Autumn has come and been round for a while and while I am very much in love with autumn colours I mainly had to stick to window shopping due to my bank account saying vehemently no to any unplanned clothes buys.
No Way To Resist A Cardigan
However I am a sucker for a beautiful cardigan. So when I was for a work meeting in the Lowry Mall and a sign in a shop window saying “now stocking plus sizes” drew me in I could not resist to try on this beauty.
One Size Fits ALL
I did not really expect for it to fit as it is one-size and being a size 24-26 I do not have much luck with one size fits all scenarios as I sure all plus size ladies out there will be able to relate. I was very surprised that it actually fitted across my back with my rather large shoulders. This was achieved through the rather wide armholes, putting in some extra allowance for wider shoulders. Knowing that it fits on me, I would love to know how it fits on a “straight sized” girl.
As mentioned above, I bought this at Pussycat London in the Lowry Outlet Mall and the guy behind the counter was more than nice and accommodating. I had at first tried on the camel coloured version of this, but he insisted that I would try on the rust coloured cardigan further insisting that this was the colour of the autumn. I do have to thank him for that as I now as well very much prefer the rust version.
He was really a lovely and resourceful guy and told me all about how he plans to increase the plus size range of the store and how he plans to get the merchandise for that form turkey and italy due to the good quality. It is just a shame that on the website of Pussycat London no plus-sizes can be seen, nor could I find this cardigan online.
Recommending The Shop – Not So Much The Website
So ultimately I can recommend to you to visit the brick and mortar store in the Lowry Mall if you ever happen in the Salford Quays, but I am afraid you won’t be very lucky finding plus-sizes on their website. Pussycat London, please change this!
I love how far the plus size scene has come over the last years. The blogosphere is full of fat babes killing the game in amazing casual wear, evening dresses, vintage wear and even lingerie.
There onle seems to be one aspect of our daily life that we seem to neglect a little bit, and that is work wear, despite this being an important aspect of our ifes. Ultimately work/office wear is what most of us will clad our fat bodies in for 8-10 hours each Monday to Friday.
Unfortunately till today the understanding of plus-size office outfits still appears to mainly consist of unshapely blouses, blazers or tunics whose only goal appears to be to spare our environment from actually seeing any of our lumps and bumps. When I bought my first set of workwear here in the UK I made a very similar experience.
The Worst Shopping Weekend In A Lifetime
I had just finished my MSc and my mom had come over to celebrate. She had the great idea to go on a shopping trip to find some job interview clothes and a respectabe wardrobe for when I would find a job – what followed was the shopping weekend from hell.
At the time I had no idea where to buy work-wear or office clothes let alone that my plus size body could deserve to be dressed in fashionable clothes. The only brick and mortar shop where I knew to find plus size clothes was Asda… George at Asda is a lot better as it sounds, but not really the place for work wear.
The weekend consisted of visiting Asdas, Tescos that did not have any suitable clothes that fitted as I was at the time I was at the end of their size range. Followed by canvassing the Trafford Center here in Manchester that did and I think still does not have a single shop that carries plus sizes (shame on you), we finally found the Evans shop in the Arndale Center.
An Endless Rotation of 6-7 pieces
I came out with 3 tops, 1 pinstripe blazer and 2 pairs of black wide leg trousers which were pretty shapeless and made me look a little like a middle aged bank teller. I wore these few pieces in an endless rotation for at least a whole year without any new additions.
Why no new pieces?
After the shopping trip from hell I definitely did not feel like making another try to go shopping and make that experience again, and from the experience on the first one it I felt like there was anyway not much more work wear than shapeless potato sacks in better fabric. Boy was I wrong, as I know today.
Looking back I wished at the time already known about the plus-size blogosphere and that there is so much great fashion out there. After having more money thanks to working in combination with getting to know the blogosphere I started to learn that there is fashion out there for me, although it took quite a while to I understood that this is also the case when it comes to what I wear to the office.
