Midi missing

Frocks and Frou Frou Dress: Scarlett & Jo (via Yours Clothing)

Shoes: Edward Meller

Has it really been a month since I last posted? And after such a big post, too? Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, I’m happier than I can express. Apologies for the long gap between writing – I’ve been struck down with one of the nastier colds I’ve had, exacerbated by a very busy month at work. I’m definitely on the road to recovery though, and looking forward to getting back into the swing of life.

Can you believe how close we are to Christmas? I can’t. I think it’s probably partly due to the weather – we’ve just had the coldest Spring in 13 years, so it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is just a few weeks away. It does mean I’m getting a little bit more wear out of my trans-seasonal pieces though, including this pretty midi dress from Scarlett & Jo.

I bought it in a size down from the Lollidot dress that I bought earlier in the year, and it sees to fit my slopey shoulders a little better. It’s a mock wrap dress with a surplice crossover bodice and elasticized waist. The waist ties with an attached sash that’s probably a little unnecessary, and prevents me from wearing the dress with a belt, but it would be great for cinching the waist in if you’ve bought a size too large.

It’s made of a super soft jersey that wears well during the day, and the gorgeous navy floral print holds its colour well over repeated washes. The dress has little attached shoulder pads, the same as the Lollidot dress, which helps to give it a very 40’s silhouette.

You can see here that I made a tiny little stitch at the crossover point – with my full bust wrap dresses can be a bit fraught, and a little pin or stitch just helps me feel a bit more confident that I’m not flashing too much cleavage up and down the street! Because the dress is pull on – not a true wrap – a few stitches with needle and thread are enough to keep it closed permanently.

This is a great dress for those inbetweeny months where it’s neither hot nor cold, and it looks just as elegant with tights and a cardigan. It would be a great one to take on holiday as a back-up going out frock, as it rolls up very small, doesn’t crush, and is wonderfully comfortable.

If you decide to order, don’t forget to sign up to receive 15% off your first order, and make sure you check out the clearance section; one of the best parts about shopping from Australia is that you get to buy all the summer stuff at sale prices and wear it straight away – hopefully by the time it arrives it might even be hot!

Society Gal

Skirt: Society Plus

Top: Boden

Shoes: Rockport

There’s so much more choice for plus size women than there was in 2008 when I first started my blog! It’s wonderful but definitely dangerous too, because I find myself wanting to try, well, everything! Society Plus has been on my radar for a while because of their amazing looking tutu skirts, but I’ve never taken the plunge (because I’ve never had the kind of occasion that warrants a tutu skirt, alas).

At the recent MFW+ celebrations I spotted one girl wearing an amazing midi skirt with a graphic grid print and bailed her up only to discover that it was one of Society Plus‘ signature pieces; the Kate Midington skirt. Designed by blogger and co-founder Jessica Kane, these skirts have been specifically designed for plus-sizes, and it shows.

With a narrow (but not too narrow) waistband, a full (but not too full) skirt, and pockets (hooray!) it fits like a dream. Part of the reason it fits so well – and part of the reason I’ll definitely be ordering from Society Plus again – is the brand’s ‘honest sizing guarantee‘. Every product that they sell has been personally hand-measured, so the size guide given is genuine. So much shopping for plus-size women is online only, and size guides can be all over the place, making every purchase a gamble, not just in whether it’s going to suit, but whether it’s even going to fit in the first place. As an international customer, knowing that something I’m ordering is actually going to match the size guide means half the battle is already won.

I ordered the Kate Midington skirt in navy, but it’s also available in black and white, and I’m seriously tempted to go back and buy the whole range. It’s made of a thick polyester fabric that holds its shape well, and has a great fullness without too much weight. The fabric doesn’t crush at all – I took these photos after a fairly strenuous day out in the city, and it looks as fresh as when I left the house. Do watch out for that size guide though – there’s no stretch to the fabric, so if you’re between sizes you might like to size up for the sake of comfort. If you sign up before ordering you’ll get a 20% off code, too.

I was impatient for my order, so I paid the fairly substantial shipping charge for priority shipping ($42!) but I placed my order on the 29th September, and it arrived on the 6th October which was faster than I’d hoped. Next time I’ll see if I can band together with a friend to split shipping – goodness knows there’s enough on there I’ve got my eye on! There’s the universally flattering skater dresses, the stop-traffic sequin skirts, and of course those tutu skirts… it just so happens that I might have the perfect upcoming occasion for it after all: