There’s been so much talk of sunshine and airports over the last couple of weeks that we just can’t get ‘holidays’ out of our heads. So guess what we’re talking about today – you got it, your holiday wardrobe! Starting of course, with beachwear, because let’s face it, most of us are planning little foray to the seaside this year, even if it’s just to Sunny Devon!
The plus-size debate
Choosing a beach look is infinitely more difficult for us curvy girls than it is for those skinny minnie’s, so we thought we’d give you a quick run through of your options – you know, show you what you can wear, how you can cover up if you’re not totally comfortable with your curves and let you in on a secret the stars would probably like to keep to themselves. How does that sound? Good? Then read on ladies!
The plus size bikini
Do you show your belly, don’t you show your belly? It’s the age-old debate for us plus size women. The answer depends on you and your figure. We don’t want to get caught up in the whole ‘shape’ debate, but if you’re an ‘hourglass’, you’ll probably be more comfortable in a bikini than an ‘apple’. At the end of the day, it all comes down to confidence. And if you feel good in a bikini, there’s no reason you shouldn’t wear one.
So we’ve chosen two gorgeous plus size bikinis to show you. The first, by famed lingerie brand Freya, is a must for big-busted ladies. As you’d expect from the bra experts, it gives great support. The halterneck style and soft cups are a great alternative to underwiring – and we think this colour combo is particularly slimming on a plus size figure.
For a more fun and frivolous bikini, turn to our beach-to-beach number. Polka dots are really in this season and the red is such an attention grabber. You can wear it with straps for extra support or strapless for a perfect tan.
The star secret
Now, you might have noticed that there’s a swimsuit in the gorgeous collection above priced at £122. Wow, that’s a lot of money! But before you cross it off your shopping list, take a minute to ponder just how good you want to look on the beach, because as the name suggest, this is a miracle worker!
The big claim? Look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds. Surely enough to get the attention of every plus size lady around!
How does it do it? With all-over support and triple holding power! This little beauty is the kind of swimsuit you see on the stars, their secret to a beach perfect body. We’ve seen the results on a plus size figure for ourselves, but of course, you haven’t. So if you’re thinking about investing in a beach-gorgeous look, we say – ‘try it out’! Order it, try it on at home and if you don’t think it gives you £122 worth of gorgeous beach body, send it back in the same condition and we’ll give you a complete refund!
Beach dresses are a great way to cover up on the walk from the hotel to the beach. So if you’re a little shy of showing your plus size curves, maybe you should invest in one of our Joe Browns swim dresses. In bright prints and floral patterns, they’re the easy way to make a beach-bound style statement.
Of course, you could just as easily throw on a casual white shirt, any of your Simply Be Summer dresses or a pair of your favourite denim shorts. After all, covering up is easy the easy bit!
Okay, so maybe we got a tad distracted by all the gorgeous Autumn/Winter trends strutting their way down the London Fashion Week catwalks. But now, we’re right back on track with one of the Spring’s biggest trends – peek-a-boo!
This look is all about showing a little skin, but just a little mind you. Slit sleeves, sheers layers, cut-out patterns, you name it, we’ve seen it on the catwalks… and in the Simply Be collection! So today’s blog isn’t just all about working the peek-a-boo trend – it’s about doing it the plus-size way!
Peek-a-boo and plus-size
When it comes to picking flattering trends for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, peek-a-boo probably isn’t one of your top choices – but it should be! Why? Because this trend is about finding your favourite bits and showing them off!
Let’s start from the top shall we? Backs and shoulders are probably the most popular way to wear the peek-a-boo trend – and it’s easy to see why! A flash of a back or a glimpse of a shoulder can be so very stylish – and whoever heard of a plus size lady with a complex about her shoulders? To do the trend this way, simply choose a back-cut top like this gorgeous blue number or cute holiday look like this shoulder-detail, Hawaiian piece!
Now onto the bust! You’ve got two options – go all-out glam with a front cut-out top like this glitzy party choice or play it down in a wide knit jumper! Whichever you choose, you’ll be right on-trend and never showing too much skin!
When it comes to arms, you can use peek-a-book styles to show them off or cover them up – the choice is yours! For example, this Mica Paris Catsuit will make your arms the centre of attention!
Or if you’re arm conscious, what about a subtle, ripped-sleeve top to flash a little skin without revealing too much? Maybe something like this gorgeous Jersey Split Sleeve Jumper? Or this cut-out shoulder top to draw the eye right away from your insecurities? You see, the peek-a-boo trend is plus-size heaven!
Now where were we? Oh yes – legs and feet. Well, you have to have a pair of pee-a-boo leggings – they’re this season’s essential leg-wear! And peek-a-boo is big in the shoe department too! From boots to sandals, flashing a little foot is the perfect way for a nervous plus-size lady to dip her toes into the peek-a-boo trend.
So all in all, peek-a-boo is the plus-points trend for plus-size ladies! Go out and wear it today!
Good news ladies! Simply Be are up for 5 fashion gongs! Yep, we’ve been short-listed for 5 Comfort Prima High Street Fashion Awards! And you can help us secure the win – by voting online!
Help us win – make your vote!
As with all the most-coveted awards, you get to choose the winners. So we’d like to ask you to vote for us. As a customer, a blog follower and a plus-size fashionista, you’re totally qualified to choose a winner – so take 5 minutes and complete the Comfort Prima High Street Fashion Awards voting form! Votes must be in by 31st May 2010 – and remember, we’re up for 5 awards, so tick Simply Be or Simply Yours whenever you see us!
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