That’s why I belive it is time start a bi-weekly work & office series. I definitely don’t want any more plus-size babes who are on the threshold to enter the workforce having to go through the same frustrating shopping experience with the same meager outcome – a boring wardrobe on repeat. Starting a new job is scary enough, so you should fee as comfortable and possible and do it in style.
I teamed up with Wingz
To give it the kick off it deserved I teamed up with the ladies of Wingz fashion, which is one of my favourite little accessories that can easily transform a casual piece into an office worthy fashion statement and I wonder how I have lived without them before.
Win Some Wingz
Wingz will be a recurring part in many of my outfits for the next weeks, starting today, we are sharing the love and for the next few weeks you will be able to win one of two pairs of Wingz* every two weeks. For a chance to win, just enter in the widget below:
I recently attended an event at Victoria Highfield, a jeweler in Didsbury. On this evening they reminded me that I should probably have my family heirlooms enlarged to breathe some new life into them and opened my eyes to the world of jewelery beyond cheapo fashion jewelery . (read the event post here).
This tie Victoria Highfield incited me to introduce me to the world of ChloBo followed by a lovely dinner. I had never heard of of ChloBo before, so I did a little research before the day.
According to what I found online the jewelry brand produces handmade pieces inspired by the island of Bali and the story of the company, as you can read it on their facebook page, just sounds adorable:
When ChloBo founder Chloe Moss turned 21 she packed her bags and embarked on a journey around the globe looking for creative inspiration […] eventually she ended up on the beautiful island of Bali.
Discovering the island’s beautiful soul, the stunning craftsmanship and the amazing silver, Chloe was utterly inspired and here marked the birth of ChloBo.
Upon returning to her home in the UK, Chloe transformed her spare bedroom into her studio. [..]
The Bali inspiration gives this brand a bit of a sophisticated hobo chic. I particularly like the the concept of stacking and combining the pieces with each piece being reasonably affordable.If you want to go for the stacked bracelet look though like in the image below, you will fairly quickly reach a spend in the hundreds.
With the cheapest pieces starting at around £45 though there definitely is not too much I can complain. ChloBo seems to offer something for every wallet, if padded or not – and there is no need to start at a big stacked bracelet collection right away. I can imagine that becoming a long term collection, buying each piece to mark a day or memory, similar to the Pandora bracelet charms- and the pieces do appear like they would last.
But Then There Was An Armed Robbery
I was really looking forward to this day however the event unfortunately had to be cancelled as there was unfortunately an armed robbery on the day of the event at one of their branches. The robbers apparently did not use guns, but whatever the weapons were, this does not make it less frightening
My thoughts are with the staff that had to go through this traumatizing experience. I hope that nobody got hurt and that there wasn’t too much physical damage to the store.
Stil A Lovely Evening At Gusto
I do absolutely understand why they had to cancel the event. While we wait to hear to when the event might get rescheduled Victoria Highfield still was so nice to invite us to a lovely Italian meal at Gusto, an absolutely amazing Italian restaurant. And not only that, they also had a lovely little goody bag for me.
Oh So Delicious Food
I promise I won’t turn this post into a restaurant review (although that might actually come later) but the food was absolutely amazing.
I had been wanting to go out for a nice steak for ages and so I chose the thin char-grilled steak which came with Parmesan shavings and rocket, which was absolutely delicious. And not only that, in the uk it seems to be quite difficult to get your steak actually served medium even when you ask for it specifically, despite how thin this lovely steak was cooked to perfection. For dessert I finally got the chance to test sweet cannelloni which had been wanting to try for ages.
The More Than Lovely Goody Bag
Victoria Highfield made not only sure that I still would have a good evening but also a goody bag was awaiting me in the restaurant. I was quite excited about what I would find inside.
I did not expect to receive an actual piece from the collection, but that was exactly what it was, a beautiful bracelet with cross charm.
