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Comfy, Cosy and Practical: Building Your Autumn Wardrobe

Autumn is a time for enjoying the cooler weather, watching the leaves turn beautiful shades of red and orange and enjoying cosy nights in at home. As the weather changes are wardrobes need to as well, here’s how you can build yours.

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Consider a capsule wardrobe

Buying a whole new wardrobe every season can be expensive, which is why a capsule closet is a good way to go. Here you only need a few different items, but you can style lots of outfits for all occasions that all look very different. For autumn, a few long sleeve jersey dresses make good stable pieces to build your capsule wardrobe from. They’re comfy, flattering and can easily be dressed up or down- worn with heels for evening occasions or with tights, flat boots and a cute leather jacket or cardigan for day wear. If you’re more of a trouser wearer, a pair of black trousers and a couple of pairs of jeans can all be worn with different tops to create different looks. Think about footwear and jackets too- a mac is classic and can be worn with just about everything. A pair of black leather boots will again go with most outfits and keep your feet warm and dry over the upcoming months.

 

Add accessories

Accessories are a fantastic way to embrace the season. They can bring a pop of colour and style to any plain outfit- a scarf, a bag, a piece of statement jewellery or a hat can all transform your autumn wardrobe without the need to spend much. Scour high street bargains and sites like eBay for unique pieces. Gold, burnt orange and red as well as khaki and jewel tones like purple and navy all work well for the autumn and winter.

 

Replace your basics

When you wear things like tights, leggings, vest tops, tshirts for layering and other basics every day, they can quickly wear out. A couple of times a year it’s worth investing in new pieces, they don’t cost much but prevent you from looking scruffy. If you can’t locate your winter warmers from last year like your gloves and woolly hat, you will need to replace these too!

 

Think about nightwear and loungewear

It’s not just clothes to go out in that we need to consider when we’re building our autumn wardrobe. During the colder months of the year we tend to spend more time at home, meaning it’s important to have things to relax in. There are lots of cute pyjamas you can buy at this time of year, but loungewear can be an even better option. That way you look more put together if someone knocks the door! You can even get felt slippers with rubber soles which make hard wearing alternatives to regular slippers. If you do need to pop out into the garden to put the bin out or get something from the car then it won’t soak the bottoms and ruin them.

Autumn is on the way, so be sure to have your wardrobe prepared so you can look cute and be comfy over the colder months!

 

Love a bit of lace.

Last year I got the most beautiful top, it’s a simple T-shirt with a cut out and a little bit of lace. I think it is just perfect and I kinda want to wear it all the time.

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I love how a bit of lace can add so much to a simple item like a T-shirt and now whenever I see items with a small bit of lace I want them all. In my mind I think of lace as being very sexy and a little risqué (which I love) so when it’s chucked on a regular every day item/outfit I’m drawn to it even more.

I’ve been seeing items like this more and more recently so I’d thought I’d share a couple that caught my eye.

1. Black lace insert top from Esprit, this one would be a great one to dress up, the lace is mostly on the back and it’s looks very simple and sophisticated from the front. The fabric is beautiful and you can’t go wrong with black.

2. Black lace trim cami from Yours Clothing, this one has the least lace but is still the most revealing of the three. I love a classic black cami and I think the lace gives it just the right amount of edge.

3.Grey lace sleeve pocket T-shirt from Simply Be, this is probably the closest item to what I have in the pic above. I love the contrast of the black lace against the grey and the cute little pocket is a nice detail. IMG_20180824_004327Each of these items are different but I like them all equally. The lace takes each one up a nothc from the otherwise very simple piece it would be without it. I don’t think the lace needs to be round the neck/bust line for it to add that little bit of sexiness. Each of these items would look just as good with leggings and converse as they would be jeans and heels. I love that items like this are so versatile and easy to dress up.

Do you live a bit of lace as much as I do?

