On Plus North and the Ever-Impressing World of British Curve Fashion

By Marie Southard Ospina

There’s a lot to be said for fashion shows. The runway is an amazing place to catch new seasonal designs, to make a mental wish list of everything you will be purchasing or pining over in the months to come and to celebrate the self-expression that fashion allows for. Because, let’s face it, fashion is one of the most immediate, day-to-day mediums for showcasing your individuality.

The thing is, plus-size fashion events have all this. But they also have something else. They have this beautiful ability to make you feel less alone. I know it sounds cheesy, but think back to pre-2010 and earlier – when the runway was a place reserved exclusively for women size-8 or smaller. Anyone over that size didn’t really get their voice heard in the fashion industry – let alone their curvy bods shown off on a catwalk. It’s taken a long time, and there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to size equality in fashion, but plus-size fashion shows are a beautiful reminder of how things are changing. Not to mention moments like plus-size model Denise Bidot walking the runway of Chromat at New York Fashion Week this season.

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The 9 Stages of Dress Shopping

1. Desk-Based Research

Big day coming up. Better check the ol’ wardrobe for an acceptable dress. *Knows full well that lovely, worn-once, floral shift would suffice but convinces self that new dress absolutely needed.* Check online for latest trends. End up buying PU trousers, weekend bag and tennis racket. All essentials.

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Trend Alert: Scarlet Woman

By Olivia Watkins

See red this autumn – the colour of passion, lust and rage (wowza) is now the colour of the season.

Perfect for the party period (and just in time too), we’ve styled our favourite must-have pieces for AW14. So whether you go top-to-toe in splendid scarlet or showcase your sizzling style with subtle accessories, you’re guaranteed to heat things up.

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Mix pretty and preppy for an understated take on this bold microtrend. Pair oxblood skinnies with these Catwalk Collection loafers and a peplum tee – an AW14 wardrobe staple – for a faultless laidback look. For a hint of glamour add a 3D daisy necklace – the ultimate in fun, feminine style.

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Retro Fashion Trends to Bring to your Lingerie Drawer!

By Cheryl Warner

Just like high street and interior brands, the lingerie industry is heavily influenced by high fashion trends. You’ll see echoes of the catwalk in the lingerie ranges of Simply Be just like the fashion pages. Retro influence? No problem. Neon highlights? Of course. If there’s an outerwear trend you can’t get enough of there’s no reason why it can’t find a home in your lingerie drawer too.

Keen to hear some of the trends available this season from Simply Be? You’ve come to the right place.

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Trend Alert: Wordplay

By Olivia Watkins

Let your tee do the talking with this season’s wordy microtrend. Loud logos and shouty slogans have stormed off the catwalk straight into our wardrobes – and we have welcomed them with open arms. Whether you want to get if off your chest or let your accessories get literal, wordplay is as easy as ABC to wear. Dress it down for a relaxed look or go full-on glam – only one thing is certain – the less said the better.

We’ve picked out our favourite wearable wordplay styles…

Say what?

No, really, what? You may be feeling confused but you definitely won’t look it in this on-point outfit. Give a sweater a glitzy makeover with the addition of a glitter slogan, not forgetting to liven up your legwear in these check print skinnies. Quilted Catwalk Collection boots and a matching backpack complete this off-duty biker look.

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Bust Friendly Clothing

By Georgina Horne

‘Flattering’ is an opinion, as is your choice to ‘flatter’ your figure. Some women like to dress in clothes that make them look slimmer, that hide their perceived flaws and show off the parts they are more comfortable with.  And some like to wear clothes that they like and disregard the idea of ‘flattering’ and ‘rules’.  And you know what – neither way is right or wrong.

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Everything but the dress: 5 of the best bridal accessories

When it comes to perfecting your wedding day look, the dress tends to hog your focus. But while your gown will spend its fair share of time in the limelight, the way you style your dress can be just as important as the dress itself. For a beautiful frock to really shine it should be framed with equally beautiful accessories – those thoughtful little details that add real style and elegance to your look.

Take a look at five of our favourite bridal accessories from the Simply Be Wedding Boutique…

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Keep your Big Day beauty essentials close at hand (…or palmed off with a bridesmaid) in a gorgeously glam handbag. Stylishly combining modern chic with roaring ‘20s retro, this pearl-adorned beauty from Jon Richard is the perfect way to add a vintage feel to your look. Continue reading

Trend Alert: Gridlock

By Olivia Watkins

This season we’ve gone gaga for gridlock – no, not of the miserable, tear-inducing traffic jam kind – we’re talking oversized checks, window pane prints and boxy patterns. With a multitude of colourways and stylish takes on the look to choose from, this hot-off-the-catwalk microtrend is super versatile and easy to wear.

We’ve chosen our top three ways to wear the trend…

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Want to work bad girl biker vibes but still look pretty in pink? This simple yet stylish drop waist dress gets an attitude makeover when teamed with our Joe Browns buckled boots and a leather-look jacket.  A statement necklace and slouchy duffle bag makes this the ultimate in casual cool style.

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Three Summer Event Outfits

My name is Laura from blog WhatLauraLoves and I’m going to be writing some fashion posts exclusively for Simply Be. My style is girlie and glamorous and the summer months are the perfect time to let that style shine.

Over the summer there lots of events to attend as people take the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine with family and friends. Today I am going to share with you three key looks that you could wear to popular occasions this summer.

