Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
I have seen so many plus size babes just absolutely killing it this year in the fashion stakes. I’ve seen so many stunning outfits that have inspired me, and so many different fatshion choices that push boundaries and break all those fashion rules we say screw you to. I asked some of my blogger faves to show with us their favourite outfits of 2016 and why.
Naomi says ‘My fave out of all of my outfits of 2016 by far. Mainly because it’s from a brand I’d never usually look twice at. It’s a Lindy Bop dress and usually I hate 50’s vintagey pin up type style but when I got this dress I just fell in love with it and it’s encouraged me to try more things that I usually wouldn’t bother with. It’s just perfection and it just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look and feel amazing I think it was less than £30. It just makes me feel amazing’. She looks so fantastic in these monochrome stripes, we just wish Lindy Bop would expand their size range already!
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A red dress makes such a good change to a LBD, and Isha looks lush, ‘I love this dress because it’s simple but can be easily dressed up to really pack a punch. I’m also in love with red so that also helps.’
‘I think it is a great dress by A Rose Like This so supports small businesses and I look good’. We at She Might Be are so with Victoria on this one, gotta love featuring those plus size indy brands in our outfits!
Alysse struggled to pick her faveourite, so even asked for input on twitter, ultimately she ‘picked this outfit as my favorite of 2016 not only because it’s so reflective of my personal style (bold, bright and in-your-face) but it’s something I actually wouldn’t have picked for myself because of the color and high neckline. My ability to rock anything and everything and make it my own is one of my favorite things about myself!’
This Christmas and leopard print look from Sophie is so cute, here’s what she had to say about it ‘I love that it’s so undeniably ‘me’. The luxury of the faux fur, the corny Christmas dress and the smart boots (which were so comfy and they FIT MY CALVES which is a Christmas miracle) and I liked the big hair that day too 😀 I felt sassy!’
Kathryn says ‘I loved this one, I felt so comfortable in my own skin’, I just love those tights with dungarees.
‘It’s my fave because I was wearing the most comfortable winter transitional outfit, I think I looked fantastic, it made it onto Refinery29 Fashion’s Instagram as well as Asos Curve’s Instagram and it was the first shoot I did with my incredible photographer Kaye Ford. Look out for many more fantastic shots from Kaye and I in 2017’. This look, this photo, Chloe is fire and I love it!
I love my @nickyrockets pants so much, I need two of me for the picture! Also… I never realised it before now buy my ass is fucking stunning! Shake that booty! #nickyrockets #plussize #plussized #redhairdontcare #underwear #bootylicious #bigbutt #ilikebigbutts #fatgirlforlife #fatacceptance #effyourhealthstandards #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards #alternativecurves #justmegorgeous #inked #tattooedgirls #tattoo #inkedgirls #wewearwhatwewant #selflove #bodypositive #bopo #fatacceptancemovement #bodyacceptance #bigandblunt
That Katt sent me a picture of her in her undies made me so happy! ‘I love this because I love my thunder thighs being show off, my butt looks AMAZING and how cute are those back rolls? Also, it’s my zombie pants from Nicky Rockets’ and we have to agree that her butt looks awesome.
Becky loved this dress because her husband bought her it unprompted, he clearly has fantastic taste because this dress is killer. That print!
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Nikki sent me a really cute and casual outfit that is so comfy – outfits like this are adorable, ‘I love this outfit as I spend most of my time in dresses but I rediscovered my love for jeans this year!’
Donna simply says ‘this made me feel good’, which is always a wonderful thing. She looks fantastic in this polka dot mesh.
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Charli looks so lovely in this white outfit, here’s how important this look was to her ‘this is my favourite outfit, possibly because it’s the first time I’d felt chic and confident and bouncy and happy after all the surgeries at the end of 2015. I think it’s reflected in the fact that this is one of the first photos I had with my crutch on show … also, I think I’m proving that fat girls can wear white outfits!’
This flapper look from Bailey is just so good! ‘I love this dress because it feels luxurious on. I first put it on and just felt amazing. Definitely need some more of these frocks.’
