If you haven't heard of the term 'make it work' in regards to plus size fashion, then you're missing out! It goes against every rule about finding clothes that fit your body type and 'flatter' your figure but is a great way to expand on your wardrobe and find things for your style that may not be available within plus size ranges. If you haven't already check out Gabi's guide to making it work.
I feel that a good basic tip for determining whether an item is going to fit or not is to know your body type and know the shop.
What I mean by this is, I'm an apple shape (or an inverted triangle) which basically means I'm top heavy. Ignoring all of the rules which say what I shouldn't wear on the top half, when it comes to shopping I know that I'm going to have an easier time looking for things to wriggle on to my bottom half than my top due to my wide back/shoulders and arms. Due to this I tend to gravitate towards skirts. My best friend on the other hand is a pear shape so gravitates towards tops which may be more form fitting on the top but flow out over the hips ensuring a good fit.
Now about knowing the shop, this obviously isn't essential if you're able to visit the store and check out/try on pieces for yourself but it does help and comes in handy with online shopping. As this is eventually leading up to Primark, I will say that their sizing is inconsistent throughout and even within the same garment, their tops seem to run on the short and small side too. On the other hand, H&M main range sizing tends to run quite big and is generally forgiving (unlike their BiB range!).
Primark is every students dream, on trend clothing at ridiculously cheap prices. So it's a shame that their clothing stops at a UK18. Not that this has deterred me before! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed my tweet about a size 12, £2 skirt. I've been wanting a black tube skirt for a while, so I was beyond excited to come across one for £2! The downside being there was only two size 10's and a size 12. Determined to take one home, I grabbed a size 12 and went to the changing room and it fit! I managed to grab a grey one when I was in Leeds along with these other skirts:
I tried the grey skirt and the black with purple flowers in an 18 and found they weren't tight enough in the leg so went down to a 14 & 16 respectively. All of the skrits have lots of stretch and cost between £2 + £7 so I strongly suggest going to Primark and nabbing a bargain. When I can find them I'm determined to grab some of the £5 summer dresses I've seen in the blogging world.
Has anyone bought anything cute from Primark recently?