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Life Bite: Feminist Inequality in my Underwear Drawer!

In the great movement of ’embracing the female body’ I believe we have gone too far.
‘Women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful’. Okay, I accept this premise…to an extent.
Yes, curvy women are beautiful. Yes, no women should feel inadequate for being a size 12/14. Yes, society shouldn’t make a woman feel ugly for being larger.

BUT

A woman who is morbidly obese…200lbs and suffering major health issues as a result. Is this beautiful? No, it is not. And not because it’s ‘unnattractive’ (which is IS, but that’s not my main reason for seeing it as wrong.) But because it’s UNHEALTHY. Eating junk food and stuffing yourself full of fat and unhealthy foods (and if you’re morbidly obese, don’t tell me you eat super healthy and moderately etc., that CANNOT be true) is not healthy, it’s not good and it’s not ‘beautiful. Fine, if you’re ‘happy’ to look and be that way, then go ahead, but don’t you dare tell me I’m being unfair when I say it’s not good. It just isn’t.

The whole love your curves thing (although it doesn’t really apply to me) is great and I think that no woman who is a size 14 should be made to feel unattractve because of those curves, because you can be completely healthy at that size, in fact, a lot of women are. But there is a limit.

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And furthermore, in ’embracing curves’ I feel we are now discriminating against the ‘thin’. Some women have small builds and are naturally very slender. I am a size UK6, but I KNOW I eat healthily and also, a lot! I have chocolate and biscuits every day…like EVERY DAY; dinner is not over until I’ve had some chocolate for pudding. But I also eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Every meal has carbs, I love bread and potatoes and pasta, but I eat MODERATELY and SENSIBLY. It doesn’t make me ‘annorexic’ or ‘unhealthy’ and I shouldn’t be discriminated against for being SMALL. Which I feel I can be.

I often have trouble finding clothes that fit me, as I have narrow hips (especially compared to my body itself…my hips are narrower than my shoulders and narrower than the standard ‘size 6 measurements’ which can be an issue for me. But I never have trouble pulling a size 16 off the rack. They are in abundance and I feel I am being discriminated against (a little, I’m not going to over exaggerate here…) for being smaller.

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Mostly, however, I find it in bras. The rise of the ‘plus size model’ (a term I don’t endorse, but it’s the generally accepted term and suits my needs here) and the embracing of ‘curvier’ girls means we now have bras up to and beyone 40K…which is fine, one of my oldest friends has a ‘G’ cup (which i used to be incredibly jealous of, but she does have back problems as a result, and I’ve learned to embrace my oppisite-end of the spectrum boobs) and she used to have big trouble finding bras. People were forever saying how unfair it was that bigger girls couldn’t buy NICE bra’s that fitted.

I can’t find NICE bras that are small enough. I am a 28A. I haven’t got much, but I still need some support! I can’t go bra-less, there’s enough there to make that a problem, but more and more lingerie specialists now are not making Bras in my size! Often I find a stunning set of lingerie (I had a major issue with this at the Cosmopolitan Lingerie Show), get all excited only to be completely broken hearted when they tell me (yet again) oh, we only start from 32B.

IMG_0294This set from ‘Gossard’ was my pick of the night, I was madly in love with it from the minute I saw it. I would have paid a lot of good money for the set, but guess what? Not in my size…They lost out on good money and a good customer (I’d have bought other things, such as the one piece further up if they’d had my size as well) because they don’t cater to the small. Fools!

In our desperate dash towards equality and embracing the ‘female body in whatever shape or size’ (or so they CLAIM) I think we’ve gone too far. Now there is inequality AGAINST smaller women. I get told I’m too skinny, or ‘figureless’. Fine, I don’t really care what you think, but I know I’m healthy, I know I eat well and I really resent not being able to wear nice clothes and especially lingerie because I’m small!!!

We’ve embraced cruvy women. We love our larger sizes and our curvier figures. They are catered for and accepted and loved. That’s great. I completely respect that and I think it’s wonderful. But, in all this, we’ve created a new inequality and a new discrimination. I can’t find a bra that fits. That isn’t fair. We’ve done the bigger sizes, the movement has been a success. Now can we please have a movement to re-accept the smaller figures please? I want to wear nice lingerie and clothes. Why should I suffer for having little breasts!!?!?!

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Fashion Bite: Autumn Staples

Fashion Bite: Autumn Staples

Now that i’ve got my Autumn/Winter colour palettes down, it’s got me thinking about the staple pieces and looks for the new season!

My first priority when the weather gets cooler is always warmth. I get cold easily and nothing makes me more miserable, so staying toasty and warm is my main priority; but I like to look good whilst doing it! I could get all bundled up in ski-gear and not dive a damn, but I’d rather not…so I’m looking at ways to layer and cover up whilst still looking good and stylish!