In my latest blog post I talk about learning to apologise less and of course, this deliciously unapologetic outfit from @forever21plus 😉 Link in bio! #fbloggers #psbloggers #instafashion #fashionblogger #styleblogger #curvygirl #ootd #psootd #plussizefashion #plussize #fatbabe #fatshion #forever21 #honormycurves #bodypositivity #confidence
‘I was out of my comfort zone. It made me feel brave and empowered during a difficult time in my life.’ That an outfit could have such an impact on Hanna is so powerful.
Kellie’s curves are everything in this dress! But it wasn’t such an easy mission to look so good, ‘This dress was for a red carpet event. It’s not always simple when you are a size 18 plus to find a red carpet dress that you don’t have to sell your car to afford. This was £29.99 and fits like a dream. Boohoo has a terrible reputation for delivery and I had to really push the customer service team as it went missing for a while but when the dress arrived, it was worth the stress. Cheap, fits well and looks good. LIVING THE DRESS DREAM.’
Natalie had trouble choosing her favourite outfit which made me so happy! So I picked my personal fave from the links she sent me instead. That she had so many looks she loved this year is kick ass!
This dress from @wantthattrend is a dream and it's less than £25! Find a direct link to this and the rest of my outfit on the blog – just click the link in my profile! #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizeootd #plussizemodel #psblogger #wewearwhatwewant #fatshion #fatbabe #curvygirl #curves #chubby #
‘I finally got into sports luxe this year, it’s another way I can mix up classic and contemporary styles and it allows me to show off my love for fancy trainers and decadent fabrics!’, love this unique look from Nancy and we definitely want to try and work some sports luxe into some of our outfits in 2017!
Kate actually sent me a photo I took which is so neat! ‘I love this Anna Scholz dress, it always looks amazing and I just felt so special in it at the Curve Fashion Festival. I also bumped into Anna Scholz and she said “you’re wearing my dress”’
🏴Outside the Box🏴 Taking on Palazzo Pants in my newest blog post. Aren't these @simplybeusa ones incredible?! Photo taken by @sonya_metzler . #plussizefashion #volup2isdiversity #goldenconfidence #fatgirlsbewinning #slinksquad #effyourbeautystandards #simplybe #simplyme #curvaconfidence #plus_isamust #plussize #sbstepout
Steph has been absolutely on fire this year, so I was so excited to see what she picked! ‘I love this outfit as I had a lot of fun putting the look together. normally I don’t really tend to *think* about how an outfit would go together – i just chuck stuff on and hope for the best, but with a piece such as the palazzo pants, I had a lot of fun trying on different tops, outerwear and clothing textures to see what would look best. I also think it’s a v v strong look!’. We totally agree!
First photo! Nicked off a guest. Best day of my life and I'm so lucky 💜 flower crown, veil, hair and makeup all by the incredible @thelivfree dress designed by me inspired by November Rain made for me by Katmaren Designs #stuandkittygetwed #wedding #bride #plussize #plussizebride #corset #bridal #weddingday #pinkhair #pinkhairdontcare #soloverly #psbloggers #effyourbeautystandards #love #bestdayever #flowercrown
And finally, my favourite outfit of 2016. This was an easy choice, my wedding dress. I got to marry my best friend, and I did it in a dress I never thought I’d have the guts to wear, inspired by the Guns n Roses music video for November Rain. I got my fat knees and my thick thighs out on my wedding day, and I felt more beautiful than I ever had before.
Here’s to an amazing 2017!
Ashley Graham was everywhere in 2016. From the cover of Sports Illustrated, to America’s Next Top Model judge and so much more, she is so hot right now. She’s a girl with curves who loves to show them off…but she isn’t my role model. She may be curvier than the average fashion model, but Ashley isn’t an icon for the plus size community, and here’s why.
