#Workout – Plus-Size Sportswear OOTD

I have always struggled to find good plus-size sportswear. I only new of very few places to look and what was available was either far too expensive or boring and unshapely. SimplyBe and their sportswear section was pretty much the only place where I was able to find a few things.

As I have recently started to try working on a more active life I started to keep my eyes more open if I can not find here or there a few unexpected gems and in fact I came across one of those gems while going shopping for food.

Asda – Plus-Size Up To A Size 24

I keep forgetting that Asda’s George  does do plus-size clothes, at least up to a size 24.  So when I was recently changing up my shopping routine I came across this pink hashtag themed shirt. I real gem to find.

Althoug at the moment they unfortunately not  have any sportswear. At the moment they only have swimwear although keeping the plus-size sections to swimsuits, not offering any bikinis. I guess think though it will definately worth keeping an eye out as I am sure they will have some nice gym wear here and there.

sports psootd - H&M & Asda

 

The trousers are from another one of my recent discoveries for great plus-size exercise clothes, H&M Sportswear. The trousers I wear in the picture are unfortunately sold out by now but they do have some other great things still in their offering at the moment

Although I still have to find the right size for me. I am somewhere between a size 24 and a size 26.  I have multiple versions of these trousers in multiple sizes as I really like them. H&M goes up to a size 3xl, I usually wear a size 2xl in other clothes but for these trousers 2xl appears a little small and 3xl appears a little wide, but unfortunately I do have the issue with the slowly sliding sports trousers with most of them, either due to them being too small.  I hope that with maybe toning up a little bit or maybe by losing a little weight that the 2xl will end up to fit even better over time.

plus size sports ootd - H&M & AsdaTop – Asda
Bottoms – H&M
Trainers – Asics

 

What Do You Think?

Do also have the same problem of the sliding sports trousers when you run or exercise in general? Have you found the solution or perfect  trousers to solve the problem?
Where do you buy your sportswear or now of any other places that are hidden gems for plus size sports-wear?

Lots of love

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What You Should Not Wear… – Fashion Rules

Are you as tired as me of stupid rules about what we are allowed to wear or not? We all have come across rules or even lists of what we apparently should and should not wear. These rules can present themselves in so many different ways:

  1. “Passed Down Wisdom”: that has been passed down from woman to woman like I have been told so many times, that I should not wear stripes or patterns or that I should avoid short skirts, bodycon dresses or generally tight tops.
  2. School’s Dres Codes: Weird rules imposed by schools about what girls (and also boys) are allowed to wear, most of the time claiming the girls would be too much of a distraction to the boys in their leggings or skirts revealing irresistible kneecaps. This goes to so crazy lengths that girls have been sent home from school for wearing leggings. (1, 2, 3)
  3. Social media comments: Maybe you came across the beautiful picture of “What Laura Loves”  in a stunning jumpsuit on the Simply Be Facebook Page which was taken apart by mean commenters claiming she should not wear a jumpsuit as it was unflattering
  4. The Press: one of the most recent examples was the Oprah magazine stating that you should only wear a crop top if(AND ONLY IF as they repeat) you have a flat stomach… I already had my rant about this specific article here

Oprah, Crfop Tops Only For Flat Stomach

Simply be has recently put together an eye-opening list of all the confusing rules they came across…

Completely Arbitrary Or Even Plain False

These rules are completely arbitrary and even the assumptions they are based on are sometimes even plain false.  The myth for example that horizontal stripes make you bigger has been debunked in multiple studies. A 2008 study even found that horizontal stripes make you appear 6% thinner than in vertical stripes. Who decided what is flattering?

What Is So Wrong With Clothes That Don’t Slim Us Down?

Even if horizontal stripes would make you look fatter, what is so inherently wrong with that? Why are we so obsessed with “flattering”? Are we plus-size ladies and body-positivity lovers still so deeply convinced that  being big is such an awful thing that it needs to be concealed, hidden?

If we want to move plus size fashion to the next level we have to learn to step away from our obsession with “flattering” and “slimming”. I personally believe that one thing we have to learn is, that flattering is not a synonym to slimming.

Dress Codes – Often Demeaning For Both Genders

It is obvious that for school or the workplace we should all follow some common sense dress codes. Ultimately you just should not wear you clubbing clothes to your school or workplace.

