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Diane's plus size fashion blog - July 2015

July 20th - from Long Tall Sally - Women's Leather Chelsea Boots to size UK13

Ladies Leather Chelsea Boots - to size 13
Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots - £95 - From size 7 to 13 in Tan or Black

Since they started to stock up to plus size 24 in clothing some time ago, I've featured Long Tall Sally products several times. As the first dedicated retailer to sell to tall girls 5' 8" plus in height, they quickly became the "go to" for the styles and cut tall women need - longer back length, longer arms, longer leg lengths. The natural progression was to cater for larger feet.  They now stock a very complete and trendy range of clothing, accessories and footwear.

As well as plus size 24 clothes, footwear is stocked from sizes UK7 to UK13 ( and trousers leg lengths are available from 34" to 38" )

Their Spring/Summer 2015 SALE is now on, whilst they are also adding New Arrivals at LTS for the A/W 2015 season.

Today I am blogging about these fabulous leather chelsea ankle boots.  They are available in tan (see photo) and also in black.  They have a lowish 1 1/2" block heel (3.5cm) and are very easy to take off and put on because of the side elasticated panels.

Last winter chelsea boots were a firm fashion favourite, and will continue to be as popular this Autumn/Winter (especially if worn as part of the BoHo trend of suede and sheepskin clothing and accompanying Hobo bags).  Their popularity is to do with versatility, - not only are these the ideal flatter boots to wear with jeans and trousers, but they also go well with a suitable skirt or casual dress too.

I'll admit to having a couple of pairs of this style of boots as I find them comfortable to wear, dressy, fashionable, and very easy to slip on and off. I travel quite a bit with my modelling job and, because of they're so easy to remove and put on at airport security, I have made chelsea boots my "travelling footwear".  I also love them for their all day comfort and I wear them with jeans, skirts & dresses (saving on hand luggage space by not having to carry other footwear) - and they are so much smarter looking than trainers.

Women's large size leather chelsea boots from Long Tall Sally
Leather Chelsea Boots - £95 - Available in sizes UK7 - UK13 (in tan and in black)

Get a close-up look at the boots and hear what I have to say about them by clicking the short YouTube video below.

To buy these leather chelsea boots from Long Tall Sally click HERE

To see other Newly Arrived Boots at LTS click HERE

To see the full range of New Clothing, Footwear and Accessories at LTS click HERE

To see the SS15 Season Sale at LTS click HERE

Until next time.

Diane XXX


July 13th - Mother of the Bride OR Wedding Guest ? Beautiful House of Fraser dress available up to size UK26

Mother of the Bride Dress OR Wedding Guest Dress by Xandres xline from House of Fraser
Xandres xline Plus Size Structured Shift Dress - NOW £79.50 - Available sizes 16 to 26

This beautiful dress is by Xandres xline part of their plus size range, and is available from House of Fraser. in sizes UK 16 to 26 and is currently on Sale at £79.50.

I am 5' 9" tall and above I am pictured in size UK18 which I find very comfortable.  (please play the video and you'll see just how nice this dress is to walk in and wear).

I love the dress for several reasons, which I've detailed below, and highly recommend it for a formal daywear occasion such as a Wedding;-

1. The dress is a traditional Mother of the Bride pale blue;

2. The cut and style is neat but flattering for a larger lady (particularly if, like me, you have a wider middle) due to the structured panel detailing;

3.  The gold bar feature at the scoop neckline means you do not need necklaces or pendants;

Gold Bar Neckline on Xandres xline Plus size structured shift dress available to buy at House of Fraser
Gold Bar Neckline

4.  The 'modest' length makes it suitable for formal daywear occasion such as a wedding or student's graduation;

And lastly the shoulder structure, falling to a half sleeve, makes the dress ideal to wear with a big wide hat or, in cooler weather, suitable to wear along with a pashmina/shawl or open front jacket.

If wearing this dress as Mother of the Bride, rather than a Guest, I'd be inclined to wear a wide rimmed hat or large hatinator.  If you are petite I'd suggest a hatinator rather than a very full and wide rimmed hat as you do not want your hat 'over-powering' your look.

To buy this gorgeous dress click HERE

Hear what I have to say and see this dress in more detail in the video below.

