The Model and Me: Belle Bird

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 34 Comments

I first introduced you to Birdsnest’s Belle Bird label last season.

Belle Bird is Birdsnest’s own plus-size label and this spring-summer it’s once again produced a fabulous edit of wearable and affordable pieces for size 12-22.

Now, before you get all huffy and puffy about size 12 not being plus-size. It IS plus-size in terms of typical model sizing of size 6-8.

I’m not saying I agree with the whole way the fashion industry sizes things (far from it!). What I AM saying is that labels which design for bodies above the regular model size do so with a knowledge and understanding of curves.

A size 12 with curves – rounded hips and a bust – needs a different-shaped garment than a size 12 without curves.

Thankfully, we increasingly have so many fashion options available for women outside of the “regular” size and shape range.

My blogging friend Chantelle has created an online plus-size shopping guide if you’re looking for more shopping inspiration.

In the meantime, I’m sharing with you today my pick from this season’s Belle Bird range.

Let’s take a look at it on the model, shall we?

The Model

Belle Bird dress at Birdsnest

Belle Bird wide stripe wrap dress $109 @ Birdsnest

and me

Belle Bird dress @ Birdnest | Misano Shoes heels

Belle Bird dress @ Birdsnest (I’m wearing size 14) | Misano Shoes heels

You know how I love a stripe? Any stripe? Yes?

So yes, this dress had me at the navy and white stripes – stripes that follow a drape line and create an incredibly flattering illusion.

The dress is also a good quality jersey, so great for travelling, easy-care washing and never looking crinkled.

And I’m here to tell you, I’m not wearing any shapewear under that jersey either.

Too much information? I believe not my curvy sisters.

See, the bottom half of this fab frock is lined which just takes its hip skimability and comfort factor to 11/10.

This is a dress that would be suitable for office workwear, cocktails, the races … all manner of frocking up occasions for spring. Wear it now with stockings and a trench coat.

Don’t you just love a dress that skims in all the right places?

The Model and Me: Belle Bird @ Birdsnest

* These items were gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate links. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 34

  1. I love a stripe. I try to wear a stripe a day if I can. This is a GREAT dress and YAY, my size!! Thanks Nikki. I hadn’t heard of this label before, so I’m off to check it out. x

  2. Great looking dress! I recently made my first purchase from Birdsnest thanks in part to your recommendations Nikki, and I love my items. One dress is going back due to being too big (years of finding brands whose measurements never seemed to match mine meant I ordered up a size!!) but the blazer and remaining dress are fabulous. In fact I’m wearing the dress at work today and have received some lovely compliments.

    BTW, where did you get your fabulous shoes?

  3. wow, what a great dress! Stripes are always a great idea in my book. I can see this working at a fancy pant posh lunch, or a casual BBQ! Love it! You look gorgeous Nikki <3

  4. wow, what a great dress! Stripes are always a great idea in my book. I can see this working at a fancy pant posh lunch, or a casual BBQ! Love it! You look gorgeous Nikki <3

  5. What’s not to love, easy care dress? Tick; stripes? Tick; not black? Tick; no need for shapewear? Tickety tick!

  6. That dress is fabulous on you Nikki,love the shape and the drape of the dress and I’m a little bit in love with the shoes you’re wearing with it Xx

  7. That dress is fabulous on you Nikki,love the shape and the drape of the dress and I’m a little bit in love with the shoes you’re wearing with it Xx

  8. I saw this dress online and thought of you?! How weird. I love a stripe dress and I LOVE a dress that doesn’t require tummy sucking undergarments. Winning. You look gorgeous. I love the dress on you. x

  9. I saw this dress online and thought of you?! How weird. I love a stripe dress and I LOVE a dress that doesn’t require tummy sucking undergarments. Winning. You look gorgeous. I love the dress on you. x

  10. Gorgeous! I saw this online and was immediately drawn to it. I have their wrap dress from last season and it is so flattering. If only I didn’t have so many striped dresses…

  11. I bought a black wrap dress after finding it from your last post on Belle Bird and it’s an absolute staple in my wardrobe! I’ve just ordered this one too. Thanks for the inspiration

  12. That looks like a great dress. Just the kind of thing I like to wear. I’m very, very tempted to get one as it really does look versatile. I guess shoes would be my issue as I tend to wear mostly black or red. Do you think red, nude, brown would be good options?
    Also, please do more of your photos from this angle. I really like being able to see what the outfit looks like directly from the front as it gives a much better idea of how it will look in real life.
    I’d love to see you model more Belle Bird outfits. Love the idea of clothes designed for curves that go down to my size. Usually I’m not a ‘plus size’ but I’m definitely not the right shape for a lot of regular sized clothing.

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