Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
I’m often terrible for forgetting to accessorise, an accessory can really transform an outfit, but with summer coming I am inspired. Less layers mean I look to accessories to really bring an outfit together and make it more interesting and detailed. So here are some of my favourite accessories that I’ve seen lately that could really make your look pop!
This fantastic tiger paws necklace from Sugar & Vice is a truly quirky piece that is bound to turn heads! I can see this styled with a shirt as an eye catching collar piece, or with a simple black dress to be the star of the show. For a big unusual necklace, I think this is really versatile. One of the things I love about Sugar & Vice is that they offer all their necklaces in 16″, 18″ and 24″ lengths, so there is no worrying that you’ll need a necklace extender. They also offer their chains in a variety of finishes so if, like me, gold tones aren’t your jam you can opt for silver or black or gunmetal too. They are an amazing independent brand you should check out if you like your accessories to do the talking for you.
Plus Equals have launched a whole collection of chokers, but this rainbow sequin affair is my favourite. It’s available in a variety of colour ways and ties up with a ribbon around the back of your neck, so it will fit any neck size. Plus Equals are another indie brand making sure their wares are for everyone!
Bold waist belts are making a come back and after seeing this one on Georgina Horne I want it! It’s a caged design that could be added to a dress or t-shirt and be so on trend. It’s faux leather and available in a size 16-30.
My absolute must have for summer is a giant pair of sunglasses. My favourite sunglasses brand is Quay Australia, and I’m loving the Muse Fade design. I suffer from chronic headaches and migraines so sunglasses can’t be too weighty for me or I can’t wear them, but I always find Quay Australia ones to be surprisingly light considering their over sized frames. The faded design is so fun and a real early 2000’s throwback. They remind me of Anastasia and make me want to sing ‘I’m outta love!’.
And my final must have summer accessory is a good backpack! I love this Skinny Dip London Palm Backpack and it’s holographic material. Skinny Dip are known for their shell cross body bags, but I love a good backpack in the summer and this is just perfect.
What are your must have summer accessories?
When Plus Equals announced their new collection, all of us at She Might Be were so thrilled. They make clothing for the plus size market that is genuinely different and fills us with joy, so we had awaited the new collection with great excitement! And wow, they did not disappoint.
Every item is something I’ve never seen before; bright colours, unusual silhouettes, dramatic fabric and wild styles, I am obsessed! Have you ever seen PVC chaps before, never mind in plus size? Well you have now!
Their beloved Leni Kimono is now available in a fantastic rainbow sequin fabric that is majorly lust worthy, and there are even faux fur halter-neck tops! The silhouettes are genuinely inspired and I’m so pleased to see a brand doing something so different for the plus size market. Every model featured in the campaign is a delight too, seeing real plus size bodies wearing these designs, with rolls and bellies proudly on show, this is what we plus size babes dream of.
Plus Equals take the plus size clothing rule book and light it on fire, then throw it out the window and into the sea. Everything is attention grabbing and utterly wonderful. Brightly coloured co-ords, fluorescent pink fringing, peacock print sequins and thigh splits aaaaall the way up, this is a collection for the daring dreamer and seeing it available in up to a size 42 is amazing.
That’s right, A SIZE 42! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brand do above a size 34, and yet here is an indy brand doing a size 42 as standard and offering other sizes as a custom order at no extra cost. That’s how you do it brands! This is true size inclusivity for plus size bodies.
I can’t wait to see how people style this collection, and I really can’t wait to see what Plus Equals do next.
Recently, some of us at She Might Be have noticed more and more comments from people who wear straight sizes saying that they wish a certain plus size design was available in their size. This then often leads to people asking us as plus size bloggers why we aren’t pushing for total size inclusivity, rather than just plus size inclusivity. There are literally thousands upon thousands more straight size clothing options than there are plus size options. Comparing what is available in a size 10 to a size 28 just isn’t possible.
