Style evolution

In previous posts, I have talked a lot about how my style has changed over the past 2.5 years. In the most welcome of ways, I think.

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Burton Latimer Carnival Queen circa 1987

In the past, I had no body confidence, and disliked my size intensely, but was not willing to do anything about it. Or when I did do something about it and lost a lot of weight, I was still miserable.

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After a large amount of weight loss – around 2002

So what changed?

I guess I just stopped disliking myself, finally. I realised that life literally was too short to waste, and started living the way I wanted to.

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Going to A Police Ball 2009

In a previous post, I wrote this……..

“Now, growing up, I was a ‘normal’ sized girl, apart from my big bosom. I had always been well endowed, and as I grew in size, so did they!

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Look at that Ra-Ra skirt! Circa 1987

I’ve had all the teasing and the jokes, the smutty comments and the elbow nudges. And you know what? It never really bothered me. In fact when I went out for the rare night on the town with friends, I made sure I wore a low cut/revealing top to show them off.

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Another hair colour – around 2007

I did this, as my theory was if they were so busy looking at my chest, they wouldn’t notice the huge hips, wide ass and thunder thighs.

For so many years, my boobs became almost a ‘security blanket’ for those times that I did go out.”

And that is exactly how I felt about myself. So, when I changed the way I viewed myself, and decided to dress in a totally alien way, I never for once believed where this would lead me!

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Boy look at my curly hair! Circa 1989

Big swing dresses, petticoats, hats, cats eye glasses. Tight wiggle dresses, seamed stockings, hair flowers. It is all so wonderful and colourful. I always feel happy and smiley whenever I get dressed. It is like I have become “me”.

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Infant school aged 5 (1979)

Modelling. being on company websites and having items of lingerie name after me was never in my plans. I am still quite gobsmacked that it has all happened.

And all because I wanted to dress like Doris Day!

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Yes, I did use to be a lot thinner… well I wasn’t quite 12 years old here

My nan and I messing around on holiday. I am not quite 12 years old in this photo.

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Again. another time of weight loss – around 2004

So, this post is taking a trip down memory lane. Looking at the person I was, the person I evolved into, and the person I am now.

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Copper hair this time – 2006

We all have those embarrassing photo’s in the back of a drawer, that you don’t want to share with the World. The dodgy hair cuts, the sparkly eyeshadow, the different shades of dyed hair. Here I am, sharing them with you all!

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Yes that is all my own natural hair – 2002

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Natural hair again – 2014

My first Pin Up Girl dress which was bought by my brother for my 40th Birthday. Even now I call it my Doris dress as it was the defining moment of me wearing exactly what I liked, without worrying what anyone thought.

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2014 – My 40th Birthday party

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Boudoir shoot 2014 by the wonderful Chiara Aprea

This was me getting a little braver. A boudoir photoshoot in London with the amazing Chiara Aprea. Never have I Felt so free and feminine. It was the start of my self love journey.

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My 2015 School reunion

The start of my vintage hair experimentation. Multi-coloured, plain black, ginger, strawberry blonde and now peroxide blonde. What will it end up next?

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October 2016 Strawberry Blonde

Have a good giggle – If it brings  smile to your face, then it will have been worth it!

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November 2016 – The Plus size awards.

Here I am, almost up to date and the fattest I have ever been. Yet also the happiest. There is a lot more to come, and In the words of Frank Sinatra, I intend to do it all My Way.

Let me know what you think about my trip down memory lane! How bad are those early photos?

Till next time
Tx

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  • Cathy

    I love this post! You look beautiful then and now xxx

  • oh my gosh I love your natural curls! I love the red and black hair too, you really suit a fringe

    • I keep thinking about getting the fringe cut in again…. xxx

  • Aw, I love your style evolution. Some of these photos are so true to the decade though – I think every one has pictures like these!

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

    • I know! How 90s I look 🙂 I would love to see yours honey! xx

  • Em

    What a lovely post to ready, you have changed so much over the years haven’t you! I am so glad you are the happiest you ever have been – that is exactly as it should be.

    Em

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    Wow I love your hairstyles! Please do tutorials 🙂

    • Not all of them have been done my be, or else I would. It’s mainly the hard work of a hairdresser, I am afraid xx

  • It is amazing how our style evolves over time and I absolutely love how confident you look in your photos (I know from reading your blog it isn’t always how you feel inwardly) but you are someone I would be drawn to to have a natter with if I saw you 🙂

    • Awww thank you Sarah! If ever we are in the same room, I am going to hold you to it! x

  • You’ve had so much fun with your looks. I think it’s great to experiment.

    • It really is, as you never know if something else will suit you better xx

  • Sarah Louise

    You have some amazing style! And your hairstyles are amazing. You’re truly beautiful!

    • Thank you so much Sarah Louise, it is lovely of you to say xx

  • I am so glad that you’re at your happiness now. Sometimes it takes time to work out what you’re happy in and I’m glad you found it x

    • It took many years and I am so glad I did too Rhian xx

  • Chloe Griffiths

    i love looking at old photos and seeing how much i’ve changed xo

  • Elizabeth Brico

    What a fun look at the past! I love all of your different hair colors and styles! So glad you found comfort in your body. I’m still working on that, but getting there!

    • I have my fingers crossed that you get there Elizabeth xx

  • Loved seeing your style evolve over time! I love how the vintage / rockabilly / pin up styles suit EVERY body type xo

  • I can say the you really evolve in terms of fashion style! I loved it! Your so cute on the pictures too! Love your curls! You look different on every picture, meaning that you are really into fashion even when you are younger.

    • I guess I never thought of it that way! But I have certainly had a lot of changes xx

  • beautykinguk

    The one thing which stands out to be is how happy you look and to be honest that is all that counts right?

  • I loved this post and seeing how your style has evolved. I am loving that dress you wore to the plus size awards, so stunning! xo

    • It was the most gorgeous dress I have ever worn. I loved it so much xx

  • Laurie

    You are gorgeous! As a November ’72 baby, I loved seeing your pics from the 80s! I love how you decided to just wear and dress how you want, and how it really feels like the real YOU. I’m inspired to do the same. Thank you so much for sharing your style journey!