With a retro twist by adding a vintage shirt and shoes?
Ship shape nautical with a bright clutch and shoes?
A mixture of the two?
Or classic styling with a plain black bag and black heels? Share your thoughts!
As the song says,
“It may be winter outside, but in my heart it’s spring….”
So say Love Unlimited and so say I. Outside is frosty but the longer days are creeping in and I’m on the lookout for daffodils. Warmer weather is coming and I’m certainly ready with two new dresses at Beloved Endeavour.
Once upon a time sequins along with metallics were only seen in the autumn winter collections but now they have broken their own rules and are set to claim their space in our spring wardrobes. I’ve already worn the dress on the left- albeit with opaques and a cardi but I must say that the sequins jazzed up my winter mood. I wore it in the daytime too. What a rebel I am.
I like this meme….
…… because it pretty much sums up my relationship with H&M. I know it’s a bit repetitive as I’ve said it before on here and on various social media platforms, but the plus section in H&M consistently looks like a regurgitated dogs dinner. Despite this being my thought for over 12 years I keep going in there whenever I visit Intu Merry Hill and each time I see that pathetic looking collection of clothing in the dingy space under the escalators, I give it a quick once over, shake my head and tootle on over to Simply Be. Yep, H&M still aint sh…
Now it’s not that everything in the range is always terrible. Not everything and not always. As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day- but don’t bother using it to check the time at any other point. You might on the off-chance find something decent amongst the doldrums, but the collection is so unloved that it takes sheer shopping determination/ desperation/ exasperation to bring yourself to look through the shadows of the uninviting rails. There are no show stoppers- or even show starters. In fact there are barely any opening credits to even let you know there’s anything going on that might be worthy of your attention. They had a space to fill under the escalators and they filled it with this. Buy it if you want to but we’re not fussed. I’d really prefer them to just pull the plug on the whole lot and leave a space there. Plonk down a couple of sofas, or a mini bar. Maybe a DJ, a crèche, a portaloo, or at the very least somewhere I can charge my phone. Cancel the entire collection. No one at H&M cares about it so they need to stop pretending they do. In the words of Brand Nubian- Love me, or leave me alone.
I’ve never worn a puffa jacket before but if I was going to start now I’d begin with this one. A clean stylish update of a classic. Winter fashion perfected.
Once critisised for not promoting their clothes on a variety of different body shapes, Lane Bryant listens to their market and creates a series of ads featuring women of various sizes not just wearing, but using their activewear. In fact these women are athletes which also helps to dispel the myth that plus women don’t work out.
In other fitness news, Nike have extended the sizing for over 80 products (according to Refinery 29) up to a size 3XL which is about a UK 22, and are set to increase the sizing of more products in spring. About time too even though thats still two sizes too small for me so I won’t be jumping for joy just yet, even though it’s welcome news. I’m not the most active of people apart from the occasional circuit training class, but I find find it frustrating that big brand sportswear often only goes up to a size 18. If you’re bigger than that you usually have to settle for activewear ranges from regular fashion retailers like Evans, Yours etc. Brands like Pineapple and Ellesse do plus sizes but they are only available through Simply Be. Try finding anything above a size 16 on their own web pages and you’re stuck. It feels as though they don’t mind taking our money but don’t really want to be associated with bigger bodies. We can wear their label across our chests but they won’t do much to acknowledge our existence. You do your fitness shopping over there, fat girl.
Whether Nike’s larger sizes will be easily available in the UK remains to be seen but I will certainly go looking. Where do you get your fitness gear from? I’m tired of my plain black leggings and need more pizazz.
The official new year’s eve portrait….
I spent new year’s eve in church which is different to how I usually spend the evening. Usually I am at home curled up on the sofa in my PJ’s watching TV and flicking between various televised church services and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. This year I figured I would do something a little more social and go and interract with some actual real life people, not digitised ones for a change. I’m glad I did. I saw some old students that I used to teach around 6 years ago and it was nice to see that they had grown into lovely young people. I would have missed that if I’d stayed in!
Blouse- Old Asos, similar one from Eloqui here
Shoes- Old Evans, similar from Debenhams here
Bag- Sold out in Topshop but there is a similar one here