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New Look: My Summer Wish List

June 24, 2013

New Look is one of my go-to high street shops. It’s rare that a woman with curves can get on with high street clothing, as often the cut is so straight that the clothes do not lend themselves well to a variety of shapes and sizes (ehm, Topshop I’m looking at you…)

However, New Look is one of those exceptions. For me at least, I can definitely find pieces in their collection that are both flattering and can fit over a big bust or hips. That’s not to say everything they sell will, but that wouldn’t be the case with any clothing company anyway, specialised or high street.

Looking through their current summer range has got me thinking about all the things I would like to try. Despite their clothes being very reasonably priced, I still can’t afford to have them all…obviously. 🙂

So without further ado, here are my top picks for summer from New Look:

I’ll start with dresses as we all know I am very much a dress loving girl!

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Whether you’re going to the park on one of those rare sunny days here in the UK, or you’re headed somewhere wonderfully warm on holiday, this paisley sun dress is a perfect day time dress for hot weather. Not only is it pretty, but it’s light and airy, and 100% cotton to boot.

Blue Demin Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Ok, I’ll admit it, I love that denim dungarees-style dresses are back in fashion. I loved dungarees as a young girl and I still love them now. This lovely mixture of dungarees straps on a short cute denim dress is awesome – it’s a casual look that is both cute and fun too.

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

This elegant dress has the ability to look both summery and smart at the same time. It’s the type of dress you could just as easily wear to work as you could to a day out with friends. I love the big green polka dots, I’ve always found it hard to resist a polka dot!

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

This Red Folk Tapestry dress is one of my favourite dresses I’ve seen so far. The pattern is a sort of Paisley-Aztec mixture, and those lovely reds and blues go so well together – it looks like the perfect summer dress.

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Another maxi dress that I really love right now. This one is the type you can dress up or dress down, making it suitable for both day and evening wear. I love the block black combined with the tie dye pattern on the bottom.

For more Summer New Look Dresses click here

Skirts are always a necessity during summer.

My favourite type of skirt is a maxi skirt, and New Look do have a wonderful varied range of them. In the UK when the weather can be so unpredictable, a maxi skirt can be a lifesaver. They not only keep you cool in the warm weather, but ward off any strong winds when the weather starts to turn. 

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

This chestnut brown skirt is great and particularly versatile. It looks smart without being overly formal, and the colour and style means it can create quite a wide variety of outfits.

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

This is the ultimate ‘hippy’ skirt, it’s a lovely neutral colour and has the ability to make you look like you don’t have a care in the world. The style gives it a slight vintage-feel, and I really think it’s one of those timeless skirts that doesn’t go out of fashion.

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

I often buy beautiful scarves and think ‘this would make a great skirt’. Lo and behold…the scarf maxi skirt. Its floaty construction combined with the stunning pattern makes this one of my absolute favourites.

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Similar to the cameo rose nude skirt, this fuchsia version gives the same lovely style but with a more modern twist. The bright colour stands out and makes it much more of a style piece.

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

The one non-maxi skirt I picked is this gorgeous Parisian daisy print skirt. It is both cute and summery, and just perfect for warm weather.

For more Summer New Look Skirts click here

Now for some essential summer tops:

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

This lovely casual blouse is great if you’re not feeling in a t-shirt sort of mood. I often look for breathable clothing that simultaneously gives me a break from the harsh rays of sun. With my fair skin I tend to burn quickly, so finding a pretty blouse like this is an absolute must for me. There is also a sleeveless wrap version of this top here.

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

It’s rare that I go anywhere without packing a trusty cardigan with me. You never know when you’re going to need one. This useful long navy cardigan is one of my favourites – I tend to go for blue and black cardigans quite often as they go with most of my outfits and colour choices.

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Another butterfly patterned item – I do adore butterflies so this suits me very well! This kaftan top is an elegant look for almost any casual occasion. The pattern is both pretty and interesting which makes this a great top to have on-hand.

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

I’m not 100% sure why this is called a waistcoat, it looks more like a short-sleeved lace cardigan to me. However, I do love it. All you need is a basic tank top underneath and this ‘waistcoat’ turns it into an outfit. Definitely one for the list.

