With Christmas just around the corner, there are bound to be plenty of opportunities for evening drinks with friends after work. Perhaps you’re long overdue a catch up, or maybe you’re celebrating the end of the working year with colleagues – whatever the reason, you want to look your best. Choosing the perfect outfit to take you from the office to the bar can be tough – but it’s definitely possible!

These helpful tips will help you to find the right combination of office-ready and off-duty. Inspired by the latest trends from AW18, this desk to drinks guide is all you need to look your best this season.

 

No-fuss dressing:

It’s important to choose an outfit that doesn’t require too much preparation after you’ve finished work. Like every year, we’re embracing the glitz and glam of the winter season so include a touch of sparkle in whatever you choose. This chunky knit and skirt combo is perfect for a seasonal party, keeping you warm enough for when you’re walking from bar to bar but dressy enough for when you hit the dancefloor. The style of this jumper is ideal for the office, and the high-neck brings an edge to your workwear look. Simply pair with black jeans throughout the day and swap for a mini-skirt for the evening. Pair with your favourite pair of heeled pointed courts and clutch bag, complete with gold embellishments, and you’re ready for whatever the night holds.

If you’d rather change into something else before heading out, there are ways that you can work around this. Style down a jumper dress during the day with tights and flat pumps and dress it up on the evening with a cross-body bag and printed shoes. Black is the perfect colour for work-to-play as it gives off sophisticated vibes in a business meeting and creates a classy evening look when you head out to the bar. Accessorise with chunky drop-earrings and statement rings to complete the look. Fortunately for us, knitted jumper dresses come in a range of styles today, suitable for all shapes and sizes. Choose one with a leg-split for something that’s less formal where can show off your pins post-5pm.

From desk to dinner:

Of course, not every after work get together involves going to the bar, an after-work meal is also a great way to catch up with your friends. Style-up in this season’s colour palette — autumnal brown. Choose a culotte waistline to show off your curves but keep it formal with a jumper and blazer. When it’s time to clock-out, swap your smart coat for a leopard print jacket and you’re ready for the evening! Bringing together different garments from the same colour palette is an on-trend technique that’s ideal for work-to-play outfits — it creates a look that’s well put together and not too loud for work.

If bright colours are more your thing, you don’t have to stick to a muted colour palette; deep burgundy and emerald tones are always a hit and they don’t look too over-the-top for the office. A good way to make an outfit more formal is to add a tailored blazer and mid-heel court shoes, you can even tweak your look by wearing your hair in a neat bun to exude a work-ready vibe. Once you’re out-of-office has been switched on, remove your blazer and throw on a pair of block-heel mules or studded suede heeled sandals to give the illusion of beautifully elongated legs.

Additional tips and tricks:

If you’re heading out for a drink in the run-up to Christmas, you might want to think about staying warm. Maxi hemline dresses and buttoned-up, collared neck tops are ideal office-ready fashion, as they’re both formal and comfortable for important meetings and busy days. But what do you do in the evening? When it’s time for drinks, use a belt to cinch in your waist and create a gorgeous, party-ready silhouette. Then, throw on your tallest pair of heels to get you in the mood for a fun night out. Dress up your look with statement jewellery — think chunky necklaces, bangles, and big hoop earrings — then quickly slick on an extra layer of mascara and eyeliner and you’re good to go for a big night out in minutes.

 

 

 

When people see wedding dresses modelled in magazines or online, the body shapes shown are typically perfectly proportioned skinny and hour-glass. However, you should not let that put a downer on your wedding dress shopping expeditions. Weddings, and wedding preparations, should be a time for only complete happiness so there is no room for any body-confidence knocking. There are plenty of wedding dress styles to suit any body-shape, as this post will hopefully show you. It’s important though to remember that although there may be certain dress shapes that suit certain shapes, if you feel good in a dress, that’s all that matters.

Wedding Dress

Straight

This body shape tends to be classed as ‘sporty’, where the body features are less defined, hence it is labelled ‘straight’. It would be a great idea for women with this body shape to look at wedding dress styles that accentuate the waistline and draw attention to the centre of the body. Examples of wedding dress styles which enhance the waist are ball gown, halter neck, and V or U necklines. These all naturally draw peoples eyes away from the shoulders and in towards the waist, for example, a full skirt gives the impression that the hips are wider than they may actually be to add some curves.

