Cry Wolf

Tee: Citizen Wolf
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Fitflop

A plain white tee-shirt is one of those Wardrobe Essentials things that every single person is supposed to own, but it’s something that’s been missing from my own (not insubstantial) collection for some time. Because “plain white tee-shirt” is all very well and good, but they’re almost always too thin, badly fitting, and shoddily made. On my figure they’re boxy at the shoulders, pull at the bust, balloon at the waist, and bunch around the hips. I like the idea of a plain white tee-short, but in practice… no.

Citizen Wolf is Sydney-based business that’s endeavoring to make the plain white tee-shirt (or the striped tee-shirt, or the grey tee-shirt, etc etc) accessible to everyone, even those who don’t necessarily fit the typical mold. They use certified organic cotton or merino wool, prioritize Australian-made fabrics, are certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and have a sustainability commitment that puts other brands to shame. Part of the reason they’re so environmentally ahead of the curve is that they custom-make each tee using an algorithm they’ve called “Magic Fit“.

Using a customer’s age, height, weight, and bra-size Citizen Wolf claims that they can create a digital fit model that’s theoretically 94% correct, allowing them to create your perfect tee-shirt in the style and fabric of your choice. Prices start at $69, which isn’t cheap for a basic tee-shirt, but certainly isn’t unreasonable.

Hmmn.

I love a good gimmick, and I especially love custom-made clothing, so when I saw Citizen Wolf at the recent Finders Keepers market I thought I’d give them a whirl. I ordered a plain white tee with a boatneck, short sleeves, and a 145gsm “everyday” cotton fabric. (Full disclosure, I don’t own a pair of scales so they had to weigh me with E in the carrier at the market and then try to figure out how much to deduct. This may have affected the algorithm somewhat).

Less than two weeks later, my beautifully produced and packaged wardrobe essential arrived at my door…

It’s allllllmost perfect, and certainly much closer than anything I’ve tried in the shops. The fabric has a nice density without any transparency. The fabric has been pre-shrunk, which means that it’s held up beautifully to repeated washes without losing shape, and the side seams haven’t twisted as so often happens to cheaper tees.

The tee barely pulls at the bust (breastfeeding G cups, man) though the shoulder seams are just this side of too narrow, which is odd, since usually if a tee-shirt fits my bust, the shoulders are halfway down to my elbows.

I selected a scooped hem, rather than a straight one, so that I could wear the tee un-tucked if I wanted. I was impressed that the algorithm knew exactly where my waist was, and the tee-shirt scoops there just enough to skim my body without hugging it, before flaring out the perfect amount to fit my hips.

Hoo-bloody-rah it also doesn’t fit so snugly at the back that it highlights my bra band and back rolls!

Citizen Wolf actually offers a fit guarantee, which means that if I was more bothered by the slight pulling at the bust and too-narrow shoulders I could send it back for free alterations (I’m not bothered enough, TBH, though it’s something I might address when I order a second tee). They also offer free repairs for life which is pretty amazing.

Citizen Wolf offers all new customers $10 off their first order, but as a customer they’ve also sent me a code that gets us both $20 off, so if you’re in the market for a new tee-shirt and want to give them a whirl I’d love it if you used this link.

Dream denim

Top: DIY York top from Nerida Hansen fabric
Jeans: Good American
Shoes: Fitflop

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year and all of that! It’s been literal months since my last post, and I’m back with a less-than-inspiring outfit, but I just wanted to have a little rave about Good American jeans since they’re now being stocked in Australia (via The Iconic).

Last week, when I was pregnant (OK, it was a year ago, but honestly it feels like last week) I was on the hunt for maternity jeans that didn’t look like the maternity jeans you see in all the shops – the ones with those whopping great beige panels instead of a waist band. My search led me to Good American Maternity, and after a couple of days of waffling over whether or not I could support a Kardashian brand I bought a pair of the Honeymoon Mid-rise.

I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were: a soft stretchy denim that didn’t sag or bag around the knees and ankles, a zip that didn’t unzip, and stretchy panels at the hips that encompassed the 34 week bump without cutting in.

It was actually slightly disconcerting how not-pregnant I looked wearing them, but that ended up being a blessing post E’s birth where I could still wear them without feeling like I was waiting for the belated arrival of a twin.

Eventually without the bump to keep them up they started to fall down, and I discovered that my strict gestational diabetes diet meant that I wasn’t fitting into any of my old jeans either. Too bad, so sad, I was going to have to buy myself some new jeans.

I wanted a pair with a high waist which was proving to be a difficult ask in local plus-sizes, and I’d been so happy with my maternity pair from Good American that I decided to give their regular line a try as well.

Good American have a terrific denim guide on their website that details that different cuts, inseams, and rises of each of their fits: Good Legs, Good Waist, Good Boy, Good Flare, and Good Curve. Reading that list you’d assume that Good Curve is the plus line, right? Wrong! Every single item on Good American is available in sizes 00 to 24. I haven’t even got to the good part yet though… Every single style of jean is pictured in the different sizes available, so you’re not left looking at the item in a size 6 and trying to imagine how it’s going to look on your own size 18 butt.

I can’t even begin to tell you how revolutionary, and how incredibly bloody helpful this is. I makes me want to buy every single pair of jeans on their website, but the Kardashian name doesn’t come without a price tag, so I limited myself to two pairs, a pair of Good Curve Skinnies in a lighter blue wash, and these: Good Waist in the darker wash

So, to the nitty gritty. The size chart is absolutely spot on for both styles, which is a refreshing change. Buying jeans online can be nerve-wracking (especially when they’re a premium brand with a premium price tag) and knowing you can trust the size guide is half the battle already won. Theoretically Good American has three different kinds of denim: Super Stretch (“High stretch, sculpting, with amazing recovery”), Comfort Stretch (“A small amount of stretch provides the right amount of comfort while holding and molding”) and Rigid (“Structured denim that provides lift in all the right places”), but while I’m pretty sure both of my pairs were Super Stretch fabric, my Good Waist jeans are much lighter denim than the Good Curve (The difference in weight might have been down to the different colours rather than the different cuts). The Curve style were a little less skinny around the ankles and slightly lower in the rise. I haven’t taken a proper blog photo of them, but here’s a dodgy mirror selfie for comparison:

I’ve been wearing both pairs for months now, and I’m pleased to report that the denim doesn’t lose shape, even after repeated wears. Despite the relatively thin denim they show no signs of rubbing threadbare between the thighs. They don’t bag at the knees, sag at the butt or gap at the waist. The dye doesn’t paint your fingers blue, the zip doesn’t unzip by itself, and the waistband doesn’t fold over itself. They wash in the machine without running, survive the tumble-dryer unscathed, and as far as I’m concerned are worth every cent of their not-insubstantial price tag.

If you’re nervous about buying internationally, a small selection of Good American jeans are now available to buy locally at The Iconic, but once you’re confident about your size I’d recommend going straight to the source: They have regular sitewide sales that bring the price down from eye-watering to merely expensive, and the shipping is reasonable and quick.