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Whilst I think this t-shirt is brilliant, and I love the vintage coca cola print, I do struggle to find t-shirts with enough room in the bust. I haven’t tried this t-shirt myself so I cannot tell you what sort of bust size it fits. However, I thought it deserved a mention as it is fab, and will no doubt be a popular item this summer.

For more Summer New Look Tops click here

Now it wouldn’t be right for me to skip New Look’s fabulous maternity range, being pregnant myself and all. I am always pleased with any high street shop that makes an effort to stock a decent maternity range, as no one wants to forgo their favourite items just because they are expecting! I have discovered that there are a number of maternity clothes that can actually be worn by anyone whether you are pregnant or not. They usually just have extra stretch, but can be just as useful unstretched – many maternity dresses fall into this category.

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Now this is a basic, but it’s an absolute must for any pregnant woman (or in fact, any woman) during the summer. Leggings are great to go with anything, and they can turn a long top into an acceptable dress on occasion. The last thing you want is anything tight and restricting, so I wholeheartedly recommend leggings, or cropped leggings for these warm months.

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

White birds on a blue dress, so pretty! Now, depending on how big your bump is, you can either wear this as a tunic or a dress. All you need is to pair it with the aforementioned leggings and you have yourself a very cute outfit.

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

What’s that you say? An aztec print maternity dress? Yes please! So often we pregnant ladies are left with the plain boring clothes because it’s just assumed we don’t care how we look because it’s only 9 months. Not true. I always want a beautiful dress, whether I’m expecting or not. This super dress would be my alternative to the tie dye folk maxi dress I mentioned earlier, if indeed I didn’t fit into that one anymore. 🙂

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Having just pooh-poohed plain clothing, it does make sense to have at least one plain (yet nice) dress to hand. Whether it’s just to go to work in or because you don’t feel comfortable dressing up, this very nice looking navy dress is a winner in my opinion. It’s another basic like the leggings, but it’s an important basic.

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

One more maxi dress for the road; this very pretty summery dress is another favourite. It looks great while still covering up those swollen ankles you want to hide away, and even if they are showing, this gorgeous floral print will take all eyes away from ankles and keep them on this fabulous dress!

For more New Look Maternity Wear click here

Accessories:

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

You can’t go all summer long without a decent pair of sunglasses. These blue-tinted wayfarer-style glasses are my personal choice – the tint just gives them a little something extra.

There are two types of bag I like to have to-hand during the summer – a big bag and a tiny bag, both are essential:

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

This clutch is a great neutral colour that will go with numerous outfits. Always a good idea not to go too bold with the bag choice, in my opinion anyway. 

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

However, when you really do need a big bag, make sure it is big enough to carry all your essentials. Again, I prefer the understated colours, but I feel that this bag has a little something extra. It’s not plain and boring, it’s nicely made and stylish. 

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

As blue is one of my favourite colours, and in a lot of items I’ve picked, this lovely teardrop necklace would be a great addition to many of these outfits.

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

I adore dangly earrings, and these are no exception. Definitely my style for summer.

For more New Look Accessories click here

Last but not least, shoes!

I have spotted some great shoes for summertime, and these are my top choices:

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

I like boots, even in summer I need a casual boot. These tan ankle boots are perfect and just the right amount of heel to be comfortable.

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Sandals, especially flat sandals are a must-have, particularly if you are headed on a beach holiday. These crochet sandals are my favourite and they look pretty comfortable too!

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

If you’re feeling daring, then why not go for these uber-cool giant blue wedges. I find wedges are a tad easier to walk in than narrow heels, and they look more summery to boot.

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

Ballet pumps are practically all I wear at work during the summer months. The great thing about these is that they’re cut-out, meaning your feet can breathe a little easier than when they’re fully encased in leather.

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

I had to pick something with an interesting print, and abstract is the right word for these. I think these sandals are just great for summer evenings when you’re fed up with wearing flat shoes. A great alternative. 

For more New Look Footwear click here

I am definitely pleased with New Look’s summer offerings; their collections are both interesting and versatile which is great to see from a high street store. While a lot of busty girls look to Polish clothing companies like BiuBiu and Urkye, you can’t really beat finding something beautiful and wearable from a store that’s just round the corner.  

Love

Sophia xxx

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The Modesty Panel: Where do you stand?

