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EmmaWelcome to the Emma Plus Forum/Blog. It seems hard to believe that we have been going strong since January 2009! During this time we have been spreading the word about new developments, shop gossip, and our passion for the world of plus-size fashion. We post photographs, answer questions, try to solve problems, and provide useful information about special offers and exciting events.

For those who like stats... we have had well over 300 posts now, with over 50 generous testimonials from our customers (many of which we have collected on our 'Testimonials' page in the main part of the site). Because this Forum/Blog is unmoderated we also get attention from our 'friends' the spammers, with anything up to a staggering 1600 spam posts a day caught in our dastardly spam net – which usually makes quick work of them!

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Emma    Saturday 05 September 2015 at 17:09

 Post #450 

Subject: Autumn Promotion

Now that we are having our lovely Autumn/Winter 15 stock flooding into store, we have decided to do a special Autumn Promotion, just to kick the season off with a bit of extra excitement.

We looked around and saw that we have some of the very best coats that we've ever had, and decided that we will promote them with a discount offer.

The offer is £50-plus off selected coats, and £25-plus off certain trousers, and is for a limited time only!


 Kim P    Saturday 12 September 2015 at 19:44

What a great offer. I picked up a beautiful Christina Felix coat last year when you ran a similar promotion and I've lost count of the number of compliments I've had wearing it.

I must try and get into the store soon and pick up my new Tomo dress. Kim and Anna were so helpful when I called today.


 Emma    Sunday 13 September 2015 at 16:40

Ooooooo......Kim! Beware! We've had some AMAZING things in!

Thank you for your kind words -look forward to seeing you soon.



Maureen Kirby    Sunday 30 August 2015 at 11:14

 Post #449 

Subject: Cruisewear

Hi Emma

Haven't seen you for a while. Are you going to be in the shop next Thursday or Friday (3rd or 4th September)? Would really like some help with ideas for our Cruise.



 Emma    Thursday 03 September 2015 at 17:02

Hi Maureen,

So lovely to hear from you! Yes, we've had some amazing new stock in. This season is really exciting, and, if you are thinking of cruise wear, you are particularly lucky because we've just had a delivery of lovely Kristen Krog silk devore jackets which would be perfect to sport on board!

This season is all about fabric and texture, with beautiful garments created with a subtle mix of different surfaces. It's a modern, chic, lux look, which is easy to wear, yet super smart.

Our new website images are on the way, but as ever, the only way to really see our collection is to come in an have a good trying on session, so I do look forward to seeing you soon....


diane    Sunday 16 August 2015 at 12:27

 Post #448 

Subject: wedding guest

hi there. im coming over to south of England 22/08/15. have spied your website online and im coming to visit. im a 49 yr old size 22 5ft 8in brown hair brown eyes swarthy skin and im looking for 1 outfit suitable for 2 weddings. My friends daughter is getting married 02/01/16 and my nieces wedding is 04/11/16 so id like something that could be worn to both weddings. will any of your new stock be for me to try. I really like the photos of the longer dresses that are up on the website.
diane mcilwaine


 Emma    Tuesday 18 August 2015 at 00:40

Hi Diane,

Thanks for contacting us. Can't wait to meet you when you come to see us. Sounds like you are looking forward to some lovely times! As a keen auntie myself, I do think that it's enormously important to look fabulous at these affairs!

We've been getting much of our new season's stock delivered, so, although we are a little bit between seasons (ie. We still have our sale going on, & we haven't yet had all our new deliveries ), there is a great selection in your size.

Size 22 counts as a small for us (extra small is a 20, & we stock up to a 34), and you have the advantage of perfect height (our continental clothes tend to be for the taller woman, although, of course, we alter all clothes to fit).

At this time of the season, sadly, our images on the website are a little out of date. We publish those given to us by our suppliers, so they can take a little time to be made available to us, such is the necessary secretiveness of our industry. This means that some new clothes, in all likelihood, have already supplanted those pictured on this website. I think that you will be thrilled with what we have, though.

Please remember that we are closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we look forward to seeing you between Tuesdays to Saturdays!


