Platform Clogs are Back in Fashion

When I was a tweenager, clogs were the shoe trend of the day. They were the status piece for confident, fun-loving gals in cities across America, girls who clunked down the street in their wooden-soled shoes, sipping the latest Starbucks coffee craze from green straws. I suppose every clog has its day and today platform clogs are on the rise!

Trends to Follow Right Now: Platform Clogs | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Who Wears Platform Clogs?

Anyone, technically speaking, but they’ve always been popular with celebs loafing about town, running errands.

Kate Beckinsale Walks Dogs in Platform Clogs | Plus Size Life.co.uk

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Just look at Kate Beckinsale, cosy in a poncho and a pair of platform clogs walking her dog. I don’t have a dog, but if I did, my first pick of shoes would be a comfy, trodden pair of trainers not towering platform clogs.

Miley Cyrus Wears Platform Clogs 3 Ways | Plus Size Life.co.uk

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Even attention-seeking A-listers with a penchant for the limelight and making bad choices crave trendy platform clogs. Don’t believe me? Just watch Miley Cyrus rock a pair on three separate occasions.

Katie Holmes on the move in platform clogs | Plus Size Life.co.uk

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You know those mid-to-late 90s Starbucks sipping, clog-wearing girls I spoke about? Here’s the perfect example as Katie Holmes’s wide stride demonstrates. This is straight nostalgia for me! Almost makes me want to kick off my clogs and settle in with an episode of Dawson’s Creek for old time’s sake…

What Are Platform Clogs?

Traditional Dutch klompen | Plus Size Life.co.uk

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Strictly speaking, a clog is traditional Dutch footwear, a shoe with a thick wooden sole. They’ve normally got a little bit of a heel to them-maybe an inch or two. They’re descendants of the cute klompen, favourited by farmers and gardeners in The Netherlands. A clog isn’t completely wood, just the sole. And when you add a four or five inch heel to it, you’ve got a platform.

Wear These Platform Clogs

Trends to Follow Right Now: Platform Clogs for Every Budget

Find your perfect pair of platform clogs, no matter your budget!

Get yourself a pair of clogs! They’re resilient, practical and comfy!  My very first pair of clogs were cushion-soled Earth Shoes, just like hippies wore in the 70s. Paired with stonewash flares and a tie-dyed tee shirt, no doubt, I was comfy, current and cute in the late 90s. Thankfully, stonewash jeans haven’t resurfaced and tie-dye is the craze no more. Just mate your own platform clogs with an A-line summer dress, bootcut denim or the curvy girl’s best friend: a perfect, figure-flattering pair of skinny jeans.

8 Times Real Women Rocked Fatkinis

A roundup of 8 real women from Instagram rocking fatkinis | PlusSizeLife.co.uk

As the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, one thing springs to my mind: the beach! Spending a few days soaking up the sun on a sandy beach or beneath a giant umbrella poolside is my idea of a perfect way to celebrate summer! And what better way to prepare us all for the balmy days of summer than with some real-life Instagram inspiration? Let’s go! Dammmmmmmn, divas! Back it again with the fatkinis!

1. This Perfectly Plus-Size Pineapple Fatkini

A plus size woman wearing a fatkini on the beach with mirror aviator sunglasses.

Photo credit: @nicoleinreallife

Squishy body or not, @nicoleinreallife looks fun & fab in her gorge’ suit

2. This Lovely Lime Suit

A plus size woman wearing a lime green fatkini

Photo credit: @xbrittney89

That lovely lime swimsuit is eyecatching but so it that adorable phone cover!

3. The One with Cotton Candy Pink Jellyfish

A cotton candy pink fatkini

Photo credit: @pervvypanda

@pervvypanda matched her hair to her suit & totally killed the game

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Trend Alert: Metallic Obsession

A look at four of my favourite products featuring the current metallic trend that would make great Christmas gifts.

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Metallic is everywhere at the moment — whether it’s the vibrant hue of yellow gold, the earthy orange of copper or the mellow lustre of rose gold, we are metallic mad! To celebrate this lovely trend, I wanted to share some of my favourite products that gleam with the unmistakable metallic sheen. Wrap any of these babies up and they’d make perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas!

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11 Plus Size Statement Tights

Statement tights: bold and colourful or patterned hosiery that instantly lifts any outfit from mundane to magnificent. Come along as I discover 11 patterned and printed plus size statement tights this autumn and winter.
Plus Size Patterned and Printed Tights for Plus Size Women | Plus Size Life.co.uk

I first moved to the UK in the grip of winter 2008. Piles of slushy snow littered Manchester’s bustling city centre and towering double decker buses and curved hatch back cabs puffed clouds of exhaust into the icy air. Hailing from the Sandhills of North Carolina, just over 60 miles inland from the notoriously hurricane-battered Atlantic coast, dressing for winter wasn’t something I was accustomed to.

