I Own a Unique Body So Need Unique Clothing


I have huge thighs. I have a FF sized bust. I have a reasonably well defined waist, good hips and a flabby tummy that two children and years of yo-yo diets seems to have left me for the long term. I feel exposed when my bum isn’t at least partially covered up yet jumpers and tops that seem to be in vogue which come down to my knees make me resemble an odd-looking Hobbit as despite being a size 18-20 with a large bust and a substantial body I am only 5ft 2” tall.

There are a number of “plus sized” establishments that are happy to sell me off the shelf clothing however in many cases these appear to be pieces that were shaped for smaller women and then inches were added along the line rather than any extra fitting applied to make the best of my womanly curves. I find clothes shopping frustrating. I deserve more.

I consider myself to be the proud owner of a unique body whereas many of the clothing industry leaders assume I have a tent frame body which is crying out to be swathed in fabric. Finding clothing which does my fabulously unique body justice is difficult however that is what I want, clothing that works for me and my quirks, not clothing that makes me want to change my body so that it will fit into someone else’s idea of an “ideal” body shape.

I am looking for stylish dresses, trousers which don’t need to be “baggy shaped” to not look too tight and tops which help me make the best of my bust without looking like I am out of proportion. I am looking for a company that appreciates the fact that I am no longer 18 years old, that I am an individual and that here is a good chance I will never had the same figure I did before having children and who don’t see that as a flaw. I think I might have found this magical-sounding clothing company and if I’m right about them I suspect clothes shopping will soon become something much morr than a depressing chore.

ISABI seem to be on the ball when it comes to designing and producing clothing for those who are not well-rounded, perfectly balanced individuals. They seem to have realised that if you are 5ft 2” with short-ish legs that you may actually also have a large butt. ISABI appear to know that one size doesn’t fit all and those of us with beautiful if not mainstream bodies do deserve clothing that makes us feel good too.

From what I know about this company they seem to be very much on the ball regarding what women want and need and yet don’t give two hoots about what the latest trends are or what that stick-thin catwalk model wears at the top shows. They have a fabulous collection of items which are designed, often through layering, to build a look that feels great, looks great and is adaptable to any size or shape. It doesn’t matter whether a woman is larger or not, she still wants to feel good and ISABI appear to know this.


As many readers will know I work full time from home, I have two children and am constantly on the go. I need clothing that looks good, makes me feel good, washes easily and isn’t “fussy” and ISABI seem to have what I need.

You’ll have noticed that this post contains a lot of “appears to” and “they seem to” with regards to ISABI. This is because I haven’t yet ordered and worn any of their wares. I have however done some excessive browsing and have a good sized wishlist waiting for the new year. That said, ISABI’s “About Us” page which explains how they work and what they believe in is enough to make me feel optimistic about my chances of finding quality clothing I can afford which flatters me and which makes me feel confident and again celebrates my shape.

Will I come back after the New Year shopping spree and tell you all what my experience has been? Absolutely, unless of course you already know about ISABI and are clad in chic dresses behind those laptops feeling a million pounds? If you are you should have shared this knowledge with me before now!

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This post was written in collaboration with the mentioned business.

A Real Woman With Real Clothing Needs

Last week I got an email from NEXT to tell me that I was their blogger of the week. After checking the email carefully to make sure it hadn’t been sent in error, I set about choosing my reward. I’ll get to that in a minute.

I was very surprised to be chosen as blogger of the week. I’m not a size 6 fashion model / cat walk expert, I’m not a fashion student and I’m not strictly speaking a fashion blogger. I don’t wear make up either (I’m guessing lip balm or Vaseline doesn’t actually count as make up?). What I am is a real woman, a plus size woman who is a curvy size 16 and who has spent years wearing the same colours and styles. The time for change has arrived.

When I was asked to join the Next Blogger Network I’ll admit to hesitating. After all, I’m no expert. What I am is a woman who is looking for affordable fashion that makes me feel good and look great. A real woman, and I am delighted that Next are a company that appreciate that and are more than happy to help me celebrate my shape and feel good without breaking the bank.  I’m on something of a mission to explore different styles, cuts, colours and materials for my “new style” and fortunately Next has plenty of all of these for me to choose from!

As my blogger of the week “prize” I decide that I absolutely MUST treat myself to a pair of the Lift and Shape Jeans that I blogged about previously. I have worn Next jeans for years because they fit great and always make me feel feminine. These jeans I am happy to report do just this, AND I look a full size smaller in them (no exaggeration). The clever cut really does lift the bum and pull in the tum and does so while providing a comfortable fit rather than one that needs a shoe horn and goose grease to get you into them and zipped up.

A Next blogger I may be, however I have never been one for crowing about something unless I feel it deserves it. These jeans certainly do, and another pair will shortly be being added to my wardrobe.

So, onwards and upwards with the quest for style discovery, and a thank you to Next, I really was thrilled for the recognition.
For anyone else who has shopped at Next before and found something they love or if you particularly fancy something you’ve seen on the Next website, do share! I’m always looking for inspiration.