SUGAR, DARLING?

BY NANCY WHITTINGTON-COATES


Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few week's you'll no doubt be aware that one of my all time favourite bloggers Bethany Rutter has launched a collection with plus size fashion saviours navabi. Her collection is all I could have wished it to be, bright and bold and unlike anything else I've seen available in my size before. Not only are the colours wild and the styles to die for, but so much thought has gone into the cut and fabric used for each piece. Big structured bows, elasticated panels to the waist sides of trousers, soft statement ruffles in the prettiest pink gingham you'll ever see and tops made from stretch fabric so they fit a myriad of body shapes. It's hardly a surprise that so much thought and hard work has gone into the Arched Eyebrow x navabi collection, but it surpassed even what I had been anticipating.

As I'm a very lucky lady and was invited to the launch party for Bethany's collection, I was also able to pick my favourite piece to have for my very own! After trying on several gorgeous styles I made my very hard decision and chose to go for the Pink Boyfriend Blazer with Red Lining (£89.99*) - the clash of the fuscia and bright red stole my heart but even more so, the choice of a stretchy woven fabric means that it actually moulds to my body shape and doesn't look mega boxy like most blazers do. It also means that it is soft and comfortable and a real dream to wear - I foresee this being my key transitional piece this year and I can't seem to stop throwing it on over every outfit I try!

My two favourite ways to wear this beauty so far is either over a plain cobalt blue midi dress with a lovely ruffled collar or like I am here with a simple tee and trousers. I never thought that culottes would be a look that I embraced and for a long while every pair I tried just didn't sit right over my tum and bum, but then I tried some plisse ones and my life was changed for the better! My favourites at the moment are these lovely Black Floral Print Pleated Culottes that are only £12 in the sale right now and they just so happen to look lovely with another sale bargain, these Wide Fit Black Cross Strap Sling Back Heels (£13.00).





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You know what's a great bit of kit to have in your closet? A great sweater collection. I don't know what it is, maybe that it looks effortless but when detailed with something interesting it shows stylish intent. Maybe it's just that it screams 'I'm not trying too hard' or 'hell I just wanna be comfy but I must obviously still look fabulous'. For a long time it was pretty damn hard to find a plus size sweater that actually had an interesting design rather than just an oh so not funny novelty print or was emblazoned with diamante butterflies, but over the last few years I've managed to add some real gems to my collection. 

A new edition to this part of my wardrobe is this LIMITED COLLECTION Black Sweat Top With Gingham Bow Detail (£26.99*) that I've been happily chucking on as soon as a cold spell makes itself known. It's a great little sweater - nice and soft on the inside and I would say true to size but I confess I have now taken a few minutes to stitch my bows down so they lie flat. As you can see from these pics I had a bit of a wind issue the first time I wore it and it was a real struggle to get them to stay in shape, so to avoid this I just added a single little stitch to the edge of each one. 

It looks great with jeans, very swish over a maxi skirt, awesome with some gingham capri length trousers and as is my personal preference, with a banging midi skirt such as this LIMITED COLLECTION Cobalt Blue Pleated Overlay Skirt With Stripe Waistband (£21.99*). I think the striped waistband makes all the difference here adding that little something extra that elevates it from just another double layer skirt. It's generously sized and the fabrics are light and cool, my only gripe being that I wish the underneath layer was a little longer to allow you to wear chub rub shorts without them being super visible.

I'm loving that my confidence level is rising again after my recent bad spell of anxiety, I'm finally back to wearing a full face of make up and clothes that I love which is a sure sign that I'm feeling better. It also means that I am wearing and actually feeling good in more casual looks like this rather than feeling the need to be very dressed up but not having the ability or mental energy to put together anything fabulous. Here's hoping this optimistic spell continues! 




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If there's one thing I consider an essential for a Summer wardrobe, it's some really fun prints. Bold florals, gorgeous African batiques, fruity repeat patterns, novelty designs like cocktails and vintage cars - I am all over it. 

Now we all know I have a real penchant for an oriental inspired embroidered piece but these tend to be on quite heavy fabrics that are a little too hot for this season, so finding this LIMITED COLLECTION Black Tiger & Floral Print Wrap Dress (£36.99*) emblazoned with a delightful blossom and roaring tiger print was a dream! The wrap style and fluttery sleeves are almost kimono-like and make for a perfect warm weather dress - it's also really generously sized and I could easily have dropped down one. Its also nice and secure with a button and belt to tie so you don't have to worry about accidentally flashing anyone!

To protect myself from those sudden light showers that are usually so present during an English summer the LIMITED COLLECTION Dusty Pink Silky Embroidered Bomber Jacket (£35.99*) was an obvious choice. Not only does the dusky pink satin compliment the flowers on the dress but the embroidery on the back again echoes the oriental influence that I love so much.

Yours Clothing have got lots more delightful printed pieces in their current range, if you'd like to take a peek just click here!





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Oh boy oh boy, I am really excited about this outfit guys! It makes me feel absolutely amazing and I'm even more ecstatic about that knowing that a few years ago before I started blogging I would never in a million years have dared to wear it.

So I'm sure you are aware of Yours Clothing, one of the UK's biggest and longest running plus size stores. Now over the last few years they've definitely upped their game with their ranges, but to be honest they've always been known for providing the clothing that is 'safe' and traditionally what a fat woman is advised to wear i.e. baggy tunics, leggings, maxi dresses etc. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but I confess I haven't found myself really drawn to any of their pieces for a while as I'm a fan of your more unusual and trend driven styles. That is definitely set to change however with the relaunch of their brand Limited Collection. This has always been the more fashion forward side of Yours, but with the relaunch they have got a really excellent range together and I am very excited to be working with the team on this and two more outfit posts to showcase some of my favourite pieces.

