Aussie Curves: Bling

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Top: Dream Diva

Skirt: Gorman (Remixed)

Shoes: Melissa

I don’t have a lot of “bling” in my fashion repertoire, so I found myself struggling a bit with this week’s “Aussie Curves” challenge (that’s probably why they call it a “Challenge”, right?).

It’s kind of weird, because I tend to gravitate, magpie-like, towards sparkly things in the shops. Sequins, rhinestones, glittery shoes; I see them on the racks and find myself lurching towards them with grabby hands.

But I rarely buy.

Bags I have too many of already, so it’s usually easy to talk myself of of buying another unnecessary handbag, clutch or purse. Sparkly shoes are WITHOUT FAIL the stiffest, least comfortable shoes in the entire shop. The jewellery I often buy…. then don’t wear. Because I have yet to master the art of casual bling.

And the clothes…. This is my biggest downfall.

Whenever I see sequinned skirts/tops/dresses in the shops I’m compelled to try them on (as long at the sequins are on the back as well. Pet hate: plain backs on sequinned fronts).

Sequinned clothing looks all wrong on me though. My body is made up of round shapes. My breasts, the curve of my belly, the roundness of my thighs and my hips… in all-over sequins I look like a conglomeration of mirrorballs.

I don’t know why this is. I’ve seen other plus-size girls ROCK the all-over sequin look, which is why – in my head – I think I can pull it off. But so far, no joy.

In the meanwhile I’m happy to channel my inner bling-addict with this great tee-shirt from Dream Diva.


 It’s comfy to wear, a nice slouchy shape in a gorgeously soft jersey, and the sequin heart on the front is just the right amount of sparkly without being OTT. I still light up the inside of the car like a mirrorball on sunny days, but at least I don’t feel like I should be revolving over a dance floor.

I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it works with the indie au-naturel look of my raw silk Gorman dress-cum-skirt – I would have thought them completely disparate items, but they play nicely together. The slouchy tee kind of diminishes the prissiness of the skirt, and the skirt makes the tee seem more retro and classic.

I also have some very, very discreet sparkle in my shoes:

P1020686Remember what I said about sparkly shoes being the least comfortable in the shop? The same doesn’t apply to Melissa shoes. I actually prefer these to my sparkly pink Melissa shoes because the glitter is incorporated into the shoes, rather than glued to the outside. It means it’s smoother around the edges, and I don’t leave a small trail or glitter wherever I go. I like the spectator style of the black contrast panels, and the little bow is a bonus.

Sadly I DO find that these Melissa’s – unlike other pairs in my collection – do make my feet a bit sweaty. They came from the Melissa shop, so they’re definitely authentic, but maybe something about the glittery PVC is different to the usual “jelly”.

To see the other entries in this week’s Aussie Curve challenge click through the link below, and make sure you check out Natalie from XL as Life. Her sequin peplum dress had me clicking straight through to Asos where – boohoo – it’s out of stock in my size.

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11 thoughts on “Aussie Curves: Bling

  1. I wouldn’t have thought the t shirt and skirt would go but they do! Love the sequin heart! I wore a lightly sequined little short sleeve cardi to work…after alot of bagging I gave it away 🙁
    I love shiny things but wear it more as jewellery!
    The shoes are sparking cute…shame bout the sweatiness!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Xmas!

  2. I just wanted to thank you for your great posts! Beauty is not a question of size und you are definetly a beauty.
    A very Merry Christmas from Germany!

  3. Merry Christmass from Israel! may the new year bring health, Joy and many beautiful outfits to you and your family alike 🙂

  4. I lost your blog somehow a while back and I’m so excited to have found you again (via Polyvore). I didn’t know that you’d been joining in Aussie Curves. I’m trying (without a lot of success) to summon up the courage to join in next year.

    We have a similar body type (though I don’t know how tall you are – I’m only 5f 2in). And we apparently shop in a similar way. I know what I’m drawn to, absolutely. But I always, always talk myself out of it. My goal for 2013 is to stop doing that and be braver – buy things that I love, instead of imagining everyone sniggering behind my back.

    I love that you’re doing AC. You look gorgeous, btw.

  5. For as much as I do not dress my baby girl in overtly “girly” outfits, I’m kind of a sucker for a bit of sparkle. That said, I don’t want it to look like she was thrown up on by a glitter monster, because sparkle, like most bold fashion statements, is best used in moderation. But while sparkle may seem like the ultimate in “girly girl” baby fashions and it would seem counterintuitive that I (lover of all things neutral) should want to dress my baby in it, nothing says “girl” quite like sparkle and when it’s added to an outfit comprised of more neutral items. When Fern is wearing sparkly shoes paired with more “boyish” items like a little button-up and jeans, there is no doubt that she is a girl.

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