Floral Pants – Three ways (Part 3)… The round up!

For the last two days I have been styling these statement Floral Pants from Autograph. Getting a good cost per wear is important – and being able to style a strong print piece in completely different ways is the best way to get value from a statement piece.

After covering off Work and Casual – it’s time to have some fun and style it for a Night out!

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Today I’ve paired the pants with a black and mesh bodysuit from New Look. The bodysuit gives me a great smooth line, and always stays in place. Not wanting to take away from the neckline of the bodysuit, I decided on a statement belt and some big gold earrings to match…

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I added some sky high platform heels from Torrid – I’m not particularly short or tall (169cms) – but I do find that some killer heels with ankle length pants makes my legs look extra long. I usually avoid 7/8th or crop pants for fear of making me look short and stumpy – but with a good pair of heels – I think they actually have the opposite effect and make me look taller. You know that ‘rule’ about having a garment finish at the skinniest part of your leg – I think my ankles are the skinniest part of me leg – and the 7/8th length is quite flattering. This style managed to surprise me!

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Top: Mesh Bodysuit from New Look
Pants: Autograph Floral Pants
Belt: City Chic
Heels: Torrid
Earrings: A present from Secret Santa last year
Jacket: Sequin Bomber Jacket from Harlow

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In a stroke of serendipity – these pants are now ON SALE (All pants at Autograph are $40 for a limited time) so if you like them – be quick to snap up a pair!

So that’s it – getting value from a statement pair of pants by wearing them different ways… Which was your favorite look?

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Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

Floral Pants: Three ways (Part 2)

Remember these pants?
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You should, I was only talking about them yesterday! Aren’t they fab?
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So yesterday I styled up these great Autograph Fashion Floral pants for work – and today I’m having some fun and going bright – really bright!

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This neon top was in Sussans – and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love! I actually find wearing it with a print tones it down a bit – with plain black pants it can be pretty blinding. With so many fabulous hues in the print of these pants – it’s easy to find a bright coloured top to match in.

I’ve kept the accessories simple and black – there’s more than enough going on without introducing another element.

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Pants: Autograph Fashion Floral Pants. I’m wearing size 14.
Top: Sussans Neon Pink Top. I’m wearing size 12.
Wedges: Kmart
Necklace: hmmm… It’s really old, I’m sorry I don’t remember…

The same look can be achieved by choosing any one of the fabulous colours in the print! On the Autograph website – I also found this Turquiose Lattice Back Shirt, or if your quick, you could snap this Autograph Fuchsia Peplum on SALE which would also look great paired with these pants!
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Aaaaaand tomorrow I’ll be styling these beauties for a night out!

HOT BREAKING NEWS!!! These pants are now on sale for just $40! All Autograph pants are on sale for a limited time only so make sure you head over there now to check out the sale!

Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

Getting VALUE from a statement piece: Floral Pants (three ways)

There are some freaking fabulous spring prints hitting the shops right now. Bold, colourful, vivid statement pieces – the perfect introduction to spring time!

So, I began by asking all of you – what stops you from purchasing a bold print? All the answers were along the same 2 themes – what “plus size girls should/shouldn’t wear” and “getting value from such a memorable print”.

On the first issue, I could write an essay on the topic, but I have recently read two blog posts which sum up my own feelings perfectly. The first is an empowerment post by the beautiful Killer Kurves – talking about the ‘rules’ plus size women put on themselves – I love the sentiment of her post, which is… If you like it, wear it – dress for you! The other post was by The Curvy Fashionista, asking readers/followers to consider the impact of their words and compelling the plus size community for acceptance and diversity.

These fabulous bloggers have been able to sum up my thoughts on the first matter far more eloquently that I am able to… so I will stick to the second concern – getting value from a statement piece (and since that’s the title of this post, it should have been kinda obvious where I was going)…

I’m all for repeating outfits in different groups and different settings. I break my purchases down into an acceptable cost-per-wear dollar figure before committing to buy. A bold statement print, especially something that’s fabulously memorable, can be more difficult to get a good cost-per-wear out of… So here are some ideas for getting the most value out of a Statement Piece.

For the next three days, I will be showing you different ways of styling these awesome print Floral Pants from Autograph Fashion. Today, I’ll style then up for work, and over the next couple days, I’ll show you some more ways to wear them.

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For me, being able to wear something for work means I’m able to justify the purchase even further as I’m always at work. I work in a fairly corporate HR environment but I like having some fun in my wardrobe. These pants are perfect for a Friday when I have meetings. I’m rarely in jeans in a casual Friday – it’s just not right for my position – but I love to find ways that I can still join in on the casual Friday vibe while still looking corporate.