Ashley Graham has called for an end to the term ‘plus size’, she doesn’t want to be labelled and just wants to be called a ‘model’. At a UK size 14/16, Ashley is on the smallest end of the plus size spectrum. She can pop into pretty much any store she likes, knowing she’ll fit into something they sell, without having to look for a plus size section. This isn’t reality for most plus size bodies. We can’t go into any store we want and buy clothing in any part of the store. We need the label plus size so that we can find clothes that actually fit us. Without the term plus size we can’t shop. It would be total guess work in every shop as to whether or not they even sold anything that fitted us! Ashley has the privilege of being a very small fat that can shop anywhere, most of us do not.
Ashley Graham would rather use the term ‘curvysexylicious’ than plus size. The level of ridiculous in this one is strong. Being plus size and curvy are not mutually exclusive, being sexy and plus size are not intertwined. We need to stop focusing on making plus size bodies sexual, bodies are not inherently sexual. I am plus sized, but I would never call myself curvy, that’s not my body shape. Some plus size bodies are curvy and hourglass shaped, but it isn’t all of us. Suggesting the term ‘curvysexylicious’ instead of plus size is like my suggesting we switch and call ourselves ‘Lumpy Space Princess’ shaped, because that’s more my shape and aesthetic. Plus size covers all bodies over a size 16, curvy does not. Focusing on plus size bodies as a sexual commodity is so problematic. Plus size bodies belong to every type of person and being seen as sexual isn’t what we want, we just want to be treated with respect like everyone else. Our self-worth should not be tied into our appearance as a sexual being to others.
As a plus size woman, Ashley Graham has a huge amount of privilege. She is a small fat, she is hourglass shaped, she has a flat stomach, she is white, she is conventionally attractive, she is straight. And she doesn’t tend to acknowledge any of this. Many of her interviews focus on how hard her modelling career has been because she is curvy, yet she has been in Vogue and is a darling of the catwalk. There are incredible plus size models out there who have had to fight so much harder to be seen and to be respected. Ashley Graham isn’t something new pushing the boundaries of society’s conventions, instead she has just pushed them a teeny bit by being a curvy body that still very much fits in with what society tells us is acceptable.
If Ashley Graham doesn’t want to be a plus size role model, let’s stop holding her up as one. Instead let’s celebrate the hard working models out there who love and embrace the plus size label, and speak out for body positivity in an inclusive way, not just in a way that includes them.
Olivia Campbell by Darnell Temenu
Let’s celebrate Olivia Campbell, who celebrates her thick thighs and plus size body. Let’s share her message of self love and her embracing of our community. Let’s celebrate brands like Ready to Stare who use real plus size bodies in their fashion photo shoots and show us dimpled and big bellied and beautiful. If Ashley Graham doesn’t want to be a plus size model, let’s stop applauding when she takes jobs from proud plus size models and encourage brands to use those models instead!
Ashley Graham is no role model of mine, and I would ask you to consider whether she is the role model you want or deserve.
So the first thing I have to admit is that I am not your traditional beauty blogger. I love makeup, I just suck at it. The extent of my makeup skills is limited to just very basic eye makeup and a bright lip, it’s my signature look… because I can’t do anything else! I might be terrible at makeup, but I do know a good cruelty free brand when I find one, and my newest obsession is Coloupop’s lip products.
Colourpop are a US based brand, who only sell direct from their website, so getting them to the UK does involve custom fees, but considering the price of the products, the fees have been really reasonable. Colourpop are a budget beauty brand, their lip products retail from $4 to $6 for singles, and they also sell their lip products in value bundles too. They also sell eye and cheek products, I haven’t tried any of those yet, so I’m just here to tell you about the lip goodies today.
In terms of customs fees, you will get them. Currently they offer free UK shipping on orders over $50, and on an order of that size you’ll get around £15 in customs fees. I’ve placed one huge order of over $130 and the fees on that were about £32, so it made it cheaper to buy in bulk. All the women in my family went in together on that one! There are different boundaries that apply for customs fees, and you can read all about the specifics on the Royal Mail website. They ship through USPS, so Royal Mail deliver it once it gets into the UK. I usually find it takes about 3-5 days for my order to ship, and about 2- 3 weeks total to have it in my hands after paying the fees.
