Simply Be along with Gok Wan hosted a live chat to answer all your burning questions on shapewear and underwear. The live chat kicked off at 12.30pm on Thursday 21st February with Gok tweeting live from his account @TheRealGokWan. Questions starting pouring in to the style star with lots of you wanting to know the best way to make the most of your body shape. To tie in with the upcoming Oscars weekend, Gok took to twitter with the hashtag #GoksGoldenGirls with his best supporting underwear in hand to answer as many of your questions as possible on the subject of shapewear.
Are you loving the sunshine that’s just starting to show its face at the moment as much as we are?
We’re dreaming of strappy maxi dresses and opened toed sandals… but we’re also thinking it’s a great time to chuck out any old underwear that’s past its prime and invest in some stunning springtime styles. After all, if your lingerie isn’t make you feel fabulous, then it’s not doing its job!
The right lingerie can totally transform your mood – as well as your silhouette. Here are some of our fresh favourites from the current Simply Yours collection, including the adorable apple print bra set below!
There’s really no excuse for greyed and jaded undies ladies – your curves deserve so much better!
It’s the latest look we all love to wear, but do you really have to rummage through the racks to pull off vintage chic? We don’t think so…
There’s something so very charming about vintage styling, not just the clothes, but the hair and the make-up – it’s so feminine and so very perfect for curves. So we’ve chosen our favourite vintage-inspired pieces from the Simply Be collection to prove that you don’t have to go store-to-store to get this most-coveted look!
This lace number is one of our all-time favourites! Aged-cream lace, over a simple slip, those sleeves, the ruffled shoulders and the knee-length skirt – it screams vintage but it’s brand new. And that’s a good thing, because vintage lace doesn’t last well. Unlike this dress, which will look gorgeous season after season, party after party!
Lingerie has such an important part to play in vintage styling! So take bump smoothing, waist-cinching inspiration straight from the past – just like Gok Wan has with his shapewear collection, exclusive to Simply Yours. Invest in a timeless all-in-one that’ll work with almost everything, either this Sassy Slip or the gorgeous curve controller!
If we had to pick one gorgeous, curve-confident brand that channels vintage style on a piece-by-piece basis, it’d be Joe Browns. From ditzy prints to long-loved materials and so many almost-forgotten textures, they’re bringing the past right back into the present. And this mid-length skirt is the perfect example – crinkled pleats, an incredible print pattern and that swishing shape, yes, this is the future of vintage fashion!
Faded printed tees, they’ve got that instant vintage edge and we’ve just got a new collection in! Our ‘Melanie’ t-shirts will add a touch vintage styling to every look. Wear them with skirts, dresses – and our personal favourite, ripped jeans!
The more you accessorise, the closer you’ll get to that eclectic, vintage look. So go crazy with bangles, beads, scarves and gloves. And don’t be afraid to be adventurous. A good fascinator will finish your party look nicely, and it’s perfect for Ladies Day at the races!
Here she is, Teer Wayde, the gorgeous Aussie model wearing her pick of the Simply Be lingerie collection! It turns out she just loves our shapewear, especially Gok Wan’s curve-controlling creations, exclusive to Simply Yours. So we sent her a little collection and she was kind enough to do a photo shoot!
You have to agree, she looks absolutely stunning. The vintage stylish, her vibrant red hair, those fabulous curves and our beautiful lingerie – it’s a match made in heaven! We’re loving the backdrop, outside is such a fab way to shoot lingerie, so unexpected. But then, the weather over there is probably a whole lot nicer than here!
Alas, we couldn’t fit all our pictures here on the blog, but you can see them on Facebook. So head over to Simply Be Fashion to see more!
Like what you see?
Between you and us, the Gok pieces you see here won’t be around for much longer. He’s got a brand new collection coming out, so this really is your last chance to buy these beautiful pieces. Get them quick, before your size sells out!
Oh it’s an exciting week here at Simply Be! Not only are we giving away 10 gorgeous snoods, but we’re also giving you a fabulous discount code to use on your plus size lingerie shopping!
Today’s Simply Be Discount Code is WHHR2
Right now, you get 20% of all shapewear – and that includes Gok Wan’s famous collection, exclusively for Simply Yours! So take control of your curves, right in time for the party season with 20% of all shapewear – today only!
Get another exclusive Simply Be Discount Code Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, we’ll give you another exclusive Simply Be discount code! It might be for bras, it might be for knickers – it might even be for nightwear. We’re not
telling, you’ll have to pop back tomorrow to fnd out what it is!
Remember, time is of the essence ladies. You only have today to use your Simply Be discount code and get 20% of all shapewear!
Okay, so this week we decided to do a style special packed with top tips from curvy women. So we sent a tweet out to the plus size community, inviting them to get involved – and the response was overwhelming!
Everyone said something different, but it all came down to one thing - wear what you love and love what you wear! For plus size women, fashion is about being yourself, knowing what works for you and holding your head high. Don’t listen to the rules, don’t be afraid to follow the trends and most importantly, don’t wear anything you’re not 100% happy in!
Here’s what the girls had to say…
‘Work your clothes, don’t let your clothes work you D They’re an extension of your personality so just roll with it D xxx’ @MessyCarla
‘Your curves and your clothes define you. So be yourself. Be true.’ @Vanoue3
‘Embrace your curves and work what your momma gave ya!!!’ @MatronJo
‘Wear what makes you feel happiest and most ready to face the world.’ @lapocketrocket
‘Embrace your curves… If you’re not working with them, you’re working against yourself.’ @BoomBands
‘My style tip is be confident when wearing an outfit. Wear confidence like a piece of clothing ’ @LaCara91
‘Don’t follow the the “rules” unless they make you feel amazing. No point wearing a wide belt and bootcut jeans if you feel wrong!’ @ChatterMonkey
‘Dress for yourself, no one else.. Break the ‘fat girls should’t wear’ rules. Wear what makes your feel beautiful!’ @katkins1982
Oh, and the other trend we saw – lingerie!
