As I mentioned last week, BIG W dropped some awesome jeans and then sent me a package with a few other goodies for me to try on. One of the things I love to do when working with brands is to go in-store, ignore the styling and focus on individual pieces, essentially stripping a collection back to it’s bones. I usually start with one key item and build the rest of the outfit around it and I’m almost always enticed by the more challenging option. I came up with four possible outfits, snapped some pics in the change room and sent them to the team with no idea which outfit would arrive!
I present the “button front skirt” an item currently trending in fashionistas wardrobes with a deeply engrained 70’s vibe… talk about a challenge! It hung on the wall in the far low corner of the Avella display looking limp and extremely wide on the hanger, not exactly appealing. I liked the dark denim but I wasn’t a fan of the rust coloured stitching so I moved on. It wasn’t until I got to the opposite side of the room and found, stashed behind another garment, was the rust coloured cardigan that made be think twice.
I looked at the options for tops and the only one that truly suited the look I was going for was the chambray. Before I knew it I was rocking three trends all at once: double-denim, a button front skirt and the hottest colour for autumn/fall in the US last year was rust. Not exactly my go-to colour choice but turns out it works quite nicely with my complexion. I added a pair of tan boots and a belt that I already owned but otherwise everything, including the super cute hat is from BIG W.
I really like the modest length of the skirt. I also like how it looks smart yet relaxed when teamed with the chambray shirt, even without the cardigan is still makes me look like I’m put-together. I wont be needing a lot of thick coats or jackets in winter, my hot flushes keep me cosy enough so I have a feeling I’ll be collecting lots of fine layers to add to my wardrobe. I found the sizing across all styles quite generous, especially when it came to the knitwear so I highly recommend trying things on in-store.
Unfortunately at time of publishing none of the Avella pieces were available online for me to link to purchase although stores should have plenty as it’s all new stock. For those unable to get a BIG W store I’ve found a few other Aussie-accessible retailers offering plus size button front skirt options online, all at varying price points. I know I’ll be wearing mine a lot so if you take the plunge and want to try styling one up yourself tag me in a pin on instagram (@danimezza) as I’d love to see!