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Just Checking Things Out

 A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t want to look and feel good in her clothes. We all love stylish fashion items. I personally try to find pieces I can wear both casually or dressy. In The Style Curve is one of my favourite brands and they have a wide variety of items. What I love about the brand is that a large amount of their standard size range is also available in the Curve collection. They have really helped me to embrace my love of checked items. In fact almost all of my checked pieces come from them! With that being said, you can understand why I had to have this t-shirt dress.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

What caught my eye with this one is how easy to style it is. It would work really well on it’s own with some cute heels as a mini dress or as I’ve styled it here as a tunic style top. If you prefer a little more length, skinny jeans or leggings are a great compliment to the item. I always like to size up with dresses like this due to having a large bust, behind and stomach. I got this one in a size 26. You can wear this dress in a sexy way by having your legs out. I personally wanted to wear it more modestly.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress and a black bandana A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

It’s no secret that I have a thing for shiny items. I love silver earrings, silver accessories and of course silver shoes! I now have around 5 pairs! Evans Clothing have the most incredible platformed loafers and they are incredibly comfortable. The soles are soft with a padded cushion feel. These are so comfortable to walk in too. A great pair of shoes for the office or as part of the general wardrobe. These black leggings are also from Evans. They have a thick elasticated feel that pulls you in at all the right places. I love how high waisted they are and the little added details like the zippers at the ankle.

A plus size woman wearing black leggings and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafersA plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black leggings, black bandana and metallic silver platformed loafers

In The Style Curve make such fab checked items. I have even worn some of them on the blog before. Check out this post featuring a Binky Shirt dress. You can keep it simple and be fun with your outfits. Just play around with colours and simple pairings to create a comfortable and fun look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a casual grey checked t-shirt dress, black bandana
*This is a gifted outfit
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! 

Today I Choose Joy

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

It’s funny, sometimes the energy you put out there can really start a new topic of discussion. I have had countless people contact me recently all speaking on the positivity I display. Many people find it to be refreshing and others have asked me ‘Mayah what makes you so happy?’ In all honesty, I choose to be happy. The more time I spend navigating this world the more I see that joy and happiness are things that don’t happen to you. These are things that you grab by the hands and take for yourself.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

My story is one full of roller coaster situations with twists and turns. My childhood and teen years saw me go through quite traumatic bullying. As a result, I ended up making poor choices, entering bad relationships and not taking care of myself. I had to reach a place where it was important for me to “check myself”. I guess you could say I learned that in order to get to a place of joy I had to start with myself…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling with her eyes closedA plus size woman wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans and black boots

Several years ago my life led me to a place where I took my relationship with God to a deeper place and I decided to get baptised. I had been contemplating doing so for a while but I guess all things happen in the correct timing. People of faith often speak on joy as though it’s something only reserved for believers. I don’t agree with that statement. I think we all have a right to happiness, light and love but I do know from personal experience that we have to make it happen. People tend to fall into the trap of thinking that one day they will wake up and everything in their life will be perfect. The thing is this; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! I think a paradigm shift and taking the steps to make things happen is the key.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt and silver faux leather backpack A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

I decided to start enjoying how I look, surrounding myself with like minded and positive people among other things. Talking about what I wanted in life was a pointless exercise. Deciding to just get on with things and focus on what makes me happy and what I’m good at made the difference. The easy thing is to focus on the things we’re bad at. That weight we’ve gained, our singleness, lack of money we have… I could go on really. My point is that we spend too much time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with our situations. When you switch your thought patterns to focus on the positive everything changes. You’ll be surprised at how happy you actually are! Don’t get me wrong you may not be where you want to be but, you will have made some strides forward!

black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglasses

When I saw this slogan t-shirt from Zizzi at Navabi I knew I had to have it. This one phrase describes my current state of mind and place in life. ‘TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!’ In other words, I’m making the choice to be happy. I like everyone else have my bad days but I thought i’m gonna make a statement by wearing the words and not just a smile! When putting this look together I wanted to pair the grey tee with a simple pair of black jeans. I selected my supper skinny stretch jeans from Lane Bryant. Yours Clothing recently sent me these fab ankle boots so they were an easy inclusion.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots, holding a silver faux leather backpack

