Mod Squad

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Top: custom-made by Loni at Love to Love You

Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt: Modcloth 

Charter School Cardigan: Modcloth

Shoes: Gorman

I’ve been looking for the perfect yellow skirt for some time and when I saw this beauty on Alissa from Stylish Curves I knew I’d finally found it.

The “Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt” is one of Modcloth’s signature classics and comes in seven different colours. “Mustard” is the perfect golden hue – not too bright, but a warm sunshiny yellow that will team perfectly with a huge amount in my wardrobe.

It’s made of a slightly textured polyester fabric that drapes nicely and should hopefully resist crushing. The waistband is elasticised at the back, which gives a bit of flexibility in sizes. I bought the XL which was perfect for my measurements. It comes with a braided faux-leather belt, and pockets (pockets!)

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If you haven’t ordered through Modcloth before it’s worth keeping in mind that they can provide exact measurements for every item on the site through their 24 hour online chat service. Take advantage of this because it doesn’t cost you a cent, and it eliminates a huge amount of the sizing issues that come with online shopping.

I actually love how Modcloth operates their business. They’re body positive, incredibly engaged with their customers and allow people to leave reviews (including photos so that you can see what things look like on a variety of figures). They recently signed an anti-photoshopping pledge, use plus-size models, support independent designers, and when they were alerted to the fact that they were unknowingly selling a product that was ripping off an Etsy shop they pulled the product and cancelled their contract with the company that supplied them the knock-off.

Right now they’re also offering free international shipping on all orders over $150. I’ve only just received this skirt and cardigan, but it’s a very, verrrrrrry tempting offer.

Have you seen anything on Modcloth that’s caught your fancy lately?

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Shoes: Gorman

Finally, by popular demand, here’s a close-up of my amazing shoes. I love them but they’re hilariously high and I’m not used to walking in them. I dream of taking them to a cobbler and getting an identical pair made with lower heels. One day maybe. In the meanwhile they’re my “office shoes” for those days when I don’t have to negotiate anything more difficult than carpeted hallways.

Dot To Dot

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Morgan Dress: Igigi

Shoes: Chie Mihara

There are polkadot people, and there are non-polkadot people. I don’t know what the non-polkadot people do (stripes?) but personally I adore a good dotty print, so when I saw this twofer dress on Igigi’s website I knew I had to try it.

The fun thing about spring, and autumn (fall!) is that all that new trans-seasonal stuff pops up on the UK and US-based websites and you can actually wear it straight away without having to wait six months for it to get cold/hot enough. The “Morgan” dress is actually part of Igigi’s fall line when all the northern hemisphericans are packing up their sunny sundresses and donning longer sleeves and hemlines in anticipation for the cooler months. But it works in the opposite direction for those of us down under. We’re just taking the first forays out of our cardigans and tights, and baring our ghostly white legs to the sun, and this dress is a nice one for that, too.

The skirt’s a gauzy georgette, fully lined so as not to be completely transparent and it flutters enticingly in the breeze. I like the large size of the polkadots – a smaller dot often just has the print fading into obscurity at a distance whereas this one is bold and clear.

I’m going to have to sew some bra-strap keepers into the shoulders, but apart from that little quirk the wide neckline is absolutely divine. It’s lined as well, and constructed from Igigi’s usual good-quality jersey. The outer shell of the bodice is designed to be a little blousy, so it’s a good style if you’re shy about the little rolls around your middle. The keyhole detail at the front’s a sexy little addition that gives a peek of cleavage without being overt. It makes the Morgan into a dress that will transition easily from the office to a party, and I’d be happy to wear it to a fancy wedding or for a picnic on the grass.

The waistband is fully stretchy, so even though the dress fastens with a zip up the side it actually possible to pull it on over your head, and it’s perfectly comfortable around the waist, even after a substantial lunch of fish and chips on the St Kilda Esplanade (not that I’d know anything about that!).

I like the monochrome myself, but you could easily add a brightly coloured belt and shoes, or even some blinging gold accessories. I decided to keep it simple, and teamed it with a simple little necklace from a great new online costume jewellery store I’ve discovered called “Totally Jewel

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Clover Necklace: Totally Jewel