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Oct 30th - Avoiding a "Miss Marple" look - accessorising with colour and texture is "How to wear Tweed" in the 21st Century, part 1
How to Wear Tweed effectively and with pizzazz is not such the challenge that you might think. The main thing to remember is NOT to make the tweed garment (jacket/waistcoat/skirt/coat) the main focus of your presentation.
The key to managing this trend and moving it into the 21st Century is to accessorise and experiment with colour and texture. This will eliminate a staid or frumpy look and make for a younger and more modern wearability for all ages of woman.
Today I am presenting to you a Tweed Jacket and Skirt (both from Joules) which can be worn either as separates or together as a suit. Tweed is very fashionable at the moment and it is primarily down to our obsession in the UK and Ireland with all things retro. The 1920s design influence, especially coming through in period TV dramas such as Downton Abbey have excited a new generation to the wonderful styles and cut of quality and traditional materials. Nothing quite says quality, tradition and craftsmanship like British and Irish Tweed.
So where does a girl start to bring her tweed forward from yesteryear? Firstly the answer is in the actual tweed itself. Examine the fine weave of the material and you will discover that the colour is made up of many other specs of colour. Use these colours to base your glove and scarf treatment on. For example this jacket could be described as a golden or light brown colour. However upon examination of the fine weave there are specs of greens, pinks, reds and blues which all now give much more possibility to wear with the jacket. Also the lining (of which Joules are complete experts at finish and colour suggestion) will also give big hints as to which colours to compliment your look.
Secondly wear your tweed with a thoroughly of the moment trend. The metallic look is very popular and is perfect to add that veneer or gloss to lift any tweed garment from "quiet boring" to "louder and in the room". I am seen in the main photo wearing the tweed jacket as a separate (with the fur collar) and worn along with my dark brown crocodile print inspired metallic skirt. Picking up on the spec of the weave idea I have also decided to wear my dark green leather gloves (available from Marks & Spencer (£18)). With this look I have incorporated texture and colour. Colour and texture is easy to achieve because you have more possibilities to vary your look. London Fashion Week AW14 was all about Colour and Texture.
I am now pictured wearing the jacket (without the fur collar) and the skirt together as a suit. Again I have gone for the metallic trend (this time by wearing my Bronze LK Bennett Court Shoes to just lift this suit up from the ordinary). I am also wearing my green leather gloves and a fine silk neck scarf. I would have preferred to have made more of a statement on the neck scarf (to co-ordinate with my gloves) but I did not have anything suitable in my wardrobe. Instead I am wearing a quite predictable scarf that blends in with the overall colour and hue of the complete outfit. This works but for me I am now on a quest to get a silk scarf with more greens in it to grasp that pizzazz opportunity and buck this trend.
Both the jacket and skirt are 100% wool and also both are fully lined. These are quality garments with superb finish and styling. The jacket and skirt are available up to size UK20. (Please also check out the links on these products at the end of this page to avail of a special offer from Joules to buy these garments at a discount.
To hear what I have
to say about "How to Wear Tweed" and to see further detail
of the jacket have a look at the video below.
To buy the Jacket (note the fur collar is removable) click HERE
To buy the skirt click HERE
To buy the leather gloves click HERE
To buy the bronze metallic court shoes click HERE
To view the entire range of tweed and other products from Joules click HERE
Please also note special offer from Joules on their Home Page which will give you discount on these and other products.
Until next Thurs. Diane xxx
Oct 24th - M&S Waist Cincher Knickers provide tummy control and waist definition
For some time now I have been looking for the ideal undergarment solution which could give me both tummy control and waist definition. There are many products on the market doing just that but I have invariably had difficulties with them all due to having a long torso.
I have found that "all-in-one" bodies are not long enough in the body (so track my shoulder and leg areas) and the top of tummy control knickers tend to roll down when I sit down (leaving me with an unsightly bulge that needs pulling up again).
The solution had to be a pair of control knickers that also had an elongated torso support. I now have found my solution in these firm control sheer & opaque waist cincher knickers from the M&S Collection at Marks & Spencer and for only £19.50.
I recently road tested this support garment at a party and found them very comfortable to wear (especially sitting down to eat, dancing and generally moving about all evening). Not once did these knickers slip and I felt that the overall outline of my profile had been improved.
To hear what I
have to say about this support under garment have a look at this short
To buy the firm control waist cincher knickers (available from sizes UK8 - UK22) click HERE
Here are a few photos of me wearing dresses that I have previously featured on www.plussize.co.uk (without any under garment support) and then me in the same dresses again but this time wearing the Waist Cincher Knickers from M&S. I am impressed with the smoother profile, No VPL and improvement to my waist definition.
