Tag "Confidence"

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!

Summertime Gingham

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

When the sun comes out people rush to the local park, scowl websites looking for the best holiday deals and organise a barbecue for their friends. In my case when the sun shines my fashion senses become inspired. Summer is my favourite time of year. My mood lifts and I get to wear some of my favourite styles. During the colder months of the year you find yourself dressing to avoid catching colds or the flu. In the summertime it’s easier to have fun with your clothes as these problems no longer come into play. I never tire of wearing Gingham in the summer and have a few items with the print.

A plus size woman wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

I find that gingham is a print that suits everyone who wears it! Young or old, everyone seems to look good in it.  I see it splashed across a series of different styles and in a wide variety of colours. When Studio8 contacted me and asked if I would like to review something I had to try out this Alice Gingham dress. Wrap dresses are so comfortable and work with women of all shapes, big or small busted. What drew me to this one, other than the gingham are the three quarter length sleeves. I find if a dress has elbow sleeves or longer they can be worn in many places and no longer require the need for a jacket or shrug.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

I’m wearing this dress in a size 26. The fabric has very little stretch so if like me you have larger biceps or a big bust you may wish to up-size. The ties are really long and there is a loop at the side of the dress where you can cross the fabric over your front and fasten it securely. Some wrap dresses aren’t designed this way and you find yourself constantly needing to readjust your clothes. I felt free and secure when wearing this one. As you can see the cut gave me a deep cleavage which is OK. I always find that if a dress has a deep cleavage, a midi or maxi length creates a nice balance. This dress is a comfortable fit and the colour way allows you to match it with any accessories or shoes.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

When I took these photos I wanted to keep things really simple. I find that with some items it’s best to let the clothes do the talking for you. I wore a simple pair of t-bar heels from a previous Hotter collection in a champagne nude colour. Makeup isn’t something I tend to experiment much with so I kept it to my usual style. Hair up and my signature hoop earrings in and I was ready and set with my look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

It’s important to feel confident and comfortable in what you wear. If there is a print you love play it safe and stick with it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

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

Spring Time Blush

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I decided the other night when I took a walk around my local area that I’d opt for cute and stylish outfirl with these blush pink items. We’re in that weird time of the Spring season when the sun is out but we still can get a sharp sting of cold in the air. Just a few days ago in London it was so cold at night that one might have needed to have put the heating on! I personally like to be warm enough to battle the cold but still dressed in a way that’s comfortable. Elvi have fashions to suit every mood you could be in, something I love about them!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I have a thing for really cute and fluffy sweaters. When I first saw this one I really wanted it as a part of my wardrobe. It looked as though it would be super comfortable. I love the blush pink colour and the pearl bar detail on the sleeves is a really nice touch. It is a little shorter than what I would usually go for but, it works really well with skirts and high waisted jeans. As a neutral colour I think it works well with a wide range of items and looks. A great option for anyone.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumperA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

One thing I love is when a brand can make a simple skirt have a little edge and flare. Who can go wrong with a blush pink patent skirt?! This one has a ruched elasticated waist, perfect for a little added comfort and security. Living with one of your best friends is a lot of fun, especially when it comes to swapping clothes! Hanna had this skirt, also from Elvi and I just had to try it with the sweater!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I like to mix different looks. Sometimes wintery items work perfect with summer ones and vise versa. Sweaters and skirts are a fun combination to wear. I thought to finish off the look i’d wear these cute navy open toe flare heels. Combine those with a nice brown leather bag and you’re good to go. Transitional pastels along with some darker tones, quite chic I think. It helps that I have dark hair or everything would be brown or blush lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

Even though I hare a series of scars on my legs from tumbles and falls as a kid I still showcase my pins from time to time. Something like that is not reason enough for me to cover up my legs. I would urge others who are conscious of theirs to just go for it. Trust me, most of the fear you have is built up is all in your own head. Everyone has things that they are unhappy with. I say, you do you!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I’m hoping that the last of the cold days are over. Hopefully I won’t have to break out anymore sweaters lol. To see some other fun edgy items from Elvi, check out this recent post.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper

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