I have my colours…now I need the Pieces!

Cable-Knit

I’m loving cable knit this season, and it’s everywhere and in every fabric and style. You can get thick, chunky cable knit pullovers, or fine, fitted cashmere. There are cardigans and v-necks, crew-necks and roll-necks, but whatever your weave of choice, cable knit is a must!
Cable Knit
Open Cable Knit Cardigan in Grey – Massimo Dutti. Carrie Jumper in Cherry – Crew Clothing. Cocoi Cable Knit Top in Dark Grey – L.K.Bennett. Classic Cable V-Neck in Cerulean – Crew Clothing.

The Jumper-Dress

I’m sure you’ve all caught on to my love affair with Hush by now, and they have a gorgeous selection of jumper-dresses, in all shapes, fabrics, styles and colours, so you’re spoilt for choice. But it’s not only Hush, they’re being featured in many a line this season, and it’s not hard to see why. We all want to be warm and cozy, but why stop a sweaters and jeans? You can be feminine, chic and still stay warm with a cute little cashmere tunic and some thick tights and boots. Super chic and still toasty warm!
Dress
Felted Wool Dress in Burgundy – Hush. Cable Knit Maxi Sweater in Natural Cream – Massimo Dutti. Long Sweater Dress in Dark Charcoal Marl – The White Company. Bobbina Pointelle Knit Dress in Cobalt – Reiss.

Corduroy

I used to be against corduroy, but I’ve grown to love it recently. It’s thicker and therefore warmer than jeans – why do you think farmers wear it? – and this season it’s available in a huge variety of styles and fits as well as a great range of vibrant tones that have turned it into a statement piece and a staple for this season!
Cord
Skinny Cords in Ecru – Hush. 1969 Real Straight Cords in Ruby Wine – Gap. Skinny Corduroy Jeans in Charcoal – Jaeger. Cord Skinny Trousers In Ink Blue – Toast.

The Ankle Boot

I adore ankle boots and they’re all over the place this Autumn. In leathers, suedes, velvets…and with buckles and cut-outs and high heels and flat heels. It’s almost worth getting them in every colour and style imaginable as they can be the focal piece of any outfit. Just make sure you wear ankle-crops to really show off your boots – chelsea, cut out, jodhpur or side buckle. Whatever your look, there’s a boot to go with it!
Boots
High Heel Ankle Boot With Straps in Black – Massimo Dutti. Leather Ankle Boots in Blue – & Stories. Carnaby Boot in Praline – Boden. Leather Ankle Boots in Red Dark – & Stories.

Masculine Tailoring

Especially with the monochrome colour palette, a sharp cut shirt with fitted blazer and straight leg trouser is a look with which to make a statement. Be bold and ultra-chic with hard lines and crisp, contrasting colours. It’s all about the shirts and the jackets; tuxedo, blazer, crop or a full-on overcoat can be the item that brings an outfit together and sets you apart. There’s a reason that men’s suit’s have never gone out of style, a classic look shouldn’t be messed with, but why should the boys have all the fun?
Masculine
Straight Wool Trousers in camel – Massimo Dutti. Tulip Snake Silk Print Shirt in Indigo – Reiss. Bethany Jacket in Mulberry – Hobbs. One Button Blazer in Black – & Stories. Classic Drape Shirt in Cream – Jigsaw.

Accessorize, Accessorize!

It’s all very well layering up, but they accessories are what finishes the job. Scarves, wrist warmers, snoods, hats…well they’re all seasonal musts, but this season, make them the statement piece…the central focus of your whole outfit. Wear a vivid-red scarf and wrist-warmers with your monochrome shirt and jacket…throw on some animal print to liven up your neutral look or even just focus on the details and ensure that your belt matches your shoes and bag and that each different element fits in seamlessly with the rest of your outfit. Whatever you choose to do with them, just remember that the accessories are the key to staying warm and looking good this Autumn.
Accessories
Textured Knit Mittens in Ecru – Hush. Erin Hobo Bag in Oxblood Red – Toast. Narrow Leopard Print Belt – Massimo Dutti. Tuck Stitch Snood in Taupe Marl – The White Company. Leopard Contrast Scarf in Blue – Anthropologie.

Cover these simple staples in a variety of this seasons colours and you’ll be sure you have a wardrobe where you can create a thousand outfits with the minimal effort. Classic looks are classic looks for a reason, but you can always make them your own!

Fashion Bite: Hush A/W Collection

It was around about this time last year that I first came across Hush and let me tell you, it was love at first sight!

