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Italian Summer fashion by Marged

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My name is Marged, and I am the blogger behind the plus size fashion blog La Diva delle Curve . I am a half Italian and a half British and live in Italy and, as all Italians, have a weekness for style and fashion!

My blog was meant to be in Italian as it is one of the few plus size fashion blogs in Italy, but I have decided to make it a bilingual resource adding English as many of the places that I shop are in the UK.

I love shopping at Evans because I love the stylish and flattering designs. I recieve great feedback from my readers about the outfits I wear and many thank me for showing them styles that are a bit different!

For most Italian women, the plus size clothing on offer isn’t stylish at all, but shopping in the UK has taught me this doesn’t have to be the case.  I make a point to take the best of each culture, so here are my tips for fashionable summer wear,  hope you like the outfits !

Italy has warm weather in Spring and Summer, so I like light fabrics and colours during thess seasons.   Shorts are a popular look in Italy right now which is why I love these indigo denim shorts.

To perfect the look, I would wear them with this floral embroidered gypsy top and complete the outfit with some classic accessories such as tan block heel sandals and a  mini barrel cross body bag

For a smarter look, I would choose a dress, like this lovely floral prom dress. I would wear this with some simple accessories such as camel heeled clog style courts and a turquoise stone cuff bracelet for a more summery touch. And there you have a beautiful cocktail outfit!

These are only a few of the inspiring items you can find at Evans, and I am so glad the brand has now an online store, so that I can order from them whenever I like . . . even from Italy!


Wild For Animal Print . . .

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We’re excited about all the new ways to wear animal print this season. You can get a touch of the jungle on shoes, hairbands and necklaces as well as shirts and tunic tops.

Prints draw attention to the fit of clothing so it’s important to pick an animal print garment that flatters your shape. A tunic top is great for apple shapes as it skims over the tummy but shows off the legs while a dress with a belt is great for emphasising an hourglass’s waist and curves.

Everyone looks good in a statement necklace or a earrings and leopard point ballerinas are an easy way to make jeans and crops look more exciting.

What’s your favourite animal print item from our selection?

They’re all available right now in evans stores and online, enjoy . . .


Work Coral Like Gabourey Sidibe . . .

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Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe looks amazing in this season’s hottest colour . . . coral and we always seem to want what she’s got.

For a recent photoshoot the star of the smash hit film Precious looked stunning in a fresh and summery coral dress.

Forget fuschia and move over baby pink, Gabourey proves that coral looks amazing on a curvy figure.

What do you think?

There are some gorgeous coral items at evans if you want to take inspiration from the Hollywood actress.

Here are three ways of working the coral look . . .

Outfit 1 Coral and Silver

The Praslin coral flute sleeve tunic top is embellished with pretty flower stitching around the neck. Stunning silver sandals and jewellery enhance the gorgeous colour.

Outfit 2 Coral and White

The Sienna couture corsage floral tunic with white trousers is a lovely summer look to bring out any hint of a tan.

Outfit 3 Coral and Black

Match the evans coral chiffon frill neck vest top with black tear gladiator sandals, leggings and snake chain loop earrings for a cool causal outfit.


Reah Norman Picks The Best Swimwear for You . . .

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I think that it is safe to say that most women, no matter what size, dread shopping for swimwear, so in order to make it a simple and painless experience; here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for a new swimsuit.

The body type rules apply to all clothing, so they should be used when shopping for swimwear as well.  Wearing the right swimwear for you is all about balance, no matter what body type category you fit into.

APPLE SHAPES have softer and fuller middle with slimmer legs and bottom.

What to choose . . .

Evans Floral Tankini Top & Bottom is ideal because it is a bit looser fitting in the mid-section, and the V-neck top with wide straps is flattering and supportive for the bust area. Choose a mid-rise or high-rise full bottom with a tankini to offer ample support and coverage to the mid-section.

An apple shape can never go wrong with a Miraclesuit.  This beautiful Purple Miraclesuit has diagonal seaming and ruching, which creates a faux wrap look, with a built in ‘ tummy tamer ‘ panel, to smooth and minimize the tummy area.

