Trousers are my jam, so when the new Prima/Elvi collection launched, I knew I had to nab them. I just love the cream and gold colour palette of their spring/summer collection, and thought the soft gold sequin bomber was a perfect accompaniment. I also got one of the tops from the range but thought the quality and fit was pretty lacking, so paired the jacket and trousers with one of my ASOS Curve spot-print t shirts. I think the colours work really well together.
On my lips is my very favourite lipstick: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Double Dare. I’m going to do a post about my favourite lipsticks soon, and this will definitely feature.
Today’s outfit is a dress and coat I’ve had for ages, and a pair of boots I haven’t. Now I’m just blogging on my own terms, rather than feeling like I have to post new clothes every time and post regularly, I don’t feel like showing an outfit where the clothes are old is an issue. I love the colour combination of hot pink and navy blue and think it’s really underrated, so on this blustery London day, I decided to pair an ASOS coat I’ve had for several years with a star print dress I got last summer and have barely worn. The most exciting thing, though, is the shoes…
Dress: ASOS Curve
The main thing I love about this outfit, though, is the shoes. These platform wedge ankle boots are the new love of my life… along with several other pairs I also picked up from Yours. I have size 10 feet, which makes shoe shopping a nightmare. Ever wondered why I only really wear trainers or generally coded-masculine shoes? That’s why. Until recently, there was one place on the high street I could consistently buy shoes (as opposed to taking a chance that some open sandals might fit me in a 9), and that was Evans. A lot of good people work at Evans, and the company has been good to me over my blogging life, but I can’t pretend their shoes are anything other than hot garbage. The styles are pretty basic, and most seasons there won’t be a single pair that actively excites me, but the main problem is the absolutely woeful quality. Flat shoes from Evans last me, on average, 3 weeks. Which would be fine if they were Primark prices, but they ain’t. Evans needs to up their shoe game in general, but now I’ve discovered Yours make a size 10, I have absolutely no reason to ever shop there again. Here are all the shoes that Yours stocks in a 10, both wide fit and extra wide. I picked up several pairs when I got paid last week, which probably seems excessive but realistically a) I don’t have any shoes like them and b) I can’t take the chance that I’ll ever see them again in my size. The discovery of cool, not-too-expensive shoes and boots in my size is actually more exciting for me than a lot of clothing ranges, because I feel like it’s going to be a real asset to every outfit I wear. Instead of defaulting to trainers which mean every outfit looks casual, I have choices! I can wear knee-high platform boots or rose gold chunky heeled sandals with my jeans rather than just deciding between canvas or suede sneakers. Honestly, I feel better already.
Today’s lipstick is my old faithful Stila liquid lipstick in Patina. I cannot get enough of it. I think it’s overtaken Kat Von D Double Dare as my ultimate go-to shade.
In lots of ways, the blogging bubble has burst. But I think especially for fat women, we rely on plus size bloggers and/or friends on social media buying stuff to know how it’ll look on us. Because retailers don’t use models that will give an accurate representation of how the clothes will look on fat bodies, we often need to see an item on a fat body to understand if it’s right for us. This is even truer on the occasions when I shop at the top end of the size range in a mainstream shop. This time: M&S. I had seen this truly beautiful dress online and loved it, but the combination of only seeing it on a thin model, and words like ‘tailored fit’ made me wonder if this was designed with my body size in mind, in any way. But then my sweet angel Danie bought it, and I could feel confident that it looked amazing on someone my size. Which was all the encouragement I needed. I’m wearing it today with a very old favourite jacket that I will probably keep forever, but I feel like this is a really versatile dress. I would wear it to a wedding or generally formal event with heels, I plan to wear it in the evenings on holiday with flat gold sandals, and having incorrigibly scruffy tendencies, I love that I can wear it with trainers.
Again, I’m wearing my lowkey favourite lipstick: Stila in Bacca. It’s such a ‘me’ shade and I’m so, so happy I discovered it. I think Stila liquid lipsticks are extremely underrated, and I would probably go as far as to say they’re my favourite liquid lip formula available anywhere.
After a long time in trousers, I’ve really been embracing dresses recently. Trousers will probably always be my one true love, but dresses have a real place in my wardrobe these days. Especially dresses from Monki. It breaks my heart that Monki don’t do plus sizes and the only reason I can wear their dresses is because a) I’m a smaller fat and b) their stuff is often oversize. I want brilliant designs and brilliant prints for all my fat babes. This particular dress is selling fast– I looked on the Monki site, on ASOS and in store and it was sold out everywhere. Lucky for me, one came back in stock on ASOS in my size and I made it mine. I just checked again and it’s sold out in every size on ASOS but 2 are available in a small and 2 are available in a large on Monki’s own site. It’s the perfect summer-casual dress that I can wear to work, wear for fun and take on holiday with me.
I’m totally in love with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie. My love for Dragon Girl and Cruella is well-documented, but I recently picked up a third pencil and am so impressed with it. Walkyrie is such a wearable shade, and the formula is so light yet matte. It’s great for days where you don’t want to make a statement but still want to feel like you’re wearing something on your lips.
Ever since I wore a similar neckline to a wedding in 2014, I’ve been hunting for more off-the-shoulder stuff with a neckline that isn’t just straight across. I’m doing a lot less clothes shopping these days (I’ve changed, man) but when I got paid last month I ordered a few items I’ve had my eye on for a while. One was this wonderful bodysuit that was basically everything I wanted. I wore it to Danie’s birthday on Saturday night with this old Look magazine for Simply Be skirt that I truly love, not least because it’s got pockets.
Skirt: Simply Be
I couldn’t decide what to do makeup-wise: should I go for a smoky brown eye and pinky-brown lip, or should I go a bit brighter with cobalt eyeliner and red lips as in this post? Eventually I decided the more muted look was a safer bet. I used various shades from the Tartelette Tease palette from Tarte on my eyes, and wore the wonderful Stila liquid lipstick in Patina on my eyes.