Last week I went to the Arcadia press day and had a grand time perusing the spring summer 2015 collections from all the brands, chatting with other bloggers and making off with free plants.
So what are we going to be wearing next year? One word- CULLOTTES. Around 1993 I LIVED in a pair of black cullottes that I bought in Evans. They were the most comfy and practical thing I owned (I never wore jeans in those days) and wore them until they begged me for retirement. I’m happy to see that come summer, I can relive my student days in an array of fabrics and colours, but maybe without the aztec patterned waistcoat I used to team them with. And the jheri curl.
Apart from cullottes that will be just about everywhere, we will apparently be wearing lots of pastels, white, and seventies style big prints which are all alright by me.
As usual, I spent the most time looking at the Evans collection and while there are always pieces that I like in their main range, this season they have given us extra fashion power with their Cut for Evans and Design Collective ranges. Select pieces from the latter almost reduced a grown woman to tears of appreciation. Honestly.
This is the Evans dress to end all Evans dresses. The standout piece designed by Giles Deacon is truly a sight to behold and a real showstopper. The back is sheer, (you can just about tell from the photo) the fabric is luxurious with a subtle sheen, and the factor is WOW. A real class act which clearly amplifies the fact that I really need to broaden my social horizons as I have absolutely nowhere to where such a glorious creation to. My life revolves around school, church and sewing and this display of splendour is wholly unsuitable for them all.
I have no immediate need for a wedding dress, and if I did plan on getting married I’ve always said I would never wear white as there are too many colours in the rainbow to choose from. However this dress had me rethinking my decision.
A beautifully beaded (and very heavy) heirloom piece with Downton Wedding written all over it. Another showstopper.
I really wish I’d taken better photos of it as its a must for my wardrobe and it rendered me speechless when asked by Evans PR to give my opinion on it. I love the bold camoflage print, the sheer lace panels, the drop waist- it basically ticks all my boxes.
And from Dorothy Perkins…
So that was the preview folks. Now back to reality with the wind, rain, and the current six degree temperature.
The Beloved Endeavour online Etsy store is packing up its cases and hitting the road. I have secured a stall at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Worcester this Sunday 26th October, at the Guild Hall. I’m happy and nervous all at once as I’ve not done a proper stall before, but I’m optimistic it will go well. I have LOADS more stock than what is on the website in size 12- 30. I even have a few size 10 items too. If you are in the area, come along- and bring friends! Please share!
Guild Hall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY.
I’m naturally a pretty shy person and hardly ever have the guts to approach anyone in the street to do any street style photography. Part of the problem is that I am mildly concerned about being pushed under a bus when I tell someone that my blog is called “Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too,” before I get the chance to explain that the fat girl in the title is me. Misinterpretation can be a serious thing.
Things are looking up because I have taken two photos in recent weeks. This lovely lady called Kelly who I saw in a Yours store in Birmingham…
…wearing a lovely dress that I thought was vintage but was in fact from Simply Be. And..
….who is definitely the most consistently well dressed man in the whole West Midlands region. I have never seen him wearing anything less than a full three piece suit with matching hat, shoes and jewellery. I’ve taken photos of him before so he’s used to me stopping him in the street. See more of John here, and here. One day I’m going to take him out for coffee. I’m on a roll.
Man, I love fashion.
After spending the last two months in a uniform of denim leggings, tshirts and trainers, I decided I’d had enough of my “normcore” look and wanted to wear something different. Not for any particular occasion- just out of boredom. My favourite grey marl sweatshirt is so comfy but I’d gotten sick of seeing it. So yesterday I made this outfit…
Its marvelous how a new outfit can make you strut a little more confidently.
Top and Skirt- Beloved Endeavour (Will be adding it to the Etsy shop soon)
Jacket- Old New Look
Boots- Old Evans
I may be a little biased but London Fashion Week has always been my favourite fashion week since day dot, and this season the promise of the Evans Design Collective show gave me another reason to look forward to it. Imagine- Evans on the main LFW schedule slap bang in the middle of the week. Well where else would it be- could you imagine putting any Phillip Green associated show off schedule? Ha! I think not. The Evans team plus six established designers- Giles Deacon, Clements Ribeiro, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang, and Vita Gottlieb- all showcasing clothes I can fit into. The collection looked great and it was good to see directional pieces that wouldn’t have looked out of place in any other LFW show for younger customers, alongside more classic fare for their core customer. The mix was good and as a brand that tries to be everything to every fat body, I think they did well.
Watch the show. What are your favourite pieces? Mine are the green evening dress, the white asymmetric dungaree dress and the silver leather laser cut skirt. Oh and the white burnout midi skirt. And the translucent silver floaty skirt. And the……..