Christmas Day Style!

If you are anything like me, Christmas Day is the perfect excuse to buy a new outfit. A new dress, some summery shorts, perhaps a cute pair of heels to show off at Christmas lunch; there are lots of options! But also many variables to consider, where are you going? Will there be physical activities involved (games etc)? Are you with family or friends, or in-laws?! If you are having all of these dilemmas and have none of the answers, read on, because I’m here to offer some insight.

For me, I want to make sure that I am going to be comfortable allll day. It’s Christmas and I live in Australia, which means summer – which means HOT. I’m a plus size girl, so if the weather is hot that means I am hot. I like to wear things that will allow me to keep cool, and also (in case I do start burning up) won’t show marks or get sweaty. Paired with this pre-assumed uncomfortable heat, the last thing I want to be worrying about is my strapless bra digging in and falling off, so there’s another prerequisite for my outfit of the day; supportive bra friendly. For most families Christmas Day can start pretty early and carry through until the evening, which means I want an outfit that doesn’t require a lot of  touch ups or fiddling; also something that is going to hide my bloat from too much punch and Christmas ham. Finally, I want to make sure that I’m going to look nice in EVERY Christmas day photo, because let’s be honest, Grandma is going to be showing people those photos for the whole next year.

So, with those things in mind, I have put together a little collection of comfortable shoes, on-fleek earrings (because, they are the ultimate accessory) and fabulous outfits to help you survive Christmas day!

OOTDxmas3 Outfit one includes this beautiful Bohemian Trader’s Dreamer Dress (which may or may not already be hanging in my wardrobe). This dress is 100% rayon, which means it is super cool and perfect for a hot summers day! Available in a few different colours (check the website), this bright raspberry is the perfect festive/yet cool combo and a great alternative to the normal Christmas red. It comes with a waist tie which you can tie mid waist or hip for 2 different looks, you can also remove it completely to wear as a shift dress! Festive and  practical! The soft and floaty design means that you can go back for second helpings of that Christmas pudding and no one will know! Sitting at about knee length means you don’t have to sit out of Christmas afternoon games (cricket anyone?), and paired with these sparkly Palmaira flats and Bee Twomey Earrings makes it stylish and still perfect to chase the kids, dance with your grand dad and try out that new scooter your niece got for Christmas.

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If dresses aren’t your thing, never fear, this City Chic combo will take you from opening presents to your fancy Christmas lunch. Once again keeping in mind my outfit requirements, although fitted, the Cascade Sleeve Top is a comfortable wrap style, available in black to hide any evidence of summer heat. The stunning sleeve details tie in beautifully with the exaggerated fill on the bottom of these Palm Play Shorts. Further on the shorts, the high waist band and the loose leg make me feel better about shorts in general, as I like to avoid possible love handles or accidental flashing at family members. These are actually available in a range of patterns (I have 2 other pairs at home), so if the palm print isn’t you’r thing you can always change it up a little bit! This time I’ve paired the outfit with these super cute Espadrille Wedges from Diana Ferrari (which I am VERY in love with); I personally love a good heel and short combo, it feels so fancy to me. The Espadrille wedge on these helps to keep the outfit casual and also wedge heel = super comfortable and ideal for backyard Christmas cricket. I also recently found Rowdy Designs at my local Etsy market and her Oval Stud Earrings add just the right amount of summer casual to this outfit combo. Bra friendly, in law appropriate, dressy enough to be on mums wall for the next 12 months – tick, tick, tick!

OOTDxmas2This last combo is for those of you ready to shake up Christmas a little. Who doesn’t LOVE a good jumpsuit!? This Little Party Dress Floral Jumpsuit ticks all the boxes for me; straight away – the shoulders mean you can wear a normal bra, the colour will hide any awkward summer marks, no need to readjust anything all day it’s all tucked in there, and people will be asking about your outfit all year when they see the photos! Once again, a jumpsuit is a great option if you’ve got young kids or activities planned as part of your festivities as you can move and jump around as much as you please. The pattern in particular is nearly faux festive, with its floral theme and hints of pinks and oranges. I’m pairing this with a super comfortable pair of Novo shoes, a block heel will help see you through the whole day. And I’m also loving the slide style and the mesh design as it will also become the perfect summer shoe (see honey, multiple uses, totally worth the money!). Topped off with these gorgeous Liona Lee Dangles, which just happen to compliment the jumpsuit print, this outfit will be perfect for any Christmas day occasion!