When I go shopping as a plus size woman in my hometown Grimsby, there are three options available for me to shop at: Yours Clothing (and that only opens on the 28th April), Bon Marche, and New Look. Honestly, I’m so very lucky that I even have those limited options. However, if you wear straight sizes, there are over fifteen stores that carry your size! Of the three places I have available, New Look has a tiny curve section that goes up to a 24 only, despite carrying up to a 28 online. Bon Marche isn’t exactly aimed at the more fashion forward younger audience, they only sell up to a size 24, and their trousers only go up to a 31 inch inside leg. Which is nowhere near long enough for me at 5’11”.
At the time of writing this article Yours Clothing hasn’t actually opened yet, so I can’t pass comment on what they are carrying in store, but I am absolutely thrilled we are getting a physical store from them! So, if you are above a size 24 in Grimsby, Yours are your only option if you want to try anything on, whereas a size 12 can go into any store other than Yours and try on clothing.
This dress took 2 months to arrive and was the only thing I kept from this order, because I couldn’t try things on and had to rely on online shopping.
If you see a plus size design that you love, and you don’t wear plus sizes, the chances are you can find something incredibly similar in one of the hundreds of retailers available to you. A quick google, an eBay hunt, I’m certain you could find something similar with a few clicks.
I did a shout out on social media and between all the plus size bloggers I know, we could come up with about 15 different brands that had physical stores and sold plus sizes. That includes stores like New Look who have a small plus size section within their store, and indy brands that only have one location in the whole country like Topsy Curvy. It also includes brands that aren’t size inclusive, and too many of these stores only carry up to a size 24, if they even do that. To be really generous I’ve even included the likes of Primark, who do up to a size 20, and supermarkets.
Fifteen total companies that a plus size person can go into and try things on.
I started to make a list of straight size brands and before I’d even asked anyone to add to to it I was at well over forty different brands that have physical stores that people who aren’t plus size can go and try clothes on in. Not including the countless independent boutiques and stores that are all over this country that seem to only carry a size 6-16.
Everything I’m wearing here I ordered online and just had to cross my fingers would fit me.
When I plan a shopping trip, I know that I’m probably going to have just three stores I can visit, if I’m super lucky. Whereas my straight size friends can wander into any of the stores we encounter and try something on (barring any of the few dedicated plus size stores). But hey, even Simply Be sell from a size 6 these days!
So, no, I won’t fight for you to be able to buy the plus size designs you love, when you already have hundreds of options I don’t have. Plus size fashion usually ends up being behind straight size fashion anyway; so if we have it now, you probably could have had it a few years ago. No, I won’t tell the few plus size brands that actually sell clothing that fits me that they should cater for you too. It’s incredibly rare to see a straight size person telling a fashion brand that they should be more size inclusive, so why would I want my beloved plus size brands to spend less time on the clothes that fit me and make them for you as well, when you already have so much? It feels like you’ve got a whole pizza to yourself, and I’ve got a single slice, and you still want half of mine anyway.
I wasn’t sure about this dress till I saw another tall plus size blogger wear it because I couldn’t go and try it on!
In an ideal world, every brand would sell every size, they’d sell maternity and petite and tall and wide fit and more, but sadly that isn’t the case. Why should plus size folks be asking our stores to sell your size when so many straight size people won’t ask their brands the same for us? When Topshop sell anything that will fit a fat person, I’ll consider asking Yours to start including straight sizes too. One day we’d love to see every size in every store, but until I can pop into more than a couple of stores in a high street of hundreds, I’m sticking to my fight for more plus sizes.
When it comes to bras, I have to confession to make… I hate them. So I don’t wear them! I’ve never found them to be particularly comfortable despite being measured several times (so I know I’m wearing the right size), and for me comfort is key.
I love to be comfortable, and the best way I’ve found to ensure that is to switch to bralettes! Bralettes are typically unpadded and not wired, and super stretchy. If you are someone who suffers with a chronic illness or chronic pain, they can be an ideal way to wear something cute that still provides some coverage. I find under-wiring irritates my skin, so being able to get fashionable options in bralettes is what I’m all about!
Bralettes have been a huge trend for a while now, and the plus size world is finally catching up, so here are some favourites I’ve discovered recently…
I happen to own this New Look blue lace bralette and it is both adorable and amazingly comfortable. They released it in a few different colours over the last year but this electric blue is fab. It’s a pull on style, so doesn’t require any clasps that can be tricky for people who have issues with finger dexterity.
