Thursday, 12 May 2016

FASHION | RI Plus Blue Trench Coat

River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

You know that feeling when you put on a garment and you're like WOW I'm in love, well thats exactly how I felt when I first put on the RI Plus Blue Trench Coat.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

This is one of my favourite finds of this year so far and in fact, this whole outfit is.  I wasn't sure what to pair it with at first but when I found a couple of bits that I loved in Simply Be, I instantly knew that these pieces would all look great together.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

The Blue Trench Coat* is the first piece that immediately caught my eye when River Island launched their plus size line.  I love absolutely everything about it from the light blue linen look fabric through to the turn up sleeves with the shiny silver buttons on.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

Everything about it is perfect for me.  Since I don't like to wear coats fastened up as I find them too restrictive (unless its absolutely chucking it down outside of course), the open front of this coat is ideal for me and I like to tie the belt at the back which suits my style really well; its relaxed but still chic.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

This coat is light weight and very comfortable to wear.  The fit is true to size and the shape is very well cut.  I'm very, very impressed with the sizing of the RI Plus line; I think they've got it spot on and I can tell that so much care and consideration went into designing the pieces for the plus size figure and ensuring that they were an accurate fit.

The fabric doesn't crease easily which I was very pleasantly surprised about too.  Out of all of the plus size Spring coats that I've seen, this is definitely my top pick.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

I paired it with my new Simply Be Frill Top.  This is a new style for me that I've absolutely fallen in love with.  Its shaped like a vest, with a frilly bardot style over the top, across the bust, which is fabulous for me as off the shoulder styles tend to not remain off the shoulder for too long on my body whereas this top stays in place all day.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

It is made of a light jersey material that is soft to the touch and it holds its black colour and shape very well after its been through the wash!  The fit on this piece is generous and the material is stretchy.

River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

In complete contrast, the Simply Be Slim Leg White Jeggings (here's an alternative) are unfortunately, a truly horrendous fit.  I've found the sizing at Simply Be to be quite all over the place for the last year or so which really surprises me as usually their sizing is bang on for me.  However when I place an order or go in store, I could be a whole variety of sizes in their clothes which makes shopping online very difficult, unless I use their account facility, order lots and then send back everything I don't want.  This option is great but if I'm ordering online I like there to be a good chance that what I buy will fit first time around so as to save time returning and reordering.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

When I first received the River Island coat, I had imagined that it would look superb with some white jeggings, having been inspired by their styling on their website.  I looked in a couple of different shops but couldn't find any white jeggings or jeans, then came across these on a sale rack in Simply Be.  They only had a small number of sizes and they were reduce to £12.60 a pair.  I tried on my usual size and found that they were so incredibly small, I couldn't get them on and had to size up loads to the ones I'm wearing here which are a little big on the legs, as all trousers usually are on me, but they fit perfectly on the waist.

Wearing a larger clothes size doesn't bother me personally but it does annoy me as it could mean that the lovely ladies who are that size are then sized out of the jeggings because they wont fit, which is very irritating.  After trying out this pair and really enjoying the effect, I've since bought these white jeggings from Evans in my usual size and they fit far better.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

Regardless, I absolutely love this outfit and think that these pieces look fantastic together.  I added my Primark flatforms for more of a summer evening, drinks with the girls kind of look but I've also worn this outfit with flat sandals and my Michael Kors flats from House of Fraser.


River Island Plus Size Blue Trench Coat WhatLauraLoves Blogger

If you haven't checked out the River Island plus size clothing line then I highly suggest you do, its absolutely amazing!  I've linked the coat below along with the same or similar items that I'm wearing here and some alternatives.

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24 comments

  1. I've been so excited to read this post since the preview you put on facebook. I really love how your style has evolved over the past year. I've bought so much stuff from your style posts! I am currently waiting for payday to buy the river island trousers from your last out fit post, as well as a few other things from the range. Now the coat is going on my lust list. I think the river island range is the most exciting plus range launched in years x

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  2. I rarely ever button up coats so I love the relaxed look on this one. I am so happy that River Island do a plus sized range now! x

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  3. I love that coat and that top! They both look so comfortable as well! I really need to check out the River Island Plus Size range. x

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  4. I love the look of this coat, I always find it hard to find a long light coat. I'm also so happy that RI now do a plus size range xxx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  5. I love the trench coat, and it looks so comfortable and easy to wear, I can see why you love it x

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  6. This looks wonderful! I've seen it on insta and you look so hot! H x

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  7. I like the fact that River Island has a plus size range now.

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  8. Loving that top! So versatile too, to be dressed up or down as needed.

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  9. Loving the outfits, really flattering and the coat is such a winner!

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  10. I am loving that coat, it is so pretty x

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  11. Pretty coat! It looks really comfy and I love those button-up cuffs.

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  12. I love all of this outfit - your hair looks gorgeous too x

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  13. The top and trouser combo look great on you and go well with the coat.

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  14. I love that trench coat, works really well with your outfit and, I imagine, many other outfits. I never do up my coats so it's a great style!

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  15. The french coat looks great on you and the colour is lovely. A really nice find.

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  16. I so love that coat. Perfect for the summer when you just need something to keep the chill off or when heaven forbid we get rain!

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  17. I really want a trench coat! As I'm pretty short I struggle to find one that's the right length though. Even the petite ones look a bit off. I guess it's jot meant to be!

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  18. You nailed that blue Trench coat. That's the stlye and color I've been looking for. Not so dark blue, long, and simple stylish coat

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  19. I love a good trench coat! Your whole outfit looks fab x

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  20. No matter what anyone says, trench coats are still cool! River Island is definitely doing a good job in that department.

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  21. I really like the colour of this coat and the sleeves are lovely

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  22. I love the the light folds at the top, it reminds me of the waterfall cardigans I've been seeing around (I think that's what they're called..). It adds a dash of colour to your outfit too which is fab :)

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  23. aw you look lovely hun , i recently bought myself a denim shirt instead of summer coat this year seems to be in x

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  24. I love that coat on you. For the past few years there seems to have been a shortage of good summer jackets but thankfully this summer, there seems to be a good selection around.

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