I’m a big believer in the fact that being plus size shouldn’t hinder your fashion style, change your style or stop you from dressing up! I hope these outfits and handy hints help you prepare for your Christmas day, however you may celebrate, and if you’ve found them useful make sure you tag me #prettyforplussize in your fabulous outfits! As for me and what I’ll be wearing for Christmas, you’ll have to wait and see…

Love,

kate

It’s time to Share the Dignity

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to participate in a new collection photo shoot with some incredibly inspiring ladies for Adrift clothing. Just this morning, this collection has been released! Yay! (Get your hands on it here).

CaptureNot only was a absolutely thrilled to be involved with Adrift, but to be part of such a special campaign in support of Share the Dignity has been something very special. Share the Dignity is an Australian women’s charity bringing dignity to homeless, at-risk and women experiencing domestic violence through the distribution of sanitary items, and funding funerals of those killed as a result of domestic violence. “We believe all women matter and all women deserve dignity and justice.”  This charity is founded and spear headed by female power house Rochelle Courtenay, who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting during our shoot.

Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’. This title came about and stuck  while she collected of over 750,000 packets of pads and tampons across Australia over two years. She learned of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle.  Most noteworthy, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is no one doing anything” but rather “ What’s stopping me from doing something?” In March 2015 Rochelle took matters in to her own hands collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity.  Consequently, it has over 1,500 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.

As soon as Adrift approached me about this collection I knew I had to be involved. As a victim of domestic violence myself (a story for another time), I could not feel more strongly about providing women and victims with support. This new stunning collection includes gorgeous prints and vibrant patterns, and proceeds from the sale of this entire Blush collection are being donated to Share the Dignity. The target is $9,000; this will go towards a pink vending machine for a school or public bathroom so women in need won’t have to make the choice between buying food or sanitary products. 

 

To find out more about Share the Dignity and their amazing cause, head to SharetheDignity.com Or to shop the gorgeous new Adrift collection, visit Adrift online.

Love,

kate

RACE DAY READY

As a plus size women, events and functions can be a daunting experience. With race season fast approaching (or basically already here), it dawned on me that the races are not exempt from the feelings of anxiety and awkwardness that many plus size women feel. Uncomfortably shuffling through a crowd, sweating body parts and chafing thighs,  unhealthy food and drinks that result in bloating; how good does going to the races sound right now! I know, pretty terrible, why would you go? Well if you’re anything like me, AN EXCUSE TO GET DRESSED UP! Woo! My favourite thing!

So basically, I spent a little time shuffling through my wardrobe trying to find the perfect races outfit to share with you beautiful ladies, because also, going to the races shouldn’t send your broke before you even get there! (Take note younger me) That said, if you feel like a new dress is on the cards, I’ve made some suggestions below. The two looks I’ve come up with, while you may not be able to replicate perfectly, I hope you can take the tips and tricks behind them and apply it to your own perfect race day look!

1My first look was built around this gorgeous last season Sheike dress that I had in my wardrobe from a Christmas party. Sheike is a great place for those inbetweenies looking for beautiful pieces (I’m more around an 18 at the moment and I can squeeze into some of their more generous size 16 pieces).  Although this particular dress is not available anymore they have very  similar styles online (and instore) now in the Spotty Satin Dress, Night Noise Maxi and Exclusive Dress. The reason I’m backing these styles is because I find them sooo forgiving for many different shapes. They all draw in at the waist (on a stretchy band) creating a faux waist and then flow out over those gorgeous womanly hips we’re carrying around, creating a beautiful shape on the body. Also they are more of a straight cut style that many women like, however because they have that flow and don’t sit directly on the skin you can fit in a few more champagnes and canapes without worrying about bloating (that’s a big one for me! 😉 ). If you find a few drinks does make you bloat, or your prefer not to wear fitted clothing, these dresses are the perfect shape while still looking feminine and giving you shape.

I paired this dress with nude accessories and a bright lip! A good lip on race day can act as an accessory in itself and you can use it to tie your accessories into your dress by using a complimentary shade to a colour in your dress. I picked these Novo shoes up a few months ago for a photo shoot and have worn them with everything since! You can find a similar pair online. The best part about these heels is the wedge, my biggest races outfit tip is always, always, wear a wedged or thick heel. There is nothing worse then trying to walk through the grass in a stiletto heel and sinking into the dirt! For my fascinator, I like to match it back to either my shoes or with my dress (and then wear different complimentary coloured shoes). In this case I have stuck to the nude theme with this beautiful Max Alexander leaf headpiece. I personally love that it is on a headband, not something you have to pin in, as this gives me piece of mind for the entire day!

