Zoë Meers

Zoe

Fan of big earrings, sad songs & strong perfume
Whiskey, tattoo and snack enthusiast

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Making a Good Outfit Into a Great One With a Harness Bra

 

Harness Bra, Vixen Curves

 

Here at She Might Be we’re big fans of the mighty harness bra, an item that has burst onto the mainstream plus size style scene in the last couple of years which has the uncanny ability to make any outfit into a great one! There are so many different styles of harnesses and harness bras out there that you’re bound (no pun intended) to find the perfect one for you and vamp outfits up as much as you’d like. I decided I had to try out the transformative powers of the harness bra for myself, and to show how versatile they can be I tried it with one of my go-to, everyday outfits.

 

Harness Bra, Vixen Curves

 

I’ve always admired harness bras from afar and I love how they add flair to every outfit I’ve seen them added to. A pencil skirt, bodysuit and belt with an oversized cardigan can be something of a ‘default’ outfit for me but I’m loving what the addition of this harness has brought to it. The straps across the neckline lift this plain BooHoo Plus bodysuit into more of a statement piece. As much as I’m pleased that the harness is adaptable enough to be worn as daywear, I feel like I could swap the boots for heels and ditch the cardigan to head for an evening out too.

 

Harness Bra, Vixen Curves

 

Harness Bra, Vixen Curves

 

This particular harness bra is by Vixen Curves, a lovely brand that make-to-order gorgeous harness bras, cage skirts, chokers and much more. The one I chose is sadly no longer available, but there is currently one very similar for sale here. Now I own one harness bra I think I have the bug as I’m coveting many more strappy items; particularly this beautiful red number and this glorious caged harness skirt. 

 

Harness Bra, Vixen Curves

Harness / Bodysuit / Pencil Skirt / Waist Belt (Similar) / Cardigan (Old Season Primark) / Fishnets / Boots / Sunglasses (Old Season Dorothy Perkins) / Earrings

 

There are lots of interestingly strappy items on offer from plus size brands at the moment; from dresses and tops with harness style necklines to actual underwear with a couple of extra straps attached to them. Whilst these pieces are great, and I’m absolutely a fan, the bonus with a harness bra like this is that you can wear it under multiple pieces – and over any bra – rather than being limited by having one piece of clothing with the harness sewn into it.

 

So, how do you feel about harness type bras? Are they something you can see yourself giving a try, or do you already own one and have a styling tip you can share too? Please do let us know in the comments!

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5 Plus Size Bridal Looks with Vintage Inspired Accessories FT GatsbyLady

I’m in the process planning my wedding at the moment. I’m right at that point where my mind is full of colour schemes, inspiration boards and DIY. As we’ve had a couple of wedding related posts here on She Might Be lately I thought this would be a great time to pull together some bridal looks using the vintage inspired accessories from our lovely sponsors GatsbyLady  London as inspiration. I love a good challenge, and I know how tough it can be to find nice plus size wedding clothing, so below are 5 plus size bridal looks that hopefully cover quite a few style bases. Enjoy!

 

 

Blush & White Plus Size Bridal Look Gatsby Wedding

Embellished Ivory Top / Tulle Maxi Skirt / T-Strap Heels / Vintage Inspired Headband / Pink Pearl Studs

This outfit is one that I came very close to using for my own wedding, I love the look of separates instead of a more traditional wedding dress. The embellished top and tulle skirt are both from the relatively new Coast plus size range that was quietly launched on Simply Be. The more laid back vibe of this bridal outfit makes it perfect for one of the beautifully beaded GatsbyLady headbands. This silvery white number would look beautiful worn further back on the head, slightly off-centre, with a curled up-do.

Red & Gold Plus Size Bridal Look Gatsby Wedding

Faux Leather Jacket / 9ct Gold Studs / Red Gown / T-Strap Heels / Lipstick

I’m a sucker for a red wedding dress, and I had a much more autumnal vibe in mind when I pulled this look together. I built this up around the gold GatsbyLady heels. I’m an avid follower of lots of wedding blogs and I love seeing brides wearing leather (or faux leather) jackets over their wedding dresses, this one from New Look is the perfect biker style for that. There are lots of artists on Etsy that will customise a leather jacket for you by painting any words or motifs you like across the back – I think that’s such an cute idea and a really fun way to add some personality into your look for the big day.