They have a mixture of different types of lip products, the lippie stix are their versions of traditional lipsticks, matte and satin liquid lipsticks, metallic liquid lips, lip liners and glosses. I’ve tried everything but the lip liners and the glosses. Glosses just aren’t my thing and I’ve been so overly excited by all the different lip products that lip liners were low on my priority list.
The lippie stix comes in different formulas, including matte, matte X, sheer, glossy, crème and pearlised. I am totally obsessed with these – the matte and matte X formulas are my favourites. While they are both matte, the matte X is more of a velvety finish and it is divine! They are really comfortable and soft to wear, and for a regular lipstick are very long lasting. They have a huge range of colours in these and I treat them like Pokemon, gotta buy them all!
The satin and matte liquid lipsticks are the real Colourpop classics. Once you have these on, unless you eat oily food, they are not going to budge! I’ve found the colour range to be really consistent, often the really dark colours, especially purples, can be really lacklustre in matte liquid lips, but these are fantastic across the whole colour range. I can’t tell much of a difference between the satin and the matte finishes, but I know some people find the satins more comfortable for regular wear. These are my go-to products for a night out, because I know I don’t need to worry about them wearing off until that late night trip to the local pizza place before we go home. These are kiss and touch proof, and will need an oil based remover to actually get them off your lips. I have to admit I’ve used whatever cooking oil I’ve got in the kitchen to get them off when I’ve run out of my actual oil based makeup remover…
The newest products I’ve tried out are the metallic liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried a lot of metallic finish products, and these are the first ones I’ve tried that are genuinely metallic, rather than a glittery finish. These don’t dry down like a matte liquid lip, so they aren’t touch or kiss proof, but they are so incredible I’m willing to give them a pass on that. They last really well, I’ve worn them for a full day and only had to reapply when I’ve eaten oily food. These add so much dimension to your lips, and I think they are amazing for the holidays and parties.
I’ve become a bit of a Colourpop addict since I placed my first order, I love finding new cruelty free brands to explore. If you love Colourpop too, what are your favourite shades?
Arguably one of the biggest new brands to hit the plus size scene in 2016 was CowCow. Plus size bloggers discovered them on Amazon store and shared their bargains, and their popularity spiraled like nothing I’ve ever seen before. CowCow embraced the plus size community right back, extending their sizing, increasing their designs availability in plus sizes, and even getting themselves a whole bunch of plus size brand ambassadors (Disclaimer : I’m a Plus Cutie for CowCow!). They’ve found a gap in the plus market and have run wild with it, quickly becoming a blogger favourite. They have some incredible dresses and designs, as well as some issues, so here are some CowCow faves, and some handy hints!
So first of all, my absolute favourite style from CowCow is their classic skater dress style. On their website and Amazon store it can be a little tricky to tell which style is which, but the skater style is the one with the model holding her full skirt out to elbow height, not just flaring a little bit out. I have this style dress in a bunch of different patterns and they have become my go to night out look. They are super stretchy, so if on the Amazon store you are sized out, you might be able to get away with a size smaller. The fabric is nice and lightweight making it perfect for dancing the night away and still being comfortable and cute! I’ve only tried the sleeveless styles, but need a long sleeve version for winter ASAP! Look how good Sophie looks in hers!
The other style dress is more of an A-line fit. I have a couple of these but don’t tend to reach for them as much as the skater style because at 5ft 11, I am definitely pushing the boundaries of decency in terms of length when I wear one! If you love to get your thighs out and are comfortable with a more figure skimming look they are great fun. They are made of the same stretchy fabric as the skater dresses so are just as comfy and easy to wear.
The skirts! I’ve tried one CowCow skirt so far and I absolutely love it. It’s a great length on me and I get compliments every time I wear it. The elasticated waist isn’t pinchy and like all the other pieces I have from them, it washes so well. I got a size down than my usual in this because it was what was in stock, and it was a great fit on me. The one I have is a waffle texture fabric from their own website, but I know the ones from the Amazon store are the normal stretchy fabric.
