Jeans for Curves from ASOS

Great jeans for curves ASOS Farleigh 4

I’m a curvy lady. I’m currently a size 18, but at at any size I am curvy – with a large difference in size between my waist and hips, and a round tum and bum. And this shape basically makes buying jeans a NIGHTMARE. I’d pretty much given up wearing them to be honest, with dresses and skirts taking over. I know that I’m not the only one with this problem, so I wanted to share these awesome Farleigh jeans from ASOS.

Great jeans for curves ASOS Farleigh 2

Pink coat – Boden, pink/white breton – Sprinkle of Glitter for Simply Be, gold shell bag – Skinny Dip, Farleigh slim mom jeans – ASOS, gold trainers – Reebok

I’ve found that generally, jeans are either too low cut, which means they cut into the fullest part of my tummy, or roll down under it – really uncomfortable and not exactly flattering; or if they are high waisted enough then in order to get them to fit over my hips the waist ends up being massively too big, leading to either annoyingly falling down jeans throughout the day, or having to belt in excessive amounts of fabric.

Great jeans for curves ASOS Farleigh 3

Neither of these are an issue with the Farleighs – they hit me at my natural waist, are snug around the hips & bum, and best of all, stay up all day without a belt. They’re also a slightly heavier weight denim than I’ve found myself buying in recent years (most of the jeans that came anywhere near fitting me were more like jeggings in their super stretch fabric) which I love.

Great jeans for curves ASOS Farleigh 7

I wore these jeans to death on my honeymoon in Japan, and I love them rolled up with a pair of heels to dress them up a little as much as I do running about in trainers and a tee.

The Farleigh style is available in multiple washes and colours, and inclusion in the ASOS Curve range means that they run up to a size 28. I can see more pairs in my wardrobe very soon. My only hope is that some more colourful styles become available as Spring approaches – can you imagine them in a gorgeous green, grey or even pink? Oooh!

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Thanks to Ting from The Ting Thing for being my photographer!

Dear Highstreet, where are all your 16s and 18s?

Size availability on the highstreet has been irking me for a while, so I thought it was finally time for a mini rant to see whether any of my readers are having the same experience.

Most shops now claim to go up to a size 16 or 18 (thank goodness, as I remember when most only went up to a 14, although I’m sure most of us would agree that brand’s ‘standard’ ranges need to cover a wider range of sizes generally, not leaving plus size and petite as an ‘afterthought’, but that’s a rant for another day!). However, just you try to find them!

I’ve lost count of the times that I have spotted something, and thought ‘ooh lovely’, only to find a rack full of size 10s and 12s. Yesterday whilst in one particular shop I actually asked what size they went up to “Size 18” was the reply, but I could actually only find one thing in that size! On another occasion I asked a very helpful shop assistant if she could grab me one of a particular item, and she returned to very apologetically tell me that they only had small sizes. She phoned another store in the city only to be told that they had 3 of the item, but they were all size 12s. She admitted that it was a shame, but when they receive stock they only get very few items at the larger end of their size range, and they sell out almost immediately.

H&M seem to be starting to get it! Yup, a medium that is equivalent to the average size (rather than a size 10) makes a lot of sense!
Perhaps this fact should tell brands something. I know from my previous experience in the retail industry that clothes are often supplied in ‘packs’ – I hated it when brands forced you to do this, as the standard was generally something like 1 size 8, 2 size 10, 3 size 12, 2 size 14, 1 size 16 (and 1 size 18 if you were lucky!) and it always left me with loads of size 10s and 12s left at the end of the season. Perhaps this probem needs to be nipped tackled at the supply stage by skewing packs towards the larger end of the sizes? Demand for these sizes is obviously high (as you may expect from the fact that 45% of women are now a size 16 in the UK, and 25% are a size 18 or over). 

Surely this just makes sense – happier brands who can sell more clothes, and happier customers  who can actually find their size?

Plus Size skirts for Summer from Bon Marche

As a personal stylist, I see clients of all shapes and sizes. One issue that comes up again and again is picking the right skirt, especially for my plus size clients. Many of these ladies have either ended up swearing off skirts all together, for fear of showing off their legs, so here are some top tips for you for picking the right skirt, and a fab selection of ladies plus size skirts from Bon Marche.

  •  Length – Many ladies go for long maxi skirts, aiming for ‘maximum coverage’! If you are plus size, it can be tempting to ‘tent’ yourself in fabric, but why not try something a little different this Summer?. As a general rule of thumb, a good place to end a skirt is just above or  if you don’t like to show them off, just below the knee. This works well as it is a narrow part of the leg, and creates the illusion that your legs are slimmer.
Try a skirt that hits you just below the knee – usually the most shapely part of your leg
  •  Pattern – Consider the scale of the pattern on your skirt, the scale of what we wear is more flattering if it is in harmony with our own scale. Try to avoid ditsy florals and tiny fine patterns which might make you look ‘big’ in comparison.
This larger scale floral pattern is really flattering

  • Fabric – This is where the importance of your body shape really comes into play! Just because you are plus size, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are curvy. Have a look at yourself in the mirror (go on! honestly, there’s no monster there!) do you have a curvy hips and bust and a defined waist? Or are you more straight up and down with a flattish bottom and rectangular in shape? If you are curvy then you will be better off draping your curves in soft fabrics and bias cuts. If you are straighter in shape then stiffer fabrics such as linen and cotton tend to work well.
The straight lines and stiff linen fabric of this skirt will really suit someone who is straighter in shape
Curvy? Show off those curves with a flattering bias cut that will drape beautifully over your hips and bottom!
So there we go, some top tips to help ease you into wearing a skirt this Summer!
Disclosure: This Post was brought to you by Bon Marche, but all opinions and wording remain my own.