Emma    Friday 31 July 2015 at 13:22

 Post #447 

Subject: Pride of Brighton

One of the marvelous things about living and working in a place like Brighton is the amazing variety of things going on. Everyone knows about the London-to-Brighton bike ride (where hardy souls make this energetic journey in aid of the British Heart Foundation), the London-to-Brighton Vintage Car Run (which has been going even longer than I have been here), and Brighton Festival, which provides far too many art events to mention here.

Less well known are the myriad other events: the gathering of Minis (just one instance of such vehicle gatherings, of which there are many), or the coming together of political parties, the large number of different conventions, meetings of particular breeds of dogs, nude cycle rides, march of thousands of zombies, design fairs, concerts, outdoor theatrical productions.....I could go on and on.

This week we are looking forward to our astonishing and joyful Pride weekend, which, if I am honest, I can no longer describe as a festival of all things gay (because it has been enthusiastically been taken up by what seems like the entire city). This is now a celebration of colour (in every sense!), vitality and diversity.

It's not strange, then, that we at our shop are also caught up in the happy vibe: colour, vitality, and particularly diversity (a very important concept in the plus-size industry, where we rebel against the forces that are trying to condemn anyone who doesn't fit neatly into a box)are our watchwords.

We just hope that, in between walking our Brighton streets and marveling at the sights to be seen, we can tempt people to come and have a little peek into our store. We've started getting our new stock in now, and this, alongside some fantastic summer Sale bargains, make it a worthwhile diversion.....


Emma    Wednesday 01 July 2015 at 14:50

 Post #446 

Subject: Heat and Cold

Today, it's at least 25°of heat in Brighton. For many people, this is the very best weather to come down and visit our city by the sea.

It's true that Brighton is lovely when it's like this. We have quaint, pretty shops, in shady little lanes. We have funky stores in lively thoroughfares, and sophisticated boutiques in bustling roads. There are lovely parks with fountains in dappled sunlight under old trees. We have sunny beaches with funfair rides and jet ski excitement.

On virtually every road we have cafes, from fine dining to quirky vegan eateries and gorgeous cream tea emporiums.

But I am aware that, for as many people who see this kind of weather as a blessing and a delight, there are those who find it tiring and uncomfortable.

For those people, I would still recommend a trip down to the coast. The air is nearly always breezy, and many shops have fantastic climate control.

Take us, for instance. We are right next door to the Theatre Car Park (no more than 10 steps from your air - conditioned car), and our air conditioning is usually set (if Kimmy is working ) at such a temperature that our customers are more likely to get hypothermia, rather than heatstroke. Words cannot express the wonderful feeling of coolness that meets you as you walk through our door.

Browsing through a collection of wonderful summer clothes in the cool of our store, a lovely way to spend some time.

And if, once you have enjoyed cooling down and selecting some scrummy clothes, you decide that you would like to catch up on some heat and sun after all, the sea, the beach, and all the cafes, bars and parks are right here.....


Emma    Saturday 20 June 2015 at 16:18

 Post #445 

Subject: Our Fashion Show

We had such fun with our fashion show this year! For a change, we co-operated with two wonderful local businesses: a fantastic shoe shop called Mo Brog (situated in Bond Street, just round the corner from our shop), and a lingerie store called She Said, which is in Duke Street, about ten minutes' walk from us.

If you look carefully at this picture, you can see the results of this collaboration....we have teamed our lovely Emma Plus Spring/Summer 15 clothes with some gorgeous and steamy She Said erotic lingerie, and, as a finishing touch, worn them with some amazing borrowed shoes.

The day went off with so much fun-every time we do these events we are left with the feeling that we should do it every week......


Emma    Friday 29 May 2015 at 11:41

 Post #435 

Subject: Fashion Show

In the shop at the moment we are running around like mad things, sorting out the finishing touches to our fantastic Fashion Show next Saturday (the 6th June).

It promises to be a lovely day: We never like to skimp on things, so of course we will be providing some scrummy refreshments. We will also be having a fun competition, the first prize being a £50 gift voucher to spend in our store.

Our centerpiece, however, is going to be the fashion show: a stylish but lighthearted take on what we are stocking for our summer collection this year. Very often it's a revelation to see clothes actually being worn, rather than just looked at on a mannequin or hanger.

Just to add extra delight and spice to the proceedings, we have also liaised with our colleagues in a couple of fabulous local stores. Erotic boutique She Said (just around the corner for us in Duke Street) has been providing gorgeous plus-size lingerie for those in the know, and we have decided to help them spread the word about what is available now for our customers. I won't say anything more than that!

