Society Gal

Skirt: Society Plus

Top: Boden

Shoes: Rockport

There’s so much more choice for plus size women than there was in 2008 when I first started my blog! It’s wonderful but definitely dangerous too, because I find myself wanting to try, well, everything! Society Plus has been on my radar for a while because of their amazing looking tutu skirts, but I’ve never taken the plunge (because I’ve never had the kind of occasion that warrants a tutu skirt, alas).

At the recent MFW+ celebrations I spotted one girl wearing an amazing midi skirt with a graphic grid print and bailed her up only to discover that it was one of Society Plus‘ signature pieces; the Kate Midington skirt. Designed by blogger and co-founder Jessica Kane, these skirts have been specifically designed for plus-sizes, and it shows.

With a narrow (but not too narrow) waistband, a full (but not too full) skirt, and pockets (hooray!) it fits like a dream. Part of the reason it fits so well – and part of the reason I’ll definitely be ordering from Society Plus again – is the brand’s ‘honest sizing guarantee‘. Every product that they sell has been personally hand-measured, so the size guide given is genuine. So much shopping for plus-size women is online only, and size guides can be all over the place, making every purchase a gamble, not just in whether it’s going to suit, but whether it’s even going to fit in the first place. As an international customer, knowing that something I’m ordering is actually going to match the size guide means half the battle is already won.

I ordered the Kate Midington skirt in navy, but it’s also available in black and white, and I’m seriously tempted to go back and buy the whole range. It’s made of a thick polyester fabric that holds its shape well, and has a great fullness without too much weight. The fabric doesn’t crush at all – I took these photos after a fairly strenuous day out in the city, and it looks as fresh as when I left the house. Do watch out for that size guide though – there’s no stretch to the fabric, so if you’re between sizes you might like to size up for the sake of comfort. If you sign up before ordering you’ll get a 20% off code, too.

I was impatient for my order, so I paid the fairly substantial shipping charge for priority shipping ($42!) but I placed my order on the 29th September, and it arrived on the 6th October which was faster than I’d hoped. Next time I’ll see if I can band together with a friend to split shipping – goodness knows there’s enough on there I’ve got my eye on! There’s the universally flattering skater dresses, the stop-traffic sequin skirts, and of course those tutu skirts… it just so happens that I might have the perfect upcoming occasion for it after all:

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Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY from Aster pattern & Spoonflower fabric

Skirt: Modcloth

Shoes: Rockport

For a few years now I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect dotty top. A couple of years ago I had one made by Loni at Love To Love You on Etsy, and it was wonderful, but recently I’ve been thinking that I quite fancied the idea of having one made with smaller dots.

I spotted this fabric on Spoonflower and thought that it fit the bill, but I didn’t pay much attention to the measurements (rookie mistake) and when the fabric came the dots were much bigger than I’d anticipated. Still, I’d bought Colette’s Aster shirt pattern especially, so I thought I’d give the project a whirl.

The fabric that I chose was the basic cotton, and I’ll be honest – I don’t love it; it feels a bit cheap and crunchy, but the colours are spot on and it washes really well. It’s possible that the fabric will soften over time, but at the moment it’s probably a bit more crisp than I ideally wanted.

Colette’s Aster pattern was also just ooookay. It definitely wasn’t really a beginner-friendly pattern, which surprised me a little, as Colette’s instruction booklets are usually so well written that anyone can follow the steps without too much trouble. The shirt is collarless, but has a lovely yoke at the back.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe instructions for the front placket were kind of inscrutable, and even after I’d finished I wasn’t confident I’d done it correctly. The sleeves were far too long, so I’ve rolled the cuffs, and I also put more buttons in than necessary so that the shirt stood a chance at staying fastened over the Rack of Doom.

Frocks and Frou FrouI found the fit a bit problematic, but the wonderful Laura recently dropped by to teach me how to do a full-bust adjustment, so I’m definitely planning to give it another go down the track (perhaps with a less starchy fabric).

The good thing about this top is that those wonderful watercolour dots will go with everything. Black yellow, red, green, grey, mustard… I’m wearing it with (another) Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt from Modcloth.

If you get in quickly, Modcloth has a 25% off Family & Friends sale on right now, with the code F13m64G, and don’t forget, you can get free International shipping for orders over $150.