Darren Kennedy: Style dilemma
Q Darren, I would be thrilled if you could introduce more fab fashion for us larger ladies out there (I'm a size 16 myself).
Colette (46), Dundalk
AMost high-street retailers have cottoned on to the demand for a wider selection of sizes. In general, most lines now go to at least a size 16/18 and beyond. Stores such as
Pamela Scott, M&S and Monsoon all have superb collections for curvy ladies. What's more, this season you won't need to spend a fortune. Penneys clothes are now available up to a size 20 and New Look's Inspire range caters for sizes 18-26 -- check out the poppy sheer shrug (€32.99).
The key, as with any body shape, is knowing what works for your figure. For example, if you are big busted, you'll want to bring definition to break up the chest area. Avoid high necklines and instead opt for V-necks, such as this pale-green mock wrap dress (€59, Littlewoods Ireland) from the So Fabulous collection, which is designed specifically for larger sizes.
I'm also loving the brand's tribal-embellished vest top (€37).
Q: My boyfriend's mother has invited me to join her entire family on a day out at the golf club where they are members. I've never been to a golf club and am slightly petrified about the whole thing. What on earth should I wear? Help!
SJ (34), Cork
A: From what I am told, golf clubs are still quite conservative environments with most stipulating a dress code as part of their clubhouse rules. So, you need to investigate whether there are any specific clothing guidelines.
Regardless of individual club rules, you can take it that any denims, vests, tracksuits and any overly casual garments are out of the equation. Instead, give preference to tailored shorts, trousers and perhaps even a skirt if you don't plan on taking to the green.
Should you opt for a skirt, make sure it is no shorter than knee length. You could combine this brown one from Esprit (€69.95) with a plain white top or perhaps this pale-pink, scallop-collar blouse (€15, Penneys), worn tucked inside the skirt. In terms of tops, you should ensure they have a collar and preferably some sort of sleeve. Polo tops would also be appropriate. An all-white ensemble such as this sports lux jacket and shorts combo from Irwin & Jordan (€715 and €285 respectively, Brown Thomas) is a chic ensemble.
Needless to say, if you plan on partaking in a round, then check your local specialist golf shop for appropriate footwear and apparel. Trust me when I say heels would not go down well on the course.