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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!

Wearing My Music

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

People often say that fashion is a form of expression. I would agree with that statement, however it’s not always true to everyone. I spent years working as a singer and musician and was only ever able to express my musicality by wearing fan based items. It was never easy for me to find items donning a music print. These days every time I see something remotely featuring music symbols it simply has to be mine!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

Collectif Clothing is a vintage brand that I have loved for years. Recently they carried some lines with bold piano key prints and music based items. When I was browsing the sale section of their website a few weeks back I was thrilled to see that this skirt was available. When it comes to vintage fashion, swing skirts are my thing. especially Transitional items are always great to wear especially when you can pair them with other items in your closet.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater and beretVintage retro music print swing skirtA plus size woman wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

You could call this a Parisian chic kind of style. When putting this look together I wanted to go for a classic, chic style. I have more beret hats and head scarfs than anyone so it was easy to include one of my black ones. The winter cold is still making the days uncomfortable and so I decided to opt for a turtleneck sweater. Believe me you can dress in a way that you want and accommodate the weather too, especially in the winter!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

This skirt is a nice thick material with quite deep pockets too. I love the practical side it has in addition to the scarlet red stitched music notes. I decided to wear a pair of shoes that are extremely comfortable and vintage enough in style so of course I opted for my black t-bar heels from Hotter shoes. As always when I wear black on black fashion I go for a pop of red lipstick so when the clothes I have add that extra red, even better!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

I really do hope that I continue to find music based items to wear because they will always have a valued space in my wardrobe! A bomber jacket with a giant treble clef at the back would be perfection!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black turtleneck sweater and black beret

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

Style Explorations

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Sometimes when it comes to fashion clothing can be more than what we wear, it can be rather exciting. I love to branch out and wear a variety of styles and if you were to go through my wardrobes it would look like clothing for about 5 different women lol. My style changes with my mood and so I like to have items to pretty much suit every situation. I like to push boundaries at times and challenge my confidence. I often find that when I push myself out of my comfort zone my confidence is majorly boosted!

A plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Hanna and I were on our way to view the latest lingerie and swimwear collections from Elomi a couple of weeks ago. When I attend press events I usually like to wear something from the brand i’m visiting, however I had no intention of walking the streets of London in my underwear! With that in mind I thought why not wear a lace top from Zizzi that I bought about a year ago. Most women have clothes that they have never worn before and this item was one of mine! Underneath I was wearing my Carmen lingerie set featuring plum coloured plunge bra. I figured that as I have no issue wearing dresses that highlight my cleavage what difference would this look make?!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirtA plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

We all have our own set of style rules that we choose to follow. In my case I don’t like to showcase both my legs and cleavage. I figure it’s best to balance everything out by going with one or the other. As it was a chilly November day in London I decided to pair this top with my gold metallic skirt from Lane Bryant (previously seen on the blog about a year ago). The funny thing I find is that when I wear daring items my confidence soars. Some people may find that they feel exposed or on display. For me I think it shows that only a confident woman would put her outfits together the way I do lol.

A plus size woman wearing a lace blousemetallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Coordination is the name of my game and so I decided to select items with gold adornments to finish off my look. Starting with my signature hoop earrings of course, pulling out my vanity boots from Hotter and wearing a black handbag showered in gold studs. The hint of purple in the bra is literally the only colour i’m wearing here other than black and gold lol. I actually got a lot of compliments for this outfit even though it is rather edgy. Of course I was feeling sassy, fierce and quite like the fashionista…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

It’s always good when items you’ve had for a while are still very much in fashion and on trend for the season. That doesn’t matter though, I say wear what makes you feel amazing and confident. Don’t get caught up by the so called rules, unless of course you set these rules yourself! Experiment with what you wear, step outside of the box and try something new. You may surprise yourself with how your confidence improves!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse

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

The Beauty In The Pleat – A Lane Bryant Review

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglasses

What woman out there doesn’t love a cute and summery outfit with a little added flare? In summer we are given the opportunity to experiment with layers, colours, textures and prints. Skirts and dresses are my go-to items in the warmer months. Their light and easy style make putting outfits together a lot of fun and can bring in new flavour. I fell in love with this gorgeous pleated midi skirt from Lane Bryant as soon as I had seen it! The kiss coloured flowers, gentle pleats and light fabric touch on the vintage with elements of modern style and make this a great summer option. Pleated plus size skirts are everywhere at the moment in a variety of lengths and shapes. Currently the trend is bold, block colours and metallic fabrics and so, we have something a little different with this…

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heelsA plus size floral pleated worn by a woman in the breeze

The highlight of my summer so far was of course my long anticipated trip to Las Vegas! For as long as I could remember I had wanted to see what made the city so spectacular. Weddings, celebrations and gambling are what sin city is most known for after all. In preparation for my American adventure I reached out to my friends at Lane Bryant to see if there was a store close to my hotel. The world famous fashion brand is a place all plus size fashionistas need to see when stateside! I’ve been a long-time fan of the company, their ethos shines bright with body positivity and their clothes reflect their views.

Lane Bryant Stephanie Henderson, Las Vegas Lane Bryant Dressing Room Reservation Label Plus Size Women In Lane Bryant Store

The weather was scorching hot as soon as I stepped off the plane and I knew that I was in for an amazing trip! I love the feeling of the sun on my skin and although I had an MJ packed few days; I couldn’t wait to meet the Lane ladies! Day one into my trip, I jumped in a taxi and headed over to the Stephanie Henderson store just a 30 minute drive away from the strip. I was greeted by a group of beautiful women with huge smiles and such a welcoming atmosphere. I felt like a total VIP, a beautifully lit dressing room had been set aside for me. Gorgeous clothes awaiting me, music playing and amazing vibes all around. I selected a series of items to try on (some of which you’ll see on the blog very soon).

Check out a review of the stripy dress I wore during my visit here (dress still available online).

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

Being in a Lane Store was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon. I have been admiring the variety of styles from the brand including their sexy Cacique Lingerie from afar and was finally able to try on countless items in sequence. I picked up this lace trimmed blush cami to wear with the skirt, also in 22. The colour matches the floral detail of the pleated skirt perfectly. Topped with a thick elasticated waist band and soft lining, the skirt is such a comfortable item on a hot day. It feels light against the skin and extremely soft to the touch.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, wearing sunglasses

I thought it would be nice to pair the outfit with my champagne coloured heels from Hotter and a soft denim shirt. Pretty, girly outfits can easily be dressed down slightly for a more casual summer look. It’s nice to stand out in a bright ensemble in an understated way sometimes. For accessories I opted for a gold clutch and these amazing Le Specs Liar Lair sunglasses in matte stone colour. My signature hoop earrings were a must in addition to my regular makeup and a soft pink lip gloss.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

I have to say I had an incredible time in Vegas, especially meeting some of the Lane Bryant team. I really hope I get to see these incredible women again as they gave me a shopping experience that not only plus women want, all women want! On my way back to the hotel and reflecting on the previous few hours I had, it was clear to me that shopping should be a pleasurable experience and can be. I left the store feeling valued as a customer, had a series of stylish options to choose from and, that I wanted to return soon. I’d never felt so happy shopping for clothes as a fat woman before! I have of course said to the ladies that if they are ever on this side of the pond i’ll be sure to show them the sights and sounds of London!

A plus size woman smiling in a Michael Jackson t-shirt, by the Las Vegas signA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, on a summers day

*This Skirt Was A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!