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Diane's plus size fashion blog - August 2015

August 28th - M&S Peplum Top with diamond shimmer available to size UK22 - Now ONLY £18

Peplum top available up to size UK22 in pale pink with a diamond shimmer pattern from M&S
Diamond Shimmer Peplum Top - NOW £18 - Available in sizes UK6 - UK22 (fully lined)

Today's Great Value Buy is this fully lined pale pink peplum style top which has been reduced to £18.  The top is available in sizes UK6 - UK22.  I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing size UK18, so, as with the vast majority of M&S clothing, the size and fit is true to size.

Currently many lines are on sale at Marks & Spencer with up to 60% off

I was drawn to this top because it is the ideal number to wear with narrow/straight leg/ankle grazer style trousers (for a smart casual look) and also with pencil skirts for a neater day wear look.  The shimmer to the top makes it also an ideal find for summer evenings and evening wear in general.

To buy this diamond shimmer top CLICK HERE

To view the Sale at M&S CLICK HERE

To have a look at New Season Arrivals at M&S CLICK HERE

See below for a quick video of me talking about this top and showing off the features

Until next time.  Diane


August 20th. Everyday workwear tapered trousers, great value at £25 from NEXT

Tapered ankle grazer style trousers from Next
NEXT Tapered Trousers - £25 - Available in Petite (UK6 - 18), Regular (UK6 - 22), Long Leg Lengths (UK8 - 20)

I love these on trend tapered leg trousers and find them exceptional value at only £25.

This week my value for money find comes from Next.  These trousers are available in 3 leg lengths (Petite (27.5"), Regular (29"), and Long (31").  I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing size UK16L.

Spring Summer 2015 was all about the ankle in trousers cut and this trend will continue into the Autumn/Winter of 2015 as well.  I was drawn to these trousers because -

  • the style of cut (ankle skimming)
  • the colour (suitable for corporate/office wear)
  • the availability of a good value matching jacket (providing a more structured and formal look)
  • the fantastic value for money at only £25.

These trousers are another of my easy care easy wear finds.  They are machine washable and only require a minimal iron on a cool setting.  It is not necessary to fuss about putting a crease into these either.

Although I love dresses and their more smart casual general appearance, I have now fully embraced the ankle skimming look and find trousers of this type perfect to wear with wedges, low block heels, loafers and laced brogues. Or, for a dressier look, with heels.

To buy these Navy tapered trousers from Next click HERE

To view the matching jacket (available to size UK 22 in Petite, Regular and Tall fits) click HERE

To hear what I have to say about these trousers play the short video below.

Until next week, possibly Thursday 27th.  Diane  XXX


July. 2015 blogs, click here - July 20th - Long Tall Sally Ladies Leather Chelsea Boots to size UK13, July 13th - Mother of the Bride Dress / Wedding Guest House of Fraser - to plus size 26, July 6th - Celtic & Co. Layered Jersey Top, July 3rd SS15 Cable Boyfriend Cardigan from Celtic & Co

June. 2015 blogs, click here - June 27th. A size 18 Hooded Waxed Jacket from the SS15 Celtic & Co. Collection.

May. 2015 blogs, click here -May 27th - Curvety Fluted Hem Dress with Notch Neck for Plus Size Evening Wear, May 21st Curvety Stunning Lace Dress for formal daywear, May 18th - Designer Dress by Yuliya Rachel for IGIGI, May 15th - Curvety Special Occasion Dress, May 8th - Beach Smart, linen tunic dress to plus size 22

April. 2015 blogs, click here - April 21st - Versatile Shift Floral Dress suitable for Day and Occasion Wear

March. 2015 blogs, click here - March 8th. - Floral Jacquard Design Mock Shirt Sweat Top from Marks and Spencer

Feb. 2015 blogs, click here - Feb. 26th - Gardenia Jersey Dress from Monsoon - Feb 8th. Julien Macdonald at Debenhams

Jan. 2015 blogs, click here - Jan 23rd. Getting Fit - Affordable Fitness Clothing from the M&S Collection - Jan.14th - What to wear Skiing - Recommendations

Dec. 2014 blogs, click here - Dec 12th Half Length Black Leather Sheepskin Coat in Contemporary Design - Celtic & Co. - Dec 6th Wonderful Toscana Sheepskin Full Length Hooded Coat in Chocolate Brown - Celtic & Co.

Nov. 2014 blogs, click here - Nov 30th Down and Feather Coat. Long Tall Sally. - Nov 15th How to wear Tweed part 2.

Oct. 2014 blogs, click here - Oct 30th How to wear Tweed, part 1. - Oct 24th M&S Waist Cincher Knickers for tummy control. - Oct 16th Lipstick Boutique at House of Fraser - Oct 2nd Ann Harvey at Bonmarche

Sept. 2014 blogs, click here - Sept. 25th Curvety Special Occasion dress - 19th Dickins and Jones Day Wear - 14th Yours Blouse - 4th Debenhams Tea Dress.

Aug 2014 blogs, click here - Aug 29 Jump suit from Pink Clove, - Aug 21 Flared Skirt, Wardrobe staple. - Aug 15 Fine Knit Cardigan, Wardrobe staple. - Aug 7 David Emanuel at Bonmarche. - Aug 2 Road test of Leanne Shoes from Hotter.

July 2014 blogs, click here - July 29 Berlin Break, July 26 YOURS - Floral Maxi Dress, July 15 Woolovers Jumper around shoulders look, July 14 Woolovers City Look, July 13 Woolovers Casual Layered Look, July 12 Woolovers V-Necked Jumper - look #2, July 11 Woolovers Twin Set look, July 10 Woolovers Sleeveless Top, July 9 Woolovers V-Necked Jumper look #1

June 2014 blogs, click here - June 27 Suede Moccasin Shoes. June 20 Garden Party - Overlay Dress from Long Tall Sally. June 12 Aran Boyfriend Cardigan- Celtic & Co. June 5th Little Black Dress.

May 2014 blogs, click here - May 30th Ivory Bridal Dress (vintage 1950s style) from Monsoon. - 22nd - The Return of the Trouser Suit. - 14th Agricultural Show or County Fair - Practical Styling Advice. - 7th M&S boot cut jeans - 1st Plus Size Revolution - money counts.

April 2014 blogs, click here -Apr.27th The Plus Size Revolution - Curves take Centre Stage. - 20th Travel Clothes - 4th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dynasty.

March 2014 blogs, click here - Mar 20th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Curvety. - 14th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Jane Watson.

Feb 2014 blogs, click here - Feb 27th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dea. - 14th Diane Marshall Plus Size Model London Fashion Week. - 7th All weather fitness clothing

Jan. 2014 blogs, click here - Jan 30th London Fashion Week, plus size modelling opportunity. - 23rd Plus Size Acceptance vs Weight Loss. - 16th Plus Size Weight Loss - an expert approach. - 9th Plus Size, what size of fit are we describing?

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diane marshall, plus size model, in red skater dress