Hey Lovelies :)
Today I was so lucky and featured in one of my favourite magazine's LOOK.I was really honoured as this little blog is only in it's baby stages. I'll be blogging for 5 months next month, time really flies when you're having fun! I was giving my top fashion tips, but I thought I'd elaborate a bit more. Of course there wasn't enough room for all my mumbo jumbo, so I thought I'd dedicate a blog post to it ;)
OK first things first. I can range from a size 14 up, as some shops cut their clothes differently to others. So bare that in mind when your shopping, as if you're a 16 in one shop, you could be an 18 in another, so please don't let that discourage you. Even in the same shop you find discrepancies within their sizing. Always going shopping with an open mind. When I go shopping I tend to wear things I can easily throw off and on, which definitely makes the experiences a much more pleasnt one, as there is nothing worse than getting frustrated with zips, buttons and fiddly bits in changing rooms.
So here are a few of my tips :)
- I've said this countless times, but try EVERYTHING ON. If you're an 18, but see something you like in a 14 or 16, try it on. The worst case scenario it doesn't fit, but I've often been pleasantly surprised.
- I have a bigger bust, and find that shirts don't tend to close correctly over them. My solution is wear them over a top or tank top open. It still looks chic and smart.
- Don't be afraid of skinny jeans. I'm a massive fan of them. If you're conscious of your thighs, wear a long line tank top over them. You can pick these up relatively cheap in Topshop and H&M.
- Layering is your friend. You look bang on trend, yet you're comfy and casual. My go to outfit, would be skinny jeans or leggings, a tunic top layered over a long line tank and a cardi or blazer.
- Try styles that you think would never suit you. It's all about trial and error. You might think Bodycon dress wouldn't flatter your curves but it could look absolutely amazing on you!
- Don't limit yourself to Plus Size Stores.Don't be afraid to go into stores, that you think won't cater for you. Over size is still a big trend, which is why I love Zara, H&M and Topshop at the moment. It might not fit the way the manufacter intended it to fit, but if it looks nice on and you feel comfortable and confident in it, what's stopping you?
- Maternty sections. Now I know I sound daft. But if you have a larger tummy, have a peak in the maternity section. (Asos has a great selection!) Normally I find Size 16 shirts to tight on my bust and sometimes my tummy, but recently purchased a size 16 one from Asos Maternity and it fits like a dream. Problem sorted.
- For even lovely skinny girls, finding a pair of jeans is a nightmare. The Forever21 plus size selection have amazing jeans, and this is not an exaggeration. I didn't think anything would entice me out of my leggings! Their jeans fit like a dream. They all have a slight stretch in them and they don't cut them low rise. If you don't have a Forever21 near you, they have an online stores (www.forever21.eu)and just pick your normal size, I've quite a few and have found the sizing to be true to size.
- Swimwear, is another thing to get right. I recently splurged and bought a Monif C Bikini. With shipping and taxes, it was a pretty penny, BUT it fits me amazingly, which is so important. You have to feel confident rocking swimwear, so if you can afford it,splash out, as if you treat them well, they can last a few years. Simply Be, Elomi and Monif C do lovely ones.
I'm sure I'll come up with a few more tips, so look out for part two coming soon! I'm off to celebrate a lovely friend's birthday. So I'll chat up with you guys soons :)