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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!

A Blush With Confidence

Plus size woman smiling wearing a blush maxi dress and champagne t-bar heels

Every now and then your social calendar gets some excitement with some fab events. Just a few days ago I attended the opening of the ‘Michael Jackson On The Wall’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This was a very exciting occasion for MJ fans and art lovers. The only Michael related event I have attended where black tie dress was requested. When trying to figure out what to wear I had one item in mind. This blush maxi dress from In The Style Curve.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a blush maxi dress and champagne t-bar heelsPlus size woman wearing a blush maxi dressMichael Jackson On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery

I love an elegant dress. Wedding, gallery exhibition, dinner party… whatever the event a good dress can set the tone. Blush is a colour that works with all skin tones. The muted pink shades are feminine and cool. This maxi dress shows just the right amount of skin with a plunging V neckline and above the knee split on one side. I love the fit of this dress and how it clung to my curves in all the right places. The only problem I had was the length. I found myself treading on it at times even though I was in heels. I still enjoyed wearing it though.

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Michael Jackson is a man who is more than special to me. As a musician he has inspired me more than most. Growing up he was a huge male influence in my life. Through him I saw what it meant to be a dignified, highly educated man full of heart, soul and music. It’s not surprising to see that he is such a muse for many artists of all persuasions. Musicians like myself, sculptors. painters, designers, actors and much more. Seeing incredible pieces by the likes of Mark Ryden, Andy Warhol and many others was such a pleasure and highlight for me. Especially being able to see the actual painting used for my all time favourite album ‘Dangerous.’ My friends and I had a great time seeing all the interesting works.

Michael Jackson fans at the opening for Michael Jackson On The Wall At the National Portrait Gallery Michael Jackson fan at the opening for Michael Jackson On The Wall At the National Portrait Gallery wearing a blush maxi dress
Michael Jackson ‘Dangerous’ by Mark Ryden.
Michael Jackson fans at the opening for Michael Jackson On The Wall At the National Portrait Gallery
Paintings by Andy Warhol

So I can say that I had a great time with my friends as a part of MJvibe (check out the fab review of the exhibiton), and of course being stylish in this elegant dress. It would be a lovely option in a series of colours and just a tad bit shorter. Be sure to head on over to In The Style Curve to see what sassy, sexy and fun items they currently have available!

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If you guys love art, music and you’re in London, be sure to head over to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the exhibition, it’s really interesting.

 

Plus size woman smiling wearing a blush maxi dress

*This dress is gifted
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

A New Rose

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

Every now and then I love to get girly. Vintage dresses are a bit of a weakness for me, especially swing dresses. When Dolly and Dotty reached out to me to ask if I would like to review one of their dresses I couldn’t refuse! When I saw this Annie embroidered roses swing dress it had to be mine! It took me a while to select between the red and black or black and white options! I definitely think I made the right decision. The red rose just happens to be my favourite flower so this for me was a no brainer!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

Vintage dresses have such a femininity about them. When I wear them I have a different feel of confidence and a spring in my step. For me wearing them is my little way of getting to play dress up. What I love about this one is the simplicity in the style. The thick shoulder straps make bra selection an easy process. Not having to worry about too much exposed cleavage would even make this something I could wear to work on a casual Friday. The midi length is perfect for me, especially if you want to wear chub rub shorts!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, t-bar heels and lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

I love a dress that feels comfortable, has a little wow factor about it and works with women of all sizes and shapes! Vintage dresses suit absolutely everyone! Dolly And Dotty have many gorgeous dress. I actually wore one in a shoot I did over a year ago, check it out in this post. Red is a colour that really looks good against my skin tone. Being able to wear items with red adornments is always fun for me! It gives me an excuse to pull on a red bandana and wear my lips clutch bag.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

You know what I always say, wear the clothes that make you feel confident and speak to your mood. The sunshine always makes me want to pull on a vintage dress! I have an entire wardrobe full of them! Here’s to many more retro summer days!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket and red bandana

*This dress is a gifted item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

A Cross To Bear

A plus size woman wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainers

One thing I love to share with people is my faith! I’m not one to bible bash people with my beliefs but I am a proud Christian. I think it’s important for people to be proud of who they are, what they believe and to be confident. Not often do you find clothing that which allows you to wear your faith with pride that isn’t the traditional garb. When you’re out and about running errands there’s nothing better than sticking on a t-shirt and jeans. We Wear All contacted me and gave me the chance to review something from their collection. This Lexi Cross Stud t-shirt was one of the first things to catch my eye.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainersA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainers

What I loved about this one is that it’s available in a total of 10 different colourways. Anyone who likes this one will have a choice that works for them. I’ll be honest, I don’t own many t-shirts aside from my Michael Jackson fan tees. With that being said whenever I see one I want, I simply have to have it! I have a few cross necklaces but I don’t tend to wear them very often. I also find that sometimes you just want to be casual. Being able to wear a basic tee with a soft stretchy fabric is always nice, especially on a busy day. This metallic stud cross t-shirt has a really simple design but is so easy to style.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeansA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainersA plus size woman wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainers

When putting this look together I drew upon my number one personal style rule. I was going to colour coordinate! Pairing this t-shirt with an old pair of acid wash jeans I had and some silver trainers made for a comfortable outfit I could wear whilst running errands. Hanna borrowed me her pair of Le Specs No Smirking Tortoise sunnies. On such a bright and sunny day they were perfect with my outfit and against the strong rays. Finally I pulled on my pewter grey bandana and I was ready head out and face the day. When I wear grey, I tend to add a touch of pink usually in my lipstick. I feel like you need some colour when you wear a single shaded tone.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainersA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainers

I don’t think that what you wear always has to represent what you think or feel. If you do like to showcase your feelings whether it be with a slogan t-shirt, emblem, symbol or flag; I say go for it! I feel that as long as what you’re wearing is bold enough to make a statement without causing any harm or offence go for it! With that being said many people wear things purely for the fashion element and that’s totally cool. I respect the symbolic sign of the cross and what it represents and it’s fun for me to be able to wear it either as a statement or fashion accessory.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt and grey acid wash jeansA plus size woman wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainersA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey cross t-shirt, grey acid wash jeans and silver trainers

As I said previously, I don’t own too many t-shirts but I’m sure you’ll see me in more of them soon. Stay tuned lol. What are your thoughts of traditional or even religious symbols being put into mainstream fashion? I’m really interested to know!

A plus size woman wearing a grey cross t-shirt
*This is a gifted T-shirt
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!