Aussie Curves {Work}

Aussie Curves

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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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