White bralettes can be a bit trickier to find, but this Simply Be strappy bralette is a bargain at only £10. It also has harness detailing which is really on trend right now, I think it’ll be a great summer piece for under vest tops or dresses.
This New Look red lace bralette is another I own and I absolutely love it. It’s a bit sexier than a lot of designs because of the cross over section at the front, so it’s my go to when I’m wearing something that means it might end up on show. New Look have some seriously great bralettes and are the first place I tend to look for them.
A good racer back bra is hard to find in plus sizes at the best of times, but this Yours Clothing racer back bralette is available in 3 different colours and is a good price at £15. I often don’t buy things because they are a racer back style, and this would mean that wasn’t a problem anymore.
Hear me out on this one: this strappy bralette is from Boohoo and is only available in up to a size 24, however, is runs really large and is super stretchy. I’m a 42D and the 24 is huge on me, so it will definitely fit larger sizes. Boohoo tend to run small, but not in their bralettes, so they are worth trying if you are a 26-28.
And finally, another New Look piece, this embroidered and strappy bralette is totally on trend. The embroidery is beautiful, who says you can’t take this season’s trends and apply them to your lingerie too? This looks so expensive, but is only £12.99! Just wow.
Back in the middle of April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap general election for 8th June, a mere 6 weeks away from the day the announcement was made. Typically our general elections are every 5 years after a fixed parliamentary term, so to announce a snap general election is unusual in itself, but to announce it for 6 weeks time is almost unheard of. If you are over 18, are a British citizen, and have no legal issues that make you unable to vote, it is your right and you can vote in this election. Arguably this is one of the biggest elections in our lifetime, after Brexit, so getting out to vote is hugely important.
More people in the UK don’t vote than actually do vote. If everyone voted that is legally able to, the outcomes of our elections could be tremendously different. If you care about the NHS, about the rights of EU residents living here, about LGBTQIA* rights and so many more, voting is important. I’m not here to tell you how to vote, but I am here to tell you how to ensure you can vote.
Firstly, make sure you are registered to vote. You can do this online here, and you need to do it by 22nd May to be able to vote in this general election. You can also register to vote by post if that is your preference.
Next, can you physically get to your local polling booth on the day of the vote? If you can vote in person, you should receive a poll card in the post to tell you where your polling booth is and what times it is open to vote, typically from 7am to 10pm. When you get to the polling station you don’t need your polling card, but will just give your name and address to the attendants and then you will be given a ballot. If you can’t physically go to your local polling station on the day, you have two choices, you can either nominate someone to vote for you by proxy, or you can apply to vote by post. If you choose to have someone vote for you by proxy you must have this done by at least 6 working days before the voting day. If you choose to use a postal vote you must have applied to do this at least 11 working days before the election. Personally, I’m applying for a postal vote this time round as I’ll be away on holiday on 8th June and want to exercise my right to vote. Anyone has the right to do a postal vote, but to vote by proxy you must have a specific reason that is on their list of reasons, so if you are in any doubt, apply for a postal vote.
There will be a lot of information thrown around over the next 6 weeks, and it can be overwhelming. Do you have any idea who you want to vote for? Maybe you’ve never voted before and have no idea which party your ideas align with. Personally I think that the 2017 I Side With website is a great way to give yourself an idea of which party you might be interested in. It asks you a range of questions with multiple choice answers, and aims to give you a rough idea of how your answers fit with different party policies. It doesn’t give you huge amounts of details, but it can be a great jumping off point for more research into the parties you most identify with.
If you aren’t sure how to make your vote count, I’d also suggest doing some research on how your constituency voted in 2015 in the last general election. You can do this on the BBC website here using your postcode. It’ll show you the amount of votes each party in your area received, and may give you an idea of which party to vote for if you don’t want another party to get in. Tactical voting is likely to be done all over the UK in this general election, and if you want to find out more about it I’d suggest a quick google of ‘tactical voting’. This article is aiming to not be biased, so I’m not going to link to any particular website about this.
You’ll be bombarded with information about every party and policy over the coming weeks, and being able to recognise hyperbolic or misleading news and do your own research is key. If you see someone post something you don’t think is true: google it! You’d be surprised how people can twist images and words to their own end.