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My second look was a little more ‘sultry’. This City Chic dress is one I picked up from one of their outlet stores during winter, figuring it would come in hand for many occasions during the warmer months. Right I was, it’s the perfect races dress! I love the style of the fitted bodice with the big A-line skirt, for those ladies who don’t like things clinging to their hips or just feel more comfortable that way, this is the perfect style. I love the flower/leaf detail in this dress as it makes it appear nearly transparent underneath, and breaks up that full on block colour.

4For this look I have gone with classic black accessories that I had in my wardrobe. If all else fails black is always a good way to go accessory wise, and if you are struggling to match your black staples to a dress try to tie them together by using a colour/black combo earring, or adding a black belt into your dress. Again I’ve gone with a pair of Novo shoes from last season that I had in the back of my wardrobe, falling back on my ‘solid heel’ theory these ones will keep my feet comfortable all day. Underneath (both dresses), I am rocking my most attractive pair of spanx, it’s important for me to stay comfortable (and as un-sweaty) as possible on a long day out, so a good pair is worth the investment (and avoiding the embarrassment of a visible panty line!).

My beautiful black fascinator is a trend I love at the moment, with the lace pattern built up all over it. It also matches this particular dress perfectly! Once again, this Morgan & Taylor headpiece is on a headband to keep it secure on my head all day without having to worry. While some might object to having a headband covering your entire head, you can always style your hair to sit over the top so it is less noticeable. I’ve pulled my hair up and into a flat bun for this particular look, this way I don’t have to worry about curls dropping or humidity wrecking my straightening efforts. Also on a day out in the sun and crowds this is an easy and subtle way to keep your body temperature down. Personally, I over heat very easily, and there is nothing more mortifying then getting sweaty at a classy event, so by having my hair pulled up and off my neck I’m already keeping myself just a tad cooler.

So if you are heading off to the races in the coming weeks, I hope this has been slightly helpful! But the most important thing is that you feel amazing about yourself! Use the excuse to dress up, have fun, and embracing your own #prettyforplussize. Show me how you’re dressing up for the races by commenting or tagging me on IG!

kate

Tee Time

Hello gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes! I feel like it’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog post, but I have found something so fabulous I need to share it with you. It’s a tee. But it’s basically the best bloody tee I have ever put on my body.

So, back story. A few weeks ago, the gorgeous Rachael at Ruby & Lilli gifted me with some of her gorgeous product, 2 tees and 2 scarfs, to try out, take them for a spin around town. Now, as you may have noticed, I am very much a dress and skirt kinda gal. We’re coming out of winter and my baby elephant thighs (which I love, just fyi), are just not ready to be out on display yet. So in styling these t shirts, I wanted to put my thinking cap on.

The two shirts I’ve styled are 2 different sizes, an XL and a 2XL. Both tee’s fit me well (Note: If you’re looking for a size guide I have 110cm bust measurement), with the bigger style a much more relaxed and longer fit. I now have, in my ever expanding wardrobe, the Tout Va Bien and Sparkle and Sass tees and firstly the material is so soft and comfortable that they are perfect to wear for absolutely any occasion or activity. Secondly, the fit and cut of the shirt is such a nice style, it curves in the right places and even the XL is a great length to wear untucked over shorts or jeans. But my biggest realisation was how much I love the sleeves! The length of the sleeves are short enough to still be classified as a tee, but have just that little bit of extra length in them that means they don’t awkwardly cut into your arm.

I wanted to team my tee’s with something a little different, and style them in a way that I was hoping would appeal to you, gorgeous curvy women, as I know wearing shorts can be a confronting experience for many of us. So I stuck with my skirts! (I’m also obsessed with the whole skirt/sneaker trend right now so I ran with that). My first look was soft and feminine, colorful and flirty, and I adore this Modcloth skirt just as much as my new tee!

My second look was just a little bit edgier, with just the change of my skirt! I teamed my second tee (the larger one), with my City Chic pleather skit, and I loved this look too!! This tee was much more relaxed in a bigger size and you could do it tucked or un tucked, or even a sneaky half in/half out! I love this look for a concert or afternoon drink, comfortable but stylish! I’ve also taken to wearing this tee as part of my ‘activewear’ look, as its a perfect length to pair with tights! (Stay tuned on the IG for this look)

Overall, I’m definitely back on the tee train (choo choo!) and perhaps I’ll even try out a pair of shorts for a new look. I’m holding onto a few gorgeous Ruby & Lilli scarves as well that I cannot wait to team up with some new outfits! Either way, I’m definitely adding these gorgeous styles to my wardrobe staples for sure!

kate

SEXY SHOULDERS.

Ah, the off-the-shoulder. Everyone who is anyone is wearing it, has been wearing it, is planning to wear it. This is one trend that I am very, very on board with.

