Archive for June, 2011

Flattering Fashion: Trashy Diva

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll have noticed I own a lot of dresses from a particular company called Trashy Diva. The reason for this is really quite simple, apart from suiting my style to a T (40’s and 50’s style full circle skirts? Oh yes please!) the quality of the clothing is fabulous.

As a larger busted woman I find it hard enough finding clothing sometimes, and when I do find something that fits the likelihood is I have to shell out quite a bit of money for it, so when I do it I don’t want to end up with clothes where the stitching is coming off or where I have to sew back on buttons before I even wear it! I’ve never had these problems with Trashy Diva and that’s what keeps me going back to them.

Now I have only tried on the dresses (so far!) but I can confirm that they are just as gorgeous in the flesh as they are on the website. Available primarily in rayon and silk prints there are some cotton items in the collection to, and hopefully there will be more to come in future collections.

Me in the Rosalind Dress – silk de chine – dragonfly/black – size 8

If you’re into vintage type fashion I really think there’s a goldmine here – with Japanese inspired prints to retro prints there really is something to suit every taste – and size! Lots of Trashy Diva dresses now go up to a size 18 (US) which is fantastic and almost unheard of when a clothing company specializes in replica vintage dresses.

Now they are a bit pricey – certainly pricier than most clothing stores on the high street, but in my opinion the quality of the clothes are well worth it. I basically lived in my first Trashy Diva dress for a week, I was so thrilled with it.

Order online whilst you can – Trashy Diva are revamping their website and reckon that orders made after the revamp will take a little longer to get to you than normal. It takes roughly 2 weeks after ordering for me to receive my package from them (in the UK) so do take that into account.

But those rayon dresses may well save your sanity in the hot weather we’re having at the moment!


PZI Jeans


Jeans – the bane of a curvy girls life. But for no longer! This is the outfit I wore on Saturday morning when I rushed myself to my local Parcelforce depot in order to collect my parcel before it shut and, unsure about the weather that morning, I threw these on without a though.

These are my PZI jeans. PZI is an American company that specifies in jeans for the curvier woman of today and I have to say, the results are pretty fabulous. These are their straight leg dark wash jeans and, though they are a little bit baggy on me (I did buy it off a friend from eBay) you can see how it skims my legs and bum – something that’s really all too hard to find for me when I shop for jeans on the high street. The best part of it? It actually goes in again at my waist! That 10 inch difference between my waist and my hips beautifully enclosed in these jeans without me needing to use a belt. It’s like pure magic and it makes me wonder why I spent so many years wearing badly fitting jeans where I had an extra 6+ inches at the waist just because otherwise I couldn’t get my ample rear into them!

Now as a general rule, I try not to wear a lot of jeans or trousers. But a great fitting pair of jeans is a must for every girl’s wardrobe and I’m thrilled that PZI can fill that niche for me.

Oh, and please excuse that awful face I’m making in this photo – DH was already at work and I was running around like a maniac trying to find some ID.

Top: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: PZI Jeans


Knowing Your Shape: How To Figure It Out

Recently I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my clothing and just my general dress sense and I’ve been asked a lot about where I shop and what types of clothes I buy only to be met with comments like “Oh but I shop there too and I never find anything that works for me”. Well I’ll tell you a secret, looking good is half about confidence and half about knowing your body shape.

I for example, am a fairly classic hourglass. My measurements are 39-29-39. if you visualize this into a line drawing it should look something like this;


Now there’s tons of “classic” shapes such as apple, pear, hourglass, boyish. If you’re looking to find your body shape, get yourself a tailors tape measure (one of decent length – those tiny ones from IKEA don’t cut it), and measure around the fullest part of your bust (A), the smallest part of your waist (B), and your hips (C). Now, for my favourite bit.

This is a great example of some of the basic body shapes and a great starting point for finding clothes that fit and flatter you wonderfully. If you’re still confused here’s a quick rundown;

Apple Shaped – When you are larger round your waist than your bust or hips
Athletic – When all your measurements are pretty much the same
Hourglass – When your bust and hips are roughly the same and are larger than your hips
Inverted Triangle – When your bust is larger than your waist and your hips are the narrowest part of your body
Pear Shaped – When your hips are larger than your waist or bust

Over the next few weeks I plan to write a series of posts on how to dress your different body shape – but for now what shape did you find out you were? Was it different to what you thought you were?

