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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!

Flattering Fashion: Bravissimo/Pepperberry

One day around 4 years ago I went online and, in total desperation, searched for clothes for women with a DD+ chest. I was so tired and upset of shopping on the UK high street and finding that I was having to size up in tops just to fit my boobs in them and then find that there was so much material I could have made another small shirt out of it!

And then I found Bravissimo.

With a headline assuring me that it was a brand “designed with your boobs in mind” I already felt more at home there than I ever did trundling myself into one shop after another at my local high street. Originally I was just thrilled that they did bras that went above a DD, something I hadn’t even thought about properly before. And then I found out that they did clothes.

I have to say, I wasn’t smitten with my choices there. I didn’t like the styles and I was skeptical, after years of struggling myself into ill-fitting dresses and t-shirts, that they would actually fit and flatter my figure. I bought a black dress from there, intending for it to be my LBD, it fit on the bust but had loads of extra material at the back. I was devastated and that dress hung in my wardrobe, unworn, for around a year before I donated it to charity.

But in the last 20 months or so I revisited Bravissimo’s website, and this time boy did I like what I saw! Fun, flirty, feminine clothes that didn’t swamp my figure. I went wild and my bank balance cried, but it was worth it to finally feel amazing in clothes.

20110619-095927.jpgPepperberry’s Jersey Border Print Dress

Bravissimo recently rebranded their clothing range (tops, coats, dresses but not nightwear, oddly) as a sister company, Pepperberry, but the ethos of the company has remained the same. And wow they do know their market! They’ve just brought out their high summer range and, as usual, there are gorgeous dresses that I would love to own. The dress I’m modelling above is their very popular Jersey Border Print dress from their spring collection but with the current rainy spell in London I find that it works just as well keeping me dry but also looking fashionable. It is sold out in lots of sizes already but I always find that the most popular dresses tend to crop up on eBay around 8 months after release if you can bear to wait!

Now finding your dress size can be a bit of a challenge with Bravissimo/Pepperberry, and they have just revamped their sizing for their clothes to fit in more with the mainstream high street sizing charts (oh why!) so I do recommend going to try on clothes before you buy or, if you are buying online, buying in a couple sizes and then returning the ones that don’t fit. But they are amazing and if you’re struggling with finding clothes that fit on the high street then your confidence is going to skyrocket when (not if) you try Pepperberry for yourself!