Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Company Magazine Fashion Awards - Best Plus Size Clothes

Prestigious Company Fashion Awards winners have been announced revealing that Evans won 1st place for Best Plus Size Clothes as voted for by Company Magazine's online readers.

New Look walked away with 2nd place for Best Plus Size Clothes aswell as 2nd place for Best Place to spend £50 and a 1st place award for Best Shoes under £50.

This season New Look has recession busting seasonal offers on their party dresses which are available online. As you'd expect prices are in keeping with their Under £50 category competition win, reflecting New Look's continuing commitment to providing on trend glam at affordable prices.

New Look are also currently offering 20% off Plus Size partywear - check out their website for the best affordable Christmas Party dresses for plus size fashionistas.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Britains Got Talent Dancer becomes Plus Size Model

Fabia Cerra became an overnight sensation on Britain’s Got Talent when the size 18-20 Burlesque dancer caused dozens of complaints from viewers who claimed her act was unsuitable for family television as she danced around half naked with nipple tassles on.

Now the larger-than-life dancer has set out to persuade the fashion industry to use larger ladies on the catwalk by becoming a model and ambassador for Models of Diversity, which campaigns for fashion and beauty industry to use a wider variety of models. This includes models of all shapes and sizes but also all races, ages and abilities.

Since becoming an ambassador, she has campaigned at fashion events, including Britain’s Next Top Model competition. She was quoted as saying;

“The average size of women on the British high street is 16.
Most people in the UK don’t conform to the size and shape of models highlighted in the media.

“I really want to promote real people of all different shapes and sizes and I’m very happy to have been asked to represent the organisation.  It’s something I really believe in. "

Sinclair Model Management who have signed Fabia said the reason they chose her was because she represents real women.

Angel Sinclair, co-founder of Models of Diversity said “I was struck by her bravery on Britain’s Got Talent on each show. She is a inspiration to plus size women.

“For me its about acceptance of one size and most importantly self love which Fabia has in bucket loads. She is an amazing lady.”

Fabias new found success reminds us that it's okay to have curves and that what is attractive in a woman is confidence. Size shouldn't matter.

Plus Size Celebrities - Mica Paris

Singer turned TV presenter Mica Paris is a beautiful, healthy and happy plus size 16.

Aswell as a very successful music career Mica has gone on to present her own TV show What Not To Wear. She has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and in West End shows Mama I Want to Sing and Sweet Lorraine.

Last year Mica teamed up with Simply Be to design a collection for plus size women.

While presenting What Not To Wear, Mica encountered many woman whose stories touched her.

She began to examine her own life and choices, and was compelled to tell her story in a bid to inspire confidence and self-esteem to those woman and others.

Her book Beautiful Within: Finding Happiness and Confidence in Your Own Skin is an inspiring look at how we can all turn our lives around and choose a healthy, sane way to live.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Wall London - 15% off Designer Plus Size Clothing

Wall London luxurious designer clothes are heavily influenced by oriental styles using the finest fabrics sourced from places as China, Mongolia and Peru to produce long lasting clothes which feel simply exquisite to the touch.

Whilst their clothing range is a little on the expensive side for many, the clothes are both timeless and elegant investment pieces. So with the Christmas season coming up, if you want to treat yourself to a designer item from Wall London designer plus size range you can save 15% off your purchase with my exclusive voucher code.

Wall London plus size range is available in sizes 16-24

Use my Exclusive 15% Discount Code UQ-901 (Expires 30/11/2010)

40's Neckline Oversized Sweater

Relax in this oversized square neck sweater. Loomed in a super-soft pima cotton and alpaca mix that is super gentle on the skin.

Dropped shoulder, dropped back, side vents

Normal Price £189.00 Use my exclusive 15% discount vouchers to get this item for £160.65

Rothko V-Neck Oversized Shirt

Simple floating oversized shirt in a fine silk with dropped shoulders and a V neckline.

Colourful bands of organza ribbon decorate the cuffs. Side vents. 100% Silk.

Normal price £129.00 - Use my exclusive 15% discount to get this item for £109.65

Duotone Tekvar Kaftan

Creatively shaped oversized kaftan with centre pocket panel and square batwing sleeve.

Iris contrast stitching at the centre front and hem. Fine draping light wool fabric with a silky textured feel.

Normal Price £199.00 - Use my exclusive 15% discount code to get this item for just £169.99

Shirikowa Step Jacket

Light but warm oriental shaped jacket in with batwing sleeve and stepped front. Hand loomed with a corded horizontal line for texture. Deep ribbed hem, cuff and centre front.

Made with 51% baby alpaca

Normal Price £199.00 - Use my exclusive 15% discount code to get this item for just £169.99

Friday, 5 November 2010

Dorothy Perkins VIP Week - 25% OFF EVERYTHING

Dorothy Perkins VIP Sale - 25% discount off absolutely EVERYTHING Online until Sunday 14th November.