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How To Get Cheap Designer Clothes

Most of us don’t buy that many designer labels when we’re shopping for clothes. The prices are just too high. But getting high quality clothes is actually a good way to save money in the long run because they’ll last longer, not to mention they look great. If you spend your days looking longingly through shop windows wishing you could afford all of that great stuff, I’ve got news for you. You can! There are some handy little tricks you can use to make designer clothing more affordable and they work for everybody.

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Sell Old Clothes

Anybody that claims they wear everything in their wardrobe is a liar. Everybody has a load of stuff that they haven’t worn for ages but haven’t been bothered to get rid of yet. If you want some new clothes and you can’t afford the designer labels that you’re dreaming of, why not sell some of those old clothes? It’s a great way to declutter your wardrobe and make a load of extra cash at the same time. List all of that old stuff on eBay and then use the money you make to buy a couple of great designer pieces.

 

Look For Voucher Codes

People use voucher codes to get discounts on all sorts of things, and clothes are no exception. You might not be able to afford designer clothes when they’re full price but dressing up using discount codes is affordable for everybody. You can get some pretty massive discounts if you shop around. There are always new discount codes popping up so make sure you favourite the websites and check them regularly, otherwise, you might miss out on the deal of a lifetime. There are so many great voucher code sites around, if you know where to look you can not only find money off clothes but off everyday household items and even trips and experiences. Sites like dealsdaddy and dealsqueen make saving money everyday really easy so you can make savings in all areas of your life.  

 

Buy Second Hand

People are sometimes a bit put off buying second hand clothes. There is always a worry that they’ll already be worn and damaged and they won’t last you that long. But you don’t have to worry about that with designer clothes. They should be good quality so it doesn’t matter if people have had them for a year or two before you. If you go online to sites like eBay, you should be able to find plenty of second hand designer stuff for a fraction of the price of buying new. Just make sure that you look at all of the pictures properly to make sure there is no damage and check the reviews on the buyer to make sure that they’re trustworthy.

 

Ignore Trends

The fashion world moves quickly and things are only considered fashionable for a short time before the next big thing comes along. The good news is, you can use this to your advantage. Clothes that don’t follow current trends are still going to look great if you wear them right but a lot of people follow those trends religiously. So, when things aren’t ‘in’ anymore, shops are going to have trouble selling them and they’re likely to knock the prices down. That’s when you can come in and buy it all up cheap.

Buying designer clothes doesn’t have to empty your bank account, just use these simple tricks and you can afford them easily.

 

Plus Size Vintage Clothing

Full figured women can also enjoy vintage styles and designs. Plus size vintage clothes are a great pickb, as they often have figure-flattering features that highlight your curves while also celebrating your individual style.

The following designs are the best picks for plus size ladies looking to enhance their fashion and wear clothing from a more stylish era.

1920s – Shift Dresses

For a vintage inspired style that is faltering for fuller figures, look no further than the classic shift dress. Popular among flappers and statement-makers in the 1920s, these dresses are as elegant as they are easy-to-wear. They often have no inherent structure and fall easily over the body, allowing you to move with ease while still incorporating vintage design elements.

When it comes to finding the perfect plus size shift dress, be aware of your proportions. Finding the perfect hemline and sleeve length is always key. Because these dresses essentially cover up your curves, you will want to show a little skin in other places to ensure you don’t look too matronly while wearing pieces from this era.

1930s – Structured Style

The 1930s was famous for its more structured styles. When it comes to plus sized figures, structure can be incredibly flattering. Find a fitted suit dress from this era that nips at the waistline and creates a stylish, chic, and sophisticated silhouette that will make you feel pretty and powerful all at the same time.

The key to finding the perfect look from this era is perfect tailoring. Don’t hesitate to take your vintage pieces to a tailor for a unique fit that makes you look your best at all times. Sometimes even a half an inch can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall look.

1940s & 1950s – A-line Dresses

For plus size women with a vintage sensibility, you can’t go wrong with a retro a-line dress. These styles are a dream for women with fuller figures, as they hit you in all of the right places. These dresses typically feature a waistband or seam point that hits right at your natural waist and highlights the smallest part of your body. A full circle skirt and fitted bodice perfectly balance your proportions, creating or enhancing your hourglass figure.

