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Curvy Connect Magazine And My Vintage Winter Style!

Hey everyone I hope you’re all doing well and getting into the Christmas Spirit. For me this is a really busy time of the year with work and the countless birthday and Christmas engagements I’m required to attend. Despite being all over the place at the moment I received a message that really took me by surprise. Recently I was contacted by a lovely woman named Jennifer Amoako who just so happens to be the editor of an amazing online publication called Curvy Connect Magazine. Jennifer had seen some of my pictures on social media and mentioned that she liked my look and style. She thought I should should submit some images of some of my favourite winter looks to hopefully make the cut for the current issue of the magazine.

Curvy Connect is a magazine that speaks to curvy and plus size people and their admirers. Fashion, beauty and style trends are a heavy focus in the publication along with some really interesting articles and features. I submitted 3 different looks to Jennifer and awaited a response from the Curvy Connect team to see if any of my images made the cut. I was so excited to learn that they had selected an image of me in one of my favourite vintage looks to feature in their Winter: City Chic issue.

This Is the Image that is featured in the Winter: City Chic issue of Curvy Connect Magazine.

Many of you may have read my previous reviews of the 2 main items in this look the gorgeous Faye Dress and Blue Dietrich Trench Coat; both from Collectif Clothing. My affection for vintage fashion stems from the fact that so many of the old Hollywood stars we know and love sported the fashion and many of them made the trends so popular that we still wear them today. Admittedly many of the items in my closet are vintage inspired and not original vintage items but that’s actually the thing I like about it. Being a plus size woman and actually having the choice to wear a variety of looks and styles is such a blessing to me. It really wasn’t that long ago when women like me were thirsty for variety in our wardrobes and the chance to look sexy and chic in our clothes.

The thing I love the most about vintage clothing is the way that super feminine and sexy outfits are packed with class, fun and sophistication. I always feel my best when I wear these sorts of outfits and the compliments are never few and far between. It’s great that some of the outfits I have are worn by women size 6-22. Even though we all put our own spin on the looks and we all have different shapes I can honestly say I haven’t seen a single woman in these items who doesn’t look good!

This time of year the use of warm tights and petticoats is a must with vintage clothing because of the cold. Everyone wants to wear darker colours and heavier fabrics so when I was thinking about what looks I could pull for my Curvy Connect submission the Faye Dress was a must! The fact that the dress comes with built in petticoats makes it a comfortable and warm one that doesn’t feel like you are wearing countless layers. For me this kind of dress works as a multi purpose dress. If you want to wear a cute party dress this is perfect, the flower accents and sweetheart neckline make for a really fun look. If you wanted to dress down a bit and wear it as more of a casual number then a cardigan, jacket or bolero might be a nice option.

When I first saw the Blue Dietrich tench it was an item I had to have in my wardrobe! The length was the first thing that caught my attention, I loved how every vintage swing dress of mine was just the right length for the jacket. The pale shade of blue and grey is one that works with many of my outfits and that was a huge draw for me.

As I have a thing for hats at the moment I wanted to wear my faux fur beret with this look. There is a heavy chill in the air at the moment here in London and even though we have the odd ray of winter sun I like to do whatever I can to feel warm this time of year. My signature hoop earrings were a must for this look as well as my favourite black heels and the addition of a black diamonte heart pendant.

Check out Curvy Connect Magazine and subscribe to check out future issues. You may see some familiar faces with some of your favourite bloggers and fashionistas and you will most definitely see some new ones.

Remember what ever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Collectif Dietrich Swing Trench Coat Reviewed

One of the things I always find a challenge when it comes to picking my outfits is not knowing what sort of coat or jacket would compliment my ensemble in the best way. I find jeans and trousers easier to work with but when it comes to wearing a dress on a day that’s a little cooler. I often find myself caught short and undecided about the best way to go. The usual problems for me are trying to find something just the right length to pair with a dress, and then there is the problem with trying to have coordinating colours as well.As a huge lover of vintage clothing and pinup styles I have recently been filling my wardrobe with flared dresses, petticoats and various accessories that fall into that old skool rockabilly style. One of my all time favourite brands when it comes to vintage styles is of course Collectif. I have to admit I am rather lucky to live just a short journey from their Camden branch, situated in the historical Stables Market. I remember first going in there and trying on several pieces, if you love vintage clothing you will honestly feel like a kid in a candy store. I was surrounded by polka dots, cherries, swallows and other vintage related adornments and prints…

As I mentioned in my last review of Collectif most of their clothes range from a size 6-22 so it really is worth looking them up as there tends to be something for pretty much everyone.

I decided to treat myself to the Dietrich Swing Trench Coat for my birthday this year. Unfortunately the coat was sold out in my size and colour in all of the stores and the website! I guess ladies everywhere felt the same way as me when they saw the piece online.

 Stock Photo Courtesy Of Collectif

I first came across this coat when I saw it on the Collectif Facebook page and another fashion blog. It just so happened that when I called the customer service team at Collectif to get some info on sizing for a dress that I had my eye on, that I asked when this coat would be back in stock. To my luck the member of staff at the company who was helping me with my enquiries was the lovely Julia Metz; Company Buyer and Assistant Manager. Julia not only gave me very detailed info on the Dolores Doll Dress (review to come very soon) and Sindy Doll Dress. After talking for a while she called me and told me that she stumbled across the Dietrich Swing Trench Coat in size 22 and that she would hold it for me if I still wanted it. I was so happy! I had been trying to find this item everywhere! And the best part; it was in the colour I wanted, powder blue.

I absolutely love this coat the fabric is light and warm, so this jacket for me is perfect to be worn in the summer and the autumn months. I don’t think the material would be heavy enough to take on the cold winters that we have here in the UK but I personally would try it and would wear some heavy tights and Petticoat with my dresses for extra coverage. I love the silky soft feel of the material and the beautiful floral lining. I will be honest, if like me you have a rather big bust then you may want to go up a size as it is rather snug in that area.

This is one that I have worn in warm and cool days and have felt comfortable in it on both occasions. This dress can be worn with wiggle, pencil or swing dresses and of course separates. It’s the perfect length and has enough room to sit perfectly around your skirt, giving you coverage and still showing off your great outfit choice. This one also comes with a belt to cinch you in and give you an even more defined shape should you chose to wear it closed. With the outer coat being 98% Cotton 2% Elastane and the lining 97% Polyester 3% Elastane the fit and quality for me is just perfect!

Depending on the look you want to achieve you can really play around with this coat. I have worn it in a more casual style with bodycon dress underneath (as seen in the pictures above) and I paired it with simple black tights and black platform shoes. I have also worn this a lot more dressy and paired it with my Collectif Vintage dresses and flat shoes.

The versatility in the style makes this coat a must have and what’s more it’s available in black and beige also! This coat is still available in all three colours so if you want to pick up one for yourself you can either get it from a local store or alternatively from the website. www.collectif.co.uk