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!

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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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Style Me Friday {Black and White}

So I’m deciding to tackle a dress that cause quite a bit of controversy at my house…

For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@icurvy), earlier this week I posted a picture of my new Black and White graphic dress from Dorothy Perkins.

Now, I love this dress, but it wasn’t so well received by my family. Mum didn’t like it, and my husband said the print…

Looks like a loudspeaker for your vagina

Such great compliments!

The lovely folks on IG agreed with me that the dress was great, and suggested the family might like it better when it was styled properly. And what a great opportunity to get dressed up, and show it off for Black and White Style Me Friday.

I’m taking my style inspiration today from Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays… This bold graphic TopShop dress was very popular with celebs – with the likes of Serena Williams and Ciara also snapped wearing this black and white bodycon beauty…

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I should probably call this one a copycat look rather than ‘inspired’ as I have gone for almost identical styling!

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Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Jacket: City Chic
Boots: Autograph Fashions
Ring: New 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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Double-take Friday

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Ahh Friday. How I love you despite the dilemmas you bring. As the only acceptable day to wear jeans at my work – I like to take full advantage – but I can’t look too casual – so how to you do casual, without being too casual? And then, without bringing a whole change of clothes, how do I transition that outfit to dinner or drinks later that night.

Its hard to find that balance – an outfit which looks professional/casual during the day, and chic for night.

This was today’s solution.

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So I started with a Oxblood Peplum Singlet from New Look and my Torrid jeans.

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Day Look

Because I wear a lanyard that must be displayed at all times at work, I avoid wearing statement necklaces – and I also feel like sometimes when I wear statement necklace and jeans – I look a little too ‘club’ for the office. So I went for simple gold studs from Diva.

Even the fabulousness of Friday couldn’t stop it from raining, so I opted for my oversize Crossroads Fairisle Knit and a thin elastic belt from a city chic dress. I sit at a desk or in meetings most of the day, so if I wear a belt – it has to have a bit of give.

Kmart black lace flats finish off my day look 🙂

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Night Look

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Boots, a statement Necklace and a crop Leather jacket and I’m ready to hit the town.

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This leather crop jacket is a City Chic favorite and the necklace is a bargin from Etsy.

 

 

So here is it, my Friday Day-to-Night Double Take

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