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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 500 spam posts a day caught in our dastardly spam net – which usually makes quick work of them!

The Forum/Blog is split into separate pages for faster downloads. You can move through these pages by pressing the 'Prev' and 'Next' buttons at the foot of each one. In addition, we have provided quick access to posts on similar topics through the Topics Menu to the right. When making your post you will be invited to link it to one or more of these subjects.

The Forum/Blog's Search function (see just below) has been enhanced so that it now searches in the replies as well as the posts, and highlights the search terms in the results. If you know which post number you want, however, then simply type it into the 'Go to post number' function (below left)... and go straight there!

Contributing to the Forum/Blog couldn't be simpler. You don’t need to pre-register or be an existing customer, and your post will usually appear instantly. All we ask is that you include your name and email address with your contribution. We will only use your email address if we need to contact you off-line about your posting – it will not be displayed on the site, sold on or used in our general marketing.

We want this section of our site to be fun, informative and entertaining, and offer a breath of fresh air to women across the country who have an interest in plus-size fashion. We hope you will contribute with your views and questions, as well as letting us help you celebrate your significant fashion moments with your photographs and stories.

We look forward to hearing about what rocks your plus-size fashion world!



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Emma    Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 15:48

 Post #454 

Subject: Pop-Up Sale

Always on the look-out for a new and fun way to spend a day, we have decided to take Emma Plus out on the road to do a one-day pop-up sale.

We are joining with our lovely friends from Larger Than Life, a super plus-size fashion business based around Kew, and are visiting Cobham in Surrey.

We will be in Cobham's lovely new and spacious Village Hall, where there is free parking, and plenty of space to see all our sale stock, which will be at 75% discount.

There will be refreshments and a prize draw, plus the opportunity to see beautiful clothes that you have never seen before-at a 75% discount!

This is all happening on Sunday November 29th between 11am and 3pm. We can't wait to see you there!

Emma    Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 15:37

 Post #453 

Subject: Jackie Root

On Saturday 14th November, a lovely person, a beautiful lady, and a loyal friend, Jackie Root, died.

Many of our customers will remember her working with us here at Emma Plus for the past 5 years or so.

She had suffered a short illness, and passed away in our local hospital, surrounded by her family. She was just 65.

She will be much missed, and never forgotten. Our thoughts go out to her husband Colin, daughter Lisa and son, Matt.

 Kim P    Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 21:22

My condolences to Jackie's family and friends.

Whenever I popped into the shop she was always so helpful and had such a lovely bubbly personality.


 Finola    Sunday 29 November 2015 at 07:35

We are so sorry to hear of sudden death of Jackie. What a shock for her family and for yourselves. 65 is not old. She was always lovely to us when we came to the shop- warm, friendly and funny and she will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace. Love Fin and Liz


Emma    Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 15:31

 Post #452 

Subject: Climb Charity

Over the years, we at Emma Plus have always made a point of sponsoring a charity. We began with sponsoring Scope, the charity in support of people living with Cerebral Palsy, then we supported The Lifeboats, and also a small local charity seeking to help fund research into a childhood disease, Niman Pick.

We have now started to sponsor Climb, a charity that helps support children and families who are living with inherited metabolic diseases.

The reason for our choosing this charity is that our manager, the fabulous Kim, is grandmother to a gorgeous boy, Nathaniel, who suffers from such a condition.

In order to hit the ground running with this new charity, we have decided to do a 'ladder of cakes' day. On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December, we will come over all 'Bake Off' and have a new take on cupcakes . As you can imagine, there are some rather good cooks associated with Emma Plus, and we will be cooking some tasty and imaginative cup-cakes. Customers (and passers-by!) will be invited to partake of a cake, and a free cup of tea of coffee, and, if the spirit moves them, to donate to the charity. The cakes will be available between 11am and 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you in our store!

Kim P    Friday 09 October 2015 at 21:25

 Post #451 

Subject: KJ Brand Sensitive Trousers

Hi Ladies

Thanks for posting the KJ Brand Sensitive trousers after the alterations on leg length.

I had bought the crop trousers in the Summer and was pleased that a full length version was available for Autumn / Winter.

These must be the most comfortable trousers I have worn and now surpass my previous NP favourites. The fabric is so soft and light and the waistband is excellent. It is so comfy and does not roll or cut in at all.

What I also like is that you can decide what look you want by changing the size. I can't think of many trousers where you can wear a range of sizes and each size fits beautifully. I ordered a smaller size as I wanted more of a legging look for under tunics and dresses but I could have ordered a larger size for a conventional straight trouser leg.

They are just brilliant, I have the black and blue and hope that KJ Brand bring out a range of colours in the coming seasons.


 Emma    Saturday 10 October 2015 at 15:58

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your post, and your lovely words about our trousers!

You are so right -I too have three pairs of those trousers. My normal size (18) fit me close to the leg -a great look for under the kind of tunic which one of my nieces would call a dress, but which I would call a top! I also have a pair of size 22 ones, which are more of a classic trouser shape on me. They are just so cool and comfortable!

Next summer, Brand are selling them in white as well as the black, but as yet don't appear to be contemplating any other colours. However, I am agitating for them to broaden their choice!


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......

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