I love the quality of their clothes as well as the simplicity of the styles and the gorgeous materials that they use! And I was also a very big fan of the Burgundy colour that they featured in last year’s Autumn collection.

So, all through August and the end of Summer Sales, I was eagerly anticipating the launch of their 2013 Autumn collection, and desperately hoping it wouldn’t be a let down after last year’s success.

Well, it wasn’t! I’m thrilled to see the Burgundy make a return and this year they have brought out the Henley Dress, which I bought in charcoal last year, in the rich wine colour!

The other colour that’s new this season is Blue. The Amy Dress, which I desperately wanted in red last year (but sold out before I could get my hands on it!) now makes a come-back in this vivid blue, and I’m rather taken.

As always, there is an excellent collection of tunic and dresses which are perfect for the winter chill – My top picks are The Henley Dress in Burgundy, The Amy Dress in Blue, The Angora Tunic in light Grey and this cute little dress The Rosie Dress in marine/navy Blue.

Dresses

 

What I love about The Rosie Dress is it’s versatility! It’s such a cute dress and could be worn to the office in winter, smartened up with some heels and a Jacket, and worn with a pretty scarf and flats or boots to make it more casual! And it’s available in Burgundy, Blue and Grey. My three key colours for the season!

I’m also loving their shirts; The Freya Shirt and The Classic Silk Shirt are lovely, stylish shirts, and the lightness of their silk makes them great staple items. A must for this season!  Tuck into some cords or Jeans (how about the Skinny Cords in Black, Ecru or Vintage Black?) or for a casual look, or with a smart skirt or under a nice dress for a more formal occasion.

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I just mentioned the Skinny Cords, but I want to elaborate: I’m loving cords for this season. For a long time I had a real thing against corduroy, but this year I’ve developed a sudden love! The thickness of the material makes them lovely and warm in the winter and the casual/smart look of a nice pair of skinny cords is really on trend this season. I shall definitely be investing in some of these…

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Which brings me to their boots. Last year I lusted after their Long Leather Boots in Grey, and now they make a return in suede and I could practically burt with longing! At £265, they’re not a cheap buy, but they are absolutely stunning…if you have the means to splash out on a luxury, I would go for these hands down!

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My final pick has to be their Pyjamas. Never in my life have I come across more luxurious feeling pyjama sets and now that I have experienced Hush’s brushed cotton PJ’s, I will never go back! I adore the sets, and especially in the Dark Navy/Bordeaux Birdie Print, which I have already ordered! If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to invest in Hush pyjamas; once you do, you’ll never go back!

PJs

 

The rest of the collection is an assortment of the classics, the basics and the staples;

Jumpers and cardigans in a range of designs, materials and colours – I’m loving the Heart Stitched Roll-Neck in Dark Burgandy, the Chunky Waterfall Cardigan in Cappuccino and The Big Sloppy Jumper in cobalt. Some must-haves for the winter wardrobe!

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Tops and camis galore! I always invest in their camis, long-length vests and long-length tops in any new colours (My collection grows every season and I have a delightful assortment of colours now!) as they’re great value and super useful for the all important winter layering! My big tip is to layer the L/L Stretch Tees or vests underneath the dresses: I like to mix and match the L/L Stretch tee in an assortment of colours underneath the Charcoal Henley Dress and colour coordinate with a bright jumper, cardigan or scarf.

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Last but by no means least, the accessories!

The Cashmere Wrist Warmers are an absolute delight. I’ve had my fair share of experience with cashmere hand/wrist warmers in the past (Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve acquired a new pair from relatives in Scotland) but they do not compare to these offerings from Hush. They are deliciously thick and warm and now available in s great range of colours – I just have to resist buying them all so I can coordinate with every outfit!

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The Scarves are always great. What I love about Hush is their continuity through the lines.  They have a few key colours (coincidently my Autumn key tones?) and they feature them in all their product lines and different categories. This means colour-coordination galore! I love to coordinate and now I can have all my accessories in blue and all my outfits can have Burgundy running through them! I could live entirely in Hush and would never be more, nor would I make complaint!

So what I’m saying, is I have an on-going love affair with Hush. I feel it’s a fair give and take relationship, I make my monthly (sometimes fortnightly) purchases from them and they continue to offer me delights that make my heart flutter!!

I just received my first box of goodies the other day, although I’m still waiting on one item which didn’t arrive with the rest (Burgundy Henley Dress!!) and I shall be placing my next order very soon – making use of the 10% discount they have so generously provided with receipt of the first delivery!

 

If I could only choose one brand to wear this Autumn (or possibly even for the rest of my life) it would be Hush, hands down.

 

Good job Team Hush!!