It occurred to me this week that I have a very strict colour palette when it comes to my ‘everyday’ clothes: black/grey, green, and leopard print. I ain’t mad about this. But for some reason, I reserve any other colours for when I’m ‘making an effort’. You know, when it’s your day off work and you have made plans to do something other than avoid putting on a bra and fester in your own exhaustion. I’ll usually start with which jeans/skirt I’m wearing, then my top and layers (cardi or kimono), shoes, then move on to jewellery/hair flowers and handbag. It sure feels good to walk out of the house knowing I’ve pulled off a ‘look’, and feeling ‘put together’ makes me more confident. If I’m wearing the cutest top that matches my shoes and earrings, I couldn’t care less about my VBO or my double chins. I love feeling stylish. I learned this from watching my best friend and soul sister Kellie over the years. She is always head to toe coordinated, and both strangers and friends alike tell me they envy her style and looks. Of course, she dismisses all of this and has no idea how much of a #kween she is, which only adds to her charm. I love the bitch!
So… as you may know, there’s a lot more to life than blacks and neutrals. We are entering the perfect time of year for colour, as Mother Nature herself bursts into a thousand shades for Spring and Summer. Whether you’re relaxing in a beautiful floral garden, or sipping a fruity cocktail on the terrace, these months are for soaking up the sunshine and enjoying our free time. From brights to pastels, there’s something for everyone. Even if you wear predominantly black clothing, a pop of red or purple can warm up the most gothic of hearts! I want to inspire you beauts to try something new, so I’m gonna work through the current rainbow of colour available in UK plus-size fashion.
We’ll jump in at the deep end with Yellow! Now, it’s a well known fact that yellow looks incredible against darker skin tones. The stronger the contrast, the better. But sunflower yellow ain’t the only option, and we now have a plethora of mustards, lemons, canaries and honeys to style up in our own way. I think yellow looks incredible with blonde, brunette and red hair, and when it comes to those of us with an ‘unnatural’ shade sometimes the ‘clash’ is what we live for.
Check out some of my fellow plus-size bloggers rocking the colour of sunshine:
What a glorious bevvy of beauties! I’ve searched through my favourite online retailers to give you a selection of buttery goodness to choose from – priced from low to high, I’ve picked dresses, jackets, jumpsuits and tops to inject some sunshine into your wardrobe:
I’m going to practice what I preach and attempt to get some yellow in my life over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled on my instagram (@patticakesburlesque) for some mint-green-hair-and-bright-yellow-clash combos!
Orange makes me think of warmth and sunsets. It’s another colour people tend to avoid wearing, but god knows why! Below is another bunch of PSBloggers making a clear statement that anyone can suit orange and it’s all about how you wear it!
So many shades to choose from! It was actually quite hard to source orange outfits in plus-size blogs, it seems even the most fashionable of fatties have limited orange options, but I’m pleased with this group of hotties.
(Before anyone corrects me, I know the Taylor dress that George is wearing is marketed as ‘Mustard’, but I can’t honestly pass it off as yellow, so it’s here in the orange section. Deal with it!)
Here’s some of what’s currently available to plus-size shoppers in the UK:
How amazing are those leggings though?! I love how orange can be adapted so easily from Summer into Autumn, but these pieces are definitely calling out for hot, hot Summer Nights!
The colour of love, passion, sex, or whatever you identify it with. Red is hot. It suits every skin tone. Every hair colour. Even with my green hair, I’m not afraid of looking Christmassy in red because, styled properly, red can be whatever look you want it to be. Now for more beautiful PSBloggers setting this page on fire in rouge:
(There’s a bit of shameless self-promotion below, as I wanted to be part of this uber cool girl-gang)
Now I actually found it a bit harder to get red summer items out of our UK high street. I guess we do tend to identify it as a Autumn or Chistmassy colour, but I’ve done the hard work for you my darlings. Here’s what’s available to spice up your threads:
Well there you have it ladies and gents, my roundup of warms for S/S2018. Next, I’ll be venturing into cools, and finally neutrals. If you enter your email under ‘let’s stay in touch’, I’ll let you know when the next post is published, then you won’t miss out on the rest of the rainbow!
See you soon,