I’ve been thinking a lot about my wardrobe lately and as I get ready to head off to New York, planning outfits and thinking of the types of things I’d like to buy, I realised that I’m slowly curating my wardrobe. Now don’t get me wrong, I know wardrobes are meant to be ever evolving (well the fun ones anyway) but as I’ve learnt more about different brands, manufacturing processes, quality fabrics, unique prints and flattering silhouettes I’ve been gradually letting the crap pieces fall into the donation bin.
I’ve been fortunate to have worked myself into a knowledgable position within the industry that brands and designers alike appreciate my feedback and send me garments to try. Not all of it makes it to the blog, some get sent back and some are gifted to fellow plus size bloggers if I feel it would suit their style more. I have an interesting job that is a lot of hard work but a lot of fun too. I feel truly humbled that you come to me with the trust that I’m going to call it as I see it, and I do. If I don’t love it, I’m not going to wear it simple as that.
So it’s always exciting when a label I have yet to try becomes a client because they appreciate that about me. They send out a few pieces and allow me the opportunity to do my thing and hope that I like it. There are so many brands out there but with most only being accesible online I know first hand how daunting it can be to spend your hard earned cash on something you’re never touched or tried on. That’s one of the reasons why I take my measurements every month and publish them for the whole world to see, sizing has got to be one of the most frustrating parts of plus size fashion.
Lucabella sent me the Jade Printed Cardigan a few weeks back for Aussie Curves – Green week and you all loved it, almost as much as I do so the team sent over a few other things for me to try. When the package arrived it was enormous and I was blown away. As I pulled each piece out of the bag and tried them on I knew I was going to have a problem because I wanted to feature them all! The best solution I thought was to show you how to style one of their key dresses (100% merino mind you!) for winter in three different ways… brace yourself for lots of photos!
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#1: Urban Funk
- Cowl Neck Dress (100% merino wool) – Lucabella
- Disc Earrings – Thrifted
- Bomber Jacket – Lucabella
- Metallic Belt – City Chic
- Chain Necklace – City Chic
- Chain Handbag – Thrifted
- Leggings – TS14+
- Ankle Boots – TS14+
This bomber jacket has total WOW factor. The print is called “Gelato” but the colours are actually quite earthy and much like the modern indigenous paintings you see in galleries. It’s really light weight and silky smooth. It fits comfortably when zippered all the way up (even over my huge boobs) and it has nifty little zipper pockets. Not only is it great for jazzing up a black outfit by adding some colour and life but I can also see it dressing up a pair of jeans, a white tee and a pair of sneakers.
Look, I know the dress isn’t cheap ($190 AUD approx.) but taking into account that it’s 100% merino wool I think the price is more than fair. As for the wool it’s light, yet warm and soft, not the least bit scratchy. The cut of the dress is really flattering and as I’m about to show you there are endless ways it can be worn. It comes in other colours too but I think black is a very versatile colour for a warm little winter dress that could easily be worn day or night.
#2 – Berry Warm
- Cowl Neck Dress – Lucabella
- Draped Shawl Jacket – Lucabella
- Chunky Knit Scarf – gift from a friend
- Leggings – TS14+
- Black Buckle Boots – City Chic circa 2010
This would have to be my go-to winter look. It’s simple, layered with warmth and extremely comfortable. “Waterfall” cardigans are great as they can be a stand out piece on their own and they can also be layered under a jacket or coat as the soft ruffles at the front frame the length of your body.
I know you might think a black cardi is the best way to go, you’ll get more use out of it etc etc but it’s pieces like this that I think should be colourful, I mean how gorgeous is this wonderful purple! It’s also 100% merino wool and feels just as soft and warm as the dress. See how I can layer two wool pieces together without looking bulky or loosing my shape… that is what I’m talking about.
#3 – Glitz & Glam
- Cowl Neck Dress – Lucabella
- Crystal Hoop Earrings – Wild Bling
- Silver Metallic Belt – City Chic
- Silver Sequin Bag – Wild Bling
- Patent Pumps – Target
Just because it’s winter and it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the party season is over. There are still weddings, work functions, birthdays and date nights. You could freeze your butt off in a poly blend dress or you could cosy up in merino like I have. The dress has a rouching detail up the very center of the dress to the bust line and then the same rouching is found on the arms which you can just see in this picture. It’s very subtle but you wont leave the house feeling like plain-jane I promise, especially when you work the accessories like I have.
So there you have it! One wonderful dress worn in three ways that’s under $200 AUD and it’s suitable for all this chilly weather we’ve been having. Winter has only just begun so if you are looking for a piece like this I highly recommend. Like will all wool garments you’ll need to follow the care instructions and invest a few dollars in a lint roller to catch any stray hairs or fluff that it may pick up. I’ll also confess that finally having some merino in my wardrobe has made me feel just a little more grown up. Next step… cashmere!
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