FASHION || Plus North

Last weekend I made my way to Manchester to attend the plus size fashion event of the year, Plus North which was organised by the fabulous powerhouse of a woman Mrs BeBe and the lovely Toni. Held at the Renaissance Hotel, the event gave plus size bloggers and members of the public the opportunity to mingle with some amazing clothing brands. The likes of Simply Be, Yours Clothing, Scarlett and Jo, Evans, Excite, Curvissa, Sorrento and Lovedrobe were all on hand with rails and rails of their beautiful wares.

Catwalk shows were held throughout the day for individual brands in order to showcase their *insert slight squeal* their A/W13 ranges (I love autumn clothes, incase you didn’t see). There was knitwear galore making its way down the catwalk including adorable jumpers from Yours Clothing which instantly made me want to throw myself in some snow and make snow angels.

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Who better to model for some of our favourite plus size clothing companies than the beautiful attendees of the event? My lovely Rosie had the pleasure of recruiting the models for the catwalk shows, and oh my, what a load of stunners she picked. I love watching catwalk shows, but I often find that when it comes to “real clothing” and not couture, it’s best to be shown on *cringe* real women, regardless of their size or how long their legs are. I like to see how a certain item will look in real time and the lovely ladies who modelled that day certainly did that. The proof is in the pudding by the list of items that I’m lusting after.20130917-101041.jpg

L-R Get my selfie on with Rosie, Meg, Elena, Sian

As always, one of my favourite things about these events is the opportunity to meet up with lovely bloggy ladies old and new. Familiar babe shaped faces such as Betty Pamper & Elena were the vintage glamourpuss’ that they usually are (and absolutely lovely) & there were a few ladies on my hit list who I wanted to meet. Danielle Vanier (- oh haiiiiiiiii) was one of mine, I shamelessly wanted to fangirl over her because she’s so ghetto fabulous with a booty that won’t quit, and I was certainly not disappointed by her loveliness. I also got to meet a few other girls I’ve had the pleasure of speaking over Twitter including two of my newest favourites, Meg and the girl known as Smyth – both absolute babes. & last but not least Olivia – she’s a REAL MODEL and I need this girl to teach me my angles and my #OOTD poses. She’s absolutely beautiful.

I’m always overwhelmed at these type of events by how welcoming and friendly people are. It’s a massive room of girls coming together to slap eachother on the back to say “you look f*cking awesome and I think you’re lovely” and if the Spice Girls taught us anything, its that girls should stick together. Which leads me onto one of the stand out moments from the day for me, which was something which Betty Pamper (who brought her little girl along for the day) said. She said she wanted to bring her along to see all of these beautiful and inspiring women embracing and loving themselves for who they are, and if there had been an event like Plus North about when she was younger, she wouldn’t of been half as f*cked up about her body issues than she had been.

To me thats what Plus North & plus size events and campaigns, plus size bloggers – all of it is about: removing the stigma of “fat” and an industry who thinks that plus size ladies aren’t really interested in how they dress so have churned out the same rubbish for years. Thus making them feel insecure and unhappy with the way that they look because they’re made to feel like they can’t dress or look a certain way because that is what society dictates. The plus size fashion world has come on leaps and bound, and the amazing sponsors of the day proved that brands are pushing the “fatshion” boundaries by supplying fashion forward pieces for ladies who might have a little more junk in the trunk & in turn are allowing ladies to be much more than just a number.

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These girls <3

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and night – I only wish I’d booked a hotel and stayed over for drinks and dancing with the ladies instead of catching my 10 o clock train home with Rosie – I shan’t be making that mistake next year!

Thank you to Becky & Toni for organising the day and thank you to anyone else who I met, chatted to or didn’t get to speak to for making it such a great day for all of us.

Until next year….