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)
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you ought to start!) you will know that I have spent the latter part of this past week frantically making a dress for my niece’s wedding. Now even though they handed out wedding invites months ago I still found myself starting the dress on Wednesday evening and finishing it on Friday night. I have to say I wasn’t majorly worried about not finishing it, more annoyed at myself for not doing it sooner. Anyhow, I finished it, bought my accessories and I have to say I am pretty darned please with the results.
The fabric is a medium weight brocade that I love so much it’s definitely fabric purchase of the year. You can’t really tell from the photos but there is a dropped waist and a full circle skirt with a rounded hankerchief hem. There is a V neckline at the back too.
I have some extra fabric left so I’ll be adding this dress to Etsy soon.
Necklace and earrings- H&M
I must add that the shoes were super comfy and although I had flats with me in case my feet hurt in the evening, I didn’t have to take them off at all despite lots of dancing.
I can’t really talk about the wedding outfit without mentioning the bride and groom who both looked stunning. Despite the horrid weather this week and snow the same morning, the sun came out and the whole day was just beautiful. It really couldn’t have gone any better than it did.
And finally, you’ve got to photograph the pretty looking dessert haven’t you!
In the fitting room at Yours, Merry Hill….
Claudine: Why is it so hard to find fat clothes for weddings? Do people think we don’t get married or don’t go to weddings?
Claudine: You should do a blog post about that with pictures of the stuff we’re trying on now. You can even put my face in it and use my real name, I don’t mind.
Me: *raised eyebrows*
Claudine: Yeh, you can ask everyone else if they think the same way and you can get a discussion going about the best places to get fat wedding clothes, it’ll be great!
So here we are me and Claud, exploring our very limited options in search of a dress for her to wear to a wedding in a few weeks time.
Why is it so hard to find fancy fat girl clothes? Claudine has a point. While still challenging, shopping for casual day to day garb is comparatively easier than looking for special occasion wear in a size 24/ 26. Even if you don’t mind the mother- of- the- bride look, once you exclude the internet the options dwindle drastically. What I would love to see on the high street is the plus size equivalent to shops like Ted Baker, Karen Millen and Coast where the entire floor space is dedicated to occasion wear, not just a few rails at key times of the year such as early summer and christmas. Things have come far but there’s still a ways to go.
Please post links in the comments to any wedding worthy outfits you’ve seen online. Claudine’s found her dress but I’m sure there are lots of people in the same situation as her so c’mon- share!
I risk losing my entire readership and my credibility to boot, but I’m going to say it anyhow and will endure the consequences. I like these outfits. I wouldn’t wear them myself but I like them and can see the appeal. First time I saw the pink one I immediately thought of the Pink Ladies from Grease…
…in their black trimmed pink satin jackets- but of course it’s nowhere near as cool. Try as I might I couldn’t think of a way of incorporating the jacket into a different outfit that would diminish some of the pink frou-frou-ness. With a jacket like that I guess you have to just relent and let it take the candyflossed spotlight. The cream ensemble is less sickly and its a shame the skirt isn’t pencil shaped. With the right accessories it might be quite a nice outfit to get married in. What do you think, am I way off on this one or can you see where I’m coming from?