excited to use this month to catch up with friends, spend time with family and wear some pretty dresses! What are your Christmas party survival tips?

Have a look at all of George at Asdas Christmas party dresses here!

Debz x


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