Shapes to avoid are unfitted and straight dresses which don’t cling to any parts of the body. Also, harsh necklines like strapless or bardot styles could draw attention to the shoulders rather than the waist and exaggerate the straight nature of the body, rather than adding definition. The Alterations Boutique can help you to create and alter a dress to perfectly compliment your body shape or accentuate a part of your body that you love, they offer a range of bridal alterations from simple tweaks for embellishment to complete restyling.

Wedding Dress

Pear

This body shape refers to bodies where the waist is wider with a smaller and more dainty top half. In this case, it would be a good idea to draw attention to your bust and/or shoulder areas. This could be done by going for wedding dress styles where the focal point is the neckline or sleeve details, for example, in winter this body shape would have even more excuse to wear a dress with long lace or pearl sleeves. A tip for which wedding dress style to avoid would be to try and stay away from loose dresses as they could cling to the wrong places and make your waist appear wider than it probably is. You could go for a completely fitted dress to accentuate the curves of the body. Examples of wedding dress styles to try are fishtail or mermaid.

Inverted triangle

This body shape could be considered as the opposite of the pear-shape, where the shoulders are wider than the hips and waist. People with this shape tend to be referred to as ‘top-heavy’ so it would be an idea to try wedding dress styles which accentuate the bottom-half and provide some balance. Examples of this could be ball-gown, a-line and v-neck dresses, which would all draw attention down from the shoulders.

Wedding Dress

Hour-glass

This is the body shape you probably see most in TV adverts, magazines and online. This shape tends to be where the top and bottom halves are balanced and defined… like an hourglass. This shape could be considered more versatile and would look great in most wedding dress styles – fitted, loose, trumpet, sheath etc. A feature you could incorporate is a corset back to draw your waist in further and exaggerate the hour-glass shape.

In general, something important to keep in mind when going wedding dress hunting, is that there is no ideal body shape. Although society’s standards may tell us that our bodies are ‘better’ if they look a certain way and our shoulder to hip ratio is perfectly matched… Don’t let your body confidence be swayed! If there is a part of your body that you love, show it off, whether it be your curvy hips or wide shoulders… Choose or alter wedding dress styles to showcase your favourite parts of your body.

The Alterations Boutique have a huge range of success stories with their bridal dress alterations, they were even acknowledged by famous designer David Emanuel for re-creating Kate Middleton’s famous wedding dress. If you would like to find out more about how you can alter your dress to suit your shape and accentuate your favourite features, visit The Alterations Boutique at https://www.alterationsboutique.co.uk/ or give them a ring on 0207 724 4147.

Wedding Dress

My Random Musings

Plus size fashion sometimes seems like a contradiction in terms. Yes you can get clothing if you are a larger or curvaceous woman but it seems all too often the colours and styles are so drab. I may not be size 6 but yes I do have an interest in looking good and expressing myself. I was delighted to take a look at the new arrivals at Pink Clove.

Pink Clove

Pink Clove is a godsend to be honest as it offers stylish clothing at affordable prices. There’s really wide range too so I think any woman would find a few items they love. I found it incredibly challenging to choose as I found loads that I liked. The sizes available range from the UK average of 16 to 28.

Plus-size fashion

In the end, I went out of my comfort zone and ordered some distressed jeans. I have never had any before and with a milestone birthday just a few weeks ago, I thought well it is now or never. I am actually going to wear them for the first time on that milestone birthday to show there is life in the old girl yet!

Plus-size Fashion

By now I was well out of the comfort zone so invested in a little leopard print with a body.  Animal print is always attractive I find and the body was comfortable to wear and seemed to make me look taller with fine shoulders if I do say so myself. In other words, it worked a little animal magic! The item seems to be out of stock but this jumpsuit will give you an idea.

plus-size fashion

Prices

The prices are super affordable so you really can treat yourself when the mood takes you without breaking the bank.  There are bargains on dresses, tops, jump/playsuits, trousers/jeans. skirts and knitwear. If you are looking for a great jacket or coat, this site has ones from  as little as £20. Pink Clove is a great one-stop shop for refreshing your wardrobe as they also do shoes and boots.

