Battling With One Of My Plus-Size Insecurities – The VBO

Girl Geek In A Dress In Plus Size Boohoo Nadia -Shoulderfree Front Zip Dress In Blue

The Boohoo Plus Size Cooperion With Nadia Aboulhosn

I am pretty sure that most of you have heard in one way or the other about the Nadia Aboulhosn Plus Size Range Boohoo recently brought out in cooperation with the blogger.

I really do love the range. It is bold, a bit edgy but not over the top or slutty. It has just a lot of fierce pieces, that are unapologetic for being plus size. In short exactly what the plus-size fashion scene needs more of.

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From Top Left To Bottom Right:
Nadia Crop Top With Zip

Asymmetric Crop Top and Skirt Co-ord
Off The Shoulder Asymmetric Maxi Dress
Embossed Sleeve Hoodie
Crop Top & Mini Skirt Coord
Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress
Split Shoulder Dress
Long Sleeved Panel Dress

As much as I love the pieces though, there is one issue with them. A very large proportion of the range are very close cut to tbe body, many of the dresses are in a bodycon style. Ultimately there is nothing wrong with this, but for some of these  pieces you either have to be happy to show and own your “VBO” (Visible Belly Outline) or size up.

Big Body Confidence Steps – VBO A Step I Have Not Made Yet

For most of the range I would advise to size up, but as I am a size 24, which is as large as Boohoo’s Plus Size Range goes, my only option was to own up to my VBO. I have come far in my time blogging accepting myself and my body, owning my bare arms,  strapless jumpsuits and even my very first bikini (the full post has been lost, but I’ll rewrite it soon)

However the VBO is just one of the things that has been a bit difficult for me to own up to and I (on myself) simply do not find attractive and a good style to wear out. This is not a generic statement, expressing that no-one should. If you are happy showing the world your VBO I salute you, please please do it. I personally battle with myself if it comes to this

So despite immediately falling in love with the Nadia Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress* below in blue (which is also available in black), I had it lying around here for quite a while till I mustered up the courage to share it with you guys.

Plus Size Nadia Off Shoulder Front Zip Dress black & blue

 

It looks really amazing on Nadia. On me though I was not quite sure what I thought about it. I loved it too much to send it back but was unhappy enough with it to hesitate sharing it with you or being ok wearing it outside. What do you think?

Girl Geek In A Dress In Plus Size Boohoo Nadia -Shoulderfree Front Zip Dress In Blue

 

Plus Size Shoulder Free Front Zip Dress Sporting My  Visible Belly Outline (VBO)

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

I am not too happy with the way it it at the moment and would not wear it on its own, but my issue is that I am at the very edge of their sieizes. If you are either happy with your VBO or able to size up, this dress will look absolutely stunning on you. And now the dress has even been reduced to only £12

A Sportier Look With The Nadia Embossed Hoodie

 

Boohoo Nadia Plus Size Range

 

 

I hoped that help for my issue with the VBO would come from another piece I really  from the Nadia Range, the Embossed Sleeve Hoodie. While it can be worn like your traditional hoodie, this one is quite a bit more stylish than the average hoodie and is perfect to give your favourite short to medium dress a more sporty look. In the campaign itself Nadia is wearing it with the Split Shoulder Dress (now reduced to £5!).

Boohoo Nadia Zip Front Dress & Embossed Hoodie

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Finally Adding Some Leggings

Ultimately I also added some leggings to the outfit. The dress it great to show of a nice pair of  plus-size legs, but as short as this dress is, it will almost definitely lead to chub rub on said plus-size legs without a pair of tights. I personally am one of those people who don’t get away with wearing a dress without tights or leggings. A pair of leggings can also work with the hoodie transforming this dress made more for a night out to an even more sporty look, but see the two different looks yourself below.

Nadia boohoo plus size zip front blue dress , nadia boohoo plus size embossed hoodie, simply be plus size grey leggings

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Grey Leggings Simply Be 
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Maybe I’ll soon be fitting in the dress a bit better. I am currently working on getting a bit fitter again after I have noticed that I am out of breath again a lot quicker and my blood pressure has gone a bit up. The additional exercise and looking a bit more after what I eat, has lead to some weight loss, and so maybe continuing the weight loss I might reach a fit with which I might actually be happy wearing the dress out.