Make the most of this discount code and stock up for your winter wardrobe and festive party outfits. The discount code can be used on everything at Dorothy Perkins online including coats, shoes, boots, bags, lingerie and accessories. It also includes 'New In' items and Online Exclusives.

Dorothy Perkins stock plus sizes up to a Size 22.

Discount code: DPVIPG (Plus free delivery when you spend over £75)

Normally £40.00 NOW £30.00

Normally £42.00 NOW £31.50

Normally £26.00 NOW £19.50

Normally £28.00 NOW £21.00

Normally £35.00 NOW £26.25

Normally £55.00 NOW £41.25

Normally £50.00 NOW £37.50

Normally £55.00 NOW £41.25

Winter Warmers - Plus Size Knitted Dresses

Knitted dresses are on trend this Winter and designers such as Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Bennetton and Catamini have been showing them in their collections on the catwalk.

Choose chunky knit dresses, oversized jumpers and cable knitted dresses with thick tights, leggings or skinny jeans and boots for daytime wear or glam up a thin knit dress with pattern tights and heels for evening wear.

Knitted dresses are an investment piece that will never go out of fashion and are a style which are easily suited to any plus sized figure.

My pick of the best Plus Size Knitted Dresses

Debenhams Sizes 16-22 £38.00

Sizes 16-22 £85.00

Debenhams Sizes 16-22 £38.00

Marks & Spencer Sizes 16-22 £45.00

Freemans Sizes 16-24 £38.00

Boden Sizes 16-22 £95.00

Marks & Spencer Sizes 16-22 £35.00

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Get The Party started with Evans

Christmas is just around the corner and its time to start thinking about our party outfits. Get into the festive mood with Evans new party collection.

Evans new glamorous party wear features gorgeous plus size party dresses, sequinned vests and tunics, metallic cardigans, embelished tops, hareem pants and frill shrugs all available in plus-sizes 14-32 plus a great selection of party shoes and accessories to complete your Christmas outfit.

I have picked out my favourite pieces from the new Evans collection to give you a little bit of Christmas Plus Size Inspiration.

Model wears;

Black Glitter Frill Shrug
This gorgeous all over frill bolero has glitter for added shimmer.

Lace Strappy Dress
Strappy red and black lace dress with button detail down the centre front.

Velvet Strap Court Shoes

Blue Velvet Drape Pocket Dress

Would look absolutely gorgeous with these

Velvet Court Shoes

Navy Sequin Embellished Vest

Lace Sequin Longline Top

Black Lace Peeptoe Platforms

Fiorelli Frame Disc Bag

Flattering Styles for an Apple shaped body

Do you carry the majority of your weight in your midsection? 
Is your upper body larger than your lower half? 
If so, you probably have what stylists call an apple shaped body.

Apple shaped women tend to carry their weight around their torso (their bust line and waists) rather than in the hip, bottom and thigh area.
This body type can be difficult to dress, but there are some easy ways to camouflage your trouble spots.

Emphasis the Positive

An apple shaped body has some positive areas you can emphasise. 

Identify the areas you want to minimize and the parts of your body that are more appealing.  If you want to flatten a large tummy then accent your bust line or slender legs.
Take a look in the mirror and decide which parts of your body you want to accentuate and which parts you would prefer to disguise.

On Top

There are several flattering top and dress styles which you can choose.  An empire waistline that fits just under your bust draws the eye away from a big stomach.  Emphasise your upper body by choosing tops that expose your decolletage. 

Choose deep v-necks or scoop necks to draw the eye upward. Beading or embellishments around
the neck or bust can also help achieve this. A top that extends past the waist will help avoid exposing a 'muffin top'and a top that just meets the widest part of your hips creates more balance with your bust line.

At the Bottom

Again, balance is one of the keys to flattering your body type.  Wide-legged trousers will even
out your body shape and keep it more proportionate.  Never wear trousers with pleats as they draw attention to your tummy.  The same goes for skinny jeans and leggings. When it comes to skirts, avoid slim minis.  These will make you look top-heavy.  A fuller skirt with a tunic are much more flattering.

Plus Size Apple Shaped Celebrities

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Hudson

Plus Size Dresses to Flatter Apple Shape Figures

Flatter an apple shaped figure by choosing outfits that are all one colour. A monochromatic outfit creates a slimming effect on apple shaped women.

Shorter dresses and skirts can also work well on apple shaped women as they draw the eye to the slimmer part of an apple shaped figure (the hips and thighs).

Avoid fussy detailing around the middle of your dress.

Yours Clothing Sizes 16-32 £28.00
Pretty mesh dress features a rose trim, v-neck at the front and back, gathered detail and a tie back.

New Look Sizes 18-24 £25.99
This gorgeous dress has detailing around both the neck and hemline which will draw the eye away from the midsection

Yours Clothing Sizes 16-32 £25.00
Pretty dress with ruffled V neck to draw the eye away from the midsection

Marks & Spencer £45.00 Sizes 16-22.
Sophisticated and elegant, this crossover v-neck dress features a stud embellished empire line.