 

 Greenery & White Plus Size Bridal Look Gatsby Wedding

Crystal & Gold Studs / Wide Fit Pointed Heels / White by Vera Wang GownEmbellished Cape / Hand Beaded Sash Belt

While browsing through David’s Bridal online store (which is US based but ships overseas) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the White by Vera Wang collection runs up to a size UK30. The whole collection is so sleek and understated. I love the simplicity of this halter neck gown, which would go perfectly with the embellished cape by GatsbyLady. The wide fit shoes from ASOS are a godsend if, like me, you’re not keen on wearing heels all day. With greenery being the Pantone Colour of the Year, a bouquet of foliage rather than flowers would be absolutely stunning with this look, and on-trend too!

Blue & Peach Plus Size Bridal Look Gatsby Wedding

Beaded Headband / Viv W Lady Dragon XIII Heels / Peach Swing Dress / Blue Petticoat / Mrs. Studs

 

I’m so here for peach with blue at the moment, I think these two unexpectedly complimentary colours are criminally underused and are spot on for a spring or summer wedding. This look would be great for bridesmaids as much as it would be beautiful as an alternative bridal look. The Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon’s are an alt-brides dream, and I love how matchy matchy the headband and petticoat are.

 Rose Gold & White Plus Size Bridal Look Gatsby Wedding

White Soft Blazer / Wide Leg Trousers / Rose Gold Hoops / Embellished Top / Wide Fit Rose Gold Sandals

Oh how I desperately wanted to find a contemporary white, plus size suit from a UK based brand! I searched for the best part of two days but ended up going with these separates instead. I think they look great together though, and the wide leg trousers are ideal to wear over the rose gold tie ribbon sandals. This is another laid back look for those that just aren’t into wearing a wedding dress, the embellished top is another GatsbyLady piece with a beautifully scalloped hem and beading which gives it that little something extra.

 

I loved putting together these bridal style edits, but I’ll admit that I struggled to find what I was looking for from UK based brands. The options we have here are nothing compared to other countries and that’s such a shame. Therefore some of the pieces in this post are from further afield, such as the US or China, but the retailers have been vouched for by people I know who have personally purchased from them. When ordering from overseas sometimes customs charges will be applied, and the amount you’ll be charged can be really unpredictable, so please remember to budget for that if you go a similar way and get your wedding look from an international seller.

 

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SS17 Trends That You Can Shop Now

 

SS17 Trends

 

It’s that time of year again; the days are gradually getting longer and we’re on the cusp of a new season in fashion with all the new trends that it brings. Not all of the new seasons trends are included here, just my favourites (I’m avoiding kitten heels, I’m afraid!) And whilst there does seem to be a lot of carry over from AW16, such as ruffles, mesh and embroidery, the new season looks really fun. So if you fancy getting a head start on SS17 here are some of the best, on trend plus size pieces that are available to buy right now!

Big Ol’ Sleeves

 

SS17 Trends

Flare Sleeve Top /  Blue Stripe Shirt with EmbroideryBlack Bell Sleeve 3/4 Sleeve TopAlice & You Ruffle Sleeve Tea Dress

 

Whether they be voluminous, knotted, fluted or ruffled: sleeves are making a statement in SS17. This is one of my favourite trends, as it’s fun to wear and can be played up or down as much as you’re comfortable with. The black 3/4 bell sleeve jumper from New Look Curves is a great way to try out the trend in a subtle way, and for more impact the Alice & You floral ruffle sleeved dress (via ASOS) is a great piece. This season Eloquii have an amazing array of flared sleeves in every colour you can think of too!

Tulle

 

SS17 Trends

Premium Red Tutu / Embroidered Mesh TopEmbroidered Mesh Dress / Lace Mesh Kimono

 

As my fellow plus size babes will know, tulle skirts are amazing. Lots of us have been wearing these tutus for years so we’ve truly been ahead of the curve with this trend! Tulle is here in a big way this season and you’ll find lovely tutu skirts everywhere just now. On the SS17 catwalks the trend also includes using tulle and mesh to layer in new ways. The lace kimono from Forever 21 Plus is a great piece for this layering, as is this lovely kimono by Viva Voluptuous which is available in more sizes. Of course I had to include the Society+ tutu, one of the originals and best, in this section; especially as they are one of the few places where you’ll find plus size tulle pieces in colours other than black.

 

 

Interesting Hemlines

 

SS17 Trends

Hanky Hem Pleated Skirt / Chiffon Dress / Floral Print Shirt / Shimmer Pleated Skirt / Overlay Hem Midi

 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like the hanky hem might be back, if only for a short while; along with high-low, asymmetrical and deconstructed hemlines. I particularly love the subtle asymmetrical hem of the beautiful Manon Baptiste chiffon dress, and if you like the high-low but aren’t sure about the skirts, this floral shirt from Yours Clothing is a great way to get in on the trend. I also came across this extremely deconstructed skirt from ASOS while browsing and… well… it still puzzles me.