And the one fail I’ve had so far, has to be the leggings. I had so much hope for them because the prints are stunning, but it was not meant to be. They are very obviously a straight size pattern that has just been made bigger to try and fit a plus size body. It doesn’t work like that. They didn’t cover my butt and were just desperate to slide down, not what you want in leggings. I don’t recommend these as they are right now, hopefully they’ll fix this soon!
One of the big questions I see is asking what the difference is between their Amazon store, and their own webstore. Their Amazon is all pre-made designs of their own, so the pieces are ready to go and mass produced, hence the cheaper price point. The pieces on their website are printed to order, and the prints themselves are designed by independent artists who upload their work to CowCow. When you buy those designs you are not only getting a fun outfit to wear, but are supporting an indy artist which is awesome. They are pricier, but the prints are incredible and well worth it. I’ve never been charged custom fees so far with my orders (they ship from China), and I haven’t known anyone else who has been either, so I can’t comment on how much they might be. I haven’t had any problems with their sizing, but I know other people have found it a little bit hit and miss, with the fabric being so stretchy most things can be made to work though!
CowCow are a plus size blogger obsession, and it’s easy to see why. I can’t wait to get my mitts on more!
Every now and then, a plus size clothing collection comes along that makes me squeal with delight and literally clap with joy. And those rare times this happens, it is almost always an indy company that makes said collection, and they are always US based. But not this time. This week, Plus Equals released their new collection and I could not control my excitement. It is a veritable flurry of sequins and faux fur, bright prints and co-ords, and there isn’t a hint of being discreet in sight. It is a collection that screams to be seen, and promises that your plus size body is beautiful and deserves to be on show. It is attention grabbing and utterly delightful. I fell in love and promptly emailed my Mum to ask for pieces from it for Christmas, such is my adoration of the collection.
The new range is available up to a size 32, and even includes a made to measure service at no extra cost. Truly size inclusive and inspiring! The models for the look book are real plus size babes with brazen bellies on show in crop tops, and in a rare turn for any fashion look book, all the models are of colour. The plus size world has a long way to go with showing real fat bodies and more than just white faces, and Plus Equals get it all in one. And this isn’t a one off, every campaign they’ve ever done has been a sea of inclusivity and positivity. I got in touch with Plus Equals to find out more, and to introduce you to the face behind it, Jazmin Lee.
So first up, who is Plus Equals and how did you get started?Plus Equals is run by me, Jazmin, a fashion stylist based in Brighton. I got started with the idea of Plus Equals in late 2014, it was an idea to pursue my creative outlet, styling and fashion, with the view to make it a career instead of commuting to London to work for free. It grew (in my Grandpa’s living room I should probably add, thanks Gramps), and eventually in May 2016 it came to launch as a selection of 14-26 vintage & upcycled clothes. It’s aim was always to be really quirky, off the wall but effortless – I wanted to give some fun and frivolity to the plus size community, as I felt it to be so lacklustre. Six months later, Plus Equals has just launched it’s first ever collection of 14-32/Made to Measure garments, which are all handmade and custom designed. I was suffering with a lot of upset, anger, emotional stress and grief, it was a channel for me to put everything into, and try to make change in the world – it’s been so well received so far, it’s changed my life. Truly.When did you become interested in fashion? Did you study it?I grew up in a very creative household, my grandparents and mother were artists and writers, and all their friends were similar, fashion just happened to be the thing that grabbed me. Eventually growing up it became my outlet and expression, and something that I just have loved ever since. I love how it entwines art, music, emotions, politics. I studied Fashion Promotion at University after a year of deciding between music and fashion, I was very self conscious and low in confidence which held me back for a while, until I began to meet people like me and start to express myself more creatively. I got involved with my hometown’s (Brighton. Fashion Week for a few years, and then worked my way into Casting Director which was incredible, I met so many amazing people and worked on a truly fabulous project, and from there I was able to freelance.
