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Changing Faces

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. There are a lot of reasons like emotional upheaval, no money for new clothes, bad weather making photo shoots impossible etc, but they are all excuses for not posting regular content I guess. I’m undergoing something of a weight loss journey. Actually weight loss doesn’t really cover it. After three years of not looking after my body, it is more of a detox and a tone up than weight loss. I believe in the plus size aesthetic, and I believe in the beauty of curves (not to the exclusion of other forms I should add) which is one reason why this has been so hard. I believe that I have to lose some weight and lower my BMI in order to be healthy again, but I don’t particularly want to lose dress sizes, and I especially don’t want to lose my curves! They are hardly going to disappear completely ha ha, but nonetheless I wasn’t prepared for the mental effects of weight loss. Having always been plus sized, the biggest of my friends, and what people like to call ‘voluptuous’, (I think making that word a synonym for bubbly has unfortunately taken all the sexy right out of it) changing my size and shape has been a little like losing a part of my identity. That may sound extreme, but one of the millions of things that identify my has always been large breasts, a big ass, etc. Of course, it is what is inside that counts. Of course, personality is most important to the people that matter. But it feels a little strange nonetheless. Where I used to be an hourglass, I am becoming more of a pearshape for instance, and I will need to learn to dress accordingly. But in the meantime, I do intend to start blogging regularly again! Apart from anything else, I believe in the power of the blogosphere to change media, advertising and culture, and tapping in to that community is a great source of strength. Before, when I wasn’t paying that much attention to my body the thin ideal never bothered me or interfered with my life that much (apart from my shopping options) – it just seemed so far away from me as to be irrelevant. Now that I have started thinking a little about what things I feel I need to change (diet, general fitness, bulge around the middle?) mainstream images of women have, suddenly, become so much more apparent to me. Going to the gym for instance you cannot avoid the public screens with everything from the pussy cat dolls to weathergirls on screen constantly, and such bombardment really does begin to affect you. Perhaps it doesn’t quite warp a strongly held perspective, but it certainly begins to blind you, if you like, as to the variation and size of real life. With that in mind, I’d like to share a magazine with you which I recently came across. If you haven’t discovered it already, this kind of magazine is a pretty great alternative to the popular ones. Just flipping through this kind of publication is a balm that reminds you of the beauty and normality of different kinds of human body:

PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE – this issue has particularly great nude photos in!

Please let me know if these are sentiments that you have ever experienced while undergoing a physical change …

The Dresses That I Wish They Would Make In My Size: #4 Autumn/Winter Dresses

Here is the fourth installment of clothes that I really wish they made in my size. If I could get them, they would make up the staples of my wardrobe. No. #13 A tweed riding jacket with tails, black velvet accents, buttons and mandarin collar, suede elbow patches, puffed sleeves and frilled cuffs. A thick jersey, burgundy, draped tulip skirt. No. #14 Three-quarter sleeved newspaper-print wrap dress with bow closing in matte stretch satin. The crossover goes all the way around the body again to define the waist. No. #15 Bardot-style off-the-shoulder  tee-shirt in ribbed cashmere. Purple tartan wrap-around kilt with leather buckles. No. #16  Berry coloured cable-knit, turtle-neck jumper dress with pockets. Teal leather cut out, three-strap waist belt.What clothes would you really like for Winter? Do you have that one idea of a garment that you’ve been searching for forever? As usual, if you see any clothes similar to these in plus-sizes, let me know!

The Dresses That I Wish They Would Make In My Size: #3 Formal Dresses

Here is the third set of dresses that I wish I could buy. Formal dresses are one of the hardest plus-size garments to find and buy, especially at reasonable prices. In the past the only way that I’ve managed it is by going to people that do custom sizing, like Edressit. But here are some designs I’d really, really like in my wardrobe. No. #9 Puffball dress with sheer, embroidered neckline, fitted brocade top and poofy taffeta skirt. No. #10 Cotton bustier (in oranges and lemons print) with little buttons. Long enough to wear with a high-waisted skirt. Yes a bustier! Why not, we can wear them too! One that is generous enough to fit a plus-size chest, and is long enough that my belly isn’t out! but yes a bustier. and a peplum, soft black leather, high-waisted pencil skirt with pleated side panels for flexibility. No. #11 A boatneck, knee length fitted fishtail skirt dress in burnt orange taffeta. No. #12 A ruched midnight-blue ombre, chiffon ballgown, with a helmet/high-low skirt, gathered waist, and winged neckline. Mmmmm, I’m dreaming about it now ….