 

 

Lace up Corset Belt 

 

SS17 Trends

Corset Waist Midi / Pink Rose Fabric Belt / Lace Up Corset Belt / Corset Detail Shirt Dress

 

I absolutely love these lace up, corset style belts. I’ve been coveting them since seeing them worn at various fashion weeks last year, and worn with oversized garments like shirts or dresses they look effortlessly stylish. I was determined to include this trend but my word are they difficult to find in plus sizes. At the time of writing I could only find one brand actually makes a ‘curve’ option, Boohoo Plus. I did turn up a beautiful floral option on Etsy though, where the seller custom makes each order to your measurements so it’s available in any size. The lace up belt trend also shows up actually built in to a couple of dresses this season too, like these ones from ASOS Curve and Missguided Plus, but I’m definitely keeping an eye out for more.

 

 

What trends are you looking forward to for SS17? Or are there any that you’re just not sure about? Let us know in the comments!

 

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What We’re Getting from Eloquii Now They Ship to the UK

 

Eloquii Wishlisting

 

Last week saw some amazing news hit the world of plus size fashion: a much beloved US brand (one that many UK plus size bloggers have been lusting after for years) have now started offering shipping to the UK! 🎉🎉🎉

What’s so great about Eloquii? Well, they’re a plus size brand that offer a real variety of fashion forward pieces up to a UK size 32. Their use of pattern and colour is exciting. Every piece, from work wear through to dresses for a night out, have a palpable sense of fun about them without losing that sleek, modern edge. Okay, it’s safe to say I’m a fan!

So with the announcement that Eloquii will now ship to my door, it was all the encouragement I needed to hop onto their site and immediately fill an online basket with things that I love. If Eloquii is new to you, then I think the following picks give a really good overview of their style.

 

Eloquii Wishlist


Pink Tie Neck Dress | Tassel Midi Skirt | Ruffle Button Down | Mustard Moto Jacket
Faux Leather Dress  | Pink Flare Sleeve Top | Embroidered Moto Jacket | Pleated Midi Skirt
Orange Ruffle Dress | Long Sleeve Printed Chevron Dress | Metallic Pleated Skirt | Faux Leather Top
Printed Trousers | Denim Romper | Floral Dress | Denim Blazer

 

The chevron dress and printed trousers have been on my wishlist for a long time as both pieces are the perfect mix of colour and print for me. The heavenly pink and black tie neck dress is bang on trend for SS17 and I’m loving all the faux leather pieces, especially the cropped mustard moto jacket.

To make great news even better, at the time of publication Eloquii currently have 50%, 40% or 30% off your order with the code HALFTIME. Plus there is a pretty sweet ‘final sale’ on right now to make way for the new seasons stock, everything included in that sale is under $30. Happy browsing!

 

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Plus Size DIY Tassel Hem Jeans

DIY Tassel Hem Jeans

A trend that I’ve really been enjoying this season is brightly coloured, tassel hem jeans; they were spotted everywhere across the fashion weeks (especially Milan) at the back end of last year and they’re all over the place in straight size collections. But could I find any colourful tassel hem jeans from the plus size brands so I could take part in this fun trend myself..? Well sadly not, but it did give me the inspiration for my next quick and easy DIY.

 

DIY Tassel Hem Jeans Inspo Pictures

Image credit L – R; Topshop | Melodie Jeng/Getty Images (Milan Fashion Week) | Neiman Marcus

 

This DIY is really simple but it does require a bit of stitching. If (unlike me) you’re a dab hand on a sewing machine then this will take you around 30 minutes, if sewing by hand (like I did) then set aside around an hour.

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Firstly, identify what kind of trim you’d like. You can pick up lovely embroidered, pom pom or tassel trims and fringing in a variety of colours from either your local haberdashery or online (e.g. eBay). I went for 3 metres, in case of mistakes, of gold and green tassel trim from eBay which cost me the princely sum of £3.49. Once I had the trim, I picked out a pair of old blue jeans which were in need of some jazzing up. I went with some slim leg ones, but straight leg or relaxed fit seem to lend themselves to this sort of thing very well too.

 

DIY Tassel Hem Jeans

Once you have your jeans and your trim, turn up the legs on the jeans a few inches and to buy a bit of clearance room for the tassels (fig.1 & 2 above). There should be a little bit of ankle on display now when you try them on. Then measure and cut the trim to length (fig.3).