PEAR SHAPES have curvaceous hips and bottom with smaller bust and shoulders.

What to choose . . .

The Evans Cross Front Morrocan Print Tankini & Berry Briefs is a great option for a pear shape.  The longer printed top skims the hips, the thicker straps balance out wider hips, and the plain briefs are simple, sleek and provide great coverage. Suits with a pattern on top and a darker solid on bottom are an ideal combination for a pear.

The Evans Fan Printed Dress Swimsuit has a skirted bottom that skims the hips and upper thighs to offer coverage.

SMALL BUSTS for those with a small bust the key to finding a perfect swimsuit is to add extra uplift to the top half of the body in order to add balance your silhouette.

What to choose . . .

The Evans Jade Halterneck Tankini Top & Brief is ideal for a small bust. The moulded, under wired cups create fullness and uplift, to make the bust appear larger.

The Evans Moroccan Stripe Swimsuit has horizontal stripes, which can make a silhouette look wider, so using them on the top half of the body will balance out your top half with your hips.

BUSTY A voluptuous bust with narrow hips and bottom, the most important element of a swimsuit should be bust support!

What to choose . . .

The Floral Miraclesuit will give bigger busted ladies a more flattering neckline, and the large floral print blends the bust area with the rest of the body.

The Evans Cross Body Swimsuit offers extra support for a heavier bust with padded cups, concealed shelf bra, and wider straps to support the chest and back.

Hourglass equally curvy bust and hips with a defined waist.

What to choose . . .

The Evans Twist Control Swimsuit is a great option for hourglass body types.  The built in side ruching helps define the waist and draws the eyes to the mid-section.  Also, the under wire and soft padded cups help enhance the bust.

The plunging v-neckline and wider straps of this Miraclesuit Plunge Swimsuit work to enhance the bust, while the ruching in the mid-section enhances the waistline.


Product Preview . . . Lace Up Ankle Boots

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Exciting news . . . evans are selling ankle boots that are strokeably soft on the outside, wide and comfortable on the inside, supportive to your feet and much easier to wear than knee high boots.

The suede lace up ankle boot is available in tan or black and available instore and online now at just £39.50.

These cute boots look lovely with leggings and a tunic top but you can also wear them with jeans if you’re going to be out and about and want some support for your feet. They’re as easy to wear as wedge heels but offer more stability as they’re tied up to the ankle.

And the best news? No need for a pedicure as these boots hide and protect your toes. Excellent!

Do you prefer them in tan or black?


Folk Inspired Style . . .

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Have you looked at the folk inspired clothing in shops, thought it looked lovely but didn’t know where to start putting an outfit together?

Don’t worry you’re not alone, the folk look can be tricky. With the mix of floral patterns, deep browns, rich reds and autumn shades, it’s all too easy to look like a lampshade if you wear too many folk items at once.

The key is to pick one gorgeous folk item of clothing, combine it with something plain coloured and some stand-out accessories and you’ll be wishing you tried the folk look ages ago.

Here are three examples of folk outfits to show you how it’s done.

Have a look what you think and tell us your favourite?

(1) Lunch Date
For a smart meeting outfit, choose evans stunning floral pintuck top and wear it with a simple belted denim knee skirt to let the print of the top stand out. Block heel sandals match the belt of the skirt while the irregular faceted ring continues the eclectic folk look and draws out the red of the top

(2) Shopping
For a cool but casual town outfit, start with the mixed paisley print top, which looks effortlessly fashionable with belted kickflare jeans. The agate stone pendant necklace complements the top, ensuring the top is the main focus as the brown strappy espadrille wedge will give you height without taking too much attention away.

(3) Summer Party

For a summer christening or wedding, the praslin border printed maxi dress is perfect. Keep the rest of the look simple but co-ordinated with black strappy espadrille wedge sandals, a red plait bead necklace and an intricate gold mesh tear bracelet


Lace Looks from Anjula . . .