Delivery

Delivery is speedy and really affordable for both UK and overseas. Also you can use a click and collect service from Asda.

Can you tell I am impressed? Where do you like to shop for plus-size fashion?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would highly recommend Pink Clove to my plus-size readers and will definitely go back next time I need to buy some well-fitting, good quality clothing In fact I cannot wait to do so!Plus-size fashion

Family Fever

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Are you looking for the perfect faux leather skirt? I think I may have the answer for you on this one. I have wanted either a leather skirt or a pair of trousers for decades but never quite had the courage to just go for it. Of course, nowadays we know faux leather can look just as good. With a milestone birthday coming up, I thought it was high time I found the perfect faux leather skirt.Perfect Faux Leather Skirt

 

Mine came from Elvi which was a brand I was unfamiliar with. I looked at their Autumn range. I was a little disappointed that a lot of the range was quite dark but the perfect faux leather skirt came in a lovely deep brown which appealed to me. It is asymmetric at the bottom and has a flattering frill detail too. I was not sure about the belt at first but it is great as you can wear it tight or looser perhaps on  those days where you are heading out for a dinner date.

The things I loved most about the skirt is that it did not make me look huge in the tummy area. I still carry a large mummy tummy but as if by magic this skirt made me look quite slim. The skirt is straight and figure-hugging but that just made me look curvaceous and there is nothing wrong with that! The length was about knee-length so not too short and not too long.

My husband almost never comments positively on what I wear. You can see this as a complete lack of interest or the fact he loves me whatever I wear. I veer between the two but it is nice to get a compliment. He loves this skirt which means when I wear it to go out in he says something lovely and we get off to a great start. I have also had compliments from a few people about how I look in the skirt ranging from “very chic” to “super sexy” and of course those give the go a boost.

I have tried it with various tops including a cream cashmere sweater, a pink top and a floral rust top. It is a good basic that you can jazz up in  different ways.

Elvi have a really exciting new range right now so pop on over and treat yourself.

 

 

 

 

Mummy in a Tutu

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I am not quite sure when the bum bag became a thing to be honest. When I was growing up any form of bag was pretty much the domain only of women. In fact when I hit teenage years, my mum thought I should have a bag pretty much around the time she thought I should start wearing a bra. Both seemed to be seen as a female rite of passage.

Although at that time Dad was the one working in an office, I only remember him having a wallet to carry things around in. There may have been a briefcase at some point. Mum had  several bags of different styles full of all manner of paraphernalia needed for her life and the demands of parenting too.

At some point, I became aware of bum bags but at the time I think we smiled about them. There was some daft idea that no real man would wear one. Having said that my brother did finding them really convenient when travelling the world.

The bum bag is back!

Wearing a bum bag today means you are on trend. So if being fashionable matters to you, check out the bum bags available on the High Street and online. Just because you have not tried one before does not mean it will not work for you this time around. If you have the budget available, why not check out the designer bum bags available. Many of the bigger fashion houses are starting to bring the bum bag trend back and incorporate them into their latest lines. When houses like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada start doing things, many of the high street retailers soon catch on and begin to offer plenty of their own iterations to. Different materials, sizes, shapes, colours – the possibilities are endless.

Advantages of a bum bag

You usually wear a bum bag around your waist. I like this idea as it means I won’t constantly be pushing the strap back up onto my shoulder. I find this so annoying and have shoulders that seem to slope in a way that means straps from bras and bags constantly slip down. That said, bum bags seem to frequently be worn around the shoulders too so there’s plenty of ways to style them if you’re not a fan of them around your waist. Also a bum bag leaves your hands free for when you want to take that Instagram picture, send a text or sip your cuppa.

So are you ready to throw caution to the wind, celebrate your freedom and try a bum bag? With so many styles available from all the different online and high street retailers you’re bound to be able to find one to perfectly suit any mood or occasion! They don’t even just have to be a single season accessory and you may find that having tried one this season, you will be convinced and want a new one for the next.

Are You A Fan Of The Bum Bag?

 

 

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