Business Babe with River Island Plus

18 Sep 2017

Edinburgh based plus size style and fat positive blogger AmandaApparel wears trendy check co-ords in this style post brought to you by River Island Plus.

This post contains gifted products for review. Although the product was gifted, all opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you follow these links and choose to make a purchase, then I will receive compensation from the affiliate site at no extra cost to you. For more information about collaborative posts and affiliate links, please visit the policy page.


This is a V-E-R-Y different look for me. I’ve been seeing these check suits all over the high street, and to be honest I wasn’t certain I could make that look work for me. Thank goodness I gave them a try because I LOVE these coordinating pieces! Mega props to River Island for making this available in both their core range and their plus range. As a fat babe, it’s amazing getting to try trendy pieces like these that SO OFTEN are only available in smaller sizes! 


So you’ve probably noticed by now that I am LIVING for these tassel earrings! I have them in black, red, gold, taupe, and now yellow to match this graphic tee. Sometimes I think it’s cool to be matchy-matchy, even if that might be interpreted as a little cheesy. I for one freakin’ LOVE cheese! 


I decided to embrace the business lady of the 80’s vibe while on this shoot, and I did my best to channel Alyssa Edwards from this iconic lip-sync performance: 



All of the clothing items I’m wearing here are a size 26. The tee shirt is BIG, like, more of a tee shirt dress. I happen to love that, but if you wanted it to fit like a standard tee I’d recommend sizing down. I’ve also worn this tee with black leggings, trainers, and a denim jacket for a super chill running to the store kinda look. I think versatility is easily the best thing about this ensemble. It’s been SO easy to work the pieces into fresh new looks with items already in my wardrobe. Depending on how you mix & match the pieces makes it mega easy to dress the pieces up or down.


The jacket is an absolutely PERFECT fit. It’s a bit oversized, but still neat enough on the arms for my taste. It’s got shoulder pads, which is actually amazing haha! The bar detail on the cuff is SO cute, and has attracted loads of comments and compliments. I’ve also styled the jacket with different tee shirts and jeans for a cool off-duty model vibe (pictured above). 


The trousers are ever-so-slightly big on me, but I’m not convinced that a 24 would be a better fit. I can understand why some people might not be into the pleating on the front because it adds volume and makes my tum look a bit bigger, but I’m not afraid of no FUPA! The trousers look a bit more cropped on the website, but that’s because models are 8 feet tall, and I’m only 5’4.” I wore the trousers with a plain sweatshirt and leopard jacket for my first day back at uni and felt like a mega-babe! 

Shop the look: 

Paris Print Boyfriend Tee, size 26

Grey Check Bar Cuff Blazer, size 26

Grey Check Tapered Trousers, size 26

Black Quilted Chain Bag

Yellow Tassel Earrings


This post contains gifted products for review in collaboration with River Island. Click to shop new-in plus items. All opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. For more information about collaborative posts, please visit the policy page


Photos by Lianne Mackay: Edinburgh Wedding and Portrait Photographer


Shot on location at the Royal Commonwealth Pool

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hiya! i'm amanda!

Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
and intersectional feminism.
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