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Fashion Friday: big shoulders are back! 

Flicking through Glamour the other day I saw one of my fashion nightmares amongst the endless pictures of overpriced (and often unappealing) clothes. 

I have the shoulders of a shot putter (gold –  year 10 girls shot putt – thank you) or a rugby player (I was very into that as a sport aged 14, excellent for dealing with teenage angst). 

In other words they’re broad. I avoid shoulder pads like the plague and spaghetti straps look lost floating somewhere between where my neck ends and my arm begins. 

The Mr just about pulls these off (ice hockey pads)

Bold shoulders are not a good look if you’re broad – I don’t want to draw attention to them thanks. Even more so as I start looking at wedding dresses. Yes I could probably carry a sheep slung round my shoulders like my ancestors may have done, but that’s not really what I’m going for if it’s all the same. 

Those awful 80s shoulders

I am very lucky I think that I was a baby in the 80s and missed shoulder pads in everything, my skinny shouldered mother on the other hand just looks odd with pointy jackets on, her current slim, tailored look suits her better (apparently one of the benefits of getting older is you stop caring about fashion and instead go for quality and cut that suits you.  Bring it on I say.)

Even Dolce & Gabbana couldn’t convince me

After a summer of the cold shoulder top – also not a friend of the broad of shoulder, do we really need a winter of mad looking clothes that scream, hello I’m good with a discus. If you’re me, anyway. 

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Fashion Friday – ASOS Lust List

Here’s some of my current saved items on ASOS – the ones I want to buy when my ship finally comes in. 

This dress is gorgeous and autumnal, perfect for my September birthday.  

Every year I hunt for the best ankle boots, these are pretty close. I don’t know if wide fit will be best as I have weird feet! 

This cocoon cardigan is perfect for those mornings that we don’t yet have but I know are headed our way. 

I have seen this A-mazing jacket all over Instagram and Twitter but my inner magpie still wants it. Unfortunately it’s currently out of stock. Boo. 

I am trying to curb my buying of enormous bags and filling them with junk. This cute little one might just break the habit. 

Only one thing will make this dress better – hanging in my wardrobe! 

Bomber jackets are everywhere and I want this one. The colour is great and it’s perfect for summer to autumn wear.

What’s on your wardrobe update list?  

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Accessorize like your life depends on it

The inspiration for this post is Iris Apfel, 90 something New York eccentric, whose ethos seems to be “more is more”. She is my aspiration for old me.

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I love her!

As a larger lady (Argh, the phrases we use – plus size, plus size to what??) I have become an expert at accessories. When you have lots of friends skinnier than you, you improvise.

You buy jewellery, bags, shoes and accessories so you don’t feel so awkward in shops that don’t cater for you. So bitchy shop assistants don’t look at you and laugh (I’m looking at you, girls in Top Shop). So you feel like you belong on the girly shopping trip.

To be honest, I hated being a fat teenager, and I wasn’t even that big, just bigger than my friends. The average size woman in the UK is a 16 (what that means varies brand to brand, and even within brands), but shops seem to tail off size wise at a 14.

It is better now, there are a few more options but still, there’s so much shame around being over that average and wanting to wear nice clothes, it makes me furious.

I have been both much bigger than I am today and also much skinnier. Everyone’s body is different, how we got to where we are varies just as wildly.

Without this becoming a therapy session – my weight has medical causes and emotional ones – my relationship with food is a mess. One I’m trying to get a handle on.

My best friend, who I love dearly, called me the accessories queen and she knows everything about me. I have turned adding the right accessory to an outfit into an art form.

It helps to be a magpie, with an eye for sparkly, unusual stuff.

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I love this, it's so true

My cupboard/wardrobe/storage space in my tiny flat is crammed with earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins, bags, shoes, scarves (I got the Mr to put up a scarf rail for me, it’s heaving). You name it, I probably have it, but can’t guarantee I can find it.

Annoyingly I can’t wear earrings much anymore, two years ago I got an infection in my earlobe, ten years after getting them pierced, and since then they’ve been very sensitive to metal. It frustrates me because I have fantastic earrings and good sized lobes to hang them from.

My scarf addiction has caused disagreements, but you can chuck a scarf of any design on over an outfit and make it amazing. Jeans and a T-shirt, funky scarf boosts it from slobbing about to lunch ready. LBD, contrasting design worn like a shawl, gorgeous. Trust me.

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I love finding a necklace that works with different necklines, from collars to décolletage, there’s a different design for every occasion.

An eye catching ring, sparkling in the light, can draw the eye to or away from your nails, depending on their condition. While the right bracelet can set off an unusual length sleeve.

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Shoes are also great at going “hello, I may be wearing a fairly dull outfit to work, but we’re pretty” especially these ones.

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Credit: likecool.com

Or these

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Credit: likecool.con

Sadly, I don’t own either pair, but I do have ones with cat faces and some covered in flamingos.

I’m not really a hat person, I don’t have the right head shape for it, but I’ve noticed the floppy brimmed hat making a comeback and on the right head, it looks fantastic.

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Credit: ebay.co.uk

I started wearing glasses a few years ago as a required thing, but I’ve always loved oversized sunglasses and cats eye frames with plain glass for dressing up and trying out new looks. EBay is great for really cheap frames and TKMaxx has a great selection of discounted designer sunglasses.

Finally there’s handbags, I love a good sized, sturdy bag, but also quirky clutches for nights out or special occasions and tote bags are a cute way to carry your shopping home, especially if like me you resent paying 5p for a crappy plastic bag that will probably break on the way home!

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Spotted this amazing Fendi bag in Venice

What are your favourite accessories? Let me know in the comments.

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Dorothy Perkins Curve collection – first impressions

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So with much fuss and fanfare Dorothy Perkins has launched its Curve collection for UK sizes 18 – 28.

Rather than expanding their main range to cater for more sizes they’ve released a capsule collection and it’s really underwhelming.

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The models in the promotional shots (see above) are slim and don’t exactly give you an idea what the clothes would really look like on the larger sizes.

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Then there are the clothes themselves, a mix of bodycon skirts and dresses and shapeless, bland tent tops. Nothing is in the season’s colours or trends. There’s only about 10 items to choose from and it’s online only, you can’t even return things in store.

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It’s a big disappointment – Dorothy Perkins can be a bit hit and miss in general but you would hope a targeted range would be designed with a little more effort and research, giving women on the above side of the UK average 16 more to choose from not merely reproducing the rather stale offerings already out there.

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Fashion Friday – a weekly wardrobe wander

This is a new feature for the blog. Let me know what you think in the comments.

OK, I’m not Little Miss Fashion Plate, but I think I have decent taste in clothes, even if my day to day outfits are pretty repetitive.

I quite like vintage style dresses and skirts, especially if they flare out a little and flatter my big hips.

I’ve bought a few things from Vinted.co.uk which is an online marketplace for clothes, shoes and accessories. Something caught my eye, one vintee was posting lovely 50s style circle skirts in really fun prints.

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My photography skills leave a lot to be desired

Sadly I didn’t spot one in my size, but as they appeared to be made by this seller, I sent a message asking whether one could be custom made for me. The answer was yes!

Isn’t it lovely? I haven’t worn it yet as I’m saving it for my Grandad’s birthday lunch next week. Going to team it with a little black cardi, vest top, tights and cute stripy ballet pumps.

If you want a cute summer skirt, search Vinted for user Dolly Diva, and this skirt can be found here on Lesley’s folksy shop. She’s a sweetie and a whizz with the sewing machine. I will definitely be going back for another – probably the flamingo print!

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Close up of the print

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