The Model and Me Harlow spring-summer 2018

The Model and Me: Harlow spring-summer 2018

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 3 Comments

Harlow is one of Australia’s leading “curve” labels and I’ve been proud to support this independent since it started. Reason being: finding edgy/urban fashion pieces for women with curves (and in sizes 12-26) is not as easy as it should be.

Harlow does urban curves extremely well – every season. It’s a Melbourne-based, Australian-made label and I see that city vibe come through with every collection. 

The Harlow spring-summer 2018 collection is no exception. You’ll find great quality basics; plus statement pieces like this sequinned black skirt (HELLO!) and the stunning cotton broderie anglaise maxi I’m featuring below. 

The model

Harlow Wild Heart maxi dress

Harlow Wild Heart maxi dress (the model is in size S and is normally a size 14-16 top; 16-18 bottom) | The Essential Slip Dress (worn underneath)

and me

Harlow maxi dress | FRANKiE4 Footwear AMiE heels in leopard

Harlow maxi dress (I’m a size 14 and in XS) | The Essential Slip Dress (worn underneath, I’m in XS) | FRANKiE4 Footwear AMiE heels in leopard

Harlow Wild Heart maxi dress sleeve detail

This is a timeless 100% cotton stunner – and it’s a limited edition piece. Only 54 pieces were made. It has a gorgeous shape, skimming the body but without added volume. The sleeves, neck and hemline add drama and balance proportions.

I love length of the dress on me. Showing a bit of ankle helps to prevent potential overwhelm that can sometimes happen in a full-length maxi. The back of the empire waist is elasticated, giving a little room for a larger bust (I would have had to size up without it) and it adds comfort for everyday movement.

The cut out fabric means that you need a slip underneath (unless throwing it on over a swimsuit). Harlow makes an incredible stretch slip in cotton elastane, which is perfect for summer breathability. I found the slip also helped to create a better line for me across the bust.

It’s the type of dress I’d wear out to dinner or a Christmas party with heels but then switch to a flat sandal for a more casual summer gathering.

The Model and Me Harlow spring-summer 2018

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

As seen on Instagram

Scandi bird pinafore | FRANKiE4 ALYCE wedges | Adorne bagThere’s a new place to check out all the outfits I’m wearing each week – and it’s right here on the blog. Head to THIS PAGE for all the details, including sizing and links to buy. The most recent outfits are shown at the top. I’m 166cm tall and usually wear a size 14. I’m ambassador for FRANKiE4, birdsnest and Motto, so I love sharing what’s new from these brands.

The Styling You Shop (ON SALE)

Spring-summer 2018 Styling You Shop editSave 50% on remaining stock (ends TONIGHT midnight) in our a carefully chosen edit of clothing and accessory pieces that enable the busy woman to update her wardrobe quickly and without stress. Our spring-summer 2018 edit has been so well received that we’ve only got limited stock remaining in all styles. If there was something you had your eye on, now’s the time to add to cart. Most of the pieces for sale are proudly made in Australia. 

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