It’s an absolute essential for curvy women! Chances are, you need a little extra support, but it’s also great for shaping your figure – and we don’t just mean shapewear! Different bra styles can actually make your boobs look different, from full-cup teardrop shapes to the famed balconette roundness, your lingerie drawer deserves just as much attention as your wardrobe.
So if you haven’t done already, take a look at our plus size lingerie collection and follow these lovely ladies tips…
And one we didn’t expect…
‘Attach braces to your knickers…stops them rolling down’ @soggykipper
Big thanks to everyone who sent us a tip – you’re all gems!
Got another top tip?
Can you believe another season’s almost been and gone? It been a particularly good Summer (as British ones go) with so many gorgeous trends to play with. But soon it’ll be bye bye to all that because the NEW Simply Be plus size fashion collection is now live!
You might have noticed us add a couple gorgeous new pieces onto the Simply Be site lately, but we’re here to tell you that the whole collection is now available! From biker jeans to floaty dresses, the latest knitted layers to our most covetable collection of Winter coats yet – it’s a plus size fashion frenzy! So if you haven’t already, head over to the site and see what Autumn has to hold!
And if fancy a bargain, well then – you should probably make the most of our sale! There’s up to 50% off all our top Summer pieces, so you could end the season in a blaze of glory. And it’s not just fashion, there’s lingerie… shoes… accessories and more! Happy shopping ladies!
Think back to the catwalks!
If you need a little inspiration, you need look no further than your Simply Be blog. It feels like a long time ago now but we did a big London Fashion Week feature on the trends that were going to be coming our way in Autumn. So turn back to them now and remind yourself about all the gorgeous trends, colours and textures that you’ll be wearing this season!
Don’t worry, it doesn’t end there! We’ll be posting plenty of blogs in the coming months to inspire your style choices. From head to toe looks right through to individual trends, we’ll be here to help with all your style dilemmas. And if you happen to have a burning fashion question, just post it in the comments section and we’ll do a blog specially for you!
You’ve probably heard about Natalie Jackson. She’s one of our lovely fashion buyers and she’s going to be judging the Simply Be Plus Size Model Competition. But that’s not all she’s been up to lately, as it happens she gone viral on YouTube with her plus size style advice videos!
Made for Simply Be with the help of her gorgeous model, Victoria Fox, they cover a range of topics from dressing for that all important interview to accessorising your look! And to help you get your style-on, we’ve posted the videos below for you – and you can find our bloopers real on YouTube!
Now, if you’re planning to enter our model competition, why not take a couple of tips from Natalie before you send your shots in? You never know, that little of extra effort secure your place in the final!
If you’re reading this blog post on Facebook, just head over to our YouTube Channel to watch Natalie’s style advice videos and of course, the bloopers!
As you’ve probably already heard, we launched our plus size model competition last week. And everyone’s been so enthusiastic! Thanks for all your blogs, tweets and Facebook messages – we’re really glad you’re all so up for it!
Anywho, since we’re looking for our own Face of Plus Size Fashion, we thought it might be nice to look over all the lovely examples that are already out there. So this is the first of a series of blogs that will focus on the plus size fashion models we all love to see!
And to kick it all off – Laura Catteral!
Laura is undoubtedly one of the big names of the plus size modelling world. She shot to fame in 2009 after strutting down the London Fashion Week catwalks in Mark Fast’s legendary show. It was reported that Fast’s stylist quit after he chose to use plus size models on the catwalk and soon Laura’s picture was plastered over newspapers, magazines and blogs the world over!
Even before that career changing moment, Laura was destined to be a plus size sensation. She’d already featured in The Sunday Times Style Supplement and taken on a runway assignment for Elena Miro’s AW09 collection in Milan. But afterwards, well it’s been a whirlwind for the curvy beauty…
Post Mark Fast…
Since finding tabloid fame in 2009, Laura’s modelled for Anna Scholz, Special K and I-D magazine. She’s also one of our very own lingerie models. Last year, she did her first ever Simply Yours TV commercial – and what a lovely job she did. We asked her back to do a second this year and she’s now one of our catalogue models too!
And then there’s the editorial stuff! Gosh, we’ve seen Laura everywhere this year! The curvy revolution is definitely here and she’s one plus size model who’s been in high demand.
First there was that Vogue Curvy Italy piece – if you haven’t already visited the Vogue Curvy Site it’s definitely worth a weekly stop. She was one of their ‘Daily Suggestions’ models and you can still find her on the site today.
And just lately, Vogue Curvy have done an interview with her detailing some of those sneaky little facts you just wouldn’t think of the plus size model. For example, she’s got a degree in Communications and Journalism – and when her modelling days are over, she’d like to switch to another fabulous fashion job by starting a career as a fashion journalist. So we look forward to even more fabulous fashion from her, even when her curves leave the catwalk.
But her high-flying editorial career doesn’t end with Vogue Curvy Italy. Just last week she was the talk of the plus size blogging world after a set of stunning images of her were printed in the French Marie Claire. In these scantly clad swimwear shots, she proves that curvy is absolutely beautiful.
Could you be the next Laura Catteral?
Remember, we’re looking for the new Face of Plus Size Fashion and it could be you! To find our more about our plus size model competition, visit the Simply Be website or browse through our plus size fashion blog!
Since we’re talking lingerie this week, we thought you might like to try our ‘What Bra are you?’ Facebook quiz! Just answer a couple of quick questions and we’ll tell you what bra you’d be and why. Plus, we’ll pick out a selection of gorgeous plus size lingerie that we think will be so you!