Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
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.
Recently I was lucky enough to do a photoshoot with the incredible Shannon Swift Photography. I’m a photographer, so usually I’m on the other side of the camera, so this was a whole new experience for me! The lovely folks at River Island were kind enough to let me borrow some of their plus size range to use in the styling. It was the first time I had tried out any of their range and I was really impressed.
The top and the denim jacket are both from River Island, the skirt, sunglasses and boots are from my own wardrobe. I wasn’t sure what the sizing was like so I sized up just in case, but you absolutely don’t need to. The range is very true to size so these ended up being oversized on me. The top is sadly now out of stock, but it was a stunning purple glittery see through mesh that I popped a black vest top and a harness bra under to add more detail. It looked so damn cool shining in the sun light!
However the real stand out piece that I fell completely in love with is the light blue slogan print denim jacket. It is sassy and wonderful and I need to add it to my wardrobe. It retails for £55 and the slogan on the back is actually painted on, so I would say this is definitely a hand-wash only sort of jacket! It is a little pricier than the average denim jacket but because of this painted detail and the superb quality, in my opinion I would say it is well worth the extra pennies.
This jacket worked really well sized up if you like a more oversized fit, it felt very rock and roll and quite masculine that I think fit this outfit really well. In your normal size this would be more tailored and so it really depends on how you like your jackets to fit. I love a pale denim wash and this is a beaut. I’m not a huge fan of slogan t shirts, but I love a good back print on a jacket and this is so feisty and fun.
Have you tried River Island’s plus size range yet? They currently stock up to a size 28, so here’s hoping they continue to expand their size range to be fully inclusive!
Thanks River Island for helping with the styling!
I love a good cruelty free makeup brand, and Colourpop are certainly a favourite of mine. While they are US based, they ship internationally and regularly have sales that make their products much more affordable. You will pay customs fees getting their products into the UK, but I can’t resist them and just had to share their eye shadows with you!
The Colourpop classic is their ‘super shock eye shadows’, these are unlike any eye shadow I’ve ever used before. Some people find these really hard to use, but I absolutely adore them! They are the creamiest and smoothest eye shadows I’ve ever tried. The texture is so soft, you need a more solid brush to apply them, a fluffy brush isn’t going to get the job done. They are really pigmented and have great staying power, I have hooded lids and these last all day with no problem!
These are blendable and available in a lush array of colours. I have so many of these now! I wish they sold them in palettes rather than just as singles, but I like them so much I don’t really mind.
Colourpop’s newest venture is into pressed eye shadow. They sell them in individual pans to make your own custom palettes, as well as in pre-made palettes with a colour theme. I love a good green eye shadow (because screw the beauty rule that says green eyes shouldn’t wear green makeup) so I opted to make myself a palette out of a lush mixture of green tones.
The palettes themselves are really adorable: purple, metallic and just the right amount of sass! They sell a mixture of mattes and shimmers and are slowly releasing more and more shades in these pressed pans. They are highly pigmented, smooth, and only $5 a pan! So often I buy palettes and end up not using a good chunk of the shades because they aren’t very ‘me’, this way I know I’ll use every shade. The palette itself is magnetic so you don’t have to worry about anything coming loose and escaping when travelling.
I really love Colourpop, they have such a great mixture of colours and shades in their products and are constantly bringing out new ranges that are so exciting. I would love to know what your favourites are!
When you are someone who prefers a feminine aesthetic, shopping for shoes can be an absolute nightmare if you have feet above a UK size 9. Believe me, I know those feels, I am a UK 10 myself. Finding shoes that fit is so difficult, but I have my go-to places that I can shop, so here are some of my favourite shoes that I’ve spotted recently!
River Island now sell up to a UK size 9, so while they aren’t big enough for my feet, if you are a size 9 you might find yourself some real treasures! These silver espadrilles are adorable and pineapple prints look to be reappearing again this summer.
These pale pink Puma sliders are available in up to a size 12! Cute but comfy and perfect for throwing on in the summer. I often shop in the men’s section of ASOS, their shoes are often more gender neutral than a lot of stores and you can find some real treasures if you hunt for them.
Evans were my old reliable when we still had a store locally. Sadly we don’t have one any longer, but I still always check out their new in section online. Floral and spring go hand in hand, and these flats are totally on trend right now.
Marble print is such a big trend, especially with bloggers, and these trainers are a fun way to bring that into your outfit.
Summer for me, is all about Converses. They look so good with jeans, dresses, and everything in between. I love the destroyed denim style of these and can see them looking so cool with a summer dress.
For something ultra feminine with a stiletto heel, I love these palm print shoes from Yours Clothing. Yours sell their footwear in up to a size 10 in nearly every style and are probably my favourite place to go for more feminine styles.
I am always on the hunt for shoes in a size 9 and higher, so if you have any recommendations for more stores we can shop at, please do tell us about them in the comments section!