B-day party outfit!

full plus size outfit by Simply Be and wide fit heels by New Look

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Two weeks ago, we celebrated my nieces’ birthday. They turned 6 and 8. I wanted to wear something dressed-up but comfortable, so I could play around with the birthday girls.

full plus size outfit by Simply Be and wide fit heels by New Look

When I went shopping in Liverpool mid-September, I visited Simply Be. I absolutely love this store. It has a wide range of hip and trendy plus size clothing. And they also sell wide fit shoes up to a european size 43 (size 9 UK). Unfortunately, Simply Be is not available in Belgium. But, if you happen to be in the UK, I suggest you stop there for a visit. You can find them in most UK cities.

I saw these black coated jeans at Simply Be. They have a little stretch and are so comfortable. I absolutely love these jeans! Plus, the coating gives it an extra edge, not like denim, not like leather but something rather special. They are just fabulous! The petrol blue wrap blouse, by Simply Be, is also a great piece. It looks so good on these plus size coated jeans. Exactly what I wanted, dressed-up and easy going at the same time. All that is missing are some great heels. I spotted these navy heels in the sale selection at New Look for only 10 euro. What a steal and such a perfect match for this outfit.

plus size top and jeans by Sipmly Be

My outfit.

plus size outfit by Simply be and wide fit heels by New Look

The Chloe coated stretch skinny jeans by Simply be.

plus size coated jeans by Simply Be

In pants I have a European size 48 (size 20 UK). When I fitted a European size 48 with Simply Be they were to small, I needed a European size 50 (size 22 UK). I believe Simply Be comes out to small in sizing. These pants are stretchy and are super comfortable.

In Belgium you can’t order from Simply Be, so I’ve found these great plus size alternatives:

  • At Paprika, this is available in stores in Belgium or online for 60 euro, also available in dark grey and blue. Find it here.
plus size coated jeans by Paprika
coated SLIM jeans by paprika
plus size coated jeans by New Look Curve
black coated high waisted skinny jeans by New Look Curve

Petrol blue top by Simply Be.

plus size navy top by Simplt Be

The tops at Simply Be are small to size. I’ve chosen a size 16 (European size 44) it’s a bit small around the sleeves but a size 18 (Europeans size 46) was too loose around my waist.

Not available for Belgium, but I’ve looked up some plus size alternatives at Zalando. I think that almost all colors complement black, so you can chose a wide range of blouses to go with the pants.

Take a look at the plus szie alternative tops:

  • By Evans via Zalando for 32 euro, also available in cream, white and black. Find it here.
navy plus size top by evans via zalando
navy top by Evans via Zalando
green plus size top by Zalando essentials curvy
green top by Zalando essentials curvy
  • By DP Curve (Dorothy perkins) via Zalando for 35 euro, also availeble in berry. Find it here.
rust Dorothy Perkins curve top via Zalando
rust DP Curve top via Zalando

Navy wide fit heels by New Look.

wide fit navy heels by New Look

These are wide fit European size 40 (size 7 UK) heels by New Look. Personally I find that a wide fit in heels is more comfortable. Regular fits tend to be too narrow or become uncomfortable when I wear them all day. If only a regular fit is available, I would choose a Europeans size 42 (size 8 UK).

I am a European size 41, according to their size guide that’s in between a size 7 UK and 8 UK. I’ve ordered at New Look in the past and know that a size 7 UK fit me just fine.
TIP: go fit some shoos at New Look stores, remember what sizes fit you well in heels, flats and trainers so you know what to order online.
Find New Look size guide here.

Unfortunately these shoes are sold out! Check out these great wide fit alternatives:

  •   At New Look online for 14 euro, also available in black and gray. Find it here.
navy wide fit comfort platform feels by New Look
navy wide fit comfort heels by New Look
wide fit navy heels by Dorothy Perkins
navy wide fit heels by Dorothy Perkins via Zalando

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My Bomber Jacket for autumn.

plus size Bomber Jacket

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When autumn is in the air, jackets come out of the closet. The midseason jacket for this autumn is the bomber Jacket. They are just everywhere.

