22 September 2014

I Wish That I Could Swim And Sleep Like A Shark Does

Most of you know that I love experimenting with fashion. I enjoy going for weird and unique styles and trying things that are a bit outside the box. When you happen to be plus-size, however, such experimentation is often difficult because of the scarcity of quirky fashion in sizes 16 and up. Chubby Cartwheels, Domino Dollhouse and Nicky Rockets are all wonderful, independent venues for inspiring and fun apparel. But most mainstream brands play it safe when it comes to plus fashion, opting for solid prints and colors, A-line skirts and simple, pudge-concealing silhouettes.
I like to have more fun than that.
Though I had heard of Boohoo a few times in the past, it was seeing the magical Nadia Aboulhosn's Manchester incredible shoot as Boohoo's plus ambassador that made me want to try them out for myself. Bloggers have always told me that Boohoo is one of the only high street brands that makes funky fashion in plus-sizes, but I wanted to wait until I found something that was indisputably me within their collection. And something that wasn't super on-trend, because I'm not usually one for mainstream trends.
A friend of mine, the beautiful Freyia of Flimsymoon, described this ensemble as something "out of a Geisha's wardrobe," and I must admit that I am pretty smitten with that description. I used to avoid playsuits because my height and width tend to create really bad camel toe (sorry -- but not really that sorry -- for the unpleasant imagery!) but this one doesn't do that at all. It's comfortable and loud and makes me happy. The kimono was something totally new to me. I've never had such a long piece before, and certainly not in such an obnoxious orange. When I first put it on, I will admit I was a bit confused and unsure as to whether it was wonderful or horrific. But the more I look at it and play around, the more I vote for the former.
The combination is a little funky, but like I said, I love playing around. Going for bold, "look at me" options can be super fun -- especially if you're a quiet wallflower like me. I may not be loud, but I like my clothes to be ;) (sometimes, anyway).

All photos taken by Lucy Cartwright. If anyone needs fashion, wedding, event or pet photography in the U.K., do check her out!

  Get the Look:
Natalia Long Sleeve Wrap Over Playsuit/Boohoo Plus
Mallory Longline Kimono in Orange/Boohoo Plus
Jenny Clip Buckle Block Heel Ankle Boot in Burgundy/Boohoo



  1. Nadia's style is so fashion-forward and inspiring. I'm so pleased to hear she got you to try BooHoo for yourself. I've browsed their site a few times but have yet to order anything. I haven't scouted their wares since earlier this summer. If this gorgeous autumnal print is anything to go by, then I need to check out their current offerings, stat!

    I think this look is perfectly geisha, like Freyia said. It has a slinky, coquettish look that is so dramatic and luxurious. The palette, the fabric, the kimono layered over the top, etc...it's very bewitching and alluring. I love your experimental, fun-seeking approach to fashion. It's refreshing and inspiring and keeps fashion in the realm of whimsy and pleasure, just where I like it!

    I've also been meaning to tell you how much I enjoyed your article and social experiment on female archetypes. It generated a lot of great discussion with my husband and friends, who I shared it with. I also shared it on Facebook and was so pleased that some of my former gender studies students chimed in with their own insights. Thank you too for featuring me in your list of Instagrammers. The article launched while I was on holiday, so I need to read it more thoroughly now that I'm home and check out the other people you featured!

    Hope you have a great week!

    <3 Liz

    1. I am so glad I saw Boohoo on Nadia's blog as well. I just tried them out for a second look on today's post and was really pleased with the fit and quality of their items. Definitely recommend you check them out, especially since autumnal fashion is always the best!

      Thank you so much for your lovely compliments. I definitely am partial to this geisha look. I wish more plus brands carried such things so I could play around like this all the time!

      So glad you enjoyed the social experiment as well! I got so many comments on it... it was pretty overwhelming! But really appreciate the support. And no worries at all! I love looking at your Instagram and knew other people would, too :) xxxx

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