It is not only beautiful but also feels great and really meets the expectation I had from the website – a great quality piece to last, won’t be “so last season” next year thanks to it’s classic design… – bottom line. I like ChloBo.
It does fit okish, while you can notice it is not made specifically for plus size wearers. For pieces like this that range between £45 and £250 depending on bracelet I would wish that it was possible to add an extra bead or two for perfect wear if needed. However if you are not planning to wear it 24/7 it is perfectly comfortable on my rather larger than average plus-size wrists over the course of an evening.
Thanks A Lot For A Lovely Evening
Thanks Victoria Highfield. I hope everyone who had to go through the trauma of the robbery has recovered well and despite the event not happening, you made me very happy this evening. 😉
I am usually not a fan of weird hems. The hanky hem, bubble hem and drop hem are basically one of my pet hates in plus size fashion. This baby though really caught my eye and spurred another impulse buy.
In the beginning I was not 100% sure, but then I thought what the hell, I can at least try it. If I learned anything over the last year of blogging then it is to challenge what I believe looks good on my and to push my boundaries of what I feel comfortable with.
Neither Usual Fat Stereotype nor Eurovision Song Contest
In most cases drop hems are either one of those weird little weird half circle added over the bum, or something you would expect to see at the Eurovision song contest. This top however is a drop hem game changer for me – it is bold enough to be special but I do not feel like I belong in an episode of Ru Pauls Drag Race.
The Sizing & Fit
The shirt is generously sized as it is meant to have a slight oversized fit. This does not necessarily mean that you should size down, but if you are a size 26 and have your heart set on this top, you should probably still be ok.
The front hem of the shirt comes in a bit higher than it does for the model on my 5’9(1.75m) & size 24-26 (EU 52-54). For my liking it is a little too high but it does not spoil the top for me, I’d just prefer the front to be a little longer. I guess the reason for it coming in higher is my rather largish bust with a cup size F-G.
For my height also the longest part is more than fine and if you are average height you should be perfectly fine as well. I think I had about 20 cm room before the “train” would have started scraping on the floor.
Great For Layering
I love the versatility of this shirt. With summer coming slowly to an end, the potential to layer becomes an important attribute for clothing. Another win for this top. On warmer days I have worn this top just with leggings bearing my arms. Now that it has become a little colder I like to combine it with a long sleeve top and jeans like I did for these pictures or with a set of Wingz, which are great for adding sleeves to any piece of clothing, for the last remaining warm days.
Easy To Dress It Up Or Down
This is one of these pieces of clothing that has endless combination and style possibilities. Did you notice how much the look and feel of it changes by just changing the shoes from my beloved Birkenstock Flip-Flops to my Deichmann plateau high heels. Depending on the accessories this can so easily dressed up or down.
There is one thing though I can tell you, you do stand out with this. Not necessarily in a bad way, but you just have to be ok with it to get some more looks than usual. At least this is what happened to me when I went out and wore this stunner in public.
Standing Out Is Not A Bad Thing
It is an unusual cut and when you walk the drop-hem basically turns into a flowing train, it just does stand out as a cut, plus-size or not. This combination with the expectation that unfortunately still appears to exist that owners of fat bodies will generally be invisible or at least try to stay unnoticed unfortunately still seems to surprise some people.
However like I keep repeating myself quite a bit recently, like I said in my bikini a while back or in my rant about the oprah-magazine and their insane comment about the crop tops, even if this surprises people, it is not the end of the world, despite a few extra looks the world still continues to turn and in the worst case nothing happens except for you feeling more fabulous and having contributed to people wearing what they want having become a more normal sight in public.
A Word Of Warning
One little word of warning though… Just be careful if you by any chance end up wearing this top with stiletto high heels like I did and make sure this won’t be happening to you:
Now Reduced From £16 to £10
I think I found here a true stunner and am so happy ending up getting it despite initial doubts if I would really wear it. I love it and I do wear it a lot. The best news is that, while I got it at full price, it now ended up in Boohoo’s sale and is reduced from £16 to £10 now. I can only give you the advice to try it if you are on the fence about it… you might fall in love with it, in the worst case you can always send it back… 😉
What do you think?