Finishing things off I decided to add a touch of freshness with this baby pink trench coat from Evans. I thought it would be cool to wear some accessories. Hanna let me borrow her Celine Audrey sunglasses for some added glam. Tobi recently sent me some fun new things which I wanted to include with this look. I’m pretty sure that by now when people think of my style hoop earrings come to mind. With that being said you can see why I wanted this pair of in the loop hoops! Adding more silver I selected the faux leather backpack.

Aside from what i’m wearing, ultimately the key is to do the things that make you happy. It might the clothes you wear that make you smile, the people you’re with or what you do.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirt
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! 

M&S Curve – A New Fashion Range

Plus size woman wearing an M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketM&S Curve Launch Event 2018

It’s not often that everyone can agree on the same thing! Ask anyone in Britain to name a brand known for amazing quality and M&S comes to mind. The company have been going since 1884,  developing and expanding ever since. Food, home goods and of course fashion are just some of the things one can purchase from them. I’m super excited to be able to share some amazing news with you. Their fashions have gone from strength to strength and now we have an M&S Curve range! Partnering with the fiercely fun and stylish Danielle Vanier they created a collection with plus size women as their focus.

M&S Curve Launch 2018

On January 9th fashion bloggers, media and press agents were all invited to a lavish breakfast at London’s Ivy Soho Brasserie. Hosted by Jo Hales, head of buying for the brand and Danie. What more can someone want than to enjoy a lavish breakfast, catch up with old friends and form new acquaintances? They wanted to share some details about the range with us and showcase some lines from the collection. We learned that the main range of clothing is based around a size 12 frame. M&S wanted to focus creating the Curve collection on a size 24 woman, a true plus size collection! So far a great start to 2018, we have a fab new collection in sizes 18-32.

Danielle Vanier at the M&S Curve Launch Event 2018

Danielle Vanier wearing the half sleeve mesh midi dress she designed for the collection

Special attention went into the selection and cut of fabrics, specific print designs were chosen all with plus size women at the forefront. I can honestly say that nothing synonymous with the brand has been compromised when putting this collection together. Quality, style and variety is all a part of this range. Specially sourced size 20 mannequins will be also be used in the stores that carry the Curve collection. Great for women who aren’t so keen on shopping online and happen to see some stuff when picking up their groceries! 30 styles are already available.

Danie, was brought on to work with the brand as a consultant and she also designed 2 gorgeous LBDs (you can see me wearing one of them in these pics). A sexy bodycon with mesh shoulders and arms with some asymmetric gathering across the front. At the breakfast event Danie had said about the collaboration, ‘When I started with them I thought, they’re gonna be synonymous with quality, design, fit and fabric. Everything they do is really thought out and considered.’ 

I tried on a few of the samples that were showcased. I love that there really is something for everyone. Some great basics, work wear and dressier options are all included. A particular item to catch my attention was the incredible biker jacket. The faux leather had stretch throughout including additional stretch panels. This is available in black and gun metal grey. Even when fastened there is plenty of room in the stomach and breast area! A must have if you ask me! There was also a hot trench coat and lurex plisse jumpsuit that everyone at the event had their eye on! Be sure to keep an eye on the site as more items from the curve range become available.

Plus size woman wearing a M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketPlus size woman smiling wearing a M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacket

I was thrilled to finally get my hands on some pieces from the range. Stylish, sophisticated and edgy lines can be found from M&S curve. There’s some fab items that would be great at the office, on a date night and for everyday wear. The half sleeve mesh midi dress is an item that to me is multipurpose. I can see myself wearing this casually with trainers and colourful accessories. I decided to bring a bit of a biker chick vibe to the look for these pics. Deciding to double up on the mesh by wearing fish net tights and pairing it with the curve biker jacket with a pop of red lipstick. Of course being that this was designed by Danie it was going to have some fun features. Gathered detail at the waist, the doubled layered effect, silky sash detail at the front and back zip.