To buy the Xandres xline Structured Shift Dress  NOW £79.50  click HERE

To view all Plus Size Dresses at House of Fraser click HERE

To view the Sale at House of Fraser click HERE

Until later.  Diane xxx


July 6th - Layered Jersey Top in Crushed Berry


This is my final blog in this short series for Celtic & Co. Today I am reviewing a long sleeved layered top from their Spring Summer 2015 Collection.  This whole Collection says Lazy Sunday, Relaxed, Quality and Down Time, in my opinion.

Long Sleeved layered jersey top in lyocell and wool mix from Celtic & Co 2015
Layered Jersey Top - £60 - 70% Lyocell & 30% Wool - Available to size L (UK16 - 18)

Today's jersey is yet another quality piece of easy to wear relaxation.  I chose this particular top for several reasons

a.  It is the ideal pull on with jeans, linen trousers or a skirt, with a nice long 66cm back;

b.  It has the layered inset (which matches linen beautifully) and lifts the otherwise plainness of a simple jersey long sleeved top, and I like the long sleeves for extra warmth later on in the year, and for insect/midge protection if walking in leafy surroundings;

c.  The crushed berry colour goes with practically everything.  This colour has a browny/bluey tinge which blends well with browns, denim blues, beige/natural coloured linens, and blacks;

d.  It has a wool mix combination making it a heavier feel and also warmer than a standard long sleeved cotton tee.

e.  It goes well under my Celtic and Co. cable boyfriend cardigan (see photo below);

g.  It is also an ideal layering device to wear under waistcoats or with a simple linen mix scarf;

To buy this layered jersey top from Celtic & Co click HERE

layered top from Celtic & Co SS15 Collection
Soooooo Snug!. My Celtic & Co. Cable Boyfriend Cardigan worn over today's Long Sleeve Jersey Layered Top

To see the features of this top and to hear what I have to say play the short video below.

To buy this top click HERE


To view the SS15 Collection at Celtic & Co click HERE

Until later in the week, probably early Friday.  Diane xxx


July 4th Aran Cable Boyfriend Cardigan from Celtic & Co

In case you are new to reading my blog, I'm repeating what I said last week about Celtic & Co to start this post. They are a British Company based in Cornwall, England and are most famous for their handmade sheepskin footwear, which they make at their factory.  They also supply clothing items and accessories sourced mainly from British Isles based manufacturers (with some items coming from continental Europe).  Where possible they aim to provide products made from natural materials.  You will find that their accessories will compliment their clothing items and a purchase this season will carry you through to next and subsequent years.

I am (video) blogging with my favourite picks from their Spring Summer 2015 Collection.  Today's blog is this lovely 100% merino wool cable boyfriend cardigan which has been made in Ireland.

Long Wool Boyfriend Cardigan from Celtic & co
100% Merino Wool Cable Boyfriend Cardigan - £95 - Available in S (UK8 - 10), to L (UK16 - 18)

I love dressing casual so it's great when retailers ask me to review casual items.

This is a gorgeous long cardigan (87 cm from shoulder to hemline) knit in 100% merino wool with a natural fleck.  The style is typically Irish with the Aran cables.  This is a multi-seasonal cardigan - an easy 'pull on' to take you out and about in both the cooler evenings of Summer and Autumn, and the colder days of Winter & Spring

I love the long body and the deep V Neck.   I am wearing size L (UK16 - 18) and the fit is very comfortable.  In the photo I am wearing the cardigan buttoned to show off the traditional Aran style buttons and the front pockets, but I know that I will wear this cardigan open with big scarf treatments - Linen scarves for Summer and wool and tweed heavy weight scarves for the Autumn and Winter.

To buy this Cable Boyfriend Cardigan click HERE

To see and hear about the details of the cardigan - click below.

To buy the Cardigan click HERE

To see the whole SS15 Collection at Celtic & Co click HERE

Until later.  Diane xxx


Nov. 2015 blogs, click here - Nov. 29th Faux Fur Gilet in Natural or Dark Brown, to plus size 22, from Debenhams Ireland

Sept. 2015 blogs, click here - Sept. 14th - M&S Ireland Faux Leather in plus sizes, Sept.3rd - M&S Ireland Crepe Slash Neck Top

Aug. 2015 blogs, click here - August 28th - M&S Ireland Peplum Top with diamond shimmer to plus size 22, August 20th. Everyday workwear tapered trousers NEXT Ireland

July. 2015 blogs, click here - July 20th - Long Tall Sally Ladies Leather Chelsea Boots to size UK13, July 13th - Mother of the Bride House of Fraser - to plus size 26, July 6th - Celtic & Co. Layered Jersey Top, July 4th Aran Boyfriend Cardigan from Celtic & Co

June. 2015 blogs, click here - June 27th. A size 18 Hooded Waxed Jacket from the SS15 Celtic & Co. Collection.

