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Plus Size Party Wear With Style Guru Bairbre Power

Thursday, 4 December 2008

On Tuesday we looked at festive frocks for under €50, today we look at options for the fuller figure.

Bairbre Power- Style Guru
Bairbre is Editor in Chief of the Irish Independent Weekend magazine. She is an established stylist and fashion journalist. A close friend of The Afternoon Show since Season 1, Bairbre is one of Ireland's leading authorities on all things fashion related!

Outfit 1:- Sarah
Corset Dress, €136.99,
Shoes: Alexandra Neel Black high sheel shoes, €247.50 from Larger Designer Shoes, Dundalk
Clutchbag: €30 from Warehouse

Sarah is a size 16 and is wearing a Caryn Franklin Corset dress, €136.99 from
WHY: This dress works excellently to accentuate hourglass figure.
Bonus: looks like two parts but is one so you don't have to watch it parting when you are out on the dance floor
Young, sassy style, available up to size 32
Shoes: Alexandra Neel Black high sheel shoes, €247.50 from Larger Designer Shoes, Dundalk
WHY: Stylish cut and roomy, wide open toe, very comfortable for dancing. No reason to suffer for your fashion
Clutchbag: €30 from Warehouse

Outfit 2: - Maria
Gold dress, €200, Anna Scholtz
Maria is a size 20 and is wearing Gold lurex cowl dress, €200 by German designer Anna Scholtz. Available from Style Plus, Celbridge and Galway
Cowl can be worn down or up for effect. The gold lurex thread gives it an extra oomph..

Outfit 3: - Lisa
Strapless dress, €64.99, Anna Scholtz
Necklace, €30.99,
Cuff bracelet, €20.49,
Shoes, €TBC

Lisa from Lucan is a size 18 and is wearing a black strapless Anna Scholtz dress, €64.99 from the catalogue
Why: Generous shape to fit and flatter assets
Bonus: Jersey fabric hangs well and it is machine washable
Worn with beaded waterfall necklace, €30.99, stretch cuff braclet, €20.49 and clutchbag €30.99, all from Simplybe
Grey Velvet shoes from Large Size designer shoes

Outfit 4:-Katie
Maxi Dress, €136.99,
Sequin Shoes, €39, M & S
Jewellery, from €50, Gemini

Katie is wearing a Caryn Franklin Maxi dress with halter neck, empire line and poppy print. €136.99 Available size 14-32
Red accessories include sequin shoes €39 from M&S
Why: great for those who have good arms and want to show off good tans and not hide under wraps!

Outfit 5:- Louise Collins
Black Beaded dress, €208, Style Plus
Jewellery, From €100, Newbridge
Platforms, €236,

Louise is a Size 18 and is well known for taking part in last year's Operation Transformation with Gerry Ryan on RTE
Black beaded waisted dress with V neck and a sexy kick for showing off on the dance floor €208 from a great label from Igigi . Available from Aimee Casey at Style Plus,
WHY: Formal but very sexy with deep plunging V and a great belt to nip you in. This is about as far away from the 'shapeless sack' clothing that plus size women often complain about .
Newbridge pendant necklace, €100, watch €130 and bracelet €110
Shoes: Black velvet peep toe platforms by Unutzer , reduced from €315 to €236 at Larger Size designer Shoes in Dundalk.
Why: The heels are high, 10 cms high but there is a two cm platform at the front so is a great balancer,

Outfit 6:- Sarah
Silver jacket, €199
Camisole, €35
Jeans, €65, All Curvy Chic

Suitable for any club-going girl, this outfit would be suitable for any lady not willing to bare those pins this holiday season!
Silver coated leather jacket, €199 , cami €35, jeans €65 , all from Curvy Chic, Gorey and Charlestown
Shoes as before

Details of boutiques:

Style Plus
Location:- 4 Riverview House, Dublin Road, Celbridge, 6276475 and 5 Carlycon House, Oranmore, Galway (091) 788 750
Owned by Aimee Casey who is plus size herself so she really knows what she is talking about. Great US labels plus the two Anna Scholtz labels. Caters for casual, office wear and occasion wear. You can also buy online

Curvy Chic
Martina Monaghan has a huge fan-base coming to her shop in McDermott Street in Gorey ( 053 99489400) and the good news is that she has also opened one in Charlestown shopping centre which is exit 5 off the M50. New labels which I really like were Zizzi (leather jacket), ZJ, Zay Clothing.

Large Size Designer shoes They have a shop at 8 Crowe Street in Dundalk and stock leading designer labels up to size 11.Names you might recognise are Eileen Shields, Unutzer, Pedro Garcia , Something Bleu and Ugg boots
Telephone 042 9320474
Catalogue and online shopping service catering for sizes 14-32, with leadings designers such as Anna Scholtz and stylists Caryn Franklin and Gok Wan designing collections for the company which is a sister operation to Oxendales.Selection includes clothes, accessories, wide fitting shots and boots.
The service includes 28 Days home trial, easy returns. More information form 01 8824260 or

Other plus size shops worth checking out:
Ross Morgan in Clane. They have a website under construction
Clerys have a large number of size 16 labels
Sandra Walsh of Sandz in Dunville Avenue and Blackrock is starting a new strand, Reality at Sandz for plus size dressing in the new year.
The Lands End website also serve Irish customers