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_______________________________________________________________________________________Did you always want to be a fashion designer?I knew I always wanted to be creative – I don’t think I ever saw my future in any particular way other than working in fashion, I’ve always been sure of that. No-one can change my mind now, I’m very determined. I’ve always been keen on working on my styling portfolio and skills but Plus Equals has launched me into a new stratosphere that I didn’t see myself in, but it’s amazing. I could sum it up as ‘if you want a job doing, do it yourself’.Why did you decide to design for plus size bodies? Your size range is wonderfully inclusive, and unusual in a UK based indy brand!As a plus size woman myself, I know this market. I’ve shopped this market for long enough, and I’m tired of this market. Fashion to me, is the all inclusive, all loving and all embracing thing that I fell in love with, and that runs in my veins, but the industry is so far behind that. I’ve been a size 26, I’ve been a size 16, I’m the vivacious kid that wants to wear the most outrageous thing I can find, but hey, we’re stuck in a world of mushroom on beige on camel. Plus Equals became an infusion of many angers at my distaste in the world and the fashion industry, and I really wanted it to stick two fingers up to any kind of norm or dictation. It’s for the chubby girl that wears a fierce dress but people are laughing at her, or the other one who’s being shouted at for being overweight in the street.Your new collection is a dream of sequins and faux fur and bright colours, it’s so refreshing! Where did the inspiration for it come from?Watching a lot of my favourite icons pass away this year was definitely a defining moment for the world. I grew up inspired by the same people my mother was, David Bowie, Prince, and that bought me a lot of time of listening to that music again and again. I lived through a David Bowie era when I was growing up, and it brought back the ideas of clothes I always wanted to wear, or even just have the option to wear. I felt a lot of presence from the strong women (both here and not) around me recently too, I felt lifted and empowered, I wanted to pass that on through this collection. So that was a big part of it for me, but also the idea of wearability – it was important to introduce in some things that are more staple but a little quirkier – the hoody dresses and the striped dresses were a bit of a homage to that era, but also something that we, as plus sizers, can wear daily and feel great in.Who are your ultimate style icons?Wow this is a hard one! David Bowie, definitely, Rihanna and Solange are walking art, I love the work of designers like Vivienne Westwood, Charlie le Mindu, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, photographer David LaChapelle – it’s one big ol’ confusion ball of style, but man I think the world has some serious talent. And I think that because a lot of my inspiration lays in a world that the plus size fashion retailer world doesn’t seem to bring to the market, that was another huge influence behind releasing this collection.Who would you love to dress?Beth Ditto for bloody starters! I love love LOVE her. Danielle Brooks and Dascha Polanco are slaying right now, they would be a dream team to work with.What is your dream for Plus Equals?I want this to be a brand with a message, something that can change things in the industry for good – I want it to encourage diversity and send a message to our next generation that being you is perfect. I want it to promote the talent of new creatives around the world, to showcase the artistic flair in being quirky, and really to be a fully inclusive line including a menswear range that will shake things up. I want this to head towards a fully sustainable company too – the industry has enough of a carbon footprint and it just can’t be maintained at this level. I want people to know that sustainable fashion isn’t a hessian bag – it’s more about making good choices, both business end and consumer wise, buying less and wearing longer. Plus Equals is a brand that stands for something, and if it can make change for the good, dream goal ticked off.And finally, what’s next?Currently, I’m working hard on orders, it’s a one woman show right now. I’ve got new ideas to add into the collection which is something that is going to grow and grow, this is the very very beginning – and it’s taken months longer to launch than anticipated! The drive for this is off the scale right now, and I’m determined to give the plus size community inspiration, fun, fairness and some damn sequins! 2017 is going to be a great year, it’s time to get creative.I don’t know about you guys, but I know I cannot wait to see what comes next!
Weddings can be an incredibly stressful time, and when you add being a plus size bride into the mix there are certain fears we all have. Will I be able to try dresses on in store? Will I find my dream dress in my size? Will I be a beautiful bride? The one question I can answer for sure is the last one, because you will absolutely 100% be a stunning bride on your wedding day. You’ll be everything you ever hoped to be. And to help you on your way, here are some suggestions for companies that sell plus size wedding dresses to help you find ‘the’ dress.
