Meet Ursula – Or The Trouble Of Finding The Right Plus-Size Costume

The Trouble Of Finding The Right Plus-Size Costume

Finding the right Halloween costume can be quite difficult for the plus size girl. There are not too many plus-size costumes to buy out there. The choice is basically limited to witch, vampire or pirate, unless you want to get a kinky costume from Ann Summers and that is definitely something I would very much like to avoid. So in most cases you will have to get a bit creative and create the costume yourself.

Using Our Curves To Our Advantage

But we can turn this into an advantage and with a little creativity us plus-size ladies can really rock Halloween. There are great costumes, skinnier ladies would have trouble pulling off.

For now I just wanted to show you my look for this year: Ursula The Sea Witch

Ursula

Ursula is a very voluptuous lady and just definitely one of my favourite Disney villains. While I was terrified by her when I was younger, she now has something about her that I do love. Maybe it is that she is an independent plus-size lady who does not need a prince to fulfil herself, if we ignore the evil part for a moment…

Meet Ursula

The Make-Up

This year I decided to dress up as Ursula. Which is pretty easy. All you need is an Albert Einstein Wig which you can style like Ursula’s hair, some purple facepaint, blue and dark grey eye-shadow & red lipstick combined with a few more make-up supplies. And that is hair and make-up already done.

Also Georgina from She Might Be Loved has recently done a great tutorial for Ursula.

The Costume

The costume is very simple to make and  requires only very little sewing and with that minimal sewing skills. In fact, I am quite sure that the sewing could also be completely replaced by hot-gluing. You can find the how-to, leading you through all the steps to create the costume here.

All you need is some purple and some black fabric which you sew together in long thin triangles which are then stuffed (In my case I used simple kitchen paper). And boom you have your tentacles.  If you want your tentacles to stand out even more,  you can add wire to them so that you can bend them. I was quite happy with them without the wire.

Lastly create a belt loop at  the top of each and, wonder oh wonder, hang them on a belt.

Now all you need is a peplum dress to hide the belt under, and once again *boom*, you have Ursula 🙂

Dress – Simply Be (old, similar)
Leggings – Simply Be
Ballerinas – Yours Clothing

Winning The Fancy Dress Competition

Ultimately I was even rewarded by winning the office fancy dress competition, which is an achievement if you work in the fashion industry… 😉

Ursula Also Knows How To Dress For A Night Out

Given that the central piece of this costume is a peplum dress, another amazing aspect is that she does not only know how to dress for the office, but also for the night out.

For going out, I simply teamed the tentacle belt with one of my favourite night out dresses from Asos, which I featured a while back on the blog, in this post.

 Dress – Asos
Belt – Yours Clothing
Shoes – Deichmann

What Do You Think?

What do you think is a great costume idea for us plus-size ladies? And finally, what did you wear this year? I would love to hear from you, and to see photos!

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The Hamburg #PSFdays Runway Show

An Impressive Fashion Show

While I am overall still quite new in the whole plus size blogging szene  I can say I have seen by now quite a few runway shows and this one was by far the most impressive so far…

While I had been a bit disappointed by the PSFdays marketplace, compared to British events, the fashion show was really something else here. Not only was it in the most glamorous setting I have seen so far it was also the best choreographed, varied and planned out fashion show I have seen so far, if anything, a bit long.

The Show Before The Show

The show began long before the actual runway show. So many women had an amazing effort and come in absolutely stunning outfits. I love it that the event had a little red carpet area in which a team of photographers immortalised all of those stunning looks.

Given how many amazing women there were this night I actually quite proud that I have made it on the official collection of red carpet pictures.

Pictures courtesy of andreasgrav.com

I have left Germany about 5 years ago and the state of plus-size fashion really was not great at that time. So it was even more amazing to see how far plus-size fashion has come in Germany in this time.

Thank you Tanja

The show was hosted by Tanja Marfo, the organiser of the event, blogger at Kurvenrausch, Make-Up-Artist and most recently founder of the new Kurvenrausch plus size model agency, all in all a very busy women.

She led through the evening supported by Eric Schroth. The two did a good job of leading through the evening and I loved how the two looked together.


