The Model and Me: Harlow

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 18 Comments

It was reported on last night’s news that Brisbane’s April temperatures were some of the hottest on record.

And this week we’re staring down the barrel of another week of high 20s/early 30s temperatures.

I’m calling ENOUGH.

It’s May. Winter IS coming.

Isn’t it?

I’ve got a fab wardrobe ready to roll out when it does, including this sweater dress from Australian plus-size label, Harlow.

Before I show you the dress, let’s talk plus-size.

Harlow stocks garments to fit size 12-24. Plus-size is a fashion industry term and is usually applied to clothes sized over 16. Harlow’s size 12s fit a curvy size 12. This is not saying size 12 is plus-size, it’s saying its designs are suited to a curvy shape.

It is what it is. I say, buy to fit your size and shape and ignore the number on the garment.

The model

Harlow Dreammaker sweater dress

Harlow Dreammaker sweater dress $199 (size 12-24)

and me

Harlow Australia Dreammaker Sweater dress | FRANKiE4 Footwear VANESSA boots

Harlow Australia Dreammaker Sweater dress* (I’m wearing XS and am normally a size 14-16) | FRANKiE4 Footwear VANESSA boots

I’m no stranger this dress shape. Last year, I featured this same dress in charcoal. It sold out super quickly, so hop on this one if you’re thinking it’s for you.

These are the reasons why this dress just works.

1. The shape. It’s cut to skim and flatter the body.

2. Comfort. It feels like you’re wearing a comfortable nightdress.

3. Style. There is so much style in simplicity.

This dress is a blank canvas to which you can add accessories and a pair of heels for a glam night out.

Or you could layer it up with tights, add a coat, scarf and flat boots for an everyday outfit.

Versatility is everything in a garment and this one ticks that box. Big time.

A word on the sizing. As I’ve indicated above, I’m a size 14-16 and am in the XS which is supposed to be size 10-12. I’m far from that size so work up from size 14 when estimating your size.

Harlow is an online store but if you live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, there are pop-up shops happening in those cities from this week.

Melbourne is first up with a pop up shop in Fitzroy from tomorrow (May 4) until May 8.

Check out Harlow’s events page on Facebook for more details. The Brisbane date is still to be set.

Are you a fan of a versatile winter dress? How would you layer this piece when it cools down?

The Model and Me: Harlow AW16

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.


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Comments 18

      1. argh! what a shame, it looks SO great on you and would be PERFECT for work days for me! Thanks for your reply

    1. I don’t think the XS would be too big for you, Mel. Grab it and try anyway! You can always return it if you’re not happy, but this dress will sell out before you can blink. I missed out on the last one and was so disappointed. So glad they’ve brought it back this season – received mine yesterday and I love it!

  1. I am hearing you Nikki… when is the cold weather coming indeed…. it was over 38 degrees here on the weekend, and now looking like rain – crazy weather for up here at this time of the year! Fingers crossed for some cooler weather.

  2. Lovely Nikki. I too love a sweater dress, layered up with tight boots scarf – but will that day ever come? Hanging out to wear jeans and trans-seasonal wardrobe, let alone full on winter gear. xx

  3. love the look! … both looking great nikki!
    to make it winter ready for down here, I would be adding layers of skivvy, scarf, vest/ or jacket, with leggings and long boots! … plus hat!;))
    we’ve got oysters blowing off the rocks here today!
    enjoy your warmth! … love m:)X

  4. I’m a 12-14 most of the time, with the occasional ridiculous size 10 or XS (Country Road- thanks Kath and Kim!) We all know that labels cut to different body types, not just sizes and I’ve had plenty of items where to fit my arms, the body is hanging off me. This is why each of us need to find the labels that cut for our short or long waist, our toned arms or wide back and keep going back.
    I find the so called plus sizes sometimes swim on me and sometimes work perfectly- just like everything else. So thanks for the heads up on the pop-up store, for the opportunity to try some things on.

    1. Very true that … keep persisting until you find the labels that work for your shape – and the designs within those labels that fit with your shape. I find that the same size in Harlow can swamp on me too so the pop up concept is a great idea!

  5. I love this dress on you Nikki,the shape is lovely and like you said can be worn so many ways,unfortunately I have to be very careful of this shaped dress as it can swamp me,but will be on the lookout for a shorter version.
    I hear you on the weather the nights and mornings are getting cold here but the days can be in the late 20s still which makes it harder to get dressed in the morning,hopefully it will be cold next week!
    The Hank you love Model and Me Monday’s or Tuesday’s Xx

    1. Yes, if shorter then it would work for you Lisa … the key is finding the fit that skims but doesn’t swamp. Probably why I get away with an XS here!?? I’m coming to Sydney next week and it’s forecast low 20s! HUZZAH!

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