Category: Fashion

Evans Plus launches in South Africa – Win a VIP modelling experience and R1500 voucher

One of the biggest gripes of South African plus size women is that there just aren’t enough fashion-forward plus size clothing options available. So, when I found out that leading UK plus size brand Evans was coming to South Africa via Spree – well, you can’t even begin to imagine my excitement!

I was given an exclusive sneak peek at the launch range, and had a bit of fun styling the Evan garments with other things available from Spree’s plus size offering, as well as my own closet.
These are some of the looks I came up with:

Evans Look 1:
Evans blouse

Jersey bar back top:  Evans at Spree
Skirt: Similar one available from Style Republic at Spree
Shoes: Footwork at Spree

Evans Look 2:
Evans outfit 1
Zip front dress: Evans at Spree
Shoes: Footwork at Spree

Evans Look 3:

Evans outfit 3
Printed hourglass fit dress: Evans at Spree

Evans Look 4:

Evans outfit 2
Pleat front maxi dress: Evans at Spree
Shoes: Solle at Spree
Choker: c(inch) at Spree

Evans Look 5:

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Belted sleeveless trench: Evans at Spree
Mid-blue jeggings: Evans at Spree
Boots: Edit at Spree

I’m a big fan of online shopping – I loathe few things more than trying things on in a tiny cubicle and unflattering lighting. I keep my measurements saved at hand and after comparing them to the size chart available on site can order my size with confidence – and if it doesn’t look quite right Spree’s return policy means it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t look as awesome as it did in my head.

So now on to the exciting part! In celebration of Evans coming to South Africa, Spree is treating one lucky Mind the Curves reader to a ‘model for a day’ experience. The winner will join me, along with two other bloggers and their winners, for a makeover and photo shoot. The images will be used as part of the launch campaign, so this is a great opportunity for aspiring plus size models out there. The winner will also receive a R1500 voucher to spend on their favourite Evans garments.
NB – the winner needs to be available for the shoot in Cape Town, on 10 May 2016, and transport is not included. The Evans size curve is 16 – 28, so the winner needs to fall within these sizes.
Good luck, curvy readers – get your entries in here:

 

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Plus size OOTD: Teal fit and flare dress from Edit at Spree

I’m not even going to bother with apologies and explanations about why it’s been so long since I last posted.

Instead, I’m going to launch straight into the fact that a dress I really like is ON SALE at Spree!

Check out the below, and if you like it, score yourself a deal!

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Heels: Mr Price
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Lipstick: ‘Tramp’ by Manic Panic available at AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya
Shot on location at the Woodstock Exchange

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 10: Pin-up poppet

This frock is Valentine’s pinup perfection. It’s got the colours, it’s got the flirt, it’s got the fun.

The dress totally makes me feel the part – it makes me want to giggle, flutter my eyelashes and spin and twirl the night away!

The dress has a halter-neck and zip at the back, set in a stretch panel, which I think is a large part of why it gets such a perfect fit. I’m also grateful that the top is correctly graded for my ample bosom – not too much cutaway at the armpits, which is a common problem I experience.

The petticoat comes separately – I was super lucky that mine matched perfectly – and while it adds that extra fun bit of froof and volume, the dress is perfectly beautiful and full without one.

Thanks for reading everyone. I hope you had as much fun reading this series as I did doing it. And whether you’re with your lover, a friend or on your own, have a rocking Valentine’s Day – and don’t forget to show your body a little love!

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Dress: Pinn’d Up
Petticoat: Pinn’d Up
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 9: Ooh-lah-lah-leopard

 

Sometimes… well sometime’s a girl’s just gotta get glammed up. And what’s more glitz and glam than shparkly golden leopard print? NOTHING, NOTHING I TELL YOU.

This dress is one of those rare beasts that looks amazing on the hanger… and even better on your body! The first layer is a fun metallic leopard print pattern, and for extra opulence there’s a second layer of mesh, segmented with ribbons. The ribbons don’t just add to the rich sense of quality, but also help to draw the eye vertically, with a very flattering effect. This dress has spunk, it has spangle and it has class.

I paired it with some velvety heels to add to the textural orgy, and broke up my silhouette with a thin gold cord belt (I find it flattering to draw attention to my smaller parts on my body type). I topped everything off with a creepy skull necklace (‘cuz we couldn’t go having too much formal in one place. Oh no we couldn’t!)

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Dress: Queenspark Plus
Shoes: Mr Price
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 8: The classic little black dress

Ahhhh, where would we be without the little black dress? Dress it up, dress it down – it’s the wardrobe save-all. Bet you you could wear this dress every day for a month and style it differently each day and you’d get away with it.