During the show I even got mentioned during the show, as one of the international guests, although the got slightly wrong where I am from, they might have said I am from London instead of Manchester, but I will forgive them…

The Runway Show

Ther was everything in the beautiful fashion show, from plus-size workwear, over plus-size evening wear, some plus-size lingerie and even a few great causal pieces for lounging about at home in style. I will spare you from going through each designer, label and piece separately. I very much prefer to share a few impressions and show you some of my personal highlights.

I would encourage you though to have a nosey on the websites of the labels yourself having a bit of a closer look round. There is a lot to discover.

The Labels

During the show I actually lost count how many labels participated. The show consisted of a varied mix of local boutiques, international retailers and a few independent Designers.

Represented Were:

Most likely I actually forgot 2-3 but I will update this list over the next days in case I did. In case you notice I did, just let me know in the comments 🙂

A Few Highlights…

While I loved seeing the variety, there were a few things that stood out to me:

Miss Molly – Online Underwear

Plus-Size, Germany and beautiful underwear: 3 things that still don’t appear to go much together. When I left Germany 5 years ago it seemed basically impossible to find a bra in my size, online or offline.

While we were a bit disappointed that there was no dessous retailer at the market place, it was nice to at least see a few beautiful and actually also sexy pieces in the runway show, thanks to Miss Molly. Although the website does need a makeover…

Dagmar Gräf – Plus-Size Trousers

At the market place I ended up in a conversation next to a clothing rail full of lots of varied and fashionable plus-size trousers. The conversation was about the fact that on blogs as well as events one does not really see many trousers.

We wondered if this was due to the women or due to the lack of trousers. Looking back at catalogues and the offerings online, what you usually see there is  leggings, jeggings, office trousers and the occasional office trousers, if you ignore track suit and pyjama bottoms. There is definately a lack of fashionable trousers.

I am happy that Dagmar Gräf is planning to change this. Looking at the collection I can say that  I would happily wear almost every single piece of what I have seen of the collection. Unfortunatelly we will have to wait till January till these beauties will hit the market.

Adam Brody – Timeless Yet Innovative Glamour

I loved seeing Adam Brody‘s pieces. While most of the fashion will most likely be far out of my price range I loved almost every single piece of them. Not only that, they had this timeless feel to them that their style might last you a lifetime and from the look of it (keeping in mind this was judged from a distance), it appeared that these lovely pieces might actually have the quality to match it.

Was fascinated me about Adam Brody was that while his fashion appeared timeless and classic on the one hand each piece had an unique innovative style about it. Well let’s stop here. I start sounding like a pretentious, overpriced fashion magazine. I rather let the picture speak.

 

Dear Adam Brody: Can I please wear this for the British Plus Size Awards…

Picture courtesy of andreasgrav.com

 

The Red Carpet  – Meeting A Few German Bloggers

I also finally had the chance to meet a few German bloggers. I briefly bumped into Elli from Curvy Fashionelli, Birgit from Charming Curves and Jennifer from Dressing these Curves with who I actually remembered to take a picture.

All in all meeting the German bloggers is what I would say I have missed out the most on during this trip.

I would have loved to get to know each of them better and meet all the others that have been there. In hindsight I would say we should have organised a bloggers lunch or something similar.

What do you think?

Did you go to the #PSFdays? Which of the red carpet looks is your favourite? Have you discovered a new label/designer for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of love.

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British Plus Size Awards

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for the British Plus Size Awards in the cateogory “Best New Blogger”. I really would appreciate it if you would take you time to vote for me.

To vote for me and your favourite plus-size retailers & celebrities just click on the button below:

 

Body Confidence Boost with “Give Me The Food” by Miss Platnum

Miss Platnum
Miss Platnum

This is an artist and video I just had to share with you – she is a great plus-size style inspiration, and most importantly, her song & music video “Give me the food” is to me one of the most body confidence boosting statements out there.

Miss Platnum is a Rumanian artist. In her career she has often been criticised and scrutinized about her weight.  I can imagine her management telling her that if she wants to make it , she will have to drop at least 10-15 kilos – something I absolutely don’t understand. She has an amazing, curvy figure and I do love her clothing style – she is definitely one of my style inspirations.

One day she must have thought – “ENOUGH, I have to speak up about this” – and came up with this amazing song.

Have a look for yourself:

To say it with her words:

Look at my curvaceous curves
Those models can’t compete
I am a woman
No skinny doll

It would be great to hear what you think about this and what has inspired you. So,what do you think about this song and her style? Do you know any other great body confidence songs?

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