Last week I hopped on a plane to Sydney for my agency’s Christmas party.
It was a 24-hour turn-around scenario that you just do because it’s so damn fun to get together in person with the people who you work with – especially when we mostly talk via the interwebs.
Someone also mentioned there would be margaritas.
She even had the Villa Maria iced down before we arrived (can you spot the cruise ship?).
Now, that evening I could have very much worn a jeans and top combo out to our party venue - Mejico - but I do like to grab a dress-up opportunity and run with it.
So I frocked up instead.
Harlow is an label designed and made in Australia. It creates on-trend fashion pieces for women sized 14 to 24.
I’m at the bottom end of the sizing scale but I very much appreciate a cut of a dress that works with my curves, not against it.
Let me explain the many reasons why I love this dress.
It’s the perfect example of when comfort and style come together and co-exist quite happily in the one garment.
I look all dressed up in a minimalist, structured LBD kind of way but – and it’s a big but – wearing this dress is as comfortable as being in a pair of trackies. True story.
Ponte power is not something to be sniffed at ever. This heavy stretch is all kinds of forgiving and allowed me to even ditch the nana pants.
And the pleather adds a contrast of texture as well as an illusion of shape.
Let’s not forget that neckline either. Flattering and then some.
I had toyed with the idea of adding a splash of colour in my accessories but instead went for adding to the texture of the whole look. Patent in the shoes and some industrial chic in the necklace.
This was the very first Salita Matthews piece I bought and it’s still a fave. It’s like a modern take on Madonna’s chain necklace look of 1983, don’t you think?
If I were heading somewhere semi-fancy for New Year’s I’d definitely trot this out again.
Alas, I think it will be a tad over-done for fish and chips on the beach awaiting the early fireworks at Mooloolaba.
Tell me, how did you go with your Christmas party frocking up? What about New Year’s … any plans? What will you wear?