This election could have tremendous implications for the future, so if you are able to and can, please get out there and vote!
Here at She Might Be, we’re big fans of UK indy brand Plus Equals, in case it wasn’t entirely obvious already. They make incredible and unique designs for plus size bodies and are proud to be a part of our community. I absolutely adore that they make wild and outrageous designs for everybody, they know that fat babes want sequins and glamour and sass too! When I did my recent photoshoot with Shannon Swift I just had to had take along my precious Leni Kimono!
This jacket is just everything an alternative fat like me with a love for glam rock could ever have dreamed of. Sequins and faux fur mermaid realness! The best bit about this jacket? The sequin material is that mind blowing material that is one colour when in one direction, and another colour in the other direction! I have the purple and silver colour way, but it is also available in blue and silver, green and black, pearl and pink, and without the faux fur collar too.
Being able to own something so utterly fabulous in any size (they currently stock sizes 14-32 as standard in their new collection and have plans to expand this even further, and they offer made to measure!). It is so rare to see clothing like this for bodies like mine and it fills me with total delight. It’s obvious from my face in these photos that I’m thrilled!
These are my favourite photos from my photoshoot, and the Leni Kimono is a huge part of that. It made me feel like I was making a dramatic entrance everywhere I walked, like an eighties wrestler. Ric Flair would have loved this! Here’s to Plus Equals, I cannot wait to see their new collection!
When it comes to clothing that makes me feel powerful, pencil skirts are always a go to item. I’m not someone who has the ‘acceptable’ plus size sort of body traditionally seen in the media, I don’t have a tiny waist, or a big bust, but I rock a pencil skirt even without the curves typically seen to go with it and love it!
River Island kindly sent me this truly fantastic faux leather pencil skirt for my photoshoot with Shannon Swift, and I fell totally in love with it. The zip goes all the way up which is naughty and so fun, and the faux leather is fantastic quality. I paired it with a shirt and a harness bra I picked up from New Look a while ago and I love the way this outfit looks. I wasn’t sure how this would fit as I’m bottom heavy so I sized up just in case, but I really didn’t need to. I find River Island fits really true to size.
I don’t have a cleavage to show off in the traditional sense, but I still love to show it off anyway, especially when a harness bra is involved. Personally I much prefer bralettes to bras, and harness bralettes are the perfect way to feel like a vixen and be comfy! After Nancy’s post on Fabric Phobia I love this outfit even more, long live faux leather!
One of the worst parts about falling in love with the wardrobes of US bloggers is that often we can’t get hold of the same brands in the UK. And if we can get them shipped to the UK, the fees are often extortionate! One of the brands I always find myself enjoying is City Chic, and recently I discovered that they have an ever growing range stocked at Evans! Describing what City Chic do is kind of hard, their pieces are tailored and beautifully structured, but they often have a bit of an alternative edge. Right now their range is filled with lace and mesh, with flashes of unexpected silhouettes and gorgeous prints. I love it!
This is their mesh stripe dress and MOD biker jacket. The print on the dress is so pretty. It’s a stunning floral pattern full of purples and blues, with striped intersections of mesh. It’s such a great combination of a traditionally feminine print with just a touch of rock and roll. If, like me, you like to feel girly but also love that goth chic life, this is such a good choice for an event that requires something a bit more formal.
It has darts in at the hips that create a more defined waist and then it skims over your hips. I’m wearing a bralette rather than a traditional bra here, and it really gave my bust a boost! The sizing on City Chic’s range isn’t done in traditional sizes but rather it runs from an S to an XXL, which using the size guide provided by Evans is a 16-24. However, this is taken from City Chic’s own website, and they are a US brand, so an XXL is more like a 26-28.
The jacket is just: wow! I love a biker jacket and I had never seen a lace one before! It’s a great jacket for spring right through to autumn as it adds an extra layer without adding too much bulk. Ideal for those warm evenings we will hopefully start experiencing soon as the weather gets better.
I am absolutely obsessed with the whole City Chic range and have a whole bunch of it on my wishlist. If you haven’t checked them out before I highly suggest you do! The jacket in particular has become one of my absolute favourite things in my entire wardrobe.