Aussie Curves {Work}

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This week’s Aussie Curves Theme is Work… and I’m going to tackle an issue that comes up on the AC wall all the time… Where to find great work pants.

Plain Black Work Pants are an absolute staple of my work wardrobe. Like a great canvas for a bold cami or statement necklace, great black pants are an essential wardrobe piece… But finding the right style can be very hard… I struggled for years finding great plus size work pants, but i think I’ve finally got the formula right, so I’m going to show you my three favorites.

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These are my favorite pants *in the world* and I wear them to work all the time. I actually own three pair of these pants – one I keep for ‘good’ occasions, and the other two get worn weekly. Dorothy Perkins Supersoft Eden Skinny leg Jeggings are available up to a size 22. Size down for a great long lasting fit. I’ve had these 16R for months and months – still no bum sag! My ‘good’ pair are 14R and are the newest pair. They also come in Tall – not required for me, but I know it’s important info for some of you!

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They are the least corporate of my work pants, and often get a run on days I have a lot of internal meetings (or those rare gems when I have no meetings!). I pair them a-lot with my slouchy Best & Less Blazers (yes, I have them in all the colours) or patterned/coloured blazers for a funky yet professional look. In these pictures, I’m wearing them with a plain black singlet, statement necklace from New Look, and my collarless Ombré blazer from Suzanne Grae…

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A few weeks ago I was sent these gorgeous Wide Leg pants from Christine Kardashian after being named their In-betweener Blogger of the Week. The cut and fit of these pants are impeccable and they have quickly become a wardrobe staple. I love how dressy they are – and I can effortlessly look corporate, stylish and comfortable at the same time. I’m wearing a size 2.

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The high waist is uber stylish – I tend not to wear a jacket with these pants – and if I was going to, it would have to be crop length to emphasis the great cut and line of the pants. Heels are a must for me in Wide Leg pants – the higher the better to elongate my shape.

To show these pants off properly, I always wear something tucked in – like my Dorothy Perkins Alphabet Shirt with cut out shoulders, and I’m also wearing a blingy necklace from eQuip.

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The City Chic TDF work pants range coped a lot of flack – but I’m not sure why – I love them! And because they were unpopular – I got them for only $10 at the City Chic Factory Outlet in Campbelltown (naturally I bought a few). I’m wearing the pear shape, size 14. They are vanilla – easy to wear, easy to style, but a bit bland and safe. But, play a very important role in my work wardrobe, and regularly are paired with a peplum top for an easy no-thinking-required outfit (usually Monday morning!) that always looks good.

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Here I have gone with a plain black singlet and this cute City Chic pinstripe jacket with suede elbow patches.

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There you go – that’s my round up on Plus Size Black Work Pants or Trousers. I know it used to be something that I struggled to find, so I hope I’ve been able to show some different looks and you can find one that works for you!

What cut do you prefer… Skinny? Wide Leg? Or Bootcut?

Make sure you check out all the fabulous Aussie Curves ladies and look out for the #aussiecurves on Instagram.
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Aussie Curves {Homemade}

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Ok, so a seamstress I am not – but here’s what I can do – cakes and customising…

So, first up… My obsession with Pinterest coupled with a whole two weeks off work due to illness lead to me buying the full rainbow pack of sharpies and going to town on all things canvas.

These shoes are the result.

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I love that they are monotone so are a funky addition, without overpowering an outfit.

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Jacket: Best and Less (Oxblood slouchy blazer)
Singlet: New Look (Stag Print Singlet)
Pants: Dorothy Perkins (Black Eden Jeggings)
Necklace: eQuip
Shoes: Plain canvas sand shoes from Big W – customization by ME!

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Secondly, it’s time to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than with cake… What are we celebrating? Aussie Curves 1st Birthday!

Happy Birthday to AC. If you have had told me a year ago I would have “Internet friends” I would have laughted hysterically in your face. I am humbled and honored everyday being involved in AC. These ladies have provided, not only a space for plus size fashion and an extensive network of bargain hunters and shopping enablers… But a supportive group of friends whose body positivity, confidence, humour, courage, and lets face it, overwhelming hotness, inspire me each day.

You will have to stay tuned for the actual cake – it will be making an appearance at the AC 1st Birthday Party on Saturday night… So you will just have to check it out in my round up next week!

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Aussie Curves {Ruffles}

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Stumped. Absolutely, positively stumped by the theme of ruffles.

I don’t know when I stopped buying them. I used to have a wardrobe full of ruffles – on everything – dresses, shoes, cardigans, skirts. But as I stare into my wardrobe… I’m coming up completely blank.

It wasn’t a conscious decision. I just must have stopped buying them.

I considered doing peplums as a ruffle – but I recently did a post that included almost every peplum I own to compare and contrast different brands (read it here). It would be a bit of an easy out. So I decided to head to the shops to see if there were any ruffles that took my fancy, not to buy, just for inspiration… and I still couldn’t find anything ruffled that I really liked…

I was completely prepared to be sitting this one out.

Then I was sitting at my desk and realised that my cardigan had a waterfall edge – a ruffle!

A couple of happy snaps in the office later, and I have a very very brief post for ruffles week!

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Cardigan: Crossroads

Sweater Dress: Vitru

Belt: City Chic

Boots: Torrid

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Yes, its a long bow to be drawing – but better to be involved than sitting on the sidelines!