What do you think about this top? Did you recently get an out of the ordinary piece of clothing? Let me know. I would love to hear what you think. Please drop me a comment below.
Last night just after midnight I once again checked Qwertee the geeky t-shirt supplier I posted about a while back like I sporadically do. I should really learn not to do that when I cannot really afford to buy any additional clothing.
If you are not familiar with Qwertee, let me explain the issue quickly to you. Qwertee offers awesome and very creative geeky shirts. So far so good. The real trouble is they offer them only for one day. Every day they have a new set of shirts but they are only available for 24 hours and then pouf gone (FAQ Here).
Oh How I Wish You Could Be Mine
And today they do not only have 1 of them but 3…
For The Firefly Fan-Girl In Me
For The Doctor Who Lover In Me
For the Maths Geek & Lord Of The Rings Reader In Me
Lessons To Be Learnt
There are also some other ones, so if you are as geeky inclined as I am and have a little more money than I have, it might be worth to give it a look. You can also check the “previous shirts” if you would like to see what else they have done as well as vote on the designs you would like to see soon. However, if you are broke as me, stay away. One thing I still have to learn.
Although while we are talking about “things to learn” it would be nice if Qwertee would offer some larger ladies style shirts, but till then the men shirts will do and have done fine. If you would like to see how they fit you can check out my OOTD featuring the Minion shirt.
What Do You Think
I would love to know what your “geeky pleasure” is. Is there a shirt that you could not resist?
This summer I am a little broke… So unfortunately there was no way I could have done any big summer clothes hauls. Over the whole summer I was watching with This summer I am a little broke… So unfortunately there was no way I could have done any big summer clothes hauls.
A Bit Jealous Of The Colourful New Wardrobes
Over the whole summer I was watching other fashion bloggerswith a slight sense of jealousy how they were showing off their lovely summer dresses. I am particularly jealous my newest blogger crush and discovery Boardroom Blonde. Just look at how colourful and bright her wardrobe is:
Woohoo – A Mini Haul Is Possible
So I was very, very happy when I once again was online window shopping when Boohoo came to the rescue. Boohoo in general offers very, very affordable clothing that even their plus size section does really deserve the label fast fashion, unlike the plus size section of some other retailers..
Bargains In The Summer Essential Section
A lot of their Summer Essentials section is currently up to 60% reduced and there are some real bargains in there.
There are also lot’s of other lovely pieces in the sale that I unfortunately had to leave behind, next to some lovely full price jumpsuits. Too many to all call them out. Just check them here. One last piece of the sale I still want to mention specifically is this dip back top (black/white/grey), as will be a central piece of an upcoming OOTD that will be live very soon. I still bought this at full price during the time I was offline you are now able to get this instead for £16 for £10.
The clothes might not be quite as colourful as Boardroom Blondes amazing wardrobe but I am still so, so looking forward to this little parcel arriving. There is just no better feeling than a bargain ;).
Always Worth To Have A Browse
This find is also once again proof that it at times can be worth to have a quick browse online or instore even if you expect not to find anything in your price range and boohoo is always a good place for a bargain. Debz recently also has written an interesting post about an unexpected New Look bargain on the high street…
End Of Summer Sales Everywhere
So if you are skint like me at the moment, now is the time to have a good window shop as all the other usual retailers will right now run their end of summer sales or run a sale on their new season pieces to start to push those. So wherever you go boohoo, new look, asos, missguided or any other fast fashion low(ish) price retailer you will have a good chance to make a bargain. My asos summer sale wish list in fact is endless. If there is ever time for a bargain it is now and the boohoo sale is a great place to find one.
What Do You Think?
Have you come across a great bargain? Where and what did you get? Do you have a new blogger crush that we should not miss out on? Please drop me a comment below.