What styles would you love to wear if only you could get hold of them? What problems do you have getting off-the-peg clothes to fit your shape?

The Dresses That I Wish They Would Make In My Size: #2 Going Out Dresses

Last week I posted about the summer dresses I wish that I could buy (in my size), partly inspired by the controversial debate going on over at IFB about why the top tier fashion bloggers are all pretty mainstream (in lots of ways – white, size eight, Western, etc). I commented at the time that one of the many reasons why it might be true that most top tiers are small sizes, especially in the UK, is that we simply don’t have the same  choice or chance to buy beautiful, trend led clothes. It is getting better in my opinion, but it is still much harder to find young, modern, fashionable, well-fitting clothes at high street prices for a size 20 than it is for a size eight, so personal style and fashion blogs about plus sizes will always struggle to have that general, universal appeal of ‘art’ or amazing style. Anyway, as a result I indulged in a little fantasizing about the clothes they would make for us if I was in charge, and here are the club/party dresses that I wish they’d make. Some are inspired by existing dresses that they don’t make in bigger sizes, and some are straight out of my own head. Again, these are based on my natural silhouette and might not be the best for all plus size shapes, and I’m not an illustrator or fashion student (obviously ha ha) but I hope you can squint at them and see what I see. I guess I’ll just have to learn to sew! No. #5 strapless, beaded, corset top and paneled skirt. No. #6 softly draped Grecian jersey dress with embellished epaulettes. Gold collar-style belt with chains. No. #7 gold and green body con bandage dress. Occasionally the high street do do bigger tube dresses, but I really want a good, interesting Herve Leger knock-off in my size please! I’d get so much use out of it. No. #8 Asymmetric, form-fitting, stretchy dress with sheer top, sleeve, and cut out, and interesting print. Material thick enough that it isn’t constantly riding up.What are the clothes you really struggle to find? Have a seen anything like these in plus-sizes anywhere?

The Dresses That I Wish They Would Make In My Size: #1 Summer Dresses

I realize that my last few posts have been quite aspirational, but when you have no money and its raining you do a lot of wishing about clothes instead of wearing real ones! So bear with me just a little longer – this will basically be a list of the clothes that I wish existed, as you might have gathered from the not so catchy title. This is the first of a new mini-series of posts. How often do you see a dress and wish they made it in a plus size? Or see a trend and think, actually why aren’t they making this kind of dress or that one? I’ve started keeping track of the basic shapes that I really wish they made – at high street prices, and that actually fit, not with a giant waist, or too short, or a tiny chest, dresses just as daring or exciting as normal sizes, but also not just scaled up from a size eight, but with actual consideration of the bodies that they are being made for (like not using tiny prints, but big, bold flattering ones, and not highlighting the stomach). Now the following designs are all based on my actual, non-underwear enhanced silhouette so I realize that they won’t necessarily speak to all of you. Also, obviously I’m not an artist or designer, but I hope you get the idea! First up, summer clothes! No. #1 a high-waisted bikini that doesn’t have a high leg, but shorts shape instead, and the top of which is slightly longline – that is, that it comes down the rib cage slightly lower than the breasts, and that is NOT a halterneck! Why do they make bikinis in big cup sizes with a tiny halterneck string; don’t they know how much it hurts? No. #2 A strappy ruched sundress a la Marylin that is long enough that it is not in danger of exposing you or sticking straight out over your bum, but doesn’t swamp you either! No. #3 One of those khaki shirt dresses that are kind of like a mac – you know the ones I mean. They seem to make these every year in normal sizes and I think they look great. No. #4 A vintagey off-the shoulder sundress in a great print, with a bodice, and a stiff, contrasting underskirt. Would you buy these? What kinds of clothes do you really wish the high-street would make and sell for your size/shape/budget?

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