Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Their Curvy+ range launched today and has been met with love. The range (which stocks sizes 16-24) seems to be a good extension and representation of their existing range, which is always good news!
Now, you could say it is because I am bitter that I can't fit into their Oxblood Gilet, but I am disappointed that the range stops at a size 24. I guess seeing as they previously did up to a size 14/16 it is a massive step in the right direction but I want to see retailers taking leaps!
Now a days, buying a size 24 dress online is not a novelty. We have an abundance of retailers who now stock plus size collections up to a size 24/26. Yes, some of the MissGuided pieces are brilliantly fashionable but who decided that fashion stopped at a size 24?
With retailers like MissGuided shouting from the roof top for days before their collection that they're launching such an exciting product - I would love for it to be something more than we normally see.
I honestly think people who believe plus size fashion should stop at a size 24 are misguided. There are so many bigger women who are crying out for pieces like this, we just need a retailer to listen!
I love the MissGuided plus size range and I can see why it has been so well received, but I would love to see more!
What do you think?
Monday, 17 November 2014
In October I had the chance to try House of Fraser for myself and I was pleasantly surprised by their offerings. I would say that they're not exactly breaking boundaries - because they're offering items that are already on sale by other brands. However, the chance to buy from a range of brands in one place is always good for me. Brands you can buy from include: Evans (including Scarlett and Jo), Taking Shape, Samya, Juna Rose and much more!
They had a good sale on when I went too - and most of you will know I am quite the bargain hunter! They also do right up to a size 30, which is another bonus.
I chose this Spotted Skater Dress from Evans.
I love the fact that it is only £20 too! For me the fit is perfect and the pockets are a nice addition. Its a really nice material which makes it nice to wear in colder weather. I teamed it up with leggings but the length meant I could have easily worn it without too.
Have you bought anything from the House of Fraser Plus Size Collection?
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
One brand that seem to be doing this quite well at the moment is New Look, who have plenty of in stock online and in store. They recently sent me a lovely grey kimono which I really love. I wanted it because lots of the kimonos around at the moment seem to be big, bold, brightly coloured patterns.
Normally I wouldn't be one to shy away from a bit of colour, but when you have a bright coloured pattern dress it is hard to team this with another bright, colour pattern - which is where this grey kimono is so perfect! The grey kimono I have doesn't seem to be on the website any more, but they have loads of nice tops and kimonos from the Inspire range so make sure you check them out! I haven't included outfit pics of this because it isn't available any more but there are so many good alternatives.
|A glimpse of the grey kimono - such a lovely colour|
For Plus North, I wore my trusty Yours Clothing kimono, which has become a firm favourite of mine. I teamed it up with this amazing Topsy Curvy t-shirt, which I have practically lived in since they sent it to me.
Topsy Curvy are a brand that actually listen to their customers, which for me is amazing! They know that the larger end of plus size is often under-catered for and so are trying to push out new products, including this t shirt which they stock right up to a size 36!
I have also worn this kimono with an amazing maxi dress I got from New Look a few weeks ago and this has fast become one of my favourite outfits. As is so often the case with New Look dresses, I found this maxi dress to be a generous size.
One thing I have become more used to recently is mixing and matching brands. Each brand has something different to offer, so matching a plain Topsy Curvy top with a bright Yours Clothing kimono or a plain New Look kimono with a bright ASOS dress is fine!
What is your go-to item at the moment?
Friday, 18 April 2014
Now a days you can find retailers like New Look, Yours Clothing and ASOS Curve who have items that directly match and rival what is being offered by 'standard' size fashion retailers. Even the likes of new-comers Pink Clove and Boohoo are really saying something and to me, that is fantastic news for plus size women everywhere!
Over the next few weeks I'll be exploring plus size retailers that offer items in sizes 12 right up to a size 36! I didn't realise just how many retailers offer options for all sizes, but they really do! You have the likes of Simply Be where you can a dress in a size 12 or a size 32 (and all combinations in between) and Yours Clothing who have around 200 items on their website up to a size 36.
Of course, you could argue that we still have a long way to go - the current Boohoo Plus range 'only'' going to a size 24 for example... But we're getting there and it is pretty exciting to see!
So... Before I get onto those blog posts I wanted to remind you that I have a list of plus size retailers here on this very page. Over the past 12 months I have pieced together a list that now has over 50 PLUS SIZE RETAILERS LISTED! That's 50 retailers for you to choose from who all stock plus sizes!
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Now that I am on the final stretch of the shopping challenge (10 days to go!) I find my self online-window shopping and lusting over the items that I am going to buy when I finally am allowed to spend. Of course with a list as long as my arm, I can't possibly buy them all but with so many vibrant patterns and colours out there it's going to be hard to decide what I want to get my hands on first! I know we often moan about the lack of choice when it comes to plus size fashion, but I really feel (in my as far from expert opinion as you can get) that the retailers are doing us proud this season!