This ensemble has to be my favourite of the three and I just couldn't resist sharing it first. Sports luxe looks have always been notoriously hard to put together if you're plus size, mainly as most retailers don't offer or only offer a very small selection of fitness wear in larger sizes - possibly because they assume fat chicks won't be needing it. Rude! Even if you did manage to find a few pieces they were never very attractive and not something you would consider wearing as an actual outfit outside of the gym. Thankfully Limited Collection have got your back and have lots of great styles so you can live out your sporty fashion babe dreams.

Unless you've been living under a rock you will no doubt have noticed the trend for simple monochrome crop tops that has been plastered all over social media for the last year or so. Try as I might I just hadn't been able to find one in plus size in the UK, but then I spotted this LIMITED COLLECTION Black Crop Top With White Elastic Waistband (£10.99*) and squealed with delight. It is super soft and amazingly comfortable with a not too tight elastic band and nice thick shoulders to cover your bra straps. I am wearing this thing to death right now both for going on my exercise bike and for just chilling out at home with my husband so I think I'll be buying the heather grey version any second now too!

What would you team such a cute crop top with I hear you ask? Well if like me you aren't a huge shorts or jogger bottoms fan then the obvious answer has to be a pair of badass leggings which these LIMITED COLLECTION Black Plisse Leggings With Mesh Inserts (£23.99*) definitely fall into the category of. Again these babies are extremely comfortable with a nice soft waistband and made of a thicker plisse fabric that feels robust enough to be worn as a trouser. The mesh stripes to the knees and ankles are a great eye catching detail and contrast really well with the striping of the plisse. It's definitely worth mentioning that I sizes down in both these leggings and the crop top - I tried my regular size of the leggings and they were a bit too loose fitting so go for what feels best for you. It's a generously sizes collection for sure.

The icing on the cake here so to speak is definitely the LIMITED COLLECTION Black Sheer Mesh Hooded Top (£21.00*). This is another one of those pieces that is really clean and simple but so so versatile - I actually wore it over a black strappy cami dress for Download Festival last weekend too but I just love how it's relaxed fit style looks here over the form fitting crop top and leggings. It's a smooth, stretchy mesh and has to be one of my key pieces for Summer 2017 as it can be thrown over anything to add low key chic and provide a little extra breeze protection.

Like I said this is absolutely one of my fave looks of the year and one I will be seen in a lot this Summer for sure. I'm so pleased that Limited Collection has relaunched so successfully - keep your eyes peeled for the next two outfits in the series coming very very soon!






Photos by Bex Gauhl of Little Bird Photography

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Being a part of the online plus size community it is easy for me to forget that the fat positivity that I witness on the daily is still sadly something few get to experience. I can't lie, my life as a fat woman isn't all chocolates and roses (well there is a good amount of chocolate) but you know what makes you feel better after a negative doctor appointment or some jerk insulting you in the street? Reading intelligent, articulate, inspiring words from wonderful men and women that remind you that you deserve nothing less than a joy and respect filled life. With that in mind, here are some of my favourite resources of fat positivity on the net right now :

  • I'm pretty obsessed with beautiful Amanda Apparell's blog right now. We all know I hold honesty very highly and Amanda is this in spades. Her writing is intelligent and thought provoking and I also love how she gives proper references for her quotes, facts and figures. She's also a really lovely lady and gorgeous to boot - what's not to love?

  • The fact that I hold Bethany Rutter in very high regard is no secret and one reason why is her great knack for extremely eloquently putting across her opinions on fatness and society. We seem to be on the same wave length about a lot of things and what she says is often what is also going through my head, but she articulates it so much better than I ever could, especially on her excellent Twitter account.

  • Speaking of Twitter, my absolute favourite account when it comes to talking fatness is Your Fat Friend. I have learnt so much from her and it has provided me with a much clearer way to explain the issues myself and fellow fat people deal with on a day to day basis. This is an excellent place to point someone who wants to learn about the complexities of being a fat person in today's society.

  • Another woman who I openly sing the praises of on the regular is Marie Southard Ospina. I first met Marie the first year I started blogging at an Anna Scholz event and after reading her blog I fell head over heels for her writing style and her kind heart. She now writes mainly for Bustle and has produced more amazing articles than I can list, so please do click here and have a read for yourself. She even asked me to take part in her wonderful A Body Project series and you can read my article here.

  • Last up is a podcast which brings me much joy - Bad Fat Broads. It's only fairly recently I've gotten into podcasts and BFB was one of the game changers not just for me but for many people lucky enough to discover it. BFB is produced by two fabulous people Ariel and KC and in their words gives "the bad fat bitch perspective on everything important". I have learned a lot from these ladies and about way more than just fat activism - this really is an essential listen for pretty much everyone who wishes to become a better person through broadened knowledge.

  • Jes Baker is a phenomenal woman and her blog is a must read covering far more than fat acceptance. She is not only a blogger but also a speaker, an author and a mental health professional and in her own words is "...on a mission to turn our society's concept of beauty on its oppressive head as I genuinely believe know for a fact that every person in this world is worthy of respect and feeling valued regardless of their size, shape, shade, sex, ability, gender or age." She also wrote a book!

  • Finally the magnificent Virgie Tovar - a brilliant author, fearless activist and creator of #LoseHateNotWeight. Virgie also created 'Babecamp' a 4 week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture and start living a full life. It's a mission of mine to one day attend one of her talks.


I'll hopefully be adding to this list so do pop back every now and again to find some new and amazing people/podcasts/social media accounts/web mags.

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