Clothes that fit your shape with Celuu

When it comes to clothes, I am NOT an online shopper. I find it very difficult to find clothes that fit properly and flatter my size 16 shape, and I hate the idea of having to ship back an item of clothing that I bought online when I find that it doesn’t fit or flatter.

The other clothing problem I have is that I am a mum of small children. This means 2 things:

  • Having babies has changed my shape from what it was before and I’m no longer entirely sure what looks good or fits me.
  • I have no time to comb the high street to find nice clothes.

These two problems are compounded by the fact that much of what is available on the high street caters to women who are a size 12 or less. If I pop into New Look or Dorothy Perkins, size 16 is usually the largest size I can find on the rack. And then it still won’t necessarily fit. It will either still be too tight, or it will just be a massive shapeless tent.

Many high street stores just have a single template for an item of clothing. To make the item a bigger size, they just scale it up. This does not take into account that the proportions and shape of a size 16 woman are very different from that of a size 8 woman.

So this is why I was very interested in the opportunity to review clothing brand Celuu. Born from 50 years’ experience of British design, Celuu offers clothes in sizes 12-22. They aim to follow current fashion trends while still being comfortable and wearable for a normal person. Here is a little gallery of some of their current offering:

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The thing I like best about them is their “fit philosophy”. They adjust the design features of the clothes individually for each size in order to make sure they fit properly. This avoids what I like to call the “tent effect” of high street fashion – in which clothes that might have looked attractive on a size 10 look like a shapeless tent on a size 16.

Putting it to the test

Celuu sent me a top of my choice to try out. They have a brilliant size guide on their site in which you can use your body measurements to find out the right size for you. However, I didn’t use it. I just went for my usual size 16 to see how that would compare to the size 16 clothes I’d been trying in high street shops recently (and let’s just say I came away empty-handed and disappointed from all of those trips).

I chose a floral print tunic top that looked like it had a bit of shaping in the waist. I was hoping it would be able to handle my ample bosom and give me a waist. The verdict: I loved it. I even wore it to a blogger event and shouted about it on Instagram:

It fit effortlessly and made me feel really confident and fashionable. The fabric had a nice feel to it and didn’t get creased while I was wearing it – very important as I only iron for weddings, funerals and job interviews.

Like any online shop, if something doesn’t fit or you don’t like it when you’ve received it, you can return the item free within 14 days. But as I said before, that seems like so much of a faff. However, Celuu’s sizing method along with some great photography on the clothing product pages has reduced that risk for me. I was so pleased that the top looked just like I imagined it would after having seen it on the model on the product’s page. There was no photographic trickery or things surreptitiously pinned to sit nicer, the way that high street stores sometimes do on their mannequins.

I also love that the store focuses on sizes 12–22. It seems like there are plenty of stores out there catering for women who are smaller than a size 12, so why shouldn’t there be a shop that focuses on the rest of us? This brand allows us to love the way we look – and feel confident just the way we are – instead of thinking we need to slim down in order to wear beautiful clothes.

Celuu might just have made an online clothing shopper out of me! If you want to give it a go, you can get 10% off your order by entering the code “comp10” at checkout.

Competition: Win a £1000 wardrobe upgrade

To celebrate the launch of their new Spring/Summer range, Celuu are giving one lucky person the chance to win a £1000 wardrobe upgrade! The winner will get to choose a range of clothing from the website up to this incredible amount and really make this season one to remember. Entrance to this exclusive competition is easy: just sign up on Celuu’s competition page, and you will be in with a shot of winning this fabulous prize. Hurry though – the competition closes on the 8th May. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received an item of my choice to keep from Celuu’s website in exchange for an honest review and sharing their competition details.

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Wearing pyjamas on the school run and looking awesome

In some of my more shameful moments of being a judge-y mum (it’s so wrong, but let’s face it, we all do it sometimes), I’ve enjoyed guffawing with my friends at the other mums I’ve seen doing the nursery/school run in their pyjamas. I mean, I know mornings are tough, but how hard is it to throw on a pair of jeans?

But it turns out that I am totally not down with the trends.

Apparently, wearing pyjamas in public is super on-trend in 2016, and all the celebs are doing it. Now, I’m not one to blindly follow fashion trends, but this is one I can definitely get behind. Looking fashionable in loose and comfy clothes … what’s not to like?

Unfortunately, most of my pyjamas are voluminous numbers from maternity days or nightgowns I’ve owned since I was 15. Not really the on-trend ones we’re talking about here. And the ones the celebs are wearing will set you back at least £200 for a set.

So I was excited and intrigued when The Reach London contacted me about their new Pyjama Kickstarter campaign. They’re raising funds to produce a range of affordable, luxury cotton pyjamas that you can totally leave the house in. My favourite is the Liberty London print (close up in featured photo), but they have a great range available:

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Why it’s a good brand to support

  • It’s a small London-based business that uses a London manufacturer. I love supporting local business and ethically produced products.
  • They use the same London factory that supplies top brands such as Victoria Beckham and Burberry.
  • They have high-quality craftmanship, which includes French seams, piped trim, hand-tailoring and ethically sourced mother-of-pearl buttons.
  • Their pyjamas are 100% high-quality soft cotton, which is machine washable. Some of the famous brands are dry clean only – and who wants to dry clean pyjamas?

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  • Unlike most luxury pyjamas on the market, it’s possible to buy the tops and bottoms separately. This is brilliant if you wear different sizes on the bottom and the top (many mums do after the things those babies did to your body).
  • The bottoms are available in two different lengths in case you’re short like me. And you can adjust the waistband to wear on your waist or hips depending on your preference.
  • You can just buy a top if you prefer to only wear a nightshirt with no bottoms.
  • It’s totally cool and on-trend to wear the tailored pyjama top with a pair of jeans.
  • Or you could wear a whole set with nice sandals and accessories. This would be great for holidays somewhere hot and sunny.

How to get your hands on some

  • If you support their Kickstarter campaign, you can be among the first to own these pyjamas. Not only will you be supporting small UK business, but also you will get special investor price.
  • Prices start from £45 for a pair of pyjama trousers. The Liberty set I’m lusting after is £105 – still reasonable for luxury pyjamas.
  • Shipping is free to anywhere in the world.
  • You don’t pay for the pyjamas until 1 October, and only if the Kickstarter campaign is successful. If they don’t reach their goal, they can’t make the pyjamas.

Do you like the pyjama prints available? Are you down with the idea of wearing really nice pyjamas on the school run? Please let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: I’m receiving a “bloggers discount” in return for this brand collaboration.

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