 

What do you think?

Do you dare sporting a VBO? Do you think I should drop my insecurities and wear the dress out as it is? Do you prefer the dress with our without leggings What do you think about the Nadia range?

 

Lots of love

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The Geek Side Of Me – Geeky Plus-Size Fashion #OOTD

As you all are well aware, my blog name is Girl Geek In A Dress and next to me loving fashion, being Girl Geek is a very important part of my identity. Particularly after I spent this Saturday at the Manchester Girl Geeks Mini Barcamp I realised that I have pretty much neglected this very important part of me, which is also an important part of my fashion choices next to all the dressy choices that I have been sharing with you here.

 

Plus Size Girl Geek Fashion - Doctor Who Minion Qwertee Selfie

The Geek in “Girl Geek In A Dress”

I decided that it was more than hight time to share with you my geekier fashion choices. I do believe this is a truly important section that I have neglected far too long, as while it is difficult to find nice plus-size fashion, it is even more difficult to find nice geeky plus-size fashion…

 

Plus Size Girl Geek Clothing - Doctor Who Despicable Me T-Shirt Gif

Qwertee – A New Geek Shirt Each Day

One of my favourite places to go to for particularly creative and out of the ordinary shirts is Qwertee. Qwertee in the UK and Teefury in the US are shops that offer every day 1 (sometimes 2) new geeky designs often also featuring a mash up of two different films or comics from pac man, to breaking bad, the Big Bang TheoryLord Of The Rings, etc. or simply things held dear by geeks like catscoffee or astronomy.

Qwertee Geek T-Shirts
Happy Qwertee Customers In the Various Designs

Happy Qwertee Customers In the Various Designs

Only Up To UK Women’s Size 18

While Qwertee offers women’s cut t-shirts they unfortunately only offer them up to a size WXXL which corresponds to a width of 55cm across the chest, with a circumference of 110cm the corresponds with a UK size of ca 18, far too small. It appears as if Qwertee believes there are no plus-size geeks out there… really? It is not that difficult to find a t-shirt company that offers plus-size women’s shirts to print on.

So it is clearly something they need to change and the more people tell them the more likely it is that they are going to change it. So use your social media power and tell them on Twitter or Facebook that you want plus-size womens’s Qwertees and tag or mention me (@GirlGeek85) or my post if you are super lovely :).

Still Possible To Be Worn By The Plus-Size Girl Geek

That does not mean though that you won’t be able to wear those great designs if you are a plus size. I personally am somewhere between a size 24 and 26 and buy ther XXL men’s shirts and am quite happy with them.

What is important when buying men’s shirts is to check the width stated in their sizing chart and check it against your chest measurements, as this is most likely your widest part and the part that was not planned in, in a men’s shirt. I personally would recommend though not to go too big, otherwise it could look a bit shapeless and too baggy, but that is totally up to you and how you prefer it.

 

Plus Size Girl Geek T-Shirt

Wearing a men’s shirt does not have to be masculine. I like to combine my geek shirts with a skirt, particularly skater skirts, as they really help to build that hourglass figure and a belt will help to really take your waist in, shaping your feminine silhouette further. Other than that I like to stay casual and practical combining the shirt and skirt with leggings and sneakers for comfort. Perfect for a long day of talks or any other tech or geek event.

 

What I am Wearing

Plus Size Girl Geek T-Shirt & Missguided Skirt

Geek Shirt – Qwertee
Plus Size Wet Look Skater SkirtMissguided
Only Sizes 16&18 left -> Similar here
Grey Leggings Simply Be
Grey Sneakers – Passed down to me by my stylish mum
Motorola Moto 360 Stainless Steel Smartwatch – Amazon

I am wearing my favourite Qwertee design depicting a mash up of Doctor Who and Despicable Me, showing the Minions stealing the Tardis and the Sonic Screwdriver of the Tenth Doctor. The skirt I combined this shirt with today was the Missguided Wet Look Skater Skirt which is a great skirt to be dressed up or dressed down. It is currently reduced to £12 at Missguided and soon I will be showing you the bolder side of it in my most daring outfit yet.