This plus size grey floral-print Bomber Jacket is from Yours Clothing UK, one of my personal favorites. This is a jacket that needs to shine, so keep it clean and simple underneath. I’ve chosen a plus size black ripped jeans from Asos Curve and a simple white T-shirt from H&M. Black plimsolls from New Look to finish off the look. This is an absolute winner this autumn.

My outfit.

full bodyshot plus size Bomber Jacket

Plus size grey floral-print Bomber Jacket by Yours Clothing UK.

grey floral-print Bomber Jacket
grey floral-print Bomber jacket by Yours Clothing UK

This plus size grey floral-print Bomber jacket is available for 47 euro.

Yours Clothing UK is true to size. On top, I variate from a size 16 (European size 44) to a size 20 (European size 48). This depends on the fit and the brand. I ordered a size 16 and it fitted me perfectly.

TIP: think about the purpose of the jacket before you chose a size. In winter I would go up a size or even two sizes, so it fits big sweaters.
Check out their size chart here.

Asos Curve Ridley Skinny in clean black with rip & destroy busts.

plus size skinny jeans
Asos Curve Ridly Skinny Jeans

These plus size skinny jeans are available for 43 euro.

Asos Curve is true to size. In pants, I have a size 20 (European size 48). So I ordered a size 20 and the fit was perfect. These jeans have a high waist and a good stretch which makes them very comfortable.
Delivery and returns are free for Belgium.

TIP: When I order online and want to make sure pants are going to fit me, I look at the measurements instead of the sizing. A size 20 (European size 48) measures around 48-49 inches (123-125 cm). The measurement says more than a size. At H&M+ for example, 48-49 inches (123-125 cm) is a size 24 instead of a size 20. They come out to small, so don’t get stuck on sizing.
Check out Asos Curve size guide here.

Black plimsolls by New look.

plimsolls by New Look
black plimsolls by New Look

These trainers form New Look are available for 25 euro.

I’ve ordered a size 7 (size 40 European).  According to their size guide a European size 41 sits in between size 7 UK and size 8 UK. It’s not the first time I’ve ordered at New Look, so I knew a size 7 UK would fit me just fine.
Check out their size guide here.

More Bomber Jackets I liked.

Khaki Bomber Jacket by River Island Plus Size for 60 euro. Free standard delivery when you spend 60 euro or more.

plus size khaki Bomber Jacket
Khaki Bomber Jacket by River Island Plus size

BooHoo plus camo-print Bomber Jacket via Asos Curve for 29,3 euro.

camo-print Bomber jacket
BooHoo Plus camo-print Bomber Jacket via Asos Curve

Basic plus size Black Bomber Jacket by New Look Curve for 35 euro, also available in khaki.

black plus size Bomber Jacket
black Bomber Jacket by New Look Curve

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The Curve Fashion Festival

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The event for curvy women!

The Curve Fashion Festival took place in Liverpool on the 10th September, the perfect time to start my blog about plus size fashion. The curve fashion festival is an annual event that’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a good introduction to the world of plus size fashion.

The VIP lounge.

Because it was the first time I went to a plus size event, I thought I’d order a VIP ticket. This ticket guaranteed me front row seating to all fashion shows and granted access to the VIP lounge sponsored by Navabi Fashion.

When I arrived at the VIP lounge, I was welcomed with a Bellini and received a welcome bag filled with lots of goodies while the Fake Bake stand offered a free beauty treatment for all VIPs.

Some goodies from the welcome bag:

My favorite item was the one size fits all wrap by Yours Clothing UK. A perfect item for autumn and the beautiful colors, petrol blue combined with rust, made it look absolutely fabulous. A great piece for those warm autumn days as an alternative for a jacket or on colder days as a sweater wrap. Personally I prefer to add a waist belt to show off my waist more, loving this item already.

How I went about my day.

The first fashion show of the day featured all present brands and their upcoming collection. We were given a sneak peak of what to expect this fall.

