Three posts in one week?! Who IS she? Well hello again friends, and welcome to the ultimate in last minute Halloween looks! Hell Bunny sent me some amazing Halloween goodies yesterday, and since Friday is the UK’s last chance to get next day delivery, I thought it would be a good idea to get some last minute Halloween outfits together that you can buy in a rush. So let’s get cute and spooky guys!Continue Reading…
Hey folks! Hope we’re doing well and keeping sane this week?
It’s been a rough few weeks, hasn’t it? But at the same time, full of so much social change, which is incredible! With anti-racist protests happening all over the world and positive change against idolisation of slave traders — what a world to be in at the moment. I’m a little exhausted considering I’ve been preparing things for the reopening of my shops, and boy am I not used to that amount of work yet! But on the up side, there’s some plus size alternative fashion for you to look at today!Continue Reading…
The UK has been a scorcher the last few weeks! And just in time, since the summer sales have begun. So I thought I’d use the Wednesday Wishlist as an excuse to give you my guide to plus size pin up style on a budget! I’m going to show you a few pieces from different shops this week – both high street and specialised. These will be items you can use in your current pin up wardrobe, or use it to start!
- River Island Plus Off The Shoulder Dress
- Closet London Plus Sateen Prom Skirt (Also in pink)
- Club L Bardot Dress With Peplum
- Glamorous Curve Midi Dress
- Top in Rib Lace
- ASOS Curve 40s Pleated Tea Dress
I’ll admit that I don’t care for ASOS that much. I’m happy they lead the way on high street plus sizes happening, but there’s never been too much I love on there. Until now, of course! I’m dying over that teal skirt – and the tea dress, for that matter! ASOS Curve also cater up to a 30, which is an impressive size range!
- Lace Fishtail Midi Dress
- Sequin Split Front Skirt
- Extreme Cape Sleeve Wrap Dress
- Bardot Crop Top
- Hope Off Shoulder Midi Dress (Look familiar?)
- Double Layer Midi Dress
I’ve mentioned so many times how much I love Boohoo. It’s not vintage in the slightest, but with good hair and styling you could easily see this selection on a plus size pinup! I loved the Cape Sleeve dress so much that I bought it. Their plus range goes up to a UK 26, too!
- Matilda Red Shellfish
- Red Gingham Swing Skirt (also in Navy)
- Misty Teal Tiki Print (Look familiar?)
- Melissa Black Cotton Halter Top
- Lettie Green Floral Halter Top
- Delta Pink Swan Swing Dress
Lindy Bop, a favourite amongst the vintage-styled and budget-conscious! I’ve mentioned on a few of my Lindy Bop Posts that I’m constantly surprised by the quality versus the price. This is THE place to get pin-up perfect clothing at a good price all through the year. From sizes 8-26, it caters for most sizes.
- Maya Bay 50s Dress
- Joni Skirt (Also is Navy and Red)
- Belinda 50s Dress (Also in Black)
- Marin 50s Skirt
- Somerset 50s Skirt
- Keepsake 50s Skirt
Hell Bunny have some lovely pieces at the moment in their full price section. But even though they’re great quality at a decent price, their outlet part of the site means you can get some good deals in sizes 1XL-4XL!
What have you got your eye on in the sales?
So my last Yours Clothing post was about challenging myself to try a slightly different style. This time we’re back in my comfort zone with some 50’s style with Hell Bunny at Yours Clothing!
After my little dig at Valentine’s Day last week I went all hypocritical and decided to be just a little bit valentines-y with this dress. The Arabella dress from Hell Bunny is just too cute to not go for bells and whistles with it! Or, in my case, heart balloons and pom poms!
So first of all, let’s talk sizing. I’ve reviewed a few pieces from Hell Bunny at Yours Clothing before, and regularly I found that they come up big. I took the Arabella in a 20 with this in mind, based off the size guide’s waist measurement.
And the sizing this time was really good! A little loose in the bust (We’ve gone over my small bust before) for me, but even with the low neckline it’s not baggy. Smaller busts than mine (40D) should go down a size, and more than two cup sizes bigger should go up.
This is one of those dresses that feel like it’s been made just for me, sizing aside. The neckline is my ideal style of sweetheart style that frames my chest in the most ideal way. It’s similar to how the Voodoo Vixen Emmie dress makes me feel. It also the perfect neckline to show off my new Playful Promises Jessie Bra!
As well as the neckline the cap sleeves are just perfect. I get really excited by cap sleeves because I think they’re the perfect length to suit my arms. It seems like a weird thing to think about, but I’m really particular about sleeves, haha!
Although, I’d like to talk for a moment about how much I DON’T hate this picture. I used to despise my arms so much because of how large they are. Almost if they’re some sort of tell-tale sign that I’m a fat person. They’re kinda blotchy because I’m so pale I’m translucent. And I hated it. Now? I don’t even think about showing a side-on view of my arm in all it’s fat glory – because I like the picture too much! It’s nice to see how far I’ve come in my self-love.
Although it’s still winter here, really, the Arabella is a perfect spring-weight cotton. Light and soft without a lining, it’ll see you through spring and summer easily. With the right accessories and some good undergarments, I reckon it can work throughout the year, as well! I personally froze my tits off for this shoot, but I did decide to wear short sleeves on the coldest day of the year.
I also forgot to mention – this dress has POCKETS! Pockets in clothing is necessary for me, and these sit perfectly in the side seams. It’s just a damn good spring dress!
If you were a kid during the 80’s and 90’s, I bet you were dressed up as a sailor. Therefore, when picking a dress from the Yours Clothing Hell Bunny Range, really, there was no other option than the Ambeleside – a navy flared dress with nautical striping details on the collar, cuffs and hem, and a sweet little sailor collar!
Clearly I’ve kept this penchant for nautical themes and sailor dresses all the way through my adult life!
Originally, I ordered the 22-24 based on the bust measurements on their size guide, and I will tell you that was a real mistake! Like the last time I reviewed a Hell Bunny dress, I found this came up big – this time at least five inches too big, and could grab fistfuls of fabric either side of my waist.
I swapped it for the 18 – and this is the absolute perfect size for me! So I’d suggest going by the waist measurements on their Hell Bunny size guide instead of the bust.
The dress itself is so lovely, it’s a dark navy, crepe-like polyester, but still very breathable. The colour is just right to make sure it isn’t quite so costumey. Which makes it perfect for all occasions without having to go full sailor-mode. It would look adorable with a sailor hat, though!
Obviously being from Hell Bunny it’s a straight-up retro styled dress, but is slightly more on the 40’s side with the way the bodice is cut – I’ve made a dress with a similar bustline before, and I was delightfully surprised that this dress had been altered correctly to fit modern day busts since usually the gathering sits higher than the Ambelside.
Whilst taking these photos (If you’re ever in Alexandra Palace, you may encounter me and my tripod!) I had a lot of compliments on this dress, and it deserves it! It has slight stretch to give you and a gored flared skirt that will take bigger petticoats than I’m wearing. And it’s just a bit too cute, right? I bet my mum will like this dress!
Literally the only thing I don’t like? It doesn’t have pockets. That’s it, you can’t complain when there’s only one thing wrong, right?
Would you wear a sailor dress? Let me know in the comments!