Sera Lilly Curve

2015 is the most exciting year for plus size girls yet, as everyday, there are new brands sprung up and I can see the designs of plus size clothing keep improving and upgrading. Gone were the days when you can’t even find any decent clothes for a night out or a romantic date!

Today I am going to introduce to you a brand from New Zealand called Sera Lily Curve – founded by NZ fashion designer / blogger Sera Lilly (ig:Kiwicurves) and his brother Josh in April this year, whom I followed for quite sometime now. I was quite surprise that the brand has come together and already established in a short period of time, I basically watch her whole sourcing period to launching within half a year. It also shows how much they are passionate and experienced about this business ( a big plus point!)

Josh (Left) Sara Lilly (Right)

Moreover, never have I thought that one of the most fashion forward plus size brand is happening nearer to me than in the US, so I am very excited and cannot wait to try on some of their cute playful designs.

Here are a few looks I like the most from their latest collection

First and foremost, this co-ord is just fabulous, playful suit jacket with cape detail, in a tribal x Memphis style pattern. Who wants to stand out at a party or an event? get these!

If you want someone more romantic, like an outfit to go on a date on Saturday Afternoon, here you go. the look below is perfect for it. It’s casual yet ladylike, pair with some accessories and straw hat, you will look super cute and summery. I guess especially for Australia and New Zealand since it’s the summer over there. Denim and flowery patterns are trending at the moment so don’t miss it.

 

Feeling a bit lazy and want to go for dresses? This is my pick from their collection, as I like the off shoulder detail and the bold royal blue colour. I would wear some gladiator boots with it and a small chain clutch.

 

Last but not least, Sera Lilly already developed the accessories line to go with the collection. Personally I think these small bags are gorgeous and practical, they perfected the first compact yet well rounded collection of theirs. I cannot wait to see what’s next for this brand and I have super high hopes in it!

 

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Women’s Plus Size Work Clothes / Workwear

Hey There!

I just learned about this new brand called Universal Standard, seems like a beautiful collection of higher quality products. The coat above and its little red detail tell it all (although the campaign is a little too subtle and dark, I cannot really take a good look at the overall craftsmanship of the collection) , but you can be the judge and below is the rest of the collection.

Talking about work clothes for plus size women, just like any other plus size fashion or clothing, there aren’t too many choices out there, but of course you still have some options and it’s not like you won’t find clothes to wear 😉

The best established brand goes to Carmakoma from Denmark for it’s elegant design that fits properly on plus size women.

The spanish brand was one of the first to use a plus size model in their campaign back in 2007 ( I still have the hard copy booklet!), but not until last year, they launch the plus size line Violeta. Just like Mango, it covers all segment for plus size women – casual wear, party wear and also included workwear.

There are also other brands which are not as minimalist as could be, but good options for the formal dressing needs.

 

 

 

 

 

My world was made better all by myself 世界因為自己而變得豐富

I studied in the local school when I was young, from primary to secondary (I am a high school drop out!).

When I was in high school, 5’4 at 180lbs, most of my school friends and mates always make fun of my weight and make it the “subject daily”, just like any high school i guess. Although I wasn’t happy about it, somehow I don’t mind that much thinking, well they are speaking the truth, I am fat!

I have always been single and think it must be because I am fat and no other reasons. ( living in HK you have to be a size 4 to not be called fat) I know I am not ugly and I am a fun-loving girl with many guy friends. However, I have never had a proper childhood or teenage life where at least there will be some teenage romance for me. The closest thing would be being approached by pervy old men in the street!:S

After all these years of feeling unattractive and being proven by having no one to date or love, it’s easy to feel that I am not worthy, and since, I have developed very low self esteem, and at some point, I have become a tomboy to protect my own feelings.

Around 20 something, I have met someone online in a chatroom, I have never met him before but we have been talking everyday for a couple of years (yes, 2 years, this is obviously not a tinder era) before we finally met. I was worried sick that he will turn his back on me when he found out how big I am in person. Just thinking about the opportunity to finally have a love life with someone I really click with and love, I couldn’t control my thoughts about wanting to be thin, I thought not eating will give me what I wanted and to change the reality for me.

And if I start doing exercise and not eating at the same time, perhaps it would work! I have 3 months before I get to see him, and that is when I started to control my diet, not eating properly.