Before sewing on the trim, sew the turn up into place with a simple but secure back stitch. 90% of plus size jeans aren’t actually denim so this shouldn’t be too much of a pain, but if you are hand sewing onto very thick denim please use a larger / stronger needle than usual. Once this is done, sew on the trim; take your time with it and make sure to keep it level all the way round.

DIY Tassel Hem Jeans

And it’s as simple as that: some new, on-trend jeans in around an hour. One big thing I learned from this idea is that it’s much harder to sew onto fabric with elastane or lycra than I thought it was going to be, if you have a go at this I 100% recommend using jeans with no stretch. As with the majority of my DIYs, you can restore the jeans back to their former state by unpicking the stitches, washing them and then ironing the turn ups out.

I bought so much of this trim that I have enough left over to add to something else. I’m also eyeing up this gorgeous pom pom trim on eBay which I really want to add to pencil skirt and a crop top for a cute, co-ord type vibe. I’m pretty much going to have to stop myself adding lots of weird and wonderful trim to everything I own; now I’ve started it’s proving very difficult to stop!

 

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UK Plus Size Fashion Brands Survey Results (so far…)

 

UK Plus Size Fashion Sizing Survey Results

 

You might remember that at the end of 2016 we launched our plus size fashion sizing surveyasking you – our readers – to give your sizing feedback for every brand on the UK plus size fashion scene. A huge, huge thank you to everyone who took part! Thanks to the overwhelming amount of responses received, we are now beginning to build up a comprehensive picture of each brand’s sizing.

 

All the results received so far have been entered onto our brand new UK Plus Size Fashion Brands Sizing database page which we will keep updating regularly as we receive more responses and so more accurate results. You can still help us expand this page at any time by filling in the survey which is open indefinitely.Lavish Alice vs Missguided PlusLooking through the data there are some really interesting results; like in the image above, some brands are absolutely consistent and received a solid 100% in responses as in the case of Lavish Alice which everyone across the board reported that they had to size up once. This is also the case for brands such as Wolf & Whistle and Truly You: their sizing, whilst consistent was consistently off. Others, like Missguided Plus (as above) and BooHoo Plus were harder to pin down. Both came out with almost straight thirds saying true to size, size up once and size up twice.

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Scarlett & Jo and Simply Be came out as brands with some of the most erratic sizing; with responses ranging right from ‘size down twice’ through to ‘size up twice’ on the scale. The award for the ‘Truest to Size’ based on your feedback goes to Silly Old Seadog, Traffic People and Sienna Couture.

 

The long term aim of the sizing database is to help make shopping for plus size clothes online easier. In time, we want to make the page more and more useful; eventually moving to include photos of a variety of body sizes and shapes in the full range of sizes for each brand, as well as advice, comment and discussion for clothing types (i.e. stretch / non-stretch / blouses / dresses etc..) In the meantime, we hope you find the information on the page useful and continue to feedback your sizing experiences with UK plus size brands so we can keep the page up to date!

 

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Positive Highlights of Plus Size Fashion in 2016

 Postive Highlights

Ah, 2016, what a year. For many (myself included) the past 12 months have been a hard slog from beginning to end. But in amongst the awfulness many of us have experienced positive moments. Both personally and out there in the plus size fashion world, there have been shining examples of good people doing good things. And this is what this post is here to do, to help round the year off with a reflection on the positive, here are some of the great things that happened in plus size fashion during 2016.

 

 

1.) Navabi, #moreplusplease

 

Navabi More Plus Please

 

Here at She Might Be we love Navabi, they are very good eggs. At the beginning of the year Navabi launched their call for more plus size representation in the media as a whole. They surveyed popular UK women’s magazines and found that of the women depicted only 8% were plus size in weekly mags, and a paltry 2% were plus size in the monthly editions. #moreplusplease was a call to arms by a major plus size brand, who are not only proud to cater to plus size people but are also prepared to loudly push for inclusivity.

 

 

2.) Ekineyo

Ekineyo are a US brand based in New York City that specialise in cool and contemporary basics, this brand came to our attention because of the size range in the models they use. Every item they sell is photographed on models ranging from XS to 3X, so people of different sizes can get a better idea of how each piece would look on their own body. While here in the UK we are frequently presented with size UK14 models wearing UK18+ clothing which has either been pinned to fit or hangs shapelessly on their bodies; small brands like Ekineyo (who aren’t even ‘plus’ specific) show that plus size representation can be done and done well.