However, a dress code that go so far as to ban leggings, the visibility of bra straps (tank tops/strappy tops) or similar are demeaning for both genders. These rules assume that boys would be unable of controlling themselves in the view of some ankles or a bra strap shame the girls for completely innocent clothes choices

What Can We Do?

When thinking about what we can do about those stupid rules and misconceptions there is one simple answer.  Break the rules, break them at every occasion you get, and be visible doing it. That way we can break down the expectations of us trying to stay invisible and to hide our rolls and extra pounds at all costs. Show your glorious body in whatever you like to wear!

Simply Be Project – Break The Rules

So when Simply Be shared with me their asked me if I wanted to participate in their recent project aiming to break those rules down following  their recent blog post about those rules, I was immediately in. They were so nice to supply me with some pieces from their line to go and break some rules. A project right after my liking.

Breaking the rules!

So here is a selection of outfits breaking all the rules I could think of featuring past outfits and the lovely dresses that i was supplied by Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Maxi Dresses

Halloween Backdrops for photographyLace Trim Jersey Maxi Dress – Simply Be*

barefoot collage with shadowFatPhRocks  – Dress Eddie Dress In Purple*
Belt: 
Accessorize – Old Season
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Short Dresses!

Asos Curve Black Peplum Dress

Club L Plus Size Lace Panel Peplum Dress – Asos Curve
Shoes – Deichmann
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Lisa in missguidedDress – Missguided
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Tight Clothing

Boohoo Nadia Zip Front Dress & Embossed HoodieNadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Bikinis/Expose Their Stomachs

6zmbUZ5 (1)Elomi Swim Bra – Simply Be
Mary Of Sweden High Waisted Bikini Brief – JD Williams

Magisculpt Tropical Print Plus Size BikiniMagisculpt Tropical Bikini – Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Busy Patterns

Anna Scholz - Print Peplum Dress2

Anna Scholz Print Peplum Dress – Simply Be
Gold Pumps – Deichmann
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338Dress – Simply Be*
Leggings – Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Skinny Jeans


DSC04240-2Extreme Dip Back TopBoohoo
Body – Boohoo
Skinny Jeans –  very old season George at Asda
Stiletto Plateau Heels – Deichmann
Grey Clubmaster Glasses* – Specspost
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CpLV3jRKimono: Fringed Multi Tropical Print Sheer Kimono – Yours Clothing
Top: Black Ribbed Cotton VestYours Clothing
Denim Leggings: Simply Be sale item
Shoes: Deichmann sale item
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Jumpsuits

DSC00711-MOTIONJumpsuit With Cold Shoulder – Asos Curve
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AaEU5jGlJumpsuit: New Look Inspire – Asos £16 (was £22.99)
Shoes: Missguided £24.99
Belt: Accessorize (Old Season)
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 Fat Girls Should Not Expose Their Upper Arms

B1peGasVintage Dress – Lady Vintage
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Vintage Dress – Lady Vintage
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Crop Tops

stairs-plus-size-crop-top-asos-missguided2Scuba Crop Top Asos Curve
Skater Skirt –
Missguided (similar)
High Heels –
Missguided
Watch
Moto 360 – Motorola (Amazon)
GlassesSpecspost
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Final Words

What Do You Think?

Which “rule” is your personal pet hate? Do you have a favourite rule-breaking outfit? I would love to see it! Why do you think we are so obsessed with “flattering”? I would love to hear from you!

 

Lots of love

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Xandres Xline at The House Of Fraser

I always love hearing about new plus size brands. So I was quite exited when the House Of Fraser contacted me with the great news that they will be stocking Xandres Xline.

Xandres Xline – A Plus Size Line Of A Beligian Design House

Xandres Xline is the plus size line of the belgian brand Xandres which is admittedly not one of the cheapest lables available but it does offer some interesting new pieces as their style is based on an overall classic style interspersed with some more subtle and some more statement trends but always remains timeless.

Obviously I am not a fan of every single piece and while some pieces are clearly targeted at a market a little older than myself they do seem to have managed to overall achieve a good balance between classic and fashion.

