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Guest Post: Rebecca’s Full Figured Fashion Week Photo Diary

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Full Figured Fashion Week is in full swing and we caught up with Rebecca, the blogger behind The Plus Side of Me, for a sneak peek inside her photo diary. Here’s the lowdown on Day 1 at FFFWeek:

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Full Figure Fashion Week launched in full style on Monday with the Denim and Diamonds event. I arrived in New York around 3 and hurried to get ready in order to meet the Fashion Front early for cocktails. When I arrived, the Stellan had the upper level ready for the Fashion Front to meet and chat with those who worked hard to put on the event. I was soon greeted by Gwen DeVoe and Marie Denee, as well as some of the Fashion Front members: Jennifer, Ashley Rose, Dani and Gaelle.

There were lots of hugs as bloggers and others attending the week of events showed up, and the Stellan had plenty of good music, good food, and drinks to keep us busy. Along with my friend Brittany, I was able to reunite with some of the bloggers I met last year – like Olivia - and meet some bloggers that I’ve known online like Dani, Hanna and Ty.

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It was so fun seeing everyone who came in from different states and countries as far away as France and Australia. I even ran into a few Londoners including Hanna and Carina from Evans.

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On the top floor, attendees were dancing away the night, and below it was quiet enough to talk and meet new faces. The launch was just what I needed. I was able to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones, all while looking super sparkly in an Evans COLLECTION top.

- Rebecca x

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Visit Rebecca’s blog at The Plus Side of Me here.

Keep up with our FFFWeek here for the latest Evans news and updates.

 

Guest Post: Hanna’s FFFWeek in Outfits

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Hello all, I’m Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge!

I was excited and honoured when the Evans ladies asked me to write a guest post for this blog, as Evans is definitely one of my favourite brands. In this post I will show you a few lovely outfits that I am planning on wearing at Full Figured Fashion Week 2013 in New York next week.

I have been to New York a few times before, and it is absolutely my favourite city in the world, I can’t wait to go back! I’m also looking forward to meeting other bloggers from around the world who I have been following for a long time, especially since I have become great friends with some of them and finally get to meet them for real!

I received some gorgeous pieces from Evans and Scarlett & Jo to wear in New York, and I built three outfits out of them: two casual and one dressy.

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This look has a long dip-hem top by Live Unlimited and cute Black Flower Peeptoe Slingback Platform Heels (£35) from the core collection. Since the top is a bit too short from the front to be a dress, I added the denim shorts to make the look casual. I also added a red Evans bag, which is one of my favourite bags – it’s the perfect size! I’m planning on wearing this outfit to one of the day events at the FFFW, possibly to a blogging workshop.

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This Scarlett & Jo Floral Wrap Tunic (£45) is the perfect flirty daytime dress. I love the dark toned florals and the boldness of the print. And these Black Weave Gladiator Wedges (£35) then? They are the comfiest shoes ever, actually even comfier than flats to me! I bought the mint green pair first, but after wearing them for a day I had to go back to the Marble Arch store and buy the black pair as well – yes; these wedges are highly recommended by me!

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Oh and how about this dress then? Scarlett & Jo really gamed out with the big guns when they released the Sheer Yoke Print Prom Dress (£55). It is the prettiest and girliest dress I own, and I feel so cute in it. The cut is really nice on my body shape, and the mesh on the top adds a bit of sexiness to it. This outfit will be what I wear to either the Indie Brands Catwalk Showcase or to the after-party of the FFFW. I can’t wait to wear it, I feel like a princess in it (oh what a cliché, but so true!).

Thanks Evans and Scarlett & Jo – I look forward to walking around NYC in these outfits!

- Hanna x

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Visit Hanna’s blog at The Wardrobe Challenge here.

Keep up with our FFFWeek for the latest Evans news and updates.

 

Woman Magazine’s Top 5 Summer Styles from Evans and Get 20% Off at Evans

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We asked Woman Magazine’s fashion editor, Caroline Baxter, for her top 5 picks from Evans, perfect for your Summer wardrobe and we absolutely love her stylish choices. From candy stripe wedge sandals to chandelier earrings, there’s something for everyone and perfect for dressed up Summer events or trips to the beach.

Here’s why Caroline chose these key Summer pieces and great style ideas of how to wear each one. Click the links below for more information about any of the Summer items.

  1. Swan by Clements Ribeiro Printed ‘Joan’ Midi Dress, £75  -  Every Wardrobe needs a Summer go-to dress and this one is gorgeous and will flatter all shapes.
  2. Evans pink pattern lurex scarf, £12.50  -  A patterned scarf is perfect for that glam layered up look and great for a chilly evening.
  3. Evans Swirl Print Neck Trim Top, £37  -  Channel the biggest trend of Summer with this tribal top, wear with black silky trousers for a day to evening look.
  4. Crystal Chandelier Earrings, £8.50  -  Vintage looking faux diamonds are cool again, accessories with your Little Black dress for that Elizabeth Taylor vava voom.
  5. Evans Pink Flower Striped Espadrille Wedge Sandals, £20  -  How much fun are these candy stripe wedges, I’d team them with white capri pants for maximum impact.