Back then, in the American south, winter was more a chilly breeze, with temperatures only occasionally dipping cold enough to snow. I wasn’t prepared for the harsh frosts of an English winter, and certainly not one in one of the rainiest cities in the whole of the country! When you dress for the cold in rural, balmy North Carolina, you ditch skirts and short dresses for long pants and sturdy corduroys or denim. When you dress for the cold in Manchester and the UK, you put on thicker layers and one of those layers, tights, is completely different in the UK than I’d ever seen.

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7 of Most Pinned Plus-Size Dresses

7 most pinned plus size dresses from Plus Size Life.co.uk

I absolutely love a good, figure-flattering dress. Dresses have become my go-to for comfort, whether they be A-line, bodycon or classic wraps. My wardrobe is filled with dresses of varying lengths, made from a variety of materials and in a spectrum of colours and patterns. I’ve been saving loads of plus-size dresses and skirts to a Pinterest board and today, I wanted to share my 7 most pinned plus-size dresses with you!

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6 Plus Size Ponchos & Capes Spotted in a Supermarket

Plus size ponchos are the perfect autumn accessory! From Plus Size Life.co.uk

As the chill of autumn blows in, plus size ponchos, capes and wraps are making their way to the forefront of fashion. I’m in love with the ease these accessories provide for staying warm without having to struggle with the burden of a heavy winter coat. Besides, winter seems to last for ages; there’ll be time enough for wrapping up in puffy coats and gloves!

I’ve been away on a business trip in the West Midlands in a more rural setting than the bustling Manchester city centre I’m used to and have felt the icy chill of autumn. I only brought a sweater and a scarf with me so I was ill-prepared for the quick change in temperature. Nipping into Tesco, I spotted a super soft, chunky and warm poncho that I had to have and thus began my poncho and cape obsession.

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Plus Size Bonfire Night Outfit

Plus Size Bonfire Night Outfit | Plus Size Life.co.ukWith autumn looming, I can’t help but to get excited about Bonfire Night! Bonfire Night is exactly what it sounds like–a night of roaring bonfires, mugs of hearty chili, fireworks and sparklers held on the 5th of November in the UK and this lovely plus size bonfire night outfit will keep you warm and cosy and looking spectacular!

This outfit combines some of my favourite things that every curvy girl can pull off: coloured skinny jeans, a flattering top and tall boots. Most specifically, this outfit features two ultra trendy items: the marsala red Melissa McCartney skinnies and the scarf in this season’s must-have print: tartan.

A few things to remember when dressing for bonfire night:

  1. Wear thick and comfy boot socks
  2. Remember that you’ll be around quite a lot of smoke, so wear the right fabrics!
  3. Fabrics like wool and machine washable blends and cotton are best since they can be laundered at home to remove the smoky smell. They can also be treated with a vinegar rinse if the smell still lingers.
  4. Avoid furs, silks and satins and other fabrics that would require dry cleaning to keep the expense down and the smoky smell out of your clothes.

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12 Ways to Wear Checks If You’re Plus Size

Checks, tartan and plaid are the trending pattern for autumn winter 2015. Here are are 12 ways to pull off the look if you're plus size. | Plus Size Life.co.ukChecks, Tartan and plaid are all words used to describe that pretty grid-like pattern made from crossing horizontal and vertical stripes and they are the on-trend pattern for Autumn/Winter 2015! Even if you never thought you could pull off the look, here are 12 ways to wear checks if you’re plus size:

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Find the Right Plus Size Bra for Your Outfit

Give a woman right bra and she can conquer the world | Plus Size Life.co.uk

For ages I’d just assumed I was doomed to the typical plus size bra: a bland restraint only available in shades of boring (white, black or taupe) with straps wide enough to race Hot Wheels cars on and the obligatory feminine bow at the centre. I would flip through lingerie catalogs and grow absolutely envious. Not of the tiny-framed women and their dainty C cups, but of the beautiful bras adorning their chests. Bras in a kaleidoscope of colours, fittings and shapes. Bras with no straps!–how was that even possible?!

The truth is, curvy women aren’t doomed to one type of ill-fitting bra. There’s actually a wide range of options out there. Once you know how to find the right plus size bra for your outfit, you’ll find that your clothes fit better. Go one step further and make sure you get a bra that’s actually your cup size and suddenly, the world is your oyster.

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16 Perfectly Plus Sized Halloween Costumes

16 Plus Size Halloween Fancy Dress Costumes | Plus Size Life.co.uk

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year! The leaves will be changing, evenings will darken, scarfs will loop necks against the chill and millions of children across the world will, in direct breech of everything they’ve ever been taught, ask strangers for candy. I absolutely love Halloween: from getting lost in the maize maze to carving pumpkins.

Halloween coutdown | Plus Size Life.co.uk

With the ghoulish night on my mind and fast approaching, here are 16 of the most fantastic, perfectly plus sized Halloween costumes for 2015:

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