Here are some of my favourite pieces:

Xandres XLine Plus Size Range

 

Road Testing Xandres Xline with the House of Fraser

Amazingly the House Of Fraser offered me the chance to road test one of the pieces.  I was looking out for a piece that would allow me to benefit from the quality that I hoped for as well as the timelessness of the line and so I was looking for a piece that could work with many other outfits rather than one of their beautiful statement pieces. And in my case the best choice appeared to be a cardigan:

This is the beauty I chose:

Xandres

Yay or Nay?

The cardigan did not disappoint. The quality is amazing and I really love the colour.

The image does not any wear near live up to reality. The cardigan is a beautiful pastel turquois that is interwoven with some with some subtle silver shimmer. It goes wonderfully with my current obsession of blue hues and nude blush tones.

The quality of the piece also lives up to my from the price already rather high expectations. The downside of the quality though is that you will have to live with the little mither of handwashing it but the positive side is that it if you treat it will should give you many years of wearing a beautiful cardigan, that for once should not lose it’s shape or shine.

The Final Verdict?

Would I buy it myself? I have to admit…  Maybe not, with an original price of £109 it would simply lie out of my price range. Out of budget constraints I personally rather look to cheap and cheerful ranges at the moment.

Would I have invested the money into this piece though for this time, I do believe Iwould not  have been disappointed – I do believe you would get your money’s worth in quality and length of wear out of it – and at the moment the piece is also reduced to £54.90 and so are many of the other Xandres Xline pieces at the HoF at the moment. So if you like it, now is the the time to snap it up.

The literal bottom line is: If you  can afford it and like timeless pieces then I do believe Xandres Xline is a worthy Plus-Size designer brand to invest  in.

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Boohoo I Am Skint – Plus-Size Summer Essential Bargains

No Shopping Sprees For Me This Summer

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:

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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.

I bought all of the below items for only £29

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Plus Nicola Printed Wide Leg Trouser – £4 (was 20)
Plus Rebecca Colour Block Skater Dress – black or blue- £5 (was £18)
Plus Natalie Side Slit T Shirt Maxi Dress – black or blue – £8 (was 16)
Plus Macy Strappy Front Bodysuit – black, grey, white – £12 (full price)

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.

Boohoo Dip Hem Plus Size Top

Plus Lizzy Extreme Dip Back Top

Dead Excited

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.

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Next Lingerie Event & Bra Fitting Experience

The Next Summer Lingerie Blogger Event

lingerie eventOn the 17th of June Next launched their new Summer Lingerie range and hosted a bloggers event for the kick off of the range but even more important to  demonstrate their bra fitting service and last but not least if not to say best of all to announce their new summer DD+ range that will now include bras going up to a size 40H.

While their “normal” range was available from the 17th onwards, the DD+ Range will only physically hit the shelves of the Arndale Center in mid July, it is already available online, so you can have a browse online now and then check it out in store later this month.

As it seems if you want to get your hands on the 40+ sizes you will be forced to set foot in a next store as most larger sizes appear to have sold out online, most likely due to them only hitting the store shelves later as mentioned above.

 Next Lingerie Bra Display

The Summer Lingerie Range &  The DD+ Range

The base range comes in 5 different base bra types which you can see below. All bras are available in a wide range of colours, including some stunning ombre versions.

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To be honest the only real difference between the base range and the DD+ range are some little design updates in order to better support a larger busts (i.e. wider straps etc.). They state on their website:

Pure femininity in our new DD+ lingerie, desinged and tailor made especially for the fuller bust – wider straps, more support and softer linings for ultimate comfort and fit. All our key styles and shapes are available from everyday t-shirt bras to elegant premium lace in all your favourite colours.

Next DD+ Overview

 

However I cannot verify this because as mentioned above I have only seen pictures of the DD+ range so far. My favourite piece so far though is one of their embroided bras in the Phoebe style .

They Could Have Gone A Little Larger

It is an absolute shame that while they are increasing their range, they do not go a step further and don’t go for an even larger under bust band than 40, but let’s hope that is the next step for autumn. Please Next. I will give you all my money if you just make a bra in size 44E.

shut up and take money

 

80% of Women Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

I am really happy to find another shop selling plus-size  lingerie on the high street. It is really important to be able to try things on, something thinner women take for granted that still isn’t the norm for us plus-size ladies. Clothes can fit very differently on different people, you might have seen in a few videos or blog posts that have recently made the rounds.

