Trousers in Church- and I Wasn’t Struck Down

I wasn’t sent home, I wasn’t asked to sit at the back and no-one tutted when I walked in. I walked into church wearing a form of trousers and I didn’t burst into flames. I’m alive and had a lovely afternoon in a beautiful and thought provoking service.  I don’t really have any dressy trousers so I’ve never tried to defy the usual church going convention in this manner (other ways yes, but not like this *smiles*) but I can see this happening again.

Sometimes something great is worth waiting for. I tried this number on around February/ March and immediately fell for it. Have you ever seen something so perfect that you picked it up and marched straight to the fitting room with nary a glance to the left or the right? On that particular day I tried on two jumpsuits but didn’t buy either one as I had zero budget at the time. Fast forward to a couple of weeks back, the sales are on and the time is nigh. I didn’t even try it on. I sashayed to the till with the same gusto that I used to stride into the Simple Be fitting room several months back, card in hand, and skipped home with my new suit. For someone who has championed all in one dressing since 2008, this is only the second one I have ever bought. Why? Because despite being a blogger for almost ten years and advising people to wear whatever they like with their heads held high, I still doubt my own body in things sometimes. Jumpsuits are a pretty bold statement and I wasn’t ready to make so much noise. In 2017 I have clearly found my voice as I have gone from a plain black one in 2008, to a brightly coloured patterned affair with spaghetti straps. I might be in the throes of a mid life crisis.

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plus size jumpsuit, fatshion, fatshionista, floralJumpsuit- £37.00, Bolero- £18, Shoes (no longer available)- All Simply Be

I looked it up on the Simply Be site when I got home and I thought HEY LADY, you actually look better in that piece than the model on the website, which is a thought I don’t think I’ve ever had before. What do you think?

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Wedding Belle

As you can observe from my expression, twirling is serious business.

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Ever put on an outfit so great that someone would have to work really hard to mess with your vibe because you feel so good? Well on Friday I wore such an outfit.

As my nephew was getting married I decided to treat myself to a whole new look and I called on you to help plan it. If you follow me on Insta (@fatgirlclothes) you may remember me posting this pic and asking you to vote for what I should wear…

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I really liked all three and couldn’t decide. Option A won so the pretty floral dress it was. You chose well ladies! I was already liking the asymmetric ruffle feature across the front but when it arrived I loved it even more because of the attention to detail on the back…

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Asos didn’t scrimp on the frills as they continue on the back. Don’t you just hate it when a great design feature is only on the front when it could easily have been extended to the rear? The open back feature was a pleasant surprise and there are even frills at the end of the ties if you look closely. Asos Curve I love you.

My original shoes were these from New Look

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New look wide fit shoes

But they were a bit too narrow, even in the wide fit. Instead I opted for the silver sandals from from Simply Be which fit perfectly as they are available in an E and EEE fitting (I got the EEE fit). In any case, the weather was such a scorcher on Friday that the Sandals were definitely the better option than the closed toe shoes. The in sole padding and slight texture ensured that my feet didn’t slide around as the temperature rose.

The clutch was from Asos too, is leather and a great quality item for a bargainicious £10. It has a zip closure to keep all your goodies from falling out when you’re pirouetting across open spaces with gay abandon.

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Earrings from Topshop. Lots of asymmetry in this whole look

 

Twirl break

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Asos curve dress

Here’s a static photo for you in case all this spinning is making you dizzy

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Asos curve dress

I’ve just checked the Asos site and this dress is very low in stock with only a few left. I give it a big fat seal of approval and am looking forward to wearing it again. Apart from my twirl dress being great, the wedding itself was superb. The bride and groom looked gorgeous, the service was lovely, the reception venue was beautiful, most of my family were there and it was hot. Not warm which is often the best you can hope for in a British summer- HOT. If I have my shades on you know its more than just a little sunny. It was as close to perfect as any day could be and when I finally went to bed around 2am it was with a big smile on my face. As Ice Cube said- today was a good day.

Dress: Asos Curve

Shoes: Simply Be

Bag: Asos

Earrings: Topshop (not available online)

 

 

 


Sunday

Its been a long time since I made any sort of effort in my Sunday attire. I usually just don legging and a tshirt and call it a day but today the sun was out and I was in a good mood so I decided to dress in black  *sideeye to myself. If that’s even possible* So impressed was I with the form and function of my blue dungaree dress, that I bought a black one too. I’ve had it for about a year but this is my first time wearing it. I think I’ve found my new Sunday look.