This specific LBD is the Jacki-style dress from Captive8. The fit and flair cut of the dress pleases me, and the knot feature as a great detail. The fabric has a nice weight to it without being too hot – you could get away with this dress is summer or winter, depending what you wore it with. It’s definitely been designed with a curvier/plus body in mind.

For Valentine’s Day the obvious choice to pair it with is red. I married it up with my favourite red shoes and some bold red earrings to draw through the theme.

P.S. I’m not sure who the star of this shoot is. Me, or Spooky?

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Dress: Captive8
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 7: Jivin’ jumpsuit

Wanna wear something special for the big, red day, but aren’t into skirts? How about a jumpsuit? They cut a mighty fine silhouette, are fresh, funky and are feminine without being girly. Also, with Cape Town winds, they’re kinda practical.

I’ve loved my different iterations of Isabel de Villier’s jumpsuits over the seasons, but truly, this one is my best yet. The legs are slightly wider, which I prefer, and it’s just proportioned perfectly and sits beautifully.

The fabric is lovely and thick and heavy, which adds a little extra to the confidence bank, and I adore the low ‘V’ at the back – just low enough to be sexy, without revealing bra strap (which, let’s be real, I can’t go without).

I went for simple and sleek here – some killer heels and bold jewelry, but I think it would rock with something even brighter and chunkier around the neck, and I’d love to try styling with a few feature belts too. Hmmmmm…..

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Jumpsuit: Isabel de Villiers
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Earrings: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 6: The sweetheart next door

If you’re not feeling the whole hubba-hubba mamma, oozing sex appeal look this Valentine’s Day, maybe you want to stretch your wings and try the pure, fresh angel-next-door look.

This sweet dress from Jacoba is perfect for it. Pick it out in a soft romantic colour – from the mint (pictured) to a caramel or dusty rose, and pair with flowers and a touch of sparkle. All of Jacoba’s dresses are cut to flatter, with this one being no exception, and somehow the fabric manages to be delicately soft on your skin while also slinking right over the lumps and bumps we’d rather not draw attention to.

The sweatheart neckline and loose cap sleeves are the perfect finishing touches. This dress is made in heaven, and if you wear it, you’ll look like that’s right where you’ve come from.

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Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Shoes: Milady’s
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 5: Tango in red

The thing about being sexy is you need to *feel* sexy. We all have those little things that help. For me it’s smooth legs, false eyelashes and a good scent. I’ve got a friend who says high heels and lacy knickers do it for her.

So, if you want to heat things up this V-day, find your thing. And let’s face it – this slinky red dress from Queenspark couldn’t hurt matters.

It’s a lovely slinky fabric – with an extra lining to heal hide lumps and bumbs – and a fantastic bit of added sparkle. I really like the arm and hem length, as well as the neckline – I feel these slightly demure features perfectly compliment the more raunchy silhouette – it’s all about balance after-all.

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IMG_0191Dress: Queenspark Plus Collection
Earrings: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 4: Polkadot perfection

 

Doing something a little more casual this V-day?
No excuse not to feel at your cutest.
This polkadot circle skirt brings out all the cute for me – I feel like a little Betty Boop, or Minnie Mouse (just need the ears!)

What makes it extra special is that it was made by fellow blogger Michelle from Ordinary Misfit, initially as a hobby, and now as a new business.

The skirt is totally profesh, with an elasticated waistband (comfortable!) and lining. I love the froof of tulle at the bottom – such a gorgeous detail. Polkadots are a favourite of mine (yes I know you know that already) and I find the styling options to be limitless – so many colours, mix with other patterns or statement items, casual or dressy. A great investment piece, really!

So come on, click through to support local and score yourself adorable new threads! What makes it even cooler is she custom makes for your size (besides, circle skirts are flattering on everybody and their cats), and her rates are incredibly reasonable.

 

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Skirt: Ordinary Misfit
Shoes: Rosie Toes
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 3: The Tropical Temptress

It’s summer time, so let your tropical goddess shine! Yellow is such an unusual colour for me (previously my worst!) but there was something about this dress that I fell in love with. And boy am I glad I gave it a try!

I find the draping of Ms MoneyPenny’s designs so perfect for the curvier and plus size figures – they just know exactly where to distract, and where to enhance. The fabric is lovely and slinky and high-quality.

This frock is the perfect choice if you want to stand out from the crowd and make a splash – and yes, it’s available in other colours, even though I just love it as a ray of sunshine!

 

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car_grouping_01Dress: Ms Moneypenny available from Fefla Couture
Earrings: Violet Vanilla Shop
Hair flower: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

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