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This slouchy blazer fits really well with the chilled-out but corporate vibe and was an absolute steal from Best and Less. I do a fair amount of walking at work – with 80 Buildings on 70 hectares and back-to-back meetings, sometimes it feels like a cross country dash, so flats are a must – I love these flats from Target – the metallic toe cap is like a piece of shoe-jewellery!

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I’ve kept these pictures very genuine (I literally have taken them on my way to work) – I have to wear a security pass and lanyard at work – so I haven’t put on a pendant – although looking at the pictures – I think the outfit could have really popped with a shiny long pendant… Something like this would have been perfect!

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Pants: Autograph Floral Pants
Singlet: Autograph Basic Tank
Blazer: Best & Less
Shoes: Target

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Come back tomorrow and I’m going to style these pants with a more casual look!

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Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with Autograph

Peplum V Peplum

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On the Aussie Curves Facebook page – girls are always asking for advice on the best peplum – where different brands sit on the torso, how long is the peplum… Since I own a whole lot of peplum tops from different brands, I thought I would do a compare and share on Peplums…

The figures on my figure

So, to be helpful, I’m going to list my measurements at the time of the photos… Hopefully it will be useful information for you all! By the way, I’m 169cms tall.

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I decided to wear a dark patterned bra so you can also see the quality of the peplums as well. Obviously if I was wearing them out in public – I would wear a nude bra or singlet… But this post is all about being a helpful resource!

City Chic

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I’m wearing a size XS.

I feel like CC peplums are longer in the torso and the frill is much lower.

Autograph

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I’m wearing a size 14.

I find the waist a lot higher on the autograph peplum, and so the frill is more exaggerated and sits out from the body.

Dorothy Perkins

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I’m wearing a size 20. It’s slightly see through, but being white you would expect that. The peplum sits at a nice height on my natural waist, and I like the volume of the peplum. I’d prefer an extra cm of length on the frill – but it doesn’t really bother me…

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I’m what was a bit of lucky break for this review, I have accidentally ordered a Dorothy Perkins Petite size peplum top – so you can see the difference… I’m wearing a size 20 petite – as you can see, much shorter in the torso and the frill finishes much higher than I am comfortable with…

New Look

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This is from the New Look Inspire line, and it’s one if my favorite peplums. I’m wearing a size 18. The waist is nice and low, and there is the right volume in the peplum, so it doesn’t sit too far out from my body.

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This is a hi-low peplum from the straight size New Look range – I’m wearing size 18. As you can see the material is super thin, but I thought I would include it here for comparison sake.

Big W

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And lastly I’m wearing a size 16 from the Emerson line at Big W. material is quite thin, and hasn’t held up that well to wear, but I’ve always liked the shape and fit of this peplum.

Hope you found that all helpful!

Where is your favorite place to buy peplums?

Happy shopping!

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Style Me Friday {Short Suits}

So I have a couple of location based challenges participating in The Fashionista Next Door’s Style Me Friday Challenge. The first is timezone – for me, it’s actually Style Me Saturday. The second? The weather.

So things are heating up in the States, thus inspiring a Shorts-in-the-Office theme this week. Down under… There’s a definite chill in the air, and winter is well and truly on its way! But, I do love a challenge, so for me, not only am I trying to pull together an outfit appropriate for my rather conservative office, but I also need something semi-practical so I don’t freeze to death (yes, I realize I’m being melodramatic since its about 20•c (68•F) at the moment… But I love my Aussie sunshine).

My inspiration pic this week is the ultimate in summery chic. I love the little pop of color amongst the monochrome, and I think it would be a great look for summer… It’s going to take some adaption to make this look work in winter… So here is where I landed…

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I still got in my POP of colour with these fabulous Aztec earrings. Blazers are my go-to look in the office – they are my best friend, balancing out my pear shape and nipping me in at the waist.

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I bought this jacket second hand off eBay, I love the elbow patches! It’s originally from City Chic (as are the shorts!). The booties are from Autograph Fashions. The earrings are from eQuip and the tights from Target. Since my office is rather conservative, I have decided to have a bit of fun with this outfit today and I added my New Look mesh bodysuit for a bit of funk!

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So, despite it being Saturday (not Friday), and it’s freezing outside… I’m loving this weeks Style Me Friday outfit 🙂

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To join the fun and get inspired – Visit The Fashionista Next Door and join me on in the Style Me Friday challenge!