And don’t forget to pick up this week’s copy of Woman Magazine to get 20% off in-store at Evans and online at Evans.co.uk. There’s also a chance to win a £500 Evans gift card to spend in-store or online.

 

Guest Blog Post: How to Layer by Kellie B

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At Evans we love getting style tips and fashion advice from some of our favourite fashion bloggers. This week we’ve got some fabulous outfit ideas and a guide to Autumn/Winter layering from Kellie B from Fashion Insider.

Hello! It’s Kellie B from Fatshion Insider. Autumn is fast approaching and although the weather is changing, you don’t have to pack away all of your favourite summer pieces just yet. As far as I’m concerned, the best thing about autumn is being able to layer fabulous pieces in order to create a really cool pulled together look.   I love mixing and matching both textures and patterns so below are a few easy ways to take summer pieces into autumn.

Floral Summer Dress + A Little Leather = Perfect Autumn Outfit!

I chose these looks because I love mixing sweet feminine florals with leather and edgy shoes! Tie up boots were huge last autumn and are still a great way to add a little tough girl chic to an otherwise frilly outfit. And if you only buy one item for autumn, make it a leather jacket. An autumn wardrobe must!

Top Row (L-R) Jacket, Dress, Sandals

Bottom Row (L-R) Biker Jacket, Dress, Boots

Checks and stripes = Great for the weekend!

So here’s where things can get really fun. I’m obsessed with stripes and a great stripe tee-shirt can be worn a hundred different ways. The first look is a great weekend outfit layering the checked button down over the stripe tee and motor cycle jacket has a very easy LA look, I love it. The bandage skirt keeps looks great and the brown boots  –   just plain cool.

Top to Bottom: Biker Jacket, Stripe T-shirt, Check Shirt, Brown Boots, Black Skirt

When it comes to jewellery  -  just pile it on!

This one’s pretty easy  -  layer necklaces like these plastic link pieces in complementary colours then add one piece that’s different but adds interest like gold chains with a knot. When layering necklaces just remember they should all be different lengths so they sit nicely on top of each other. I do this all of the time and people will say ‘Oh I love your necklace’ and I usually respond ‘Thanks, I’m wearing 5!’.

Left to Right: Green Necklace, Gold Necklace, Red Necklace

Thanks for the great post, Kellie!

What do you think of Kellie’s post? Would you like to guest blog for Evans? Let us know.

 

3 ways to wear the Blue Casual Twill Duffle Coat by Alissa

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It’s Alissa from from Stylish Curves again! I love it when fall comes around because that means it’s time for coat season. When Evans sent me this super cute toggle coat I couldn’t wait to wear it. It’s still 90 degrees here in NYC, but having the jacket now allowed me to play around with some outfit ideas in preparation for the cool fall weather.

Below are 3 ways I will be wearing this toggle coat.

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Look 1:

For the first look, I chose to wear the coat with one of my favourite floral dresses. I paired it with burgundy tights and camel coloured studded ankle boots for what I would call a girlie, slightly quirky look. Wearing the coat with this spring like dress is perfect for those early fall days.

Look 2:

My second look is for those days when it’s extra chilly. I threw my faux fur vest over the coat as a layering piece. Most people just put layers on under the coat and never really think about layering over their coat. I think fur vests are a great way to give your jackets a new energized look. Since I layered on top, I kept things simple with a turtleneck, straight jeans, and a pair of blush coloured suede heels.  I would call this my downtown NYC celebrity look. In New York, you always see celebrities with their oversized shades on, a fur, and super high heels. This is my plus size girl interpretation!

Look 3:

The third look is what I would call a little preppy. It reminds me of back to school. For this look I layered a crisp white collar shirt under a bright yellow cardigan complete with my camel studded ankle boots for a little flair. One of things I like about this coat is the colour. It’s not your basic black or one of your blindingly bright colours. It’s a nice shade of light blue which means it looks great with a variety of pastel colours like yellow.

Which look is your favourite?

 

3 ways to wear the Animal Print Shirt by Alissa

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I’m Alissa from Stylish Curves and some may consider me a leopard print-a-holic!  Whenever I see an item in that print it’s very hard for me to pass it up. When I received this leopard print sleeveless top from Evans I was so excited because out of all the leopard print tops I own, I don’t have one in the form of a shirt. As I was thinking about which three ways to wear this top I wanted to make sure that I was staying true to my everyday life.

Sometimes as a blogger you want to get extra creative and sometimes certain looks are not realistic to wear everyday on the streets. After I thought about the myriad of ways to wear this top I came up with these three looks that represented the three areas of my life that I need to always look great!

Look 1: A day at the office



The first look is my ‘at the office look’.  I try to make an effort to look young and sophisticated in a sea of bland business suits like I see on other women. This leopard print shirt was a perfect pairing with my pencil skirt. I think it has a sophisticated edge.

Look 2: Lunch with friends



The second look is what I would call my casual daytime look, perfect for meeting friends for lunch.  I also like the long and lean look that the tunic gives with my white fitted jeans. It’s like I grew 2 inches taller!

Look 3: Time to party


For my third look, I wanted to show you how I would wear this shirt for a night out with the girls!  Pairing the shirt with these shorts allowed me to show off an understated chic look.

Which look is your favourite?

 

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!

 

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 . . .

 

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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