Maybe it’s in the name of love, or maybe it’s just all the issues that have been built up for years, at one point, I was only having 80 calories per day and for months, I have felt like I can’t even walk because I have no energy.

It’s funny because I started to have guys coming over to approach me since I have slimed down around 30lbs (14kg), yet I am still a fat girl in many people’s eyes, and no matter what torment I was putting myself through in my head, I still hear guys telling me “if you lose some weight, I will date you”.

Eventually, my immune system got too weak and I was having an inflammation in my body that won’t go away. I was put into the hospital. My family had no idea what was going on and I lied about it. They thought I just had an inflammation and never really asked how.

During the time in hospital, I asked myself, why would I do something like that to myself? Love ≠ EVERYTHING in life! If I am single, does it means I am not worthy? on the other hand, if I have a partner, does that make my life complete and all problems will be going away?

I realise I have to love myself more, be more positive and take care of myself. Since then I started travelling a lot more, study again and focus on my career and knowledge. Now, at age 30 something, I am still a fat girl, but I am happy that I have found happiness in myself. My world was made better by myself, not anyone else.

TL;DR

Love yourself, improve and learn; have some moderate exercise and create a healthy eating habit because taking care of your health is being a responsible adult.

Most of all, please don’t compare yourself with others and just do your best.

You can also be a happy person.

我從小學到中學都係喺本地學校讀書,係中學嘅時候,五呎四,180幾磅,學校啲同學都會成日明示暗示笑我肥,用嚟做話題。雖然有唔開心,但其實我都唔係幾介意(因為係事實)。

所以單身多年, 一直覺得係因為自己肥,冇諗過有冇其他原因。仲成日自問其實唔係醜樣同埋性格爽朗,鍾意玩,好多男仔朋友,但係點解就從來就無人追(鹹濕亞伯非禮就大把)。多年長期係咁,影響到個人冇冇晒自信心,自卑同埋變成好似個男仔頭去保護自己。

20幾歲,識咗個男仔,第一次有機會談戀愛,當時有段時間試過唔食嘢同埋狂做運動減肥,瘦咗30磅,我以為就咁我嘅世界會變好,會完全唔同,所以慢慢變成有厭食症。
雖然嗰陣時有比較正常啲嘅身形,但係喺好多人嘅眼中仍然都係覺得我好肥,呢個階段有好幾個男仔同我講"你瘦啲我會最追你"。
心諗點解雖然減咗30磅,但係都仲咁唔開心, 仲搞到有埋病?其實根本思想同精神都有D問題, 之後仲入埋醫院。

我係醫院期間, 醒覺到一個人唔可以淨係掛住拍拖同埋想有男朋友就乜都唔理,愛情≠一切,呢個世界有大把其他啲野可以做嘅,唔通我冇男朋友就等於我冇用?咁係咪有男朋友就等於好好,等於冇其他煩惱?不如搞掂自己先講啦。喺呢個時候, 我振作起來,開始個人冇咁負面消極,仲周圍去旅行,開始讀番書同埋積極咁向我嘅事業進發,到咗今日30幾歲,仍然都係肥妹一名,但係咁多年來我學到好多唔同嘅嘢,發掘到唔同嘅興趣,我嘅世界因為自己而變得豐富。我仲將我咁多年來學到點樣着衫知識擺上網俾D同我差唔多嘅女仔睇添。

今次係我第一次用中文寫關於自己嘅事,希望你哋睇到,同時會察覺到自己唔係咁差,你地有大把世界等着你地去探索㗎,加油。

仲有,有時緣份可能唔係咁早嚟,但係當你準備好自己嘅時候,呢啲嘢自然就會自己嚟搵你㗎啦。

將自己做好D,飲食健康,適量運動,肥啲都唔係問題,只要唔好同人地比較,唔好討論別人,你都可以做到一個好開心嘅人。

 

Top 10 Plus size sportswear / activewear

In my last post, I talked about Sportluxe – high fashion workout gear for straight size and some XLs for inbetweenies, therefore I have not focused on plus size brands. There are now many brands out there available for plus size women and I need to have a separate post just for it 🙂

Personally I have not tried any of these brands fit, because my heart is on the sportluxe brands (now I am working towards being able to squeez into them)!

