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.

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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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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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My Asos Sale Wish List + Asos Discount Code

Up To 70% Off

Asos once again has one of their (up to) 70% Sales and there are quite a few amazing pieces. 1 or 2 of which have once again made me break my no more spending on clothes for the rest of the month promise once again, after the recent Anna Scholz Sale.

Empty Bank Account But Feeling Fabulous! 😉

I just wanted share some of my favourite pieces with you, basically those pieces that I would get if I had a bank account that never ran dry.

Ultimately though we might all end up with an empty bank account, but with a wardrobe full of beautiful asos plus size dresses and a big smile on our faces feeling fabulous in our new clothes. 🙂

My Wish List


Starting from the top, left to right

  1. AX Paris Plus Size Lace Skater Dress
  2. Club L Plus Size Scuba Skater Dress With Plunge Neck
  3. Little Mistress Lace Applique Dress
  4. Club L Plus Size Lace Skater Dress With Belt
  5. ASOS CURVE Exclusive Circular Skirt With Zip Front
  6. ASOS CURVE Scuba Wrap Peplum Top In Floral Print
  7. ASOS CURVE Exclusive Drape Dress With Knot Detail
  8. Truly You Bandeau Jumpsuit
  9. New Look Inspire 3/4 Sleeve Lace Belted Skater Dress
  10. ASOS CURVE Exclusive Pencil Dress In Colourblock
  11. Club L Plus Size Side Panel Midi
  12. AX Paris Plus Size Lace Top Jumpsuit
  13. Lipstick Boutique Plus Stripe Detail Pencil dress
  14. ASOS CURVE Exclusive Skater Skirt In Leather
  15. ASOS CURVE Exclusive Midi Skirt In Colourblock

Although it appears that if you want any of those, you will need to be quick, a lot of them are either already low in stock or some even sold out in some sizes.

The Discount Code

While most of those pieces above and the rest in the sale already have a hefty discount applied to them, using the code 10MORE you will be able to get an additional 10% off those bargains.

Asos Premier

I am also still very much impressed with Asos Premier, since I signed up for it about 6 months ago. Joining this program costs you £9.95 and you get unlimited free next day delivery. There are some other bits and bobs you get with it but the next day delivery and the free returns is the main important factor for me.

A neat feature that I have been using a lot over the last few months. More retailers should implement programs like this, particularly if it is at such a reasonable price (I am looking at YOU Amazon!).

What Do You Think?

Which one is your favourite? I could not resist the Circular Skirt With Zip Front, the Midi Skirt In Scallop Hem LaceTruly You Bandeau Jumpsuit. Did you end up getting weak? Which one did you get?
I would love to hear from you

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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.

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Plus-Size Fashion Days Hamburg – What I Wore

Still Very Much In Love With Vintage

Like for all Plus-Size Fashion Events I had been thinking for weeks about what I would wear for the Kurvenrausch Plus  Size Fashion Days In Hamburg. Ultimately I decided to stay true to my favourite style and go with a vintage dress with modern twist and a sprinkle of glamour.

Lady V – Estella Dress

Like for all Plus-Size Fashion Events I had been thinking for weeks about what I would wear for this event. But once again I was over thinking it, as for weeks I already had the perfect dress hanging in my wardrobe, just waiting to be shown off at the right occasion:Estella vintage dress by Lady V in a lovely birdcage print.

Designed In Cooperation With A Plus-Size Blogger

This dress was designed in cooperation with plus-size blogger Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. And it definitely shows that this dress was not designed by somebody who only theoretically thinks about what plus size women (and particularly those with a larger bust) might be looking for in a dress.

When designing this dress Lady V has definitely listened to somebody who is knowing herself the troubles of trying to find the right dress, accommodating your bust, while not looking like a tent. I think she did an amazing job, communicating what is important in a dress for busty women.

Have a look at the beautiful Georgina modeling a range of different styles of the Estella dresses:

Showing A Bit Too Much Bra
(once again)

However thanks to the extra space for the bust in combination with the wrap design, I personally have the problem that the dress is opening relatively low in the middle of my décolleté. As I had forgotten to bring my safety pins with me, it exposed a little too much of one of my new Curvy Kate bras, as you can see in the below close up. However this was far from the problem I had when I was wearing my Project D dress recently (Read more about this incident here). And fortunately the bra was in a nice flesh tone.

The reason for this bra showing so much is that Curvy Kate’s bras are designed specifically to give as much support as possible to the larger breast, of which is does a goo job by the way. So these bras, particularly in the larger cup sizes, close a little bit higher up y. Curvy Kate’s bras are some of the few out there that manage to do so whilst still looking sexy and definately not granny like

Simply BeCurvy Kate Princess Balcony Bra

Ad mentioned above, fortunately I had chosen a this flesh coloured version of the bra and therefore it did not stand out too much. However this particular “bra incident” is nothing a lower cut bra, a safety pin or, if a more permanent solution is desired, a few stitches could not solve

My First Ever Petticoat

Let’s stay in the underwear department for a moment. On this day I also wore my first ever petticoat. I actually had to search for it for quite a while. Petticoats, their sizing, length and layering can be a bit confusing, especially if you have no experience. I have not found the perfect one but it is a good one to start with. Being a size 26 is also not particularly helping…

Ultimately I ended up buying this petticoat of ebay. It is an ok petticoat, if a bit tight and it could be a bit more, how should I say…, puffy. But it is a good petticoat to start with, giving your skirt a bit more volume without looking over the top. So if you are ideally a size 24 or under and want to try out petticoats, this could be a potential model to get started with.

The Birdcage Print

The birdcage printis absolutely amazing, full of lovely detail and very cute. When I ordered the dress I could not decide at first if I preferred the design on the white or the light green background. ultimately I liked them both that much that both found a place in my wardrobe.

While the print that I was wearing is unfortunately not available any more, there is a range of other styles that are still available as well as a range of prints that has recently added.

Lady Vintage – Worth To Keep An Eye On

What I love about Lady V, is that they have a great range of prints that they review constantly. So while they have a number of great designs they always have in stock in a range of different prints. They also update the prints available quite regularly.

The prints range from classic prints, like polka dot or lace print to imaginative novelty prints, like one of their most recent ones: a cupcake print. So it is always worth keeping an eye on their page to see which new desing/print combination they might have added.

This is the current* range of Estella dresses available.

I do love the polka dots. It is just such a classical design that goes so well with so many things. I am a fan of particularly blue polka dot and already own one Lady V Dress in this print, which you can see here. So this  print might be another version I might have to add to my Estella dress collection soon.

 What do you think?

What do you think about the Estella dress? Do you already have one of them in your wardrobe? Which one is your favourite design? Let me know in the comments.

 

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*At the time of this blog post being published.


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: