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WINTER FASHION LUST-HAVES

We’ve been busy behind the scenes bringing on a host of new writers to take us through into the new year, and I’m delighted that some of them have agreed (ok, they begged us!) to start a month or two early to share their winter and Christmas must-haves!  This morning we’re saying hello to the lovely Helen, who joins us to talk about all things fashion.

I’m sure I can speak for the majority of us ladies when I say there is an array of dress sizes in my wardrobe. This is not due to yoyo dieting or embarking on and subsequently giving up on any exercise routines either… It is purely because I like to indulge in a spot of retail therapy with several different brands.

The British High Street is diverse in many senses of the word, not least in the sense that no two clothing brands rarely “size” the same. For example, I currently have a size 14 BIBA dress hanging alongside a size 22 ASOS Curve frock in my wardrobe… go figure!!

So, I tend to shy away from the size on a label and prefer to look at the cut and the overall shape of a garment before I go ahead and click the “buy it now button”. I guess you could call me “fussy” when it comes to investments of the clothing kind

What this does mean is rather than splurging on multiple frivolous items that will be buried at the bottom of my wardrobe and never worn, I am, over time, perfecting a capsule of clothes with the intention of wearing them time and time again {I am all for the cost per wear concept}.

I would guess “on average” I fit in to a size 20 which makes me what the fashion industry calls “plus size”.  I know some people have issues with this term but for me I feel like it is much more encompassing than the alternative term of “curvy”. Surely it is possible to be wearing clothes larger than a size 16 {the nations average dress size according to You Gov} and in fact have the kind of figure that does go “straight up and down” without many curves.

For this very reason I prefer to be know as “plus size” and will always refer to this term in my musings with you lovely lot too.

So… here I give you some of my winter plus size “lust haves”…

THE BLACK SKINNIES

Dorothy Perkins Curve £32

I have long been an advocate of Dorothy Perkins skinnies. They are super comfy, stretchy, soft and versatile. Paired with cute flats in the day and dressed up with a pair of fab heels by night they just fit and hug in all the right places.

They have always been a favourite retailer of mine, with their sizes going up to a size 22 in their main collection so I have been shopping there for many years. However, I am pretty thrilled with their new curve collection that extends their offerings {and these jeans} up to a size 26. BUY NOW

THE TRAINERS

Finery London £65

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never really been a lover of traditional trainers per say and while I fully appreciate you couldn’t really pound the treadmill in these they really jumped out of the screen at me.

I am totally in love with the luxe mock croc effect finish and being on the shorter side I’m pretty excited about the 2 inches the platform will add to my height too!! BUY NOW

THE CHRISTMAS JUMPER

New Look Inspire was £22.99 now £13.99

I find some of the garments in the New Look Inspire range “questionable”. I’ve LOVED so many things online only to be really disappointed with the quality of them when they arrive with Mr Postie.

However, on the hunt for the perfect Christmas jumper this year I wanted something that was glamorous with some sparkle that could add much merriment over the festive period and this sweater has come up trumps and at a very reasonable price as well! BUY NOW

THE LEATHER STYLE JACKET

Indigo at M&S £69

As I mentioned above I don’t always linger over the size label inside a garment and that was certainly true when I eye spied this leather beauty.

I’ve wanted a leather jacket for ages and when I saw this little number I knew it was destined to join my closet collection.

This jacket is in fact my Christmas present from my 80 year old nan {Yes, she is super cool} and the size 20 fits like a glove. It’s generous in all the right places and feels structured without being too restrictive. These beauties go up to a size 22 but I would say they are generous in cut so go a size down. BUY NOW

THE MOCK FUR COLLAR

Warehouse £60

My sister-in-law {who is a size 10/12} adores Warehouse and always raves about the quality of their clothes. I on the other hand, have reservations about the brand. They go up to a size 16/18 and while I love the prints they utilize I can’t ever seem to purchase anything in there as the cut just isn’t right for me.

So… while being dragged into Warehouse by aforementioned sister-in-law I was pretty thrilled to fall in love with this luxe Mongolian fur collar granted it’s an accessory piece but is it the start of me warming to the Warehouse Brand… time will tell! BUY NOW

I can’t wait to pair it with the leather jacket and mix up the femininity of the fur with the sleek and smooth leather… I adore contrasting textures.

THE PRINT BLOUSE

River Island £38.00

I already have two of these blouses in exactly the same cut from previous seasons and I keep coming back to them. They are super comfy and look fab with a little camisole underneath them paired with back skinnies.

These blouses stop at a size 18 but they are VERY generous due to the cut of the design. I wear the size 16 and can confidently say the size 18 would fit a lady that is a size 22/24. BUY NOW

THE CLUTCH

The White Company £129

I’m a sucker for a bit of fringing and treated my self to this piece of arm candy when I recently attended an awards evening. It’s a bit spendy BUT The White Company constantly seem to emailing me with 20% off codes so this did help with me justifying this purchase somewhat.

I have also NEVER received so many compliments about a handbag! It seems that everybody I meet {men and women alike} have something wonderful to say about this beauty. BUY NOW

THE FRINGE BOOTS

ASOS £45

Continuing with the fringe theme these boots are firmly on my Christmas list to Santa this year.

During my early twenties I could wear all kinds of heels… now the very thought of wearing some of the skyscrapers out there brings me out in a cold sweat, so it’s a thrill to see these uber cool numbers sporting a kitten heel. BUY NOW

THE JUMPSUIT

Elvi £65

I’m guessing I’m not the only person who has been on a seemingly endless quest to find the perfect jumpsuit.

It seems every single one I try on literally “drowns” my 5ft 3inch frame with the legs being at least half a foot long on me {not such a good look surprisingly enough}.

When I saw this jumpsuit glide down the catwalk at UK Plus Size Fashion Week my heart was in my mouth; the cut and style was just what I was looking for. I have just clicked the purchase button and have high hopes for it’s arrival so keep your fingers {and toes} crossed for me. BUY NOW

THE PARTY DRESS

ASOS Curve £100

I’m attending some rather fabulous festive shenanigans next month hosted by none other than the lovely Louise, founder of B.LOVED. The brief is sparkles and I don’t think it gets more sparkly than this LBD which is the current front runner for what I shall be wearing.

I love a vertical stripe as it elongates my rather short torso and with a flattering v neck and a sexy flash of the back I think it’s the perfect party dress for this season!! BUY NOW

Helen

I’m Helen {or Helz to my friends and family} and I am the founder of award winning wedding blog The Wedding Bazaar. After spending my 20’s as a “Legal Eagle” I feel much more "at home" now surrounded by wedding pretty, writing about {and obsessing over} plus size fashion and lusting over interior decor for my fantasy home.

With an “enthusiasm” for Nars lipsticks, diamond rings and far flung destinations you could say I have champagne tastes with a lemonade budget.

I am a messy perfectionist who lives in the welsh metropolis that is Cardiff with my hubby and an ever increasing shoe collection. I can’t wait to share my latest finds and musings with you lovely readers of B.LOVED

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