These dresses come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns, allowing you to express your style in the best way possible. Often, they feature vintage prints like polkadots or gingham that further enhance their retro beauty. These dresses are as fun to wear as they are figure flattering, making them the perfect pick for anyone looking to wear plus size vintage styles.

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Dressing for Success: Some Of The Ways You Can Do It

When it comes to your appearance it what you think about yourself that matters over anybody else’s opinions, but sometimes your confidence can be knocked. If you have a job that requires you to put yourself out there a lot of the time, if you find that you are trying to stay on your feet with a new business venture or going solo and doing freelance work, if you just want to rock the household chores sometimes dressing for the success you want can make all the difference. But how can you do that? I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can dress for success.

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It starts with what is underneath

 Sometimes when it comes to the clothes that you wear, you have to start with the basics and that can mean the lingerie and underwear you are wearing. It isn’t necessarily about wearing something pretty, although that can help you to feel great, but it is more to do with wearing something that fits you well and enhances your body shape. This is when looking online for cheap lingerie by Lingerie Outlet Store could help you to find the right pieces. Once you have underwear that fits perfectly, you will find that the clothing you wear fits you better and looks incredible.

 

Dress for the occasion

 Dressing for success isn’t always about the power suit for that meeting at work, you may work for yourself, stay at home or simply have a different type of job that requires different clothing. Instead, dressing for success means you are dressed for the occasion, then eat way you can be and whatever that situation may be.

 

Wear clothes that suit your body shape

 It is important to understand what your body shape is and to dress for it rather than against it. You will always feel more confident in the clothes you are in if they fit your figure well and look the part. You can identify your body shape easily enough online and the difference it could make to how you look is amazing.

 

Think of your skin tone

 Your skin tone can play a big part in how you dress as certain colours will enhance your look whereas others will drown you out and not do anything for your appearance. So it is crucial to know whether warmer or cooler tones suit your skin tone better. You can do this through trying out different clothes and seeking advice online to help you identify the best colours for you.

 

Put your look together

 Dressing for success and feeling good about it is only part of the story, you also need to think about putting the whole look together. Having the right clothes is great, but making more effort with your hair, a slick of lipstick or a bit of make and doing things that help boost your confidence can also work wonders for your overall appearance.

 I hope these tips help you to dress for success.

 

 

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More plus size underwear for you…

In two recent posts, here and here, I spoke about how I have been looking for and discussing plus size underwear options, specifically sports/soft cup bras. I have been wearing underwire bras less and less and I love the freedom it gives me as well as how much more comfortable it is.

When I am at home I only wear bralettes and crop tops and I will only wear an underwire bra when I feel it is completely necessary. Being the size that I am I have been finding it very difficult to find companies that cater to my large back size. Last week I was made aware of an online shop called Elle Courbee who actually carry up to a 48 back in their bras and they have soft cups for people who want underwire and comfort.

I wear shape wear but not to create a new or adjust my current shape because in all honesty I think that would take steel but I wear soft control shape wear on my bottom half when I wear form fitting dresses to control the amount of jiggle when I am walking or dancing and it makes me feel a lot more comfortable even if it doesn’t  make miles of difference. Elle Courbee have a huge range of shape wear from knickers to full body garments to suit your individual needs. Not only do they have great options, they styles are absolutely gorgeous.

Screenshot_20180606-081726They have some stunning plus size corsets that look like they should be outerwear and not be hidden beneath clothes because the fabric and detailing is so pretty. If like me you’re always on the lookout for functional and attractive under garments then is another brand worth looking at. Finding great looking plus size under garments is a struggle so whenever I see any I feel like it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

If you know of any less well known plus size underwear brands, please let me know :)

If Someone Tries To Judge Your Style, Tell Them Wear To Stick It!

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It’s bizarre just how much judgment there is in the world aimed at people doing nothing more than trying to embrace their own style. As though one person feeling good about themselves is just so awful to a lot of other people that they have to do whatever they can to try and drag that person down again. And it’s not just from other people either. It comes from all sides with the media and advertising all doing the same thing. Well, if you’ve ever felt like people have tried to judge you on your own style, the best thing you can do is to tell them where to shove it! With that in mind, here are some ways to embrace your own personal style.

