Last time I looked – and I look quite regularly – every woman was and is real.
It blows me away how size-ist the fashion industry can be. I’m not just talking about the way fashion is marketed via size 6-8 very tall models (ie a very small percentage of the population).
I’m talking about how many labels stop their size range at size 12 or 14 or 16.
As a size 14-16 myself, I know what it feels like to be in the exclusion zone when it comes to shopping for clothes.
There are stores and labels I just don’t even contemplate trying as they won’t come close to fitting. Even if they do go to a large it’s more likely to be a large that’s more a size 12.
So it’s no surprise that some of the biggest fashion industry growth in the past few years in Australia has come from plus-size labels who are addressing the needs of young and young-at-heart fashionistas.
Women who want to feel good in what they’re wearing. Women who want to embrace the latest trends. Women who don’t want to be in fashion’s exclusion zone.
And do you know what?
Also leading the way in showing how it’s done are the beautiful women in the #aussiecurves blogging community lead by blogger Danimezza. I’m also going to give a shout-out two other bloggers in that community – Mel from Sugercoatit who has been a contributor on Styling You and Jo from iCurvy who is on the cover of MY BOOK.
The power of blogging is not only supporting those labels which understand what a plus-sized woman wants in a garment or outfit but it’s also giving inspiration to women of all sizes to have fun with fashion, to gain the confidence through others and to find and embrace their personal style.
Ok, down off my soapbox and on to today’s feature Model and Me outfit.
Harlow top* (I’m wearing a 12) and skirt* (I’m wearing a 14) | Peter Lang necklace (from four years ago!) | Clarks boots* | Leona Edmiston tights | Blue Illusion leather jacket (below and seen in this post )
The top adds just the right pop of colour to an otherwise black winter outfit. It’s a beautiful light fabric so is a year-round piece – just layer on top to suit. I’m wearing the 12 (Harlow has taken it’s range to a size 12 as of this season) but it’s still very roomy – that’s the idea of the style. For me I needed to tuck for it to work in proportion with the skirt. I’d wear it untucked with leather leggings or ponte pants.
The skirt works in the trend of leather or pleather that is so hot right now and like my “ponte up the back, leather up the front pants” this one is so wearable thanks to the ponte used in all but the front wrap piece. The cut of this skirt is super flattering too with asymmetrical line down the front creating a slimline illusion.
I’ve turned it into a winter outfit with tights and boots but this would work just as easily as an evening outfit with heels. I’d also swap out the top or layer it underneath a knit for a beautiful contrast of winter textures. Add in some flat knee-high boots and it will make a great weekend winter brunch outfit.
Do you feel excluded by certain stores and labels? Maybe you’re at the other end of the spectrum and find it difficult to buy clothes for a petite frame?
* These items were gifted to me for editorial consideration