Monday, 23 February 2015

Basic Clothing in Plus Sizes: the striped tee

It's funny, really. Only in my last post was I lamenting the fact that plus size women struggle to find basic items that are both plus size and affordable and then another one pops up. 

Ahh, the striped tee. Growing up I always knew that horizontal stripes on a fatty were a faux pas. Well, they make you look bigger and why on earth would you want that eh? Oh, hang on, I just remembered that society can kiss my arse. OBVIOUSLY I AM GOING TO WEAR STRIPES: they're fab!

I wandered into GAP the other day to buy a pair of trews for Mr FD, noticed this t-shirt hanging up and had to buy it. It's so soft and is absolutely the perfect length and fit. I'm wearing a Large here and you can see my size 20 bod has plenty of room so, depending on how loose you want it, I'd say the XXL would fit up to a 26. 

Not going to lie. I felt like a babe in this combo. 

These shoes were a recent find in Primark. £6? Can't go wrong. Well, actually, you can go a bit wrong because these aren't particularly comfortable on my wide feet, but...we suffer for style.

Can I just take a moment to talk about these lovely earrings? They're wooden and hand painted by a wonderful woman I found on Etsy. In fact, I love all of her handmade jewellery and can't wait to buy more. Simple and unique. 

Coatigan: Elvi
Striped tee: GAP (still in shops. Similar here)
Treggings: M&S
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: New Look

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Basic Clothing in Plus Sizes: ASOS Curve Dungarees

This might sound silly to you if you are under a size 18, but it can be very difficult to find very basic items of clothing in plus size. A breton tee, a good quality pair of black trousers, a plain, white shirt; these are all items that are difficult to find and yet are still classed as 'wardrobe essentials'. An item of clothing I have wanted for some time, but could never find in my size, is a pair of dungarees, so when I saw these come up on ASOS Curve I snapped them up immediately.

Initially I bought these in a size 20, but I sized up to a 22 in order to get a looser fit. That said, they loosened up throughout the day as I walked around. 

Sunday was a casual day- we popped down to Battersea Car Boot to see what was occurring (quite a lot as it happens;a Bvulgari bag that nearly went home with me) and then went to grab some food at Bodeans (god I love that place). 

Looking a bit pale- migraine hangover!

Solid gold, obv.
Top: H&M (old)
Dungarees: ASOS Curve
Plimsolls: H&M
Earrings: New Look (old)

Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Favourite Bloggers

I started this blog for me. I wasn't quite sure where it would lead, but I needed a distraction from the stress of work and talking about my personal interest- fashion- was appealing. I think you can probably tell from the nature of my posts that I'm not looking to do anything groundbreaking, just trying to show off a little bit of my personal style and tell women with big arses to show them off a bit more. 

Anyway, the point of this post is that I would never have started this blog had it not been for some awesome blogs written by some awesome women. Style wise, the following are my personal inspiration:

From the Rez to the City : Fierce, unique and never a hair out of place. 

Mrs Bebe Blog Always stylish even on slouchy days. Always giving me inspiration for those day to night looks too. Effortless.

Ruby Sapphire This woman! She's so daring with fashion. My street style inspiration.

Plump Parsnip  Cass has such a unique sense of style. She couldn't care less what's flattering, she just wears whatever the hell she likes- hallelujah! She always takes pics from every angle, which is v useful and I always look forward to her Weekly Wardrobes. She usually takes her own pics with her phone, but I just loved the one below and had to use it.

Of course these are just a few of the gazillion blogs I read, but I know there are a gazillion more out there that I haven't discovered yet. Let me know your inspirations!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Keeping Comfy

If any of you read my Twitter account, you've probably seen me complaining about the amount of travelling I'm doing (oh woe is me, as per). Anyway, we popped up to Liverpool on Saturday to see the Scouse element of the family and, as I was going to be in the car for 10 hours, I decided comfort was more important than style. Well, almost. 

I decided to take my new Elvi coatigan out for a spin. I've been lusting after this coatigan since seeing it on Mrs Bebe (she has both the black and orange versions) and as soon as it went into the sale I pounced on it NINJA STYLE. I initially got it in a size 2 (a 20/22), but when it arrived it was huge so definitely size down in this if you fancy it. 

It is SO soft, SO warm and SO comfy. It kept me snuggly and warm all day. 

Coatigan: Elvi
Denim dress: Simply Be 
Boots: New Look
Earrings: Accessorize

This was my first purchase from Elvi. I bought three items initially: this, which was too big, a dress in a size 22 that was too small and leggings in an 18 that didn't touch my thighs. I exchanged the leggings for a size 20 and they hung off me like trousers. So yes, I'm not sure my first Elvi experience was a success, but given some of the lovely things they have on there I reckon I'll be giving them a second chance. 

Do let me know if you have any experience with Elvi- or some sizing tips before I try them again!