Advocado on Toast

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouDress: Advocado

Belt: Trenery

Shoes: Rockport

A month or so ago I was invited to drop by Advocado‘s headquarters in Richmond and take a bit of a squiz at what they had on offer. They weren’t a brand I was familiar with, but I’m always delighted to hear about new plus-size brands (especially here in Melbourne) so I eagerly accepted.

I ended up having a really fun dress-up session, and went home with a couple of goodies, including this Zita Adjustible Drape Dress. The black and white graphic print fabric is a light and breezy rayon that will be lovely to wear as the weather gets warmer. It’s actually cut in a swing-style that would suit someone with a smaller bustline than I, but belted it becomes quite an elegant piece. You can also wear it with a cardigan or a jacket. I tried it on at Advocado with a cropped white jacket.

1The particularly interesting thing about this dress is the little button and loop fixtures on the inside seams that allow you to ruche the skirt higher on either side or both. The effect is a bit dress-stuck-in-your-knickers, but it’s a cute idea.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe other excellent addition, which I wholeheartedly approve of, is pockets (hooray).

I tried a couple of other pieces on while I was at Advocado, including this lovely bright colour blocked top:

2-1Top: Advocado

… and (a particular favourite) this cape-sleeved blouse and printed skirt:

3Top: Advocado

You can expect to see more of this top – I couldn’t resist taking one home with me!

Ladylike

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouDress: MichyLou

Shoes: Edward Meller

¬†What lovely weather Melbourne is enjoying for our long weekend! It’s definitely spring, which means it’s nearly time for frocks and bare legs, and I. Am. So. Ready. For it.

I did a recent overhaul of my wardrobe to make some room for some new additions, including this stunning new dress, which I ordered from Michy Lou on Etsy.

Michy Lou custom sizes to individual measurements, and I’ve always found her items fit beautifully. This peter pan collared dress is definitely no exception. The fitted bodice is snug without being too tight, and the sleeves are the perfect length and width. Often sleeved dresses – especially those with collars – make me look a bit boxy, because the shoulders sit too wide and the arms are too full. It just goes to show that there really is nothing better than wearing clothes that have been cut specifically for you… and with a US$80 price tag this frock isn’t just timeless, well-fitting, and carefully made; it’s also comparable, pricewise, to most off-the-rack items. (Bonus: you’re supporting an independent designer, not a massive corporation.)

It’s made of a rayon fabric that looks and feels like a linen, but doesn’t crush like one. The full skirt has side pockets, and it zips smoothly up the back. I love the wide neckline with the delicate peter pan collar. It gives the dress a bit of a retro vibe (plus it’ll give me a nice place to pin my collection of brooches!)

Frocks and Frou FrouI can’t see this particular dress in Michelle’s shop at the moment, but she does take custom orders – you just have to get in contact with her (I actually spotted this fabric on her Facebook page).