A Cardigan by Any Other Name [Voodoo Vixen]

I am all about roses right now. Mostly that has manifested itself in coveting intricate rose embroidery or realistic fabric prints, but I think there’s still room in my overflowing wardrobe for a cuter, simplified form of this noble flower. Answering that call is Voodoo Vixen’s new Rose Applique cardigan.

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A Rose Among Thorns [Dolly & Dotty]

Do you ever find that, out of nowhere, you unexpectedly become a bit obsessed with a certain colour, print or motif that never much moved you before? That’s me right now with red rose prints. I don’t know how or why my love for them appeared so suddenly, but it’s here nonetheless and so is my need to have a dozen rose themed items in my wardrobe, you know, because I can’t do anything by halves. Lucky me, then, that this Annie dress from Dolly & Dotty arrived at this most serendipitous time.

Annie Rose Thorns Floral Retro Dress in Black Dolly & Dotty plus size Miss Amy May

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Matilda, Waiting for Spring [Lindy Bop]

As much as I love the plaids, tartans and rich tones of dressing in winter, normally by the time February rolls around I’m chomping at the bit for springtime, my favourite season. This year is no different. I’m starting to get the itch to dig out my summer wardrobe, with its tropical and fruity prints, its bold colours and bright tones. The weather just isn’t quite there yet though, but on the occasional sunny day I think we’re getting to the point where a light pastel dress isn’t going to look out of place despite the date on the calendar. Enter Matilda, my new daffodil darling.

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Golden Leaves [Lady V London]

They say everyone has one base neutral colour they most utilise in their wardrobe, either black, navy or brown, and I’ve always been someone that is drawn in equal parts to navy and black, with no gravitational pull towards brown at all. This autumn, though, I’ve begun to notice that I’ve finally begun to appreciate brown and all it has to offer in complimenting the shades of fall especially. With this Lady V London dress that feeling became fully solidified, because look at this precious example of a golden fall evening personified!

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Plaid About It [Unique Vintage]

We all know it by now: I’m a plaid girl. In winter when it’s cold and dark and (in England at least) wet, plaid fabrics feel comforting and cosy, a consolation prize for the short days and relentless chill. I also love that there’s such a variety of effects that can be achieved with a plaid, dependant upon the colour combinations employed, the fabric type and the way those things interact with the cut of a piece. For the Unique Vintage Delores dress, the black, white and red plaid utilised on one of their signature sleeved designs creates a classic and dramatic look that will have you reaching for it all season long.

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For Luna, For Me 

I’m not a sunbather, nor a swimmer, so it’s a bit of a disappointment that I can’t generally justify the cuteness that is vintage style swimwear. A high waisted bikini looks good on every body, not to mention a good vintage inspired one piece with flattering ruching. It’s the latter that I was most tempted by when For Luna contacted me about reviewing one of their pieces, even though that email came in late winter and there is nothing tempting about swimwear during a British winter. Still, one look through their collection and I knew I couldn’t resist–okay, so maybe I don’t swim or sunbathe, but I do hot tub and that’s good enough for me.

For Luna offer a gorgeous range of pieces, both one piece and bikinis, plain and patterned, and most available thankfully in plus sizes as well. Whether you’re feeling fruity, sultry or a bit polka dotty, there’s a swimsuit for your precious, gorgeous body no matter it’s size.

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Wrap It Up [Unique Vintage]

Unique Vintage Kelsie Wrap Dress

It’s not often I reach for anything other than a full-skirted 50s dress. Even all the beautiful gathered border print skirts I own get massively overlooked, because wearing a dress is just so much easier than pairing together separates. Dresses always come across as effort intensive and fancy to people who don’t often wear them, but those of us with a closet full of dresses know the secret truth: they are the laziest, easiest way to look put together with almost no effort. With my 50s style swing dresses, that just means zipping one up and tugging on a fluffy petticoat underneath. Continue reading

Pinafore Playsuit Playtime [Collectif]

Collectif green Talis swing skirt Talis Pinafore top

If I were to say the phrase ‘Hands up if you think Miss Amy May would wear a playsuit pinafore set with side cut-outs’ not only would I expect nobody to raise their hands, but I would make a huge point of shoving mine firmly and roughly into my armpits, warm and safe in the comfortable folds of my stubborn body.

I’ve worn a dress in the past that had a large cut-out in the midriff and I did a whole enthusiastic blog post about it–I did, here, you can even see for yourself. But, you see, that was a couple of dress sizes and a whooole lot of lbs ago. And that doesn’t mean I can’t wear such items of clothing now that I’m nearer a size 18 than a 12, it just means that, you know, it’s a less comfortable prospect for me right now. Because, absolutely, I 100% still stand by my feelings that everyone should get to wear whatever they want, no matter their size, gender, or anything else, really, that people try to use as an excuse to dictate how and why people should dress themselves to please others and not themselves. I will never not believe that. Continue reading

Florals at Christmas [Lady V London]

Floral prints are typically associated with spring and summer clothing, understandably. There’s some gorgeous flowers that are favourites for autumn and winter though, like poppies and poinsettias, so I’ve often wondered why it isn’t more common to find floral prints for the colder seasons that feature these flowers. At the very least, it wouldn’t be so hard to create a floral print in darker, autumnal colours that would work well through the end of the year, even if the flowers featured in them aren’t technically winter bloomers.

Well, Lady V London have fulfilled my yearning for a winter floral with their limited edition Christmas Floral Print Lyra dress. The Lyra dress is actually a key bestseller piece from Lady Voluptuous, Lady V London’s plus sized range designed in collaboration with Georgina of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, with all designs available in UK sizes 16 to 30/32. The Lyra dress in particular makes for a perfect Christmas outfit not just because of this gorgeous seasonal floral, but also because it’s so damn comfortable to wear. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for friends, busting a move at the office work do’ or eating your way through the house on Christmas day itself, Lyra has got you covered in style and comfort.

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Jenny in Venice [Pinup Girl Clothing]

The Italian Landscape Jenny skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing is not a new piece to me, technically. I first bought this skirt over two years ago, as my first PUG piece, and it still remains one of my favourite items of clothing of all time. It’s saddened me, therefore, that due to my weight gain in the past year I haven’t been able to wear my Venice Jenny either without some incredibly cinched discomfort and/or some serious muffin top that I’ve had to hide with a thick belt.

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