I’m back with the first Model and Me post for the year. If you’re new to Styling You, I share these posts weekly.
It’s something I started on the blog seven years ago this year. It started as a bit of fun after being asked by a boutique to be a model for their spring fashion parade.
I was modelling a label that most people think is only for size 6-10 women. I’m a size 14-16 so very much out of that scope.
What I soon realised was that for most women it’s difficult to visualise themselves in a garment when they only see it on a tall, size 6 model.
This is the crux of the disconnect between the fashion industry and its potential customers. How can we imagine wearing a garment if the only images we see are so removed from our everyday reality?
I love that social media – and Instagram – is now helping to shift up that disconnect, with thousands of women of all ages, shapes and sizes offering style inspiration through their daily outfit posts. (Check out the #everydaystyle movement)
And so each week I offer a different visual cue from that of what we see on a model. I get a lot of comments saying that I look better than the model but this is never the case. I look different from the model and maybe that’s what you can relate to?
Every woman is real – models included – so I never want these posts to be about putting down the model.
They’re about offering an alternative – something I hope more fashion labels realise we want to see before buying from them.
To kickstart the year, I’m featuring an independent label based out of New South Wales. Mojo Beach is inspired by its coastal base, offering cool and comfortable pieces made in Australia.
I’ve chosen a pair of shorts to feature as this Mojo Beach design is one that I fell in love with a couple of years ago.
I’m not afraid to get my legs out when the heat is on – and you shouldn’t be either. My legs are far from perfect but they’re MY legs. They enable me to get around every day and I’m super grateful for that.
Much like my swimsuit issues, I realised years ago that my issues with shorts were all in my head – and not in other people’s. So I say, don’t let the internal chatter stop you from feeling cool when the heat is on.
Let’s talk about the shorts. I love how comfortable these are to wear. They have a wide stretch waistband that you can either wear fully up or folded over. The lace trim means that you get the look of a shorter short with flattering coverage.
Love the gorgeous floral print for a fresh injection to see out the summer in style.
I’m wearing a different white top from that on the model. Mine is cheesecloth but not currently showing on the site. Both styles work with the shorts, scooping and covering the bits I like to cover but not overwhelming and taking anything away from the shorts’ design.
If your size isn’t showing online, there is a custom-made option available. How great is that?
So tell me, do you get your legs out in shorts? Found an ideal style/length that works for you? Share in the comments below.
Plan your outfits for the week ahead
Once your wardrobe is edited and working for you, the next step in keeping things stress-free is all about daily and weekly outfit planning.
I know this is not for everyone but it’s something that works for me. If you think a little planning might help you, we’ve created a weekly outfit planner printable that you can download for free and fill in each week.
Download your FREE weekly outfit planner HERE.