Styling You’s The Model and Me posts are back for another fashion season. If you’re new here (and there have been lots of newcomers lately … hello to you!), I’ve been doing this spin on an outfit post for about two years.
It’s pretty simple really. I feature a model in a campaign image wearing a garment. And then I show me wearing the same dress, skirt or top.
The aim has always been to show an alternative height and shape in a garment because often is so darn hard for us to visualise what we see on a model and translate it to how it would look on us.
I truly wish I could show the same garment on five different people – just to give you the confidence to step outside your fashion comfort zone every now then and try something on your normally wouldn’t.
Kicking off The Model and Me season for spring-summer 2013-14 is size 14 and up label, Embody Denim.
The label has been on my radar for a while but it wasn’t until I saw this season launch video that I realised it was about time I shared the label with you too.
Embody Denim was created by Australia’s first plus-size fashion editorial model, Natalie Wakeling, who was frustrated at not being able to find fashionable denim to buy and wear.
I love her range so much I may just break my skinny jeans-only rule and try Natalie’s boyfriend jeans. Love the wider band for wearing lower on the hip. Reminder though, this style (with a wider leg at the bottom) is best suited to heels so if you’re not a heels person then opt for a more slim-leg boyfriend style and work the jeans with loafers, brogues or your trusty Converse sneakers.
Embody’s denim concept has grown to now include a seasonal range of frocks, skirts, tops and jackets – all on trend and flattering to wear.
It was one of the new-season dresses, the Tinseltown Digprint dress*, that I chose to wear to lunch with Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell last week.
And guess what, even Candace gave it her seal of approval. First comment when we were introduced? “I like your dress. I love this (pointing to the colour and pattern across my chest).” Felt more than a little special at that point.
Let’s see the model wearing it, shall we?
The Model …
… and me
This dress is so easy to wear. I’m wearing the size 14 but it’s quite generous. As you can see, I’m not as tall as the model so it’s not as short on me. Either way, it’s definitely a dress to show off your pins!
A big plus about this frock – apart from it’s show-stopping colour and print – is its versatility.
Obviously we’re still in winter but it’s the type of new-season garment we can be tempted to buy now as it’s adaptable to be worn while it’s cooler and re-worked again in spring as a fun cocktail dress.
On this day I pulled out my opaque black tights, black heels and black jacket to turn it into a women’s business lunch outfit where I knew (because Candace was guest speaker) that others would not just be sticking to everyday business wear.
I kept my accessories to a minimum: a Samantha Wills ring and some small drop earrings. The reason? There’s a whole lot going on with the dress. Adding a necklace would have created too much competition in the outfit. In these situations it’s best not to compete.
Tell me, do you find it difficult to translate what you see on a model to something you would add to your wardrobe? Bought anything from new-season collections as yet?