May 16, 2013

The Modesty Panel

A group of bloggers, including myself, have teamed up to participate in something we have termed ‘The Modesty Panel’. We all felt very strongly on the topic of modesty and what it means for women all over the world. Understandably, we all have varying opinions – opinions that relate to different aspects of life, depending on where we’re from and the varying lifestyles we lead.

The other bloggers participating in the project are:

Boosaurus

Braless in Brasil

Bras and Body Image

By Baby’s Rules

Contrary Kiwi

Fussy Busty

Hourglassy

Miss Underpinnings

Nothing Ever Fits

Obsessed with Breasts

Red Hair and Girly Flair

A Sophisticated Pair

That Bra Does Not Fit her

Thin and Curvy

Two Cakes on a Plate

Weirdly Shaped and Well Photographed

Windie Gardie

An example of a modesty panel

An example of a modesty panel

    Modesty is a controversial topic, especially as everyone has a different idea of boundaries, and where to draw the line. Some might argue that there should be no boundaries, and that’s an opinion I can very easily understand. However, having said that, I do draw boundaries for myself, and would also do so for my children. This is not to say that I feel I could judge others on what they wear, and of course I would never succumb to any prejudice that I may have. In fact I would do my level best to both understand and accept someone else’s choice to wear what they want and what they feel comfortable in, and question why I might have reacted with a certain prejudice to begin with. It’s the same with any controversial topic, whether it’s politics, religion, or something else, everyone should be entitled to their own beliefs and to embrace their own choices. I love that all my friends and acquaintances are different – the world would be a very boring place if we all believed the same thing – the same can be said about modesty.

    I’d like to try and articulate my own thoughts and feelings on the topic of modesty, but at the same time remind anyone reading this that these are just my thoughts, based on my own experiences and culture, and this is no way reflects how I feel about others with different opinions.

    While I was born in the UK and live here now, I spent a large portion of my childhood living and attending school in The Netherlands. These two cultures are very different particularly in terms of modesty. In the UK, we can be quite a prude bunch. I have a lot of that in myself; ignoring my own feelings for the sake of manners and civility, making snap judgements about someone who does not act in what I deem to be a ‘proper’ manner, not wearing a certain piece of clothing because it could be considered inappropriate. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, even to me, but this has a lot to do with my upbringing in this country, and the way my parents taught me to behave. At the same time, I have a bit of the Dutch in me too; I wholeheartedly do believe in speaking your mind when it comes to something significant, and not dwelling on what others may think of you, and I do believe we should be allowed to wear whatever we like without judgement. It is only through working on myself as a person that I have come to embrace the good aspects of both these cultures. In my perfect world, there would be a lovely mixture of these qualities brought together to create a place where people are respectful and polite, yet confident and individual, all while being kind to your fellow (wo)man.

    Speaking of embracing individuality, there has been a large amount of controversy lately surrounding school dress codes, particularly in the USA.

I’m going to list a few topics I have read about recently:

    – Cheerleaders from a school in Omaha were told their skirts were ‘too short’, and they could no longer wear their uniforms – despite the fact the school had purchased these uniforms for the girls themselves.

Well the first thing point out is that the school really has no right to kick up a fuss about uniforms that they had previously deemed appropriate. This implies that once the uniforms were seen on the cheerleaders, it was only at that point (with their curves and feminine figures) that they were apparently no longer acceptable. What a terribly damaging thought for a young girl, to feel that her own body turns a previously appropriate uniform into something completely unacceptable. We all have different body shapes, and the same piece of clothing can look completely different on one person to the next – does that mean some people shouldn’t be allowed to wear the same clothing as others?

    – The Principal of a school in Minnesota sent out an email to parents telling them that girls wearing leggings with a t-shirt instead of a long jumper, was inappropriate attire to wear at school. He claimed that the legging material was ‘too tight’ and distracting for other students.

This is bizarre. These girls are not even showing skin, they are wearing leggings. Now, while I myself wouldn’t choose to wear leggings without a skirt over the top, that is just my personal choice. These girls obviously feel comfortable with what they’re wearing, and as they’re not even showing skin, only shape, I cannot understand where the issue lies. Boys need to be taught that the female form can be both sexual and non-sexual depending on the context. Even if a boy was to be caught off guard by his hormones, it is the parents’ job (and the school’s job as well) to teach children what is and isn’t appropriate behaviour – hormones are something we all experience and learn to keep under control when necessary.

