As the weather starts to cool I start thinking of slippers and thick toasty socks. Here are some of my favourites.
Can you guess what’s going on my Christmas list!
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of our clothes are manufactured in dark, crowded factories, like Rana Plaza was, the sweatshop that collapsed, killing many workers.
We don’t know the names of the men and women sewing, dyeing and embellishing the clothes we love. We probably never will.
Shops like Primark or H & M are brilliant for affordable, every day bits, and most of us don’t even think of the human cost.
Who Made Your Pants? aim to change that.
They make ladies underwear – in a range of sizes, styles, colours, fabrics and give them funny names like Hay Mears (camo print with a lace trim) or Lady Dynamo.
They send your pants out in a little brown box, which fits through the letterbox, lovingly wrapped and with a note telling you the names and a little bit about the people who made your pants.
You can order one offs or sign up for a year in pants – gorgeous pants selected for you by the team delivered once a month.
They are a charitable bunch and were involved in the Fashion Revolution earlier this year.
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.
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!