How to get the perfect fit with Simply Be and Georgina Horne.

After the first fashion show, I went down to the “how to stage” stage. Georgina Horne from “Fuller Figure Fuller Bust” a blog definitely worth a visit, was invited by Simply Be. “How to get the perfect fit” was about the importance of well fitted shapewear and underwear. It can make or break your outfit. If you love bodycon dresses, well fitted shapewear will give you that perfect silhouette, and a well fitted bra will lift your bust and create a waistline. For me personally, this was one of the highlights of the day just because I think Georgina Hoorne is fantastic, a lady with class and style.

Georgina Horne on "how to get the perfect fit" with Simply Be at The Curve Fashion Festival
Georgina Horne on “how to get the perfect fit” with Simply Be

My shopping spree.

After this show I had planned some shopping time for myself. I wanted to take the time to browse amongst all the brands. Some of them were new, but some of them I already knew. This is exactly what made this event so interesting. Here you have the chance to try on items from all brands so you learn your size, which comes in handy for all your online shopping. Plus, you get a good feel of the fit and fabric which can be difficult to see in a picture. Last but not least, some brands offer you a chance to purchase items from their upcoming collection before they hit stores. And they all give you discount cards you can use till the end of the month in stores and online.
All the brands lined up:

The launch of EBay Curve with Mark Heyes and celebrity guests.

After my shopping spree, it was time for the second show I wanted to see. The launch of EBay curve with Mark Heyes, a well-known fashion stylist. For the launch, he styled some of the models wearing clothes from the EBay curve hub to introduce the new “shop the look plus size” tool. This tool enables you to find all the shopping information with one click. By clicking on the photo or look you want, you instantly know where to get it or something similar at a sharp price.

Mark Heyes and Tess Holliday at the launch of EBay Curve at The Curve Fashion Festival
Mark Heyes and Tess Holliday

On stage, Mark Heyes teamed up with 3 celebrity guests, Tess Holliday, Callie Thorpe and Bishamber Das. Tess Holliday is the first ever size 24 supermodel. A pioneer in being body confident, she shows you that you can be successful in the fashion industry as a plus size model. Callie Thorpe is a plus size fashion blogger who became the first ever plus size fashion columnist at none other than Marie Claire magazine. Bishamber Das is the first ever British Asian plus size model.  Three iconic ladies if you ask me.

Callie thorpe and Bishamber Das at the launch of EBay Curve at The Curve Fashion Festival
Callie Thorpe and Bishamber Das

Mark Heyes and guests talked about things a plus size model gets confronted with in the fashion industry. Bishamber Das tells us how she gets offered roles in movies but always with the same condition. She says: “I could be a lead actress if I would lose weight. It would be “good” for my career.” Which she counters by stating she’d rather be a role model for women and that you don’t have to lose weight to be successful, loving yourself is what truly matters.

These 3 women are front line activists when it comes to being body positive. They stress that judgment from others is a reflection of themselves and not you, they often judge themselves even harder. Be kind to yourself and accept yourself the way you are. Confidence is sexy in every size.

They also talked about so-called fashion rules, and why you should break them. If you want to wear horizontal stripes or an oversized minimalistic style, just wear it and wear it proud.

The EBay Curve stand.

When the curve hub was launched, I went over to the EBay stand, a very busy stand with lots to do. You could get in line for a meet and greet with Mark Heyes, Tess Holliday, Callie Thorpe and Bishamber Das. Or get your hair and make-up done, go for a color analysis and find out what your power color is. My color was rust, good for basic items and accessories. Last but not least, get a professional picture taken for a chance to get featured in the “shop the look plus size” tool.

The last fashion show of the day.

In the last fashion show of the day, the represented brands had a last chance to show their upcoming collections. The day ended with a big applause for all participating parties who turned this day into a true success.
For a first time at a plus size fashion event, I was very pleased. It was a busy but super fun day. One thing is certain, next year I’ll be going back. A day well spent … loved it.

See you on the next spread!

Love Ruth.

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