The off-the-shoulder trend has been around for a while, summer, winter, day or night; it doesn’t seem to matter. This is one versatile style. Also one that for once, does NOT depend on your size!? Remember last summer when EVERYTHING finished above the belly button, well I became very un trendy that season, I don’t make friends with crop tops. I’ve been rocking off-the-shoulder everything for months already and I’m so pumped to carry this trend into summer with more boho dresses and colourful blouses. As we head into warmer weather, this style is continuously developing with new variations and silhouettes at every retailer. The original ‘straight across’ off-the-shoulder still exists, but now there is the one-shoulder, the subtle-shoulder, the detailed-sleeve-shoulder, the strappy shoulder and the cold shoulder too! Couple that with the fact that this style works on tops, dresses, jumpsuits and jackets, how’s a girl to choose!

In general, my favourite thing about this style is it’s just a little bit of sexy. A little bit of shoulder is taunting enough to make your man’s mouth water, but feminine enough that your grandma still thinks you look cute (sorry grandma 😉 ). As i mention it looks flatting in a top with jeans, a dress with heels or even corporate styled as a blazer! With all the different sleeve variations it is actually possible to have the perfect shoulder for every occasion! I personally love a standard ‘detailed-sleeve’ or ‘full-sleeved’ for date night or dancing. Whereas a good ‘cold-shoulder’ or ‘straight-shoulder’ is perfect for lunch with family or a day trip with your besties. Just incase your shoulder knowledge isn’t up to speed – I’ve headed to ASOS to find my favourite ‘shoulder’ styles to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about!

shoulder1Embellished Cold Shoulder Shift Dress available here. 

 

ASOS Curve Sundress available here.

shoulder2Halter Cold Shoulder Dress available here.

John Zach Off Shoulder Ruffle Dress available here.

Although I’ve gone with a ‘dress’ vibe above, with summer approaching you best have your off-the-shoulder tops at the ready! Super easy to style, these tops look fab with both skirts and shorts and my go to pairing – denim! Whether its jeans, a denim skirt or a pair of cut offs, coupled together this is such a carefree and comfortable style. To dress it up I love to add a pair of statement earrings, particularly if your neckline is quite plain.

If you have read my previous blog posts, you will be aware of my frustrations regarding my well endowed chest. While the girls are great sometimes, an ‘off-the-shoulder’ sleeve does require a strapless bra. Now if you haven’t found your holy grail of strapless bras just yet (note to self: another blog post), this is where the cold-shoulder sand strappy-shoulder styles come in, because ladies, you can wear a regular bra! If you head to @prettyforplussize on IG you can check out how I have styled the cold-shoulder top for maximum support and comfort. And f you take a look below, you can see how obsessed I am with off the shoulder tops 🙂 🙂

Until next time! Stay #prettyforplussize

kate

 

SHE’S SO BASIC.

BASIC: only interested in things mainstream, popular and trending.
My favorite piece this week is so absolutely basic, I can barely stand it. The last time I walked into this store, I was probably 13 years old and looking for some fluro/cropped/mesh/layered ensemble. Sadly, when I walked in this time, there was still a lot of cropped and mesh going on (we have moved on from fluro, thank gosh). If you haven’t guessed already, the store that I am referring to is SUPRÉ. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with SUPRÉ and their style, but let’s just say I feel a little old and a little plus size to be walking into a store like that. However, surrounded by dresses with the midriff cut out, and shorts so short they could of been belts; I found the beauty of a skirt.
I used to own a skirt similar to this manyyy years ago, so let’s just say I was pretty pumped to rediscover this style. The Super Soft Gather Mini Skirt – now something with the word ‘mini skirt’ puts me on high alert straight away, however I find this particular style long enough to even wear up at my belly button (where I like to wear my skirts) without being too offensively short. Plus it has my my extra favourite feature – the ruching. I’m a secret addict of the TV show ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and the moment a curvy lady walks in they all start raving about ruching. The thing is, ruching is a seamstresses gifts to curvy ladies, so I’m going to rave about it too! Ruching is the sewing or gathering of material along the sides of a skirt (or dress) which creates soft folds in the fabric. It’s a little like smoke and mirrors, it’s a magic trick. It makes it very hard to tell what are fabric folds and what are lumps and bumps in your gorgeous womanly figure! Ta da!  This style on this skirt actually allows it to drape and flow with my body and around my hips to actually compliment my shape, hide those love handles, and make me feel pretty damn sexy!
As well as being perfect for my curvy shape, it’s also super comfortable and really versatile! A skirt like this is something that is so easy to dress up or down. Here I have styled it with a simple River Island Cross Back Cami and Target Lily Loves Denim Jacket perfect for a trip to the movies or an outing during the day. You could also dress it up with a sparkly top and heels to wear on a night out!  For an extra dress down pair it with with a trusty pair of Converse or similar skater style sneakers. You could ever throw on a band t-shirt or graphic tee to wear is even more casually! I’ve added some custom statement earrings (one of a kind sorry!) to dress it up a little extra and I’m obsessed with Kenzie Collective at the moment (I’m a little late on board that train I know), whose just released something similar and stunning!
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Particularly for bottoms, I generally stick to plus branded stores as I feel my child birthing hips (as my mother likes to call them) are better accommodated for in those stores when it comes to jeans, pants and skirts. However it can definitely be worth rummaging through a few more mainstream stores to find little treats like this one. Other stores like Glassons, H&M and Decjuba are a few of my mainstream stores that I like to venture into. I find Decjuba also has some really great tops and blouses that seem more forgiving in the size department.
You can pick up my skirt here or see a similar Midi (YAS!) version that SUPRÉ is also stocking here. And check out (my awesome photographer) David’s stunning photography on his Insta! 
Embrace those curves, watch their jaws drop and show the nay-sayers just why you are #prettyforplussize
kate

