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The Essential LBD

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

One thing all women need to have in their wardrobe is an LBD (little black dress). This is one of those items that can be worn at a multitude of events. You never know when you’re gonna need to quickly glam up for a business meeting, dinner date, elegant night out on the town or a family function. I have several to be honest lol. That being said, I don’t think you can have too many. When Debenhams asked me to select a dress from their collection I just had to.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in hand

Even though it’s July that doesn’t mean people avoid black altogether. In fact, there are more social events, dinners and fun places to be at this time of the year than usual. When I look for an LBD I tend to gravitate towards comfortable cuts that are easy to wear. The worst thing you can do is find yourself tugging at your dress because it clings uncomfortably. I picked out the Curve black ruffle scuba dress by Dorothy Perkins. I love the small detail around the shoulders and the extended waist tie. Scuba is that fabric that is lightweight and just skims the curves nicely. The length is perfect for a modest yet sexy look. Sometimes you want minimal cleavage and would rather show skin in other ways.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in handWoman wearing a white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman cobalt chrome heels

If like me you would like to select an entire outfit from the same place to make life easy, you’ll have to see what else Debenhams has. I decided to pick up a white duster jacket, cobalt blue heels and a large blue clutch to match. I find that when you wear a black dress a nice pop of colour is a nice addition. Blue is my favourite colour so it was a given that it would be my go to. As a lover of shiny things you can imagine the look on my face when I saw these heels! Some might call them the shoe of my dreams lol. Pair those with a clutch bag large enough for your essential items and you have all that you need.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

There are people who are lucky enough to have items exclusive to one look. I’m not one of them so when I buy an LBD, accessories or shoes I like items that can be incorporated into many looks. Each of these items can be worn with countless items in many ways. This is why items with block colours and limited patterns feature heavily in my wardrobe. I look forward to wearing these in many different places.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

If you are looking for a sexy LBD, summer, dress, business dress or something casual you have to check out the range at Debenhams. They have something for everyone and items from women of all sizes. What fabulous events are you going to this summer?

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD with a blue clutch in hand
*This blogpost is part of a Debenhams little black dress campaign
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Leather In The Dandelions With Elvi

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

When it comes to fashion sometimes people like to play it safe. I have those days myself but there are also times when I really want to wear something fun, edgy and a little sassy. Elvi are setting so many trends with their plus size offering and I have to say, I’m here for it! The current collection features some really fun and interesting fabrics, cuts and colours. At their press event a few months back, as soon as I saw this incredible dress I knew that I had to have in my wardrobe!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

There’s something really fun about wearing shift and bodycon dresses with thin spaghetti straps with cute blouses and t-shirts. Initially the honeycomb laser cut hem was the first thing to catch my eye about this dress. In truth, most of the options to have laser cuts haven’t been to my taste. In most cases the choices have been perfect for weddings or a day at the races. I love that Elvi put together a faux leather edgy option that could be dressed up or down. I say this all the time but, multipurpose clothes that can be causal or elegantly sophisticated are what I go for! I did have to get this dress in the largest size which is 28. All the other items I have from the brand have been in sizes 24 or 26. Faux leather has little to no stretch and it fits tight in my mid-section.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from ElviFaux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hemA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

Despite the dress being a little tight in the stomach area it’s one of my favourite dresses from Elvi. The floral embroidered neckline and bust detail is such a nice touch too. One thing that Elvi do really well is make shirts and blouses with really incredible statement sleeves! Their dandelion shirt is so comfortable and really nice to wear. I love the thin sheer fabric with embroidered dandelions. What first drew me to this item was the really puffy bell shaped sleeves and extended cuffs. This is such a light and airy item that I really wanted to pair with the dress. As a busty woman with a larger stomach it sits a little high for me so I would wear this one with dresses or skirts. The shirt would also be really cute with a pair of jeans or nice slacks.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

If you are unsure what size to get this shirt I would say it is true to size. I picked it up in a size 26 as I always up-size to accommodate my bust. What’s really great about these items is that they look great together but can be really fun with whatever you pair them with. If you want to look good and make a statement these are bits to get in your wardrobe! To give my 5’5 frame some added height I popped on my black heeled Chelsea boots. Definitely my kind of monochrome dressy look!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a dandelion shirt with full sleeves and heart shaped hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

Tobi sent me a few accessories recently and as a lover of hoop earrings you won’t be surprised that I had to have this heart shaped pair! Paired with a sheer black hair scarf and I had a outfit complete with contrasting textures and shades. Sometimes when something has a simple concept when you put it together you get something more creative than you may have anticipated.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