I want to point out that, appearance of sportswear is as important as its function, it has to be both! So, invest in some higher quality pieces. Especially nowadays we have more options as ever before, of course you want to choose the best among all that last long, functional and makes you look good.

Material is really important, we don’t have the same body size or shape as slim women and there are many things in plus size activewear design that needs to pay more attention to.

For example, the inner thigh area, most of us has chub rub because of our thick thighs, therefore the fabric use on the jogging pants need more resistant than usual.

We also have different size of legs, some big girls have lean long legs and some like me have shorter and strong, thick limbs.

Last but not least, most of us have larger breasts than slim girls, due to fat distribution of course! Therefore the tops we wear should be more supportive with good coverage.

For big boobes girls, I would suggest you to look for bratop or vest that has built in layer, put them on after wearing your sportbras.

Then it comes to design, nowadays we don’t want baggy outfit that is shapeless, having the style add to our fitness outfit will definitely boost the motivation for us to go get some exercise!

Here below are the activewear brands that offer plus size for your browsing pleasure!

2XU

 Function and sport design, no fashion elements but offers high tech compression wear, comes in S- XXL

Fashion over sport as seems that the material used is more for leisure than intensive sport

Sporty and fashionable active wear

Surprisingly extensive range of plus size active wear by Fila

S-XXXL

Size 0-28

“I know the pain of trying to find sexy, fashionable plus size activewear, which is why I started Just Curves”  – Yolanda Williams, founder of Just curves

 

Designer Becca manufatures her own fun fashionable leggings for plus size girls

Dedicate to plus size fitness! #definebrave

 

Sport Luxe Activewear

80s SKI FASHION

Back in the late 80s, early 90s, activewear became the trend of the era, but then fashion changes and the once popular baggy silhouette were no longer “cool” so we moved on to newer things. However, since commercial fashion hasn’t come up with any new trends in the past decade, history have been just reinventing from the olds, and so fashion bounds to make its comebacks.

Fashion shoot from Vogue 2012

Fashionable Sportswear is one of the most prominent trends in recent years that has derived and evolved from the 80s/90s sport trend; remember Tommy jeans, polo shirts and leg warmers, they were not costumes but real clothing trends once! As we entered a new generation of fashion, certain styles evolved and became new categories. 

Sport Luxe has been slowly coming to shape and since built up its following due to the latest craze/crave of fitness/healthier lifestyle (so long sugar and junk food), it’s now a staple category and also one of the most profitable line for many brands.

  

I was first introduced to sportluxe by early player Stella McCartney when she launched her crossover with Adidas in 2004. Although Honor mention goes to Dirk Bikkembergs being one of the first to create sport couture.

Stella McCartney designs with innovative technology in mind, inventing with new material making her sportwears light, airy and strong at the same time. Not to mention the distinctive, futuristic and feminine design using extraordinary pastel colour combinations, it was love at first sight! I simply cannot think of anything better than this, because I am finally able to wear longlasting, functional high end fashion design that don’t really go out of style, it’s useful and you get to wear them often. 


It was also the first time I saw woven fabric sneakers from any brands, as someone who is a U.S. size 14 and has wide feet, I have found my “double happiness”! 

Since the fashion industry sees the success of Stella McCartney x Adidas, many sport brands created crossover collection with top designers for sportwears – McQueen x Puma 2006, Nike x rick Owen, Nike x Sacai, etc. 

Then, in the past few years, many luxury sportwear brands spring up. I cannot get enough of these brands and I follow many on instagram. This category is mixing sexy, cool and atheletic together for the 20th century humans.

 

What excites me more is that nowadays there are indie brands out there making it available for bigger girls, too. Below are the brands caters to the stylish sporty girls.

Adidas launched stellasport in 2015, a more affordable version of Stella x Adidas and it carry some styles in XL.

 Alala

Ashley Graham wearing Luca Hugh’s size XL leggings

Just Curves

This jumpsuit comes in size 10-28!

#TEAMEVERYSECOND

Be honest, fashionable sportswear is a really hugh motivation for me, I have always complaint about old fashion gym clothes, they are not flattering at all! Now as I know if I invest into these sportswear, I can also wear them out as casual wear and looking stylish all the time, I wouldn’t mind joining the other fitness pals and make it a lifestyle for me. It’s chic, comfortable, good for both my health and my looks! No reason to say no. 

What do you think about these product? Will you want to join me too?