5 Looks You Need from M&S Curve

If you follow me on social media you will have seen me discussing my involvement in the recent launch of the M&S Curve range. I was privileged enough to help consult on the range as well as design two LBD's to co-inside with the launch.

When I started my blog, if you would have told me I would move into consultancy work and design work; I wouldn't have believed you. I started my blog as a hobby and now look at me! I am so lucky to be able to say I absolutely love my job! Blogging has enabled me to branch off into so many different creative outlets and long may it continue. In 2018, my two main goals are that I want to do more consultancy work and more design work. I can't wait to see if I manage to achieve either/both of these goals!

M&S Curve launched 33 pieces online on the 9th January and today see's the collection expand to a total of 100 pieces. Ranging from size 18-32, M&S Curve has been designed with the curve customer in mind and the attention to detail across the range is evident. The Curve collection, for instance, is designed on a size 24 block (as a posed to a size 12 for main range) and details like this mean that our plus size bodies are really taken into consideration from start to finish.

This first SS17 drop comprises of casual daywear pieces, basics, evening wear and fantastic fitting denim. You can see below my edit of favourite pieces and let's not forget the two LBD's I designed! I took my ideas to M&S and they allowed me to design a dress from scratch. We designed three styles with the aim of launching one BUT I/they liked two styles so much...they let me take two to production.

My Curve Edit

Here's a selection of my favourite SS17 M&S Curve pieces.

 My Top 5 Curve Looks

Look 1

Take one sleeveless LBD, add THE comfiest faux leather biker jacket and voila, you have a chic look suitable for a day at work or after work drinks with your friends. The hardwear fastening at the waist and fabric mix make this dress a really unique piece for plus size women.

I am wearing the M&S wide fit trainers in this look (as well as some of the below looks) and FYI they are really comfortable. I am so proud of this dress. Designing this one, along with the dress is Look 3 is one of my proudest achievements.

Look 2

This look incorporates some of my fave things. Cool grey denim, a crisp white shirt and a statement jacket. This sleeveless trench is the softest thing you'll ever feel and is so god damn cool. Style with the collar up and tie the waist belt in a chunky knot.

Look 3

My favourite look from the collection! I may be biased, but I LOVE this Little Black Dress that I designed. I especially love the mesh 3/4 sleeves, the gathered fabric at the waist and the free-flowing strip of fabric at the yoke of the dress. Fling a leather jacket over your shoulders and either style down with trainers or up, with chunky heels.

Look 4

A great fitting jumpsuit is a wardrobe essential in my opinion. They are so versatile and suit everyone no matter your age. I kept this look very simple by styling with a chunky high heel to let the jumpsuit do all the talking. This jumpsuit would also look great worn with flats/trainers.

Look 5

The perfect spring dress. I love the back-waist belt and the way this dress really pulls me in. The colour is muted and looks so good styled with monochrome accessories. I have styled this occasion wear dress for a daytime look BUT add some killer heels and this would be perfect for a wedding or fancy dinner.

Photography by JKGPhotography 

                                                       *This post is written in collaboration with M&S but all words and opinions are my own.
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  1. I'm always worried a plus size jumpsuit wouldn't suit but I like how tailored that one is - it looks gorgeous!

    Mel ✨

  2. I'm in love with that khaki sleeveless trench!!

    Janay Andre x

  3. I was really excited to learn about the range, but massively disappointed to see there are only 2 skirts... and well yes, they're only in black.. and with no length options. I'm not convinced this will change, since the previous plus range also had incredibly few skirts.

    I've had a very mixed experience with the new range so far. There is no indication whether it's fully available in all of the stores, so I've just been using online ordering. I love the wrap skirt, and the only top that seems designed to go with a skirt, however the other tops I've tried have all been very large, FAR too long to wear with a skirt and to have extremely long sleeves (listed as 3/4 length yet touching my wrists). I've started ordering two sizes of everything to try and figure out what fits in the new range, whereas before I only had to order the size that works everywhere else.

    I'd like the new range to be a success, I'd really love more plus size choice, however they don't seem to have listened to the commments posted on the old range (more colour was a constant refrain, and I note that's already being posted on the new item's feedback forms). The only place you can leave feedback on the current range is on the items themselves. So when I try to post and tell them I'd like to see skirt options, they reject my feedback.

    I'd love to know whether Marks and Spencer decided that plus sizes shouldn't wear skirts? Yesterday there wasn't even a 'skirt' category, but I note that after my rejected feedback the category has now appeared! There are 17 dresses options, 7 jeans, 2 leggings, and 6 trousers, so why are there only 2 skirts? Many plus size individuals prefer separates to dresses as it's far easier to get a good fit.


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