This Lagoon (green) long sleeve dress from Artigiano was featured on 10th October 2014 on my PlusSize.co.uk site in Featured Product
Bodycon Dress from Lipstick Boutique (available at House of Fraser) was my main blog post on Thursday 16th October 2014.
This Red Cowl Neck Shutter Dress from Long Tall Sally was featured in the summer (19th July 2014) in a series of blog posts about my Sales Finds
I hope these work the same magic for you. Until next week, Diane xx
Oct 16th - Introducing Lipstick Boutique @ House of Fraser
Floral Print, Cap Sleeved Bodycon Dress available from size UK18 - UK24 (£65)
Bodycon Dresses have managed to elude me up until now. I have long been a promoter of the wrap dress or tunic cut style dress for masking a problem middle area and helping to define a waistline. Imagine my excitement recently to discover that the bodycon dress can also work those curves. This week I want to introduce you to Lipstick Boutique (another plus size fashion brand available from House of Fraser).
This little number is available in sizes UK18 - UK24 and has a cap sleeve and a jagged neckline. I am wearing size 18. I am 5'9" tall and the dress is sitting very comfortably at my knee area.
The dress is not lined BUT the elastane woven into the fabric gives this dress a structure and therefore is definitely working it's best to give me that much desired waistline. I love the floral print but more especially the fact that the print is set against a very slimming black background. This dress is ideal for any number of occasions and can be both day or early evening wear.
To buy the dress (£65) click HERE
To view other dresses in the Lipstick Boutique Collection click HERE
To view all Collections at House of Fraser (and to check out the Blue X Sale) click HERE
To see the features
of the dress and hear what I have to say have a look at this short
Oct 2nd. Introducing the Ann Harvey Collection at Bonmarche - available from size UK16 - UK32
Ann Harvey is a brand suitable for the mature lady (50+ years) and is available to buy from Bonmarche. The Collection includes dresses (and occasion dresses), tops, trousers, jackets and coats and all are available up to a size UK32.
I am delighted this week to introduce you to Ann Harvey, a new plus size fashion brand name at www.plussizeclothing.co.uk. The Ann Harvey Collection (available to buy from Bonmarche) is a very affordable range and all clothing within the Collection goes up to a size UK32.
To view The Ann Harvey Collection @ Bonmarche click HERE
To buy this dress (£45) click HERE
Many items from the current Ann Harvey Collection have already been featured in the Daily Express with positive comments on the overall design and value for money. Today, by way of introduction to the brand and the availability of the Collection at Bonmarche, I have chosen this wrap dress (which has also been featured in the Daily Express) and hope to give you my everyday ordinary person perspective on it. As with all my blog posts I am not wearing any make-up and have not had any professional styling nor photography. If you like what you see (presented in daylight by an ordinary plus size woman) then you know how you can improve your overall look in this dress when you work your own magic with hair styling and make-up.
I am wearing the Brush Stroke Floral Wrap Dress in cobalt blue in size UK18. This dress is fully lined and has a wonderful cut and fit to compliment those curves. I feel that this is very much a statement dress and therefore would be suitable to wear as a wedding guest OR as Mother of the Bride. Traditionally the Mother of the Bride wears blue. This dress offers an interesting twist on the blue attire of the Mother of the Bride.
The wrap dress is the best way to compliment the curve and shape of a plus size lady especially if the dress also includes 3/4 length sleeves. We all have problem areas with our bodies and the wrap dress is the ‘Queen of stylish and considered dressing for masking or minimising problem areas'. Firstly the actual wrap over at the bust line creates a nice cleavage line and is not bra cup specific in terms of fit. Also the ruching at the side of the dress (created by the wrap over effect) serves to define a waist and give shape to the middle of the body. The 3/4 length sleeves cover the upper arms and smooth the overall arm treatment whilst also helping to define a waistline.
If you are soon to be a Mother of the Bride consider wearing this dress with a black hat (preferably a large brim) rather than a fascinator. The dress is in this seasons statement colour (cobalt blue) and has a large pattern so needs a larger hat treatment to balance out your profile.
To hear what I have
to say about this dress and to see a demonstration of the features of
the dress have a look at this video
To buy the dress (£45) click HERE
To view the Ann Harvey Collection at Bonmarche click HERE
Until next week. Diane xxx
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?
blogs, click here