Last week I headed into the city to hang out with some of my favourite girls, Megan the owner and designer of Damn You Alexis, a luxurious Australian, Plus Size label and her assistant Amy. It’s always lovely to sit across the big black table and talk about current and up coming collections, travel, photo shoots and social media.
I always have a great time and I think that’s because, besides all the gossiping and munching on tasty baguettes for lunch, everything stops so they can dress me up in all their latest pieces like a dolly. Megan loves seeing how her clothes fit on a woman my size, how I need a bit more give in the thighs and arms, how the length works on my frame. I’m not her official “fit model” as I’m not her sample size but I do represent a large portion of her customer base.
I rocked up on the day prepared with my patent pumps, great bra and my favourite leggings. I am wearing the Lace Shift Dress $199.00 AUD. I loved the fabrics used, they felt expensive and I think the lace will soften even more beautifully with wear. Personally I was hesitant about the neckline, I’m not used to them being so high but I think it works in an “Adele” kind of way.
I quite liked the large open back as it helped keep me cool but didn’t show my bra straps. The slightly fluted sleeves were really flattering for my quite large arms, I liked that the lining stopped short at the cuffs and on the hemline, exposing the detail of the lace against my skin. The dress is lovely and demure but a bit too ladylike for me personally… I couldn’t wait for the sparkles!
Megan used Tara Lynn to model her A/W 2012 collection.
Woweee… now that’s what I’m talking about! The Sequin Shift Dress 219.00 AUD looked and felt amazing on and was SO me! What do you think?
I found that with my big, sticky-out, round booty, it made the lining pull up a bit at the hem at the back of the dress. It didn’t expose me more than it should and you can barely notice but Megan took notes whilst I continued to twirl about the room in all my sequin glory.
The next one I tried on was the Zig Zag Dress $79.00 AUD, I loved how colourful it was and the design, oh my the design! It’s not actually a print, the design is constructed by grouping together different coloured threads, it sort of looks like a mesh but it’s not see through, totally beautiful. It’s made out of the softest, most breathable fabric which is great for warmer weather or for layering which is what I plan to do over winter.
There is an elasticated waist which can be adjusted to sit at the waistline and allow the top to billow or can be pulled down to the hips for a longer hemline. For me personally, with my arms, I kind of wish the back was more covered but it doesn’t bother me enough not to wear it. Megan was lovely and gave this dress to me as a gift which I wore to the Kidspot Top50 After Party but more on that later!
Megan’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is quite dark and textured with classic shapes, it’s what she’s know for but I must say I loved her Spring/Summer 2011 collection for it’s bright hues, sexy sheers and playful disposition. Most of which is actually on sale now for a steal! I think everyone needs a Clovelly Shirt (was $169 now $69) or the Bondi Shorts (was $199 now $79).
Aidan came along with me that day, he wasn’t in the best of moods and was quite disruptive but overall I think we all made a good effort and had a good time. Working with a toddler can be tricky but I’m glad that my little dude has more good days than bad. All I can do is my best. This is what my version of a working stay at home mum looks like.
The girls were busy so we left them to get to work and keep filling out the orders. I tucked my lovely new Zig Zag Dress safely into my bag, grabbed Aidan’s lunchbox and braced myself for a tantrum filled drive home, thankfully twenty minutes in he fell asleep… ahh bliss!
Please note: I wasn’t paid for this post and I wasn’t given the dress as payment, Megan insisted it was perfect for me and my up-coming event. The reviews are my own and my personal opinion. Everyone’s body shapes are different, I’m just offering an alternative view. The Damn You Alexis studio is not open to the public, only online orders are available, this event was by personal invitation only.