It’s nearly Christmas and we at SPICE are celebrating this month on the site, with Curvesday Thursday this week dedicated to perfect pieces to walk into Winter with and the achievements of online curvy star, Remi Ray…
Curves vs.. Christmas: What to Where for Christmas Day Out
With just 21 days until Christmas and counting, and as we enter the last month of 2014, we’re looking at the best curve-fitting outfits to celebrate in, with a Curves vs… Christmas special!
With pieces that you can wear everyday throughout the festive season, for a heap of different occasions, the below edit contains a Beyonce-style (read: sneaky) present for our readers, too: All the outfits are under £100 – including the shoes!
Firmly on our agenda is this River Island shirt-dress, with its printed art-deco design sure to bring extra style points to any wardrobe. The waist tie will provide that ever-important clinched waist effect, and the dress will look great layered on colder days or worn alone if you’re lucky enough to be somewhere warm this Winter. Paired with thick tights and boots or bare legs and flat pumps, this piece makes casual the new sexy this Christmas!
Remi Ray, founder of Plus Size Fashion Week: Tips for a Confident Curvy Woman
This week was the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of The Year Awards and Remi Ray – blogger, designer and founder of the popular Plus Size Fashion Week – was nominated for the ‘Body Confidence Award.’
Although she didn’t win, Remi is still an inspiration to us and is still a woman to be celebrated, with her interest in fashion having grown from a young age and her heart lying at the helm of her alternative fashion blog, Trapped in a Skinny World. Ms Ray also launched an 8-piece capsule range and created an entire fashion week dedicated to the curvy movement, fulfilling the need to bring fashionable, confidence-boosting clothing to an size 16 plus audience who are otherwise overlooked by the industry.
Since launching Plus Size Fashion Week, Remi has also worked as a panellist with CUT, the student design competition for Evans, which produced innovative and sophisticated pieces sold in store. A gorgeous size 16 herself, the curvy star recently shared her journey with the Daily Mail, giving us some invaluable tips for styling bountiful bodies. See her advice, below;
1. BE PREPARED TO INVEST
Plus size clothing is a new niche that’s busting out the seams – the plus size fashion world is moving leaps and bounds. However mass fashion can really get it wrong sometimes. It’s good to stick to quality staples.
2. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR SHAPE
Even if you’re not like everyone else, embrace it and look for things that worked for you shape. I didn’t have the usual problems that you hear of like bullying. I was always quite creative and fashion was always going to be my forte.
3. TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK FOR WHAT FITS YOUR SHAPE
My way of shopping is different from all my friends. I might have to do more digging or go to different shops but you can go into a store much more easily to pick up a size 16 or 18 – bigger sizes are more readily available.’
We at SPICE will be following Remi’s brilliant advice and give her a celebratory nod for all her achievements so far. We also cannot wait to see what other projects she has up her sleeves for 2015…
Curvy Pick of the Week: Goldie London’s Black Trench Coat
For those who are going to feel the chill this Winter, our Curvy Pick of the Week is for you, with Goldie London having soared from their humble beginnings in the infamous Portobello and Spitfields Markets, to bringing their collection – exclusively stocked in Topshop – to our attention with this cool, on-trend trench coat.
This classic piece is a style staple for the Autumn/Winter’14 season – something we should all have in our wardrobe right now, as a perfect piece to obtain that layered look.
Match yours with our printed ensemble above in our Curves vs Christmas edit, to have the lady-like look down from now till New Year’s. You can purchase the trench here for £22.99 though we suggest sticking it on your Christmas wish-list.
Image source: Daily Mail.co.uk, Cosmopolitan.co.uk, Topshop.com