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Diane's plus size fashion blog - September 2015

Sept. 12th - Faux Leather, the affordable alternative to leather in plus size fashion

Black Biker Jacket in faux leather from M&S
Faux Leather Biker Style Jacket - 65 - From Marks and Spencer in sizes UK18 - 32

Faux leather skirt from M&S
Faux Leather A-Line Skirt - 49.50 - Available at M&S to size UK20

A really good selection of clothing, bags and belts (to include Kids products) is now available in faux leather from Marks & Spencer

Leather and Suede is a big AW15 trend. Today I'm modelling 2 Marks and Spencer products from their extensive collection of faux leather products currently available. The quality and price are both exceptional and I think you will find it difficult to tell the difference between these and real leather.

As with any new fashion trend these products are selling out fast but I'm sure that they will be replenished and there are, I believe, plans to add more products to the collection.

I'm modelling only one of many biker style jackets available. I have chosen this black jacket from the Plus Range at M&S because it is an opportunity to remind you all that M&S have a Plus Range (which goes up to size UK32) alongside their standard ranges (which go up to sizes UK22/24) AND that they do offer stylish and on trend fashion in larger sizes too. I also love this jacket because I think that the cut and styling is a softer, more feminine look for older women. I am 49 years old and I want to be stylish, but not in a way that copies the style of my 2 teenage daughters. This jacket, I feel, is the smart but more delicate alternative. I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing the jacket in size UK18 which is a very comfortable fit.

The skirt is (at time of writing anyway) currently out of stock (due to the demand for this product) but there are other skirts in varying colours to still choose from. The quality of the material and cut is as expected so if you are not lucky to get this skirt at the moment you have a choice from other skirts. I believe that this neutral shade skirt will come back into stock. The neutral shade is perfect for mixing and matching any colour palette.

To see the features of my two product choices and to hear what I have to say about them watch the video below.

To buy the Plus Size Faux Leather Biker Jacket from M&S click HERE

To view other products from the Faux Leather Collection at M&S click HERE

Until next time. Diane xxx

Sept. 3rd - Poppy Red Crepe Slash Neck Top

Bardot Style Crepe Slash Neck Top from the M&S Collection at Marks & Spencer
Poppy Red Crepe Slash Neck Top - 18 - up to plus size UK24

I found this little crepe top and was delighted to not only score with a new season AW15 colour (poppy red) and material (crepe) but also managed to nab these wonderful colour match crepe trousers before they immediately sold out. ( They'll be re-stocked - they sold out so fast).

M&S have good design and quality, but one thing they neglect is to tag garments on their website that either colour match or co-ordinate. They do make suggestions as to products that you may like but not always do they showcase complete colour looks.

To be honest I found the trousers first of all and then found the top. Getting a complete look in the same colour shade is rare but when it does happen it makes for a more sophisticated look.

I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing the top in size UK18. The sizing is perfect and I particularly love the longer back length which makes this top ideal, for not only wearing out over the waistband of a pair of trousers, but also with skirts. As the material is crepe and therefore fine in texture this top will also sit well tucked inside waistbands. I call it my Bardot Style Top.

Crepe is going to be everywhere this new season and the new Poppy Red shade is just a twist on a colour that never goes out of fashion. I think this little top is a find and is yet another of my "easy care - easy wear" favourites. The top can be machine washed and tumble dried but I have found that it dries quite quickly (after a spin in the washing machine) hung up on a clothes airer.

Watch out over the coming weeks for more crepe clothing items from M&S and keep an eye on the trousers. These gems are a must to come back into stock, especially in the lead up to the Christmas season.

To buy the Crepe Slash Neck Top in Poppy Red from M&S click HERE

To check the availability of the crepe trousers (in black and in poppy red) click HERE

You may also be interested in the crepe poppy red ankle grazer trousers shown below which will also look equally well with the crepe top. To view the current availability click HERE

Poppy Red Ankle Grazer Trosuers in Crepe
Ankle Grazer Crepe Trousers in Poppy Red

To see the features of the top and to hear what I have to say about it watch the short video below.

Until next time. Diane XXX


Nov. 2015 blogs, click here - Nov. 28th Faux Fur Gilet in Natural or Dark Brown, to plus size 22, from Debenhams

Oct. 2015 blogs, click here - Oct. 14th Abstract Blouson Top by Jasper Conran, to size 22, from Debenhams

Sept. 2015 blogs, click here - Sept. 12th - Faux Leather, the affordable alternative to leather in plus size fashion, Sept.3rd - Poppy Red Crepe Slash Neck Top

Aug. 2015 blogs, click here - August 28th - M&S Peplum Top with diamond shimmer to size UK22, August 20th. Everyday workwear tapered trousers, great value at 25 from NEXT

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