Here's a look at the retailers that have not been making my shopping challenge very easy!
Pink Clove seem to have updated their New Arrivals page twice in the last week (Yes, I stalk them that much) and both times I have gasped and then done a little dance of excitement. The colour of the page alone makes me smile - I love so many of their items! My top 3 (today, this will change tomorrow) are:
Tropical Floral Trousers, Sweetheart Neck Skater Dress (available in lots of colours), Floral Spot Skater Dress
Scarlett & Jo
Sold through Evans Online and a handful of Evans stores, if you haven't come across Scarlett & Jo before you're about the experience a revelation! I have blogged about these lovely dresses before and you'll see lots of bloggers also rave about them. There is just so much right about these dresses - the fit, the colours, the shade, the style - everything! This season they have launched a range of prom dresses and my goodness, they're beautiful!
2 in 1 Floral Prom Dress and the Floral Layered Maxi Dress
Still quite a new player in the world of plus size fashion Topsy Curvy just seem to be getting it right time after time. Sadly I haven't been able to try any of their new stuff yet because of my spending ban, so I don't know about quality - but LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS!!! These girls seem to hit the nail on the head when it comes to giving plus size ladies a choice when it comes to clothing & I can't wait to see what else they have to offer! You can buy via their website although their Facebook seems to get items added quicker and that's where I spend my time lusting!
Neon Newspaper & Flower Midi Dress, 60s Print Cut Out Swing Dress and the Leopard & Rose Swing Dress
All of these are items that I would love to buy & most probably will splash the cash on at some stage. I also wanted to add a little lust-list in the shape of Silly Old Sea Dog - a vintage style dress company that have recently started a plus size range. Their dresses are available up to a size 28 and they are BEAUTIFUL! The dresses are (sadly) a little out of my price range but if you're looking for a dress with a difference and are willing to invest I would definitely head over to their site!
So.. .What are you planning to buy over the next few weeks, has anything pretty caught your eye?
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Just For 5 Pounds
This website has loads of items for.. you guessed it! £5.00. With a range of clothes, bags, shoes and accessories for this bargain price you can really pick up items without breaking the bank. However, what I never realised before (I didn't even think to check) is that they have a plus size section. What is even better about this plus size section is that they have items up to a size 30. Now, as you can imagine the bigger sizes go quickly but it is well worth checking out what is available and what you could pick up for almost the same price as a cup of coffee. The items on the website change - but at the moment they have items like cardigans and jumpers which well look like they are worth picking up. http://www.justfor5pounds.com/products/CLOTHING/PlusSize
Loads of us know that eBay is a great place to pick up bargain items and save yourself some money, but I still get surprised at how many people who don't realise you can pick up plus size items too! When you search via the fashion section of the website you can put in size and even what type of clothing you want, which helps to narrow it down. Of course shopping this way on eBay is hit and miss and you have to search out the bargains, but as you can get some great pieces - it is well worth doing this!
Places like Asda and http://tesco.com are known for having their own ranges of clothes and if you look at their pieces you can find the odd hidden gem! What many people don't realise is just how big the clothes sizes go - both on their websites and in-store. Next time you are picking up some bread, why not have a browse their the clothing section and see what you can pick up.
I'd love to hear about your hidden clothing shops & places you'd recommend
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
I have already started my ABC of plus size fashion features to try and introduce people to new retailers. My list of 'recommended plus size retailers' at the top of the page now has over 30 stores listed for the same reason!
Now I want to try and show you that you can shop on the high street, whatever your size - as long as you know where to look!
As you know this weekend I was in Manchester on a Hen Party and I stumbled across my very first Simply Be Store in The Arndale Centre there. I dragged the (skinny) hen inside so I could have a nosey. Rather than try to explain to the cashier what I was doing I also sneakily took some photos while I was inside!
The shop was clean, tidy and easy to get around! They had lots of choice too. It was lovely to see some of the items I had spotted on the website 'in real life'.
Some of my favourite items:
Simply Be Stores:
Thursday, 29 August 2013
As you know, on Wednesday evening I attended a bloggers event for Pink Clove. For a few days before I ummed and ahhed over what to wear. With so many fabulous bloggers in attendance I knew I wanted to make sure that I was 100% happy with my outfit. I also wanted to try and minimize the chance of anyone else wearing the same outfit as me!