Plus size woman wearing a black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketPlus size woman wearing a black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacket

Everyone in attendance at the event were excited that some top quality items would be available on the high street at a great prince point! I’ve seen the look book and there’s some really hot lines still to come. I can’t wait to see what they bring out later in the year!
Check out the website and to look out for M&S Curve in a store near you!

Plus size smiling woman wearing a black double layered dress
*Dress And Jacket Are Gifted Items.
This is a sponsored post
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Monochrome Edge

A plus size woman wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

When it comes to our choice in fashion some things never get old! I honestly don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t loved wearing monochrome outfits. There’s just something about black and white fashion that does it for me. Firstly colour coordination is the name of my style game. Black and white items always make for hot staple pieces in the wardrobe and always make things convenient when you’re on the go.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

Yours Clothing recently got in touch with me and asked me if I would like to select a few items in their current collection. The first thing I saw was this hot black and white stripe shirt. The item to me worked as both a hot item I could wear to the office but also something I could switch up. Reminiscent of a referee shirt, the slightly loose fit and double thick stripes were what caught my attention. Due to the fact that I have a large bust I always up-size with shirts or front fastening items. Wearing this one in a size 26/28 I not only have plenty of room and feel comfortable in the light weight item but I find that when I want a more of a modest look this fit is perfect. A monochrome item in and of itself!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and a black bandanaA plus size woman wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

Now those of you who know me know that I can be as girly and demure as the next woman but I do love my edgy items. Shiny things have always caught my eye. The thing is, I like wearing bright and garish things despite the fact that some people think us big women shouldn’t. Latex, vinyl and wet look items have been available from plus brands everywhere. Perfect if you like monochrome looks. Vinyl and wet look leggings just happen to be something I have a slight obsession with. I selected this pair in a size 26/28 because fabrics of this style have little to no stretch. Vinyl isn’t breathable on the skin either. You can see by my photos that I could have selected these in a size 24 for a more tailored fit.

A plus size woman wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsPlus size black vinyl leggings and black lace up heeled platform boots

I never used to be a woman phased much by footwear but that has changed over time. I did think when I was younger that you only needed 1 pair of black boots. Laughable when I think about it now. I have casual boots, sexy boots, sophisticated boots and those I can wear anywhere. This pair of heeled ankle boots had an edge to them that I really like. I should note that I find these extremely comfortable and could see myself walking a fair distance in them. I think that they compliment this outfit really well.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt, black vinyl leggings, a black bandana and black lace up heeled platform boots

When it comes to my wardrobe I like a little bit of everything. Black and white items we all know go with every colour out there but there’s just something funky about putting them with each other. Monochrome suits every person on the planet. You simply can’t go wrong! You will definitely see more of the style from me in the future!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black and white stripe shirt
*This Is A Gifted Outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

In The Varsity

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

Sometimes things just come together in a way that works. I love to get girly and dressed up as you guys know but I do love being comfortable and casual. I have always loved varsity jackets. This might have something to do with my appreciation of vintage fashion? When I take a look in my wardrobe I see a series of jackets all with a varsity cut. I currently have 3 Michael Jackson ones, 2 basic casual ones and now this hot metallic number! Navabi contacted me over Christmas and asked me if I would like to select a gift to celebrate the holidays. It was actually Hanna who spotted this one and was like ‘this jacket is so you!’. Of course she was right, I wanted it as soon as I saw it!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

In some ways i’m a typical woman, I love shinny things! Metallic and sparkly clothing items draw me in the same way a woman is pulled to jewels. I know we’re in the new season but I still have an appreciation for metallic fashion. What I love about this jacket is that unlike many, the distressed texture adds some edge and difference to things. The long-line cut makes this one workable with bodycon dresses, jeans, tunics, t-shirts and a multitude of items. I should note though that the glitter does like to get on other clothes so you may wish to select light or grey items to wear with it! Most of us like to up-size with jackets and coats to accommodate the clothes under and make room for our bust. I got this one in size 26/28.

