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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 



Buy My Wardrobe – Monochrome Simply Be Tunic

I am having a spring wardrobe clean out. So keep your eyes open I will be over the next few weeks selling quite a few lovely pieces that all still have many, many more wears in them that are looking for a new loving home.

Monochrome 60s Style Tunic/Dress

The first piece I am  selling is this lovely  Simply Be Tunic/Dress on ebay. It is a size 26 (EU56, US22) and as good as new.

Simply Be Monochrome Tunic

The monochrome 60s style tunic has only been worn a handful of times and is currently in an auction on Ebay. It is part of the “Simply Be bepoke” range and looks amazing with leggings but  is also long enough to be worn on it’s own as dress and looks great in both ways.

Simply Be Tunic

It is on sale on ebay. The auction will end on Sunday the 21st of February 7:30pm. To bid just drop by here.

Parting With My Wardrobe On Ebay

On the same ebay account you will soon also find all the other pieces hat I am going to part with, so keep checking back if you like my style.

You are not a size 24/26?

Most of the pieces that I will be selling are going to be a 24 (EU 52) or 26 (EU 54) but I also will have the one or other piece available in the Sizes 20 (EU 48) and 22.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 Holidays Are Over – Back To Work

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A Little Break – From Everything

Hi Everyone, the Holidays are over and I din’t only take some time off work but also off blogging.

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Even though I would have loved to do lots of blogging, to be honest I I very much needed the break and had not much of a choice as a mixture of a bad back, tooth problems and exhaustion practically forced me into the horizontal position.

This year was a good year but particularly the last few months have been particularly hard on me and have taken their toll. Next to the stress and the health issues I have been pratically exhausted and almost literally fell into bed for four days with only a short interruption for festive activities.

Festive Activities

As you might have heard I unfortunately wasn’t able to get home to my family in Germany for Christmas – which added to whole of “me not feeling great” mix.

At least I had a great “surrogate Family” for my Christmas as I was invited by Irene, a uni friend, and her lovely family to be part of their festivities. So in the end I had an absolutely amazing, typically British, Christmas with the most amazing Christmas dinner with the most dazzling table decoration I have seen so far.

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Please excuse the whimsical frame etcetera, but you should never leave me alone with certain picture manipulation programs that have silly holiday functions

A Quick Look At The Festive Fashion

I chose to wear my Club L Sequins Dress in black from Asos which I got a while back as one option for our office Christmas party. I love the dress but it is really a bit short for ever wearing it without leggings… I really love the style of Club L and Asos has currently quite a few Club L bargains in their winter sale. Including some items that are part of my wardrobe.

Coming back toe the dress though, the meantime I have also bought the dress in silver, just because I love the dress so much.Soon I will give a look at this one too as I plan an outfit post on the two dresses within the next days.

Sequins proved to be a good choice as it turns out that Jen, Irene’s daughter, also had chosen to wear a lovely sequins dress and luckily she agreed to take a picture with me for my blog.

Lisa & Jen

I love the skater dress she is wearing. If anyone of you has seen anywhere a similar dress in plus size let me know. I would love to have sequins skater dress.

Oh A Fez!

On the way out I discovered a Fez on in their hallway. There is no way I would have left the house without a picture…. Why? As I am (thanks to my lovely friend Jess, as she pointed out 😀 ) am a close to obsessed Doctor Who fan… and you can not come across a fez and not take a picture as a whovian…

So here it is:

Lisa & Jen fez

 

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

How was your Christmas? Did you celebrate with your loved ones or did you have an alternative Christmas like me?

I hope you had great Holidays and if you are back in work like me this week I wish you a great start back into worklife and otherwise I wish you an amazing time off – either way, enjoy the last few days of 2014 and have a great start into 2015.

Lot’s of love

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 As a little bonus:

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Merry Christmas With Ann Harvey

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas with one of my recent favourite festive outfits.

It has recently been a bit quiet around here as I have been a bit ill the past few weeks and uber busy at work, but I very much hope this is going to get much better very soon…

Dress – Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress* (Was £45, Now £22.50)
Leggings – Simply Be
Shoes – Deichman Winter Sale
Shawl – Generic Ebay

How I Will Be Celebrating

Theoretically for me as a German, yesterday the 24th would have been the most important day of Christmas. However, when in rome… So today I will meet up with a good Uni friend and will have Christmas with her and her family as I unfortunatelly could not make it home for the holidays this year.

The Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress*

I am very much in love with this festive Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress*. Initially I was a bit afraid that the red colour would not work with my currently pink hair. When trying the dress on I was doubly happy that it did as I absolutely adored the shape even more than I did judging by the pictures of the dress online.

Ann Harvey Baroque Dress Website and On Lisa

 

Although it is not specificly a vintage or a 50s style dress I could not help but be reminded of a mad men style frock. I am not sure if it is my figure or the cut that is doing it, but I am loving it.

Another plus point for the dress is the cleavage. Showing some of your assets off without being too revealing, which is always a winner and for a lady with a g-cup bust often quite hard to find. This dress, with the wrap detailing appears to accommodate a larger or a smaller bust alike. Well done Ann Harvey!

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Ann Harvey was one of these shops that just had not been on my radar yet, but I am glad they approached me for this review. Ann Harvey might not become my default go to shop but when looking for classic and above all classy fashion, they are definately the right place

Ann Harvey’s Winter Sale

They currently have a winter sale on, with up to 50% reduction. The dress reviewed in this post is actually one of the reduced pieces. So it might be worth having a nosey around over the holidays. On top of this, if you are a new customer you can make use of a 10% reduction using the code HELLOTEN.

