How are you good readers doing? I know its been a while since I last posted but I am thankfully still alive. I hope you are having a lovely festive season and catching up on rest and recuperation as well as with family and friends.
I have definitely been doing ALL of that and one of the ways I’ve caught up with family was by attending my cousin’s wedding last week. It was a BEAUTIFUL event in gorgeous surroundings and it was wonderful to reunite with family members I haven’t seen for years.
What did I wear? Its winter and I was SO tempted to just bundle up in something with a high neck and long sleeves but I figured nah, I don’t buy winter coats for no reason so I opted for girly dress with an autumnal theme………
Ain’t it gorgeous? Now I’m not one for off the shoulder dresses as I have yet to find a sturdy enough strapless bra to keep the girls aloft, but I loved this frock so much I thought I would buy it anyhow. I adjusted it slightly by adding rouleau loops and beads to the back so that I could have the off the shoulder bits on the shoulder. I’m wearing the size 24.
This worked well though it did make the middle of the back collapse a bit so I needed to make a few minor adjustments.
Obligatory mirror selfie
I found this gorgeous 1950s vintage fascinator on Etsy at His n Her Vintage that I LOVED as soon as I saw it and it was a perfect match for the dress.
I bought a new lippie a few weeks previously and it was another precise pairing.
The shoes I have had for about 4 years but never worn. I bought them (from Clarks) because I loved the colour but had zippo to wear them with so they stayed pristine in their box until this day. Jewellery- Earrings by Shining Seren
I had a great day and the only downside is that I returned home minus one earring. Handmade. Silver. I have had them for years. I could cry.
As you can observe from my expression, twirling is serious business.
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…
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…
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
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.
Here’s a static photo for you in case all this spinning is making you dizzy
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.
Earrings: Topshop (not available online)
Three outfit posts in one week? I must be ill.
This outfit owes its existence to the inimitable Bethany from Arched Eyebrow. I saw her posts featuring this Asos dress some weeks ago and fell for the frock instantly. It doesn’t look like much on the Asos site but Bethany’s inspired styling and cool deameanour gave it an edge that I couldn’t ignore and I ended up buying it.
So here I am wearing the same dress to church this week
I’ve styled it with my “go to” church bag which I bought from Radley last year, my new Simply Be shoes and my faithful M&S cardi which I have in several colours. I figured those magnificent sleeves needed to be shown off so I’ve scrunched the sleeves up to show the floral puff shape in all its ladylike glory.
Outfit success though I think next time I’ll team the dress with a brighter bag to really pick up on the intensee floral print. I’m off to trawl the fatosphere again to see who else’s look I can copy next week….
I’m not usually into Christmas and don’t decorate the house at all or go crazy sending cards and gifts to everyone I can think of. I’m pretty much anti hype so would much rather remember someone’s birthday than buy them a Christmas gift just because that’s what I’m expected to do. Still, even an old scrooge like me couldn’t resist when my young cousins threw down the gauntlet and said I should dress as Mrs Claus on Christmas day for the annual family dinner.
The dress is one I bought from Asos two years ago but for some reason, have only worn once. I stitched on some white fur trim I bought from a local market, donned my new sparkly heels from Evans and Mrs Claus I was.
I had a grand time and even got into full festive spirit by singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” to people down the phone. It was fun acting out of character for one day but I’m sure next year I’ll be back to my usual miserable self.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays, readers!
Erm…. I’m actually speechless.
This should be further incentive to enter the Design a dress for Gabby contest….
Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. Thanks for all your entries and it was great seeing what items you would choose if you were to win. Thanks also for all the 500th post congratulatory notes.
The winner has been drawn at random from all entries, and that winner is……………..
Everyone else stay tuned because I will be giving away loads more stuff next month when the blog turns the ripe old age of FIVE. Crikey- where did all that time go?
Contest now closed. Winner will be announced soon!
Okay, so after slating an Asos item only 48 hours ago, here I am hosting an Asos giveaway. Slightly duplicitous perhaps?
Anyhow. Its been aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages since I did a giveaway on here so I’m shaking things up a little at FGLNCT HQ, and giving one of you lovely readers the chance to win a £50 Asos gift voucher, courtesy of my new friends at Appliances Online. Fifty squid for you to spend on anything- as long as its not those grey dungarees.
Unfortunately, the contest is only available to UK entrants (I know, I know, I know- soz).
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your current favourite Asos item is and sha-bam- you’re in the draw.
Competition ends at 10.pm GMT, Thursday 8th August, Good Luck!
PS- This is my 500th blog post. Hurrah!
Subtitle: When fatshion goes bad.
It’s a rare day when I pick a fight with plus sized fashion because I like to keep this space as upbeat and encouraging as possible. However, there are times when I can bite my lip no longer and have to call certain items out. Like here, and here for instance.
Those who have been reading this blog for long enough already know I have a weakness for jumpsuits and wave the banner high in the jumpsuit corner. Dungarees are a natural progression from the JS, and I’ve been looking out for some great ones in my size but I’ve not come across any as yet. What I have come across though, is this monstrosity from ASOS. I’ve tried hard to ignore it over the past few days but it keeps punching me in the eyes.
Now is it just me or are these awful? It looks as though ASOS just has not tried. They’re just about as basic as you could possibly get and look more like a template that you’d use to design a pair of kick- ass dungarees, not the finished item. Does anyone like them? Has anyone bought them? If so, please post a link to a pic of you wearing them and looking fantastic, as I would quite honestly love to see if anyone can make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear. ASOS can do so much better, and they usually do. I can only think that they accidentally put this into production when a strong gust of wind blew in through the design office window and mixed up all the paperwork, landing all the “WTF” sketches onto the “approved” pile. There has to be some mistake. ASOS- We expect better.
In what is almost an unlikely partnership, Carmakoma clothing will be available from Asos as of August 1st. Why unlikely? Asos is the vibrant, supercool, fashionable, popular kid in school with the latest looks and gorgeous boyfriend, and Carmakoma as the darkly quiet one. Carmakoma is the Morrissey of the plus sized fashion world- sombre, moody, dark- but you still want to hang out with them because they have an alternative angle on life and always have something valuable to say. An unlikely partnership maybe, but we all know that opposites attract and sometimes the best friendships are those forged from polar personalities.