Designer shoe shop Mo Broag, from Bond Street (again, just 3 or 4 minutes' walk from our shop) is providing some gorgeous and stylish shoes to go with our collection.

All in all, it promises to be a fun, fascinating and enjoyable afternoon!

The nibbles and competition are on all day, but the fashion show itself is taking part at 2pm - and we look forward to seeing you!


 Kim P    Monday 01 June 2015 at 14:09

I'm pleased that I am able to come to this. Must remember to pick up my leggings that have been patiently waiting for collection!


 Emma    Tuesday 02 June 2015 at 17:44

Really looking forward to seeing you here....it's going to be a fun day.....


 Kim P    Saturday 06 June 2015 at 20:33

What a super day, thank you so much to all at Emma Plus. I really enjoyed the fashion show, the models were all beautiful and poised yet somehow vaguely familiar! The food and drink was super and the competition good fun.

I loved seeing the jewellery "tattoos" in gold, silver and turquoise. I have not seen anything like them before and they looked fantastic on the skin.

As always I am delighted with my purchases. The white seersucker cut offs are fabulous and brilliant for the warm weather. I really look forward to seeing the Q'Neel polka dot jacket/top after alteration.

Thank you again, a tremendous amount of hard work must have gone in to planning the event and it was much appreciated by those of us there.


Emma    Thursday 09 April 2015 at 17:17

 Post #434 

Subject: Trouser Day

We are revving up for one of our exciting events this weekend - our Trouser Day!

Trouser Day is an event that brings together all the trousers that will fit all the different shapes of our customers and places them alongside all our trouser experts.

We have a guest expert (the fabulous Claire Lunnen-Kaye, from leading plus-size retailer, Larger than Life... with her 25 years in plus size fashion, what she doesn't know about plus-size trousers really isn't worth knowing), our own trouser experts (Kim the trouser queen, and myself, a trouser fit obsessive, along with Anna De Lannoy who also has years of experience as a plus-size fashion business owner).

We also have guest trousers, sent in by our suppliers, in styles and fabrics not usually found in our store.

In short, we have brought together all the elements that could possibly be required to find our customers the perfect pair of pants!

Add to this, our fun competition (win a £50 gift voucher), yummy refreshments, and a fantastic offer whereby our customers are able to buy one pair of trousers and have a second pair from a selection at half price, and you see what we mean by a Trouser Day!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Friday the 10th April) and Saturday!


 Kim P    Saturday 11 April 2015 at 19:40

Disappointed not to be able to make trouser day but hope it was a great success. I never knew what a comfortable and well fitting pair of trousers were until I found Emma Plus!


 Emma    Wednesday 15 April 2015 at 19:58

Hi Kim,

You were much missed, but the day did go off tremendously well. I think I'm right in saying that we sold more trousers last week than any other week in our history!

It's always such a good laugh. ....can't wait until our next event day, which I can exclusively reveal now is going to be our Fashion Show on Saturday 6th June!

Hope you will be able to make that one, Kim....



diane cullen    Friday 13 March 2015 at 15:22

 Post #433 

Subject: another satisfying shopping trip

Many thanks again for such an enjoyable hour or so, being coerced into trying on new seasons tops/trousers.Never have to look at your range, Kim as always just presents me with all the items and as always she is nearly always right. Kim and her colleague just know instinctively what will suit.After a refreshing ''cuppa'' came away with three new tops and a pair of trousers. Return visit is called for soon for the summer linen trousers. What would we do without this wonderful shop and staff, plus of course, Emma and dog!


Emma    Friday 06 March 2015 at 17:12

 Post #432 

Subject: New Images Spring/Summer 2015

Just a quick message to remind customers that the new images of our gorgeous Spring/Summer collection are now loaded on to our website.

As always, our images just scratch the surface of what is here in store. I really do recommend coming in to view the collection at the earliest opportunity - it's a sight to be seen!

This year the colours are jewel-emerald green, turquoise, lapis and amethyst, and the fabrics are eclectic. There is lace, leather, denim, silk, linens, lawns and lovely jerseys of all kinds. There are hand-painted materials, dip-dyes, raw edges... everything is about variety and creativity.

We hope to see you soon.


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