dark days.

As a contrast to my last post, here are some more sober tones… Navabi kindly offered to send me something and I had a poke around what was on offer and decided on this coat. I met my pal Sian for lunch and she was extremely taken with it, especially when it’s zipped up and my collar’s sticking out over the top. The shape and style and material are great. I adorethe asymmetric zip which stops it from feeling to traditional to me. It’s a really good weight for spring, as it provides some protection from breezes but doesn’t make me feel gross and warm. My only criticism (and this is the same criticism I have of other coats and jackets without collars, eg my ASOS Curve leather biker) is that when I wear it open, I want to be able to stop the collar from flopping inwards. Retailers! Pls include some subtle buttons so I can facilitate this dream!

Coat : Manon Baptiste at Navabi
Shirt : ASOS Curve
Jeans : Simply Be
Brogues : Clarks

jump around.

I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of Cut for Evans since I went to the press day back in November, so I’d been looking forward to the launch for months. When it finally launched, I picked up the lovely sleeveless knit, then a few weeks later decided I needed the printed trousers, and finally got my hands on the jumpsuit. I haven’t been able to photograph the top and trousers yet, but I’ve been wearing the jumpsuit all weekend and got loads of compliments on it, and it feels like the perfect item for the current warm spell! Ain’t it grand?

Jumpsuit : Cut for Evans
Jacket : ASOS Curve
Trainers : Nike
Armpit fur : Nature

last of winter.

The delightful change in the English weather means I might not be able to wear faux-fur coats and faux-leather trousers for much longer. I adore these ASOS Curve trousers, but I wish I’d been able to get them in my size rather than having to size up because they were sold out. Oh well! I’ve also lightened my hair a bit more to get it from yellowy-blonde to pale ash blonde, and now it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted. I’ll do a post later in the week about what I used and what the results were each time…

Coat : Simply Be
T-shirt : Topshop
Trousers : ASOS Curve
Trainers : Nike
Necklace : Tatty Devine

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I really needed a change. I’ve been feeling pretty bleh about the way I look recently, which is most unlike me, but I guess hurtling along at a high pace on a ‘give no fucks’ vibe was going to have to crash sometime. I feel like I’ve got into a thing where I dress really messy and don’t make much effort and just wear my jeans and my grey trainers and it’s just a vicious circle of me feeling rubbish so I don’t make an effort so I feel rubbish so I don’t make an effort. So when I visited my pal Charlotte in Manchester this weekend, we decided to YOLO and dye my hair! I’m marking this as the first step towards me shaking up how I feel about myself and how I dress at the moment.

Coat : ASOS
Shirt : Dorothy Perkins
Jeans : Simply Be
Brogues : Clarks
Scarf : Primark

On my lips is my beloved LimeCrime Velvetine in Red Velvet. I’ve been trying out the MUA Lip Velvets which are a similar formula but at £3 a fraction of the (frankly high) price of a real Velvetine, and while I love the colours of the MUA velvets, they’re just not as opaque or long-wearing.

on the line

When you’re a fat girl who’s into clothes, for better or for worse you end up doing most of your fashion-buying online. In fact, most of the way you relate to fashion ends up being online. I think the internet has wholly revolutionised the way fat girls relate to fashion and personal style, in a massively good way. I need the internet. I get inspiration for the stuff I buy from other fatshion bloggers and the stuff they post on Twitter (where A LOT of our conversations seem to be “have you seen this cool thing?”), and then I do the deed online. While I wish there was greater availability of plus size fashion on the high street, it seems as if England is actually very well-served for online options in chubster fashion- both big brands and independent designers.

I know the UK plus size fashion industry has a lonnnnng old way to go, but I realised recently that online-only retailers are really doing a lot better than many brands who only sell from stores. They manage to be more creative somehow, with more abundant stock, more regularly updated, and with catwalk / 360-degree views, you stand a relatively good chance of knowing how the fit looks – not to mention being able to cross-reference with your bros on Twitter to see if you should size up or down.

Even though I end up purchasing much less regularly, I find myself checking online retailers like the ASOS Curve every day to see if anything inspiring has landed, and so often it has. I’m currently obsessed with two very different outfits that turned up on there recently and am feeling the need to share them both with you. I guess they can be subdivided into ‘work‘ and ‘play‘. I’m torn…