The German Christmas Markets

I last wore the dress to the German Christmas Markets here in Manchester. Every year I am looking forward to it as it is a little piece of home for me. A year without a bag of sugar and cinnamon candied almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln), a Bratwurst and an overpriced mulled wine just is not complete.

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The day was surprisingly warm for this time of year and so I actually ended up wearing just the dress with a shawl and some lovely ankle boots from the Deichman Winter sale, my newest addition to the shoe collection. My shoe collection is slowly getting out of hand… but I will address this in a later post…

Do you have any Christmas traditions you can’t live without?

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Lusting Over Jumper Dresses – What I would have bought

Jumper Dresses: A Godsend For The Colder Season

The winter has come and is in full swing. Temperatures have fallen into the single digit range. Time to dress a bit more cosily. While many people change over to trousers I love to wear dresses all year round.

Like a godsend there is a great trend out there right now: Jumper Dresses. Imagine your favourite winter jumper & now turn it into a stylish dress. An absolute win-win, right?

 

Once Again Forgotten About Plus-Size

Well it really could be, if only the fashion industry would not have completely forgotten about us plus-size girls, once again. I particularly love the dresses available at Esprit, who in my eyes have mastered the jumper dress this season and there are also a ton of amazing styles available at Asos. However, neither of them offers jumper dresses larger than a size 18…

 

Esprit: Simple Timeless Chic (But Not For Fat Chicks)

I have always loved the classic but simple Esprit chic and very much regretted they never offered any sizes I could fit in. I recently had lost my much loved esprit watch and considered treating myself for Christmas to a new one. And this is where I  came across the jumper dress and ultimately ended up torturing myself: “And this is what you could have worn if you were a size which we, the retailer, arbitrarily deem “normal””

 

Has This Trend Made It To The Plus-Size Space Yet?

The plus-size industry has become much better in reacting to current trends, but unfortunately this is not true for all trends. Additionally there is still quite a bit of a delay till most trends hit the plus-size community

In this case, like usually I checked the usual suspects if I could find this trend beyond a size 18 somewhere online.Asos, Yours Clothing & Simply Be are generally the first ones in my experience to deliver a trend to the plus size community.

However the jumper dress seems to have been overlooked by all three of them. Particularly disappointing is that Asos has a sizeable range of jumper dresses but appears to have completely forgotten to include their curve range (except for this ONE in my eyes somewhat questionable number).

 

This Is What I Would Have Bought:

 

ASOS Cable Knit Dress With Off Shoulder

I am absolutely in love with the combination between the cosy looking jumper style with it lovely cable knit pattern and the bardot neckline. A great compromise between style and warmth. I guess on the colder days it would even look amazing when combining it with a layer underneath to cover the shoulders.

I do believe it would be a true stunner on a plus-size girl, particularly when combined with a belt, some opaque tights or leggings and a lovely pair of ankle boots.

ASOS Cable Knit Dress With Off Shoulder – £45.00
Available up to Size 18

Asos Midi Dress In Rib Knit

This jumper dress is channelling the 90s, the “good part” of the 90s… Yes please.

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ASOS Midi Dress In Rib Knit  – £35
Available up to Size 18

Esprit Lambs Wool Knitted Dress

This is a lovely simple dress for every day and is absolutely amazing in showing off the female silhouette, sporting an almost skater dress like shape when combined with a belt. If it has that lovely shape on a skinny woman try to imagine it on a more curvy woman (boom!). This really is an awesome every day look for a cold winter day.

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 Lambs Wool Knitted Dress – £ 45.00
Available up to Size 18

 

Esprit Knit Dress Containing Cashmere

This knit dress is absolutely stunning and was the first one that grabbed my attention. I love the simple sophisticated chic. The embellishment in combination with the simple design is just stunning and I would very much love as much to wear it to the office as I would for a night out.

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 Esprit Knit Dress Containing Cashmere – £75
Available up to Size 18

 

Blended Wool Fine-Knit Dress

This dress, sporting a jacquard pattern and a low drawstring waist, is an absolutely lovely casual dress, perfect for a pre-christmas family get together, the day on the christmas market or maybe just coffee with friends. Once again this dress would be lovely with a opaque pair of tights and some lovely boots, maybe even some grey uggs if I could afford them. However, once again WOULD that is, if you made it in my size… Unfortunately this dress is even only available up to size 16, compared to 18 in the other Esprit dresses…

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blended wool fine-knit dress – £ 45.00
Available up to Size 16

 

Dear fashion industry:

Can you please give me these dresses in a size 24 for Christmas? That would be amazing. Oh and while you are at it, make it a 32. You’d be surprised how much business there is in these sizes.

There are many stunning & fashionable girls being larger than a size 20 or even 30 looking for equally stunning clothes and there are very few retailers catering for us. The desire to dress in fashionable clothes does not end at a certain size, and this is a lesson all fashion retailers should learn, fast!

Lots of Love

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More About The Topic

There is big demand for more trends being available in larger sizes. And there is a giant gap in the market particularly when going beyond a size 26.

In case you are interested in what us plus-size ladies would love to be able to buy or if you are a retailer interested in finding out where you might be losing money I do have a reading tip for you:

Blogger Challenge: #HeresWhatIWouldHaveSpent

Debz from “The Not So Secret Diaries of A Wannabe Princess” recently started a blogging challenge called “Here Is What I Would Have Spent” looking each time at a different retailer with a lot of amazing bloggers taking part. Below I have added a list of them. Check them out, they are definitely worth a read: