Northerner with a passion for lingerie, art, guinea pigs and sarcasm.
Northerner with a passion for lingerie, art, guinea pigs and sarcasm.
It’s hard to describe the delight and pure elation I felt when I discovered Unlucky Lingerie. Australia based, Unlucky have built their brand around the belief that all body types deserve beautiful things. Unlucky has so many different designs, including ones that seem to be inaccessible normally to anyone who is plus size. Until I found Unlucky, I struggled to find a brand that catered to my need for lace, glamour and delicate but empowering designs.
“Unlucky is all about being yourself and embracing all that’s beautiful about your body. The designs are supportive of curves, as the belief that all women have the right to be able to access high quality garments, regardless of size, at an affordable price point.”
Lana Dressing Gown
I own the Lana Dressing Gown, and holy moly, does it make me feel glamorous. I honestly feel like I could take on the world wearing it and I certainly plan on wearing it as an outerwear outfit when the weather gets warmer. Unlucky isn’t just beautifully made, the designs make you feel empowered. Like you can walk out the door wearing just one of their rompers and feel like you will have people in the street bowing down to you as you stride past.
Lilac Lace Romper
“We believe that beautiful lingerie is worn for oneself so it’s designed for lazy days, pizza dates, fancy nights with whomever else you wish to show.”
Sheer Applique Babydoll
It’s unusual for me to find a lingerie brand where almost every item they stock is on my wishlist. I am a fiercely picky lingerie addict. I have been grumbling for years that there are so many beautiful designs available to those that are non-plus sized and so little that resembles them for plus size women. I have finally found a lingerie brand that delivers everything I want.
Rosa Cami Set
Frances Cannon is an Australian-based artist whose drawings, based on self-love, are upfront about the everyday nature of being female. Often darkly witty or pragmatically honest about showing the truth in the experiences that have a lack of open discussion within society.
Importantly, Frances’ work throughout these subjects emphasises self-love and self-acceptance at their core. Her drawings remind us that every little detail about ourselves and our bodies should be cherished and embraced, while showing that there are no such things as flaws. That it is the things that society deem as flaws that actually make us beautiful.
“Let it Flow”
Her work is inspiring thousands to learn to love themselves and helping them become conscious of the importance of self-acceptance, and therefore self-care. She depicts bodily functions and mental health in a way that is recognisable and relatable for many people. She is a voice that is needed as so many of the subjects are still unjustifiably taboo, and the representation she gives to people also empowers them to love themselves.
Frances’ work is so empowering a movement called the Self Love Club developed from her having those words tattooed on herself. Many have followed suit, having the same permanent declaration inked on themselves, promoting and reaffirming the self-care message she so passionately encourages.
The Rules of the Self Love Club:
1. You must always show yourself respect, love, forgiveness and understanding.
2. You must show each other respect, love, forgiveness and understanding.
3. You must be kind to your body, and you must take care of your mental health.
When we look at her drawings we see her but also ourselves. They are something that almost every female can identify and relate to. The subjects are presented in such a way that gives us something to smile about while also helping us acknowledge our tendency to be harsh on ourselves, and remind us that we all need to practice self-love.
Is there an unspoken feeling of satisfaction for some women where our tights, pants, trousers and leggings feel sooo much better when they’re sat on or above our bellybuttons? I, for one, feel comfortable and a sense of security when whatever I’m wearing on my bottom half is reaching that magic, invisible line on my stomach.
Working in retail, I have spoken to others and know it’s not just plus size people that like the waist band to reach mostly past our waistlines. I have tights that I can happily tuck into my bra! Perhaps it’s something to do with our bellybuttons feeling perverse or censored and a subconscious need to cover them up?…. Nah, probably not. I just like my fat rolls feeling snug and cozy, no hidden agenda!
While my bellybutton is about two inches deep (and I wouldn’t change it for the world) I feel amazing and comfortable and just generally however I want to present myself in that particular moment when I’m wearing some decent, high waisted briefs. I’ve collected my favourites, some tried and tested and others that are certainly on my wishlist! And a rarity – none of them are shapewear!!
A brief that’s boudoir worthy, Pretty Secrets Anastasia brief also comes with suspenders. The embroidery detail makes them look more than the £14 they cost. They go up to a size 26 with the suspenders being detachable.
These are perfect for spring! Pretty and practical, these briefs are only £7.99 and go up to a size 32. I’d team it with a bralette and sip a cup of tea while lounging about like a spoilt and lazy house cat.
A cute-but-classy brief, Raquel also comes in black. An investment at £22, Elomi cater for up to a size 30 as they go up to a 4xl. The vintage style lace with the art deco effect in this pecan colour is a 10/10 for style and comfort. The matching bra is also rather gorgeous, but I’d quite happily wear these and nothing else while doing some (unsuccessful and counterproductive) spring cleaning.
£8, available in two other colours and goes to a size 28. Need I say more?
I am constantly in love with this cage style in lingerie. These are a bargain at £7.99 and go to a size 26. The beautiful thing about high waisted briefs is that they do come up more generous, so I would size they would definitely fit a size 28.