May. 2015 blogs, click here -May 26th - Curvety Fluted Hem Dress - Plus Size Evening Wear, May 21st Curvety Stunning Lace Dress for formal daywear, May 18th - Designer Dress by Yuliya Rachel for IGIGI, May 15th - Curvety Special Occasion Dress, May 8th - Beach Smart, linen tunic dress to plus size 22

April. 2015 blogs, click here - April 21st - Per Una (M&S) Shift Floral Dress for Day and Occasion Wear

March. 2015 blogs, click here - March 8th. - Floral Jacquard Design Mock Shirt Sweat Top from Marks and Spencer

Feb. 2015 blogs, click here - Feb. 26th Feb 26th Bold Orange Colour Striped Knitted Tunic Dress :- to plus-size UK24, from M&S Ireland - Feb. 2nd. Operation Transformation inspiration - Affordable Fitness Clothing from Marks & Spencer Ireland

Jan. 2015 blogs, click here - Jan 24th What to wear skiing.

Dec. 2014 blogs, click here - Dec 12th Half Length Black Leather Sheepskin Coat in Contemporary Design - Celtic & Co. - Dec 6th Wonderful Toscana Sheepskin Full Length Hooded Coat in Chocolate Brown - Celtic & Co.

November 2014 blogs, click here - Nov 27th Down and Feather Coat. Long Tall Sally. - Nov 20th Curvety Casual and Evening wear #4 - Nov 19th Curvety Casual and Evening wear #3 - Nov 18th Curvety Casual and Party wear #2 - Nov 15th Curvety Casual and Party wear #1

October 2014 blogs, click here - Oct 30th How to wear Tweed, part 1. - Oct 24th M&S Waist Cincher Knickers for tummy control. - Oct 16th Lipstick Boutique at House of Fraser - Oct 2nd Ann Harvey at Bonmarche

September 2014 blogs, click here - Sept. 25th Curvety Special Occasion dress - 19th Dickins and Jones Day Wear - 14th Yours Blouse - 4th Debenhams Tea Dress.

August 2014 blogs, click here - Aug 29th Jump suit from Pink Clove, - 21st Flared Skirt, Wardrobe staple. - 15th Fine Knit Cardigan, Wardrobe staple. - 7th David Emanuel at Bonmarche. - 2nd Road test of Leanne Shoes from Hotter.

July 2014 blogs, click here - July 29th Berlin Break, - 26th YOURS - Floral Maxi Dress, 15th Woolovers Jumper around shoulders look, 14th Woolovers City Look, 13th Woolovers Casual Layered Look, 12th Woolovers V-Necked Jumper - look #2,- 11th Woolovers Twin Set look, 10th Woolovers Sleeveless Top, 9th Woolovers V-Necked Jumper look #1

June 2014 blogs, click here - June 27 Suede Moccasin Shoes. June 20 Garden Party - Overlay Dress from Long Tall Sally. June 12 Aran Boyfriend Cardigan- Celtic & Co. June 5th Little Black Dress.

May 2014 blogs, click here May 22nd - The Return of the Trouser Suit. May 14th Agricultural Show or County Fair - Practical Styling Advice. May 7th M&S boot cut jeans May 1st Plus Size Revolution - money counts.

April 2014 blogs, click here -Apr.27th The Plus Size Revolution - Curves
take Centre Stage. Apr.20th Travel Clothes Apr.4th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dynasty.

March 2014 blogs, click here - Mar 20th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Curvety. Mar 14th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Jane Watson.

Feb 2014 blogs, click here - Feb 27th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dea. Feb 14th Diane Marshall Plus Size Model London Fashion Week. Feb 7th All weather fitness clothing

Jan. 2014 blogs, click here - Jan 30th London Fashion Week, plus size modelling opportunity. Jan 23rd Plus Size Acceptance vs Weight Loss. Jan 16th Plus Size Weight Loss - an expert approach. Jan 9th Plus Size, what size of fit are we describing?

2013 Blog Archive
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