I say this all of the time but I have to stress the point that it’s important to wear clothes that make you feel confident, give you an air of comfort and will make you feel like you want to make a statement. When you move with confidence your entire day will feel different. I’m looking forward to seeing what other edgy and fashionable items will make their way into my wardrobe over the next few months!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi
*This is a gifted outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Sweet Like Mulled Wine

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

So as we’re approaching Christmas I am well and truly into Velvet. With that being said this post would be the second in my end of year velvet series. I love that Christmas brings in some life to the dreary winter season with rich sumptuous colours everywhere. I love wearing red as it pops so well against my skin. When I saw this Charlotte Crosby wine coloured mini dress I knew I had to have it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress

When I’m with the family for Christmas I like to wear something that is stylish and comfortable and has some colour. Red tends to be my chosen colour so this dress was a must have. I love the fact that it has short elbow sleeves and that the cleavage is covered. Sometimes the only skin you want to have on show is your legs. I picked this dress in a size 26 as when you have a large bust or behind mini dresses can hitch up and I didn’t want it to fit like a top so I decided to up-size.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

What more can a woman want than a dress that is the colour of fine mulled wine for Christmas?! It’s funny how things like fabrics and colours can really get you into the spirit of things. I’m obsessed with the velvet, metallics and sequin options out this season and I plan to make the most of the them before they aren’t as appreciated in the new year. I say wear what makes you feel special this holiday season even if you aren’t someone who celebrates Christmas. We all love having the chance to dress up don’t we?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love the softness of the velvet and the length which is absolutely perfect for my 5’5 frame. This one also comes in a black and deep emerald green colour for those of you looking for other options. I love that you can keep things simple whilst still looking pretty glam. I decided to pair this one with a pair of black tights and my Jilsen boots from Wide Calf Boot Store. Even though I have my signature hoop earrings I may also slip on a necklace of some sort as silver looks gorgeous against red velvet!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

Speaking of sequins and other fine fabrics check out my review of this amazing rose gold sequin dress also available from In The Style Curve. There really is something for everyone this season and you’ll be seeing more options from me too! Stay tuned for the final item in my velvet series but for now grab yourself a glass of something nice, and enjoy the festivities wherever you are!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress
*This Dress Was A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Velvet Dreams

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

It’s the middle of December and we’ve seen snow, ice, rain and high winds. I personally like to make the most of this time of year even though I absolutely hate the cold! Velvet is a fabric that I love wearing, it’s so comfortable on the skin, adds a little extra glitz and glamour and also helps to keep the cold at bay. Every winter we see that velvet is something that continues to stay in fashion. T-shirts, dresses, tops, leggings…. you name it there is something out there for everyone. Blazers and jackets are available for both men and women and there are many ways to incorporate it into your look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love going through the wardrobe and finding items that you may have had for a while but never worn. A while back I got this emerald green crushed velvet wrap dress from Pink Clove. I love a bodycon dresses as much as the next woman, especially a wrap dress. There’s something about this cut of dress that suits every woman of all sizes and shapes. I own quite a bit of velvet but there’s something about emerald green and red velvet that specifically speaks to me. At the beginning of this year I spent some time in Finland and wore a classic vintage green dress in sumptuous velvet to Mimmi’s wedding. Check out my post about my Finnish winter.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress

I think that for this time of year velvet is such a nice fabric to wear at Christmas dinners and parties. The colour of this dress is really nice and such a gorgeous Christmasy shade that you just can’t go wrong. My plan was to wear this dress with my fishnet tights and Jilsen boots from Wide Calf Boot Store. Warmth, comfort and style are all factors that I consider when putting my outfits together. I also thought that because I wasn’t having the best hair day I would wear a black hair scarf to compliment by boots.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love that sometimes a statement fabric can do all the talking that you want whilst keeping the other elements of an outfit rather simple. You simply can’t go wrong if you want a sassy, sexy and stylish look that is also easy to wear and works with a variety of accessories, shoes and jackets. I would probably wear this dress with my leather biker jacket if I was out and about for the day. Unfortunately this dress in particular is no longer available but there are some similar options from Pink Clove and all at fabulous prices so be sure to take a look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

Whatever your plans are this time of year there are many ways to dress sassy and stylish whilst keeping to a budget and being comfortable. If you plan to be out in the cold watching the fireworks at new year or going to fab parties in great locations you can look fabulous in one way or another. I’ll personally be celebrating the holidays in velvet, sequins and metallic items of course not all at the same time though lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!