Actually, I've been rocking said skinny boyfriend jeans for several months now. My Workshop skinny jeans are (to me) similar to a skinny boyfriend style although they are more fitted. I roll the hem just like a boyfriend jean and get a similar vibe. These jeans have been the perfect solution to my dilemma: my figure is actually too boyish for true boyfriend jeans!
My beautiful cousin Selina told me today that one of her style staples is a blazer. "Dress it up or down - perfect for the school run with skinny jeans and a tshirt, or over a dress with chunky jewellery for work".
Isn't it lovely to have such a 'treasure' in your wardrobe? Something so reliable that you can count on it to make you feel great. It always works, and always goes with everything.
Every woman has her go-to never-fail pieces that become part of her look. The look doesn't have to be cutting-edge fashion, it's just that it works for us. Thinking about the staples that make up my closet, I came up with this list:
Looking at this list, everything is very interchangeable:
Skinny Jeans + Silk Top + Ballet Flats
Skinny Jeans + Striped Top + White Sandshoes + Trenchcoat
Black Cigarette Pants + Silk Top + Point-toe Heels
Skinny Jeans + Fitted Sweater + Ankle Boots
Over the next few weeks I'm going to think about how I currently style these core pieces and how I can style them differently. Tomorrow, I plan to spend some time shopping my closet to get some outfit inspiration. Hey, the forecast is for rain!
Cool Finnish label Samuji's latest campaign shows a plus-sized model. Sizes vary but some styles go up to a Scandinavian 42 (about a NZ size 16). Nice to see prints in larger sizes that are actually cool. Check out the web store here. My favourites:
My bust size is 14F. Yes that's correct. Women who envy those with an ample bosom may think it's all fun and games on this end of the tape measure. But oh dear goodness, no. Over about a D cup, many designers exclude you from their collections. Finding a tailored, non-boxy work shirt is next to impossible.
I recently decided to take matters into hand (sorry for the visual) and investigate minimiser bras. The idea behind minimiser bras is to reduce forwards projection and shape the breast tissue slightly outwards towards the armpits without creating the dreaded mono-boob. After a few false starts I discovered the Fantasie Rebecca Moulded Bra. I truly feel about a cup size smaller in this bra. It's very supportive and gives a nice shape. Thanks to the ladies in Avokado in Newmarket for their help.
My new Juliette Hogan black silk blouse gets its first outing tonight at a friend's 50th. Gorgeous tailoring and sumptuous fabric, at $399 it's a real investment piece. Nice to find a local designer with at least some pieces that flatter a larger frame. This blouse is just the right length and has a plain crew neck and buttons down the back. And it fits and (flatters) my ridiculous bust. Here it is in cream:
One top. That sums up my clothing purchases from Wellington.
75% of my wardrobe is Country Road for a reason. Their sizing is generous and they produce enough of a range of clothing to meet most of my needs. Karen Walkers and Kate Sylvesters of the world, listen up: you may consider a size 14 'plus size' but I have money to spend and I want to spend it on YOUR clothes.
My top is from a New Zealand designer I had never heard of (Katie-Maree Cole). A cute striped tee with a heart on the front. Very cool (pictures to come!).
Whilst the shopping gods were punishing me, my sister managed to pick up some cool pieces from a range of stores. Tanya has just discovered skinny jeans (she got the five-pocket skinnies - same as mine - thanks to this post). Her challenge? Find a top to wear with them. She found out that a bat-wing style with a fitted waistband flattered her athletic figure and also provided the much-needed crotch cover, without being a tunic. I would love to post pictures and links, but the well-known store she bought them from doesn't have them on their website!
Despite my obvious fail, we had such a great weekend. Wellington is still a great shopping destination if you are considering a jaunt.