 

Your hair

It’s amazing to think that people try to police other people’s hair so much considering what an integral part of their bodies it really is. After all, your hair isn’t just a fashion statement. For a lot of people, it’s a sign of their cultural and ancestral heritage a well. The last thing you want to is to feel like you have to change your hair to fit with society’s expectations. You can get more info on ways to embrace your own natural hair while finding styles that suit you. The key is to hold on to what makes your hair unique to you, rather than trying to fit it around society’s expectations.

 

Your wardrobe

Here’s the big secret that a lot of people will avoid telling you: you can wear whatever you want. Seriously, no matter who you are, how old you are, or what shape and size you are, you can wear any clothes. This idea that certain clothes are only for people of specific shapes and sizes is just ridiculous, and there’s no reason that you should have to put up with it. If you see something that you think that you’d look really cute in it, then don’t let anything stand in your way. As long as you carry yourself with confidence, you’ll be able to pull off any outfit.

 

Your makeup

It’s a real shame that so many women are forced to wear makeup as a way of fitting society’s expectations. It’s not a shame because makeup is bad, but because it’s such a waste of its potential;. Rather than using it to force people to look the same, think about how much better things would be if everyone used makeup to be creative and to express something about themselves. Rather than trying to meet society’s expectations, why not try your hand at breaking them instead?

Of course, none of this is meant to make it seem as though breaking out of the habits that modern society gets so many of us into is somehow easy. The truth is that it can be incredibly difficult to get out of the kind of feelings that the modern world creates in us. However, by taking the time to really think about these things and to try to shut out the sound of outside influences, you’re going to be able to finally embrace your own sense of style.

 

An Exercise In Decluttering – Clearing Out Your Wardrobe In The New Year

When your wardrobe is bursting at the seams, it’s time to do something about it. When better to enjoy a wardrobe clearout than the New Year? A good decluttering is therapeutic, freeing and could even help you rediscover some old wardrobe favourites. A newly-organised wardrobe is the perfect way to start off the New Year, so take a look at the following tips to see how it’s done.

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Get it all out

You’re never going to get full site of all your clothes if you don’t get every single item out. Yes, it’s going to be a mess – but think of the light at the end of the tunnel. Go through all your drawers as well; this isn’t the time to leave any stone unturned. Dump it on your bed, your chairs and even create ‘zones’ for different items of clothing to help make it easier for you to categorise things and rebuild your wardrobe.

Be brutal

It can be tough to decide to get rid of your clothes. Clothing can hold a lot of sentimental value, as well as be a bit of a memory box. However, if things are just rotting away in the back of your wardrobe going unworn, it’s time to get rid of them. Take a look at each item of clothing and ask yourself:

 

  • Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
  • Is it still wearable?
  • Does it fit me?
  • Can I honestly see myself wearing this again?

 

If you’ve answered no to one or more of these questions, it’s time to let it go. You’ll feel much better for it, knowing your wardrobe is actually full of things you want to wear.

Sell what you can

Everyone finds January a tough time money-wise, so a cash boost could be just what you need at the beginning of the year. You’ll probably find that there are more items in your wardrobe to sell than you realise, especially those one-off items like occasion dresses or shoes that have barely been worn. It’s easy to get started on eBay or Depop, and Shiply makes it so much easier to get your items posted out to buyers. Remember to take some good photos to help give the best impression of your products.

Recycle or donate the rest

Anything you don’t want to sell can find a good home somewhere else. Zara and H&M are among the stores who will recycle your clothes for you, no matter what condition they’re in. If you want to donate other clothing to good causes, someone else will be sure to appreciate your treasures.

Keep seasonal clothing together

To help you plan better outfits, it makes sense to keep your seasonal clothing together. You’ll be much better able to see what you have for each season, making it easy to coordinate items when you’re getting dressed. If you’ve got other storage space, you could pack away next season’s clothes so that all that’s left in your wardrobe is relevant for now.