    – At a school in Michigan, a girl arrived one day wearing a pink & black pirate costume – the Principal informed her that she looked like a ‘porn star’. The student asked what a porn star was, and the Principal explained it to her informing her that ‘all men watch porn’. Needless to say, the girl was shocked to learn that that was what she looked like.

This is not the way for a young girl to learn about pornography! If the Principal felt she had to say something, there are countless better ways to explain about modesty other than relate it straight back to porn. The implication is she looked like she wanted to have sex, this does not promote confidence in young girls – it is one of the worst kinds of ‘slut-shaming’ and can only result in feelings of guilt and humiliation. Why didn’t she discuss the choice of outfit with the student? Why didn’t she ask what she liked about wearing the pirate costume and why?

    – Possibly one of the worst cases: At a school in Ohio, students were told to remove t-shirts that had the pro-gay rainbow image on the front.

This perhaps veers slightly off-topic, but I mention it because it shows how hard these schools are trying to crush individuality out of their students. Individual opinions are no longer acceptable, there seems to be just ‘one’ opinion that is encouraged. Some of these children are even being punished or suspended – what does that teach them? That having your own opinion or belief is wrong? Then it’s no wonder these children grow up so confused and unable to embrace who they really are.

    One particular area of modesty which can cause some very heated discussions is about women and girls showing ‘too much skin’. This has been talked about a lot in the media, and it usually goes hand-in-hand with ‘slut-shaming’. This then creates a direct link with rape culture, and the idea that a woman can actually be blamed for a rape because of what she chose to wear. Again, we all have our opinions of what clothes show too much skin, and there will always be people who choose to dress more modestly than others, but that should never affect how the person is treated. Accusing someone of being a ‘slut’ based purely on what they are wearing or what they look like, is a very sad by-product of our society, where it is assumed a certain image will provoke a certain reaction. In my opinion this is the very significant fact that needs to be dealt with – it is society as a whole that needs to change, not women and their choice of clothing.

    While I’m not keen on (for example) those tiny shorts that are pretty much just underpants in a more fancy material, or tiny crop tops that barely cover more than nipples, it is a fact of life that there will always be someone somewhere wearing clothes like that, and that is their choice.
Now, I personally feel a lack of clothing being worn in school isn’t really appropriate, and that has nothing whatsoever to do with boys being ‘distracted’ or other people’s opinions. The only fact of any significance is that school children are young. Young girls are sometimes under the impression that having more skin on show is a way to make themselves more attractive to the opposite sex (and a lot of this stems from what we see in the media). This is another aspect of modesty that is often ignored; the reasons why a young girl might choose to dress in a certain way – that to me is another very concerning point that needs to be addressed. I am all for people wearing whatever they like, but not at the expense of their self-respect. Girls and boys need to be taught that they should dress for themselves, not for anybody else.

This brings me to talk about one of my favourite campaigns; Beauty Redefined.

    Beauty Redefined was created by twins Lindsay and Lexie Kite. They spend a great deal of time and effort trying to change the way we view ‘beauty’ and writing brilliantly informative articles to back-up everything they say. They discuss the way media thrives off insecurity, highlighting the fact that these unrealistic messages aren’t going anywhere. They talk about how educating ourselves and those around us is the key to fighting back against the media, and learning that there is so much more to us than just the way we look.

    It is clear that modesty and the topics that accompany it, is something we should actively be talking about and dealing with. The good news – lots of bloggers and people all over the world are seeing the light, standing up for themselves and trying to spread the word, and this can only be a good thing. As long as we continue to fight and make ourselves heard, we stand a real chance of making a difference. Not just for ourselves, but for the next generation as well.

Love

Sophia xxx

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Body Image – Perfection is Overrated

April 25, 2012

One of the many things that I try to achieve here on my blog, is to remind women that it doesn’t matter what size you are, so long as your are comfortable with what you’ve got. Now while of course when I review underwear, I can only give my own personal opinions from how it fits and suits me –  someone of my shape and size – that doesn’t stop it being a useful starting point for others to lead on from.

