Diane's plus size fashion blog
Dec. 22nd - Walking Boots in 3 colour options in sizes UK3 - UK9, in Standard & EXTRA WIDE FIT
Half Sizes in UK5.5 and UK6.5 - Stylish and Practical Design boots for walking, hiking or trekking.
This week I have road tested these walking boots from Hotter for my review, and I can recommend them for all your walking, hiking or trekking journeys. Read my review below the video.
In the Summer I plan to walk the Camino in Northern Spain, so I need a comfortable pair of support boots that are light on the feet whilst also offering that all important foot comfort. Given that I am letting myself in for a walk each day of at least 20km, the last thing that I need is foot pain or blisters.
These boots have a comfort sole, supported arch (with a removable insole to allow you to insert a medical grade orthotic (if needed)) and supported ankle area. The sole also has treads for assisted grip in various terrains.
Whilst not marketed as a snow boot I also think that there is a good grip on the sole to assist walking on slippery surfaces. The boots are waterproof yet breathable so also ideal for mushy ankle deep snow or puddles. I also love the styling of these boots as they are not a big, heavy or clumpy design. In the photo below I am wearing my jeans out over the boots for more of a shoe like appearance. The styling does make these boots suitable for regular wear. You do NOT have to be "expedition bound" to enjoy the comfort, fit and styling of these gems.
The boots are available in both standard and extra wide fit in sizes UK3 - UK9 (with half sizing in the UK5.5 and UK6.6). I am size UK8. I am wearing the standard fit UK8 size and find it very comfortable worn with my walking socks.
Hotter specialise in comfort and correction footwear for both men and women.
To view the Hotter Shoes current range of comfort and fashion footwear (which also includes some offers) click HERE
To view the range of Ladies Gore-Tex Walking Boots and Shoes from Hotter click HERE
To view the range of Gents Gore-Tex Walking Boots and shoes from Hotter click HERE
Until next time. Diane XXX
Dec. 18th - M&S Ireland Open Front Jacket available to plus size 22 in 6 colour choices
A great layering option for Casual Day Wear, Office Wear or Evening Wear
Open Front, Edge to Edge Jacket available in 6 colour options in sizes UK8 - UK22 (€49) (worn as smart casual wear)
The Jacket shown in Dark Burgundy (worn as office wear). Also available in Black, Camel, Berry Red, Purple and Blue (€49)
This week I reviewing a very versatile little jacket. I say versatile because it has many occasion wear options. In the photos above I have styled 2 looks - a casual smart day wear look, with the cobalt blue version of the jacket, worn with trousers & a more formal office or work wear look, with the dark burgundy colour version. This jacket is also ideal for pulling on on top of smart blouses or dresses for evening wear.
The jacket is machine washable, light weight and unlined - making it a great little number for easy packing into an overnight bag or suitcase. Due to it's multiple wear uses, I think that I have today brought you a real find that's also great value for money.
The open front styling to this jacket also makes it ideal for ladies with larger busts due to the lack of fitting definition at the chest. To minimise a larger chest I recommend wearing this with a plain (not patterned) blouse, top or dress underneath the jacket. For an overall slimmer profile wear a solid colour block from neckline to hemline (or trouser hemline) under the jacket i.e. black top and trousers OR, if wearing a different colour than black, make sure that the colour is the same from neckline to hemline. Do not make the mistake of mixing contrasting shades of the same colour, as this 'breaks the solid block' and will make you appear fatter.
I am 5'9" tall and normally a size
UK18. I am wearing size UK18 in the photos and video, and (as expected
from M&S) you can see the jacket sits well, is comfortable and is
true to size.
There is currently (Dec 18th - 22nd) a 30% off promotion on at M&S on selected clothing, footwear and homeware.
Until next time. Diane xxx
Dec. 14th High quality plus size loungewear in sizes UK 16 to UK 26. Xandres Xline from House of Fraser
Essentially this is a leisurewear outfit, but with the addition of a very smart mint green sequin detailing. I think it gives the set a fashionable design edge, without being 'OTT'.