 

 

3.) Style Beyond 22: Size 22+ Lookbook

 

Style 22 Plus Cover

 

A project spearheaded by Marcy of Fearlessly Just Me, this lookbook for size 22+ style features 12 plus size fashion bloggers showing pretty clearly that style absolutely doesn’t stop at a size 22. We want more of this kind of thing! Better visibility of sizes above a 22 is integral to the overall push for more accurate representation, and if the media aren’t getting on board with us then hell we’re just going to have to do it ourselves. This lookbook is a great example of the way we in the plus size community aren’t just taking what we’re handed any more, and long may it continue.

 

 

4.) eBay Curve Launch Videos

 

 

When eBay took the unexpected (but very welcome) steps into catering for the plus size market, three beautifully produced and thoughtful videos appeared. All three challenged perceptions of plus size people and sought to simply tell our stories, show us as we are. Featuring some of our fave plus size bloggers, the videos were a stroke of genius by eBay and a firm favourite highlight of this year.

 

 

5.) ASOS plus sizes for men

 

ASOS Plus Size Male Range

 

Finally! ASOS Curve have been helping our plus size dreams come true for a good while now, so the lack of an equivalent plus size male range was becoming a bit conspicuous. Having this range on a huge, mainstream, fashion forward site such as ASOS is a major step for plus size men and plus size people who wear men’s clothing. We’re looking forward to seeing what ASOS have in store for the range expansion in 2017.

 

6.) BBC Three ‘Things Not To Say To A Fat Person’

 

Rounding off these picks on a lighthearted note is this brilliant video from the people over at BBC Three. Again featuring some of our plus size blogger faves, this is a tongue in cheek way to tackle a very real issue: the absolute crap that others feel that they’re entitled to say to us. Whilst not strictly ‘fashion’ related, we’ve included this video because… well… it’s downright hilarious.

 

So, what isn’t here that you loved this year? What are your highlights that happened in plus size fashion in 2016? Help us keep the positive vibes flowing by letting us know and linking us up in the comments!

 

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Shine Bright in Metallics: A Plus Size Party Season Look

 

capsule-metallic-shift-dress-simply-be

 

I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to bringing you this outfit post! Metallics are such big news this season, alongside velvet and sparkle, a bright metallic look is so perfect for the festive period. I tend to lean more towards velvet for Christmas and metallics for new year, so this look is my New Year’s Eve outfit sorted.

 

Simpy Be Metallic Shift Dress

 

 Plus Size Gold Metallic Shift Dress and Wide Fit Heels

 

I’m really feeling shift style dresses at the moment and I love the textured jacquard material of this Capsule by Simply Be number. I styled it with a pair of shiny gold wide fit heels (which are surprisingly comfortable), also from Simply Be, and a pair of my trusty M&S opaque tights. To finish off the look, I picked out my favourite vintage faux fur coat, which is one of the warmest things I own, and I reckon it adds a touch of old school glam.

 

The dress is listed as being bronze, but in reality it is a bright gold colour. I can’t get enough of this jacquard fabric which is reminiscent of leopard print. As there is no stretch in this garment I sized up once, I’m wearing a UK22 here. It’s a great length, falling as a mini skirt on my upper thigh (I’m 5’10”) but not too short at all. The sleeves are generous and comfortable, cutting off just above the elbow. The one bugbear with this dress is the neckline, which has a habit of sticking up away from my body a little bit (as you might be able to see in some of these pictures) but that’s easily adjusted by smoothing out the shoulders or wearing a heavy necklace.

 

Plus Size Metallic Shift Dress MDMFlow Lip Colour

 

For my makeup, I used some of the eyeshadows from my recent Colourpop haul: namely ‘Telepathy’ and ‘Midnight’ from the Kathleenlights collab ‘Where the Night Is’. These shadows are beautifully pigmented, easy to blend, and both shades have a sparkly / duo-chrome cast to them which works with the metallic dress really well. My lip colour is the gorgeous semi-matte Vamp by MDMflow, a new purchase which immediately became my winter signature shade as it goes with everything!

 

 Plus Size Metallic Shift Dress and Faux Fur

 

I’m such a fan of winter metallics, and I love how versatile a simple dress like this is. Paired with some standout accessories or glitzy heels, a strong metallic item is perfect for a Christmas or New Year look. So, do you fancy taking the plunge and going metallic this party season?

 

Get the look –> Dress: Simpy Be (currently on sale) / Wide Fit Heels: Simply Be / Tights: M&S / Coat: Vintage (Similar Here) / Earrings: H&M / Rings: Topshop / Eyeshadow: Colourpop / Lip colour: MDMflow

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