Summer Outfits

The first is an outfit that would be perfect whether you’re a guest at a wedding or off to Ladies Day at the races. The 3D Daisy Organza Dress has a gorgeous prom dress shape that will really flatter your waist. 3D flowers are hot right now, making this an on-trend addition to your wardrobe. Wear it with the hot pink Feather Disc Fascinator and the silver Strappy Sandals and you’re ready to party.

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Be the epitome of femininity in this next outfit, featuring the Strapless High Low Hem Dress in a beautiful mint shade that would look stunning with a summer tan. Complete with gold foil swirls, this dress really is a show stopper, especially with the floaty high low hem. It can be worn with the detachable straps for added support or alone as it has a gel band inside to ensure that you will look and feel comfortable all day.

I wore this dress for my bridal party but it would also be the perfect outfit for a wedding or a summer party. On cooler summer nights, you could pop on a gold shrug cardigan for a little extra coverage. To bring out the gold in the dress, I would recommend pairing it with some pale gold accessories such as the Strappy Diamante Sandals for added sparkle and the gold diamante box clutch which will have just enough room to fit your mobile, lipstick and cash in.

Mint dress

Let your dress do the talking with the final outfit centred around the stunning Border Print Maxi Dress. Perfect for a christening, garden party or wedding, this dress really encompasses all that there is to be enjoyed about summer fashion. I love the flattering shape and comfortable features this dress has that aren’t as frequently seen in occasion wear. The burnt orange and yellow tones are what really gives this dress the wow factor, so keep jewellery and accessories to a minimum, opting for a gold cuff bracelet and some flat gold sandals.

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Now that you have some inspiration for your summer events, all that’s left is to put together your outfit and enjoy it!

Come back soon for some more of my posts.

Laura xxx

Festival Inspired Beauty

Summer is here and so is festival season. We all know that means denim shorts, fringe vests and kimonos but what about hair and make up? Fear not because I’m here to take the worry out of beauty this festival season.

When you’re away from home, don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. Camping at a festival is one of the only times I’d recommend the use of facial wipes, just make sure that the ones you choose are very moist so that they don’t tug at your skin. Each morning, sweep a wipe across your face and at night, use one to break down and remove the make-up you’re wearing and use a second to clean your skin. Follow up with a light moisturiser with a built in SPF as this will keep your skin feeling soft and protect it from the sun.

Make sure you wear an SPF on your body too as it is easy to forget when you’re excited to get out there in front of the main stage. The once-a-day application types are great, as you’ll not need to worry about reapplying it throughout the day, which will save space in your bag without compromising on your sun protection.

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For make up, I’d keep things super simple with a light base. My favourite is the Garnier Skin Perfector BB cream. I wear the oil free version and its fabulous because it evens out my skin tone, offers a light coverage and stays put throughout the day, plus you can apply it with your fingers. Squeeze a little extra onto the back of your hand, wait a minute for it to set, and then apply it to the areas where you need a little extra coverage. This method is great for reducing the number of products you take with you as you can use it to cover blemishes and to hide the signs of a late night under your eyes. Dust over a little powder to set everything in place.

To warm up your complexion, apply a sweep of bronzer to your face; this will also add a subtle contour to your face. To save space in your makeup bag, I’d suggest taking a palette like the Sleek Face Form with you as it has a bronzer, blush and highlight powder in one handy compact. Apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks and sweep back towards your hairline, then take the highlighter down the centre of your nose, on your brow bone and on the high points of your cheeks.

For your eyes, feel free to go bold with colour, leave them bare with lashings of mascara or opt for a subtle two shadow smoky eye like me- anything goes with festival make up. To recreate my look, take a gold shadow, pack it all over the lid and up into the crease of your eye and then run a little along the inner half of your lower lash line. Take a brown shadow, work it onto the outer part of your lid and run it along your lower lash line. If you opt for a matte brown shadow, you may be able to double it up as a powder to lightly fill in your brows. Finish up with lashings of mascara and a slick of lipstick or balm for a pop of colour and moisture hit.

The one thing that I love about festival style is the effortless hairstyles that you can create that look like you’’ve spent ages on them when they’ve actually taken you a matter of minutes. My advice would be to heat style your hair either straight with a spritz of a dry texturising spray or curly with hair spray on day one as you head out of the house, then maintain your locks with some dry shampoo on the second and third days while you’re camping. My dry shampoo of choice has to be from Batiste. A travel sized can will keep your hair fresh, oil free and full of volume all weekend.

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Floral crowns, flower bun rings and hair bands are always a big hit when it comes to festival style and they’re super easy to use. Pop a floral hair band around your neck then pull up onto your head to keep your hair off your face or pull it down onto your head over your hair and tuck your hair into it to create a boho Disney princess hairstyle.

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Bun rings take seconds to put in yet create a really chic look. Simply tie your hair up, thread your hair through a bun ring that is a similar colour to your hair, fold your hair over it and pin it in place. Leave it there or and a flower bun ring garland in true festival fashion.

The easiest style of course is to wear your hair down and pop on a Panama hat with some feather earrings that’ll peep through your hair. Quick, easy and simple but it looks great and it’ll keep the sun off your face.

The most important thing about festival beauty is to have fun with it and the same goes for your wardrobe too. Head on over to the Festival collection on the Simply Be website where you’ll find lots of trend led pieces to wear this summer.