Oh, and please excue the Security pass which I forgot to remove. But on a side note – how CUTE is my new badge reel? It’s from Etsy

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Aussie Curves {Oversized}

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This week’s Aussie Curves theme of Oversized is not my usual style. For me, maintaining my shape is key to my style so I really had no idea how I was going to participate this week…

When I went to visit Harlow at their Salon Saturday (while I was on a trip to Melbourne – see the whole post here) I decided to jump out of that comfort zone and give this style a try.

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I’m wearing the Blue Skies Ahead oversized top and the Wet and Wild Scuba leggings both from Harlow.

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Why o why have I resisted the wedge sneaker for so long? I always liked the look – and they are so comfortable! Target had them on sale last weekend for $30 and I couldn’t resist! I’m keen to head back and get more colours – I’m now obsessed!

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The fabric of the top has a sheen to it, and the fabric drapes beautifully. I had always thought it would look unflattering and shapeless – but I actually really like the look. If I’m really honest, I also thought the oversized and layer look would make me look older – which is why I love finishing it with the high top wedge sneakers – it’s a really funky touch to the outfit and I feel like it updates the look.

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Aussie Curves {Green}

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So I’m trying to be a real smarty pants this week, and have both a green coloured, and ‘green’ outfit. Since second hand week was before I joined the challenge, today I’m going to showcase a skirt I bought second hand! Even better – I bought it from an Aussie Curvette 🙂

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As someone who does her fair share of retail therapy, I do get the guilts about my consumerism, and the cost of my wardrobe on the environment. I’m not at all opposed to buying clothes second hand – my go-to is eBay. I wish I was the op-shop type – but it’s really not me. I also try to sell on my clothes when they don’t fit anymore – as well as doing the ‘green’ thing, it also means that I can recoup some money (to buy more clothes) and most importantly my clothes get to continue to be worn and have new fabulous adventures!

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Knowing I wanted to wear my ‘green’ 2nd hand City Chic Skirt, I went shopping in my closet for a green top… Now, I like green, I think I look good in green, but curiously, when searching for it, there was a serious lack of green in my wardrobe. I took the opportunity to search the City Chic sale racks and came up with zilch (zilch green… i bought other things in the sale obviously). Then, I spotted the perfect top while looking for something else in Kmart (isn’t that how we all shop at Kmart… Go in for one thing, come out with arms full of other stuff?) and it was reduced to boot! I haven’t traditionally been a fan of Kmart clothes – and don’t get my wrong, their plus size range is DISMAL but I’m really impressed with their straight size line right now – super affordable and bang on trend.

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I love the jewel green colour of this top – I love wearing a bright colour like this – and I could not think of a cheerier pairing than this top and necklace. Necklace was an impulse buy on sale at eQuip (picked it up for only $7!), when I bought it, I had no idea how or if I would wear it… But I love it paired with this outfit. Perfect addition to take this work outfit out to Friday night drinks…

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After a few years of wearing thick black tights, I’m really loving sheers this winter. I really like the sheer 2pack plus size stockings at Kmart – they have a nice sheen and feel silky rather than crepe-y (if you know what I mean)… And for $5 a 2-pack, I’m not too devastated when I get a hole in them after 1 wear!

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Top: Kmart
Skirt: Originally City Chic but bought from Ashley Rose
Neclace: eQuip
Stockings: Kmart
Heels: Torrid

Time to ‘do the rounds’ and see everyone else’s Green goodness…

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Aussie Curves {Sequins}

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Sequins Week – time to go big or go home!

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I have been waiting and waiting for an excuse to pull this baby out!

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She is from Forever 21 (plus) and was worth ever cent of postage!

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If I’m going over the top with a fabulous dress like this – I’m not stopping there – you better believe I am going the whole way with bright red lips and killer heels to boot!

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Dress: Forever 21 (size 1X)
Heels: Torrid
Lips: ElisFaas lip stain
Earrings: eQuip

When I originally bought this dress, I did a mini/review of my Forever 21 shopping experience – you can read that post here

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I can only wear this dress for a little while before the sequins start really scratching up under my arms. Beauty is pain though, right? And in my book, this dress is worth every second of scratchiness…

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This outfit makes me feel ultra glam – and 12 months ago I never would have dreamed of drawing so much attention to myself! Thanks to the beautiful Aussie Curves girls for providing a supporting environment for me to live out my fashion fantasies and giving me the confidence to take my fat fabulousness to the streets! Xx

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Aussie Curves {Leather}

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You know when people make the definition between Book-smart and street-smart… Sometimes I think it’s because of me they had to do that….

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I spend all day talking to people about organisational transformation, and yet planned to stay at my parents house the other night and forgot pajamas, clothes to wear to work the next day and underwear. I didn’t forget completely – I packed a necklace I wanted to wear – I just didn’t think through all of the steps…

What I am getting to (albeit in a round-a-bout fashion) is that I had to do an emergency trip to Kmart the other night to pick up some of my missing essentials and scored an absolute bargain for this week’s Aussie Curves challenge!

I feel like this jacket add a bit of ‘funk’ to my outfit, and helps it transition from something I would wear to work, to something I can wear straight out to dinner…

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Jacket: Kmart
Skirt: Aztec Midi Skirt from New Look
Top: Jay Jays
Wedges: Kmart
Necklace: eQuip

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I’m really loving Rose Gold right now, and I went with simple accessories this week – although I think looking back at the pictures I could have gone a little stronger on the bling… Still, loving the simplicity of the rose gold necklace and studs.

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So, it’s a cheapie PU jacket from me for Leather Week. Can’t wait to see the looks put together by the other ladies!

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Aussie Curves is a weekly fashion challenge for Australian and New Zealand bloggers, sizes 14+. Join in the fun!

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