Dove Campaign

In light of this, I’ll tell you a little bit about me. So whether you are similar or not, you know where I’m coming from, and hopefully you can relate, even if you are the other end of the spectrum.

I fluctuate between being a bra size 30GG and 32G, and currently 32G is the closest fit this month. My bone structure indicates my shape is possibly hourglass, but I have a big bottom and big thighs, so to me I have always felt slightly pear-shaped. I can fit into clothing anywhere between a size 10 and a size 16, so I have no real clothing size that I stick to, it varies too much between brands. I have only really started to have confidence in my body in the last few years which has been a very trying process, but worth it.
I would say that the majority of the time I am quite comfortable just the way I am. You’re always going to have the occasional body insecurity, but that’s just life, and we are only human. When I see others striving so hard to look like something or someone they’re not, I no longer get irritated, I just feel really sad that they can’t love themselves enough for who they are. All I want to do is say “look in the mirror, you are great, you don’t need to be anything other than you”.

That may sound cheesy and obvious, but when I was younger, no one ever said that to me. I never had anyone tell me I was great the way I was, or that I didn’t need to change, and without that, you can end up developing some fairly damaging body issues.
My grandmother, much as I love her, wasn’t so great with the words. She used to tell me “hold you bottom in, it’s sticking out, you know you didn’t get that big bottom from me!” which is actually the same thing she told my mother, who also consequentially developed her own body issues. Once this sort of thinking is passed down through generations, it’s really quite difficult to get rid of. You have to try quite hard to accept what you were born with, which, when faced with a parental figure giving their contradictory opinion, is not at all easy. We live in an age where the media subjects us to an enormous amount of scrutiny, and it becomes a serious challenge to say “no, I wouldn’t change a thing about myself”.

Oh the media has it so good don’t they? I like to think of the media the same way I think about Big Brother from 1984. It’s as if there’s an evil person hiding back there controlling it all, a person no one has ever seen, brainwashing an entire nation.
Why is it that we shouldn’t have spots? stretch marks? scars? cellulite? be a little overweight? a little underweight? have big breasts? or small breasts? have big bottoms? or small bottoms? have porcelain skin? or very tanned skin? or be ourselves AT ALL? Why are companies trashed for using slim models, then trashed for using ‘plus size’ models, then most likely trashed for daring to use models in the first place?
Oh what a world it could be if we all embraced every shape and every size. I once had a discussion with some of my fellow bloggers about what should really be embraced, and we decided upon health and happiness; a great combination.

Ultimo Campaign

I’m baring my inner most thoughts to your girls (and possibly guys) right now, because that is the point of my blog – discussing underwear actually plays a fundamental role in helping women feel better about themselves.
I want you realise you are not the only ones out there to question the media or the word ‘perfect’, and why such a word should ever matter to us. That word should not even be used in conjunction with human beings! We are the least perfect creatures, whoever made that word acceptable in relation to body types needs a good slap in the face.

May I just say, perfection is BORING!

Yes, you heard me, I said it’s boring. Too many people strive for this unattainable thing, and the reality is, humans would be incredibly boring if they actually were perfect.

So from one woman to another, I ask you, please, don’t try to change the way you look; just love yourself the way you are.

Love

Sophia xxx


Images from
Dove and Ultimo real beauty campaigns.

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The Elusive Fitted Top

November 6, 2011

As a woman, finding a good fitted top is akin to finding the Holy Grail. If your shape is quite straight up and down, you’re in luck; most likely you can find many a well-fitting top somewhere as simple as the high street.

At the other end of the spectrum, some women have quite a variation between the measurement around their chest, and the measurement around their waist. My measurements are 40-30, so finding a top that will be fitted in both those areas is more than a little challenging. It’s quick and easy to make simple box-shaped clothing, but to design a top that fits and clings to the contours of a curvy girl is no simple task.

Bravissimo, or Pepperberry as their clothing side is now named, were one of the first and few places I discovered that catered for a bigger bust. In addition to the standard clothing size, they allow you to specify a chest size as well; C – Curvy, RC – Really Curvy, and SC – Super Curvy (and lately they have been developing SDC – Super Duper Curvy). However, due to the cost of the clothes available, and the huge variance in their sizes, I do not often buy from them. My friend and fellow blogger Georgina Horne often writes about them, so you can find some much more detailed information about their clothes on her blog if you wish to know more.