One of my favourite things about Edith and Winston, apart from their stunning dresses, is that they use actual plus size models in their photos. Not size 12 models with padding and pins, but actual plus size models and bloggers you’ll know. Our very own Nancy of Sugar, Darling modelled for them recently! They sell from a size 16 to a 32, and they have a physical store in Knutsford that you can go to by appointment so you can be pampered and have that dress trying on experience many brides dream of. They even keep samples up to a size 28 in store to try to ensure as many people as possible can try on dresses.
Run by and for the plus size woman, you can be sure that the staff understand the concerns you might have about finding your dress. They have a physical store in Bath and stock a variety of ranges, including the popular Callista brand. They even have a ready to take home range of older seasons’ styles, so you might be able to grab yourself a real bargain!
Did you know that ASOS now have a wedding section? For a more high street price, they have some really gorgeous options for the more budget conscious bride. They also sell bridesmaid dresses up to a size 28, so if you have a mixture of straight size and plus size bridesmaids you can find something to fit everyone! If you want something a bit more modern and on trend, they are constantly bringing out new pieces around the £250 mark. Much more affordable for something you only wear once.
Bridal 88 are based in Surrey and sell sizes 16-30 as standard. You can book one on one appointments for trying on, and they keep sample sizes in every size for you to try on which is fantastic. They have all the traditional bridal options as well as bridesmaids’ dresses in sizes 6-36, and keep samples in a 16-30 in store for trying on. Perfect for the whole bridal party!
While we still may not be able to just pop along to any bridal shop, there are a lot more options than there used to be. The high street is offering more affordable options, and these fantastic bridal shops are ensuring everyone can have that wedding dress try on session they’ve dreamed of, with none of the awkwardness whilst you figure out if anything in the store will fit you. The industry has a lot of catching up to do, but these guys are leading the charge!
Baby it’s cold outside! It’s well into winter now, and wrapping up in cosy jackets and comfy coats is the way forward. A lot of people worry about coats making their outfits look less chic, or that they add unflattering bulky layers. We’re here to prove plus size babes can rock and every kind of jacket this winter.
Steph always kills it, and this paint splash jacket is such a unique look. An oversized denim jacket is easy to layer jumpers with so you can bring denim into winter too.
Bailey is the definition of elegant in these original 60’s coats. The loose fit of the coats ensures whatever you wear underneath isn’t going to get creased and crumpled, so these are ideal for keeping warm whilst protecting your party outfit.
This wrapover tweed style jacket helped keep Isha warm even up the Eiffel Tower! A mid thigh length coat means you don’t have to worry about your back or belly getting cold, even if you are on the taller side.
Camouflage- yesterday we went to Castleton to meet friends and to eat,drink and be merry. I managed all of it and even got my fave cake from the bakery there. #travel #travelblogger #fblogger #honourmycurves #plussizefashion #plussizeblogger #plussize #fatshion #bodypositive #styleatanysize #psinspiration #psblogger #30plusblogs
A gilet is such a cool way to add a layer to your outfit, whilst still also keeping your whole outfit on show. Lucy looks so fab in this faux fur look.
For a more alternative look, Katt looks so hip in this steampunk corsetted coat. Those buckle details are awesome.
Today's #ootd for a trip to Buckingham with the fabulous @essbdee @ghoulish_gouldie and @luanddizzle – only umbrella I could find was a ridiculous heart-shaped one left over from our wedding, so I rocked it anyway. Coat from @collectifclothing poppy from @crownandglory_ vintage bag from a Norfolk charity shop, hat from Little Shop of Gorgeousness & Fripperies #vintagegirl #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #rainyday #autumnfashion #collectifgirloftheday #vintagebag #vintageinspired #vintageblogger #fblogger #psblogger #50s #40s #bloggerstyle #whatiwore #ootdsocialclub
Carrie-Anne is always pure vintage perfect, and this bottle green/faux fur combo is a dream. Love those cuffs!
For a casual cute look, Zoe looks so indie and cool in this checked long line jacket.
Camel is such a great colour for winter, and Natalie looks so good in this blazer style coat. Camel is a simple colour that is so versatile and easy to wear.