 

What Do You Think

What do you think of my more geeky side? I can’t believe I haven’t shown you more of that sort of thing yet, as it is an important thing of my style. I guess I was so busy stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing it with you that I completely overlooked to share my comfort zone self with you.

Would you like to see more geeky plus-size fashion? Do you have a favourite geek shirt or a great place to get geeky fashion? I’d love it if you would share it with me!

Lot’s of love

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Missguided+ Releases New Pieces & Extra 40% Off Sale

After Missguided had released their plus size range in late autumn last year with a lot of noise, things appear to have changed a bit.

In the meantime there were quietly quite few new pieces added to range. While new pieces are nice we are wondering when a full SS15 plus size collection is going to come.

But let’s have at what happened & the new range:

November 2014: Reveal of the Plus-Size Range

It’s too long ago that all eyes of the plus-size fashion world were directed at Missguided, last November actually, to be precise: That was when Missguided launched their very first plus size range.

Coord Collage

November/December 2014: Me & Other Bloggers in Missguided

For a few weeks the plus-size blogosphere was full of lot’s of amazing plus size babes showing off the range. I was no exception, posting about the lace peplum dress and the stunning cobalt blue velvet wrap dress which I wore to the British Plus Size Awards.

PicMonkey Collage with shadow

January 2015: It has gone quiet

But the fashion world turns fast and the plus-size fashion world is no exception. So over the last months it has become fairly quiet around Missguided, well at least in regards of plus-size.

The fast fashion company has so far only concentrated at the lower end of straight sizes (going up to 14).  Their first plus size range was, by the looks of it, only a test range, if a strong one, with approx 70 lines in sizes only going up to a size 24 so far.

The big question here was if the brand after an enthusiastic launch would forget about their plus-size customer, like so many promising other brands have unfortunatelly done before, leaving the range as an token range for the fatties to avoid being called fat shaming.

February 2015: New Pieces – Without A Lot Of Noise

Fortunately this does not appear to be the case. Well, at least there are a few positive indicators that this time it might be different.

Without making a lot of noise abut it they appear to have been working quietly on a few updates to their best pieces as well as some completely new pieces.

Screenshot from 2015-02-25 03:05:22

Unfortunately there is no complete new range or big overarching new style at the moment, but one thing I do have to credit Missguided for is that after running only a very few months, they have looked at demand and, like a good fast fashion retailer does, not only restocked as it was selling out but also put a little bit of effort in and improved/updated a few lines by adding new colour options

Let’s Have A Look At The Range Update

Renewals/Updates

Some of the pieces they have renewed were the wrap dresses that were very popular after the launch and quickly sold out in many colours.

The wrap dresses have not only been repeated in the original colours that had sold out they are now also available in for example khaki and grey.

PicMonkey Collage2

Skirts

And also the leopard print skirt that I own and love has been renewed and it is along with some other skirts  now available in the trend colour camel as well as a black PU panel version.

skirts 2

 New Dresses

There are some lovely new midi dresses. The below dress on the left in the grid has been added in black and in the green and also some other completely new dresses.

 

Screenshot from 2015-02-19 01:58:50

 

Tie Waist Skirt

Another new addition to the collection is the tie waist skirt which is expected to be a big trend this spring. A skirt I could not resist buying already and that will be on my blog soon in an #OOTD.

This skirt is basically a skirt that pretending to have a shirt slung around the hips. Sounds a bit weird when trying to describe it,  but I like the look.

tie waist Collage2

Trends At The Same Time For Fatties AND Normalos

The tie waist skirt is one of the examples where Missguided is really really promising for the future. I am not necessarily talking abut the style itself but the timing of the delivery of the style. If you have a look around through the sizes, tie waist appears to be one of their big upcoming trends that they have heavily bought into across their straight sizes.

Unlike so many other retailers out there, Missguided is not waiting till at least next season to finally deliver a trend in a  plus-size version, but is delivering it at the same time for us larger ladies as wekk as in straight sizes. Although admittedly they deliver this trend only in one style for 18+ while in almost uncountable styles for straight sizes, but it is a start.

Where is the SS15 range?

After having been unsure, when first launching the range in November, of how it would resonate with us fatties, they should now have a much better idea of who their plus-size customers are and what we like.