The top and jog pants are sold as separates so you can have the option to buy only the top and wear it with jeans for casual day wear.
Both top and pants are available in plus sizes UK16 to UK26. I'm 5'9" tall and size UK18 is my normal top size with most retailers. Here I'm wearing the size 18 top and, as you can see, the fit is perfect.
Play the short video presentation below to see more features.
House of Fraser's Xandres Xline Brand has a full range of dresses, tops (all occasions), trousers, jeans, and jackets sized from UK 16 to 26 (and sometimes 28). I have featured products from this brand before on www.plussize.ie Their ranges are superior in design and materials used, which I feel justifies their higher price bands - you get what you pay for.
Until next time. Diane XXX
Nov. 29th Faux Fur Gilet in Natural or Dark Brown, to plus size 22, from Debenhams Ireland
Debenhams Ireland Faux Fur Gilet available in Natural or Dark Brown to size UK22, - €40.60 as of Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
Todays gilet is in the latest fashion trend with a 70s styling vibe. It's faux fur, and available in both Natural (as I'm pictured wearing) and in Dark Brown up to plus size 22. The long 68cm shoulder to hem body length also means this can easily pass as a sleeveless jacket. So this gives you plenty of options - wear it with jeans, longer BoHo style skirts or over folksy/gypsy style dresses.
Ideally to get the "70s Fashion Look" I recommend wearing it with a floppy hat. I think I have just about got away with my baker boy cap.
As well as being an inexpensive but quality looking layering option, it's 'easy care easy wear' The gilet is machine washable, but DO NOT tumble dry. I have found that it will dry naturally quite quickly if hung on a clothes hanger and suspended in a warm, airy place, e.g. next to a radiator [ but not on top of one ].
I am 5' 9" tall and size UK18. I am wearing size 18 and it is a good fit.
To see more, and see just how it fits and sits, have a look at the video below.
To view the full range of gilets/sleeveless jackets from Debenhams (in faux fur, textured, fleece and thermal) click HERE
Until next time.
Nov.8th : - Unfortunately a favourite retailer of mine, Curvety, has closed down. I'm quite sad about that, as they always had lovely clothing. New blogs coming shortly. Diane
Sept. 14th - Faux Leather in plus size from Marks and Spencer Ireland
Quite a large collection of clothing, bags and belts (including Kids products) is now available in faux leather
Leather and Suede is currently trending for this Autumn / Winter. Today I'm modelling 2 M&S Ireland items from the large range of faux leather products currently available. The quality and price are both very good, and telling the difference between these and real leather isn't either easy or obvious.
As with most on trend items these products are selling out fast, ( the neutral skirt has almost gone) but I'm sure that they will be replenished and there are, I believe, plans to add more products to the collection.
I'm modelling only one of many biker style jackets available. I have chosen this black jacket from the Plus Range at M&S Ireland because now and again people need reminded that M&S Ireland have a Plus Range, which goes up to size UK32 and their standard ranges go up to plus size UK22/24. It's also good to remind people that, contrary to the general belief of some, that they do offer stylish and on trend fashion in larger sizes too. I really like this jacket. I think that the cut and styling is a softer, more feminine look for older women. As a 49 year old woman who likes to be stylish, I want to be so in a different way that doesn't exactly copy the fashion look of my teenage daughters. This jacket, I feel, is a smart but more delicate alternative. I am 5' 9" tall and in the photo and video I am wearing the jacket in size UK18. It's a really comfortable fit.
Due to demand for the skirt it's now only available, at the time of writing, in low stock in sizes 16 and 20, but there are other faux leather skirt choices available. The quality of the material used and the general M&S cuts are good so if you are not fortunate enough to get this skirt at the moment, you have a choice from the others available. I believe that the neutral shade skirt I'm wearing will come back into stock. This neutral shade is perfect for mixing and matching.