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

Monochrome outfits for me are so easy to wear and can be casual with a twist. I decided that rather than wear black and white i’d select black and silver items. Evans recently sent me a pair of coated jeggings and I thought that the texture against the metallic jacket would be a fun look. These are a true to fit size and are high waisted. I’m wearing these in a size 24. I feel that black items are so easy to incorporate into the wardrobe and make for a great basic.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black chelsea boots

Sometimes you want to wear an outfit that is simple, comfortable and effortless. I do find that items like varsity jackets can be worn in so many ways. If you wanna see how I wore one in a sexier and dressier look check out this post from last year. As I always say multipurpose clothing items are great for those of us on a budget! I plan on wearing this jacket with a series of different items. Why worry about people seeing you in the same thing more than once. It gives you the chance to be creative?!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

I thought pair these items with an oversized black top and i’d put my hair in bunches, keep my makeup simple and wear my signature hoop earrings with my long cross chain. A simple yet flashy look all at the same time lol. As I said before I don’t think you can go wrong with shinny things lol. Maybe next i’ll add a pop of colour to switch things up a little. Stay tuned, who knows I may include this one in another outfit on the blog one day!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket

*Varsity Jacket And Jeggings Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Get It Checked

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Over the past few years we have seen that checked shirts have been in style for women all over the country. I personally hadn’t owned one until just a few months ago. Now I find myself with a few in my wardrobe each with a different element of style. In The Style Curve have quite a range of plus size clothing and there is pretty much something for everyone. Sometimes you just want to wear something with some colour that can either be dressy, smart or casual.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

When I saw this shirt from the Binky collection I knew I wanted to try it out. The rich and warm colours really caught my eye. Reds and oranges really work against my complexion so I knew that something containing both would be a really nice fit. This one is designed as a dress but I like to wear it as a shirt with some extra length. I like that checked shirts allow for a mix of colours in a single garment. It can make putting together an outfit rather fun. I decided to keep things simple and only wear black with this one.

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Whenever I buy dresses or shirts with front fastening buttons I up-size. When you have a large bust you need to account for this to minimise the gaping that can take place. I have this one in size 26 because of this. I like that unlike other checked shirt designs there is a small but subtle added detail, the sleeves! They come with long checked ties that you can use to fasten bows or leave loose if you wanted to have a different look altogether!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Lane Bryant recently sent me this pair of super stretch skinny jeans. Of course black skinny jeans go with a multitude of clothing items so you can see why it was so easy for me to pair these with my checked shirt dress. I should note that usually you downsize with American sizing when buying in the UK. I did however get these in a size 26. From my trip to Vegas last summer I knew that with Lane my size for shorts, trousers and jeans would be a US size 26. That being said if you disregard the size label in the back of your jeans the fit is amazing. The denim is super stretch and extremely comfortable. They honestly feel as comfortable as a pair of thick leggings. Perfect for this time of year!

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

So there are many ways you can put together a casual yet stylish look. Some work with shapes, prints and cuts. I like to colour coordinate my looks and go from there. Whatever it is you do to look stylish be sure to have fun in your clothes and stay warm in the winter cold!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt

*Checked Skirt And Jeans Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Who Said Grey Had To Be Dull?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

It’s a few days into January so let me wish you all a big Happy New Year. Even though everyone is back to work and the weather is still awful it’s not all doom and gloom. Even though the mood may feel grey that doesn’t mean grey fashion items have to be dull or boring. I’m really not a fan of the cold, in fact I can’t stand it. Maybe it’s because I was born in the middle of July, or perhaps because people aren’t as cheery this time of year. Either way I try to find fun ways to fight the chill in the air.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