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From Dolce & Gabbana to Alberta Ferretti, designers are making delicate, romantic lacy layers a hit this summer!  Tons of lace dresses and lace skirts were seen on designer runways in different color palettes and styles.  Although lace has made a powerful comeback for the summer, it is a material that comes on and off the runway.  It’s important to purchase classic lace pieces that can be worn without looking dated . . .

You can also purchase pieces that have a hint of lace that adds a feminine feel like the Coral kimono lace detail top.  This piece can be worn season after season without ever looking outdated.  It is flattering for those who may not want to show their upper arm, but who still want to stay cool and breezy.  Use the waist tie to accentuate the waistline and to add shape to the torso.  Pair this top with a pair of jeans and heeled sandals for a dressy look.

For evenings and more formal occasions, add a crisp wide leg trouser and a pair of heels. Lace should fall nicely over curvy figures and flatter your curves, so avoid starchy stiff lace.  Instead, go for narrower lace fabrics with more flow to add a romantic and feminine feel to your look!  Items such as floor-length semi-sheer dresses and skirts like the blue print and lace skirt give you that romantic summer look, while keeping you comfortable and cool.  For a more dramatic look, pair this skirt with loose, effortless hair and chunky bangles.  Have fun with all the lace options available this summer . . .


Addicted to spots . . .

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If you’re bored of black but not in the mood for colour then spots are the ideal compromise. It’s time to welcome back the humble polka dot.

With all the flattering benefits of black, spots are suitable for a variety of social occasions . . . the dot brings a playful touch to an item of clothing.

Showing your fun side, spots are an easy way to step away from plain clothes without going too wild.

And it’s easy to get the look in as dots are on every item of clothing this season.

A polka dot top looks great with black trousers for work or a formal evening occasion while polka dot wide leg trousers are glamorous alternative to a dress for a night out.

Polka dot lingerie and swimwear emphasises your bust which has been enhanced by the underwiring and fabulous fit of all evans lingerie and swimwear.

And if you want to draw the eyes up even more, tie a pretty polka dot scarf round your neck and you have a winning spotted look for summer.

What’s your favourite polka dot item this summer ?


The Midas Touch . . .

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Want to look bronzed and beautiful this summer? Gold is the way to lift the colour of your skin and add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe, without breaking the bank.

More practical to wear than white, gold keeps it’s colour no matter how much you wash it so it lasts for ages. Talk about value per wear!

Ideally suited to a summer garden party or night out, you look like you’ve made an effort when you’re wearing gold tunics and dresses. But you could wear a gold dress with sandals for a daytime event like a wedding or a picnic for a look with the wow factor.

If you’re not ready for gold clothing then jewellery can be worn with any outfit to add some summertime brightness and glamour. The metal swirl ring is now just £2 and you can get an armful of bangles for £7.50

Finish with some gold gladiator sandals that go with everything from jeans, maxi skirts or shorts. Gorgeous!

Have you treated yourself to any gold clothing or accessories this season?


Blogger Nefferth shows us how to wear chinos . . .

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There is a reason why we make a list of our favourite top 100 songs. And there is a reason why the same songs keep popping up in these collective charts. They are considered classic and transcending the test of time. In this post I want to share with you a three way look with another classic:  the chino trousers.

First worn by US military soldiers at the end of the 19th century, chino trousers have come a long way. Frequently used in casual looks, the chinos comfortable appearance may seem hard to picture otherwise. Playing with different accessories, layers and colours, I’ve created three looks to spice up your chinos.

For the office

Keep your work attire clean, fresh and accessorise with colour to enhance your professional look.

For shopping

When I go shopping, I’m hopping from one store to another. So I need clothes and accessories that move. Wedges are the perfect alternative to heels, as they are steadier to walk on and don’t cause a problem of I need to run to get that bargain.

For a party

If there is one situation where I think you can go all out with accessories, then it would be at a party. Evans holds a variety of colours and materials to cater to every taste. I chose to bling up my chinos! You want to be noticed at that lounge party, right? All you need now is a cosmopolitan and some great tunes.

How would you style your chinos?

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