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Outfit Deets- All old items

Shirt- Simply Be

Dungaree Dress- ASOS

Leggings- Tesco

Sandals: Dr Martens

 


Bright Start to the Year

The official new year’s eve portrait….

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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!

Dress- Beloved Endeavour

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


Medically and Toddler Approved

See the scarf? I’ve had it for over a year but I only started wearing it a few days ago. I bought it from Primark on a whim but haven’t worn it until recently and I now feel like Merlin. This humble Primark scarf has caused people to stare at me in the street and I have had a great many compliments about it. Yesterday I walked past a girl of about 2 who froze, gawped and pointed and me shouting, “scarf!” . Also yesterday I saw a nurse who said it was lovely to see someone wearing a scarf that isn’t black. Today too, I’ve had several strangers tell me how much they like it. It’s almost as though the end of my scarf has been sprinkling magic happy dust on people as I walk by- they keep telling me it’s made them smile. All this because I was in a rush and grabbed the first scarf I saw in my drawer.

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Bust first, a selfie. Toilets at Harvey Nichols BIrmingham.

So in celebration of this medically and toddler approved piece of neckwear I’m running a contest. Do you have a bright scarf that makes you or others smile whenever you wear it? If so, show me! Post it to Instagram and tag it #toddlerapprovedfashion and I will give the best one a 30% discount at belovedendeavour.com against any order. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday. While you’re on Insta, please follow me @fatgirlclothes or my new “official” account @belovedendeavour. Much appreciated and I’m looking forward to seeing your pics!

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The rest of the outfit above:

Coat- Thrifted

Hat- Hatman

Jeans- Yours

Bag- Kipling (Which coincidentally is called Deena!)

Boots- Dr Martens (mine are years old but here are some other boots by DM)

Jumper- Yours (bought last year but here’s a link to another sparkly jumper they do)

 

 


Fitting In

I finally got round to wearing my new Eloquii shirt and my day at The Emporium Brierley Hill couldn’t have been a better place to wear it to. Its vintage vibe meant I slotted in neatly into my vintage and antique surroundings and even felt almost theatrical. I’ve wanted a blouse in this style for years so finding this is the highlight of my fashion year. I paired it with my handmade Beloved Endeavour skirt and I can see this is a combination I’ll be wearing often over the coming winter. What are my Dr Martens clad feet doing? I don’t know. My body changed position and my feet just said “nah”. They have their own agenda.

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Shirt: Eloquii

Skirt: Beloved Endeavour

Shoes: These are no longer available but the Dr Martens site is here

Please let me know your thoughts on the current state of plus size fashion by leaving your thoughts here. I’m gathering ideas for my next project…..


More Irregularities

I’m calling this outfit my International Footballer look. My interest in football is less than zero, however, as soon as I got dressed this morning I had an overwhelming desire to go for a kickabout. Never before in Deena history has this happened. This is partially because the polkadots on my new Irregular Choice trainers reminded me of miniature footballs, and partially because of the hybrid Italian/ Jamaican flag polo shirt that almost made me wish the World Cup was on. Almost.

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Please excuse the poor picture quality. I bought the top over the summer but I’m only just getting round to wearing it as I have to say I was a little disappointed in it but not enough to send it back. Its a bit shorter than I had expected and didn’t look as good as I hoped it would with a black denim pinafore I bought from Asos. In fact, I looked like a Rod, Jane and Freddy substitute ready to stand in for any member should they suddenly be unable to perform. I held onto it though because it’s very soft and I like the delicate pointelle knit. It’s comfortable to wear but I’m still not crazy for it. There is another colourway available- its from Simply Be.

I am however, crazy for my Irregular Choice trainers. They are from the men’s section but who cares? Why should the boys have all the polkadotty fun?

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Now these are comfy. They’re not as comfy as proper athletic trainers as they’re designed to look good rather than perform, but I have still marched around the city all day with ease and might even go and get the same shoe in another colour. At £29.99 I can afford to do so without breaking open the piggy bank.

Irregular Choice are now firmly back on my reality radar as I now know they’ll fit me and I have my eyes on these…

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Theres a hint of Mary Poppins about them but I don’t see that as a bad thing really. Now which colour to go for?……

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