A WINNING COMBO!

I absolutely fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it pop up on my IG feed. From the gorgeous sleeves, to the gingham print, it looked super comfortable and easy to wear – a massive plus. After purchasing, I can confirm my first impressions were right! There are 3 things, that I love about this dress for plus size fashion.

  1. The neck line
  2. The length
  3. The sleeves! (duh)

So lets talk about neck lines – and boobs. I’m running Double D’s up in here, and I know that a lot of women are even more blessed in size than I am. I have found in the past that there is an awkward place between turtleneck and low cut, which for ladies with lumps can pose a serious problem! I don’t know about you, but put me in something with a turtle neck and I look like I’m about to choke myself. I find covering allll that space in fabric starts to look suffocating, and seems to make my boobs appear higher on my body, way too close to my face! On the opposite end of the scale, there’s the V-neck, or low cut idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little cleavage, but I would also love to put on a t-shirt with out offending my grandmother. There is a very fine line in V-necks that larger busted ladies have to be aware of – it’s just our life. So for this gorgeous dress to be rocking a high scoop neckline, I’m swooning. I don’t have to worry that the ladies are gonna fall out, OR that I may choke myself. WIN 1!

My second favourite thing is the length. Now I’m 5’9″, so I’m already pretty tall. Couple that with the fact that I seem to have the world’s shortest legs and longest body, I need to be very aware that a dress is long enough to reach past my bum. This one, sits a bit above my knee, in a relaxed A-line fit. I find this length perfect for both day and night wear, and can even sneak in a little heel on my shoes without making it look too short! WIN 2!

The best bit! This dress has the best sleeves ever! It’s a ruffle, mixed with a bell, mixed with my favourite childhood dress that was ruffle central! The sleeves on this dress are basically just a massive standout for me, I feel because all of the detailing is on the sleeves, it leaves the actual body of the dress to concentrate on being well fitting and flattering – which is a perfect combination. Besides the fact I need to remember not to drop my wrists in my food when wearing it, if you mix all of that with the on trend gingham print, there is really nothing about this outfit that I don’t adore. WIN 3!

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I’ve teamed this ‘Stevie Gingham Dress’ (available here https://www.littlepartydress.com.au/products/stevie-gingham-dress) with a pair of last season black ankle boots and a pair of custom made statement earrings. I’ve gone looking and found a really similar pair of staple black ankle boots from NOVO, which are on sale at the moment! (On sale at:  https://www.novoshoes.com.au/boots?shoe=tavern_9340218434770 ) These particular boots are a length I love as they don’t seem to cut off my already short legs. I’m also digging the size and chunkiness of the heel, the thicker the heel the better in my books!

Due to the temperamental weather here in Brisbane I’ve thrown on my City Chic Leather Biker Jacket (which I am obsessed with), just in case! I literally searched every store in south east Queensland to get my hands on this baby so unfortunately it is sold out. But never fear! City Chic have heaps more bangin’ jackets that you could pair with this! (Visit: http://www.citychic.com/au/shop/outerwear/jackets-and-coats/c/plus-size-jackets-and-coats ).

 

A big shout out to David Rowe on the Gold Coast for these fab images. Check him out at https://www.instagram.com/im_rowey/ and http://davidrowephotography.com.au/

 

‘Till next time, I hope you are rocking #prettyforplussize

kate