Ok, so I’m in the middle of drafting a way longer piece on plus size fashion from my point of view. Which is to say the point of view of someone who likes new, shiny things, and to inject a bit of life into an otherwise potentially dull work wardrobe. But that’s another story: today I just want to mention the wonderful Carmakoma.
I usually use the Covetables spot for one item that I’ve spotted and has made me swoon, but that’s how I feel about Carmakoma. Just click through to their main website and you’ll instantly see that the branding and the way the clothes are styled not only scream high-end, but they also have an attitude to them. Something that is painfully missing from the likes of Evans and Simply Be, even if the latter has debuted some fairly impressive new brands recently. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Available at ASOS and not exactly cheap, you probably also won’t be surprised to hear that Carmakoma is a Danish brand. I wore one of their dresses for my birthday swank-den dinner out and felt fab. I feel that a lot of their stuff channels COS-like minimalist styling and they play with proportions, which I like.
I’ve mainly picked examples of dresses here (although they do lots of other fab things too, including sexy-as-eff leather trousers) because I enjoy the fact that the brand doesn’t assume that a plus size woman is desperate to hide every inch of herself. I understand the tricky line that brands catering to size 18+ walk to appeal to all takers, and I like that Carmakoma have positioned themselves as a little rock chick.
Good grief, look at these beauties. Aren’t they rather stunning? I know that a website can use good lighting to sell virtually anything but these look The Business.
These leather ankle boots are from a brand called A+EM London (nope, never heard of them either) and were spotted during a routine inspection of the Red Direct site. Y’know the kind of thing: it’s Friday afternoon, everything work-related is dull and you’re just trawling your favourite sites in a kind-of this-is-what-my-life-will-look-like-when-I-own-my-own-internet-business-and-feature-in-lifestyle-sections-of-glossy-magazines. Or is that just me? As an FYI, I also find the fabulous homewares on Not On The High Street, handbags on The Outnet and the brand-spanking new inspo/shopping site Wardrobe Icons excellent for this type of browsing.
Anyway, back to the boots…..
I am a big fan of the back zip and the little cut-out above it. The boot has enough lift for an evening but looks like it would serve as an all-dayer, too.
The snaps from the site make them look more petrol blue than black but black is the only colour option.
At £230, they are certifiably Not Cheap, but who doesn’t need an excellent, high performing boot come autumn? In my dream life, I’d pair these beauts with a pair of ripped utility trousers from Topshop (not that dreamy at £36 but still not an inconsequential cost)…..
….. and a fabulous knit from luxury brand Chinti & Parker (totally dreamy at an eye-watering £360).
Well that’s autumn sorted then (and mortgage payments obliterated for the foreseeable future)……..
These are so good, I just got so excited when I tried them on! I’m a sucker for some animal print and these are loud and borderline garish, but styled with dark jeans and a blazer, they’d be show-stoppers. Naturally, I think they also go with light blue jeans as well, and today I’ve styled them with a navy jersey top from COS and my army jacket.
I think animal print can definitely act as a neutral, and can be clashed with other prints very effectively. I know Kathryn enjoys a check shirt with animal print footwear very much! But you should approach clashing with animal print slightly with caution so you avoid looking like a toddler who’s been allowed to dress themselves.
The print is cute, they come in tonnes of sizes and- VERY excitingly- they are currently in the sale! Originally £50, I picked mine up* for £15 at the Superga shop in Spitalfields, and they’re available via the Superga website for £25.
* Full disclosure: they were a gift from Kathryn on my birthday lunch out!
I tried these on as part of my birthday shopping trip and loved them. The shop alas did not have my size, but I am still coveting the Dr Martens Church boot very much.
The photos belie how almost delicate these look in the flesh; the oxblood version is beautiful but the contrast stitching on the black version is just divine. They have that great nipped-in feel that you get to a genuine, low-line ankle boot, and with my uniform of super-skinny jeans these will be perfect autumn and spring footwear. M called them a ‘transitional piece’, which I certainly can’t disagree with.
They’re marketed on the DMs website as men’s, which I found a bit odd since so many Doc Martens are unisex. But they’re very handsome and I will be saving up for a September purchase…