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.

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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+ On A Girl In Size 24

The Missguided Lace Peplum Dress

I am more than excited that I was provided with a lovely peplum dress out of the new Missguided+ Plus-Size range that only launched yesterday, which I will be wearing to the Simply Be Spring /Summer Collection 2015 preview tonight. Check out the hashtag #SimplyBeSS15 if you want to watch live what will be happening.

Missguided Plus Size Lace Peplum Dress Ecom Picture

I am very much looking forward to wearing this Missguided+ beauty. The dress comes in a lace look but also in a leopard print. This might not be as extensive as a usual review but I just wanted to give you a first idea how this dress looks on a girl that is on the larger side of curvy, namely a size 24-26.

 

True To Size – Slightly Larger

The dress feels lovely and appears to be true to size. If anything, it is a bit on the larger side, as it fits me well while I am usually somewhere between a size 24-26 with a relatively large bust. Although I would say despite that, there is no need to size down.

 

More “Missguided On A Size 24”-Pictures To Come

I will be posting quite a few of these looks. So keep checking back here on the blog or make sure to follow me on Instagram. Obviously I won’t be modelling the whole 70 pieces, Unfortunately I can’t quite afford that, but I am sure I there will be quite a few interesting pieces and that there will enough to give you a good idea :). Let me know which pieces you would like to see.

Some of the things of which I can tell you that you will definitely be able to see them here soon are: the leopard print midi skirt and the beautiful cobalt blue wrap dress, in fact I  will be wearing the latter one to the British Plus Size Awards.

Complaints About Sizing Range A Little Unfair

I have seen quite a few people complaining about the sizing range ending at a size 24. I personally hope as well that the sizing range that I hope will be extended in future. However, complaining about the sizing range is unfair.

You do have to think about this from a business point of view. Missguided is a retailer that so far has only catered for women up to a size 14 (and the occasional 16). Immediately moving from this to a range which is upwardly open would be an incredibly risky move. As there is no guarantee as to how the collection performs.

Therefore this collection should be seen as a first entry into the plus-size business. Missguided are basically dipping their toe into the plus-size market. Trying to work out what works for them and what does not. I am sure there will be one or the other amazing piece and some great surprises in the future.

What Do You Think?

There are so many things I would love to her from you about. What you think about the dress and the range in general? Which of the items would you like to see on the blog?

Lots 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?

After Dark in the Arndale Center- #MAAfterDark

An Exciting November

#MAAfterDark is next to the British Plus Size Awards one of the events I am very much looking forward this month.

#MAAfterDark is an exciting blogger event centred all around the perfect party dress, there will be lots of music, food, drink, fashion & beautifying. Each blogger attending the event got assigned a retailer they will be representing.

Representing Yours Clothing.

I am very excited to be representing Yours Clothing, which I am really looking forward to as it has been one of my favourite shops for quite a while now.

In the meantime I have already been extensively online window shopping their party range and have already found a few possible contenders for my personal perfect party dress. I am very much looking forward to a first shopping day at the Arndale Center today, trying a few of those dresses to narrow it down.

Finally An Inclusive Event

One thing I like about this event, is that this is a general fashion event, as compared to a plus-size specific event. These two genres are far too often separate, as the general fashion industry by far too often ignores that women beyond a size 20 might want to wear fashionable clothes. But thanks to the Arndale Center hosting several plus-size shops we can finally bring these two worlds together, well done!

More Choice On The High Street Please

I am sure all of you plus-size ladies will agree, and particularly all of us that have surpassed size 24 at any points in their life. that it can be quite difficult to find good and fashionable plus-size clothing on the high street. While it has become online a lot easier, there are still few shops that offer plus-size in their brick and mortar shops.

Here in Manchester for example I have once been very disappointed when I set out for a shopping day in the ginormous Trafford Center, only to find out that there was not a single piece of plus size clothing in the whole center.

And here is where the Arndale Center makes me quite happy, with actually offering at least some degree of choice by hosting several plus size shops.

Yours Clothing as well is contributing to giving us plus ladies more choice with constantly opening more and more shops. Here you can find a list of their current stores.

A Good Start

This is a good start, however I would very much wish more retailer would offer plus-size clothing and more plus-size retailers would open hight street stores.

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#FridayFavourites – A Koala In A Suit…

This Week: A Favourite Piece Of Jewellery

This weeks #FridayFavourite isn’t an outfit, but a lovely and quirky piece of jewellery. I just had to share this absolutely lovely koala necklace with you, that has become one of my absolute jewellery favourites.

I am talking about this cute guy:

Chunky Cat Cuddler

I bought this lovely fella at plus north from the stand of Chunky Cat Cuddler, a lovely blogger who also has a great little online shop featuring fashion and jewerllery.

She offers actually quite a few more animals from the same range. I think I will actually have to get one or two more of them:

Animal Instinct –  Chunky Cat Cuddler

I think the cat will definitely soon by mine and I am strongly contemplating to get the cheetah too. And I can only recommend to have a look around through the shop and particularly the necklaces, as there are some true gems in there (see what I did there…).

What do you think

What do you think about the little fella Which one of the necklaces is your favourite?

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Missguided Launches Plus-Size Range

The News Is Out

The news are out, Missguided has announced on their blog that they will be releasing a plus size range on the 18th of November.

Missguided+ Plus Size launch

I have to say, I have never been so passionate about a plus-size range.

Why? If you follow my Facebook page and came across my Halloween pictures, you might have noticed that I am part of the Missguided family. Over the last months it was more than exciting to see this range come about, from idea to realisation.

Up To A Size 24

I have always loved our fashion at Missguided and so I am very excited that it will now be offered in sizes up to 24, allowing me clad my curves in amazing  Missguided fashion. Although I hope the size range might be extended at some later point

There are some absolute killer pieces in this range and I am very much looking forward to rocking one of Missguided’s evening dresses at the British Plus Size Awards later this month.

It’s Shopping Day

So, look forward to the 18th and don’t forget to mark it in your diary. It’s shopping day!