When In The Style Curve recently released this sweater dress I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. It looked so warm and cosy in their stock photos. It’s not often that I have found a roll neck (or turtle neck to some people) sweater where the neck is fully covered and the folds stay in place. I absolutely love the fit of this one. I should note though this is a very short one if you want to wear it as a dress. It does have a true to size fit though. I’m wearing this one in size 22-24.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweaterA plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

I thought it would be fun to continue with wearing metallics and so I paired this top with my mini skirt from Simply Be (To read my review on this item check out this post). This gave me the little extra length that I like and was a fun way to create an outfit. I rolled the hem of the top upwards slightly to really emphasise the baggy oversized look. To finish things off I added a simple pair of fish net tights from Asos Curve and slipped on my heeled Chelsea boots.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

I love that some items that are meant to be pretty casual can really get some added sass by the way they are accessorised. If like me you’re all about colour coordination this should be easy for you. Working with a colour pallet can simplify the decision making process when it comes to putting an outfit together. As Pink goes so well with grey I decided to wear some pink lippy with this one. Even when wearing block colours a little touch of something different can make all the difference.

A plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled chealsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweaterA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

As it stands I believe the grey version of this sweater dress may be out of stock but it does come in a lush stone colour so be sure to pick one up while stocks last! I can assure you it is as warm as it looks! This would work really well with leggings, jeans and many other items. And for those of you who are daring enough as a single item! Tell me what key items are you wearing to battle the cold this season?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater

*Sweater And Skirt Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Soft, Blue And Velvet

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

It’s the end of the year and as we are enjoying the remaining days in our Christmas break, making the most of the good food and chill time. At the moment most people are thinking of how they want to bring in the new year. Thoughts of resolutions are taking place, people are wondering who will give them a kiss when the clock strikes twelve… others take the time to think about what they will be wearing and how much alcohol they will or won’t consume lol. Making the most of this season and the weather I will again be either wearing a velvet or a sequin number.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

This is the third and final instalment of my velvet series. I started off by writing about another soft velvet wrap dress. I then followed this by discussing a mulled wine dress, perfect for Christmas. I’ve been having fun and recently Navabi sent me this gorgeous wrap dress and I was thrilled! Manon Baptiste are known for luxurious premium fashion for us plus size women and offer a fabulous range of clothing. If you’re looking for something with that extra wow factor they can and will deliver! What I love about this dress besides the gorgeous colour and sumptuous velvet is the design. To me the dress is a cross between an elegant wrap dress and feminine smokers jacket. The lace trim adds a sassy feminine touch perfect for some additional elegance and the v-neck cut is perfect to showcase the decolletage.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress and blue sequin beret A blue velvet wrap dress with lace trim and black fluffy bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

The soft velvet is thick and warm and has a nice amount of stretch. This cut would suit women of all shapes and moulds perfectly to the curves. The ties are really long so you can pretty much wear them in whatever way makes you feel comfortable. With 2 invisible loops, one on each side of the waist, this is one that you can feel secure wearing without having to worry about adjusting constantly. I really like that the sleeves are long as you still feel covered even though you may have your legs on show and some cleavage out. This one is definitely true to size. I selected this in a size 24.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

When putting this outfit together I was heading out for a Christmas get together with friends. The idea was to be festive and stylish. I pulled on a simple pair of black tights and wore my newest pair of ankle boots from Yours Clothing. To finish things off I dug out my old blue sequin blue beret for added sparkle. I thought my new fluffy clutch from In The Style would be perfect as the black compliments the hem of the dress, my tights and hair colour. The silver chain works perfectly with my hoop earrings and the sparkle in my hat.

A plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

Blue is my favourite colour! It is really nice to be able to wear another fab dress in rich royal blue. Who can go wrong in soft, sumptuous velvet?! There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t feel fabulous when they wear this luscious fabric. Who knows I may even wear both sequins and velvet to bring in the new year! Whatever i’ll be wearing it’ll definitely be stylish and fun!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress and blue sequin beret
*This Dress, Bag And Boots Were A Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!