A good fit is even more important when it comes to lingerie as a bra should fit you perfectly to give you the right support and lift. Particularly as wearing the wrong bra can have far worse effects than only misshaped boobs, leading to bad back pain and bad posture.

Despite this around 80% of women apparently wear the wrong bra size and I am pretty sure this number is even higher when it comes to us plus size women, due to the rarer availability of lingerie and especially shops where you could try them on and quite often we might be simply too lazy to send something back that we ordered online that does not fit quite right (I am guilty of that!).

 

The Next Bra Fitting

 

Next Lingerie Bra Fitting

 

With this in mind each of us was given a bra fitting on the day by one of their fitting experts and despite them not offering my bra size, it was the best fitting I have had in a long time.  I was measured a few times over the last months, but was never fully happy with what I came out with after.

While other shops very much preach the use of the measuring tape and the theoretical calculation of your size, the ladies of next prefer an individual and visual fitting of bras. In practice that meant they asked me to show them the bra I was wearing at the time and evaluated how the bra was fitting me, the support the cups provided and how my bust was fitting in it as well as the width and fit of the back and shoulder straps.

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Obviously, I Was One Of The 80%

The result in my case was that I was wearing a bra that was too big, both in cup as well as in under-bust size . As mentioned above they were unfortunately not able to verify the bra size they came up with as they were not offering the 44E-F that I would have needed, but they were even so nice to provide me with a list of shops that might offer nice bras in this size. Having tried it out now, I have to admit that they were right and provided the best bra fitting service I had in a while.

 

Worth Dropping In If Your Size Might Fall Into Their Range

So if you are yourself somewhere in the area of up to a 40H bra size I can only recommend to check out your nearest Next shop, get measured and have a look at their bras. For the rest of us, I very much hope that they will very soon be expanding their range further maybe for the autumn range already? Please Next.

Where do You like to buy your bras?

 

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My very first British Hen Do – Wearing Lady Vintage

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In June I am invited to another lovely English wedding. In fact actually to the wedding of my lovely friend who is and was important in so many little introductions to proper British culture and cultural experiences.

Like she pointed out in her comment she left on my About Me Page, she is responsible for my deep love of Doctor Who and she also worked with me in one of my first proper jobs in the UK, helping me navigate through the very peculiar British office politics she also invited me to my very first English Hen Do.

Recently there has been another big one of those big cultural experiences she invited me to her hen do. I have to admit, initially I was a bit afraid it would involve plastic penises or similarly cringe worthy things but a classy lady as Jess is this was not the case. We all were given our obligatory hen do sashes and obviously Jess was wearing her “learning bride” L together with a veil, but that just is a most.

Her hen do took us first to the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had some really nice burgers and the main party then took place here in Manchester in the Birdcage. This was also my very first drag show, so ultimately I had two firsts in a day. The show was great and it was fun to watch in the dancing breaks between the show pieces how many girl in the audience tried out their best on the stripper pole that was provided, getting bolder the further the night had progressed.

Although I have to admit that the night was not 100% plastic genital free. As the audience was full of hen dos that either wore suggestive costumes or had straws in a design you can imagine. For some reason there was also a guy dressed up as a traffic light wearing a traffic cone on his head… but I guess that is the normal audience in the birdcage and it actually really adds to the atmosphere.

So ultimately it was  a truly special night with some lovely ladies and some great memories.

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For this I wore one of my lovely Lady Vintage Dresses. To be honest I have had this dress for a while as it has been slightly too tight when I bought it, but I loved it just too much to send it back. Now that I have lost a (very) few pounds as I was unfortunately struck by a very uncomfortable lower back pain (every pound my back does not need to carry helps.), the dress fits a lot better and so has seen it’s very first night out.

Lady Vintage Plus Size Vintage Dress Blue With Bow

 

Like usually on this kind of occassions I have forgotten to take a proper picture but I might take a quick one at a later point and might either post a little addition to this post or just let you see it on my facebook page.

The dress is unfortunately not available on the Lady Vintage site anymore but especially now that they have launched “Lady Voluptuous” they always have a great range of plus-size vintage dresses and it always worth checking them out.

So now the big next step is choosing an outfit for the upcoming wedding and I really do not do well in deciding what to wear. So I guess very soon I will provide you with  few options and maybe you can help me by letting you know which ones you like most. I am actually even playing with running a Facebook vote or similar.

Lots of love

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