See me wearing my
2 choices and to hear what I have to say about them by playing the video
Until next time. Diane xx
Sept. 3rd - Poppy Red Crepe Slash Neck Top to plus size 24, from Marks and Spencer Ireland
When I found this little crepe top I was delighted to not only score with a new season AW15 colour (poppy red) and material (crepe) but i also managed to nab these wonderful colour match crepe trousers before they immediately sold out. ( They'll be re-stocked - they've sold out so fast).
M&S Ireland have good design and quality, but one thing they don't yet do is to tag garments on their website that either colour match or co-ordinate. Although they do make suggestions as to products that you may like, they don't put together complete colour looks.
In putting together the above look, I saw the trousers first of all and then found the top. Getting a complete look in the same colour shade is rare but when it does happen it makes for a more sophisticated, expensive appearing, look.
I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing the top in size UK18. The sizing is true to fit, and I particularly love the longer back length which makes this top ideal, for not only wearing out over a pair of trousers, but also with skirts. As the material is crepe and fine in texture this top will also sit well tucked inside waistbands. I call it my Bardot Style Top.
Crepe is coming into fashion in a big way this new season and the new Poppy Red shade is just a twist on a colour that never goes out of fashion. I think this little top is a great find and is yet another of my "easy care - easy wear" favourites. The top can be machine washed and tumble dried but I have found that it dries quite quickly (after a spin in the washing machine) hung up on a clothes airer.
Watch out over the coming weeks for more crepe clothing items from M&S Ireland, and keep an eye on the trousers. They simply must to come back into stock, especially in the lead up to the Christmas season.
To see the features of the top and see
it on, play the short video below.
Until next time.
August 28th - M&S Ireland Peplum Top with diamond shimmer available to size UK22 - Sales Bargain at €15
Today's Bargain find is this fully lined pale pink peplum style top which has been reduced to €15. It's selling out very fast but at the time of writing is available in sizes 12,16,18 & 22. I am 5' 9" tall and I am wearing size UK18, so, as with the vast majority of M&S Ireland clothing, the size and fit is true to size.
Many lines are NOW on sale at Marks & Spencer Ireland with up to 60% off
I was drawn to this top because it is the ideal number to wear with narrow or straight leg and also ankle grazer style trousers (for a smart casual look) It's also great with pencil skirts for a neater day wear look. The shimmer in the top makes it attractive for summer evenings and evening wear in general.
Click the text link here to buy this diamond shimmer top (if there are any left !!! )
Click this text link to view the Sale at M&S
To have a look at New Season Arrivals at M&S
Click below for a quick video of me talking about & showing off the top's features
Until next time.
August 20th. NEXT Ireland - Everyday workwear tapered trousers for a bargain €36
Next Ireland Tapered Trousers - €36 - Available in Petite (to size 18), Regular (to size 22) & Long Leg Length (to size 20)
I love these on trend tapered leg trousers and find them exceptional value at only €36.
This week my value for money find comes from Next Ireland. These trousers come in 3 leg lengths (Petite (27.5"), Regular (29"), and Long (31"). I am 5' 9" tall and I am photographed above and videoed below wearing size UK16L.
Trouser style in Spring Summer 2015 was
all about the ankle and this trend looks set to continue into the Autumn/Winter
of 2015. I was drawn to these trousers for 4 reasons: -
These trousers are another of my easy care easy wear finds. Polyester, Viscose and Elastane means they are machine washable and only need a brief ironing on a cool setting. I don't think it's necessary to put a crease into these either, so wouldn't give myself the hassle of doing so.
Having had some initial misgivings I have now fully embraced the ankle skimming trouser look. These can be worn with wedges, low block heels, loafers and laced brogues. Or, for a dressier look, with heels.
To view the matching jacket (available to size UK 22 in Petite, Regular and Tall fits) click HERE
To hear what I
have to say about these trousers play the short video below.
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.
blogs, click here -Apr.27th The Plus Size Revolution - Curves
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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