This does make me wonder even more why it is taking Missguided so long to get their Spring/Summer range out. With it being end of February they might be a bit late to the market. Although I am still holding up big hopes for a banging collection

Extra 40% Off Sale While We Are Waiting

While you are browsing through the new items don’t forget to have a quick look at the sale items, as for a very limited time you will be able to get 40% all sale items using the code EXTRA40.

Missguided Sale Items

What do you think?

Which one is your favourite? Are you calling some of the new pieces your own? And for which retailer  can’t you wait to finally announce their new SS15 collection.

 

 



Simply Be Spring/Summer 2015

A while back I was lucky enough to attend the Simply Be Spring/Summer Preview. This was an absolutely amazing event in an impressive London penthouse, involving some lovely wine, yummy canapés, a stunning new Spring & Summer collection and lots of lovely plus size blogger babes.

 

Simply Be SS15 UK Plus Size Blogger Event

 

If you follow my Instagram you will have most likely been able to follow the events on this day as it happened and will already have gotten a glimpse into the new Simply Be collection, if not, even the more of a reason to follow me on Instagram.

 

 

I so hope the bikini top will come up to a G-Cup. #SimplyBeSS15 #preview #plussizeswimwear #plussize

A photo posted by Lisa (@girlgeek85) on

 

 

Simply Be’s have by now even added a video of this preview day on their youtube channel so that you can get a first hand impression of the event in moving pictures if you pay enough attention you can even glimpse of me wearing one of my favourite Missguided dresses in this video.

 

 

 My Favourite Trends & Pieces

While then these styles were merely a preview, these lovely pieces are now, bit by bit, making their way into the Simply Be online shop. A good occasion to give you  a bit of  a closer look at the collection and my favourites.

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While I am not really a fan of this years florals I am very much in love with the the clean bright colours in an almost candy colour range in combination with clean strong cuts as well as the simple monochrome styles with a hint of 60s. And lastly not to forget I like the denim. For some reason it has recently not been easy to find a nice plus size denim jacket.

 

Monochrome

monochrome products

 

From top left to bottom right:

Mono Blazer
Crepe Tennis Skirt
White Textured Skater Dress
Chunky White Necklace
Asymmetric Zip Skirt
Scuba Prom Skirt

Candy Colours

Candy Colours

 

From top left to bottom right:

Crepe Tapered Trousers
Brushed Mint Textured Coats
Denim Babydoll Dress
Pleat Midi Skirt
Purple Crochet Pencil Skirt
Yellow Ladder Trim Midi Dress
Colour Block Winged Bag

Denim

Denim

From top left to bottom right:

Denim Jacket
Patch Skinny Jeans
Denim shirt

Great Swimwear 2015

The one thing though that absolutely stood out to me is the Swimwear. This year simply be have really outdone themselves with their swimwear. Great colour combined with vintage lines.

swimwear

 

Colour Block Bikini
Polka Dot Bikini
Sports Swimsuit
Mesh Swimsuit

What is great about these swimsuits, at least some, is that Simply Be also thought of us busty ladies when designing them. Wearing a G-Cup I am simply not able to wear a “normal” swimsuit without proper cups and/or under-wires. My mom always called it “pancakes” what swimsuits without proper cups would do to a large bust. No desirable shape… The black mesh swimsuit is one of those good examples, as it contains fixed foam cups supporting and keeping the bust in shape.

 

My absolute favourite piece is the monochrome one piece below which will instantly transform you into a plus size bond girl.

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Retro Swimsuit

But also the Bikinis are not to be scoffed at.  After I made a great step of confidence and bought my very first Bikini last year (read more about this here) I might be buying Bikini number 3 and 4 this year…

What Is Your Favourite?

Which one is your favourite piece? Did you get one of these lovelies already

 

Lots of love

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The House Of Fraser – An Unexpected Place For A Bargain*

Great To Discover New Shops

One of the best things since I started my blog is not only that it has encouraged me to question and develop my own style significantly over the last months or that I have met a lot of great people through it, but also that it gave me the chance to discover a lot of great places to find new plus-size fashion and inspiration.

The Hose Of Fraser – A Bargain?

Today I want to talk about one of these cases. A few weeks back a representative from the House of Fraser contacted me,asking if I might be interested to review some of their fashion. However, knowing what I thought I knew about the House of Fraser: it being quite a high profile retailer, I thought I would not get very far with my budget.