It had been a while since I last purchased anything from Pepperberry, so recently I did. There was a lovely casual stretchy top on their website; the Button Trim Jersey top. I thought the two available colours – dusky pink and grey – were quite bland, but I decided maybe the pink could work for me. I have previously bought tops from them in a size 8SC (as I have often found their 8 fits like a high street 10) but I had heard some of their newer styles were tighter. I eventually settled on a 10RC, which was an OK fit. I think it was fine around the waist, but slightly loose in other areas.

Button Trim Jersey Top - Pink - 10RC

It’s a nice top, and I do like it, but it’s just not quite perfect. I was very keen on the button detail and the waistband strip, but I think the bland colours ruin it for me. If they had perhaps brought it out in two brighter shades as well, I very much think I would’ve purchased more than one.

Up until very recently, I was still struggling with my well-worn high street tops, and feeling frumpy because they just don’t fit me the way I want them to. Through some discussions with friends and other bloggers, I discovered BiuBiu; the Polish equivalent to Pepperberry. Ordering from abroad didn’t put me off, because as any regular reader of my blog knows, I often buy lingerie from the Polish company Ewa Michalak with much success.

BiuBiu have a lovely site, and it has a translate button into English; very handy for me given that I don’t speak a word of Polish! 😛

Like Pepperberry, they have three different chest size options. They use the letter ‘B’ which stands for ‘biust’ of course meaning ‘bust’. They have B – similar to Curvy, BB – similar to Really Curvy, and BBB – similar to Super Curvy. Their size chart put me in a 36BB, which in my opinion seems to be the equivalent of an 8RC (or even SC). I decided on two tops in 36BB and two in 38BB, as I had heard the 36 was tight on some girls of a similar size who had already tried BiuBiu.

This is the Porto in a 36B/BB (with the stretchy tops they have either B/BB or BB/BBB, as there is more of a variation with the added stretch).

Porto - Burgundy - 36B/BB

I found the 36 quite tight, but then my waist size is more of a 10 than an 8. Of course in regular high street clothes, I rarely ever fit into a 10, because they don’t leave much room for the bust. I think if I were to get another Porto, I would opt for the 38.

This is the Pamir, also 36B/BB.

Pamir - 36B/BB

I love this top! It’s a little tight just as the 36 Porto was, but the pattern actually disguises that to some extent. I have a thing about my arms and shoulders being a bit bigger compared to the rest of me; this top is actually a great help, as the dark brown sleeves are slimming for those areas. This is definitely a favourite.

Next, another stretchy top, the Hue in a 38B/BB.

Hue - 38B/BB

This is an unusual pattern. It’s not normally the kind of thing I would go for, but I already have a fair few plain block colour tops, and wanted to go for something a bit more interesting. I very much liked this; it’s more modest than the Porto or the Pamir because the neckline is stitched a little higher up. I found the 38 a much more comfortable fit than the 36, so I think 38B/BB is my ‘BiuBiu size’.

Last but not least, I was excited to try one of BiuBiu’s fitted shirts. It’s been a long time since I had a shirt that fit around the waist and didn’t cause all the buttons to ping off over the bust, so I was interested to see how these would fit. With the tailored clothes rather than the stretch, the sizes stay as B, BB and BBB. According to their sizing chart I would be 36BB, but I decided to go for 38BB because of my previous experience with the 36.

Vanity Fair Navy - 38BB

This is the Vanity Fair shirt in navy. It is a perfect fit in the 38. I love the square buttons, I love the shape and the very careful stitching – I have no criticisms about this shirt. If you need a lovely smart fitted shirt, BiuBiu is the place to go.

I am really very impressed with BiuBiu, not only are the clothes great, but the customer service is fantastic; they are exceptionally friendly and helpful. While Bravissimo is definitely one of my first choices for Lingerie, Pepperberry definitely comes second compared to BiuBiu in clothing. Their sizing is very consistent, which is especially a good thing if you are buying from abroad. I can safely say BiuBiu is a new favourite for me, and I will certainly be buying from them in future. Fitted tops are elusive no longer!

Love

Sophia xxx