There's a winter fairy tale on the blog for you today … featuring this simply stunning coat from @collectifclothing … read it at www.CurvyGirlThin.com … #psblogger#psfashion #effyourbeautystandards#loveyourself #loveyourbody#loveyourcurves #plussizestyle#plus_isamust #curvy #fullfigured#PLUSModelMag #tcfstyle#andigetdressed #volup2isdiversity#tcfstyle #garnerstyle #fullfiguredfashion#slinksquad #fashion #fashionblogger#style
If I was Charli, I would not be able to resist twirling in this full skirted coat. The tan belt really brings it together.
Chloe is an absolute vision in this blush faux fur dream. I love the textures of it, such an unusual design.
This military style jacket with feminine touches is so pretty. The shoulder detailing is beautiful, Ragini looks like the most fashionable girl scout ever.
With careful hunting, you can pick up some real bargains. Vicky picked up this Anna Scholz faux fur delight on Ebay!
You can never go wrong with a classic leather jacket as McKayla proves in this all black casual ensemble.
A biker jacket goes with every outfit, for a completely different look Becky rocks a tartan mini skirt and a pussy bow blouse and looks fierce.
Em told me that this jacket was like wearing a dressing gown, and who wouldn’t want to wear a dressing gown outside? I love it!
Ushshi always looks like a rockstar, and this multi fabric jacket is so perfect for her personal style. People often consider having your hood up to be a bit uncool, but Ushshi absolutely proves it is bad ass!
Waterfall jackets are so easy to just throw on, but for something so comfortable they can really make an outfit. I love how Sam has styled this khaki affair, the jacket makes a simple look seem so much more put together.
I'm resolving to share more casual day to day outfits on my blog! So today is my fave @navabifashion cardigan and @asos @asos_loves_curve top and jeans with @quayaustralia sunglasses link in my bio! #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizeblogger #psblogger #psbloggers #ootd #outfitoftheday #fblogger #fashion #fashionblogger #fatshion #navabi #psootd #effyourbeautystandards #alternativecurves #honormycurves #justmegorgeous #curvyfashionista #asos #asoscurve #quayaustralia #jeans #fatshionblogger #psfashion #plussized #plussizewomen #plussizeootd #autumn #fall
And sometimes, all you need is a statement cardigan. I have become totally obsessed with this cardigan and wear it way more than I probably should.
Plus size babes can wear any and every kind of jacket this winter, keep warm and look amazing!
My husband has quite the epic beard. He’s been growing it for 3 years and he’s a bit obsessed with it to be honest. He uses all my expensive conditioners and hair oils on it, and really dotes on it. It’s his pride and joy, so when he announced that he was going to shave it to raise money for charity, I knew exactly which charity he meant.
Photo by ClickClickBang
In 2014, Stu’s friend and colleague Shaun Wright was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Sadly, 6 months later, aged 47, he lost his battle. Shaun had been a postman his entire adult life, and his funeral was a sea of red Royal Mail vans, he even arrived in one, a true statement of how much he loved his job. His incredible wife Rebecca set up the Shaun Wright Foundation in his memory, to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. It immediately become the local posties’ charity of choice.
Most cases of pancreatic cancer are tragically not picked up until it is too late, but it has little funding for research. It is the UK’s 5th biggest killer, but survival rates have not increased in the last 40 years. Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are alive after 5 years, which is just heartbreaking. The Shaun Wright Foundation has so far raised a truly stunning £26,000 in Shaun’s memory to fight this disease, and now it is Stu’s turn to help.
Photo Courtesy of the Shaun Wright Foundation
Stu wants to raise at least £1000, and is already half way to his target, let’s help him get there! I’m intrigued to see my husband’s face again after so many years, so sponsor him and help shave that face! He’ll be getting it shaved at the Mug and Brush in Keelby with a cut throat razor, I’ll be photographing the occasion.
The team at She Might Be asked me to write this post so we could help spread the world, together we can smash that £1000 target and help fund the much needed research into this terrible illness.
You can sponsor Stu at his Just Giving page, don’t forget to click yes to Gift Aid if you are eligible!