A colourful attractive scarf is the perfect way to compliment your winter coat, as we mainly choose dark and plain colours to suit the dark mood of winter! With the vast choice available you can have a selection in your wardrobe, from warm and cosy to romantic and floaty. There are also various ways to tie and drape scarves to give them several different looks. Take a look at our suggestions below.
What your plans are for Christmas Day will determine what you wear. Whether you can relax and be comfortable in your pyjamas or onesie or need to dress up to the nines, here’s our guide to help you to choose the appropriate outfit.
One of the accessories that’s absolutely essential to your outfit is a bag. To help you pick the perfect bag, first you need to know the six basic styles.
Whether we notice it or not the colours we choose to wear can really affect our moods and the way we feel. Choosing the right colours can make us feel happier and even boost confidence – so dare to experiment! Rather than keep to a set palette of neutral and safe shades try our top five tips to show you just how fabulous you can look and feel when wearing bright and strong colours. Obviously take into account your personal hair and skin tones.
In a word no! And there are some amazing shoes around this summer - something to please everyone. There is no one rule or trend with shoes this year.
A lovely pair of heels can transform your legs and give you the confidence you need - especially for a special occasion. Jewel colours are really flattering and paired with a matching bag can give new life to a much loved outfit.
Sculpted heels as high as you dare, chunky, stilettos or kittens are all in the shops this summer. Pumps in every colour and even some with sling backs to give a summery twist to an old favourite. Sling backs add a bit of glamour to your outfit and are the ideal shoe for summer.
Wedge sandals are everywhere since Kate Middleton was pictured in Australia in hers. If you don't often wear heels, wedges can be easier to walk in that some heeled styles, and are often more comfy. Don't forget comfort is important, especially for an all day occasion. A great tip is to wear a pretty pair of pumps to the venue and then change into your beautiful heels when you arrive. Its also a good idea to practice walking around at home if you don't wear heels often.
And finally don't forget the pedicure beforehand to get rid of your winter hooves!
Jeans are one of the most difficult items to shop for, but they are a staple of any wardrobe. The days of scratchy stiff denim are over and the new softer feel fabric with a bit of stretch makes it easier for curvy girls to wear.
Denim is extremely versatile and comes in a variety of shades and variations from classic denim blue through to pastel and stonewashed. Paler shades go really well with this seasons pastel colours. Most versatile are greys and smart black colours.
Mid length denim shorts with a white T shirt and sandals are ideal holiday wear, and short dungarees are very popular this year, worn with a breton stripe tee. beware though - full length dungarees are best left to the Waltons!
Shorts can look great with dark tights underneath on those cooler British summer days! Pale blue jeans or skirt look classy when teamed with a baby pink top and wedge sandals. Black jeans are always chic and can take you from work to an evening out, with a fitted blouse or a smart jacket.
Where is the best place to buy jeans for a curvy figure? Share your tips in the comments below.
At last Spring is here and it’s time to break free from the dark winter colours and embrace new pastel shades. It can be a bit daunting at first especially if you’re not a girlie girl, and think pastels are not really you. Here are a few tips to ease yourself gently into the sugar fondant shades.
1. Mix with darker colours
For example a dark jacket or shrug and pumps with a pastel skater dress.
2. Add Denim
Even better add denim to give the outfit more edge.
A pale pink tee worn with matching pumps is less sugary sweet if worn with jeans.
3. Keep to one piece per outfit
Wearing head to toe pale colours can make you feel washed out. Keep to one piece per outfit to balance this out. A pastel jacket worn over a darker shift dress can look great.
The trick to wearing pastels is to break them up with darker colours and accessories. Pretty scarves are always handy to for chilly evenings, and to brighten an outfit.
Many wrongly assume that the rules of body shape don’t apply to plus size women, and I have even seen articles where ‘plus size’ is mentioned as one type of body shape! Look around you – we are all different shapes and sizes. Once you understand which one you are, you can begin to make some great choices when you shop for clothes. The complements will start to flood in!
In basic terms there are 5 different shapes:
Hourglass - broad shoulders level with wide hips, and often large chest size.
Apple - smaller on the top half with rounded tummies and well defined legs.
Pear - small on the top half with hips wider than the shoulders.
Inverted Triangle - Wide shoulders and top half with slim shapely legs.
Straight - hips and shoulders in line, often with small chest and little waist definition.
If you are not sure about how you fit into this, don’t worry, we will have a detailed article about this very soon.
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You will have heard this all before, but it’s so true! Decent well-fitting underwear can make so much difference. We're not talking about strapping yourself into support underwear every day, but a really well fitting bra really improves your body shape. Knickers that fit well, don’t dig in or leave a VPL are also a great investment.
Apples and Pears don’t sell undies, but we'd love to hear your recommendations. Please share your tips in the comments below.
Chose clothes that end at your slimmest part. For example if you are conscious of having bingo wings, don’t choose an item with a sleeve that ends at the widest part of your upper arm. Wearing either slightly longer or shorter sleeve lengths will be far more flattering. This rule also works for all other body parts! Dresses and skirts which finish at the knee, such as our polka dot tea dress, are usually far more flattering than those that are calf length, as they can make your legs look a lot wider than they really are.
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