I was not only surprised about the choice of plus-size fashion available,  but even more by the price range available. Yes, like you expect a large proportion of their range is tin he luxury clothing bracket, however they also have a surprising amount of affordable plus-size clothing. Spending only £30, which is most likely less than the average Simply Be or Yours Clothing dress. I even managed to find two pieces: a lovely dress and a  skirt.

 

My Choice

Samya Spot Dress With Lace & Net Hem

As you know if you follow my blog, I am a big fan of polka dots. I also love the little detail of  the net hem, reminding of a petticoat.

Samya Spot Dress With Lace & Net Hem – £15*

I love this little dress. It is true to size and has just the length that I like in dresses. For reference, I am 5’9 (1.75m) The lace detailing is in my opinion, what sets it for apart and makes it look like a much more expensive dress than it is.

House of Fraser

Samya Layered Pleated Midi Skirt

Midi skirts are great for autumn and I recently have developed a love for pleated skirt, something about them does very much remind me of my childhood and my late grandmother.  So this skirt is basically a double win. Also the leather detail is a lovely detailing.

Samya Layered Pleated Midi Skirt – £15*

I like the skirt, although I am not as impressed with it as I was with the dress. I was hoping it would have a look that is a bit of a cross between tutu and pleated skirt, but the leather details don’t hang as nicely as pleats in real live as I would have hoped for. It is a nice skirt and I would still recommend it, although it is not as nice as I would have hoped for.

Have A Look Yourself

As mentioned above I was not even aware that the House Of Fraser did Plus Size, nor that it even is so affordable. Next to some well known brands like Evans they also have several less well known brands, some of which I had never heard of before. So I would say it is definately worth a look around.

What Do You Think?

I’d love to know what you think. Did  you know the House of Fraser do plus-size? What is your favourite piece?

Lot’s of love

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Missguided Plus Size Range Goes Live Today

The Day Is Finally Here

The day has finally arrived today Missguided’s long awaited plus-size range goes live today.

The great news is, while in terms of sizing the range is separate from their normal range , coming in sizes 16-24, in terms of style Missguided has made an effort not to change their image or style for the larger sizes, like some other retailers unfortunately have done. Well done Missguided.

Some Killer Pieces

The starting range is  a relatively small, although it has some killer pieces. Most likely I would expect it though that this range would be extended over time. I have already fallen in love with a lot of pieces: some  great coats, clever slogan t-shirts, a selection of evening dresses and skirts and most importantly there is finally a sizeable range of plus-size co-ords.

Missguided+

Coords, Finally!

I am particularly in love with their range of co-ords. It might not be high season for co-ords anymore with summer having gone, but after I have been searching for so long for a decent two piece set I am more than happy that us plus size girls now finally have a range of plus-size co-ords available that come in tartan, grid, floral and some more patterns.

Coord Collage

 

These pieces are sold separately, this also gives you the chance to go for them either as top or skirt only, if you are not sold on the co-ord idea but like the print. Given that most tops in these sets, are usually crop tops, this does also means that a great range of crop tops is hitting the market And there can never be to many. (Have I said that? No way I would have said that a year ago…)

Evening Dresses

The range of dresses has a few lovely pieces in there. One of which I will actually be wearing to the British Plus Size Awards this weekend. This beauty:

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The the velvet wrap dress

The dress I will be wearing though will be in a colour I have not yet spotted on the page, but I am sure will be on soon. I was dead excited to be able to try this dress on pre-release. I am absolutely loving it. Another thing I can tell you about this dress is that while the model is a good looking girl, this dress looks even better, when worn by a woman with a figure that is much more on the curvy-side. I will be wearing this dress in a size 24.

Excited About What Might Come In Future

As you might have heard I am a bit biased as I am part of the Missguided team, and it was dead excited to see this range come from idea to existence. However, to me it is even more exciting what might come in future. As I am personally hoping and expecting that this range might get extended in future.

And while there are some pieces that I adore, there is range for extension and improvement, given the size of opportunities and styles out there. I for example would say that a next collection could even go much bolder than this one already has done. I would also love to see a wider range of sizes and some glamorous eveningmaxi & party dresses in the so well known Missguided style.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about the range? What is your favourite? And what would you love to see in future?