Ashley Dress in Green Chrysanthemum


I seem to be on a bit of a Trashy Diva kick at the moment so do please bear with me. But in truth, they have fast become my favourite “go-to” brand for dresses! Yesterday was my first day at my new workplace so I went with my first and favourite Trashy Diva dress, the Ashley Dress in Green Chrysanthemum. I love it’s emerald green base and the 40’s style nipped in waist and the fact that it’s not quite as full skirted as some of the other dresses which is a bonus on a slightly windy day! It is a bit cleavage-y for my ample chest but when I’m feeling extra confident it doesn’t bother me at all, though I did notice some men on the train staring at me. It’s just a shame the spring-like green and white print didn’t translate to the weather at all!

Dress: Ashley Dress in Green Chrysanthemum via eBay
Shoes: Clarks
Tights (nude): ASDA
Necklace: Gift from DH
Bra worn: Curvy Kate’s Tempt Me

Alison Dress in Purple Floral


One of my favourite dresses in my collection is my Alison Dress from none other than Trashy Diva. In it’s vibrant purple hues and it’s funky floral print what’s not to love? I do have to say, as a bustier lady, I do sometimes have trouble with the dress slipping to one side and exposing a little bit of my bra cup but never a lot as to make me feel uncomfortable – and I just make sure I wear pretty bras underneath!

On that note if you are interested in purchasing some Trashy Diva I would probably invest in an excellent plunge bra (I recommend Curvy Kate’s Tempt Me bra and you probably want to invest in some good knickers as well, as a sudden gust of wind can sometimes catch you off guard!

Dress: Alison Dress in Purple Floral, Trashy Diva
Shoes: Clarks
Tights (not pictured, nude): ASDA
Necklace: Gift from DH at our wedding
Bra worn: Deco in Pistachio, Freya

Going mad for polka dots


Why is a dot, by itself just a dot? But when it is with other dots it suddenly becomes a polka dot?

I’ve been going a bit polka dot mad lately, must be the weather! This particular dress is from Pepperberry’s summer collection – the spotty day dress. And it has some amazing things going for it.

Firstly, and most noticeably when you put it on. It’s a great fabric. Almost chiffon like and it’s lined as well. It is a fitted dress but there’s a bit of give in the skirt which I love. The straps are also adjustable depending on how much leg vs. cleavage you want to show – as I’m quite wide set in the boobs area I opted for leg for work but I have to say, did catch some friends staring at my chest today, regardless! And theres also little bra placement holders if you don’t want to advertise what bra you’re wearing to the world!

I sized up in the “curviness” size for this dress so anyone who regularly shops with Bravissimo/Pepperberry may want to do the same. And of course, loving the polka dot print!

Dress: Spotty Day Dress from Pepperberry (12 Super Curvy)
Coat: All weather mac from Bravissimo (12 Really Curvy)
Shoes: Clarks
Necklace: Duty Free in Australia approx four years ago

eBay’d Up


I’ve already spoken about how much I love polka dots and when I saw the lovely Georgina Horne modelling this dress on her blog Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust I had to have it! Unfortunately for me, this dress was in Bravissimo in 2007, well before I got into their clothing.

Thankfully though, readers, there is a little website known as eBay.

Now there is some folks who disapprove of eBay and prefer not to use it, that’s fine. I, however, am all about recycling and I think selling clothes off to try and recoup some money back after a few years and for the garment to go to a good home is a great way to recycle. As a consumer you can find great bargains on there and you can save searches and have eBay email you daily when new items that match your search come up (though I don’t recommend just putting in a popular brand name as there can be over 100 items added every day with that brand name in their description!).

This particular outfit is all “recycled” clothing items from eBay (except the shoes, of which, sadly I don’t remember what I was wearing and I own around 3 pairs of black ballerina pumps) and, though the dress is actually probably a half size too big for me, with the belt I think I can get away with it.

Dress: Satin Spot Dress from Bravissimo via eBay
Belt: Topshop via eBay

What do you think about recycling clothes? Do you prefer to send your unwanted garments to charity or do you try to recoup some of your losses and sell them second hand?