In the end I opted for this leopard print gaga dress from Yours Clothing. I have had this dress for ages and so I thought, the chances of someone else wearing it would be minimal.
|Strike a Pose.|
Leggings: Simply Be
Necklace: Black Heart Creatives
Handbag (pictured below): Primark
The event was held at Hush Restuarent in Mayfair, which was really lovely! The setting outside was really nice, walking down a cobbled street into the courtyard was beautiful!
|Posing in Mayfair|
I had a really nice night and the pieces on offer from Pink Clove are lovely - I thoroughly recommend checking them out!
I attended the event with Leighanne from Bump and Beyond and Lucia from U Can't Wear That. Here we are all dressed up and ready to go, before leaving the house!
|Me, Leighanne and Lucia|
Thursday, 22 August 2013
I saw a tweet by the So Fabulous team today, which reminded me that I hadn't yet blogged about their dresses - Oops! Sorry. I love loads of the So Fabulous times on their website and with a range that goes up to a size 28 they are perfect (they even have a handful of dresses up to a size 30!).
|The So Fabulous Front Page|
I have yet to try the So Fabulous range but I have heard good things about them and can't wait to try them out for myself. I thought I'd do a little ABC feature so you can all get an idea of what they offer!
Absolute Bargain - Horse Print Wrap Dress
At just £16.00 there can be no denying that this dress is a bargain. What I really love about this dress is the unique and funky pattern. It's a way of being a little quirky without being too 'out there'. There is also a floral version of the same dress available for £22.00. I think that the wrap affect on the dress is going to allow it to be very flattering. Depending on the length on you, you will be easily about to wear this with leggings, tights or bare legs! Dress it out with some funky accessories and wear it to your next night out :) You can buy this dress here.
Best Value For Money - Dipped Hem Chiffon Dress
I have been looking for a dress to wear for my birthday and this one is definitely on my list. I love the deep colour purple of this dress and think that the cut and fit would be flattering. It is a little different to the style of dress I would usually wear but I think I would be able to pull it off. With some subtle accessories and some pretty shoes it could easily be the perfect birthday girl outfit! At just £35.00 it's fantastic value for money. You can buy this dress here.
Cash To Splash - Lace Skater Dress
To be fair at £44 this dress is still a bit of a bargain, if you have a slightly bigger budget anyway. What I love about this dress is that it is great for those who aren't sure about showing their cleavage The lace affect is pretty and doesn't deter from the rest of the dress. I don't have much lighter clothing but I do think that as it is a skater dress cut it would fit well at home in my wardrobe. You can buy this dress here.
Have you got any So Fabulous items? What did you think of them?
Thursday, 15 August 2013
As the collection is quite new, most of the pieces are averagely priced, but as they are all so nice I thought I would give an ABC feature a bash anyway!
Absolute Bargain - Bird Print Dress
I guess the word bargain means different things to different people - this wouldn't strike me as the cheapest dress you could buy ever (quite simply because it isn't) but for the price it is a lovely, staple item to add to a wardrobe.
The dress is a little longer than the style I would usually wear, I have to confess to not having very many midi length dresses in my wardrobe. What I loved about the dress with the way it comes in at the waist and the lovely bird print pattern If you have any tea parties or events coming up, for £50 this could be a welcome addition. You can buy this dress here.
Best Value For Money - BodyCon Textured Dress
I don't own very much black, but I am starting to love bodycon dresses. What I love about this dress is that even though it is black, the textured pattern gives it another layer. It isn't simply another black dress. I can imagine wearing this to more formal events and think teamed up with some nice jewellery and pretty shoes this would be really lovely. At £65.00 it isn't the cheapest dress you could buy, but if you are looking for a black dress to add to your wardrobe then I think this would be fabulous! You can buy this dress here.
Cash To Splash - Sequin BodyCon Dress
Another black dress but the sequins on this give the dress a lovely sparkly shimmer which really brightens it up. At £95.00 for this dress it most definitely is an investment piece but as you will be able to dress it up with different accessories you'll most definitely be able to make sure that you get value for money out of the dress! I like the shape of the dress and I know the long sleeves will appeal to many people. You can buy this dress here.
All in all, I think the Claire Richards Fashion World offering is a good once - I would have loved to see a bit more colour in the pieces though! I guess many people still assume that us fat girls want to hide and slim away in black but that isn't always the case. As I said i haven't tried any of the dresses so I cant comment on fit or quality but I do like the look of these 3 dresses.
Have you tried any? What did you think
Monday, 5 August 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
On sale for just £15.00 this would make a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. What I love about this dress is that it is so easy to dress up or dress down. I can picture it with tights and a nice sparkly shrug for an evening out or leggings and a cardigan for on the day. As a jersey dress the material is going to be lightweight, so you can layer it without having to worry too much about being too warm in this weather. You can buy it here.
What do you like to wear when the weather is unpredictable like this?
Monday, 29 July 2013
|Skater Dress With Sweetheart Neckline And Short Sleeve|
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