This is the start of something I’ve wanted to do for a loooooooong time and I’m seriously kicking myself for not getting the ball rolling sooner. “Aussie Curves” is a blog hop I’ve started with other lovely curvy ladies all around our beautiful country to show off our different tastes and sense of style through a weekly outfit challenge.
When I travelled to NYC for Full Figured Fashion Week (more posts coming soon I promise) I was in awe of how unified the plus size fashion blogging community was. I felt blessed to be welcomed instantly into theirs but I craved for that sense of sisterhood back home. Yes, there were other bloggers and yes I spoke to many of them but we weren’t sharing each others posts, leaving comments or giving support online. I was determined for that to change.
Plus size fashion is picking up speed and Australia is finally catching up. The number of plus size fashion bloggers in Australia is small, actually I’d call it a micro niche. That is set to change, things are coming up big-freaking-Marc-Jacob-daisies ladies! I wanted to lead by example, to build a strong voice of reputable bloggers who give inspiration and support to their readers. “Aussie Curves” is a bonding exercise, a tool for networking and to make us really work our wardrobes. It’s also for expanding our readers minds to embrace the reality that fashion is not exclusive to a few but available to the many.
Each week there is a new theme to spark our imagination so we can set about putting an outfit together according to the theme and then organise enough time to have the outfit photo taken. The “looks” are posted on our blogs every Monday and at the bottom of each of our Aussie Curves posts you’ll find the links to all the blogs participating that week so you can click through them all and be inspired. This week’s theme is BOOTS.
I’ve worn these boots in so many posts already but I don’t care, they’re the bomb. The Bilson Boots from TS14+ are suede ankle boots with thick, short heels that make a lovely clicky sound when I walk. They have elastic all around the top so they’re comfy and easy to pull on too. I will wear these to their death.
For once I kept my accessories pretty simple. A long, leather strapped, brushed steel necklace from TS14+ that jangles so much when I walk but I wear it anyway because it’s so beautiful and unique. The pink tote bag is from L’Oreal, a gift from a PR event last month. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been carting it about with me everywhere, I adore the colour and the size is just right. The sunglasses I’m wearing on my head are from Forever21… I forgot to take a photo of them on!
The clothes themselves are pretty basic, I didn’t want to go too ‘out there’ for my first post. I’m wearing pull on skinny jeans from TS14+ that are now too big for me but I wear them anyway because they’re so comfy. The black tank top is actually a tank dress from Crossroads, I liked that I could bunch up the hemline for a casual look. The metallic grey cardigan is from Autograph, it’s really lightweight, isn’t scratchy and I grabbed it on sale before I went to NYC.
So there you have it, the very first instalment of Aussie Curves. I’d like to take a moment to thank my awesome husband Steve for taking these photos for me. He’s always been a bit too cautious around the camera and doens’t really ‘get’ photography but he was a willing student this afternoon because he knew how much this meant to me. I set up all the shots, the angles, focus and lighting and I think that’s helped boost his confidence. Besides, he has plenty of chance to practice… 51 weeks to be exact!
What do you think? Are you excited?
*EDITED: If you’re a size 14+ and live in Australia/New Zealand please feel free to join in. Next weeks outfit theme is “Bold Nails”.