 

With all that new space in your wardrobe, you’ve got an excuse to treat yourself to some new things. Why not take a look at these great plus-sized influencers who are killing it in the style stakes – the perfect inspiration! Start your new off with a fresh new wardrobe and enjoy being able to put together some fierce and fabulous looks.

 

Festive Fashion: From Office To Party!

The festive season is upon us again, and for most of us that means a jam packed social calendar this month. From the office Christmas party to drinks with friends, family parties and more, if you want to fit in the festive fun you might have to get a bit creative. One way you can do this is by creating a work look that can easily be glammed up for the evening. That way you don’t have to go all the way home and start from scratch, you can simply add or remove a couple of items and you’re ready to go. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!

 

Choose a Plain, Staple Outfit

The trick to getting a ‘work to party’ look right is to get your basic outfit right. This could be a plain black dress, or even a pair of black trousers or a skirt with a black vest top. For work you could wear a white shirt over the top (or under the dress depending on the style) and afterwards you can take it off for your party outfit. If you’re looking for nice basics like this, brands like Ruby Rd clothing have a variety of different options you can choose from. All black looks formal for the office but can easily be glammed up for the party with a few extra things. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, you could wear tights underneath for work but then take them off for the evening. So don’t forget to shave your legs!


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Accessories

The best way to transform your plain work outfit so it looks party ready is with accessories. A statement necklace, earrings or a bracelet will instantly make it look more evening appropriate. You could add a sparkly waist belt and switch up your work bag for an evening clutch. You could wear a cardigan to work during the day, and switch this to a trendy white or pastel coloured blazer for the evening.

 

Shoes

Another way to turn an outfit from day to night is with shoes. If you’ve worn flats or plain black stillettos to the office, at the end of the work day switch these out for a stunning party- ready pair. It could be strappy heels, sparkle stilettos, peep toe wedges- whatever works with the rest of your outfit. Ankle boots and shoe boots are a good choice for this time of year when it’s cold outside, they still look cute and trendy but keep your feet warm.

 

Makeup

During the daytime you of course want to keep your makeup looking work appropriate. One way you can do this is apply a smokey eye shadow in neutral colours such as browns and golds. And then keep the rest of your look very simple. That way at the end of the work day your eyeshadow is already done but you could amp it up with some black eyeliner and maybe even some false eyelashes. You could wear a nude or light pink lipstick to work, and then redo it with a bold shade for the evening which will totally change up the way you look. Since it’s party season red would be a good choice, you could be extra festive by adding a swipe of sparkly lip gloss over the top. A highlight and contour palette in your makeup bag with a fluffy brush can help to give you definition to your face without much time or effort.


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Perfume

Finally, a spritz of perfume can go a long way in finishing your look and give you a confidence boost. If you wear perfume to the office, chances are it’s a lighter fragrance for the daytime. For the evening you could put on something a little more sultry. If you have lots of miniature perfumes and samples from things like beauty boxes now is the perfect time to use them. Pop one into your makeup bag and apply it before you leave for the party for an ultra glam and feminine finish to your outfit.

 

December is a busy time of year, but it’s worth making the effort to go to these social events. If you’ve not seen loved ones much during the year Christmas is the perfect opportunity to do so. So find a way to make it work, even if you have to attend straight from the office!

 

Will you be going from the office to the party much during December?

 

Yours Clothing Maxi Dress

 

 

If you follow me anywhere at all on social media you’ll know that I have been loving this maxi dresses from Yours Clothing. They are so comfortable and easy to wear.IMG_20171013_160743_253

As you can see I literally throw them on with various jackets (which I mix and match depending on how I feel) and I’m out the door.

Also…. THEY HAVE POCKETS?

I’m a little bit obsessed with dresses with pockets so I love these.

I just wanted to drop in quickly and show you one of my fave dresses for when you want to be casual and don’t know what to wear. IMG_20171013_162038_115Do you have any go to items that always make you feel good? If so what at are they?