A vintage-esque brief, Mae by Fantasie is gorgeous. While I have the bra, I don’t have this matching co-ord (I know, shame on me!) but if the bra is anything to go by, this velvet and lace combo will be comfy and look cute as an everyday wear or as something a bit fancier! It’s another investment at £22, but is such good quality and is so beautifully made that it’s an investment worth making. The sizes are limited, only going to a 2XL (about a size 22) but they do come up slightly bigger.
All. The. Lace. It can’t just be me that has an obsession with lace and a deep plum colour, can it? These are available up to a 3xl and are the most expensive on the list at £24. The bow detail on these briefs is a really nice touch and is making me want to match my lipsticks to this colour.
Melly Em Clark is a Lincoln based queer feminist artist who oozes genuine charm with no motive other than one can only be described as a desire to spread happiness and self-acceptance. She describes herself as a “Queer Feminist and Body Positive would-be Ghostbuster” on her Instagram, and with fiercely feminist messages such as “Lion Hearted Lady” and “Be Inclusive with Body Love” featured in her artwork, it’s not hard to see why. Her style is quirky and unique, generally utilising solid colour juxtaposed with delicate fonts on digital masterpieces, though a quick glance at her pencil drawings proves that Melly is certainly not a one-trick pony.
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It’s rare that an artist can truly show how beautiful they are as a person through their work. Melly has an authentic desire to make the world a better place while battling through the darkness of body-shaming and misogyny. Her work sends out clear messages, challenging gender stereotypes and championing self love above all else.
Who else is loving this series of Bake Off? Makes me want all the cake every day! 😍 and makes me want to draw tasty treats! #mellyemclark #artist #illustrator #art #womenartists #queerartists #cake #baking #foodie #bake #gbbo #bakeoff #greatbritishbakeoff #soggybottom #omnomnom #ukart #mixedmedia #beard #tattoos #bluehairdontcare #domesticbadass #fuckgenderroles #draw #lincolnuk #artistsofinstagram #illustratorsofinstagram
Melly’s illustrations are delightfully forward-thinking – combining whimsy, bold colours and encouragement that we are all magnificent beings regardless of age, weight, race or gender identification. Her work is relatable to almost all audiences while being created with so much thought and detail that it’s hard not to appreciate the pure kindness and heart that flows through each image.
Her work will influence young and old minds alike for years to come – changing the routines and attitudes of those who feel they are “less than” or those that have self doubt etched into their daily lives. Melly’s unforgettable positivity and optimism have encouraged her followers on social media through some tough times both socially and politically. It’s hard to look at her work and not feel at peace or happy that there are still good people out there willing to be the fighting voice for others who feel unable to speak out.
Nan will always be The Supreme in my heart! Challenged myself to a 30 min doodle! More AHS fan art coming later! #mellyemclark #artist #illustrator #doodle #colouredpencils #carandache #americanhorrorstory #ahscoven #coven #nanahscoven #jamiebrewer #wcw #witches #witchy #ahsfanart #pencil #sketch #covenfanart #nanforsupreme #womenartists #queerartists #draw #craftsposure #artistsofinstagram #illustratorsofinstagram
"She thought of people she had seen holding hands in movies, and why shouldn't she and Carol?" #Carol #CarolMovie #PatriciaHighsmith #ThePriceofSalt #RooneyMara #CateBlanchett #ToddHaynes #LesbianCinema #Lgbtcinema #carolfanart #fanart #illustration #womenartists #queerartists #supportingartists #drawing #womenincinema #cinema #movies #digitalart #mellyemclark #artistsofinstagram #illustratorsofinstagram
Etsy is a treasure trove of cute and unique things. From handmade to vintage finds, there is enough to keep me occupied for hours while trying to resist spending all my wages in one go.
Finding a brand specialising in lingerie or nightwear that caters to people of all sizes is rare and that’s frustrating for a lot of us. I’ve certainly found designs I immediately fall in love with and then find myself disappointed because the shop doesn’t do past a size L or 16.
The expense of materials can prevent this for a lot of smaller brands, but even so there is a major lack of plus size friendly shops on Etsy. Luckily, the ones that do exist are wonderful. Beautiful designs and owners that are enthusiastic about body positivity are a combination which can only lead the way for providing a diverse range of sizes with something special.
The Pink Flamingo is a shop founded by Natasha Lomas in 2013. Creating affordable, handmade cami sets and shorts that are playful, bright and fun. Natasha lists sizes up to a 28 but will also make any size made-to-order. Natasha says:
“I realised that my shorts were selling a lot overseas (mainly in the US) to plus size ladies so I added more options to my listings. I list up to a size 28 on Etsy but I am happy to make whichever size the customer needs. I don’t stop at a size 28.”
Originally graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 after specialising in women’s sportswear, Natasha continued her love for designing using up the materials left over from her course. After they sold straight away, she started creating more designs. Natasha’s ethos at The Pink Flamingo is one of positivity and embracing the smaller things which make people’s days a little brighter.
“I like to make things which are fun and comfortable to wear. I think there is so much badness going on in the world that I like to think my shorts make people smile. I think fashion should be fun and easy. People take themselves way too seriously in the way that there’s this seriousness around fashion (social media, being perfect etc.) that I just think fashion misses out on fun a lot of the time.”
Natasha’s designs speak for themselves. They are just as playful and fun as she describes. Having an Etsy shop like The Pink Flamingo out there that is so inclusive of all sizes speaks volumes and the fact that each item can be worn by any size, is a BOPO bonus.