Oh don’t you just love a public holiday … if you can swing it?
All week, you’ll be thinking it’s the day before it really is. Then you’ll get all excited when you realise you’re closer to the weekend than you first thought. And I’m contributing to that confusion today by switching Model and Me Monday to a Tuesday.
I know. Wild and crazy we are around here.
Anyhoo, today I’m featuring a label we love around here. Harlow Australia is an independent online, plus-size label that offers Australian-made fashion for sizes up to 24.
Each season designer Kerry Pietrobon creates a wearable collection that is far from frumpy and eminently wearable.
I’ve chosen a go-to dress to feature from the spring-summer 2015-16 collection because if you don’t fancy a navy and white striped pattern, the black equivalent is bound to float your fashion boat.
Harlow Australia Summer Diva jagged lines t-shirt dress $159 (model wears S – 14/16)
I’m going to start with the sizing. I’m not a size 12 but that is the size I generally wear in Harlow’s designs.
I have size 16 hips and size 16D bust and this XS sizing on me is generous. If you are any smaller than me than this style will not suit.
If you are sized bigger than me then factor in that and consider trying down a size (or two) from what you normally world. The size guide will help you as a starting point. My measurements sit more in the S-16 range on this guide, though.
That done, let’s talk about the cut of this dress. Genius. And oh, so flattering.
I love a stripe like the next girl but love the way they’ve been worked into the dress via panels.
The effect is a natural shaping of the garment.
I don’t do belts (short waist) but love how the model has worked a tan belt back with her look.
This is the kind of dress that I’d wear for a work meeting, lunch out or even dressed down with flats for a barbecue.
The polyester/elastane jersey makes it a travel winner – it’s dry knit fabrication and, on first wearing in the early Queensland summer heat, was breathable.
A word on the heels … I’m the ambassador for Frankie4 Footwear and its spring-summer 2015-16 collection has started to arrive in store (see here for your nearest stockist). The range will be online soon and I’ll also be sharing with you my favourites – these MONiCA heels are definitely in the line up!
Are you size 14-16 and above? What do you look for in garments to fit and flatter your shape?
* These items were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.